Sovereign caught up with Penn State alumnus, Kyle Godwin.
Godwin was a part of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Gamma Nu chapter and held a leadership role in the Black Male Leader Symposium. Godwin spoke to his experiences of being a transfer student from Penn State Harrisburg. He played basketball at Harrisburg with plans to transfer to University Park and become a third generation Alpha. Godwin graduated Penn State with a degree in Sports Broadcasting in 2008. Godwin ended his academic life with an internship at ESPN, thus landing his dream job.
While working at ESPN, Godwin helped start a multi award winning documentary series called The 30 for 30 Series. The show was nominated for five Emmy Awards and received one. That next year, Godwin won a Peabody Award. After all of his success at ESPN, Godwin de...
“Initially horrific” was the first thing McCoullum said when I asked about her experience as a low-income, first generation minority at Penn State. Reining from The City of Philadelphia, McCoullum felt “isolated and lost” on a campus composed of hundreds of people of color and thousands of Caucasians.
She was raised by parents who thought “excellence had no gender,” but during her first year at Penn State, she “lost her sense of self.” However, through activism and sisterhood, she found her voice again. McCoullum participated in numerous protests as a student, and in Greek life where she is a sister of Delta Sigma Theta. She is a firm believer in the quote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Her favorite memory at State is taking a science course about rocks, in which she went to a...
The unofficially deemed “campus mom”, Duquina Johnson, will be serving her last year as McElwain Hall’s residence life coordinator causing devastation and sadness amongst the staff and students that know her.
Johnson, also known as “Ms. DQ”, who has been known to positively impact the many students on campus through her love and support, surprised students by revealing this news.
By being a residence life coordinator, she is full-time, live-in professional staff member responsible for supervising a community of students, which in this case are the residents of McElwain Hall in South Halls.
According to Wanjala Mwesiga, a sophomore industrial engineering major, who lives in her building, describes Johnson as simply “amazing,” while others describe her as “inspirational”, “courageous”, and “gen...