Olympic Medalist Mary Ellen Clark to Present Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Lecture

September 16, 2008

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Mary Ellen Clark, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and Penn State alumna, will present a lecture on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in Bennett-Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus. The lecture is the second in the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society.

Clark’s lecture is entitled “Greater Heights: Do what you love, achieve your dreams, and trust the Penn State connection.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Clark is a two-time Olympic medalist in diving, winning bronze medals at the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 1992 Barcelona Games. She was a member of the United States National Diving Team for ten years and won seven national championship titles.

In 1996 the United States Olympic Committee nominated Clark as one of the top ten women athletes in the nation. To date, she holds the distinction as the oldest women’s diving medalist in the history of the Olympic Games. She has been seen in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Women Sports and Fitness, Life, and People, and was featured in two books, Great Women in Sports and True Champions.

Clark received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Penn State in 1985 and received her master’s degree in the same field at The Ohio State University.

Clark resides in Amherst, Massachusetts. She coaches diving at Amherst High School, Amherst College, and Mount Holyoke College.

The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series was established by the Board of Directors of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society in order to feature prominent graduates of the college who are leaders in their field. The Board’s mission is to facilitate and promote the participation of alumni in activities that support the College’s pursuit of excellence.


Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.