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BJC Teams Up with Autism Speaks U to Light It Up Blue

The Express
Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK - Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, has announced on the evenings of April 1 and 2, the Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus will join prominent buildings across North America and the world - including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada - in turning their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Day on April 2.

Autism Speaks U (www.autismspeaks.org/U) activities will continue in State College on April 9 with the sixth annual "We Are... Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk," which begins at 11 a.m. Step-off is at noon on South Allen Street (corner of Beaver Avenue and Allen Street, outside the State College Borough Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St.

Online donations and registration will be accepted at www.autismspeaks.org/u/psu However, participants are allowed to register on-site on event day at 11 a.m. as well.

Magnum Broadcasting - owner of FM stations 105.9/106.9 Qwik Rock and 103.7 FM Talk as well as WBLF 970 AM and WPHB 1260 AM - is the official media partner for the event for the sixth consecutive year.

Launched nationwide in 2008 by Penn State graduates Adam Dorfman and Andrew Moses, Autism Speaks U is an innovative and collaborative program for college students across the country who want to raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks, while supporting their local autism communities. Student-organized events take place both on and off campuses across the nation and range from hosting a 5K run to organizing a benefit concert, to organizing a panel discussion about autism. While many of the students involved with Autism Speaks U have a personal connection to autism, others not directly affected have also joined the program to support the cause.

Since its inaugural event at Penn State University in 2006, Autism Speaks U events have raised close to $800,000 and student-organized Walk Now for Autism Speaks teams have brought in millions more.

"Since creating Autism Speaks U's first event at Penn State University, we remain committed to leading college students nationwide in the fight against autism," said Adam Dorfman and Andrew Moses, co-founders of Autism Speaks U.

Autism Speaks U events and chapters exist at colleges and universities across the country, including: Penn State University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Connecticut, Duke University, California State University, Northridge, University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

College students, faculty and alumni can get involved with Autism Speaks U by visiting www.autismspeaks.org/u.

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Date: 3/24/2011