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Andrew Giffin to Receive Alumni Achievement Award

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Andrew Giffin

What do a Boeing intellectual property leader, a lighting designer and a handful of entrepreneurs have in common? They all graduated from Penn State before launching their careers.

These 12 prominent alumni, 35 years of age and younger, are the latest group of young alumni to be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award, presented this month by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Andrew Giffin, who graduated in 2005, represents the College of Arts and Architecture. "Gif" is a lighting designer whose work spans television, film, theatrical productions, music festivals and concert tours. Currently he is associate lighting designer for singer, songwriter and actress Ariana Grande’s 2015 world tour. He programmed Justin Bieber’s "The Believe Tour" and has programmed and directed lighting for iHeart Radio, South by Southwest and Coachella. 

Recipients are nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students and the Penn State community. Alumni Achievement honorees demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age. For the full story, click here.