Congratulations to Keegan-Michael Key (’96 M.F.A. Theatre) and Bruce Blausen (’84 B.A. Art, B.S. Science), who have been named Alumni Fellows, the highest honor bestowed by the Penn State Alumni Association. They will return to the University Park campus in October 2014 to receive their awards and interact with faculty and students.
Keegan-Michael Key currently stars on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele. After performing with the improv troupe Second City in his native Detroit, he got his big break when he was invited to Chicago to join Second City’s primary troupe, which launched the careers of comedians such as John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. Later work included host of Animal Planet’s The Planet’s Funniest Animals, co-star of the CBS sitcom Gary, Unmarried, and cast member on MADtv, where he met Jordan Peele. With their great comedic chemistry, he and Peele decided to pitch their own show to a network. That show was Key and Peele, now in its fourth season on Comedy Central. Key’s comedic chops and star power have led to an invitation to meet President Barack Obama and numerous magazine appearances, including the covers of Time and New York Times Magazine.
Bruce Blausen founded Houston-based Blausen Medical, developer and owner of the world’s largest library of 3D medical animations, in 1991. Blausen, who received an M.F.A. in medical illustration from Johns Hopkins University, started the company to meet the growing commercial and educational need for more accessible methods of illustrating and animating medical processes and functions. His goal was not only to support medical training and the integrated health care industry, but also to offer patient and consumer education. Today, Blausen Medical makes its library content available through the Blausen App Suite, which includes apps for web, smartphone, and tablet platforms. The company and its products have won nearly thirty awards. Blausen Medical recently licensed more than 1,600 of its animations for use on the daytime television show The Doctors, and Bruce will appear in a special interview segment on the show on March 28.