Community invited to Lunch with Mimi


Former Board of Trustees chair Mimi Barash Coppersmith discusses her involvement with Penn State, the State College community with the publication of her new memoir

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (Oct. 9, 2018) – Mimi Barash Coppersmith, PSU alumna, entrepreneur and the first woman elected to serve as chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees, will be the special guest of the campus from 12-2 p.m. on November 8, 2018 at Penn State Lehigh Valley in room 135. Barash Coppersmith will be interviewed by Nichola Gutgold, PSU-LV professor of communication arts and sciences, about her life and new book “Eat First, Cry Later: The Life Lessons of a First-Generation College Graduate, Penn State Alumna and Female CEO.”

“In the late 1950s, Mimi was a rarity in State College. She was a progressive, a business owner and a woman,” said Diane McAloon, PSU-LV’s director of alumni relations. “Her book candidly recounts 48 life lessons drawn from her exceptional life. This event will inspire not just Penn Staters, but all community members who attend to celebrate life’s triumphs and tragedies.”
The event is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. The cost to attend is $20 and includes light refreshments and a copy of “Eat First, Cry Later.”

To register visit All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to The Pennsylvania State University to support Study Abroad Scholarships in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

About Penn State Lehigh Valley
Penn State Lehigh Valley provides a world-class education in a small campus setting that integrates innovative teaching, research and community outreach. With its convenient location in Center Valley, traditional students and adult learners can choose from many options including 9 bachelor’s programs, which can be completed at the campus, as well as access to 160 academic programs offered by Penn State University. In addition, students and community members who have a scalable business idea are invited to participate in professional development offered by Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, a business accelerator for early stage entrepreneurs. The campus’ diverse Continuing Education and Outreach programs offer opportunities for professional development, business training and youth programming. For more information, visit


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Dennille Schuler
PR Specialist
Penn State Lehigh Valley
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034