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Behrend Named One of 10 Best U.S. Branch Campuses
Penn State Behrend has been named one of the 10 best U.S. branch campuses – a list that also includes satellites of Carnegie Mellon, Tufts and Texas A&M universities.
Behrend Students Bring no Bias to Design of Cell-Phone Game
To understand the concept of confirmation bias, you just have to finish this pattern: 2, 4, 6, …
Penn State Outreach Program Expands to Second Erie County School
A Penn State outreach program that has reduced truancy, teen pregnancy and dropout rates in Union City schools has expanded to Erie’s Strong Vincent High School, thanks to a 3-year, $150,000 commitment from United Way of Erie County.
New Student Lounge Opens in Lawrence Hall
The new student lounge in Lawrence Hall is 1,400 square feet of study break: foosball, flat-screen TVs and blue-felt billiards tables with Nittany Lions carved into the sides.
Kazmerski to Graduates: "Take Time to Build and Nourish Your Social Support Networks"
As is tradition at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, the address at the fall 2012 commencement ceremony was given by a Penn State Behrend faculty member. Dr. Victoria Kazmerski, associate professor of psychology, shared the remarks below, titled “Weaving a Network of Success” with the candidates and their guests. The college awarded 247 undergraduate and 33 graduate degrees at the Junker Center ceremony.
Behrend to Offer Industrial Engineering Major Beginning in Fall 2013
Design engineers often focus on the details of a project: the thickness of a filing cabinet’s walls, or the stiffness of the drawers.
Young People's Chorus of Erie Wins $10K Outreach Grant
The Young People’s Chorus of Erie has won a $10,000 grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority. The money will allow the chorus, which is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, to continue its youth-outreach efforts in the Erie community.
Faculty Members Offer Tips for Kids' Christmas Lists
Forget Furby and Lalaloopsy. “Hot” holiday toys rarely stand the test of time. For most kids, interest in these trendy, flashy toys fizzles before the garbage truck carries off the boxes.
Behrend Economist Sees Good Times Ahead -- If We Avoid 'Fiscal Cliff'
The Erie-region economy has continued to expand, even as employers cut jobs in August, September and October, according to the latest Erie Leading Index, which was released today. The local data shows no evidence of another recession in the months ahead.
Ralph Ford Elected Vice President of IEEE
Dr. Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, was elected 2013 Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The IEEE Assembly annually elects five corporate officers to serve on its Board of Directors.
Behrend Teams Take Lead in AMCC Standings
Fall championships in four sports have put Penn State Behrend at the top of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings.
IRS Simulation Gives Desk-Bound Accounting Students New Options
John Wells is first through the door, his gun drawn, his badge out, his adrenaline up. He has a warrant.
Jet Bottles and Pingpong Cannons? Must be Physics Day
Newton’s third law – for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction – is best explained with a jet bottle.
Mascot Tries to Power-Up Game Development Certificate and Club
Three steps out of the office, Matt Campbell already is tugging at the bottom of his Mario costume.
Behrend Students Take Reins of $100K Investment Fund
The best way to teach business students to be prudent with investments is to give them some real money to spend.
Men's Basketball Team Picked to Win AMCC Title
The men’s basketball team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, should finish at or near the top of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, according to a preseason coaches’ poll.
Cardboard Campground Raises Money for Erie County Food Pantries
Nick Angelo slept well in his cardboard house. He wasn’t at all bothered by the patter of rain on his blue tarp roof.
Emeritus Professor Ed Masteller Wins Environmental Leadership Award
Dr. Edwin Masteller, Penn State Behrend professor of biology emeritus and volunteer curator of the Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, was a recipient of the 2012 John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Award.
Students Build Trust with Model Truss Bridge
Bridges are built to be crossed, right? So why is Angel Hendricks balking?
Women's Soccer Team Earns Spot in NCAA Tournament
The women’s soccer team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, could have quit at 0-6.
$21.7 Million Gift Provides Full Access to Autodesk Software
Students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will have unprecedented access to world-class animation and modeling software thanks to a gift, valued at $21.7 million, from Autodesk, a leading global developer of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Penn State Behrend Business Program Earns National Ranking
The Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend is listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition.”
Plaza Named for Former Professor Ben Lane
Family members and former colleagues gathered Oct. 6 to dedicate the Ben Lane Plaza, an outdoor seating area at the south entrance to the Reed Union Building.
Penn State Behrend Economist Sees Promise in Local Job Numbers
More people are working in the Erie region than at any time since the start of the 2007 recession, according to the latest Erie Leading Index, which was released Oct. 1.
Students, Recruiters Court at Penn State Behrend Career Fair
On the track, where he’d set his backpack, Corey Fetherlin checked his notes for FPD Co., which provides titanium forgings for the aerospace industry: “Small company. Family owned.”
College Named a Military Friendly School
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is included on a new list honoring the colleges, universities and trade schools that provide the most supportive academic environment for America’s service members, veterans and military spouses.
Behrend Community Assists with International Coastal Cleanup
Any thorough Lake Erie beach cleanup begins here, near Hartman Road, at the headwaters of Fourmile Creek. Drop a beer can here, or a candy wrapper, and it will, in time, wash into the lake.
Recruiters Set for Penn State Behrend Career Fair
More than 140 companies will attend the fall career fair at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Wednesday. Thirty have set aside time afterward and on Thursday to interview students for full-time, part-time and co-op positions.
Erie Firm Gives Equipment to Penn State Behrend Plastics Lab
An Erie company has donated an injection-molding machine to the School of Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Time Warner Cable Donation Supports Behrend LEGO Competitions
Time Warner Cable has donated $2,000 to support the Engineering K-12 Outreach Center and the FIRST LEGO League, an annual youth robotics program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The company announced the gift on Friday, Sept. 7.
Free 'e' Bus Shuttle Improves Access to Penn State Behrend Campus
Too tired to hike up the Jordan Road hill? Take the bus. The Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority has added a new bus route with six stops on the Penn State Behrend campus. Rides are free for anyone with a Penn State ID.
New Facilities Give Behrend Teams Home-Field Advantage
Penn State Behrend athletes just got a whole new home-field advantage: The college’s new soccer, lacrosse and track complexes will be ready for fall competitions.
Former Congresswoman Teaching Class at Penn State Behrend
Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper will teach a public policy class at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, this fall. She will partner with the Rev. Charles Brock, senior research associate in religious studies, to present the course, which will explore many of the issues being debated in the presidential campaign.
Computer Model Predicts Health Risks in Presque Isle Beach Water
Every morning at 6 a.m. a computer at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center checks the weather and other environmental conditions, including stream flow, wave height and water temperature for five areas of Presque Isle State Park.
Volunteers Make New Student Move-in Easy
With her bed made, her closet full and some water bottles in the half fridge, which she’ll share with a roommate she has not yet met, Maggie Weaver turned her attention to a blank wall in her Lawrence Hall room.
Penn State Behrend Now Offering Arts Administration Major
Young art majors often list their occupation as “cashier.” It’s a rite of passage for actors, painters and stage designers.
Early Learning Center Maintains NAEYC Accreditation, Voluntarily Meets Nation's Highest Standard
The Early Learning Center at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has retained its accreditation as a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Academy for Early Childhood Program—a voluntary standard the center has maintained since its initial accreditation in 2005.
Women's Soccer Team Tied for Lead in Preseason Poll
Preseason voting by the coaches in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference put the women’s soccer team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, at the top of the conference. The team shares the first-place ranking with Penn State Altoona.
Penn State Behrend and FMC Technologies Open World-Class Design Center
A $500,000 expansion at FMC Technologies Measurement Solutions, an Erie-based manufacturer of precision metering products for the oil and gas industry, will provide hands-on job training – and job offers – to engineering students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
'Trash to Treasure' Proceeds Donated to United Way of Erie County
The college’s first “Trash to Treasure” event raised more than $900 for the United Way of Erie County. The May 26 sale, which was held in Erie Hall, made good use of the shoes, suitcases, coats and bicycles that students left behind when the semester ended.
Register Now for “Earth’s Eye: A Festival of Writing in and on the Natural World”
Writers, naturalists, birders, journal keepers, teachers and students are invited to learn how to turn observation into word at “Earth’s Eye: A Festival of Writing in and on the Natural World,” a day-long event to be held at Presque Isle State Park and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
In Cake Class, Final Exam is Pretty Sweet
Randee Osborne’s “Mona Lisa” is a sheet cake, a slab of chocolate topped on one end with a block of taller cake. With some blue icing, it becomes a waterfall, which drops into a pond stocked with Swedish fish. A beaver sits on top.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson Responds to NCAA Sanctions
Penn State President Rodney Erickson released the following statement in regard to the sanctions announced by the NCAA on Monday, July 23:
Boats Wobble at Start of Duct-Tape Regatta
The duct-tape regatta had a rough start. One boat sank. Another boomeranged, returning to the edge of the Junker Center pool.
Federal Reserve Official Predicts More Unemployment
U.S. unemployment likely will still be above 7 percent by the end of 2014, a top U.S. banking official said during a conference at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Freeh Report Released to Public
Statement from University leadership and the Board of Trustees: Today with the report released by Judge Louis Freeh, the Penn State Board of Trustees delivered on the commitment we made last November when we engaged Judge Freeh to conduct an independent investigation into the University’s actions regarding former Penn State employee, Jerry Sandusky, and the handling of allegations of the child abuse crimes of which he has since been found guilty.
Metzgar Center Namesake Named Distinguished Alumnus
Warren philanthropist and businessman Robert D. Metzgar was one of seven Penn State alumni to be honored this year by the Penn State Board of Trustees with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the University’s highest award to an individual.
CSI:Erie Course Brings Blood Spatter to Summer Camp
Blood spatter is generally a bad thing at summer camp. (See: Voorhees, Jason.) But the students in Gina Narducci’s new “CSI: Forensics” course didn’t run from it: They flung it, dripped it, drizzled it and pressed their fingers in it, leaving prints, which Alex Cipolla, 10, checked with a special fluorescent light.
Conference to Assess, Address Skill Gaps in Erie County Workforce
The jobs problem in Erie County, where 10,000 people were unemployed in April, suggests that local employers aren’t hiring. But many are.
Two Players Named to All-American Water Polo Team
Two players from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, have been named to the 2012 All-American water polo team. Both earned honorable-mention status from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
Erie Water Works Asks College to Reduce Water Use
Erie Water Works has asked all customers, including Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, to reduce their water usage by 25 percent until further notice. Dry weather and construction delays at the utility’s primary water treatment plant have left water levels well below normal, officials said.
New Scholarships Increase Funding for Students with Disabilities
A new $100,000 scholarship endowment will significantly expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Penn State Behrend Economist Sees Growth in Erie Markets
Erie-region employers have hired more than 2,600 new workers since September, edging closer to pre-recession levels, according to the latest Erie Leading Index, which was released June 19.
Satellite Battery Could Put Nittany Lion Paw Print in Space
On Feb. 3, 2006, astronauts tossed an old spacesuit off the International Space Station. Inside was a transmitter, a temperature sensor and some batteries.
Penn State Behrend Wins AMCC President's Cup
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has again won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference President’s Cup.
Senior Finance Major Jinghau Liu Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Supermileage Team Wins International Competition
A lightweight, single-seat test car designed by students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, won the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 2012 International Supermileage Challenge.
Tough Terrain Nothing New for Cross-Country Captain
Granted one wish, Alex Myers, who was sick, picked a swimming pool.
Smith Series Names 2012 Carillonneurs
Summer’s biggest concerts don’t require multiple stages or three-day passes, only the world’s largest musical instrument—the carillon.
Astronomers to Map Transit of Venus
Tuesday’s transit of Venus could pose a problem for procrastinators: It won’t happen again for another 105 years.
Supermileage Team Aims for 2,000 mpg
John Pearson’s Oldsmobile gets maybe 21 miles to the gallon. His school car – a custom-built, carbon-fiber test vehicle – is a bit more efficient: It could, in the right conditions, exceed 2,000 mpg.
Behrend Graduate Examines the Science of False Smiles
A smiling man has to be happy, right? Not exactly.
College For Kids Returns with 102 Classes
Registration is now open for the College For Kids program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. More than 100 courses are being offered this summer.
Baseball Team Wins ECAC South Region Title
A big sixth inning helped Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, win the ECAC South Region baseball tournament on Sunday, giving the team its third ECAC title.
Chemistry Day Program Wows Penn State Behrend Crowd
Chemistry Day at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, means lab work: beakers, flasks and plotted data graphs. Then the kickball shatters, the Pringles tube launches like a rocket and the pickle makes the light bulb glow white.
Computer Engineering Professor Urges Graduates to be "Agents of Change"
It is a Penn State Behrend tradition to have a faculty member give the commencement address; Dr. Christopher Coulston, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and chair of the computer science and software engineering degree programs, spoke to the spring 2012 graduates at the May 4 ceremony held in downtown Erie’s Louis J. Tullio Arena.
Math Options Program Shows 'Book Math' in Practice
Can a Popsicle-stick bridge help a middle-school girl cross the engineering and mathematics gender gap? Organizers of the Math Options Career Day at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, believe it can.
Creative Writing Faculty Member Tom Noyes Wins Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant
Dr. Thomas Noyes, an associate professor of creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, was one of five artists honored with a $6,000 grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that offers financial support to writers and visual artists who also are parents.
Two Players Break Penn State Behrend Softball Record in Same Game
The first game of an April 25 double-header at Medaille College was all offense for the Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, softball team: The first four batters scored.
Hockey Coach Joins May 16 Caravan to Penn State Behrend
Penn State men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky will join football coach Bill O’Brien for the final week of the Coaches Caravan, which stops at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Wednesday, May 16.
Penn State Behrend Announces New MBA Program in Cranberry
A Penn State MBA soon will be available to busy Pittsburgh-area professionals: The Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will offer courses for its master’s degree in business administration beginning this fall at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry.
Team Behrend Makes Splash at Quad Swim
It took just 59.08 seconds for Team Behrend to have an impact on the 2012 Highmark Quad games, which started with a 100-yard swim Sunday. Jen Wallace, the Penn State Behrend swim coach, finished with that time – the third-fastest of any woman in the water.
Engineering Design Conference to Showcase Student Work
A sensor that will be launched on a NASA rocket and a GPS collar that will correct a wandering dog are among the senior design projects that students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will present Saturday at the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference.
BayHawks President Matthew Bresee '00 Is 2012 Alumni Achievement Award Winner
Matthew T. Bresee ’00, president of the Erie BayHawks, the NBA Development League team affiliated with the New York Knicks, was one of eleven young alumni honored for outstanding professional accomplishment at the Penn State Alumni Association’s recent Alumni Achievement Award ceremony.
Not Too Proud to BEG: April 15 Concert Backed by Three Colleges
The organizers of an April 15 concert by The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Andy Grammer had to negotiate not only with the bands, but with students on three campuses.
Undergraduate Research Conference to Showcase Student Work
Think changing your car battery is a hassle? Try replacing a battery attached to the International Space Station.
Up And Down? That's How Economics Students Roll
“Who said economics is boring?” Dr. James Kurre, associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend, yells from the front car of the Ravine Flyer II roller coaster at Erie’s Waldameer Park, the perfect photo-op for illustrating an economy's characteristic uncertainties.
Thinking About Returning to School? Attend Our Adult Admissions Open House
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, invites adults who are considering starting college or returning to their studies to attend an adult student undergraduate admissions open house on Wednesday, April 11.
Students, Software Rescue Draft Horses From Slaughter
Engineers don’t normally find themselves being drooled on at work, but it comes with the territory when your “client” is a 1,900-pound draft horse with a sweet tooth. The horse, Fargo, thought Joseph Hirn, the software engineering student standing next to him, might have a peppermint in his hand; Fargo reached down to find out.
"The Caucasian Chalk Circle" Opens Thursday In The Studio Theatre
“The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s allegorical meditation on law and justice, will be the spring Studio Theatre production at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Senior Adam Fracassi Receives 2012 John W. Oswald Award
Missives From Mission, Texas: The Alternative Spring Break Blog
Twenty-three Penn State Behrend students are spending their spring break in Mission, Texas, helping to rebuild hurricane-damaged homes and tutor school children. Follow their adventures on the blog "Penn State Behrend Gives Back."
Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach Has New Education Partner
The Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach, a program of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has partnered with the California-based National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) to promote financial literacy through the distribution of free personal-finance resources to schools and nonprofit organizations.
Sleeping Bag Weekends Offer Sneak Peek at College Life
Choosing a college is kind of like buying a new car. You look for one that fits your needs and personality, whether you’re looking for comfort and practicality, or want something exciting and flashy. Either way, the most important part is that it gets you where you want to go and that and you enjoy the ride.
Sis-Boom-Botany! Science Olympiad Puts STEM Education in the Game
In 1983, a small group of high school teachers in Michigan adopted the ethos of varsity athletics–challenge, competition, teamwork, and reward—to encourage and inspire standards-based science education. From a grassroots movement to a national presence with 6,200 teams in 50 states, Science Olympiad has since grown into the premiere science competition in the nation.
Communication Students to Cover NFL Combine for BVZ Radio
Penn State Behrend communication students and BVZ sports radio hosts Spencer Pascuzzi and Cody Bupp secured media passes to this weekend's NFL Combine. Follow their Indianapolis adventures at
Weekend's 30 Hour Famine Supports Erie City Mission, Wesleyville Interfaith Food Pantry
Poverty and hunger aren’t issues that can be resolved in a day, but that doesn’t mean that 25 students from Penn State Behrend won’t give it the old college try.
Considering an MBA? Attend One of Three Upcoming Information Sessions
The Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will host three spring information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the college’s master’s in business administration degree program.
On Sale Now: Student Tickets for The Fray, Jack's Mannequin and Andy Grammer
BEG4Music, a new effort by Penn State Behrend, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Gannon University that combines each institution's concert-production resources to create one blow-out night of music, brings The Fray, Andy Grammer and Jack's Mannequin to Erie on Sunday, April 15. For ticket information, click on the BEG4Music link below.
Junior Jinghua Liu's Photo-Question Project "Shutters" Cultural Stereotypes
High School Students, Families Invited to Free Admissions Open House
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will host a free Admissions Open House for prospective students on Saturday, March 31.
Eight Financial Aid Seminars Offered to Families of Any College-Bound Student
There’s money available to help pay for college, and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, can help families find it.
$64,928 Awarded to Undergraduate Student Researchers
November 28, 2011 - Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has awarded sixty-seven undergraduate research grants totaling $64,928 for the spring 2012 semester. The grants will support the research of 103 students who are overseen by forty-six faculty members. The spring award list is:
Paterno Funeral Arrangements Announced
University Community Mourns Loss of Joe Paterno
"Strategic Vision:" Dr. Greg Filbeck's Address to the Fall Graduates
December 20, 2011—As is tradition at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, the address at the fall commencement ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 16, was given by a Penn State Behrend faculty member. Dr. Greg Filbeck, professor of finance and the Samuel Patton Black Chair in Insurance and Risk Management, shared the remarks below, titled "Strategic Vision: Your Personal Policy Statement," with the college's 309 graduates and their guests.
New Year Brings Two Dream Machines to Campus
December 13, 2011 – Most people are familiar with how vending machines work. They’ve been using them for their entire lives. But what about reverse vending machines?
Faculty Organization: "We Support the Search for Truth and Accountability"
November 17, 2011 –The Faculty Organization at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, issued the following statement at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16:
New Medical Plastics Center Links Industry, Academia and Research
October 19, 2011 – With a growth rate of nearly 10 percent annually, sales projected to reach $6.55 billion in 2012, and an estimated 100,000 related jobs, the medical plastics sector in the United States has a critical role in the growing health care industry.
Efforts Garner $600,000 NSF Grant, $1 Million in Scholarships
October 17, 2011 – From increased enrollments in STEM fields of study to high student retention rates and a successful mentoring program, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is doing its part to increase the STEM workforce—thanks to nearly $1.1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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