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2010 H&SS News

George Looney Wins 2010 Missouri Review Editor's Prize in Poetry (12/17/10)

The Missouri Review has honored George Looney, professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, with its 20th annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Poetry. Looney’s winning group of poems was selected from 2,500 contest entries. In addition to receiving a cash award of $5,000, he will be honored at a spring reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Founded in 1978 at the University of Missouri, The Missouri Review is one of the country’s most highly regarded literary journals. Read the full story.

New Certificate Program Encourages Students to Think Globally (10/6/10)

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has developed a Global Awareness Certificate (GLBLBC), effective this fall. Open to all Penn State Behrend students, the 12-credit certificate program is designed to expose students to life outside of the United States.

The certificate's core curriculum includes history and political science courses: HIST 011 World History II and either PL SC 003 Introduction to Comparative Politics or PL SC 014 International Relations. Once the core requirements are met, students have greater flexibility for the remaining two courses, including a study abroad experience. The contact person for the certificate program is Dr. John K. Gamble, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Law. Read the full story.

Two Hits for Eugene Cross, Lecturer in Creative Writing (10/01/10)

“Harvesters,” a story by Eugene Cross, lecturer in creative writing, has been selected as one of Narrative magazine’s top-five stories of the year. Also, “Rosaleen, If You Know What I Mean,” which originally appeared in American Short Fiction was selected by Richard Russo as a Distinguished Story of 2009 in The Best American Short Stories.

Dr. Tom Noyes Wins 2009/10 Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award (8/19/10)

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Noyes, associate professor of English and Creative Writing, on winning the Council of Fellows Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2009/10 academic year. Dr. Noyes was recognized for his achievement today at the first Faculty Organization meeting.

Longtime Faculty Member Archie Loss Dies at 71 (7/23/10)

Dr. Archie Krug Loss, professor emeritus of English and American Studies at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, died Monday, July 19, surrounded by his wife and children at the Cleveland Clinic, following a six-month battle with lung cancer. He was 71. Read the full story.

New Director for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (7/15/10)

Dr. Steven V. Hicks, formerly department chair and professor of philosophy at Queens College, part of the City University of New York system, is the new director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Read the full story.

Brocks to Endow First H&SS Professorship, Institut e (6/17/10)

Erie native Rev. J. Charles Brock and his wife, Carolyn, have committed a $2 million estate gift to create the Erie Art Metal Professorship in Integrative Humanities, the first endowed professorship in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and the Institute on the American Dream Program Endowment to support the institute that Charles Brock founded.

Charles Brock is currently director of the Institute on the American Dream and senior research associate in religious studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Read the full story.

Charles Brock Receives Honorary Alumnus Status (6/7/10)

Rev. Charles Brock, director and founder of the Institute on the American Dream at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and senior research associate in religious studies in the college's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, received the Penn State Alumni Association's Honorary Alumnus Award on June 4 during a ceremony at The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Read the full story.

Brock Shares Grandfather's Dreams with Class of 2010 (5/17/10)

Rev. Charles J. Brock, senior research associate in religious studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the director and founder of the Institute on the American Dream at Penn State Behrend, delivered the college's spring 2010 commencement address, titled "Dreams from my Grandfather." Read the full story.

George Looney Wins the 21st Annual Zone 3 Poetry Awar d (3/17/10)

“The Revision of Something Imagined” a poem by George Looney, associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has won the 21st annual Zone 3 Poetry Award.

Dr. Robert Speel Wins 2010 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award (2/25/10)

Dr. Robert Speel, program chair for political science, has been selected to receive Penn State’s Undergraduate Program Leadership Award.

This university-wide award is designed to honor a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership benefiting a Penn State undergraduate degree program. The award recognizes contributions to mentoring programs, outstanding service to students, and other innovative approaches that positively affect undergraduate program enrollments and program reviews. Read the full story.

Eugene Cross - 2009 Dzanc Prize winner (1/19/10)

Eugene Cross of Erie, Pennsylvania is the winner of the third annual $5,000 Dzanc Prize. Cross was selected from more than 100 applicants for both the quality of his fiction writing, as well as his proposal to set up and run a progressive series of creative workshops for refugees from Nepal, Sudan and Bhutan, in Erie. For his community service, Cross will conduct three 4-month workshops in concurrence with an ESL class currently being taught.

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