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Great Lakes Trip Advances Penn State Behrend's Watershed Protection Efforts

Below deck on the R/V Lake Guardian, the largest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessels, Ann Quinn secured what she could, boxing lab samples as the ship see-sawed through rough water.

The Guardian was caught in a 300-year storm. To the south, in Wisconsin, the governor had declared a state of emergency. Two men had died as water swept over the roads, cutting all access to Ashland. A sheriff’s deputy, his car carried off by the water, had clung to a tree for two hours until rescuers could throw ropes to him.

FBI Actions During 2016 Election 'Unethical and Unprecedented,' Historian Says

It was plucky “Lucky Lindy” – Charles Lindbergh, the first person to cross the Atlantic with a solo, nonstop flight – who inspired in Douglas Charles a love of history. And no wonder: What seventh-grade boy can resist the tale of a daring pilot, showered in ticker tape, a continent away from the Chicago-to-St. Louis mail route where his story could have ended?

February 6: Discussion of FBI Abuse of Power

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FBI Director James Comey’s Oct. 28 disclosure that the bureau was reviving its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server was an “unprecedented and unethical” breach of FBI policy, says Douglas Charles, an associate professor of history at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Coach Selected for New Behrend Wrestling Team

A coach with more than a decade of Division I experience will lead the revived wrestling program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, when competition resumes this fall.

Robert Patnesky will coach the squad, which returns to Penn State Behrend after a 38-year absence. For the last 12 seasons, he was the head coach at Davidson College in Mooresville, N.C. He leaves that program ranked second in career victories, having mentored five national championship qualifiers and four Southern Conference Champions.

U.S. News Ranks Behrend Engineering Programs Among Nation's Best

New rankings by U.S. News & World Report place the School of Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, among the top 50 undergraduate programs in the nation. The college appears at No. 42 on the list.

PILOT Agreement Reflects Growth of College's Knowledge Park

Penn State Behrend has reached a 10-year agreement with three local taxing bodies to provide annual payments in lieu of taxes for property in Knowledge Park, a 106-acre innovation complex owned and operated by the college.

A payment in lieu of taxes, also known as a P.I.L.O.T., allows nonprofit entities to compensate local governments for police, fire and other public services. A previous Knowledge Park P.I.L.O.T. expired at the end of 2014.

K-12 outreach programs offer unique educational opportunities for all involved

Girls Scouts program held at Behrend.The future of the “beach” in the plastic shoebox was in the hands of a group of Girl Scout Brownies.  An “oil spill” was encroaching and the 2nd and 3rd graders had to use their critical thinking skills and just a few scraps of material, like a kitchen sponge, straws, and tape, to contain it.

New Scholarship will Honor Former Student Luke Still

A first-year Penn State Behrend student died Dec. 18 when his vehicle crashed on an icy road in Harborcreek Township.

Former Penn State Behrend student Luke J. StillLuke J. Still, 19, was studying engineering at the college. He had planned to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.

Read the Commencement Address by Michael Woycheck '97, "Your Opportunity"

Michael A. Woycheck '97, who was the Farewell speaker at the commencement where he was awarded a B.S. in Management Information Systems, gave the Commencement Address at the December 16 ceremony in Junker Center.

Read Dr. Soledad Traverso's Commencement Faculty Address, "Surrealism in Everyday Life"

Professor of Spanish Dr. Soledad Traverso gave a Faculty Address titled “Surrealism in Everyday Life” at the fall 2016 commencement in Junker Center.

A native of Chile, Traverso began her teaching career at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Antofagasta. She earned her doctoral degree in Latin American literature at the University of Maryland and taught at Bucknell University prior to joining the Penn State Behrend faculty in 1996.