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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.

Baseball Team's Buzz-Cuts Raise Money for Erie Nonprofit

Ever see a firebreak? A strip of land cleared in an attempt to stop an approaching blaze?

Ben Ramey, a freshman from Export, had one cut down the center of his scalp on Dec. 6. The hair at either edge of it stuck up in wild tufts.

Trustee Emeritus Ted Junker Dies

Edward P. “Ted” Junker III, a Penn State trustee emeritus and 40-year member of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows, died Dec. 10 at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He was 79.

Junker, a former chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, was the retired vice chairman of PNC Bank Corp. and the retired chairman and chief executive officer of PNC Bank, Northwest Pennsylvania. His philanthropy supported a variety of cultural and educational institutions in Erie, including Penn State Behrend.

Student Uses GIS Technology to Map LEAF Arboretum

The New York Stock Exchange was created beneath a tree: On May 17, 1792, a small group of merchants gathered beneath a leafy buttonwood in front of 68 Wall St. to set rules for how their securities would be traded. The result, known as the “Buttonwood Agreement,” set commissions at one-quarter of a percent.

The tree stood for 70 more years before falling in a storm. It was called a buttonwood – that type of wood was a common source for butcher’s blocks, and for coat buttons – but it was actually an American planetree, also known as a sycamore.

Trippe Hall Construction to Begin

Construction of Trippe Hall, a four-story, 251-bed residence hall at Penn State Behrend, is expected to begin in December. The $28.4 million building will be located near Ohio Hall, at the southwestern corner of the campus.

Penn State Behrend Named 'Military Friendly School'

Penn State Behrend is included on a new list of educators who provide the most supportive academic environment for America’s service members, veterans and military spouses.

Board of Trustees Approves New Penn State Behrend Residence Hall

Penn State’s Board of Trustees has approved the design and funding for construction of a $28.4 million residence hall at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The building, which will be located near Ohio Hall, at the southwestern corner of the campus, is scheduled to open at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Construction is expected to begin this month.

Soccer Players Look to their Wrists for Game-Day Inspiration

Before the whistle, Alex Bilka looks down at her wrist, where she has inked the word “TEAM.”

Bilka, a senior from Cranberry Township, is a forward on the Penn State Behrend women’s soccer squad. She writes the word with a Sharpie before every game.

Penn State Behrend soccer player Alex Bilka“It helps me get into the zone,” she says. “It pumps me up.”

Jordan Oberlander, a forward, writes “FAMILY.” Leah Morra writes “MOM.”