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Student-Athletes Earn Places in Penn State Behrend Hall of Fame

Five former student-athletes will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Sept. 27. Six teams also will be honored for their championship seasons.

 

Alumnus Signs with Colorado Rockies Single-A Team

Former Penn State Behrend pitcher Chad Zurat has signed with Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies organization. He is playing for the Tri-City Dust Devils, a Single-A team based in Pasco, Washington.

“Every baseball player wants a chance to play professionally,” head coach Paul Benim said. “Chad earned it. We are all really excited for him.”

Zurat, a Clearfield native, is a 2014 graduate of Penn State Behrend. He earned a degree in accounting.

Alumna Heather A. Slomski Reaches Milestone with Release of First Book

Behrend alumna Heather Slomski's first book will be released this October.Author Heather A. Slomski ‘03, a Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, alumna, always knew that she wanted to write.

She’s been drawn to stories—both reading and writing them—ever since she was a child, and so it makes sense that her son, 19-month-old Oscar, is turning out to be a voracious reader himself.

PBS Series Features Work of Penn State Behrend Anthropologist

A new PBS series about a research team that uses laser technology to examine key archeological sites, including the Egyptian pyramids, features the work of Leigh-Ann Bedal, associate professor of anthropology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Bedal appears in the final episode of “Time Scanners,” a three-part series that originally aired on the National Geographic channel. She discusses her work at a unique garden and pool complex in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra, which once was part of the Nabataean kingdom.

GE Camp Encourages Students to 'Learn Like A Girl'

In the Lego lab, where the girls built yellow-mouthed robot alligators, using motors and cables and motion-sensors to snap the jaws onto any little Lego man that wandered past, Cassandra Reese talked about her dream job.

She wants to be a marine biologist. She wants to swim with dolphins and net starfish and save the coral reefs, which support a quarter of all marine life.

Erie Businessman, Philanthropist Joseph Prischak Named Honorary Alumnus

Erie businessman and philanthropist Joseph J. Prischak has been named an Honorary Alumnus of Penn State. He is one of only four people to receive the prestigious designation this year.

Honorary alumni status recognizes individuals who are not graduates of the university but have made significant contributions to Penn State’s welfare, reputation and prestige. The designation has been awarded fewer than 120 times since its creation in 1973.

Autodesk Gift Leads to New Possibilities across the College

The spring art show at Kochel Center tends to be heavy on photography – still lifes, lightning strikes, black-and-whites of roommates and cats.

Supermileage Team Travels 1,020 Miles on One Gallon of Gas

The longest six minutes of Cody Colpo’s summer likely came on Friday, June 6, the final day of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Supermileage Challenge. He was watching a timer, waiting for a carbon-fiber test car to clear the far side of the track at the Eaton Corporation’s Marshall Proving Grounds.

Supermileage is a slow-motion race: Drivers try to keep the vehicles at a fuel-efficient 15.1 mph. For the crew – Colpo, a senior from Evans City, is captain of the team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College – it’s a nerve-wracking wait.

New Coach to Lead Penn State Behrend Women's Basketball Team

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has selected Christine Slater, a three-time All-PAC first-team choice, to coach the women’s basketball team. She becomes the sixth coach in the program’s history.

“I am thrilled and honored to be the head coach at Penn State Behrend,” Slater said. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence.”

Supermileage Team Hopes to Travel 2,000 Miles on One Gallon of Gas

The longest six minutes of Cody Colpo’s summer will be on Friday, the final day of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Supermileage Challenge. He’ll be watching a timer, waiting for a carbon-fiber test car to clear the far side of the track at the Eaton Corporation’s Marshall Proving Grounds.