News & Events

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.

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.