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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.”

Nursing Students Promote Bone Marrow Donation Campaign

It was a long shot, but Kaylee Boehme swabbed the inside of her cheek anyway, collecting her DNA for “Be the Match,” the national bone-marrow donation registry. Just one of every 430 volunteers is selected to donate.

“I really hope it’s me,” Boehme, a sophomore, said.

Do Left-Handed Pitchers Really have an Advantage?

For a moment, with the bases loaded and a 3-2 count on the batter, fans of the Cleveland Indians, up three runs in Game 1 of the World Series, held a collective breath.

They knew what was coming. So did the batter, David Ross. He’d caught for Andrew Miller in a previous World Series, when both were in Boston.

November 9: 'The Good Food Revolution' with Will Allen

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For years, Will Allen was successful playing professional basketball and working in corporate sales.

In 1993, however, he went back to his roots – literally and figuratively.

Alumnus Picked for MIT Top Innovators List

The 43 muscles in your face can form 10,000 unique expressions. Ehsan Hoque, a 2004 graduate of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, programmed a computer to interpret all of them – and then teach you to do better.