News & Events

September 27: Behrend Alumni Football Tailgate

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TailgateJoin Pat Roenigk, Alan Kirk, Paul Seiferth, Margie Taylor, and Kristen Comstock as we host a tailgate for Behrend alumni at Penn State's home football game against Northwestern.

Food will be provided, please bring your own refreshments.

October 4: Alumni and Friends Wine Tour

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Wine TourCome "home" to Penn State Behrend on Saturday, October 4, for our annual Alumni and Friends Wine Tour

Hop on our buses with alumni and our family and friends as we visit four North East, Pennsylvania, wineries and taste wines from our region.

MIS Grad Honored for Work at U.S. State, Justice Departments

Russell native Chad A. Lindell, a business-intelligence consultant who has worked with the U.S. departments of Justice and State, has received the Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes extraordinary professional accomplishment at or before age 35.

Lindell is a 2005 graduate of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business, where he studied management information systems. While a student, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves; he delayed his studies during a 16-month deployment to Iraq, where he led a gun truck team on fuel-resupply missions.

September 17: Retirement Planning Workshops for Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Parents

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Join us as we host two educational workshops to help you manage your financial retirement goals on Wednesday, September 17. These free workshops will be held in the Reed 114 and are open to alumni, faculty, staff and parents. Both the afternoon session (3 to 5 p.m.) and the evening session (6 to 8 p.m.) will cover both cover two topics. To register for our free workshops please email Sharron Zimmerman at or 814-898-6159 and indicate your desired time slot.

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.