News & Events

Eric Corty: No Place for Hate on Campus

The following op-ed was written by Eric W. Corty, interim director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in response to an incident of hate speech on campus:


Late at night on Nov. 10, someone scrawled a piece of homophobic hate speech on a sheet of paper and pinned it on the bulletin board next to a friend’s office door. There it rested, a little time bomb, ticking away, meant to intimidate my friend, to make him feel unwelcome, to make all gay people at our college feel uncomfortable, and to polarize our campus.

Search for New Chancellor Narrowed to Three Finalists

A comprehensive national search has identified three finalists for the position of Chancellor at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Each finalist will meet with key constituencies, including students, faculty members, staff members, the college’s Council of Fellows and administrators in both Erie and at University Park. Campus interviews have been scheduled for Dec. 2, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15.

A final selection is expected in early 2016.

College to Begin Construction of $25M Residence Hall

Penn State Behrend will begin construction of a $25 million, 250-bed residence hall in the spring of 2017. The building, which will be located near Ohio Hall, at the southwest corner of campus, is scheduled to open at the start of the fall 2018 semester.

Penn State’s Board of Trustees awarded a design-build contract to Turner Construction of Pittsburgh to develop the 65,000-square foot building. The company also managed the renovations and expansion of Erie Insurance Arena.

World Series Bat Flip Remains Source of Pride for Alumnus Tom Lawless

Tom Lawless' home run in game four of the 1987 World Series remains an iconic moment in MLB history.It’s been 28 years since game four of the 1987 World Series, but Tom Lawless remembers it like yesterday.

New Monument Honors Mary Behrend

Mary Behrend once gave her oldest grandson a piece of advice about speaking in public:  “Keep it short,” she said.

College Opens New Major in Digital Media, Arts and Technology

The doodles on Google’s home page – animated tributes to Ronald Dahl, Les Paul and Ida Bell Wells, among others – show the value the tech company’s leaders see in the arts and humanities. Google’s HR department sees it as well: In 2010, then-Vice President Marissa Mayer said 80 percent of that year’s hires would have a liberal arts background.

Slow Growth of Erie's Economy Not Cause for Alarm, Professor Says

The Erie region’s economy appears to have hit a plateau, said Ken Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business. Though six of the eight economic indicators he tracks with the Erie Leading Index showed growth in the second quarter of 2015, the index itself rose by just 0.05 percent.

Professor's Book Traces History of Confederate 'Rebel Yell'

Craig Warren first heard the Rebel yell at Kings Dominion, an amusement park in Virginia. He was sitting near the back of a wood-track roller coaster, gripping the lap bar as the cars clattered into a tunnel, where everyone screamed.

Engineering Programs Earn Reaccreditation

Four engineering programs at Penn State Behrend have been reaccredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the recognized accreditor of university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. The college’s engineering technology programs also hold accreditation by ABET.

ABET accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that evaluates program curricula, faculty expertise, facilities, institutional support and other factors.

Students to Represent Penn State Behrend at CFA Investment Challenge

Five students will represent Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business at the 2016 Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge. They will produce a detailed financial report and valuation of Dick’s Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest sports apparel, footwear and equipment retailer, and present their findings to a panel of high-profile financial analysts.