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January 20: Finance Speaker Series, "Investing in 2016 and Beyond"

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The Finance Speaker Series returns to Behrend on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

A panel of financial experts will discuss investment strategies in the latest presentation of the Finance Speaker Series at Penn State Behrend.                               

January 18-24: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Penn State Behrend will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events and activities beginning Monday, Jan. 18.

The program begins at noon in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building with a multimedia presentation, “Sit-Ins & Standing Ups.” The presentation recaps a history of student activism during the civil rights movement and beyond. A campus family brunch will precede “Sit-Ins & Standing Ups,” beginning at 11 a.m.

Professor Continues to Uncover Mysteries of Petra

An old stack of National Geographics, with their full-color, fold-out maps, led Leigh-Ann Bedal to Petra, the ancient city buried in the Jordanian desert.

“I would study them,” says Bedal, now an associate professor of anthropology at Penn State Behrend. “I would imagine what life in those places was like.”

Penn State President Eric Barron Dedicates Innovation Commons

Penn State Behrend’s Innovation Commons – an idea laboratory, maker space, technology playground, legal office, marketing agency and entrepreneurs’ gathering spot rolled under one roof – has opened to support small businesses and start-ups.

Ralph Ford Named Chancellor of Penn State Behrend

Ralph Ford, former director of the School of Engineering and associate dean for industry and external relations at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named chancellor of the college. He had served as interim chancellor since July 1.

Ford was selected following a national search. As chancellor, he will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the college.

College Adds Master's Program in Clinical Psychology

Applications are now being accepted for the newest graduate degree program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: the Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology.

New Graduates Honored at Fall Commencement

Penn State Behrend awarded 172 bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees during its fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 18. The program was held in the Junker Center on campus.

Daniel S. Mead, former president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, delivered the commencement address. Interim Chancellor Ralph Ford and Council of Fellows Chairman Scott McCain also offered remarks.

February 19: Women's Hockey Pre-Game Alumni Society Social

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Please join the Lake Erie Chapter and the Behrend Alumni Society as we host a pre-game social when our Lady Lions come to Erie take on Mercyhurst Lakers on the ice!

On Friday, February 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. we will have complimentary food and a cash bar at Cornerstone Bar and Grill (3811 Pine Avenue) private downstairs room.

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.