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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.

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.