News & Events

Chancellor Birx to Leave Penn State Behrend for Presidency of Plymouth State University

Don Birx, chancellor of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will leave the top post at the college effective July 31 to become president of Plymouth State University, a campus of the University System of New Hampshire. 

An interim chancellor for the college will be named by July 1. A national search to fill the position is expected to begin with the start of the academic school year in late summer.

Read Jonathan Hall's Commencement Address, "Breaking Good"

Penn State Behrend faculty member Jonathan Hall, a senior lecturer in physics, urged the Class of 2015 to seek opportunities for service to others in “Breaking Good,” his address to graduates and their guests at the college’s spring commencement. The ceremony was held Friday, May 8, at Erie Insurance Arena.

Greetings everyone, especially our graduates and their families.

May 11: Black School of Business Banquet

Behrend Section: 
School of Business
News & Events

The top economist for Citigroup will discuss the “new normal” for the global economy during the Black School of Business spring banquet at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, in McGarvey Commons, in the college’s Reed Union Building.

A reception for faculty and friends of the school will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin an hour later.

Engineering Design Conference Showcases Student Work

An electronic gun lock, a mine-rescue robot and a smartphone app that identifies aquatic invasive species were among the senior design projects that students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, presented at the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference on May 2.

Approximately 220 students showed their work, much of which was funded by industry partners, including the U.S. Army, the Ford Motor Co., GE Transportation and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Alumnus Shares Cancer Fight at Relay for Life

Glenn Brooks never expected to be invited back to Penn State Behrend to speak to students.

“I changed my major several times, and it took me awhile to determine where I was headed as an adult,” said Brooks, a 1986 alumnus. “And let’s just say that I may have been working on my ‘social skills’ a little too much back then.”

But there are lots of surprises in life. Some are good. Some are not so good.

Cancer, for example.

May 2: Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference

Behrend Section: 
School of Engineering
News & Events
Research and Outreach

An electronic gun lock, a mine-rescue robot and a smartphone app that identifies aquatic invasive species are among the senior design projects that students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will present at the 2015 Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference.

The half-hour sessions begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center. Most are open to the public.

May 15: Cyberbullying Conference

Behrend Section: 
News & Events

Moving Forward: Creating a Community Response to Cyberbullying will be held Friday, May 15, at Penn State Behrend.Bullying is no longer limited to the playground. The Internet, social media and text messages have changed that forever.

Box Wall in Lilley Library Highlights Paper Waste

Libraries are built with paper: 205 pages of “Beowulf,” 248 of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 394 more for the poems of W.H. Auden.

Task Force Recommends Changes to General Education

After extensive research and engagement with the University community, including visits with faculty, students and staff at every undergraduate campus and college, the General Education Task Force has proposed to the Faculty Senate a revised curricular structure that uses contemporary learning objectives to develop and assess a General Education program that better prepares students to live and work in competitive global contexts.

Alumni Society's Penn State Berkey Creamery Ice Cream Sale Returns

The Penn State Behrend Alumni Society is taking orders for its annual summer sale of the university’s famous Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Fourteen varieties of the ice cream so fresh that it “mooves” from cow to cone in four days can be purchased online with a credit card at, or by calling the Penn State Behrend Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 814-898-6159.