Outreach Initiatives

New WQLN Series Highlights Knowledge Park Partnerships

When WQLN Public Media developed a new television series highlighting innovators, entrepreneurs and high-tech collaborations in Erie County, producers knew where to look first: The series, “Reach Innovation,” launched with a 30-minute program that focuses on Knowledge Park, a 125-acre technology complex operated by Penn State Behrend.

Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center Now Open

The open stairway in the atrium of Penn State Behrend’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center could have been designed to offer a sweeping view of Lake Erie. Instead, the stairs echo the intent of the $16.5 million, 60,000-square-foot building, which advances the college’s “open lab” model of learning: They are positioned to encourage daily interactions between students and faculty experts in the School of Engineering and business and industry partners who want to collaborate on research and manufacturing projects.

NOAA Awards Sea Grant College Status to Penn State

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program have awarded Sea Grant College status to Penn State based on the strength of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a research and outreach program operated by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The designation reflects a sustained commitment to managing marine and coastal resources across the Commonwealth, including the Lake Erie, Delaware River and Susquehanna River watersheds.

April 14: Minority College Experience, Women in Science and Engineering Open House for High School Juniors

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student at microscopePenn State Erie, The Behrend College, will hold an information open house on Thursday, April 14, for its free college-prep summer programs, Minority College Experience (MCE) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

High school juniors and their parents are invited to attend the information session, which begins at 7 p.m. in the second-floor auditorium of the Reed Union Building.

March 23: Finance Speaker Series Doubleheader

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump says investors should be cautious in the current stock market, which he describes as “a little bit of a bubble.”

Finance Speaker Series guest Travis Upton

“Be very conservative,” he said at a Vermont campaign rally. “It could be very rough out there.”

Pa. Sea Grant Exhibit to Focus on Lake Erie Shipwrecks

Lake Erie’s richest history is 60 feet beyond our reach – in the wreckage of the Canobie, the Abyssinia, the Dean Richmond and the S.K. Martin.

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.

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.

September 27: 'Super Moon' Eclipse Viewing

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Every autumn, the full moon takes on an orange color due to its closeness to the horizon. But this year’s “Harvest Moon” will be even more special.

During the late evening hours on Sunday, Sept. 27, the moon will pass through the center of the Earth’s shadow, yielding a rare total lunar eclipse. This will be the last opportunity to see a total eclipse of a super moon until 2033.