School of Humanities

Steven Hicks, Ph.D.

Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Office Location: 
170E Kochel
(814) 898 6108


Psychology Major Margaret Eimers Awarded Hetzel Award

Maggie Eimers was awarded the Hetzel Award on Sunday, April 27, at the 65th Annual Honors and Awards Convocation.Margaret Eimers regularly reminds her children that a person is not defined by his or her past mistakes.

She would know. She’s proved it.

More than twenty years ago, Eimers dropped out of high school during her sophomore year after she failed a class and became fed up with school.

Penn State Behrend Honors Students at 65th Annual Honors and Awards Convocation

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, presented nPenn State Behrend presented 96 awards at the 65th annual Honors and Awards Convocation.inety-six different awards to students and student organizations at the 65th annual Honors and Awards Convocation on April 27.

Faculty and Staff Honored for Service, Outreach and Teaching Excellence

The following Penn State Behrend faculty and staff members were honored this week for excellence in teaching, research, outreach and service:


History Major Wins Essay Contest; Participates in Panel Discussion on Jewish History

History major Danielle Ropp won an essay contest to earn a spot on a panel discussion discussing Jewish history.Danielle Ropp sat quietly toward the center of the table as her legs shook under the tablecloth, hidden from the audience seated in front. Her quiet demeanor, indicative of her anxiousness, would soon subside.

After all, every living thing thrives in its natural habitat, and that’s exactly where Ropp was once the panel discussion got underway.

May 1: Psychology Colloquium: 'The Social Face of Metaphor'

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities

Strong as an ox, quiet as a mouse and busy as a bee.

We often use metaphors like these in our daily language, but why?

Albert Katz, chair of the psychology department at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss how metaphors can help reveal one’s identity at the next Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

First-year Student Finds Niche with Chamber Singers and Concert Choir

Jessa Boarts has found her niche with the Penn State Behrend Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.There seems to be one in every family: one person who differs from the rest of the clan.

Jessa holds that distinction in the Boarts family, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“On multiple occasions, my mom has asked me where I came from,” Boarts says.

May 9: Young People's Chorus of Erie to Perform "Where Beauty Comes From"

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities

YPC Erie will perform their annual spring concert on Friday, May 9.Beauty is everywhere, and the Young People’s Chorus of Erie hopes to illustrate that this spring.

April 27: 'Wayfaring Stranger' with Chamber Singers and Concert Choir

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities

The Choirs of Penn State Behrend will perform their next concert on Sunday, April 27.Music from American composers Aaron Copland, Cecil Effinger, and Kirke Mechem will highlight the selections at this year’s Penn State Behrend Chamber Singers and Concert Choir’s spring concert.

The concert, titled “Wayfaring Stranger,” will be held Sunday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Erie, 7th and Sassafras Street.