Student Life

SAE Club Enters Hybrid Vehicle in Annual Supermileage International Challenge

Cody Colpo and Katie Burbules are shown pictured with the hybrid car they entered in this year's Supermileage Competition.After three years of designing and refining a belt drive vehicle for the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Supermileage Challenge, Cody Colpo and Katie Burbules were ready for a change.

Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel

The Smith Chapel cultivates campus and community life through a wide array of programs, services and activities supporting the educational, religious, spiritual, ethical and social development of Penn State Behrend students. With a student-centered focus on learning and exploration, the facility and programs within share our humanity through meeting and understanding. Cultivating opportunities for personal and community growth, the program fosters tolerance, understanding and celebrates diversity.


Smith Chapel - Weddings at Penn State Behrend

The Smith Chapel is a beautiful 150-seat multi-faith wedding venue open to the Erie community.

Located on Penn State Behrend's scenic campus, the Chapel and surrounding areas provide plenty of opportunities for indoor and outdoor photography.

There is a large waiting area where the bride and her attendants can prepare. Also, there are restrooms and an elevator.

Smith Chapel - Service Organizations

Circle K

The purpose of this club is to unite students across the Behrend campus while reaching out into the Erie community and making a difference. This is a nationally recognized organization that fosters the principles of developing leadership skills, community service, and friendship.


Smith Chapel - Center for Service

Welcome to the Center for Service. As a Behrend student, you have many opportunities to volunteer. You can go to an Erie nonprofit agency and work with children or senior citizens. Also, you can participate in service events on campus such as Cardboard City. Another possibility is serving in a different city on an Alternative Spring Break trip.

Regardless of the focus of your service or the population you work with, you will be impacted. You have the chance to challenge your thinking on issues like poverty and homelessness, gain friendships and skills and become a leader.

Smith Chapel - Design

The chapel’s octagonal sanctuary is 48 feet wide east to west and 53 feet wide north to south. It has moveable seating for up to 150 people. Its dramatic ceiling is 52 feet from the floor to the highest peak and is constructed of Douglas fir.

Smith Chapel - Organ

The organ for the Smith Chapel was constructed by the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company of St. Louis, Missouri over a period of two and one-half years. The company represents three generations of organ builders. This is the one-hundredth organ madeSmith Chapel Pipe Organ by the Martin Ott Company.

Smith Chapel - Carillon

The Smith Chapel’s bell tower contains the forty-eight-bell Floyd and Juanita Smith Carillon. The bells were installed in April 2002.Bell tower

The largest of the forty-eight bells weighs 1,344 pounds and has a forty-inch diameter at the mouth of the bell. The smallest weighs fifteen and one-quarter pounds and measures six and five-eighths inches in diameter at the mouth.