Student Life

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.

July 23 & 24: Pioneer Reunion for 1948-63 Alumni

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Women in Glenhill Farmhouse dormitory roomThe first students at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, are invited to return for a special two-day reunion in July.

Paul Lukasik Leaves Imprint at Behrend Through Servant Leadership Award

William Staniszewski was the recipient of this year's Paul Lukasik Servant Leadership Award.Paul Lukasik unassumingly walked to the podium, flashing an abashed smile at the crowd of more than 50 people in attendance at Penn State Behrend’s Center for Service and Civic Leadership’s Service Awards.

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.