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.
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.
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.
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.
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 made by the Martin Ott Company.
The Smith Chapel’s bell tower contains the forty-eight-bell Floyd and Juanita Smith Carillon. The bells were installed in April 2002.
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.