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Student Enrichment Center Theater

When plans for Penn State Harrisburg’s Student Enrichment Center (SEC) were approved in 2015, the initial blueprints included a multi-purpose space on the first floor intended for lectures and special events. But over the course of the project’s development, the concept for the space was gradually reshaped into what is now the SEC theater, a state-of-the-art venue for cultural and academic programming and student activities.

Marwin Kripp

As part of a university exchange program, Marwin Kripp, an industrial engineering student from Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, came to Penn State Harrisburg during the fall 2016 semester. He not only learned more about engineering and business management, but he had an opportunity to make many friends, play on the Penn State Harrisburg men’s soccer team, and travel a bit.

International Flags

On February 23 and 24, Penn State Harrisburg’s International Affairs Association/Rotaract Club will host the 45th annual Model United Nations conference. The two-day event provides high school students from central Pennsylvania the opportunity to discuss and develop solutions for major international issues and concerns.

Media Highlights

The Conversation: Monday, February 6, 2017

The story of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, America's first black pop star

In 1851, a concert soprano named Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield embarked on a national tour that upended America’s music scene.

Harrisburg Magazine: December 2016

The Influentials, Part 3:  Mukund S. Kulkarni, Ph.D. – Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg

Not long ago, Penn State Harrisburg was educating 50 international students. Today, it’s 720. Plus, 40 percent of students pay out-of-state tuition for the privilege of enrolling. What’s the attraction?

“It’s the quality of the teachers in the classroom and the support that students get outside the classroom,” says Chancellor Dr. Mukund S. Kulkarni.

The Conversation: Friday, December 9, 2016

Events

Interns and full-time engineers wanted!
102 EAB, Educational Activities Building North
11:30 am — 1:00 pm
Library Room 203, Library
12:30 pm — 1:30 pm
Gallery Lounge, Olmsted Building
5:00 pm — 6:00 pm

Research News

Triclosan

Katherine Baker feels vindicated. She and other microbiologists have been warning for years that anti-bacterial soaps containing triclosan are bad for the environment, harmful for health, and do nothing to prevent disease.

In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of triclosan and a related product, triclocarban, from consumer soaps and wash products. But, triclosan also is incorporated in cosmetics, kitchen utensils, clothing, and even bowling balls – 22,000 consumer products in all. The FDA rules do not yet affect these products.