Penn State Harrisburg


May 19, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Beck

Penn State Harrisburg announced today, the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Beck as the director of the college’s School of Humanities, effective July 1, 2017.

May 17, 2017
Kaitlyn Rhubright

Kaitlyn Rhubright, an undergraduate student majoring in criminal justice and psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, was one of just 11 Penn State students selected to present their research to Pennsylvania legislators at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on April 25.  

The Penn State participants joined students from across Pennsylvania for the

May 9, 2017
James McClure (center) pictured with Dr. Peter Idowu (left) and Dr. Simon Bronner (right).

(From Penn State News)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Graduate School alumnus James McClure received the Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who has made a positive societal impact on the welfare of human kind beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession.

May 8, 2017
Dr. Mukund Kulkarni and James Franklin congratulate graduates

On Saturday, May 6, Penn State Harrisburg held its 2017 spring commencement at the Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Approximately 700 degrees were conferred, with more than 530 graduates in attendance at the ceremony.

May 4, 2017
From left to right: Valeria Vigueras and Denise Sheperson

An internship at Phoenix Contact proved to Penn State Harrisburg student Valeria Vigueras that electrical engineering is the right career choice for her.

It was not always obvious. She felt she wasn’t good at math. That's what led her to a criminal justice degree, with the thought of going to law school. But a stint working at a law firm convinced her she didn't really like it.

May 3, 2017
Drs. Mukund Kulkarni and Omid Ansary congratulate Catharine Pinkerton on her award.

Penn State Harrisburg recently honored students for accomplishments in academics, service, and leadership at the 2017 Student Awards Ceremony.

View the award descriptions and photos of the event, or a gallery of award winners.

Award winners with hometowns by county include:


May 3, 2017
Focus Brands Group President Kat Cole visited Penn State Harrisburg to speak at the School of Business Administration alumni

Kat Cole has made her mark as a top executive with the $3 billion company that owns brands like Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Cinnabon and Carvel. A well known young executive, in 2012 she was featured on the TV show, “Undercover Boss.” In 2013, she made Fortune Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list.

April 28, 2017
Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes

Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes, director of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, has been named a Fulbright Specialist.  She will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece in early May.

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

April 28, 2017
Student designed projects bridge academics with real life applications and showcase inventive ideas.

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detector, alarms that notify you when a child or pet is left in a hot car, and a search and rescue mini-micro-mouse that searches for survivors in a disaster zone are just a few of the innovative and creative student-designed projects that will be on display at the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering and Technology’s annual Capstone Design Conference, on Friday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus.

April 24, 2017
Dr. Omid Ansary and Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni congratulate Dr. Ozge Aybat on her Excellence in Advising Award

Penn State Harrisburg recognized outstanding employee contributions at the 2017 Faculty and Staff Recognition Program on March 30. Nominated by the college community and selected by various award committees, several faculty and staff members received awards.

See photos from the ceremony.

Award recipients included:

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