Penn State Harrisburg


May 25, 2017
Tyler McFarland (left) co-taught in Derek Shaffer's (right) eighth grade American history classes at Lower Dauphin Middle School

In 2014, Penn State Harrisburg launched Project EXCELLENCE, or “Partnerships for Teaching and Leadership Excellence,” an initiative designed to support student teaching partnerships and professional development opportunities for local school districts, thanks to a $1.87 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

May 24, 2017

Cory Hutcheson, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, lecturer of American studies and Ph.D. candidate in the American studies program in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities, received the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

This university-wide award recognizes graduate assistants for outstanding teaching performance. Hutcheson has taught Religion in American Thought, Intro to American Studies and Intro to American Folklore.

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.

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