Penn State Harrisburg

News - December 2016

Thu, 12/22/2016
from l to r:  Dr. Darrell Bartholomew, Irenitemi Famadewa, Kenshay Kerr, and Tanner McCauley

Students from Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration participated in William Paterson University’s 10th Annual National Sales Competition November 16 to 18. The nationally-renowned competition was sponsored by the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales, and over 100 students from 34 universities participated.

Thu, 12/22/2016
graduate with Nittany Lion

Penn State Harrisburg held its fall 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 17.  More than 200 degrees were conferred.  Relive special moments from the ceremony through photos by visiting

Wed, 12/21/2016
Danang Endrayana Syeh Qodir

Danang Endrayana Syeh Qodir received his master’s of public administration from the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs at the college’s fall 2016 commencement on Saturday, December 17.  Qodir, who traveled from Indonesia to study at Penn State Harrisburg, said that completing his studies as an international student came with challenges and rewards.

Wed, 12/21/2016
Roshan Khadka

Roshan Khadka, who received a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from the Penn State Harrisburg School of Behavioral Sciences and Education during the college’s fall 2016 commencement, has a story unlike many of his fellow graduates.  Khadka is a refugee from Bhutan who came to the U.S. in 2009 after years in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal.  His story is about the success of a refugee student.

Wed, 12/21/2016
Marc Anthony Merino Jr.

Marc Anthony Merino Jr. was one of more than 250 students to receive his degree at Penn State Harrisburg’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 17.  He received a bachelor of science in criminal justice from the School of Public Affairs, with a minor in psychological science.  It was a moment of triumph for Merino; it was also a moment that almost didn’t happen.

Fri, 12/16/2016
Amanda Blaugher and Krystal Huber pose with Margaret Wilson, the acting director of the Lebanon VA Medical Center

Amanda Blaugher, assistant director of residence life at Penn State Harrisburg, and Krystal Huber, a resident assistant at the college, recently were awarded Certificates of Advocacy by Margaret Wilson, the acting director of the Lebanon VA Medical Center. 

The two assisted 75-year-old Michael Reap, a United States armed forces veteran, who wandered into Penn State Harrisburg’s student housing complex after being reported missing from the Frey Village Retirement Center in Middletown, Pennsylvania on November 5.

Fri, 12/16/2016
Dr. Michael J. Chorney

As part of the college’s community outreach efforts, Dr. Michael Chorney, professor of microbiology and chair of the biology and science programs at Penn State Harrisburg, partnered with the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) recently to give a Bite of Science presentation on how to better prepare middle and high school students for high education programs in the sciences.

Mon, 12/12/2016

The Office of Research and Outreach, Penn State Harrisburg, is pleased to announce the following grant activity for August 1 to November 30, 2016:

Proposals submitted:

There were 20 proposals submitted to 16 different sponsor agencies by 17 faculty and staff members totaling $2,810,617

Proposals awarded:

There were 16 projects funded from 14 different funding agencies involving 11 different faculty and staff members totaling $2,486,840.

Fri, 12/09/2016
Dr. Darrell Bartholomew

Dr. Darrell Bartholomew, assistant professor of marketing in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration, received a sales training certification after attending a faculty certification program hosted by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) in November.

Wed, 12/07/2016
Dr. Troy Thomas

Dr. Troy Thomas, associate professor of art history and humanities in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities, recently had his book, “Caravaggio and the Creation of Modernity,” published by Reaktion Books, London, UK (October, 2016, 256 pages).