A commemorative bench has been purchased in memory of Dr. Howard Sachs, former professor of biology, educator, administrator, scientist, and friend of Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Sachs served the college from 1987 to 2011. He died in 2011.
During his tenure, Dr. Sachs served in numerous roles, including associate dean of research and graduate studies, acting associate dean, and program chair for the college’s environmental programs. He also was instrumental in bringing the bachelor of science in science degree to campus.
Penn State Harrisburg recognized outstanding employee contributions at the 2013 Faculty and Staff Recognition Program on Thursday, March 28. Nominated by the college community and selected by various award committees, several faculty and staff members received awards. View a Flickr slideshow of the winners.
Theresa Flores, human trafficking survivor, author, and victim’s advocate, will present “The Slave Across the Street” at Penn State Harrisburg on Thursday, April 4. Two sessions will be offered: 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Library’s Morrison Gallery and 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Capital Union Building (CUB) Student Center. The presentations are free and open to the public.
Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies will conclude its 2012-13 calendar of events with a presentation by Dr. Simon Bronner titled “From Auschwitz to America: A Holocaust Family Saga,” 12:00-1:00 p.m., April 9, 2013 in the Gallery Lounge, W-107 Olmsted.
The Penn State Harrisburg Lion Ambassadors will host their annual community egg hunt for children 10 years and under on March 28. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Main Lobby, and the egg hunt will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.
Accompanied by Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English Composition Jen Hirt, five Penn State Harrisburg students participated in Susquehanna University’s ninth annual Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference “Freedom of Thought” on Feb. 18. At the full-day conference, students from around the country present their literary works on differing themes and cultural issues to an audience of fellow writers, teachers, and scholars. Discussion about the intellectual and creative challenges of literary study follows each presentation.
Dr. Wolfgang Mieder, professor of German and folklore at The University of Vermont and the spring 2013 distinguished lecturer for Penn State Harrisburg’s American Studies program, will speak on campus April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge (W-107). Mieder’s presentation, "'Let Us Have Faith that Right Makes Might': Proverbial Rhetoric in Decisive Moments of American Politics," is free and open to the public.
David J. Puglia, of Middletown, Penn State Harrisburg American studies instructor and doctoral candidate, tracks through the hills, houses, and hollows of Pennsylvania in his book “South Central Pennsylvania Legends and Lore.” Released by History Press, the book offers a full history of the region, from the folkways of the Pennsylvania Dutch to the rocky relations between German and English settlers and local tribes.
Suzan Shown Harjo, Native American activist, lobbyist, lecturer, and writer, will speak at Penn State Harrisburg Wednesday, March 20 at 6:15 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge. Part of the college’s Martin Luther King, Jr. 2013 Commemoration Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public.
Harjo has helped Native Americans recover more than one million acres of land by working on legislation to protect their rights. She also has raised public awareness about issues concerning Native Americans.
Penn State Harrisburg is leading the way with its energy efficient and high-performance, green-designed residence hall. The four-story, $10 million building is the only LEED-certified residence hall in the Penn State Commonwealth Campus system.