Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, a graduate student in Penn State Harrisburg’s American studies program, thought she would do her thesis on the history of hip-hop. But a chance sighting of black-and-white photos in a Philadelphia gallery window in 2014 would eventually change her mind and open up to her a world during the 1930s to 1960s in which African Americans ruled a section of Atlantic City beach, known as “Chicken Bone Beach.”
Penn State Harrisburg archivist and humanities reference librarian Heidi Abbey Moyer has authored the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series, “Penn State Harrisburg.” The book includes 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and chronicles Penn State Harrisburg’s history.
One team of senior mechanical engineering students at Penn State Harrisburg spent eight months designing a device for a real world client. Their project was needed by the company to scale down its 3D printing application for smaller volumes.
Mechanical engineering technology is Allan Fausnaught’s major. But music is his passion, and it has driven him to combine his affinity for working with his hands and his entrepreneurial spirit into a business –Woodland Percussions – creating handcrafted drums.
Dr. Patria De Lancer Julnes, director of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs; and Dr. Matthew C. Woessner, 2016-17 University Faculty Senate chair-elect and associate professor of political science and public policy in the School of Public Affairs have been named Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Fellows. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago.
Emily Barton's first grade students came up with the concept “playing with words” on their own after she encouraged them to look at each other's stories and suggest changes. Michele Lacerda said her seventh graders improved their writing throughout the year as they shared their work with their peers. Kaitlyn Myers said her fourth graders became excited about writing when they could use technology that let them publish their work.
Carolyn A. Julian, student aid adviser and veterans affairs coordinator at Penn State Harrisburg, has been elected as the 2016-17 president of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA).
Julian was awarded the Leadership Award in 2011-12 and Distinguished Service Award in 2015. She has been a member of PASFAA since 1987. Julian received her business degree at Penn State Harrisburg and has over 40 years of service in financial aid.
Dr. Simon J. Bronner, distinguished professor in American studies and folklore, has co-edited a book titled “Youth Cultures in America” with Cindy Dell Clark, a visiting associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University.