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School of Public Affairs students inducted into health administration honor society

Fourteen students from Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs were recently inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Academic Honor Society, an honor society recognizing students’ academic achievement in health administration.

Data User Conference set for May 9

Data users from across the Commonwealth are set to gather at Penn State Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania State Data Center’s (PaSDC) 2017 Data User Conference on May 9.  The annual conference serves as Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive single-day forum for research and development in demographic data.

Drs. Mukund Kulkarni and Omid Ansary congratulate Catharine Pinkerton on her award.

Student achievement recognized at awards ceremony

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:

Focus Brands Group President Kat Cole

Focus Brands Group President Kat Cole shares secrets of sweet success

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.

Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes

Julnes to travel to Greece as a Fulbright Specialist

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.


Student innovation and creativity to be showcased at annual Capstone Design Conference

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.

Shaun Gabbidon

Gabbidon selected editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education

Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon, Distinguished Professor of criminal justice in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs has been selected as the new editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education (JCJE) by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Executive Board and the JCJE Search Committee.

The Conversation: Monday, April 24, 2017

Does cooperating with ICE harm local police? What the research says

Police need public cooperation. The police rely on the public to report and help solve crimes. This is especially true now that police departments face budget cuts and increasing demands on their time – an environment that pressures police to get things done through innovative partnerships with citizens.

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

Awards ceremony recognizes faculty and staff

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: