Penn State Harrisburg


Fri, 09/06/2013
Dr. Haddad's book is a culmination of his 2010-11 Fulbright grant experience in China.

In his second book about the relationship between China and the United States, John Haddad, associate professor of American studies and popular culture at Penn State Harrisburg, provides a colorful narrative history of how China and America first met, focusing on the lives and experiences of American traders, missionaries, and adventurers as they traveled to a foreign land unaware that the United States even existed.

The book is a culmination of the research Haddad conducted during his 2010-11 Fulbright grant experience in China.

Thu, 09/05/2013

Penn State Harrisburg will host an Academic Perspectives on Current Events discussion on “Sports Records:  Before and After Performance-Enhancing Drugs” on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on campus in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge.

The discussion, centered on the effects of performance enhancing drugs and sports, will feature Dr. Charles D. Kupfer, associate professor or American studies and history in the School of Humanities, and Dr. Jeremy Plant, professor of public policy in the School of Public Affairs.

Wed, 09/04/2013

Penn State Harrisburg will hold a Doctoral Programs Information Night on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the library.

The event will offer interested individuals the opportunity to learn more about the college’s three doctoral programs in adult education, American studies, and public administration; meet with faculty and students; and garner more information about admission requirements and financial aid.

RSVP preferred, but not required.

For more information or to register, contact Mitchell Patterson at 717-948-6250 or

Tue, 09/03/2013

PSUTXT is an easy and accessible system that notifies you via cell phone or e-mail in the event of a campus closure or emergency.  Penn State Harrisburg students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up for this important service.

To register, visit  Be sure to select Harrisburg Alerts in the Optional Groups section to ensure that you receive notifications specific to this campus.

Fri, 08/30/2013
High school students studied plant research in the Central PA Research and Teaching Lab for Biofuels at Penn State Harrisburg

Local high school students had a chance this summer to do the type of cutting edge research at Penn State Harrisburg that would be impossible in a high school classroom.

For some, it could be a life changing event leading them into one of the STEM disciplines that are becoming increasingly important in today's job market.

Tue, 08/27/2013
Joshua Tucker describes his team's hovercraft project.

The Penn State Harrisburg engineering students who built a “hover-barrow” --  a wheelbarrow that floats on air -- started with a simple sketch on a piece of paper.

They then transferred their sketch to a computer and made calculations.

They built a prototype…It didn't work.

They went back to the computer and tried again…and again.

“It was a simple idea, but getting it to work was hard,” said Joshua Tucker, one of four team members.

Thu, 08/22/2013
New students take part in Convocation
Students move into residence halls

Penn State Harrisburg welcomes students to campus with a series of events.

New Student Orientation, beginning Aug. 24, will help new students learn about campus resources and living and learning in a diverse community. 

Fri, 08/16/2013
College Chef David Cramer wows at culinary conference

In June, David Cramer, a chef at Penn State Harrisburg’s Stack’s food court, was one of eight Penn State chefs to win  a culinary competition at the 2013 Chef Culinary Conference in Amherst, Mass. The group, along with a chef from the University of Massachusetts, competed in the California Asian Fusion Challenge sponsored by Johnson & Wales.

Tue, 08/13/2013

Penn State Harrisburg graduate Oscar Beisert, ’07 master’s in American studies, received the Irwin Richman Scholarship in American Studies during the 2006-07 academic year, but the reward he received went beyond just a monetary supplement – it helped him advance his career in the years to follow. The experience helped the student form a working relationship with Dr. Irwin Richman himself, a professor emeritus of American studies and history and, along with his wife Dr. M. Susan Richman, associate professor emerita of mathematical sciences, a donor to the college.  

Tue, 07/30/2013

A gift from TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity, will provide Penn State Harrisburg engineering students in the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology with expanded experiential learning opportunities. The $500,000 gift will create the TE Connectivity Capstone Design Endowment to fund Penn State Harrisburg senior engineering capstone projects as well as create the TE Connectivity Lecture Series in Connector Design, which will provide opportunities for students to network with industry experts.

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