Penn State Harrisburg engineering students planning careers in the electric utility industry will have an edge on the competition when they graduate, thanks to nearly $200,000 in gifts of software, equipment, and financial support from PPL Corporation and leading electric utility suppliers. The PPL Electric Utilities Power Laboratory on campus offers students hands-on training with the same equipment utility companies use to control and protect the nation’s power systems.
A study released today by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) reveals Penn State Harrisburg outperformed its benchmark group in several aspects of engaging students, and scored higher than previous surveys.
The report, “Fostering Student Engagement Campuswide –Annual Results 2011,” provides results from a survey of 416,000 first-year students and seniors across 673 U.S. colleges and universities. The annual survey compares feedback from students of participating colleges, revealing effective practices in education.
Three Penn State Harrisburg education professors have combined their unique perspectives on teaching and areas of expertise to create a book that helps to teach math in a new way. In “Cowboys Count, Monkeys Measure, and Princesses Problem Solve: Building Early Math Skills through Storybooks,”Associate Professor of Mathematics Education Jane Wilburne, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Jane Keat, and Associate Professor of Reading Mary Napoli suggest teaching mathematics using literature.
Jolene Busher, Penn State Harrisburg American Studies graduate student, has published her first book, “Patchtown: Life in Eckley Miners' Village 1860-1920,” which began as her award-winning undergraduate thesis in the college’s Honors Program.
Eckley Miners’ Village, a historical society, will host a reception for the book’s release Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m. Busher currently volunteers at the society, serving on the Board of Associates and as the fundraising committee chair.
Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs faculty recently discussed soaring partisanship on Capitol Hill. The presentation, “The Legislative Divide,” was the first this semester in the college series “Academic Perspectives on Current Events.”
Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore Simon Bronner recently completed two books exploring current developments and philosophies of traditions: “Explaining Traditions: Folk Behavior in Modern Culture,” which he wrote, and “Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition,” which he edited.
In 1994, Kemba Smith Pradia vowed that if she ever got out of her 24-year prison sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, she would use her experiences to help others avoid the same mistakes.
Today, Pradia, a domestic abuse awareness advocate, is fulfilling her promise, encouraging young people across the nation to avoid abusive relationships and situations. She shared her message at Penn State Harrisburg during an Oct. 13 presentation.
The “Encyclopedia of American Studies” (EAS) online, the leading reference work in American Studies, has moved to Penn State Harrisburg.
Dr. Simon Bronner, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and folklore, is the new editor, and Dr. John Haddad, associate professor of American Studies and popular culture, is managing editor. Established 15 years ago, the collection has been edited at Temple University and published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
According to a Sept. 2011 CNN poll, a record-low 15 percent of Americans said they trust the federal government “to do what’s right just about always or most of the time.” Associate Professor of Sociology Kenneth Cunningham is conducting research that may provide historical reasons for the popular distrust.