Penn State Harrisburg


January 25, 2011

After listening to 33 hours of audio recordings of Spanish-American War veterans, American Studies graduate student Lindsay Harlow admits that she is attached.

“I hold them so close to my heart that I cannot abandon their stories,” she said.

January 25, 2011
Khizra Hussain

Penn State Harrisburg student Khizra Hussain has been awarded the Dr. Mary Ravita Memorial Scholarship for outstanding academic record, performance, and leadership.

Hussain received the $3000 scholarship at the 2010 Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Annual Conference. A Secondary Mathematics Education major, Hussain has made the Dean’s List every semester, earning a 3.77 GPA.

January 21, 2011

In keeping with the campus’ commitment to environmental sustainability, Stacks Market and the Penn State Harrisburg Conservation Committee will begin a month long pilot program to assess the feasibility of collecting post-consumer food waste for composting starting Monday, Jan. 24.    A labeled collection container will be placed near the waste and recycling containers in the food court area for diners to deposit paper and food waste.

January 20, 2011
Jen Hirt

Jen Hirt, instructor of English, has won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award for her first book Under Glass: The Girl with a Thousand Christmas Trees and will be hosted for a book signing April 6.

Published by the University of Akron Press, Under Glass consists of 12 themed essays, tracing the timeline of Hirt’s family greenhouse business as it struggles under financial pressures, her parents’ divorce, and her mother’s illness, eventually resulting in the sale and demolition of the greenhouses.

January 18, 2011
Europe’s Jewish Heartland

Remnants and Renaissance: Photographs by Ruth Ellen Gruber of Europe’s Jewish Heartland will be on display from Jan. 25 through May 1 in the library’s Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room on campus. Gruber also will be on campus March 21 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Jewish life in Eastern Europe today.

January 13, 2011
Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes
Julius Brown

Two members of the Harlem Globetrotters visited the Penn State Harrisburg gym recently to practice the team’s new shot – the four-pointer –and to meet with local media.

The new shot is the latest trick for the Harlem Globetrotters, the traveling basketball team known for its combination of athleticism and comedy.  During the practice routine, several Penn State Harrisburg students also tried the shot. The visit to campus was shown on a segment of CBS 21’s evening news with reporter Jason Bristol.

January 13, 2011
The Dinner Guest

For its 13th Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at Penn State Harrisburg, PenOwl Productions presents The Dinner Guest, a new twist on the classic play Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Monday, Jan. 17 at noon and Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium.  The play is free and open to the public.

[Due to inclement weather on Jan. 18, the second performance will be rescheduled for a later date.]

January 6, 2011
Advocating against bullying
Dr. Barbara Marinak

Penn State Harrisburg faculty researchers Shanetia Clark and Barbara Marinak advocate a simple way to help stop the rise in bullying in our nation’s schools. Teach students about kindness – and show them through books, other materials, and discussion.

This view recently caught the attention of Harrisburg’s ABC 27 WHTM-TV, which featured Clark, assistant professor of education, and Marinak, assistant professor of reading, in a segment of the show Highmark Healthy High 5.

January 4, 2011
SAT Exam Prep Course

Penn State Harrisburg is offering the SAT Exam Prep Course to students in grades 9 through 12 on six Saturdays, January 22 through March 5, 2011.

The course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on each day in the Educational Activities Building on campus.  No class will be held February 5.

December 14, 2010
Yasmin Sharaz

Yasmin Shiraz’s December 8 presentation, “The Politics of Hip-Hop,” offered a view of hip-hop society through the exploration of the sexism, racism and capitalism that permeates the culture.

As a former publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Rhythms hip-hop magazine, Shiraz shared her inside knowledge of life in the hip-hop entertainment industry.

Shiraz is an empowerment speaker, award-winning filmmaker and author.  Following the presentation, she signed her book, Exclusive: A Novel.

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