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August 12, 2011

Penn State Harrisburg will host a 5k Pasta Run and Walk, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Penn State United Way Campaign.

Beginning at the college’s Capital Union Building (CUB), the event will cover a 3.1 mile path around the Penn State Harrisburg campus. A pasta dinner and awards ceremony will be held in Stacks Food Court, Olmsted Building after the run. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners, and the individual and team that raise the most donations for United Way. T-shirts will be provided to the first 300 registered competitors.

August 11, 2011

Forty-eight students from Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration have been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honors society that recognizes students in the top 10 percent of baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

August 4, 2011
Steven Peterson

You might say that some people have politics in their blood. Literally. A new book, co-edited by Dr. Steven Peterson, director of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, examines research on how biological factors can influence political behavior.

July 20, 2011
Board diversity

When it comes to building a personal financial portfolio, “diversify, diversify, diversify” is a common mantra. According to research by Penn State Harrisburg Assistant Professor of Management Lu Zhang, the same mantra is good advice when it comes to building a corporate board of directors.

Pressure for board diversification grew in the 1980s, but actual diversification has flat-lined recently. A 2008 report by The Alliance for Board Diversity found that women and minorities held 28 percent of Fortune 100 board seats, unchanged from a previous study.

July 14, 2011
Kenton Alston

Penn State Harrisburg basketball forward Kenton Alston (Steelton, Pa./Steelton-Highspire) was highlighted in Sports Illustrated’s  July 4 “Faces in the Crowd” column. 

July 13, 2011
Kara Boyd

Accolades keep coming for Penn State Harrisburg softball player Kara Boyd (Alexandria, PA/Juniata Valley).

Boyd has been named the 2011 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for triples per game (.27), making her the first Penn State Harrisburg athlete to earn such a title. She also was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference softball Player of the Year and made the all-conference first team as a pitcher and outfielder.

This spring, Boyd broke the NCAA Division III softball record for consecutive hits, with 17 in a row.

June 27, 2011
Kurt Moses

Long-time Penn State Harrisburg champion, Holocaust survivor, author, and lecturer Kurt Moses was named an honorary alumnus by the Penn State Alumni Association at a recognition ceremony June 3 at University Park.

June 27, 2011
Dr. Cynthia Mara

Dr. Cynthia Mara, Penn State Harrisburg associate professor emerita of health care administration, has received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Given by the Nursing Alumni Association, the award each year honors one alumnus who has significantly contributed to the nursing profession.

June 27, 2011
Robin Veder. Photo by Samuel Winch.

Robin Veder, associate professor of humanities and art history/visual culture at Penn State Harrisburg, has received a fellowship at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection for the 2011-2012 academic year.

June 20, 2011
Leah Wilhelm "sculpted" a tree from old cardboard and bottles, garnering her an "A" on a chemistry test and an Earth Day award.

As a first-year student at Penn State Harrisburg, Leah Wilhelm spent weeks preparing for a Chem 001 test.  She mixed old cardboard in a blender and painstakingly cut empty Mountain Dew bottles (16 of them) into small pieces. She recycled plastic newspaper bags and crafted a mini-tree swing of twine and wood. And, she made construction paper grass.

The result:  An “A” and a contest-winning Earth Day sculpture.

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