Penn State Harrisburg


August 12, 2010

Source:; Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Hampden Township man has been charged with homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy in the killing of a man at a Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range outside Carlisle. That, in and of itself, while unfortunate, is not what stands out about this case to some. What stands out is what, according to a report in Tuesday's Patriot-News, police say the charged man – a suspended corrections officer – told them – that he had been stealing guns for an organization that wants to overthrow the government, and that he would kill to defend his country.

Dr. Michael Kenney, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Penn State Harrisburg, told the newspaper that Pennsylvania has seen "an uptick in domestic terrorist groups and incidents." We'll explore the conditions that might lead to such 'home-grown' terrorism with Dr. Kenney on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk.

Read the full story.

August 11, 2010

Source:; July 27, 2010. [Comments from Penn State Harrisburg Assistant Professor of Logistics and Operations Management Peter Swan.]

The amount of freight handled by Harrisburg International Airport apparently is turning out to be a good barometer of the economy.
As the economy tumbled into recession in 2008 and 2009, the amount of freight in and out of HIA, measured by tons handled by companies such as FedEx and UPS, went down as well. 

August 9, 2010

Source:; August 3, 2010

A local expert [Penn State Harrisburg Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Michael Kenney] says after the Oklahoma City bombing, militia groups across the country went silent.

However, they are popping back on the radar.

July 28, 2010

Source: Dan Miller, The Patriot-News; July 22

Midstate parents and their kids have a mind-bog­gling array of summer camps from which to choose. You can play soccer, climb rocks, read Shake­speare or learn about photography, to name a few. But that's so yesterday.

What about learning how investigators use the Inter­net and other tools to get one step ahead of terrorists?

July 28, 2010

The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. (RMC) at Penn State Harrisburg is supporting the Home Builders Association of Berks County and the Emmy-winning show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for a future installment of the popular show.

Extreme Makeover and the builders association will build a home for a deserving Pennsylvania family in an upcoming episode. The RMC will recommend Pennsylvania-produced, recycled content, green building products for the team to use.  The RMC also is coordinating the recycling of the project materials.

July 22, 2010

Penn State Harrisburg has been formally accepted as an active NCAA Division III member effective Sept. 1, 2010. On July 20, the NCAA Division III Management Council accepted its Membership Committee’s recommendation that Penn State Harrisburg be granted active membership status.

July 22, 2010

Source:; July 21, 2010

Nine middle and high school students from throughout the midstate this week are taking a new summer camp in homeland security and intelligence at Penn State Harrisburg. The camp is among the programs the campus is launching this year through a $1 million federal grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Penn State Harrisburg has partnered with other colleges throughout the Penn State system to create an online master’s degree in homeland security.

July 22, 2010

Source: Penn State Live; July 15, 2010

The actress Claire Danes, usually so expressive and radiant, looks blank and awkward. The scene is an HBO movie in which Danes plays Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who became an acclaimed animal behavior expert and cattle-chute designer. In real life, Grandin says that autism makes social interactions difficult, but gives her special abilities that make her better at her job. Can autistic people succeed in the workplace?

June 23, 2010
Dr. Barbara Sims

Barbara A. Sims, professor and chair of criminal justice and director of Penn State Harrisburg’s Honors Program, has been named an Administrative Fellow by Penn State.

June 22, 2010

[updated 6-10-10]

A new summer course at Penn State Harrisburg will teach educators and guidance counselors about skills their students need for careers in security and intelligence.

Part of a federally funded University initiative, “National Security, Homeland Security, and Intelligence Communities: Structure, Process, and Career Opportunities” will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m. June 29 through August 10.

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