Dr. Richard Fiene, associate professor of human development and family studies, received the 2010 National Association for Regulatory Administration President’s Award for his contributions to establish child care licensing as the foundation of a high quality early childhood system. The award was given at the association’s national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio Nov. 16.
Penn State Harrisburg alumnus Kevin M. Harter was recently named Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Harter, of Mechanicsburg, was one of 23 Penn State alumni honored Oct. 13 for outstanding accomplishments. Nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professional fields, Alumni Fellows are invited by the University president to return to campus and share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators.
Penn State Harrisburg’s Alumni Society recently elected new officers and board members. Judy Hricak (1989, Humanities), vice president national practice manager – marketing and business development with Gannett Fleming, will serve as president and succeeds Jessica Gray (1997, Public Policy), executive director of the House Republican Caucus Chairman’s Office. Other new officers include Leslie Meals (1980, Social Science), administrative assistant with Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company, as vice president and Nydia Vazquez (2003, Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology), project engineer with Clark Construction, as secretary.
The college welcomes Dr. Robert Hill, associate professor of adult education at the University of Georgia to present “LGBTQ Issues in Higher Education: What Professionals Should Know and Do,” Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Gallery Lounge, Olmsted Building. Dr. Hill is a 1997 graduate of Penn State Harrisburg’s doctoral program in adult education.
Penn State Harrisburg presents “Academic Perspectives on Community Engagement,” Monday, Nov. 8 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Oliver LaGrone Cultural Center, Olmsted Building. The first in a series of workshops, the program will highlight approaches faculty can use to make learning come alive beyond the classroom and help students experience connections between their education and issues in their communities.
Why did a nation founded on ideals of freedom and equality tolerate for so long one of the harshest labor systems the world has known? A new traveling exhibition opening at the Penn State Harrisburg Library Thursday, October 28, 2010, looks for answers to this question by tracing Abraham Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator,” who freed all slaves with a revolutionary war-time proclamation in 1863. “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” will be on display until December 10, 2010.
Penn State Harrisburg's School of Public Affairs will host a pre-election “meet the candidates” forum, Tuesday, October 26, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge on campus.
Confirmed speakers for the event include state Senator David Argall, candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District seat, and Bucks County Commissioner James Cawley, candidate for Lt. Governor.
Mukund Kulkarni, senior associate dean for academic affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, has been named chancellor at Penn State Harrisburg, effective Nov. 1. He has served as interim chancellor at the campus since July 1.
Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities will host Raise the Song Again!, a concert featuring Penn State choirs from University locations at Harrisburg, Altoona, Berks, Schuylkill, University Park, and Erie. This is the second year the University choirs will collaborate for the event organized by Penn State Harrisburg’s choir director, O. David Deitz.