Penn State Harrisburg


March 14, 2011
Publishing Celebration

(modified April 14, 2011)

Literary works with topics ranging from power and politics to farms and trains, including several books with local appeal, were among those honored March 3 when Penn State Harrisburg recognized 11 faculty members at its annual Publishing Celebration.

Hosted by the college’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the annual event honors faculty, staff, and students whose works have been published in the past year. Honored at the 2011 celebration were:

March 10, 2011

At a press conference Wednesday morning (March 9), Penn State President Graham Spanier said he will do everything in his power to fight the massive, unprecedented cuts in funding for public universities proposed in Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's budget unveiled on Tuesday. The governor has proposed a 52.4 percent reduction in Penn State's appropriation, which represents a decrease of $182 million.

[An archived version of Dr. Spanier’s remarks is available online from WPSU.]

"This is devastating news that could fundamentally change Penn State and our sister institutions in the state and have major negative impacts for the citizens of Pennsylvania and their families," Spanier said. "Penn State's appropriation is mostly used to offset the cost of education for Pennsylvania residents, and the direct impact of these cuts would be to undermine the support of in-state tuition for Pennsylvania resident-students. It will undoubtedly push the cost of a Penn State education out of reach for many Pennsylvania families who are already at the maximum level for loans and grants."

March 9, 2011

Penn State and other Pennsylvania public universities are slated for the most dramatic appropriation cut in the history of American higher education, based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget proposal released today (March 8) by Gov. Tom Corbett.

March 7, 2011

Penn State Harrisburg will host the fifth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Career Launch on March 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the Olmsted building on campus.  Designed to introduce ninth grade students to science, technology, math and business environments, the program features lectures, teamwork activities, hands-on discovery and mentoring. 

March 7, 2011
Rinku Sen

A leading figure in the racial justice movement over the last 20 years, Rinku Sen delivered a powerful message during her recent lecture on campus February 22.  She urged the audience to help “stop the anti-immigration hate machine” in our country.  Kicking-off the college’s 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Lecture Series, Sen’s message addressed the series topic, “A Socio-cultural Awakening: Rise Up!”

March 7, 2011
E. P. McKnight

E.P. McKnight will bring her acclaimed Broadway-style one-woman play “I Question America: A Legacy of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer” to Penn State Harrisburg Tuesday, March 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge.

The play follows the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a Civil Rights Movement leader who stood up against racism and the inequalities of her time.

March 7, 2011

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to sample Tajik traditional cuisine and learn about Tajikistan, its people and traditions March 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge.

March 7, 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, rescheduled due to inclement weather for Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital Union Building Student Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

The play reverses the ethnic roles and asks the audience to consider how a white man might be viewed by the black family of the woman he is dating.  

March 4, 2011
Ruth Ellen Gruber

Ruth Ellen Gruber will visit Penn State Harrisburg March 21 to discuss Jewish life in Eastern Europe today.  The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Morrison Gallery, Library.  Gruber’s exhibit, Remnants and Renaissance: Photographs by Ruth Ellen Gruber of Europe’s Jewish Heartland will be on display through May 1 in the college library’s Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room.  

March 4, 2011
Dr. Lance Watson

Dr. Lance Watson echoed the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. during a recent presentation at Penn State Harrisburg, advocating for equality, peace, and for Americans to come together.

Watson’s March 1 presentation was part of the Penn State Harrisburg 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Lecture Series. The senior pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., Watson addressed the series topic, “A Socio-cultural Awakening: Rise Up!”

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