Penn State Harrisburg


February 9, 2011
A Rising People: Benjamin Franklin and the Americans

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $180,000 grant to Penn State Harrisburg that will allow teachers from across the United States to walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin. 

February 4, 2011

Marissa Graby Hoover was named interim director of development and alumni relations at Penn State Harrisburg, effective January 31, 2011. She replaces Jason Ketter who joined the Kutztown University Foundation.

February 4, 2011
"Lost and Found," one of the animated films to be presented during the college's International Film Festival's Kid Flix Mix
"My So-Called Enemy," which will be presented by director Lisa Gossels, and part of the college's International Film Festival

Penn State Harrisburg’s International Film Festival celebrates its 11th year with a program that includes notable films from around the world for adults and children alike.

February 4, 2011
Trevor Blank

Adding to his growing list of national awards, Penn State Harrisburg American Studies doctoral candidate Trevor Blank recently received the W. W. Newell Prize for the best student essay on a topic in children's folklore from the American Folklore Society.   

February 4, 2011
Rinku Sen

Penn State Harrisburg’s 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Lecture Series will begin Feb. 22 with Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and publisher of ColorLines magazine. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on campus in the Gallery Lounge, Olmsted Building, the lecture is free and open to the public.

January 28, 2011

Students from 18 area schools will gather on Penn State Harrisburg’s Capital Union Building for the 27th annual MATHCOUNTS competition Saturday, January 29, 2011.

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.

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