In 1956, nationally syndicated labor columnist Victor Riesel was blinded in an organized crime-orchestrated sulfuric acid attack.
That tragic ambush on a New York City street is now the centerpiece of a Penn State Harrisburg faculty member’s ongoing research and upcoming third book on the history of journalism, organized crime, and labor racketeering.
Penn State Harrisburg’s Research Council Grant Program assists faculty research, but the main beneficiaries are students.
“The college each year sets aside a modest sum of money and competitively awards grants to faculty seeking to expand their research. As the major research university presence in the region, that is part of our mission,” explains Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Marian Walters.
An established training institute focused on improving the quality of child care in the midstate now has a new home at Penn State Harrisburg.
Affiliated with the University’s College of Health and Human Development since its inception in 1999, the Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute (CAECTI) is now a part of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg.
Six Penn State Harrisburg faculty members have earned promotions in academic rank from the University, effective July 1, 2009.
Promoted to professor is:
Elizabeth J. Tisdell, adult education
Promoted to associate professor are:
Nihal Bayraktar, economics
Shirley E. Clark, environmental engineering
Donald C. Hummer, criminal justice
Michael C. Kenney, political science and public policy
Catherine A. Rios, humanities and communications
Joongyeup Lee has come a long way from his home in South Korea – both geographically and academically.
Lee, who earned a degree in economics in his native country, came to Penn State Harrisburg in 2006 for a change in careers, enrolling in the master’s degree program in Criminal Justice and graduating in 2008.
Long before terms such as eco-friendly and sustainability became common in the world’s vocabulary, Penn State Harrisburg had a commitment to environmental study. That commitment continues to expand as the college offers programs targeted to professionals, students, and even schoolchildren.
Sustainability is the hallmark of the newest residence hall to be constructed at Penn State Harrisburg.
In keeping with the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the $10 million, 30,000-square-foot structure is planned to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and considers the environment and energy efficiency.