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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.

January 18, 2011
Europe’s Jewish Heartland

Remnants and Renaissance: Photographs by Ruth Ellen Gruber of Europe’s Jewish Heartland will be on display from Jan. 25 through May 1 in the library’s Schwab Family Holocaust Reading Room on campus. Gruber also will be on campus March 21 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Jewish life in Eastern Europe today.

January 13, 2011
Globetrotter Anthony "Buckets" Blakes
Julius Brown

Two members of the Harlem Globetrotters visited the Penn State Harrisburg gym recently to practice the team’s new shot – the four-pointer –and to meet with local media.

The new shot is the latest trick for the Harlem Globetrotters, the traveling basketball team known for its combination of athleticism and comedy.  During the practice routine, several Penn State Harrisburg students also tried the shot. The visit to campus was shown on a segment of CBS 21’s evening news with reporter Jason Bristol.

January 13, 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, Monday, Jan. 17 at noon and Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium.  The play is free and open to the public.

[Due to inclement weather on Jan. 18, the second performance will be rescheduled for a later date.]

January 6, 2011
Advocating against bullying
Dr. Barbara Marinak

Penn State Harrisburg faculty researchers Shanetia Clark and Barbara Marinak advocate a simple way to help stop the rise in bullying in our nation’s schools. Teach students about kindness – and show them through books, other materials, and discussion.

This view recently caught the attention of Harrisburg’s ABC 27 WHTM-TV, which featured Clark, assistant professor of education, and Marinak, assistant professor of reading, in a segment of the show Highmark Healthy High 5.

January 4, 2011
SAT Exam Prep Course

Penn State Harrisburg is offering the SAT Exam Prep Course to students in grades 9 through 12 on six Saturdays, January 22 through March 5, 2011.

The course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on each day in the Educational Activities Building on campus.  No class will be held February 5.

December 14, 2010
Yasmin Sharaz

Yasmin Shiraz’s December 8 presentation, “The Politics of Hip-Hop,” offered a view of hip-hop society through the exploration of the sexism, racism and capitalism that permeates the culture.

As a former publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Rhythms hip-hop magazine, Shiraz shared her inside knowledge of life in the hip-hop entertainment industry.

Shiraz is an empowerment speaker, award-winning filmmaker and author.  Following the presentation, she signed her book, Exclusive: A Novel.

December 10, 2010
Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community

Dr. Simon Bronner, distinguished University professor of American Studies and folklore, has traced the development of Jewish society in central Pennsylvania in his new illustrated book Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community.

December 9, 2010

Imagine completing a semester’s worth of computer programming in one afternoon.  Two Penn State Harrisburg computer programming teams recently did just that in an all-out “battle of the brains.” 

December 8, 2010
Camilla Robinson

Camilla Robinson, criminal justice master’s degree student at Penn State Harrisburg, will receive the 2011 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Minorities and Women Section Esther Madriz Student Travel Award for her paper, "Use of Cell Phones in Law Enforcement."  

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