Penn State Harrisburg


April 8, 2010
Jen Hirt

On her thirtieth birthday in 2005, Jen Hirt had the blueprint of a greenhouse tattooed on her left bicep.
Several young men waiting in the tattoo parlor wondered what the straight lines and strong angles of beams were all about. She explained it was the blueprint of a Dutch “winter garden” designed in 1737. “Cool,” said one guy, “you must be Dutch.” “No,” Hirt said. “I’m greenhouse.”

April 7, 2010
Robin Veder

Penn State Harrisburg faculty member Robin Veder will spend May 15 to August 15 as a visiting scholar-in-residence at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Research Center for Modernism in Santa Fe, N.M.

An assistant professor of humanities and art history/visual culture, Veder is one of only six scholars to be awarded the annual scholar-in-residence for projects related to the study of American modernism and to the art and life of O’Keeffe. Other 2010 scholars are from the universities of Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Miami, and New Mexico State.

April 7, 2010
Jon Goode
Emmy-nominated def poet Jon Goode recently shared his talents with Penn State Harrisburg students and faculty, opening with an ode to his mother and intermingling jokes and conversation with five other original poems. Def, or “slam,” poetry uses the literary elements of written poetry with the addition of a dynamic stage performance.  Always memorized, slam poems often include verbal and physical twists to draw in the audience.  
April 1, 2010

Penn State Harrisburg has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.

April 1, 2010

Information on undergraduate programs at Penn State Harrisburg will be available when the college hosts an Open House beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 10.

Penn State Harrisburg offers all four years of study in 31 bachelor’s degree programs as well as the first two years of study leading to more than 160 undergraduate majors offered throughout the Penn State system.

March 31, 2010

A workshop with guest author Gordon Korman will highlight the Young Writers Academy at Penn State Harrisburg, June 21 to 25.

Hosted by the college’s Capital Area Writing Project, the Young Writers Academy is a week-long enrichment program for school students interested in exploring a variety of writing genres. Instructed by National Writing Project Fellows, the academy is open to students in grades 4 to 12. Each participant will receive a writing journal and one of Korman's books.

March 31, 2010

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Winston A. Richards was one of two international presenters at the recent Statistics Week celebration at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

A frequent visitor to the university, Richards lecture topic was “Systematic Sampling to the Rescue.” The other presenter was Stanford University faculty member Ingram Olkin.

March 30, 2010
Dr. Mukund Kulkarni

Mukund Kulkarni, senior associate dean for academic affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, has been named interim chancellor at Penn State Harrisburg, effective July 1. He replaces Madlyn Hanes, who will take over July 1 for the retiring John Romano as vice president for Commonwealth Campuses.

Kulkarni joined Penn State Harrisburg as a member of the business faculty in 1985, and currently holds the rank of professor of finance. From 1996-2006 he served as director of the School of Business Administration at the campus. Under his leadership, the school experienced significant growth and received its initial AACSB accreditation. Kulkarni also was part of the inter-college leadership team that developed the iMBA, which has realized significant growth on behalf of the broader University.

March 29, 2010

A workshop involving three local high schools plus a free evening public concert featuring Penn State’s acclaimed “Hi-Lo’s” highlight a day of choral music Wednesday, March 31 at Penn State Harrisburg.

Students from Lower Dauphin, Central Dauphin, and Hershey high schools will participate in a 10:15 a.m. workshop led by Penn State Associate Professor of Music Christopher Kiver in the Capital Union Building on campus.

March 28, 2010
Dr. James Ruiz and Joongyeup Lee

For more than a decade, Penn State Harrisburg Associate Professor of Criminal Justice James Ruiz has gained a stellar reputation for his commitment to mentor students during their time at the college – and following graduation.

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences formally recognized that dedication when it recently presented Ruiz its 2010 Outstanding Mentor Award during the annual conference in San Diego.

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