Currents - Spring/Summer 2014


Dick Thornburgh

TMI@35 The Three Mile Island Nuclear Crisis in Perspective: Analyses, Stories, Policies

On March 28, 1979, the worst accident in commercial nuclear power history in the United States began unfolding at the Three Mile Island (TMI) plant outside Middletown, Pa. The events of the ensuing week would rivet the attention of the world on the Harrisburg area.


Herold Denton

Savior, Rock Star, Hero: Who’s best at the helm in a crisis?

In a crisis you want a leader who is calm, unassuming, and honest. You want someone just like Harold Denton, said Dr. Holly Angelique, professor ofcommunity psychology at Penn State Harrisburg.



Playing it safe

Advances in technology have brought “the cloud” within reach of anyone who uses a computer, which is just about all of us.


A female international student

Programs aim to ease transitions, celebrate culture

Boarding a plane in her home country of Ghana, bound for the U.S., Nana Annan could feel her heart beating.  She was embarking on a journey that would take her thousands of miles away.



Around Campus

  • In April, Penn State Harrisburg men put on high heels to participate in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.

  • In March, the college community joined together in the Oliver LaGrone Cultural Center to celebrate the life and legacy of the room’s namesake.

  • Instructor Holly McKenna led the 2014 swim-a-thon – swimming 15 miles in 15 hours – to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports patients and families battling pediatric cancer.

  • Advanced Graphic Design students constructed an 8’ x 42’ panorama of the text of the Gettysburg Address, crafted out of cardboard boxes and painstakingly hand-cut letters, as the backdrop for a recent National Gettysburg Address Competition.

  • At the college’s annual Women’s History Month panel, alumni including Kelly Logan, ’99 MBA, Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, shared their career and life experiences.

  • International lunches and coffee hours held throughout the semester introduce the community to the diverse cultures on campus. Ireland, Japan, and Ghana were among the countries highlighted this spring.

Sports Highlights

  • Senior Chidere Igwe this fall became the women’s volleyball program all-time leader in kills. Senior Bree Green set an NCAA record when she served 24 consecutive points in a match on Sep. 20, 2013.

  • The men’s cross country team finished off the most successful season in program history this fall. The team took home the overall team trophy at the school’s home meet on Oct. 4, 2013, a program first.

  • Will Doyle, a senior captain on the men’s basketball team, set the school’s single game point record with 40 points in December. He also made school history in his final collegiate game by joining the 900 point club and sharing the school title for three-point field goals made. His play earned him Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All Conference honors.

  • Colton Houseal became the men’s baseball all-time leader in hits and total bases.

  • Women’s softball player Gabrielle Wolfe was named to the Capital Athletic Conference All Conference First Team. She ranked first in the CAC with 16 doubles and recorded her 200th strikeout in the last game of the season, putting her second in the school’s record book.

  • Women’s soccer player Mackenzie Gates and men’s golfer Tyler Shank were named Penn State Harrisburg’s 2013-14 Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year.

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