Currents - Fall 2015/Winter 2016


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Folk Arts: Preserving Pennsylvania's Cultural Past

Penn State Harrisburg’s Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies, affiliated with the college’s School of Humanities, recently acquired a treasure trove of Pennsylvania folk art and folk life materials, which weave a unique, colorful tale about the diverse people and communities in Pennsylvania.


Student Mario Soliman and tour guide

Service in Learning: From Medical Kits to Marketing Plans

In March 2015, nine Penn State honors students, including five from Penn State Harrisburg, travelled to Peru for a study tour that focused on how to learn and serve in a cross-cultural environment. They visited the Amazon Rainforest; Puerto Maldonado, the town at the opening to the rainforest; and Lima, Peru’s capital and largest city. 


Memorial donations for the late Barry Uber helped students in need

Unique efforts help to build Student Emergency Assistance Fund

They say sometimes it’s the little things. Penn State Harrisburg’s Student Emergency Assistance Fund is designed for just that – helping students with the little things – and sometimes even the big ones – that can prevent them from graduating. Maybe it’s money for a car repair so a commuter can get to campus or for groceries to get a student through to the semester’s end. Through small and large contributions, donors can provide for school supplies, transportation fees, meals, and tuition costs for students in need.



Around Campus

Sports Highlights 

  • The Penn State Harrisburg golf team set new school records at the Tom Kreider Memorial Tournament. On the first day, the Nittany Lions finished with a score of 296, and by the end of day two, had a cumulative score of 600. Both of these scores set new school records for the Nittany Lions in the first match of the year.

  • Penn State Harrisburg women’s soccer player Kristin Stark (Lancaster, Pa./Donegal) was named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-Conference Selection. She scored ten goals and had five assists in her first season.

  • At a recent meet at Ursinus College, the Penn State Harrisburg indoor track team broke seven school records, three students qualified for the CAC Championships, and one student qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. 

  • This fall the college opened its new soccer field at Nittany Place, adjacent to campus, courtesy of alums John Tierney and Matt Tunnell, of the Lift Development, LLC. The new field will allow Penn State Harrisburg to host playoff games and will permit more people to support the Nittany Lions. Primarily intended for men’s and women’s soccer, the field will also benefit all athletic programs.