Currents - Spring/Summer 2016


Commencement, Then and Now

In 1968, Penn State Harrisburg, Capitol Campus as it was then known, graduated its first class. Twelve students traveled to University Park for the commencement ceremony. In 1969, the college held its first graduation on campus and awarded
251 degrees.  In May 2016, Penn State Harrisburg celebrated its 109th commencement. Approximately 500 students, 150 faculty and staff, and 4,100 guests attended the ceremony held at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. More than 1,800 people from around the world viewed the ceremony via live stream. More than 500 degrees were conferred that semester.


History Discovered

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, a graduate student in Penn State Harrisburg's American studies program, thought she would do her thesis on the history of hip-hop. But a chance sighting of black-and-white photos in a Philadelphia gallery window in 2014 would eventually change her mind and open up to her a world during the 1930s to 1960s in which African Americans ruled a section of Atlantic City beach, known as “Chicken Bone Beach.”


Drumming Up Business

Mechanical engineering technology is Allan Fausnaught’s major. But music is his passion, and it has driven him to combine his affinity for working with his hands and his entrepreneurial spirit into a business – Woodland Percussions – creating handcrafted drums.



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