Fall 2016/Winter 2017


Alumni enjoy "We Are Weekend"Penn State Harrisburg celebrates “We Are Weekend” with food, fun, and a touch of nostalgia

Penn State Harrisburg welcomed more than 1,000 people – alumni, families, and friends – to campus to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary at “We Are Weekend: Alumni Open House,” October 14 through 16.


Tom and Kathy KuhnDevoted Partners, Dedicated Alums: Building a Penn State Legacy

For Thomas and Kathleen Kuhn, Penn State Harrisburg was and remains a vital part of their romance and their life devoted to country, education and community service.


Exterior of SEC BuildingNew Student Enrichment Center dedicated

Penn State Harrisburg dedicated the new Student Enrichment Center early this fall, with faculty, students, staff, distinguished guests and friends of the college. The 70,000-square-foot Student Enrichment Center, built at the core of campus, houses space for key new and existing student services.  It features student lounges, food service with open seating and a convenience store, a spiritual center, the bookstore and offices for student counseling and disability services, honors education, international student support services and international study programs.



Around Campus

  • Students in biology gain valuable field experience. Biology is one of the college’s newest majors.

  • Penn State Harrisburg joined the annual celebration of “Banned Books Week,” bringing attention to the issue of censorship, and reminding readers that information hasn’t always been as “free” as it is today.

  • The college’s theatre program presented the play “Proof.” The 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning play was directed by Dr. Maria Enriquez, lecturer in theatre, and featured students Lexi Fazzolari, Stephanie Cosgrove, Joseph Schwarz, and Josh Gerstenlauer.

  • This fall, the college hosted pre-and post-election panel discussions featuring speakers representing the major political parties who examined the policy initiatives of the 2016 presidential candidates.

  • Linda Schwab discussed the story of her family’s survival of the Holocaust as part of the college’s Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series. In the early 1990s, Schwab realized it was important to tell the story of the Holocaustso it would not be forgotten as the generation that experienced it firsthand passes on. 

  • The college hosted the Capital Region Internship Fair on campus, featuring more than 95 employers and attended by more than 400 students.

  • The Piscataway were the first Native Americans to encounter Captain John Smith along the banks of the Potomac River in 1608. Mark Tayac and the Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers presented their long standing traditions, culture and heritage on campus through song and dance.

  • In October, students strung bras across Vartan Plaza as a part of “Bras Across Campus,” an effort to raise breast cancer awareness and encourage prevention techniques such as breast self-exams.  

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