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New 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.

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It also features a 360-seat theater/lecture hall.  Highlights of events already held in the theater include a presentation by Dr. Chris Emdin, an author and associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who discussed his New York Times bestselling book “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... And the Rest of Y’all Too,” the Penn State Harrisburg theater production of the play “Proof,” and renowned urban studies expert Richard Florida. 

“Student enrollment at Penn State Harrisburg has grown consistently over the past decade, creating the demand for more spaces dedicated to students,” said Chancellor Mukund Kulkarni. “The Student Enrichment Center allows us to provide more comprehensive services to students in one central campus location, enhancing the living and learning experiences of our expanding student population.”

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The $30 million in funding for the Student Enrichment Center came from a mix of sources, including reserves for capital improvement, an internal loan, operating funds, student facility fees and Housing and Food Services. In addition, Penn State Harrisburg received leadership gifts from the late Russell E. Horn Sr., a 1933 Penn State graduate; Tim Sipe and Matt Genesio from Campus Heights, a local student housing developer; and William Lambert, a 1980 Penn State Harrisburg graduate, and his wife, Sandy, to support the project.

Horn’s gift is dedicated to two areas within the Student Enrichment Center: the Learning Center, which offers a range of tutoring services and fosters student collaborations, and a spiritual meditation center that accommodates students’ varied religious and spiritual practices. The Campus Heights Living Room provides students with a comfortable space to relax and connect with friends between classes and throughout the day.  The Lamberts’ gift supports advancement of student advising services, the offices for which are located in the new building.