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Nelson Rimensnyder and Lisa Nickerson

Couple’s gift establishes graduate scholarship in public administration

Nelson Rimensnyder, retired director of research for the U.S. House Committee on the District of Columbia and current director of the New Columbia Archives, and his wife, Lisa Nickerson, have made a commitment of $312,500 to establish the Rimensnyder Graduate Scholarship for Excellence in Public Administration at Penn State Harrisburg. The couple, who reside in Washington, D.C., share a legacy of public sector experience, both as federal employees and as civic activists.

First report on Pennsylvanians' online gambling behaviors released

Interactive gaming, or online gambling, became legal in Pennsylvania in 2017. In the first assessment of how this policy change is impacting Pennsylvanians, a recently released report by Penn State researchers and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs found that approximately 1 in 10 Pennsylvanians engage in interactive gaming.
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Penn State Harrisburg researchers receive grants to study PA populations

Bing Ran, associate professor of public administration, and Philip Sirinides, director of the college’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs and associate professor of education, recently received grants from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania to study Pennsylvania populations. Both studies will provide insight into the implications of the changing population in Pennsylvania.

School of Science, Engineering and Technology to present faculty seminar series

Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology will present a Lightning Round Seminar Series to promote research and discovery and grow collaborations among faculty. Multiple presentations are planned throughout the spring in the Educational Activities Building (Room 102) on campus and via webinar at