The Lehigh County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will be hosting a Football 101 Seminar featuring speaker Al Leonzi, the retired head football coach of Kutztown University (1991-1998). He will offer a coach?s view of offensive and defensive football as well as information on new terminology such as ?bubble screen? and ?zone blocking.? Leonzi is a fan of Penn State?s Joe Paterno. The event will be held Tuesday, March 25 at the Days Inn Conference Center at the intersection of Rt. 309 and Rt. 22. It will start at 6:30 p.m. with a hot dog and BBQ buffet.
The Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College Alumni Society invites you to a performance by The Singing Lions on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Perkins Student Auditorium on the Berks campus. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Singing Lions is a performance ensemble that has been part of Penn State University Park?s campus for more than 20 years and provides exciting, energy-packed shows for all ages. The repertoire consists of jazz, Broadway, and pop. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Heather Angstadt at (610) 396-6052 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
In November 2002, several artists came to Penn State Lehigh Valley to spend a week creating their impressions of the campus. They painted, answered questions about their techniques from passing students, and seemed to enjoy their "college experience." The artists -- Susan Duby, Donna Haney, Rosemary Geseck, Donna Needs, Jill Peckelun and Margaret Sentz -- worked in the hallways, outside classroom doors, and on the campus grounds in their quest to capture the "real" campus scene.
Susan Phillips Speece, dean and CEO of Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College, is one of four notable women who have been selected to receive the 2003 Women of Distinction Awards by the Girl Scouts-Great Valley Council. The recipients will be honored at the Berks County Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on Tuesday, March 25, at the Sheraton Reading Hotel. Area corporations, community organizations, and individuals nominate the award winners, and prior award winners serve as the selection committee.
In their quest to explore the biodiversity of the world's ecosystems and delve into the world's cultural differences, Jacqueline McLaughlin and Stam Zervanos led a field course expedition through Costa Rica as part of their ongoing summer biodiversity courses. This summer, the two biology professors from Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College, along with eight students from the Lehigh Valley, Berks and University Park campuses, flew to the country's capital, San Jose, to begin their journey through one of the biologically wealthiest nations in the world.
It is essential to build a strong mathematic and science foundation early in a student's education for a career in engineering or engineering technology. Project Lead The Way is a program that introduces middle- and high-school students to technology and engineering, and it's a program that the Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College is launching in our local communities. Today there are more than 1.3 million engineering and/or engineering technology jobs in the United States without trained people to fill the need.
For all the avid Penn State football fans in the WFMZ area, there will be post-game highlights and pre-game talks every Monday night at 9:30 p.m. during football season. The Penn State Football Story is a weekly show that not only covers the previous Saturday's game, but also features interviews and discussions about the upcoming game. For more information, check your local television directory. WFMZ is available to more than 90,000 households, including those in Reading, the Poconos, Allentown, New Jersey, and Delaware. You can visit WFMZ at
Maureen Dunbar recently achieved a historic first at Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College, receiving the first research grant awarded from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the college. This is also a first in the history of the Berks and Lehigh Valley campuses. The NIH is one of the largest supporters of biomedical research in the world. The $138,307 three-year grant will support Dunbar's research proposal, titled, "The Role of PTHrP in Post-Natal Mammary Development." The grant includes funds to pay student research assistants to work with Dunbar.
September 11, 2002, the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, was commemorated by Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College with a week of special events. Both campuses held memorial ceremonies on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. The focal point of the Berks campus week-long tribute to those who perished and those who helped on Sept. 11 was a dedication ceremony of a memorial monument. The purpose was to honor America's heroes with a piece of artwork memorializing the tragedy.
Autumn Marisa is not a typical Penn State graduate. Although she has many traits in common with other alumni--she is intelligent, she is a Joe Paterno supporter, and she bleeds blue and white--Marisa also holds the title of Miss Pennsylvania. It became official in July. After only three days on the job as an NFL community relations coordinator, a "dream job" according to her, Marisa was crowned Miss Pennsylvania and has spent the rest of her summer preparing for the Miss America pageant in September. To read more, visit
Keeping pace with the growing student body, Berks campus began construction of an addition to the Franco Building in the spring of 2002 that is slated to be completed in time for the spring 2003 semester. The approximately $2 million addition (including equipment and furnishings) was designed by the architectural firm Apkin, Olshin, and Lawson-Bell in Philadelphia and the project is being coordinated by Hollenbach Construction, Inc., based in Lancaster. The 10,000-square-foot addition will house three new classrooms, a learning center and additional faculty offices.
September 11, 2001 is a date that will live in infamy. Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College is remembering the heroes and victims of that terrible day with a week of special activities at both campuses. The highlight of the week of events at Berks campus is the unveiling of a special piece of artwork memorializing the anniversary of the attack on America. The ceremony will be held on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. The artwork was the idea of Rose Glaser, a Reading native who works at Goodwill Industries as an employment specialist, placing disabled workers in jobs.
I hear it everywhere, "I can't believe the summer is almost over." There still are about the same number of days in our summer breaks (some of us don't have a summer break) and the days are still 24 hours long. Why is it then that time seems to pass so much more quickly? I can remember when I was younger that the older folks used to say that time passes more quickly as you age. That may be true, but I hear students saying the same thing. It is more than a simple matter of aging grey matter.
Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College is ready to start an exciting new academic year. The calendar is full of events -- cultural, educational and fun. See what's happening the first week at both at Berks campus and Lehigh Valley campus by visiting http://www.bklv.psu.edu/nittanynews/orientation.html.
A presentation of the new faculty for 2002-03 is at http://www.bklv.psu.edu/nittanynews/newfaculty.html, and one of the new staff is at http://www.bklv.psu.edu/nittanynews/newstaff.html.
In 1900, when Vassar College was 35 years old, Sophia Kirk, a contributor to important magazines like the Atlantic Monthly. and Harper's, made her attempt to explain "college girls" to a world that clearly still did not understand them. After pointing out that higher education for women was here to stay, she wrote,