Three distinguished writers will share their experiences and writings for the 2002-03 Creative Writer's Speaker Series at Penn State Erie. Speakers this season will be poet Lucia Perillo, poet Alan Michael Parker and fiction writer Amy Hempel. Perillo will read her poetry at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 12, in 117 Reed. Parker will read his poetry at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 17, in the Smith Chapel. Hempel will read her lyrical prose at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in 117 Reed. For the full story, visit
Laurence J. Mroz '94 was officially inducted as president of the Penn State Behrend Alumni Society at this year's Alumni Reunion Recognition Dinner, held Saturday, June 15. Mroz welcomed new Alumni Society board members Anthony Laska '84, David Mahoney '92 and Aaron Westfall '99, who began their board duties July 1. For the full story, visit
Inventors, small business start-ups and small manufacturers will benefit from Keystone Ideas, a new statewide program offered by the Plastics Technology Center (PTC). Keystone Ideas provides funding and consultant support to eligible clients for the feasibility, design, sourcing and production phases of new products. The PTC is a partner of the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center and Penn State Erie, and is closely associated with the campus's Plastics Engineering Technology program. For the full story, visit
The Center for Corporate and Adult Learning at Penn State Erie will offer a Web site Design and Development Certificate Program beginning Sept. 10 at the CAL Computer Lab, 4215 Station Road. Courses are scheduled Monday through Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout the coming academic year. Class topics include Introduction to the Internet, Basic Web Design, Using Graphics and Multimedia on Your Web Page, Introduction to HTML, Introduction to Java Script Programming, Web Administration and Security, Front Page, Dreamweaver, and Flash. For more information, visit
Registration is still open in a number of areas for College for Kids, a wide variety of one-week summer classes for children ages 6 to 16. The program continues at Penn State Erie through Aug. 9. There is a discount on the remaining open classes. Early and late day care available. To learn about the remaining classes call (814) 898-6212 or visit the College for Kids Web site at
Dr. Dan Barnard, director of Music at Noon: The Logan Wintergarden Series, recently announced the schedule of performers for the series' coming season. "We're delighted to offer a slate of diverse and talented ensembles this year," said Barnard, who is also a lecturer in music and director of choral ensembles. "These groups will bring new sounds and new ideas to our audiences, both young and old." Logan performers scheduled for this year include Gryphon Trio, Silk Road Music, Marian Anderson String Quartet, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Ariel Winds and Turtle Island String Quartet.
Construction of the new $30 million Research and Economic Development Center (REDC) at Penn State Erie is expected to begin in spring 2003. When completed, the center will support research designed to serve the educational and economic development interests of northwestern Pennsylvania. Penn State's Board of Trustees approved preliminary plans for the 150,000-square-foot academic building, which will be constructed on the east side of Jordan Road on the hill above the Smith Chapel and Junker Center. When completed, it will be the largest building on the campus.
Penn State ErieÃ¯Â¿Â½s well-received Open House Nights in Astronomy continue in the summer with Summer Nights in Astronomy. The next presentation is Thursday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m., when Roger Knacke, professor of astronomy and physics, will present Ã¯Â¿Â½Other Worlds: Discoveries of Distant Planets around Stars.Ã¯Â¿Â½ For more information, call the School of Science at 814-898-6105.
High school juniors and seniors and their families are invited to Spend
a Summer Day or a Spend a Summer Evening at Penn State Erie on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m., or on Friday, July 12, beginning at 2 p.m. Both day and evening programs include an information fair and information presentation, and campus walking tours. Registration for the day or evening events is available by telephone at 866-374-3378 (toll-free) or at 814-898-6100, or online at
Two athletes from Penn State Erie baseball, senior Jake Boyle of
Cambridge Springs and senior Chris Shearer of Butler, have been named to the 2002 Verizon/CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America Baseball Team. Penn State Erie was the only school to have two first team members. For more on this story, go to
Dissatisfied with U.S. News and World Report's college rankings, the
Pew Charitable Trusts created a task force to develop another measure to better assess the quality of the college experience for undergraduate students. The new tool is called the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Penn State Erie administered the NSSE to 900 randomly selected first-year and fourth-year students this spring and expects to receive a report on the results this fall. For more on this story, go to
Faculty, staff, students, and visitors to Penn State Erie will be able to access the campus in spite of Eastside Access Highway construction, according to Director of Operations John Ream. Although there may be short delays, PennDOT has planned its construction to maintain access as it closes the old entrance and builds the new one. For more on this story, go to