Penn State Shenango is gearing up for its part in this year's Mercer County United Way Campaign. The local United Way supports many worthwhile agencies within the community. For years, Penn State Shenango has played an important role in the local campaign. This year's chairperson is Paul Arrigo, head librarian at the Shenango campus. Special events are already being planned to help raise awareness of and support for the campaign. For more information, contact Arrigo at 724-983-2880.
A special remembrance will be held on the Lartz Commons area at Penn State Shenango on Monday, Sept. 11 for those who lost their lives in the tragedies that occurred on 9/11. The campus will be led in a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center) by the Rev. Terry Johnson, a human development and family studies major at the campus.
With the increase in Penn State's tuition this year a concern for many students, Penn State Shenango was pleased to give out more than $200,000 in scholarships to incoming first-year and returning students. More than 100 students received support from one or more of the dozens of scholarships that are available to students attending the Shenango campus. According to Steve Hessmann, director of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations, "The response to giving and the establishment of new scholarships during the Grand Destiny campaign have been terrific.
More than 3,000 servings of Penn State Creamery ice cream were dished out at this year's Buhl Day event at Buhl Park on Labor Day! Throughout the day, Penn State alumni volunteered their time as scoopers to help raise funds for student scholarships at the Shenango campus. Approximately $4,200 was raised for the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society Scholarship fund.
This year's Penn State Shenango Sharonsteel Foundation Scholar grant was recently presented to Rachelle Gill of Pulaski, Pa. Gill, a 2002 West Middlesex High School graduate, received the four-year, full-tuition grant from Lori Darby, trust administrator for the Sharonsteel Foundation. Gill is the seventh recipient of this prestigious award, which is given to area high school students based on their academic achievement, school and community involvement, financial need and recommendations.
Dr. Fredric Leeds, interim campus executive officer, will welcome new incoming students to the Penn State Shenango campus on Monday, August 26, at the campus' Orientation Day. Students will have an opportunity to meet other new or returning students; learn about clubs and organizations at Shenango; take a tour of the campus, and learn about the services available to them. The day will conclude with a brunch held on the Forker Laboratory lawn sponsored by the Student Affairs Office.
Penn State Shenango will begin this academic year with the addition of two new full-time faculty members. Dr. William M. McGuigan, assistant professor of human development and family studies, has been hired to teach the associate and baccalaureate courses in the campus' Human Development and Family Studies program. Dr. McGuigan comes to the Shenango campus from Oregon State University where he taught in their Human Development and Family Studies program.
On Labor Day, or what locals have come to know as "Buhl Day," Penn State alumni will once again be joining efforts to raise funds by scooping ice cream to hundreds of Penn State "ice cream lovers" at the area's annual Buhl Day celebration held at Buhl Park in Sharon, Pennsylvania from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Penn State Creamery ice cream booth, which is run by the Penn State Shenango Alumni Society, raises money for student scholarships at the local campus. For more information or to volunteer your services, call the University Relations Office at 724-983-2905.
Penn State Shenango will hold its Fifth Annual College for Kids Program beginning the week of July 15 and continuing through July 26. The two-week summer enrichment program for school-age children has continued to grow each year with the additions of College for Teens in 2000 and a June basketball camp in 2001. This year, more than 165 students will participate in College for Kids and College for Teens. Thanks to the generosity of friends, businesses, clubs and charities, many of these children have received scholarships to attend the program, which caters to children ages 7-15.
The Penn State Shenango 2001-2002 teaching awards were announced at this year's campus advisory board annual dinner meeting. Shirley Dillaman, instructor in biology, was awarded the Leonard R. Riforgiato Memorial Teaching Award and Jane Viti, part-time instructor in biology, was awarded the Margaret Cunningham Foley Memorial Teaching Award. Dillaman has taught anatomy and physiology at the campus since 1984. She has written and received several educational grants, and co-created an "Interactive Tutorial on the Human Muscular System," which she has incorporated into her classes.
Penn State Shenango will hold its 2002 Fall Enrollment Day on Wednesday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Sharon Hall Room 206. Students will have an opportunity to apply for admission and complete financial aid forms during their visit. Penn State Shenango offers bachelor's degrees in Business, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing for Registered Nurses, and a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum.
Steve Navarra has been named the Division of Undergraduate Studies Program Coordinator at Penn State Shenango effective July 1. In his new position, he is responsible for overall student advising at the campus, providing resources regarding program information, administering University placement testing, and conducting the first-year counseling and advising program. Navarra was hired at the Shenango campus in the fall of 1999 as a Career Counselor and Academic Advisor. He is a Penn State graduate, having earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1987.