Greater Allegheny to welcome students with academic convocation

Incoming students at Penn State Greater Allegheny will once again take part in a campus tradition by being pinned as a part of the annual academic convocation, to be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, in the campus' Wunderley Gymnasium. Chief Academic Officer Kurt Torell will welcome each student and direct campus faculty in awarding each incoming student with a campus pin.

Chancellor Curtiss E. Porter will address students and their families. The pinning ceremony was introduced under Porter’s leadership.

“The pin inaugurates each student’s admittance to the academic community of Penn State and the beginning of her/his future academic life” said Torell. “The academic convocation is the first day for Greater Allegheny students and their families to take part in becoming acclimated to the campus, to meet the campus community, and to become better aware of the quality education that they will receive at the University.”

The keynote speaker for the convocation is Verónica Montecinos, professor of sociology at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Montecinos received a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an internationally recognized researcher whose work has been published in academic journals and edited collections. She has written about democratization and the economics profession in Latin America, gender and pension reform, and regional integration among other topics. She is the author of "Economists, Politics and the State: Chile 1958-1994," published in 1998, and co-editor of "Economists in the Americas," a forthcoming publication.

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Last Updated August 12, 2009