New WPSU-FM series to showcase outstanding students 'Beyond the Classroom'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Stories of exceptional student involvement will be broadcast across WPSU-FM’s airwaves in a new occasional radio project, "Beyond the Classroom."

Premiering Nov. 21 on WPSU-FM during NPR’s "Morning Edition" (weekdays 5-9 a.m.), "Beyond the Classroom" explores the experiential learning that happens outside the university walls, and the students who go above and “beyond” normal expectations. In a time when potential employers are increasingly interested in more than just a grade-point average, the series will highlight college students taking part in internships and other hands-on learning experiences.

"The number of Americans earning college degrees has shot up in recent years. But in today’s stagnant economy that means more people are competing for the same number of jobs,” said Emily Reddy, news director and producer for WPSU-FM. “Students are finding they need more than a degree and good grades to succeed.”

The premiere story features Chloe Weaver, a Penn State senior majoring in history and German in the College of the Liberal Arts. Weaver interned with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin this past summer. Her experience exemplifies the diverse opportunities available for liberal arts students, who are not required to do internships but are increasingly choosing to do so.

"Beyond the Classroom" will also feature students from other universities in WPSU-FM’s coverage area, including the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“The WPSU series on experiential learning is highly relevant for today’s higher education environment, because it has become as critical to students as their traditional classwork,” said James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs for Pitt-Bradford. “And for many, these experiences can lead to excellent networking opportunities and ultimately to job offers.”

WPSU-FM can be heard on 91.5 in State College; on 106.7 in Altoona; 100.9 in Bradford; 104.7 in Clearfield; 92.1 in Dubois; 92.3 in Huntington; 90.1 in northern Pennsylvania; and on 95.1 in Treasure Lake. WPSU-FM, which is a part of Penn State Public Media, can also be streamed online at http://www.wpsu.org.

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Last Updated November 25, 2013