A faculty panel will explore pressing government issues including the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Gallery Lounge (W-107 Olmsted Building) at Penn State Harrisburg.
The Penn State Harrisburg schedule of summer courses is now available at Penn State's Schedule of Courses. You can see the course list and other information at the college's summer site. More information will be added to the listings as it becomes available. Registration for the summer 2013 semester opens to students Feb. 5. Summer sessions begin May 13 and June 26.
Kathleen Pavelko, president and CEO of witf, will deliver Penn State Harrisburg's fall 2012 commencement address on Saturday (Dec. 22). The campus expects to confer more than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
Since her tenure began in October 1999 at Harrisburg-based witf, a public media center, which serves 2 million citizens in south central Pennsylvania, Pavelko has led and completed a $39 million capital project, which financed the construction of a 72,000-square-foot public media center that opened in 2007. Under Pavelko's leadership, witf's total assets have quintupled.
This year, each of Penn State Harrisburg's five academic schools presented an Alumni Achievement Award to one of their graduates who demonstrates outstanding professional accomplishment. The awards, bestowed during the Alumni Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with Homecoming on Oct. 12, honor a diverse collection of talents and accomplishments from across the college.
Luke Kempski, a 1995 master's of education in training and development graduate, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Behavioral Science and Education. The School of Business Administration presented its Alumni Achievement Award to E. Philip Wenger, who holds a bachelor's degree in finance (1979) and a master of business administration (1987) from Penn State Harrisburg. Kathy Marley-Dunbar received the School of Humanities' Alumni Achievement Award. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in American studies from Penn State Harrisburg (1989 and 1993). The School of Public Affairs recognized Richard White, a 1997 graduate of the college's doctoral program in public administration, with its Alumni Achievement Award. John Mason Jr., a 1972 Penn State Harrisburg transportation technology graduate, received the Alumni Achievement Award presented by the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Political scientists and public policy experts at Penn State Harrisburg gathered on Nov. 7 to discuss the re-election of Barack Obama. Chief among the lessons learned from the election, they said, was that the face of the electorate in the United States is changing.
While polls reported a tightening race across the nation in the final days before the election, the contest came down to a few battleground states, according to the panelists. "It was a more targeted election than we've ever had in that there were only about nine states up for grabs," said Jeremy Plant, professor of public policy. Obama created momentum by taking early contests including Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Obama's ability to capture the vote of key groups proved pivotal to his victory. Obama took the youth vote, according to CNN exit polls garnering 60 percent of voters under 30, who made up a greater percentage of the electorate in 2012 than in 2008.
Examining the candidates' stances on issues of inequality in income and opportunity, the next in Penn State Harrisburg's 2012 discussion series of election-year topics, "Academic Perspectives on the Election Season," will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at noon in the Gallery Lounge, W-107 Olmsted Building.
A panel discussion examining the presidential candidates' campaign strategies is next up in Penn State Harrisburg's fall 2012 series Academic Perspectives on the Election Season, which looks at important election-year topics. Scheduled for noon Wednesday (Oct. 3) in the Gallery Lounge, W-107 Olmsted Building, the panel will explore the electoral system, party and candidate strategies from party perspectives, and communication strategies and the use of media.
A panel discussion examining the presidential candidates' economic policies is next up in Penn State Harrisburg's fall 2012 series "Academic Perspectives on the Election Season," which looks at important election-year topics. Scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon in the Gallery Lounge, W-107 Olmsted Building, the panel will discuss each candidate's stance on issues such as tax policies, national debt, unemployment, financial regulation, and international trade.
Goktug Morcol, Penn State Harrisburg associate professor of public administration and policy, has authored A Complexity Theory for Public Policy, a book that introduces practical application of complexity theory into the field of public policy. Published by Routledge, the book brings new perspectives into understanding the characteristics of complex policy systems.
Penn State Harrisburg will hold a Doctoral Programs Information Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, in the campus library. The session will provide information on the campus' doctorate in adult education, the doctorate in public administration and the doctorate in American studies. Those attending will have an opportunity to speak with faculty and students in the three programs. For more information, call 717-948-6250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penn State Harrisburg honored graduate and undergraduate students for accomplishments in academics, service, and leadership at the 2012 Student Awards Convocation April 15. A ceremony was held in the campus' Capital Union Building.
Adm. James M. Loy, retired deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard commandant, will deliver Penn State Harrisburg's spring commencement address on Saturday, May 5. The college will confer more than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.
U.S. News & World Report has listed Penn State Harrisburg's School of Public Affairs and part-time M.B.A. program in its 2013 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Penn State Harrisburg was the only central Pennsylvania school ranked in these categories.
The campus' recent 40th anniversary Model U.N. provided unique opportunities for college and high school students. More than 200 student delegates from 17 area high schools learned about global issues and practiced maintaining international peace and security at the conference. The campus' IAA club members coordinated the event and used it to kick off a fundraiser to help polio victims in Nigeria.