Cindy Chua-Speece, a military spouse living in Australia, and Leo Jenkins of Republic, Washington, are two Penn State World Campus students traveling from far and wide to take part in Penn State’s University Park campus commencement ceremonies.
The Penn State World Campus mobile website has won the Gold Award for Interactive Marketing - Mobile Marketing in the 2012 University Professional Continuing Education Association's (UPCEA) marketing awards competition. UPCEA is the leading association for universities engaged in professional, continuing and online learning. The awards, which recognize the best marketing practices and promotional pieces nationally in these fields, will be presented Nov. 8 during UPCEA's 21st Annual Marketing Seminar in New Orleans. The World Campus mobile website debuted in July 2011 as part of the overall redesign of the World Campus website. The goal of the mobile site is to help busy prospective students and current adult learners quickly and easily access information about Penn State's online education programs and student support services from their smartphones. The World Campus mobile website features a streamlined design, quick load times for content and easy button features and functionality for mobile devices.
Penn State World Campus' newest television commercial is the recipient of the 2012 Dorothy Durkin Award for Marketing and Promotions - Broadcast from the University Professional Continuing Education Association's Mid-Atlantic Region. With the theme "This is My Life, This is My Penn State," the World Campus TV commercial lets students tell their story about how they connect with Penn State and fit education into their busy lives using the convenience of online education.
Penn State adult learner Nicole Bianchi studied online in public libraries between her husband's Minor League baseball games. Lt. Michael Choe, a U.S. Navy pilot, and his wife Amanda Choe juggled the challenges of military life to complete their degrees online. They and other adult students who earned their degrees at University Park campus and online through the World Campus will be honored at a Penn State Outreach graduation celebration.
The number of students enrolled in Penn State's World Campus grew 21 percent since fall 2010, from 8,524 to 10,314, according to newly released Penn State enrollment data. This is the second consecutive year of 20 percent growth for students enrolled online, following a 20 percent increase in 2009.
Two Army sergeants living in Virginia chose Penn State online degree programs to help them achieve their education goals while serving on active duty. Margaret Smith works in a military intelligence unit at Fort Meade, Md., and Richard Bright is in retention and attrition management at Fort Lee, Va. Both will travel to Penn State's University Park campus to pick up their bachelor's degrees during the College of the Liberal Arts' commencement ceremony on May 14.