After decades of teaching and helping countless students, Marilyn Daniels, James Klein and Gayle Smith retired this spring. All three have been familiar faces at Penn State Worthington Scranton for the past four decades and all three have been granted professor emeritus status by the University.
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Penn State's impact extends well beyond its teaching and research. In fact, Penn State is Pennsylvania's largest economic engine, generating more than $17 billion a year in overall economic impact and supporting more than 67,000 jobs. Penn State Worthington Scranton contributed $76.8 million of that amount and nearly 380 regional jobs.
In an independent report released April 23, data show that Penn State not only is fueling the growth of Pennsylvania by directly generating nearly $8.5 billion in economic impact but also influences an additional $8.7 billion through business services, research commercialization and the activities of alumni.
Penn State Worthington Scranton, with a student population of 1,379, contributed more than $57 million last year to Penn State's total business volume impact in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. The University overall generated more than 2 percent of the state's business volume or more than $1 out of every $50 dollars in the state's total economy.
The recently released movie, "The Haunting in Connecticutt" is based on a case that John Zaffis, "Godfather of the Paranormal" and founder of the Paranormal Society of New England actually worked on. This is just one of the cases he will discuss when he appears at Penn State Worthington Scranton on Thursday, April 16 to give a presentation on his work and experiences with the paranormal. The lecture will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Study Learning Center's K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge. It is free and open to the public.
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) recently named two more Penn State Worthington Scranton student-athletes to its National All-Academic Team. Mallory Pencek, a senior business major from Factoryville, and Patrick Cunningham, a sophomore mining engineering major in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from Peckville, were recently honored at the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the USCAA Pre-Tournament Basketball Banquet. In order to achieve National All-Academic Team standing, student athletes must consistently maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average. Pencek and Cunningham join four other student-athletes from Worthington Scranton who also received National All-Academic Team honors this year.
Corey Chorba, a junior at Penn State Worthington Scranton, recently presented "Parental Acceptance in Childhood, Intimate Partner Attachment and Psychological Well-Being Among College Students in the U.S." at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR) in Las Vegas. Chorba, a human development and family studies (HDFS) major, has been doing undergraduate research with Parminder Parmar, an assistant HDFS professor who had asked him to make the presentation and presented with him. Parmar said the work is "ground-breaking research in the field of parental acceptance, rejection and adult attachment."
Philip Mosley, professor of English and comparative literature at Penn State Worthington Scranton, lectured recently in Taipei, Taiwan, and also contributed to the program notes for an opera production in England. Mosley lectured on contemporary European cinema at Fu Jen Catholic University at the invitation of Ying-ying Chien, director of the university's comparative literature graduate program, and wrote a short essay for the English Royal Opera's recent production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's "Die tote Stadt" at the Royal Opera House in London.
Students at Penn State Worthington Scranton will have plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks to learn more about black history and culture through a series of events organized to celebrate Black History Month. From informational posters displayed throughout the campus celebrating African American individuals who played significant roles in history, to movies telling the true stories of individuals who fought against racism and prejudice, students will learn more about the African American culture.
Gary Drapek '80 will be recognized as the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society's 2008 Alumnus of the Year Tuesday, Feb. 17, at a campus reception in his honor. Drapek, president and chief executive officer for United Way of Lackawanna County, joined the organization in 1987 as vice president of marketing and public relations, a position he held for 12 years. He also served as vice president of communications for Condron & Company, Scranton, before returning to the United Way in August 2002.