Penn State Shenango's Occupational Therapy (OT) freshmen and sophomore students were out helping in the community as they participated in this year's OT Global Day of Service. Students volunteered at the Prince of Peace Center in Farrell, the Salvation Army in Sharon, the Mercer County Community Food Warehouse in Sharon, and the Hermitage School District.
A dozen Penn State Shenango students along with campus staff are spending their spring break this week in Belize, where they are helping to build a school library. Alternative Spring Break is very popular at the Shenango campus. For one student, Joe Berg, an information sciences and technology major, it has been a life-changing experience that has opened his eyes to what’s going on in the world outside his hometown. This is Berg’s third time participating in the University’s service/learning project. Upon returning from Belize, the Shenango students will make a formal presentation on their experience to an audience of their peers, faculty and others. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wed., April 2 in the Forker Lab Forum.
Students of Penn State Shenango were honored at the campus' 2011 Honors Convocation and Recognition Banquet for their outstanding academic and student life achievements and services. The recipients of this year's Eric and Josephine Walker Award, Dennis W. Bartholomew Outstanding Adult Student Award, and Ann Wansack Award were included in the ceremony.
Three Penn State Shenango business students finished in a worldwide tie for first place over a 10-week period for their overall company performance as they competed in a business simulation computer game titled GLO-BUS (Global Business). The students are Brandon Hall of Hubbard, Ohio; Christopher Morgan of Transfer, Pa.; and Chad Webster of West Middlesex, Pa.
Codi Shine is this year's recipient of the prestigious Sharonsteel Scholar award, a four-year, full-tuition grant to Penn State funded by the Sharonsteel Foundation. The award, presented by Sharonsteel Trust Administrator Lori Darby, marks the 14th year that a Penn State Shenango student has been presented with this honor.
After weeks of hard work restoring and fixing community-donated computer systems, Penn State Shenango's information, sciences and technology students were eager to hear Joe Flecher, executive director of the Prince of Peace Center in Farrell, explain to their class what receiving one of the more than 20 computer systems will mean to his clients at Prince of Peace. "The AWESOME program, one of our many programs at the Prince of Peace Center, enables our 'clients' to take classes to help them better their lives," Flecher told the students. "One particular component of the AWESOME program is to offer computer classes so that people can look for jobs online, compose resumes and cover letters, and help their children with homework. Once an eligible client has completed 12 classes, we will provide them with one of the restored computer systems. You can't imagine how much they appreciate it."
Penn State Shenango will begin its 44th year in the Shenango Valley when it opens its doors on Monday, Aug. 24. Several events are planned for new and returning students beginning with "Pride Day" orientation sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 18, for high school dual enrollment students and continuing with two sessions on Thursday Aug. 20 -- a morning session for traditional students and an evening session for adult and transfer students. A dance party cruise on the Gateway Clipper will be held on Friday, Aug. 21, and a back-to-school bash will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
On May 1, Penn State Shenango held its annual Honors Convocation and Recognition Banquet to honor and give recognition to its finest students, faculty, and staff. The event recognizes the outstanding achievements and services of many individuals, clubs, and organizations. The presenters at the ceremony included Stephanie Chastain, associate director of Student Affairs; several faculty and staff who had served as club advisers or taught honor classes throughout the year; Fred Leeds, chancellor; Ira Saltz, director of Academic Affairs; and Philip Nash, associate professor of history.
Six Penn State Shenango students presented their qualitative research projects at the Behrend Undergraduate Research Conference at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College on Saturday, April 18. The students completed their research under the guidance of Dr. Kathleen Mastrian, associate professor of nursing at Penn State Shenango.
Six Penn State Shenango students presented their qualitative research projects at the Behrend Undergraduate Research Conference at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College on Saturday, April 18. The students completed their research under the guidance of Kathleen Mastrian, associate professor of nursing at Penn State Shenango.