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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Based on evolving federal guidance and statewide mitigation plans announced by Gov. Tom Wolf around the growing coronavirus pandemic and the global efforts underway to stop its spread, Penn State has extended the remote-delivery period for all classes through at least the spring semester. Examinations will also be administered remotely. Additionally, spring commencement ceremonies will be postponed while the University explores options for celebrating the achievements of our students.


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Social distancing tips from a Penn State expert

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread into more American communities, public health officials are asking individuals to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic. But what does that really mean in practical terms? Epidemiologist Matt Ferrari, associate professor of biology at Penn State, shares his expertise on some of our most frequently asked questions.  Full story

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University Libraries closing all locations

Thursday evening’s (March 19) announcement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf closing all “non-life-sustaining businesses” across the commonwealth, effective at 8 p.m., necessitates the closure of all Penn State University Libraries locations, effective immediately and until further notice. University Libraries virtual library services and resources remain open and faculty and staff are available remotely to assist with Penn State academic and research needs.   Full story

Emergency fund to support Penn State students amid coronavirus precautions

As Penn State continues to navigate the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many community members have asked what they can do to support students adversely impacted by process changes and campus closures. Through a newly launched effort, gifts to the Student Care & Advocacy Emergency Fund will be made available to students in financial need across the commonwealth who apply for emergency assistance.  Full story

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Liberal arts student starts first League of Women Voters collegiate chapter

The first collegiate chapter of the national League of Women Voters will be coming to Penn State, thanks to first-year student Sarabeth Bowmaster. The Paterno Fellow is passionate about getting students to vote, and she credits her majors in political science and women's studies with influencing her decision to start the new chapter at Penn State.  Full story