Penn State Philadelphia Region news

Philadelphia Region edition
Monday, December 21, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Penn State to begin spring semester remotely, delay in-person classes
-- Abington celebrates virtual fall commencement
-- Penn State Brandywine fall graduates receive degrees virtually
-- Great Valley alumnus creates cybersecurity units, awarded Legion of Merit
-- New Abington graduate secures job at global investment firm
-- Shine on: Abington honors diverse new alumni at Cultural Graduation
-- Interim Chancellor August: Thanks to all for perseverance and dedication
-- Retired Brandywine faculty, campus and community leader George Franz dies
-- PSUAC cancels fall and winter 2020-21 sports competition, championships

VIDEOS:
-- Messages from the Class of 2020
-- Happy Holidays from Penn State Brandywine

GALLERIES:
-- Penn State Brandywine fall 2020 commencement

Also in this issue: Events.

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STORIES:

Penn State to begin spring semester remotely, delay in-person classes
Penn State has decided to delay the start of in-person classes and transition to a fully remote learning environment for the beginning of the spring 2021 semester at all campus locations. This decision was made following extensive analysis and scenario planning given worsening virus conditions nationally and across the state indicating predictions of rising hospitalization rates in the coming weeks.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yVNzp7JL
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Abington celebrates virtual fall commencement
Penn State Abington launched 280 new graduates into the world at the summer/fall 2020 virtual commencement ceremony.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_Vvt3hgz
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Penn State Brandywine fall graduates receive degrees virtually
As Penn State conferred degrees upon its fall graduates during a virtual commencement ceremony on Dec. 19, nearly 60 Penn State Brandywine seniors watched the livestreamed event and celebrated their achievement with immediate family at their homes. The virtual ceremony was necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NzTww2Sb
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Great Valley alumnus creates cybersecurity units, awarded Legion of Merit
Col. Jeffery Lipson, a graduate of Penn State Great Valley's Master of Science in Information Science program, led the creation of cyber security units for the Marine Corps Forces Reserve, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ggDsMSQ4
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New Abington graduate secures job at global investment firm
Mohammed Nijim was a student athlete, campus leader, and he graduated a semester early with a 3.6 grade-point average.

https://news.psu.edu/link/h8GNns4P
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Shine on: Abington honors diverse new alumni at Cultural Graduation
The Penn State Abington Cultural Graduation is a special recognition celebration for new graduates who are students of color, LGBTQ+, and/or first-generation.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CBsPhKg4
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Interim Chancellor August: Thanks to all for perseverance and dedication
"Your perseverance and dedication are appreciated, and your positive attitude during this difficult time has been nothing short of inspiring," says Penn State Abington Interim Chancellor Andrew August. "I am grateful to the Penn State Abington community for rising to this challenge."

https://news.psu.edu/link/Qjj2HwpF
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Retired Brandywine faculty, campus and community leader George Franz dies
George W. Franz, who served as associate professor of history and American studies, director of academic affairs and interim chancellor during a nearly four-decade career at Penn State Brandywine, died Dec. 10, following a four-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 78.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WdJBFRDX
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PSUAC cancels fall and winter 2020-21 sports competition, championships
The PSUAC Executive Committee voted unanimously to cancel all intercollegiate athletics competition for fall and winter team sports during the 2020-21 academic year. The sports affected by this decision include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball, at Penn State Beaver, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Hazleton, Greater Allegheny, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre and York.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Zff5XpG2

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VIDEOS:

Messages from the Class of 2020
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Watch our video to hear several Brandywine grads share thoughts about their college experience and acknowledge those who helped them along the way. #PSUgrad #PSUBW2020

https://news.psu.edu/link/1HP9Q5Nx
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Happy Holidays from Penn State Brandywine
“Our students have formed bonds through profound changes this year, and through these bonds, found their strength, shone brightly and made lives better. We are so very proud of them and are grateful for the gifts of hope and optimism this Holiday season.”—Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells

https://news.psu.edu/link/NzsYT6vv

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GALLERIES:

Penn State Brandywine fall 2020 commencement
As Penn State conferred degrees upon its fall graduates during a virtual commencement ceremony on December 19, nearly 60 Penn State Brandywine seniors watched the livestreamed event and celebrated their achievement with immediate family at their homes. 



https://news.psu.edu/link/bNyP1QQj

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EVENTS:

Great Valley
Master of Leadership Development Webinar
12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12
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Great Valley
General Engineering and Technology Programs Webinar
12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26

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QUICK LINKS:

Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
https://news.psu.edu/link/Tpk7Z8Hw

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