Penn State Philadelphia Region news

Philadelphia Region edition
Monday, March 30, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Status update on Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses
-- Penn State Brandywine students adjust to remote learning
-- Outside the classroom, Abington nurtures virtual connections with students
-- Abington students, local residents share conversations and cultures
-- Accounting student lands position with PwC
-- Penn State announces 2020 University-wide faculty and staff awards
-- Guertin recognized with 2020 President's Award for academic integration
-- Benfield is 2020 recipient of Faculty Outreach Award
-- Six faculty members receive 2020 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching
-- Salguero is recipient of 2020 Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award
-- Optional alternative grading scale implemented for spring 2020 semester
-- Send us your 'We Are' stories

VIDEOS:
-- A message from Brandywine Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells

Also in this issue: Events and Media Highlights.

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STORIES:

Status update on Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses
With Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's March 25 "Stay at Home" order, Penn State is updating the status of its Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MyPWCPyY
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Penn State Brandywine students adjust to remote learning
Transitioning 1,300 college students from in-person classes to remote learning with only a few days' notice is no easy feat, but in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Penn State Brandywine was able to make the switch with minimal impact on students' coursework.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qWhWXNdH
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Outside the classroom, Abington nurtures virtual connections with students
Penn State Abington is committed to supporting its students by remaining connected to them outside the classroom despite the coronavirus pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/B_FJPdcX
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Abington students, local residents share conversations and cultures
Penn State Abington is one of the most diverse campuses within Penn State and the college makes it a priority to embrace its broad variety of cultures and languages inside and outside the classroom.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JC3ST8pb
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Accounting student lands position with PwC
John Boland accepted an offer as an audit associate at the highly competitive firm after just a few months in the Master of Professional Accounting program offered by Penn State Great Valley.

https://news.psu.edu/link/DKz3NRg7
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Penn State announces 2020 University-wide faculty and staff awards
Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. These awards highlight many of the faculty and staff who go above and beyond.

https://news.psu.edu/link/FCdyWQN1
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Guertin recognized with 2020 President's Award for academic integration
Laura Guertin, professor of earth science at Penn State Brandywine, has been awarded the 2020 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hGhs7xYY
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Benfield is 2020 recipient of Faculty Outreach Award
Jacob Benfield, associate professor of psychology and social science at Penn State Abington, has received the 2020 Faculty Outreach Award.

https://news.psu.edu/link/D1MWwjJw
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Six faculty members receive 2020 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching
Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2020 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6c4wcw_G
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Salguero is recipient of 2020 Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award
Pierce Salguero, associate professor of Asian history and religious studies at Penn State Abington, is the recipient of the 2020 Teaching and Learning with Technology Impact Award.


https://news.psu.edu/link/9z58zcpk
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Optional alternative grading scale implemented for spring 2020 semester
Penn State is implementing a new opt-in grading system for the spring 2020 semester that will give students flexibility, help preserve GPAs and minimize impacts to students' transcripts during the academic challenges presented by the novel coronavirus public health crisis.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pxvfcRmk
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Send us your 'We Are' stories
During these challenging times, the Penn State spirit of "We Are" is more important than perhaps ever before. We want to hear stories of how you or other Penn Staters are coming together for the greater good — to innovate, solve problems and continue to realize Penn State's commitment to excellence.

https://news.psu.edu/link/r9nj81fV

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VIDEOS:

A message from Brandywine Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells
"I can empathize with how difficult this change has been—both as a chancellor and as a parent." — Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells. Watch our video to hear a message from Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells regarding Brandywine's transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Fg2nqfDX

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EVENTS:

Great Valley
Master of Science in Information Science and Master of Software Engineering Webinar
12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 22

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

The Daily Times - Saturday, March 28, 2020
Learning in an age of remote instruction
The adjustment from in-person instruction to remote learning has not been as difficult for Penn State Brandywine junior Victor Ficarra.

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

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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/Sn4b11Xm

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