Penn State Philadelphia Region news

Philadelphia Region edition
Monday, October 5, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Pennsylvania launches COVID Alert PA app to help mitigate virus spread
-- Spring 2021 plans announced, giving students, faculty and staff time to prepare
-- Great Valley chancellor establishes $50,000 educational equity scholarship
-- North Eastern Athletic Conference postpones competition until 2021
-- PSUAC postpones the start of basketball to spring semester 2021
-- University Libraries offers undergraduate research skills virtual seminar series
-- Students encouraged to seek tutoring upon receiving Starfish notifications
-- International students share their experiences of learning during a pandemic
-- Penn State community invited to National Coffee with a Cop event
-- The Medical Minute: Planning ahead for a potential emergency department visit

VIDEOS:
-- Meet Brandywine's new Alumni Society Board members

Also in this issue: Events.

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STORIES:

Pennsylvania launches COVID Alert PA app to help mitigate virus spread
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine are encouraging Pennsylvanians to download COVID Alert PA, a COVID-19 exposure notification app designed to help fight the spread of the virus. Penn State is asking community members to do the same and utilize the app to help support existing virus monitoring and contact tracing efforts at the University.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Z18tmvSr
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Spring 2021 plans announced, giving students, faculty and staff time to prepare
Plans for Penn State's Spring 2021 semester, announced Oct. 4, include a later start in January; continuation of the current flexible instructional modes, including in-person; the elimination of spring break; and completion of instruction for all undergraduate and graduate students by April 30. The University will maintain its observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day on Jan. 18 for students and faculty, when no classes will be held and Dr. King's legacy will be celebrated through a number of virtual events. 

https://news.psu.edu/link/FDx5CTbT
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Great Valley chancellor establishes $50,000 educational equity scholarship
James Nemes had considered establishing a scholarship for a while, and the Educational Equity Matching Program provided the perfect opportunity to do so and create a lasting impact on the campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tmJr3P_P
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North Eastern Athletic Conference postpones competition until 2021
Penn State Abington athletes will continue to work in small groups and receive individual skill instruction from coaches to prepare for the spring semester.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CJHSZKfY
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PSUAC postpones the start of basketball to spring semester 2021
Penn State Commonwealth Campuses Beaver, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, Schuylkill, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre and York will follow national movement among small conferences and push basketball competition to the spring semester due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Lqq5Tgww
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University Libraries offers undergraduate research skills virtual seminar series
Beginning Oct. 6, Penn State University Libraries and the Office for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring will present a series of free virtual seminars designed to help undergraduate students build and enhance research skills.

https://news.psu.edu/link/V1CvTNnm
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Students encouraged to seek tutoring upon receiving Starfish notifications
When instructors across the University recently reported on students' academic progress in Starfish, a number of students received warning flags and were encouraged to improve their academic performance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/64M9SLYt
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International students share their experiences of learning during a pandemic
Penn State's international student population covers the entire world — quite literally. More than 10,000 international students from 140 countries and six continents attend Penn State each year. Their experience with the new remote learning is unique — and many times challenging.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sFjrnzp6
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Penn State community invited to National Coffee with a Cop event
National Coffee with a Cop Day is on Oct. 7, and Penn State police officers are celebrating by hosting a virtual event at noon for the Penn State community.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZPbS3HnY
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The Medical Minute: Planning ahead for a potential emergency department visit
Medical emergencies, by their nature, come with very little or no warning. While any injury or illness that requires a trip to the emergency room will likely cause distress, putting an action plan in place now can help minimize the anxiety and fear of a future visit.

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

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VIDEOS:

Meet Brandywine's new Alumni Society Board members
Help us welcome our new Brandywine Alumni Society board members! Four new board members have joined Brandywine for the 2020-21 academic year. Meet Michelle Haskins, Kevin Kane, Daniela Glaviano Hillman and Ronnie Bahn

https://news.psu.edu/link/RG1JqZ9S

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EVENTS:

Great Valley
Cyber Security Virtual Lunch and Learn
12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14
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Great Valley
MBA Webinar
12 p.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15
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Great Valley
International Student Webinar
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14
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Great Valley
'How The Electoral College Works And Why We Have One'
12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21
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Great Valley
Master of Professional Accounting Webinar
12 p.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22
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Great Valley
Penn State Great Valley Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28

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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/fyYTHJnt

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