Student book signing and singing performance Monday in bookstore

April 11, 2012

Author and singer/songwriter Hanna McBean, a Penn State New Kensington student, will sign copies of her book and perform her songs from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the campus bookstore on the lower level of the Student Union Building.

McBean’s book, “Silent Spring: Sounds from Within,” features inspirational poetry that helps people take stock of the strengths and weaknesses of their own lives. The book delves into three phases of life -- The Struggle, The Mountaintop, and The Awakening --  that are essential to living a meaningful life." Silent Spring" was featured at the 2010 Book Expo America in New York, NY.

Accompanying McBean’s performance will be the campus Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Doug Starr, adjunct instructor in music. The group’s performance is a practical application of Starr's "Jazz Ensemble" class that teaches the fundamentals of jazz playing, rhythm, articulation and harmony. A public performance is a major component of the course work. Since there isn't a major in music at the New Kensington campus, the group comprises students from a variety of academic disciplines. McBean is the lead singer of the group.

The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

"Silent Spring" serves as the foundation for McBean’s motivational speeches. She travels throughout Pennsylvania and abroad to conduct poetry workshops. During spring break in March, she spoke with students at the Community College of Allegheny County.

“I encourage students through inspirational poetry, singing and playing the piano,” said McBean, a native of North Vandergrift and a graduate of Kiski Area High School.

McBean is a full-time sophomore majoring in organizational leadership, a program designed for adult learners.

The program’s flexibility allows her to take traditional classroom instruction offered during the day, at night, or on weekends, and to study online from home. She expects to graduate in 2014 with the wherewithal to begin a start-up company that addresses issues of at-risk children.

“I would like have my own corporation that offers extensive outreach to underprivileged youth and others facing difficult situations in life," said McBean, who lives in New Kensington with her husband and their six children. “The organizational leadership degree will help me get the company going.”

When she is not focused on her family or her studies, McBean can be found volunteering her services for activities on campus and in the community. On campus, she is a member of the Multi-Cultural Club and writes for the Nittany Pride, the student newspaper. In the community, she holds numerous leadership positions including secretary of the Youth department and assistant chair of the Choir department at Bethlehem Temple Church, secretary for the United Council Home Mission Department, and assistant secretary of the National Youth Department of True Apostolic Churches of Jesus Christ Inc.


  • Hannah McBean will sign books and sing songs Monday at the Penn State New Kensington Bookstore.

    IMAGE: Bill Woodard

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Last Updated April 12, 2012