Penn State Wilkes-Barre students win arts award

December 16, 2010

Arts at Hayfield, a nonprofit community arts support organization housed at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, recently awarded Penn State Wilkes-Barre students Shannon Brace and Yu Wei Xie with the Irene Thomas Memorial Award for their contributions to the arts.


Brace is a dean’s list student whose artistic interests include writing novel-length stories, poetry, short stories and poetic drama.  She also is interested in photography, sewing, make-up design and artistic animation.  Brace has been involved in creating artistic and scary elements for Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Haunted Forest and serves as president of the Lazy Artists. She also participates in Student Government Association and the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments.


Xie holds a bachelor’s degree in dance education from Minzu University in Beijing, China. She previously taught dance in China and the United States; enjoys singing, drawing, and performing; and hopes to perform and teach dance to children after graduating from Penn State.


For more information, contact Melissa Gunshannon, Penn State Wilkes-Barre public information coordinator, at or 570-675-9269.

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Last Updated December 16, 2010