An artist reception for Bud Gibbons, assistant professor of art at Penn State New Kensington, will be held in the art gallery on April 11, at 7 p.m. Gibbons' exhibit, "Borrowing from the Past," is on display throughout the month of April. Gibbons, a faculty member since 1974, annually exhibits his work for the PSNK and the local communities. A graduate of Penn State and the Maryland Institute for the Arts, Gibbons has painted landscapes in the United States, China, and Peru. A multi-media piece by Gibbons was on display at the Andy Warhol Museum last September.
The Office of Continuing Education at Penn State New Kensington is sponsoring a series of 36 non-credit courses, titled Public Offerings, this spring. Non-credit courses include professional development seminars and workshops, conferences, certificate programs, and short courses. The courses do not carry college credit and are often part of a certificate program or are designed to meet the needs of specific skill development. The cost of each course varies. For more information, call Pat Hollinger at 724-334-6053 or Nancy Miller at 724-334-6014.
Looking for back issues of the Penn State New Kensington newswire? Then visit Penn State Live, the news organization of Penn State that provides daily news about the University. Under the auspices of the Public Information Office, the news service is a clearinghouse for all 23campus newswires. With a subscription base of more than 170,000 alumni and friends, the campus newswires are distributed at various times--daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly and reach almost a million e-mail boxes each month. Penn State New Kensington's newswire subscription base is close to 800 students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends and its four monthly issues reach more than 30,000 e-mail boxes each month.
CSI notwithstanding, forensics experts cannot always retrieve fingerprints from objects, but a conformal coating process developed by Penn State professors can reveal hard-to-develop fingerprints on nonporous surfaces without altering the chemistry of the print. "As prints dry or age, the common techniques used to develop latent fingerprints, such as dusting or cyanoacrylate -- SuperGlue -- fuming often fail," said Robert Shaler, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of Penn State's forensic sciences program.
Professionals needing career development, senior citizens wanting to get online, or adults looking for leisure-time activities can hone their skills during the fall 2012 semester at Penn State New Kensington. The Continuing Education Office sponsors a series of noncredit courses throughout October and November that includes courses on project management, internet safety, social networking, and Word software. The courses feature certificate programs, seminars and workshops, and short courses. The courses do not carry college credit and are often part of a certificate program or are designed to meet the needs of specific skill development. Although a majority of the classes are held at the New Kensington campus in Upper Burrell, some classes may be taken at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry, Pa. The alliance is a cooperative venture that offers education and training programs in the greater Pittsburgh region.
Penn State World Campus student Tyler Knabb of Reading will embark on a cycling journey Oct. 22 to raise funds for the 2014 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. His 920-mile, eight-day cycling trip is in memory of his mother and friend who lost their battles with cancer.
It wasn’t Abbey Road in London but Seventh Street Road in Upper Burrell that served as the venue for Penn State Laureate Kenneth Womack’s Beatlemania campus tour. The yearlong traveling presentation made a stop Jan. 29 in the Forum Theatre at Penn State New Kensington. Womack’s talk, “The End: Authorship, Nostalgia and the Beatles,” focused on the groups’ musical and lyrical development from their early years through their breakup in 1969. To the delight of students, faculty, staff and alumni in the audience, he also delved into the esoteric aspects of the bands’ history, such as the original ambitions of Lennon and McCartney to become Broadway musical composers.
Lynette Kvasny, associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; Laura Rotunno, associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona, and Jennifer Wood, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State New Kensington, have received the Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and have been named 2014 Penn State Teaching Fellows. The Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, established the award in 1985. It honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. Recipients are expected to share their talents and expertise with others throughout the University system during the year following the award presentation.
Through the Reinvention Fund, the Sustainability Institute’s internal grant program, Penn State has invested more than $875,000 in collaborative projects intended to improve and expand sustainability efforts across the institution. Faculty/staff teams have received $773,485, and an additional $102,884 was dedicated to support proposals submitted by student teams.
Penn State Laureate Susan Russell, associate professor of theater at the University Park campus, brings her "Dignity Tour" to Penn State New Kensington at noon Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Forum Theatre. Russell’s talk, “Dignity: Changing Obstacles Into Opportunities,” will focus on who we can be in the 21st century and how we can get there together.