The Nittany Neighbors program created at Penn State New Kensington in response to the coronavirus pandemic is testament to the fact that, as campus director of student affairs Theresa Bonk said, "we are a family, and like any family, we take care of our own."
A Pittsburgh-themed glass mosaic by artist Stevo Sadvary hangs in the foreground as guests enjoy making their own mosaic during the 2019 Off the Wall pARTy at Penn State New Kensington. Sadvary, who was one of seven pop-up gallery artists at the event, taught guests how to make glass mosaic using recycled and repurposed glass pieces, as well as showcased some of his work.
A guest interacts with a unique virtual reality experience at the 2019 Off the Wall pARTy at Penn State New Kensington. Attendees of the event's VIP experience were able to utilize a mobile app to hover over graphics to reveal interesting elements designed by featured artist Rodney Allen Trice, professor of practice in graphic design at the Stuckeman School in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. Trice, who also showcased some of his industrial art pieces at the event, also recently won Penn State's Teaching and Learning with Technology Open Innovation Challenge.
Rodney Allen Trice, the featured VIP artist at the 2019 Off the Wall pARTy, mingled with guests during the event at Penn State New Kensington. Trice, Penn State alumnus and professor of practice in graphic design at the Stuckeman School in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, showcased various pieces of his art collection including upcycled and repurposed industrial furniture and lighting, as well as a unique virtual reality experience.
The New Kensington campus has put Penn State’s institutional value of community at the forefront in its work and presence in the city, not only through volunteerism, but its ongoing commitment to local revitalization and sustainability efforts.
Patrick Coulson, director of Westmoreland County Community College's New Kensington Center, spreads mulch in a garden bed at the New Kensington Community Garden. Coulson has coordinated the garden initiative along Fifth Avenue since its inception in 2012 and was joined by volunteers from Penn State New Kensington in June.
Shannon Josefoski, class of 2018, and Brian Magnus, senior journalism major at Penn State, assemble a greenhouse at the New Kensington Community Garden. Josefoski graduated from the New Kensington campus and joined Magnus and other campus staff and advisory board members to volunteer at the garden in June.
Seven Penn State New Kensington staff, alumni and advisory board members volunteered at the New Kensington Community Garden to prepare it for the upcoming season. The garden, which began in 2012, sits along the New Kensington campus-led Corridor of Innovation, a five-block stretch of Fifth Avenue in downtown New Kensington.