David Witwer, professor of American studies in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities and Penn State Laureate for the 2020-21 academic year previews his lectures, which will draw on his research on corruption, organized crime, and labor racketeering. Presentations will focus on his current book project, “Searching for Jimmy Hoffa,” which traces the history of what is known about International Brotherhood of Teamsters president James R. Hoffa’s disappearance, his involvement with organized crime, and what his career reveals about working-class attitudes towards corruption.
"The work we do is essential, and the equipment in my wheelhouse is critical in a time like this [COVID-19 pandemic]," said Mike Shtur, field service engineer with GE Healthcare. In this photo, Shtur tends to medical equipment at Allegheny Health Network's Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa. Shtur earned a biomedical engineering technology and electrical engineering technology associate degrees from Penn State New Kensington.
Cory Norton, 2017 Penn State alumnus from the New Kensington campus, sits near hospital equipment at Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, PA. Norton is one of three biomedical engineering technologists working through the COVID-19 pandemic at the hospital.
A student examines a patient monitor in a biomedical engineering technology (BET) class at Penn State New Kensington. Students in the specialized, two-year associate degree program learn how to repair and maintain hospital equipment. The ABET-accredited program is the only one in the Penn State system and one of only several in the nation.
Alumni of Penn State Kew Kensington’s biomedical engineering technology program are helping keep vital healthcare equipment working and hospitals running across Pennsylvania and the nation during a critical time. "“Hospitals would not be able to function without us, and it is rewarding work,” said one program alum.
Following a three-month comprehensive planning process, Penn State officials have determined that the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.
University and public communities are invited to register for one-hour workshops to learn more about how hiring and job searching has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to find out how businesses can start planning for reopening safely.