In this photo taken in early March, Nittany Highlands Apartment residents Tavaski Wardlow, right, and Vedanthi Santrupth Gowdgere Ramakrishna stand next to an outpouring of donations from Penn State New Kensington staff and faculty. The donations were part of the campus' "Nittany Neighbors" initiative to aid and check on students still residing in the nearby housing complex during the current pandemic. This photo was taken before updated guidance regarding distance, masks and gloves was implemented.
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."
The Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center at Penn State has a slate of programming for Financial Literacy Month this April and is offering help to anyone in the University community who is anxious about their financial future.
Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones has shared a message updating the University community on steps being taken to monitor the evolving worldwide coronavirus outbreak and prepare for the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
"The easiest way to express our gratitude would simply be to say thank you to everyone that participated in this event and know that over the next year, there will be an excited kid at one of our Y sites using the items that you donated. We are humbled by your thoughtful generosity and look forward to seeing and hopefully sharing the smiles that are generated from your donations." - Michael Newell (center), chief executive officer of the Valley Points Family YMCA, to the Penn State New Kensington campus community after their "Cram the Cruiser" event, which benefited the YMCA's seven early learning and childcare sites. Sergeant James lane (far left), the campus' station commander, and Wesley Sheets (second from left), southwest district deputy chief, joined Newell and other YMCA staff to deliver the toys and donations collected from the event to the YMCA's branch in New Kensington.
Bonnie Lantz, a community member and YMCA board member, drops off donations for Penn State New Kensington's "Cram the Cruiser" event on Dec. 11. The event, led by the campus' Police and Public Safety department, collected toys and items for the Valley Points Family YMCA's early learning and childcare departments.
A Valley Points Family YMCA childcare employee smiles as she holds up a miniature Penn State basketball hoop. The item was one of nearly 200 toys and items donated to the YMCA's early learning and childcare sites during Penn State New Kensington Police and Public Safety's "Cram the Cruiser" event.