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Geocaching, gems and forensics to be featured in Cultural Arts Series

Penn State Abington will welcome the public for a series of events this month as part of the campus' Cultural Arts Series. Events will include a geocaching treasure hunt on Oct. 9; an installment of the Friday Night Film Series on Oct. 14; a talk about the history of jewelry, the jewelry design process and more on Oct. 23; and a "Who Dun it" program led by forensics expert Lewis Mifsud on Oct. 30.

Ex-Philadelphia DA leads Penn State Abington Law School Forum

Students attending the Penn State Abington Law School Forum last week likely didn't expect Lynn Abraham, the gritty former Philadelphia district attorney, to offer them a dose of motherly advice.

Penn State Abington Continuing Education offers new webinar option

A new webinar option makes earning continuing professional and legal education credits at Penn State Abington even more convenient and flexible.

Penn State Abington art alumnus and teacher opens exhibit on campus

Penn State Abington Art Lecturer H. John Thompson has come full circle since his days as an Abington student. As an undergraduate, alum and faculty member, his work has been included in several of the college's group shows. Recently he opened "Making Place," an exhibit in the campus' Woodland Gallery featuring his own paintings and constructions.

A hot start for Penn State Abington women's soccer

Individually and collectively, Penn State Abington women's soccer is off to a rousing start this season. Not only has the team won its first three games, but two of its players were named North East Athletic Conference (NEAC) student-athletes of the week. Junior midfielder Brittany Middleton and first-year goalie Gabrielle Benedict were honored for their performances in the team's first two games. Middleton has scored three goals and racked up two assists, and Benedict has 14 saves and two shutouts to her credit this season.

James F. Smith Jr. retires from Penn State Abington

Teacher, scholar, adviser, mentor, leader, colleague ... after more than 40 years of passionately filling these roles, James F. Smith Jr. recently retired from Penn State Abington. Smith, a professor of English and American studies, served the campus and the University in numerous faculty and administrative capacities. According to Leonard Mustazza, distinguished professor of English and American studies at Abington, "He was a selfless citizen of the college and the University."

Media services manager says goodbye to Abington after 28 years

Ray Vasey, manager of instructional media services, recently retired from Penn State Abington after more than 28 years of service to the college. Vasey, known as unflappable and reliable, provided a vast array of educational support services to faculty, staff and students. It seemed fitting when he was named Penn State Abington's Unsung Hero in 2000. At the award presentation, he was lauded for "always foreseeing problems and proactively heading off difficulties. He'll rescue even the most absentminded among us from the consequences of our oversights. He has a great sense of kindness and goodwill and provides service that is worthy of emulation."

Penn State Abington pauses to remember 9/11

On the picturesque late summer day of Sept. 9 -- a day not unlike Sept. 11, 2001 -- the Penn State Abington community gathered to honor the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks. The simple remembrance was held in a room devoid of chairs or obvious decoration, which was symbolic, according to Associate Director of Student Affairs Gina Kaufmann. "It is appropriate that we stand in memory of those who were lost," she said.

Muslim filmmaker reflects on the Middle East at Penn State Abington

Last week, critically acclaimed filmmaker Parvez Sharma challenged Penn State Abington students to reinterpret their relationships with religion, politics and sexual orientation in the 21st century. The appearance by Sharma, whose debut documentary "A Jihad for Love" sparked an international furor, launched the college's fall lecture series.

Literary Landings: 'Literary Encounters' reveals Hemingway's influence

ABINGTON, Pa. -- Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-12 Penn State laureate and professor of English at Penn State Abington, is sharing her thoughts and observations of her laureate experience as she journeys across the Commonwealth aiming to engage people in the beauty of the humanities; specifically early 20th-century American literature and art. "Literary Landings" is a travelogue scheduled to appear periodically during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters on Penn State Live and in Penn State Newswires. Below and in the video link, Miller discusses how encounters with art can change lives, as it did for Miller when she first read Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms" (1929).