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Fun, food, culture abound at Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington is providing a weekend of fun for the whole family beginning on Saturday, Oct. 17. Annual Homecoming activities will take place first on Saturday, Oct. 17 followed by a "Best of the Burbs" concert on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Penn State Abington adds women's cross country as varsity sport

Penn State Abington has added a new varsity sport to its growing roster of athletics. Women's cross country began its inaugural season at the start of the fall semester.

Abington lecturer presents at Faculty of the Future conference

Penn State Abington's Steven Pyser, lecturer of political science and an expert in public participation and group facilitation, presented "Opportunity Knocks: Riding the Blended (Hybrid) Learning Wave to Pedagogical Excellence" on May 29 during the Faculty of the Future conference held at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. Several former students were on hand to demonstrate Pyser's unique teaching methods to the audience.

Abington conducts unofficial political survey in honor of July Fourth

In anticipation of our nation's fast approaching birthday celebration, Penn State Abington recently conducted a "nonscientific" survey on people's general knowledge of the Declaration of Independence. The results showed that Americans need to brush up on their civic knowledge.

Habitat for Humanity founder speaks of civic engagement at Abington

Penn State Abington hosted Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller on Thursday, Jan. 22, in coordination with Martin Luther King Day activities. Repeating sentiments expressed by King as well as our nation's newly elected president, Fuller spoke of the importance of civic engagement and responsibility. "Civic engagement is not just something you ought to be involved in; but it is a joyous thing," Fuller said. "It has rewards beyond any words to express how meaningful it is."

Abington professor publishes new edition of 'Philosophy of Sex'

Sex refers to biology and reproduction, but the mind offers the most important lesson for humans according to a Penn State scholar in the newest edition of his book "The Philosophy of Sex" (Rowman & Littlefield: 2007). Alan Soble, a contemporary philosopher, founder of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, and lecturer of philosophy at Penn State Abington in suburban Philadelphia, said the collection of essays examines views on what role sex plays in the human experience, as well as what constitutes "normal" sex, as opposed to "perverted" sex. "Philosophy over the long haul may not change minds in any way, but I hope the book makes people think in new and different ways," said Soble

Women in their own words: Book collects revealing quotations by women

From feminism to friendship, desire to diversity, and sex to shoes, interesting quotations that embody the empowerment of women are the basis for a new book by a Penn State scholar.

Abington professor: Cutting hours for overemployed a good idea

If overemployed workers were encouraged by employers to cut back to their level of preference, it could have a profound impact on employee's well-being, according to a Penn State Abington researcher. Lonnie Golden, associate professor of economics, said empowering the 7 percent of workers who claimed in a 2001 U.S. Current Population Survey that they would like to cut back on their hours and income to do so might create some work and income for the 23 percent of the work force that is underemployed -- those who would like more work and income -- as well as the unemployed. It also would free up time for the overemployed to pursue endeavors other than work, which could lead to improved work-life balance and quality of life.

Abington professor looks at pre-wedding rituals and gender roles in new book

Weddings are a time when a woman and man pledge their unwavering devotion to each other, but the months before the big day can be quite stressful and confusing for women, according to Beth Montemurro, assistant professor of sociology at Penn State Abington. In her new book, "Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties" (Rutgers University Press), Montemurro takes a fresh look at the wedding process, offering a perspective not likely to be found in the planning books and magazines readily available to the modern bride. She focuses on bachelorette parties and bridal showers to show what these events mean to women and what they say about gender roles.

Book tells how bad blood between generals hurt Confederacy's chances

While the Union Army was getting the best of the Confederates on many of the ballyhooed battlefields of the Civil War, such as Gettysburg and Antietam, the Trans-Mississippi area was touch and go throughout the conflict. In fact, if not for poor communication and bad blood between two key military figures in the State of Louisiana, historians may still be talking about great Confederate victories there, according to a Penn State researcher. Of course, without the great victories, there is little talk at all about Civil War fighting in the Trans-Mississippi region, according to Jeffery Prushankin, lecturer of history at Penn State Abington and author of a new book, "A Crisis in Confederate Command: Edmund Kirby Smith, Richard Taylor and the Army of the Trans-Mississippi" (LSU Press)."There has always been the notion that the war was won and lost in the East between Washington (D.C.) and Richmond. You can find 100 books on Gettysburg for every article on something that occurred in Louisiana," said Prushankin. "The battles and leaders in the West across the Mississippi River have mostly been thought of as minor players."

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