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Abington's outdoor Mini Grand Challenge robot event inspired by DARPA

The Mini Grand Challenge 2011, "Suburban Challenge" -- an autonomous outdoor ground robot contest and robot exhibit -- will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16, outside of the Woodland Building on the Abington campus. This contest, inspired by the DARPA Grand Challenge, challenges mobile, ground robots to autonomously navigate paths throughout the suburban campus of Penn State Abington while avoiding obstacles and tackling off-road detours. Robots must carry a one-gallon container of water, and each robot must attempt to "entertain" spectators. To watch video from last year's event, visit online.

Dynamic panelists bring entrepreneurial spirit and energy to Abington

The cold, dreary, damp evening of March 23 proved to be no hindrance to the 60-plus members of the audience who weathered the weather to attend the most recent event of the Penn State Abington Examines series, "Penn State Abington Examines Entrepreneurship: Taking Control of Your Career Success." Three dynamic former Penn Staters -- all entrepreneurs -- answered questions posed by moderator Ross Brinkert, assistant professor of corporate communication, and the audience. The panelists shared their entrepreneurial experiences, advice and stories.

Join a high-tech scavenger hunt at Penn State Abington

Ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages, start your... GPS units. "The Amazing Geocaching Race -- A Family Event" comes to Penn State Abington on Sunday, April 10. Geocaching is a fast-growing outdoor activity that's part sport, part technology. Each team, with a handheld GPS unit that we provide and guidance from experienced geocachers, will race other teams as they search for hidden containers, or caches, on the beautiful Penn State Abington campus.

'This I Believe' project accepts essay by Penn State Abington student

Penn State Abington first-year student, Matt Harris, is already making a name for himself in the publishing world. His essay "I Believe in New Shoes" was accepted into the world-famous essay project, "This I Believe."

Art and opera bloom at Penn State Abington

Spring will arrive with a flourish at Penn State Abington the first week of April as art and opera bloom on campus. The Opera Lecture Series will feature Puccini's renowned and romantic "Tosca" on Sunday, April 3. Then the Penn State Abington's annual Student Exhibition will hold an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Abington Art Center.

Penn State Abington professors earn awards and recognition

Several professors at Penn State Abington have been in the spotlight lately, releasing and re-releasing books, and earning awards and recognition in their fields of study.

Abington IST students make presentation to governor and Microsoft CEO

It's not every day the average college student gets to meet the Governor of Pennsylvania and the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer. But then again these four Penn State Abington students aren't average. On Wednesday, March 9, students James Boyer, Derrick Hiestand, Adalat Khan, and Stephen Murray traveled to Malvern to take part in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newest Microsoft Technology Center--one of only 10 in the country and 22 in the world. To see the students' presentation, go online to:

Evening of laughter with 'The Perfect Grandma' at Penn State Abington

Penn State alum, author and grandmother extraordinaire Bryna Nelson Paston will share her edgy and irreverent advice with families on Friday, March 18, at PennStateAbington@611, Abington Towne Center (near the Target store), at 1475 Old York Road/Route 611 in Abington. Admission is free. To register call 215-881-7800 or send an e-mail to online.

Breastfeeding support program puts Penn State Abington ahead of game

On Jan. 20, U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released the "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding." The goal of the report is to call on health care providers, employers, insurers, policymakers, researchers and the community at large to take concrete action steps to support mothers in reaching their personal breastfeeding goals. Penn State Abington didn't need the report to go into action, as the suburban Philadelphia campus already has a breastfeeding support program in place. According to Donna Monk, campus health services nurse, Penn State Abington has taken steps to support faculty, staff and students who want to continue to provide breast milk to their children even after returning to work or school at Penn State.

U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps to perform at Abington campus

The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will be the featured event during Penn State Abington's annual John Pershing Memorial drill competition at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 12 in the Athletic Building. Junior ROTC groups from several high schools in the Tri-state area will participate in this military precision competition.