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Penn State Abington student loses family in Haiti earthquake

As many Americans across the country want to offer assistance in some way to the devastated country of Haiti, so do the students of Penn State Abington. Unlike most Americans, though, the students of Abington have a personal connection to the tragedy. One of their own, first-year student Joezer Antoine, lost his grandparents in the earthquake. Antoine's grandparents helped to run a church/orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The church was heavily damaged and the orphanage was demolished. Luckily, all 38 orphans survived, but with no place to call home, they are sleeping outside in a field. Little aid has reached them.

'Penn State Abington Examines' series to focus on unemployment Jan. 27

Unemployment will be the next topic of discussion for Penn State Abington's ongoing series, titled "Penn State Abington Examines." The event starts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27, in room 108 of the Lares Building. The discussion will be moderated by Judith Newman, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Abington. Panelists will discuss the effects of unemployment on individuals and on society as a whole. The panel will include professionals from human resources, career development, psychology and business and economics backgrounds.

World-famous scientist to visit Penn State Abington campus

Time travel will be the topic of discussion at Penn State Abington when world renowned physicist Ron Mallett presents "Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality," at noon on Jan. 28, in room 108 of the Lares Building. Mallett, a physics professor at the University of Connecticut and a proud Penn State alumnus, will share his personal time-travel story.

Abington students continue 'the dream' on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Although Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a holiday from classes for Penn State students, many Penn State Abington students have chosen to take the day to pitch in, helping those who need assistance as a way of honoring King's dream.

Abington to explore 'The Mysterious World of Handwriting Analysis'

Join us as Penn State Abington's spring Cultural Arts series gets started at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in 112 Woodland Building. Allan K. Grim, Jr., local (Bucks County) professional handwriting analyst and author (Martin J.H. Povser, pen name) of "Strokes"-- a comprehensive work of handwriting analysis - will present "Inside the Fascinating, Mysterious World of Handwriting Analysis." Learn the fundamentals of this scientific technique that reveals the writer's personality and character. According to Grim, over 100 personality traits can be determined from a sizable (one-to-two page) writing sample.

Space still available for hybrid courses colloquy at Abington campus

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present the first of its spring semester colloquy series on Monday, Jan. 18. As part of the Commonwealth Campus Program Initiative, this full day of professional development, hosted by Penn State Abington, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 112 of the Woodland Building on the Penn State Abington campus. The event is open to all Penn State faculty and staff at no charge.

Abington's secret Santa and student elves bring joy to critically ill

Jim McCloskey, lecturer of finance at Penn State Abington, has been bringing holiday joy to terminally ill children on Christmas Eve for the past 25 years. Having spent a lonely Christmas Eve in a hospital after being wounded during the Vietnam War, McCloskey was determined to help others avoid such a fate. Working with the Committee to Benefit the Children organization from St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia, Secret Santa McCloskey, Penn State Abington student volunteers and others deliver presents to kids with life-threatening diseases -- home from the hospital just for the magical night -- in the Philadelphia area. Not only do they bring presents to the delight of the sick children and their siblings, but they also deliver food and Christmas trees, much to the delight of the whole family.

Penn State Abington: 'Gateway to the rest of my life'

On Friday, Dec. 18, in the Athletic Building on the wooded campus of Penn State Abington, 173 graduates will receive their college degrees. Whether receiving an associate or bachelor's degree, hard work, perseverance and an "I-can-do-it" attitude were certainly involved in the quest. In no group is this more evident than with adult learners, as many have overcome mountainous obstacles to walk in that coveted cap and gown. Of the 173 Abington graduates, over 30 are adult learners. Georgia Christogianni and Lester Johnson are two such Abington graduates with inspiring stories to tell.

Abington's men's soccer team has great first season in conference

In the first year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the first year as a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), Penn State Abington men's soccer team has made it known not to mess with the newcomer. The Nittany Lions started their season off 2-3 with their three losses coming against Swarthmore College, Penn College and Neumann University. After their loss against Neumann University on Sept. 23, the Nittany Lions found themselves on a nine-game winning streak.

Fact or fiction: Does turkey tryptophan really make you tired?

Is it true that naps and turkey go together? It is commonly said that eating too much turkey causes drowsiness due to the high levels of tryptophan found in the meat. However, according to Leah Devlin, division head of science and engineering and interim assistant dean of Academic Affairs at Penn State Abington, the "I-can't-do-the-dishes-because-I'm-too-tired" excuse is more myth than truth.