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Laureate embraces busy speaking schedule during spring semester

Penn State laureate Linda Patterson Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington, will be speaking at three Penn State campuses -- Berks, Brandywine and Abington -- during the last week of March.

Philadelphia campuses to offer multidisciplinary engineering degree

Beginning in fall 2012, the Penn State Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses will jointly offer a bachelor of science degree in general engineering with the multidisciplinary engineering design (MED) option.

Penn Staters gather to remember JoePa at Philadelphia area campuses

Students, alumni, community members, faculty and staff came together throughout the Philadelphia region to remember Coach Joe Paterno on Thursday, Jan. 26 as the three area Penn State campuses each live-streamed the two-and-half hour tribute, "A Memorial for Joe," that took place on the University Park campus.

GPIC annual seminar series begins Nov. 9

The first installment of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) annual seminar series, titled "Innovation in Energy Efficient Buildings," will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 on the third floor of Navy Yard Building 101, located at 4747 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. The seminar is co-hosted by design firm HOK and explores their award-winning building design. The seminar is free, but registration is required; the event is registered for LEED and AIA continuing education credits.

Sunday hurricane update: some campuses without power

According to, Hurricane Irene caused dangerous flooding and widespread damage across southeastern Pennsylvania, leaving half a million people without power. A power outage has caused Penn State Schuylkill to close today (Sunday, Aug. 28). Penn State Abington also is closed today. That campus announced today's closure in advance of the storm. Penn State Lehigh Valley is without power and phone service, and has canceled the nursing graduation. Check for updates. No reports have been received from other Penn State campuses.

Leading the Green Challenge Conference set for Nov. 8 at Great Valley

The Penn State Leading the Green Challenge Conference will take place on Monday, Nov. 8, at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, Pa. This daylong conference is designed to provide Penn State faculty, staff and students with the latest information about "greening" the workplace, including basic technical knowledge about energy, waste, water, green purchasing and transportation, as well as how to turn events, offices and homes "green." The conference is a result of a unique collaboration among the Penn State Office of Human Resources, the Campus Sustainability Office and the Office of Physical Plant. Registration is open to Penn State faculty, staff and students.

Cooperative Extension offers educational programs for area gardeners

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Chester County has announced a new outreach effort to provide support to the area's community gardens. Penn State Master Gardeners will now offer free on-site educational programs to help community gardeners get the most from their plots.

Penn State receives more than $129 million to lead energy team

Penn State researchers will receive $129 million over the next five years from several federal sources, including the Department of Energy, and an additional $30 million from Pennsylvania to develop ways to make buildings more energy efficient. The funds will create an Energy Innovation Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which will involve a substantial number of researchers from academe, the private sector and two national laboratories in a concerted effort to save energy, cut carbon pollution and position the United States at the forefront of the industry.

University continues emergency response work at campuses

With the scope of campus safety and security becoming more complex across the nation, Penn State undertook an analysis of 21 of its 24 campuses to assess each location's emergency preparedness and response capabilities. Penn State's 19 Commonwealth campuses as well as the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., and the Great Valley campus are all part of the University's ongoing examination of emergency operations.