Penn State Abington is taking its commitment to faculty staff development to a higher level next week with the introduction of Abington Academy. The daylong series of sessions on Aug. 20 will serve as a lead in to the fall semester with Opening Convocation and New Student Day to follow. One of the highlights of the initial Abington Academy will be a keynote by the University’s Sam Richards, one of the most provocative and popular sociology instructors in the country. His presentation will focus on the value of fearlessly addressing sensitive topics and embracing new technologies in the classroom.
"We're honored to have gathered here all the laureates to-date and also the laureate-to-be, Chris Staley. We take special pride in Penn State's commitment to the laureate program and to its recognition that the arts and humanities matter. We come here today to celebrate artistic collaboration and the great art that such collaboration generates. Art that reveals to us, ourselves and renders life true."
-- Linda Patterson Miller, 2011-12 Penn State laureate, professor of English at Penn State Abington and master of ceremonies of the first-ever Penn State Laureate Jubilee held April 24 on Penn State's University Park campus. The public event featured past, present and future Penn State laureates, who came together to celebrate the University's commitment to the arts and humanities. Laureates in attendance were Kim Cook, 2008-09; Anthony T. Leach, 2009-10; Robin G. Becker, 2010-11; Miller, and the newly named 2012-13 laureate, Christopher Parks Staley. For more information about each laureate and the Penn State laureate program, visit http://laureate.psu.edu/.
The word "impossible" is not in Annette Robinson's vocabulary, but "perseverance," "can-do" and "inspire"? Now those are words that personify her. Robinson, 80, recently donned a cap and gown and accepted her 30-years-in-the-making bachelor of arts degree from Penn State Abington on May 13.