Activities and Traditions

Abington NSD

Faculty, staff and current students at Penn State Abington will rally around the incoming Class of 2017 during Opening Convocation and New Student Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Abington Academy launches with keynote by University’s Sam Richards

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.

Heard on Campus: Linda Patterson Miller at Penn State Laureate Jubilee

"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