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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

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.

Healthy relationships the focus of Penn State Abington presentation

Kristin Mitchell sent this text to her boyfriend: "You are being ridiculous... why can't I do something with my friends?" Hours later, he murdered her. As shocking as this already is, a twist to this story elicited gasps from the Penn State Abington students in the audience: Kristin's boyfriend had never been physically violent until the night he stabbed her to death in 2005. With a framed picture of the smiling young woman perched nearby, Diane Kinney of Aldersgate Youth Services explained that Kristin didn't know a classic red flag for dating violence is controlling behavior. Last week, Kinney facilitated a program called "Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence," part of the wellness series offered free to Abington students.

At 80, Annette Robinson graduates with honors from Penn State Abington

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.

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.

Penn State Abington becomes leading authority for green IT solutions

As companies large and small realize the importance of green computing in their everyday operations, Penn State Abington will be ready to assist them. With the uncapping of electricity rates in Pennsylvania a short six months away (Jan. 1, 2011), a push for environmental responsibility, a constant need for power to run the information technology engine that provides critical business information and cost containment measures inherent in every business decision, green computing has become a necessity.