What's Happening at Shenango
Each semester, Penn State Shenango hosts a series of cultural events and concerts for our students and the community. Our latest concert brought the PovertyNeck Hillbillies to our campus. With a crowd of 600, the auditorium rocked to the sound of the seven member country band. Proceeds from the night's event were donated to Penn State's THON, the largest student run philanthropic event held nationwide which supports children with cancer. Other events and activities that are held throughout the year include, comedians, singers, musicians, intramurals, Student Challenge Cup, Shape Up Shenango, and the year-end Pre-Exam Jam.
We recently underwent the largest renovation in our history to create a more student-centered atmosphere for our students. The restoration of the Sharon and Lecture Halls was part of a $9.4 million phased project which included new windows; electric, heating and cooling systems in both buildings; a new food serivce and student union area; a cyber cafe; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. A new Admissions Suite, a modernized art exhibit gallery, and student lounge were also part of the renovation. Outside the new glass-enclosed atrium, which connects the two oldest buildings on campus, an attractive walkway area with new benches and shrubbery leads you to the beautiful landscaped Lion Shrine area. Visit our Renovation Gallery
Greenberger Family Memorial Lecture Series
Through a generous contribution, the Greenberger Family Memorial Lecture Series was established at Penn State Shenango. The lectureship, which was created to bring renowned speakers to the local campus, has included well-known journalists and public figures, including Wolf Blitzer, Helen Thomas, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ann Compton, Peter Bergen, and Nina Totenberg. Our latest lecturer, award-winning author Seymour M. Hersh, spoke about his in-depth examination of the Bush administration post-9/11, from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib and his newest book, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.
Students Benefit from High School Exceptional Program
Local junior and senior students may prepare for their future early by earning college credits in Penn State Shenango's High School Exceptional Program. This past year, 58 students from eight school districts particpated in Penn State's program. College credit earned by high school students may be applied to a Penn State degree and are transferable to and recognized by all Penn State campuses. These credits may also be considered for transfer to other colleges and universities. What makes this program even more appealing is that Penn State offers this exciting opportunity to qualified high school students at a fifty pecent tuition reduction.
Travel and Study Abroad
At Penn State Shenango, travel and study abroad opportunities are available to our students. Our faculty and staff have planned exciting trips to fascinating and educationally sound destinations. Traveling abroad is part of a credit class which allows students to gain first-hand knowledge of today's ever-increasing global economy. Dr. Kathleen Mastrian, associate professor of nursing, and Phil Kennedy, instructor in business, took a group of students to London, England in the spring of 2005, where students from both the campus' nursing program and business program were given the opportunity to tour locations which pertained to their various fields of study. Shenango campus students may also experience different cultures through Penn State's study abroad program. Over the last several years, the campus has had students who have studied in Egypt and Italy, and currently, two students are spending this summer studying in Rome.
Shape Up Shenango
Students, faculty and staff were given the opportunity this past year to take steps in becoming healthier through the campus' new fitness program, Shape Up Shenango. Because our new state-of-the-art Fitness Center's Cybex machinery incorporates circuit training, free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, and more, our students, faculty and staff have started to participate in a well-rounded healthy living routine. The campus community was also invited to join in a weekly lunch and lecture series, various activities, and intramural games. Students were encouraged to "Get the Keys to Success," a Shenango Shape Up challenge, by meeting the necessary requirements of working out at least three times per week at the Fitness Center, attending at least five of the six lunch/lecture sessions, and participating in at least one intramural sport.
Shenango Goes Wireless
The entire campus, both indoors and outdoors, recently became a wireless work environment. No matter where you are on campus, Penn State students, faculty and staff may access the Internet and check their email from virtually any location on campus.
Student Artwork Displayed in New Art Gallery
Penn State Shenango students have the opportunity to take art courses from some of the most talented faculty in the area. Ed Hallahan, who has been at the Shenango campus for several years, is an instructor who challenges his students to think outside of the box in order to create some very unique pieces. Ceramics, taught by Christian Kuharik, has always been one of our most popular courses on campus. As part of our recent renovation, a new art gallery with track lighting, new pedastals, and visitor seating was designed in order to display our students' works of art each semester at a Student Art Exhibit. Here, students, faculty, and the community, are invited to view students' artwork, which has included ceramics, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art, such as hanging mosaics and colored rice pictures.