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Jason Pettner pictured in Benjamin Lane Plaza.

Behrend student seeks to make difference through financial planning

Jason Pettner was recognized for his accomplishments this spring at Penn State Behrend's Excellence in Student Leadership and Service Awards when he received the T. Reed Ferguson Award. The award honors a junior who has demonstrated scholarship, leadership and citizenship through his or her academic and out-of-class involvement and shows promise of further achievement in the senior year.
Wenrui Cai pictured outside, in front of a tree.

Penn State Behrend student's interest in diversity flourishes on campus

Because of her heritage and previous life experiences, Wenrui Cai, who is of Chinese descent but was raised in Milan, Italy, has always been interested in interacting with diverse populations. That’s exactly what she has done at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where she recently completed her sophomore year.
Alexandra Alfonso Castro pictured.

Behrend student promotes healthy habits

Alexandra Alfonso Castro, a chemistry major who recently completed her junior year at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has made it her mission to promote healthy habits on campus. She created the Campus Health and Fitness Club, a new student organization that educates students on how they can avoid getting sick.
a bridge designed by girls during GE Girls @ Penn State Behrend is pictured.

Middle school students design and engineer bridges at GE Girls program

A total of 50 seventh-and eighth-grade female students attended GE Girls @ Penn State Behrend during the week of June 19-23. The program — one of just 20 in the world — is a weeklong science, technology, engineering and math camp held on campus.
Behrend’s SAE Club's 2017 vehicle, pictured, traveled 2,418 miles on one gallon of gas.

New engine design powers Behrend Supermileage vehicle to 2,418 mpg

Powered by a new engine, Penn State Behrend’s Society of Automotive Engineers club team vehicle finished second in this year’s International Supermileage Challenge, held June 8-9 at the Eaton Corporation’s Marshall Proving Grounds test track. The vehicle traveled 2,418 miles on one gallon of gas.
Josh Kolarac stands in front of a display of Behrend Beacon newspapers.

Behrend student Josh Kolarac finds success through soccer and newspaper

Josh Kolarac recently completed his junior year at Penn State Behrend, where he has been a standout, both on the soccer field and in the newsroom. He has started as a defender the past two seasons for the Behrend men’s soccer team and has served as editor-in-chief of the Behrend Beacon, the college’s weekly student newspaper.
The Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel pictured.

Penn State Behrend’s 2017 Smith Carillon Concert Series schedule announced

The Smith Carillon Concert Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will return this July to the college. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
A fifth-grade student enters a life-size bubble.

1,100 fifth-graders learn about water conservation at Penn State Behrend

More than 1,100 Erie County students attended the Children’s Water Festival at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The event is designed to teach students the importance of ground water, surface water, watersheds, water quality and water conservation through dynamic, hands-on activities.
Abbey Frederick and Macey Eyler pour DNA into beakers.

Middle-school girls enjoy slimy science at Penn State Behrend’s Math Options

The 21st annual Math Options Career Day was held at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on May 9. The daylong program was designed to expose young girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — fields that generally are dominated by men.
Helen Mendenhall, center, stands with Patrick Kress, left, and Alex Laffey during Penn State Behrend's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to Oakland last semester.

Penn State Behrend student relishes opportunity to give back during service trip

Service and volunteering have always been a big part of the Helen Mendenhall’s life. Those interests helped her quickly find her niche when she enrolled at Penn State Behrend this past fall.

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