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A portrait of Penn State Behrend graduate Wes Hall, with the Lace-N-Lock device.

Behrend idea lab fosters new levels of entrepreneurship

Penn State Behrend graduate Wes Hall earned a patent for his work on a senior design project. The product he invented will soon be tested in four states.
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.
Taylor Morris graduated from Penn State Behrend with a degree in psychology this past May.

Research defines psychology graduate's time at Penn State Behrend

Taylor Morris graduated from Penn State Behrend with a degree in psychology this past May. The Bradford, Pennsylvania, native was recognized this spring with the Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award and the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award.
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.
Penn State Behrend students Nicole Krahe and OIivia Narciso

Student projects support Erie arts organizations

Community engagement is a core component of our Arts Administration program, which launched in 2012.
Penn State Behrend students Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso

Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso

Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso earned degrees in Arts Administration from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Their capstone projects — a networking event and a pop-up exhibition — supported Erie artists and arts organizations.

Penn State Behrend graduates Nicole Krahe and Olivia Narciso

Student projects support Erie artists and cultural organizations

“Art sometimes has this stigma of being out of reach for people,” said Laura Flockerzi, a new graduate of the Arts Administration Program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Community projects coordinated by her and other graduates just might change that.

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