Penn State Behrend's free webinar series, Rise & Shine, is for our alumni, retirees, and friends. Rise & Shine will share exciting updates and provide educational information about programs and initiatives happening at the college.
2021-22 Rise & Shine Schedule
- September 30: History of Penn State Behrend
- November 4: Mental Health Matters
- December 2: Economic Effects of COVID-19
- January 6: Food Insecurity and Behrend Lion's Pantry
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Andrea Myers at [email protected] or call 814-898-6089 at least two weeks before the start of the program to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs effectively.
Rise & Shine 2021-22 Season
The Lion's Pantry: Alleviating Food Insecurity on Campus
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Nearly 20 percent of students at four-year colleges do not have sufficient access to safe and nutritious food. Penn State Behrend is no exception to this statistic. Because students shouldn’t have to worry about obtaining fundamental necessities when they are focusing on academics, the Behrend Lion’s Pantry was developed to provide students in need with regular access to food items and personal hygiene products. In this session of Rise & Shine, the assistant director of Civic Engagement and The Smith Chapel will discuss the increasing need to combat food insecurity on campus and how the Behrend Lion’s Pantry has grown to become a needed resource for many students.
Economic Effects of COVID-19
Thursday, December 2, 2021
In this episode, Dr. Ken Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie (ERIE) and associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend, discusses the COVID-19 pandemic, how severe the impact has been, what the unemployment outlook is, and the overall expectations for the market and industries.
Personal Counseling and Mental Health Awareness
Thursday, November 4, 2021
During this episode, Sue Daley, director of Personal Counseling, discusses the increasing need for counseling services on campus and the sources that explain why students feel overwhelmed or stressed.
The History of Behrend: 1896-2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021
In this episode of the Rise & Shine webinar series, Penn State Behrend Archivist Jane Ingold discusses the History of Behrend: 1896-2021.
Previous Episodes of Rise & Shine
Thursday, May 13, 2021
A Penn State Master Gardener provides easy tips for managing a vegetable garden and discusses how the Master Gardener members are supporting initiatives in Erie County. Led by Penn State Behrend’s Sustainable Food Systems Program, we also highlight the numerous projects in place that are helping to reduce food insecurity on and off-campus.
Virtual Reality: More Than Fun and Games
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Virtual and augmented reality are no longer futuristic technologies. Instead, they are becoming common tools in various industries for multiple, everyday purposes. In this session of Rise & Shine, we focus on the Virtual/Augmented Reality (VAR) lab at Penn State Behrend and how it is leading the way in collaborative projects in our community, providing real-world experiences for our students regardless of their field of study.
Plastics: Research to Recycling
Thursday, March 4, 2021
With the convenience of plastic, our use has increased significantly, while the opportunities to recycle or properly dispose of our waste have drastically decreased. In this session of Rise & Shine, we discuss the reality of plastics pollution, the complex problem with plastics, and the solutions needed to make impactful changes.
Innovation Commons: What's the Buzz
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Jake Marsh, industry relations coordinator, discusses the successes of Innovation Commons and our collaborations with industry, the community, and regional universities. He also highlights the value of the work to students and the community and explains the process of guiding innovators and entrepreneurs through the early stages of product and business development.
Financial Health: Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Pat Roenigk, senior director of gift planning for Penn State University, provides helpful tips and suggestions for financially concluding the year, with special attention to the CARES Act. Dr. Greg Filbeck, director, Black School of Business, and Aaron Filbeck, associate director of content development at the CAIA Association, discuss investment strategies beyond 2020, focusing on a broad overview of what to expect in the new year and beyond.
Behrend Collaborates for Women's Health
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI), the largest research institute in the country devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology, will bring locally-focused clinical trials to northwestern Pennsylvania. Penn State Behrend, the region’s research college and academic partner in this initiative, will provide the academic programs, pipeline of talent, and commercialization support to sustain the Erie institute.
Wintergreen Gorge's Sustainability Project
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Ph.D., sustainability coordinator at Penn State Behrend, provides an update on the improvements made at Wintergreen Gorge and the next phases of the project.