In Brief

Former President Bill Clinton visited the college this spring to campaign for his wife, Hillary.

Former President Bill Clinton visited the college this spring to campaign for his wife, Hillary.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Former president campaigns at Behrend

Students had a great opportunity to experience a political rally firsthand when former President Bill Clinton visited the college this spring to campaign for his wife, Hillary. He spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 1,200 in Erie Hall.

Supermileage team achieves really super mileage!

Penn State Behrend’s Supermileage team exceeded its fuel efficiency goal by 500 miles per gallon at this summer’s Supermileage Challenge and took second place overall. Behrend’s car exceeded 2,500 m.p.g. at the competition, which was held in June at Eaton Corp.’s Marshall Proving Grounds track in Michigan.

Behrend’s Supermileage team—largely composed of engineering students, but open to all Behrend students—work throughout the academic year to design and build a vehicle that can squeeze the most mileage out of a single tank of high-octane gasoline.

“As a team, we blow the horn pretty proudly over the 2,500 m.p.g.,” said Rich Englund, associate professor of engineering and faculty adviser to the Supermileage team. “We’d rather come in second with 2,500 m.p.g. than first with 1,500 m.p.g.”

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Penn State Behrend captured the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) President’s Cup championship for the twelfth straight year. Behrend wrapped up the 2015-16 academic year with eight conference championships—in women’s soccer, women’s cross-country, men’s crosscountry, women’s tennis, men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, and softball—and finished as runners-up in men’s soccer, men’s tennis, and baseball!

More highlights:

  • Two coaches—Greg Cooper (crosscountry) and Christine Slater (women’s basketball)—were named Coaches of the Year by the AMCC.
  • Coach Paul Benim was chosen as the 2016 Baseball Person of the Year by the Erie Country Baseball Umpires Association. The Baseball Person of the Year award is given to “a living member of the Erie County community who has been devoted to the development, support, and encouragement of baseball in the Erie area.”
  • Soccer player and May Nursing graduate Taylor Troyan became the first Behrend student-athlete to receive the John W. Oswald Award, a University honor that recognizes graduating seniors who have proved outstanding leaders. Troyan, who has been recognized numerous times for her athletic achievements, served as captain of the soccer team, leading them to four AMCC championships while also attending school full time, working in the nursing field, and maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA.