Parting Shots

New space for English-language learners

The English Language Study Center has a new home in the Carriage House Annex II on campus. The center offers English-language learners tutoring in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, pronunciation, and the finer points of university-level English usage.

Blankets for NICU babies

Students in ECE 451 Instruction in Early Childhood Education Derived from Development Theories and EDTHP 115 Competing Rights: Issues in American Education courses spent their last day of class last spring cutting and tying seventy-five fleece baby blankets. The students chipped in to buy the fabric for the blankets, which were then donated to hospitalized babies and children through the nonprofit Brady’s Smile. The courses were taught by Dr. Ashley Sullivan, assistant professor of early childhood education.

Growing greener thumbs (and lots of veggies)

Penn State Behrend now has a campus community garden! Last spring, six raised square-foot gardening beds were installed behind the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation on Jordan Road. Thanks go to Greener Behrend and the college’s Health and Wellness Center staff who planted, nurtured, maintained, and eventually harvested a first-year bumper crop of veggies from the beds.

Good vs. evil at Dobbins Dining

“Poison” candy apples, a tower of superhero cupcakes, and made-to-order sushi burritos were on the menu at Housing and Food Services’ Heroes and Villains theme dinner in Dobbins Dining Hall this past fall. Two weeks later, students were invited to sip severed-hand sangria and nosh on eyeball cupcakes at a Zombie Invasion dinner.

Looney Honored

George Looney has been named distinguished professor of English and creative writing, an honor bestowed on
fewer than 150 faculty members Universitywide. To receive the designation, a faculty member must be an acknowledged leader in his or her field, show leadership in raising the standards of the University, and provide significant contributions to the education of students. Looney joins Dr. John Gamble, distinguished professor of political science and international law, and Dr. Pam Silver, distinguished professor of biology, as one of three Penn State Behrend faculty members to hold the distinguished designation.

Hanging of the Greens: Behrend’s Oldest Tradition

“Here we are again, surrounded by darkness and death…”

The haunting opening words of Penn State Behrend’s oldest tradition belie its celebratory purpose. The candlelit service of carols and readings began in 1948 with a request from Mary Behrend: Now that she had given her Glenhill estate to the University and relocated to Connecticut, could someone please take up her practice of hanging a wreath at the graves of her husband, Ernst, and son, Warren, to mark the start of the holiday season?

Penn State Behrend’s Student Government Association readily volunteered, and began placing a wreath in the Behrend chapel and mausoleum on the first Friday of December each year. The sixty-eighth wreath was placed by junior Software Engineering major and current SGA president Moustafa Elhadary, Chancellor Ralph Ford, and Connie Fasenmyer- Warthman, sister of late alumnus and philanthropist Richard J. Fasenmyer ’69, who as SGA president had hung the greens fifty years prior to this past December’s event.