They Did Dance All Night
Five students represented Penn State Behrend at this year’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON. Joshua Lewis, Joshua Turton, Samuel Krantweiss, Julien Bergeron and Ryan Johnson, above, raised nearly $73,000 for this year’s event—a record amount for Behrend and the second-highest total among all campuses outside of University Park!
Fun for Wee Ones (and Grown Ones)
Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors in ECE 479: The Young Child’s Play as Educative Processes hosted a spring education carnival for nearly 100 kindergarten students from the Montessori Regional Charter School in Erie. The Behrend students worked together to create a dozen activities that were not only fun but educational. This type of project-based learning gives future teachers an opportunity to put skills they have acquired into practice.
Grant Will Help Student Understand the Underserved
Jenna Seigworth, at left, a senior English major, was awarded a $3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant for her independent research project, “Understanding the Underserved: Why Farmers Market Access Is Not Equitable.” Erickson grants are intended to fund projects conceived or led by students. Seigworth, a Schreyer Honors Scholar, is minoring in Sociology and Sustainability Leadership.
“A focus of the research will be determining consumers’ motivations for choosing where to shop, and how marketing, advertising, and physical and logistical limitations influence these choices,” Seigworth said. “This research will produce vital information regarding how to revise marketing strategies and best accommodate historically excluded groups.”
Students Do Well at Sigma Xi
Behrend had plenty of winners at the recent Penn State Behrend-Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference. The annual event brings together undergraduate science students from across northwestern Pennsylvania to give oral or poster presentations on the research they have been conducting. Sigma Xi is an international scientific research honor society with more than 500 chapters in North America. Behrend works with the northwestern Pennsylvania chapter to present the conference. A complete list of winners can be found on the Sigma Xi conference website.
Sounds of Success
Graduates of the Schreyer Honors College strike a gong at the completion of their thesis. Congratulations to this year’s Behrend Schreyer Scholars, who celebrated with family and friends at a banquet in McGarvey Commons this spring.
Nursing Grad Wins University Award
Yingxin “Cindy” Wu, a May Nursing graduate, was the recipient of Penn State’s 2023 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award. Named for the University’s 10th president, the award recognizes high scholastic achievement together with good citizenship and participation and leadership in student activities.
Wu, who is originally from China, was an active member of the International Student Services office. She revitalized the Lion Entertainment Board, organized events in partnership with the South Asian Student Organization, and raised funds for THON by running twelve miles and biking forty-five miles during THON weekend.
Tracing the Office Grapevine
Madison Dambach, a senior dual-majoring in Marketing and Management Information Systems, attended the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s 2023 conference in Boston. At the international-level conference, she presented her research project, “Gossip Unleashed: The Role of Moral Disengagement and Calculative Mindset,” which explored when and how workplace gossip spreads. She also won a grant to continue researching the project in the Raimy Behavioral Lab in Behrend’s Black School of Business.
Standout Seniors Profiled on Behrend Blog
We’re proud of our graduates and all that they have learned and accomplished at Behrend. Nearly two dozen members of the Class of 2023 were highlighted recently on the college’s blog. Their perspectives on their futures and their advice to incoming students make for enlightening reading at Behrend Blog.