In Brief

Master’s in applied clinical psychology added

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is now offering its first master’s program—a Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology.

The 48-credit graduate program emphasizes study of the scientific bases of behavior and broad training in empirically supported clinical assessment and treatment. In addition to traditional classroom learning, the program includes 100 hours of practicum, 600 hours in a supervised internship experience, and submission of a master’s research paper. An additional 12-credit graduate certificate offers the academic preparation required to become a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and many other states.

The first Applied Clinical Psychology students enter this fall. Admission to the program requires completion of a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better grade-point average and course work in psychology, statistics, and research methods.

For additional information about graduate study, contact Ann Burbules in the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

Choirs perform with Barry Manilow!

A group of singers from Penn State Behrend was invited to perform alongside Barry Manilow at his April 25 concert at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie! Tone-Acious, the college’s student a cappella club, joined the choir for the performance, which was part of Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour.

The choirs joined Manilow for the three final songs of the concert—“Copacabana,” “Miracle,” and “I Write the Songs.”

“This was a unique opportunity, and it highlighted Behrend’s arts offerings in front of a huge audience while also providing a fun and highly motivating year-end experience for our students,” said Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich, lecturer in music and director of choral ensembles.

Student receives university honor

Yuanheng (Arthur) Wang, a senior English major and teaching assistant who works with international students, has been awarded the 2016 LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award. The University-wide honor recognizes undergraduate students who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of Penn State.

Wang teaches lessons on grammar and rhetorical issues. He holds weekly office hours for more than 100 students and meets regularly with faculty and staff to discuss the needs of international students. He has led three workshops in China, his native country, to help students learn about and acclimate to life at Penn State Behrend.

A member of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College as well as a two-time winner of the University’s Rose Cologne Keystone Citizen Award, Wang works with Penn State Behrend’s International Student Organization and is committed to making international students feel comfortable at Behrend. In 2015, without compensation, he visited Shanghai and Chengdu in China to meet with incoming students and their parents.

“He makes Penn State like a home to us, supporting us with a sense of family when many of our family members are on the other side of the globe,” one student said in a nomination letter for the Kopp award, which is named for the late deputy vice president for international programs at Penn State.