Two new art installations at Penn State Behrend illustrate the creative process and its role in scientific discovery. “When you have a scientific question, it takes a lot of creativity to find the answer,” said Pam Silver, associate dean for academic affairs.
Penn State Behrend has completed a seven-year, $690,000 trail improvement project in Wintergreen Gorge, a Natural Heritage Area on and adjacent to the Behrend campus. The project will improve public access to the gorge, which is ADA accessible for the first time.
A Sept. 18 ribbon-cutting officially opened the improved trail system at Penn State Behrend's Wintergreen Gorge. Chancellor Ralph Ford, third from left, was joined by Harborcreek Township Supervisor Tim May, State Sen. Dan Laughlin and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper.
Penn State Behrend has earned a bronze rating from STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. “This tells us where we are, in terms of sustainability, and what steps we need to take next,” said Sherri “Sam” Mason, the college’s sustainability coordinator.
A 165-foot boardwalk and an expanded parking area will improve public access to Penn State Behrend's Wintergreen Gorge. Other improvements will address erosion issues in the gorge, a Natural Heritage Area.