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College to connect Erie companies to $6 billion energy project

Penn State has committed $250,000 to energy research and business assistance related to the ethane "cracker" plant being built in Beaver County.
An ethane cracker plant

Ethane cracker plant in Beaver County

Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals is building a $6 billion ethane "cracker" plant, similar to this facility, in Beaver County. When it opens in 2020, the plant will shorten the supply chain and reduce production costs for plastics manufacturers in Erie.

Dan Perritano pushes his daughter in a wheelchair on the side of a road.

Dan and Emma in DuBois (WS crop)

Penn State Behrend soccer coach Dan Perritano and his daughter Emma walked from Erie to Pittsburgh to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The 130-mile journey took them two weeks.

Dan Perritano pushes his daughter in a wheelchair on the side of a road.

Soccer coach completes 130-mile charity walk

Dan Perritano went for a walk with his daughter. They finished on the field at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
A professor stands at a chalkboard.

Behrend professor completes 10-week NASA research fellowship

"Every child wants to be an astronaut at some point," Charlotte Marr de Vries says. She got closer than most.
Two people talk at a researcher's table at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Behrend professor returns as expert on TLC genealogy show

Joseph Beilein, assistant professor of history, shared Civil War documents with the actress Megan Mullally. "Her family story is not pretty," he said.
Two people talk at a researcher's table at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Joe Beilein with Megan Mullally (carousel)

The May 28 episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" on TLC featured Joseph Beilein, right, professor of history at Penn State Behrend. He helped the actress Megan Mullally trace her family's story through the Civil War.

Four former and present Penn State Behrend leaders pose with Thomas B. Hagen

Behrend Medallion presented to Thomas Hagen

The past four Penn State Behrend leaders attended the Glenhill Appreciation Dinner, which honored the chairman of the board of Erie Insurance Group.
Four former and present Penn State Behrend leaders pose with Thomas B. Hagen

Behrend Medallion presented to Thomas B. Hagen

The Behrend Medallion -- Penn State Behrend's foremost recognition of an individual who has brought honor to his or her profession and community -- was presented on May 23 to Thomas B. Hagen, chairman of the board of Erie Insurance Group. Joining Hagen, center, were the last four Penn State Behrend leaders: from left, Jack Burke, Ralph Ford, John M. Lilley and Don Birx.

John Champagne leans on a chair in Lilley Library

Champagne named Penn State Laureate

'I want people to have a clearer historical sense of the often vexed and contradictory relationship between art and politics,' says John Champagne, professor of English and chair of Global Languages and Cultures at Penn State Behrend.

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