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Dan Perritano pushes his daughter Emma in a specialized wheelchair.

Behrend soccer coach completes 130-mile charity walk from Erie to Pittsburgh

Penn State Behrend soccer coach Dan Perritano went for a walk with his daughter. They went all the way to Pittsburgh. "We walk, and we talk, and Emma points me where to go," he said.
A portrait of AmeriCorps VISTA member Will Taylor.

Behrend campus garden becomes a community resource

More than 40,000 people in Erie County do not have consistent access to fresh, affordable food. Penn State Behrend's campus garden and food pantry can help reduce that number, Will Taylor says.
A portrait of AmeriCorps VISTA member Will Taylor

Will Taylor at Penn State Behrend

Erie native Will Taylor was the first AmeriCorps VISTA member at Penn State Behrend. He helped manage the campus garden and food pantry and the Waste Not program, which donates food to the Erie City Mission.

Amari Eaddy, right, and David Burdak participate in an Interactive Watershed Game at the Children's Water Festival, held May 17 at Penn State Behrend.

Penn State Behrend's Children’s Water Festival creates young conservationists

More than 1,000 Erie County fifth-grade students attended the Children's Water Festival, held May 17 at Penn State Behrend. The day-long event is designed to educate students about the importance of water, including ground water, surface water, watersheds, water quality and water conservation, through dynamic, hands-on activities.
John Champagne leans on a chair in Lilley Library

John Champagne, 2018 Penn State Laureate

John Champagne, professor of English and chair of the Global Languages and Cultures program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named Penn State Laureate for the 2018-19 academic year.

Lanaziana Glover, left, and Weam Kathen, both seventh-grade students at East Middle School, work on building a tennis racket during the "Tennis Anyone?" activity at Math Options Career Day.

Middle schoolers create rackets and break eggs at Math Options Career Day

More than 200 seventh-and eighth-grade girls attended Math Options Career Day, held May 8 at Penn State Behrend. The daylong program, now in its 22nd year, was designed to introduce young girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — fields that generally are dominated by men.
Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford and HERO BX founder Pat Black pose in a research lab at Penn State Behrend.

Biofuels lab opens at Penn State Behrend

HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has opened a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend. Students will work with the company's chemists to develop cleaner, cheaper fuels.
Chancellor Ralph Ford and HERO BX founder Pat Black stand in a new research lab at Penn State Behrend

Ralph Ford and Pat Black in HERO BX research lab

Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford, left, joins HERO BX Founder and CEO Samuel P. "Pat" Black III in the HERO BX research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. The facility opened May 2.

A group of officials cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the HERO BX lab at Penn State Behrend

HERO BX lab opens at Penn State Behrend

HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has developed a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. The facility opened May. 2.

A group gathers to cut the grand-opening ribbon at a HERO BX lab at Penn State Behrend.

Betting on biodiesel

HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has opened a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend. Students will work with the company's chemists to develop cleaner, cheaper fuels.

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