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Campus student Josh Swinehart helps third-graders at Martin Elementary School with a GECKO experiment demonstrating solar power. The boys are attaching a solar panel to a plastic car which will move across the desk when hit by a flashlight beam.
10/9/2013 —


“Inspired Doers" of Penn State New Kensington

“Penn State Lives Here” is a new brand initiative that is meant to embody the impact that students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are making in the classroom, in research facilities, in communities and around the world. They are “inspired doers” in an environment that values teamwork, success and service. A Penn State New Kensington “doer” is junior Hannah McBean who wrote a book of inspirational poetry. A "doer" is instructor LaVarr McBride who helps paroled convicts become productive members of society. A “doer” is alumna Kristen Guy who was named to Pittsburgh’s “Fab 40” for her work in the community. A “doer” is donor Joe Culp who made a $100,000 gift to establish scholarships for talented students in a variety of disciplines.Members of our campus community are leaders who know the value of hard work and know how to lead by example. Below are the stories of Penn State New Kensington’s “inspired doers.”

Penn State Lives Here banner


THON and Community
Students raise $43,000 for THON; third-best in campus history
Burrell HS supports campus with Mini-THON
STEM and School Districts

Campus students begin GECKO demonstrations at local elementary schools
COMETS new STEM initiative for middle school girls
Faculty and Social Issues

Administration of justice instructor LaVarr McBride’s book 'Through a Convict's Eyes'
Communication professor Jennifer Wood co-edits book on prison education
Alumni and Community

Former student Kristen Guy named to Fab 40 list
Alumni breakfast featured insights on healthcare and grassroots politics
Donors and Students

Joseph Culp’s $100,000 gift to fund scholarships
Alle-Kiski Society fulfills $26,000 pledge a year ahead of schedule

More than 300 female high school students attended the
"Women in STEM" symposium at the campus in 2010.
The new COMETS initiative is a component of the STEM program.


Moshe Baran, a survivor of the Krasny forced labor camp,
talks about his escape and joining the resistance movement at
Penn State New Kensington’s annual "Holocaust, In Remembrance" program.

Campus and Pittsburgh
New Kensington campus is part of the Penn State in Pittsburgh initiative
WestPACS Job fair geared to students and alumni
Faculty and Community
Four Seasons’ by Bud Gibbons
Open auditions for NKCT/PSNK fall production "Lucky Stiff"
Community and Social Issues
‘Mean Girls’ multi-media art exhibit examines female bullying
Annual 'Holocaust, in Remembrance' program
Campus and Community Diversity
Author and student Hannah McBean book signing
Campus to join community in celebrating MLK


Students and Faculty
Admissions office targeting ‘51st state’ in recruitment of students
New Kensington welcomes three new faculty
Student Academic Achievement
Engineering student Samantha Polons earns national honor society scholarship
Engineering student Mike Cavazza selected for global scholarship
Intercollegiate Athletics
Adam Stawski wins PSUAC golf championship; finishes fifth nationally in USCAA
Four New Kensington volleyball players named to Academic All-America team
Faculty Grants
Alcoa Foundation invests $70,000 in campus and environment
NFS grant targets first-year engineering majors; $300 tuition credit

Puerto Rico recruiting
Danielle DeStefano, left, assistant director of enrollment
management at Penn State New Kensington, met with
high school students in Puerto Rico during a spring recruiting trip.


Ireland Spring break
Shanna Williams, a senior applied psychology major at
Penn State New Kensington, visited Blarney Castle in Ireland
during spring break as a part of the campus' Global Programs initiative.

Campus student receives $20,000 scholarship to study in Mozambique
Ashu Pandey brings academic and athletic acumen to campus
Samantha Muhhuku of Uganda finding her comfort zone on campus
Chinese art professor to spend a year at campus
Students develop web solutions for Tanzania company
Student to study in Netherlands as a part of Summer Abroad program
Students' trip to Ireland a part of campus Global Programs initiative
Admission office targeting Canada in recruitment of international students

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