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Campus honored with Greater Hazleton Chamber award

Penn State Hazleton was recently honored with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s Pride of Place Award at the chamber’s annual business and community luncheon on Oct. 29. Accepting the award was campus Chancellor Gary M. Lawler.

The Pride of Place award recognizes a member business or organization whose exterior property physically improves or enhances the community and environment in the Greater Hazleton area.

Dr. Lawler said, “We have committed considerable, time, effort and resources to enhance Penn State Hazleton and make it a source of beauty for the Greater Hazleton area. Our faculty, staff and students take great pride in our campus environment which is often described as one of the most picturesque Penn State campuses.”

Over the last three years, the campus and the Office of Physical Plant at University Park have invested more than $1.7 million for numerous projects, including:

  • Extensive design and implementation of new plantings on the mall walkway, between a number of major buildings, and along the entrance to the campus from Route 93; 

  • Development and creation of the loop around campus; 

  • Complete reconstruction and re-design of the mall walkway that spans the length of the upper campus; 

  • Design and implementation of new light posts across campus to better match the historical nature of the campus buildings; 

  • Design and purchase of new benches and receptacles across the campus to create a uniform experience for students; 

  • Development of enhanced recreational sports court with embed University emblem; 

  • Major renovations to the sidewalk infrastructure of the campus; 

  • New exterior signage for all of campus buildings; 

  • New directional way finding signage including pivotal campus pillars; 

  • and the addition of Penn State banners as visitors enter the left loop and along the mall walkway.

Lawler added, “The appearance of our campus is a key factor when families visit with prospective students. We have designated goals in our Campus Exterior Architectural Plan (CEAP) and Strategic Plan, and are committed to continue these improvements in a way that parallels our commitment to the development of quality academics within the classroom.”











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