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Two campus alumni honored with Alumni Association's highest award, Alumni Fellow

Two Penn State Hazleton alumni are among the field of twenty-two alumni to be honored for their outstanding professional achievements and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. The Alumni Fellow recipients who attended the Hazleton campus are Gary Ralph Matyas '78, Olney, Md., and Susan Saint Sing '78, '04g, Stuart, Fla.

Administration Building to be named Pasco L. Schiavo Hall; scholarships created

Dr. Gary Lawler, Penn State Hazleton chancellor, recently announced that the campus administration building will be renamed Pasco L. Schiavo Hall in recognition of Schiavo's recent $1 million gift to the campus to create a scholarship endowment for campus students.

Four Lamont brothers helping others attend Penn State Hazleton

Four brothers who started college at Penn State Hazleton continue to make the campus a place where students can get their start. Joseph, Mark, Gary and Kevin Lamont all graduated from Penn State and went on to successful careers in communications technology, labor mediation, finance and real estate. Their sister, Mary Beth Poluka's son, Michael, also is a Penn Stater. They get together with each other and their children, many of whom also went to Penn State, at football games and other university events.

History professor analyzes masculinity in epic films set in ancient times

Alexander the Great conquered the world, but he couldn't win over moviegoers, writes Dr. Jerry B. Pierce, assistant professor of history at Penn State Hazleton.

Engineering professor earns New Faculty Fellow Award from IEEE

Assistant Professor of Engineering Joseph Ranalli received a New Faculty Fellow Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for using a video game to teach engineering students. The IEEE formed in 1884 to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity and is the world's largest technical professional society. Ranalli submitted a paper, "Assessing the Impact of Video Game Based Design Projects in a First Year Engineering Design Course," for the IEEE's Frontiers in Education Conference.

First class of engineers in alternative energy/power generation graduates

The first graduates with engineering degrees in alternative energy and power generation from Penn State Hazleton are anticipating the future, just as Associate Professor of Engineering Wieslaw "Wes" Grebski did when starting their program. "Very often in engineering, if you want to be ahead, you have to kind of get a sense of what's coming to position yourself," Grebski said. Grebski realized the growing need for engineers who can tap into renewable energy as society struggles to produce more power while reducing climate-changing emissions.

Accounting option added to business degree; new programs awaiting approval

Instructor in Business Paul McDermott said students and parents whom he meets at open houses often ask if Penn State Hazleton offers an accounting program. Now he can answer "Yes." Penn State Hazleton added an accounting option to the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree already part of the curriculum to expand the choices available on campus.

Fundraising campaign closes, exceeds goal raising more than $7.6 million

Penn State Hazleton's most recent fundraising campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, recently closed, raising $7,645,133.50 over the seven-year span of the campaign and exceeding the campus goal of $6 million. This successful campaign generated more than 60 new scholarships for area students, substantial support for academic programs and faculty, and funding earmarked for facilities and equipment.

Proceeds from golf tournament benefit students through memorial scholarship

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Libraries archivist presents 'Queering Penn State History'

Penn State Archivist Doris Malkmus will be traveling to Penn State campuses this fall to present “Queering Penn State History.” Using a game setting and primary sources from The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, she will help attendees discover the tumultuous history of Penn State’s first gay student organization, circa 1968–1974. The presentation is free and open to the public.