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New Corporate Communications Media Center Funded by Grant

Kathleen Taylor Brown, Assistant Professor of Communications, received a $35,000 grant from the University's Office of Education Technology Services (ETS). Brown, adviser to the campus newspaper, the Penn State Greater Allegheny Collegian, is using the monies to enhance and revise the course curriculum for the related course, Communications (COMM) 260W: Newspaper Writing and Reporting.

Mazur Research Receives Funding

Dr. Elizabeth Mazur, Associate Professor of Psychology, will support her research in two distinct areas through funds received from the Research Development Grant program (RDG). Mazur's proposal requested funding to continue data collection for her study, "Explorations of Identity and interaction in Adolescent Web Logs." The second part of Mazur's proposal was to complete data analysis and manuscript preparation for her study on "Positive and Negative Life Events of Parents with Acquired Physical Disabilities and of Their Adolescent Children."

Brown recipient of Teaching Development Grant

A problem solving partnership between students of Dr. Kathy Taylor Brown's Communication 471 course and Blue Roof Technologies will be supported by a teaching development grant recently secured by Dr. Brown.

Chen returns from sabbatical at Xiamen University of China

Dr. Zhibo Chen, Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University Greater Allegheny Campus, has returned from sabbatical. Chen spent fall 2006 and part of the summer conducting collaborative research on graph theory with colleagues at Xiamen University in China.

"Re-Energize Yourself," featuring Dr. Kimberly Ventus-Darks

Penn State Greater Allegheny, Educational Equity & Commission for Women presents Dr. Kimberly Ventus-Darks, "Re-Energize Yourself," a seminar on March 23, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center. A one-woman emotional whirlpool who is taking America by storm, Dr. Kimberly Ventus-Darks inspires awe as she shares her wisdom with professionals around the world.

Campus receives funding for retention initiative

Penn State Greater Allegheny has received over $11,000 from the University's Office of Undergraduate Education to fund a retention initiative at the campus. Dr. Kathleen Taylor Brown, Assistant Professor of Communications; Jeanna Cooper, Instructor in Information Sciences and Technology, and Dr. Margaret Signorella, Director of Academic Affairs/Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, coauthored the proposal, Community Service and the First Year Experience.

Benedum and Pittsburgh Foundations renew funding for Pathways

Grant funding of $300,000 from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation is allowing Penn State Greater Allegheny (formerly McKeesport) to implement the second and third years of the Pathways to Success program in the East Allegheny and the Washington County Area School Districts.

Globalization of curriculum purpose of professor's research proposal

Over the past few years, Penn State Greater Allegheny Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Verónica Montecinos, has spearheaded initiatives to internationalize the curriculum. Since 2004, the campus has instituted international programs focused on Haiti, Africa, and India to advance the understanding of global trends through the education of its undergraduate students. Speakers, art exhibits, films and other cultural programming have been scheduled at the campus to expose our students to economic, social, cultural and historical issues.