Academic Convocation set for August 20

The faculty and staff will welcome first-year students and their families at the annual Academic Convocation on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.  The convocation celebrates the campus? long and committed partnership with the Pittsburgh region.  Since its beginning at the current location in 1957, Penn State Greater Allegheny campus continues to play a dynamic role in the Greater Pittsburgh area, bringing the resources of a nationally prominent university to students of all ages.

Chancellor Curtiss E. Porter, Ph.D. will serve as master of ceremonies along with Kurt Torell, Ph.D., director of academic affairs and associate professor of philosophy.  The guest speaker is Mary Ellen Higgins, Ph.D. associate professor of English at Penn State Greater Allegheny.  Higgins  joined Penn State Greater Allegheny in 2001 and has been instrumental in establishing the Teaching International Program at the campus and has headed educational study tours to Ireland, Paris, the south and north of France, and Puerto Rico.

After the ceremony, lunch will be served in the Student Communtiy Center where students and their families can meet the faculty and staff.