University students and educators alike are grappling with turbulent times, and Penn State’s course on the “Art and Science of Human Flourishing” is well-positioned to help undergraduates to develop strategies for caring for themselves and others. Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion, explored ways to adapt the course to current events, along with 23 colleagues from 10 Penn State campuses, University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin-Madison, during the morning of the 2nd Annual Human Flourishing Summer Teaching Institute, held on June 16 and 17 via Zoom.
This summer Penn State DuBois Continuing and Community Education has transitioned its highly successful summer camp programming to remote delivery. Students can join new classes using the virtual delivery of Zoom. Children will work with teachers and other students remotely as they do hands-on activities.
As Penn State DuBois has adjusted to remote learning, faculty and staff have remained equally committed to the mission of helping students apply their education to launch rewarding careers. Recently, a Virtual Career Fair was held, affording students the opportunity to gain experience in interviewing for jobs and in presenting themselves in a professional setting.
Penn State DuBois Lecturer of Human Development and Family Studies Marly Doty was added to the University-wide Student Engagement Network’s Faculty Academy as a fellow this spring. She will create a model to help freshmen students be informed in their journey as they participate in a first-year seminar or first-year experience course.
As individuals around the globe adjust to new ways of working and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, some Penn State DuBois students are participating in real, out-of-this-world learning opportunities right from their own homes. Penn State DuBois’ Associate Professor of Mathematics and Geoscience Neyda Abreu has established a multidisciplined research group of undergraduate students that is connecting weekly with scientists from NASA and other organizations via Zoom.
A group of three Penn State DuBois honors students recently shared experiences they gained during a trip to Ireland with the campus Honors Program. John Mark Miller, Andrew Mahle, and Makayla Whaling took the international travel opportunity, available exclusively to honors students, to bolster their educational experience through immersion in another culture.
The Penn State DuBois Honors Group at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. From left, students John Mark Miller, Makayla Whaling, and Raquel Zattoni, Honors Program Coordinator Evelyn Wamboye, Assistant Director of Career Services Anna Akintunde, and student Andrew Mahle.
This Fall Penn State DuBois Continuing and Community Education will offer both a 10-week introductory sign language course, as well a 6-week intermediate class for those who would like to increase their sign language skills or have specific needs for their job. They are also both Act 48 approved for continuing education credits for educators.
Emily McQuigg, left, Madison Sedilko, second from left and Holly Pringle, far right, pose with the Nittany Lion before spring commencement at Penn State New Kensington. The three graduates will earn their associate degree in radiological sciences from the campus, which is one of only two campuses at the University offering the specialized and accredited degree program focusing on x-ray. A full gallery from Penn State New Kensington's spring commencement activities can be found on the campus Facebook page.
A group of wildlife technology students at Penn State DuBois have contributed to reclaiming some area mine land while gaining valuable, real-world lessons. Lecturer in Wildlife Technology Carrie O’Brien took two sections of her class to a site in the Moshannon State Forest in Elk County in late April to help plant trees in a large-scale effort to reforest a 35-acre portion of public ground.