Jonathan Kukta, director of housing and food services at Penn State Berks, Lehigh Valley, and Schuylkill campuses was recently honored with the 2020 National Association of College Auxiliary Services East Rising Star Award.
This summer 50 students received the Student Engagement Network’s (SEN) Remote Innovation Grants, and many of them are using those grants as a means to improve their communities and the lives of others.
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.
1975 alumnus and long-time Penn State Lehigh Valley supporter Steven Markowitz, president of Allen Organ Company, has pivoted from manufacturing musical organs to life-sustaining equipment in an effort to aid hospitals and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aurora Brunovsky, a 2009 Penn State alumna and member of the University's Human Resources team, helped raise funds to donate over 1,000 masks to local non-profits in need. "We want to unite people in our community and give them a way to give back if they can’t find one,” she said.