For some students on the Penn State University Park campus, hunger is a primary concern each day. The Lion’s Pantry was created to address this concern by providing food and supplies to students so they can shift their attention from food insecurity to being a student. This semester, two teams of students brought together by the Nittany AI Challenge are taking that strategy a bit further to include a plan to balance nutritional needs of students while eliminating food waste in the community. They are making this vision a reality by combining their efforts with The Lion’s Pantry to design prototypes that can assist food banks on a national scale to further serve their clients and communities.
Penn State IT worked with the Office of Physical Plant to determine locations for adding wireless coverage at select parking lots across the campuses last summer. This allowed commuter students access to work safely between classes while following social distancing protocols.
Karen Norheim, president and COO of American Crane & Equipment Corporation, will deliver the commencement address at Penn State Great Valley at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7. This year’s in-person commencement ceremony on campus is for spring 2021 Great Valley graduates only.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently announced the dates for phases 1B, 1C and 2 of the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution program and Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to get a vaccine as soon as they are eligible to receive one.
Since Penn State Great Valley’s Knowledge Commons was unveiled in November 2018, several individuals and couples have made seven generous naming commitments to the shared learning space that fosters collaboration among students, faculty and staff.
As of March 1 (the conclusion of the universal required re-testing period), the University is conducting random testing of between 1% and 2% of the University’s population of students and employees living, learning or working on campus as well as those who access campus.
Sharon Ann Holt, associate teaching professor of history at Penn State Abington, will give a virtual presentation titled “Science, Sympathy, and the World of Civil War Medicine” at noon on March 10 as part of Penn State Great Valley and Penn State at the Navy Yard’s NoonTimeU webinar series.
Twenty Penn State teams with students from seven different colleges and six campuses, including Penn State World Campus, will each be awarded $500 to compete in the Prototype Phase of the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. Teams were selected based on their potential for positive impact on the world, all using AI for Good to develop solutions that address real-world challenges in education, environment, health and humanitarianism.
Penn State is planning a phased return over the summer semester to a full on-campus learning environment for fall 2021. The University’s priorities continue to be the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and local communities, and the plans for expanded in-person classes have the flexibility built in to quickly respond to changing pandemic conditions, if necessary.
Recent graduates of the Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics program at Penn State Great Valley secured full-time positions despite the uncertainty surrounding employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.