The Penn State Alumni Association honored 24 outstanding alumni in October with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association. Watch their acceptance speech videos online, and hear how graduating from Penn State impacted the honorees’ lives and careers.
Before the football game on Nov. 5, Penn State Great Valley students Carolina Aceto and Tahseen Firoz walked onto the field at Beaver Stadium to be recognized for their service in the Marine Corps. Donning Military Appreciation Day T-shirts, they joined Penn State veterans from all branches of the United States military in holding a giant American flag across the end zone as the opening bars of the national anthem rang out.
After noticing a disconnect between the large local living economy of Philadelphia and its poverty rate, Penn State Great Valley faculty member Barrie Litzky decided to examine the idea of entrepreneurship as a vehicle for reducing hardship. She will present her research to the public at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 9, on the Penn State Great Valley campus.
For more than a decade, Jay Kovacs, an alumnus of the Graduate School at Penn State, has managed and collaborated with engineers and scientists on the development of Earth-observing spacecraft, deep space missions to investigate scientific theories about the universe, and scientific missions to study the moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Pluto, and the sun.
This year's recipient of the Warren V. Musser Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Studies is Francine Way, a student in the Master of Finance program. Growing up in Indonesia, she was immersed in an entrepreneurial culture at a young age, and founded her own social impact business in 2015. As a Musser Fellow, she’s helping Penn State Great Valley’s REV-UP Center for Entrepreneurship launch and grow.
Led by Jeri Lynne Johnson — one of the top female conductors in the world — the innovative and engaging Black Pearl Orchestra will perform at Penn State Great Valley at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described the group as being “first class on every level.”
On Oct. 6 the Penn State Great Valley community will come together to help kick off an ongoing University-wide initiative that brings students, faculty and staff together to show their commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment — respectful of everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, abilities, background, veteran’s status, political beliefs, and all the ways we differ.
Ashkan Negahban, assistant professor of engineering management, has joined Penn State Great Valley from Auburn University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in simulation modeling and probability and statistics. This fall he will teach an online economics course for engineering students and an on-campus capstone course in engineering management where students will create relevant projects for local organizations.
Through her online coursework with Penn State Great Valley’s Master of Finance program, Ashuti Reynolds has learned to be creative and work collaboratively -- skills she will use on an upcoming service trip to the Gambia.
Penn State Great Valley professor John J. Sosik and former faculty member Jae Uk Chun received accolades from the Southern Management Association (SMA) for their collaborative paper titled “Leader feedback-seeking from subordinates and evaluation of leader effectiveness in leader-subordinate relationships: Subordinate expertise does matter.”