Showcasing Talent

At the end of each fall and spring semester Penn State Altoona holds the Student Showcase, an event that gives students an opportunity to present their work to the local business community and the public. At the December Showcase Judges for the Pechter Business Plan Competition named five student groups … Continue reading

A Stellar Stadium

Super Bowl LI (2017) is being held at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The stadium, which opened in 2002, sits right next to a far more storied structure, the Houston Astrodome or, as some call it, the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Decades of history—architectural, sports, cultural—reside in this … Continue reading

The Sounds of History

A phone call “right out of the blue,” Jerry Zolten says, and next thing he knew he was working as a consultant and ultimately co-producer on a documentary about gospel singers, “especially quartets, postwar and into the 1950s” that would be a major influence on doo-wop, R&B, and soul. And … Continue reading

Squirrel! (Skulls, That Is)

So often what we picture ourselves doing in college is not the reality. We know we’ll be studying, attending class, maybe hanging out in a place where students gather. Some of us even envision working on a research project (something many Penn State Altoona students experience). So when Mallory Harold … Continue reading

Looking Back to Go Forward

We have been hearing—and telling—stories for our entire lives. Some are fiction, some are fact, some are a mixture of both. These stories may be told so we learn something or to make us laugh (or cry). For all sorts of reasons, these stories are important. But how often does … Continue reading

Bringing Energy into the Classroom

In June 2016 Brian Black, professor of history and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, was an invited speaker at an international conference titled “Riches of Nature, Limits of Nature: Donald Worster and Environmental History” in Beijing and then remained to teach a summer course at Renmin University. R&T editor … Continue reading

Running Hot and Cold

Depletion of the earth’s ozone layer, what the Environmental Protection Agency calls our “sunscreen,” has been a major source of environmental concern for decades. In 1987 countries came together to sign the Montreal Protocol, “an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous … Continue reading

Turning the Page

Two heads are no doubt better than one, as Penn State Altoona’s Alessia Zanin-Yost, reference and instruction librarian, and Sandra Dangler, part-time lecturer in curriculum and instruction, will attest. The two met because Dangler was searching for books for her education major students and Zanin-Yost was there to help. “I … Continue reading

Getting Out the Vote

So often it’s been written that millennials (those 18–35 years old) just don’t care about politics and elections. Headlines such as “Millennials Now Rival Boomers as a Political Force, But Will They Actually Vote?” ( and “Why Don’t Millennials Vote?” ( make it sound as though that age group is … Continue reading

IBM Day 2016

EMET and IST students and faculty were treated to a visit from three IBM representatives for IBM Day at Penn State Altoona on October 20, 2016. Rich Prewitt, IBM distinguished engineer and chief test engineer in the IBM Systems organization, who works on the University Park campus, along with Chris … Continue reading