Monday Marathon Read-In and Afrofuturism Festival Scheduled

Robin Reese and Megan Simpson, on behalf of the African American Read-In Committee, have announced the Monday Marathon Read-In and Afrofuturism Festival will take place on Monday, Feb. 11, in Titelman Study from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our online sign-up form for volunteers to read at this open mic IS NOW LIVE! Click here to reserve your time.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the AARI at Penn State Altoona can also be found on our website: https://sites.psu.edu/aareadin/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AAREADIN/

And this fun promotional video made by students in the class!

See hunger in a whole new way

Come see hunger in a whole new way. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Mountain View Room, Port Sky, there will be a hunger banquet.  This will be an experiential event to increase understanding of differing economic experiences.

At this interactive event, the place where you sit and the meal that you eat will be determined by the luck of the draw, just as in real life. Some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.

Those interested in participating should send an email to Sue Patterson, assistant coordinator for Student Diversity and Inclusion Programming, at sap406@psu.edu

Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins will be accepted until seating is full.

Penn State women defeat AMCC Rival Penn State Behrend, 79-63

By Joel Nelson

The Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team defeated AMCC rival Penn State Behrend 79-63 for their seventh win in their past eight contests on Saturday afternoon in Adler Arena.

Altoona (10-8, 8-4 AMCC) had a steady scoring spree from starters Finnley Christine (Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone), Alexis Cannistraci (Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone) and Paige Burk (Claysburg, Pa./Claysburg-Kimmel). Christine led all scorers with 23 points, while Cannistraci finished with 22 and Burk with 19. The three of them combined for 64 of the team’s 79 points on a combined 25-of-42 shooting performance.

With 11 rebounds, Cannistraci finished off her ninth double-double of the season. She has scored 10 or more points in every game of the season, including 13 or more in the past 13 contests. Cannistraci also dished out four assists and blocked three shots.

Christine got four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Burk got five assists, three rebounds, a block and also tied her season-high in steals with four. Kaylee Strittmatter (Williamsburg, Pa./Penn Cambria) got eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jessica Stevens (Altoona, Pa./Altoona) got seven points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Stevens got Altoona rolling in the first quarter with a three-pointer 12 seconds in before Christine extended the lead to 5-0 with a fast-break layup with 8:26 left. Altoona held Behrend to just two field goals in the final 5:09 of the first period. Christine exploded with nine points in the quarter to boost Altoona to a 24-13 lead heading into the second period. Penn State Behrend did some damage though, and ended the second quarter on a 10-2 run and cut Altoona’s lead to 37-31 into halftime.

Christine, Cannistraci, Stevens and Burk helped push Altoona to a 12-4 run to begin the third quarter, where they led 49-35 with 5:53 left to go. Burk, Strittmatter and Cannistraci would also help push the team to a 10-2 run in the final 4:50 and be up comfortably in the fourth quarter, 59-42.

Behrend fought hard and would end the game on a 7-0 run but Penn State Altoona’s solid first three quarters were more than enough to get the 79-63 win. Altoona held the lead through the entire game.

Coach Christine Slater VanHook of Penn State Behrend (6-13, 4-8 AMCC), got 12-point performances each from starters Kara Haslett and Ashley Seamon, as well as Kourtney Beamesderfer off the bench.

Penn State Altoona is now in third place of the AMCC playoff race at 8-4, trailing Hilbert College and LaRoche College who are tied for the AMCC lead with 10-2 conference records.

Coach Wilt’s squad will have a big road trip ahead of them, beginning with conference for Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday, Jan. 30. They’ll begin February with a road trip to Buffalo, New York taking on Hilbert on Saturday, Feb. 2, and Medaille College on Sunday, Feb. 3. Altoona will have a third road game in as many days with a non-conference trip to Frostburg State on Monday, Feb. 4. They’ll will return home for Saturday, Feb. 9, against AMCC opponent D’Youville College.

Come cheer on the Lions and Lady Lions and support one or both of our causes!

By Conner Gilbert

Director of Athletics Communication

Saturday, January 26

Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State Behrend – 2:00 p.m. – Adler Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Penn State Behrend – 4:00 p.m. – Adler Arena

Don’t forget — at tomorrow’s basketball doubleheader, we’re hosting our SAAC for Socks drive andPediatric Cancer Awareness Day!

Any fan who donates new socks, hats, or gloves will receive FREE ADMISSION to both basketball games. Members of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting the items in the Adler Arena to support the AMCC’s SAAC for Socks initiative.

For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, we will be raising money for the family of Timmy Ward, a junior in high school from Canton, Pa. who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November. Our basketball teams will also be showing their support for Go4TheGoal (www.go4thegoal.org), a foundation that raises money and awareness for kids with cancer.

Come cheer on the Lions and Lady Lions and support one or both of our causes!

Cedar Hall Ruptured Sprinkler Updates

Cedar Hall Ruptured Sprinkler Updates

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Wednesday January 23, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.

As of noon Wednesday, January 23, 2019, here is the status of the clean-up from the incident in Cedar Hall:

ServiceMaster is currently on site in Cedar Hall assessing the impacted rooms. In some cases, they have been able to remove the air dryers and dehumidifiers from spaces (mainly in the hallway and common areas).

Because each room is being assessed individually, Housing and Food Services will continue to provide alternate accommodations at the Wingate at Wyndham Hotel. For now, you should plan to continue to stay at your alternate housing location. It will be important throughout the day today that you check your email and answer your phone if you are contacted, as some of you will receive notification when you can return to your space.

Our continued goal is to have students back in the building as soon as possible. Please be diligent in watching for communication from our offices for further information.

How do I secure housing for this evening?
If you are already at the Wingate at Wyndham, you don’t need to do anything. We have extended your reservation. You will need to stop by the front desk today to have your card re-programmed for tonight.

If you need accommodations for this evening, please contact the Housing and Food Services office at 814-949-5713 before 3:30 p.m. today.

If you have made alternate housing accommodations and wish to continue, please let your RAs or the Housing and Food Services Office know as soon as possible.

Do I currently have access to my room?
Yes, you can get into your room to retrieve any of your belongings that you will need during this time. It is also important for you to go to your room today to assess any of your belongings that may have gotten wet during the incident.

Laundry

  • The washers and dryers are now programmed to operate for free; you can use the machines to begin caring for any of your wet belongings. Laundry detergent will be provided at no charge.
  • Monarch Laundry Service – a wash and fold service – is available should your needs exceed your typical weekly load. This service is to assist students who have multiple loads, bedding, and linens that may be challenging to wash and dry.
    • The first pick up will take place today at 3:00 p.m. There will be another pick up tomorrow, January 24, at noon.
    • You can get laundry bags from the Cedar Hall lobby area. You will need to thoroughly complete the label on the bag so that we know what laundry belongs to you.
    • Please bring your filled bags back to the lobby to provide them to the company.

How will I get to campus from hotel?
Transportation to the Ivyside campus is available for free through Amtran. Just present your id+ Card to the driver. We are also exploring alternatives. The hotel front desk will have additional information this evening, including assistance with where to get on the bus for Ivyside.


Tuesday January 22, 2019, at 4:45 p.m.

Update on Cedar Hall

We understand that you may have clothing, bedding and linens that may be wet or damp and requires laundering. For your convenience, we have arranged the following complimentary laundering options/services:

  • Housing will program the laundry machines for free washing and drying starting Wednesday, January 23, 2019, mid-morning and laundry detergent will be provided at no charge.
  • We will also provide Lazy Lion Laundry Service—a wash and fold service—should your needs exceed your typical weekly load. This service is to assist students who have multiple loads, bedding and linens that may be challenging to wash and dry. Specifics will follow shortly.
  • If you plan on claiming damage to clothing through your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, you should inventory and/or photograph damaged clothing prior to washing or disposal.
  • It is important to address wet and/or damp materials as soon as possible, so please assess your needs and let us know if you have any questions.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact housingAA@psu.edu or 814-949-5713

The restoration company bagged items as they worked to remediate the water in your rooms. Please look through the bags carefully. Also please look carefully through your room to determine if other items that were still left in place sustained water damage.

Suggestions if you plan to file an insurance claim with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance:

  • Contact the company immediately to find out what information and/or documentation you need to provide. Many have 24/7 phone numbers to call.
  • Be prepared to make an inventory of affected items.
  • Take photos of your items with your phone. This will allow you to easily recall specifics and provide a reference for your documenting.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact housingAA@psu.edu or 814-949-5713.


Tuesday January 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.

Update on Cedar Hall

As of noon today, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, here is the status of the clean-up from last evening’s incident in Cedar Hall.

ServiceMaster has been on site since 10:45pm last evening, cleaning up the standing water throughout the building and placing large air dryers and dehumidifiers in each room that was affected.  It is very important this equipment continue to run until the building is thoroughly cleaned and dry.

In an effort to make sure our students are safe, it is important for us to ensure that the drying process continues for the next 24-48 hours.  Because of this direction, housing will be providing alternate accommodations at the Wingate at Wydnham Hotel. Our goal is to have students back in the building as soon as possible, we will be communicating with you as the cleanup is complete.

How do I secure housing for this evening?
If you are already at the Wingate at Wydnham, you don’t need to do anything. We have extended your reservation.

If you need accommodations for this evening, please contact the housing office at 814-949-5713 as soon as possible for accommodations

If you have made alternate housing accommodations and wish to continue, please let your RAs know as soon as possible.

Do I currently have access to my room?
Yes, you are able to get into your rooms to retrieve any of your belongings that you will need during this time.  It is also important for you to go to your room today to assess any of your belongs that may have gotten wet during the incident.   We will be sending a separate communication later today that will help you understand the claim process for damaged items.

How will I get to campus from hotel?
Transportation to the Ivyside campus is available for free through Amtran. Just present your student ID to the driver. We are also exploring alternatives.  The hotel front desk at the hotel will have additional information this evening including assistance with where to get on the bus for Ivyside.


Monday January 21, 2019 at 11:06 p.m.

Ruptured Sprinkler Valve in Cedar Hall

A ruptured sprinkler valve in a residence hall at Penn State Altoona led to the relocation of several students.

A sprinkler in a fourth floor room in the west wing of Cedar Hall burst just after 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, affecting rooms on the fourth floor along with some rooms on the three floors below. Less than 60 rooms were affected.

Students living in affected rooms were offered temporary housing elsewhere on campus as well as alternative housing. Most affected students will be able to return to their rooms on Tuesday. All other students were able to return to their rooms Monday night.

Damage assessment and cleanup have already begun.

Thanks to the Housing and Food Services team, University Police, and local fire companies for their quick response.

For more information, call University Police at 814-949-5222.