Shredding for Kicks

The life span of a sneaker depends on its use. Running or walking, sport or recreation, function or merely fashion—they all wear out eventually. If they haven’t been completely worn out, sneakers may end up in a used clothing bin. More than likely, though, they will end up in a … Continue reading

Living History

  History instructor Jared Frederick often uses items from his own personal collection as visual aids in his history classes at Penn State Altoona. But with the switch to online learning through Zoom this semester, Frederick has had to improvise. In his three classes—HIST 12: Pennsylvania history, HIST 21: US … Continue reading

Finding the Calm

Peace. We are all searching for it. In troubled times we may soothe ourselves in the arts—music, or books, or film. We may return to a hobby we dropped long ago. Many of us will turn to nature for its life-affirming qualities, the sound of birds, the wind in our … Continue reading

Global Fellows 2020

For the third straight year students from Seoul Women’s University, South Korea, traveled to the Penn State Altoona campus to work on a project with Altoona Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) majors for the Global Fellows program. Last year’s students concentrated on an app for the Lower Trail, part of … Continue reading

Building Bridges

The Mayan people may be considered “ancient,” merely a subject for middle school social studies classes. However, descendants of the Mayans of Mesoamerica live throughout the world, bringing their history and culture into the 21st century. Roselyn Costantino, professor of Spanish, women’s, gender and sexuality studies and Latin American studies … Continue reading

The Sharpest Cut

A single digital gas-flow rate control—in other words, a gas valve—can cost a company thousands of dollars. In manufacturing, gas valves are used in welding and cutting applications, where a number of gases are combined as part of the cutting process. Each added gas means adding another valve. So from … Continue reading

Ivyside Eats

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” –James Beard When people hear the term “food insecurity,” the first vulnerable group that comes to mind is not college students. But too often, after the expenses that come with a college education, students struggle to find affordable meals. At Penn State … Continue reading

All-Access Backstage Pass

When is a college course considered paradise? When part of it is in Hawaiʻi. Midway through the Spring 2019 semester 16 Penn State students from four campuses—Altoona, DuBois, Schuylkill, and University Park—began an environmental studies class with Penn State Altoona’s Carolyn Mahan, professor of biology and environmental studies, and Lisa … Continue reading