High School: Penns Valley Area High School
Why Penn State Altoona?
I came to Penn State Altoona because I liked the smaller class sizes and the beautiful campus.
Why the L.A.S. program?
I chose the L.A.S. program because it gave me the opportunity to widen my academic focus and create the most beneficial plan for my future.
My Major: “Education and Communication”
My subjects of focus are education, communication, and business. They will help me to develop my theme of “Education and Communication” in the business world.
I started out in elementary education and decided that I didn’t want to be a teacher anymore. I had also been interested in business and communications classes because I have my own Mary Kay business. By combining these three elements, I have gotten a well-rounded education that I’m confident will help me tremendously in my career. I loved that this degree allowed me to have more choices with my education.
Did you plan to stay four years?
I originally thought I might transfer to University Park because it is closer to my hometown, but I changed my mind because I enjoyed the smaller class sizes and community here at Altoona.
I plan on continuing to work my Mary Kay business and to move up through the company to management. I am also obtaining another job, but I haven’t made any final decisions at this time. I will probably continue to work in the sales and customer service field.
For more information:
Dr. Sandra H. Petrulionis
Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies
Arts and Humanities
Office: 129 Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis is the author of "To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord," the editor of "Thoreau In His Own Time," and Thoreau's "Journal 8: 1854," and the co-editor of "The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism" and "More Day to Dawn: Thoreau’s Walden for the 21st Century." In addition, she has published on Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and other American writers and reformers. She has received four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the most recent two of which have provided more than half a million dollars in support of a scholarly, annotated, digital edition of the complete Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson. The Director of the NEH's Summer Institute on "Transcendentalism and Social Reform," she is also underway in the research for a cultural biography of 19th-century activist, author, and editor Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Petrulionis was a Fulbright scholar in Germany and a recipient of several honors, including the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities, and the college award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity.