Students and faculty talk about Penn State Altoona's Business Degree program, an innovative bachelor's degree program offering six specialized options: accounting, entrepreneurship, financial services, health services, individualized business, and marketing and management.
On Tuesday, December 14, 2010, the Penn State Altoona Alumni Society gave away free pizza to students during finals in the Hawthorn and Smith lobbies. Over 600 slices were given away in just under two hours.
Move-In Day 2010 went off without a hitch as nearly 930 students arrived on campus to settle into their dorm rooms. About 690 of those students were freshman. A volunteer crew of faculty, staff, and students were on hand to help unload cars.
On Saturday, May 8, 2010, Penn State Altoona graduated the second largest class in its history as 260 students received their diplomas. Dr. Zane Gates, medical doctor, author, and founder of the Gloria Gates Memorial Foundation was the commencement speaker.
Penn State Altoona's office of Institutional Equity and Diversity offered a presentation by Dr. Keith Wilson, professor of rehabilitation counseling, and affiliate faculty with department of African and African American Studies and department of Special Education and School Psychology at the Penn State, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12:10 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Edith Davis Eve chapel.
In celebration of the twenty-first national African-American Read-In Chain, Penn State Altoona hosted a day-long event that featured live music, literature, dancing, and celebration. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Slep Student Center to share readings, sing music, and perform dance inspired by African-Americans. The 2010 theme was "a matter of gathering," from the title of featured author Dawn Lundy Martin's poetry collection.
The Read-In was sponsored by Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor; The English Program's Writers and Speakers Series; The Letters Arts and Sciences Program; The Office of Student Affairs; The Division of Arts and Humanities; The Women's Studies Program; The Altoona College Honors Program; and The Blair County NAACP.
On Monday, February 15, 2010, Dr. Sarah Willie-LeBreton presented "In Acting Black: College, Identity, and the Performance of Race" at 7 p.m. in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona. Dr. Willie-LeBreton discussed her research on black student achievement at pre-dominantly white campuses in an era where many argue that racial discrimination has largely been defeated.