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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday June 07, 2020 ( 67 items )  

A Message From Cabrini President Donald B. Taylor, PhD
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, May 30 -- Cabrini College issued the following statement by President Donald B. Taylor: To say that these are difficult and challenging times is an understatement. As you know, the hardships posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation measures are not affecting everyone in the same way. This public health crisis has exacerbated and made apparent the inequalities and social injustices of today's society. But inequality and injustice go far beyond COVID-19, and reach fu  more

A Message From Keystone College President Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D.
LA PLUME, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Keystone College issued the following statement by President Tracy L. Brundage: The last several days have indeed been trying times for our entire nation, including all of us in the Keystone community. The tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has impacted us all in so many ways and on so many levels. During such a time, it's important to clearly state what Keystone, as an educational institution and as a close-knit, caring, community stands for and stri  more

Affirming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Saint Joseph's
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Saint Joseph's University issued the following news: In Philadelphia, on Hawk Hill and around the world, protestors are marching, demonstrating and raising their fists to speak out against racial injustice in America. "Our Jesuit heritage and mission, grounded in the service of faith and the promotion of justice, calls on us to approach societal problems actively and reflectively. To care. To pray. To discern. To act," Saint Joseph's President Mark C. Ree  more

Allegheny College Awarded COVID-19 Response Grant From Erie Community Foundation
MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Allegheny College issued the following news: Allegheny College has received a one-year COVID-19 Rapid Response grant of $29,750 from the Erie Community Foundation to support the Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Project. The goal of the AmeriCorps VISTA Project, which is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, is to boost the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the region that are battling po  more

Alvernia Selects Design and Build Team for CollegeTowne Project
READING, Pennsylvania, June 6 -- Alvernia University issued the following news: Alvernia selects RLPS Architects and Warfel Construction as the design and build team for the remodeling and retrofitting of the newly acquired building at 401 Penn Street in downtown Reading. The new location is the centerpiece of Reading CollegeTowne, the innovative strategy of expanding the campus into the downtown area to continue its Franciscan mission of education, service and community engagement. "We review  more

BC3, Concordia Forge Partnership With Initial $1M Gift
BUTLER, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Butler County Community College issued the following news: Concordia Lutheran Ministries' $1 million gift to the Butler County Community College Education Foundation, the fifth in that amount to BC3 since 2014, will help to fund the proposed Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building on BC3's main campus and forges a partnership in which Concordia could provide up to $10 million to BC3 and its students. The largest commitment to BC3 in the college's 5  more

California University of Pennsylvania: A Message From the President
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following statement on June 2 by President Geraldine M. Jones: At California University, we will continue to do our part to stand firm against injustice and racism, and to ensure a safe environment for our Cal U community. The brutal and senseless death of George Floyd reminds us of how far we need to go in the unmasking of racism within our nation. Time and time again, many black lives are snuffed out. Time a  more

California University of Pennsylvania: Trustees Hear Fall Opening Updates
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Cal U President Geraldine M. Jones updated the Council of Trustees on plans to reopen campus for the fall semester at the group's quarterly meeting June 3. A task force and various working groups have been appointed to plan for a safe reopening of campus, which has been operating remotely since March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Let me be clear: Nothing is more important than the w  more

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Join WEF's Community of Young Scientists
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Two Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have been selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of the 2020 Community of Young Scientists. Stefanie Sydlik, an assistant professor of chemistry, and Zeynep Temel, an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute, join the forum's Young Scientists community, which recognizes scientific rising stars under the age of 40 who are pursuing high-impact   more

Carnegie Mellon University: Confronting Racism in Our Society
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, May 30 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following joint statement by President Farnam Jahanian, and Chair Henry L. Hillman: Even as our nation struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to bear witness to the reality that systemic racism and injustice pervades our society. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are but the latest examples of violent and dehumanizing acts of racism across the country. I am heartbroken and  more

CERT Coordination Center Releases VINCE Software Vulnerability Collaboration Platform
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute issued the following news: The SEI's CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) this week rolled out a new, web-based platform for software vulnerability reporting and coordination called the Vulnerability Information and Coordination Environment (VINCE). The CERT/CC team is replacing its legacy system of more than 20 years to help scale communications and increase the level of direct collaboration between v  more

Cheyney University, Lincoln University Issue Joint Statement on Unrest
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Lincoln University issued the following joint statement by President Brenda A. Allen and Cheyney University President Aaron A. Walton: As we navigate these unprecedented times, we are now forced to deal with a series of tragic events. The unconscionable deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were unnecessary incidents that have drawn national and international attention. Many people realize that this can and should be the moment to   more

China's National Security Law for Hong Kong, Explained
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: On May 28, China's National People's Congress approved a controversial national security law that would further expand mainland China's influence over Hong Kong. The move follows ongoing protests since last year that were originally triggered by a proposed extradition law (https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/hong-kong-clash-China-over-law-autonomy-democracy). Director of the Center for the Study of Co  more

Delaware Valley University: A Message From the President - Outrage Into Resolve
DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Delaware Valley University issued the following statement by President Dr. Maria Gallo: I first read the Langston Hughes poem in high school. And this weekend, I could not get it out of my mind. Like all of you, I have been trying to process the pain. The cruelness we all recently witnessed with the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery leave me with such profound sadness, and yes anger. How do we deal with such stark injustice, hate and brutality? Thes  more

DeSales University: Reflection on Racism - An Important Message From Fr. James J. Greenfield, OSFS
CENTER VALLEY, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- DeSales University issued the following statement by President James J Greenfield: I write in response to the national evil that burns our hearts and stains our souls: racism. The evil and sin of racism continue to kill, divide, enrage, disfigure, diminish, and impoverish. We see this in the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and David McAtee, who was killed in a police shooting yesterday in Kentucky; the false arrest of Omar Jimenez;  more

Eastern University Announces New Accelerated 4+1 Professional Science Programs With Temple University
ST. DAVIDS, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Eastern University issued the following news release: Eastern University, in partnership with Temple University, is excited to announce five new accelerated degree programs in the areas of Cyber Defense, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Bioinnovation, and Scientific Writing, beginning in Fall 2020. These are in addition to the Forensic Chemistry program first launched in 2018. The 4+1 (undergraduate + graduate) programs lead to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degre  more

Eastern University: President Matthews Dedicates a Day of Grief, Lament, and Hope for Our Nation
ST. DAVIDS, Pennsylvania, June 1 -- Eastern University issued the following statement by President Ronald A. Matthews: On Friday, June 5th, I am dedicating the day as a Day of Grief, Lament, and Hope for our Nation, Eastern University, and ourselves. I would encourage you to pray and fast should the Spirit lead you. It is with heaviness that Chaplain Joseph Modica and I invite you to join us for a noon Service of Grief, Lament, and Hope. The continuing events of violence, injustice, and death,  more

Gov. Wolf Issues Proclamation on Amends Emergency Declaration to Add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for Assistance During Protests
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., issued the following proclamation on June 1: Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon amended his May 30 disaster emergency declaration to add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery counties to provide all necessary assistance to these counties as they respond to the escalation of protests. These counties join Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dauphin counties, which were in the original declaration. "People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but  more

Grove City College: Demand is High for Grove City College Summer Online Courses
GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- The Grove City College issued the following news release: Enrollment in Grove City College's summer online courses is up sharply over previous years. Dr. Christy L. Crute, executive director of Graduate and Online Programs and professor of Business Analytics, attributes the increase to the quality of the courses and rising demand for an online version of the academically excellent and Christ-centered education students expect from the College. "The summer p  more

Harrisburg Area Community College and Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union Help Supporters Navigate Finances During Crises
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Harrisburg Area Community College issued the following news release: HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, and Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) have partnered to host a FREE virtual event, A Virtual Chat on All Things Money with PSECU, about financial literacy for HACC supporters. Experts from PSECU will discuss the following topics during the event: * Managing money during difficult times * Managing your credit * Preventing ide  more

Heinz Endowment Grant Helps Chatham Support Autism Spectrum Training
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Chatham University issued the following news: Chatham University has received a generous grant from The Heinz Endowments to better support students that fall on the Autism Spectrum. The funding from the grant will go towards a training program led by Brian Kluchurosky, Director of Youth Advocate Programs, Allegheny County Adults with Autism Program, on working with students who have been identified as autistic. The program will be held in the fall for facult  more

Lebanon Valley College's Commitment to Inclusion and Fairness
ANNVILLE, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Lebanon Valley College issued the following joint statement by President Lewis E. Thayne and President-Elect James M. MacLaren: We are writing to you because we feel strongly the need to reach out together to our community and to express in this letter what we would be expressing in person if the College were in session. Across the United States, we are witnessing anguish, sorrow, and frustration over the issues of injustice and racism, of wrongful actions by   more

Lehigh Carbon Community College Offers Online and Remote Classes for Fall 2020
SCHNECKSVILLE, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Lehigh Carbon Community College issued the following news: Registration for the fall semester at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is currently underway with classes being offered in an online or remote format. Classes begin August 22. The virtual instruction used in spring and summer will continue as will virtual support services, including testing, counseling, advising and more. As long as the state is under red or yellow restrictions, all credit c  more

Lincoln University: Public Invited to Virtual Mellon Institute Sessions in Arts and Humanities in June
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Lincoln University issued the following news: Lincoln University invites the public to attend the virtual Mellon Institute on Tuesdays in June. The research institute will be held from 10:30 to noon over five sessions: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. The sessions are free and open to the public. Attendance at all sessions is not required; attendees may choose which sessions they attend. Lincoln University faculty and staff will receive information about how   more

Marywood University Names Johnson as Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Marywood University issued the following news release: Jeffrey Johnson, D.M.A., Conn., has been named as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Marywood University. He will begin his tenure on July 1, 2020. Before his appointment at Marywood, Dr. Johnson was the Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Music at the University of Bridgeport [Bridgeport, Conn.] Dr. Johnson's distinctive career at the University of Bridgeport began   more

Mount Aloysius College: Message From President McKeegan Regarding the Tragic Death of George Floyd and the National Unrest
CRESSON, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Mount Aloysius College issued the following statement by President John McKeegan: In a time of tragedy, it is helpful to recall that which binds us together. The Mount Aloysius Philosophy Statement encourages us to synthesize faith with learning, to develop competence with compassion, to put talents and gifts at the service of others, and to begin to assume leadership in the world community. It emphasizes values of justice, hospitality, mercy, and service. Per  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Addresses Protests, Provides Update on Commonwealth Response
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 1 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf provided an update on the steps the commonwealth is taking in response to violence and looting following peaceful protests across Pennsylvania over the weekend to condemn racism, oppression and injustice. "Every Pennsylvanian should speak out against violence and oppression, and the recent murder of George Floyd in Minnesota has rightfully outraged many of us. Pennsylvanians   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Amends Emergency Declaration to Add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery Counties for Assistance During Protests
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon amended his May 30 disaster emergency declaration to add Erie, Delaware and Montgomery counties to provide all necessary assistance to these counties as they respond to the escalation of protests. These counties join Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Dauphin counties, which were in the original declaration. "People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Commissions Jointly Issue Statement Defending Our First Amendment Right to Protest and Air Grievances
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 4: The Pennsylvania Commissions on African American, Latino, Asian Pacific American, Women and LGBTQ Affairs, overseen by Gov. Tom Wolf, released a joint statement honoring the memory of George Floyd and other Americans of color who have lost their lives to police violence, and denouncing indoctrinated racism, bigotry and sanctioned violence. "In the wake of the murder of George Floyd i  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Issues Statement on Death of Floyd
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 1 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: This weekend, throughout Pennsylvania, people are protesting violence and injustice that occurs far too often against people of color. Everyone should speak out because no one should be at risk of harm because of oppression or racism. We have seen these injustices happen in the Commonwealth, and this week, we were all shaken by the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota. As Pennsylvanians protest,   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for State Response and Recovery, Stay-at-Home Order Ends June 4
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 3: Governor Tom Wolf renewed the 90-day disaster declaration he originally signed on March 6 following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The declaration was set to expire on June 4. The emergency disaster declaration provides for increased support to state agencies involved in the continued response to the virus and recovery fo  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Domestic Violence Bill, Other Legislation
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 6 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 5: Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 275, which allows previous convictions of strangulation to be considered in sentencings for subsequent cases and in child custody proceedings. A 2016 law made strangulation a criminal offense and this legislation integrates it with other offenses under state law. "Domestic violence is a horrific crime and we must do everything we can to hold abuse  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Emergency Declaration to Assist Municipalities During Protests
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 1 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 30: Governor Tom Wolf this evening signed a disaster emergency declaration using his authority to provide all necessary assistance to municipalities as they respond to the escalation of protests in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. "People have every right to speak out and demonstrate, but it's unacceptable to take advantage of protests to incite violence, harm others and destroy   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Extending Mail Ballot Deadline in Six Counties to June 9
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 1: Amid a surge in mail-in ballots, the COVID-19 public health emergency and civil disturbances in six counties, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order extending the deadline for county election offices in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail to 5 p.m. June 9, 2020. The ballot must be postmarked no la  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Takes Action to Address Law Enforcement Reform and Accountability
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 4: After meeting with leaders in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf announced several actions to improve law enforcement relations with the community and strengthen training and accountability. "Today, I am taking steps to address concerns about community relations with law enforcement as well as strengthen accountability of our agencies," Gov. Wolf said. "This effort will c  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: $50 Million in Grants Available to Support Fire and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Office of State Fire Commissioner will be working to enact recent legislation to provide $50 million in direct financial relief to fire and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. "Since we began taking action to curtail the spread of COVID-19, our state's fire and EMS companies have seen record-breaki  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties Going Green on June 12
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 6 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 5: Effective, all 67 Pennsylvania counties are either in the yellow or green phase of reopening and Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 additional counties will move to green at 12:01 a.m., June 12. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York. "As of one minute after midnight this morning, every cou  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Department of Health Reaches COVID-19 Testing Goal in May, Continues to Increase Testing in Several Regions
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 3: Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Health reached its testing goals in May with more than 283,000 COVID-19 diagnostic test results reported to the department. The department achieved its 2 percent testing goal for the month by more than 11 percent. In addition, beginning Friday, June 5, various Walmart and Quest Diagnostics drive-thru testing locations across the stat  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 10 Additional Counties Moving to Yellow and 16 to Green on June 5
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed amended yellow phase orders to include 10 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 5. The counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia. In addition, the governor and the secretary signed amended green phase orders to include 16   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Defends Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, Denounces Transphobia in Commonwealth
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 6 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement by Executive Director Rafael Alvarez Febo: "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, Pennsylvanians have tremendously benefited from the steadfast leadership of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. "Dr. Levine has provided critical information to keep us safe from this dangerous virus, while also making important decisions managing the Pennsylvania Department  more

Penn State Residents Should Be Aware of Unemployment Compensation Scam
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently reported a new unemployment compensation scam. Residents of Pennsylvania may have received fraudulent pandemic unemployment compensation checks in the mail without having filed for unemployment compensation benefits. Already, some Penn State employees have reported receiving these paper checks when they have not filed for unemployment comp  more

Penn State to Meet or Exceed Wolf Administration's Higher Education Guidelines
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: While Penn State's plans for fall 2020 are still under consideration, the task groups working on returning students and employees to campus are planning to meet or exceed the expectations for colleges and universities announced today by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The roadmap for higher education institutions calls for colleges and universities to have a number of practices, procedur  more

Penn State-Brandywine Names Strehl as Director of Academic Affairs
MEDIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine Campus issued the following news: Wiebke Strehl, dean of humanities and professor of German at the University of North Carolina Ashville, has been named director of academic affairs at Penn State Brandywine, effective Aug. 3. Brandywine Chancellor Marilyn Wells noted Strehl's extensive experience and accomplishments in higher education will support the campus' expanding academic programs. "Dr. Strehl brings with her a h  more

Penn State: Killing Coronavirus With Handheld Ultraviolet Light Device May Be Feasible
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: A personal, handheld device emitting high-intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect areas by killing the novel coronavirus is now feasible, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Minnesota and two Japanese universities. There are two commonly employed methods to sanitize and disinfect areas from bacteria and viruses -- chemicals or ultraviolet radiation exposure. The UV radiation  more

Penn State: Response to the Tragic Death of George Floyd
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 30 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following statement by President Eric J. Barron: The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, following other recent unspeakable tragedies, makes clear yet again that systemic discrimination and unjust racial disparities continue to plague our country. It is past time for change. We cannot remain silent in the face of this heart-breaking reality. As an institution of higher educa  more

Politics of Pandemics - Why Some Countries Respond Better Than Others: University of Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The capacity of a state and the degree of economic inequality among its residents will determine how successful it is in coping effectively with a pandemic like COVID-19. Whether it is a democracy or a dictatorship matters relatively less, according to recent research by Wharton management professor Mauro Guillen. Titled, "The Politics of Pandemics: Democracy, State Capacity, and Economic Inequalit  more

Pregnancy Complications Developmental Abnormalities Linked Specific Assisted Reproduction Process
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: An experimental study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania links a specific procedure - embryo culture - that is part of the assisted reproduction process (ART) to placental abnormalities, risk for preeclampsia, and abnormal fetal growth. The team, led by Marisa Bartolemei, PhD, a professor of Cell and Developme  more

Saint Joseph's University: President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., Delivers Message on Nation's Racial Violence
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 30 -- Saint Joseph's University issued the following statement by President Mark C. Reed: While watching the news last night, my family continued our discussions about the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Trying to respond to my children's questions, I have been reminded once again how complex and tragic the experience of race in America has been throughout our history and continues today. Our Jesuit heritage and mission, grounded in the service o  more

Saint Vincent College: A Message From President Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following statement by President Rev. Paul R. Taylor: Saint Vincent College condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, discrimination and violence, which are sins against God and against humanity. There is no place in our world for any of these. We are heartbroken as we have witnessed the deaths of George Floyd and many others in the Black community who have lost their lives in this violence. The command of Jesus Christ is c  more

Saint Vincent College: Virtual Get Acquainted Day Planned June 13
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: The Saint Vincent College Office of Admission (https://www.stvincent.edu/admission-aid) will hold a virtual Get Acquainted Day for prospective students at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. Conducted as a webinar via Zoom, the event will include remarks from SVC president Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., dean of admission Heather Kabala and vice president for academic affairs Dr. John Smetanka; information on the admis  more

Salus University: Speech-Language Institute Continues Parkinson's Speech Therapy
ELKINS PARK, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Salus University issued the following news release: The Speech-Language Institute (SLI) of Salus University has been awarded its second grant from Parkinson Voice Project in recognition of their ongoing SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd therapy programs. Through the grant, SLI will continue this summer to provide free group speech therapy - through telehealth while under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic - to people with Parkinson's disease. The gra  more

Statement to the Chatham Community
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 1 -- Chatham University issued the following by statement by President David Finegold, Dean Darlene Motley, and Randi Congleton, Diversity and Inclusion Council co-chairs: At a time when we are dealing with the current health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the heightened anxiety this is creating, our country is confronting yet another in a series of horrific incidents that remind us of the important work that remains to be done to create a soci  more

Study Finds Harrisburg Area Community College Contributes $1 Billion to Region
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Harrisburg Area Community College issued the following news release: A recent study by labor market analytics firm Emsi found that HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, contributes $1 billion to the local economy annually. HACC provided enrollment, budget and alumni data from its 2017-18 fiscal year to generate the economic impact study. Additional findings (http://newsroom.hacc.edu/images/20052/media_gallery/Economic%20Value%20of%20HACC%20Infograp  more

Temple School of Law: A Statement of Solidarity From Dean Mandel
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- Temple University's Beasley School of Law issued the following statement by Gregory N. Mandel, dean and Peter J. Liacouras, professor of law: I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. We are living through an extraordinarily difficult and tumultuous moment. You have already received a message from President Englert and Provost Epps, but I also wanted to write to you directly. While I know that the combination of challenges we  more

Thiel's New M.B.A. Program Includes Leadership Offering Designed for Non-Business Majors
GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania, June 4 -- Thiel College issued the following news release: Thiel College's new Master of Business Administration program also includes a path for non-business majors to acquire a sought-after business credential. The enrollment deadline for students in Thiel College's new Master of Business Administration program is June 15 and classes begin in July. "This is a great opportunity to gain a degree that will distinguish and elevate graduates in the business world," Chai  more

University of Illinois System Names Whitney Interim Chancellor
URBANA, Illinois, June 4 -- The University of Illinois System issued the following news on June 3: Karen M. Whitney, a nationally recognized higher education leader, has been selected to serve as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen announced. Whitney is the president emerita of Clarion University in Pennsylvania and recently served as interim chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. S  more

University of Pennsylvania: Can Yelp Reviews Identify Better Skilled Nursing Facilities?
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: A new study suggests that hospitals, payers, and patients might learn something useful about the quality of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) by checking online Yelp reviews. These reviews could provide important information beyond publicly reported ratings to inform decisions about postacute care. In JAMA Network Open, Kira Ryskina and colleagues studied 1,536 SNFs with 8,548 online reviews posted  more

University of Pennsylvania: Can, or Should, the Insurrection Act Be Invoked?
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: As protests continued across the nation in the wake of George Floyd's killing by police officers, President Donald Trump this week lashed out at governors, calling their response to the protests weak and saying he would use the military by invoking the Insurrection Act if states failed to quell violence and looting. So, what exactly is the Insurrection Act? Penn Today spoke with Penn Law professor C  more

University of Pennsylvania: Coronavirus or COVID-19? A Glossary to Help Navigate Pandemic Vocabulary
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Six months since a "pneumonia of unknown cause" was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), the novel coronavirus, along with the millions of patients infected and hundreds of thousands killed (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html), has dominated news headlines, social media posts, and everyday conversations around the world. Alongside the many changes that the pandemic has brought,   more

University of Pennsylvania: Historian Mary Frances Berry Responds to the George Floyd Protests
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 6 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following statement by historian Mary Frances Berry: America is in mourning. Across the country, people grieve for George Floyd, who died on May 25. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man and father, was suspected of using a $20 counterfeit bill to purchase cigarettes. As Floyd lay handcuffed, face down in the street, a police officer pressed a knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes until the man finally ceased brea  more

University of Pennsylvania: New Cancer Immunotherapy Targeting Myeloid Cells Slows Tumor Growth
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Checkpoint inhibitors, a type of immunotherapy, that target myeloid immune cells and slow tumor growth were discovered by a team from the Perelman School of Medicine and other institutions. Reporting in Nature Cancer, the researchers showed for the first time in human cells and a mouse model that inhibiting the c-Rel molecule in myeloid cells--as opposed to lymphoid cells that today's immunotherapies  more

University of Pennsylvania: Politics, Pandemics, and Protests
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Exactly how the coronavirus pandemic, the current unrest sweeping the country and the nation's economic woes will affect November's presidential election is unclear, but voter turnout will be key, experts say. "There's so much uncertainty and we're not sure exactly how some of these things are going to play out in the election, but one of the things that has not changed and where there's amazing st  more

University of the Sciences LLC Receives Green Globe Honorable Mention
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 5 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: The USciences Living and Learning Commons (LLC) received an honorable mention for Green Building Initiative's (GBI) 2019 Green Globe Project of the Year Award. The LLC received a rating of "two Green Globes". This rating indicates the building "demonstrates excellent progress in achieving reduction of environmental impacts and use of environmental efficiency practices." Green Globe is a nationally   more

Virginia Gov. Northam Issues Proclamation on Dam Safety Awareness Day
RICHMOND, Virginia, June 2 -- Gov. Ralph S. Northam, R-Virginia, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, National Dam Safety Awareness Day was established to memorialize the South Fork Dam failure in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that occurred on May 31, 1889; and WHEREAS, the South Fork Dam failure was the worst dam-related disaster in our nation's history, and more than 2,200 lives were lost; and WHEREAS, National Dam Safety Awareness Day is intended to highlight potential dangers of imprope  more

Westminster College to Begin Fall Classes on Aug. 17
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, June 3 -- Westminster College issued the following news release: Westminster College will adjust its fall 2020 academic calendar to prioritize the health and safety of its students, employees and visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic when it resumes in-person instruction and residence life for the fall semester. Under the revised calendar, fall 2020 semester classes will start on Monday, Aug. 17 and conclude with finals just before Thanksgiving. There will be no   more

Widener Biology Professor Awarded Grant to Develop Online Research Courses During COVID-19 Pandemic
CHESTER, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- The Widener University issued the following news: Associate Professor of Biology Janice Krumm has been awarded nearly $200,000 in a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to develop online-based research experiences for hundreds to thousands of undergraduate students learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a shift to online learning on an unprecedented scale," Krumm said. "This funding will help mitigate negative   more

Widener University: ROTC Offices to Be Named for Outgoing Board Chair
CHESTER, Pennsylvania, June 2 -- The Widener University issued the following news: Widener University will honor outgoing Board of Trustees Chair Gen. John Tilelli by naming the suite of offices that house the university's Army ROTC program in his honor. Tilelli, a 1963 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, presided over his final board meeting as chair in May, after five years in the leadership role. He joined the board nearly 20 years ago and will continue to serve as a board member, as   more