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York Commencment Speaker David Chown 2018

Chancellor encourages York graduates to embrace their humanity

“Graduates, whenever the opportunity arises, practice your compassion, be an active listener, be respectful of everyone, be sympathetic, and most of all, strive to be understanding, as knowledge is power,” said David W. Chown, chancellor of Penn State York and the commencement speaker during Penn State York’s 48th annual spring commencement May 4.
Lauren Clemens 2018

York campus students take advantage of a variety of options to earn degrees

Lauren Clemens and Heather Kreiser will cross the stage of Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center on May 4, and receive their degrees during the campus’ 48th spring commencement ceremony. Both women have benefited from the many options Penn State provides for students to earn a degree. The ceremony, at 6 p.m. in The Pullo Center, is free and open to the public.
Clinton Pettey Fall 2017

Penn State York to celebrate 48th annual spring commencement

David W. Chown, chancellor at Penn State York, is the commencement speaker at the campus’ 48th annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4. The ceremony, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) on campus, is free and open to the public.

Penn State Today Quickcast: April 16, 2018

This episode of the Quickcast looks at the annual Blue-White game festivities, Penn State York chancellor's retirement and a Saxbys coffee shop opening at University Park as part of an experiential learning program.

Unity Week 2018 Promo Pic

Unity Day set for April 19 at Penn State York

A fashion show highlighting the traditional dress from many cultures, food samples, exhibits, and presentations will all be a part of Penn State York’s 20th annual Unity Day celebration, set for noon to 1:30 p.m. April 19 in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building.
Andrew Belser CGNE brunch

Belser CGNE brunch

Andrew Belser, 2017-18 Penn State Laureate and professor in Penn State's School of Theatre, will be the keynote presenter for the sixth annual Alumni and Friends Brunch of the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State on April 8.

Pi Day at Penn state York

Pi Day celebration March 14 includes food and fun at Penn State York

Celebrate all things Pi, and pie, on March 14 when Penn State York hosts its second annual campus-wide Pi Day from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building.
York Chinese New Year Celebration

Campus to celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the dog, Feb. 20

It’s the year of the dog and Penn State York is celebrating Chinese New Year on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 12-1 p.m., with a variety of activities, food, and more. The festivities, in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building, are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee and the Multicultural Club.
York THON Dancers 2018

Cancer survivor looks forward to dancing at THON

It was a little before her fourth birthday that Thalia Splawn, now 20, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Just five years later, Splawn was in remission, and in 2011 was declared cancer-free. Splawn, along with two other Penn State York students, Casey Dierdorff and Paulina Martinez, will represent their campus in the fight against pediatric cancer at The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately known as THON, Feb. 16-18 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Poker with Jimmy 2016

Cancer survivor gives back through poker tournament

Jimmy Clark, 24, understands what it is like to fight for his life. A cancer survivor, Clark will host the eighth annual Poker with Jimmy, a No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, on Nov. 5. The tournament has raised more than $65,000 over the past seven years for THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital for children battling pediatric cancer.

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