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Penn State Harrisburg planning to hold emergency preparedness exercise Sept. 30

Penn State Harrisburg, in coordination with local and regional agencies, will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise in its library, on Friday, Sept. 30, starting at 9 a.m. The library will be closed to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As part of the exercise, the college community and visitors to campus can expect to see the increased presence of law enforcement and emergency response professionals. Except for activities in the library, the exercise is not expected to otherwise affect normal operations of the college.

As part of the exercise, alert systems such as the PSUAlert messaging system may be tested to help ensure functionality in a true emergency. All Penn State students, faculty, and staff are automatically signed up to receive e-mail alerts via their Penn State email address.  An active Penn State access account is required for users to access PSUAlert to change contact settings, such as adding cellphone numbers to receive text messages and adding e-mails.

The emergency exercise will provide the college and participating organizations with an opportunity to assess capabilities, policies, and procedures, as well as decision-making, coordination, and agency integration, with the goal of improving effectiveness in an actual emergency.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:56

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Meet The Falcons night


Lower Dauphin High School’s annual Meet the Falcons night was held Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Falcon Fields athletic complex.

The annual event included the marching band playing the National Anthem followed by a few preview songs from their upcoming fall show, “Land of the Free.”

Members of the Lower Dauphin athletic teams were introduced starting with cross country, field hockey, football, golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, tennis and volleyball. The cheerleading squad performed a routine. The band played the alma mater.

To see more contributed photos of Meet The Falcons Night, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 16:46

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Urban education expert, hip-hop artist to speak at PSU Harrisburg

Dr. Christopher Emdin, an author and associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, will discuss his New York Times bestselling book “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... And the Rest of Y’All Too” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Penn State Harrisburg’s Student Enrichment Center theater.   emdin chrisWEB

This event is free and open to the public. 

Edmin’s book focuses on urban education and his reality pedagogy, a teaching and learning approach that focuses on the understanding of students by the teacher.

Emdin is director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education at Columbia University, as well as the associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and currently serves as Minorities in Energy ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy and the STEAM ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.

Emdin is also a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality, and education have appeared in dozens of periodicals including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He provides regular commentary on Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post; where he writes the Emdin 5 series.

He holds a doctorate in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; master’s degrees in both natural sciences and education administration, and bachelor’s degrees in physical anthropology, biology, and chemistry.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a public speaker on a number of topics, including hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. 

Clifton Johnson, Harlem, New York hip-hop artist and Penn State Harrisburg alumnus known as “The 80s Baby,” will also perform a hip-hop session at the event. 

Johnson graduated from Penn State Harrisburg in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He creates music that is entertaining and educational and has performed throughout the United States as well as internationally, opening for numerous artist, including Common, Bobby Valentino, Jasmine Sullivan, and Theophilus London.  

He stated that he gains inspiration from the early stages of hip-hop “when music was centered on providing a voice for those whom few would listen to.”

This Sept. 9 event is the first in the Technology of Music concert and lecture series, which highlights the Office of Student Affairs 2016-2017 “Technology” theme.

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Middletown student gives DeMolay keynote address

Master Councilor Timothy Nevil, a Middletown resident starting his sophomore year of high school, was the keynote speaker for the closing session of the DeMolay Key Man Conference, held July 31-Aug. 6 at the Masonic Conference Center Patton Campus in Elizabethtown.8 31 demolay tonedTimothy Nevil

Nevil was one of nine members of Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, to attend the conference. He also was enrolled in the Interpersonal Development Department.

The teen was selected to give the speech on the basis of the leadership he exhibited throughout the week; his attitude and the respect he showed for the other Key Men and the volunteer staff; his overall embodiment of the tenets of DeMolay including courtesy, patriotism, and cleanness in thought, word and deed; and comradeship toward the other DeMolays.

More than 100 DeMolays from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Oregon and Virginia, and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, attended the weeklong DeMolay leadership training conference. DeMolay members learned leadership skills by doing, and they selected a number of personal goals to prepare them for future service to the organization as well as life in general.

Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay, is a fraternal organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21 years of age that teaches the principles of good citizenship, fraternalism and leadership. For more information about Elizabethtown DeMolay, contact chapter adviser Jesse Spence at 209-0843 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:09

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Not too cool for new school

GirlsEating WEBMckenzie Coble, Jessica Knisely and Keely Lombardi enjoy lunch Aug. 29 in the new Middletown Area High School cafeteria.


Even as excavators continued to replace the divot left by the demolition of their former school, students headed to their first lunch in the cafeteria in the new Middletown Area High School on Monday. 

Several students shared their impressions with the Press And Journal.

Abel Botterbusch said his body reminded him that he was not in the former building. 

“I am not already sweating because we have air conditioning, so that’s nice,” he said. 

Students said they liked the courtyard, allowing them to enjoy their lunches outside, although Botterbusch said he would wait until the weather cooled off a bit before spending much time outside during the day.

“It’s a lot more open, more freedom,” Blake Jacoby said.

“A lot more natural light makes it a little more relaxing,” Botterbusch said. 

The $41 million school replaces the one from 1962. The old building was 169,587 square feet with a building capacity of up to 865 students. The new high school is 196,413 square feet with a building capacity of up to 1,021 students. The auditorium can seat 54 more people — 859 compared to 805 in the old auditorium.

School administrators say it was designed to give more of a college feel.

Jacoby said he liked the flex rooms, a relaxed area with cushioned seats and tables. 

“It’s like a lounge area,” he said. 

“I am excited to see the flex rooms and how they will be used,” Jessica Knisely said. 

The students, who had an assembly before lunch on their first day of the term, noted the auditorium offered vast improvement over the outdated auditorium in the older building. 

“They did a good job on the sound and seats,” Keely Lombardi said. Botterbusch agreed, noting improvements in seating, lighting and sound. 

Classrooms feature more white boards and technology that shows just how much things have changed since the old building was designed. 

“The desks are a lot comfier,” Knisely said. 

“They are definitely good for organization and group work,” Lombardi said. 

The first day in a new building presents some challenges as everyone gets acclimated. 

“It’s really big,” Mckenzie Coble said. “It’s confusing.”

“Yeah, I got lost,” Jacoby said. 

Students will have eight weeks to get adjusted to the building before its official dedication Friday, Oct. 21, as part of Homecoming Weekend. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:04

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