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Steve Mullen on the deck of a Navy vessel

Uncharted Seas

Using the skills he learned as part of the Sheetz Fellows program, EMET grad Steve Mullen landed a job with Lockheed Martin helping to develop the world’s first maritime ballistic missile defense system.
Natalie Zetts

Where she belongs

Natalie Zetts never intended to come to Penn State Altoona, let alone earn her degree from the college. But time has a funny way of changing attitude and perception.
Eric Barron and Lee Hite

Local leader commits $1 million to power Altoona innovation hub

Penn State and the Invent Penn State initiative are celebrating a $1 million gift from Altoona business leader Lee Hite and his family to support the LaunchBox at Penn State Altoona.
A Chinchilla in Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

In Search of Chinchillas

Professor Carolyn Mahan started out looking for wild chinchillas in Peru—believed to be extinct—and instead found half a dozen species of other rare wild mammals.
Pennsylvania Cows

Supporting Urban Agriculture

Jordan Futrick shares experiences from her internship at the Blair County Conservation District.
Guest speaker Brian Kinney from The Barn at Lemont

The Flavors of Life

In the HIST 111: American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture course Julie Rockwell introduces students to regional foods across the United States, exploring where food originates, why certain foods appear in certain places, how food is processed, and why it ends up on our plates.
The Dark Cliffy Spot

A Study in Place

"Reading Shaver’s Creek," edited by Ian Marshall, provides the perfect introduction to Shaver’s Creek, part of Penn State’s 7,000-acre Stone Valley Experimental Forest.
Nathan Koller and Andrew Culp

Learning By Discovery

Environmental studies students get hands-on learning through partnership with a local farm.
Ivyside Dance Ensemble company performs

Dance to the Music

Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Dance Ensemble will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a performance featuring current and past ensemble members.

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