A Message from the Chancellor and Dean

Dear Penn State Altoona Students, Staff, and Faculty,

I am writing regarding the recent tragic death of George Floyd and the events that have ensued across our country. As we try to comprehend this event and the aftermath, I emphasize that acts of bigotry and hate will not be tolerated at Penn State Altoona. Our core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, and community call on each of us to build collegial and respectful relationships. It is imperative that we recognize our shared humanity as we live and work together.

At Penn State Altoona we strive to create a warm and welcoming learning environment in which everyone is able to succeed and thrive. We expect that members of our campus community will be respectful of each of its members. It is incumbent on each of us to work together to build a more caring and supportive world in which to live—a world in which all people are respected and valued.

Each of us brings unique contributions to our community. Working together, we must do what we can to end hate, bigotry, racism and inequities. Regardless of our ethnicity or background, we are all part of humanity, and we must treat each other with dignity.

For students who may need support in dealing with these unsettling events, please contact our caregivers at the Sheetz Health Center at 814-949-5540. Our staff in Student Affairs and in Human Resources will be reaching out to offer various programs of support that are available to you.


Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
Penn State Altoona Chancellor and Dean

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