University students and educators alike are grappling with turbulent times, and Penn State’s course on the “Art and Science of Human Flourishing” is well-positioned to help undergraduates to develop strategies for caring for themselves and others. Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion, explored ways to adapt the course to current events, along with 23 colleagues from 10 Penn State campuses, University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin-Madison, during the morning of the 2nd Annual Human Flourishing Summer Teaching Institute, held on June 16 and 17 via Zoom.
“If there was ever a time for ‘we are,’ this is it,” said Thomas Hatch, manager of Penn State Altoona's engineering lab. “I believe good comes out of a lot of people when something like this occurs. That is what makes me proud to work for Penn State—everyone fights together.”
The State College Mask Makers group, which is led by physics graduate student Rachael Huxford and contains more than 50 members of the Penn State community, has donated more than 2,500 cloth masks to families and small businesses in Centre County during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Penn State alumnus Dennis McDonald has made a $1.6 million gift—through an estate commitment and outright support—to promote student opportunities within Penn State Altoona, the Smeal College of Business, the University Libraries and the Penn State Blue Band.
Partially inspired by a friend she made at Penn State who now works as a nurse, Altoona alumna Angela Buccellato has been working hard to deliver donations of masks and hot meals to healthcare workers on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic. "Wherever there is a need," she said, "I make it happen.”