- About 27% percent of Philadelphians live below the poverty line.
- Local agencies have seen a 26% increase in need over the past year compared to a 22% increase from the year before.
- One in every three children live in poverty.
- Each year, more than 900,000 individuals are at risk of food insecurity in the Delaware Valley.
Each of these students successfully fulfilled all of Penn State University's general requirements, along with the required coursework and research for the honors program.
We wish them all the best in their future endeavors!
- Cody Bressler received The President Sparks Award for having earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative GPA based on at least 36 graded Penn State credits.
- Rebecca Slomowitz received The President's Freshman Award for receiving a 4.00 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 graded credits completed by the end of the fall semester.
- Senior Eileen Fresta was honored with the Evan Pugh Scholar Award for having earned a cumulative GPA of a 4.0 on at least 48 graded Penn State credits. Eileen was also awarded the Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes the excellence in student involvement in undergraduate research.
A huge congratulations to these students on their amazing academic achievements. We are so proud!
The event was a huge success, and our Tomezko Lounge was overflowing with everyone from Brandywine students and professors to members of the Middletown Township committee.
Through the course of her research, Fresta conducted a ground-penetrating radar study of the Pratt's Burial Ground in Cumberland and highlighted the ways by which the cemetery has always stood as an iconic landmark in Delaware County's vibrant history.
In all of her four years at Penn State Brandywine, Fresta has accomplished a tremendous amount; so, to read more about Fresta's contributions to the campus and the local community, check out this article.
Honors students at Penn State Brandywine have been busy this semester with a slew of different events and projects. Students started off the semester with debates, the launch of the Literary Blog, and traveling the world. A few students took some time to share their experience traveling with Penn State Brandywine.
Becca Brophy, participated in Dr. Greene's, INART 1/ARTH 100 "Introduction to the Arts in Vienna and Prague" during the summer semester. The course was centered on musical forms present in Vienna and Prague and students were required to conduct research on the musical history of the area. Students looked at influential classical composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Hayden and the like. Of her experience she said:
"While abroad, Dr. Greene encouraged us to take in a variety of musical forms, including modern music. Fulfilling the Classical music requirement, I attended a performance by the Vienna Residence Orchestra at the Palais Auersperg that performed the music of Classical composers Mozart and Strauss. Other types of musical experiences I had involved watching a folk band perform outside St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and attending a local jazz club, called the Ungelt Jazz and Blues Club, where a well-known band performed a variety of compositions using the bass cello, piano, and drums. The Vienna and Prague study abroad program really helped to expand my knowledge of musical forms as well as prove to me that just like I see here in America, certain music is popular worldwide."
Students also traveled to Paris to explore French culture. Damien Melendez, who received a travel grant for this trip, took Professor Cynthia Lightfoot's "Youth Culture in Paris" which dealt with adolescent psychology and its relation to the Parisian youth culture. Trip courses are blended; students are expected to work both collaboratively with the professor and independently before and after the trip. While in Paris, students explored the city to both immerse themselves in the culture, but also to examine related topics to their course work.
To check out pictures from the debates, see Brandywine Honors Flickr. To see blog posts, check out the Literary Launch Blog. For more information about previous and future trips, check out PSU Brandywine Global Programs.
- Senior Rebecca Brophy was inducted into the Sigma Tau English Honor Society, which confers distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.
- Junior Eileen Fresta received the President Sparks Award for earning a 4.00 (A) cumulative GPA based on 36 Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester.
- Eileen Fresta and senior Jennifer Santangelo receivedthe President's Volunteer Service Award, recognizing their commitment and inspiration of others to engage in volunteer service.
- Sophomore Sarah DeMartino received a Student Research Award in recognition of her excellence in undergraduate research. Read more about Sarah's well-deserved accolade here.
- Cody Bressler and Steven Hargis received the President's Freshman Award for receiving a 4.00 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 graded credits completed by the end of the fall semester.
- Junior Zanya Stephenson received a Newman Civic Fellows Award for demonstrating an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Sarah has presented her work at the Association for Women in Psychology conference, the Penn State Regional Research Exhibition at Lehigh Valley, the PSU Brandywine Fall Pride event, St. Joseph's Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, and the campus EURECA gathering.
Her faculty mentor has described Sarah as "one of the brightest and motivated students" that he has come to know and praised her social commitment, personal integrity, and intellectual focus. As he noted, "Sarah deserves this award because she is consistently striving to improve the quality of life around her--here and throughout the world."
Scholars are reading through Clay Shirky's book Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, while commenting and discussing the content on the Literary Launch blog.
Honors events for the fall semester include an open mic on Constitution Day focusing on social media, two TED Salons and the TEDxPSU Watch Party, and more! Stay tuned to this website for updates as the semester continues.
The Community Service Kick-off is to allow our newest students to participate in a service activity their first day on campus, before classes even begin. We want students to know that Penn State Brandywine is committed to its land-grant mission of serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and around the globe. Let's show Philabundance that we have Penn State Pride in our volunteering activities now and throughout the year!
Click here to visit the slide set and meet some of the campus faculty and staff!