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Selected Summer 2009 and Academic Year 2009-10 EOPC Funded Programs

Summer 2009 Programs


Pre-College Programs - for pre-college or first-year students



Program Title: Behrend/Brandywine Summer Experience
Campus: Brandywine
Project Director: Norma Notzold
Phone: (610) 892-1460
Email: non1@psu.edu
Program Description: This program opens opportunities for many students to participate in the 30- Hour Program, which was developed at Penn State Brandywine, from other campuses. Program materials are posted online so underprepared incoming students seeking to build skills for the fall semester can access materials and communicate with peer tutors.

Program Title: Business Opportunities Summer Camp (BOSS)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Jamie Campbell
Phone: (814) 863-1947
Email: juc27@psu.edu
Program Description: BOSS is a two-week summer program that gives high school seniors the opportunity to take college-prep and college-level business classes from faculty in the Smeal College of Business.

Program Title: Camp to College Campus: Worthington Scranton
Project Director: Bonnie Urzen
Phone: (570) 963-2500
Email: blu2@psu.edu
Program Description: This collaborative program brings urban, low-income, rising 7th and 8th graders from diverse racial/ethnic groups together to explore careers, learn how to prepare for
college, and develop an appreciation for the environment. Students will camp out at a local state park and participate in outdoor recreation and environmental education activities.

Program Title: The Lion’s Path – Berks Summer Bridge Program
Campus: Berks
Project Director: Yuriko Beaman
Phone: (610) 396-6074
Email: ynb1@psu.edu
Program Description: This program provides academic support for students entering college through the Equal Opportunity Program. Students will receive instruction in writing and math and will participate in structured study sessions and activities, including those that strengthen college skills, such as study skills, library research, conflict management, stress management, etc. Student mentors will also participate in the program to assist and guide students.

Program Title: Pre-Freshman Engineering and Science (PREF)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Amy Freeman
Phone: (814) 865-7138
Email: afreeman@engr.psu.edu
Program Description: PREF is a rigorous academic enrichment and orientation program specifically developed to bolster the retention of first year under-represented students of color entering curriculums in engineering and science at the Penn State University Park campus. The components of PREF accommodate the academic, social, cultural, and adjustment needs of these students.

Program Title: Summer Enrichment at Brandywine
Campus: Brandywine
Project Director: Norma Notzold
Phone: (610) 892-1460
Email: non1@psu.edu
Program Description: This program builds background knowledge and academic skills to prepare entering students for the academic demands of the general education courses they take in the fall semester. The students participate in experiential learning, small-group discussions, and online research and develop hands-on skills with Penn State technology applications to complete a research
Project.

Program Title: Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Jackie Bortiatynski
Phone: (814) 865-2772
Email: jxb46@psu.edu
Program Description: This program is a collaboration between the Eberly College of Science and Upward Bound Math and Science and provides program students with research experiences with Penn State faculty in core areas of science for six weeks during the summer.

Program Title: Tech Savvy Camp for Girls
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Jan Maher
Phone: (814) 863-9088
Email: jmahar@ist.psu.edu
Program Description: Tech Savvy Camp for Girls is a week-long day camp for middle-school girls that is designed to provide a safe and stimulating environment for participants to explore and enhance skills related to information technology and foster an interest in entering IT-related fields.

Program Title: Transition Program
Campus: Behrend
Project Director: Andy Herrera
Phone: (814) 898-6111
Email: aah10@psu.edu
Program Description: This program seeks to enhance the academic skills of first-year immigrant students who lack some of the needed skills to fully optimize their college experience.

Program Title: Wise Camp
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Raysun Goergen
Phone: (814) 865-3342
Email: rmg14@psu.edu
Program Description: WISE Week Day Camp brings 42 pre-college girls to University Park for a week of exploration of the opportunities science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields through hands-on experiences in science and engineering labs with state-of-the-art technology and interaction with female role models. The goal of the program is to encourage participants to pursue careers in the STEM fields.


Graduate Student Programs - for prospective graduate students



Program Title: Minority Advanced Careers in Nursing
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Lisa Kitko
Phone: (814) 863-2228
Email: lah150@psu.edu
Program Description: This program brings four junior and senior nursing students to Penn State’s School of Nursing for a summer program designed to enhance their research and clinical skills in preparation for entering a graduate program in nursing.


Academic Year 2009-10 Programs


Pre-College Programs - for pre-college students



Program Title: Arnelle Fly Fishing
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Mark Belden
Phone: (814) 865-5401
Email: mab6@psu.edu
Program Description: This program brings students from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds together to enjoy an outdoor recreational activity focused on fly fishing. The program was initiated by Jesse Arnelle, Penn State’s first African American chair of the Board of Trustees, who conceptualized the program as a way to teach initiative, cooperation, and discovery through this outdoor experience.

Program Title: Expanding Your Horizons Camp
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Raysun Goergen
Phone: (814) 865-3342
Email: rmg14@psu.edu
Program Description: This initiative is a one-day camp for students in grades 6-9 located in the Centre Region. Students will participate in workshops developed and facilitated by Penn State faculty and students. The goal of the program is to encourage participants to pursue careers in the STEM fields.


College Student Programs - support programs for first-year or continuing undergraduate students



Program Title: African American Male Mentoring
Project (AAMMP)
Campus: Greater Allegheny
Project Director: Anthony Mitchell
Phone: (412) 675-9044
Email: abm2@psu.edu
Program Description: AAMMP will pair first- and second-year African American male students with senior professionals, academic leaders, corporate managers, using an intergenerational mentoring model, to foster qualities that research suggests are most critical for retention: self-awareness, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and leadership. Students will participate in twelve professionally-facilitated workshop sessions in the spring and fall semesters each year to improve the students’ capacities to adjust to college life and function in a diverse educational environment that requires learning new ways to interact and make social and emotional adjustments. Students will also participate in volunteerism and community service
Projects.

Program Title: Asian American Students in Action (AASIA)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Ed McKeon
Phone: (814) 865-1773
Email: eam214@psu.edu
Program Description: This mentoring program is designed to address the retention of Asian and Pacific American (APA) students at University Park. Although University Park has many mentoring programs, none specifically address the need to retain and graduate APA undergraduate students.
Historically, this lack of support stems from the labeling of APA students as a “model minority” and the many biases against APA students due to that label. However, at Penn State, APA students still lag behind white students in their retention and graduation rates. The goal of the program is to help incoming APA students make a successful transition from high school to college.

Program Title: Bunton-Waller Fellow/Lendfest Scholars Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Hank McCoullum
Phone: (814) 863-0285
Email: hwm1@psu.edu
Program Description: This program supports the transition to Penn State for first-year Bunton- Waller Fellows and Lendfest Scholars.

Program Title: Diversity Grants-in-Aid
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Kelli Burns
Phone: (814) 863-7138
Email: burns@ip.psu.edu
Program Description: Diversity Grants-In-Aid assists students with financial need who are members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups or have documented disabilities in participating in education abroad. Students should contact the Office of International Programs as soon as they decide they are interested in studying abroad to see whether or not they are eligible for the program. This program also runs during the summer.

Program Title: Jump Start
Campus: Mont Alto
Project Director: Kendra Wolgast
Phone: (717) 749-6045
Email: kwm24@psu.edu
Program Description: This program will help raise the level of academic preparedness for incoming students by enrolling them in online developmental courses during the summer to help prepare them for their fall classes. In the fall, students will continue to receive academic support and will paired with a student mentor.


Graduate and Medical Student Programs - for prospective graduate and medical students



Program Title: Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Medical and Graduate Students
Campus: Hershey
Project Director: Alphonse Leure-duPree
Phone: (717) 531-6411
Email: djl11@psu.edu
Program Description: The goals and the specific aims of this
Project are the recruitment, matriculation and retention of under-represented multicultural students in medical and/or graduate school at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. The program will continue the summer research partnership with Lincoln, Cheyney, and Penn State.

Program Title: Recruitment Program for Underrepresented Graduate Students
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Lori Francis
Phone: (814) 863-0213
Email: lfrancis@psu.edu
Program Description: This program augments the typical recruitment efforts of the Department of Biobehavioral Health to allow faculty members to initiate contacts with students from diverse racial/ethnic groups at their undergraduate campus to recruit them into Penn State’s graduate program.


Faculty and Staff Programs



Program Title: Diversity Fellow Program*
Campus: Abington
Project Director: José Rodriguez
Phone: (215) 881-7501
Email: jzr6@psu.edu
Program Description: This program funds a diversity fellow who will conduct diversity programming at Penn State Abington, including increasing course offerings on intercultural and international issues, while completing her/his doctoral thesis. After the fellowship period, the goal of the program will be to hire the diversity fellow on the tenure track.

Program Title: Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) Program
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Marianne Karwacki
Phone: (814) 865-0676
Email: mlk6@psu.edu
Program Description: This program, which is a collaboration among Penn State and several community organizations, assists in developing employment opportunities for a diverse population of qualified people with disabilities.


Curricular and Curricular Integration Programs



Program Title: Cultivating an Understanding of Diversity through Literature
Campus: Beaver
Project Director: Angela Fishman
Phone: (724) 773-3825
Email: aaf10@psu.edu
Program Description: This program explores the multi-faceted nature of diversity through literature. All students, faculty, and staff can participate in the program, which is organized around a book club to promote recreational reading. The club will be broken up into several discussion groups, with one faculty or staff member and one diversity club member leading a group of about eight others.

Program Title: Enhancing Student Diversity through FYE and Out-of-Class Programming
Campus: DuBois
Project Director: Rebecca Pennington
Phone: (814) 375-4766
Email: rxs163@psu.edu
Program Description: This program will augment the FYE program by creating a book list that students will use to select a book on diversity for FTE classes and facilitating discussion of the book in FYE classes. Students will also prepare reports and presentations on topics that relate to the book. The campus will then host a speaker/author who will make a presentation on diversity to students in the classes, which will be followed by classroom discussion.

Program Title: Fostering Student Competency through a Curriculum of International Engagement
Campus: New Kensington
Project Director: Josi Kalavar
Phone: (724) 334-6745
Email: jmk18@psu.edu
Program Description: This program will be a year-long exploration of India’s history, government and politics, geography, economy, demographics, language, and culture that will focus classroom and co-curricular activities on the need for international competencies and today’s global community.

Program Title: The Philadelphia Field
Project
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Lakshman Yapa
Phone: (814) 865-1187
Email: lxy3@psu.edu
Program Description: This
Project is an interdisciplinary research initiative on urban poverty in the United States, using Philadelphia as a case study for field work. For further information, please access the
Project Web site <http://www.philadelphiafieldproject.com/>.

Program Title: Race Relations
Project
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Laurie Mulvey and Sam Richards
Phone: (814) 865-5768 or (814) 863-7456
Email: rrproj@psu.edu
Program Description: The mission of the Race Relations
Project is to build a vision of what is really happening with race relations in this generation by engaging participants in conversations about their personal experiences with the issue. These dialogues provide an opportunity for individuals to constructively question one another’s views while critically examining their own.


Other Programs



Program Title: The Diversity Action Workgroup
Campus: University Park
Project Director: José Soto
Phone: (814) 863-0382
Email: josesoto@psu.edu
Program Description: This initiative seeks to integrate diversity into the life of an academic department (Psychology) by using a systems approach that will include students, faculty, and staff.

Program Title: Inclusion and Honor
Campus: Fayette
Project Director: Susan F. Crampton-Frenchik
Phone: (724) 430-4121
Email: sfc13@psu.edu
Program Description: This program provides students, faculty, and community members with multiple opportunities to celebrate the differences and similarities inherent in an increasingly inter- connected world.

Program Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Marcus Whitehurst
Phone: (814) 865-5906
Email: maw163@psu.edu
Program Description: Penn State annually recognizes the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many University-sponsored MLK events are funded by EOPC.

Program Title: Safe to Relate
Campus: DuBois
Project Director: Marly Greeley
Phone: (814) 375-4764
Email: mag374@psu.edu
Program Description: This program will conduct a cross-cultural assessment of the campus to evaluate the climate for diversity. The program will also work with the first-year orientation programming on its diversity initiatives along with the rest of the campus community to enhance the climate for diversity.

Program Title: Traditional American Indian Powwow
Campus: University Park
Project Director: John Sanchez
Phone: (814) 863-7994
Email: apache@psu.edu
Program Description: This event brings a powwow comprised of American Indians from across the United States to the Pennsylvania Centre Region.

*Indicates a program that was part of the EOPC special funding initiative for campuses for 2008-09 that received additional funding for 2009-10. See the EOPC programs list for 2008-09 for other programs that were part of this initiative (some of these programs are continuing through 2009-10).