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Selected Summer 2010 and Academic Year 2010-11 EOPC Funded Programs

Summer 2010 Programs


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



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 students 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 College Opportunity in Education (SCOPE)
Campus: University Park
Project Director: María Schmidt
Phone: (814) 867-1521
Email: mjs125@psu.edu
Program Description: SCOPE is a four-week academic intensive program for high school sophomores from multicultural backgrounds interested in a career in teaching, counseling, special education, rehabilitation, or educational administration. SCOPE aims to promote and increase the recruitment, participation and success rates of underrepresented students in higher education and more specifically in the Education field.

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: Veterinary and Biomedical Services Summer Camp
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Nüket Acar
Phone: (814) 865-7521
Email: nap2@psu.edu
Program Description: This recruitment program helps program students raise their awareness of veterinary medicine, public health, and biomedical research with the goal of recruiting them to one of these programs at Penn State.


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 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 2010-11 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: MatSE Modules: Pre-College STEM Curriculum Development
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Elizabeth Kupp
Phone: (814) 863-5540
Email: kupp@matse.psu.edu
Program Description: This program exposes pre-college students to STEM subjects in general and materials science and engineering in particular by teaching them about the impact of these subjects on their everyday lives. Students will have hands-on learning experiences that will teach problem- solving skills and will discover they have the potential to be scientists and engineers.


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: A Bond of Brothers: A Minority Mentoring Program at Penn State Abington
Campus: Abington
Project Director: José Rodriguez
Phone: (215) 881-7501
Email: jzr6@psu.edu
Program Description: This program partners 20 African American and Hispanic incoming male students with peer mentors and alumni during their first year. The program promotes academic success, Campus engagement, community service, and leadership development.

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: Harjit Singh
Phone: (717) 531-5418
Email: hsingh@psu.edu
Program Description: The goals of this project are the recruitment, matriculation and retention of students in medical and/or graduate school at the College of Medicine. The program will continue the summer research partnership with Lincoln, Cheyney, and Penn State.


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: Enhancing Students’ Cultural Competencies via Service-Learning Experiences
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Collins Airhihenbuwa
Phone: (814) 863-7256
Email: aou@psu.edu
Program Description: This project will develop four international service-learning sites for undergraduate students enrolled in BBH 390, which is a required course for the new Global Health minor.

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: Penn State Cultural Spring Break
Campus: Shenango
Project Director: Stephanie Chastain
Phone: (724) 983-2846
Email: smm45@psu.edu
Program Description: This service-learning experience during spring break provides students with intercultural and international experiences to develop cross-cultural competency skills.

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.

Program Title: Sustainability in Small Island Developing States
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Neil Brown
Phone: (814) 865-0333
Email: neb141@psu.edu
Program Description: This Education Abroad program is targeted towards the Caribbean, where very few students participate in study abroad. The focus of the experience will be on sustainability issues for small island nations within a cross-cultural environment.


Welcoming Campus Climate



Program Title: Cultural Empowerment of Women Series
Campus: University Park
Project Director: Carol Eicher
Phone: (814) 863-5071
Email: ece2@psu.edu
Program Description: This program will provide educational and social networking venues for women from diverse racial/ethnic groups in the Pennsylvania Centre Region who have ties to Penn State (employees and family members along with students) to ensure their inclusion and development within the community.

Program Title: LGBT Network
Campus: University Wide Project Director: Allison Subasic
Phone: (814) 863-7696
Email: afs11@psu.edu
Program Description: The LGBT Network provides a hospitable environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of persons who can provide support, information, and a safe haven to LGBT persons within the University.


Other Programs



Program Title: African Americans at Penn State Video Production
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Cheraine Stanford
Phone: (814) 867-1390
Email: cps13@psu.edu
Program Description: This video production highlights the history and contributions of African Americans at Penn State.

Program Title: BRIDGE: A Diversity Action Alliance – An Integrative Model Enhancing Diversity in Academic Departments
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: Center for the Study and Reduction Of Urban Violence
Campus: Greater Allegheny
Project Director: Anthony Mitchell
Phone: (412) 675-9044
Email: abm2@psu.edu
Program Description: The Center for the Study and Reduction of Urban Violence (CSRUV) will mobilize timely research, expertise, and resources to support national, state, and regional efforts to reverse the trends and effects of urban violence plaguing communities across the nation. For example, one of the Centers first proposed activities is the hosting of a summit to address the plight of inner-city African American males in the Pittsburgh Region. This summit will provide a strategic opportunity for Penn State Greater Allegheny to convene national, regional and local stakeholders to explore the critical issues that must be examined in collaborative efforts and initiatives to address this pressing societal problem.

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: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Campus: University Wide
Project Director: Carol Griffin
Phone: (814) 863-6188
Email: cjg3@psu.edu
Program Description: Penn State’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day provides a way for girls and boys to examine occupational opportunities and develop a better sense of the career paths they may be interested in.

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.