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Saturday, August 27, 2016
It was a day of pageantry for the freshmen at Mansfield University during their convocation ceremony held Friday afternoon in Straughn Hall. University Senate President and Grand Marshal Dr. Jonathan Rothermel officiated the event.
By Russell Pekelnicky, The (Towanda) Daily Review

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Edinboro freshman moved into college on Friday and for some its was stressful experience.  "I lost half of my stuff on the way here, so I was really stressed out when I got to school," Samantha Johnson, a freshman said.
It got even harder when she had to say good-bye to family. However for Johnson and other freshman students at Edinboro, a welcoming committee was there to make the transition a little easier

By John Lydic, Erie News Now

Sunday, August 28, 2016
When Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson was appointed Kutztown University's 12th president last year, he was captivated by the history of the university and the surrounding community. He learned that the village had sprung up at a crossroad midway between Reading and Allentown. "This was a place where travelers could rest, eat, share stories and reflect on their journeys with other travelers," he said. When a teacher's training college was founded in 1866, the crossroad location of Kutztown was selected as the ideal site.
Byh Michelle N. Lynch, The Reading Eagle

Sunday, August 28, 2016
As students return to campuses this month, officials at public and private universities are racing to address a growing skills gap in Western Pennsylvania, where a rapidly aging workforce has prompted concerns about the region's economic health. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education led the way abut five years ago as the 14 state-owned universities began assessing their programs in light of the state's workforce needs.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Michael Papale loved his job at GE Transportation, but when the layoff notice came he was ready. He was already taking classes at Penn State Behrend and hatching a plan to enroll full time when the layoff notice came on July 8. The 41-year-old North East Township man was part of one of the largest Erie layoffs in recent memory when GE Transportation cut about 1,500 positions, including his, earlier this year. Now, a few months later, he's among those benefiting from one of the largest government-funded retraining efforts that Erie has seen in years.

By Jim Martin, The Erie Times-News

Thursday, August 25, 2016
The faculty union at the state universities was offered a salary proposal on Thursday that would result in raises this year as well as in the next two years provided it agree to pay more for their healthcare plan to settle the protracted contract dispute.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Two state representatives are planning to submit a bill this fall that will freeze tuition fees for five years at the 14 universities in the state-owned system of higher education, including West Chester and Cheyney.
By Kevin Tustin, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Friday, August 26, 2016
Faculty in the 14-university Pennsylvania state system will vote next month on whether to authorize a strike, their union announced Thursday. Faculty will vote on the 14 campuses from Sept. 7 to 9, the union said. Members of the coaches bargaining unit will vote a week later. The union and administration remain at odds over health care, salary increases, and other issues after nearly two years of negotiations. The previous pact expired June 30, 2015.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Classes will begin on schedule Monday for students at 14 state-owned universities, including California University of Pennsylvania, despite the threat of a faculty walkout as the union and state System of Higher Education continue negotiations.
By Scott Beveridge, The (Washington, Pa.) Observer-Reporter

Thursday, August 25, 2016
After 14 months without a raise or a contract, the union representing faculty and coaches at Pennsylvania's state universities will move ahead with taking a strike authorization vote early next month.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, August 25, 2016
A 14-month contract dispute inched closer to a showdown Thursday as the union representing faculty and coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities scheduled a strike-authorization vote by members. Professors belonging to the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties will cast ballots on Sept. 7-9. Coaches belonging to the union will hold a separate election Sept. 14-15.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friday, August 26, 2016
Unionized professors and faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities, including Kutztown University, will participate in a strike authorization vote Sept. 7-9, the faculty union announced Thursday. Coaches will hold a similar vote on Sept. 14-15.
By Ron Devlin, The Reading Eagle

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Faculty and athletic coaches in the state-owned system of higher education, including West Chester University and Cheyney University, moved one step closer to a strike Thursday after the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) announced faculty members could cast votes to authorize a strike from Sept. 7-9, and athletic coaches from Sept. 14-15.
By Adam Farence, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Friday, August 26, 2016
Classes start Monday for about 107,000 students attending the state's smaller public universities, but how long they stay in session is unclear. A faculty union is scheduled to hold a strike vote the week after Labor Day. Their decision comes amid negotiations that have slogged on with little progress, said Ken Mash, president of the Pennsylvania Association of State College and University Faculties.
By John Finnerty, CNHI News Service

Saturday, August 27, 2016
More than 250 Kutztown University professors and other faculty members gave a standing ovation Friday morning when their union president called for staging a strike if they can't get a new contract.
By Holly Herman, The Reading Eagle

Sunday, August 28, 2016
After successfully moving their sons into a Kutztown University dorm room Saturday morning, the Leslie and Verrecchio families were ready to bid the freshmen adieu and start the trek back to Philadelphia. But as the families gathered outside Dixon Hall for good-byes, they received unexpected information. Dr. Carol Watson, an associate professor of elementary education, handed the group fliers and shared information about the current contract negotiations between the faculty union and the state system.
By Stephanie Weaver, The Reading Eagle

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Soon after suffering a devastating defeat, Temple University freshmen from Johnson Hall gathered in solidarity last week on Geasey Field. They'd just lost a fierce tug-of-war, pulled across the line during a round-robin competition that would end with Morgan South being crowned the strongest on campus. The Johnson freshmen swallowed their dismay and cheered for others. They talked, laughed, and danced to the loud music being blasted across the field. They made friends.

By Jonathan Lai, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Faculty union representatives are to decide via conference call Thursday whether to schedule a strike authorization vote across Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities — even as students move into dorms for Monday’s start of fall classes.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
H. Fred Walker is about to start his first academic year at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and he's gearing up for the changes and tough choices that will bring.
By Dana Massing, The Erie Times-News

Thursday, August 18, 2016
East Stroudsburg University president Marcia Welsh was doing some landscaping on her campus two years ago when she came across what was either a large weed or a bush. She asked a nearby university grounds worker what to do with it. The employee instructed her on what to do, then said, “I can’t believe I’m telling you what to do.” Seeing the leaders and administrative staff of a state university sweep their campus’ sidewalks and pull weeds on a hot August day is rare, but it’s become tradition under Welsh.
By Kevin Kunzmann, The Pocono Record

Sunday, August 21, 2016
They are rarely on the same playing field, but the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State are on the same page with a student application due to debut Sept. 1. The application, created by the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a consortium of highly selective private colleges and public flagship universities, will be available on the Pitt and Penn State websites.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The conventional wisdom after college drop-off is to wait and let your freshman reach out to you, but parents may want to rethink that advice. Growing research shows this is a high-risk time for depression, alcohol abuse and sexual assault. The first few weeks of college are one of the riskiest windows. 
By Lisa Heffernan and Jennifer Breheny Wallace, The New York Times

Friday, August 19, 2016
If Congress wanted to make an actual difference regarding the rising cost of college, and to give universities and colleges a fighting chance to solve this problem, it would strip from the Higher Education Act the requirement that colleges publish a “tuition” number. The figure is as good as useless now.
By Danielle Allen, Harvard University (in The Washington Post)

Friday, August 19, 2016
As the academic year opens at colleges across the country, one important group of students will  be underrepresented in  classrooms: returning adults. The missing students may have both the abilities and the motivation to pursue degrees. But many are shut out of higher education because of debt owed to schools they attended years,  even decades, earlier.
By Vive Griffith, Foundation Communities' Free Minds (in The Washington Post)