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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Spring commencement ceremonies will be held May 6-9 on the various State System of Higher Education college campuses. Here are the details of each of the programs:
The Pocono Record

Thursday, April 28, 2016
The faculty union and management of the 14 state universities met on Thursday and swapped revised one-year labor contract proposals but neither found the other's acceptable. The only agreement that was reached was to come back to the next scheduled round of talks in June with a longer-term contract offer to put on the table.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Indiana University of Pennsylvania will honor John E. Wetzel, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, with an honorary doctor of laws degree at commencement ceremonies on May 7.
The Indiana Gazette

Friday, April 29, 2016
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has spent years working to create favorable conditions for people with developmental disabilities. Many of the issues they deal with stem from the stigma associated with disabilities. In response, the organization has posted thousands of signs with those kinds of statements in places like Millersville University, thanks to a group of students.
By Erin Negley, Lancaster Newspapers

Friday, April 29, 2016
Amber Jackson remembers the moment she learned that both her majors — dance and math — had been cut from the program at Franklin Pierce University. She immediately called her mother, whose reaction was: “They can do that?” They could. After years of financial crisis, Franklin Pierce, like dozens of other small colleges nationwide, is struggling to survive.

By Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times

Monday, May 2, 2016
Tom McPherson will be the first to tell you that downtown Slippery Rock wasn’t the prettiest of places 15 years ago. Empty storefronts dotted Main Street. The sidewalks were cracked and varied in width. Telephone poles straddled each side. Electrical wires crisscrossed overhead. And businesses were leaving, not investing in the small borough 51 miles north of Pittsburgh. “To put it mildly, it was just plain ugly,” said Mr. McPherson, 66, who has been a Slippery Rock resident for 61 years. So ugly that some feared the condition of the town was scaring away prospective students from Slippery Rock University, the borough’s lifeblood.
By Mark Belko, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Nearly a week after a controversial Donald Trump rally and an opposing student demonstration hit campus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania interim president Chris Fiorentino is defending his decision to allow the frontrunner to appear there, invoking the school's history of political showcasing and the need to challenge student beliefs in an era of political correctness on campus.
By Colin Deppen, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Pennsylvania Global Education & Business Hub, an initiative begun nearly four years ago to help promote colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to students from India, took another step forward today with the signing of a new international partnership agreement.
Fox 43

Friday, April 22, 2016
Daniel “DJ” Matthews was walking home from the Fame Fire Company in West Chester around 4:30 a.m. on March 6 when he heard smoke alarms going off nearby. Matthews decided to take a quick look at the end of his block when he discovered a neighbor’s house had caught fire.  Matthews quickly called 911 and, as a five-year volunteer at Fame, did a “scene size-up,” where he scoped around the house to see what he could make out. That size-up showed the fire to be in the kitchen and with a television on in another room, alerted Matthews to the possibility of somebody being inside, so he immediately jumped into action.
By Candice Monhollan, The Mercury News

Monday, April 18, 2016
A couple of ibuprofen, Ashley Inman thought, and the headache would go away. The throbbing began on an April afternoon two years ago, after a home doubleheader between her Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Mountaineers and the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Bald Eagles. The ibuprofen didn’t help. Neither did sinus meds, nor a visit to a chiropractor. Weeks passed. Inman, a relief pitcher, found herself fighting tears each time she warmed up before entering a game. Still, the sophomore was credited that year with two late-season wins that propelled her team to its first berth in the regionals of the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.
By Amy Wimmer Schwarb, NCAA magazine

Sunday, April 24, 2016
When California University of Pennsylvania students observed a relationship in their dormitory building that seemed dangerous, they stepped up. “I’ll ‘green dot’ for you,” one student wrote on the white board on the woman’s door, referring to a bystander intervention program the university implemented to combat sexual assault, stalking and dating abuse. Soon, the student’s white board was filled with messages of support.
By Alyssa Choiniere, The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Emilee Andrews and Norman Carpenter are an unlikely pair of friends. She's a senior at Mansfield University. He's an 88-year-old, retired Corning worker. Despite the large gap in years, a bond has been formed. Andrews is a photographer. She has spent the past few months meeting with senior citizens around the Twin Tiers, taking their pictures, and collecting their stories.
By Andrew Banas,

Monday, April 25, 2016

Millersville University’s Watershed Education Training Institute isn't fancy: It is, in point of fact, a former shed. But if you want to teach students about watersheds, where better than a solid, serviceable building located between two headwater streams?
By Tim Stuhldreher, Lancasater Newspapers

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Cash-strapped universities across the country are digging deeply to bolster mental health services for millennials.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, April 24, 2016
The Kutztown University Council of Trustees gave Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson an unqualified endorsement to continue as the school's president. Based on an evaluation by a select committee of trustees, the council recommended Hawkinson continue in office for the 2016-17 school year.
By Ron Devlin, The Reading Eagle

Monday, April 25, 2016
Chris Fiorentino, president of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, issued a video statement over the weekend defending the school’s decision to move forward with a planned Donald Trump rally Monday on campus.
By Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times