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November/December 2019 Events
Open to the public and free of charge, unless otherwise noted.
World Kindness Day, Occupational Therapy — Oct. 29, 1:00–4:00 p.m., OT Student Annex. In celebration of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, the OTA students will be hosting a Nittany Pause Paw pin event in support of Lavender for Lil’ Lions, a THON fundraiser. You are invited to stop by and make a Nittany Pause Paw pin. Our hope is that the pin, lavender sachets, and lavender scented twigs will spread gratitude and remind others to pause along the journey “For The Kids.”
Trunk-or-Treat — Oct. 31, 6:00–8:00 p.m., commuter parking lot. Penn State Mont Alto’s Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) will host a safe alternative for trick-or-treaters with a Trunk-or-Treat on the Mont Alto Campus. Local families are invited to participate. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for the five best-decorated trunks and for the top four best costumes. Costume categories include: most school spirit, scariest, and most creative. Registration is required for trunk entry by emailing email@example.com. Participants are asked to also bring one canned food item per trick-or-treater. SNAP will donate the food to a local food bank.
Mont Alto LaunchBox Entrepreneur Workshops, “Purposeful Marketing” ― Oct. 31, 6:00–7:00 p.m., 40 North Second Street, Chambersburg. Kim Crider, Optavia independent certified health coach and Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce board chair, will help business owners create an easy step-by-step marketing system to ramp up sales without breaking their wallets.
Singer/Songwriter Dez Duron — Nov. 5, 8:30 p.m., Wiestling Student Center. Dez Duron is an artist and songwriter from Shreveport, LA. He began singing at a young age in his parent’s church and toured with different singing groups made-up of his siblings. After taking a break from the football team at Yale University to pursue music in Los Angeles, Duran reached national prominence on NBC’s hit series “The Voice.” His old-soul crooner style mixed with pop sensibilities gained him a spot in the Top 8 and made him the last man standing on team Christina Aguilera. Since “The Voice,” Duran has traveled the world singing and speaking. He now lives in New York City and continues to travel and sing while working on new music.
Evening Talk and Star Party — Nov. 7, 7:30–10:00 p.m., General Studies Auditorium (MAC). Angela Hissong, associate teaching professor of occupational therapy, will lead a session on mindful meditation. Along with gentle seated yoga, participants will explore Loving Kindness or Metta Meditation to engage kindness and compassion to oneself and others. This meditation will foster well-being, joy, and peace in our community of learning. Weather permitting, Kimberly Herrmann, associate professor of physics and astronomy, will lead a Star Party after the presentation in the field between Orchard Road and the General Studies parking lot from 8:45–10:00 p.m. Telescope viewing and night-sky tours with green laser pointers will be part of the activities. Multiple telescopes should be available, courtesy of TriState Astronomers (tristateastronomers.org), a local amateur astronomy club. In the event of cold weather, patrons should wear layers of clothing and bring jackets, hats, and gloves. Please note that if the weather does not cooperate for viewing, due to precipitation or cloud coverage, the star party may be cancelled.
Athletics Open House — Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Multipurpose Activities Center. The Penn State Mont Alto admissions team is hosting an open house for prospective students interested in playing an intercollegiate sport at Penn State Mont Alto. Participants can meet coaches and members of the athletics staff, hear from current student-athletes, go on a campus tour, see an admissions presentation, take an application workshop, and watch a men’s basketball game. Registration to attend is required at montalto.psu.edu/visit.
Veteran’s Day Celebration — Nov. 11, 12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial at Conklin Hall. Brig. Gen. Wilbur E. Wolf served in uniform for more than 32 years, including 10 years active duty in the Army and 22 years in the National Guard. He was commissioned Regular Army Aviation in 1985 from West Virginia University and served on active duty as a dual-branch (Aviation and Military Intelligence) and dual-rated (Helicopter and Fixed Wing) officer from 1985−1994. Following completion of Rotary and Fixed Wing Aviation Qualification at Fort Rucker, his key duty locations included Berlin, Germany; Fort Huachuca, AZ; and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. During his service in the US Command Berlin, Wolf was selected and participated for one season at Fort Campbell, KY, as a member of the Army Wrestling Team/World Class Athlete Program. Also, in Berlin, he represented the Army for three seasons of service and international competition in Europe. Following release from active duty, Wolf served from 1995−2016 as an aviation, military intelligence, infantry, and general officer in the Rhode Island and Pennsylvania National Guard. During his career, Wolf’s assignments, deployments, and temporary duty locations included more than 25 states and 15 countries. Other than deployments and full-time military schooling, he proudly served his whole National Guard Career as a traditional M-day or part-time guardsman. Wolf retired from National Guard service in 2016.
Faculty and Staff Colloquy, “Employee Health: Helping Behaviors and Diversity” — Nov. 13, 12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m., Heritage Room, The Mill Café. Assistant Professor of Psychology Rachel Jang’s, primary area of research interest is in the area of employee health and well-being. Her research program spans four interconnected topics: organizational citizenship behavior (OCB), cross-cultural differences, gender differences, and statistical methods. In this talk, she will present two studies. The first examines different profiles of giving help and receiving help and explores disparate physical and psychological health consequences between the different profile groups. The second investigates whether individuals’ strain in reaction to job resources differs across 28 cultures.
Mr. Mont Alto — Nov. 13, 8:30 p.m., General Studies Auditorium. Mr. Mont Alto is a male beauty pageant. Cost per person is $3 to enter with all proceeds benefiting Penn State Mont Alto THON to draw awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.
Planetarium Show ― Nov. 14 and 15, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC). Presented by Kimberly Herrmann, associate professor in physics and astronomy. Herrmann will give an overview of the capabilities of the Penn State Mont Alto portable planetarium, with digital projection and an inflatable dome, that seats roughly 45 adults. The digital planetarium can simulate the day or night sky from anywhere on earth. Some aspects that may be explored are well-known solar system objects, like our moon and the planets, as well as constellations — recognized patterns of stars that are frequently named for mythological figures in various cultures. Visitors will have the option of watching a full-dome video on various astronomy topics. Questions about the astronomical wonders in the sky, our solar system, and beyond are welcome. This show is recommended for ages 5 and up. Consecutive shows will be similar. Feel free to bring a camping or beach chair or a pillow to sit on. Standard folding chairs and some foam floor mats should also be available.
Campus Symposium—Nov. 18, 12:20–1:10 p.m., Wiestling Student Center. Topic and panel to be announced. The Campus Symposium is a monthly panel discussion of a current controversial issue from a variety of perspectives. Panelists engage in respectful, but often animated, discussion with each other and the audience, which includes both the campus community and the community at large. Symposium discussions are not only an opportunity to think about issues facing society but also an opportunity to practice productive discourse and civil disagreement.
Mont Alto LaunchBox Fall Entrepreneurship Forum — Nov. 20, 12:20 p.m. – 1:10 p.m., Wiestling Student Center. Happy Valley Chief Amplifier Lee Erickson will lead a panel discussion of Penn State student entrepreneurs Jack Quinn and Joe Kitonga describing their business ideas and plans and how they are launching them into the marketplace. Jack Quinn is the co-founder and software engineer at loancrunch ― a mobile software platform that empowers students and graduates with the ability to navigate, manage, and pay their student loans, all from one place. Joe Kitonga is the founder of Vitable Health, which offers local Philadelphia residents on-demand urgent care in their homes.
Mont Alto Travel Talk — Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m., Library. Curtis Hoover, director of student affairs, will share stories, information, photographs and experiences from his time in Finland.
#GivingTuesday — Dec. 3, 24-hour-online event (12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.). Give back on #GivingTuesday. On-line gifts of any size will support Mont Alto students doing service work during two Alternative Spring Break Trips in March 2020 ― an international trip to Montreal, Canada, and a half-week trip to Pittsburgh. Make your gift at giveto.psu.edu/givingtuesday
Interfaith Celebration of Lights — Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m., Wiestling Student Center Patio. Student Affairs invites you to attend “An Interfaith Celebration of Lights.” Come enjoy some good company and holiday refreshments as we celebrate and recognize many of the winter holidays. This interfaith program will celebrate Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Advent. It will conclude with the lighting of a Penn State Mont Alto winter holiday tree on the patio, which will remain lit through the end of the exam period. Placing white lights on an evergreen tree is a holiday tradition for individuals who celebrate both Christmas and Winter Solstice.
Penn State Mont Alto Jazz Ensemble Concert — Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m., General Studies Auditorium. Come enjoy the Jazz Ensemble as it plays a variety of jazz blues, swing, bebop, and funk.
Polar Plunge-THON ― Dec. 8, Noon, Cowans Gap Lake Beach Area, 6235 Aughwick Road, Ft. Loudon, Pa. Take the plunge to benefit the Mont Alto THON group (Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON). The event is sponsored by the Franklin County Penn State Alumni Chapter and supported by the Mont Alto Alumni Society. Registration to participate is $12 per person and includes a free promotional T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to secure at least $100 in sponsorship. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers. To register and for more information, go to https://montaltoplunge.org/19-events
Penn State Mont Alto Chorale Holiday Concert — Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m., Greencastle Presbyterian Church. Come hear the Penn State Mont Alto Chorale perform “Comfort and Joy,” a holiday concert featuring songs of the season under the direction of Fred Davison, Penn State Mont Alto instructor in music. An ice cream social with complimentary Penn State Creamery ice cream will follow the performance.
Penn State Mont Alto Chorale Holiday Concert — Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m., Penn State Mont Alto Campus, The Historic Emmanuel Chapel. Come hear the Penn State Mont Alto Chorale perform “Comfort and Joy,” a holiday concert featuring songs of the season under the direction of Fred Davison, Penn State Mont Alto instructor in music.
Cheer the Nittany Lions during their home games! See the game calendar at http://psumontaltoathletics.com/composite
Get in touch with your classmates! Penn State Mont Alto alumni who want to contact their classmates can join a class group from the Mont Alto Facebook page at facebook.com/psumontalto. Look for the “Groups” link on the left-hand side of the page, click on it and find your class.
*Event updates are noted at montalto.psu.edu/calendar. Public parking is free during the day in Green Lot 1 across from the Multipurpose Center (MAC). After 5:00 p.m., the public can park in any available space on campus. However, all handicapped parking spaces require a handicap placard or license plate. The campus map is available at montalto.psu.edu/map.