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Penn State Mont Alto Happenings

  • Feb13
    Wednesday 6:00 pm
  • Mar 28
    Thursday 6:00 pm


March 15, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., General Studies Auditorium. Come see entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in a “Shark-Tank-like” competition. The top two will receive awards of $1,000 to $1,500, get one year’s access to the Mont Alto LaunchBox facility in downtown Chambersburg, and receive additional services to help bring their business or product into the marketplace. Registered audience members are eligible to receive giveaways during the event. Register at free

presented by Hagerstown SCORE Chapter Chair Kathyrn Gratton ― April 25, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 40 North Second Street in Chambersburg. The Penn State Mont Alto LaunchBox, a business incubator funded by a seed grant from the Invent Penn State initiative, will host the first of three spring term workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State, which is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Learn more at


Evening Talk and Star Party, “Rabbits and Their Amazing Coat Colors” March 13, Talk begins at 7:30 p.m., General Studies Auditorium (GSB); Star Party begins at 8:45 p.m. (weather permitting) in the field between Orchard Road and the GSB parking lot. Anne Copenhaver, lecturer in chemistry, is also a long-time 4H leader, breeder, and exhibitor of rabbits. She holds a number of publications in national journals on topics related to the husbandry of rabbits. She will speak on the genetics of the coat colors of rabbits. Coming along for the presentation will be rabbits from her barn and from the Adams County 4H Rabbit Club. This will demonstrate how the five basic genes governing coat colors work together to give the many variations found in today’s domestic rabbits. Come to see and pet these wonderful and fun animals that present a challenge to the youngest child up to the most seasoned scientist. Weather permitting, Kimberly Herrmann, associate professor in physics and astronomy, will lead a Star Party after the presentation in the field between Orchard Road and the GSB parking lot from 8:45 to 10 p.m. Telescope viewing and night sky tours with green laser pointers will be part of the star party activities. Multiple telescopes should be available, courtesy of the TriState Astronomers, a local amateur astronomy club. In the event of cold weather, patrons should wear layers of clothing and bring jackets, hats and gloves. Note that if the weather does not cooperate for viewing, due to precipitation or cloud cover, the star party may be canceled. Those interested in astronomy can also attend Penn State Mont Alto Planetarium Shows on Thursdays, March 28 and April 18 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Fridays, March 29 and April 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The shows on consecutive nights should be similar. Penn State Mont Alto Campus
“Are Identity Politics Dangerous?” March 18, 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., Wiestling Student Center. Panelists to be announced. Join us to kick off Unity Week with a discussion of what determines identity, whether and when it should be political, and what the consequences are. 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. Penn State Mont Alto
Bhante Sujatha: “Mindfulness, Compassion, and Ethics in the Buddhist Tradition” March 27, 11:15 to 12:05 p.m., General Studies, Room 204; and 1:25 to 2:15 p.m., General Studies, Room 301. Theravada Buddhist Monk Bhante Sujatha will speak about Buddhism generally and about his own path, and will happily take questions and discussion from the audience. Penn State Mont Alto
Singer/Songwriter Kristen Merlin from The VOICE Season 6 March 28, 8:30 p.m. Penn State Mont Alto-Wiestling Student Center. After earning her B.A. in Music and Sound Recording from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, and brushing up on her performance chops all over Massachusetts with her own band, Kristen Merlin’s talents landed her an appearance on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series, “The Voice: Season 6.”
Mont Alto LaunchBox Entrepreneur Workshop Series: “How to Put Together a Business Plan” presented by Shippensburg SBDC, Cheryl Young, Business Consultant ― March 28, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 40 North Second Street in Chambersburg. A restaurant owner for over 20 years, Young has served the SBDC for 10 years. In her role with SBDC, she provides consulting assistance to pre-venture and existing small business owners in the areas of business startup, business planning, feasibility, marketing, record keeping, and market research. She holds a Penn State graduate degree in marketing. LaunchBox is a signature program of Invent Penn State ― a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Learn more at
Penn State Mont Alto Planetarium Shows March 28, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., and March 29, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC). Kimberly Herrmann, associate professor in physics and astronomy, will present an overview of the capabilities of the new 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. Some full dome videos on various astronomy topics will be available. Questions about the astronomical wonders in the sky, our solar system, and beyond will be welcomed. This show is recommended for ages 5 and up. Consecutive shows will be similar. Feel free to bring a camping or beach chair or perhaps even a pillow to sit on. Standard folding chairs should also be available.