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Penn State Berks students prepare and serve a multiple course meal for residents at the Opportunity House.

Penn State Berks students volunteer in local community

Penn State Berks students will spend time volunteering in the local community during the month of April.
The keynote speaker will be Aniyia Williams, former student of Penn State Berks and University Park and a 2007 Penn State Schreyer Honors College graduate, and the founder of Tinsel, a tech jewelry start-up based in Silicon Valley.

Aniyia Williams to speak at Berks commencement

The keynote speaker will be Aniyia Williams, former student of Penn State Berks and University Park and a 2007 Penn State Schreyer Honors College graduate, and the founder of Tinsel, a tech jewelry start-up based in Silicon Valley.
Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart to 'make some noise' at Penn State Berks on April 27

Hannah Hart, LGBTQ advocate, internet personality, comedian, author and actress will “Make Some Noise” at Penn State Berks at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. The talk will be held on the the National Day of Silence, a day of activism to spread awareness of voices (of LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities) that are made silent due to harassment, bullying, prejudice, and discrimination. The talk will be followed by a NOISE concert featuring The Cabaret All-Stars Drag Entertainers and the We Are Reading dancers at 8 p.m. in the same location. Both events are free and open to the public.
Berks students helped restore mangrove forests.

Planting the seeds of service in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Penn State Berks students are traveling around the world to help communities touched by natural and manmade disasters as part of the Alternative Spring Break program. This is the story of the most recent alternative spring break trip to Puerto Rico written by Penn State Berks student Chelsea Watts who recently returned from the trip.
Students attend workshops during National Biomechanics Day.

Penn State Berks to host National Biomechanics Day on April 11

The Penn State Berks Human Movement and Research Center will host the college’s second annual National Biomechanics Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 11. Approximately 125 high school students and chaperones are registered for the program.
Fightin' Phils logo

Penn State Berks Night at Fightin Phils on deck for April 24

On April 24, the college will host a Penn State Berks Night at the Fightin’ Phils when they take on the Akron RubberDucks beginning at 6:35 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. Game tickets include an all-you-can-eat buffet. In addition, Chancellor Hillkirk will throw out the first pitch. This event is part of a year-long celebration held by Penn State Berks in honor of its 60th anniversary. It is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college.
Dominic Frongillo

Penn State Berks presents lecture on how millennials can make a difference

At age 22, Dominic Frongillo made history as the youngest-ever town council member in New York. He will visit Penn State Berks to talk about his work in climate change and clean energy at 7 p.m. April 13 in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. The event is free and open to the public.
Alternative Spring Break Takes Students to Puerto Rico

Alternative Spring Break Takes Students to Puerto Rico

This year, the Penn State Berks Alternative Spring Break program will take a group of six students, along with a staff adviser, to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Michael Franzese

Former mob boss of Colombo family hits Penn State Berks

Former mob boss Michael Franzese will speak about his life in organized crime at 7 p.m. March 21, in Perkins Student Center Auditorium at Penn State Berks. This event is free and open to the public.
Shaka Senghor

Convicted murderer, author, and lecturer to speak at Penn State Berks

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he lectures at universities, is a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. He will give two presentations at Penn State Berks on Wednesday, March 14: the first at 12:15 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room and the second at 7 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

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