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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.
Penn State Berks students worked to help restore mangrove forests during the Alternative Spring Break to Puerto Rico.

Planting the seeds of service in San Juan, Puerto Rico

This year, the Penn State Berks Alternative Spring Break program took a group of six students, along with a staff adviser, to San Juan, Puerto Rico where they spent a week working on a mangrove reforestation project.
Abington Alternative Spring Break Puerto Rico

Alternative Spring Break Puerto Rico

Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks students work in a mangrove field in Puerto Rico.

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.
Dr. Barron addressing the attendees of the economic development luncheon

Penn State President Barron hosts economic development luncheon

The discussion focused on the success of student entrepreneurs through the Invent Penn State initiative.
Ed Wiswesser pictured with a model train.

Penn State Berks bids farewell to Wiswesser, oldest alumnus

Edward H. Wiswesser, 100, died on March 3, 2018. He was the oldest alumnus of Penn State Berks. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Reading High School and went on to earn an associate degree in the Junior Engineering Program of Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1937. WPI’s facilities were offered to Penn State for the establishment of a commonwealth campus in 1958, and the University granted WPI graduates full Penn State alumni status. Wiswesser remained an active member of the WPI alumni group up until his death.
Schuylkill River Trail

Berks partners with Olivet children for Schuylkill River Trail and park cleanup

Penn State Berks students, Olivet Boys and Girls Club children, and community members will join together to clean up Baer Park and a one-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. The rain date is Friday, April 27.

'Be Bold, Take Charge' hosts clothing drive

“Be Bold, Take Charge,” a multi-sector community health initiative between Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph, is hosting a professional clothing drive in partnership with Goodwill Industries and Berks Connections Pretrial Services (BCPS) through April 9. Donation bins will be located on Penn State Berks campus in the Perkins Student Center and Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. Clothing can also be donated at Penn State Health St. Joseph Main Campus at 2500 Bernville Road in Reading.
Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke

 Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Tarana Burke Streaming of Tarana’s speech will be available Thursday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. EDT  

From left to right: Irv and Lois Cohen, Chancellor Hillkirk, Dena Hammel and Victor Hammel. The Cohens and Hammels have made a combined gift of $3 million to Penn State Berks, which will help create the Cohen-Hammel Fellowship Program.

$3 Million Gift to Launch Cohen-Hammel Fellows Program at Penn State Berks

With a transformational joint gift to Penn State Berks, two Penn State alumni couples have launched a comprehensive new scholarship program.