Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

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Penn State Behrend
Former names
Behrend Center (1948–1959)
Behrend Campus of Penn State (1959–1973)
Behrend College of the Pennsylvania State University (1973–1987)
TypePublic satellite campus
EstablishedJune 28, 1948; 75 years ago (1948-06-28)
Parent institution
Pennsylvania State University
ChancellorRalph Ford
PresidentNeeli Bendapudi
Academic staff
200
Students4,400 (as of 2023)[1]
Location, ,
U.S.
Campus854 acres (3.46 km2)
ColorsDark Royal Blue and White  [2]
NicknameBehrend Lions
AffiliationsAMCC, CWPA, MPSF (NCAA Division III)
MascotNittany Lion
Websitebehrend.psu.edu

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, officially known as the Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College and often shortened as Penn State Behrend, is a public satellite campus of Penn State University and is located just outside Erie, Pennsylvania. It is among the largest of Penn State's commonwealth campuses, with about 4,400 students enrolled in Behrend programs on campus and online. The college offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in four academic schools: The Sam and Irene Black School of Business, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Science, which includes the Nursing Program.[3] Behrend also offers five master's degrees, as well as a diverse range of continuing education trainings through its Community and Workforce Programs.

History[edit]

The land that became Penn State Behrend was donated to the university by Mary Behrend on June 28, 1948 in memory of her husband, Ernst, co-founder of Hammermill Paper Company. The first class of 146 students enrolled at what was then known as the Behrend Center of Pennsylvania State College that fall.[4]

When the Penn State system was reorganized in 1959, The Behrend Center became the Behrend campus of Penn State. Enrollments and the physical presence of the campus grew quickly in the 1960s and early 1970s. On January 20, 1973, the Penn State Board of Trustees granted four-year college and graduate status to Penn State Behrend, making it the first Penn State location outside University Park to achieve such status.[5] At that time, the school was renamed as the Behrend College of the Pennsylvania State University.

The school took on its current name, the Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College, in 1987. Since then, the college continues to grow, and features an active residential campus, more than $8 million of sponsored faculty research, and more than two dozen outreach initiatives to benefit business and industry, area K-12 students, and the Erie community.[6]

Campus[edit]

Penn State Behrend's sprawling 854-acre campus includes more than fifty buildings, a recognized aboretum, and the scenic Wintergreen Gorge, a six-mile canyon.

College facilities include the century-old Glenhill Farmhouse, once the summer home of Ernst and Mary Behrend and now home to administrative offices, as well as the recently renovated Federal House, the oldest brick structure in Harborcreek Township, which was expanded in 2022 to serve as the home of the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation.[7]

Academic buildings house innovative learning spaces, including:

  • An advanced molecular biology lab and biomedical translational research lab, which support Behrend's role as the academic research partner of the Magee-Womens Research Institute in Erie.[8]
  • Finance Lab, equipped with Bloomberg Terminals, allowing students to gain experience using the same equipment used on Wall Street.[9]
  • James R. Meehl Innovation Commons, a product development and prototyping center staffed by students and open to the community.[10]
  • Plastics Processing Lab, a multi-million dollar processing lab, the largest and best equipped undergraduate processing lab in the nation.[11]
  • Nursing Simulation Labs, with high-fidelity simulation mannequins that mimic nearly any health emergency.[12]
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality Lab, which brings cutting-edge technology to students, the community, and industry partners.[13]

The college is also home to Knowledge Park, a 100-acre research and development complex on campus, with 21 businesses employing 600 people.[14]

The newest building on campus is Erie Hall, a $28.2 million fitness, recreation, and wellness center that replaced the college's original gymnasium.

Academics[edit]

The average class size is 21, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. The college offers four associate degrees, nearly 40 bachelor's degrees, and five master's degrees, as well as more than 50 minors and certificates.[15]

Penn State Behrend is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[16]

Student life[edit]

Lilley Library, Penn State Erie

Penn State Behrend offers more than 140 clubs and organizations on campus, including academic clubs, fraternities and sororities, service organizations, and cultural societies. Larger groups on campus include the Lion Entertainment Board, which is responsible for bringing entertainment to the student population; the Student Government Association; and the Multi-Cultural Council, which coordinates a variety of groups to promote unity.[17]

The Behrend Beacon[edit]

The Behrend Beacon is the student newspaper. It is published weekly during the academic year.

BVZ Radio[edit]

The college is also home to BVZ Radio ("The Voice Of Behrend"), an online streaming radio station. The station is managed by a student management team. All show programming is produced by students. BVZ often broadcasts live events on the Behrend campus and in the Erie area.

Fraternities and Sororities[edit]

Behrend has a Greek life system. There are four college-recognized social fraternities: Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Triangle.[18] There are three college-recognized social sororities: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, and Theta Phi Alpha.[19] Delta Sigma Pi, a professional fraternity; Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority; and Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, are also recognized by the college.[20]

On-campus living[edit]

Students living on the Behrend campus have their choice of traditional residence halls or suite-style residences. On-campus apartments are reserved for eligible upper-level students. Special housing options, known as Living Learning Communities, are available for students enrolled in Behrend Honors or Schreyer Honors programs, as well as those in certain majors, such as engineering or nursing, or with certain interests. All residences at Behrend are named after individuals or ships connected to the Battle of Lake Erie. [21]

On-campus dining[edit]

There are five on-campus dining facilities:[22]

  • Dobbins Dining is the college's main dining hall, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as daily specials.
  • Bruno's Café is an on-campus café where students can get all types of food and drinks for dine-in or to-go. It is located in the Reed Union Building. There is often live entertainment on weekends.
  • Paw's coffee shop offers coffee drinks, pastries, treats, and Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream.
  • The Galley is a convenience store, where students can buy packaged food items and other necessities.
  • Clark Café offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and drinks.

Athletics[edit]

Penn State Behrend men and women compete as the Behrend Lions in 24 varsity sports. Penn State Behrend is a member of NCAA Division III, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.[23]

Men's varsity sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Women's varsity sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Club sports[edit]

Students also participate in five intercollegiate club teams: cheerleading, ice hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse, and rugby. Behrend also has a competitive esports team.

Points of interest[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the College". psu.edu. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Visual and Editorial Style Manual | Graphic Identity System". Ur.psu.edu. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Drive, 4701 College; Erie; Pa 16563 814-898-6000. "Behrend At a Glance". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Historical Timeline". behrend.psu.edu. Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 29 October 2023.
  5. ^ Drive, 4701 College; Erie; Pa 16563 814-898-6000. "College History". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Drive, 4701 College; Erie; Pa 16563 814-898-6000. "Behrend At a Glance". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Federal House Now Open". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  8. ^ "New Biomedical Research Lab Opens". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  9. ^ "Behrend finance lab adds 10 new Bloomberg Terminals". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  10. ^ "James R. Meehl Innovation Commons". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  11. ^ "Plastics Processing Lab". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  12. ^ "Penn State Behrend opens new nursing simulation labs". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  13. ^ "Virtual/Augmented Reality Lab". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  14. ^ "Behrend At a Glance". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  15. ^ "Undergraduate Majors and Minors". Penn State Behrend. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  16. ^ "Pennsylvania State University, The". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  17. ^ "Join a Student Organization - Penn State Student Affairs". www.clubs.psu.edu. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Interfraternity Council & Fraternities". sites.psu.edu. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  19. ^ "Panhellenic Council and Sororities". www.phisigmarho.org. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  20. ^ Fraternity and Sorority Life at Penn State Behrend
  21. ^ "Behrend | LiveOn".
  22. ^ "Behrend | LiveOn". liveon.psu.edu. Retrieved 2023-01-11.
  23. ^ "Penn St.-Behrend". Penn St.-Behrend. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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