Abington celebrates excellence to welcome new chancellor

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The campus community made fleece blankets for people and pets during the day of service

Credit: Maria Narodetsky

Welcome Week at Penn State Abington focused on celebrating all that makes the campus home — the people, academics, research, the arts, and service culminating with the official welcome of Chancellor Damian J. Fernandez to the family.

Built around themes of excellence, the campus community explored new interests and indulged their passions with concerts, lectures, art and conversations. Go to Penn State Abington on Facebook to see all of the images.

Each academic division set aside a day to engage with and to demonstrate collaboration between faculty and students. The Division of Science and Engineering set up telescopes, math games, microscopes, and physiology tests.

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Math + fun= A science and engineering event during Welcome Week.

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The Day of Service found the campus community engaged on and off campus with nonprofits.

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Students and staff headed to nearby Ambler to work on projects with the Interfaith Housing Alliance. Others stayed on campus, making sandwiches, blankets, and gifts for children with cancer. Another group put in a few hours of labor at nearby Brian Bush Nature Center.

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The Division of Social Sciences includes majors such as criminal justice, psychological and social sciences, business, and the registered nurse to bachelor's degree in nursing.


Business major Febin Matthew and other students discussed Abington's role in preparing graduates to give back and to live productive lives after Penn State. He said his supervisors at his internship treated him as any other employee: "They asked me to start doing advanced functions with software. I didn't know it so I taught myself." 

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The Division of Arts & Humanities presented programs in music, theater, and film.


Theater students share excerpts from The Diversity Project, led by faculty member Martha Kemper.

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The Chancellor’s Convocation, a ceremony officially marking Damian J. Fernandez's tenure, followed a Cuban-themed lunch for the campus community.

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Damian J. Fernandez lays out his vision for Penn State Abington during a formal ceremony installing him as the new chancellor.

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The week wrapped up on Saturday with the first Penn State Abington Homecoming & Music Festival. It was open to the public and featured a Penn State football watch party, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and a daylong musical event sponsored by Yamaha.