Penn State Abington puts out welcome mat for community

Looking for some educational and cultural enrichment this fall? Then living close--or even not so close--to Penn State Abington is a genuine advantage to those who want to keep learning long after their faded diplomas have been packed away. The wooded campus of Penn State Abington in Montgomery County has much to offer its neighbors in the surrounding communities. Beginning in September many free--or low cost--classes and cultural events will be offered to whet even the most intellectual of appetites.

The cultural arts series opens the fall season on Friday, Sept. 24 when author Maria V. Snyder '88 tells her story of career transformation -- from meteorologist to best-selling fantasy/mystery writer. The series continues through December with programs ranging from opera, to poetry readings by the Penn State Laureate, to film screenings and lectures, to a singing showcase, space history, holiday film and theatre reviews and the wildly popular "Best of the Burbs" City Rhythm Orchestra, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. Events can sell out quickly, so register early. For information, call Regina Broscius at 215-881-7800 or go to for a complete description of programs.

"Lion Lectures," short daytime courses taught by award-winning faculty, are new this semester and will be offered at the Penn State Abington@611 location. Robert A. Bernoff, professor emeritus of chemistry, will be "Taking the Mystery out of Food" for attendees of this four-session course beginning Sept. 24. He'll also shed light on the complex issue of global warming in another four-class course beginning in October. "Conspiracy Theories" will be covered by Claire Hirshfield, professor emerita of European history and professor emeritus of integrative arts. Moylan Mills will discuss "Masters of the Cinema" Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese. The cost of these multi-class courses is less than $40. For more information and to register, contact Eva Klein at 215-881-7387 or visit online.

Interested in learning more about some of the most challenging issues of today? "Penn State Abington Examines" is a series of programs showcasing experts as they examine a wide variety of current topics. Leadership is the first topic to be discussed and debated on Oct. 13. Details and future programs will be announced primarily through e-mail. Contact Judy at [email protected] to be added to the communication list.

At Penn State Abington the welcome mat is out and the doors are open, so sign up for these exciting programs today.