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10) Constitution Day Discussion

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September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. The students in the honors program at Penn State Delaware County gathered for a discussion to honor this historic document. Led by Dr. Julie Gallagher, assistant professor of history, the students focused on breaking down each segment of the Preamble to interpret what the founding fathers meant. Who are "we the people?" What does it mean to be "a more perfect union?" What should the Preamble mean today?

For additional resources on the Constitution, please visit the National Constitution Center's website for Constitution Day.

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Learn more about the Cooper and Schreyer Honors Programs at Penn State Delaware County.

9) WHYY Membership Drive

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On September 15, 2007, students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Penn State Delaware County spent the evening at the WHYY studios in Philadelphia answering phones for the public television station's membership drive. Not only was the membership drive a way for Penn State to continue their efforts in working with a community group, but it provided a chance for current students to connect with PSU alumni and people from the station.

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ConKerr Cancer provides “a case for smiles” by giving a bright and colorful pillowcase to children with cancer or life changing illnesses at pediatric hospitals. More than 6,000 pillowcases have been donated to children at hospitals in the Philadelphia region. On Friday, September 14, we attempted to create 40 pillowcases in four hours.

Thanks to the efforts of many in our Penn State family, we are pleased to report our success in sewing 50 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer!


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If you wish to sew your own pillowcases to donate, pick a colorful pattern for girls and boys ages 2 through 17. Directions for sewing the pillowcase can be found on the website. Be sure the pillowcase is washed and placed in an individual quart size Ziplock bag, then smile!


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In an effort to foster an environment for civic engagement that is linked to the campus theme of climate change, the campus hosted a seminar to kick off a year-long discussion on this "hot topic."

The panelists for this open seminar are members of the science faculty at Penn State Delaware County. Moderator and assistant professor of physics Dr. Timothy Lawlor began the lecture with a brief overview of what is and what is not global warming, explaining the temperature changes that occur with the Milankovitch cycles. Dr. Michael DeRosa, professor of chemistry, continued with a discussion of temperature variations over time and the impact of rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. Dr. Elizabeth Dudkin, associate professor of biology, addressed the politics and funding issues of climate research. Dr. Laura Guertin, associate professor of Earth science, highlighted various way that climate science is portrayed in the media, from television shows to podcasts and rock bands during Live Earth. The discussion concluded with a lively question and answer session.

Incoming freshmen joined current Penn State students on July 14, 2007, to engage in community service at two sites in Philadelphia - Philabundance and Eliza Shirley House.

Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by rescuing surplus food and distributing it to local organizations serving people in need.
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Eliza Shirley House is an emergency shelter facility with two missions: to provide short term lodging, meals and immediate needs to displaced families, city wide on weekday nights and over holidays and weekends; and to provide longer term residential counseling, social work and referral services to homeless single and pregnant women 18 or older, 365 days a year.

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