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Penn State Berks Offers
Professionals interested in building their career can now earn their Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Penn State Berks. Penn State Great Valley plans to offer its MBA program at the Berks campus beginning in January 2013.* Penn State Berks has received a large number of requests from Berks County employers and their employees to offer a MBA program locally. The decision to deliver MBA course work at Penn State Berks opens the door for busy professionals who otherwise might not be able to travel outside the region. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency for business programs. Only 5 percent of business programs worldwide are accredited by AACSB. This accreditation differentiates business programs from those at other institutions in terms of quality, rigor, and relevance. It tells employers that graduates have learned from the best and have the knowledge and skills needed in their organizations.
It’s a Small World After All
Professor Brings Toothpick City II to Berks County
By Lisa R. Weidman
Penn State Great Valley’s MBA program is distinctive from other MBA programs because of its focus on strategic thinking, effective communication, ethical leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking, while giving students an opportunity to customize their study in core market areas. Course work offers a mix of theory with practice, so students can begin to apply what they learn in the classroom immediately to their workplace. Courses will be offered in a blended format, with classes meeting online and face-to-face, giving working professionals flexibility and convenience. Applications for the program are now being accepted. For more information, contact Cathy O’Neill, Penn State Great Valley at 610-648-3248 or CXO10@psu.edu. *Pending Graduate School approval.
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hile visiting a museum in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Jessica Schocker, Assistant Professor of Social Studies at Penn State Berks, caught sight of a small, small world–Toothpick World–in which famous towers and landmark buildings from around the world are made out of toothpicks and glue. The idea of bringing Toothpick World, as this particular exhibition is named, to Berks County was for the benefit of students in the Reading School District, Penn State Berks students enrolled in the Childhood and Early Education degree program, and the greater Berks County community. “I wanted to create an opportunity for an authentic and experiential learning opportunity, where Berks student teachers develop thoughtful, interdisciplinary lessons for children revolving around the exhibit and then bring classes where they are student teaching to the museum for a field trip,” said Schocker. “The student teachers will use the exhibit to teach subjects such as social studies, science, math, and beyond.” Working with Penn State Berks, the Wyomissing Foundation, and the Berks County Community Foundation, Schocker managed to raise the funds to bring the exhibition to the Reading Public Museum. It runs through the end of December. Schocker has developed educational curriculum ideas revolving around Toothpick World that will allow for student inquiry and performance-based achievement. In collaboration with their professors and each other, Penn State Berks student teachers will develop standards-based and understandingdriven activities for their individual classrooms where they student teach. Reading School District students will learn about engineering, construction, architecture, history, culture, economics, civics, and vocation throughout the various types of learning experiences. Toothpick World is set to a scale of 1:164, stands over sixteen feet tall, and covers an area of over 700 square feet. It showcases some of the tallest and most dramatic skyscrapers from around the world including the Sears Tower and the Burj Khalifa, and famous temples ranging from the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Vatican in Rome, to the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Its creator, New York native Stan Munro, said he has had a fascination with toothpicks since childhood. But his dream job came to life during a difficult time when his wife was very ill and he needed a hobby to keep his mind occupied. Hours of “toothpicking” in his basement soon became a career. Remarkably, the exhibition came to Berks County by way of a Penn State Berks professor’s visit to a museum in Syracuse, New York. It really is a small world after all.
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Berks Events Calendar
Football Tailgates at the Reading Crowne Plaza Trick-or-Treat Night with the Nittany Lion Penn State Berks Night at the Reading Royals
Berks Alumni Society President's Letter
Alumni Profile: Leon Shahabian Produces TV Shows to Improve U.S. - Arab Relations
One Million Bones Brings Genocide Awareness to College
Faculty and Students Work Together to Shape the Future of Energy Use
Penn State Berks Offers MBA Professor Brings Toothpick City II to Berks County
Honors Students Travel to Taiwan to Teach English with Fulbright Scholar
Renaissance Scholarship Honors Casnoff Gift to Ice Hockey Club Creates Locker Room
Berks County Chapter of PSAA Receives Communication Award Class Notes Ice Cream Form
Penn State Berks Blue & White - Fall 2012