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Students plant shrubs at the Phoenix Playground in McKeesport


  • On Saturday, September 6, 2008, 32 students and 5 staff members gathered for a day of service. Volunteers from our campus assisted with projects at organizations throughout the Mon Valley, including Sonshine Community Ministries, Phoenix Playground, Healthy Start House, and Braddock Farms.
  • In conjunction with the Teaching International program, students participated in various events to commemorate World Food Day and raise awareness about world hunger and the global food crisis. Events included speakers, volunteer opportunities at a local food bank and soup kitchen, and a live broadcast of the international World Food Day Teleconference in the Student Community Center. 
  • First-year business students conducted an in-depth exploration of the global coffee industry, and had the opportunity to work with two local business, La Prima Espresso and 21st Street Coffee and Tea. Special emphasis was placed on researching Latin American coffee suppliers, and students presented their work at the fall Teaching International student conference.
  • Students in two psychology courses collaborated on designing and implementing a survey about the fall Presidential election and attitudes about Latin America and the Caribbean. Students presented the results of the survey at the Teaching International student conference and at the University-wide Undergraduate Exhibition at University Park in April 2009.
  • Each semester, Introduction to Engineering Design students participate in a professional speaker series. Professionals from different engineering disciplines visit the class to discuss career paths and their companies' involvement in the local and global communities. This spring, engineering students also designed toys and Lego robots as part of the Toys 'n More program, and presented their designs to local preschool and high school students.
  • Each semester, theatre students develop and perform a production based on stories and folklore from the campus's current Teaching International region of focus. This fall, students produced and performed "Folk Tales from Latin America," and the spring production was entitled "The Dream Tree," based on stories from Brazil.
  • This spring ACE students developed and presented a college prep workshop for students at McKeesport Middle School. This project was part of a year-long critical thinking and active learning class. ACE students worked in conjunction with PEPP to present their workshop.
  • In April, the campus hosted Elijah Anderson, the William K. Lanman, Jr. professor of sociology at Yale University. Dr. Anderson, an esteemed ethnographer and expert on urban inequality, delivered the lecture "Why are so many young black men killing each other?" As a follow-up to this event, the campus also hosted a panel discussion where local experts addressed the issue of urban violence.

    2008-2009 Photo Gallery

"Civic engagement is continually being an active citizen in your community and contributing to its greater good."—Daniel Guy, YFE 211 student, Fall 2007

Students with a declared major and a minimum GPA of 2.0 can earn a minor in Civic and Community Engagement (CIVCM).  More information on the Civic and Community Engagement Minor and academic requirements can be found in the University Bulletin.

2008-2009 Photo Gallery

Find out about off-campus volunteer opportunities through Pittsburgh Cares.


For more information on community engagement projects at Penn State Greater Allegheny, contact Dr. Margaret Signorella, Director of Academic Affairs, at: msignorella@psu.edu or (412) 675-9052.

More information on Community Engagement and Academics at Penn State Greater Allegheny