The honors program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre provided an additional level of challenge sought by three students who are transitioning to University Park for their third year of college. All three students have been accepted to Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, consistently recognized as one of the top undergraduate programs in the United States.
A Penn State Wilkes-Barre alumnus has created a named space on campus in memory of his late wife. In recognition of a $10,000 gift made by Mark Sobeck, 1976, Room 119F in the Athletic and Recreation Building will be named in remembrance of his wife, Deborah, who died on May 5, 2020.
The surveying engineering program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre has been re-accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), signifying the program’s high standards and commitment to quality education.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre released vaccination rates as of Sept. 8 for students and employees at the campus. At Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 87% of full-time employees indicated they are fully vaccinated, including 100% of administrators, 89% of academic personnel (instructors, researchers and faculty) and 86% of nonunion staff.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Athletic and Recreation Building (ARB) will reopen to members of the community on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The ARB has been closed to the public since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Penn State students, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 and those who have not shared with the University that they are fully vaccinated will be required to test weekly for COVID-19 throughout the fall semester, or until they share with the University that they have been fully vaccinated.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre is planning several events to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester. COVID-19 safety protocols will continue to be followed. Please note that masks are required in all indoor public spaces on Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s campus.
In a move designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 on Penn State campuses, the union representing about 2,600 technical service employees, has agreed to follow University requirements for mask-wearing, regardless of vaccination status. The agreement goes into effect immediately.
Recognized student organizations may return to holding in-person activities, including meetings, tabling, and other events for the fall semester. Students are expected to follow all current masking requirements on their campus during these activities.