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The 2017 Jump Start Team leaps into the 2017-2018 school year

Succeed at Penn State Mont Alto in the Jump Start Program

Some first-year students are getting a helping hand with Penn State Mont Alto’s Jump Start Program ― a program designed to retain new students with the help of peer mentors and the assistance of college-level work preparation, involvement in campus activities, and connection to faculty, staff, and other students.

Jump Start is designed to equip first-year students with the skills necessary to achieve college success.

Penn State Mont Alto OTA Students help with Kamdyn's Cure Gala

Penn State Mont Alto students deepen roots in community outreach and service

After his first birthday, now 4-year-old Kamdyn Hartung was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy ― a disease that affects strength via limited connections of motor nerve cells in the spinal cord.

2014 Penn State Mont Alto cross-cut sawyers and their team

Penn State Mont Alto to host 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet

On April 8, the best collegiate lumberjacks and lumberjills in the region will converge on Penn State Mont Alto to compete in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet and the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Series Mid-Atlantic Qualifier ― a preliminary event to the U.S. Collegiate Championships on July 30. The event is open to the public and free of charge; spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Penn State Mont Alto HDFS student Marissa Bubbenmoyer at the South Mountain Restoration Center, where she works as the therapeutic activities services intern

Student applies HDFS to internship to help older adults

Penn State Mont Alto’s Marissa Bubbenmoyer brings activities and smiles to long-term care patients. 

She enjoys helping older adults and singing. At Penn State Mont Alto she is doing both through the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program and as a member of the Penn State Mont Alto Student Chorale.

Early to College students attend Penn State Mont Alto classes at their high school

Early to College

Local high school students have benefitted for years from taking Early to College classes at Penn State Mont Alto. 

However, physical distance has prevented some students in neighboring school districts from enjoying the same education opportunities.  In response to a need expressed by four south central Pennsylvania school district administrators, Penn State Mont Alto is now taking its unrivaled academic excellence off-campus and directly to the student.

iStan is used to portray an injured Forestry student who must be tended to medically in the field then evacuated for care

Mont Alto Trauma Training Provides Hands-on Know-how

Penn State Mont Alto forestry and nursing students participate in an annual April trauma-training event, giving them hands-on experience with emergency and rescue care. 

Lion Ambassadors bake muffins and cupcakes during a service project with the Nittany Lion's help

Lion Ambassadors serve Ronald McDonald House

Penn State Mont Alto Lion Ambassadors have a yearly opportunity to participate in community-service at the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey. 

After donating cleaning supplies, the group cleans the children’s playroom and eating areas.  The students also make cupcakes, cookies, and other baked items for the families in residence. Of course, the Nittany Lion helps with baking tips and greeting incoming guests.

Students discuss poster display at 2016 Academic Festival

Academic Festival Showcases Student Work

Annually, Penn State Mont Alto students display and present their best academic and artistic work during the April Academic Festival in the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC). An awards ceremony is held in the General Studies Building auditorium afterwards. The public is always invited to attend free of charge. 

Student veteran attends Veterans' Day service on campus

Penn State Mont Alto is among top 10 Gold Military Friendly Schools

Penn State Mont Alto placed fourth in the top 10 Gold Military Friendly Schools in the category of “public schools with less than 10,000 students” in 2016. Designated by Victory Media, the award places Penn State Mont Alto in the “best of the best” category from among 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as Military Friendly in November. Only 541 of those schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories.

Jacob Moore and Engineering Students

Mont Alto professor maps the future of textbooks

Cross-campus project creates digital engineering textbook