Spring 2021 Evening Talk Series and Virtual Planetarium Events

Four Penn State alumni, three of whom attended Penn State Mont Alto between 2015 to 2017, are Mont Alto's spring 2021 Evening Talk Series guest speakers. 

The spring line-up covers a wide array of topics, from navigating the Pennsylvania game warden application process to the genesis of the Amber alert to the preservation of historical documents. 

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24: "Journey to becoming a Pennsylvania State Game Warden,” presented by Dillon Gruver
Gruver is a 2019 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He is expected to graduate from the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in February 2021, after which he will serve as a Pennsylvania game warden in Monroe County. Dillon will share experiences applying for a position as a game warden, as well as the training process.

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10: "Changing the Law, One Crime at a Time," presented by Alyssa Clever and Sammi Deibel
We all know the heart-gripping sound of an amber alert; however, you probably do not know the story of Amber Hagerman, which led to the alert’s creation. Join Clever and Deibel for a deep dive from a criminology and forensics perspective into some landmark cases that have led to the creation of laws. Clever and Deibel are both 2019 graduates: Deibel has a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, and she is employed as an analyst with Lonza; Clever holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.  

7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8: "Heritage Science at the National Archives and Records Administration: Science in Support of the Preservation of the Records of the Federal Government,” presented by Jennifer K. Herrmann, Ph.D. 
Herrmann will provide an overview of certain projects central to the protection of different federal records, including the continued preservation of the Charters of Freedom, documents that have played an important part not just in history but also in recent events. Herrmann graduated from Penn State Behrend as a Schreyers Scholar in 1999 with a bachelor’s in chemistry. She earned her doctorate from the University at Buffalo in analytical chemistry, and she is currently one of three scientists working at the National Archives.
Additionally, Mont Alto Professor of Physics and Astronomy Kim Herrmann will be offering three virtual planetarium events during the spring semester. 

Evening talks and planetarium events are free and open to the public and will be offered via Zoom; advanced registration is required.