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Baseball player slides in to home base

Join a Competitive Team

The varsity athletic programs at Penn State Berks have evolved from two year sports to now being on the verge of becoming full members of the NCAA D-III. Berks sponsors 12 varsity athletic programs over the three sport seasons. The intercollegiate athletic programs compete in the newly created North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), which consists of 12 schools throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. Penn State Berks also offers 5 club sports that are not affiliated with NCAA or North Eastern Athletic Conference. These club sports participate against other institutions in the area and in some cases on the National level. Penn State Berks Ice Hockey Team which is one of the club sports unique to the Berks campus had another successful year during the 2006-2007 season. Once again, they return to the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s (ACHA) National Championship Tournament for Division III teams for fifth consecutive year.

 
students acting in theatre production

Theatre Receives Rave Reviews

Rated one of the best “date night” events by the Reading Eagle, theatre performances at Penn State Berks are receiving well-deserved recognition. Over the past several years, theatre production has increased steadily in quality and quantity. Each school year includes at least two faculty-directed productions, as well as public presentations of course work, outreach productions presented by Penn Players, a student theatre club. Theatre faculty are also involved in research with the students.

 
Students studying abroad

Travel Abroad

Dr. Randall Fegley, Assistant professor of History and Political Science took a group of students from the Global Studies major to Rwanda in Summer 2006. This past 2007 spring semester he took a group of students from his Political Science 477 class to Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium and the Hague, Netherlands. Students at Berks have the unique opportunity to learn directly from study abroad and internships that add “real world” experience to classroom preparation.

 
Science students at work

Get Involved in Research

Working one-on-one with a faculty member or as part of a supervised research team, students are able to investigate important issues related to their academic interests. These projects are sometimes part of a course, for which students earn academic credits, or a student can serve as a wage assistant during the regular semester or summer. At the end of each semester, students have the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference sponsored by the Berks County Higher Education Council, where they present the results of their work. Penn State Berks hosted the Undergraduate Research Conference in April. Several Berks students participated and three of the students from Penn state Berks were recognized the following week for the quality of their research at the academic achievement awards ceremony.

 
Wind Shear sculpture

Art Appreciation

The Freyberger Gallery helps to bring fine art and integrated art programming to the academic community of Penn State Berks, and the Reading/Berks community. It helps to stimulate an awareness and appreciation for all the arts and to make art accessible to all visitors through dialog and discussion, artists' gallery talks, workshops, and hands-on art activities. The Berks campus is very fortunate to have several sculptures sited throughout campus which serve to create an identity for our college, one that embraces beauty, dialog, and aesthetics that support the quality of education we offer.

 
Residence hall

Special Living Options

The Special Living options Program at Penn State Berks Campus is designed to provide a variety of living options for the residential student. The Interest House experience seeks to provide an innovative living and learning environment for residence hall students. These Interest Houses focus on a particular theme and enhance students' out-of-classroom experience with opportunities for students to interact with faculty, staff, and other students. Students who live in Interest Houses are afforded additional leadership, educational, and social opportunities. There is no additional cost for students living in these housing options, and the programs are supported by the college and student government funding. There is limited space available for each option.