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November, 2015

  • STUDENTS HOLD HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE DEC. 1-3

    November 17, 2015

    The annual pre-holiday sale of student-made pottery will be held Dec. 1-3 in the Ceramics Studio, near Vulcan Hall. Handcrafted mugs, bowls, vases and more are available for sale to the public, as well as the campus community.

  • THE JOURNAL: STEM FOCUS RECOGNIZED

    November 16, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: STEM focus recognized, Speaker homes in on gender violence, students preparing holiday tunes. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    November 10, 2015

    Today the University honored 50 faculty and 12 staff members who engaged in grant-writing during the 2014-2015 academic year, including two grant-writers who joined the list of Million Dollar Achievers. I commend everyone who engages in this important work.

  • 5-MINUTE SURVEY ASKS ABOUT LIBRARY SERVICES

    November 05, 2015

    Are you satisfied with Cal U’s library? Take the 5-minute Library Quality Survey before Nov. 20 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD or one of 5 $50 Amazon Gift Cards. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to win. Click 'more' for a link to the survey.


October, 2015

  • STAR-CROSSED LOVERS GET 'SEUSSIFIED'

    October 28, 2015

    The fall semester’s second presentation by the Department of Theatre and Dance, 'The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet,' showcases the talents of Cal U’s newest crop of aspiring actors and technicians. Shakespeare meets Dr. Seuss Nov. 5-7 in the Blaney Theatre.

  • CAL U RECOGNIZED FOR STEM LEARNING, CAREERS

    October 28, 2015

    Cal U has been designated a ‘2016 STEM Jobs Approved College’ by Victory Media, creator of resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The designation affirms Cal U’s efforts to prepare students for high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.

  • HELP US TEST THE CAL U ALERT SYSTEM

    October 05, 2015

    A test of the Cal U Alert System is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6, between 11:45 a.m. and noon. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. Click 'more' to see how you can register for Cal U Alerts and what to do when you see the test message.

  • CAL U ONE-ACTS SPOTLIGHT STUDENTS

    October 02, 2015

    California University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “An Evening of One-Acts” at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 10.


September, 2015

  • SUBMIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BY OCT. 21

    September 30, 2015

    Students, faculty, staff and alumni may nominate a tenured faculty member to receive the 2016 Presidential Distinguished Merit Award for excellence in teaching, research or service. E-mail your nomination by Oct. 21.

  • SPEAKERS SLATED FOR LGBT HISTORY MONTH

    September 28, 2015

    'Rights to Respect … Inclusivity for All' is the theme when three speakers visit campus during October, LGBT History Month. Their Vulcan Theater presentations look at religion and spirituality, Supreme Court rulings, and arts and literature.

  • 'SUPERHEROES' CELEBRATE HOMECOMING OCT. 19-24

    September 25, 2015

    Get set for a full week of Homecoming activities! Register your group for the 2015 Homecoming parade and plan to attend Hockey Night, the Superhero Underground Cafe, Our Showcase of Stars performance and more. Click 'more' for details.

  • DOCUMENTARY ADDRESSES DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS

    September 23, 2015

    Campus groups Options@CalU and HEART present the documentary 'The Anonymous People' and a Q-and-A about addiction and recovery Sept. 29 in the Vulcan Theatre at the Natali Student Center. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

  • REGISTER TO VOTE SEPT. 22

    September 21, 2015

    Cal U marks National Voter Registration Day with a voter registration drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 in two locations: the lobby of Manderino Library and the Natali Student Center.

  • STUDENT E-MAIL TO USE OFFICE 365

    September 15, 2015

    Student e-mail accounts soon will use Microsoft Office 365 software. Click 'more' to see when your campus e-mail account will be migrated to Office 365 and how you will benefit from the change.

  • TODAY: WCCF DAY OF GIVING

    September 08, 2015

    Help Cal U students by participating in the Washington County Community Foundation’s annual Day of Giving today. A portion of a 'bonus pool' estimated at $100,000 will help your donation go even further. Click 'more' for details.

  • NATALI REDEDICATION SET FOR SEPT. 16

    September 08, 2015

    The campus community is invited to attend a rededication ceremony for the Natali Student Center 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the new Heritage Lounge rotunda. A brief program, tours and refreshments celebrate the revitalized student center.

  • PANEL EXPLORES MONEY AND POLITICS

    September 03, 2015

    Is democracy for sale? Explore the intersection of money and politics when Cal U marks Constitution Day with a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 in Eberly Hall, Room 110. The free program is open to the public.

  • RUN OR WALK 2.2 MILES TO RAISE AWARENESS

    September 02, 2015

    Members of the campus community are invited to join a 2.2-mile run/walk to raise awareness about suicide, which claims the lives of 22 military veterans each day. Runners/walkers begin at 11:22 a.m. Sept. 22 in front of Manderino Library.


August, 2015

  • CHANCELLOR WELCOMES STUDENTS TO UNIVERSITIES

    August 26, 2015

    As the new academic year gets under way, Frank Brogan, chancellor of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, welcomes students to the Commonwealth's 14 public universities.

  • 'FUN ZONE' AWAITS VISITORS ON FAMILY DAY

    August 26, 2015

    Cal U welcomes families to campus Sept. 19 for the annual Family Day celebration. This year’s family-friendly activities include music, football, a 'fun zone,' Family Field Day and the presentation of the 2015 Jennie Carter Award. Click 'more' for a schedule.

  • LEARN ABOUT 'TATTOOS AND SOCIETY' AT TALK

    August 26, 2015

    Interested in ink? Join the Sociology of Deviance Club for a student-driven panel discussion about tattoos 11 a.m. Sept. 15 in Eberly Hall, Room 110. Hear a local tattoo artist discuss his changing clientele and demonstrate his art.

  • THE JOURNAL: 2015 SEMESTER BEGINS

    August 24, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is now online. Headlines include: Cal U among 'best,' says Princeton Review; 'Transformed' Natali opens; Fall 2015 semester begins today. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.

  • CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON REGION'S WATERWAYS

    August 21, 2015

    The Northern Appalachian Network presents 'Just Around the River's Bend,' a one-day conference focusing on water's impact on the region. Registration is open now for the Sept. 25 event at the Cal U Convocation Center.

  • OFFICES OPEN IN NATALI STUDENT CENTER

    August 20, 2015

    Natali Student Center has some new tenants, including the Career and Professional Development Center, the Internship Center, the Women's Center and many others. Click "more" to see where these student-centered services can be found.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    August 13, 2015

    Cal U is committed to ensuring that no student who receives financial aid from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, or PHEAA, is harmed financially while we wait for a state budget to be passed.

  • FOOD DRIVE HELPS TO STOCK CAL U CUPBOARD

    August 04, 2015

    Faculty and staff are asked to donate non-perishable food items to stock the Cal U Cupboard, a new initiative to combat food insecurity. On Aug. 12, staff and volunteers will pick up donations at your University office.


July, 2015

  • CAL U SET TO WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS

    July 27, 2015

    The University welcomes new students to main-campus residence halls on Aug. 21. Move-In Day is the start of the three-day Cal U for Life New Student Orientation. Returning students move in on Aug. 23. Fall semester classes start Aug. 24.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    July 09, 2015

    I am proud to announce that Cal U has received permission to offer a Doctor of Health Science degree, the first doctorate offered at Cal U and the first D.H.Sc. degree available within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    July 09, 2015

    I am proud to announce that Cal U has received permission to offer a Doctor of Health Science degree, the first doctorate offered at Cal U and the first D.H.Sc. degree available within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.


June, 2015

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    June 30, 2015

    The State System of Higher Education has approved Cal U's request to assume ownership of our main-campus residence halls from SAI. This change has potential benefits for both the University and our students. Click 'more' to learn about the plan.

  • SPRING 2015 DEAN'S LIST

    June 18, 2015

    The Spring 2015 dean's list at Cal U recognizes undergraduate students who earned a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher this semester.


May, 2015

  • THE JOURNAL: CONFERENCE SHOWCASES RESEARCH

    May 04, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is now online. Headlines include: 'Strike a Spark' conference showcases research; Cable industry leader to address graduates; Three named spring Women of the Year; Scholars told to expect change. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.


April, 2015

  • STUDENTS MAKE AN IMPACT WITH 'BIG EVENT'

    April 23, 2015

    Nearly 400 volunteers worked at 44 community locations April 18 as part of The Big Event. The annual student-led service project aims to make a difference for Cal U’s neighbors and local organizations. Click 'more' to see photos from The Big Event.

  • CABLE INDUSTRY LEADER TO ADDRESS GRADUATES

    April 21, 2015

    Alumnus Thomas Rutledge '77, president and CEO of Charter Communications Inc., addresses master's, bachelor's and associate degree candidates May 8 and 9 at Cal U's 180th Commencement.

  • MUSICAL CONCLUDES SPRING THEATRE SEASON

    April 15, 2015

    Cal U's Department of Theatre and Dance closes its 2015 spring season with four performances of the musical 'Urinetown' April 23-25 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

  • REGISTER NOW TO 'WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES'

    April 07, 2015

    Registration is open for the End Violence Center’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which shows support for victims of sexual violence. Register to join the walk at 11 a.m. April 23. The first 75 men to register will be given high-heeled shoes to wear!


March, 2015

  • SESSIONS ADDRESS LAW CAREERS

    March 31, 2015

    Considering law school or a career as a lawyer? Gina Cicchetti, associate director of admissions for Duquesne Law School, speaks on April 23.

  • MARCH 31: CELEBRATE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

    March 28, 2015

    Cal U celebrates the Vulcan women's basketball team, winners of this year's NCAA D-II National Championship. A parade starts at 11 a.m. March 31 in downtown California. Hear from the team and enjoy free refreshments.

  • HEAR FORENSIC SCIENTIST DR. HENRY LEE

    March 27, 2015

    Renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee gives a free talk April 20 in the Convocation Center. Lee has investigated high-profile cases such as those involving O.J. Simpson, Jon Benet Ramsey and Laci Peterson.

  • EXHIBITION EXPLORES 'SPACE'

    March 27, 2015

    Students, faculty, alumni and staff may submit artworks for 'SPACE,' an exhibition exploring spatial dimensions. The art show and sale opens with a reception April 16 and runs through April 23. Submissions are accepted April 10-13.

  • THEATRE PRESENTS 'LOVE @ FIRST PLIGHT'

    March 23, 2015

    A college love triangle is at the heart of 'Love @ First Plight,' onstage April 2-4 in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall. Meet the playwright at 2 p.m. April 3 or after that evening's show.

  • ASSOCIATE PROVOST GIVES 'LAST LECTURE' MARCH 31

    March 23, 2015

    As she prepares to retire, Dr. Caryl Sheffield looks back on her remarkable career as a witness to the ongoing quest for racial, gender and social equity. Hear her amazing story at 3:30 p.m. March 31 in the Convocation Center’s north wing.

  • THE JOURNAL: ROBOTS HEAT UP CAMPUS

    March 23, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Despite snow, robots heat up Convocation Center; Students applaud airman at Convocation; Conference speakers address security gaps; Cal U, WCCC sign transfer agreement. Read the Journal online today.

  • CONFERENCE ADDRESSES PROBLEM GAMBLING

    March 18, 2015

    A free conference on April 2 explores prevention and treatment strategies to address problem gambling and turns a spotlight on resources for professionals and those who struggle with gambling-related concerns.

  • 'JOYFEST' GOSPEL CONCERT MARCH 21

    March 17, 2015

    The Young and Gifted Gospel Choir performs with award-winning artist Maurette Brown Clark in the annual 'Joyfest' gospel concert. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Click 'more' for a link to watch the show live online starting at 7 p.m.

  • 'STRIKE A SPARK' SHOWCASES LEARNING

    March 16, 2015

    The April 14 conference on research, scholarship, creative activity and application highlights the efforts of Cal U's learning/teaching community. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate by presenting their work and attending the event.

  • CAL U, WCCC SIGN REVERSE TRANSFER AGREEMENT

    March 10, 2015

    A new agreement with Westmoreland County Community College allows transfer students to complete their WCCC associate degree while studying toward a bachelor's degree at Cal U.

  • 12TH ANNUAL 'MONOLOGUES' ON STAGE MARCH 4-6

    March 02, 2015

    The Women's Center once again marks V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, with a production of Eve Ensler's play 'The Vagina Monologues,' March 4-6 in the Blaney Theatre. Although campus is closed March 5, the show goes on!

  • CAL U MARKS WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY

    March 02, 2015

    Celebrate World Social Work Day March 17 with a keynote talk, student presentations and a potluck lunch in the Kara Alumni House. The campus community and the public may register to attend.

  • CONFERENCE EXPLORES (DIS)ABILITIES

    March 02, 2015

    The Audrey-Beth Fitch Women's Studies Conference on March 17 explores the personal, public and political experience of disabilities. Watch a film about a family dealing with autism and hear speakers with various views of the topic. Admission is free.


February, 2015

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    February 27, 2015

    It was wonderful to see so many people at Student Convocation. Not every question can be answered at a single session, so let me remind you about some of the services available to our students.

  • VULCAN FLYER SERVICE AFFECTED BY WEATHER

    February 18, 2015

    Because of poor road conditions, Vulcan Flyer service may be suspended temporarily this afternoon. Service will resume once roadways are deemed safe for travel.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    February 13, 2015

    Mark your calendar for April 14, when Cal U holds its first Conference on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate, and to invite visitors from outside the campus community.

  • CAREER WEEK: GEAR UP FOR YOUR FUTURE!

    February 10, 2015

    Learn to build your personal brand, pick up networking and etiquette tips, visit a career fair or fix up your resume — all with Career Week activities organized by the Career and Professional Development Center. Click ‘more’ for the schedule.

  • CAL U HOSTS BACCHUS PEER EDUCATORS

    February 10, 2015

    More than 100 peer educators from a three-state region are expected to attend the BACCHUS regional conference Feb. 28 in the Convocation Center. The organization works to prevent drug and alcohol abuse on campuses nationwide.

  • FEB. 27 CONFERENCE EXPLORES ‘SECURITY GAPS’

    February 09, 2015

    The 8th annual Conference on Homeland and International Security examines 'Security Gaps in Our Criminal Justice System,' with a keynote talk on 'Strategies to Reduce Officer-Involved Shootings.' Admission is free.

  • STUDENT ARTISTS GO 'BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARDS'

    February 05, 2015

    Artworks by current and former students will be displayed on all three floors of Vulcan Hall during 'Back to the Drawing Boards,' a juried award show Feb. 19-20. Two bands are slated to appear at the free opening reception.

  • MOBILE VET CENTER STOPS HERE FEB. 10

    February 05, 2015

    Military veterans at Cal U or in the community can visit a Mobile Vet Center on campus from 11:30-3 p.m. Feb. 10. The mobile center provides nonmedical readjustment counseling and outreach to veterans and their families.

  • CAL U AFTER HOURS OFFERS CAFÉ TREATS, LAUGHS

    February 02, 2015

    Sycamore Bistro is now open from 7:30 a.m. -7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Other evening events for students are scheduled throughout February. Click 'more' to see what's happening!


January, 2015

  • FREE EVENTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    January 30, 2015

    Discuss hot-button issues with nationally recognized experts. Learn from a groundbreaking spoken word artist. Explore the history of black fraternities and sororities, and much more. Check out Cal U's free Black History Month programs.

  • ON TV: FACULTY DISCUSS 'TECHNOLOGY TODAY'

    January 27, 2015

    Did you miss 'Technology Today' on KDKA-TV? Watch as Dr. Kate Mitchem, Dr. Swarn Gill and Dr. Stephen Whitehead describe how students and the community benefit from Cal U programs that use the latest high-tech tools.

  • FALL 2014 DEAN'S LIST

    January 26, 2015

    The Fall 2014 dean's list at Cal U recognizes undergraduate students who earned a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher this semester.

  • WORKSHOP EXAMINES ETHICAL DILEMMAS

    January 26, 2015

    The Department of Social Work and the Master of Social Work program host the second annual Ethics Panel Jan. 30. A licensed social worker and four faculty members explore ethical decision making during this free, interactive program.

  • HOURLY PARKING NOW AVAILABLE IN LOT 11

    January 21, 2015

    Motorists who need a temporary parking space convenient to the Convocation Center, Morgan Hall or Gallagher Hall may use a new meter or mobile app to pay by the hour for parking in Lot 11, behind Gallagher.

  • 22 PUSHUPS RAISE SUICIDE AWARENESS

    January 21, 2015

    Reports show that 22 military veterans die by suicide each day. To raise awareness, veterans and ROTC cadets will meet on the Quad at 11:22 a.m. weekdays, from Jan. 22-Feb. 20, to do 22 pushups each. You can join them; click 'more' for details.

  • THE JOURNAL: PRESIDENTS ADDRESS GRADUATES

    January 20, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Two presidents address graduates; Two named women of the Year; Mentorship has global reach. Read the Journal online today.

  • AUDITIONS FOR SPRING THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

    January 20, 2015

    Auditions and interviews for spring shows produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance are set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Actors, singers and dancers are needed; technicians and stage managers too! Click 'more' for details.

  • THEY’RE BACK! MEASURES BEGIN TO DISPERSE CROWS

    January 14, 2015

    Flocks of crows have begun congregating on campus, and once again Cal U is taking steps to discourage them from roosting on buildings and in the Quad. Beginning Jan. 15, a natural grape-extract mist may be used to disperse the flocks.

  • WARM UP! REGISTER FOR SUMMER COLLEGE

    January 08, 2015

    Registration for Summer College opens Jan. 20. Summer College offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate courses for Cal U and visiting students. Daytime, evening and online courses are available. Click 'more' to access the full schedule.


December, 2014

  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CAL U

    December 19, 2014

    Interim University President Geraldine Jones and her husband, Jeff, send warm holiday wishes to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Cal U. Click 'more' to view an online holiday greeting card.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    December 11, 2014

    Our University's alumni ranks grew by more than 1,200 this week as we marked California’s 179th Commencement. I urge every member of our campus community to join me in wishing our graduates well.

  • RETURNING STUDENTS: APPLY AND SAVE ON HOUSING

    December 11, 2014

    Leasing is now open for 2015-2016 University Housing in the residence halls and at Vulcan Village. Apply before Feb. 6 and save $75 on the application fee. Returning students are eligible for priority room selection. Click 'more' for details!

  • THE JOURNAL: LEADERS BUILD BRIDGES

    December 09, 2014

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: International leaders build bridges; Associate Provost named 'Women of Excellence;' Emeritus president speaks at Commencement. Read the Journal online today.

  • A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    December 03, 2014

    The University has contracted with The Compliance Group (TCG), of Lenexa, Kan., to conduct the external review of Cal U's intercollegiate football program. The University's goal is to have a football program that reflects Cal U’s core values.

  • CELEBRATE LIGHT-UP NIGHT IN CALIFORNIA

    December 03, 2014

    The campus community is invited to join our California Borough neighbors for a Light-Up Night celebration at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 on the Mechanic Street basketball courts. Students are encouraged to attend the free community event.

  • CAL U WELCOMES HOLIDAY SEASON WITH 'MIRACLE'

    December 03, 2014

    For the second consecutive year, Cal U's Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the holiday season with 'Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.' Performances are set for 8 p.m. Dec. 4-6 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre, with matinees at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.

  • SHEFFIELD NAMED A 'WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE'

    December 03, 2014

    Dr. Caryl Sheffield, associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs, has been selected as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier's 2014 Women of Excellence. She is the third Cal U administrator to receive the honor.


November, 2014

  • STUDENTS: REGISTER NOW FOR COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP

    November 26, 2014

    Cal U students can register now for a community clean-up project Dec. 4 in California Borough. Students will meet at the Natali Student Center and then pick up litter in California Borough. Click ‘more’ to register and volunteer!

  • PRESIDENTIAL AWARD NOMINATIONS CLOSE DEC. 5

    November 24, 2014

    Students, faculty, staff and alumni may nominate a tenured faculty member to receive the 2015 Presidential Distinguished Merit Award for excellence in teaching, research or service. Submit your nomination by Dec. 5.

  • EARLY RENEWAL MEANS SAVINGS AT VULCAN VILLAGE

    November 20, 2014

    Application fees are discounted by $75 for students who renew their Vulcan Village contracts before Feb. 6. Room rates stay the same for 2015-2016, and contracts are available now. Click 'more' to learn about changes in leasing at Vulcan Village.

  • INTERNATIONAL EVENT AIMS AT 'BUILDING BRIDGES'

    November 17, 2014

    Leaders from 14 international universities will meet in the Convocation Center to engage in dialogue about higher education’s role in building bridges between cultures. The Nov. 20 forum is open to students, faculty and staff.

  • PERFORMANCES FILLED WITH HOLIDAY SPIRIT

    November 11, 2014

    The winter holidays are just around the corner! A full slate of pre-holiday performances feature Cal U's talented singers, musicians, actors and dancers. Click 'more' to see what the departments of Music and Theatre and Dance have lined up.

  • MILITARY VETERANS RECEIVE SCHEDULING PREFERENCES

    November 11, 2014

    All 14 State System universities, including Cal U, will provide veterans with a class scheduling preference that will afford them an early opportunity to lock in their preferred courses. Click 'more' to see the announcement from the State System of Higher Education.

  • UPDATE: A MESSAGE FROM INTERIM PRESIDENT JONES

    November 03, 2014

    As the Vulcan football season resumes with a zero tolerance policy for violations of team conduct rules, Cal U is actively seeking an independent third party to lead an external review of the program. Click 'more' for details.