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March, 2016

  • AGREEMENT CLEARS PATH TO ASSOCIATE DEGREE

    March 30, 2016

    If you transferred to Cal U from a community college, you may have already earned enough credits to apply for your associate degree. Learn more about how a new agreement among State System schools and 14 community colleges in Pennsylvania makes this possible.

  • ALUMNUS RETURNS TO DISCUSS FILM WRITING

    March 29, 2016

    The English Department welcomes screenwriters Don Ammon '97 and Kristopher Veenis, who discuss screenwriting and the technical side of filmmaking April 13 in Eberly Hall. The trailer for their film 'Summerlings' was shown last fall at the Three Rivers Film Festival.

  • CAMPUS EVENTS INTRODUCES NEW DEPARTMENT

    March 28, 2016

    High school and Cal U students are invited to discover the new Department of Communication, Design and Culture at Cal U. Meet department faculty and alumni at this series of free 'Generation Communication' events beginning April 11.

  • THE JOURNAL: MUSICAL PREMIERES IN STEELE

    March 28, 2016

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Student's original musical premieres in Steele Hall; Alumnus will address top scholars at convocation; President candidates introduced. Click 'more' to read the latest Cal U Journal online.

  • STUDENT'S ORIGINAL MUSICAL ONSTAGE APRIL 7-9

    March 28, 2016

    The Department of Music and Theatre presents 'Yet Another Funeral,' an original musical created by commercial music technology major Dominic Carrola. The dark romantic comedy is onstage April 7-9 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. Alumni hold a reception on opening night.

  • VULCAN FLYER ON HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

    March 24, 2016

    Although Cal U is open, the Vulcan Flyer shuttle will operate on a holiday schedule during Easter weekend. Bus service on March 25 (Good Friday) will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. There will be no Vulcan Flyer service on Easter, March 27.

  • COLLOQUIA SERIES WELCOMES CLIMATOLOGIST

    March 17, 2016

    The Meteorology Club speaker series welcomes Nolan Doesken, state climatologist for the Colorado Climate Center. Learn more about his work with climate monitoring and long-term climate trends at 5 p.m. March 24 in Eberly Hall, Room 255.

  • THE JOURNAL: WIFI UPGRADE IMPROVES ACCESS

    March 17, 2016

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: WiFi upgrade improves access; Cal U students on primary ballot; Conference focus: sustainable communities. Click 'more' to read the latest Cal U Journal online.

  • CAL U HOSTS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD MARCH 16

    March 03, 2016

    Cal U welcomes the 2016 Science Olympiad to campus March 16. About 600 students from 42 schools will be on hand for a daylong series of contests in science, technology, engineering and math.


February, 2016

  • FIRST ROBOTICS SET FOR QUEST

    February 27, 2016

    Students representing more than 50 ‘kingdoms’ send their robotic champions on a quest to win the 2016 FIRST Stronghold challenge. Check the unofficial results to see which teams won awards.

  • UPDATE: WOMEN FINISH AT ACHA TOURNEY

    February 26, 2016

    At the ACHA Tournament in Michigan on March 11, Cal U’s women’s hockey club finished the season with a 4-1 loss to Rainy River (Minn.) Community College.

  • CONFERENCE EXPLORES 'SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES'

    February 25, 2016

    Go green March 16 with a conference exploring environmental issues in our own Mon Valley, ecofeminism and environmental justice, and how artists can contribute to change. Click 'more' to see the schedule for 'Sustainable Communities: The Human Impact.'

  • RECEPTION HONORS RETIRING COACH

    February 19, 2016

    Bill Brown, head coach for the men's basketball team, retires at the end of the season. The public may join the campus community and Cal U alumni Feb. 24 in the Convocation Center for a reception in Brown's honor prior to his final home game. Click 'more' for details.

  • DON'T MISS OUT ON STUDENT AID: FILE FAFSA NOW

    February 13, 2016

    If you plan to attend Cal U in the 2016-2017 academic year, it's time to renew your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. File your FAFSA by March 1 for priority scholarship consideration; final state grant deadline is May 1. Click 'more' for details.

  • CAL U TO INDUCT SIX INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

    February 12, 2016

    Six former Vulcan sports standouts will be inducted into the Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame during a dinner set for 5:30 p.m. April 22 in the Performance Center. Click 'more' to read about this year’s honorees.

  • THE JOURNAL: ALUMNUS RETURNS AS COACH

    February 09, 2016

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is available online. The latest headlines include: Alumnus returns as football coach; Convocation progress report focuses on enrollment; Academics and arts mark Black History Month. Click 'more' to read the latest Cal U Journal online.

  • CLIMBER DESCRIBES ASCENT OF ALASKA'S DENALI

    February 08, 2016

    In 2013 the first team of African-American climbers reached the summit of Denali, Alaska's highest peak. Learn about this groundbreaking expedition, or join us for two amazing films, when Cal U hosts the 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership Feb. 25-27.

  • SPEAKER SHARES ADVICE WITH AREA GARDENERS

    February 05, 2016

    Area gardeners get tips for planting 'The Right Size Garden' when author Kerry Ann Mendez holds a lecture and book signing March 4 in the Convocation Center. Register now for the talk presented by Fayette County's master gardeners.

  • VIEW VIDEO OF GOSPEL CHOIR ON KDKA-TV

    February 02, 2016

    To mark Black History Month, KDKA-TV aired a brief segment featuring the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir and its founding director, Almeda Pryor. Click 'more' to view the story on KDKA.com.

  • ROCK BANDS BATTLE FEB. 19 IN STEELE HALL

    February 01, 2016

    Three bands with Cal U student members are among eight groups performing original music and competing for a $500 prize at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in Steele Hall. The winning band’s music will be performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra.


January, 2016

  • EARTH SCIENCES STUDENTS PREPARE FOR STORMFEST

    January 22, 2016

    StormFest, the annual exploration of weather phenomena, will take place Feb. 5-6 at the Carnegie Science Center, in Pittsburgh. Students from the Earth Sciences Department have designed more than 30 hands-on activities for the two-day event.

  • CAL U MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

    January 20, 2016

    The annual Day of Service, a bus trip to Baltimore, a panel presentation and an African-American Arts festival are among the activities planned for this year's celebration of Black History Month. Click 'more' for a complete schedule.

  • 'RED OUT' AS ESPN3 STREAMS VULCAN BASKETBALL

    January 11, 2016

    Wear your Cal U gear to the Convocation Center Jan. 27, when multimedia channel ESPN3 broadcasts Vulcan men’s and women’s basketball LIVE. The $1 admission benefits Make-A-Wish. Join the ‘red out’ and get in on giveaways and prizes. Click more for updated info.


December, 2015

  • GET AN ON-THE-SPOT ADMISSION DECISION JAN. 7

    December 30, 2015

    Start the new year at Cal U! Freshmen and transfer students can receive an on-the-spot admission decision at Spring 2016 Application Decision Day. We’ll evaluate your credentials on Jan. 7 so you’ll be ready to start spring classes Jan. 19.

  • GLOBAL STUDY SHOWS LAKES ARE WARMING

    December 16, 2015

    Dr. Derek Gray, of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, is a key contributor to a global study that finds climate change is rapidly warming the world’s lakes, threatening freshwater supplies and aquatic ecosystems.

  • MULTIMEDIA SHOW HONORS CIVIL RIGHTS ICON

    December 08, 2015

    Cal U celebrates the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. with a free presentation Jan. 19 in the Natali Student Center. ‘King’s Dream’ is a multimedia show that blends historical film footage with live narratives, music and song. The public may attend.

  • CAL U CELEBRATES 2015 WINTER COMMENCEMENT

    December 01, 2015

    Cal U marks its 181st Commencement with ceremonies for master's degree candidates Dec. 11 and for bachelor's and associate degree candidates Dec. 12. Speaker is distinguished alumnus Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, Class of 1979.


November, 2015

  • CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH ‘MIRACLE’

    November 17, 2015

    Cal U students and community members appear in ‘Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical,' the musical adaptation of popular holiday favorite. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, with matinees at 2 p.m. Dec. 5-6 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

  • 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.

  • CAL SINGERS PERFORM IN 'LOVE THE COOPERS'

    November 13, 2015

    Cal U students performed as featured extras for a scene in Love the Coopers, a CBS Films production starring award- winning actors Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei and Diane Keaton.

  • MUSIC DEPARTMENT SHOWS HOLIDAY SPIRIT

    November 10, 2015

    As the winter holidays approach, Cal U's talented singers and musicians are planning performances on and off campus. Get into the holiday spirit at concerts featuring jazz, orchestral music or traditional holiday tunes.

  • UPDATE: CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES 25TH

    November 09, 2015

    The women's cross country team finished in 25th place at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships today in Joplin, MO.


October, 2015

  • PROFESSOR TO APPEAR IN ‘HISTORY’ TV SERIES

    October 29, 2015

    Dr. John Cencich, of the Department of Criminal Justice, appears in ‘Hunting Hitler,’ an eight-part TV series slated to premiere Nov. 10 on HISTORY. The former U.N. war crimes investigator leads a team of experts taking a closer look at evidence pertaining to Adolf Hitler’s death.

  • ARTISTS SHARE VIEW OF ‘DYSTOPIA’

    October 28, 2015

    The Department of Art and Design presents ‘Dystopia,’ an art exhibition on display through Nov. 24 in the Vulcan Gallery. Students, employees and alumni created the artworks, which address dystopian themes.

  • 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.

  • REGISTER NOW FOR ONLINE WINTER COLLEGE CLASSES

    October 27, 2015

    Register now for Winter College and get a step ahead! Focus on that tough course, make up credits or take extra courses needed for a minor or dual major. All classes are taught 100 percent online. The term begins Dec.. 14 and ends Jan. 15, 2016. Click ‘more’ for details.

  • REGISTER FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE OCT. 21

    October 19, 2015

    Sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the Oct. 21 open house provided an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff to learn about assistantships, scholarships and other types of aid that can make grad school affordable.

  • ATMOSPHERIC SCIENTIST TO PROVIDE CAREER INSIGHT

    October 16, 2015

    Alumna Janice Bytheway, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in atmospheric science, will share career advice and scientific insight at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 in Eberly Hall as part of the Meteorology Club's fall speaker series.

  • MOTHS WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT AS POLLINATORS

    October 15, 2015

    The Department of Art and Design hosts ‘The Moth Project,’ featuring a series of ‘portable nighttime garden machines’ designed to attract moths as pollinators. Art, horticulture and backyard science blend in this free presentation on Oct. 20.

  • START HOMECOMING WITH ‘SHOWCASE OF STARS’

    October 14, 2015

    Talented students, employees and alumni perform Oct. 23 at ‘Our Showcase of Stars.’ Catch the Jakob’s Ferry Travelers and Hear Tonight bands, the Alpha Phi Alpha steppers, and the Cal Singers’ Motown number featuring a VERY special guest.

  • TALK MARKS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

    October 13, 2015

    ‘Indigenous Magna Carta – Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace,’ is the topic when author, artist and museum curator Rick W. Hill Sr. speaks at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in Eberly Hall. The free program marks Native American Heritage Month.

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETS TODAY

    October 08, 2015

    Click 'more' to watch a live webcast of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Live meeting coverage begins at 9 a.m. today.

  • STUDENT STUDIES WITH FORMER FBI AGENT

    October 06, 2015

    Two weeks of specialized training confirmed Kelly Brennan’s career aspirations. This summer the Cal U graduate student attended classes offered by The Academy Group Inc., the world’s largest privately owned forensic behavioral science firm.

  • 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.

  • HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN APPROVED

    September 28, 2015

    Cal U's plan for responding to natural or manmade disasters has been approved by state and federal agencies and adopted by the University. Learn more about the Cal U Hazard Mitigation Plan.

  • SPEAKER ADDRESSES GENDER VIOLENCE

    September 21, 2015

    The Serene Leadership Institute presents a talk by gender violence educator Dr. Jackson Katz at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 in the Convocation Center. The U.S. military and many pro sports teams utilize Katz’s ‘Mentors in Violence Prevention’ (MVP) program.

  • REGISTER FOR WINTER COLLEGE

    September 16, 2015

    Keep learning during winter break — try Cal U Winter College! Courses are offered 100% online, so you can make up credits or add a class. Registration begins Oct. 5 for veterans, Oct. 6 for other Cal U and State System students. Click ‘more’ to see the schedule.

  • ‘MIRACLE ON 34th STREET’ AUDITIONS SET FOR SEPT. 12

    September 04, 2015

    Actors, singers and dancers are needed for this year’s holiday production of ‘Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.’ Male and female performers of all ages and abilities will be considered. Click ‘more’ for audition schedule.

  • DRESS FOR SUCCESS - IT'S CAREER WEEK

    September 02, 2015

    The Career and Professional Development Center sponsors Career Week to prepare students for job fairs and employment interviews. Activities Sept. 21-25 include a webinar, speed-interview panels and a talk about workplace attire.

  • HEALTH FAIR SEPT. 16 AT THE CONVOCATION CENTER

    September 02, 2015

    Learn more about health and wellness at Cal U Health for Life, the University’s 28th annual health fair, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Convocation Center. The free event includes health screenings, a blood drive, giveaways and more.


August, 2015

  • INNOVATION CENTER HOSTS OIL AND GAS CONFERENCE

    August 26, 2015

    Energy industry giant Siemens offers a free Oil and Gas Conference Sept. 15 at the Cal U Center for Innovation at Southpointe. Visit the Siemens Innovative Solutions Mobile Showcase and explore trends in automation, instrumentation and controls.

  • LINCOLN EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY SEPT. 10-OCT. 16

    August 26, 2015

    Cal U will host a traveling exhibition about Abraham Lincoln and the constitutional struggles he faced during the Civil War, Sept. 10-Oct. 16 in the Manderino Library.


July, 2015

  • THE JOURNAL: CAL U OFFERS DOCTORATE DEGREE

    July 28, 2015

    A new edition of the Cal U Journal is now online. Headlines include: Cal U to offer Doctor of Health Science; Future pilots; Cal U makes Move-In Day plans. Click 'more' to read the Journal online.

  • JOIN US FOR THE CLASS OF 2016 OPEN HOUSE

    July 21, 2015

    Cal U welcomes soon-to-be high school seniors to the Class of 2016 Special Open House, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 24 at the Convocation Center. Learn about Cal U's academic programs, tour the campus and eat lunch with staff members and current University students.

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETS TODAY

    July 08, 2015

    Click 'more' to watch a live webcast of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education beginning at 9 a.m. today.


June, 2015

  • REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR SUMMER COURSES

    June 24, 2015

    Undergraduates, it's not too late to register for summer classes! Register now for 5-week on-campus courses that begin July 13. Course selection is limited; click "more" to see what classes are available.

  • TWO CANDIDATES MOVE ON IN PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH

    June 04, 2015

    A search is under way for California University's next President. At a special meeting on March 29, the University's Council of Trustees approved two candidates to move forward in the search process. Click 'more' for details.


May, 2015

  • UPDATE: SALTER PLACES 17th IN 400 METERS PRELIMS

    May 13, 2015

    Sophomore Savon Salter concluded his season by placing 17th in the 400-meter hurdles preliminary event with a time of 54.35 seconds at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships on May 21.


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.


March, 2015

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ZANELLA FINISHES 5th IN 1-MILE RUN

    March 04, 2015

    Junior distance runner Jade Alex Zanella finished 5th in the 1-mile finals at the NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14.

  • WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED AT CAL U?

    March 04, 2015

    The Cal U campus is closed today, March 5. No classes will be held. Vulcan Flyer shuttles will operate until 9:30 p.m. if conditions permit. Click ‘more’ to see what buildings and services are open or closed.

  • POWER OUTAGE PLANNED SUNDAY, MARCH 8

    March 05, 2015

    In order to make electrical repairs, the Facilities Management Department has scheduled a power outage from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Click 'more' to see which buildings will be affected.


February, 2015

  • 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.

  • FIRST ROBOTICS AT CAL U IS ON TV!

    February 16, 2015

    Tune in to KDKA-TV at 7:30 p.m. March 28 to see highlights of the FIRST Robotics Greater Pittsburgh regional competition held recently in the Convocation Center. If STEM is your sport, this show's for you!


October, 2014

  • STATE SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEET TODAY

    October 08, 2014

    Click 'more' to watch a live webcast of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education beginning at 10 a.m. today. Additional sessions are scheduled for July 8-9 in Harrisburg.