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Dr. Melissa Sovak debuts second novel, promises more on the way

Dr. Melissa Sovak writes under the pseudonym Nellie H. Steele. Her newest novel,

Melissa Sovak

February 29, 2020

A Novel Idea Publishing is proud to debut a new novel, “Shadows of the Past,” from Nellie H. Steele which launches a new series of suspense novels, Shadow Slayers Stories. A new author, “Shadows of the Past,” which was released on February 18, 2020 is Steele’s second book.  It follows her...

Turning Tragedy into Progress: #EndHazingNow

Members of Cal U fraternities, sororities, sports clubs and others gathered in the Steele Auditorium lobby on Feb. 23, 2020, to sign a banner pledging not to participate in hazing activities.  The banner will be on display in the Natali Student Center.

Cal U Fraternity and Sorority Life

February 29, 2020

More than 300 students filed into Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre on Sunday evening to listen to Evelyn Piazza and Rae Ann Gruver as they continue their fight to #EndHazingNow. Piazza and Gruver are mothers who both lost their sons in tragic hazing incidents in 2017 (Timothy Piazza in February...

Cal U Looks Forward at Convocation

Provost Bruce Barnhart (left), President Geraldine Jones and Vice President Robert Thorn address faculty and staff at spring Convocation.

By Cal U Public Relations

February 28, 2020

The University community heard updates about the Campus Master Plan for facilities – plus details about Cal U’s financial sustainability plan and its proposed multi-year tuition pricing strategy – Feb. 18 at the Spring 2020 Faculty-Staff Convocation. The initiatives all are intended to bo...

Snowflakes and sounds a success

Breal Savage and Kaydee Taylor fill balloons with flour to make stress balls for Special Olympic athletes.

Hannah Wyman, News Editor

February 28, 2020

Stress balls, socializing and sundaes. On February 25, the University Honors Program welcomed students into Natali’s performance center for their biannual Snowflakes and Sounds event. Acting as both a recruitment and service social event, Snowflakes and Sounds is one of the biggest events ...

Friday fish fries to make a splash: your 2020 local fish fry guide

GSS members volunteer at the Stockdale Volunteer Fire Department during a Friday fish fry.

Hannah Wyman, News Editor

February 26, 2020

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man where to find all his local fish fries and you feed him for a lifetime. February 26, often referred to as Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day Christian holiday that leads up to Easter. Often, fish is eaten on Fridays during ...

Turning tragedy into progress: #EndHazingNow, Greek life sponsors prominent speakers to address hazing prevention

Timothy Piazza (left) and Maxwell Gruver (right) both passed in 2017 due to hazing.

Cal U Fraternity and Sorority Life

February 17, 2020

Hazing, “an abusive, often humiliating form of initiation into or affiliation with a group,” ( is a real problem on college campuses nationwide.  Across the country, taking a stand against hazing is becoming a big priority, and here at California University of Pennsylva...

Full-time professor & part-time author, Dr. Melissa Sovak

Melissa Sovak, professor of statistics and data science at California University of Pennsylvania and author of suspense and mystery novels.

Tom Caton, Editor In Chief

February 16, 2020

For those who attend a college, they are completely aware of how busy a student’s or even a professor’s schedule can get. However, one local professor right here on the campus of Cal U understands what it is like to have a busy schedule, because not only does she devote her time to teaching students, sh...

Buy nothing, gain everything

Buy nothing, gain everything

Pam DelVerne, Contributor

February 16, 2020

My mom used to tell me that for every new item of clothing I brought in the house, an old one had to go out. Usually that meant giving it to Goodwill, but first I’d see if one of my friends wanted it.  Over the years though, I let consumerism get the best of me, and I found myself dropping off l...

The living legend who was Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was 41 when he died on January 26, 2020.

Tom Caton, Editor In Chief

February 15, 2020

Not everyone is fluent or knowledgeable about professional basketball. But, almost everyone knew or heard of one legendary basketball player, Kobe Bryant. It is amazing how one man could become so influential for so many, whether they were interested in basketball or not. It was a dark and extremely...

It’s all about love! Cal U couples tell surprise engagement stories and share V-Day plans

Cal U campus was buzzing with the news about two surprise engagements. On left, Cal U student Nick Bishop proposed to McKenna Ferris at Cal U's Homecoming parade Oct. 12, 2019.   On right, Joe Hepple proposed to Beth Ann Bentz at a reception for AVI staff members on Nov. 26, 2019.

Hannah Wyman, News Editor

February 13, 2020

One day, Nick Bishop walked McKenna Ferris to her class in Morgan Hall from Duda Hall. The same thing happened the following day. And the day after. And the day after that until it became an essential part of both of their weeks. Three years later, amid Cal U’s annual Homecoming parade, Bishop got...

Cal U celebrates Black History Month with Soul Food Luncheon

The theme for the 2020 celebration of Cal U's Black History Month is 'The Next 400 Years: Recognition, Restoration, and Resilience.'

Jeff Helsel

February 5, 2020

The annual Soul Food Luncheon in the Gold Rush, Natali Student Center, Feb. 5, 2020, featured a variety of ethnic cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the southern United States. The event was sponsored by AVI Foodsystems. Black History Month is sponsored by the Office...

Art and Writing Encounter

Art and Writing Encounter

Sarah Erstfeld, Contributor

January 31, 2020

The Art and Writing Encounter (AWE), an event on Sept. 27, 2019 at California University of Pennsylvania where high school and middle school students from surrounding school districts came to campus for a day, was a beneficial experience for all involved. Every year, Cal U hosts the AWE. Professors...

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