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Penn State Altoona to present ‘Stories of Hope’ virtually

Stories of Hope, directed by Naomi H. Baker, will premiere virtually at 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Project collaborators will hold a talkback afterward to discuss their work and answer questions. To view the free performance, visit https://altoona.psu.edu/stories-of-hope.

“Stories of Hope” is a collaborative project between Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Pride choral group, Ivyside Dance Ensemble and the theater program featuring the poetry of Todd Davis, Erin Murphy, Lee Peterson and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, all faculty at the college.

The project was devised by integrative arts faculty as they strategized on how to provide performance opportunities safely to students and the community during the current pandemic. In their discussion, they realized that “hope” is needed as we all struggle to make our way through the crisis.

“We believe the audience will be uplifted through the experience of viewing the project. It is a collage of hope for an uncertain time in our world,” stated Baker.

For more information contact the box office, open from 10 a.m.. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by calling 949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona website at www.altoona.psu.edu.

E-sports gaming team coming

to Penn Highlands in January

JOHNSTOWN — Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is gearing up to launch its new co-ed athletic program, Black Bear eSports Gaming, in January of 2021 Starting with the Spring 2021 semester, student-athletes will begin competing as members of the National Junior College Athletic Association eSports (NJCAAE).

Esports, or electronic sports, is a form of competitive multiplayer video gaming in which teams compete against each other in single games or tournament events.

Gaming at Penn Highlands will follow the “play anywhere using your own device” model, allowing student-athletes unlimited access to top titles like League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Super Smash Brothers, Rocket League, FIFA 20, and so much more.

Every semester, the eSports Gaming team will be able to compete for collegiate national titles and other countless events.

“The major benefit of eSports is that it will bring together students who have a shared passion in something that they may not have realized before,” stated Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “Our student-athlete gamers will have to communicate in new ways as they work out strategies and resolve conflicts on various gaming platforms.”

For additional information, or to join the Black Bear eSports Gaming Team, please contact Student Activities at 262-6463 or

studentactivities@pennhighlands.edu.

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