Penn State Hazleton
Penn State Hazleton is a commonwealth campus of the Pennsylvania State University. It is located in Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, near the junction of Interstates 80 and 81. The campus occupies over 100 acres (0.40 km2) in Sugarloaf Township and has an enrollment of over 1,200 full and part-time students; both traditional and non-traditional.
Penn State Hazleton's origins trace back to 1934 during the depths of the Great Depression. Since this was a time when many people could not afford to go to college, the college came to the people. At the request of Hazleton's community leaders, a community survey was completed by the Pennsylvania State College's extension services to determine the actual extent of the need and community support for a center. Hazleton was one of 14 communities to request a center, and only four requests were fulfilled. In September 1934, the Hazleton Undergraduate Center opened with 47 full-time and 60 part-time evening students. The freshman and sophomore students began their studies in Hazleton and completed their degree at Penn State's University Park campus in State College or another institution. Over the next several years, the center was housed in various locationsï¿½first in the upper floors of the Markle Bank Building on Broad and Wyoming Streets, then in the former Broad Street School. To accommodate the influx of men and women returning from service in World War II, additional space was leased in the A.D. Thomas Elementary School and the former Walnut Street School. A permanent home came in December 1948 when the college purchased 26 hilltop acres (110,000 m2) in Sugarloaf Township which, for nearly 25 years, had served as the residential estate of local coal baron Eckley B. Markle. Known as ï¿½Highacres,ï¿½ the site consisted of four buildings that gave the college the space it so desperately needed. The estate, built by Alvan Markle Sr., featured a 32-room fieldstone mansion with every modern convenience available at the time, as well as domestic staff quarters, a greenhouse, and five formal gardens. Markleï¿½s mansion quickly became the administration building and, at various times during its life, has housed offices, classrooms, the library, health services, a kitchen, and a dining room. The domestic staff's quarters were transformed into the library, dormitory and infirmary. The greenhouse became the botany laboratory, and a new building, known today as Laurel Cottage, served as the chemistry laboratory. Over the years, many new facilities were added to Penn State Hazleton. Today, the administration building is the most recognized Penn State Hazleton structure, serving as one of the symbols of the campus. Recently, the island in the semi-circular driveway became the home to another Penn State icon - the Nittany Lion statue, a three-fourthï¿½s scale replica of the original at University Park. Through gifts and purchases, Penn State Hazleton now consists of 104 acres (0.42 km2) of land, with the historic structures standing side-by-side with new and modern academic buildings, a manicured garden, a scenic overlook/picnic area, and a number of nature trails.
The University environment is a community within communities. It reflects the larger global society, and is consistent in its integration of diverse cultures, spheres of influence and interest that characterize the human experience. Through mission and goal statements universities and colleges identify areas of leadership and collaboration to address the needs of the societies they represent and reflect. The Health and Counseling Service of Penn State, Hazleton is in an unique position to actively participate in the educational, research and service missions of the University. Its mission statement, grounded in the principles of public health and social responsibility identifies roles and activities that characterize the contributions of the professionals involved in the services and programs of the department. It is the mission of the Health and Counseling Service: to make a difference in the lives and experiences of the students of Penn State Hazleton to do justice to the potential of each individual to think, to learn, to create, to adapt This mission is accomplished through a variety of activities that characterize service education research through the roles of administrator practitioner educator counselor mentor advocate These activities and roles are defined by the attributes knowledge integrity trust diligence justice empathy This mission statement is understood and espoused by each of the professionals at the Health and Counseling Service. It is understood that this mission statement is essential to all interactions with each student and within the diverse communities of interest that constitute the collegiate experience.
100 acres (0.40ï¿½km2)