Updated: May 9
Please join us for these upcoming events scheduled on the third Sunday of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Fifteen minutes, at the end of each session will be reserved for Q&A.
These will focus on what our school district has to offer, how we can improve on them, and the challenges that lie ahead.
You can RSVP for each event on the Events page. Zoom links for each one will be sent out as the event date approaches.
Sunday, March 21st: Art and Music
Speakers: Dr. Grace Hampton and Michael Feffer
Dr. Grace Hampton has lived a life surrounded by the arts and the artists she loves. She was the first African-American woman in central administration at Penn State University.
She is a professor emeritus in the college of Arts and Architecture and has researched, published, and worked in the areas of African and African-American Arts and Crafts and Community Development through the Arts.
Grace is a nationally recognized and celebrated art educator and currently the chair of the Committee to Elect Carline Crevecoeur to the position of member of the State College Area School District Board.
Michael Feffer is a 2014 graduate of State College Area High School. During his time there, he was an active member of the music community through playing violin in the orchestra and taking the AP Music Theory course and exam. In 2012, he played piano at Carnegie Hall in NYC after being a finalist in a piano competition.
After leaving State College, Michael studied computer science at MIT until graduating in 2018. In the process, he completed a minor in music by playing in MIT's symphony orchestra and taking various music courses.
Michael currently works as a software engineer, and in his spare time, he plays piano and violin (the latter as part of a community orchestra).
Sunday, April 18th: Psychosocial Challenges after COVID and Diversity
Speakers: Shayna Berman, Terry Watson, Carolyn Feffer, and Dr. Linda A. Kilner
Shayna Berman is a third-year Psychology major and Human Development and Family Studies minor at Penn State. She is Phi Sigma Sigma's diversity chair and has cultivated a diversity committee within the chapter this past year. After her time at Penn State, she hopes to continue her studies in psychology while learning about how to be a better ally and diversify her surroundings.
Terry Watson is the Assistant Director of Student Disability Services for Penn State University World Campus, He is also a professional speaker and trainer who specializes in the topics of disability equity in education, racial justice, and law enforcement. Mr. Watson has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education and is the founder of The Battle With Moses People (BWMP LLC).
Carolyn Feffer is a National Board Certified Counselor and licensed School Counselor. Carolyn currently works as a School Counselor at a middle school in Utah, and previously worked as an elementary School Counselor in Washington state. In addition to working as a School Counselor, Carolyn has served on the professional advisory committee for Western Washington University's School Counselor graduate program. Carolyn facilitates training for school district employees on topics such as trauma and mental health, with a specialized focus on fostering resilient learners. Prior to being a School Counselor Carolyn worked with homeless youth and young adults in treatment facilities. Carolyn is passionate about increasing feelings of belonging and inclusivity for all students within schools and the community.
Dr. Linda A. Kilner is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Boston, Massachusetts area. She has worked as a researcher of strategies to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders in young adults, and as a clinician in outpatient and inpatient units in the Boston area. Her present interest is in promoting lifestyle habits to enhance wellness.
Sunday, May 16th: High School Sports, Academic Competitions, and Early Childhood Education
Speakers: Nick Feffer, Joey Feffer, Thomas Bryant, and Dr. Karen Bierman
Nick Feffer is a Computer Science Major and a senior at Darthmouth College. He plans to attend graduate school in the fall.
Nick is a member of Darthmouth's Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams. During his career there, he has qualified for eight Ivy League Championships, where he's won six individual and relay medals, and one NCAA Regional Championship. A graduate of State High's class of 2017, Nick holds the school record in the 4x800, is a 3-time New Balance All-American, and is a 10-time PIAA State Medalist.
In Nick's spare time he plays guitar and bass.
Joey is a senior at Harvard College studying math and getting a minor in film and visual studies. Outside of class, he's involved with advocacy efforts for incarcerated populations in Boston and for diversity in STEM on campus. Combining his interests in math and social welfare, he will be pursuing a PhD in Economics next fall.
Joey is a graduate of State High's class of 2017. During his time at SCASD he competed in many national and international competitions, earning many medals and trophies.
Thomas Bryant is an early education professional serving the Pittsburgh community for 11 years. He is passionate about helping pre-schoolers, their schools, and their families find the resources and support they need to thrive. Through Jumpstart Pittsburgh, Thomas mobilizes college students to serve these pre-schoolers, develop professional and leadership skills, and become advocates for early childhood education. As a graduate of Pitt’s KATZ Graduate School of Business MBA Program, he strives to bridge the gap between business, social entrepreneurship, and non-profit work to build an equitable & transformational educational landscape for young children.
Dr. Karen Bierman is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the Child Study Center at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on school-based and family-focused programming to promote social-emotional learning and school readiness in young children, and the long-term benefits of preschool interventions.