Archive for October, 2015

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating the fall season by planning several free events open to the public, including students, faculty, and staff, and members of the community.  All events will be held on the College’s Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way, and will include the following:

  • Monday, October 26, from 6pm to 7:30pm: A community trick or treat will be held throughout the Richland Campus for children 12 and under.  This will be combined with fall games and crafts for the children, and a haunted hallway
  • Tuesday, October 27, 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a themed murder mystery, “A Spooky Hollow Horror” will occur.  The grand celebration of the new owner has been overshadowed by the spine-chilling murder of one of the guests.  Since everyone is a suspect, this ghoulish gang is out for an afternoon of fright and horror!  All guests will have fun playing their unique characters and investigating this unpredictable outcome.  Contact Jake Goch to register at 814.262.6486 or
  • Wednesday, October 28, from 1pm to 3pm: Want to star in your own short Halloween horror movie? It only takes 10 minutes. The Media Production Club wants to give you the title role in the blockbuster hit “School of the Damned!” Your character will be thrown into the terrifying Zombie Pit (the courtyard) to battle and live to see another day. How will it end? The choice is yours! And, don’t forget to watch the credits for the bonus post-credits scene. This black and white horror extravaganza comes complete with full production and your name in the credits, and the Club will provide you with a electronic copy of your masterpiece. A $5 donation to the Media Production Club would be accepted to help fund future projects. Schedule your appointment with stardom by emailing Glenn Barbis at
  • Friday, October 30, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, the second annual reading of select works by Edgar Allen Poe will be done by students. Works include “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and others. Come and join us for an afternoon of eerie literary fun listening to some of Poe’s psychological thrillers! For die hard Poe fans, feel free to come dressed in your best 1840s period attire.

Further details on any of the events can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or

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College Logo - Blair (Square)October is Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating with a special program at the Blair Center on Tuesday, October 13th, beginning at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. Archaeologist, and Penn Highlands instructor, Paula Zitzler will present the story of the circus train wreck that occurred near Tyrone in 1893, which she has investigated both in the archives and in the ground.

The Walter L. Main Circus barely avoided total destruction in a spectacular train wreck. Only four people died, but dozens of exotic wildlife and show animals were killed or released into the fields and woods as their cages were reduced to splinters. Zitzler pieced the story together from newspaper articles and reports and from artifacts collected at the site. The presentation will feature historical photos of the wreck site, a discussion of how archaeological methods have helped tell this story, and a question and answer period.

The intriguing story has been detailed in the book Unscheduled Stop: The Town of Tyrone and the Wreck of the Walter L. Main Circus Train, published by the Tyrone Area Historical Society. Copies of the book will be available ($15; supports the work of the Tyrone Area Historical Society).

Please join us for this informative, free event on Tuesday, October 13th, at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center, located in the Logan Valley Mall (next to Macy’s). Please contact the Blair Center at 814.201.2700 for additional information.

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