The Coal and Coke Heritage Center, housed in the library of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, grew from a course created in the 1970s by English professors Evelyn Hovanec, Dennis Brestensky, and Albert Skomra that focused on the coal and coke industries of southwestern Pennsylvania. The museum expanded with the help of donated materials from miners’ families and today includes nine collections. The center and library are being renovated this fall, and archivist Abby Tancin plans to use the opportunity to create more interactive exhibits that illustrate a day in the life of a miner. “Our museum is very word-based,” Tancin says. “I want to revamp it so we can engage our visitors, in particular the younger population.”
In November, Penn State Fayette will host the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College National Championships for women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross-country for the first time, and will do so again in 2024. The campus has played host to the Division I and Division II Small College National Championships in men’s and women’s basketball for the past 11 years.
At a Glance
80: Percentage of incoming students who receive a scholarship, renewable for up to four years
23: Clubs and organizations on campus
15: Baccalaureate degrees offered