Jeffrey M. Fazio, M.Ed. 




Publications: The Call Newspaper

This article was written for The Call weekly newspaper in southern Schuylkill County. This article was published January 14, 2010.

Music, poetry, and athletic games open to the public

January not only marks the beginning of a new year, but also the beginning of a new semester at Penn State Schuylkill. The spring semester includes a variety of events that are open to the community. County residents are invited and encouraged to join the campus for these exciting events.

Each month, the events that are open to the public will be highlighted here. A majority of these events are free. If there happens to be a cost associated with the event, it will be listed. If you would like to be added to PSU Schuylkill’s Cultural Events mailing list, contact Jeff Fazio, assistant director of student affairs, at 570-385-6246 or

Cultural Events Series – At 7:00 p.m. on January 27 in the Morgan Auditorium the poet Carlos Robson will be performing. Carlos is a two-time poetry slam national champion. He has a dynamic ability to blend soul-shaking stories of love, loss, and redemption with his stylistic re-interpretations of spiritual hymns and children's songs.

Midday Music Series – The Midday Music series showcases five exceptionally talented and extremely unique performers this semester. This free series gets launched on January 21, at noon in the Hidden Stream Café, with the folksy, pop sounds of Mara Levi. Mara specializes in transcending musical genres (folk, pop, bluegrass and jazz) and building live, multi-layered loops to accompany her songs. For the last six years she has been touring nationally and Schuylkill County is fortunate to have her performing locally. Her music can be previewed at

Special Event – On January 23, the Essence of Joy choir, led by Penn State Laureate Dr. Anthony Leach will be performing a public concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Auditorium at Penn State Schuylkill. Essence of Joy is one of the ten Penn State University choral ensembles. This group performs sacred and secular music from the African/African American traditions. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for those under 18 and seniors. There will be a free worship service on Sunday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Morgan Auditorium. For tickets and reservations, call Patty Shoener, alumni & development specialist, at 570-385-6262.

Athletic Competitions – Penn State Schuylkill’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have four home games this month. Admission is $4 or free with any student I.D.

·   Mon., Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m. versus Penn State York

·   Wed., Jan. 20 at 6:00 p.m. versus Penn State Brandywine

·   Thur., Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. versus Penn College

·   Sat., Jan. 30 at 1:00 p.m. versus Penn State Scranton

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Jeff Fazio, assistant director of student affairs, 570-385-6246 in advance of your participation or visit. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.


Jeff Fazio, Assistant Director of Student affairs
Penn State Schuylkill