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Robert W. Rhoades Center


Cultural and economic growth in Venango County will get a boost under a plan developed by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism and Pennsylvania Western University Clarion for the university’s Venango property.

Starting in fall 2024, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Associate of Science in Nursing will relocate to the Clarion campus. 

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The Robert W. Rhoades Center the hub of activity at PennWest Clarion — Venango  for students and the surrounding community. It houses the Student Senate Office, CrossRhoades Café, the bookstore, a cyber café, gymnasium, fitness center, and auditorium. It is also the venue for the college's community events.

Student Life and Student Organizations is located on the upper level of the Robert W. Rhoades Center. All student clubs and organizations have access to the Student Conference Room and the lounge area for meetings and small events.

CrossRhoades Caféis located on the upper level of the Rhoades Center and provides comfortable seating, a lounge area, and cyber café. Food choices include made-to-order sandwiches, soups, salads, hot entrees, beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, and baked goods. The café also serves coffee and coffee drinks. CrossRhoades Café accepts the Flex Plan, cash, and credit cards.

Food Services

  • Flex Dollars can be used for dining services only at both the Venango campus and Clarion campus.

Bookstore The Clarion Students Association (CSA) has selected eCampus to serve as the official online textbook/course material provider of the PennWest Clarion Store.

The Fitness Center is located on the lower level and overlooks the West End Pond. It includes a multi-station resistance machine, a variety of cardio equipment, stability balls, and exercise mats. Yoga, kick-boxing, aerobics, and other fitness classes are offered, as well as individual fitness consultations.

The Cyber Café offers couches, chairs, and tables throughout the building for the comfortable use of wireless laptops. If you need assistance in getting connected, call  814 393 2640.

Last Updated 1/22/24