News & Events

 
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Oct 21

‘Friending’ Your State Legislator: The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Media in State Government

Lecture Series: Ben Bronstein Lecture in Ethics and Public Relations

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Location: HUB Robeson Center Auditorium

To Tweet or not to Tweet. That is the question for some Pennsylvania legislators who want to stay in touch with their constituencies. But when does promoting governance edge into promoting re-election? How do state legislators and their pubic relations staff members use the tools of social media in both an effective and ethical way? What are the rules of the road? The Pennsylvania legislature is currently asking this question and developing ethics guidelines for the next generation of political communication in the state. Taking the lead is Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, and watching closely is Brittany Foster, a political communications expert with Triad Strategies in Harrisburg. They will provide an update and discuss the issues.

Oct 22

Curley Center Conversation: Nickname or Not

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: HUB Robeson Center Auditorium

Discussion and question-and-answer session with Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Nation and Mike Wise of The Washington Post, conducted as part of John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and its "Conversation Series." The event is free and open to the public.

Oct 23

“Successful Research Using Your Library … and Librarian”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Jeff Knapp, the Foster LIbrarian at Penn State, presents the Communications Colloquium. 

Oct 23

Comm Career Conversation: Shannon Furman

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 112 Kern Building

Alumna Shannon Furman ('03 Journ), an award-winning producer for NFL Films, will be the featured guest in a converation about communications careers, her path to success and tips for those interested in the field. The session, intended mostly for undergraduates, is free and open to the public. A three-time Emmy Award winner, Furman has worked on several NFL-related series ("A Footbal Life," "Hard Knocks," "Sound F/X") and covered several major events, including the Super Bowl (five times) and the NFL Draft. 

Oct 23
“Darwin’s Nightmare”

“Darwin’s Nightmare”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carnegie Cinematheque: Screening of "Darwin's Nightmare" (Hubert Sauper, Belgium, 2004). This incisive and disturbing documentary uses the fisheries disaster in Africa  as a lens to look at human-made environmental and social injustice. This screening is for eduational purposes only.

Oct 24

“Future of Television”

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: 362 Willard Building

A panel discussion addressing the future of the $200 billion television industry features two Penn State alumni and a State College native. The panelists are Tom Hayden, executive vice president of Showtime Networks and president of Smithsonian Networks; Dan Hartman, former senior vice president of programming acquisitions for DirecTV; and Daniel Brown, who coordinates content discovery and personalization for Amazon. The event is free and open to the pubic. More info: http://news.psu.edu/story/330518/2014/10/16/arts-and-entertainment/insiders-address-future-television-oct-24-panel

 

Oct 24

Social Media 101

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

An overview of popular sites and tools for faculty members.

Oct 24
Guest Lecture: Jayne Jamison

Guest Lecture: Jayne Jamison

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Alumna Jayne Jamison, senior vice president and publiser of O, The Oprah Magazine, will participate in a free public session primarily aimed at students in advertising/public relations, or those interested in careers related to fashion journalism and the magazine industry. Jamison previously served as publisher of Seventeen and Redbook. 

Oct 26 to Oct 27

Alumni Society Board Meeting

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

Two days of on-campus activities for the Alumni Society Board. After committee meetings and a full board meeting (3 p.m.), the highlight comes Sunday with the annual awards dinner (6 p.m.). On Monday, the day includes another board meeting and a student event from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Events conclude with a group lunch.

Oct 27

AdClub: A New Way To Think About Social Media Marketing

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carlo Pitocco ('07), founder and head of strategy of his own New York City-based boutique agency, GCP & Co., will share his wealth of knowledge and experience in social media marketing trends and tactics. Prior to launching GCP&Co., Carlo was a senior strategist at MRY for three years and was Interactive program manager at Ogilvy after working in Ogilvy's Associates Program his first year out of Penn State. Carlo was also co-president of Penn State's Ad Competition Team, the Nittany Group, for the Coca-Cola campaign in 2007 and a Penn State AdClub officer.

Oct 30

Department of Journalism Meeting

Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Location: 115 Lubert Building

Oct 30

“Technological Change and Emerging News Consumption Habits: Findings and Implications”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Patrick Parsons, the Don Davis Professor of Ethics, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Oct 30

Curley Center Conversation: Michael Weinreb

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Discussion and question-and-answer session with alumnus Michael Weinreb, author of "A Season of Saturdays," conducted as part of John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and its "Conversation Series." The event is free and open to the public.

Oct 30
“From Venezuela to Sochi: How I Made It In the Newsroom and You Can Too”

“From Venezuela to Sochi: How I Made It In the Newsroom and You Can Too”

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: 262 Willard Building

Fox Sports editor Jorge Mondaca who has covered the Olympics in London and Sochi, and regularly focuses on NASCAR and other sports, will be the featured guest for an event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Communications. The session, titled "From Venezuela to Sochi: How I Made It Into the Newsroom and You Can Too, Regardless of Race, Gender or Sexual Orientation," is free and open to the public.

Oct 30
“They Live”

“They Live”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carnegie Cinematheque: Screening of "They Live" Live (John Carpenter, US, 1988). This eclectic horror film attacks a culture of passive compliance with consumerism and surveillance. This screening is for eduational purposes only.

Oct 31

Social Media 201

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 19 Carnegie Building

A hands-on workshop for faculty get get going or improve your skills on social media.

Nov 3

AdClub: Pharma Panel

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Another installment in AdClub's series of panel events, this Pharma Panel will feature a cadre of Penn State alumni working in various pharmaceutical-based ad agencies as well as other healthcare marketing and public relations careers. Panelists will discuss the creative and legal challenges of this lucrative area of advertising and marketing. Confirmed panelists: Courtney (Kline) Abud ('09), copywriter, Circa Healthcare, Philadelphia; Natalie Episcoo ('10), SEO associate account manager, Razorfish Healthware, Philadelphia; Kelsey Jacobsen ('10), senior public relations specialist at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia; and Catherine Rafacz ('10), senior copywriter on healthcare brands at MRY, New York City.

Nov 6

“Online Privacy: Why Do We Reveal So Much?”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Distinguished Professor S. Shyam Sundar presents the Communications Colloquium.

Nov 6
“Walker”

“Walker”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carnegie Cinematheque: Screening of "Walker" (Alex Cox, US, 1987). A perverse historical fantasy about the mercenary/visionary American who was Nicaragua’s dictator in the 19th century. This screening is for eduational purposes only.

Nov 11

Honor Code Signing

Location: Carnegie Building

Special event conducted by College of Communications Student Council with students in all communications majors having the opportunity to commit and sign the Honor Code. Also includes raffles and special activities. Free and open to all communications students.

Nov 11

“Why Location is the New Cookie”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom

Asif Khan, founder and president of The Location Based Marketing Association, will present a free public lecture as part of the Arthur W. Page Center Professional-in-Residence and Lecture Series supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Khan is a veteran tech start-up, business-development and marketing entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience. He is currently focused on working as a consultant and speaker to the location-based marketing services community. Prior to launching The Location Based Marketing Association, Khan worked with companies as diverse as American Airlines, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, BestBuy, IBM,Limited Brands, Molson-Coors, Communispace and ScotiaBank. He hosts a weekly podcast -- "This Week In Location Based Marketing" -- every Monday.

Nov 12

Digital Journalism Panel

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium

A panel discussion about digital journalism will feature Debra Leithauser, publisher of the Centre Daily Times, and College of Communications alumni Chris Krewson ('98) of billypen.com and Jason Weitzel ('00) of Comcast. The event is free and open to the public. 

Nov 13

“Social Media for Public Relations”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Marcia DiStaso, associate professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Nov 13
“Chop Shop”

“Chop Shop”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carnegie Cinematheque: Screening of "Chop Shop" (Rahmin Bahrani, US, 2007). A generous film about an orphan brother and sister who survive among the junkyards of Queens, New York. This screening is for eduational purposes only.

Nov 17

AdClub: How to Brand and Market a Venture Startup

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Alumna Rachelle Yankowich ('11), designer/creative lead at [L]earned Media in New York City, will give a special presentation as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week activities.

Nov 18

“How to Start Your Own Agency”

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

A panel of creative entrepreneurs who have grown their own agencies in the State College are will share their stories on how to launch and advertising/marketing/design firm. The event is presented by the College of Communications and Central Pennsylvania Creative Provessionals (CPsquared.com). Confirmed participants include: Loaded Creative, Impressions Branding & Marketing, Erikson Strategic, Rowland Creative and Black Sun Photo Studios.

Nov 20

“Applying for Grants to Support Your Research—A How-To”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Elaine Files, coordinator of research administration, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Nov 20
“Europa, Europa”

“Europa, Europa”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carnegie Cinematheque: Screening of "Europa, Europa" (Agnieska Holland, Germany/France/Poland, 1990). Based on a true story, a young Jewish boy tries to survive the Holocaust by adopting a new identity. This screening is for educational purposes only.

Dec 4

Handbook Quiz and Q&A

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

For the final Communications Colloquium, Betsy Hall, coordinator of grduate education, conducts a handbook quiz and question-and-answer session for graduate students.

Dec 4
“Umberto D”

“Umberto D”

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Carnegie Cinematheque: Screening of "Umberto D" (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1952). A deeply-moving film about the plight of an aged and destitute man and his beloved dog in urban Italy. This screening is for educational purposes only.

Jan 7

Alumni Society Board Alumni-Student Program

Location: WITF-TV, Harrisburg

Mar 18

KTA Ceremony

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom DE

Annual induction ceremony for Kappa Tau Alpha honor society.

Apr 12 to Apr 13

Freelance-a-Thon

Location: Various Locations

Second annual event featuring faculty and communications industry experts providing insights about freelancing options for students in the College of Communications and beyond.

Apr 20

Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports

Location: TBA

Presentation of Award for Excellence in Youth Sports by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

Apr 20

APSE Regional Meeting

Location: TBA

Regional meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors, conducted at Penn State in collaboration wtih the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

May 1

Curley Center Capping

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: TBA

Presentation of Curley Center caps and certificates to graduating seniors who have completed the program.