News & Events

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Apr 24 to Apr 25

Alumni Achievement Award

Alumni Achievement Award events and presentation. The award, coordinated by the Penn State Alumni Association, honors graduates of the University who are 35 years of age or younger who have made extraordinary professional accomplishment. This year's College of Communications honoree is Amanda Gifford Lockwood, program director for ESPN Radio.

Apr 24 to Apr 26

Alumni Achievement Award Activities

Location: Various

Three days of activities that include: Alumni Achievement Networking Event (April 24), Alumni Achievement Award Dinner & Ceremony (April 25) and Alumni Achievement Award 10th Anniversary Picnic. Activities coordinated by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Apr 24
Asian-American Heritage Month

Asian-American Heritage Month

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 160 Willard Building

Veteran journalist Bobby Calvan, who covered the 2012 presidential election for the Boston Globe and previously worked for the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers, will be featured in free public session as part of Asian-American Heritage Month celebrations in the College of Communications. Calvan leads The Heartland Project, based at the University of Nebraska.

Apr 25

Success in the City

Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Time Warner Building, New York, NY

Annual College of Communications job fair in New York City featuring dozens of prospective employers. 

Apr 25

Films and Friends VII

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Dolby Screening Room, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Annual chance to network with other Penn State alumni in the film-video profession that work in and around New York City. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet film-video and media studies students and renew friendships with film faculty and College administrators. After a meet-and-greet session, we will screen some of the film-video work of our alumni and students from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. After that, we will convene in the lobby area of the screening room for refreshments and casual conversation from until 9:30 p.m.

Apr 26
Blue & White Film Festival

Blue & White Film Festival

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: State Theatre, Downtown State College

Annual festival showcasing student films produced during the academic year, coordinated by the Student Film Organization. The festival will feature 12 to 14 short films, ranging from comedy to drama and in a variety of styles -- annimated, documentary, experimental and narrative.

Apr 29

Curley Center Conversation: Dana O’Neil

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Hintz Family Alumni Center, SDA Conference Room

A casual lunch conversation with alumna Dana O'Neil, a college basketball writer for, coordinated by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Session is free for Curley Center and College of Communications students. O’Neil ('90 Journ) learned her craft as a football writer, men’s gymnastics writer and assistant sports editor at The Daily Collegian. She has also worked in Trenton, N.J., and Jacksonville, Fla., and she spent nine years at The Daily News in Philadelphia before moving to ESPN. She is also the incoming president for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, which is making a push to get more student and women members.

Apr 30

Board of Visitors Meeting

Apr 30

“A Retirement Celebration”

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

Retirement celebration for Dean Doug Anderson.

May 1

Senior Send-Off Event

Location: Hintz Family Alumni Center

Session for graduating seniors, coordinated by Penn State Alumni Association.

May 2

Spring Semester Classes End

May 2 to May 4

Bunton-Waller Scholars 20th Reunion

Location: Various Locations

Coordinaed by Penn State Alumni Association.

May 10


Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Undergraduate commencement exercises for the College of Communications. Keynote address to be delivered by alumna Linda Yaccarino ('85 Telecom), president of advertising sales for NBCUniversal. 

May 11

Graduate Commencement

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Commencement exercises for Penn State students in master's and Ph.D. programs.

May 19

First Six-Week Summer Session Begins

May 22

Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism

Time: 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Presentation of Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism. Reception for alumni and friends, followed by the presentation.

Jun 5 to Jun 8

Traditional Reunion Weekend

Location: Various Locations

Coordinated by the Penn State Alumni Associaiton.

Jun 12 to Jun 14

Keystone Multimedia Workshop

Location: Gettysburg, Pa.

The seventh annual Keystone Multimedia Workshop, led by faculty members from the College of Communications and other professionals, helps journalists and storytellers from all fields improve their skills with important -- and ever-more necessary -- multimedia techniques and technolgies.

Jul 2

Second Six-Week Summer Session Begins

Jul 6 to Jul 10

Communications Camps

Location: Various Campus Locations

Concurrent sessions of the Film Camp and the Multimedia Journalism Camp for high-school age students are taught by full-time faculty members in the College of Communications. Hands-on sessions enable students to work in small groups with state-of-the-art facilities and technology.

Jul 9 to Jul 13

Central Pa. Festival of the Arts

Location: Campus, Downtown State College

Aug 16

Summer Commencement

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Aug 25

Fall Semester Classes Begin

Sep 12 to Sep 14

Black Alumni Reunion

Location: Various Locations

Coordinated by Penn State Alumni Association

Sep 26 to Sep 28

Homecoming Weekend

Location: Various Locations

Variety of activities across campus, including the annual Homecoming parade Friday night, football game Saturday and more. Live webstream of parade produced by College of Communications students.

Oct 7

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: TBA

John Branch of The New York Times will present a free public lecture and participate in a question-and-answer session as part of the Conference. He will be the 40th Pulitzer Prize winner to participate in the event since its inception in 1999.

Oct 8 to Oct 9

Alumni Fellow Activities

Location: Various Locations

Alumni Fellow activities coordinated by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Oct 8

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 10:10 am – 11:00 am

Location: HUB Robeson Center Auditorium

Freelance writer and author Michael Sokolove ("Drama High") will present a free public lecture and participate in a question-and-answer session.

Oct 10 to Oct 12

Parents & Families Weekend

Location: Various Locations