News & Events

 
September 2014
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Oct 2

“Talking About Film Studies”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Kevin Hagopian, a senior lecturer in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Oct 4

College of Communications Open House 2014

Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Various Locations

Open house and information session for prospective College of Communications students featuring representatives from every department and major. Please contact the advising office at 814-865-1503 for more information. 

Oct 6

“The World Wise Web?”

Lecture Series: Pockrass Memorial Lecture

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Professor Eszter Hargitti of Northwestern University will present the Pockress Lecture. Hargittai's research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's web-use skills influence what they do online. The event is free and open to the public.

Oct 6

AdClub: Entertainment Marketing Event

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Kim Schaller ('80), executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts (HERCO), will discuss how she successfully markets Hershey as "The Sweetest Place on Earth" and a year-round destination, drawing visitors to the hotels, theme park, holiday-themed events and concerts and events in the Giant Center and Hersheypark Stadium.

Oct 6

Washington Program Info Session

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 260 Willard Building

Information session for students interested in the Penn State Washington Program for either summer or fall 2015. Find out about on-site courses, internships, fully furnished student housing as well as group events and social activities.

Oct 7 to Oct 9

Alumni Fellow Activities

Location: Various Locations

Alumni Fellow activities coordinated by the Penn State Alumni Association featuring honorees from across the University, including College of Communications honoree is Marty Aronoff.

Oct 7

Washington Program Info Session

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 260 Willard Building

Information session for students interested in the Penn State Washington Program for either summer or fall 2015. Find out about on-site courses, internships, fully furnished student housing as well as group events and social activities.

Oct 7
Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center Alumni Hall

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
Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

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 9

“Long Story Short: Crafting Film Narratives from What Appears to be True”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Pearl Gluck, an assistant professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Oct 9

Guest Lecture: Michael Bremer

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 160 Willard Building

Michael Bremer, director of student programs fro American Pavilion Internships at the Cannes Film Festival and the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity, will be the featured guest for a free public session sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Communications.

Oct 10 to Oct 12

Parents & Families Weekend

Location: Various Locations

Oct 12 to Oct 13

Ad/PR Alumni Board Meeting

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

Two days of on-campus activities for members of the Advertising/Public Relations Alumni Board. Sunday includes: new member orientation (2:15-2:45 p.m.), a board meeting (3-5 p.m.) and a student mentoring event (6 p.m.). On Monday, the schedule features breakfast with faculty (7:45 a.m.) and classroom visits.

Oct 13 to Oct 15

Hearst Visitor: Mike Williams

Location: Various Locations

Mike Williams, a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will be speak with students and visit classes during a three-day campus visit coordinated by the Department of Journalism.

Oct 13

ICT4D Speaker: Lisa Borders

Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Oct 16

Communications Colloquium

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

John Gastil, professor and head of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science, presents the Communications Colloquium with the session titled, "Public Deliberation in Initiative Elections to Transcend Political Biases: Good and Bad News from the Citizens' Initiative Review in Oregon, Arizona and Colorado."

Oct 20

AdClub: MARC USA Recruitment Event

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

MARC USA's recruiting consultants, Rob Throckmorton and Molly Daniels ('08), will make their annual pilgrimage to Penn State to discuss MARC USA's internship and career opportunities and show a reel of the agency's best creative work. While on campus, they will be interviewing students for possible future internship and full-time career opportunities during the day on Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21. Interviews will be scheduled through the Office of Internships and Career Placement in the College of Communications. Students should check their CareerAdviser emails for how to submit applications.

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 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

“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: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 162 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.

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 11

RWJ Lecture

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 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.

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.

Jan 7

Alumni Society Board Alumni-Student Program

Location: WITF-TV, Harrisburg

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.