News & Events

 
September 2015
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Sep 3

Comm Involvement Fair 2015

Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center Heritage Hall

Start-of-the-semester information session and involvement fair featuring communications-specific clubs and organizations. The free event offers an unrivaled opportunity for students to get informtaion and get involved. 

Sep 7

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)

Sep 8

“Sports Night at Penn State”

Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Founders Lounge, Bryce Jordan Center

An information session for all Penn State students about sports-related internships and opportunities available on campus and in the community. Sponsored by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism with participants from a variety of organizations, the event provides an important chance to learn about all the options available to get hands-on experience and take initial steps toward building a career in sports.

Sep 9

University Libraries Open House

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Pattee, Paterno Libraries

The 14th annual Open House conducted by University Libraries.

Sep 10

University Libraries Open House

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Pattee, Paterno Libraries

The 14th annual Open House conducted by University Libraries.

Sep 14 to Oct 14

Penn State Washington Program Info Sesson

Time: 6:30 pm All Day

Location: 360 Willard Building

Join the 20-year tradition of Penn State in Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Washington Program during an information session.

Sep 14

“Using Periscope and Other Smartphone Tools on Deadline for Sports”

Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Multimedia journalist Jim MacMillan will present a free public lecture, presented by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, as part of a week of activities focused on digital approaches sponsored by the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Sep 15

Dept. of Journalism Faculty Meeting

Time: 8:15 am – 9:45 am

Location: 24 Carnegie Building

Sep 15

Penn State Fall Career Days—Non-Technical

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Annual day focusing on non-technical positions as part of Penn State Fall Career Days.

Sep 15

Panel: Digital Media Professionals

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Representatives from USA Today, VH1 and BillPenn.com will discuss how technology is changing the practice of journalism and media promotion during a free public session. The session is part as part of a week of activities focused on digital approaches sponsored by the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Participants include: Mary Nahorniak, media editor, USA Today; Mark Dent, reporter/curator, BillyPenn.com; and Mia Aquino, director of social media, VH1.

Sep 15 to Oct 15

Penn State Washington Program Info Sesson

Time: 6:30 pm All Day

Location: 360 Willard Building

Join the 20-year tradition of Penn State in Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Washington Program during an information session.

Sep 15

Info Session: Undergraduate Digital Media Research

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Information session about a research-releated opportunity for undergraduate students through the Media Effects Research Laboratory on campus. Students selected for the program will work on a multi-disciplinary project about Internet security and privacy funded by the National Science Foundation. Presenters include Distinguished Professor Shyam Sundar and graduate student Jinyoung Kim.

Sep 16

Penn State Fall Career Days—Internship/Co-op

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Annual day focused on internships and co-op opportunities as part of Penn State Fall Career Days.

Sep 16

Faculty Meeting

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty/Staff Room

Meeting of all College of Communications faculty, followed by reception.

Sep 16

“Key Trends in Digital Marketing”

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Elise James-Decruise, senior director and head of global training for the New Marketing Institute, will present the keynote lecture -- a free public event -- as part of a week of activities focused on digital approaches sponsored by the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Sep 17

Panel: Digital Ad/PR Professionals

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

A group of Penn State alumni working in digital advertisign will relay their experiences entering this fast-paced and ever-changing environment. The free public session focuses on how to expect the unexpected when it comes to new developments in the digital advertising and public relations industries. Panelists include: Rachel Brown, Adroit Digital; Patric Fyock, Harmelin Media; Brad Groznik, Groznik PR; Leslie Malysiak, Google; and Jon Mercuri, Media Math. The session is part of a week of activities sponsored by the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Sep 17

Info Session: Comm/IST Digital Minor

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Information session about a proposed Digital Media Trends and Analystics minor that combines foundational courses in the College of Communications and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The 18-credit minor sequence, planned for launch in spring 2016, is indented to provide interested students with a stronger backgrond in new technologies, as well as the possibility of  a number of leading industry certifications. Presenters include Lee Ahern, the minor coordinator, and Jamey Perry, an assistant dean and adviser in the College of Communications.

Sep 18
Welcome Back Reception

Welcome Back Reception

Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Building Lawn

Welcome back reception featuring Berkey Creamery ice cream sponsored by the Officie of Multicultural Affairs. Event open to students, faculty and staff. Also, representatives from student organizations will be on hand to provide information about their groups.

Sep 28
“The Science of Stories and the Stories of Science”

“The Science of Stories and the Stories of Science”

Lecture Series: Pockrass Memorial Lecture

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium

Melanie Green, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Buffalo, will present a free public lecture. Her research examines the power of narrative to change beliefs, including the effects of fictional stories on real-world attitudes. Her theory of "transportation into a narrative world" focuses on immersion into a story as a mechanisim of narrative influence. She has edited two books and published numerous articles in leading communication, psychology and interdisciplinary journals.

Oct 1

“The Sport of Sportswriting”

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Days Inn Penn State, Downtown

As part of celebrating 10 years in its current building, Schlow Centre Region Library is hosting a panel discussion, moderated by John Affleck, the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society and director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Panel participants include: Harvey Araton, New York Times; Nancy Armour, USA Today; Filip Bondy, New York Daily News; David Pencek, Town & Gown; and Michael Weinreb, Rolling Stone.

Oct 4 to Oct 5

Alumni Society Board Meeting

Location: TBA

Oct 5

Alumni Awards Luncheon

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: TBA

Annual awards ceremony recognizing College of Communications alumni, coordinated by Alumni Society Board of Directors.

Oct 11

Donor Dinner 2015

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Penn Stater Hotel Conference Center

Annual Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner conducted by the College of Communications.

Oct 12 to Oct 13

Hearst Visitor: Jayne Miller

Location: TBA

Alumna Jayne Miller ('76 Journ), an investigative reporter for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, will be on campus to visit classes and work with faculty and students as part of a two-day session. 

Oct 12

Breakfast with Dean Hardin

Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Location: The Penn Stater Hotel Conference Center, Senate Suite

Breakfast for alumni and friends with College of Communications Dean Marie Hardin.

Oct 12

“State of the Journalism Industry”

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

A free public session sponsored by the Department of Journalism features a question-and-answer session with Russell Gold, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and John Montorio, who has worked for Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, as they discuss the state of the journalism industry. The session will be moderated by Russell Eshleman, interim head of the department.

Oct 16 to Oct 18

Parents and Families Weekend

Location: Various Locations

A special weekend that includes a vareity of campus-wide programs and family friendly events. For a schedule and more information, visit www.parents.psu.edu or call 814-863-1313.

Oct 21
“A Wing and a Prayer”

“A Wing and a Prayer”

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Free public screening of "A Wing and A Prayer," the documentary directed and produced by Boaz Dvir, a senior lecturer in the College of Communications. The film tells the story of a secret 1948 operation to prevent a second Holocaust. A post-screening discussion features Dvir, film faculty member Richie Serman and aerospace engineering faculty member Mark Maughmer. Session presented by the Penn State Student Film Organization and University Libraries. 

Oct 28

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Speakers

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Location: Schwab Auditorium

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times, a medical writer who specializes in stories detailing the costs of health care and won the 2014 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, will be featured in the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers. Her presentation is free and open to the public. 

Oct 29

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Speakers

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 9:45 am – 11:00 am

Location: HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium

Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for her stories about Secret Service lapses in presidential security, will be featured in the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Nov 7

College of Communications Open House 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center

Annual open house and information session focusing on College of Communications programs for prospective students. Session features the opportunity to hear from current students, meet faculty and staff and tour facilities.

Nov 10

“The Case For and Against Hillary Clinton”

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Author and journalist Rebecca Traister, who wrote "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women," will present a free public lecture, sponsored by the College of Communications in collaboration with the McCourtney Institute for Democracy in the Department of Communication, Arts and Sciences. The event is free and open to the public.

Nov 17
PSPA Regional

PSPA Regional

Location: Various

On-campus regional Student Journalism Competition for high schools school  students coordinated by the Pennsylvania School Press Association.

Nov 22 to Nov 28

Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes)

Dec 11

Fall Semester Classes End

Dec 14 to Dec 18

Fall Semester Final Exams

Dec 19

Fall Commencement 2015

Time: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Mar 18

Ad/PR Alumni Board Student Mentoring Program

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

Mar 18

JobExpo.Comm(unications) 2016

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center Alumni Hall

Annual communications-specific, on-campus job fair. 

Mar 19

Ad/PR Alumni Board Meeting

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

Apr 8

Success in the City 2016

Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Time Warner Center, New York City

Annual job fair specifically for Penn State communications students conducted in New York City.

Apr 8

Faculty/Staff Awards 2015-16

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: NIttany Lion Inn, Boardroom

Annual awards ceremony honoring College of Communications faculty and staff.

Apr 8

Films and Friends 2016

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Dolby Screening Room, New York City

Ninth annual "Films and Friends" film screening and networking event in New York City. The event offers the opportunity to network with other Penn State alumni in the film-video profession who work in and around New York City. 

Apr 19

Student Awards Program 2016

Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly room