News & Events

 
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Sep 3
Internship Information Session

Internship Information Session

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: 262 Willard Building

Find out about internship opportunities coordinated by the College of Communications, and how the internship process works.

Sep 4

“Internships and You, the Graduate Student”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Communications Colloquium, presented by Bob Martin, assistant dean for internships and career placement, focuses on internship opportunities and how they apply to graduate students.

Sep 8

AdClub: Grey Advertising Event

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Jake Herman ('13), assistant account executive at Grey Advertising in New York City, will discuss the day-to-day duties of an account executive at one of the largest ad agency brands in the world.

Sep 11

“More is Less: Global Warming News Values on Fox Compared to Other U.S. Broadcast News Outlets”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Lee Ahern, associate professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Sep 12 to Sep 14

Black Alumni Reunion

Location: Various Locations

Coordinated by Penn State Alumni Association.

Sep 12
Ice Cream Reception

Ice Cream Reception

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Building Lawn

Special welcome back event for College of Communications students, faculty and staff featuring Berkey Creamery ice cream. Event sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, with representatives from student organizations available.

Sep 15

AdClub: Mullen Recruitment Event

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Mullen Pittsburgh's president and executive creative director, Brian Bronaugh ('83), will bring a crew of Mullen staffers to campus to talk about each of their individual job duties and their specific departments. This will be a great event to give students some insight into how the various departments work together within a typical ad agency, as well as to find out about the culture at Mullen and future internship and career opportunities in the agency's Pittsburgh office.

Sep 18

Research on Social Media

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Bu Zhong, associate professor in the Department of Jouarnalism, presents the Communications Colloquium.

Sep 18

Donor and Scholarship Recognition Dinner

Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

Sep 24

Faculty Meeting

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: NIttany Lion Inn

Start-of-semester meeting for all College of Communications faculty members.

Sep 25

“Research on Meaningfulness and Media”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Distinguished Professor Mary Beth Oliver of the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies presents the Communications Colloquium.

Sep 25

Curley Center Conversation

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

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.

Sep 29

AdClub: Creative Panel

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

The return of AdClub's popular Creative Panel will feature a group of Penn State alumni working in various creative jobs around the country and will include advertising art directors, advertising copywriters, graphic designers and creative directors. Panelists include: Melanie DiCaro ('12), junior designer, Lightstream Group (Phildelphia); Taylor Wenner ('13), junior designer, Brian Communications (Philadelphia); Andrea Tinkoff ('13), designer/media planner, Harmelin Media (Philadelphia); and Becky Kitlan ('07), digital art director, AKQA (New York City).

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

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 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

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

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 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 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 Representative: 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

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: HUB Robeson Center Auditorium

Oct 23

“Successful Research Using Your Library … and Librarian”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Jeff Knap, 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.

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

“Research on Responses to ICTs”

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Location: 3 Carnegie Building

Distinguished Professor S. Shyam Sundar presents the Communications Colloquium.

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

“Research on Social Media in 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 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 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.