News & Events

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Oct 24

AdClub: Sound Branding in Advertising

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Alumnus Joel Beckerman, an award-winning composer who has done music for TV advertising and for TV shows and events, will discuss the art of sound branding in advertising.

Oct 24

NBCUniversal Info Session

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Kern Auditorium (112 Kern Building)

Information session about internships and early career opportunities at NBCUniversal.

Oct 25

‘Spotlight’ Screening

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: State Theatre, Downtown

Screening of Academy Award-winning "Spotlight," followed by a question-and-answer session including Penn State alumnus Tom Ortenberg, an executive producer for the film and CEO of Open Road Films.

Oct 26

“The Role of Ethics in Sports”

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building

Joel Litvin, former president, league operations, for the NBA, will draw on his experience as a lawyer and his 27-year career in the league office for a discussion on sports ethics. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Roundtable on Sports and Society, which includes the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism in the College of Communications. The is free and open to the public.

Oct 27

“The First Amendment and Diversity and Inclusion”

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Panel discussion focusing on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and issues of diversity and inclusion. The event is free and open to the public. Hosted by Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Vice Provost for Educational Equity Marcus Whitehurst, the panel discussion is part of “All In at Penn State: A Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion,” an ongoing, University-wide initiative that brings students, faculty and staff together to show their commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment. Panelists include Robert D. Richards, the John and Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies in the College of Communications.

Oct 28
“The Promise and Peril of Political Humor as a Rhetorical Device”

“The Promise and Peril of Political Humor as a Rhetorical Device”

Lecture Series: Pockrass Memorial Lecture

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Dannagal G. Young, a leading political communication scholar, will present the fall 2016 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture titled “The Promise and Peril of Political Humor as a Rhetorical Device,” in a free public session sponsored by College of Communications and University Libraries. Young is an associate professor at the University of Delaware. Her research on the psychology and influence of political entertainment has been widely published, including articles in Columbia Journalism Review, Media Psychology, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics and Mass Communication and Society. Her talk will explore the content, categories and influence of political humor.  oung will present the results of recent experimental work that shows different rates of humor appreciation among liberals and conservatives, as mediated through personality traits known to correlate with ideology. She will address the role played by social media in stripping political satire of the context necessary to make sense of it in the way intended by the authors. The Pockrass Lecture was named after the late Professor Robert M. Pockrass, a member of Penn State's journalism faculty from 1948 to 1977. Pockrass, who specialized in public opinion and popular culture, served as the graduate officer and taught radio news writing.

Oct 29

Open House

Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Various Locations

Annual information session and open house for prospective students and their families interested in Penn State and the College of Communications. Visitors can meet faculty and students, tour state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about the many opportunities that exist in each of the five communications majors. More info, register online:

Nov 1
Guest Lecture: Carol Guzy

Guest Lecture: Carol Guzy

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Carol Guzy, a four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the Washington Post and native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will be speaking abour her career and her craft. Her presentation is organized by the Department of Journalism and sponsored by Nikon.

Nov 2

“The Business of Entertainment”

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Location: 358 Willard Building

Two speakers with different backgrounds -- Mike Bremer of the American Pavilion Worldwide Student Program at the Cannes International Film Festival and longtime entertainment industry executive Mark R. Lindsay -- will be featured as the combined presentation will focus on all facets of film and television production, inclucing distribution, finance and marketing, as well as how to get started in the industry. The session, of interest for students across many majors at Penn State, is free and open to the public. The session is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the College of Communications. 

Nov 7

AdClub: Digital Search Techniques

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Cinema

Jaime Kahn, a media manager at Performics, will discuss the daily job of a media planner and share insights into her career experience in digital search techniques.

Nov 9

Internship Information Session

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 160 Willard Building

Internship information session conducted by Office of Internships and Career Services. Open to students in all College of Communications majors.

Nov 13

Go Freelance!

Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Location: Various Locations (Carnegie Building, Willard Building)

A daylong series of activities, panels, speakers and workshops designed to give students skills and knowledge to start freelancing in analytics, coding, design, ediging, gaming, GIS, journalism, multimedia, photography, public relations, research, SEO, videography, writing and more! Event contucted as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Nov 15

Post-Election Panel

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center, Freeman Auditorium

A post-election panel featuring alumni panelists who have covered the presidential election, specifically Anna Orso of, Kevin Cirilli of Bloomberg News, Casey McDermott of New Hampshire Public Radio and Anna Orso of The session will be moderated by Russ Eshleman, head of the Department of Journalism. The session is free and open to the public.

Nov 21 to Nov 25

No Classes (Thanksgiving Break)

Nov 30

Curley Center Conversation

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Dec 6

Alumni Networking Event

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: KYW (Philadelphia)

Dec 9

Classes End (Fall Semester)

Dec 12 to Dec 16

Final Exams (Fall Semester)

Dec 17

Fall Commencement

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Jan 9

Classes Begin (Spring Semester)

Jan 16

No Classes (MLK Day)

Feb 23

Arthur W. Page Center Awards Dinner

Location: The Grand Hyatt, New York City

The Arthur W. Page Center begins an annual award series that will honor public relations professionals and journalists who demonstrate the highest levels of ethics and integrity in their craft. The awards will be presented at a celebratory dinner in New York City. Event and ticket information will be available soon on the Page Center website

Mar 6 to Mar 10

Spring Break 2016

Mar 24


Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall

On-campus job fair and internship information session conducted by the College of Communications. Open to students in all majors.

Apr 7

Success in the City 2017

Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Time Warner Building

College of Communications-specific job fair on location in New York City. 

Apr 7

Films and Friends 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Dolby Screening Room

Tenth 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 14

College Awards Ceremony

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom

College-wide awards and recognition ceremony for faculty and staff.

Apr 28

Classes End (Spring Semester)

May 1 to May 5

Final Exams (Spring Semester)