Event Calendar

August 2018
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August 20

Fall Semester Classes Begin

August 20

Curley Center Info Session

John Affleck

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: 158 Willard Building

Start-of-semester information session about activities, opportunities and upcoming campus visitors coordinated by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism during the fall semester. Get an update about the highlights of the semester, and pick up some Curley Center swag and some snacks. 

August 22

Penn State Involvement Fair

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: HUB-Robeson Cener Lawn

The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at Penn State. Student organizations set up displays and have members on site talk to visitors one on one about what their organization does on campus. There are more than 1,000 student organizations to choose from. Wondering where to start? Start at the Involvement Fair!

Website: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/involvement-student-life/get-involved/involvement-fair

August 23

Faculty Meeting

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Faculty Staff Club, Nittany Lion Inn

Start-of-the-semester meeting for faculty members in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.

August 28

Bellisario College Involvement Fair

Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Information session about Bellisario College and communications-related activities, clubs and organizations on campus. Free event provides opportunity for students to get information about gettig involved on campus.

August 29

All-Staff Breakfast

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Location: Alumni Lounge, Nittany Lion Inn

August 29

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social

Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Building Front Lawn

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social for all students, faculty and staff in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

September 18

“How Do We Find Our Best Selves in Digital Media”

Patrick Plaisance

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: 121 Sparks Building

Patrick Plaisance, the Don Davis Professor of Ethics, presents the First-Year Lecture in Communications titled "How Do We Find Our Best Selves in Digital Media."

September 21 to September 23

Black Alumni Reunion

Special event coordinated by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Website: https://directory.alumni.psu.edu/s/1218/16/interior.aspx?sid=1218&gid=4&pgid=4967&cid=26851&ecid=26851&crid=0&calpgid=3346&calci

September 23 to September 24

Alumni Society Board Meeting, Fall 2018

Location: Various Locations

Board meeting, mentoring program and awards luncheon.

September 25

SciComm Speaker Series: Sharon Dunwoody

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Dr. Sharon Dunwoody is an expert on the public understanding of science, particularly the role of science, environment and health messages in mass media. She is a professor emeritus of journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The research areas she focuses on include science literacy, risk communication, scientist-journalist interactions and environmental communication. Check the Science Communication Program soon for more information about the talk.

September 26

“Guardrails of Democracy”

David Frum

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Sutliff Auditorium, Katz Building

David Frum, senior editor of The Atlantic, former speechwriter for George W. Bush and the author of "Trumpocracy," will present a free public lecture. The session is sponsored by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State.

October 2

Guest Lecture: Steven Rich

Steven Rich

Location: Kern Auditorium (112 Kern Building)

TIME OF EVENT TO BE ANNOUNCED Journalism-focused guest lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Rich, database editor for the investigations unit at The Washington Post. He has worked on investigations across virtually every beat at The Post, including stories on civil forfeiture, college athletics, the National Security Agency, policing, and school shootings. His work has been part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts (national reporting, 2016; public service, 2014) and he has also earned a Peabody Award (2017), and two Polk Awards (2016, 2015) in the past four years. His work has also been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the American Society of News Editors, among others. He is a member of the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors. The session is free and open to the public.

October 3

Sports Gambling Panel Discussion

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: 121 Sparks Building

Session featuring experts from Sports Business Journal, The Associated Press and more, coordinated by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Session is free and open to the public.

October 6

Open House

Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

A combination of information sessions, panels and hands-on experiences, provides prospective students with a look at the numerous opportunities -- in the classroom and far beyond -- that make the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications special.

Website: https://bellisario.psu.edu/about/open-house

October 7 to October 13

Homecoming 2018

Homecoming Week, featuring a carnival, concert, parade (Oct. 12), football game vs. Michigan State (Oct. 13) and much more.

Website: https://homecoming.psu.edu/

October 14

Donor Dinner

Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

Special event recognizing those who support the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Alumni and Student Showcase at 4 p.m., followed by a reception (5 p.m.), dinner (6 p.m.) and a dessert reception (7:30 p.m.).

October 18

Screening “Shock and Awe”

Location: State Theatre, Downtown

Free public screening -- with panel discussion to follow -- of "Shock and Awe," the Rob Reiner-produced film that follows the reporting of a team of journalists who examined the agruments about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by then-president George W. Bush. The movie stars Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden and Reiner. The real-life reportes depicted in the film will be on hand to participate in the panel discussion. Start time for scrrening and discussion TBA

October 24

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Location: Schwab Auditorium

Free public session featuring award-winning journalist as part of annual Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers.

October 25

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Doug Blackmon

Lecture Series: Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 10:35 am – 11:50 am

Location: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Free public session featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Blackmon as part of the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers.

November 8 to November 9

Sports Labor Conference

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

November 19 to November 23

Thanksgiving Break

Time: 10:00 am All Day

December 7

Fall Semester Classes End

December 15

Fall Commencement

Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Undergraduate commencement exercises.

Website: http://www.commencement.psu.edu/

January 7

Spring Semester Classes Begin

March 4 to March 8

Spring Break

March 15

JobExpo.Comm 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Annual on-campus internship and job fair conducted by the Donald P. Bellisairo College of Communications.

March 18 to March 19

Student Sports Business Conference

Location: Nittany Lion Inn

March 31 to April 1

Alumni Society Board Meeting, Spring 2019

Board meeting, mentoring program and awards luncheon.

April 6 to April 7

Penn State Powwow

Location: Mt. Nittany Middle School

The 15th annual Penn State Powwow will be conducted at Mount Nittany Middle School. The event is free and open to the public. A traditonal American Indian powwow is a contemporary social gathering and celebration of community featuring American Indian drum music and songs, Native American dance, and Native American foods, as well as American Indian vendors showing and selling their arts and crafts. This powwow is recognized as one of the finest family friendly events available in the State College Area.

April 26

Spring Semester Classes End

May 4

Spring Commencement

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Undergraduate commencement exercises.

Website: http://www.commencement.psu.edu/