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This year, some folks in southeastern Pennsylvania are wondering if their favorite evergreen tree might also bring with it a not-so-festive ornament — a spotted lanternfly egg mass. Real Christmas tree traditionalists need not worry, however, according to a Penn State Extension educator.
On Nov. 15, Penn State Provost Nick Jones will host a Town Hall meeting for the University community to discuss the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, “Our Commitment to Impact.” The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. It will also be livestreamed at LiveEvents.psu.edu for community members at all Penn State campuses to view. Jones will be joined by Marie Hardin, dean of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications; Stephanie Lanza, director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center; and Kevin Snider, chancellor of Penn State New Kensington, who as a panel will discuss the Strategic Plan and take the community’s questions related to the plan and its priorities.
Penn State community members, including faculty, staff and students, are invited to submit ideas for pilot projects that are aimed at supporting the University’s Strategic Plan to advance innovation, research, learning and engagement at the University and beyond. Proposals for the fourth cycle of RFP submissions for the Strategic Plan seed grants are due by Jan. 31, 2019. The application portal will open on Nov. 5.
Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that it will not sell any additional single-game parking permits in advance of the Nov. 10 Wisconsin football game in Beaver Stadium.
The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold its next public meeting Nov. 8-9 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center at University Park. The meeting will be streamed live online at http://wpsu.org/trustees/.
Open enrollment has officially started. Employees are encouraged to learn about their benefits options for 2019 and must complete open enrollment by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
Penn State student innovators and community entrepreneurs are invited to explore their potential by connecting with collaborators, mentors and investors during Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State, presented by the Penn State Small Business Development Center, Nov. 6–15.
As part of the Penn State Humanities Institute’s mission to publicize the social relevance of humanities scholarship, the institute created HumIn Focus, an educational web series that asks scholars to reflect on the ideas lying behind pressing social issues. The first episode on Confederate monuments and public memory is currently available to watch, and a second episode is expected in the spring of 2019.
The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the launch of a new program to support increased usage of shared core facilities and services by faculty at the Commonwealth Campuses. The Commonwealth Campuses Research Collaboration Development Program expects to provide 20 awards of up to $10,000 in 2018.
Kenya Mann Faulkner, managing director for business intelligence and investigations at Kroll, a global risk management firm, has been named chief ethics and compliance officer at Penn State. Faulkner — an attorney with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, government and criminal justice — will begin her new role at the University on Dec. 3.
Penn State Hillel and Chabad of Penn State will hold a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. today (Oct. 29) in front of Old Main on the University Park campus to honor the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. The vigil will be livestreamed by WPSU to all Penn State campuses at http://wpsu.org/event/ to show unity and provide support.
Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Penn State, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2019, after a 22-year career at the University. A national search will begin immediately to identify his successor.
Penn State President Eric J. Barron has been named to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an independent body focused on promoting reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports.
Penn State Hillel and Chabad of Penn State have issued a statement in the wake of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. A candlelight vigil is set for 7 p.m., Oct. 29 in front of Old Main.
As members of the Penn State community have express concerns about the national climate for transgender individuals, the University remains unconditionally focused on preserving an atmosphere free from discrimination and violence for everyone on campus.
University resources are available to Penn State faculty, staff and students impacted by the shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Oct. 27.
College of Education Dean David H. Monk and his wife, Pam, assistant teaching professor of journalism in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, are supporting efforts by the greater Penn State community to learn more about the power of the story and its role in today’s world through a $1.5 million estate gift commitment.
David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education, today (Oct. 26) announced his plans to step down as dean on June 30, 2019. The University will immediately launch a national search for the next dean of the college.
The second University-wide survey of students to gain an understanding of their perceptions, experiences and knowledge of resources related to sexual assault and sexual harassment is being launched by the Penn State Student Affairs Research and Assessment Office. The results will help guide the University’s ongoing efforts to curb sexual misconduct.
Penn State Centre Stage presents "Clybourne Park," by Bruce Norris, Nov. 6–15 at the Penn State Playhouse Theatre. A spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," this razor-sharp satire takes a jab at race relations, gender roles, and inclusion in a fictional Chicago neighborhood.
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