College Announcements: Oct. 17, 2018

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College of Education program nominated for Senior Class Gift

The college's WorkLink program has been nominated for the 2019 Senior Class Gift. The program, headed by Wendy Coduti and Allison Flemming, assistant professors of education (rehabilitation and human services), will provide postsecondary academic and career preparation experiences for students with intellectual disabilities.

If selected as the senior class gift, a fundraising campaign will be established to raise money for the WorkLink program. If a minimum of $50,000 is raised, an endowed scholarship will be created.

Voting for the class gift closes Friday, Oct. 19, and only undergraduate seniors are eligible to vote. To vote, students can visit or text CLASSGIFT to 51555.

Diversity conference organizers seek student feedback

Organizers of the annual Diversity in Education conference are seeking student input in the planning of the 2019 conference, which will be held in January. Students are asked to indicate if they would prefer a full-day or half-day conference. In previous years, the conference has followed a half-day agenda.

The full-day option would provide six one-hour sessions, lunch and a keynote speaker. The half-day option would provide six speakers, with two sessions held each hour, and a keynote speaker. Students would have to pick which sessions they wish to attend and would not be able to attend all sessions.

Students also are asked to select topics they would like to learn more about at the conference. Topics include gender issues, social justice in education, race/ethnicity, and foster/adopted children and blended families, among others. Students also may write in their own topic suggestions.

Students should visit no later than Thursday, Nov. 1, to submit feedback.

Food drive to support The Lion's Pantry

The College of Education is hosting a charity fundraiser food drive to benefit the Penn State student food pantry. The Lion's Pantry was created to address the issue of student hunger at the University Park campus and is open to all current Penn State students, both undergraduate and graduate.

Drop-off stations have been set up in each of the college's buildings. They are:

  • 125 and 324 CEDAR Building
  • 123 and 244 Chambers Building
  • 301 Keller Building
  • 300 Rackley Building

Donations of snack items such as granola bars, trail mix, chips and crackers will be collected until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. For more information, contact drive coordinators Susan Bass ( and Linda Oishi (

DCEC meet and greet scheduled for Oct. 31

The college's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) will host a meet-and-greet event for faculty, staff and graduate students from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 31 in the fourth-floor suite of Rackley Building. Coffee and treats will be provided.

Housing Fair to be held Oct. 21 at University Park

Penn State's Office of Off-Campus Student Support, a unit of Student Affairs, will hold the fall 2018 edition of the Off-Campus Housing Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park. For more information, visit

President's Office Open House scheduled for Oct. 19

The President's Office Open House will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in Old Main on Penn State's University Park campus. The annual open house is open to faculty, staff, students and the public.

Visitors can tour the President’s Office suite, view the Land-Grant Frescoes, and visit the Old Main bell tower. Lion Ambassadors will guide visitors while they enjoy the beauty, history and tradition of Old Main.

If you have an announcement you would like to share with the College of Education, send it via email to Submissions must include a contact name and telephone number so that Connections can verify the information.

Last Updated October 24, 2018