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Virtual Parents & Families Weekend at University Park Campus

October 2-4, 2020

Parents and Families Weekend
Event Schedule

All events are virtual and free. No registration needed. 

Friday, October 2: Live Events 

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Tour, Introduction and Q&A

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Tour, Introduction and Q&A 
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm  
Virtually visit the only research reactor in PA. Learn about the reactor and how radiation is used in our everyday lives. Find out how we solve mysteries of the past and research nuclear applications for the future.  The webinar will provide time for Q&A at the end. 

Air Force ROTC Update for Parents

Air Force ROTC Update for Parents 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
This session is hosted by our Detachment Commander, Colonel Havird, and during the session Col Havird will update parents on FA 20 events and student success as well as have a Q&A session for parents. 

Arts and Architecture Showcase Premiere

Arts and Architecture Showcase Premiere 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
This event will showcase the ways students in all seven academic units are engaged in learning within performance, design, and visual art settings.  During the premiere event chat will be monitored, after the event the showcase will continue to run asynchronously. 

University Police and Public Safety “Who We Are and What We Do” Zoom Session

University Police and Public Safety “Who We Are and What We Do” Zoom Session 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
An in-depth look at University Police and Public Safety, including the programs and services available to students. 

 

College of Education Advising and Certification Center Open Forum 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

College of Education Advising and Certification Center Open Forum 
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  
Join College of Education academic advisors anytime between 3:00 – 5:00pm to learn about the academic programs and unique engagement opportunities the College of Education provides. 

Division of Undergraduate Studies Open House

Division of Undergraduate Studies Open House 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
Join us for a short presentation from our Executive Director and Associate Dean for Advising about the ways that the Division of Undergraduate Studies actively engages and supports students in finding meaningful academic pathways.  Additionally, we will have other staff present to provide an overview of some of our programs.  Following the presentations, we will host an interactive Q&A. 

College of Engineering Presentation: Inspiring Change, Impacting Tomorrow

College of Engineering Presentation:  Inspiring Change, Impacting Tomorrow 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Join the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, Dr. Justin Schwartz; Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tonya Peeples; Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs, Dr. Christine Masters; and two student leaders for a panel that will discuss how the college empowers students to find their inspiration and prepare to make an impact in the world through curricular and cocurricular experiences such as study abroad, cooperative education, and undergraduate research. Dean Schwartz will also give a brief presentation on the College of Engineering facilities master plan.  

 

Experience Hospitality

Experience Hospitality 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
Prospective and current Hospitality Management students and their families are invited to experience our #PennStateHMStrong hospitality. 

Schreyer Honors College Teatime with Dean Peggy A. Johnson

Schreyer Honors College Teatime with Dean Peggy A. Johnson 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  
Grab your favorite tea and baked good and join us for Teatime with Dean Peggy A. Johnson. Listen to a brief update from the Dean and several other members of the Schreyer Honors College staff, as well as parent volunteers, followed by a moderated Q&A.   

Eberly College of Science Virtual Open House

Eberly College of Science Virtual Open House 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Where will science take you? Science in-and-beyond the classroom. Explore the many ways science educational experiences are enhanced, with new opportunities in and beyond the classroom. Engage with the science community of faculty, staff, and students. 

 

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor TRIVIA Game

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor TRIVIA Game  
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm 
Join us for a live trivia event with questions and information about radiation and the Penn State Reactor. 

Trivia Night with the College of Agricultural Sciences (Penn State's First College!)

Trivia Night with the College of Agricultural Sciences (Penn State's First College!) 
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm  
Join faculty, staff, students and alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences for a fun night of trivia based on Penn State's first academic college! Prizes will be sent out to our winners! 

Penn State Hillel: Virtual Parents and Families Shabbat

Virtual Parents and Families Shabbat 
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  
Penn State Hillel is hosting virtual Shabbat services for the students and families of Penn State. Please join us at 5:30 pm for services, followed by a virtual BYOB (bring your own beverage) gathering for parents and family members 21+. We look forward to seeing you there.  

 

Real-Life Writing: How the Writing Center Prepares Students for Success

Real-Life Writing: How the Writing Center Prepares Students for Success 
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  
Penn State Learning’s writing center offers one-on-one tutoring in a variety of writing skills for the classroom and for life beyond. Come participate in our experiential workshop to learn more about writing center services and staff, and to sample how the Writing Center can help students succeed here and elsewhere. 

Parents and Families Weekend Welcome

Parents and Families Weekend Welcome  
7:30 – 8:00 pm  
Are you ready for fun and games? Join us for the official welcome to the 2020 Parents and Families Weekend. Get ready to begin the Family Trivia Challenge. Learn about how to get involved as a parent. And, watch for your photos on the Then and Now video. 

Saturday, October 3: Live Events  

Making the Most of Your College of Education Student Experience

Making the Most of Your College of Education Student Experience 
10:00 am – 11:00 am  
Current College of Education students will share information about various programs and organizations, and recent alumni will discuss their professional paths after graduating with a degree from the college. 

Bellisario College of Communications: From Campus to Careers

Bellisario College of Communications: From Campus to Careers
10:00 am – 11:30 am  
Join the college's Internship and Career Services Office for a virtual presentation! You will learn about the 3-C approach to navigating the transition from student to professional, and you'll also hear about exciting internship opportunities students have. 

Health and Human Development Virtual College Fair

Health and Human Development (HHD) Virtual College Fair 
10:00 am – 11:30 am  
Health and Human Development will host a Virtual College Fair, where students and parents can connect with the different ways we engage students. Visitors can choose to visit several different Zoom rooms where they will find first-year advisers, departmental major advisers, as well as individuals available to discuss Research Opportunities, Career Development, Global Engagement, and more. 

College of Information Sciences and Technology Parents and Family Event

College of Information Sciences and Technology Parents and Family Event 
10:00 am – 11:30 am   
Opportunity for parents and families to learn more about IST majors and programming and to hear from distinguished IST faculty and leadership. 

 

Nursing Our World to Health

Nursing Our World to Health 
10:00 am – 11:30 am 
Join the College of Nursing as we celebrate our students and Year of the Nurse.  We will host a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art simulation lab, discussions with our alumni about what it’s like to be a nurse during a pandemic, and demonstrate our appreciation for the next generation of nurse leaders as they embark on their exceptional life path. 

Penn State Smeal College of Business Parents and Families Weekend

Penn State Smeal College of Business Parents and Families Weekend 
10:00 – 10:15: Welcome and Introduction

10:15 – 10:45: Smeal Entrance to Major Presentation

10:45 – 11:00: Question and Answer (open-ended)

11:00 – 11:30: Smeal Office of International Programs Presentation

11:30 – 12:00: Smeal Student Mentor and Academic Adviser Q&A Panel

 

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences: The Ryan Family Student Center Virtual Open House

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences: The Ryan Family Student Center Virtual Open House 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  
Come learn what makes the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) unique. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students.  EMS Ambassadors will discuss their engagement experiences such as internships, study abroad and research.   

Braezeale Nuclear Reactor Tour Introduction with Q&A

Braezeale Nuclear Reactor Tour Introduction with Q&A 
11:30 am – 12:15 pm  
Virtually visit the only research reactor in PA. Learn about the reactor and how radiation is used in our everyday lives. Find out how we solve mysteries of the past and research nuclear applications for the future.  

What do nuclear engineers do?

What do nuclear engineers do? 
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm  
Introduction to nuclear engineering followed by small group meeting with nuclear engineering students to learn about the major and the types of job opportunities. 

Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science: The Penn State Campus Weather Service

Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science: The Penn State Campus Weather Service 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  
Join the Campus Weather Service executives in the Joel N. Myers Weather Center as they talk about their roles within the Campus Weather Service, their career aspirations, and show examples of of their work. 

Study Abroad 101 for Parents & Families

Study Abroad 101 for Parents & Families 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  
The Education Abroad staff will provide an overview of education abroad programs at Penn State, the steps to study abroad, and resources for students interested in studying abroad. A question and answer session with a panel of students who have studied abroad will follow. 

THON 2021 Informational Session

THON 2021 Informational Session 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Join our session to learn more about the world's largest student-run philanthropy and how you, as a Penn State Parent or Family, can get involved! 

Let’s Talk Money with the Financial Literacy Ambassadors!

Let’s Talk Money with the Financial Literacy Ambassadors! 
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 Penn State’s Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center is hosting an interactive student panel to discuss the importance of financial literacy in college and raise an awareness of resources available to students. Our panel of Financial Literacy Ambassadors will highlight free resources offered by the Center, navigating finances while in college, maximizing the college experience while minimizing student loan debt, and their own tips to achieving financial wellbeing. 

 

Creating Community: The Penn State Family

Creating Community: The Penn State Family 
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm  
How do universities create community? Engage students? Meet four incredible Penn Staters as they share their experiences in the “Ted-talk style” event.

Multicultural Resource Center Open House

Multicultural Resource Center Open House 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Students and families are invited to participate in an interactive virtual presentation by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) counselors to learn about our services. MRC provides individual college counseling and educational services for undergraduate students who self-identify as African/Black American, Hispanic/Latinx American, Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, and/or American Indian.  MRC counselors work with students on a variety of topics to help them succeed and graduate from Penn State. For more information, visit www.equity.psu.edu/mrc/ or contact us at 814-865-1773. 

 

Penn State Traditions

Penn State Traditions 
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  
For the Glory. Raise the Song. White Out. The Creamery. We invite you to join us in learning about Penn State traditions, get a glimpse at the All Sports Museum located in Beaver Stadium, and hear from a few special guests.  

Penn State Trivia Night with the Lion Ambassadors

Penn State Trivia Night with the Lion Ambassadors 
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  
Join the Lion Ambassadors for an evening of Penn State themed trivia. Enjoy this fun night learning about Penn State history and tradition. 

 

AstroNight

AstroNight  
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm  
Event details to be provided soon.  

Sunday, October 4: Live Events 

Coffee Chat with Students and Faculty

Coffee Chat with Students and Faculty 
10:00 am – 11:00 am 
We’ve invited two students to join us along with one of their professors to talk about issues that are important to students. Time for Q&A at the end.

Penn State Hillel: Virtual Parents and Families Get Together Over Brunch

Penn State Hillel: Virtual Parents and Families Get Together Over Brunch 
11:00 am – 1:00 pm  
Bring your brunch or a snack that represents where you are from to eat virtually with other Jewish parents and families to meet each other and a special guest or two! 

Housing Session

Housing Session 
11:30 am – 12:30 pm  
Details to be provided soon.

Overview of Penn State Career Services

Overview of Penn State Career Services 
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  
Join Penn State Career Services for a brief overview of all the services we have to offer to help your Penn State student succeed at Penn State and beyond.  We will discuss both our in-person and virtual services offered to students, so that we can support them wherever they are.  From our career counseling and mock interviewing opportunities, to networking and career fair events, come learn all that Penn State Career Services has to offer! 

Discover the Palmer Museum of Art

Discover the Palmer Museum of Art 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  
Join museum staff, graduate assistants, and interns for an introduction to the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State's premiere visual arts resource for students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Discover the rich and varied ways that students work and learn at the museum, and enjoy a glimpse of the galleries, an introduction to the various collection areas, and an in-depth look at a few selected works of art.  Link to join: https://psu.zoom.us/j/98539154325 

Pre-recorded events that will be available throughout the weekend

College of the Liberal Arts

College of the Liberal Arts 
Event details to be provided. 

The Cornerstone is Missing! A University Libraries Escape Room Caper

The Cornerstone is Missing! A University Libraries Escape Room Caper 

The cornerstone of Old Main is missing. Dismayed at the lack of appreciation for all his great grandfather has done for Penn State, Fred Lewis Pattee IV has taken it. He will only return it to the person or persons who can successfully find the clues, proving their appreciation of his great-grandfather and what he meant to the history of the university. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Locate the clues in Fred's office and use the Libraries' webpage to find the answers that will unlock the missing cornerstone. 

Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies

Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies 

During the presentation and "Q and A" session a faculty member and academic advisor will provide an overview of the curriculum and training provided by the Human Development and Family Studies Department. Topics include the sequence of courses, the department's emphasis on substantive knowledge and applied skills, and career pathways. 

Palmer Museum Virtual Tour: Who Am I? Art and Identity

Palmer Museum Virtual Tour: Who Am I? Art and Identity 

This self-directed, interactive, online tour features a selection of objects from diverse areas of the museum's collection, related through a common exploration of personal or cultural identity. Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. 

 

Penn State Family Virtual 5k

Penn State Family Virtual 5k 
Participate in a virtual 5k during the weekend of Oct 2-4.  Students will enter their families via imleagues for an official count of participants.  We encourage families to pick a date that they can run together virtually, then submit their pictures to imsports@psu.edu.  Families should be dressed in their blue and white, to show Penn State Pride. 

 

Shaping leaders: What is Health Policy and Administration?

Shaping leaders: What is Health Policy and Administration? 

Whether you are a family member of a first year or transfer student, or looking to learn more about what it is that students in the major do, Health Policy and Administration faculty and staff will share the opportunities and resources available that we use to educate the next generation of health care administrators. Our pre-recorded sessions will give you a glimpse into the opportunities available to our students. From internships, to earning both your bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, and more. Learn about the wide variety of information and resources that will make your student’s experience unique and rewarding in HPA. 

Sharing our PRIDE: Learn about the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Sharing our PRIDE: Learn about the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 

Virtually meet the staff from the Penn State Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Through pre-recorded clips, learn more about how students can get involved, find support, and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion both during and after their journey at Penn State! 

 

Society of Physics Students Present: Secret Agents vs The COVID Aliens

Society of Physics Students Present: Secret Agents vs The COVID Aliens 

Three secret agents must learn the secrets of how to protect earth from the new COVID aliens. Join our heroes on this dangerous adventure as they use physics to obtain the secret and save our world! 

 

Sorority and Fraternity Parents and Families Information Session

Sorority and Fraternity Parents and Families Information Session 

Parents and Families will be provided with an overview of the Fraternity and Sorority Community at Penn State as well as community safety initiatives, membership develop opportunities, and tips on how to support their student as they pursue an interest in joining or if they are in the process of joining a sorority or fraternity. 

Virtual Tour of Penn State Breazeale Nuclear Reactor

Virtual Tour of Penn State Breazeale Nuclear Reactor 

Take a virtual tour of the Penn State Reactor, celebrating 65 years of nuclear research.  Learn about radiation, nuclear energy, radioactive isotope production, space radiation, and other research projects to improve our future.   

Virtual Fitness Classes

Virtual Fitness Classes 

Join your student for one of these short fitness class designed especially for families who are separated by distance and are viewing virtually. Ask your student to join you in their space while you workout at home. It will be the most fun you've had working out together. Our certified student Instructors use popular music to create fun, do-able moves that make you work hard without even noticing. No experience necessary. Just a pair of athletic shoes and a good attitude. Choose from four of our most popular offerings.  Links to be provided soon. 

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