To spread the message that exercise is medicine every day and not just during EiM week, event organizers have invited university clubs and organizations focused on fitness and healthy lifestyles to share their resources and information throughout the week. Students will also participate in a fitness challenge against Michigan State University and have an opportunity to attend a free yoga session on Old Main lawn.
As an “alumni ambassador” for Penn State Global Programs and chair of the Graduate School Alumni Society’s Global Outreach Committee, Amit Das is casting an indelible imprint of his volunteer service throughout the University and around the world.
The “Putt, Chip and Dip” event at the Penn State Golf Course was the result of a collaboration between hospitality management and PGA golf management programs to provide students with an opportunity to try out the skills they learned in the classroom. The goal was to prepare students for upcoming internships and jobs in their fields of study.
It’s not everyday that college students stand in front of corporate executives and pitch a detailed plan to improve an aspect of an already successful business. However, Penn State students often have such real-world opportunities, including those enrolled in Resort Recreation Practicum in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management.
Students studying recreation, park, and tourism management at Penn State spent a week in Orlando this fall, but not as a vacation; instead it was to gain real world, hands-on experience in resort management. The Resort Recreation Practicum, offered for the first time this fall, provided students with hands-on exposure to resort recreation management at a major tourism destination.
The Fall Harvest Festival and Children’s Halloween Trail at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25. About 1,500 visitors are expected to attend the free annual festival, which features pumpkin carving, games, live music, storytelling, face painting, food and animal programs.
Teaching massive open online courses (MOOCs) has helped some Penn State University Park faculty members take their teaching to a new level of engagement, which has directly benefited students in their resident courses.
Penn State will host the 16th annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference — “Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact” — from Sept. 29-30 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. The international conference will welcome approximately 400 leaders — faculty, administrators, staff, community members and select students — of engaged scholarship.
Penn State students are collaborating with students from Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham University to map trails that will connect community assets in 18 neighborhoods on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State is celebrating 50 years of helping businesses across the commonwealth become more competitive and sustainable. PennTAP has provided no-cost technical assistance and energy saving programs to businesses in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties since 1965. This federal-state-university partnership was originally one of the first of its kind in the nation. Legislators, PennTAP clients and staff will celebrate the milestone at a reception on June 2 at The Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.
PennTAP’s Advanced Information Technology Solutions team, with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, has been able to offer a student internship program since 2011 that places students in paid positions with businesses around the state.
Penn State student Yixin Sun’s life changed when she began working with the University's Humanitarian Engineering Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program last year. The program opened her eyes to what social entrepreneurship could accomplish, and it also helped put her daily life into perspective. Today hundreds of students, about half of whom are engineering students, work with community partners to identify challenges and develop solutions through HESE.