Paul Shrivastava, recently the executive director of Future Earth, a global environmental change research program, as well as a prominent researcher in the fields of sustainability, risk and crisis management, has been named the university’s chief sustainability officer and director of the Penn State Sustainability Institute.
In 1971, the Shah of Iran celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing an extravagant party that would mark the break between the Shah and the people of Iran he reigned over. The documentary “Decadence and Downfall – The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party” will be shown as part of the “Docunight: Iran via Documentaries” series at 7 p.m. on May 3.
Nicole Kirchner, of Birchrunville, Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Taylor, of Erie, Pennsylvania, have been named student marshals for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' spring 2017 commencement. The ceremony will be held April 5 at Pegula Ice Arena on Penn State's University Park campus.
The Lion Ambassadors will honor the senior class with its annual Senior Sendoff from noon to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center at University Park. Seniors will have the opportunity to connect with various alumni interest groups underneath the Penn State Alumni Association, as well as enjoy free food, activities and entertainment.
Attendees at Technology Expo 2017, a free, public event set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8 in President’s Hall at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, can try out many of today’s newest high-end technology products for educational and commercial use, and speak with representatives in the vendor showcase. Penn State instructional support staff and faculty from all campuses are encouraged to attend, as well as local facility and technology managers.
A collaborative effort by multiple Penn State departments and external contractors resulted in the successful move of a commemorative tree in the East Halls residential complex. The entire process to move the tree from its former site to its new one took two days.
This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.