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Friday, April 24, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Penn State planning to freeze 2020-21 tuition to help ease COVID-19 hardships

TOP STORIES:
-- Students encouraged to increase cybersecurity measures
-- New students and their families to participate in virtual orientation experience
-- Night of Remembrance vigil postponed

STORIES:
-- Student submits entry for 'Get Out the Count' video challenge
-- Penn State recognized as sustainability leader in global impact ranking
-- Behrend historians say COVID-19 diaries might be useful to future researchers
-- Penn State Homecoming unveils 2020 logo

OPPORTUNITIES:
-- Student Engagement Network announces Remote Innovation Grants for summer 2020
-- Penn State police to hold public safety programs via Zoom
-- School of Public Policy to host virtual events for prospective graduate students
-- Collegiate Recovery Community continues providing support virtually
-- McCourtney Institute for Democracy launches virtual book club
-- Breastfeeding classes are now available through Zoom

PENN STATERS:
-- Virtual Undergraduate Exhibition brings together nearly 200 students
-- Sokolov-Miller Family Center teaches students 'how to live'
-- Graphic design students bring senior showcase to social media
-- Acoustics professor brings humor and creativity to virtual sessions

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Penn State planning to freeze 2020-21 tuition to help ease COVID-19 hardships
Due to the economic challenges facing Pennsylvania and the nation, Penn State President Eric J. Barron announced plans on April 23 to freeze tuition rates for all students University-wide for the 2020-21 academic year. The plan, which will be presented to the University's Board of Trustees for final approval at its July meeting, would mark the third consecutive year that Penn State has held tuition rates flat for Pennsylvania resident students.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/qxykbYrw

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TOP STORIES:

Students encouraged to increase cybersecurity measures
The Office of Information Security at Penn State encourages students to protect their personal information by increasing cybersecurity measures. Doing so will also help keep important University information and systems secure.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gMLTW_BY
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New students and their families to participate in virtual orientation experience
This summer's orientation programs, designed for incoming first-year and transfer students across all campuses, will be delivered virtually due to the continued need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QjFfJzyb
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Night of Remembrance vigil postponed
The annual Night of Remembrance vigil, held each spring semester to honor and remember students who passed away during the past academic year, has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The candlelight service will be rescheduled for a later date when it can be held on campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Wzndf89G

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STORIES:

Student submits entry for 'Get Out the Count' video challenge
A rising Penn State senior has submitted a video to a national contest promoting the 2020 Census, which includes several other Penn State students and University President Eric Barron.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HKZTHqpX
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Penn State recognized as sustainability leader in global impact ranking
Penn State was ranked third in the U.S. and 35th in the world in a broad multidimensional assessment of a university's research, community outreach and education and campus operations through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

https://news.psu.edu/link/86P35p1W
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Behrend historians say COVID-19 diaries might be useful to future researchers
We're living through a moment that will be written about in history books. Personal journals, blogs and oral histories could help shape the narrative, according to historians at Penn State Behrend.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JF8pcJz6
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Penn State Homecoming unveils 2020 logo
Penn State Homecoming revealed its 2020 logo on April 24 during the online Legacy Celebration.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gXmx5x9M

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OPPORTUNITIES:

Student Engagement Network announces Remote Innovation Grants for summer 2020
Beginning April 20, students can apply for new Remote Innovation Grants to support their virtual summer engagement experiences. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on May 3.

https://news.psu.edu/link/d8DVy_QJ
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Penn State police to hold public safety programs via Zoom
University Police and Public Safety remains operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the department is offering public safety programming for students and employees virtually University-wide. 

https://news.psu.edu/link/6DMc1M6J
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School of Public Policy to host virtual events for prospective graduate students
The School of Public Policy will host a series of webinars in April and May for prospective and accepted graduate students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pg5CZGKd
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Collegiate Recovery Community continues providing support virtually
On April 18 the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community held its Spring Celebration of Recovery on Zoom. The celebration is an event held each semester in which current Penn State students, alumni, family and friends gather to acknowledge their various recovery milestones.

https://news.psu.edu/link/C3LHzWsP
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McCourtney Institute for Democracy launches virtual book club
The McCourtney Institute for Democracy invites the Penn State community to join a virtual book club discussing books that examine what it means to live in a democracy. The first selection will be New York Times-bestseller, "How Democracies Die," by Harvard political scientists Steven Levisky and Daniel Ziblatt.

https://news.psu.edu/link/33HC3wh9
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Breastfeeding classes are now available through Zoom
To help expecting mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic, prenatal classes that are usually offered monthly through Penn State Human Resource's Breastfeeding Support Program are now available through Zoom.

https://news.psu.edu/link/72n7NvQ9

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PENN STATERS:

Virtual Undergraduate Exhibition brings together nearly 200 students
During the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellation of public events, organizers in the Office of Undergraduate Education still wanted to provide some avenue for undergraduates to gain the experience of communicating their research and be able to compete for prizes. Nearly 200 participants shared their research and creative work during the 2020 virtual Undergraduate Exhibition at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MWNKzvX8
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Sokolov-Miller Family Center teaches students 'how to live'
Daad Rizk, director of the Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center, draws on lessons learned in war-torn Lebanon as she empowers students through financial literacy. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, Rizk reflected on the connections between her life and her approach to financial literacy education.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xHR5BgVF
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Graphic design students bring senior showcase to social media
Unable to host their senior capstone showcase as an on-campus celebration of their work with family and friends in attendance, graduating students in the Graphic Design undergraduate program in the Stuckeman School at Penn State are turning to Instagram to highlight their design work in a creative way to an even larger potential audience during the week of May 4-8.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kzdn4xyb
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Acoustics professor brings humor and creativity to virtual sessions
When it comes to teaching from a distance, Daniel Russell, teaching professor and distance education coordinator in the Penn State College of Engineering Graduate Program in Acoustics, recognizes the need for positivity. During this unprecedented time, Russell set out on a mission to bring creativity and a few laughs to his students and colleagues.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zWjmp7x7

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EVENTS:

Gender Equity Center to host a 'Virtual Denim Day' on April 29
To participate in Virtual Denim Day, Penn State's Gender Equity Center is asking community members to take a picture of themselves in denim on April 29 and share on social media.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3hRCMNMh
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Campus Recreation to host Virtual 5K
Campus Recreation, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is hosting the first ever "We Are Penn State Virtual 5K," with the opportunity to benefit the Penn State Student Care and Advocacy Student Emergency Fund.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sBp2RgG8
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Libraries virtual exhibition highlights human impact on our planet
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April 1970, a new online exhibition, "Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact," explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.


https://news.psu.edu/link/RVxVq44Y
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HUB-Robeson Galleries presents exhibit of graduate student's photography
The HUB-Robeson Galleries are proud to present "moments," an online thesis exhibition of photography by Zsuzsanna Nagy, a second-year master of fine arts student in photography.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZpjmxQvz

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