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Penn State Student News
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

TOP STORIES:
-- Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020
-- Penn State to receive $55M from federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
-- Penn State to offer enhanced online offerings and support over summer

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
-- Penn State closes a four-night, livestreamed, star-studded arts celebration
-- Career Services available to coach students through current challenges
-- Penn State introduces new student wellness portal: You@PSU
-- Remote access to Penn State lab computers now available
-- CAPS offers Life Hacks program online to support students learning remotely
-- Libraries without walls: Even wider access to digital resources during pandemic
-- Online resources, virtual chats offered to support Student Organizations
-- Penn State shares Student Health Insurance Plan updates amid COVID-19 pandemic
-- 2020 Penn State student award recipients announced

OPPORTUNITIES:
-- Eligible students invited to apply for Summer Success Scholarship
-- Students reminded of digital access to NYT and WSJ for up-to-date news
-- Graduating students encouraged to take free Microsoft Office software with them
-- Virtual Lion Quest and online Leadership Values Workshops open for registration
-- Online leadership certificate program open to all current Penn State students
-- Penn State Campus Recreation offers free fitness videos and live virtual classes
-- Speaker, author Scott Fried facilitates online community sessions
-- Recreation Movement Challenge comes to Penn State
-- Students can submit nominations for Undergraduate Teaching Awards
-- Global Programs to host international student town hall on April 21

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer
Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/n4L6sdg9

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TOP STORIES:

Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Penn State will host its first virtual commencement. The ceremony will be livestreamed, and available internationally, at https://spring2020.commencement.psu.edu/.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4ZsHK3F3
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Penn State to receive $55M from federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
Penn State is slated to receive just shy of $55 million from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of $14 billion in support for postsecondary institutions and their students under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Of that nearly $55 million, half of the money — or approximately $27.5 million — will be earmarked for emergency financial aid grants for Penn State students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/RhqkVrJR
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Penn State to offer enhanced online offerings and support over summer
With Penn State moving to a virtual learning environment for the summer, the University is providing enhanced online offerings and support for first-year and returning students in the Maymester, Summer Session I and Summer Session II.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pN85snwP

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Penn State closes a four-night, livestreamed, star-studded arts celebration
Penn State has wrapped up its four-day virtual event — "Penn State Presents: A Virtual Performing Arts Celebration," consisting of live, 30-minute vignettes by students and alumni from Penn State's School of Theatre and School of Music. Recordings of the event that ran April 9-12 can be viewed at PennStatePresents.psu.edu.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sfWTt93y
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Career Services available to coach students through current challenges
While the full economic impacts of the coronavirus are unknown, students and alumni can be assured that a dedicated network of career professionals is working to help navigate these uncharted waters.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7wcSyRVn
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Penn State introduces new student wellness portal: You@PSU
You@PSU is a new wellness portal designed to provide customized content to students around topics ranging from career readiness to personal wellness to involvement.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7jJ1KqR6
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Remote access to Penn State lab computers now available
WebLabs provides students and faculty remote access to Penn State Cooperative Lab Management lab computers so that they can connect to the technology resources they need to complete coursework.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9_bCnJqP
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CAPS offers Life Hacks program online to support students learning remotely
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, has transitioned their Life Hack program to a live, online format. Life Hacks are free, drop-in gatherings focused on improving quality of life. Students can tune in every day of the week via Zoom.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XjHpvKWD
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Libraries without walls: Even wider access to digital resources during pandemic
In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting closure of the University Libraries' physical spaces, the Libraries has increased efforts to make their digital collections as visible and accessible as possible. These include temporary resources as well as digital licenses the Libraries continues to purchase and add into its online catalog to support remote teaching and learning.

https://news.psu.edu/link/d6vMYp74
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Online resources, virtual chats offered to support Student Organizations
The Office of Student Activities has a variety of online offerings and virtual support resources for Student Organizations during the remote-learning period.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JQ4qcWxp
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Penn State shares Student Health Insurance Plan updates amid COVID-19 pandemic
Penn State has announced updates to the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan regarding testing and treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VKZfqp3k
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2020 Penn State student award recipients announced
Each year, Penn State honors several students for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The 2020 student award recipients exemplify best practices and achievements among Penn State students, reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JKJ9sDPG

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OPPORTUNITIES:

Eligible students invited to apply for Summer Success Scholarship
The Summer Success Scholarship is available to assist students at all residential Penn State campuses who need at least one summer course to stay on track with their degree program but who are facing financial challenges to doing so.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KgrGFzKk
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Students reminded of digital access to NYT and WSJ for up-to-date news
Penn State students, faculty and staff have digital access to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal free through the Student News Readership Program.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nPLBJgZB
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Graduating students encouraged to take free Microsoft Office software with them
Microsoft Office software is available for graduating students to download at no cost from the Software at Penn State website. This is a non-subscription version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook that students may keep after leaving Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZXRnkTH1
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Virtual Lion Quest and online Leadership Values Workshops open for registration
Service and Leadership in the Office of Student Activities is offering two remote opportunities for students: Lion Quest and Leadership Workshops.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Bpb2_ZHK
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Online leadership certificate program open to all current Penn State students
The Office of Student Activities, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is offering a  remote learning course open to all current Penn State students called  Leadership Education and Development. The online leadership program is designed to help students learn more about themselves, others and gain general understanding of important leadership concepts through self-paced online modules.

https://news.psu.edu/link/d6pTG5c2
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Penn State Campus Recreation offers free fitness videos and live virtual classes
Over the past few weeks Campus Recreation has reorganized their fitness and wellness program to serve students and members virtually. This includes an extensive video library on YouTube as well as regularly scheduled, live classes available for streaming through social media.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VXCBbz99
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Speaker, author Scott Fried facilitates online community sessions
The Gender Equity Center and various partners, including speaker and author Scott Fried, are trying to help fill the void of in-person interactions with two series focusing on finding and keeping community.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w1xRTcRt
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Recreation Movement Challenge comes to Penn State
Penn State Campus Recreation, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, has subscribed to the Recreation Movement; a nationwide collegiate recreation database with live classes and recorded content from over 40 universities.

https://news.psu.edu/link/B2vB_9hd
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Students can submit nominations for Undergraduate Teaching Awards
Student nominations are being accepted for University Undergraduate Teaching Awards for courses in the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gG5WMjXF
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Global Programs to host international student town hall on April 21
Global Programs will host a virtual town hall for international students at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, to provide updates and answers to students' most pressing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic. Students may join the town hall at http://watch.psu.edu/global-townhall/.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fyds6qCD

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EVENTS:

Penn State Centre Stage Virtual presents live new play, 'Streaming Passion'
Penn State Centre Stage Virtual will present Marc Palmieri's new play, "Streaming Passion" — a comedic tale about the Passion Play being rehearsed via Zoom — at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

https://news.psu.edu/link/q6sgkhLV
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Penn State community invited to virtual Undergraduate Exhibition April 15-17
This year's virtual Undergraduate Exhibition will be accessible to the members of Penn State community interested in learning about the undergraduate research being conducted on all academic fronts at the University.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jdvhpMwG
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Paul Robeson Cultural Center holds event, offers support in light of xenophobia
On April 17, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center will host a conversation with Phil Yu, founder and editor of the Asian American news/culture blog "Angry Asian Man," about recent acts of discrimination and xenophobia against individuals of Asian descent. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on the PRCC Instagram account, @psuprcc.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rCBbVxR8
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(Virtual) Things to Do at Penn State: April 16-23
The Undergraduate Exhibition, the 2020 Blue-White Virtual Tailgate and numerous virtual lectures are among the virtual cultural highlights at Penn State this weekend and next week.

https://news.psu.edu/link/33B9s9NR
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All-Sports Museum offers virtual programming through May 1
The Penn State All-Sports Museum is offering a variety of free, virtual programming through spring on its social media platforms and Zoom. The first event, on April 17, features alumni Maggie Harding, women's volleyball, and Jim Nelson, football, for a virtual chat about their time at Penn State and where they are now.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hd6CwSwQ
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Palmer Museum of Art engages community through immersive virtual programs
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has flung open its virtual doors to share an exciting array of new digital content and educational resources with friends and audiences from the Penn State community and beyond.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4_6tLD79
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HUB-Robeson Galleries offer virtual exhibitions
The HUB-Robeson Galleries have moved some of their exhibitions online. Visitors to online exhibitions can explore photographs, videos, interviews, and more.

https://news.psu.edu/link/cJm6cbfg

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Coronavirus updates
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