'Huddle with the Faculty' lineup announced

"Huddle with the Faculty" every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; presentation at 9 a.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Saturday, Sept. 6 (Akron)
“We Are! Unlocking the Power of Social Entrepreneurship”
Khanjan Mehta, 2003 Penn State alumnus, director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program and assistant professor of engineering design

This fast-paced talk chronicles Penn State students developing innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions to address compelling challenges in the developing world. A sneak preview of the Engaged Scholarship initiative that aims to educate a new generation of global social innovators will be provided. 

Saturday, Sept. 20 (Massachusetts)
Madam President: When Will America Be Ready?”
Nichola D. Gutgold 1999 Penn State alumnus, associate dean for academics at Schreyer Honors College and professor of communications arts and sciences

As speculation about the prospects for a woman president increase, it’s critical to know the stories of those who have ventured on that journey. From Margaret Chase Smith to Hillary Clinton and beyond, the question is asked: When will America elect a woman president?

Saturday, Sept. 27 (Northwestern-Homecoming)
“Essence of Joy: We Are the Dream, Part Two”
Anthony Leach, 1982 and 1996 Penn State alumnus and professor of music and music education

Encounter moments of reflection and celebration that framed the choir’s journey during the 2013–14 academic year, including a spring break tour to the southern United States. This program refers to the vision Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared with America during the Civil Rights Era and features sacred and secular music from the African and African-American choral idioms.

Saturday, Oct. 25 (Ohio State)
“Should We Get Fit Together?”
Jinger S. Gottschall, associate professor of kinesiology

Group fitness is one practice typically promoted to meet physical activity recommendations, but is it effective? This lecture will include a summary of the critical components of a regular exercise routine as well as rationale as to why getting fit together may be the ideal format to maximize both health and retention while having fun!

Saturday, Nov. 1 (Maryland)
“Touring America’s Religious Landscape"
Roger Finke, professor of sociology and religious studies

Review the rich pluralism of American religions and how their unique histories are retold. The talk will focus on a variety of Christian groups, the largest mosque in America, a small Buddhist temple, and a synagogue. 

Saturday, Nov. 15 (Temple)
“Personalized Medicine: A Look into the Future”
Marylyn D. Ritchie, director of the Center for Systems Genomics and associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

Our ability to survey DNA variation in an individual’s genetic makeup has excelled in tremendous ways over the past decade. Find out how genetic variation at the DNA level may contribute to drug treatment response, as pharmacogenomics has emerged as an important component of medical care and research.

Saturday, Nov. 29 (Michigan State)
“Preserving Wealth and Relationships”
Cathy Faulcon Bowen, professor and consumer issues specialist in the College of Agricultural Sciences

Spend an hour learning (or reviewing) key considerations for preserving your financial assets in retirement and beyond. Reduce the chance that your children and close relatives will second-guess decisions about protecting personal assets for future generations. Participants will leave with ideas and tools to take action. 

For more information, visit alumni.psu.edu/events or call 800-548-LION (5466) and press 0. Huddle with the Faculty is presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and sponsored by The Village at Penn State with support from the Nittany Lion Inn and Penn State Press.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015