College Announcements: Nov. 29, 2017

Nominations sought for college awards

The College's Development and Alumni Relations Office is accepting nominations for the annual Faculty, Staff and Student Awards. Awards are: Outstanding Researcher Award; Outstanding Teaching Award; Career Achievement Award; Climate Enhancement Award; Outstanding Staff Award; Graduate Student Recognition Award; and Undergraduate Student Leadership and Service Award.

Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 28. For more information about the awards and to access a nomination form, visit online.

Paterno Fellows essay contest on ethical values is open to students

Any Penn State undergraduate student interested in exploring and writing about ethical values and intercultural issues can enter the fifth annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest, sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program and the College of the Liberal Arts.

The contest is open to all full-time baccalaureate students who are enrolled at any Penn State campus for the fall 2017 semester. Essays should be no longer than 800 words and will be judged on originality, relevance and creativity.

Participating students must submit their essays on one of four prompts by Dec. 18. For more information, visit online.

Alternative Breaks looking for faculty and staff to attend spring break trips

Penn State Alternative Breaks (PSAB) is looking for full-time faculty or staff to be Learning Partners on alternative break trips in March 2018.

In order to continue to expand and provide more hands-on learning opportunities for students to engage with different communities through service, PSAB needs the help of faculty and staff willing to join these students as Learning Partners for these trips.

Main responsibilities include driving a 15-passenger and/or mini-van throughout the trip; handling a University Purchasing Card and budget provided by the Office of Student Activities; and being an emergency responder in difficult situations. Other fun parts of the experience include participating in daily service projects; learning more deeply about a social justice topic of importance; being immersed in a culture outside of your own; and reflecting with the students and seeing them transform throughout the week.

For more information, visit online.

Proposals now being accepted for diversity, inclusion initiatives at Penn State

The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee (EOPC) invites Penn State faculty and staff to submit proposals for EOPC funding to support the University’s diversity, inclusion and equity efforts and advance the University’s strategic plan (see, “fostering and embracing a diverse world” here: with investments in programs and ideas.

Funding from EOPC is intended to provide seed money for innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that create and support a climate of equity throughout Penn State. The deadline to submit proposals for summer 2018 programs is Dec. 15, and for the 2018–19 academic year, Jan. 23, 2018.

For more information, visit online.

Nominations now open for Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards

Penn State Human Resources is now accepting nominations for the Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards for 2018. These awards, given annually, recognize the efforts of faculty and staff who go beyond their basic duties to bring about positive and lasting change to the University and/or to the community.

To learn more about the awards and to submit a nomination or to view award descriptions and eligibility requirements, visit online.

If you have an announcement you would like to share with the College of Education, send it via email to Submissions must include a contact name and telephone number so that Connections can verify the information.

Last Updated November 29, 2017