February 2012 Archives

Air Products' Career Development Program Seeking Human Resources Professionals

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Application Deadline: March 23, 2012

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. In fiscal 2009, Air Products had revenues of $8.3 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.

Career Development Progam (CDP)
The Career Development Program (CDP) is designed for entry-level Labor Relations or HR Management professionals (0-2 years of experience) joining Air Products. The purpose of the program is to allow new employees an opportunity to gain experience in various areas of Human Resources. While on the program, participants are able to develop their professional skills as well as get a better understanding of their areas of interest and strengths.

The program consists of three rotations that include different assignments with durations of 10 to 12 months. Typical assignments on the program may include compensation, benefits, staffing, training, and diversity/EEO. In addition to each assignment, the CDP program includes seminars, tours and various social and community service activities - all intended to enhance your personal and professional development.

Location: Allentwon, PA

Qualifications:
  • Recent graduates who received a B.S. or M.S. in Labor Relations or HR Management, or rising seniors pursuing such degrees, may be eligible for the CDP program.
  • Air Products looks for candidates with strong academic performance. Other important factors include relevant work experience (co-ops or internships) and involvement in campus activities. 
  • Air Products requires that B.S. and M.S. candidates be authorized to work indefinitely in the United States.
To apply, visit the Career Overview section of Air Products website and search job #: 8187BR, title: Career Development Program - Human Resources.

Global Programs Announces New Exchange Program: University of Freiburg

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The University Office of Global Programs announces a new exchange program: Dept LA University of Freiburg.  Applications for this program are now open for Spring 2013 (Education Abroad deadline is April 1).

Visit the Global Programs website for more details.

Big Ten Conference Career Expo: March 9

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Friday, March 9

Looking for a full-time job or internship for this summer? Then look no further than the Big Ten Conference Career Expo presented by Bacterin International. This one-day event is held in conjunction with the Big Ten Men's Basketball tournament in Indianapolis on Friday, March 9. The FREE career expo will be held from 9 AM - 3 PM and is open exclusively to students and alumni of the 12 Big Ten universities.

Register online at www.bigtencareerexpo.com and attend the Expo to be entered in a drawing to win a new iPAD.

Fall 2012 South Korea Teaching Positions Available

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Application deadline March 15, 2012

There are teaching positions available for public schools in Busan Metropolitan city in South Korea for the following fall semester (Contract: August 2012 - July 2013). 

The main goal of the teachers chosen for this program will be to assist and teach native Korean teachers and students (1st-12th grade) conversational English. This goal is achieved by American teachers not only teaching English speaking classes, but also their own subjects such as Math, P.E., Music, Science, or the other subjects through the usage of English.

Teachers will be required to work 8 hours per day, 5 days a week (40 hours per week) excluding Korean Holidays. Commitment with ASST and Busan Metropolitan City will be for a full year (52 weeks).

Qualifications:

1. Native speaker of English

2. Academic: Applicants should be met at least one of the following qualifications
   (1) Bachelor's degree - major in English, Education, or Communication.
   (2) Master's degree in any fields.
   (3) TESOL (+100 hours).
   (4) Teaching certificate.

*Applicants does not need to Speak Korean.  Local Korean teachers are readily available for any translation needs.

Working Conditions:

American teachers will be contracted with each of the public schools, and the salaries will be paid by the schools through Korean currency 'won' (KRW.)
*Currency rate (Feb. 13 2012): KRW 1,120: $1 (U.S. dollar)

*Salary would be adjusted by $180~$360 per month depending on teaching certificate, and teaching experience.

Salary: KRW 34,150,000 (Appx. $30,491 USD) per year.

Benefits Include (provide for free):
1) Airfare (round trip).
2) Housing (fully furnished including TV set).
3) Compulsory Medical Insurance.

All income tax will be refunded by both Korea and the United States.
(Individual Tax, Sec. 911)

*Living cost would be 20%-35% cheaper than United States, and also most of the English teachers would not buy or rent car because of convenient transportation system

To apply, visit the ASST Korea website.  

The Liberal Arts Pinwheel for Prevention Fundraiser

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pinwheel.jpgThe pinwheel is the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide and represents Prevent Child Abuse America's efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention.

The Liberal Arts Pinwheel for Prevention committee is asking students, faculty and staff to work together to raise $5,000 for Prevent Child Abuse PA.

Pinwheels may be purchased for $2 each.  Purchase one for your dorm or apartment or make a donation!  Or designate pinwheels to be planted in the "garden" in front of the Sparks Building, which will be the site of the concluding celebration on Wednesday, April the 18, 2012 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

Want to Get Involved?

The Liberal Arts Pinwheel for Prevention committee is looking for students who would be willing to help publicize the event around campus and sell pinwheels.  Students interested in getting involved with this program should contact either Sean Dooling (sdooli01@gmail.com), Jessica Drobnick (drobnick.jess@gmail.com), or Lexie Walsh (arw5241@gmail.com)

See "American Idiot" on Wednesday and Hear about Volunteering

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A limited number of tickets (at a spectacular low price) is available for Liberal Arts students (and their friends) who would like to see the Broadway production of  "American Idiot" on Wednesday, February 29.  And before the show, you can come and hear about three excellent volunteer opportunities (while enjoying some good food).

Here's the details:

First, the show. For just $10 (regular price for students is about $40), you can get a ticket to "American Idiot," and you can also buy a ticket for one or two friends for the same amazing price. Come to 119 Sparks after noon on Tuesday to get your ticket. We have secured several dozen tickets for you, but supplies are limited.

Here's the Center for Performing Arts description of "American Idiot":

Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday," and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer, choreography by Steven Hoggett, and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, the result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!" Note: The performance includes mature themes and language.
Second, when you get your tickets at the reduced price, you are also expected to attend the "pre-show" held from 6:30-7:15 in Eisenhower: present your ticket at the door, and you'll be directed to the room where the pre-show will take place.

At the pre-show you'll enjoy great desserts and snacks--and have a chance to hear about three wonderful volunteer opportunities
:

  • Lauren Perrotti will invite you to volunteer to assist Sue Paterno with her April 22 Beaver Stadium 5K Race/Walk in support of Special Olympics. This race has become a Paterno Fellows favorite cause already, and this third year should be spectacular.  Lauren will indicate the several ways that you can help.  See Beaver Stadium 5K Run for Special Olympics
  • Sean Dooling will explain how you can help out with the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign that several Paterno Fellows are already involved in planning.  This is an effort to prevent childhood abuse, including sexual abuse, and it's another cause that the Paterno Fellows Student Advisory Board has endorsed strongly.
  • The Centre County Women's Resource Center's Steps to Safety Walk/Run Benefit (scheduled for October 14):  A representative from the CCWRC (Professor Terri Vescio of the Psychology Department) will be on hand to explain the volunteer opportunities--they need organizers, publicists, and race-day helpers, among other things. 

Liberal Arts Envoys Accepting Applications for 2012-13

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Application Deadline: March 2

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council presents the Liberal Arts Envoys program, a student ambassador program for the College of the Liberal Arts. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-13 academic year.

The Liberal Arts Envoys will serve as representatives for the College of the Liberal Arts in a variety of capacities. Envoys will support the Liberal Arts Office of Undergraduate Studies though participation in recruitment related and other student focused events throughout the year. In addition to working with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Envoys will provide student representatives for on campus events hosted by the College's Office of Alumni Relations and Development. Envoys will also provide tours for alumni returning to campus. Essentially, the Envoys will represent the College to prospective students, their families, alumni, and other members of the College's community.

For more information or to apply, visit the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council website.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Seeking Associate Economist

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional reserve banks in the United States, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., that make up the nation's central bank.  The Bank is committed to adhering to a culture of excellence, respect, integrity and responsibility.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is currently seeking an Associate Economist.

Position Description:
Conducts statistical and economic analyses of macroeconomic, microeconomic and regional data, and provides research support for the economists.  The level of work required is considered entry-level and staff work under direct supervision. This job has no direct reports.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
:
* Essential Duties
  • Supports the economists in their basic and applied research by following instructions to perform tasks including collecting data, conducting moderately complex statistical analysis, writing statistical software programs, and organizing the presentation of results
  • Researches economic topics for economists' articles; on some of these occasions, the Associate Economist's efforts will be substantial enough to constitute collaboration with the economists (or department management), leading to jointly authored articles (or ownership of casework analysis)
  • Prepares a variety of charts, tables, and descriptive text for Department management or other staff economists to use in their briefings of the President and the Board of Directors.
  • Follows instructions to research and organize background materials for presentations to the President; responds to other System-wide directives and requests.
  • Performs other duties as requested
Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Mathematics, or related field with emphasis on quantitative and/or analytical skills
  • Up to 3 years of experience 
Knowledge & Skills:
  • Experience with one or more of the following programs: Stata, Matlab, SAS, or GAUSS
Other Requirements:
  • Cover letter and transcript required at time of application
  • Green Card with intent or U.S. Citizenship required
Physical Requirements:
* Denotes any physical requirements needed to perform essential duties

To apply, go online to: http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/people/jobs/apply.cfm

Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities for Graduating Seniors Nationwide

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Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU and The Nature Conservancy.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Recruitment:  Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community.  Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
  • Staff Management:  Teach canvassing/fundraising skills.  Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders.  Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere. 
  • Canvassing:  Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements. 
  • Administration:  Carefully track income and expenses.  Manage the budget for your office.  Process staff payroll.  Maintain records for future organizing efforts.  
Qualifications:
Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential.  Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.

Training:
Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will also attend week-long national classroom training.  Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.  After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.

Expectations:
Positions last through the 2012 Presidential Election.  Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends. 

Salary/Benefits:
Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000.   Staff may opt into the company's health care plan (PPO).  Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available. 

Timing and Location:
Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide (MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, IN, NM, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.).

To Apply:
Contact Bill Baker at 203-249-3324 or bbaker@grassrootscampaigns.com.
Please visit our website, www.grassrootscampaigns.com, for more information about current and past campaigns.

The Fund for the Public Interest Hosting Interviews and Info Sessions: February 27-29

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Info Sessions and Interviews:
February 27-29
10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Room 3, Bank of America Career Center

February 27 and 28
6:30 p.m.
Smeal 107

February 29
6:30 p.m.
Boucke 106


The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. The Fund for the Public Interest runs campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer they will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying in support of several environmental and social justice campaigns.

The Fund for the Public Interest currently has paid positions open on their campaign staff in each of their locations. Interested candidates must be hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of the Fund for the Public Interest staff, you will fundraise, build membership for their partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations.  While on staff, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of pressing national concerns, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews February 27-29 at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm in the Bank of America Career Center, Room 3. They will also be holding info sessions and interviews on the 27th and 28th at 6:30pm in Smeal 107, as well as on the 29th at 6:30pm in Boucke 106.

To apply, please visit www.jobsforgoodcauses.org or call 800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

Education Abroad Advisers in the HUB: February 24

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Friday, February 24
12:00-2:00 p.m.
HUB


No time to stop by Bouke Building to chat with an Education Abroad Adviser?  Stop by the HUB tables near the elevators on the ground floor on Friday, Fenruary 24 from 12:00-2:00 p.m..  Education Abroad advisers will be there to answer your questions about study abroad.

Spring 2013 Study Abroad Deadline: April 1, 2012

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Deadline: April 1, 2012

Now is the time to research programs and financial aid opportunities for students interested in studying abroad next spring 2013.  Students may also consider attending a Study Abroad 101 info session to learn what is so great about study abroad.  Spring 2013 study abroad application deadline: April 1, 2012.

Financial Aid Webinar for Education Abroad: February 27

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Monday, February 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19
4:00-5:00 p.m.


Speak directly to an education abroad adviser online about scholarships, grants-in-aid, and other forms of financial aid that may be used towards an education abroad experience.  For exact times and how to log in, click here.

Writer David Gessner Speaking on Campus: February 20

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Monday, February 20,
8:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library


David Gessner, an award winning nature writer best known for his edgy and humorous style and interest in ospreys and Ultimate Frisbee, will read from his work in the Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 20. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gessner's most acclaimed work is the book Return of the Osprey (2001) and a sequel about following osprey migration to Cuba and South America, Soaring with Fidel (2007). His work is also closely associated with Cape Cod, including a memoir of his father's death from cancer, A Wild, Rank Place (1997) and his account of his experiences with the Cape Cod naturalist and writer, John Hay, The Prophet of Dry Hill (2005). Gessner has also published an account of his experiences as a student writer in Boulder, Colorado, in Under the Devil's Thumb (1999), and a collection of essays, Sick of Nature (2004), in which he tangles with such topics as the influence of Thoreau on his writing and thinking; his relationship with his teacher, the literary biographer Walter Jackson Bate; and his long quest to win an Ultimate Frisbee national championship.

Gessner's work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Orion, OnEarth, The New York Times Magazine and American Scholar. His essay about pelicans, "Learning to Surf," won a John Burroughs Award in 2007 for the best natural history essay of the year. One Orion reviewer characterized Gessner's writing as "Comical, energetic, and reverentially irreverent." The Atlanta Journal Constitution called The Tarball Chronicles "a a full-strength antidote to the Kryptonite of corporate greed and ignorance," and Publisher's Weekly dubbed it "Brilliant."

Non-Profit, Human & Public Services Panel: February 21

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Tuesday, February 21
4:00 p.m.
103 Bank of America Career Services Center


Interested in a Career that impacts the well-being and development of others? Attend a panel of representatives from the non-profit and human services field.

Featuring representatives from:
  • Teach for America, Peace Corps,
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • & American Red Cross

The Denver Publishing Institute: July 15- Aug 10

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Sunday, July 15 to Friday, August 10th
University of Denver, Colorado

The University of Denver is offering its Denver Publishing Institute to graduating seniors with an interest in book publishing.

In this four-week program, the Institute introduces its students to the process of book publishing through seminars held by industry professionals who work at trade, university, textbook, and small independent publishers throughout the country as well as in New York. The Institute aims to provide a solid educational foundation and a network of professionals to aid in a job search in the publishing field.

For more information, please visit the Denver Publishing Institute website. 

Islamic Banking and the Future of the Nigerian State: February 28

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Tuesday, February 28
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
124 Sparks Building

The Africana Research Center presents Dr. Michael Kehinde, ARC Post-Doctoral Fellow for the African Studies Program, and his lecture "Islamic Banking and the Future of the Nigerian State."

This free, public lecture will discuss the issues of nation-building facing Nigeria, the nation's heterogeneous demography, and the "suffocation" of the state in the aftermath of the colonial era. Dr. Kehinde's paper focuses on the potential of Islamic banking in the torrid Nigerian state.

For more information, please view page 9 of the Global Lion newsletter.  

SOC/CLJ Mentoring and Networking Session: February 28

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Tuesday, February 28
11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
131 HUB-Robeson Center


Many successful Penn State Sociology & Crime, Law and Justice alumni are traveling back to Happy Valley to offer advice on a multitude of career paths and to answer any questions that you may have.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to network with alumni and to gain valuable insights about career options.  

Stop in any time during the course of the event - maybe before or after attending the People to People Career Fair!

Last year, alumni were on-site hiring for both summer interns and full-time positions!  Career fields that will be represented may include state and local law enforcement, the federal government, the legal system, security and investigations, and social and human services.  

Please RSVP via Network Symplicity so we can ask you for post-event feedback.  Contact Stacey Martilotta at sem169@psu.edu if you have questions or need more information. 

People-to-People Career Fair: February 28

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People to People Career Fair Flyer.jpgTuesday, February 28
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center


Are you looking for a summer internship or a full-time or summer job?  Interested in gaining experience impacting the well-being and development of others?  Consider attending Penn State's People-to-People Fair, happening Tuesday, February 28 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Alumni Hall, HUB.  Participating agencies include a variety of summer camps, American Red Cross, The Arc of Centre County, the FBI, Girl Scouts, Grassroots Campaigns, the Student Conservation Association, the US Secret Service, the Peace Corps, the PA Department of Corrections, Penn State's Harrisburg Semester, and the John Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth.

Dress is business casual.  For more information, including a full list of employers attending, visit the People-to-People Career Fair website.  Also, you can check out the blog post on our LAUS@PSU blog post detailing last year's People-to-People Career Fair.

This event is co-sponsored by Career Services; the College of the Liberal Arts, the College of Health and Human Development, the College of Education, and Smeal College of Business

Global Architecture Brigades Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

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People in rural Honduran Communities must often walk 3 to 5 hours to get to the nearest hospital or secondary school, and as a result, they do not get the medical care they need or continue their education past the 6th grade. Penn State's Architecture Brigade is travelling to Honduras the week after finals (May 7th to 13th) to help build a hospital or school and bring access to health care and education for hundreds of people in rural communities. Students will work side-by-side with community members to build the structure and meet the people who will be benefiting from the new building. Speaking Spanish is not mandatory and translators will be provided during brigade.

There is a meeting/informational session Thursday February 16 at 7:00 p.m. in 116 Osmond. To learn more, please contact Samantha deVries at sjd5225@psu.edu or visit www.globalbrigades.org.

University of Pennsylvania Hosting "A Day with Penn Minority Medical Students"

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Saturday, March 31
University of Pennsylvania  
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Interested in learning more about opportunities for a medical education?

Join the Office for Diversity and Community Outreach for their program, "A Day with Penn Minority Medical Students."  This program targets pre-med students underrepresented in medicine and provides an opportunity to learn about preparing and applying to medical school. The program is planned by the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association who will share tips on how to become the best possible medical school applicant.

Registration for the March 31 program will open at 9:00am on Thursday, March 1. Interested students can register online. Registration is free and required; limited to the first 125.

For more information, please call Dorothy Harris - 215-898-4409

Link UP: March 24

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Saturday, March 24
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
HUB-Robeson Center

Want to find out more about the amazing University Park campus? Link UP is an opportunity for first-year, second-semester Penn State students considering a campus change to visit University Park and learn more about their intended major and the change-of-campus process.

Specifically, the event provides prospective change-of-campus students with an opportunity to:
  • Visit the University Park campus and learn about campus resources
  • Meet with representatives of their academic colleges
  • Learn more about the change-of-campus process
  • Begin to understand the advanced planning and timing necessary for a successful transition
  • Discover which other Penn State campuses offer their intended major
  • Meet other potential change-of-campus students
Registration must be completed by Friday, March 2 through students' current campus of enrollment.

For more information, please contact
 Cyndy Biek at New Student Programs at czb@psu.edu.

Problem Child's Annual Poetry Sale

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Looking for a sweet rhyme or haiku? Stop by Problem Child's annual poetry sale to pick up a special poem for that special someone in your life just in time for Valentine's Day. Poems are only $0.25!

All dates 11am-4pm:
  • 2/13 -- Findlay (East Commons)
  • 2/14 -- Waring (West Commons)
Customized poems are available to order for $1. You will be asked to fill out a short form and then one of the poetry consultants will write a poem to your specifications that you can pick up by Valentine's Day.

Questions? Contact soh5135@psu.edu or cmr5291@psu.edu for more information.

CAS Society Seeking Members

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CAS and Liberal Arts Majors are invited to join the CAS society.

The CAS Society offers help with your major, classes, outside resources, and volunteer/philanthropic work. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:30pm in 174 Willard.

Two Peace Corps Events: February 14 and 15

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Meet-and-Eat
Tuesday, February 14
6-7pm          
103 Career Services Center


Come and learn from RPCVs (returned volunteers) about what they loved about serving abroad for 2 years in the Peace Corps.  Bring questions and an appetite for some fun cultural foods!  Please rsvp to Nellie: ngi100@psu.edu.

 
Peace Corps Information Session
Tuesday, February 15
6-7pm         
234 Career Services Center


Come to learn more about the opportunity Peace Corps offers to serve developing communities throughout the world while also improving the personal/professional skills of volunteers. 

Queer Visual Culture Series: Sexual Difficulty in Late 20th Century Art

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QVC.pngFriday, February 17
12:30-4:30
Palmer Lipcon Auditorium


The Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies is sponsoring a symposium in the Queer Visual Culture (QVC) series on the topic of  "Sexual Difficulty in late 20th Century Art" on February 17th from 12:30 to  4:30 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

Three scholars will offer papers taking various perspectives on the relationship between difficulty and sexuality in modern art.

There are images that are difficult to see, works that are hard to understand, issues that are difficult to discuss. As with many difficulties, the rewards of perseverance can be tremendous. All three of these dynamic scholars will demonstrate this potential.

  • Penn State Associate Professor of Art History Sarah Rich will discuss her work on and with mid-century abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly.
  • Jonathan Katz, Chair of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo SUNY, will speak about the famously recondite art of Agnes Martin. 
  • Professor Jennifer Doyle of the University of California Riverside and the author of the forthcoming book Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art will talk about the controversial art of David Wojnarowicz, whose work was recently removed from an exhibition co-curated by Jonathan Katz at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery at the request of the Speaker of the House.
Questions and discussion with the audience will follow each paper, and the symposium will conclude with a round-table discussion with all three speakers and the audience.
Sponsors for this event are The Institute for the Arts and Humanities through the Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies, the LGBTQA Student Support Center funded by UPAC, "Your Student Fees at Work", the English Department, the History of Art Department, the Palmer Museum of Art.

For more information please contact Christopher Reed, Director of the Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies at creed@psu.edu

Innoblue Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

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February 13-March 30, 2012

Innoblue Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is an accelerated 6-week program designed for individuals and start-ups of all backgrounds, from beginner to expert. Over the course of 12 meetings, individuals and ventures will be immersed in an innovative community and receive training on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Bootcamp's fast-paced learning environment will develop skills and provide tools that will leave you and/or your team fully equipped to launch a new product, company, or initiative. Participants will receive a mentor and meet other students and start-ups across several disciplines with the same entrepreneurial interests and passions.

Interested students can apply online.

Applicants Sought for AAUW Scholarships

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Deadline: March 1, 1012

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) State College Branch seeks applicants for four $5,000 undergraduate scholarships to be awarded for 2012-2013. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 
  • be a woman who is a permanent resident of Centre County;
  • has completed at least one-quarter of her baccalaureate degree;
  • has interrupted her studies for at least two years;
  • attends an institution of higher education on a part-time or a full-time basis;
  • and can demonstrate financial need, academic promise, clarity of educational goals, and service to the community. 
  • References and financial information are required.
The application deadline is March 1, 2012.  If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply, please visit the AAUW State College Branch Web site where you will find an application form, instructions, and more. 

If you have questions, please call Ellen Grubb at 237-3737 or send an e-mail to emw1@psu.edu or Christy Bartley 692-4875 or send an email to cek4@psu.edu with the subject line of "AAUW Scholarship" and with your name and phone number included in your message. 
 
AAUW is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  For membership, program, and additional information, go to www.aauwstatecollege.org.

Summer at Penn State Fair: February 22

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Wednesday, February 22
11:00-3:00 p.m.
HUB Alumni Hall


The Penn State Office for Summer Session is hosting the Summer at Penn State Fair, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 at the HUB Alumni Hall. This fair will be the first at Penn State to give students an opportunity to see what Penn State has to offer in the summer, from summer classes to on-campus job and internship opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges, on-campus jobs and internship programs and volunteer organizations, and they will be provided with complimentary gift bags, courtesy of the Penn State Office for Summer Session.

Summer at Penn State Fair is online: Facebook and Twitter (@ThinkSummerPSU):

Go Government Webinar: Landing Your Dream Internship

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Wednesday, February 8
5:00-6:00 p.m.
62 Willard Building


This Call to Serve webinar is for students interested in finding and applying for internships for Summer 2012. During this session, a number of exciting internships across government will be highlighted. Students will also be shown how to research, find and apply for an internship.

This webinar will be shown in 62 Willard on Wednesday, February 8 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. All majors are welcome to attend.

An RSVP would be appreciated, but is not required.  Liberal Arts students can RSVP through their Network Symplicity accounts by clicking on Events, selecting the webinar, and clicking on RSVP.

See the attached flyer for more information: Call to Serve Webinar flyer.pdf

Scholarships for Students to Study Abroad in Dalian, China

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The Confucius Institute announces scholarships to support graduate or undergraduate students studying Chinese language, or wishing to enroll in a Master's or PhD program, at the Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China. Scholarships cover all expenses (including tuition and housing) involved in studying in China except airfare and board. The Confucius Institute offers two kinds of scholarships: the China Government Scholarship and the Confucius Institute Scholarship.

The scholarships will support PSU students who wish to study Chinese language (CIS) or who wish to enroll in a degree program taught in Chinese (CGS). The deadline for the application is March 15, 2012. Please contact Xiaochun Niu (xun3@psu.edu) at 203 Old Botany Building, University Park, to begin your application process, or to ask questions about the scholarships.

Winners of the CIS will be expected to study abroad at DUT for one semester or for the full academic year. Winners of the CGS will be expected to enroll in a Chinese-language master's or PhD program at DUT.

Dalian University of Technology is located in the coastal city of Dalian, which has a population of approximately 4 million. DUT offers five levels of Chinese courses, with class sizes averaging 20 students; students study for 22-24 hours a week, and may a variety of elective courses, including Business Chinese, classical Chinese, and calligraphy. DUT also offers master's degrees and PhDs in a number of fields. See DUT's website for a full listing. To apply for either scholarship, please consult Xiaochun Niu (xun3@psu.edu) at 203 Old Botany Building, University Park.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions imposed by the granting agency, students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible for these scholarships. 

Explore Law Program at Penn State Law, May 14-18

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May 14-18, 2012

Penn State University Dickinson School of Law is offering its third annual week-long Explore Law program from May 14 through May 18, 2012. The program is open to all Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who have completed at least two semesters of study.  A goal of the program is to provide an introduction to the study of law, the law school learning environment, and the law school admissions process with time for prospective law students to make adjustments to their undergraduate academic performance.The program is designed to build relationships with students to help them succeed in law school, as well as the law school admissions process.

Explore Law features presentations, lectures and mock classes by judges, attorneys, law faculty and administration, and mock courtroom presentations to provide the students with insight on both becoming a law student and a practicing attorney. All costs of the program, including housing and food, will be paid for by the law school for admitted students.

More information is available by:
  • Visiting the Explore Law website.
  • Attending an informational meeting in the common area of the Lewis Katz Building in University Park on February 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Prospective applicants can enjoy food and conversation with alumni of the program and current law students. RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated, directed to: explorelaw@law.psu.edu.
  • Contacting Michele Vollmer, Director, Explore Law at Penn State Law Program and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at mrv3@psu.edu.

Teach For America Final Application Deadline: February 10

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Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012

Teach For America is the national corps of recent college graduates and professionals - of all majors, backgrounds, and career interests - who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you can apply to Teach For America corps by visiting their website.  Final application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2012.

Upcoming Events:

Corps Member and Alumni Series
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.
A panel of corps members and alumni will discuss their personal experiences in the classroom and the impact it had on their lives.

I Was Taught By A Corps Member
Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
A discussion about Teach For America's direct impact on the achievement gap. Hear from corps members who were once taught by corps members themselves, and learn how this influenced their lives. Includes Q&A session.

To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org or contact admissions@teachforamerica.org

Penn State Summer Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs in Turkey and Israel

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Turkey Israel Study Abroad Summer 2012.jpgApplication Deadline: February 17, 2012

Programs and Courses Offered:
Study Tour of Turkey: Archaeology, Heritage and History
May 7th-May 21st, 2012
CAMS/HIST/ANTH 499 (3 credits)
An additional 3 credits of CAMS 496 or 499 is possible

Tel Akko, Israel: Excavation, Survey, GIS, Conservation/Public Archaeology, and Underwater Archaeology Program
July 1st -July 28th, 2012
CAMS/ANTH/JST 499 (6 credits) or EM SC 499 (3 credits) and CAMS/ANTH/JST 499 (3 credits)

Study Tour of Israel: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible
July 29th-August 8th, 2012
CAMS/JST/RLST 012 (3 credits; fulfills General Education and other PSU Requirements)
An additional 3 credits of CAMS 496 or 499 is possible

Students interested in these programs should make sure to attend the Turkey and Israel Information Night on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in 120 Thomas Building.

For questions regarding program content, contact Dr. Ann E. Killebrew, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies and Anthropology
at aek11@psu.edu.

For questions regarding the application process, contact Judy Meder, Program Planner
at 814-865-4591or summerabroad@outreach.psu.edu.

Penn State Spring 2013 Semester Abroad in Athens

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Application Deadline: April 1, 2012

Athens Semester Abroad
Courses include: Modern Greek, Roman and Byzantine Greece, Archaeology of Ancient Greece, Troy and the Trojan War in Archaeology, the Arts and Legend, and Crete: Past and Present

Students interested in the Athens Semester Abroad Spring 2013 can attend an info session on Wednesday, February 15 in 410 Boucke Building.

For information regarding program content, contact Dr. Ann E. Killebrew, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies and Anthropology
at aek11@psu.edu.

For questions regarding the application process, contact Kevin Zakorchemny, Education Abroad Adviser, 422 A Boucke Building, 814.863.7429

Please see the attached flyer for more information: Athens Program Spring 2013.pdf

Panel Explores Career Opportunities in Sustainable Business

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Monday, February 6
4:30 p.m.
Foster Auditorium
Pattee Library


Penn State students seeking information about business careers that contribute to a more sustainable society are invited to a free, open panel discussion with leaders in the field. "Careers in Sustainable Business" will be presented on Monday, February 6 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Pattee Library's Foster Auditorium.

Panelists include:
  • Jennifer Devor, Events Manager, Sustainable Business Network
  • Michael Peck, Founder, MAPA Group
  • Spud Marshall, Executive Director, New Leaf Initiative
  • David Riley, Executive Director, Penn State Center for Sustainability
  • Andy Smith, Adjunct Professor of Management and Organization, Penn State Great Valley
The panel will engage in a facilitated public conversation on the current job climate for higher education graduates seeking careers in sustainability-related fields. An open forum will be offered to all attendees to pose questions to the panel during the session.

"Careers in Sustainable Business" is co-sponsored by the Penn State Center for Sustainability, Penn State University Libraries, Penn State Great Valley and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellows Program

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Deadline: March 15, 2012

Eligibility: If you have...
  • Strong academic credentials
  • A demonstrated interest in the institution of the Presidency 
  • An interest in public policy and public service
You could serve as a Fellow in the Presidential Fellows Program!

The Fellows come to Washington, DC twice during the program to:
  • Study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and the Chief Executive's relationships with Congress, allies, the media, and the public
  • Attend leadership conferences 
  • Learn from journalists, scholars, and policy makers 
  • Undertake a research project concerning an aspect of the American Presidency
How to Apply:
To be considered for nomination, submit the following application materials to the University Fellowships Office, 212 Boucke.
  • Resume
  • Personal statement explaining why you want to be a Presidential Fellow and why you are an ideal candidate for the program 
  • Letter of recommendation
Fellowships Office Application Deadline: March 15, 2012

More information: Dr. Ruth Mendum
Director, University Fellowships Office
212 Boucke Building
Office: (814) 863-8199
Email: rmm22@psu.edu

LGBTA Discussion Groups

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The purpose of the LGBTA Discussion groups is to provide a safe space for students to express their thoughts, perspectives, and opinions on issues, knowledge, and trends in the LGBTIQQA community. The discussion groups seek to provide a space for students to explore social identities. Each group has its own set of broad discussion topics that challenge students to expand their knowledge and develop their identities relative to their place in the world.

All facilitators are trained with basic facilitation skills and will work with students to develop the group focus. Students are encouraged to engage facilitators and fellow participants and take ownership of the group.

For the full list of discussion groups, visit Penn State's LGBTA website.

Contact Eddie Johns at eddie@psu.edu for questions or more information.

Scholarships Available for students studying China or Chinese

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Deadline: March 15, 2012

The Confucius Institute announces a competition for scholarships to support graduate or undergraduate students studying any aspect of Chinese language or culture. The Institute will award a $3,000 first prize, a $2,000 second prize, and a $1,000 third prize to students who have made the study of China (or the Chinese language) an important part of their Penn State education.

To apply, please fill out and submit the attached form, along with a 500-word essay, or a link to a 1-minute YouTube video, in which you describe (or show) how your study of China has impacted your education, and describe the contributions you hope to make to the study of China, to international relations, global business, or any other field. Please also ask a teacher/professor to submit a confidential letter of recommendation on your behalf. Please send all material as email attachments to confucius@psu.edu. Submission deadline is March 15, 2012. Winners will be announced by early April.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions imposed by the granting agency, students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible for these scholarships.

Application: Confucius Scholarship Application.doc

Women's Empowerment Week

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WE Week.jpgFebruary 6-11, 2012

The week of February 6, 2012 will kick off Penn State's First Annual Women's Empowerment Week 2012! The purpose of this student ran initiative to promote healthy living and empowerment among collegiate women through mind, body, and entertainment. As college women, it is imperative that we take advantage of the numerous resources and events. Although this week has a special focus on the women, all are invited to enjoy the festivities as well.

WE Week will kick off with a women's health festival, followed by a two unique monologue series performed by Penn State students, and a community discussion.  

February 6: Hygeia: Explore Your Dynamics through Health
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Heritage Hall
Miss Black Penn State 2011, Bianca Jeanty, presents Hygeia as the first women's health festival for the benefit of the entire Penn State community. Stemming from a holistic approach, the festival will address Reproductive Health, Cancer, Fitness & Nutrition, Self-Image & Beauty, and Career Development for young women.

If you interested in volunteering at the event or need more information, please email sign up at the Penn State volunteer website. For more information, please contact Bianca Jeanty at byj5018@psu.edu.

February 7: Pocketbook Monologues
8:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences
For the second year in a row, Penn State students will perform Sharon McGhee's "The Pocketbook Monologues." The Pocketbook Monologues is a show dedicated to spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS in the African American movie through a series of monologues performed by women. For more information, email Autumn Griffin at aag5111@psu.edu.

February 8: Sankofa Community Discussion- Womanhood: Enlighten & Elevate
The discussion will focus on the question, who empowers women? Men? Other women? You?
7:30 p.m., Location TBA

Until Our Voices are Heard: The Vagina Monologues 2012
The Vagina Monologues will be performed by an all-female cast from array of different backgrounds who attend Penn State in support of the fight against sexual violence. Tackling issues from domestic abuse to menopause, these performers break out of their comfort zone to raise awareness about the real issues of real women. Admission is FREE and seating will be first come first served.
Dates: February 9 in 115 Chambers Building; February 10 in 105 Forum Building, February 11
in 105 Forum Building (all shows begin at 7:30 p.m.)

For more information, please email S. Serenity Ireland, smi115@psu.edu.

For updates, follow Women's Empowerment Week on Twitter @WE_Week2012.

Bates White Hosting Job Application Process and Economic Consulting Info Sessions

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Monday, February 6
5:15 p.m.
Atherton Grandfather Clock Lounge

Pizza and soda will be provided


Will you be applying and interviewing for jobs internships this spring or sometime next year? Ever wonder what potential employers are looking for at the career fair, in your application materials, or in interviews? Or perhaps you have an interest in consulting that is intellectually stimulating and applies analytical abilities to real world problems? Penn State graduates and former Schreyers scholars from Bates White, LLC will be hosting two presentations, a job hunt workshop and an examination of economic consulting, in the Atherton Grandfather Clock Lounge on Monday, February 6 starting at 5:15. Pizza and soda will be provided as well.
 
Bates White is an economic consulting firm that provides expert analytical advice and support to attorneys, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies, working for everyone from American Express to Xerox.
 
At 5:15 there will be a job hunt workshop, where attendees will be able to walk all the way through the job search process, beginning with the career fair, continuing through applying for a job, and ending with interviewing for a job. At each stage, Bates White employees involved with the application and interview process will offer helpful tips and insight into what employers are looking for. While much of the presentation is based on Bates White practices, the hope is that this presentation is applicable to students applying for a wide range of jobs.
 
After the first presentation there will be a short break when pizza and beverages will be provided. At 6 o'clock there will an economic consulting information session, where attendees will get an in-depth perspective of what economic consulting is, how it's different from management and financial consulting, and what a first-year consultant typically does.
 
Students are welcome to attend one or both events. Liberal Arts majors should RSVP via their Network Symplicity accounts.  If you have additional questions about Bates White and are unable to attend the information session, please contact psurecruiting@bateswhite.com.
   

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