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Rock Ethics Institute announces spring events

Rock Ethics Institute announces spring events

Andrew Light of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University will speak on January 25.

Each semester the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State hosts a variety of events that aim to promote ethical literacy and catalyze ethical leadership throughout the entire Penn State community. The events scheduled for the spring 2016 semester will address significant social issues and pressing world problems.

This semester’s topics include climate science, philosophy, race and education reform. All of the events are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended for all of the events. Additional events will be added throughout the semester. More information can be found at www.rockethics.psu.edu/events.

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Mexican-origin childhood obesity rates affected by generation, economic status

Mexican-origin childhood obesity rates affected by generation, economic status

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Childhood obesity rates are on the rise in the U.S., with Mexican-origin children having the highest obesity rates across all ethnic groups. Penn State researchers are looking into possible factors that influence the diets of these children.

Molly Martin, associate professor of sociology and demography at Penn State, is interested in social stratification, or divisions, in this ethnic group. “The risks of obesity are stratified among Mexican-origin children according to their generation status – the number of generations their family has been in the U.S.,” Martin explained. Full story...

Schreyer Honors College Scholars receive medals

Fifty-one Schreyer Honors College Scholars graduated from Penn State and received their medallions in a ceremony Friday afternoon, Dec. 18. The medals, worn at commencement, signify their achievements as the University’s symbol of intellectual excellence. The fall 2015 class of graduating scholars achieved a grade point average of 3.85 with 15 Scholars earning two degrees and seven obtaining an integrated undergraduate/graduate degree.

Schreyer Scholar Jocelin Linares, of Kissimmee, Florida, was selected to address the Scholars and family and friends in attendance in the President’s Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center. A Paterno Fellow who will leave Penn State with both her undergraduate degree in labor and employment relations and a graduate degree in human resources and employment relations, she commented that "being Schreyer Honors students, we are instilled with the notion that our opportunities are only limited by creativity and imagination.” Full story...

German major named fall 2015 Smeal College of Business student marshal

German major named fall 2015 Smeal College of Business student marshal

Ian Button

Ian Button’s decision to major in finance isn’t a surprise considering his parents’ finance-related professions. However, a series of unrelated events led to his decision to add another major and two minors.

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has named Button as its student marshal for fall 2015. He will lead the college’s procession of graduates during the baccalaureate and associate degree ceremony on Dec. 19 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Button will graduate with a 3.97 GPA after earning dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and German (with the business option) and minors in international business and international studies. Full story...

Sullivan named marshal for College of the Liberal Arts

Sullivan named marshal for College of the Liberal Arts

TJ Sullivan (photo courtesy of Chuck Fong Studio 2 Photography)

TJ Sullivan served as the student marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State’s fall 2015 commencement. Sullivan graduated from Penn State with dual degrees in psychology and French and Francophone studies. He is a Paterno Fellow and a Schreyer Honors Scholar.

As college marshal, Sullivan represented all students graduating from the College of the Liberal Arts at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Bryce Jordan Center. He participated in the academic processional representing his classmates along with the faculty marshal, Amy Marshall, associate professor of psychology. Full story...

Three Penn State students receive prestigious Gilman study abroad scholarships

Three Penn State students are among approximately 800 American undergraduate students from 355 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the spring 2016 academic term. The Penn State students awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are:

  • Shannon Abrams — Shannon is a student in the College of Health and Human Development and is studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile, via CIEE.
  • Katherine Huskin — Katherine is a student in the College of the Liberal Arts and is studying abroad in Rabat, Morocco, via IES Abroad.
  • Sally Ngo — Sally is a student in the College of Health and Human Development and is studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan, via IES Abroad.

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Divorce impacts felt into adulthood

Divorce impacts felt into adulthood

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Divorce can have a multitude of short-term negative effects on children, including anxiety, anger, shock and disbelief. New Penn State research indicates parental divorce can have long-lasting impacts and even influence the health of adult children.

According to Jason Thomas, assistant professor of sociology and demography, decades of research shows that parental divorce can negatively impact outcomes from early childhood. However, little study has been done on the timing of parental divorce and its effects on adult health. Full story ...

Alumni Mentor Program helps liberal arts students network, connect

Alumni Mentor Program helps liberal arts students network, connect

Liberal Arts student Meghan Stouter, right, and her alumni mentor, Lynn Flayhart.

Meghan Stouter, a junior in labor and employment relations, was nervous when she filled out her application for the Alumni Mentor Program sponsored by the Career Enrichment Network in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. But at the introductory luncheon, she clicked immediately with mentor Lynn Flayhart, a liberal arts and counseling graduate, and current consultant in the Washington, D.C., area.

''I could tell that she was just as enthused to be a mentor as I was to be a mentee,'' she said. ''Lynn truly has a vested interest in what I am doing here at school, as well as what I plan to do in my future. I have turned to her for loads of advice ranging from what classes I should schedule to how to make my resume more competitive. She has so much knowledge and experience that she graciously shares with me, and I really value her advice.'' Full story...

Liberal Arts deans meet with graduate students

Liberal Arts deans meet with graduate students

Associate Dean Eric Silver talks with Lauren Perrotti, a fourth-year doctoral student in the dual-title Spanish and language science program in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts held a "Meet the Deans" event last week to give graduate students the opportunity to interact with the deans of the college. Susan Welch, dean of the College of the Liberal Arts; Eric Silver, associate dean for research and graduate studies; and Paul Taylor, associate dean for undergraduate studies, were in attendance to introduce themselves and answer questions.

“We’re proud to be educating future teachers and innovators,” said Welch at the event. The rest of the conversation focused on time-to-degree, job placement, and the important role graduate students play in helping undergraduates. 

With more than 800 graduate students in the college, Silver hopes to see similar get-togethers in the future.

“Events like this, where students and deans get to interact, are very important for the college community. Not only do they enable students to ask questions and learn about the college, but they also enable us as deans to ask questions and learn how our students are experiencing the college and to hear their ideas for improving it,” said Silver.

World in Conversation builds partnerships in Wuhan, China

The World in Conversation Center (WinC) staff members Trent Hall, Jenny Beben and Shannon Howley recently met with students, faculty and staff of the Wuhan Institute of Technology (WIT) in China. The relationships fostered by the trip will increase the number of meaningful virtual dialogues to transpire between Penn State and WIT students, as the center continues to expand the scope of its global dialogue. Full story...

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