IST Celebrates 25 Years

"Don't send us programmers. Send us leaders."

That was the response when Penn State asked industry leaders what they needed from a program that would help close the technology gap, and the School of Information Sciences and Technology was born. Formally approved by the Board of Trustees on September 11, 1998, it wasn't until the first class of students arrived at University Park on August 25, 1999, that the idea truly came to life.

In the 25 years since, IST students, alumni, faculty, and staff have innovated, inspired, collaborated, and created in a rapidly changing information environment. They've lived, learned, taught, and researched with some of the leading minds in technology, business, health care, defense, sociology, and every field in between. Most of all, this community has collectively helped the college grow from one of the country's first information schools to a leader in education, research, and service where information, technology, and society intersect.

Save the Date!

On October 24-25, we will celebrate the past, present, and future of the College of IST with a variety of events. View what we have planned so far, and check back soon for more details and additional events!

Thursday, October 24

IST Open House
Explore the college’s new spaces throughout Westgate Building and connect with faculty, staff, and students to see how IST has changed and grown in the last 25 years.

IST Celebrates 25 Years Kick-Off Party
Connect with alumni and friends to reminisce about all things IST over food and drinks – including IST Celebrates 25 Years Death By Chocolate ice cream!

Friday, October 25

Alumni Symposium and Alumni Awards
Engage with keynote presentations and breakout sessions focused on generative AI and other tech trends and hear from IST leadership about the future of the college. The event concludes with a reception and presentation of alumni awards.

Enjoy a fun and informal exploration of the college's history and future with food, games, and giveaways. Visit stations throughout Westgate Building to check out the latest student organization initiatives, classroom projects, and faculty research.

We are pleased to offer a group rate at local hotels for guests staying on the evening of Thursday, October 24.  

SpringHill Suites by Marriott State College
1935 Waddle Road
State College, PA 16803
Reservations must be made by September 24.

To book your reservation:

Share your memories

Submit photos from your time in the college, on campus, or as an alum by September 13 to be presented during the college's celebration events.

Celebrate with us

Celebrate all year with our special flavor at the Berkey Creamery: IST Celebrates 25 Years Death By Chocolate! Get yours at the Creamery or online.

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