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FBI cyber squad head gained criminal justice, cybersecurity skills at Penn State

FBI cyber squad head gained criminal justice, cybersecurity skills at Penn State

June 30, 2022

“Never give up.” Those are the driving words that motivated Chris Cope, a Penn State alumnus who has blended his education from the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the College of the Liberal Arts to bring his career full circle.

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Heard on Campus: Alumni share diverse perspectives in IST Identity Talks series

Heard on Campus: Alumni share diverse perspectives in IST Identity Talks series

June 9, 2022

More than 40 Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni from underrepresented backgrounds have participated in IST Identity Talks panel conversations, where they shared their unique perspectives and experiences of navigating the significant diversity gap that exists in the t

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Mark Campbell named associate vice president for Penn State IT infrastructure

Mark Campbell named associate vice president for Penn State IT infrastructure

May 18, 2022

After serving as interim associate vice president for Penn State IT Infrastructure, Mark Campbell has been named to the position permanently, effective June 1.

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A flip of a coin leads to lifelong Penn State involvement for IST alumnus

A flip of a coin leads to lifelong Penn State involvement for IST alumnus

April 28, 2022

Nikita Page’s decision to attend Penn State was literally left to chance. The now alumnus of the College of Information Sciences and Technology was intent on attending a different university in the region. But his mom suggested that he at least visit Penn State before making his decision.

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Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

April 22, 2022

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate Noel Claudio was one of 11 prominent young Penn State alumni recognized at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on March 18.

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IST ConnectX

IST ConnectX

April 5, 2022

A special shoutout to College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni who returned to Penn State for IST ConnectX and a Happy Valley Networking Social on Friday, March 25. During the day, alumni speakers presented in two different IST classrooms to share their professional experiences

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Weebly Founder, IST alumnus David Rusenko speaks on 'Dare to Disrupt' podcast

Weebly Founder, IST alumnus David Rusenko speaks on 'Dare to Disrupt' podcast

March 29, 2022

David Rusenko, founder of Weebly and a 2007 Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate, appears on the latest episode of the "Dare to Disrupt" podcast. 

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IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Strength in Diversity’ on April 5

IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Strength in Diversity’ on April 5

March 29, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for “IST Identity Talks – Strength in Diversity,” to be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

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11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.

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IST sets graduates up ‘to do well in life,’ says member of first class

IST sets graduates up ‘to do well in life,’ says member of first class

February 28, 2022

For Maggie Sapovchak, one of the members of the first class of graduates of the then-School of Information Sciences and Technology who earned their degrees in 2003, the impact of being a part of a tight-knit group of students who worked together to grow a program has been life-changing.

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IST Identity Talks series Feb. 28 presents ‘Women in Tech’

IST Identity Talks series Feb. 28 presents ‘Women in Tech’

February 16, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join alumni of the College of Information Sciences and Technology for "IST Alumni Identity Talks – Women in Tech," to be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28.

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IST Identity Talks series Feb. 8 presents, ‘Celebrating Black History’

February 1, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join alumni of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) for "IST Alumni Identity Talks – Celebrating Black History," to be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8.

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Alumna promotes privacy and information security at Penn State

Alumna promotes privacy and information security at Penn State

January 27, 2022

Recent World Campus graduate Holly Swires is using the knowledge she gained at Penn State to give back to the University by building forward-thinking privacy and information security programs in her dual roles as chief privacy officer and assistant chief information security officer at Penn State

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IST alumnus builds a brand as Pittsburgh food influencer

IST alumnus builds a brand as Pittsburgh food influencer

January 13, 2022

Alex Goodstein, who graduated from the College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2009, has a palate-pleasing side hustle as a Pittsburgh-area food influencer.

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Happy Valley LaunchBox supports company serving underrepresented students

Happy Valley LaunchBox supports company serving underrepresented students

January 3, 2022

With help from Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, Joel Sakyi founded Vybrnt, a startup that provides underrepresented students better access to resources and opportunities that help them succeed during their time at college.

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IST World Campus graduate, PA Guard captain pays education forward at Penn State

IST World Campus graduate, PA Guard captain pays education forward at Penn State

November 19, 2021

Pennsylvania Army National Guard Capt. Francis Killeen has served in the Army for nearly two decades. After two deployments in Iraq and being promoted to sergeant in 2009, he took a short break from the military then reenlisted in 2013 with the goal of becoming an officer.

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College of Information Sciences and Technology honors Military Appreciation Week

College of Information Sciences and Technology honors Military Appreciation Week

November 18, 2021

During Penn State Military Appreciation Week, and every day, the College of Information Sciences and Technology recognizes and honors the members of the College of Information Sciences and Technology and larger Penn State community who have served or are currently serving in the military, includi

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Army SWAT commander draws on IST foundation as military police officer

Army SWAT commander draws on IST foundation as military police officer

November 17, 2021

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Koby Allen is an active-duty SWAT commander and military police officer.

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Dual degrees shape military career, lead to accolades for IST World Campus grad

Dual degrees shape military career, lead to accolades for IST World Campus grad

November 15, 2021

Recent Penn State World Campus graduate Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Bryan Hill was beyond appreciative that he was able to participate virtually in his August commencement ceremony from his home in North Carolina.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks series, 'Military and Veterans in Tech,’ on Nov. 17

November 9, 2021

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for IST Alumni Identity Talks – Military and Veterans in Tech, to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov.

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New IST scholarship honors friendships formed at Penn State

New IST scholarship honors friendships formed at Penn State

October 29, 2021

Two College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni recently came together to establish a scholarship in memory of their friend and fellow classmate, Jimmy Lee Brown, who died in 2019.

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Alumna-led nonprofit aims to empower female emergency dispatchers

Alumna-led nonprofit aims to empower female emergency dispatchers

September 20, 2021

Nearly a quarter of emergency dispatch personnel experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the national turnover rate of 911 dispatchers is more than 17%.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks series Sept. 15, 'Celebrating Hispanic Heritage'

September 10, 2021

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join alumni of the College of Information Sciences and Technology for IST Alumni Identity Talks — Celebrating Hispanic Heritage, to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

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IST alumnus and Latinx workers in tech advocate lands dream job at Twitter

IST alumnus and Latinx workers in tech advocate lands dream job at Twitter

September 10, 2021

Growing up in Philadelphia, Noel Claudio never thought that it was possible to work for a big social media tech company unless he lived in California or New York.

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Overcoming homelessness and hardships to earn a Penn State degree

Overcoming homelessness and hardships to earn a Penn State degree

September 9, 2021

On his 18th birthday, Joel Seidel became emancipated from his parents and, in turn, homeless. He said Penn State equipped him with the tools and resources he needed to succeed, including support from scholarships.

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Alumni sisters experience IST 10 years apart, advocate for diversity in tech

Alumni sisters experience IST 10 years apart, advocate for diversity in tech

August 31, 2021

Many alumni can say that the Penn State legacy runs in their family, but few can say that they graduated from the same college as their sibling.

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Honor code established at College of IST

Honor code established at College of IST

August 20, 2021

The College of Information Sciences and Technology, in collaboration with IST student government, announced the launch of the IST Honor Code.

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World Campus IST graduate heads security engineering for Disney+

July 12, 2021

Jacob Meissner never imagined he’d work in technology after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State.

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IST alumnus creates scholarship to honor family legacy

IST alumnus creates scholarship to honor family legacy

July 2, 2021

As a member of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s first graduating class and a long-time alumni volunteer, Steve Pipino has established the Pipino Family Annually Funded Scholarship in the college to benefit first-generation students and students with demonstrated need.

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IST experience leads to alumnus’ work exploring breakups in the digital age

April 30, 2021

After a romantic breakup, there are often decisions to be made regarding the partners’ shared possessions, such as who takes the house and who gets the cat, and who keeps the friends.

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After change of course, IST alumnus lands career in academics

After change of course, IST alumnus lands career in academics

April 28, 2021

When Porter Jenkins came to Penn State to pursue a doctorate in marketing, he never imagined he’d one day have a full-time career in academics, teaching and conducting research on data sciences and machine learning.

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Educational equity scholarship honors family legacy for IST alumni couple

April 2, 2021

For Angela Govila and Ankur Tarnacha, the College of Information Sciences and Technology is the foundation for everything they have. The two first met as students in 2003, and Tarnacha soon after asked Govila out for a cup of coffee. The rest, they say, is history.

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Lees establish educational equity scholarship at IST

March 15, 2021

Corey and Leteace Lee have established an educational equity scholarship in the College of Information Sciences and Technology to support students with financial need who are first-generation or from underrepresented backgrounds.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks spark dialogue on diversity between students, alumni

IST Alumni Identity Talks spark dialogue on diversity between students, alumni

March 11, 2021

“Be intentional.” “Remember your why.” “Be clear on who you are.” “You’re not alone.” Those were a few of the main takeaways shared by panelists with students during the first IST Alumni Identity Talks event, hosted virtually by the College of Information Sciences and Technology last month.

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Student organization IST Diplomats celebrate 10 years

Student organization IST Diplomats celebrate 10 years

February 26, 2021

Ten years ago, the IST Diplomats student organization was founded to serve as ambassadors for the College of Information Sciences and Technology, to represent its academic programs, career solutions and student engagement opportunities.

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Penn State IT staff inspires a future generation of professionals

Penn State IT staff inspires a future generation of professionals

February 22, 2021

Eight information technology professionals representing various domains at Penn State recently came together to educate College of Information Sciences and Technology students about their professions during the college’s IT Career Panel.

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Schreyer Scholar alumni build business based on skincare, scents, nostalgia

February 2, 2021

Asia Grant and Alejandro Cuevas began their friendship when they were members of Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy. After graduation, the two founded Redoux, a thriving scent and skincare company.

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Penn State alumni invited to participate in Cooking Classic

Penn State alumni invited to participate in Cooking Classic

January 12, 2021

A series of webinars will bring alumni together to learn cooking skills and raise awareness of students experiencing food insecurity.

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Alumnus Jacob Sisko makes an impact through Department of Army civilian career

January 12, 2021

When Jacob Sisko first accepted his offer from Penn State to study forensic science, he never imagined that he’d one day work for the Department of the Army and its Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center.

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World Campus graduate overcomes three decades of challenges to get degree

World Campus graduate overcomes three decades of challenges to get degree

December 11, 2020

Ryan DeGrendel, 45, first enrolled in college classes while he was still in high school and playing junior hockey in Detroit. Three decades, 17 surgeries and one near-death experience later, he is earning a degree in security and risk analysis through Penn State World Campus.

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Alumnus' software gift to help train Penn State cybersecurity students

December 10, 2020

Mark Viglione, a 2015 graduate and founder of Enigma Networkz, has finalized a software licensing agreement with the University to make his company’s security information and event management platform, Enigma Glass, available to students at all Penn State campuses.

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IST alumna aims to impact social justice issues through video game design

IST alumna aims to impact social justice issues through video game design

October 30, 2020

With the video game industry expected to near $200 billion in revenue by 2022, game designers have expanded their reach to interest different types of players.

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New app aims to help bring community to underrepresented students

New app aims to help bring community to underrepresented students

October 30, 2020

Penn State students now have an easier way to connect with campus organizations that match their backgrounds and interests through a new app designed by a team of students, Vybrnt, which was launched to help students from underrepresented backgrounds to build community on campus.

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IST cybersecurity program helps meet a global security demand

IST cybersecurity program helps meet a global security demand

October 7, 2020

The College of IST is helping to fill a global demand through the cybersecurity analytics and operations bachelor’s degree program, launched in 2017.

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Six educational equity scholarships established at the College of IST

Six educational equity scholarships established at the College of IST

October 5, 2020

Six educational equity scholarships have recently been established to benefit students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Researchers aim to motivate family conversations about health

Researchers aim to motivate family conversations about health

September 29, 2020

If you haven’t recently talked with your family about health topics like sleep or medication, you’re not alone, according to a study by researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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IST alumnus helps drive a major city's data during COVID-19

IST alumnus helps drive a major city's data during COVID-19

September 18, 2020

As chief data officer for the City and County of San Francisco, Jason Lally carries the daily responsibility to help each of the city’s approximately 50 departments make the best use of its data. And that responsibility becomes especially critical in the middle of a global pandemic.

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IST alumna Isabella Webster named 2020-21 Young Alumni Ambassador

IST alumna Isabella Webster named 2020-21 Young Alumni Ambassador

September 7, 2020

Isabella Webster, a 2020 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, was heavily engaged on campus during her time at Penn State — with leadership roles in Homecoming, Movin’ On, and the University Park Undergraduate Association.

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Summer Founders program showcases record number of teams

September 1, 2020

Invent Penn State’s 2020 Summer Founders program, a 13-week student startup accelerator, wrapped up Aug. 12 in a virtual showcase after funding seven student-startup teams with $15,000 each to work on their startup, nonprofit, or social good full time over the summer.

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Alumna works behind the scenes at fast-food company on third-party integration

August 31, 2020

The last few months of pandemic-stricken quarantine have been anything but monotonous for 2013 Penn State alumna Lindsay Langley, as she has been staying busy with two new roles: working virtually in a new position at a new company and becoming a first-time mother.

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