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April 6, 2017
Victoria Bardusch, a double major in IST and security and risk analysis, has nine job offers more than a month before graduation.

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Victoria Bardusch knew she wanted to study in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) from a young age. As a high school sophomore, she toured IST with then-Dean David Hall, while her father, Bob, a Penn State architectural engineering graduate, served on the college’s advisory board.

As she nears her graduation this spring, Bardusch is reflecting on what she has accomplished in the college — and deciding which of her nine job offers she should accept. “I had a great experience,” she said. “I declared a double major in IST and security and risk analysis after falling in love with both of the introductory classes.”


February 10, 2017
Kathleen Beck is a senior at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the president of the IST Benefitting THON student organization

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With her spring graduation inching closer, Kathleen Beck regularly finds herself reflecting on her college experience. She is a senior at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the president of the IST Benefitting THON student organization, and her commencement will be the culmination of three years of hard work and a lifelong connection to Penn State.

Raised 30 minutes from the University Park campus in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, “I grew up with Penn State in my blood,” she said. From her mom working in the College of IST, to her brother earning his Penn State degree in 2011, to her dad holding season tickets for nearly every Nittany Lion team, her Penn State roots run deep.


December 6, 2016
Yazujian on CoSIDA Academic All-American first team

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IST Senior long snapper Tyler Yazujian earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team this season after an appearance on the second team a year ago. Yazujian is the 16th student-athlete in program history to be a two-time Academic All-American.

Yazujian's Academic All-American honor is the 65th for Nittany Lions, which ranks second in Division I football history (FBS and FCS). Overall, Penn State has 194 Academic All-Americans, which ranks fifth among all schools at all levels and fourth among Division I institutions.


December 5, 2016
Bertha Castaneda Guzman

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When Bertha Castaneda Guzman arrived at Penn State in 2012, she knew she wanted to make the most of her undergraduate education. “I wanted to give it my all,” she said.

True to her word, she’s graduating this December with a double major in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and Agricultural Business Management. Her education has been a blend of learning about emerging technologies and how the food industry operates. “A problem I’ve noticed, is tech people aren’t always able to work well with business people. It helps that I have experience on both sides,” she said.


September 30, 2016
Marissa Sheva wins with dual athletics and a full academic schedule

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With one year at Penn State under her belt, Marissa Sheva feels confident and relaxed at juggling academics with her role as a member of both the women’s soccer and track and field teams. Scheduling isn’t easy, but Sheva has adjusted to her busy campus life and is succeeding on the field and in the classroom.

The sophomore majoring in security and risk analysis (SRA) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) said she considers it a “huge honor” to represent Penn State Athletics and is working hard to do so both on and off the field.