IST Parents and Families Day

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Westgate Building and Online

Parents and families are invited to join College of IST faculty and staff as part of Penn State's Parents and Families Weekend. During this event, which can be attended in person or online, we encourage you to share your IST experience with those closest to you, get answers to your questions, and connect with others across the IST community.

For more information about Penn State’s Parents & Families Weekend, including details on parking and accommodations, visit the Student Affairs website.

Note: Registration for this event has closed. However, drop-in guests are still encouraged to attend in-person and online.


10:00 a.m. Meet and Greet (Reese's Cafe, Westgate Building)

Mingle with students and families and get answers to your questions from IST faculty and staff in an informal setting with light pre-packaged refreshments.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Bardzell, Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
  • IST Faculty
  • Representatives from Academic Services
    • Academic Services Operations
    • Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement
    • Inclusion and Diversity Engagement
    • Office of the Dean
    • Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
    • Undergraduate Academic Advising
  • IST Diplomats

11:00 a.m. Academic Area Presentations (E202 Westgate Building and Livestreamed)

Learn how the College of IST is preparing students to be leaders for the Information Age across our four focus area

  • Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence
    • Prasenjit Mitra, professor
  • Security and Privacy
    • Anna Squicciarini, associate professor; Professor-in-Charge of Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations
    • Ting Wang, assistant professor; Coordinator, B.S. in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations
  • Social and Organizational Informatics
    • Fred Fonseca, associate professor; Professor-in-Charge of Social and Organizational Informatics
    • Rosalie Ocker, teaching professor; Coordinator, B.S. in Enterprise Technology Integration
    • Don Shemanski, professor of practice
  • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Ben Hanrahan, assistant professor

11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Jeffrey Bardzell, Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies