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Leading a student organization, traveling to professional conferences, competing in academic challenges . . . These transformational experiences enhance what IST students learn in the classroom and help prepare them for career success in the Information Age. 

Andrea Tapia, interim dean of the College of IST, shared her thoughts on the importance and impact of the opportunities made possible through the alumni society endowment: 

"We must continue to go beyond the classroom to broaden our students' horizons and equip them with the skills and perspectives needed to thrive in an interconnected digital world. With support from our alumni and friends, we can help even more students and establish further opportunities to augment their IST journey.” 

This GivingTuesday, we’re calling on alumni and friends to make a gift to the IST Alumni Society Endowment to help make these experiences possible for students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. 

Your gift will directly support the college’s diverse student organizations, undergraduate research, education abroad, and experiential opportunities by providing for:

  • Outreach, continuing education, and community programs and activities 
  • Student travel to professional conferences and career development activities 
  • Research-enhancing resources, including reference materials and equipment 

Organizations, such as the User Experience Professionals Association–Penn State Chapter, have already benefited from these funds. Katelyn Diehl, chapter president, received alumni support to attend a UXPA conference in Austin and had this to say: 

"UXPA is incredibly grateful for the IST Alumni Society's generosity. This funding will continue to provide students with the means to travel to an educational conference and connect with industry professionals." 

Help the IST Alumni Society make more of these meaningful student experiences possible by making a gift on Penn State GivingTuesday! We thank you for helping to show that #TogetherWeAre Penn State! 

About the College of Information Sciences and Technology 

Opening its doors in 1999, the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State is home to a thriving community of students, scholars, staff, alumni, and friends. Through innovative research and a student-centered approach to interdisciplinary education, we are delivering on the college's founding mission to prepare leaders for the Information Age. Our passionate students, renowned faculty, and supportive alumni network have propelled the college to forge new frontiers and create a meaningful impact at Penn State and beyond.