IST Parents and Families Weekend

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reese's Cafe in Westgate Building

Parents and families are invited to join College of IST students, faculty, and staff as part of Penn State's Parents and Families Weekend. During this in-person event, we encourage students to share their IST experience with those closest to them, learn more about the college, and connect with others across the IST community.

Separate registration is not required to attend the IST Families Day event. However, attendees are encouraged to register on the Penn State Parents & Families Weekend website to make the most of their weekend and secure access to certain events that require advanced tickets or reservations.


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
    • Enrollment, Engagement, and Belonging
    • Inclusion and Diversity Engagement
    • Office of the Dean
    • Student Engagement
    • Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
    • Undergraduate Academic Advising
  • IST Diplomats

11:00 a.m. Academic Area Presentations (W201 Westgate Building - Cybertorium)

Learn how the College of IST is preparing students to be leaders for the Information Age across our four core areas.

  • Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence
    • John Yen, professor and Professor-in-Charge of Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Guoray Cai, associate professor and Professor-in-Charge of Human-Computer Interaction
  • Security and Privacy
    • Peng Liu, Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor of Cybersecurity and Interim Professor-in-Charge of Privacy and Security
  • Social and Organizational Informatics
    • Bill Parquette, professor of practice
    • Rosalie Ocker, teaching professor

11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks (W201 Westgate Building - Cybertorium)

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

12:00 p.m. Penn State Football Watch Party with Dean Tapia! (Reese’s Cafe)

Join Dean Tapia and members of our IST community for a watch party of Penn State’s noon kickoff game against Northwestern! There will be food, drinks, and lots of cheering, so we hope you can join us!

Penn State Parents and Families Weekend Information