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Guest-Tech Today: Consumer Reactions to Emergent Technologies in Service Settings
Anna S. Mattila, Marriott Professor of Lodging, School of Hospitality Management
Wednesday, November 13, 4:00 p.m.
Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building

The 2019 Pauline Schmitt Russell Lecture, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public. Mattila’s presentation will focus on how customers react to new technologies, such as kiosks, robots and artificial intelligence-infused service encounters.
A reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

"Winning Back Our Democracy"

November 12, 4:00 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Award winning journalist and film maker Hedrick Smith will bring his latest project, the documentary “Winning Back Our Democracy,” to Penn State. “Winning Back Our Democracy” will air on PBS this January. The film examines state-level efforts to combat gerrymandering, fight voter suppression and take money out of politics — all in the name of a stronger, healthier democracy. More information

Cancer Research Day

Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Berg Auditorium, Huck Life Sciences Building

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend the Penn State Cancer Institute's 2nd Annual Cancer Research Day to collaborate with peers and learn more about research careers. Register in advance.

Transgender Awareness Month

This is a time to celebrate the transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse communities as well as encompassing the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes the lives of victims of transphobic violence across the globe.

  • Speaker and Poet Kavi Ade: On November 7, 5:00 p.m., 233 AB HUB. Kavi Ade is a black transgender queer speaker, arts educator, and nationally recognized poet of African and Indigenous Caribbean descent. The presentation will be a keynote-type presentation blended with spoken-word performance. This event is hosted in collaboration with the Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) at Penn State.
  • Transgender Vigil: November 12, 7:00 p.m., Pasquerilla Spiritual Center’s Worship Hall. This event, the keystone event of the month, is intended to honor and remember those who have been killed because of anti-transgender and non-binary bigotry, hatred and violence. A reception will follow.

Internships Abroad Fair

Tuesday, November 19, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Kunkle Lounge, Hammond/Sackett Buildings

Learn about all of Penn State's internship opportunities abroad for summer 2020.

  • 4:00 p.m.: Presentation on internship opportunities and panel of students who have interned abroad.
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Internship fair

Blood Donor Challenge

November 4-22

Penn State squares off against Michigan State in the 25th annual Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge, a pint-for-pint competition to see which university can collect the most blood. All presenting donors will receive the official 2019 Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge T-shirt and refreshments donated by sponsors and area restaurants.

Blood can be donated at the following locations at University Park during the month of November:

  • Nov. 5: HUB Alumni Hall, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: HUB Alumni Hall, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: HUB Heritage Hall, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 8: Hammond Building—Kunkle Lounge, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 11: West Halls, Waring Commons Study Lounges, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 12: Hintz Family Alumni Center, Robb Hall, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 13: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Memorial Lounge, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 14: Millennium Science Complex (MRI side), 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 18-21: HUB Alumni Hall, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit and enter sponsor code "PSU" under "Find a Blood Drive," download the Blood Donor app on your mobile device, or call 1-800-733-2767. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-in donations are welcome.

PERC Climate Choices Deliberation

November 9, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) Climate Choices Deliberation. The event aims to bring together faculty, staff and students for a facilitated deliberation on climate change and to provide participants with skills and tools for organizing and facilitating deliberations in their own community. Visit the event website to register by Nov. 3. To set up a PERC profile and receive reduced pricing, email by October 31.


November 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m.
Pavilion Theatre

#HereToo is a two-pronged project involving a web portal to aggregate stories, images, and media clips that will inform an original “Laramie-Project-like” interview-based play chronicling the first-person experiences of gun violence survivors and the work of young activists across the United States.The #HereToo performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Immersive Technology Open House

November 12, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
W003 Pattee Library

Interested in Virtual Reality? The event is being organized by the Center for Immersive Experiences (CIE) and will showcase the University’s resources around virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree video and more. While there they will have the opportunity to experience 360-degree video taking them inside Iceland’s Thrinukagigur volcano, immersive second language learning exercises, joint virtual reality experiences and more. Learn more about the events.

Military Appreciation Week

November 8-16

Featured Event: “Stupid Things Good People Say,” a student veteran panel discussion
Wednesday, November 13, 5:15-8:30 p.m.
Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library
Registration is not required, and a social hour will follow the panel for further conversation.


Tuesday, November 12

Interested in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other geo-tech in your work? Attend GIS Day 2019. Penn State GIS Day strives to bring together those who are working with GIS, geospatial technologies, remote sensing, maps, and location-based research on campus together to foster greater geospatial awareness on campus, within the community, and beyond. We encourage participation across disciplines to both new and experienced users of geospatial information.

Cyber Security Conference

Wednesday, November 13, 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Penn State Hazleton (and virtually by Zoom)

Cyber Security for Small Business Conference. Open to students, faculty, and the public. Penn State Hazleton presents a cybersecurity entrepreneurship conference designed to help small businesses learn about the dangers and impact of potential cyberattacks. Topics include Understanding the “Insider Threat”, “Social Engineering”, and “Legal Aspects of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses” and more! Attend in person or online via Zoom.

Sustainability Showcases

The Council of Sustainable Leaders will be hosting weekly Sustainability Showcases this fall/spring, aimed at making connections between faculty scholarship, individuals personal and professional curiosity and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - broadening involvement in the discourse surrounding sustainability. This year, the theme for the showcase series is: The Time is Now. Complimentary meals (vegan options available) will be provided to attendees who RSVP in advance. To RSVP, please visit

  • Upcoming Sustainability Showcases:
    • November 8, 12:00-1:30 p.m. 233AB HUB, Joanne Shafer, "​A Circular Economy, Recycling Markets, and China's Local Effects"
    • November 15, 2019, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 233AB HUB, John Gershenson, "​The Penn State HESE Program and Sustainable Ventures in Kenya"