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9:00 a.m. Welcome
October 31, Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn

9:00 - 10:15 A.M.          

Why Gen Ed Matters More Than Ever

Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies, Columbia University
Author of College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be

Christian Brady, Dean, Schreyer Honors College
10:30 - 11:30 A.M.

External Voices Panel

Employers, recruiters, and alumni discuss the impact of a General Education on employees and organizations

Francesca Jones, Campus Recruiting Manager, Ernst & Young

Johanna Ramos, Senior Aerospace Systems Engineer, Scitor Corporation

John Rooney, Deloitte & Touche Consumer and Industrial Products Leader

Heather James, Manager, Designer and Bridal Collections, Nordstrom, Inc.

Art Glenn,Chairman and Secretary of Kaleida Systems, Inc. and

Retired Vice President, General Electric Co.

David Han, Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology

Vice Chair for Educational Affairs, Department of Surgery

Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine

11:30 a.m. Lunch & Student Voices Video

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Administrator Voices Panel

Penn State administrators will speak about why General Education matters for our students

Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Chancellor, Penn State Altoona

Daniel Larson, Verne M. Willaman Dean, Eberly College of Science

Barbara Korner, Dean, College of Arts and Architecture

Nicholas Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost

Brent Yarnal, Will and Ruby Miller Professor of Physical Geography, and

Chair, University Faculty Senate

1:30 - 2:30 P.M.

Faculty Voices Panel

Faculty who teach General Education courses speak about the value of the program

Chris Palma, Senior Lecturer, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State University Park

Robin Bower, Associate Professor, Arts & Humanities (Spanish), Penn State Beaver

Beth Seymour, Instructor of Anthropology, Communications, History and Women's Studies

Penn State Altoona

Peggy Van Meter, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Penn State University Park

John Roe, Professor of Mathematics, Penn State University Park

Jonna Kulikowich, Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology,

Counseling, and Special Education, Penn State University Park

2:30 - 3:30 P.M.

Gen Ed Task Force Panel

General Education Task Force Members ask the audience questions about General Education
and the upcoming revision at Penn State. Panelists for this session will include representatives
from the General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force:

Caroline Eckhardt, Themes and Exploration subcommittee co-chair

Krishna Jayakar, Faculty sub-committee co-chair

Paula Milone-Nuzzo, Logistics subcommittee co-chair

Keith Shapiro, Communications and Transparency subcommittee co-chair

Carlos Rodriguez, Assessment subcommittee student member

Chris Long, Budget subcommittee co-chair

Ann Taylor, Student Opportunities and Constraints subcommittee co-chair

Betty Harper, Assessment subcommittee co-chair

Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean, Schreyer Institute for Teaching


3:30 p.m. Reception

Meet Dr. Delbanco, talk with Task Force members, and discuss your reactions and ideas with other attendees.