Events for Staff

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This is where you can find events that are sponsored by the Staff Advisory Committee or other college events that might be of interest to staff members.

FALL 2019

Staff TailgateNovember 8, 2019

Liberal Arts staff are invited to wear your blue and white or other favorite team attire and join in for a tailgate potluck lunch on Friday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. in 127 Moore Building. Sign up at to bring your favorite tailgate dish. Paper products, chicken, vegetarian pasta salad, water, and lemonade will be provided.

College-wide Staff MeetingOctober 11, 2019

1:302:45 p.m. in 10 Sparks Building

Agenda items include State of the College by Dean Lang and guest speakers from the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Rock Ethics Institute and Human Resources.

Coffee HourOctober 7, 2019

More than 50 staff members across the college attended a coffee hour from 8:3010:00 a.m. in 124 Sparks Building. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments were served while everyone that attended had the opportunity to rejuvenate and mingle with other staff from around the college.


Coffee Hour

April 10, 2018

All staff were invited to attend a coffee hour from 10 to 11 a.m. in 463 Burrowes Building. Light refreshments were served, and it was an opportunity for staff to get to know one another and to learn more about the Staff Advisory Committee.

A Day in the Life: Penn State’s Response to Domestic Violence in the Workplace

March 12, 2018

This training program utilized the powerful true story of a local homicide victim to prepare faculty and staff at Penn State to effectively address the issue of domestic violence in the workplace. This session, specifically for Liberal Arts staff, took place on Monday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. in 102 Weaver Building. This program taught participants how to identify the dynamics of domestic violence and its effects on victims at work and at home, appropriately support and respond to abused employees, provide information on resources, and become part of the solution at work and in the community.

Town Halls

March 6 and 8, 2018

This was an opportunity for staff to get to know the Staff Advisory Committee a little better as well as learn more about what the committee can provide for you. The goal was to engage staff in meaningful group conversations that will help us better understand how the committee is perceived. We also wanted to know what you feel is positive about our college, what training and networking opportunities you would like to see offered, what overall improvements you could suggest, and finally, inform you on how the Staff Advisory Committee can be your direct line to the dean for concerns. For those unable to attend in person, a Zoom link was provided.

Coffee Hour

February 14, 2018

The Staff Advisory Committee hosted a Liberal Arts Staff Coffee Hour on Valentine’s Day! This informal gathering in 102 Weaver Building was an opportunity to connect with staff across the college. Light refreshments were served.

FALL 2017

Wreath Decorating Party

December 19, 2017

The Staff Advisory Committee and Woodrings Floral Gardens hosted a get together at noon on Dec. 19 in 406 Oswald Building to decorate a wreath for the holidays. A florist was on hand to provide decorating tips and advice. The wreaths, decorating materials and snacks were be provided, and participants were encouraged to bring a food donation for the Lion Pantry.

Active Shooter Training

November 9, 2017

The Staff Advisory Committee partnered with Penn State Police to offer a free training session called “Stay Safe: Surviving an Active Shooter” on Thursday, Nov. 9. The session was held from 3-4 p.m. in 102 Weaver Building. 

Coffee Hour

November 16, 2017

The Staff Advisory Committee hosted a coffee hour from 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 16 in 302 Pond Building. It was an opportunity for staff from all over the college to get to know one another while enjoying coffee and pastries. Staff members were also invited to bring a food donation to the coffee hour, which was given to the Lion’s Pantry. 

Coffee Hour

September 26, 2017

The Staff Advisory Committee hosted a coffee hour from 10-11 a.m. on Sept. 26 in 130 Moore Building. It was an opportunity for staff from all over the college to get to know one another while enjoying coffee and pastries. 


College-wide Staff Meeting

May 23, 2017

121 Sparks Building

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

All staff are invited to attend this meeting. The meeting agenda will be coming soon.

Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Hogan

February 16, 2017

One of the attendees gave a great description of the event and what she learned:

"The objective of this lunch was to engage in a conversation, and Dr. Hogan did a wonderful job connecting theory and research with actual real work. We were taught that diversity and inclusion are a collaborative initiative. We spoke on why diversity programs fail and the impact of implicit biases on diversity and inclusion. What really struck me the most, is when we discussed that as an adult, we have the ability to CHOOSE our core values. What hinders the community coming together to respect and honor the dignity of each person, the ability to embrace civil discourse, and foster a safe community is, sadly, a lack of knowledge, a lack of education, and that there is no shared interpretation of what respect really is. That is where the real work will come into play. Assertions can be true or false and civility are the rules of engagement in conversation. Knowing these statements is first step in the conscious awareness to RESPECT one another. Excellent discussion."

We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future to give staff the chance to converse with faculty about their research.

Coffee Hour

January 19, 2017

More than 50 staff members from the College of the Liberal Arts attended this event to enjoy coffee and pastries and to get to know one another a little better.

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