Your Legacy

Doesn’t end when you graduate.

The College of the Liberal Arts will always be your home and the place that launched your beginning. You demonstrate all that is possible with a Penn State Liberal Arts education. Help us help others find their place at Penn State and beyond. 

A Liberal Arts student (left) shakes hands with alumnus Jeff Hyde (right) at a Liberal Arts Career Week event in January 2020.
A Liberal Arts student (left) shakes hands with alumnus Jeff Hyde (right) at a Liberal Arts Career Week event in January 2020.

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Stay Connected

Stay engaged with your alma mater after you graduate. There are so many ways to connect with fellow alumni and to make a difference for current students. Join the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, submit an alumni profile, or simply read the Liberal Arts News to keep up with what’s happening in your home college. 

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Recruit Students to Your Organization

Liberal Arts students can be valuable assets to your business or organization because they know how to think critically and solve problems creatively. Consider adding a Liberal Arts student to your organization by advertising an internship or job opportunity.  

Make a Gift

Help the College of the Liberal Arts build top-notch academic programs, recruit and retain world-class faculty, and provide financial support for deserving students in need by making a philanthropic gift. 

Alumni Leaders

Many alumni choose to be active and engaged advocates for the college by serving as volunteer leaders on our Alumni Society Board, Development Council, or one of several department or institute Boards of Visitors. Each spring, the college and many departments recognize outstanding alumni through banquets and awards ceremonies. 

Randy Sones stands with a microphone at the 2022 Alumni Awards Ceremony
Randy Sones, a member of the Alumni Society Board of Directors, at the 2022 Alumni Awards Ceremony

Visit Campus

There’s nothing like visiting Happy Valley any time of year. Penn State’s annual Homecoming is a great time to reconnect, and the College of the Liberal Arts hosts many other opportunities throughout the academic year from lecture series to banquets to career fairs and more. 

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Rock Ethics Institute research associate Yael Warshel is poised to receive a book award at the International Communication Association’s annual meeting for her pioneering work in the book “Experiencing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication, and Socialization.” Her book, a critical examination of peace communication interventions and their effects on children in conflict zones, has received international acclaim, with this being the book’s second major accolade.

Penn State University Libraries’ Open Publishing program recently launched a new Open Access monograph. “The Future of Foster Care: New Science on Old Problems,” edited by Yo Jackson and Sarah Font, is a collection of expanded conference proceedings from the 2019 conference of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, a national leader in research designed to influence public policy that better protects vulnerable children from abuse.

P. Gabrielle Foreman, Paterno Family Professor of American Literature and professor of African American studies and history at Penn State and a 2023 MacArthur Fellow, embarked on a decade-long creative endeavor that culminated in her recently released edited volume, “Praise Songs for Dave the Potter: Art and Poetry for David Drake.”

WPSU uncovers the stories that unveil the triumph, grit, caution and legend that make up the history of the commonwealth in a new digital series titled “Past PA.”

Janet van Hell, a longtime Penn State faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts’ Department of Psychology and director of the Center for Language Science, was recently promoted to distinguished professor of psychology and linguistics.

Liberal Arts Professor of English and Asian Studies Xiaoye You’s new book on rhetoric in early imperial China offers insights into how ancient rulers built and maintained an empire, and what that may reveal about contemporary issues.

Nearly 100 Centre County high school students visited Penn State’s University Park campus on April 12 to participate in the fourth annual Language and Linguistics Day hosted by Penn State’s Center for Language Science.

The Penn State Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction recently hosted its fourth annual conference in the HUB-Robeson Center at the University Park campus. 

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers have received a $442,750 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, to support a multi-faceted, three-part study that observes how gay and bisexual men search and find HIV prevention information — specifically information about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, a medicine that when taken as prescribed, is very effective at preventing HIV.

Two Penn State professors — one in history and the other in art history and anthropology — have collaborated on a three-pronged project that will spark conversation and awe about the art, culture, science and history of Andean peoples.