Seminar in the works for fall

Posted by PennStateGrassroots on July 23, 2010 

This fall, during Parents & Families Weekend, the Penn State Grassroots Network will hold a "dessert reception and mini-seminar" featuring two Penn State faculty members and a state legislator. The panel members will discuss the contributions that major research universities (like Penn State) make to their communities and states, the special relationship Penn State (as the state's sole land-grant institution and a state-related university) has with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and why that relationship is important to Penn State, its students, and to all Pennsylvania residents.

The primary audience is students and their parents who are coming to University Park for P&F Weekend events. But I'm also inviting student government representatives from the University Park Undergraduate Association and the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments to attend.

My intent is to combine delicious desserts with a strong academic/educational component.

Below is part of the event description that's in a program going to parents of Penn State students:

Dessert Reception and Mini-SeminarPenn State Grassroots NetworkEnjoy an array of delicious desserts and learn from a panel of Penn State faculty and a Pennsylvania legislator about the many benefits Penn State brings to Pennsylvania beyond the classroom, the importance of public support for Penn State, and ways you can help keep Penn State strong-- especially for its students, parents, and alumni.

Yesterday I met with UPUA President Christian Ragland to discuss this and other initiatives. The Daily Collegian, Penn State's student newspaper, published an account of our meeting and some of the issues we discussed. You can check out the story at this link:

-- Alan Janesch, director, Penn State Grassroots Network

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