Lobbying Disclosure Forms Submission Deadline: First Quarter 2019

To ensure compliance with the University’s state lobbying disclosure requirements, all University faculty and staff who participate in state lobbying activities for the University must report all time and expenses related to these activities to Government and Community Relations. If you have been or will be engaged in lobbying activities for the University between January 1, 2019, through March 31, 2019, you will need to report those activities on Forms PLDA 1 and 2, found on the Government and Community Relations website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FORMS PLDA 1 AND 2 ARE WRITABLE FORMS ONLINE. However, please use Google Chrome to open website if you are going to complete forms online.

These forms must be submitted by no later than Monday, April 8, 2019, for the First Quarter 2019 (January, February, and March) to Government and Community Relations. Also, please be advised that if you anticipate or plan to be engaged in future University activities that could be determined as a lobbying activity, please refer to University Policy AD 50, which outlines the procedures for “contact with state and federal officials and official visits by government agencies.”

Reminder: Government and Community Relations is to be informed in advance of all invitations to elected officials or their staff members to visit any campus of the University in their official capacity.

Please contact Zack Moore, vice president for government and community relations at calling 814-865-6563 or email Mary Ann Chavey at mqc9@psu.edu with any questions you may have.

Applications Closing Soon for Leading in Living Color

Join us for the Inaugural Paul Robeson Cultural Center Leadership Development Summit, “Leading in Living Color,” on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center.

With sessions facilitated by faculty and staff from various departments on campus, Leading in Living Color will encourage and engage attendees to look at leading from multiple perspectives, in diverse environments, and dialogue. We will focus on several topics such as professionalism, conflict management, developing purpose and passion, etc. to provide attendees with the toolbox and insight to learn their leadership potential as navigators, change agents, representatives, and so much more. With a motivational keynote from Mr. Ryan E. Tucker, the Director of Undergraduate and University Affairs for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to conclude the summit.

The goal of the summit is for attendees to leave feeling empowered to lead authentically as a person of color navigating your campus and the world post-graduation.

Application is required; spots are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.


Click here for more information and to apply »

2019 Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference

The Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The annual conference is a signature event of the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners and showcases the best practices among faculty, staff, and administrators involved in improving higher education for adult learners. This year, the conference will include breakout sessions on the best practices for engaging adult learners in co-curricular experiences, new tools for transfer credits, understanding academic accommodations, peer mentoring, and more!

In addition, 2019 Keynote Speaker Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, will present “The Adult Student: The Population Colleges — and the Nation — Can’t Afford to Ignore.”

Click here for more information and to register »

Leonhard Center Workshop: Developing a Scholarly Education Plan for your NSF CAREER Proposal (Part 1)

Early career faculty, have you started thinking about your NSF CAREER proposal yet? Or have you been unable to stop thinking about it?

Come join the Leonhard Center workshop on March 26 to discuss your education plan with your colleagues and the Leonhard Center. The workshop will assist you in:

  • Choosing the goals/objectives for your education component
  • Developing an outline for a scholarly education plan
  • Identifying appropriate references related to your plan
  • Identifying evidence for assessment to determine if your goals/objectives are being attained

The workshop will be hosted in two sessions in an effort to accommodate busy schedules (12 to 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 4 p.m.). The same material will be covered at each session, so you only need to attend one. A follow-up workshop will be held on May 22 to provide specific feedback on your education plan, including the assessment plan.


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Call for Judges: Undergraduate Research Exhibition

The Undergraduate Research Exhibition will be held in the HUB on April 17. Judges (faculty and doctoral students) can sign up at undergradresearch.psu.edu through April 10. (The time commitment is a couple of hours at most.)

Abstract Deadline Extension for MSK Symposium

The abstract deadline for the 2019 Musculoskeletal Research Symposium has been extended to Friday, March 29! Please be sure to remind your students/trainees to submit their abstracts at sites.psu.edu/msksymposium. Again, there will be opportunities for both poster and podium presentations along with awards. Additionally, please be sure to register.

Call for Applications: Fulbright Canada Scholar Awards 2020/2021

Fulbright Canada invites interested parties to apply for the following Fulbright Canada Scholar Awards. These grants support research with colleagues at institutions across Canada.

Research Chairs in Science and Technology (2 Awards) – US$25,000 for 4 months

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Brain, Language, and Music, McGill University. Specializations: Language, speech, music, neuroscience, development, bilingualism, neuroplasticity.

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math, University of Manitoba. Specializations: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Distinguished Research Chairs at Carleton University (1 Award) – US$50,000 for an academic year (9 months)

Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chair in Environmental Science, Carleton University. Specializations: Conservation science; Environmental decisions; Evidence-based environmental management; Water; Environmental contamination; Ecology; Biodiversity; Stewardship; Environmental health; Restoration; Resource development; Sustainability.

Research Chairs in Environmental Studies (4 Awards) – US$25,000 for 4 months

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions, Lakehead University. Specializations: Sustainability sciences, biological sciences, environmental sciences, geography, sociology.

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Water and the Environment, University of Lethbridge. Specializations: Water quality and safety, water resource and environmental modelling, water resources management practices, development and implementation, consumption patterns, riparian ecosystem management, water economics, water and society, water-related health issues and the relation of water resources and climate change.

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Environmental Policy, University of Ottawa. Specializations: Environmental/natural resource policy, law and/or economics; Environmental Sustainability; Clean Innovation.

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Water, Environment, and Clean Energy, University of Regina. Specializations: Clean Energy, Water Quality, Carbon Capture and Storage, Climate Change, Energy Policy, Hydrology, Energy Security, Energy Systems Design and Resilience, Biogeochemistry of Freshwaters, Energy Poverty, Energy Sources, Clean Technology, Ecosystem Management, and Environment.

Eligibility for these awards requires the candidate to meet the minimum requirements mentioned below:

  • Be U.S. citizens (permanent residence is not sufficient)
  • Hold a PhD or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate
  • Be proficient in English
  • Be in compliance with all J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines
  • Be in compliance with all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residency

Applications accepted until September 16, 2019. For a more comprehensive overview of the application process please access this link.

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