Stephanie Scott is a public relations specialist in the College of the Liberal Arts’ Office of Alumni Relations and Development. In this role, Stephanie researches, writes, and designs communications targeting alumni and friends who provide philanthropic support to the college. These communications include gift acknowledgments, impact reports, and institute and center updates. Stephanie also serves as the copy editor to Associate Dean B. Richard Page and the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies office.
Raymond Watkins is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the English Department at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in comparative literature and cinema studies. His book, Late Bresson and the Visual Arts: Cinema, Painting and Avant-Garde Experiment (2018) uses media archeology to examine the color films of French filmmaker Robert Bresson from the perspective of painting, dance, theater, and the European avant-garde.
He would be happy to speak to students about thinking visually, about storyboarding, and about strategies for both analyzing the visual image (whether film, video, photography, or images drawn from popular culture), and using the right terminology to talk about it.
Maria is the President of Marakae Marketing Incorporated, a company that she founded in 1996 dedicated to providing clients with creative, professional marketing services that enhance their image and help to increase profits. Celebrating over 20 years in business, Marakae Mareting, Inc. is a Certified Women Business Entity. In addition to running her business, Maria is a wife and mother of three girls, Maria, Rachael, and Kailey; the name of her business incorporates the first syllable of each of their names.
Nena is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Invent Penn State, an initiative started by President Barron intended to drive job creation, economic development, and student career success. In her role she leads brand identity, website development, online technologies, print, media relations and social media strategy and execution for Invent Penn State, LaunchBox, and numerous programs that support student, faculty and community innovators, makers and doers in Penn State campus communities across Pennsylvania. She previously held similar brand, program, product and service building roles for the Sheetz Corporation (convenience restaurant) and AIRWALK International (snowboarding, skateboarding, active casual footwear and apparel).
Tom is a Principal at Boyer & Ritter and has over 27 years of experience providing audit, accounting, tax, and consulting services for a variety of clients and industry groups. Tom is a key member of several practice groups in the firm, including the Entrepreneurial Business Services, Tax Services, Dealership Services, and Forensic, Valuation and Litigation Services Groups. He specializes in writing reports for litigation and testifying purposes in regards to business valuation and damages.
Tom began his accounting career with Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC, where he served as a senior consultant in the tax department until becoming the partner-in-charge of Boyer & Ritter’s State College office in 1990.
Frederick is the President of Fernsler Hutchinson Architecture, LLC. Frederick has over 40 years of experience as a Registered Architect with 38 of those years as a Principal starting a firm in 1975. Additionally, Frederick has spent significant time as Real Estate Developer and Owner. He has provided expanded services for international and domestic project management and specialized consulting from the first manned flight to Mars to the manufacture of ice in the Arabian Desert. Frederick received his Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State as well as completed the Architectural Engineering Graduate Program.
Douglas is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Penn State with broad interests in how social and ecological factors interact with influence patterns of resource use and their archaeological expressions. He focuses especially on questions about livelihood decisions and habitats, exploring the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem function, and their archaeological implications in Australia and Western North America. He is the Director of the Penn State Human Environmental Dynamics Lab; his current projects involve collaborations between indigenous communities, ethnographers, ecologists, geographers and archaeologists on interdisciplinary topics including the sociological organization of foraging economies, anthropogenic habitat modification, and environmental change. Douglas is interested in talking to students about his research and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human environmental dynamics and about his interest in erasing traditional boundaries between social and biographical disciplines.
Molly is the Executive Director for the Centre Foundation and a Board Member of ACRES (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions). The Centre Foundation is an organization devoted to inspiring and facilitating a culture of giving which creates a vibrant community. Beginning in 1981, generous donors have invested in Centre Foundation, giving them over $35 million dollars in Foundation assets today. The Centre Foundation believes that everyone can be a philanthropist; they provide excellent personal service to donors and have a team of people ready to help them achieve their personal philanthropic goals. They pride themselves on a deep understanding of the community’s needs and their ability to provide innovative and traditional giving opportunities that match the passions of their donors with the needs of the community. The Centre Foundation believes in the organizations that are working to create a better future for the Centre County community; they provide services to help those organizations build endowments, to create support through community engagement, to strengthen themselves through training and research, to fund transformative projects, and to convene effective partnerships with stakeholders around community issues. To date, the Centre Foundation has invested over $18 million back into the Centre County community.
As the Executive Director, Molly is responsible for leadership and management of the organizations, as well as working with board of directors to develop and implement strategic plans that will ensure long-term growth and success.
Jorge is a Professor of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His specialties include: theoretical and computational condensed matter physics; computational materials science; electronic structure of molecules, surfaces, and solids; with special interest in transport processes and decoherence.
Given these specialities, Jorge would enjoy speaking to students about writing papers in the sciences and research reporting.
Gary is the Assistant Vice President and University Risk Officer at Penn State. He is responsible for oversight of the Risk Management Office, which includes nine professionals and two support staff with responsibilities for contract review and approval, insurance purchases, managing claims against the University by outside parties, and pursuing claims by the University against their insurers—this includes everything from someone damaging a University vehicle to the Sandusky-related lawsuits. Additionally, he is responsible for coordinating risk management activities across all campuses and operations of the University.