IST Alumni Newsletter
May 2021
Dear IST Alumni, Donors, and Friends,

I hope that this message finds you safe and healthy. As we near the end of the semester, I wanted to extend a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to each of the 2021 graduates. It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the academic year—especially considering that this past year has been filled with challenges and uncertainty which we have all tried to adjust to in the world as we know it today.

I can remember the anticipation and feeling of accomplishment when I graduated all those years ago. Every time I visit campus, which isn’t as often as I would like, I am filled with pride. With all the great friendships I made, the challenging assignments my professors gave to prepare us for the real world, and the connection I will forever have to Penn State. I wish that I could be there to shake each and every graduate’s hands, but please know that I, my fellow board members, and the entire IST Alumni Society are ready and waiting to welcome our newest members with open arms and wish you the best of luck as you venture out into the world.

We’d love to see all alumni at our alumni networking event on June 23 (more info below). It will be a great time to meet other alumni and see where everyone is located, learn where they work, and make a new connection or two. Until then, For the Glory!

Luke Simonetti, President, IST Alumni Society
Congratulations, Class of 2021
This weekend, more than 400 students will graduate with College of IST degrees from University Park or Penn State World Campus. The IST Alumni Society honored graduates during a virtual Senior Celebration on April 15, an event that included industry breakouts with IST alumni, Penn State and movie trivia, an address from guest speaker Paul Clifford (Penn State Alumni Association CEO), and digital caricatures. All participating graduates also received an IST Alumni t-shirt. Thank you to the graduates who attended the celebration, and, again, we congratulate all members of the Class of 2021!
Upcoming Events
We Are Week | Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.
Join Dr. Justin Silverman, assistant professor at the College of IST and the Department of Medicine, as he shares a high-level overview of three projects related to nonspecific surveillance of COVID-19 epidemiology.
Additional Events
May 11 | Why Didn't I Know? 19th Century Conventions and the Long History of Black Organizing
PSAA Virtual Speaker Session featuring The Colored Conventions Project. The co-editors of the first full-length book in 50 years to address the 19th-century Black Convention movement, the precursor to the NAACP, will be guests at this Virtual Speaker Session. They'll talk about why so few people knew about this early, Black-led movement for Civil Rights.

May 25 | Tokyo Olympics, Past and Present
PSAA Virtual Speaker Session featuring Jessamyn Abel. During the bidding and preparation for three Tokyo Olympiads—the cancelled 1940 Games, the successful 1964 Games, and the postponed 2020 Games—Japanese politicians and activists borrowed the aura of the Olympics for their own purposes, ranging from diplomacy to local infrastructure.

June 23 | IST Alumni Virtual Networking Event
Join us at 8 p.m. for a fun night of virtual networking with fellow IST alumni! More information coming soon.
Getting Involved
Become a Mentor
We’re seeking alumni to participate in the IST Alumni– Student Mentoring Program. It’s a great opportunity to guide sophomore and junior undergraduate students by giving career advice, sharing your career path, and answering questions about their job search and interests.

The program will run from August 2021 through May 2022. If selected, you’ll be matched with a student who has career interests that align with yours. You and your mentee will decide on the best forms and frequency of communication throughout the year.

To apply, please complete the IST Volunteer Form by May 31. Note that if you have previously completed the volunteer form, you do not need to do so again unless you have updated information to provide, such as a new address or job.

Matching takes place in July for the 2021-2022 academic year. For more information, visit the mentoring page on the IST website or email Kim Woodward, alumni relations and stewardship coordinator.

Offer an Experience
IST's Office of Career Solutions is seeking mini-internship and project experiences to support students’ professional development. There is a critical need for professional opportunities for IST students during the pandemic, and we are asking you, as IST alumni, to help us fill this need. These opportunities should provide students with a chance for practical application of their College of IST coursework and be between 80-100 hours. Please contact Brianne Lippert with questions or to provide an opportunity.
Professional Development
Looking for a career change?
Check out Nittany Lion Careers. Currently being advertised are positions such as Global Information Security Manager, Assistant Vice President, Integration Lead and Associate, and Data Science with Jefferies Technology. Many other firms post their positions for experienced graduates here as well.
News & Highlights
Anthony Pinter ’15 g’17 explores breakups in the digital age
IST student Nick Alico spends internship archiving pandemic perspectives
Stay informed: read the latest issue of iConnect magazine and subscribe to IST Headlines.
Alumni Shout-outs
Nikita Page ’17, recently started a new position with Microsoft as IT Audit Manager. Congrats, Nikita!

Special thanks to Ankur Sheth, Krista Krebs, Maria Cody, Pedro Huerta, and Adam Stavely, who served as panelists for the latest installment in the Alumni Identity Talks series, focused on Strength in Diversity. If you missed the presentation, you can view it here.

Congratulations to Maria Cody ‘14 and Edward Cody III ‘14 LA for the birth of their son, Carlos in October 2020.
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