IST Alumni Newsletter
September 2020
Dear IST Alumni, Donors, and Friends,

The last few weeks have led us into the start of a fall semester unlike any other. Months of preparation and collaboration have provided rich in-person and remote learning environments for our students, who are responding with flexibility and grit. To help us succeed, alumni and friends like you have provided expertise, financial support, and professional opportunities while navigating these challenges in your own lives. We are grateful for your generosity and urge you to continue sharing internship and career openings as our students plan for their futures in an uncertain market.

As we collectively confront an evolving pandemic, social unrest, and increasing political division, I am grateful to see how the IST community has risen to the occasion to do what we do best – learn, discover, innovate, and support. I am amazed by the ingenuity, passion, and compassion regularly on display in our community, and for the demonstrations of respect and humanity that lift us up during these challenging times. Campus is a bit quieter than usual, but those connected to our college – physically and from a distance – continue to make positive change. Thanks to you, our alumni and friends, for helping to lead the way.  


Andrew Sears, dean
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Penn State University
Alumni Events
Consulting in Tech Webinar
As our world rapidly changes, technology consulting is becoming increasingly important to ensure the future growth of organizations globally. IST alumni play an integral role in many of these organizations, and they want to share what they’ve learned with you! Hear from recruiters and alumni who work for EY, Deloitte, PwC, and KPMG to get insider tips on what recruiters are looking for, what opportunities are available to you, and what’s coming next in the world of tech consulting.

Wednesday, September 30
Noon - 1 p.m. EDT
Virtual Webinar
Sip n' Paint - Virtually
BYO beverage of your choice and learn how to paint a fun piece of art with State College artist Maure Furmanek in this fundraiser for the IST student emergency fund. Materials are not included in registration. Have a great time, learn a new skill, and give back to our IST students! More information, including a registration link, will be shared soon.

Tuesday, October 27
7 p.m. EDT
$35 per participant
Giving Back
IST Apparel Sale Now Open!
The College of IST Alumni Society is hosting its second online sale through Collegiate Pride, which runs through Sept. 22. This year's items include both casual and business apparel, which can be shipped to you or picked up at Collegiate Pride in State College. Included in this sale is a new logo designed by alumnus Steve Ney! All proceeds benefit an endowment the alumni society created to support student programs. We will contact you when orders are ready, which typically takes 2-3 weeks. Thank you for supporting the Alumni Society Board Endowment!

Internship Assistance
The IST Office of Career Solutions is again seeking mini-internship/project experiences to support IST students' professional development. These opportunities should provide students with a chance for practical application of their College of IST work and be about 80-100 hours of work (minimum of 40 hours). Please contact Brianne Lippert, with any questions or to provide a project/mini-internship.
News & Highlights
Behind the scenes at Chick-fil-A to ensure third-party integration

The last few months of the pandemic-stricken quarantine have been anything but monotonous for 2013 alumni Lindsay Langley, as she has been staying busy with two new roles.

Internationally recognized human-computer interaction expert joins IST faculty

An internationally recognized scholar in feminism and human-computer interaction, critical and humanistic computing, and design research has joined the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Alumni Shout-outs
Mama Mia! Congrats to these new IST moms!
Alison Wong Flanigan '05 and husband Eric Flanigan '05 welcomed their fourth child on Nov. 2, 2019. Piper Leilani Yan Ming Flanigan was 6 lbs., 9 oz. and 19.25 inches long.
Lindsay Graffius Langley '08 and husband Michael, welcomed Sullivan Rose Langley on April 22, 2020. She was 7 lbs. 3 oz. and 19 inches long.
Darah Buckley Kirstein '07 and husband Denis welcomed their fourth daughter, Virginia Lynn Kirstein, on March 19, 2020. She was 9 lbs., 7 oz. and 21 inches long.
Colleen Cwenar Csech '12 and husband Frank '12 welcomed Lorelai (Rory) Elizabeth Csech on June 28, 2020. She weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 19 inches long.
Caitlin Doyle Weiss '12 and husband Eric '13 A&A, welcomed Raelan Rose Weiss on Dec. 5, 2019. She was 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 20.5 inches long.
Alumni Society Board welcomes new members
The Alumni Society welcomed six new members to the board:
  • Korey Wallace '09
  • Melanie Treff '19
  • Benjamin Neibel '06
  • Austin Koring '18
  • Victoria Gibilterra '16
  • Briley Marchetti '16
More information on each of them can be found here. Congratulations to all!

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Connect with IST on LinkedIn
Link yourself with the College of IST by adding us to your education profile to connect with our network of students and alumni. It's easy:

  1. Log in to LinkedIn.
  2. Click on your profile picure to the left, which will bring you to your page.
  3. Click on the pencil icon to edit your bio.
  4. Under the Education section, click "Add new education".
  5. Type "Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology" in the "School" field, and fill out any additional information you wish to share about your time in IST.
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