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News from the Dean: July 2016

We are enjoying a few more hazy, not-quite-lazy summer weeks before campus really heats up for the fall 2016 semester. While University Park may be a bit quieter in the summer, our students and faculty are certainly keeping busy, with internships, study abroad, and summer camps. Among this edition’s features are Graphic Design student Ashley Turcheck’s “dispatch” from her internship with Michael Kors and photo galleries from camps in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and School of Visual Arts.

Looking ahead to the fall, we will have two exhibitions of School of Visual Arts faculty work, at the Palmer Museum of Art and in Zoller Gallery. We will also be launching more extensive programming in the Woskob Family Gallery in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, which will host exhibitions as well as events during downtown State College’s First Friday festivities. A highlight of our fall performance schedule will be a School of Music and School of Theatre co-production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti.

If you know a high school student interested in the College of Arts and Architecture, encourage him or her to attend our annual Visit Day on Monday, Oct. 10. That day our Arts Ambassadors—a newly formed group of students dedicated to encouraging student engagement—will host “Arts Day” on the Palmer Museum of Art plaza, where representatives from student groups in the college will share information with both current and prospective students. For more on Visit Day, go to

If you plan to attend a Penn State football game this fall or to visit campus simply to enjoy State College at a beautiful time of year, be sure to check our calendar at to see what performances, exhibitions, and other events are taking place. We have two great performances during Parents and Families Weekend, Oct. 15–17, including the musical Be More Chill, by up-and-coming writer/performer Joe Iconis, and the always-popular Choral Collage concert. Thank you and I hope to see you in the Arts District soon!