Fall 2020 Info
With the University’s announcement about the fall semester, we’re excited and moving forward.
The Bellisario College is committed to helping our students succeed in the classroom and beyond. As we prepare for the fall, we’ll keep student safety top of mind while providing the “small-school feel” and support our students appreciate and expect.
As we make adjustments to our schedules and teaching methods to protect everyone, we’ll keep you informed. We don’t have all the answers to your questions yet, but you can be certain of this: Our commitment to students and their success is unwavering.
We pledge to be flexible and supportive. We hope our students and families, alumni and friends do the same. Please be patient with us as we plan to give our students a great semester.
Together we can demonstrate the unified spirit of the Bellisario College and what makes Penn State a special place.
We’re excited to see everyone in the fall!
Dean Marie Hardin
- Employees to continue working remotely until further notice.
- All nonessential events and and meetings canceled, moved virtual or rescheduled through the summer.
- Fall semester to begin Aug. 24 with students on campus. Adaptable, flexible schedule converts to remote delivery Nov. 20. Guidelines and safety precautions in place for campus activities — including masks in buildngs and on campus for employees and students.
A Message to Students
As killings of unarmed Black people and expressions of racial hatred continue to be exposed, we in the Bellisario College remain committed to our students. This is our goal: to provide the safety and support you need to do great work, and to make our society better.
Penn State Information/Links
"Back to State" / Coronavirus Information
Latest news, updates, videos, FAQs and much more.
- "Back to State" FAQs: Specific options for students, faculty/staff, visitors and much more.
- Town Halls: Links to Town Hall sessions with President Eric Barron.
- Bellisario College Town Hall, June 22 with Dean Marie Hardin LINK
- Penn State Human Resources: Information and links for faculty and staff related to return to work, remote work and much more.
Bellisario College Student FAQs
How can a student make an appointment to talk to an adviser?
Call 814-865-1503 or 814-865-1591 — and scheduling by phone is encouraged rather than online.
I've emailed by adviser and have not heard back. What should I do?
Please be patient because of the high volume of questions at this time. We want to make sure we answer your questiosn accurately and as quickly as possible. We will get back to you.
Which classes will be in person and remote in the fall?
All classes with 250 or more students will be remote. In addition, faculty members will determine how to best deliver instruction to students. Their expertise, combined with classroom availability and social distancing requirements, might mean some classes will be a mix of in-person and remote delivery.
Will my class schedule be changed with social distancing?
Some classroom locations will be altered to accommodate social distancing recommendations. With that impacting classes across the University, changes will be announced as soon as possible.
Bellisario College Student Resources
Internships and Career Placement
The Office of Internships and Career Placement is available to provide students with support by calling 814-865-4349. Students wishing to schedule an internship meeting, career advising meeting, resume review, mock interview, get answers to internship offers or other matters may schedule meetings (Zoom or phone) with Julie Miller and Assistant Dean Bob Martin through Nittany Lion Careers. (Instructions for scheduling appointments.)
Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is available to provide students with support by phone (814-863-6081) or by scheduling Zoom appointments. Students can schedule a Zoom appointment with Assistant Dean Gary Abdullah via Starfish.
Bellisario College Faculty Resources
- Keep Teaching: Resources for faculty.
Shannon Kennan's Open Office Hours (through Aug. 29)
Mondays: Noon-2 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3-5 p.m.
Thursdays: Noon-2 p.m.
Engaging Students Series
A series of two-hour sessions, each offered twice to provide strategies and support for faculty.
Planning for Engagement (1 p.m., July 22 / 10 a.m. July 23) LINK
Engaging Students Synchronously (1 p.m. July 29 / 10 a.m. July 30) LINK
Engaging Students Asynchronously (1 p.m. Aug. 5 / 10 a.m. Aug. 6) LINK
Engaging Students Through Assessment (1 p.m. Aug. 12 / 10 a.m. Aug. 13) LINK
Bellisario College Alumni
- Penn State Alumni Association Updates
Bellisario College Connections
Alumni can make an impact by connecting with and supporting students — present and future.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
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