IST Celebrates 25 Years

"Don't send us programmers. Send us leaders."

That was the response when Penn State asked industry leaders what they needed from a program that would help close the technology gap, and the School of Information Sciences and Technology was born. Formally approved by the Board of Trustees on September 11, 1998, it wasn't until the first class of students arrived at University Park on August 25, 1999, that the idea truly came to life.

In the 25 years since, IST students, alumni, faculty, and staff have innovated, inspired, collaborated, and created in a rapidly changing information environment. They've lived, learned, taught, and researched with some of the leading minds in technology, business, health care, defense, sociology, and every field in between. Most of all, this community has collectively helped the college grow from one of the country's first information schools to a leader in education, research, and service where information, technology, and society intersect.

Save the Date!

On October 24-25, we will celebrate the past, present, and future of the College of IST with a variety of events. View what we have planned so far, and check back soon for more details and additional events!

Thursday, October 24

IST Open House
3:30–5 p.m.  |  Westgate Building
Enjoy a fun and informal exploration of the college’s past, present, and future. Visit new (and old!) spaces throughout Westgate Building and connect with others across the IST community to learn the latest in student organization and student support initiatives.

IST Celebrates 25 Years Kick-Off Party
5–7 p.m.  |  Nittany Lion Inn, Boardroom
Take a walk down memory lane with a look at IST from years past, learn where the college is headed, and connect with alumni and friends to reminisce about all things IST. Enjoy drinks and heavy appetizers – including IST Celebrates 25 Years Death By Chocolate ice cream! – music, a photobooth, caricatures, and more.

Friday, October 25

Alumni Symposium and Alumni Awards
8 a.m.–12 p.m.  |  603 Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub
Engage with keynote presentations and breakout sessions from IST alumni and faculty focused on generative AI and other tech trends and hear from IST leadership about the future of the college. The event concludes with a light lunch and presentation of alumni awards.

Closing Celebration
1:30–2:30 p.m.  |  Westgate Building
Engage with alumni and current students while enjoying Berkey Creamery ice cream. And don't forget to join us for the IST Celebrates 25 group photo!

We are pleased to offer a group rate at local hotels for guests staying on the evening of Thursday, October 24.

Nittany Lion Inn
200 W Park Ave
State College, PA 16803

Information on how to secure your information will be shared soon!

SpringHill Suites by Marriott State College
1935 Waddle Road
State College, PA 16803

Reservations must be made by September 24.

To book your reservation:

Share your memories

Submit photos from your time in the college, on campus, or as an alum by September 13 to be presented during the college's celebration events.

Celebrate with us

Celebrate all year with our special flavor at the Berkey Creamery: IST Celebrates 25 Years Death By Chocolate! Get yours at the Creamery or online.

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