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The IST Alumni Spotlight is to showcase and recognize outstanding IST alumni for their success as leaders in their professional field and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and their profession on a monthly basis. This exceptional alum should be an outstanding role model for prospective and current IST students. Do you know an IST alum who fits this bill? Please nominate them for the IST Alumni Spotlight!


December 5, 2019

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When Jason Yakencheck was among the first classes of graduates of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2005, he had no idea how the opportunities he took part in as a student would shape his career.


November 25, 2019

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 “I was very interested in working on something that no one else in the world has been doing. That was my number one motivation to get into a Ph.D. program.” Those are the words of Xin Lu, who earned her doctoral degree from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2016.


November 7, 2019

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“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.”

This quote by Aristotle is what drives David Costlow, Penn State class of 2003, in his career. He has found a way to blend his background as an athlete, the tech skills he learned in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and his passion for helping others — and is earning a living doing it.


October 30, 2019

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Erin McGovern, Penn State class of 2016, said she had life-changing experiences in the College of Information Sciences and Technology – from finding lifelong friends to attending a career fair that connected her with Microsoft, where she still works today as a technical account manager. These experiences are part of the reason why McGovern said she volunteers for the IST Alumni Society Board – so she can pay forward the IST experience to future generations of students and help to mentor them and prepare them for successful careers.


September 5, 2019

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For Megan Costello, a 2008 IST alumna, the strong community feel is what initially drew her to the College of IST. Like Marc Friedenberg, it is also what drew her back to become an assistant teaching professor seven years after she graduated.


September 3, 2019

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The IST Alumni Society exists for graduates of the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology to benefit from networking opportunities, mentor current students, and engage with the College of IST in the years after graduation. These initiatives and opportunities are made possible by the alumni who volunteer for the College of Information Sciences and Technology Alumni Society Board. Special thanks to Josh Hoch, class of 2009, a Harrisburg-based software engineer/systems administrator for the health care industry, who recently joined the board. “The College of IST does a tremendous job of laying a solid foundation for any of its alumni to have strong, fruitful careers,” he said. “What a better way to give back than by re-engaging with the college?”


August 12, 2019

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Marc Friedenberg’s interest in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State began during a three-week residential college experience for rising high school seniors. Through that program, Friedenberg had the chance to visit the University during a field trip.


August 1, 2019

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“Just get started and get into it.” This is the advice of Chris Halbig, a student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and a systems administrator in the Penn State Office of Physical Plant, who will graduate on Aug. 10 with a 4.0 GPA.


July 31, 2019

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Before Melissa “Missy” Scott earned her degree in information technology from Penn State World Campus this year, she worked as a low-income housing leasing agent in State College.


July 15, 2019

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Jessie Demmert found a passion in both technology and the arts at a young age. She had always been fascinated by computers and had been performing on stage since she was 10 years old.


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