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NEPA Penn State campuses host free virtual programs on entertainment, business, and more from Jan. 25-April 26

NEPA Penn State campuses host free virtual programs on entertainment, business, and more from Jan. 25-April 26
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From a press release:

Penn State University’s northeast region campuses will host a spring virtual program series featuring topics ranging from movie promotion and the entertainment industry to chocolate and family business, NASA, forensics, bingo, children’s books, current weather, and nature. These free programs are open to the public and will be held in the evening throughout the spring.

Coordinating the series are alumni organizations from the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Schuylkill, and Berks campuses. Registration is required, and those in attendance will be entered into a free raffle during each of the programs. The registration link can be found here.

“The year 2020 presented a new set of challenges and opportunities for alumni events at Penn State,” said Deborah Brandt Johnson, alumni and stewardship coordinator at Penn State Scranton.

“Alumni organizations from across the university pivoted and began offering virtual venues with a wide variety of social and educational programs for all ages. Our regional cohort coordinated a very successful fall series of online programs that allowed us to reach out to Penn State alumni and friends throughout the United States and the world.”

According to Johnson, the fall series was so well-received that the northeast alumni groups will be offering this spring 2021 series to everyone at no charge.

Prior to each program, registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link and information. Questions may be directed to any of the campuses’ alumni offices or email

Penn Stater promotes movies and stars of the big screen
Monday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

Warner Bros. Pictures publicist shares his experiences of the big screen and Big 10.

Nicholas Shugars, 2015, publicist, Global Publicity, Warner Bros. Pictures

Love and chocolate with the Dunmore Candy Kitchen
Monday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.

Come with us on a journey while we explore the quirky relationship between chocolate, love, and Penn State alumni – and the most loved and chocolaty time of the year, Valentine’s Day.

Nicholas Reuther Jr., 2012; Nicholas Reuther, 1989; Jacqueline Safko Reuther, 2009

Penn Stater promotes hard work, chasing dreams, and aiming for the stars
Monday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Penn State alumna discusses her career at the capitol and following her dreams to Florida.

Lisa Kubeika, 2006, special projects and emergency management coordinator for the city of Titusville, Florida Gateway to Nature and Space, and an intern to NASA

From PSU to FBI
Monday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Penn State alum discusses his role in cracking the Unabomber case, which led to the arrest of Ted Kaczynski.

Jim Fitzgerald, 1975, consultant in forensic linguistic and criminal profiling

March (BINGO) Madness featuring the Penn State “Button Man”
Monday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

Five games at $20 each – coverall at $50 – Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Jonathan U. Dougherty, 1999, 2006G, director of corporate knowledge, James G. Davis Construction Corp.

An author’s tales
Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

A discussion of her book “Bedtime Tails: A New Adventure.”

Katarine Illona, 2016, author of children’s books

Penn Stater shines at Mohegan Sun Arena
Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

Alumnus shares a track record of success in managing multi-faceted entertainment venues and sheds a light on the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Beekman, 2000, 2002, general manager of the ASM Global-managed Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, former executive director of the F.M. Kirby Center

Curious about climate change? Find out more at this session. Predict… provide… protect
Monday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Penn State alumnus and certified consulting meteorologist shares his insight on climate change.

Richard A. Shema, 1978, CCM, president of

A Walk in the woods with PSU professor
Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

Join us on a nature walk at Penn State Hazleton to explore the outdoors and learn about a variety of creatures and plants, along with some history of the campus.

Carl Frankel, retired assistant professor of biology

Photo of Will Beekman courtesy of Penn State Wilkes-Barre