Distinguished Honors Faculty Program

Distinguished Honors Faculty Program

Honors students wishing to participate in any of the activities listed below MUST contact Laura Rotunno at LER12@psu.edu to register.

Fall 2017 Events

People and pasta: A dinner conversation

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Villa Capri
Dinner and a Discussion with Brad Pinter
Do you like people? Do you like pasta? Of course you do! Let's talk about people, and maybe what you can expect from PSYCH 100H, over a delicious pasta meal.

The extirpation of Chinchillas in the wilds of Peru: a lesson on habitat destruction and mid-century market hunting

Tuesday, October 3 | Common Hour | Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center
Lunch and a Discussion with Carolyn Mahan

Fall 2016 Events

Failing Better

Rules, Rejection, Risk-taking

Tuesday, October 13, 2016 | 12:20 p.m. | Aki
Erin Murphy, Professor of English, will host a catered lunch.

The Rules of the Game

Theory and Practice in the Art of Commerce of "Analog" Games

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Morristown, NJ
Experience “Metatopia”—an innovative “game design festival” in Morristown, New Jersey —and then enjoy a dinner and discussion with Bill White

Spring 2017 Events

Success!

What does it mean to be successful?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | Villa Capri
Kelly Munly, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development, will host a dinner.

Fighting for Civil Rights through Education

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Doug Page and Laura Rotunno, Senior Instructor of History and Associate Professor of English, will host a trip to DC that features the Bethune House tour followed by a lunch and discussion of Bethune’s mission and its viability today. (small fee for transportation)

Fall 2015 Events

Activism Through Gaming?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 12:10 p.m. | Port-Sky Café
With Lizzie Stark. Lunch and exploration of the world of live action role-playing

Sustaining our Environment: Is Penn State Altoona doing enough?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 12:10 p.m. | Mama Randazzo's
With faculty member Lisa Emili. Lunch and discussion.

Thinking Globally: The Key to Success

Friday, October 23, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. | The Phoenix
With faculty member Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. Dinner and discussion.

The Rules of the Game: Theory and Practice in Art and Commerce of "Analog" Games

Saturday, November 7, 2015 | Early a.m. departure | Morristown, NJ
With faculty member Bill White. An innovative "game design festival."

Spring 2016 Events

Rethinking Globalization (and identity while we're at it)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | Villa Capri
With faculty member Nick Mohammed. Virtual and real cultures via social media. Dinner and discussion.

Sexual Orientation: Construction and Deconstruction

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | Allegheny Creamery and Crepes
With faculty members Lara LaDage and Samantha Tornello. Exploring LGBTAQ+. Dinner and discussion.

Embracing The Adolescents Around Us

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | Villa Capri
With faculty members Lauren Jacobson and Lacey Wallace. Dinner and discussion.

Spring 2015 Events

Dance, Theatre ... Inspired by Skateboarding?

January 27, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. | Eisenhower Auditorium
With faculty members KT Huckabee and Caitlin Osborne. Architecture in motion. Diavolo performance and dinner or lunch (TBD)

Being Quiet in a Noisy World

February 11, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. | Finelli's
With faculty member Brad Pinter. The value of quiet and its scarcity. Dinner and discussion.

 

 

 
What Can You Do With Those English Skills?

March 2, 2015 | Day trip to Pittsburgh
With faculty members Doug Page and Laura Rotunno. Discuss the many paths of English. Meet an English professor/journal editor, a Library Science student, and doctor/journalist who lived through Katrina. Transportation, lunch, and lecture provided.

What's In That Cloud and (How) Can You Keep It Private?

April 7, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. | Villa Capri
With faculty members Smooth Dave Barnes, Yuhong Liu, Syed Rizvi, and Jungwoo (JR) Ryoo. What can cloud do for you? Dinner and discussion.

Fall 2014 Events

Dance and Dine: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Performance

October 14, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Eisenhower Auditorium
With faculty members KT Huckabee and Caitlin Osborne. Ballet/modern dance fusion and dinner or lunch (TBD)

Ways of Knowing: Traditional Disciplines vs. Interconnected, Interdependent Knowledges

October 21, 2014 | Common Hour | Mama Randazzo's
With faculty member Roselyn Costantino. Food and discussion on "interdisciplinarity."

Military in Multi-media

October 29, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Eisenhower Auditorium
With faculty members Doug Page and Laura Rotunno. Explore the lives of US Marines En Garde Arts' Basetrack and dinner or lunch (TBD)

Laser Light Show 2.0: Music and Hubble telescope images

November 5, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Eisenhower Auditorium
With faculty member Gary Weisel. Tafelmusik performance and dinner or lunch (TBD)

The Rules of the Game: Theory and Practice in Art and Commerce of "Analog" Games

November 8, 2014 | Early a.m. departure | Morristown, NJ
With faculty member Bill White. Metatopia and discussion. An innovative "game design festival"