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College of the Liberal Arts Selects Spring 2019 Student Marshals

College of the Liberal Arts Selects Spring 2019 Student Marshals

At Penn State's May 4 spring commencement ceremony, 22 students will represent the College of the Liberal Arts as student marshals. Approximately 1,500 undergraduates will receive their degrees at the event, which will be live streamed beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Associate Professor Thomas Wins Raymond Lombra Award

Associate Professor Thomas Wins Raymond Lombra Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies Kevin Thomas! Professor Thomas is the 2019 winner of the Ray Lombra Award for distinction in the Social or Life Sciences. The award will be presented at the College's award ceremony on April 18th.

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New Master of Public Policy Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

New Master of Public Policy Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

As governments, non-profits and other entities are increasingly motivated to analyze the impact of policies and programs before pursuing new regulation, they require more individuals who have the practical policy analysis and program evaluation skills, which are taught in Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs. Penn State is accepting applications for its new Master of Public Policy program, which is being offered by the School of Public Policy in the College of the Liberal Arts. Students interested in identifying, analyzing and solving major policy issues are encouraged to apply.

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Eliminating Smoking and Obesity Could Affect Racial Health Disparities

Eliminating Smoking and Obesity Could Affect Racial Health Disparities

Obesity and smoking are the two leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., yet their full impact on health disparities is still being uncovered. Michelle Frisco, associate professor of sociology and demography and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member at Penn State, is quantifying behaviors such as smoking and obesity to show how they affect health disparities between people from different races and ethnicities. The work appears in the journal SSM - Population Health.

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Board of Visitors’ Enrichment Fund Will Support Student Interns in Liberal Arts

Board of Visitors’ Enrichment Fund Will Support Student Interns in Liberal Arts

"I was never so poor in my life than when I was a student,” said Penn State sociology alumnus Charles Kulp, recalling the financial challenges he faced while an unpaid intern in the attorney general’s office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. “I had no money, but I had to buy five suits because I needed to wear one every day. I didn’t even have the funds to go out to lunch.”

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People With Gay and Lesbian Acquaintances Tend to Support Same-sex Marriage

People With Gay and Lesbian Acquaintances Tend to Support Same-sex Marriage

Friendship bonds that may seem superficial at first glance could be just deep enough to produce attitude changes that help spark social transformations, according to a Penn State sociologist.

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