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Penn State To Host Fall Semester Town Halls June 22

Update, June 15: Penn State has rescheduled its upcoming town hall events. Originally set for June 19 and June 22, both will take place virtually on the latter date.

The university will host a town hall for faculty and staff on Monday, June 22 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a second event for students and their families from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Penn State said the change follows accidentally planning the event on Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States.

“Penn State wants to be respectful and immediately changed the date to June 22 so as to embrace the opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in planned activities,” the university wrote in a release.

Penn State President Eric Barron will host both events alongside other notable administrators including Provost Nick Jones and Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims.

Both events will be hosted online. Once they premiere, they’ll be archived for later viewings.

Original Story: Now that Penn State is gearing up to resume in-person classes this fall, you’ve probably got some questions.

The university will host two virtual town halls in the coming weeks to address students’ and parents’ concerns regarding the return to campus. The first, a town hall for faculty and staff, will be broadcast from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Later, a town hall for students will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22.

In each town hall, university administrators will answers the community’s questions using “as much information as is currently available.”

You can catch both events online here. Additionally, you can anonymously submit questions via Google forms corresponding to the faculty and staff town hall or student town hall.

Penn State’s announcement regarding the fall semester was met with both joyous celebration and cautious optimism. The semester will come with a slew of restrictions, including a modified calendar and remote delivery of classes consisting of more than 250 students.

Penn State will continue releasing information regarding the fall semester in the coming weeks.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.


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