Schreyer Honors College staff are working remotely during standard business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST). For questions or concerns regarding the first-year admissions process, please email scholars@psu.edu or call (814) 865-2060. Current Scholars with questions or concerns should email SHCAcademics@psu.edu or call (814) 863-2635. Current Scholars may also schedule an appointment online.

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Welcome All New Scholars Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME)

Congratulations and welcome to the Schreyer Honors community. Your orientation journey begins with an introduction to the College's mission and vision and to teams of dedicated staff and energized Orientation Mentors who are committed to making your orientation one to remember.

New Student Orientation (NSO) Arrival Information
Nittany Lion Shrine in the spring

SHO Modules

Learn more about our mission, learning outcomes, community life, and other resources in the Schreyer Honors College. These self-paced and required modules in Canvas will help shape your experience as new Scholars.

Complete SHO Modules

SHO TIME Schedule

Welcome to the Schreyer Honors College! The following schedule includes dates, times, and details of orientation programming for all new Schreyer Scholars and opportunities for both residential and remote students.

Residential first-year Scholars at University Park will be assigned to SHO rooms for orientation programming. SHO rooms are classroom spaces on campus configured by Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant for social distancing. Small orientation groups will gather in these rooms to participate in SHO TIME activities together via Zoom. All other new Scholars — such as those entering the College as sophomores/juniors, those at other Penn State campus locations, or those opting to attend Penn State remotely this fall — are invited to join sessions remotely.

Please note that links and access to all sessions will be available through the Student Records System (SRS) on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

3:30 PM Meet and Greet “Mask-erade”

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

Kick off SHO TIME at this special “Mask-erade” event where all "masks" are not only welcomed but required! Meet your orientation mentor and receive special orientation information that will help shape your SHO TIME experience.

All First-Year Scholars

4:30 PM Welcome to SHO TIME

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

Join in to learn more about the rich history of the Schreyer Honors College and how to make the most of your orientation experience.

All New Scholars

5:30 PM A Meal with Your Mentor

  • Redifer Dining Hall

Penn State’s Chef Stephane and accomplished staff have planned and prepared for your arrival. Share stories about your hometown on your way to your first orientation SHO room. Your mentors know the way!

Residential First-Year Scholars at University Park

7:30 PM Virtual First Night/Playfair

  • Zoom (Individual)

Get ready to experience a long-standing tradition of SHO TIME. This year, all new Scholars will join in the fun and connect with new friends. Find a quiet place and log in to this interactive session using your own personal device.

All New Scholars

9:00 PM Z-Rooms

  • Zoom (Individual)

Before catching some “Z’s,” this special Zoom room will be the perfect place to enjoy relaxing and fun activities with your mentors and to get a sneak preview of programs planned for the next day.

All First-Year Scholars

8:00 AM Breakfast: Dining with Friends

  • Redifer Dining Hall

Start your day by reconnecting with your orientation mentors and explore indoor and outdoor dining spaces around campus.

Residential First-Year Scholars at University Park

9:00 AM Building a Global Perspective

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

Join Sarah Lyall-Combs, the Interim Coordinator of Academics and International Programs, to learn how to build a global perspective as a Schreyer Scholar.

All New Scholars

10:00 AM Six Tips to Take Advantage of Your Time in the Schreyer Honors College

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

You have four years to develop your skills, your experiences, and your communities at one of the premier research institutions in the world. Join Dr. Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and an honors adviser, to review the philosophy and practices of imagining great dreams, pursuing great disciplines, and winning great victories, now and in the future.

All New Scholars

11:00 AM Honoring Your Mind and Body

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

Join Melissa Doberstein, Director of the Presidential Leadership Academy and one of many certified fitness instructors at Penn State, to learn how to make your health and wellness a priority.

All New Scholars

11:30 AM Take it To Go and Guided Campus/Classroom Tour

  • Redifer Dining Hall

Enjoy today’s special lunch options and enjoy a guided tour that will help you navigate your time on campus while learning more about Honors College resources and the honors community.

Residential First-Year Scholars at University Park

3:00 PM Shaping Your World with Gender Equity

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

Join Becca Geiger, Assistant Director of the Gender Equity Office, for a unique exercise that will engage you in a transformative conversation and help shape your first-year experience.

All First-Year Scholars

4:00 PM Developing a Cultural Understanding

  • Zoom (SHO Rooms/Individual)

Join Carlos Wiley, Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, to learn how inclusivity and diversity in thought, education, and practice can shape your honors experience.

All New Scholars

5:00 PM Finale Dinner and Group Discussions

  • Redifer Dining Hall

You are ready! Take advantage of this meal at one of your favorite places on campus and ask your orientation mentors about leadership and engagement opportunities in the College.

Residential First-Year Scholars at University Park

7:30 PM Your Virtual Talent SHO

  • Zoom (Individual)

This orientation tradition will go virtual this year and features new Scholars and orientation mentors. Talent SHO performances are dedicated to all essential workers.

All New Scholars

Let Scholars Be Your Guide Orientation Mentors

From the moment you arrive on campus, you'll be greeted, taught, encouraged, and led by nearly 100 returning Scholars, who have spent months preparing to be your SHO TIME Orientation Mentors. They're excited to share with you what they've learned during their time at Penn State and in the Honors College.

Communications Team

Adwait Chafale headshot
Adwait Chafale Team Leader Psychology (BS) abc5887@psu.edu
Chloe Bevilacqua headshot
Chloe Bevilacqua Psychology (BS) cqb5147@psu.edu
Harrison Brennan headshot
Harrison Brennan Economics (BA) International Poltcs (BA) Philosophy (BA) Asian Studies (BA) hrb28@psu.edu
Kaitlyn Bridge headshot
Kaitlyn Bridge Info Sciences & Tech (BS) kzb43@psu.edu
Camryn Buss headshot
Camryn Buss Biobehavioral Health (BS) ckb5532@psu.edu
Sydney Gibbard headshot
Sydney Gibbard Engr Premajor (PMAJ) sag5792@psu.edu
Ben Nasal headshot
Ben Nasal Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) bln5145@psu.edu
Carley Anne Palkon headshot
Carley Anne Palkon International Poltcs (BA) cpp5332@psu.edu
Olivia Pena headshot
Olivia Pena Biobehavioral Health (BS) olp5021@psu.edu
Shakambari Ramanathan headshot
Shakambari Ramanathan Psychology (BS) sxr5607@psu.edu
Emily Snow headshot
Emily Snow Biomedical Engneerng (BS) egs5198@psu.edu

Hospitality Team

Lauren DeCastro headshot
Lauren DeCastro Team Leader Vet & Biomedical Sc (BS) lnd5146@psu.edu
Anton Aluquin headshot
Anton Aluquin Health Policy/Admin (BS) aua1311@psu.edu
John Craig headshot
John Craig Liberal Arts (PMAJ) jmc7765@psu.edu
Ella DeKunder headshot
Ella DeKunder Engr Premajor (PMAJ) ecd5243@psu.edu
Julia Faust headshot
Julia Faust Science (PMAJ) jef5543@psu.edu
Cara Himmel headshot
Cara Himmel Education (PMAJ) cnh5267@psu.edu
Sara Jimenez Rincon headshot
Sara Jimenez Rincon Biobehavioral Health (BS) sbj5283@psu.edu
Aryath Narayanamangalam headshot
Aryath Narayanamangalam Engr Premajor (PMAJ) azn5362@psu.edu
Jessica Santucci headshot
Jessica Santucci Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) jzs462@psu.edu
Casey Sennett headshot
Casey Sennett Anthropology (BA) Jewish Studies (BA) History (BA) cms7542@psu.edu
Ayush Sharma headshot
Ayush Sharma Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) axs6669@psu.edu

Logistics Team

Kyle McKelvey headshot
Kyle McKelvey Team Leader Architectural Engr (MAE) Architectural Engr (BAE) kbm5557@psu.edu
Jacob Cunningham headshot
Jacob Cunningham Computer Science (BS) Mathematics (BS) jtc42@psu.edu
Krystal Leung headshot
Krystal Leung Engr Premajor (PMAJ) kfl5316@psu.edu
Bianca Mazzarella headshot
Bianca Mazzarella Liberal Arts (PMAJ) bum380@psu.edu
Aranya Muhunthan headshot
Aranya Muhunthan Engr Premajor (PMAJ) abm6189@psu.edu
Ritika Nagpal headshot
Ritika Nagpal Finance (BS) rkn5124@psu.edu
Lauren Peterman headshot
Lauren Peterman Chemical Engineering (BS) lxp5268@psu.edu
Hailey Reiss headshot
Hailey Reiss Agriculture (PMAJ) hmr5265@psu.edu
Helena Rudolph headshot
Helena Rudolph Engr Premajor (PMAJ) hkr5116@psu.edu
Brad Scanlon headshot
Brad Scanlon Engr Premajor (PMAJ) bjs6358@psu.edu
Grace Sibley headshot
Grace Sibley Engr Premajor (PMAJ) gcs5167@psu.edu
Megan Swift headshot
Megan Swift Journalism (BA) mfs5761@psu.edu

Programming Team

Falynn Dunkelberger headshot
Falynn Dunkelberger Team Leader International Poltcs (BA) Women's Studies (BA) fdd5028@psu.edu
Tessa Beauchat headshot
Tessa Beauchat Arch Engr Premajor (PMAJ) tnb5265@psu.edu
Viviana Davila headshot
Viviana Davila Kinesiology (BS) vid5085@psu.edu
Jessica Hall headshot
Jessica Hall Communications (PMAJ) jxh1696@psu.edu
Gabriel Hiestand headshot
Gabriel Hiestand Earth & Mineral Sci (PMAJ) gph5144@psu.edu
Molly Hohner headshot
Molly Hohner Industrial Engr (BS) mkh5774@psu.edu
Jacob Lemler headshot
Jacob Lemler International Poltcs (BA) jxl6348@psu.edu
Lewis Richardson headshot
Lewis Richardson Political Science (BA) Philosophy (BA) lfr5165@psu.edu
William Vincent headshot
William Vincent Engr Premajor (PMAJ) wmv5027@psu.edu
Schreyer Scholar Hannah Lombardo

With their small size and engaging professors, the hallmark feature of honors classes is being able to facilitate the deeper and more meaningful learning of course material in an intimate setting. Having that personal feedback in an environment that promotes asking questions has been very formative in my education.

Hannah Lombardo '20 Science BS/MBA

Welcome First-Year Students Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME)

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