The Penn State community is invited to the Student Engagement Expo on November 9th

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Student Engagement Expo on Nov. 9 will showcase how students learn from experiences outside the classroom and enrich their lives through student engagement.

Sponsored by the Student Engagement Network (SEN), the exhibition gives students the opportunity to share their experiences through various avenues of student engagement: clubs, internships, sports, research, travel, arts events and more. Events will begin at 6 p.m. at the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus.

Expo 2022 will also mark the launch of the Penn State Engagement App, which connects students to the wide range of engagements available to them at Penn State. It was created with the help and participation of hundreds of Penn State faculty, staff and students.

“The Engagement app serves not only as a virtual hub for student information and connection, but also provides students with a framework to understand and intentionally seek out and implement elements of student engagement during their college years,” said Michael Zeman, director of the Student Engagement Network. “We couldn’t do this without the help of our alumni partners, Navengage.”

To celebrate the launch, app developer Navengage will headline this year’s Expo event. Navengage was founded by Andrew Strause (Management Information Systems, Class of 2017), Dan Lordon (Biology and Political Science, Class of 2017) and Colin McBride (Advertising, Class of 2019).

“Our unique journeys at Penn State brought us together to create Navengage and partner with Penn State to redefine the student experience,” Straus said. “Unlike traditional higher education technology, the Engagement App is built with a student-first mentality that recognizes the individual wants and needs of each student, no matter where they are in their Pennsylvania journey. Engagement and belonging are fundamental parts of student success, and we’re excited to share why the groundbreaking work being done at Penn State is important to Navengage’s mission.”

The Expo will also feature poster exhibits, performances and lightning talks by current Pennsylvania representatives about their personal experiences of engagement.

“I think it’s important that current students learn from their peers about the experiences they’re having both at Pennsylvania and beyond that complement their academics,” Zeman said. “It’s a way for faculty, staff and others in the university community to think about how they can connect their work to student engagement.”

Schedule of events for the Student Engagement Expo 2022, November 9

  • 6-7 p.m. — Art Alley and Freeman Lounge poster exhibit, and performances in the Gingher Lounge outside the Engagement Space

  • 19:00-20:00 – Lightning talks in Freeman Auditorium

  • 8-8:30 a.m. — Keynote address in Freeman Auditorium

About the student interaction network

The Student Engagement Network is a collaborative initiative of Penn State’s undergraduate education, student affairs, outreach, and online education. The Student Engagement Network’s mission is to increase engagement by connecting students with experiences that empower them to make a positive impact as global citizens and leaders.

For more information about the Student Engagement Network, visit or email [email protected].

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