Marcellus Info-Fest

The Marcellus Shale natural gas play is having a huge impact on Pennsylvania's economy, and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to position students to benefit from associated employment opportunities.

Marcellus Info Fest, held March 20-22, 2012, allowed students enrolled in environmental majors to network with professionals in the natural gas industry, government agencies, private firms, and academia to learn about job opportunities in the area of Marcellus Shale gas development.

Classroom visits by professionals in academia, private firms, and agencies visited selected Community Environment and Development and Environmental Research Management classes to talk about what they do and how it relates to what students are learning in their classes and to discuss a variety of career opportunities.

On day two, an open panel discussion was held. Assembled students had an opportunity to participate in a facilitated conversation on the current job climate for higher education graduates with an environmental science background in the emerging natural gas economy. An open forum was offered to all attendees to pose questions to the panel during the session. A recording of this discussion can be viewed at:

Panel Facilitator

  • Tom Murphy, Co-Director, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), Penn State University


  • Andy Keister, Vice President, Site Engineering, Larson Design Group
  • Tim Kelsey, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Penn State University
  • Jim Ladlee, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, Director of Special Initiatives for the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center
  • Steven J. Lyncha, P.E., Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
  • Michael Narcavage, Manager, Corporate Development, Chesapeake Energy

The final day of the event consisted of career services workshops. Robert Orndorff, Associate Director, Recruiting & Employer Relations at Penn State Career Services and Erin Mullen, Coordinator of Experiential Learning and Career Services Center in the College of Agricultural Sciences offered workshops at various times throughout the day on:

  • informational interviewing
  • resumes
  • networking

Marcellus Shale Career Related Resources

This event was presented by the Community, Environment, and Development (CED) Club and sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) in cooperation with Penn State Career Services.

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