Office of Conferences and Short Courses
The Pennsylvania State University
301B Ag Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-8301
Fax: 814-865-7050
csco@psu.edu

  • Assistant Director, College Relations Office

Mary Seaton is the Assistant Director of College Relations in the College of Ag Sciences at Penn State.  She joined the college in 2006.  In addition to external relations, one of her many responsibilities includes leading the Office of Conferences and Short Courses, which she has helped transformed into a highly productive central service unit for college faculty and staff. She has over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing programs and events. 

Mary started her career in hotel and restaurant management, working for 15 years in the service industry.  Building on her knowledge of event operations in hotels and restaurants, Mary took her first Penn State position as Event Coordinator at the Hintz Family Alumni Center in 2001, supporting over 700 alumni and university events each year.  Mary then took on additional responsibilities for the Penn State Alumni Association was promoted to the Assistant Director of Alumni Events.

In addition to working at Penn State, Mary is a proud Penn Stater.

  • Conference Coordinator

Naomi joined the Office of Conferences and Short Courses as a Conference Coordinator in November 2018. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, where she led the planning and implementation of high visibility and high-quality alumni events as well as alumni/student activities to engage 31,000 active alumni in support of the College's strategic initiatives. Naomi previously worked at the Penn State Alumni Association developing and executing comprehensive volunteer service initiatives for alumni group volunteer leaders as well as numerous Penn State University level awards and recognition programs. She has experience with programs on-campus, off-campus, and out of state that range in size and scope from 12 to 1,000.

  • Administrative Support

Betsy joined the Office of Conferences and Short Courses in an Administrative Staff Support position in August 2019.  Prior to joining the office, she worked at Mount Nittany Hospital for 22 years. Betsy has extensive non-profit organizational experience with registration procedures, customer service, and financial management.

  • Conference Coordinator

Melissa has served in roles as Program Specialist and Conference Coordinator for the Office of Conferences and Short Courses from 2005-2011. During that time she was the lead planner for a variety of programs, such as the NACTA Annual Conference, Plant Biology Symposium, and the Ice Cream Short Course. Melissa was excited to rejoin the office in 2017 as a Part-Time Conference Coordinator. She now specializes in programs utilizing our "Level 2" planning services, including registration and logistical support. Prior to her work with Conferences and Short Courses, Melissa has experience with non-profit community relations and volunteer management.

  • Conference Coordinator

Kristin began working as a Conference Coordinator in the Office of Conferences and Short Courses in April 2012. She began her career with Penn State working at Pollock Dining Commons as an Assistant Manager. There she planned and executed numerous catered events for students, faculty, and staff as well as provided daily food service to the campus community. Her other experience includes working for the Office of Physical Plant where she prepared contracts, monitored numerous budgets, and scheduled meetings. Kristin has planned programs such as the Ice Cream Short Course, 4-H State Achievement Days, and FFA Activities Week.

  • Financial Assistant

Maureen joined Penn State in January 2014 as a Financial Assistant with Penn State Extension assisting the County Offices with wage payroll. Staying with the College of Agricultural Sciences she joined the Office of Conferences and Short Courses as a Financial Assistant 4 in March 2017 and is responsible for all the financial transactions through the office. Prior to working at Penn State, Maureen worked for several years with a large construction company in their payroll department with financial responsibility for more than 1,400 employees weekly. She is originally from Dublin, Ireland and has many years of experience in the both accounting and banking.

Office of Conferences and Short Courses

Address

301B Ag Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802