University Court

Katie Motycki

Katie Motycki joined Penn State as the associate director of New Student Orientation in 2013, was promoted to senior associate director in 2018, and is currently serving as the director of Student Orientation and Transition Programs (SOTP). She provides leadership for the entirety of SOTP’s portfolio including New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Change-of-Campus orientation and initiatives, Welcome Programs, and President’s New Student Convocation.

Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Penn State in 2002 and then went on to earn a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education (NODA).

Why I love Penn State: My favorite people in the world are Penn Staters. Penn State has given me countless opportunities and I’m certain I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.

Favorite Creamery Ice Cream Flavor: Alumni Swirl

Dr. Michquelena Ferguson

Dr. Michquelena Potlunas Ferguson (she/her) currently serves as the Associate Director of Athletic Bands at Penn State.  In her role, she assists with the direction of the Penn State Marching Blue Band and the “Pride of the Lions” Pep Band, directs the Campus Band, teaches courses in music education and conducting, and supervises student teachers.  Previously, Ferguson taught courses in music education and assisted with the direction of athletic and concert bands while concurrently completing her Ph.D. in Music Education. Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Penn State, a Master of Music in Music Education from West Chester University, and a Master of Business Administration from Alvernia University.

Prior to returning to Penn State, Ferguson taught in the Pennsylvania Public Schools for ten years, primarily in high school instrumental music. Ferguson previously served as the Senior High School Band Director and Music Department K-12 Chairperson in the Exeter Township School District in Reading, PA. At Exeter Township, Ferguson was responsible for directing the marching band, the concert band, the auditioned wind ensemble, jazz bands, AP Music Theory, and general music courses in popular music and music technology.

Ferguson’s research interests include Title IX’s effects on women in collegiate athletic bands, investigating the role of women as leaders in music education, and athletic band musicianship. She has presented her research at state, national, and international music education conferences.

Ferguson currently lives in Bellefonte, PA with her husband, Justin, and son, Tiberius John.

Why I love Penn State:  Quite honestly, I fell in love with the Penn State and the Blue Band, when I came to my first football game as a high school student. I applied and came to Penn State as an undergraduate to fulfill my dream of marching through the tunnel in Beaver Stadium. Little did I know this many years later I would be back doing my “victory laps,” as my colleagues and I like to call our additional Blue Band years post-undergraduate, now that I am able to serve the Blue Band as a director! Penn State has the atmosphere and resources of a large research university that also includes smaller communities and niches for students to feel welcome and get involved. #BlueBandFamily is a real and close-knit community for our students, staff, and faculty and its presence in my life will be one for which I will always be grateful.

Favorite Creamery Ice Cream: Alumni Swirl

Dr. Jennifer Eury

Dr. Jennifer L. Eury is the Undergraduate Management Major Program Coordinator and a clinical assistant professor of management and organization at the Smeal College of Business, and she is an affiliate faculty member in the Rock Ethics Institute. Dr. Eury teaches courses in management and organization, ethical leadership, and leadership and change in organizations. She also advises the Management Major Ambassadors, a group of student representatives for the Management major, who promote the major to prospective students as well as build community with current majors.

Prior to joining the Smeal faculty on a full-time basis, Dr. Eury served as Smeal’s honor and integrity director and an instructor in management and organization. She also served as Smeal’s director of alumni relations. Before that, she served on the marketing and recruitment team in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, and before then, coordinated public relations for the Geography Department. In the past 17 years, Dr. Eury has and continues to serve on a wide range of department, college, and University-wide committees. In addition to her service activities, she has studied individuals’ and organizations’ responses to identity threat, and organizational culture, specifically how culture can foster integrity and ethical behavior. More recently, she studies topics related to teaching and learning in management education. Her research is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Education, and New Directions for Higher Education. She has presented at professional meetings and is a frequent guest speaker to groups on and off campus on topics related to integrity and ethical culture.

Dr. Eury received her Ph.D. in higher education, a Master of Science in business administration, a Master of Education in higher education, and a Bachelor of Arts in advertising-public relations, all from Penn State. She is also a proud alumna of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team. She and her husband (also a Penn Stater!) have two sons.

Why I love Penn State: I have four degrees from Penn State. I met my husband at Penn State and we had our wedding reception on campus. I earned my first job, after graduation, at Penn State. I cheer, “We Are…” whenever I see someone, outside of State College, wearing Penn State attire. I love Penn State because I am grateful for the opportunities and memories dear old State has provided me.

Favorite Creamery Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Dr. Scott Collins

Dr. Scott Collins is a clinical associate professor of accounting in the Smeal College of Business. He joined the Penn State faculty in 2012 after working in a variety of professional accounting roles. His passion for teaching was discovered while pursuing his first graduate degree, and the rest (as the saying goes) is history.  His role as an instructor focuses mostly on the technological and analytical components of accounting, with a particular interest in helping to prepare students for a strong start in their post-graduate professional careers.  As a supplement to his teaching role, he also oversee two of Smeal’s one-year master of accounting degree programs.  And he has also proudly served as an adviser for a variety of student-led organizations, initiatives, projects, and honors theses throughout my time at Penn State.

Dr. Collins support team at home includes his wife, two children, and two dogs.  His family enjoys youth sports, traveling, camping, and cheering on a variety of Penn State athletic teams and clubs.

As a complement to his other academic pursuits, he is honored to be a 2009 graduate of the Smeal College of Business.

Why I love Penn State: I love the fact that academics are at the center of our mission.  I look forward to walking around campus and seeing everyone proudly wearing their Penn State gear.  I am frequently encouraged by the many banners and signs of support throughout our community.  I listen carefully for the louder emphasis on the words “May no act of ours bring shame…” while our Alma Mater is being sung.  And I have come to realize that we are currently pointing toward a very bright future.  Raise the song, All with thee, Dear old State!

Favorite Creamery Ice Cream? Butter pecan. My family knows this very well, as I quite predictably pick this flavor whenever it is on the menu.

For more information check out the University Court handbook.

University Court Handbook

About University Court

As a Penn State faculty and staff member, you dedicate your time to not only the University, but to the students that you influence on a daily basis. Why not have the opportunity to be recognized for that great commitment? Penn State Homecoming University Court is made up of 4 individuals whose devotion to the Nittany Lion family goes above and beyond the call of duty. These individuals are advisors, professors, staff and researchers, who are nominated by the students who admire them. The experience of a University Court member is unique, and one that allows for a faculty and staff member to be fully immersed in Homecoming from a point of view that very few get the opportunity to have. We look forward to having you a part of this great tradition!

University Court Timeline

Similar to the process of Student Court, any student is allowed to nominate a faculty or staff member as an individual a part of University Court. These nominations will occur during the early part of the fall semester. After fall nominations close, a panel made up of Penn State student leaders, will select the final 4 members of the University Court, based on those individuals commitment to the success and growth of Penn State and its students. These student leaders within the selected panel, come from various academic and involvement backgrounds, as to ensure that we are able to have the most inclusive process for selection as possible.

Spring Nominations

Nomination tables will be set up in the HUB on April 27th (Legacy Celebration). Nominations will close on August 31st at 5:00 p.m. and no late submissions will be accepted. All submissions must be completed online. Only one nomination is needed to receive an application.

University Court Student Panel

A panel made up of Penn State student leaders will come together in order to select the final 4 members of the University Court. These students come from a diverse range of majors and school experiences, in order to provide the best point-of-views for the University Court selections.

Court Workshop

Location is HUB 134 on October 3rd from 6-8:30 pm. All Homecoming Courts (Graduate, University, and Student) will receive their schedule of events and any important information needed for Homecoming Week. Food, fun, and games will also be provided.

Homecoming Week

October 16th – October 22nd
All members of the University Court are required to be present at as many Homecoming Week events as possible. An official schedule of events and dates will be provided in advanced.