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Penn State wrestling history chronicled in new book

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A new book chronicles the first 100 years of Penn State wrestling -- from its beginnings in the early 20th century as intramural "scraps" to today's successful intercollegiate program. The 272-page "A Century of Penn State Wrestling," compiled and written by the Penn State Wrestling Club, features action shots and team photos of all the Nittany Lion wrestlers in program history, as well as records, honors, Olympic participation and personal memories from former wrestlers. Since its first match against Cornell in 1909, 18 Penn State wrestlers have won 21 national titles, and Penn State remains the only eastern squad to win an NCAA team title. (more)

Students provide dental care to poor in Nicaragua

Friday, September 5, 2008

Students and faculty in the dental hygiene program at Pennsylvania College of Technology volunteered their services in bringing dental care and education to poor children in Nicaragua. The Penn College contingent was accompanied by a Canadian dentist and a dental hygienist. Under the supervision of a Nicaraguan dentist, the group spent four days providing various services for 57 children from a school in the earthquake-devastated area of Managua. (more)

Economic, social disadvantage can affect young citizens' voter turnout

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Penn State study illustrates how certain disadvantages experienced in adolescence, such as early pregnancy, dropping out of high school, being arrested, or going to an underprivileged school, contribute to lower voter turnout in young adulthood. In addition, the types of disadvantage vary across racial groups. (more)

Stuckeman gives $20 million to architecture and landscape architecture

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pursuing a longtime quest to foster academic collaboration in the education of architects and landscape architects, a Penn State alumnus has committed $20 million to encourage even more cross-disciplinary learning opportunities for students in the two programs. H. Campbell "Cal" Stuckeman, of Pittsburgh, graduated from the University in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. His gift will create endowments to support three broad programs to benefit students and faculty. Penn State President Graham B. Spanier will recommend to the Board of Trustees that the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture be named for the donor and his late wife. (more)

Probing Question: Does talking to plants help them grow?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

In a 1986 interview, England's Prince Charles discussed his gardening habits, commenting, "I just come and talk to the plants, really. Very important to talk to them; they respond." The theory that plants benefit from human conversation dates to 1848, when German professor Gustav Fechner published the book "Nanna (Soul-life of Plants)." The idea is a popular one and has spawned several more books and even an album -- recorded in 1970 by an enterprising dentist -- titled "Music to Grow Plants By." But will crooning compliments to your ficus really have any effect on its growth? (more)

Deans make campus smaller with personal interaction

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Penn State's University Park campus may at first seem daunting to some, and the idea of personally getting to know academic leaders may seem far-fetched. But deans at Penn State's largest campus are finding ways to make it much smaller while getting to know the students in their colleges. Christian Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College, and James Thomas, dean of the Smeal College of Business, are among those deans. Though they frequently have different focuses and tasks in their day-to-day administrative duties, both are passionate about creating a sense of community with their students. (more)