August 21, 1997......Volume 27, Issue 1

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Employees gear up for onslaught
Spanier's annual address
Partnership to provide bus service
Penn Staters
Promotions
Mowing 'em down
Intercollegiate Athletics
Obituaries
Proud moment
News in Brief
New at Penn State
For the Record
Lectures
Carpoolers
Private Giving
Newspaper program
Visiting research assistant sought
Faculty/Staff Alerts
Staff Focus Committee
Administrative Fellows appointed
Olympic diver honored
Partings
From the experts
Research

 

Penn State news bureau

 Sign of the times

Across the University, employees like Joel Maguire are getting ready for
the return of the fall semester and the thousands of students it brings with it. Maguire, one of three sign painters at University Park, cleans up a sign that will provide much-needed direction to new students, staff and faculty.
 Photos: Greg Grieco

 

 Sprucing up

Ed Guyer from Chameleon Painting applies a topcoat of sealer to the exterior of Bigler Hall on the University Park campus in preparation for the return of students.

Housing employees
gearing up for onslaught

By Lisa M. Rosellini
Public Information

Despite the fact that the University actually offered admittance to a smaller-than-normal number of incoming freshmen this year, a record-high number of students have accepted their invitations.

This year's incoming freshmen class, estimated to be about 12,000 students University-wide, is expected to be the second largest in history. At University Park, preliminary numers indicate that about 5,200 freshmen have either started or will begin their programs.

Although the numbers are still not firm, it is anticipated that University Park will see an increase in the freshmen class of about 400 students over last year's numbers. This will, however, be nearly 450 students fewer than 1995's freshmen class.

Housing employees at University Park are preparing to put up about 990 freshmen and upperclass students in temporary housing, where lounge space is converted to student accommodations. Extra telephone connections and extra Ethernet computer data ports have been installed. Over the last two years, the University also has purchased new furniture for the study lounges to make them more comfortable as living quarters.

In addition to the incoming freshmen, University Park also will have to accommodate students entering their junior year who are transferring from another Penn State location. About 700 students seeking on-campus housing will transfer to University Park from other Penn State locations.

The greater influx of students will, of course, have an effect on other areas of the University Park campus, such as parking, food services, laundry facilities and academics. The University has already added more course sections to accommodate the additional students.

"Extra students, of course, have an impact on the entire University, but with much help from the provost's office and the individual colleges, we have addressed the critical area of academics and are making certain that students have access to the classes they need to begin to make progress in their respective degree programs," John J. Romano, vice provost and dean for enrollment management and administration, said.

"This is a temporary situation, although we will be dealing with it throughout the semester," Fred Fotis, director of Housing, said. "We've planned for this, we are prepared for it. Every fall we have residents in temporary housing, but we know many students will be placed in regular spaces in the first four weeks of the school year.

"Someone's ability to attend the college of his or her choice should really not be determined by the housing occupancy numbers," Fotis said. "We anticipate that there will be about 450 freshmen in temporary housing and the rest will be upperclassmen. Some might ask why we don't build another residence hall, but the truth of the matter is that our residence halls usually have something just under 100 percent occupancy as an average for the year, after final assignments for the year fall into place."

Fotis said housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning students who delay sending in their housing contracts are generally the ones assigned to temporary housing. Students who turn in housing contracts early, are assured of housing. Students in temporary housing will be reassigned to regular space based on the date their original contract was received by the University.

"This really points out what a popular institution Penn State is, but it also clearly shows the need for more of our students to complete their degrees on campuses other than University Park, if that is their desire," said President Graham B. Spanier. "We have moved in that direction and are in a transition period while the campuses get additional academic programs under way."

Spanier said the University's move to reorganize its Commonwealth campuses, which became official July 1, was a step toward handling the needs of placebound students throughout the state. It will also help contain enrollment growth at University Park. The president has repeatedly said the reorganization effort is being made to allow Penn State students to complete a Penn State degree. The redesign of Penn State is expected to accommodate the increased number of high school graduates entering colleges and universities in the coming years. There is space for 12,670 students in University-owned housing facilities on the University Park campus. In a 1995 Penn State Pulse Survey of students assigned to temporary housing and a small sample of first-semester students assigned to regular housing, 64.3 percent said the University had been successful in dealing with the tight housing situation and 91.4 percent were satisfied with their living arrangements at the time of the October survey.

"That's part of the irony of the situation," Fotis said. "Students sometimes don't want to leave temporary housing. It becomes convenient, comfortable and they begin to make friends on the floor."

Students in temporary housing receive a 15 percent discount on room rates, and if a student is in temporary housing after a certain date, a portion of the room fee is returned. In addition, upperclassmen who signed housing contracts have already been contacted to see if they wish to cancel those contracts and seek off-campus housing arrangements without being penalized. Approximately 285 upperclass students so far have taken advantage of the offer.

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Spanier's annual address
will be held on Sept. 12

The president's annual State of the University address -- a time to reflect on past accomplishments and outline plans for the future -- is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. This is the third time President Graham B. Spanier will give the address where he is expected to unveil several initiatives that will have great impact on the University.

More information about the address will be included in the Aug. 28 issue of Intercom.

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All aboard

A Centre Area Transportation Authority bus pulls to a stop near Recreation Building
on the University Park campus. Riders should see enhanced services from a
new arrangement between Penn State and CATA.
Photo: Greg Grieco

New partnership to
provide bus service

Starting Aug. 23, Penn State students and employees riding the Commuter Express at the University Park campus will enjoy enhanced services under a new collaborative arrangement between Penn State 's Office of Business Services' Transportation Services and the Centre Area Transportation Authority.

Riders traveling to and from the University's Commuter Lot, next to The Bryce Jordan Center, will now board blue and white Campus LOOP buses or orange and white Town LOOP buses, run by CATA, both of which will provide service to the lot. Each Commuter Lot parking permit, which costs $9 per month for faculty and staff, will include a bus pass good on any LOOP bus Monday through Friday. Approximately 5,600 people took advantage last year of the bus service from the commuter lot, according to Transportation Services.

"We are extremely enthused about the benefits the consolidation of the Commuter Express and LOOP will now offer for employees, students and town residents," said Betty Roberts, assistant vice president, University Business Services. "Because the LOOP travels throughout the campus and downtown State College, commuters parking in the Commuter Lot will be able to reach many more destinations. "

In addition to having more stops to choose from, Roberts said the arrangement also enables LOOP buses to run more frequently -- every eight minutes all day. The hours of operation also are extended by the new arrangement.

The partnership provides commuters service Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until midnight; and Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 a.m.

Hugh Mose, general manager of CATA, said the extension of the LOOP service to the remote parking lot also will allow CATA's Park and Ride program, as it is called, to return to the east campus area where it was originally located.

"Moving the Park and Ride lot will make additional parking space available as the program grows, while the more frequent LOOP service will increase the convenience for people traveling between downtown and the remote parking area," he said.

CATA, which served about 2.2 million riders last year, is a joint municipal authority representing State College Borough, and Patton, Harris, Ferguson and College townships. The municipally funded entity runs several services including the 12-route Centre Line system, which provides service between downtown State College, the campus and surrounding areas; the Park and Ride program, which transports people from the remote University commuter lot to various destinations across campus and town; LOOP service; transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities; and shuttle service for special events such as Ag Progress Days or the Arts Festival.

Ed Holmes, parking manager for the State College Borough, said the move to extend the current partnership between the University and CATA and to relocate the Park and Ride area is a good example of how the community and the University can collaborate on solutions to regional problems.

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Penn Staters

Dr. Joanna Cain and Dr. Rodrigue Mortel have been named to Good Housekeeping's list of "America's Best Doctors for Women." The list, which appeared in the August 1997 issue, included 401 doctors found by surveying major medical centers across the country.

Both physicians are with the Penn State Geisinger Health System, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and were named for their expertise as cancer specialists in gynecologic oncology. Cain is director of obstetrics and gynecology for Penn State Geisinger and Mortel is associate dean and director of the Geisinger Cancer Center. Both are professors of obstetrics and gynecology in the College of Medicine.

Three faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences were chosen to serve on the International Planning Committee for the third Conference on Farm Animal Endocrinology to be held in Brussels, Belgium in December. They are: Terry Etherton, distinguished professor of animal nutrition; Daniel Deaver, professor of reproductive physiology; and Regina Vasilatos-Younken, associate professor of poultry science.

The Korean Institute for Special Education has invited Richard Foxx professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, to be an instructor for a November seminar on "Teaching Strategies for Severely and Profoundly Handicapped Children" in Seoul. The other instructor is from Cologne University in Germany.

Winston A. Richards, professor of mathematics and statistics at Penn State Harrisburg, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association for his contributions to the profession.

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Promotions

Staff

Jay F. Tressler, advance engineering aide in Applied Research Laboratory.

Vicki L. Van Dine, lead applications programmer/analyst in Corporate Controller's Office.

Janet E. Villastrigo, manager, Pre-Press Services in Business Services.

Kathy L. Walker, staff assistant VIII in College of Arts and Architecture.

Mary Ann Walker, network coordinator in Computer and Information Systems-Telecommunications.

Michael A. Walker, network coordinator in Computer and Information Systems-Telecommunications.

Gerry L. Weaver, lead systems analyst in Computer and Information Systems-Administrative Systems.

James C. Weaver, network coordinator in Computer and Information Systems-Telecommunications.

William V. Welch, manager, Network Systems in Computer and Information Systems-Telecommunications.

Sheila J. Wingard, staff assistant VI in Continuing and Distance Education.

June H. Wright, staff assistant VI in Eberly College of Science.

Lisa A. Young, accountant aide in Eberly College of Science.

Keith J. Zimmer, assistant manager, Housing and Food Services, Commonwealth Campuses in Housing and Food Services, Penn State Altoona.

Technical Service

Chestreann Bowman, baker-utility in Housing and Food Services.

Patricia A. Graham, snack bar worker B, Housing and Food Services at Penn State Altoona.

Roger A. Kwiatkowski, maintenance worker-utility at Penn State Shenango.

Jonathan P. Leslie, stockroom clerk C in Housing and Food Services.

George T. McConnell, maintenance mechanic B at Penn State Shenango.

Floyd J. Nyman, instrument maker C in Eberly College of Science.

Eugene G. Rockey, relief operator, satellite copy center in Business Services.

Barbara A. Wilson, residence hall-utility worker in Housing and Food Services.

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Mowing 'em down

Tom Houck of Farm Operations toils in the hot sun to mow the Mitchell pasture near
Park Avenue on the University Park campus.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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Intercollegiate Athletics

Grabbing the gold

Women's basketball Coach Rene Portland guided the USA Junior National women's team to the Gold Medal in the Junior Women's World Championships at Natal, Brazil, in an overtime victory (78-74) against Australia.

Student-athlete excels

Penn State gymnast Joe Roemer, who helped the Nittany Lions to four consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the men's at-large division. A two-time place finisher at the USA Gymnastics Championships, Roemer was among the finalists for the 1997 Nissen Award, gymnastics' version of football's Heisman Trophy. He is a three-time All-Big Ten academic choice and two-time coaches All-Academic selection. Roemer will pursue a master's degree in finance.

Scholars chosen

Byron Clift and Brad Kittsley of the Penn State golf team are among 102 student-athletes selected as 1997 Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Criteria for selection include a grade point average of at least 3.2, academic standing as a junior, a season stroke average of 78 or lower and participation in at least 75 percent of a school's scheduled competitive rounds.

She's a Roadrunner

Assistant softball Coach Kelley Green, a three-time All Big Ten honoree during her career at Northwestern, spent her summer playing for the Virginia Roadrunners of the Women's Professional Fastpitch League. A catcher, Green was a four-year starter for the Wildcats and rapped out a career record 215 hits.

For the latest information on Penn State Sports, visit the official Intercollegiate Athletics site on the World Wide Web at http://www.psu.edu/ (Click on sports).

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Obituaries

Mary A. Alwine, scheduler, Continuing and Distance Education, from March 1, 1971, until her retirement April 1, 1981; died June 11 at the age of 83.

George J. Caliva, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Hazleton, from Jan. 1, 1964, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1992; died June 22. He was 72.

Leo A. Corbett, assistant professor of general engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, from March 1, 1975, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1991; died May 24 at the age of 70.

Walter J. DeLacy, professor of education, College of Education, from Sept. 1, 1954, until his retirement Sept. 1, 1975; died June 7. He was 87.

William H. Folwell III, associate professor of extension information, College of Agricultural Sciences, from Feb. 1, 1956, until his retirement Feb. 1, 1985; died May 31 at the age of 72.

Sarah A. Hornbeck, clerk, verifier, University Libraries, from Jan. 29, 1970, until her retirement Feb. 1, 1980; died June 11. She was 83.

Peter N. Kutulakis, vice dean of The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, while returning home from a trip to the American Bar Association annual meeting in San Francisco. Kutulakis was a member of the law school staff since 1974 and vice dean since 1995. As vice dean, he oversaw administrative operations of the law school and recently assumed additional responsibilities as human resources representative and director of business services. He was 63.

Marjorie N. Quigley, associate librarian at Penn State Altoona, from July 1, 1962, until her retirement July 1, 1976; died June 8 at the age of 87.

Wynn C. Walker Sr., maintenance worker, Office of the Physical Plant, from June 17, 1972, until his retirement June 29, 1982; died June 15 at the age of 80.

Gladys N. Williams-Lucas, secretary, College of Agricultural Sciences, from March 10, 1958, until her retirement April 1, 1977; died June 10 at the age of 81.

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For the Record

In an Aug. 7 story about the online search for a dean of the Commonwealth College, the sources of assistance for the new venture were not accurate. Those helping to make information on potential candidates available on the Web include the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Budget and Resource Analysis and Kathryn Boynton of the Office of the President.

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