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
Mowing 'em down
Intercollegiate Athletics
Proud moment
News in Brief
New at Penn State
For the Record
Private Giving
Newspaper program
Visiting research assistant sought
Faculty/Staff Alerts
Staff Focus Committee
Administrative Fellows appointed
Olympic diver honored
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Distinguished Speaker Series schedule
covers variety of interesting topics

The 1997-98 Distinguished Speaker Series at University Park will include basketball stars, dignitaries, a world-renowned scientist and a Nobel-prize winner, to name a few.

Made possible through the student activity fee, the Distinguished Speaker Series offers free events for students, faculty, staff and community members to attend. The speakers slated for the coming year include:

* Magic Johnson at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

This is a ticketed event.

Having achieved every imaginable goal from a player's perspective, Earvin "Magic" Johnson embarked on another basketball-related ambition in 1994 when he began his first year as the Lakers' vice president. During his 12-year NBA career, he led the Lakers to five NBA championships and nine appearances in the NBA finals. While Johnson, an HIV survivor, may be best known for his prowess on the basketball court, he is also an entrepreneur with multi-faceted business interests. His latest venture, Johnson Development Corp., develops commercial property in long-neglected minority urban and suburban neighborhoods.

* William Shulz at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Schwab Auditorium.

As the executive director of Amnesty International USA, the 400,000 member U.S. branch of the Nobel-prize winning international human rights organization, Shulz directs daily operations and heads an 80-person staff. A committed social activist and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Shulz has most recently been the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) where he led his organization's involvement in human rights activism in El Salvador, India, Romania and South Africa.

* Jeane Kirkpatrick at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

After more than four years as the U.S. representative to the United Nations and member of the Cabinet, the first woman to serve in that office, Kirkpatrick resumed her position as Leavey professor at Georgetown University and as senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), both positions she held prior to the first Reagan Administration. In addition to her responsibilities at Georgetown and AEI, Kirkpatrick is finishing a book on the U.S. role at the United Nations and in the world. She writes a syndicated column and lectures extensively throughout the country as she participates in the ongoing public dialogue on America's role in the world.

* Ian Wilmut at 8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 22, 1998, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Ian Wilmut introduced the world to the first successful clone of an adult mammal -- a seven-month old Finn-Dorset lamb named Dolly -- and a new frontier in science opened wide. As its first pioneer Wilmut, a member of the Roslin Institute of Scotland and a doctoral graduate from Cambridge University, has been thrust into the world spotlight. Wilmut explores in his lectures the future benefits of cloning technology. Employing exclusive video of the Dolly experiment, Wilmut offers his audiences a fascinating peek into a future that only a short time ago was considered science fiction.

* Cornel West at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998, in Schwab Auditorium

This is a ticketed event.

As a boy, West was greatly impressed by the Baptist church and was deeply touched by stories of parishioners who, only two generations from slavery, told stories of blacks maintaining their religious faith during the most trying times. West was equally attracted to the commitment of the Black Panthers, whose office was nearby his boyhood church. It was from the Panthers that West began to understand the importance of community-based political action. West graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude (1973) in only three years.

* Elie Wiesel at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Eisenhower Auditorium

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world. Wiesel's efforts have earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Peace Prize. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed him chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980 he became founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Wiesel is also the founding president of the Paris-based Universal Academy of Cultures.

* Ross H. Munro at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 1998, in Schwab Auditorium.

This is a ticketed event.

Munro is co-author of The Coming Conflict with China, published in 1997 by Alfred A. Knopf. This book shows how China is emerging as the chief global rival of the United States, and it is widely expected to be the year's most controversial book on America's relations with the rest of the world. Since 1990, Munro has conducted research and written on U.S./Asia policy with particular emphasis on China.

* John Singleton, Thursday, April 30, 1998, in Schwab Auditorium

This is a ticketed event.

Director John Singleton's searing debut film "Boyz N the Hood" earned the writer-director the distinction of being the youngest individual and the first African American ever nominated for an Academy Award as best director, as well as earning him a separate nomination for best screenplay. "Boyz N the Hood" went on to become one of the highest-grossing African American films in history. In 1992, Singleton wrote and directed Michael Jackson's "Remembering the Time," and has since produced soundtracks for "Poetic Justice" and "Higher Learning." His next project as a director will be the motion picture "Shaft Returns."

The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the University Park Allocation Committee in conjunction with the Programming Coordination Board and the Office of Student Activities. For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at (814) 863-3786 or stop by 225A HUB.

Research workshops
offer procedure specifics

The following Research Administration Workshop Series will be offered during the 1997-98 academic year. The purpose of the workshop series is to disseminate information for research administrators at Penn State. The workshops are offered to administrative assistants, staff assistants and all research personnel.

The basic workshops are an introduction to processes and procedures and are recommended for personnel with less that three years of University experience. Specialized workshops provide detailed information on specific procedures in research administration and are designed for personnel actively involved in the topical area. Advanced workshops provide discussion for problems and unusual situations which may arise in research projects and are recommended for research administrators with three or more years of experience.

These workshops are a service of the ACOR-II Education Subcommittee and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Please call Vicki Spadaccio at (814) 865-0453 for content information or Linda Cartright at (814) 863-4019 for registration information.

There is a $75 fee for each workshop and all workshops take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the University Park campus.

* An Introduction: The Basics of Research Administration (basic) -- Wednesday, Sept. 3, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

Introduction to funding opportunities, proposal preparation, internal forms, sponsor actions, pre-award negotiations, award implementations and reporting requirements.

* IBIS Financial: Accounting Database and Standard Reports (specialized) -- Wednesday, Sept. 24, 256 Hammond Building.

Provides an overview of the University's accounting systems. A discussion of the new IBIS financial system will provide participants with a basic understanding of the content of this accounting database and the standard reports available. Special emphasis will be placed on Financial Information Tool reports and the "hand" calculations necessary to have a complete financial picture.

* Proposals: Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together (basic) -- Wednesday, Oct. 22, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

Topics to be covered include searching for funding opportunities; brief budget preparation information; university, college and unit policies and procedures; and sponsor policies and procedures.

* Human Resources (specialized) -- Tuesday, Oct. 28, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

Issues relating to research personnel including types of appointments, classifications, hiring, renewal, termination, foreign national information, leaves of absence and professional ethics.

* Budget Building I (basic/specialized) -- Wednesday, Nov. 5, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This workshop will provide an interpretation of terms, budget categories and cost estimating. Participants will complete basic budget exercises and learn the process for calculating salary categories; graduate assistant stipends and tuition; fringe benefits; and indirect costs. A calculator is required.

* Budget Building II (advanced/
-- Wednesday, Nov. 19, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This is an interactive workshop on complex budgets and spreadsheets. Cost sharing, sponsor match requirements, indirect cost issues and multi-year/multi-task budgets will be examined and discussed. A calculator is required.

* Contract and Legal Issues: The Wheres and Whys of Awards (basic) -- Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This workshop will discuss the types of agreements, contracts, grants and revisions; pre-award audits; negotiations; terms and conditions; and subcontracting plans.

* Subcontracts, Consultants and Purchased Services (basic/specialized) -- Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This workshop will provide an overview of the University's policies and procedures for subcontracts, consultants and purchased services.

* Electronic Research Administration (advanced/specialized) -- Wednesday, March 4, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This workshop will provide a cradle-to-grave overview of Electronic Research Administration. Topics will include funding opportunities, information dissemination, NSF Fastlane and NIH Commons.

* Awards: The Where's and How's of Project Administration (basic) -- Wednesday, March 25, 1998, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This awards workshop will instruct participants on establishing new awards, accounting systems, award administration, subcontracts, expenditure controls, fund close-outs and other issues related to project administration.

* Compliance and Accountability (advanced/specialized) -- Wednesday, April 29, 1998, Venus Room, Johnston Commons.

This workshop will provide a review of OMB Circulars A-21, A-110 and A-133; cost accounting standards; animal, human subjects; and the Federal Demonstration Partnership requirements.

Historian/philosopher to present
series of lectures in September

Author of a dozen critical studies of modern society, Ivan Illich, historian/philosopher, will be at Penn State during the month of September. While at Penn State, Illich will lecture on the technological assumptions in institutions such as schools, medical care, development and related contemporary phenomena.

Illich is known for his books, including questions which overturn assumptions in a range of areas. His works include: Deschooling Society, Tools for Conviviality, Toward a History of Needs, Energy and Equity, Medical Nemesis, Shadow Work, Gender and In the Vineyard of the Text.

The lectures, which are open to the public, will take place Sept. 2 and the following four Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus. Illich will be available to meet with students, faculty and interested people during the month of September in 128 Willard.

For more information on the lectures, please contact Carl Mitcham at (814) 865-3371 or by e-mail at or Hector Flores at (814) 865-3043 or (814) 865-2955 or by e-mail at or fax (814) 865-3047.

October conference to focus
on topics affecting lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender youths

Penn State will host the conference "Interventions with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youths: From Practice to Policy" on Oct. 3-5 at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel. The keynote speaker will be David Buckel, an attorney who successfully sued three administrators at a Wisconsin high school for failing to protect a gay student from years of abuse. The student won a $900,000 settlement in a precedent-setting federal case.

The conference focuses on helping counselors, educators and others guide families and youths through complex issues of sexual identity. Nationally renowned researchers, scholars and practitioners will discuss how to work with and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths in school, community, family and health-related settings. Some conference highlights include:

* "Protecting Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youths in Schools: The Nabozny Case," David Buckel, Lambda Legal Defense Fund;

* "The Politics and the Promise of Helping Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youths," Teresa DeCrescenzo, Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services Inc., Los Angeles;

* "Grassroots Programs for LGBT Youths," Robin Passariello, Children from the Shadows, Middletown, Conn.;

* "Strategies for Putting Sexual Orientation into the School Agenda," Margaret Schneider, University of Toronto; and

* "HIV Risk and Prevention for Young Men Who Have Sex with Men," Dr. Gary Remafedi, University of Minnesota.

Karen Harbeck, director of the Massachusetts-based National Institute for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in Education will address the legislative and policy advances involving educational institutions.

For more information about program content, contact Anthony R. D'Augelli in the College of Health and Human Development at (814) 863-0241. For registration information, contact Chuck Wilson at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel, (814) 863-5110.

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Proud moment

Deidre Patterson, daughter of Jamaican Prime Minister Rt. Hon. P.J. Patterson, accepted her Ph.D.
in school psychology at the Graduate School commencement ceremony on Aug. 9.
Patterson's doctorate is her second advanced degree from the College of Education.
The Graduate School conferred roughly 670 master's degrees and 233 doctorates at the ceremony.
Close to 1,500 students graduated at undergraduate commencement ceremonies on the same day.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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News in Brief

Looking for paid volunteers

Families play a critical role in children's adjustment and development. The Conflict Resolution in Families with Four Year Olds project examines how families with young children solve problems, and aims to better understand what children learn from watching and interacting with their parents.

Families with 4-year-old children are needed to participate in two research sessions (one including dad, mom and child, and one with just child). In the first session, families will be asked to provide information about how family members get along, solve problems and feel about themselves. Families also will be asked to work on several different problem-solving activities.

In a second session, children will be asked to play and work together with other 4-year-old children on several games and activities. Families are paid $40 for participating in this project. This study focuses on how families interact -- counseling is not provided. For more information about participating in this study, please contact the Conflict Resolution in Families Project office at 863-5674. Mari L. Clements, assistant professor of psychology, is the principal investigator.

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Vanpoolers wanted from Philipsburg area to University Park. Work hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call Bill at (814) 345-6670 or Larry at (814) 342-1238.

Carpoolers sought from the Pleasant Gap area to University Park. Work hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Chuck at (814) 865-5453 or

Carpooler wanted from Philipsburg to University Park. Work hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call Jolene at (814) 865-4318.

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Private Giving

Business leader to lead
college's fund-raising effort

A prominent State College business leader and entrepreneur will steer the College of Agricultural Sciences' fund-raising efforts during Penn State's upcoming Capital Campaign.

M. Michael Arjmand of State College will chair the college's campaign committee -- a role that gives him a key volunteer leadership position in the University's overall campaign.

Arjmand will help lead the college's private fund-raising activities by working with other volunteers, as well as with the college's administration, faculty and professional staff. He also will serve as the chief volunteer spokesperson for the goals, theme and objectives of the College of Agricultural Sciences' campaign.

Arjmand is president of Centre Analytical Laboratories, a State College firm that performs chemical analyses for a number of environmental concerns. The company was established by Arjmand in 1986 as a one-man operation and today employs nearly 60 people whose work includes testing residential drinking and waste water, and developing environmentally friendly pesticides. In June, Centre Analytical Laboratories received the Employer of the Year award from the Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Pennsylvania.

In 1993, Arjmand was selected as a finalist for the Central and Eastern Pennsylvania Entrepreneur of the Year in the high technology area. Arjmand earned his master's and doctoral degrees in entomology from Penn State in 1975 and 1978, respectively. During this time, he began a close personal friendship with Ralph Mumma, his faculty adviser and mentor. In 1996, Arjmand and his wife, Mitra, established the Ralph O. Mumma Professorship in Entomology as a tribute to him. The Arjmands are members of the Mount Nittany Society, which recognizes the highest level of individual philanthropy to the University.

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New at Penn State

This fall, Penn State Berks, Berks-Lehigh Valley College, will offer the Agricultural Business Associate Degree program with two options: food and horticulture.

Janelle Larson, assistant professor of agricultural sciences at Berks, will be the program group leader. The program falls under the college's new science division, headed by David Sanford, associate professor of horticulture at Berks. Hassan Gourama, associate professor of food science at Berks, is the third faculty member involved in the Agriculture Business Associate Degree program.

Every course in the program is applicable toward a four-year degree in agriculture.

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Daily routine

Tim Broughton loads newspaper boxes at the Hetzel Union Building on the University Park campus.
Newspaper vendor Jordan Associates, which distributes newspapers at educational rates in
several such boxes at University Park, expects subscriptions by off-campus students to increase
as an indirect result of the Residence Hall Newspaper Readership Program.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Newspaper program to
have impact in classroom

Some faculty plan to make regular readership
a requirement in their courses

By Karen I. Wagner
Public Information

Let's see, 12 to the right, five to the left, six to the right. Or was that six to the left and five to the right?

Starting Aug. 27, Penn State students living on campus will no longer have to memorize a lock box combination in order to retrieve the morning paper. An innovative new program will bring top-read newspapers to the students, encouraging lifelong reading habits and informed citizenship.

That's the goal behind a new plan that will make copies of The New York Times, USA Today and the Centre Daily Times, a local paper, available to 17,000 students in their residence halls. The papers will be placed in residence hall lobbies -- 44 locations at University Park alone -- in addition to the residence halls at eight other Penn State locations.

Up until now, students who wanted to read the newspaper every day had to pay for each subscription individually, memorize a lock box combination and get it themselves from one of 18 boxes on campus. Under the new plan, officially dubbed the Residence Hall Newspaper Readership Program, students will have access to more papers at more locations. The program will be funded by adding only $5 a semester to student room and board rates, due to the low rates offered by cooperating newspapers.

"We will closely monitor which newspapers are most popular and change the mix of available newspapers accordingly," President Graham B. Spanier said. "We are prepared to make as many copies of the newspapers available as students want, as reading habits and newspaper preferences become more predictable."

The residence hall readership program doesn't necessarily mean the end of newspaper lock boxes, however. The vendor at University Park, Jordan Associates, will continue to offer The New York Times, USA Today and the Philadelphia Inquirer at educational discounts. In fact, they expect volumes to increase. Jordan Associates' theory: readership on campus and in the classroom will encourage more off-campus students to stay current.

"Penn State is putting a lot into this program," Nancy Jordan said. "President Spanier is sending a letter to all on-campus students, telling them about the program and encouraging them to read."

How will this readership activity spill over into the classroom? Marie Secor, director of composition, and Don Bialostosky, head of the English department, plan to build newspaper readership into their weekly class assignments for English 30. Students will be required to read The New York Times every day and bring it to class.

Based on their reading, students will learn what makes news, how to make an argument and how to write for a particular audience. The newspaper is the textbook.

"My prediction is that students will really appreciate being well-informed and they'll like the immediacy of it. But I want them to be critical readers as well," Secor said.

One assignment will require students to study the editorial section, then write their own opinion-editorial columns. Another will require them to attend a musical or theatrical performance and write a review.

Students will reflect on their own lives as Secor challenges them to think about what they are reading and writing -- the culture that is reflected in the news story.

Jean Landa Pytel, assistant dean for student services in the College of Engineering, said newspaper readership will make students aware of new applications and advances in engineering technology.

"The tie-in for engineering students is their ability to follow particular industries and know which sectors are in a growth mode," she said.

According to faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, access to daily newspapers will give students access to issues in contemporary life sciences including the environment, rural development and urban sprawl.

"Newspapers are a wonderful source of information for class discussions and projects. They make great case studies," said Jim Mortensen, associate dean and professor of agriculture education.

Secor looks forward to a classroom of open newspapers. In the old days, she'd have to tell the few students reading them to put them away and get out their textbooks.

"Newspapers are a way of giving students more to know about," Secor said. "I think it's going to be fun."

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Visiting research assistant
sought in College of Medicine

A search is being conducted for a visiting research assistant in the Biostatistics Section of the Department of Health Evaluation Sciences within the College of Medicine at Hershey. This faculty position is available from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 1999.

The visiting research assistant reports to the Biostatistics Section chief and is expected to collaborate with biomedical investigators. The Department of Health Evaluation Sciences has an excellent computing environment, with Sun Workstations, for biostatistical research.

Nominations and applications for this position are invited from interested people. The candidate should have a master's-level degree in statistics/biostatistics with some experience in collaborating with biomedical investigators. Members of underrepresented groups, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.

Applications and nominations will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Applications should be sent, along with a curriculum vitae and three reference letters, to Vernon M. Chinchilli, Department of Health Evaluation Sciences, College of Medicine, Mail Services H173, The Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, Pa. 17033.

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