March 20, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 24

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Conference Center, Inn transforming
Engineering departments to merge
University starts process to guide development
Out in the cold
Volunteer effort opens door to Internet
Faculty Senate News
A message from the President
Call for proposals
Quality Expo in its fifth year
Fayette welcomes business development center
University news at your fingertips
Winter blast
Carpoolers
Career Day
CEO for Shenango campus sought
Internal search for department head
National Service Week
For the Record
Lectures
Grant funds available
Workshops for minority students planned
Promotions
Faculty/Staff Alerts
News in Brief
Penn Staters
25-year Awards
Slavic Folk Festival
Graduate Research Exhibition
Chocolate Chase
Private Giving
Partings
Bookshelf
Appointments
Awards
It's on the Web
Research
Penn State news bureau

Conference Center and Inn
going through transformation

By Annemarie Mountz
Public Information

May 6 marks a new beginning for Penn State in the area of hospitality. That's the day The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn State Conference Center Hotel (currently The Penn State Scanticon) join forces under Penn State Hospitality Services.

The combination of the two facilities will create the largest self-operating hospitality conference organization in higher education.

The change, announced in May 1996, is being made to streamline the University's overall hospitality organization.

"When President Graham Spanier arrived at Penn State, he saw an outside contractor and University employees each operating a hospitality organization independently from one another. We had The Nittany Lion Inn operating and doing certain things and we had The Penn State Scanticon doing things consistent with the University's mission and what they've been asked to do -- but basically doing the same things. So it was clearly legitimate for him to ask, 'What options are there for change, for improvement?'" said James W. Purdum, general manager of The Nittany Lion Inn.

To answer the question, Purdum and Tom Gibson, assistant vice president for auxiliary services, worked on a proposal for self-operation that ultimately led to the decision to terminate the management agreement with Scanticon International, a Princeton, N.J.- and Denmark-based hotel and conference center management company.

The decision was one made strictly for operating efficiency, to ensure continued, long-term viability of both The Nittany Lion Inn and the Conference Center Hotel, and not because of any dissatisfaction, Purdum said.

"Everything that Scanticon International was asked to do, they've done, and then some," he said. "They've done an extraordinary job in setting up the conference center hotel -- opening it, operating it, establishing operational credibility, establishing quality food service, establishing so many things that are positive for Penn State. We plan to expand on what they've built."

Purdum said the main goal is to take the best that Scanticon has brought to Penn State and the best that The Nittany Lion Inn has to offer and create a combined organization that delivers product and services that are better than either one has been able to offer individually.

Customers at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel will see little difference on May 6, other than a change in signs.

"We don't intend to come in and make drastic changes. There's nothing broken as far as the day-to-day operations go," Purdum said. He said all conference and seminar bookings made by Scanticon will be honored by the University.

The new organizational structure will see Purdum as general manager for both facilities with the assistance of an associate general manager. Directors will have organizational responsibility for human resources, sales and marketing, and reception and property operation for both facilities. This will enable The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn State Conference Center Hotel to operate more efficiently, as one hotel with two locations, according to Purdum.

"This is a proven organizational structure, not experimental. This is something that single owners of hotels in the same geographic region have used to share business," Purdum said. "It's my hope that this structure will have everyone in the organization thinking about where the customer's needs are best served."

A change for employees is that they all will now work for Penn State. Staffs will be interchangeable and will be assigned based on where they are needed most.

"The change will allow us to move staff around to put people where they're needed and hopefully achieve some efficiencies there. Banquet servers may be at The Nittany Lion Inn one day and at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel the next," Purdum said.

"The people at both locations are extraordinary. They have extraordinary pride in their jobs. What we need to do during this transition is to maintain that sense of pride and that sense of professionalism and get us all committed to the common goals of serving both our guests and our educational mission," Purdum said.

"There will be a gradual influx of more students at the Conference Center Hotel because our mission is directly associated with helping to educate and provide educational work experience for students through our intern program. Scanticon already has been involved in the program," Purdum said.

Patricia Book, associate vice president and associate dean for Continuing and Distance Education, said the changes also should benefit her unit.

"The combined property eliminates any inherent competition and permits everybody to focus on the services and the space most appropriate to the faculty, the needs of the academic conference, professional association or corporate training program," Book said. "Continuing and Distance Education is continuously attracting larger programs and increasing the average size of our programs. When we're working with 1,500 people and need facilities at both places, it's critical that we have a seamless University response."

Book said the consolidation of the two properties under one management system will make it easier for conference planners and attendees alike.

"They will be able to seamlessly reserve overnight accommodations or meeting space without having to deal with separate properties as we have in the past," she said. "Integrating the information systems, guest services and room reservation systems makes it easier and quicker for us to respond to program participants. That's an immediate benefit."

Other changes coming include a central reservation system for both facilities, shared information systems, one sales and catering system and consistent pricing at the facilities' four restaurants.

These steps are all intended to meet Penn State Hospitality Services' stated mission of uniting quality hospitality and education to be the premiere hotel and conference destination in higher education.

"I'm really passionate about this change. I think it's so good for Penn State," Purdum said.

For all your conference needs

Beginning May 6, employees of both The Nittany Lion Inn and the new Penn State Conference Center
and Hotel (shown above) will come together to better accommodate conference attendees and to provide
a better response system for customers.

Academic conferences at Scanticon

Since The Penn State Scanticon opened its doors in May 1994, it has served the University's academic conferencing needs well. To date, Scanticon has:

* delivered 378 academic programs.

* served 31,459 participants.

* involved more than 500 faculty as program developers, content experts and program chairs.

* worked with all colleges including the Capital College.

Source: Mike Ostroski, director of Conferences and Institutes

Overflow keeps others hopping

The Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Scanticon and Bryce Jordan Center have been very good for business, according to those in the State College business community.

Bob Price, president of Downtown State College Inc., said area businesses have seen a "tremendous" impact from both the Jordan Center and Penn State conference business.

"We continue to see increases, and increases and increases in business downtown," he said. "We haven't had the time or money to do an assessment of the financial impact on

downtown, but we plan to survey our members and collect that data."

Price said a joint Penn State/State College marketing committee has been formed

and meets regularly to analyze just such issues.

Ainslie McLay, director of sales at the Days Inn Penn State has worked closely with the Nittany Lion Inn and Scanticon. Both facilities rely on the Days Inn to handle overflow guests from Penn State conferences and Jordan Center events such as the Garth Brooks concert.

Although the Days Inn has a clientele all its own, McLay notes that her sales team is collaborating with its counterparts at the Nittany Lion Inn and the Conference Center, marketing jointly at a number of hospitality sales conventions.

"We are very pleased," she said. According to McLay, the number of rooms reserved at the Days Inn in conjunction with the Garth Brooks concert has been "phenomenal."

"It's been fantastic, really. The success of the Jordan Center has been amazing. We are certainly filling rooms that we haven't filled before, " McLay said. "We're just glad to have so many people traveling to State College."

Susan Rose, sales manager at the Hampton Inn Hotel agreed.

Hampton Inn room bookings are up and like the Days Inn, the Hampton Inn routinely handles overflow business for the Nittany Lion Inn and Conference Center.

"I'm over there all the time, meeting with the Penn State planners and events staff. We appreciate all three facilities," Rose said.

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Two engineering
departments to merge by 1998

Plans are being developed for two engineering departments -- mechanical and nuclear -- to merge, effective for the fall semester 1998. The new administrative unit will be the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

This administrative consolidation is a result of the College of Engineering's five-year strategic planning process and an analysis of enrollment trends based on a decline in nuclear engineering enrollments.

"A principle foundation of this merger is to maintain and continue the significant contributions the College of Engineering has had to the nuclear engineering profession and discipline," David N. Wormley, dean of the college, said. "It is planned to continue the accreditation with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology for undergraduate and graduate degree programs in nuclear engineering and the education, research and service activities of the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor facility."

The basic conditions established for the planned merger are:

* To continue the degrees currently offered in both the mechanical and nuclear engineering programs.

All students will be able to continue in their current degree program to completion, and the college will continue to recruit and admit students into the nuclear engineering programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.

* No staff will be discharged as a direct result of the merger and faculty tenure processes currently in place will continue.

* The new department will maintain and enhance the operation and use of the Breazeale Reactor.

Wormley has appointed a committee to identify and prioritize issues related to the merger, and to establish a process to address these issues. The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department Transition Committee consists of two faculty and two staff members, and one graduate student and one undergraduate from each department (See box). The committee is being chaired by George J. McMurtry, associate dean for administration and planning in the college.

In presenting the charge to the transition committee, Wormley established the following two principles for the planned merger:

-- Maintain the viability and visibility of nuclear engineering while enhancing mechanical engineering; and

-- Combine the strengths of both units into a strong and unified department.

The committee will submit its recommended plans for the merger and the process it will undertake to accomplish the move by early this summer. Minutes of the committee meetings will be posted on the Web at http://www.engr.psu.edu/www/dept/mech_nuce_merger/

"There are strong mutual research interests between these two groups of faculty -- particularly in the thermal and heat transfer areas," McMurtry said. "This administrative change will foster increased interaction and collaboration among the faculty and students in the two fields."

College leaders expect to submit a formal proposal this summer for consideration by the University Faculty Senate and the administration. It is planned that the merger will become effective July 1, 1998, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

Committee Members

The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department Transition Committee includes:

-- George J. McMurtry, associate dean for administration & planning, chair

-- Anthony Baratta, professor of nuclear engineering

-- Robert Daum, graduate student, nuclear engineering

-- Robert Heinsohn, professor of mechanical engineering

-- Daniel Hughes, senior research assistant, Breazeale Nuclear Reactor

--Rebecca Levack, undergraduate student, nuclear engineering

-- Thomas Litzinger, professor of mechanical engineering

-- Arthur Motta, assistant professor of nuclear engineering

-- Kim Ripka, administrative assistant, mechanical engineering

-- Sue Ripka, staff assistant, mechanical engineering

-- Steven Schroeck, undergraduate student, mechanical engineering

-- Andrew Smith, graduate student, mechanical engineering

-- Christine Wilson, staff assistant, nuclear engineering

NEED MORE?

Minutes of the transition committee meetings will be posted to the Web at:

http://www.engr.psu.edu/www/dept/mech_nuce_merger/

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University begins process
to guide development

University administrators, faculty, staff and students joined members of the State College community and a planning consultant earlier this month to begin the long process of updating the University Park Campus Master Plan.

More than 100 people were present at The Penn State Scanticon on March 5 for the kick-off meeting of a process that will see a framework for campus development completed by Aug. 29, 1998. The plan will focus on land inside of U.S. Route 322 to Corl Street, including West Campus.

"The continuing evolution of this campus obviously is of importance both to Penn State's academic community and to the local community," said President Graham B. Spanier. "The planning process will bring a variety of internal and external viewpoints together to identify needs and opportunities for our future."

Emphasizing long-term opportunities, wide campus and community involvement and the importance that image and the quality of the physical environment has on attracting students, faculty and visitors, Richard Rigterink, a partner at Johnson Johnson & Roy Inc. and senior planning consultant for the master plan, laid out a blueprint for action over the next 18 months. Developing the plan will involve public meetings, focus groups, one-on-one consultations and just plain old walking around and talking to people.

"Don't be surprised to see us in the dining halls, or flagging people down on the mall to find out how they feel about the physical environment of campus," said Rigterink. "We also want to work closely with the neighborhoods and the community and have Robert Bini, director of the Centre Region Planning Agency, on the Master Plan Advisory Committee coordinate that input."

While the student population at University Park is not expected to grow significantly over the next 10 to 20 years, growth is likely to occur to accommodate advances in technology and the increasing use of technology in both teaching and research. Facilities will need to be updated and as the University continues its strength in sponsored research, new research facilities may be necessary.

In addition, Penn State is increasingly becoming a point of destination, a cultural center drawing a range of visitors from prospective faculty, staff and students, to visiting researchers, donors and returning alumni. The master plan will help ensure the University continues in this role.

Among the goals of the plan are to increase campus order, strengthen the campus image, define future opportunities and clarify long-term use patterns for areas which may not currently be used to their potential.

"We will look 10 or more years into the future to explore the issues and alternatives which can ensure future flexibility that will achieve a well-organized, distinctive and aesthetically appropriate environment, and allow us to more fully understand our capacity to support development," Gary C. Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer, said.

While the project will take 18 months to complete, all meetings will be scheduled as soon as possible. The group that met March 5 will meet twice more.

"The next meeting will be to give you an update and outline the directions the process is taking," Schultz said. "The last one will be a pre-final report presentation of the plan."

The plan will not affect current building projects such as the Paterno addition at Pattee Library and the Hetzel Union Building/Paul Robeson Cultural Center project, which will continue as scheduled.

The configuration of campus buildings, walkways, open spaces and utility systems have been guided by a master plan first developed in 1922 and periodically updated. Its last major update occurred in 1987.

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Out in the cold

Lonny Shawver from the Office of Physical Plant, works in the chilly March winds to install a railing around the timing stand on the track just south of Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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Outreach

Getting ready to surf

Taralee Sanduskey, a general engineering major, helps with Internet wiring at Radio Park Elementary School. Sanduskey is just one volunteer in the project to connect the State College school to the Internet.
It's all part of a statewide effort to wire 200 schools across Pennsylvania.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Volunteer effort opens door to Internet

An all-female team of University faculty, staff and students has installed high-speed network wiring to modernize the computer facilities at Radio Park Elementary School in State College.

The team is part of a statewide, volunteer effort known as the BuildPEN Partnership that expects to improve the wiring in 200 schools across Pennsylvania so that they can connect to the Internet by the end of this week. PEN stands for the Pennsylvania Education Network and is the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Ridge's Link-to-Learn education technology initiative. Link-to-Learn complements the BuildPEN Partnership by providing $121 million over three years to supply schools with computer equipment, planning expertise and other resources.

Kyle Peck, associate professor of instructional systems in the College of Education, heads Penn State's participation. Alison Carr, assistant professor of instructional systems, College of Education, is the lead volunteer. Marilyn Scott, an architectural engineering major from Tunkhannock, is coordinating participation from the University's Women in Engineering Program.

"March has been designated 'BuildPEN Month' and during that month, many schools across the state will benefit from the efforts of volunteer groups and the gifts of corporate partners," Scott said. "In general, corporations provide the materials and the local communities provide the 'person power.'"

Tom Mincemoyer, State College Area School District technology coordinator, is technical adviser to the volunteers. He is coordinating their efforts so that the wiring projects dovetail with the school district's new technology plan. Although Radio Park is the first school to be wired, three more schools in State College also will benefit from the effort.

Besides Carr and Scott, a large number of faculty members, students and staff are also participating.

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Faculty Senate news

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Tuesday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Kern Graduate Building on the University Park campus. Some items to be addressed include:

* Faculty teaching development and evaluation (forensic);

* Delegation of authority for the law curriculum to The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University;

* Committees and rules nominating report for 1997-98 including: faculty rights and responsibilities, Standing Joint Committee on Tenure and University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee (informational);

* Roster of Senators for 1997-98 (informational);

* Voluntary phased-retirement program (informational);

Members of the University community may attend. Anyone who is not a member of the Senate may ask to speak on any item of business already before the Senate. Such a request must be made to the chair, through the executive secretary of the Senate, at least four calendar days before the meeting.

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A Message from the President

University is benefit to entire Commonwealth

By Graham B. Spanier

I recently had the opportunity to testify before Pennsylvania's House and Senate appropriations committees about Penn State's budget. Many of the questions asked by our elected officials during those hearings centered on how Penn State uses the tax funds it receives. As the Commonwealth's largest publicly supported university, I think it is important that the university be accountable and that Pennsylvanians understand what Penn State is doing to serve students and taxpayers.

When legislators and citizens ask us what we are doing for Pennsylvania, we believe the answer is "a lot." As a taxpayer, you should feel particularly confident that the state's investment in Penn State is returning substantial dividends and that the University has been, and will continue to be, a careful steward of the funds entrusted to us. As Penn State employees, you should be proud of the continued contribution the University makes in all corners of the state.

Our first priority is our students. As you know, we currently educate more than 77,000 students, and are committed to ensuring that they receive the highest quality education possible. We accomplish this within the context of a budget that might surprise most people.

While many readers are aware that Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states in per capita spending on public higher education, some might be surprised to know that Penn State receives less per student than any other public university in the Commonwealth. And we receive less support per student than any of our Big Ten counterparts. These are facts we have had to contend with for years. Yet we haven't let this impede our progress. In fact, the citizens of the Commonwealth should be proud that we have been able to develop and sustain one of the nation's leading universities while less than 17 percent of Penn State's total budget comes from the state treasury.

As you have read before in Intercom, a 1996 survey in U.S. News and World Report named Penn State a "best value" institution -- the only Pennsylvania college or university among the top "best values" nationwide. U.S. News also ranked Penn State among the top 10 most efficient universities in the nation -- institutions that "get the most out of their educational expenditures."

The guidebook Ivy League Programs at State School Prices named Penn State one of six public universities nationally -- and the only one in the Northeast -- that has the very best undergraduate honors programs at a cost most Americans can afford. Money Guide, from the editors of Money magazine, surveyed the undergraduate honors programs at public universities and included us among a group recognized as "the best in the nation."

Just this month, Kiplinger's rated Penn State a four-star value. Of the 51 state universities reviewed, Penn State was tied with the University of Virginia for highest SAT score average, while having the highest undergraduate enrollment of all the universities listed, a clear reflection of Penn State's commitment to quality plus access.

A Penn State education is something that is in great demand. This past year, for the second year in a row, more high school seniors -- 53,238 -- sent their SAT scores to Penn State than to any other university in America. We believe this is a clear reflection of the quality education which we provide at 23 locations around the state. That quality is enriched by a faculty that once again ranks first in the nation in the number of Fulbright Scholars.

Penn State's research mission is also bringing great benefit to the citizens of the Commonwealth. From the development of the artificial heart to the creation of new materials for industry, to cures for crop disease, Penn State research touches the lives of virtually everyone in the state. Penn State currently ranks 10th in the nation in total research and second in the nation (behind MIT) in industry- sponsored research. These research efforts, funded mostly with dollars brought into Pennsylvania from outside the state, are having a dynamic impact on business, industry and citizens.

Penn State's Research and Technology Transfer Organization has contributed to the creation of more than 5,000 new jobs and the retention of more than 3,500 existing jobs. We have increased the competitiveness of thousands of Pennsylvania businesses and helped to create more than 400 new companies.

Our Cooperative Extension programs serve one in six Pennsylvania households annually, and our Continuing and Distance Education programs serve more than 150,000 people per year. The recent creation of the Penn State Geisinger Health System will, in addition to creating a secure funding base for our College of Medicine, enable us to provide state-of-the-art medical care to residents of 40 counties.

We believe the facts show that the Commonwealth's investment in Penn State is a good one and we seek the continued support of the governor, the Legislature and the people of Pennsylvania, to ensure access to a Penn State degree for those who desire it. We believe that we are setting a new standard for the integration of teaching, research and service, and through our efforts in these important areas, helping to build a better future for the Commonwealth and all who live here.

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Call for proposals

Schreyer Institute looking to
reward new ideas in education

The Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning is looking for faculty with new ideas in active and collaborative undergraduate learning. Proposals for innovations to run in the spring 1998 semester are due April 11. The institute hopes to fund at least 20 projects.

Nearly 100 institute Fellows have experimented with collaborative learning using high-performance learning teams, or active learning using realistic problems or cases, in the institute's first two years. They report improvements in student motivation, attendance and intellectual performance.

Selected proposals are supported with funding for student interns to work with the faculty in designing and coordinating new learning experiences. In addition, faculty members can use instructional design and assessment consultants and team-training resources provided by the institute. Project faculty also participate in bi-weekly workshops and conversations that use PictureTel to reach University locations across the Commonwealth.

For application forms and more information, call (814) 865-8681, e-mail INOV8@psu.edu or apply directly through the World Wide Web at http://www.inov8.engr.psu.edu/.

Candidates sought for
leadership and service awards

The AT&T Center for Service Leadership is accepting nominations for its 1996-1997 Service Leadership Awards.

* The Partisan Award recognizes a group member in a non-leadership role who has made a valuable contribution to the organization, the Penn State community and Centre County region.

* The Eclipse Award recognizes a leader who has served as an officer and/or committee chair demonstrating responsibility for the organization and displaying strong leadership skills.

* The Rose Cologne Keystone Citizen Award & Laurel Award for Outstanding Services recognize students who have made valuable contributions in the area of service and volunteerism to the Penn State community and Centre County region. The Rose Cologne Keystone Citizen Award recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional services and ongoing involvement, particularly in efforts involving social issues. The Laurel Award for Outstanding Service recognizes outstanding "one-time" and ongoing service to the community.

Nomination packets are at the HUB Information Desk on the University Park campus and 101C HUB. Nominations are due noon, March 21, in 101C HUB. For more information call (814) 863-4624.

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Quality Expo now in its fifth year

Penn State will host the Quality Expo April 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the event, held in celebration of the University's commitment to continuous quality improvement. During its five-year history, Penn State's Quality Expo has showcased the improvement initiatives of 193 teams.

The purpose of the expo is to invite members of the University and local community to learn from each other's experiences in bringing about improvement and spurring effective organizational change.

In addition to reviewing the exhibits of 67 quality teams, visitors will be invited to participate in quality circles -- workshops featuring quality initiatives and techniques. The quality circles will be held in the inn's Fireside Lounge. Provost John Brighton will introduce the first presentation, "Innovation in the Classroom," at 11:15 a.m. Other quality circle presentations will highlight team-building skills and strategies for maintaining team momentum. President Graham B. Spanier will deliver welcoming remarks at 12:15 p.m. and attendees will be eligible to win prizes.

For a schedule of activities or more information, call (814) 863-8721, or e-mail les1@psu.edu; or visit the Expo Web site at http://www.psu.edu/dept/president/cqi/expo97.

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Fayette welcomes
business development center

The Penn State Fayette campus recently opened its doors to the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center. The center, located within the Continuing Education Department at Fayette, will help meet the needs of small businesses.

Working in conjunction with the Fay-Penn Economic Council, the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is one of 950 such locations throughout the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico. The centers offer counseling, research assistance and training to small business owners on a wide variety of topics. They also are able to provide access to experts in many fields. The program at each SBDC is tailored to meet the specific needs of the community in which it serves, and it offers no-fee consulting services to both new and existing businesses, with emphasis on the benefits of strategic business planning.

The center will provide access to more than 800 online databases containing market, financial and technical information and consultants will help clients identify both public and private sources of capital. The SBDC will work with federal, state, regional and county economic development programs to assemble financing packages for either start-up or expansion purposes.

For more information, call (412) 537-4572, or contact the Penn State Fayette Campus Continuing Education Department at (412) 430-4210.

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Public Information keeps
University news at your fingertips

Get connected directly to University news every day through Penn State Newswire, an e-mail delivery from the Department of Public Information to your computer at home or work.

An automatic way to stay up-to-date, Penn State Newswire is sent daily with articles on the Penn State budget, new programs, upcoming events, major new appointments, short features and faculty research from the colleges and institutes. Each transmission distributes news as soon as it is available. Most releases also are posted the same day on the University Relations home page at http://www.psu.edu/ur where both news releases and articles from Intercom, the faculty/staff newspaper are searchable online.

Penn State Newswire's easy-to-read text format -- with a list of stories at the top -- allows readers to decide immediately whether to read it, print it, file it or kill it, according to their interests. Readers with e-mail systems linked to the Internet can double-click on Web addresses referenced in the releases for additional information. They also can link to popular Web sites for weather, sports and calendars. The Newswire has been in operation for about two years for a small number of University administrators, staff and reporters, but advances in technology now make it more widely available.

If you are connected to a modem -- slow or fast -- you can easily subscribe by sending an e-mail message to pat5@psu.edu and giving your name, your return e-mail address, your Penn State affiliation, if any, and your business or media affiliation, if any. You may unsubscribe at any time. For more information, contact Christy Rambeau at (814) 865-7517.

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Winter blast

This view of Old Main from the Sparks Building on the University Park campus shows
more of the cold, white stuff that recently blasted the area. With the first official day of spring just
around the corner (March 21), brighter days should be ahead.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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Carpoolers

Carpooler wanted from Woodward or any point after to University Park. Work hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Kay at (814) 865-5182 or (814) 349-5932.

Temporary vanpooler wanted for May, June and July, from Philipsburg to University Park. Work hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call Mona at (814) 342-6246.

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For the record

In a "Penn Stater" item of Feb. 27, Paul Carrick was listed as a visiting professor in the Department of Humanities at the College of Medicine. His six-month term in that position expired December 31, 1996.

The search for an assistant/associate dean for undergraduate education is an internal one. That information was omitted from an article on page 6 of the March 6 Intercom.

The appointment of Frederick H. Gaige to dean of Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College will be effective July 1. This information was omitted from a story which appeared in the March 6 issue of Intercom.

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