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

News . . . . Arts . . . . Calendars . . . . Letters . . . . Links . . . . Deadlines . . . . Archive


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

Career Day

The seventh annual Pennsylvania Career Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in The Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. Students and alumni of Pennsylvania colleges and universities will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 140 Pennsylvania organizations. Organization representatives will be accepting resumes for current and projected openings; conducting on-site interviews for full-time and part-time positions, internships and summer employment; and offering information about employment opportunities within specific career fields. Admission and parking at the Jordan Center are free and no preregistration is necessary. Participating students also can take advantage of the free shuttle bus which will pick up and drop off at the HUB and the Jordan Center every 15 minutes throughout the day. For more information, call the Career Development and Placement Services office at (814) 2377.

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CEO for Shenango campus sought

The University is seeking candidates and nominations for the position of campus executive officer (CEO) for the Shenango campus, which on July 1 will become part of the 12-campus Commonwealth College. The CEO is the chief administrative officer of the campus and is responsible for administering all of its programs. The CEO also is responsible for maintaining close relationships with the campus communities, including outreach programs.

Situated on 14 acres in downtown Sharon, the Shenango campus serves its neighboring communities with a wide variety of educational programs and services. The campus enrolls approximately 1,000 students, all of whom commute. The campus offers seven associate degrees; select baccalaureate opportunities; the first two years of almost all of Penn State's 180 baccalaureate majors; and credit and non-credit certificate programs. Several of the degree offerings have an allied-health focus with curricula in physical therapy assistance, occupational therapy assistance and four-year nursing.

Candidates should have an earned doctorate, several years of experience in college and/or university teaching and substantial experience in academic administration. Send resume to: John Leathers, associate vice president, Commonwealth Educational System, 111 Old Main Building, Department CHSV, University Park, Pa. 16802. Application deadline is April 4, or until a suitable candidate is selected. Penn State is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

The committee charged with the search includes: John Houlihan, chair and professor of physics, Shenango campus; Pearl Cohen, assistant professor, health and human development, Shenango campus; Catherine Gannon, campus executive officer, Penn State New Kensington campus; Richard Lenzi, director of business services, Shenango campus; Julie Papadimas, English instructor, Shenango campus; Thadd Preisner, assistant professor of biology, Shenango campus; Diana Rankin, student government president, Shenango campus; Rachel Smith, budget planning officer, CES, University Park; and James Stewart, vice provost for educational equity, University Park.

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Internal search for department
head in education is under way

The College of Education is conducting an internal search for head of the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Services. Major responsibilities include: providing leadership for the programs, research and professional service activities of the department; organizing and recommending faculty assignments; evaluating and making recommendations concerning promotion, tenure and salary; maintaining a positive climate of professional productivity and cooperation among faculty; mentoring tenure-track junior faculty; managing the department operating budget; serving as chief administrative officer of the department; and pursuing relevant scholarship, research and teaching.

Qualifications include: appointment as a tenured professor in one of the programs within the department; ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and other administrative personnel in the college and University, as well as with state and national agencies; knowledge and experience in performing administrative responsibilities; experience in managing budgets; record of excellent teaching, scholarship and research including experience with funded projects; experience with student advising and program development; excellent interpersonal skills; understanding of and commitment to school and educational reform; ability to maintain a supportive and nurturing climate for faculty, staff and students; commitment to maintaining excellence in all department activities; demonstrated experience and commitment to working with diverse populations; and commitment to collaboration and collegiality.

The appointment will be effective July 1, or as soon after as possible.

Submit applications and nominations to Robert B. Slaney, chair, 327 Cedar Building, University Park, Pa. 16802. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae and the names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone and fax numbers of three professional references. Application deadline is April 19.

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National Service Week set for May 19-25

Charles Bierbauer, senior Washington correspondent for Cable News Network, and Suzie McConnell-Serio, former two-time Olympic medalist in basketball, have been named national honorary co-chairs of the Penn State Alumni Association National Service Week in May. They are both Penn State alumni.

The third annual National Service Week, a nationwide community service initiative, will be held May 19-25. Alumni chapters, societies, interest groups, and individuals across the country will do volunteer work to benefit local communities. Projects will include housing construction for Habitat for Humanity; volunteer work in homeless shelters; and participation in blood drives, community cleanup campaigns and philanthropic endeavors.

Last spring, 99 alumni groups in 30 states and the District of Columbia participated, which was 14 more than in 1995 when the program received the first-place award for community service from the American Society of Association Executives.

Bierbauer, a native of Allentown, earned Penn State degrees in 1996 and 1970. He has been a journalist for 25 years, including being CNN's senior White House correspondent for nine years during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Penn State has honored Bierbauer as a Distinguished Alumnus and Alumni Fellow.

McConnell-Serio, basketball coach at Oakland Catholic High School in her native Pittsburgh, earned gold and bronze medals as a member of U.S. Olympic basketball teams in 1988 and 1992. A 1988 graduate, McConnell-Serio was a Kodak All-American her senior year. McConnell-Serio was a four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection. The conference player of the year in 1985, she led the Atlantic 10 in assists four consecutive seasons.

For more Alumni Association news, see http://www.alumni.alu.psu.edu/.

A group of Penn State alumni work to sort canned goods at a food drive
for a shelter during last year's National Service Week.

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Grant funds available

Matching funds of up to $120,000 per project are available for the development of new or improved products or processes with Pennsylvania companies through the Ben Franklin Partnership's 1997 Challenge Award Program.

Competitive proposals are evaluated on:

* technical feasibility;

* potential for near-term commercialization;

* potential to create jobs in Pennsylvania;

* company matching funds; and

* university/company partnership.

The closing date for proposals for this program is April 1. Projects selected for funding will start July 1. To find out more about the program, contact the Ben Franklin facility near University Park at (814) 863-4558; in Harrisburg at (717) 948-6339; or in Erie at (814) 898-6114.

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The College of Communications will again offer the Multicultural Film/Video Workshop from July 6-18.

Workshops for minority students planned

For the fourth year in a row, the Penn State College of Communications will offer two workshops to high school students interested in the fields of journalism and film/video production. Each workshop offers minority high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of careers in journalism, film and television with the added goal of creating future leaders in each of the industries.

The Multicultural Journalism Workshop, which will be held July 6­18, teaches students basic news writing and newspaper production. Aspiring journalists will learn basic reporting, editing and photojournalism, and gain an understanding of media law and ethics. In addition, the workshop's organizers provide tours of the College of Communications, the Centre Daily Times, the Harrisburg Patriot, the Penn State Daily Collegian, WPSU-FM and WPSX-TV.

The Multicultural Film/Video Workshop, which also runs July 6-18, provides students with the opportunity to work in small groups to develop film and video projects that express their views of the world.

The application deadline for both workshops is April 15. Additional information, workshop posters and applications may be obtained by contacting Mary Leone at (814) 863-6081 or by writing to Joseph Selden, director of multicultural affairs, College of Communications, 205 Carnegie Building, University Park, Pa. 16802-5101.

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Promotions

Staff

Barbara Noll, program aide at The Hershey Medical Center.

Susan K. Oram, coordinator, media sales in Continuing and Distance Education.

Barbara Pancerella, staff assistant VI at Penn State Hazleton campus.

Jeffrey J. Place, computer and electronics specialist at Penn State DuBois campus.

Dale Punshon, employment/compensation associate in Office of Human Resources.

Joseph Segilia, director of outreach at Penn State Fayette campus.

Brenda K. Smith, assistant manager, housing, Housing and Food Services.

Debra S. Stauffer, administrative assistant III in The Smeal College of Business Administration.

Stanley B. Supon, senior programs coordinator in Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Michelle L. Thorwart, project associate in College of Health and Human Development.

Julia B. Yost, coordinator, community development at The Hershey Medical Center.

Technical Service

Pauline L. Geithmann, residence hall/project worker in Housing and Food Services.

Gayle E. Goodyear, storeroom/transport aide at The Hershey Medical Center.

William Hughes, campus bus driver in Business Services.

Thomas Krivak, maintenance worker-general A at Penn State Worthington Scranton campus.

Eugene J. Krout, group leader-poultry in College of Agricultural Sciences.

Jerry A. Myers, maintenance mechanic, poultry farms in College of Agricultural Sciences.

Nellie A. Palumbo, janitorial worker/cafeteria attendant at Worthington Scranton campus.

Jack W. Rohrabaugh, stock clerk-truck driver in Housing and Food Services.

Robert D. Smith, audio/visual technician B in University Libraries.

David C. Witherite, poultry research technician in College of Agricultural Sciences.

Carolyn Zimmerman, receiving clerk at The Hershey Medical Center.

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Faculty/Staff Alerts

Penn State golf courses

The White Course and Driving Range on the University Park campus are open. The Blue Course will open on Saturday, March 29. Season passes are on sale now. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Registration nears for diversity workshop

The registration deadline for the workshop, "Diversity ... Beyond Awareness and Education" on Monday, March 31, at The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus, is Friday, March 21. There is a registration fee of $20, which includes lunch and some resource materials. For registration information, contact Shannon Hoover at (814) 863-8493 or at sqh7@psu.edu.

Numbers needed

In 1996, more than 13,000 Penn State students were involved in community service totaling more than 255,000 hours across the state. This represents approximately $1.3 million, based on a minimum wage average.

These numbers are underestimated due to underreporting. Student organizations and University departments are requested to submit their numbers for the 1996-1997 report. If you have not received a report form, please call the Office of Volunteer Programs and Services at (814) 863-4624 for a copy. Deadline is March 31.

SERS counseling center relocates

The State Employees' Retirement System State College Retirement Counseling Center has relocated from its previous location at 208 West Hamilton Ave. in State College, to 2525 Green Tech Dr., Suite AA, State College. The local and toll-free telephone numbers remain the same: (814) 863-6505 and 1-800-633-5461.

Libraries adds new twist to databases

"New Titles," the Library Information Access System's (LIAS) most recent addition to its family of databases, contains new titles that are on order or have been added to Penn State's catalog, The CAT, during the past six months. New Titles contains only "brand new" titles -- those not previously found in The CAT. If another copy or location is added to an existing title in The CAT, it isn't considered a new title.

New Titles even includes call number and status information, and is searchable using any LIAS command. To find this resource, go to the selection menu by typing "select" at any LIAS prompt (>>>). Choose "New Titles" and press ENTER. You can search this database by using the familiar LIAS commands and techniques. Type "help new" at any prompt (>>>) in The CAT for details and examples.

In the early morning hours of the first Saturday of each month, New Titles will be updated so that the previous month's additions are added and the oldest month's titles are discarded. A message on the welcome screen tells you the current date range.

Affirmative action for Vietnam/disabled veterans

The University is a government contractor subject to Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended. This regulation requires government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era.

A "disabled veteran" is a person entitled to disability compensation under laws administered by the Veterans Administration, for disability rated at 30 percent or more, or a person whose discharge or release from active duty was for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

A veteran of the Vietnam era is someone who served in active duty during the period beginning on Feb. 28, 1961, and ending May 7, 1975, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; or the period beginning on Aug. 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, in all other cases, and qualified for coverage during the first four years following discharge from the service.

If you are a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran covered by these definitions and would like to be considered under the affirmative action program, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at (814) 863-0471.

The information requested is voluntary and will not be used to adversely affect the terms and conditions of your employment. It will be kept confidential, except that (1) supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restrictions on work duties and necessary accommodations; and (2) first aid personnel may be informed, when and to the extent appropriate, if the condition might require emergency treatment.

Affirmative action for individuals with disabilities

Penn State is a government contractor subject to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance qualified individuals with disabilities.

If you have a physical or mental impairment, a record of having had such an impairment or are regarded as having an impairment that substantially limits your ability to secure, retain or advance in employment, we would like to include you under the affirmative action program.

It will assist us in proper placement and appropriate accommodations if you tell us about (a) any special methods, skills or procedures which qualify you for jobs that you might not otherwise be able to do because of your impairment, so that you may be considered for any position of that kind, and (b) possible accommodation which could be made to enable you to perform the job properly and safely.

Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not subject you to discharge or disciplinary treatment. Information obtained concerning individuals shall be kept confidential, except that (1) supervisors and managers may be informed regarding restriction on the work duties of handicapped individuals, and regarding necessary accommodations; (2) first aid and safety personnel may be informed if the condition might require emergency treatment; and (3) government officials investigating compliance with the act will be informed.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to be considered under the affirmative action program, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at (814) 863-0471 V/TTY.

Religious holy days

Occasionally students request exemptions from class attendance and other University obligations for purposes of religious observance. The Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, in consultation with campus and community religious leaders, has compiled a list of holy days of the major world religions for which observance may require a student to depart from his/her normal routine. The list can be obtained by contacting the center at (814) 865-6548, or on the Web at http://cac.psu.edu/~jcw6/relhol.html. Only those holy days which occur while classes are in session are listed.

True PSU

In 1994, Penn State introduced True PSU, a residential long-distance program available to full-time faculty and staff. Since then, True PSU Calling Cards with low fixed rates have been offered, discounts have increased, bill changes have been implemented to meet user requests, and a policy change was implemented so retired employees, eligible for benefits, and spouses who are eligible to continue benefits from the University may retain True PSU service.

Detailed information about the True PSU program and features, how the program works, how to enroll and more, can be found at the Office of Telecommunications' Web site at http://www.otc.psu.edu/services/truepsu.html. For those who may not have access to the online information, True PSU program information packets are available by calling the Office of Telecommunications' Business Office at (814) 865-8311.

Bicycle hazards

As a reminder to the University community, the parking and securing of bicycles in non-approved locations poses a safety hazard. The parking and locking of bikes on exterior ramps, stairs, landings, handrails and guardrails can hinder and block the normal use of these essential building components, as well as entrance and exit doors.

When bikes are taken into buildings similar problems are encountered. Bikes not only impede the movement of building occupants out of the building in an emergency but also can restrict emergency personnel moving into the building. If bikes are observed in non-residential buildings or parked in areas causing a potential hazard, the user can expect the bike to be removed and impounded by Police Services.

For more information, please refer to University Safety Policy SY - 16 "Regulations for Bicycles/Mopeds/Skateboards/Scooters/Roller Blades/Roller Skates."

Taxes on University benefits

Due to changes in the IRS laws regarding the graduate-level tuition discount benefit for employees and their spouses, the University Payroll Office will be withholding taxes on one-third of the benefit in the March 28 biweekly and monthly payrolls. The remaining two-thirds will have the taxes withheld in the following two consecutive pay periods. This legislation has no impact on individuals appointed as graduate assistants. Under the law, the benefit for graduate-level tuition discount is subject to withholding tax and reported as income on the employee's W-2.

Presently, there are three versions of legislation that will reenact this bill beyond the June 30, 1997, expiration date. The good news is that all three forms of the current pending legislation will exempt the graduate tuition benefit from being taxed in the future. In addition, both the U.S. House and the Senate's version include language that will make the exemption permanent. Only President Clinton's version reenacts the exemption as temporary, with an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2000.

If this legislation is not in place in time for the summer '97 sessions, the present plan is to add the benefit received for the summer into the July monthly payroll and the Aug. 1 biweekly payroll. As new information is available regarding this legislation, the University Payroll Office will publicize it to the University community.

Anyone with questions can call the payroll office at (814) 865-7621 or e-mail payroll@psu.edu.

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News in Brief

Maple sugaring techniques demonstrated

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will host a Winter Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, at the Stone Valley Recreation Center. The Shaver's Creek staff will demonstrate the techniques of old-time maple sugaring. Visitors will have an opportunity to sample the maple sugar on freshly made pancakes. The cost is $7 for adults; $4 for Shaver's Creek members. The cost for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old is $5; $4 for members. There is no charge for children under 4. For more information, call Shaver's Creek at (814) 863-2000.

Weight Watchers AT WORK

The Weight Watchers AT WORK program is now available at two locations on the University Park campus. Section 2 will meet Wednesdays, March 26-June 4, from noon until 1 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center auditorium, and Section 3 will meet Tuesdays, March 25 until June 3 in 101 Electrical Engineering East Building. Cost: $115 (lifetime members, $105). Members of the HealthAmerica HMO may be reimbursed. To register, contact Jan Hawbaker at (814) 865-3085 or JQH3@psu.edu for a preregistration form.

Science writers discuss cloning

Terry D. Etherton, distinguished professor of animal nutrition, will lead a lunchtime roundtable discussion on the ethics of cloning, sponsored by the Penn State Chapter of the National Association of Science Writers, at noon Wednesday, March 26, in room 114 Kern Building.

Recent reports of the cloning of a sheep in England have once again brought the question of the application of biological principles and practices to humans and other animals to the forefront. Science writers need to know the questions to ask to evaluate both the scientific and ethical implications of this research.

NASW lunchtime programs are open to anyone interested in science communication. For more information, contact A'ndrea Messer, aem1@psu.edu or 865-9421.

Leadership series for women

"Women as Leaders: A Three-Part Series on the Power of Transformational Leadership" is a discussion on transformational leadership and how women can discover and apply their own styles. This three-part program includes:

1) "Perspectives, Myths and Realities," from 3-5 p.m. on March 27; 2) "Talking 8-to-5 and Beyond," from 3-5 p.m. on April 24; and "Barriers and Breakthroughs," from 3-5 p.m. on May 29.

The series will be offered in the Gallery Lounge at the Hetzel Union Building. Cost is $90 for the complete series, or $40 for each program. The fee includes the book The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership by Sally Helgesen. Preference will be given to those signing up for the entire series. For more information, call Anne Shields at (814) 865-2563.

Annual used book and record sale

From Saturday, April 5, through Wednesday, April 9, the 36th Annual Used Book and Record Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hetzel Union Building Ballroom and Fishbowl.

The event, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, State College Branch, will feature more than 90,000 books and 2,000 records, plus maps and sheet music for sale. Proceeds benefit local educational projects and fellowships and grants for university women. Last year's proceeds exceeded $73,000.

On Tuesday, April 8, every item will be marked 50 percent off and on Wednesday, April 9, a full grocery bag of books is only $5.

Spring luncheon

The University Women's Club members and their guests are invited to attend the Annual Spring Luncheon at the Elk's Club on Tuesday, April 15. A reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon. An original program will be presented by Grace Holderman. To make your reservation, please contact Susan Klein at (814) 237-3850, by April 10.

It's at the Nat

The McCoy Natatorium offers several swimming and diving classes for all age groups, including:

* Springboard Diving

All levels of divers can participate in one of these three classes offered:

Learn to Dive -- for people six years old and up; must be able to swim 25 yards nonstop;

Novice Diving -- for those who have participated in a pervious Learn to Dive session or have been cleared by the coach to participate;

Junior Olympic Diving -- for those who have previous competitive diving experience, have been in the advanced diving class or have the permission of the coach.

* Nittany Lion Aquatics: Age Group

Swimming

A year-round program, it offers training sessions for young swimmers of all ages. Swimmers as young as six are taught the basic techniques of the four competitive strokes; older, more experienced swimmers are introduced to the latest in training philosophies.

* Aquacise

Available at five different levels of intensity, this course is scheduled at various days and times throughout the week.

* Masters Swim

For adults of every age, this course offers an opportunity for adults who enjoy swimming to improve their technique and overall level of fitness; it is not designed for only those who have "mastered" the sport of swimming.

For information on any of these classes, call Jon Larson at (814) 865-1432.

Stone Valley Recreation Area schedule

Spring and summer activities at the Stone Valley Recreation Area are gearing up and include everything from boating, fishing, instructional sailing programs and hayrides, to bonfires, canoeing, hiking and special programs.

For additional information on programs or rental facilities, contact Stone Valley at (814) 863-0762 or (814) 667-3792.

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