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

Private Giving

 
Edna Peterson Bennett

 
J. Lloyd Huck

 
Ira M. Lubert

 
Arthur J. Nagle

Four alumni lead campaign
in Mid-Atlantic states

Four more Penn State alumni have been named members of the steering committee for the University's upcoming capital campaign. They will work to secure major gifts from alumni and friends in Philadelphia, New York City and other Mid-Atlantic communities.

The new members are Edna Peterson Bennett, a benefactor of the College of Health and Human Development, of Wilmington, Del.; J. Lloyd Huck, retired chairman of the board of Merck & Co. and former president of the Penn State Board of Trustees, of Morristown, N.J.; Ira M. Lubert, managing director of Technology Leaders L.P. of Wayne, Pa.; and Arthur J. Nagle, managing director of Vestar Capital Partners in New York City.

Bennett, a well-known Wilmington area civic leader and philanthropist, is a member of the "Famous 500," the first freshman class of women admitted to Penn State following World War II. She earned her bachelor's degree in home economics with an emphasis in child development in 1953. Her husband, C. Eugene, who died in 1996, began his Ph.D. work in chemistry at Penn State and later worked in a variety of settings, including real estate and investments.

The Bennetts' gifts to Penn State have renovated the model preschool playground for the College of Health and Human Development's Child Development Laboratory and established the Bennett Chair in Human Development and Family Studies. Bennett serves on the boards of the Second Baptist Church in Wilmington and of the Delaware Symphony.

Huck, a 1946 graduate in chemistry, will serve as campaign treasurer. Now an emeritus trustee of Penn State, he was president of the board from 1988 to 1991 and president of the alumni association from 1975 to 1977. After retiring in 1986 from Merck & Co. following nearly 30 years as a research chemist and executive, he was chairman of the board and CEO of Nova Pharmaceutical Corp. until 1991. The University named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1993.

For Penn State, he has chaired the Campaign for The Hershey Medical Center, served as a committee member of the Campaign for the Library and chaired the leadership committee for establishing the Biotechnology Institute. Among other gifts to the University, he and his wife, Dorothy, a 1943 Penn State graduate in home economics, have supported the Biotechnology Institute and endowed chairs in medicine and in molecular and cell biology at The Hershey Medical Center, in nutrition in the College of Health and Human Development and in special collections in the University Libraries.

Lubert, a 1973 graduate in food service and hotel administration, will head the major gifts effort in the Philadelphia region. He was named an Alumni Fellow by Penn State in 1995 and is a member of the University Libraries Development Advisory Board and past chair of the advisory board to Abington College. In addition to his work with Technology Leaders L.P., he is president of IL Management, manages two venture capital funds and oversees acquisition strategies for GF Management.

A former Penn State wrestler, he was an alternate member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team and has started wrestling camps to encourage development of youth in the sport. In addition to supporting other areas, gifts from Lubert and his wife, Karen, a 1971 Penn State graduate in education, have endowed a wrestling coach position, scholarships for Abington College and a student professional development program in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management.

Nagle, a 1961 graduate in mathematics and resident of Bronxville, N.Y., will head the major gifts effort in the New York region. Following graduation, he went on to work for IBM and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before earning an MBA from Columbia University in 1967. He then worked in investment banking for First Boston Corp. until 1988, when he became a co-founder of Vestar Capital Partners. He is a director of numerous corporations, including Prestone Products, Chart House Enterprises and Remington Products.

At Penn State, he served on the committee leading the campaign to raise funds for The Bryce Jordan Center. Gifts from Nagle and his wife, Paige, a Northwestern University graduate and interior designer, have supported the Penn State Education Partnership Program, the Jordan Center and the Campaign for the Library. The Nagles also have endowed several scholarships, including one for women's soccer student-athletes.

The new campaign will aim to raise private funds for scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty endowments and a variety of academic programs. The campaign's goal will be announced later. The regional members will join campaign chair Edward R. Hintz of New York in providing leadership for the fund drive and soliciting major gifts.

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Partings

Assistant to dean in Smeal College retires

Trudy A. Smith, The Smeal College's long-time administrator for personnel and facilities, has retired. Holding the title of assistant to the dean for human resources and administrative services, she served the college for 24 years, and worked for the University for a total of 30 years.

A native of Germany, she joined Penn State in 1967 as an assistant to Eugene J. Kelley, dean emeritus of The Smeal College. In 1973, Smith took on her role as personnel and facilities coordinator. Over the ensuing years, she served in numerous leadership roles for committees and task forces at both the college and University levels. These groups concerned themselves with a wide range of matters from budgetary and planning subjects to diversity and women's issues. In all, Smith was active in some 40 college and Penn State organizations. In addition, she managed activities for several college and community conferences. In 1988, she was nominated for the John E. Willinson Award for Administrative Excellence.

Smith became associate chair of the Centre County United Way in 1979 and, over the years, also served on groups within the University supporting the United Way. Her successful work with the charitable group was recognized with awards in 1985 and 1996.

She was a member of the American Management Association and the Centre County Personnel Association.

Other retirements

Dorothy I. Barnett, residence hall worker, Housing and Food Services, from March 4, 1976, to Jan. 4.

Anthony N. Bertoni, maintenance mechanic at The Hershey Medical Center, from May 24, 1976, to Dec. 21, 1996.

Zdzislaw T. Bieniawski, director of the Mineral Resources Institute and professor of mineral engineering, College ofEarth and Mineral Sciences, from March 1, 1978, to Jan. 1.

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Bookshelf

Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen, written by Gary Collison, associate professor of English, is the true story of an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. The book, published by Harvard University Press, is a historical look at the life of Shadrach Minkins, the first runaway slave to be arrested in New England under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. Through Minkins' story, readers see what day-to-day life was like for a slave in Norfolk, Va., for a fugitive in Boston and for a free black man in Montreal. Collison recreates the drama of Minkins' arrest and his subsequent rescue by a band of black Bostonians.

Ministry to the Incarcerated, a book that focuses on the prison system, has been written by Harry Covert, adjunct instructor of administration of justice and pastor of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in State College.

Published by Loyola University Press, the book contains insights for church ministry and pastoral care. Covert uses his experience as both police officer (for 19 years) and prison chaplain to examine the problems of the incarcerated. Covert addresses specific areas of inmate stress, such as low self-esteem, guilt and unrealistic expectations and explains how these can be major obstacles to a prisoner's personal and spiritual development.

Five members of the Department of Art History contributed articles to Grove's new 34-volume The Dictionary of Art. Professors Anthony Cutler, Roland E. Fleischer, Hellmut Hager, Elizabeth B. Smith and Craig Zabel--roughly half of the art history faculty--each wrote a chapter on his or her particular specialty for what is described as the "largest international collaboration in the history of art publishing."

The dictionary was published by Grove in New York for circulation in the United States and Canada, and by Macmillan Publishers Limited in London for circulation in the United Kingdom and Europe. In the works since 1982, the set consists of 41,000 signed articles contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries.

Zabel contributed "Bank: Architecture and Decoration," to Vol. 3; Cutler, an authority on Byzantine art, had two entries: "Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Ivories and Steatites" in Vol. 9, and "Istanbul, Art Life and Organization" in Vol. 16; Fleischer, a specialist in both 17th-century Dutch painting and colonial American painting, contributed an entry for each of his specialties: "Ludolf de Jongh, 1616-1679" and "Gustavus Hesselius, 1682-1755;" Hager, a renowned scholar specializing in the Fortunato family of architects, contributed the following entries to Vol. 11: "Carlo Fontana," "Francesco Fontana," "Girolamo Fontana II" and "Carlo Stefano Fontana;" and Smith wrote several entries: "Romanesques Stone Sculptures in the Low Countries" and "Romanesque Wood Sculpture in the Low Countries," both in Vol. 26, "St. Servatius, Maastricht, Architecture and Sculpture" in Vol. 19 and "Tournai Cathedral Sculpture" in Vol. 31.

Dale Jacquette, professor of philosophy, is the author of Meinongian Logic: The Semantics of Existence and Nonexistence, published by Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1996. The book offers a systematic revision of formal symbolic logic for the reference and true predication of properties to nonexistent objects. The book's contents are inspired by Austrian philosopher Alexius Meinong (1853-1920) and includes a critique of the distinction between the content and object of thought in the phenomenological psychology; refutation of the theologian and archbishop of Canterbury Anselm's theories about "being" as proof for the existence of God; Meinongian modeling of the logic of scientific law; and a formal resolution of the paradox of analysis. The book serves as a challenge to traditional extensional systems of mathematical logic by acknowledging the intention of thought toward nonexistent as well as existent objects, and the distinction of nonexistent objects by differences among their basic properties.

Ram P. Kanwal, professor emeritus of mathematics, has written the second edition of a book titled Linear Integral Equations: Theory and Technique, published by Birkhauser, Boston.

The second edition of this widely used book, first published in 1971, has an emphasis on solving problems in applied mathematics, theoretical mechanics and mathematical physics by integral equation methods. Kanwal presents a variety of techniques and applications and has added additional material extensively throughout the book. Chapters dealing with differential equations and singular integral equations have been expanded. The book is ideal as a text for the beginning graduate course. Its treatment of boundary value problems and its extended and up-to-date bibliography make the book useful to research workers in applied fields.

Manfred Kroger, professor of food science, edited the book The Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare: Alternative Medicine Paranormal Healing and Related Methods, by Jack Raso, published by the National Council Against Health Fraud Inc.

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, is editor of Models and Modelers of Hydrogen, a textbook published by World Scientific Publishing Co. and released in July 1996. This book conveys a glimpse of the grandeur of 20th-century physics through nine essays and an interview with Hans Sallhofer, an authority on hydrogen and specialty steels. Ideas in the book are simply presented and illustrated throughout, and mathematical treatments are of a tutorial nature. Facsimile reproductions of 10 key papers on the subject also are included -- some of which are decades old. The book is intended to be used by high school and university science students and teachers, as well as science enthusiasts.

Christiane P. Makward, professor of French and women's studies, is author with Madeleine Cottenet-Hage of the University of Maryland and general editor of Dictionnaire litteraire des femmes de langue francaise, De Marie de France a Marie NDiaye (Paris, 1996).

Published with support from a French governmental agency for Francophone countries, this dictionary of women writers in French acknowledges its philosophical link with women's studies in the United States and Canada. About 100 critics, French and North American, have contributed to this reference work which includes 200 articles on individual women writers in French, from the origins in medieval France to the present. The work is meant as a feminist research and academic planning tool, as well as a reading companion for the general reader of literatures in French.

In addition, Makward also has prepared Volume II of the complete dramatic works of Corinna Bille (1912-1979), a French-Swiss novelist, short story writer and playwright, which was just published in Switzerland. It is titled Les Etranges Noces et autres inedits, Textes etablis et presentes par Christiane Makward (Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme, 1996).

Donna S. Queeney, director of research and external relations for Continuing and Distance Education, has written Building Partnerships with Professional Associations to help colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations involved in continuing higher education address workforce education and training needs. She was invited to write the monograph by the University Continuing Education Association for its new "Workforce Development" Publications Series. It is the first in the series.

A few of the topics Queeney covers in her publication include: benefits of partnerships with associations; preliminary steps to establishing partnerships; identification of potential partners; and tips for making partnerships work. She also cites several successful partnerships.

Richard Robinett, associate professor of physics, is the author of Quantum Mechanics: Classical Results, Modern Systems and Visualized Examples, published by the Oxford University Press.

The book is a complete overview of the key concepts of nonrelativistic quantum theory at the undergraduate level. Using examples taken from the modern research literature in atomic, nuclear and elementary physics, Robinett focuses on the visual presentation of quantitative information and qualitative concepts, including imagery of quantum wave functions in one-, two- and three-dimensional systems. Among the other features of this text are a separate chapter on probability theory, an emphasis on the classical limit of quantum mechanics, wave packet solutions, a brief discussion of classical versus quantum chaos and many new end-of-chapter problems.

Ernst Schurer, professor of German and Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, Manfred Keune, associate professor of German, and Philip Jenkins, professor of religious studies, history and criminal justice, are the co-editors of the volume The Berlin Wall. Representations and Perspectives, Volume 79 of Studies in Modern German Literature, published by Peter Lang, New York.

The collection of essays in this book -- first presented at the international and interdisciplinary conference "The Wall. Reality and Symbol" at Penn State in October 1991 -- offers reflections on the Berlin Wall (1961-1989) from a wealth of interdisciplinary and international perspectives. The studies of literary and cultural texts, many not easily accessible to the English-speaking public, present the Wall as one of the most powerful phenomena and as a visible and decipherable text of 20th-century life in the heart of Germany. Several essays concentrate on the representation of the Wall in popular culture, in contemporary songs, in the cinema and even through the graffiti on the Wall itself. The final section focuses on the fall of the Wall and its aftermath.

Daniel Walden, professor of American studies, English and comparative literature, has just published A Tragedy Full of Joy, Vol. 15 (1996) of "Studies in American Jewish Literature," which he edited. He also contributed an article co-authored with Christina Dokou on "The Pagan Condemnation and Orthodox Redemption of Rabbi Isaac Kornfeld."

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Appointments

Center names associate director

Carol L. Everett has been named associate director of the Center for Quality and Planning. In this position, she will consult with academic and academic support units in planning and quality improvement initiatives. Many of the responsibilities of her former position as assistant director of the CQI Center (1993-1996) will continue into her current position, including consulting with leaders of academic and administrative units to define their core customers or constituents; identifying the unit's critical processes; and assisting in the formation of quality improvement teams around those processes. Everett will continue to develop and implement the University's CQI marketing plan that promotes and recognizes the University's quality improvement initiatives.

Everett has a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Montana, a master's degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MBA from Penn State. From 1978-1992 she was a senior planning analyst in the Office of Planning and Analysis. Everett is the author of institutional research reports on student retention and student outcomes and was the project director for annual analyses of faculty salaries. As a member of the Equal Opportunity Campus Evaluation Team, she participated in site visits of Penn State's Commonwealth Campuses to evaluate programs and activities for minority students.

Everett served as an examiner for the Pennsylvania Quality Leadership Award in 1996 and represents Penn State on the American Association for Higher Education Campus Quality Coordinators Network.

Planning consultant comes on board

Mary Ellen Litzinger has been named quality and planning consultant facilitator in the Center for Quality and Planning. In this position, she will be responsible for helping units to integrate quality principles and tools into the strategic planning process.

Litzinger received her bachelor's degree in English from Ithaca College in 1971; her master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1972; and her doctoral degree in instructional systems from Penn State in 1994. Since coming to Penn State in 1981, she has served the University Libraries as a general reference librarian, an instructional specialist and an education librarian. Litzinger also is an integral part of the libraries' CQI efforts, and served on a team which investigated the delivery of basic library skills instruction. Among her recent activities are designing and teaching a course in process benchmarking, and investigating quality improvement initiatives in industrial and academic settings.

The author of many articles and book chapters on the role of user education in academic libraries, Litzinger also is the co-author of Creating Connections: A Four-Step Program for Managing Your Stress. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii School of Library Science and a consultant to the Bibliotheque Centrale, Universite du Burundi.

New CEO named for Mont Alto

David H. Goldenberg, executive dean of The Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, N.Y., and dean of Russell Sage College, has been named campus executive officer of the Mont Alto campus, effective June 15. The Mont Alto campus will become one of 12 campuses of the Commonwealth College on July 1.

As executive dean, Goldenberg is one of five senior central officers of the multi-campus Sage Colleges, which has a combined enrollment of about 4,000 students. He has been responsible for academic and student affairs, enrollment management, registrar offices, libraries, administrative computing and academic technologies.

He also serves as the chief academic and chief student life officer of Russell Sage College, the undergraduate college for women, and he has the academic rank of full professor in the Department of Education. Contributing author to Academic Advising and Faculty Roles (1995) and Enhancing Academic Advisement Through Faculty Development (1996), Goldenberg also has written on the law and student discipline, leadership training and models for shared learning.

Before assuming positions at the Sage Colleges in 1991, Goldenberg was at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky., from 1986 to 1989 where he served as dean, assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate provost for academic affairs. He was responsible for the academic, financial, technology and international programs of the college. He also managed the Data Courier, an international online database of business information, an industry-college venture in economic development.

From 1978 to 1986 he was at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., as director of the Center for Orientation, Advisement and Retention and then chair of the Academic Exploration Program. He also was a specialist in student affairs at the University of the State of New York, the State Education Department, Albany, from 1976 to 1978.

Goldenberg received his doctor of education degree in education administration from Illinois State University and his B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Hartford, Conn. He also has certificates of advanced study from Cornell University in labor law, Harvard University in educational management and a post-doctoral certificate in art history from Oxford University.

Among his most recent awards is a certificate of recognition from the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program and an outstanding service award from the National Academic Advisers Association. He serves on a number of professional and community boards, including as chairman of the Academic Council for Hudson Mohawk, a consortium of 18 colleges in the area.

Smeal College welcomes new assistant to the dean

Christopher A. Fivek has been appointed the assistant to the dean for human resources in The Smeal College of Business Administration. In his new post, he will coordinate human resources activities and needs for an organization of more than 220 faculty and staff members. Fivek succeeds Trudy A. Smith, who recently retired after 30 years of service at Penn State. (See page 12).

For the majority of Fivek's 21-year professional career, he has been a manager with Agway Inc., joining the company shortly after his graduation from Albright College, Reading, Pa., in 1975. His first position was as a line-plant manager. In 1983, he was named district manager in the firm's energy division, supervising 10 petroleum bulk plant operations in four states. Four years later, he became regional human resource manager, with responsibility for nearly 1,000 employees at 125 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York. In 1995, he joined Penn State as human resource officer for the Commonwealth Educational System.

Fivek holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Albright and has taken numerous management and human resource-related training courses. He also is certified in activity vector analysis and workforce empowerment. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Harrisburg Area Personnel Association.

Interim CEO in place at Great Valley

Madlyn L. Hanes has been named interim chief executive officer at the Penn State Great Valley Graduate Center, effective March 15.

Hanes, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction, joined Penn State in 1988 as director of academic affairs at the Delaware County campus. From 1995-96, she served a dual role as director of academic affairs at Penn State Great Valley and Delaware County campuses.

Hanes has served a number of leadership roles in higher education, including a three-year post as chairwoman of Penn State's Commission on Undergraduate Education from 1992-1995. Her international experience includes work with overseas American schools, ministries of education and higher educational institutions in Ecuador, Israel , Korea and Jamaica, and a special appointment to the University Council of Jamaica. Her area of scholarly research includes professional education and curriculum design. She is the author of two books, 30 articles and monographs and 20 technical reports to sponsors on program development and accreditation and professional licensure. Hanes has presented more than 75 scholarly papers and invited addresses, more recently on matters of educational reform, at a range of national and international professional and technical meetings she currently serves on the state board of the Pennsylvania American Council of Education, and as one of Pennsylvania's three delegates to the national office of women in higher education administration.

Hanes earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida, where she also earned her B.A. in English and her M.A. in speech pathology. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Before joining Penn State, she served as director of graduate studies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, where she also headed its graduate reading and language clinic.

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Awards

Professor of philosophy named Fellow

Emily Grosholz, professor of philosophy and Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, has been awarded one of 55 fellowships for postdoctoral research in humanities and social sciences from the American Council of Learned Societies. ACLS is a private, non-profit federation of 58 scholarly associations devoted to the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning.

In a national competition, Grosholz was selected from a pool of 536 applications. The program is partially supported by endowment grants from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Grosholz's fellowship supports her work on her book Rationality and Invention in Mathematics, that presents a novel model of mathematical reasoning in conjunction with historical case studies drawn from the work of the German philosopher and mathematician G.W. Leibniz. During the fellowship, Grosholz will be in residence at Penn State; editing and translating manuscripts at the Leibniz Archives in Hannover, Germany; and working at the University of Cambridge, England, where she has been appointed a visiting Fellow at Clare hall and a visiting scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science for 1997-98.

Smeal College recognizes
outstanding staff members

Alice M. Young and Anna J. Rishel were named the winners of the first Smeal College of Business Administration's Outstanding Staff Awards. Young and Rishel were honored for exceptional professionalism, teamwork, creativity, integrity, professional development, community service and ability to work with a diverse group of colleagues and customers.

This marked the inaugural year for the Outstanding Staff Awards. Selections were made from a field of nominees by a peer committee.

Young is an administrative assistant in The Smeal College's Department of Management Science and Information Systems, reporting to the department chair. She coordinates numerous administrative functions and supervises the activities of the department support staff. She joined the college in 1975 as a part-time secretary in the Student Records Office and rose to secretary to the assistant dean for undergraduate programs in 1981. In 1989, Young became staff assistant to the director of alumni relations, and was named to her current position in 1993.

Rishel is manager of the college's Center for Business Graphics, a facility which creates numerous electronic and hard-copy materials for students and members of the faculty and staff. Among her numerous duties, she instructs clients in the use of business graphics software. Rishel became a member of the Smeal staff in 1983, serving as an accounting clerk in the financial office. Six years later, she assumed her current duties.

Three lauded for teaching
and advising in Smeal College

Three people in The Smeal College of Business Administration were honored recently for their outstanding ability to teach and advise undergraduate students.

Benjamin N. Henszey, professor of business law and director of business programs for the Commonwealth Educational System; Vernis M. Welmon, instructor in business administration and assistant to the dean for minority affairs and international programs; and James F. Fairbank, a doctoral student in management and organization received the 1997 Fred Brand Jr. Awards.

Henszey was recognized with the Undergraduate Teaching Award, Welmon, the Undergraduate Advising Award, and Fairbank, the Graduate Student Teaching Award. The awards were created through the generosity of Penn State alumnus Fred Brand Jr. (BA '32), an insurance executive. The awards are based on nominations from Smeal College students and faculty members, with final selections made by a joint committee of students, and members of the college faculty and staff.

Art professor receives honor

Paul E. Bolin, associate professor of art education, has been selected by the National Art Education Association to receive the 1997 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award. This annual, national award recognizes an NAEA member who, through his or her published work in either Art Education or Studies in Art Education, has contributed a product of scholarly merit to the field that deals carefully and imaginatively with an important issue, problem or practice in the profession.

NAEA's membership includes elementary and secondary art teachers in 50 states, representatives from America's major art museums, state departments of education, arts councils and major colleges and universities throughout the United States and 66 foreign countries.

Course earns national kudos

Student involvement and teamwork have earned Penn State's Engineering Design and Graphics 100 course this year's Outstanding Practice Award from the Division of Instructional Development of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The national award is given annually to honor exemplary instructional materials or systems.

The program was chosen, according to the association, because it presented an outstanding use of technology within a complete course. In addition, its innovative instructional strategy, which is replicable on a broad scale, and its general affordability were noted. For more information about ED&G 100, student projects and course management and assessment resources, visit the project's World Wide Web site at http://www.ecsel.psu.edu/setce/EDG100/.

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It's on the Web!

New Web site allows easier electronic reserve for library materials

Life has become a little bit easier for anyone who makes use of the University Libraries' Electronic Reserve System. Instead of braving the winter cold or a torrential downpour to get an assignment on reserve, some students can sit comfortably in their residence halls or offices and pull them up on the World Wide Web at URL http://reserve.libraries.psu.edu/. These people have Access Services Librarian Joan Reyes to thank.

As creator of the Web site, Reyes clicks excitedly from one link to another, showcasing the University Libraries' new electronic reserves home page. Beginning with a pilot project this fall that included eight courses, Reyes said the new information resource offers materials such as exams, lecture notes, journal articles, course syllabi, homework solutions and assignments. All can be accessed 24-hours a day from computer labs, residence halls, University offices and even the students' homes. Susan McMillan, assistant professor of political science, has readings for her international political economy course available on the new system.

"It has improved access to the reserve readings for my students," she said. "Provided they have the proper computer hardware and software, the students seem to like being able to read/print the materials from their dorm room or home."

The test project includes courses in the fields of computer science and engineering, English, history and political science. Faculty members from the Project Vision program also have taken advantage of electronic reserves. In this process students learn subjects independently with the aid of the latest information technology.

Reyes said reserved items are scanned from an original volume or magazine and the issue of copyright is addressed on the first page of the Web site, requiring users to know the dos and don'ts before they reach the information they are searching. There also are request forms for faculty to reserve materials directly online. In addition, a survey is available for users to voice their opinions and ideas.

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