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Still much to do as strategic planning
For almost the past two years, the University has been undergoing a strategic planning process aimed at creating an understandable set of priorities. Led by the 15-member University Planning Council, the planning process has traveled a rough road as department and unit heads, and deans and directors were asked to carefully scrutinize their operations and determine how to best use their resources. Without such a forward-looking document, the University could find itself in a serious financial crunch and not necessarily answering the needs of students.
Million dollar gift to endow faculty
To initiate a precedent-setting collaboration between the University Libraries and the College of Communications, alumni Lawrence and Ellen Foster have given $1 million to endow new faculty positions in both units. Their gift will be divided equally to create endowments for the Foster Librarian and the Foster Professorship in Communications.
New partnership to help address impact
Binge drinking, underage drinking, vandalism and noise are issues on college campuses and in college communities across the country. But Penn State and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board are launching a unique educational partnership to address the concerns of students, their parents and the communities that surround the University.
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