September 25, 1997......Volume 27, Issue 6

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Master plan
Sweet music
Diversity conference
Hobby-Eberly Telescope
United Way Campaign kicks off
New at Behrend
Obituaries
Private Giving
Carpoolers
Search under way
Diversity video series
Team players
CQI
Behrend programs accredited
For the Record 
Lectures
The Palmer Museum turns 25
Book Shelf
Family Day
Perfect timing
New at Penn State
Promotions
Alumni Fellows
Seminars on database searching
Awards
News in Brief
Faculty/Staff Alert
Appointments
Penn Staters
Research
Penn State news bureau

Lectures

Former Clinton adviser
to talk politics at Erie

ABC News analyst George Stephanopoulos will present "Politics: The Art of the Impossible" at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. His lecture, which is free to the public, will take place in the Reed Union Building Commons.

Stephanopoulos is a member of the round table on "This Week." In addition, he appears regularly on "Good Morning America" and other ABC news programs.

Before joining ABC in January 1997, Stephanopoulos served as senior adviser for policy and strategy in the Clinton White House, and was a key strategist in Clinton's 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns. He oversaw polling, policy, scheduling, press relations and media operations. He also ran the now famous "war room" with political strategist James Carville. In an interview near the end of 1996, Stephanopoulos said he was leaving the White House to "recharge and rethink," and that he planned to continue speaking, writing and teaching.

Before his involvement with the Clinton campaign, Stephan-opoulos served as administrative assistant to House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and as deputy communications director for the Dukakis presidential campaign.

Stephanopoulos grew up near Cleveland. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University, where he currently serves as a visiting professor. He received his master's degree in theology and ethics from Balliol College at Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He was selected a Truman Scholar in 1978 and elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1982.

Stephanopoulos' presentation continues the 1997-98 Penn State-Behrend Speaker Series. For more information, call (814) 898-6171.

How advertising perpetuates
stereotypes discussed Oct. 1

For many years, advertising has been criticized for the role it plays in reinforcing and perpetuating sex-role stereotypes.

Two Harrisburg-area Oct. 1 film and discussion presentations by Sabrina Chapman, director of the Center for Women's Studies at University Park, will address the effects of advertising on women.

Chapman, also affiliate assistant professor of sociology and women's studies, will speak on "Women's Images and Advertising" at 8 a.m. at the Penn State Harrisburg Eastgate Center, 1010 N. Seventh St., and at 1 p.m. in Penn State Harrisburg's Gallery Lounge. Both presentations are free to the public.

Active in women's advocacy and the women's studies field for a number of years, Chapman has conducted numerous educational programs, workshops and professional development seminars on women's issues across the nation. These presentations have focused on various aspects of her teaching and research interests in women in higher education; the interconnections between sexism and homophobia; and the intersections of racism and sexism.

Her Harrisburg topic will be considered in the context of a continuum of behavior, which begins with sex-role socialization and stereotyping and includes institutionalized sexism, gender and sexual harassment, and ultimately, violence against women.

For information or a reservation for the Eastgate Center presentation, call (717) 772-3590.

Future of land-grant
universities explored

Clemson University will broadcast a six-part satellite teleconference focusing on the future of land-grant universities. Each broadcast of "21st Century Land-Grant Universities: Action on Issues" can be viewed at University Park, where attendees can take part in the discussions via telephone. A videotape of the Sept. 4 broadcast, "Reworking Success: New Communities at the Millennium," featuring Robert Theobald, futurist and author of The Rapids of Change and Turning the Century, is available in 139 Agricultural Administration Building.

The remaining broadcasts are:

* Oct. 2: "Position Description: A Key to Scholarship." 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 301B Ag Administration Building. C. J. "Bud" Weiser, dean emeritus, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, and author of The Value System of a University -- Rethinking Scholarship. Response: Lyla Houglum, dean of extended education and director of the Extension Service at Oregon State University and a member of the board of the Oregon Family Community Leadership program.

* Nov. 4: "Changing Expectations of Faculty Roles and Responsibilities." 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 301A Ag Administration Building. R. Eugene Rice, director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards, American Association for Higher Education, and author of Making a Place for the New American Scholar. Response: Dolores M. R. Spikes, president of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

* Dec. 11: "The College of Agriculture at a Turning Point in its History." 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 301A Ag Administration Building. James H. Meyer, chancellor emeritus, University of California, and author of a series of books and articles on transforming the College of Agriculture in the U. S.

Response: Walter A. Hill, dean of the School of Agriculture and Home Economics and director of the G. W. Carver Agricultural Experiment Station, Tuskegee University

* Jan. 8, 1998: "The Ongoing Evolution of Land-Grant Universities." 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 301A Ag Administration Building. James T. Bonnen, professor emeritus of agricultural economics, Michigan State University, and author of The Land-Grant Idea and the Evolving Outreach University. Response: Leroy Davis, president of South Carolina State University.

* Feb. 26, 1998: Panel Discussion: NASULGC Kellogg Commission on Higher Education. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 301A Ag Administration Building. Land-grant university presidents lead a dialogue on taking action on higher education issues.

Videotapes of each broadcast will be available in 139 Agricultural Administration Building.

For more information, call the Keystone 21 Project office at (814) 865-0114 or e-mail PAFSPE@psu.edu; or call the South Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Research System at (864) 656-3140 or visit the Web site: http://www.adec.edu/.

Center for Women Students
offers variety of lecture topics

The remaining fall events lecture schedule on the University Park campus for the Center for Women Students follows:

* Monday, Oct. 6: "Farm Workers' Struggle for Justice," 7 p.m., 112 Kern Building. Presented by Dolores Huerta, educator, labor organizer, lobbyist, and co-founder and first vice president of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, currently serving as secretary-treasurer. In 1993, Huerta was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and awarded both the ACLU Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty and Eugene V. Debbs Foundation Outstanding American award.

* Tuesday, Oct. 7: "What You Don't Know Will Hurt You: What Every Student Should Know About Rape/Sexual Assault," 7:30 p.m., East Halls. Facilitated by Sandra Faulkner, CWS graduate assistant; Jill Dworzanski, co-director, Womyn's Concerns; Tammy Overand, co-director, Womyn's Concerns; and Jamie Rayman, member, Womyn's Concerns.

* Wednesday, Oct. 8: Film/discussion -- "Campus Rape," 7:30 p.m., East Halls. Susan Dey and Corbin Bersen are hosts for this video about rape on college campuses. Women talk about their experiences with stranger and acquaintance rape. Residence hall and personal safety issues are also discussed. Facilitated by Linda LaSalle, CWS assistant director.

* Monday, Oct. 13: "Values in The Community" lecture, 7:30 p.m., HUB Fishbowl. Presented by Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania.

* Wednesday, Oct. 22: "Relationship Violence," noon to 1 p.m., CWS Resource Room, 120 Boucke Building. Presented by Linda LaSalle, CWS assistant director. Discussion will address characteristics of relationship violence and preventive measures. Presented in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

* Tuesday, Nov. 4: "Values in the Community" program: "Can We All Get Along? Student Perspectives on Community at Penn State," 7:30 p.m., East Halls All Purpose Room.

* Wednesday, Nov. 12: "Classroom Climate for Women," noon to 1 p.m., CWS Resource Room, 120 Boucke Building. Presented by Sabrina C. Chapman, CWS director. Commentary/discussion will consider what a "chilly classroom climate" means and how it is reflected in the academic curriculum, faculty and instructor/student interactions.

* Tuesday, Nov. 18: Panel discussion: "Men and Feminism," 7:30 p.m., HUB Gallery Lounge. Panelists include Matt Golden, undergraduate engineering student and former co-director of Penn State's Men Stopping Rape; Mike Johnson, associate professor of sociology and women's studies; Terrell Jones, associate vice president for educational equity; and Roger Schwenke, graduate student in engineering and treasurer, Womyn's Concerns.

* Wednesday, Nov. 19: Commentary/discussion -- "Gender Communication," noon to 1 p.m., CWS Resource Room, 120 Boucke Building. Presented by Sandra Faulkner, CWS graduate assistant, and Linda LaSalle, CWS assistant director. Discussion will focus on gender differences and similarities in close relationships and the implications of different perspectives on gender.

* World AIDS Day, Monday, Dec. 1: Film/discussion -- "Confronting AIDS in Rural America," noon to 1 p.m., CWS Resource Room, 120 Boucke Building. Presented by Kim Kranich, WPSX producer/director. This documentary examines attitudes about AIDS, homosexuality and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial quilt as found in State College. It speaks to the ongoing debate regarding the moral issues of the disease and the perceptions people have about its victims.

Faculty development workshops offered

The Office for Minority Faculty Development is offering several workshops this fall. All tenure-track and junior faculty are welcome to participate. The workshops slated for the University Park campus for this year include:

* Vitae Development: The first in the series, this workshop is being offered from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in 114 Kern Building. James B. Stewart, professor and vice provost for educational equity, will speak.

* Advancing from Associate to Full Professor: Scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Board Room of The Nittany Lion Inn. The four speakers include: Terry Etherton, distinguished professor of dairy and animal science; Grace Hampton, professor and executive assistant to the provost for the development of the arts; Murry Nelson, professor of education and American studies; and James Stewart, professor and vice provost for educational equity. to make a reservation for this workshop, call Laura Trinca at (814) 863-1663 by Wednesday, Oct. 22.

* Publishing -- Mastering the Art: The last in this series, this workshop will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in 114 Kern Building. Hector E. Flores, professor of plant pathology and biotechnology, and director of the STS Program, will speak. To make a reservation for this workshop, call Laura Trinca at (814) 863-1663 by Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Sloan-Kettering neurologist to speak at Hershey

Dr. Kathleen M. Foley, co-chief of the Pain and Palliative Care Service and attending neurologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, will visit The Hershey Medical Center on Sept. 29-30 as the Driskill Lecturer in Palliative Care.

Foley will present a public lecture titled "Palliative Care as Managed Care," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the hospital auditorium. In addition, she will conduct rounds and consultations with members of the medical center's pain medicine and palliative care team and meet with interested medical students, faculty and hospital staff.

In addition to her roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Foley is professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical pharmacology at Cornell University Medical College and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Cancer Pain Research and Education. She is currently director of the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute, a multi-million dollar, philanthropic effort to improve the culture and quality of dying in the United States.

For more information on Foley's visit, contact David Barnard, professor and chair of humanities, at (717) 531-8779.

Business lecture aims to improve efficiency

Most of us abhor the thought of waiting in line. But do we have a choice?

The next installment in the Current Issues in Business lecture series sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration on Oct. 8 will feature Karen L. Brown, assistant professor of management science, and a look at how customers can select the appropriate queue in some service firms, and how manufacturers might benefit from the same selection technique.

The noon presentation is free to the public at the Penn State Harrisburg Eastgate Center, 1010 N. Seventh St. in Harrisburg.

Brown's discussion will focus on: how to manage and schedule jobs; how does scheduling in service firms differ from scheduling in manufacturing firms; how has technology affected competition in service firms; is there an incentive for service firm managers to reduce waiting time for customers; how can customers choose the queue which best suits their needs; and how can this concept be extended to the manufacturing firm.

A member of the Penn State Harrisburg faculty since 1993, Brown has experience in public accounting, financial institutions and non-profit organizations. Her current research interests include performance measures for service firms and agencies.

To register for the presentation, call the Penn State Harrisburg Eastgate Center at (717) 772-3590.

Deacons discuss call to
service at Catholic fellowship

The noontime Cardinal Bernardin Catholic Faculty and Staff Fellowship
continues this semester on the University Park campus with a presentation on Monday, Oct. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. by Deacon Laszlo Ivanits of the Penn State Catholic community and Deacon Joseph Mazurkiewicz of St. John the Evangelist in Bellefonte. They will discuss "The Permanent Diaconate: A Call to Service in God's Church. What's it All About?"

Other talks in the series include:

* Tuesday, Oct. 28: "Sacred Oratory and Audience: Preaching in Medieval Society," by S. Casciani, assistant professor of Italian, Penn State;

* Monday, Nov. 10: "The Missionaries of Charity: Serving the Poorest of the Poor," by Father Michael Becker, vocation director for the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese; and

* Monday, Dec. 1: "But Who Do You Say That I Am? Jesus in Modern Scholarship," presented by P. Jenkins, distinguished professor of religious studies, Penn State.

All talks will be held in 212 Eisenhower Chapel and are open to the public.

Ecological literacy lecture,
discussion set for Oct. 3

David Orr, professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College and author of the contempary classics Earth in Mind (1994) and Ecological Literacy (1992), will present a lecture on "Reassembling the Pieces: Ecological Literacy in Higher Education" at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in 111 Forum Building on the University Park campus. An open discussion will immediately follow in room 115 Ferguson Building. The lecture and discussion session are free to the public.

Orr, best known for his pioneering work in ecological literacy and campus ecology, is education editor for Conservation Biology magazine and a member of the editorial advisory board for Orion Nature Quarterly. Author of more than 90 published articles and co-editor of The Campus and Environmental Responsibility with David Eagan (1992) and The Global Predicament with Marvin Soroos (1989), Orr is currently working to design and construct a new Environmental Studies Center on the Oberlin campus.

For more information, contact Hector Flores, director, S.T.S. Program, at (814) 865-3043, fax (814) 865-3047 or e-mail hef1@psu.edu; or Chris Uhl, ecology program, at (814) 863-3893 or e-mail cfu1@psu.edu.

Lecture series opens with book-inspired talk

Franco Ricci, associate professor of Italian at the University of Ottawa in Canada, will open the Fall Lecture Series of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese on Oct. 8 at University Park.

Ricci, an internationally recognized Calvino scholar, received his Ph.D. in Italian studies from the University of Toronto, is the executive secretary of the American Association of Italian Studies, has authored or edited four books along with numerous articles in books and professional journals, and has spoken at many national and international conferences.

Ricci will speak on "Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures: Italo Calvino and Paul Klee," discussing the connection between the Italian writer's texts and the images of the Swiss abstract painter. The lecture is derived from a book slated for publication later this year.

Ricci's presentation will begin at 8 p.m. in 102 Chambers Building. It is free to the public.

Erie features series of science seminars

The Division of Science at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, is hosting a series of seminars this fall. They include:

* Oct. 16 at 12:15 pm. in Science 101: "Using Calculus and Differential Equations in an Astronomical Problem," presented by Roger Knacke, astronomy, Penn State-Behrend;

* Nov. 7 at noon in Science 101: "Modeling the HIV Virus," presented by Denise Kirschner, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the University of Michigan Medical School.

* Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. in Reed Lecture Hall: "Ecology of Puerto Rican Streams," by Mark Pyron, biology, Penn State-Behrend

For more information, please contact the Division of Science at (814) 898-6105 or visit the Web at: http://euler.bd.psu.edu/science/seminar.html

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Search under way for Materials Research Institute director

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of director of the Materials Research Institute. The position became open when Stewart Kurtz left to become affiliated with the Industrial Research Office in the Research and Technology Transfer Organization. This is a part-time position that will require a commitment of 20 percent to 25 percent time on an annual basis. The search is being conducted internally and the position is available immediately. The director of the Materials Research Institute reports to the vice president for research.

The Materials Research Institute is an umbrella organization established to serve the research, educational and service missions of academic units engaged in materials research including the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Eberly College of Science, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Intercollege Materials Research Laboratory, the Applied Research Laboratory, numerous college-based research centers engaged in materials research and the intercollege graduate degree program in materials.

Responsibilities for the position include: strategic planning and the identification of new research and educational thrusts for the materials community at Penn State; the facilitation and formation of research teams that can respond to opportunities for significant interdisciplinary and cross-cutting team research; the organization and sponsorship of events (seminars, workshops, industry visits, etc.) that enrich the intellectual and professional environment for materials faculty and students; and the supervision of a small core staff.

The qualifications for the position include:

--Tenured professorial appointment in one of the departments involved in materials research;

-- Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills;

-- An entrepreneurial approach to pursuing the MRI agenda;

-- Commitment to high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and graduate education in the fields of materials; and

-- An ability to foster cooperation in a multi-unit, multi-college environment.

The search committee will begin to review applications and nominations on Oct. 10 and continue to receive them until a candidate is selected. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Letters of application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and nominations may be submitted to: Michael Coleman, chair, MRI Director Search Committee, 304 Old Main, University Park, Pa. 16802.

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Diversity video series
available for purchase

A new video series that examines racism, sexism, gender issues and sexual orientation on America's college campuses is now available through Penn State Media Sales. The four-part Penn State Diversity Series was produced by the Office of Educational Equity, the Affirmative Action Office and WPSX- TV at Penn State.

While college classrooms and universities have always fostered diverse groups of people and ideas, the complications of today's society brings a price to such diversity. The Penn State Diversity Series was created as a training tool and, while not designed to provide comprehensive answers, does provoke further group discussion and thought.

Programs in the series include: "OUTlook;" "Diversity Issues in the Classroom;" "Diversity Issues in Higher Education;" and "Sexual Harassment: A New Look at an Old Problem."

* "OUTlook" was produced by six college students and offers a cinema verité look at the lives of several undergraduate members of the Penn State lesbian, gay and bisexual community. Candid interviews help highlight some of the issues that affect these students on a daily basis, including violence, harassment and discrimination.

* "Diversity Issues in the Classroom" is a look at four case studies including racism, gender bias, diversity as a subject matter and an instructor with a language bias. Short dramatic vignettes are followed by panel discussions. (Winner of the 1996 National University Continuing Education Association Region II Faculty and Staff Development Award.)

* "Diversity Issues in Higher Education" consists of five case studies each dealing with a different aspect of diversity. Dramatic vignettes include international students; lesbians, gays and bisexuals; those with learning disabilities; adult learners; and multicultural education issues.

* "Sexual Harassment: A New Look at an Old Problem" has five vignettes illustrating typical cases that may be reported to an affirmative action office on a large university campus. The incidents include, overt, conscious harassment initiated by both male and females. (Winner of the 1996 National University Continuing Education Association Division for Women: Creative Programming, Short-Term Award)

Purchasing information and more information on the Penn State Diversity Series can be obtained
by calling (800) 770-2111, or by sending e-mail to MediaSales@cde.psu.edu.

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Team players

 
   Rick Hettinger, top, and Wes Cartwright, left, are two members of a team of key players at Penn State home football games on the University Park campus. No, they don't suit up with pads and helmets. Hettinger is a paramedic with the University's Emergency Medical Services unit, on hand at Beaver Stadium to provide medical assistance when needed to any of the more than 96,000 people in attendance at each game. Cartwright, also a member of the University's Emergency Medical Services unit, is busy before each home football game preparing advanced life-support bags at the unit's facilities under the stadium. All equipment is checked out before each home game. The next Saturday they'll work is Oct. 11, when Penn State plays host to The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Photos: Greg Grieco

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Continuous Quality Improvement

Students recognize good teaching

A tenet of CQI is improvement through decisions based on data. However, in relation to a university's key processes, skeptics wonder: "Are students able to evaluate teaching quality? Are these data any good?"

Hundreds of studies, some dating to the 1920s, have shown that student ratings of instructors and courses can be reliable and valid. Studies also show that those ratings are little influenced by class size, time of day, expected grade and so on. Two Penn State reports recently addressed this important topic.

At the September University Faculty Senate meeting, Michael Dooris (on behalf of the Faculty Teaching Development and Evaluation Committee) gave a report on the Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness. The SRTE was developed at Penn State, but is similar to other, more widely used forms. The committee's analysis found results much like those in the literature. Expected grades statistically explained only about 5 percent of the variation in student ratings of instructor quality. The effects of other factors, such as class size and course level, were even weaker.

A separate study, led by Fern Willits as part of an Alumni Teaching Fellow project, was published this summer. Her methodology (student and faculty surveys) was different, but results were similar.

"The most powerful predictor of students' overall evaluation of a course was the amount they felt they had learned."

Commenting on both studies, Dooris said, "We've examined considerable objective evidence, in general and at Penn State, and on balance it doesn't support blanket criticisms of student ratings."

For more information about the SRTE analysis, contact Dooris at (814) 863-8721. Copies of the report by Willits, Betty Moore and Diane Enerson are available through the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, at (814) 863-2599.

For information about Continuous Quality Improvement, contact Louise Sandmeyer, executive director of the Center for Quality and Planning, at (814) 863-8721, LES1@psu.edu or see the center's Web site at http://www.psu.edu/president/cqi.

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Two Behrend programs
gain accreditation

Two programs at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Behrend's baccalaureate programs in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering have received accreditation, and ABET has reaccredited the college's baccalaureate programs in electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and plastics engineering technology.

Penn State-Behrend's electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs, established in 1994, received ABET accreditation on the first attempt. The accreditation is retroactive to students who graduated in 1996.

Representatives from the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission spent several days at Penn State-Behrend during the 1996-97 academic year, reviewing records, meeting with faculty, staff, administrators and students as part of the process.

The reaccredited baccalaureate technology programs also received their original accreditation as soon as they were eligible: electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology in 1991 and plastics engineering technology in 1993. The college's associate degrees in electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology have been accredited since 1956.

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On display

"Landscape, Vence, 1925-1926," an oil on canvas work by Marsden Hartley will be on display Sept. 30 through Dec. 14 as part of the "Marsden Hartley: American Modern" exhibition at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus. The museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary with several exhibits, an open house and other events.

Break out the silver

The Palmer Museum turns 25,
and it's celebrating in style

The Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus is celebrating its 25th anniversary from October 1997 through May 1998. During these eight months, the museum will feature 25 years of gifts in special exhibitions and installations throughout the galleries.

The museum will kick off its 25th anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with a 25th Anniversary Community Celebration. At this open house for the entire community, a variety of activities such as balloon twisting, chalk drawing and face painting as well as performances by the Pennsylvania Dance Theatre will provide fun and entertainment for young and old alike. Cake and "Palmer Mousseum with Almonds" ice cream from the University Creamery will be served. On the same day, the Center for the Performing Arts will present productions at 1 and 3 p.m. of "An Ire-ish Tale," part of its Wide-Eyed Wonders series for children, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

More than half the museum's collection has come through gifts from individuals and organizations. Many of the paintings, sculptures and decorative arts are regularly on view in the permanent collection galleries. However, due to their fragile nature, more than 1,700 works on paper are shown only on the occasion of special exhibitions or when requested by faculty for study by their students. In this collection area, there are more than 1,200 fine art prints representing a rich variety of artists and printmaking techniques from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

A select group of these prints donated to the museum will be on exhibition in "25th Anniversary Exhibition I: Prints from the 16th through Early 20th Centuries" from Sunday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 21. The collection represents a broad range of artists and subject matter. It includes religious subjects by German artists Albrecht Dürer and Hans Sebald Beham, and Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn; social commentaries by the printmakers William Hogarth and Honoré Daumier; Japanese landscapes by Ando Hiroshige; and abstractions and figural studies by Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, André Derain and Lyonel Feininger. Two other American artists represented in the exhibition are Joseph Pennell and John Taylor Arms. Both were prolific printmakers and are especially known for their engravings of city and industrial views.

"The museum's collection has grown in large part due to the generosity of our donors. Many of our contributors have been associated with Penn State as students, faculty and staff. Many others also have made gifts to the museum because they believe in what the museum is doing for the University and community. They know that museums like the Palmer, not located in a major city, have perhaps even greater needs than the larger and older institutions in their own regions," said Jan Keene Muhlert, museum director.

Muhlert said that donations have come from as far away as West Hollywood, Calif., and Houston, Texas, and as close to University Park as Port Matilda and Lock Haven.

Other exhibitions on view during the fall include: "Photographs from the Stieglitz Circle, 1900-1930" through Dec. 7; and "Marsden Hartley: American Modern" from Sept. 30 to Dec. 14.

The Palmer Museum of Art, on Curtin Road near the University Creamery at University Park, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, contact the museum office at (814) 865-7672.

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