September 4, 1997......Volume 27, Issue 3

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President Spanier to discuss construction projects on the next "To the Best of My Knowledge"

HUB/Robeson site work begins
After more than two years of careful planning by students, staff and faculty, the dirt is finally moving as workers relocate utilities in preparation for the construction of the new HUB-Robeson Complex at the University Park campus. The actual building construction will begin later this fall, but utilities such as water, sewer and electrical lines must be in place first.

Strategic planning document to be unveiled Sept. 12
Called everything from a "challenge" to a "bite the bullet" experience, the University strategic planning process has been aimed at creating an understandable set of priorities that focus on quality and helping to meld Penn State's teaching, research and service missions. Guided by the 15-member University Planning Council, the current planning process -- which took nearly two years -- will culminate on Sept. 12 with a 34-page document that will provide a framework and guidelines for the entire University to follow for the years 1997 to 2002.

President set to reveal initiatives
President Graham B. Spanier will take the stage at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Eisenhower Auditorium to again present his annual State of the University Address. The entire University community is encouraged to attend the event, which will provide a glimpse of Penn State's long-range plan. Spanier indicated an announcement of great importance impacting the future of the University will be unveiled. The president said that during his speech he also will "identify four program areas that will be targeted for significant expansion."

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