Nuclear Engineering Program
announces new chairholder
Anthony J. Baratta has been named chair of the Nuclear Engineering
Program as a result of the recent merger between the departments of mechanical
engineering and nuclear engineering. He replaces Edward H. Klevans, who
is retiring after 30 years with the College of Engineering.
Baratta will head the department's administration and planning efforts.
He has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1978, teaching courses
in reactor theory, reactor safety and computer applications.
He founded the Nuclear Energy University Consortium for cooperative research
and education. Baratta is a member of numerous organizations. He received
his bachelor's degree in physics/applied physics from Columbia University
and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Brown University.
Outreach and Cooperative Extension
appoints new state program leader
Marilyn Corbin, professor of family and consumer sciences and assistant
to the director of the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State
University, has been appointed state program leader for children, youth
and families with Penn State Outreach and Cooperative Extension, effective
As state program leader, Corbin will provide leadership and support for
the development, implementation and evaluation of statewide educational
programs aimed at children, older youths and families, including 4-H. She
will actively develop funding and other resources and maintain training
for cooperative extension and other outreach initiatives. Corbin will work
closely with administrators in the College of Agricultural Sciences, academic
department heads, regional extension directors, faculty and county extension
agents, as well as academic and outreach programs in other colleges within
Corbin has been at North Carolina State since 1993, when she was hired
as head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, professor of
family and consumer sciences and assistant director of the university's
extension service. She was promoted to assistant to the director in 1997.
Corbin earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and home
economics from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., in 1970; a master's
degree in textiles and interior design from Kansas State University in 1972;
and a doctorate in family life education from Kansas State in 1982.
Corbin has received numerous awards and honors. She is national vice
president of the Association of Leadership Educators and is president elect
for 1998-99. She is a member of several organizations.
College of Education welcomes
coordinator of college relations
The College of Education recently named Jeff Deitrich coordinator
of college relations. He will be responsible for the college's publications,
media relations, special events and alumni relations program.
A native of Bellefonte, Deitrich received a B.A. in mass communications
from Penn State in 1989. He was assistant director of alumni relations at
Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley for the past three years.
Before joining Penn State, Deitrich was a public relations writer for
Widener University, an accountant for NBC's "Homicide: Life on the
Street" and worked for the public relations firm Hill and Knowlton.
He has been involved with Penn State alumni chapters in Allegheny, Montgomery,
Berks, Northampton and Lehigh counties and was president of the Lion Ambassador
Alumni Interest Group for four years.
Alumni coordinator joins
Penn State Capital College
Laura K. Davis is the new Penn State Capital College alumni coordinator.
As a major portion of her new duties, Davis will coordinate alumni activities
at both the Harrisburg and Schuylkill campuses.
She comes to the college from Penn State Mont Alto, where she coordinated
special events, public information and alumni activities since December
1995. Previously, she served as an instructional services assistant at WITF
A 1994 Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications,
Davis is pursuing a master's in communications studies at Shippensburg University.
Penn State York hires
director of academic affairs
William D. Eaton, a microbiologist and member of the faculty at Malaspina
University College in British Columbia, Canada, has been named the new director
of academic affairs at Penn State York. He replaces John R. Madden, who
served as director of academic affairs at Penn State York since 1987 and
recently accepted a position as campus executive officer at Penn State Hazleton.
In addition to the administrative responsibilities as director of academic
affairs, Eaton is an associate professor whose discipline is microbiology.
A native of Walnut Creek, California, Eaton holds a Ph.D. in microbiology
from the University of California, Davis, a master's degree in biology and
a bachelor's degree in wildlife zoology from San Jose State University.
Before coming to Penn State York, Eaton served as a member of the faculty
at Malaspina University College for nine years. During his tenure there
he served as faculty and coordinator of the biology department and helped
develop a good educational and research reputation at the school as it moved
from a two-year to a four-year degree institution.
His administrative experience includes curriculum and program development;
faculty evaluation and development; student advising; international education
program development; grant writing; and bringing together consortiums of
scientists and teachers.
In addition to his experience at Malaspina, Eaton served as chairman
of the Juneau Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University
of Alaska, Fairbanks and director of the Washington State Department of
Fisheries virology lab. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate
courses for both science and non-science majors.
Eaton has numerous international publications, reviews manuscripts for
several different journals, reviews grants for several U.S. and Canadian
funding agencies and is a member of several professional societies.
Associate vice provost promoted
to top educational equity position
Walter Terrell Jones, associate vice provost for educational equity,
has been appointed vice provost for educational equity, effective Aug. 17.
Jones replaces James B. Stewart, who is returning to research and teaching
as professor of labor studies and industrial relations and African and African
As vice provost, Jones will be responsible for the University's diversity
strategic planning and implementing the first University-wide Diversity
Strategic Plan, which was introduced this year.
As associate vice provost, Jones has been instrumental in creating a
multicultural environment on campus. He was responsible for curricular changes
that reflect a multicultural perspective, has developed and implemented
cultural awareness programs and oversees an assessment program that monitors
progress toward meeting the University's goals as a multicultural institution.
In 1996-97, Jones was acting provost and vice president for academic
affairs at Lock Haven University. He also served as assistant dean of student
life at Lock Haven from 1975-1977.
At Penn State, Jones has served in several capacities with the Office
of Student Affairs. He also has taught as an affiliate assistant professor
in the Department of Counselor Education and the Department of African and
African American Studies.
In 1989-90, Jones was an Administrative Fellow in the Office of the President.
Jones has served in key positions on a number of University-wide committees.
Active in the community, he is currently chair of the Centre County Advisory
Council for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
Jones received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Lock Haven
University and master of education and doctor of education degrees from
Penn State. Among his publications are articles on minority and majority
student awareness and perspectives on ethnicity. He is co-author of How
to Succeed on a Majority Campus: A Guide for Minority Students, published
New dean recommended
for Eberly College of Science
Daniel J. Larson, the Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams professor of physics
at the University of Virginia, has been recommended as the new dean of the
Eberly College of Science. Penn State's Board of Trustees will act on the
recommendation at its Sept. 11 meeting at University Park.
At the University of Virginia, Larson's cumulative research funding is
more than $4 million, and he has consistently been ranked among the best
teachers in his department. He has published dozens of papers in scientific
journals and presented many invited papers at scientific meetings.
Larson was chairman of the physics department at the University of Virginia
in 1991-97 and associate dean of its arts and sciences faculty from 1989
to 1991. Larson joined the University of Virginia in 1978 as an associate
professor of physics and was named professor of physics in 1987. In 1996
he became Beams professor of physics. He was a National Science Foundation
graduate fellow in 1966-70 and a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1966.
He earned both his Ph.D. (1971) and his master's degree (1967) in physics
at Harvard University. In 1966 he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A.
degree in physics and mathematics from St. Olaf College.
Larson is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the
Optical Society of America and the American Association of Higher Education.
He is an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Sigma Pi Sigma.
Before joining the University of Virginia, Larson was an associate professor
and an assistant professor of physics at Harvard. He also was a visiting
scientist at the Laboratoire Aimé Cotton in Orsay, France, in 1991;
a visiting professor at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1986;
and a visiting scientist at the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder,
Colo., in 1985-86.
Health and Human Development
appoints alumni relations director
Renee A. Marks has been named the new director of alumni relations
for the College of Health and Human Development. She will be responsible
for developing alumni interest and involvement within the college's various
schools and departments, including work with the Alumni Society board of
directors and affiliate program groups.
Marks has served as an instructor in the College of Education, where
she was responsible for teaching undergraduate and outreach courses and
undergraduate student advising. In addition, she coordinated the annual
Statewide Allied Health Occupations Education Conference and administered
the Nurse Aide Teaching the Educator program for the Pennsylvania Department
of Education. She also has worked as a management consultant for IFR Applications
Inc., focusing on training needs assessment and curriculum development for
Marks serves on the board of directors of The Second Mile and works on
several committees for the State College Area School District. She also
has volunteered in many capacities. For her service to The Second Mile,
she was named one of the 1998 Volunteers of the Year by the Centre County
Council for Human Services.
Marks earned a bachelor's degree in vocational education/health occupations
education and a master's degree in workforce education from Penn State.
In addition, she holds an associate degree in dental hygiene from the University
of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Penn State Erie names coordinator
of Learning Resource Center
Ruth Pflueger, a Penn State Erie graduate and former administrative assistant
in the Provost's Office, has been named coordinator of the Learning Resource
Center (formerly called the Learning Assistance Center). Her duties in this
new position will include supervising or teaching various workshops related
to student success, with a special focus on study and writing skills.
becomes associate director
Susan Shuman was recently named associate director, administration
and planning for Outreach and Cooperative Extension. In this role, Shuman
will provide support for strategic planning, diversity planning, performance
measurement and human resource development activities for all outreach units.
This year, Shuman served as Administrative Fellow in the Office of the
Executive Vice President and Provost where she worked closely with the Center
for Quality and Planning, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational
Equity and the Office of Undergraduate Education. Her projects included
facilitating a CQI team for Residence Life, analyzing University-wide diversity
data, developing professional development programs for faculty and benchmarking
for the Strategic Study Group for Information Science and Technology.
Shuman has been employed by Penn State for 12 years, serving the last
seven as a senior research associate in the Outreach Office of Marketing
Research. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Penn State and bachelor of
arts and master of arts degree in sociology from Case Western Reserve University.
Network systems coordinator
joins Penn State Lehigh Valley
Heidy M. Wieder recently joined the staff at Penn State Lehigh Valley
as the network systems coordinator. Wieder's duties include coordinating
the campus' technology needs, servicing the technology and administering
Internet and telephone communication systems.
Her technical experience includes four years with Muhlenberg College's
office of information technology as a user support coordinator and a computer
operator with responsibilities overseeing all aspects of the computer room
operations. Before that, Wieder was a systems coordinator and technical
assistant for both Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg college libraries, where she
was responsible for the libraries' online catalog system and the access
for CD-ROM, the Internet and modem communication.
Military training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Wurtsmith Air
Force Base in Michigan prepared Wieder for many of the technological challenges
she faces in her new position.