Intercom Online......August 13, 1998

Elsewhere in Higher Education

The following information was gleaned from the internal publications of the institutions mentioned.

* Wells Fargo has given $1.1 million to develop a program at Arizona State University aimed at improving the understanding of Mexican-American culture. Wells Fargo is the first corporation to donate funds to the Hispanic studies program within ASU's Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies.

* A task force in Virginia convened by the state's attorney general put the finishing touches on a report on alcohol abuse, that include recommendations that Virginia colleges and universities notify parents of their child's alcohol abuse; it also called for increased drunk driving penalties. The task force backed off from a plan to ban tailgate parties at sporting events. In a supportive gesture, leaders of six national fraternities signed a "Declaration of Independence from Alcohol" -- a resolution to phase out alcohol from their houses nationwide by the year 2000. They still need to get the full support of all of their members. The fraternities include: Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu and Sigma Pi.

* The University of Southern California recently announced a new campaign goal. Buoyed by major new gifts -- including a $17 million gift from an alumna -- the Building on Excellence campaign has now set its sights on $1.5 billion by 2000.

* Donations to the Johns Hopkins Institutions have set a record for the third consecutive year: $185.1 million was received by the university and the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

* Beginning July 1, Arizona State University employees who retire with at least 500 hours of accumulated sick leave receive a substantial cash payment, thanks to a new policy covering state employees that was passed by the Arizona State Legislature earlier this year.

Back to news index

Back to Intercom home page


Digital Intercom is produced in the Office of University Relations at The Pennsylvania State University.
This page was created by Annemarie Mountz.
Updated by Chris Koleno