February 12, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 20

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University looking for more from proposed budget
Under the governor's proposed 1998-99 budget plan unveiled Feb. 3, Penn State would receive a 3.25 percent increase, an amount University President Graham B. Spanier calls the governor's "most generous" to date, but still only a "stay-even" approach that merely covers inflation.

Commonwealth College is growing together
Just one year ago, the University announced an overhaul of its Commonwealth Educational System -- a system that had been in place for more than four decades but needed to find additional ways to answer the needs of Pennsylvania residents. Out of that system makeover, which took more than 18 months to devise, came Strasser's college, which is made up of five Penn State campuses in western Pennsylvania (Shenango, Beaver, New Kensington, McKeesport and Fayette); one in the central part of the state (DuBois); Three in the south (Delaware County, Mont Alto and York); and three in the northeast (Worthington Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton). The Commonwealth College officially began operating on July 1, 1997, and is Penn State's largest college.

Successful actor a bridge for students
"When I came here in 1995 as a visiting professor, I found young people hungry for information," Charles Dumas said. "They were interested in my background and experience. They wanted to be what I was -- an actor, writer, director. I was turned on. It was an important event that occurred at a point in my life when I was very productive in my career.

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