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Edward P. Junker III, center, chats with colleagues shortly
after being named chairman
of the Board of Trustees. Junker, who had been vice chairman, succeeds Jesse Arnelle.
Photo: Greg Grieco
The Board of Trustees elected new officers on Jan. 16, naming Erie-based Edward P. Junker III, retired vice president of PNC Bank Corp., as chairman.
Junker has served on Penn State's board since 1986 when he was first elected by the delegates of the industrial societies and has been reelected for succeeding terms. Junker was elected to a one-year term as chairman that will expire in January 1999. He has served as vice chairman of the board for the past two years and replaces outgoing board Chairman Jesse Arnelle, recently retired attorney with Arnelle, Hastie, McGee, Willis and Greene, San Francisco. Arnelle, who was first elected to the board in 1969 by the alumni and will continue to serve on the board, is currently counsel to the North Carolina-based firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice.
In his remarks to the board, Junker cited future directions for Penn State as identified in the long-range plan released last September by the University Planning Council. He touched on the six goals outlined by the UPC, including enhancing academic excellence, building a more considerate and civil community, developing new sources of income and reducing costs through improved efficiencies.
In addition, Junker discussed the "daunting challenge" presented by inadequate state support and the "real fiscal constraints" the University faces as it attempts to continue serving the people of Pennsylvania.
A 1960 graduate of Penn State and a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, Junker joined Marine Bank -- predecessor to PNC Bank Northwest PA -- as an assistant vice president in 1964 and advanced to be elected president in 1974 and chief executive officer in 1983. In 1985, he was elected chairman and CEO of PNC Bank Northwest PA and vice chairman and director of PNC Bank Corp. Junker retired in March 1997, but continues to represent the bank externally.
A prominent member of the Erie community, Junker is a member and treasurer of the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority; president of the Erie Zoological Society; immediate past president and a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Erie Conference on Community Development; and a trustee and treasurer of the Erie Community Foundation. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees and an honorary life member of the board of incorporators of the Hamot Health Foundation and a member of the board of incorporators for Saint Vincent Health Center. In 1988-89, he served as president of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association.
Active in the development of Penn State, Junker is vice chair of the Campaign Steering Committee and a member of its executive board. He also served as a member of the executive committee of The Campaign for Penn State and served on the national Development Council. He serves as a member of the board and the executive committee of the Penn State Geisinger Health System.
Junker is a former chairman and member of the executive board of the Council of Fellows at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, and is serving as chairman of the campaign for the college. He received the Philip Philip Mitchell Alumni Service Award in 1984 and was named an alumni fellow in the College of Health and Human Development and at Penn State Erie in 1987.
A native of Carnegie and a resident of Erie, Junker was chosen as "Man of the Year" by Erie & Chautauqua magazine in 1997. He has also received The Americans for Competitive Enterprise System Inc. Outstanding Citizen Award; the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award from the United Way of Erie County; and the Gannon University Distinguished Pennsylvanian Award.
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New York investment manager Edward R. Hintz was elected vice chairman of the Board of Trustees on Jan. 16.
Hintz has been a member of the board since 1994 when he was elected by delegates from industrial societies. Founder and president of the New York investment firm of Hintz, Holman and Hecksher Inc., he began his career as an investment manager and analyst working for several top firms in the securities field before founding his own firm in 1974. His firm has been consistently cited in the Wall Street Journal as having an outstanding long-term investment record.
Hintz is chair of the University's forthcoming major capital campaign. He also served as vice chair of the Campaign for Penn State, from 1984 to 1990, chair of the campaign that raised funds to help build The Bryce Jordan Center and served on the committee that raised more than $12 million for the new Paterno Library. Hintz replaces Edward P. Junker III, who was elected chairman of the board.
Hintz graduated from Penn State in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in finance and received an MBA from Harvard in 1963. As an undergraduate, Hintz was president of the Interfraternity Council, head varsity football manager and a member of two honorary societies. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta, Parmi Nous and Lion's Paw.
Hintz serves on The Smeal College of Business Administration's Board of Visitors. His wife, Helen Skade Hintz, is a 1960 Penn State graduate of the College of Health and Human Development. Their gifts to the University reflect their broad interests and include scholarships to the College of Health and Human Development and the School of Music, gifts to Penn State Berks, the University Libraries and The Bryce Jordan Center. In 1982, The Smeal College named him an Alumni Fellow and in 1987, the University named him a Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor it bestows on its graduates.
Other board officers include University President Graham B. Spanier, who serves as ex officio secretary of the board. Officers elected Jan. 16 to one-year terms are: Gary C. Schultz, treasurer; David E. Branigan, associate treasurer; and Janet M. Krone, assistant treasurer. Paula R. Ammerman was elected associate secretary; Carolyn A. Dolbin, assistant secretary; Joan L. Coble, assistant secretary; and Linda L. Cartright, assistant secretary.
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The Board of Trustees on Jan. 16 approved Thursday, May 14, as the date for the delegate election of trustees and for counting the ballots in the alumni election.
Six trustees are elected by delegates from organized agricultural societies within the Commonwealth. Six trustees are elected by delegates from organized engineering, mining, manufacturing and mechanical societies (referred to as industrial societies) in Pennsylvania. The term of service for industrial societies is three years, and two terms from each category expire each year. Nine trustees are elected by the alumni for three-year terms, with three terms expiring each year.
To participate in the election of trustees, delegates from agricultural and industrial societies must be organized and in existence for at least three months preceding the election and notify the University of this fact at least 60 days before the election.
To participate in the alumni elections, voters must have received an associate, bachelor's or an advanced degree from any Penn State campus or be a former student (some restrictions apply).
Questions about the elections processes or eligibility should be directed to: Associate Secretary of the Board of Trustees, 205 Old Main, University Park, Pa. 16802; (814) 865-2521.
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James Pawelczyk, left, discusses Penn State's contributions
to his official flight kit
with David R. Huff, assistant professor of turfgrass and genetics. Huff selected the
seed types that Pawelczyk will take with him aboard Space Shuttle Columbia, which
is due to launch April 2. Pawelczyk also will carry a Penn State banner into space.
Photo: Greg Grieco
By Barbara Hale
and Annemarie Mountz
Penn State is giving new meaning to the term "AstroTurf." So said James Pawelczyk, the University's first faculty astronaut, to the Board of Trustees moments after it was announced that he will carry Penn State grass seed with him when he blasts off in the Space Shuttle Columbia on April 2.
Along with the grass seed, Pawelczyk will carry a commemorative Penn State flag aboard the flight. The items, chosen by Pawelczyk and President Graham B. Spanier, were suggested by four students from Penn State New Kensington and are subject to NASA approval.
The three ounces of grass seed and a 24 inch-by-18 inch flag will travel in the Official Flight Kit, a two-cubic-foot locker reserved for the crew's memorabilia. Spanier said the grass seed was chosen because it is something that can be shared with every Penn State location. After the flight, the seed will be planted and one square foot of the resultant "space grass" turf will be installed at each of the 24 campuses in the Penn State system. The flag, which will bear the University's mark and the official mission patch, will be used as a podium drape whenever Pawelczyk, assistant professor of physiology and kinesiology, speaks publicly about his shuttle mission.
The students who suggested the grass seed and flag are Charles C. Eagle, Michael E. Bell, Margaret M. Bloch and Michael A. Roofner, all from the New Kensington campus near Pittsburgh. The faculty member who selected the seed types is David R. Huff, assistant professor of turfgrass and genetics at University Park.
NASA regulations allow each shuttle crew member to include 10 items in the flight kit. Last fall, Pawelczyk sent an open letter to each Penn State campus asking students to make suggestions. The team from Penn State New Kensington responded along with students from throughout the 24-campus system. In addition to the grass seed and flag, the New Kensington team suggested a "We Are Penn State" banner, two diplomas and a Penn State cap. Other popular suggestions were a cardboard Joe Paterno and a football.
Huff, who selected the grass seed from among those developed at Penn State, said experimental lines of Kentucky bluegrass and perennial rye grass will go on the space trip. Genetically identical seeds will be kept on Earth to compare with the space-flown seeds to look for any mutations that might result from the effects of space flight. He said that turfgrass seed has never before been flown in space.
Pawelczyk is one of two primary payload specialists among the seven crew members scheduled to be aboard the April mission, which is known both as Neurolab and STS-90. Neurolab, a 16-day mission, is dedicated to research on the nervous system and behavior. Its goal is to increase the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for neural and behavioral changes in space, and if all goes as planned it will be the longest-duration shuttle mission to date.
Pawelczyk also will talk with students while in orbit.
"We have planned a 10-minute time where I will be able to have a live, interactive question-and-answer period with students at Penn State. I'm not sure when that will be during the mission, but we're moving forward with plans for that," he said.
Training for the mission consists of several phases. For the first year, Pawelczyk and the rest of the crew concentrated on the experiments, and then worked on how to conduct them in a space environment.
"Right now, we're practicing how to live and work in space and how to reconfigure the shuttle from a rocket to a lab to an airplane," Pawelczyk said.
They're also learning how to eat in a microgravity environment, although the food itself is pretty common.
"Shuttle food is equivalent to freeze-dried camping food. We're going to pretty much stay with a terrestrial diet," he said.
With fewer than 90 days to go before the launch, Pawelczyk's perspective on space flight has changed somewhat from when he was first chosen.
"I have a healthier appreciation for just what a phenomenal tool the space shuttle really is, that we can configure it from a rocket into a laboratory module. It's a very adaptable instrument that we use in flight," Pawelczyk said.
Any fears he may have had at the outset have diminished during his training.
"One thing that NASA is really good at is training for any possible contingency. A lot of the unknowns for me in terms of how we would handle a particular situation are now known. I think that makes it all very palatable," he said.
With final preparations under way for Space Shuttle Columbia, enthusiasm is growing with the entire crew, Pawelczyk said.
Pawelczyk has studied irregularities in blood pressure control associated with deconditioning. Many astronauts experience problems with blood pressure after returning from a flight and some crew members have reported bouts of dizziness and unsteadiness for several hours after returning to Earth. To determine the cause of these changes, some of the experiments to be conducted aboard Neurolab will use the astronauts themselves as subjects.
Pawelczyk will be the first faculty member and the fourth Penn State graduate to fly aboard the Shuttle. Penn State alumni who have flown aboard the Shuttle include Guion Bluford, a 1964 graduate who flew on Challenger in 1983; Paul Weitz, 1954 graduate who also flew on Challenger in 1983; and Robert Cenker, a 1970 and 1973 graduate who was a payload specialist on Columbia in 1987. Pawelczyk earned his master's degree in physiology at Penn State in 1985.
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Preparing students to be citizens of a civil democracy in the next century is among the key objectives of an updated strategic plan for diversity at Penn State.
The trustees heard a report concerning "A Framework to Foster Diversity at Penn State, 1997-2002" from Thomas G. Poole, assistant vice provost for educational equity. Still undergoing final revisions, the document was commissioned as a University-wide diversity plan by the University Planning Council.
"The plan is rooted in the conviction that the development of understanding is part and parcel of Penn State's educational mission that seeks to prepare students for life and work in a civil democracy in the 21st century," Poole said.
The overall goals of the planning document include:
* Creating a welcoming campus climate by translating knowledge and appreciation of diversity into civil and welcoming activities for and by students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.
* Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. A crucial factor is the development of managers and supervisors within the staff and faculty who have the skills to recruit, manage and mentor diverse populations. New leadership programs and courses are being developed to help train future University managers.
* Developing a curriculum that supports the goals of the new general education plan. The University's new general education plan seeks to integrate cultural diversity skills and international competency requirements into academic programs.
* Coordinating organizational change to support diversity goals. A supportive fiscal resource base and effective institutional infrastructure are critical to successfully implementing diversity action plans.
"The 'Framework' plan calls us together as a University community to join in the common project of teaching those skills and modeling those public virtues that will be necessary for the vitality of communities, families and social institutions in our increasingly diverse nation as well as our global village," Poole said.
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This artist's rendering shows the design for Ohio Hall at Penn State Erie, Behrend College.
The Board of Trustees on Jan 16 approved the appointment of an architect for a conference building at Penn State Great Valley and approved naming the facility the Safeguard Scientifics Building in honor of a generous donor, Warren V. Musser, who owns the Safeguard Scientifics Co.
The firm of GBQC Architects of Philadelphia has been selected as architect of the facility. The $5.6 million building will house a 300-seat auditorium, conference support space, 10 seminar/classrooms, faculty and conference offices and a technology classroom.
Penn State Great Valley near Philadelphia offers graduate degrees to full- and part-time students as well as certificate and continuing and distance education classes. It is organized to accommodate the schedules of full-time professionals, such as engineers, middle managers, teachers, corporate trainers, educators and other adults advancing or changing their careers.
At Penn State Erie, Behrend College, the board approved final plans and gave authorization to award contracts for the construction of Ohio Hall, designed by Hoffman-Popovich Architects and Associates of Boalsburg.
The residence hall is similar in design to the recently completed Almy Hall, with an exterior of split-face masonry, composite vertical siding, glazed block and a steep-pitch gabled roof with dormers. It will be five stories high and house 265 residents in 64 single and 96 double rooms, and nine rooms for students with disabilities and resident hall assistants. It also will have student office space, a fitness center, visiting scholar apartments and lounges on each floor. A 247-space parking lot is included in the project, which will cost $10.8 million.
The board also approved naming a small building behind the Logan House at Penn State Erie the Logan Carriage House.
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This artist's rendering depicts a residence hall to be built
at Penn State Berks.
The residence hall is part of a new campus master plan at Berks, which won board approval.
A new campus master plan to guide the future growth of Penn State Berks, Berks-Lehigh Valley College, was approved by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 16. The plan is one of a series of campus studies undertaken by the University's Office of Physical Plant.
Issues addressed during the planning process included maintaining the campus character, identifying potential building sites, addressing external impacts, parking and circulation.
"One of the principle planning considerations for the master plan was to preserve the natural environment of the campus -- the wooded areas will be preserved and will remain undeveloped," said William Anderson, assistant vice president for physical plant. The natural buffer east of Broadcasting Road will be retained and the wooded area west of the student housing complex will be preserved.
According to the plan, the main entrance to the campus on Broadcasting Road will be relocated with the large open area north of the main parking area becoming the front lawn of the campus. Future buildings in this area will further define the lawn. The functional relationships between the new student housing and the Perkins Student Center also will be enhanced.
The board also approved preliminary plans for a four-story residence hall at Penn State Berks that will house 394 students in 190 single-room suites and 102 double-room suites with rooms for resident assistants, lounges, study spaces and offices. Designed by Susan Maxman Architects of Philadelphia, it will be constructed with brick veneer and a steep-pitch roof. The wooded buffer between the academic core of campus and the residential area will be preserved. The 121,400 gross-square-foot building will be built in stages, with phase 1 to house 267 students, beginning this May.
The campus, which has served the Reading community since 1958, has an enrollment of 1,817 students and is located on 241 acres in Wyomissing Borough and Spring Township, bounded by Park Road Corridor on the south and Tulpehocken Road on the north.
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The Board of Trustees on Jan. 16 selected eight alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual.
Following are the 1998 Distinguished Alumni, year or years of graduation, and current title:
* Edward Anchel of Milford, a 1960 bachelor's degree graduate in business administration from The Smeal College of Business Administration. He is president and chairman of the board of Altec Lansing Technologies Inc.
* Donald M. Cook Jr. of Indialantic, Fla. He received his bachelor's degree in recreation and parks from the College of Health and Human Development in 1952, and received his master's degree in counselor education from the College of Education in 1960. He is the retired president of SEMCOR Inc.
* Carmen Finestra of Los Angeles, Calif., a 1971 bachelor's degree graduate in general arts and sciences. He is partner and executive producer of Wind Dancer Productions.
* Marian U. Coppersmith Fredman of State College received her bachelor's degree in 1953 in journalism, which is now part of the College of Communications. She is president of The Barash Group and Morgan Signs Inc., and is publisher of Town & Gown Magazine and Where & When Travel Guide.
* Hiroshi Honda of Narashino City, Japan, is a 1976 master's degree graduate in engineering mechanics from the College of Engineering. He is senior research engineer with the Research and Survey Department of the Japan Space Utilization Promotion Center.
* Philip G. Keeney of State College received his doctoral degree in dairy science from the College of Agricultural Sciences in 1955. He is professor emeritus of food science at Penn State.
* Dr. Albert Montgomery Kligman of Philadelphia received his bachelor's degree in botany from the Eberly College of Science in 1939. He is emeritus professor of dermatology of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and director of the Aging Skin Clinic and attending physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
* Major Gen. (Ret.) John H. Stanford of Seattle, Wash. A 1961 bachelor's degree graduate in arts and letters from the College of the Liberal Arts, he is superintendent of the Seattle Public Schools.
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This artist's rendition shows plans for the new football building at University Park. The Louis E. Lasch Football Building will be built on the site of the old ice skating rink.
This artist's rendition shows plans for the multi-sport building at University Park.
Penn State's new football and indoor multi-sports buildings at University Park moved closer to completion with action by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 16.
"As part of our improvements to the Intercollegiate Athletics programs, we have embarked on several projects," said Gary C. Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer. He presented preliminary plans for the Louis E. Lasch Football Building and final plans for the multi-sport facility, both of which the board approved.
The Louis E. Lasch Football Building, designed by the joint venture firm of L.D. Astorino of Pittsburgh and HOK Sports of Kansas City, Mo., will be located between the Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex and Holuba Hall on the site of the former ice skating rink, which will be demolished.
The cylindrical-shaped part of the building facing Hastings Road will house an auditorium with a brick facade. The rest of the building will be finished in pre-cast concrete and glazed curtain wall construction and will have a two-story portion on the east side overlooking the practice fields. The buildings will house the training facilities for intercollegiate football, including team and squad meeting rooms, strength training, locker rooms, coaches offices and support spaces.
The board also approved final plans and authorized the awarding of contracts for the multi-sports facility, designed by the joint venture firm of Hoffman-Popovich/NBBJ of Boalsburg and Columbus, Ohio. It will be built just south of The Bryce Jordan Center and west of the existing outdoor track. The main pedestrian walkway will be at the northeast corner extending along the service drive to the Jordan Center.
The $14-million building will have brick veneer to match The Bryce Jordan Center, an arced roof and gable ends enclosed with glass. The lower level will have a pedestrian entrance, lobby, locker rooms, storage space and an oval track with center 200-meter sprint lanes and artificial turf, and exits to the outdoor track complex. The upper level will have the spectators entrance, lobby and concourse to 800 spectator seats -- to which 400 temporary seats can be added for larger events. The event floor will be visible from the concourse. The plan includes a level area on the west side of the building for a future outdoor play field large enough to accommodate soccer.
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By Barbara Hale
Current trends suggest that the greatest future growth in graduate enrollments at Penn State will occur at the Harrisburg and Great Valley campuses and through the new initiatives of the World Campus, Rodney A. Erickson, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, told the University's Board of Trustees Friday, Jan. 16.
Currently, University Park accounts for 63 percent of graduate enrollment and can be expected to remain the focus of doctoral education. Harrisburg and Great Valley enroll the largest share of the remaining graduate students in locations other than University Park and are the only two campuses that experienced any significant enrollment gains this past year, Erickson said. There are 9,994 graduate students enrolled system-wide, 1,450 at Harrisburg and 1,470 at Great Valley. Those campuses experienced increases of 7.5 percent and 6 percent respectively over the previous year.
The most substantial future enrollment increases can be expected at off-site locations, Erickson said. He said one of the principal impediments to distance delivery of graduate degree programs has been residency requirements. After extensive study, the Graduate Council approved the elimination of on-campus residency for professional master's degrees and established guidelines for off-campus programs.
"This change will make possible an exciting array of graduate programs through Penn State's World Campus, while ensuring that high quality graduate degrees are earned in off-campus sites," Erickson said.
All across the United States, residential graduate school enrollments have declined due to a smaller pool of prospective students and the lure of the robust job market. Nevertheless, Penn State continues to rank among the nation's leading producers of doctorates.
In 1996-97, Penn State awarded 2,509 graduate degrees, the largest number to date, including 543 master's degrees and 527 doctorates. In 1995-1996, the most recent year for which comparisons are available, Penn State ranked 12th nationally, tied with Harvard, in the number of doctorates awarded.
Erickson said the national debate on graduate education has produced positive effects at Penn State, where it has encouraged innovation. Several programs now include more active, problem-based and team-centered learning approaches. Some degree programs have streamlined their curricula to shorten time-to-degree. Others have added breadth to the doctoral degree by providing more opportunity for classes in other disciplines oriented more toward nonacademic careers.
Penn State also has responded well to the new interest students have in cross-disciplinary fields. Enrollment in the 15 Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs at Penn State grew from 806 in 1992 to 1,286 in 1997, an increase of nearly 60 percent.
"We know that graduate education will become an even more competitive enterprise in the future," Erickson said. "Retaining the best of the traditions that have made Penn State a leader in graduate education is essential to our foundation of quality. But like other top graduate institutions, we must be responsive to societal and market changes and innovate and adapt to a changing environment."
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