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By Karen I. Wagner
Last week, a restless and inquiring group assembled to confront a rapidly changing world and its changed expectations. They were University faculty, students and administrators, but they're weren't talking about research and technology -- they were talking about teaching.
The Board of Trustees got an update Jan. 16 on Learning Colloquy IV, a seminar designed to help faculty prepare students for an ever-changing world. This and previous sessions aim to develop effective teaching strategies and techniques that faculty can take back to the classroom.
On Friday, Jan. 9, more than 200 faculty, students and administrators assembled at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park to talk about these new ideas and strategies. Each department was asked to send a team of three to four faculty members who would gather information they could then share with the department. Small group discussions on student involvement, motivation and the impact of early learning experiences were led by facilitators who helped maintain a balance between talking and listening.
"All who participated had something to share and something to gain," said John Brighton, executive vice president and provost. Brighton founded the Colloquy series four years ago.
Board members received a list of presentations, seminars and workshops scheduled for the Penn State Issues Forum and the Academic Leadership Forum this spring. Jesse Arnelle, then-chair of the Board of Trustees, opened the spring series Wednesday, Jan. 14, with his appearance at the Penn State Issues Forum. The speakers series' are building on the momentum of the first Colloquy programs.
Colloquy I focused on the question, "What is good learning?" and led to The Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning. The institute has worked to enrich the first-year experiences of students through freshmen seminars, summer programs and grants that enable faculty to try new teaching techniques.
Colloquies II and III similarly encouraged faculty to change their teaching styles by actively involving students and shaping classrooms into learning communities.
"I gained a feeling of optimism," said Pat Terenzini, interim director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education and a faculty member in higher education. "Change is possible. The pendulum is swinging back from research."
Presentations, seminars and workshops scheduled this spring are listed in the Intercom Web site archives at http://www.psu.edu/ur/INTERCOM/1998/Jan15/news6.html#anchor804693.
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Even the most seasoned University faculty and staff members can find themselves overwhelmed by the challenges and complexities of an administrative position, but a small program begun 12 years ago has proven that mentoring helps.
The Board of Trustees got an update Friday, Jan. 16, on the Administrative Fellows program -- a program designed to increase the size of the pool and the diversity of employees in that pool of potential leaders. Employees who have completed the program find that they are better prepared to step into leadership roles and positions of influence within the University community.
"Penn State is committed to helping faculty and staff refine their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of issues facing the University," said Robert Secor, vice provost for academic affairs and personnel. "We are committed to promoting excellence and inclusiveness in the University's administrative leadership for the future."
The Administrative Fellows program was created in 1986, the result of a collaboration between the Office of the President and the Commission for Women. Fellows are matched with senior administrators and placed on leave for a year, to devote themselves to learning. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business and treasurer; Rodney Erickson, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School; and James Ryan, vice president for outreach and cooperative extension will mentor fellows during the 1998-99 academic year.
Fellows and their mentors work closely to develop a learning plan for the year. In addition, they attend the same meetings their mentor regularly attends, including the University Planning Council, the Council of Academic Deans and the University Council for Continuous Quality Improvement. They are encouraged to ask questions and participate fully.
For Ingrid Blood, associate dean for undergraduate studies, the year she spent as a Fellow changed her life.
"I learned to think in broad terms, not in a narrow channel. Leadership is more than a position of power. You have to learn to see beyond your particular discipline to understand the strength of diversity and the importance of building trust in the workplace," said Blood.
Past Fellows have been exceptionally creative in pursuing special projects that match their unique talents. Some have participated in strategic planning and in budget reviews; others have helped develop the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning, minority student retention programs and plans for The Bryce Jordan Center and the Research Park.
Fellows report gains in self confidence, increased mental stamina and comfort with public speaking and an enhanced understanding of the complexities surrounding decision making. While participation in the program does not guarantee an administrative appointment, former administrative fellows have gone on to become director of academic affairs, acting dean, acting campus executive officer, assistant controller and bursar, associate vice president, director of residence life and associate dean.
During her fellowship, Blood worked on a project to enhance faculty development, participated in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program, attended Board of Trustees meetings and attended the presidential selection workshop designed for the presidential search and screening committee.
"The experience was exhausting, challenging and exhilarating," said Blood. "I am grateful to those who opened their doors to me during my fellowship. It left me eager to tackle new challenges and build on newly-acquired skills."
Jan. 30 is the application deadline for the Administrative Fellows Program. Penn State faculty and staff members from all University locations are eligible to apply. Applicants should:
* Show evidence of leadership experience and decision-making abilities;
* Hold a full-time faculty or staff appointment;
* Have demonstrated success in their current positions and interest in administrative careers;
* Be familiar with University policies, and;
* Be willing to accept a wide variety of assignments.
For more information on the Administrative Fellows Program call Secor at (814) 863-7494; or visit their web site at http://www.psu.edu/ur/fellow1.html.
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Jesse Arnelle, former chairman of the Board of Trustees,
spoke on the culture,
tradition and vision of the board at the Penn State Issues Forum.
Photo: Greg Grieco
By Lisa M. Rosellini
Twenty-eight years ago when H. Jesse Arnelle was elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees, he was a "young upstart" who wanted to change the culture of that governing body.
"While those of the old guard fought to keep the culture and tradition of the board and were not eager to change, we fought with equal passion for a board that would be open and participatory," Arnelle told a large audience on Jan. 14 at the Penn State Forum, a monthly lecture series sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore and the Faculty/Staff Club.
Arnelle, who was discussing "The Penn State Board: Culture, Tradition and Vision," helped open the dialogue and make the board more inclusive. Arnelle's talk gave highlights of the board's responsibilities and a glimpse into how the board operates.
As a 1955 graduate of Penn State with a degree in political science, Arnelle went on to earn his LL.B. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1962, and gained a seat on the board in 1969. Arnelle, the first African American elected to the board, recently stepped down as chairman (see story on page 4) after serving two terms as its leader. During his decades of service, he has watched the turnover in membership as well as the evolution of the board's duties and commitment.
Arnelle, who recently retired as a senior partner with the civil litigation and public finance law firm of Arnelle, Hastie, McGee, Willis and Green of San Francisco, said increasing the number of times a year the board met from two to six and allowing members beyond the executive committee to have a voice in University affairs has greatly helped move the University forward and has enabled members to stay involved.
"The board's guidelines have worn well over the years and are a model for higher education," Arnelle said. "But the great strength of the board is its diversity -- where you have attorneys, farmers, business people, judges, legislators and a host of others from all walks of life, with different interests and points of view. Penn State benefits from the variety of opinions that are brought to the table."
Arnelle said as a corporate body with complete responsibility for the government and welfare of the University, the 32-member board allows the president to lead and its policies discourage "micro management." Of the 32 members, nine are elected by alumni, six are elected by organized agricultural societies within Pennsylvania, six are elected by organized industrial societies in the state, six are appointed by the governor and five serve in an ex officio capacity, including the governor and president of the University.
As the entity responsible for naming a University president, the Board of Trustees looks for a true leader with vision. To the crowd, Arnelle admitted that in presidential searches, the board is actually looking for "God on a very good day."
"The president makes the day-to-day decisions and we rely heavily on the judgment and decisions of the president and his management team," Arnelle, who has been a part of numerous presidential selections, said. "We have a strong commitment to support the president. A large part of our responsibility is to work hard to ensure the success of the president, because the success of the president means the success of the University."
Keeping the "University's house in order," is a large part of the board's job. Responsible for determining the major goals of Penn State, the Board of Trustees has never strayed from the University's land-grant ideals and making decisions based on "what is in the best interest of Penn State," according to Arnelle.
"The spirit of respect and collegiality and the board's collective commitment to the land-grant ideal has been the most satisfying aspect of my time on the board," Arnelle said. "Community is our great strength and we need to pull together to foster, sustain and protect an environment where individuals can explore their God-given talents."
The next Penn State Forum will feature C. Peter McGrath, president, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, on Feb. 5. For more information, contact the Faculty Staff Club Office at (814) 865-7590.
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A three-year grant totaling $180,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation will help researchers apply the central ideas of evolution, mutation and natural selection to new investigations of social and economic behavior.
Robert C. Marshall, professor and head of the Department of Economics in the College of the Liberal Arts, will serve as principal investigator for the project. He and various other researchers will study evolution in relation to such socioeconomic topics as the origins of altruism, cultural differences in savings rates and the use of "rules of thumb" rather than true cost/benefit calculations during decision making.
"The ideals of evolution have been the dominant themes in biology and anthropology for many years, but we are just beginning to think what they mean for economics," Marshall said. "On the other hand, in recent years economics has been at the forefront in the advancement of game theory, which is an important analytic tool for understanding evolutionary issues. This project will bring together ideas from various disciplines, including psychology and mathematics as well as anthropology, evolutionary biology, economics and game theory."
Other faculty involved in the project include Vijay Krishna and Kaylan Chatterjee in economics, Austin Hughes in biology, and Jeffrey Kurland and Henry Harpending in anthropology. Portions of the grant will support graduate students who have an interest in the research. University funds totaling $150,000 also will support the overall project.
An opening conference dedicated to the topic is planned for late summer 1998, to be followed by a three-year series of consecutive interdisciplinary graduate courses. Guest lecturers and seminar and workshop leaders from other institutions also will visit Penn State as part of the activities allowed by the grant. A concluding conference in 2001 is expected to result in a volume of related research papers or special issues of appropriate journals featuring the output of the completed project.
"We hope that the real legacy of the grant will be an ongoing cross-listed graduate course between the departments of economics, biology and anthropology," Marshall said. "To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a project set up primarily to establish a permanent link among these departments."
The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time magazine, as a tribute to his parents, the Rev. Dr. Henry Winters Luce and Elizabeth Root Luce. With headquarters in New York City, the foundation's interests fall into five categories: understanding between the peoples of Asia and the United States; higher education in America; the fine and decorative arts; theological education; and public affairs. Emphasis is placed on innovation and scholarship, and most programs actively involve academic institutions.
Louis W. Schatz, Penn State alumnus and benefactor, has committed $80,000 to the College of Agricultural Sciences. The gift will create a new post-doctoral fellowship in the college's School of Forest Resources and will help launch new research into tree molecular genetics.
Through funding provided by the University's Life Sciences Consortium and the college, the school has hired John Carlson, a world-respected scientist currently at the University of British Columbia, to head its new program in the molecular genetics of trees. The Schatz Fellow, who will work in Carlson's laboratory, will focus on the possibilities for inserting desirable genes in trees. This technology, which is becoming more prevalent in annual plant crops such as tomatoes and soybeans, is just beginning to be used in forestry.
Schatz is the retired president and owner of General Plastics Manufacturing Co. of Tacoma, Wash., which he founded in 1941. The company has been cited for its contributions to the NASA space shuttle and Navy Polaris, Poseidon and Trident submarine programs.
Schatz earned his bachelor's degree in forestry in 1934. He also holds a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completed course work in a doctoral program at the University of Michigan. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Humbolt State University.
The Penn State Alumni Association named him an Alumni Fellow in 1985, one of the highest honors the University bestows. He also received an achievement award from the School of Forest Resources in 1982.
In addition to his recent gift, Schatz established two endowments in the School of Forest Resources during the 1980s which support student and faculty travel to professional meetings, conferences and seminars.
Penn State alumni Barbara Nardi Kucharski and David Kucharski of Davidson, N.C., have made a gift of $50,000 to the University. The couple's gift will establish a new academic excellence scholarship in the College of Education.
When activated, the Barbara and David Kucharski Academic Excellence Scholarship in Education will annually recognize a financially needy undergraduate student who has the potential to be an outstanding educator. Priority will be given to students whose academic records are impressive, but who are not necessarily ranked at the top of their class.
Barbara Kucharski is a 1970 graduate in secondary education, and formerly worked as a guidance counselor with the DuBois School District. David Kucharski is a 1970 graduate in engineering, and vice president of the Specialty Graphite Business Unit for the SGL Carbon Corp. in Charlotte, N.C., which also is helping fund the scholarship through its gift-matching program.
"Like most people, we have both been influenced by good teachers and understand the important role an effective educator can play in children's lives," Barbara Kucharski said. "In my case, a rewarding career in education has given me a view from both sides."
The couple has two daughters, one of whom, Andrea, is a senior in the College of Education at Penn State.
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Paul F. Anderson, professor of marketing, The Smeal College of Business Administration, from July 1, 1987, until his death Dec. 23, 1997. He was 51.
Polly Jo Muthersbaugh Baer, 40, a staff assistant in the College of Education, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, due to recent complications from her organ transplant surgery 16 months ago. Baer joined the College of Education staff in 1975 as a staff assistant in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In 1980, she was named a staff assistant in the Office of Certification and Education Services, where she worked with the certification process for public school teachers, counselors and administrators.
Beulah B. Behrer, residence hall worker, Housing and Food Services, from Jan. 23, 1969, until her retirement May 1, 1981; died Jan. 4 at the age of 81.
Glenn E. Boonie, refrigeration technician, Office of Physical Plant, from Aug. 3, 1970, until his retirement Feb. 1, 1990; died Dec. 25, 1997. He was 71.
Steven J. Massar, patrol officer, The Hershey Medical Center, from Nov. 11, 1968, until his retirement May 26, 1984; died Dec. 8, 1997, at the age of 74.
Shirley R. Wanner, staff assistant III, Penn State Berks, from Sept. 12, 1988, until her death Dec. 25, 1997. She was 58.
Ann Winck, room scheduler, The Nittany Lion Inn, from March 18, 1968, until her retirement Jan. 1, 1979; died Nov. 27, 1997, at the age of 83.
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G. Jogesh Babu, professor of statistics, and Eric D. Feigelson, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, are coauthors of a new book titled Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy II, published by Springer-Verlag. It is the second book in a series by the two authors, who have a long-standing cross-disciplinary collaboration and jointly authored an earlier introductory book, Astrostatistics, published by Chapman and Hall.
Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy II is a compilation of review talks presented at the Penn State conference of the same title. It includes chapters on general methods in astrostatistics, major astronomical research projects, time-series analysis and the papers contributed to the conference. Each section opens with a short summary and ends with an extensive bibliography. This new volume will be of interest to researchers and advanced students in both fields -- astronomers who seek exposure to recent developments in statistics and statisticians interested in confronting new problems.
Two years ago, Penn State Altoona English Professor Dinty W. Moore began a search for American Buddhism that took him to Jersey City, N.J., eastern New York state, High View, W. Va., Floyds Knob, Ind., and a host of other spots across the country. In the beginning, Moore saw his search as simply a fun, hands-on project -- he'd see American Buddhism in action and write a book about it -- but as time went on the project turned into a spiritual quest that ended up with Moore himself becoming a Buddhist.
Moore started his project in 1995. Through his project, Moore discovered that Buddhism in America is really nothing new. But the recent growth of Buddhist meditation groups and Zen retreat centers -- and the movement of Buddhism into suburban and rural areas -- is something new and substantial, Moore found.
Moore has reported his findings about American Buddhism and chronicled his own conversion to Buddhism in The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still, published by Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill, N.C.
John W. Dawson Jr., professor of mathematics at Penn State York, has written the first full-length biography of Kurt Gödel, a renowned mathematical logician of the 20th century. The book, Logical Dilemmas: The Life and Work of Kurt Gödel, is an outgrowth of Dawson's work during the past 15 years in cataloging Gödel's scientific papers and in serving as co-editor of Gödel's Collected Works (Oxford University Press). The book was published by A K Peters, Ltd., Wellesley, Mass.
Joseph L. Schafer, assistant professor of statistics, has authored a book titled Analysis of Incomplete Multivariate Data. The book, published by Chapman and Hall, is written for applied statisticians, biostatisticians, practitioners of sample surveys, graduate students and other methodologically oriented researchers in search of practical tools to handle missing data.
The book presents a unified approach to the analysis of incomplete multivariate data, covering data sets in which the variables are continuous, categorical or both, in order to help bridge the gap between theory and practice. The book has been described as a complete, clearly written and useful text on missing data and multiple imputation.
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