Intercom Online......June 17, 1999

Fall classes to have an early start

Changes in the University calendar last year mean that fall semester classes at all Penn State locations will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24 -- a day earlier than usual.

Last year, President Graham B. Spanier approved the recommendation from the University Faculty Senate to schedule a two-day fall break from classes in October, which this year will be Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 12. University offices will be open as usual during the break. The change was proposed to split up the three-month stretch between the beginning of classes in August and the Thanksgiving holiday in late November. Both faculty and students hope the break will reduce academic stress and burn-out that typically hampers teaching and learning toward the end of the semester, especially among freshmen. Penn State's academic calendar is among the longest in higher education.

Other calendar changes for the fall are:

* Wednesday, Oct. 13: Classes will meet following a Monday schedule.

* Wednesday, Nov. 24: Classes at the University Park campus will end at 2:15 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes at other campuses may end at different times.

* Saturday, Dec. 18: Commencement at the University Park campus.

No class changes are scheduled for the spring semester. Classes will begin Jan. 10, and end April 28, 2000. However, in a calendar change for the summer semester 2000, the University Park campus will hold two, six-week sessions only. The first will run from Monday, May 15, to Friday, June 23, and the second will go from Monday, June 26, to Friday, Aug. 4. Most new freshmen admitted for summer 2000 will enroll during the second, six-week session. The schedules for summer sessions at other campus locations may vary.

For a complete look at the University's academic calendar, go to http://www.psu.edu/registrar on the Web and choose "Calendars."

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