Intercom Online......October 7, 1999

Faculty/Staff Alerts

Open house

The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel will celebrate its 50th anniversary
with an open house Oct. 11. For details, see the story below.

Photo courtesy of the Applied Research Laboratory

Audience needed

An all-new season of Channel 3's popular program "The Pennsylvania Game" is about to be produced and the station is inviting the public to be a part of the fun.

A limited number of seats are available for the taping sessions for the series, which are set for Oct. 8 -10 at University Park. Tickets are free. To reserve seats, call Patricia Johnson at (814) 865-3333 during regular business hours.

"The Pennsylvania Game" is a fun-filled history lesson about the people, places, events and little-known facts about the Commonwealth. The award-winning series is shown throughout the state on public television stations.

5K run for wildlife

Venture down some scenic forest roads and explore the backwoods of Penn State's Experimental Forest during the Harrier 5K Run on Saturday, Oct. 9. All ages can participate in this event to be held in the Stone Valley Recreation Area near University Park. The proceeds will benefit Shaver's Creek Environmental Center and its resident wildlife.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Stone Valley Day-Use parking area; the race begins at 10 a.m. The top three male and female finishers will receive awards. Each participant also will receive a T-shirt.

Runners must preregister for the race. The fee is $15. Registration forms and course maps are available at Shaver's Creek, Stone Valley, area sport shops and on the Web at

For more information, call (814) 863-2000 or (814) 667-3424, or e-mail

Iowa game on ESPN

Penn State's Big Ten road opener with Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 9, will be televised by ESPN Regional to a syndicated audience. The contest will kick off at 11:10 a.m. CDT (12:10 EDT) in Kinnick Stadium.

The telecast is the eighth announced TV appearance of the season for the Nittany Lions, who have appeared on television 60 times in their last 61 games, including the initial five contests of this season.

Pennsylvania stations carrying the Penn State-Iowa game are: WTAJ-TV, Ch. 10 (Altoona, State College and Johnstown); WTXF, Ch. 29 (Philadelphia); WNPA-TV, Ch. 19 (Pittsburgh); WLYH-TV, Ch. 15 (Harrisburg); WSWB-TV, Ch. 38 (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) and WJAL-TV, Ch. 68 (Chambersburg/Hagerstown, Md.).

Air squadron open house

An open house for the 112th Air Control Squadron, which traces its beginning to Penn State, will be held Oct. 9 at the University Park Airport. The ACS is part of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and is celebrating 50 years of existence.

There is no admission to the open house and scheduled activities include a field deployed "tent city" mock-up complete with wartime rations, military vehicle tours and rides, radar equipment demonstrations, tours and more.

The 112th Air Control Squadron, a mobile radar unit that provides guidance and information to commanding officers and airborne military aircraft, was founded essentially by University faculty. Its new armory is located near the airport. For more information, call (814) 235-5124.

Water tunnel open house

Fifty years ago, the largest high-speed water tunnel in the world was constructed at University Park. The Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 11, and members of the University community are invited to participate.

The Applied Research Laboratory, a Navy-oriented research laboratory, designed the tunnel to serve as a testing facility for advanced undersea technologies. The tunnel's construction was completed in 1949, and it was named for Lt. W. Garfield Thomas, one of the first Penn State graduates to die in World War II. Thomas was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. The facilities housed within the tunnel building have allowed ARL to become a world-renowned leader in fluid dynamics.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to tour the Garfield Thomas Water Tunnel between 2 and 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11. The facility is located on the west side of the University Park campus, on North Atherton Street.

Evan Pugh reminder

The closing date for receipt of Evan Pugh Professorship nominating materials is Friday, Oct. 22. All nominations must be submitted in accordance with established guidelines and should be sent to the dean of the academic college in which the nominee is appointed. Current nomination guidelines may be obtained by calling (814) 863-9580; by e-mail message to; or by stopping in 304 Old Main.

Halloween festival

The annual Children's Halloween Trail and Festival will be held this year at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24. The festival is geared toward families and children ages 4 to 10.

Throughout the festival, children can enjoy games, singing, crafts, scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, food, entertainment and the guided trail.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. The trail times begin at 11 a.m. and leave every half hour until 3 p.m. Trail tickets cost $5 per participant, for both children and adults. Children age 3 and under are free.

Trail tickets can be purchased at Shaver's Creek, Barnes & Noble Booksellers on the Benner Pike, State College, and BiLo grocery store, Route 22, Huntingdon. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, call (814) 863-2000 or (814) 667-3424. Visit Shaver's Creek on the Web at

Record-keeping seminar

Anyone interested in managing records should join Jackie Esposito, assistant university archivist and Penn State's records management expert, for a free one-hour seminar on organizing records.

Esposito will explain the details of University policy AD-35, "University Archives and Records Management," and help you use the retention schedules (General Forms Usage Guide Appendices 18 and 21) to determine how long you should keep records. She also will give you time-saving hints on organizing and coordinating records. In addition, Esposito will introduce the services of the Inactive Records Center and the University Archives.

Seminars will take place every Wednesday through Nov. 17, from 10-11 a.m. in the Foster Auditorium (room 146) on the University Park campus in the Special Collections Library on the first floor of Paterno Library. Call Esposito at (814) 865-7931 or e-mail to schedule a date.

Career networking

LionLink, a professional networking program that links Penn State students to Penn State alumni is now open to all alumni who are starting a career, changing careers, or trying to advance in their current one. The program was originally only open to students. Alumni will now be matched with other alumni with similar interests who in turn can provide valuable advice and networking contacts.

The program, in existence for two years, linked 625 students to alumni last year. Penn State alumni can visit the LionLink Web site at to register online as a career coach or as a career explorer.

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