February 17, 2000......Volume 29, Issue 24

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University officials to seek more support from state
Gov. Tom Ridge's 2000-2001 budget plan, introduced Feb. 8, falls significantly short of Penn State's funding request, leaving University officials to hope for more support from the state's legislators on both sides of the aisle. Although Ridge's plan, which includes more than $640 million in tax breaks, reflects the vigorous economy the nation has been experiencing, it delivers only a 2.5-percent increase to state-related universities like Penn State.

University names 17 distinguished professors
In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the University, 17 faculty members have been given the title of distinguished professor. This special academic title is intended to recognize a limited number of outstanding professors.

Confidential survey seeks input from faculty and staff
Throughout February, some 448 University employees are being contacted to take part in a Faculty/Staff Survey designed as a follow-up to the more extensive 1996 Faculty/Staff Survey. The phone survey, which will gather responses from a random sample of full-time employees at all locations, is exploring attitudes about Penn State, perceptions of various practices in the workplace, and the relationship between the University's values and its reward practices.

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