January 13, 2000......Volume 29, Issue 19

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A new year, a new look
After nearly three decades of reporting on the changes that have been a part of life at this University, Intercom is doing a little changing of its own. The truth is, that since 1997 when Intercom undertook its first readership survey, transformations that are both subtle and strong have taken place on the pages of this publication because of input provided by you. In that survey, readers expressed a desire to see change. Today, you are looking at the results of a redesign that has been a year in the making -- the work of world-class designer Deborah Withey.

Dean of Graduate School named
In mid-December, Eva J. Pell was named vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School after a national search, replacing Rodney Erickson who left the post in July 1999 to become executive vice president and provost of the University. Since July, Pell has been serving as interim vice president for research and dean.

Preparation nullifies threat of Y2K troubles
So far, so good. After nearly two weeks, Penn State has had an orderly transition from 1999 to 2000. While some computer processes won't go into operation until the end of the month or even the end of the year, it looks like the preparation and hard work have kept the Y2K bug at bay, even though isolated Y2K problems may still surface.


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