Penn State Intercom......April
12 , 2001
On the road again
Annual bus tour to
head southeast in May
By Annemarie Mountz
New faculty who choose
to participate in this year's Road Scholars tour will be in for several
treats, as the sixth annual bus tour winds its way through the southeastern
part of Pennsylvania May 6-8.
tour will give participants a glimpse of the variety of attractions, businesses
and communities found in Pennsylvania, as well as a look at how the University
contributes to this statewide community through its mission of teaching,
research and outreach.
that faculty be acquainted with the Commonwealth campuses and with the
various regions served by the University," said President Graham B. Spanier.
"The best way to do this is for them to see the impact the University
has on the state first-hand."
the first tour in 1996, after his own statewide tour to all of the campuses.
He heard so many positive comments that he decided to make it an annual
head librarian at Penn State Hazleton, joined the tour last year.
"Being new to
Penn State and new to Pennsylvania, I was struck by the admiration the
University has in the eyes of the businessmen, community leaders, citizens
and congressmen that we met."
Past tours have
covered the western, central and northeastern portions of the state. This
year, the tour concentrates on the southeastern corner.
This year's tour
begins at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 6, as participants gather at The Penn
Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus for ice breaker
activities and lunch. They'll board buses at 1:30 p.m. and head to The
Hershey Medical Center. After a tour and dinner, the group will continue
on to Penn State Berks, where it will spend the night.
of the tour will drive through Valley Forge State Park and visit Lockheed
Martin, Management and Data Systems in King of Prussia; the Reading Terminal
Market in downtown Philadelphia; Independence Mall; an urban garden site
in Philadelphia; and Penn State Abington.
On Tuesday, the
group will have breakfast at Penn State Great Valley; tour Longwood Gardens,
one of the world's premier horticultural display gardens; visit the Brandywine
River Museum, home of an unparalleled collection of works by three generations
of Wyeths; tour the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg; and return to
The tour has
had a lasting effect on its participants, and tends to broaden their view
of the state and the University's role in it.
"One of the things
I took away from the tour was an appreciation for the diversity of the
state," said Brad Thompson, assistant professor in the College of Communications,
who was on the tour in 1997. "Penn State can provide outreach across a
vast range from urban to rural, industrial to agricultural, but it also
can draw on the vast and diverse resources of Pennsylvania."
that he was so impressed with the tour, his wife decided to sign up for
the tour the following year.
"She loved it,
too, and met a number of faculty members with whom we have socialized
since then," he said. "The tour is a great way to meet people outside
your discipline, and to help newcomers -- whether junior or senior faculty
-- become integrated more rapidly into the Penn State community."
There is no cost
to faculty participating in the tour; transportation, meals and lodging
are provided by the Office of the President.
For more information
or to register for the tour, call (800) 778-8632. Registration deadline
is April 20.
can be reached at AMountz@psu.edu.