News in Brief
Penn State Intercom......June 21, 2001

Alunmi license plates

The new Penn State Alumni Association license plates featuring the Nittany Lion and the words "Penn State Alumni Association" are now being distributed by PennDOT.

Alumni who have kept their vehicle registrations current will automatically receive new plates, free of charge, with the same numbers as their old plates. Pennsylvania residents interested in getting an Alumni Association plate for the first time can call the association at (800) 548-5466, option 2, or visit the Web site at http://www.alumni.psu.edu/membership/benefits/plates.htm.

Video bridge services expanded

The Office of Telecommunications has announced newly expanded conference mode options available on the video bridge.

Video bridges are required to enable three or more sites to participate in a videoconference. In addition to the standard "voice activated" conference mode option, the new "continuous presence" conference mode options (side-by-side, four cells, nine cells and lecture mode) allow for the simultaneous display of multiple participants during a video bridge conference. The new options are available at no charge to all users and must be selected when the conference is scheduled.

Effective July 1, rates for use of the video bridge will increase to $24 per hour per end point. In addition, there is a $6 charge to establish and disconnect the service.

Also effective July 1, videoconference rooms connecting to the video bridge will be required to operate at a transmission speed of 384Kbps at 30 frames per second. University videoconference systems running at speeds other than 384 Kbps/30 fps, must use external vendors to support their bridging requirements.

For information, go to http://www.otc.psu.edu/services/staff/vidconf/videoBridge.html.

Lobbying disclosure

As you may be aware, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has held that the Pennsylvania Lobbying Disclosure Act (PLDA) is unconstitutional. However, the commonwealth has appealed the court's decision, and the PLDA remains in effect during this appeal process. Consequently, the University is required to maintain compliance under the PLDA pending the outcome of the appeal.

The due date for Penn State's Quarterly Expense Report under the Pennsylvania Lobbying Disclosure Act is quickly approaching. In the report, Penn State must disclose all lobbying activities and expenses for the months of April, May
and June. So that Penn State can meet its legal obligations under that act, it is imperative that all employee lobbying activities and associated expenses be reported to the Office of Governmental
Affairs no later than July 10.

The lobbying reporting forms and instructions can be retrieved from the Web at http://www.govt.psu.edu/govaffairs/PLDA.html. Alternatively, the forms can be requested directly from the Office of Governmental Affairs. Completed forms should be sent to the attention of Richard DiEugenio in the Office of Governmental Affairs, 117 Old Main.

For specific inquiries, send e-mail to Mary Ann Chavey at mqc9@psu.edu and include the word "lobby" in the subject line.

To view the University's policy concerning employee contacts with state and federal officials (AD 50), check the Web at http://guru.psu.edu/policies/AD50.html.

Bag the brown paper

The University Mail Service is asking customers to refrain from using brown paper wrapping on packages.

Automated postal equipment is ripping the brown paper wrapping -- with the address on it -- off the packages. If the address separates from the package, it can be virtually impossible to match up
again.

Because of the large volumes of inter-office and U.S. mail handled by the University mail trucks, University employees are asked to refrain from receiving personal packages and boxes. These items should be delivered to a personal address.

General University policy requires that equipment, supplies and services owned, leased or operated by the University be used only in the conduct of University programs and activities.
The use of University mail service is governed by this general University policy.

For the record

Andrew Cole is associate director of the Center for Watershed Stewardship and an assistant professor of landscape architecture and ecology. He no longer has any affiliation with the Cooperative Wetlands Center. Due to a source error, his titles and affiliation were listed incorrectly in a Penn Stater item on page 10 of the June 7 Intercom.

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