In the News
Penn State Intercom......August 8, 2002

Raptor Center visitor
leaves a $725,000 legacy

Fifteen years ago, Ruth C. Morris of Philadelphia had never visited University Park campus, and she had never heard of Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. A mention of the center in an early '90s edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, however, led Morris to make a lasting connection with the center. This year Morris' estate bequeathed to Shaver's Creek a gift of almost three-quarters of a million dollars to create an endowment for the center's bird of prey program.

Consortium for Archaeal Genomics
and Proteomics established

The Consortium for Archaeal Genomics and Proteomics has been established at the University with support from the National Science Foundation, anticipated to exceed $1.3 million over the next four years.

Grant will fund
'eLearning Center
Construction-industry employees soon will be able to work full time at their jobs while pursuing a bachelor's degree in residential construction technology and management at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Federal grant aimed
at rural health initiative

The University's Creating Health initiative, a new, multidimensional and multimedia health education outreach project aimed at motivating people to change their behavior for improved health, has been awarded a $365,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service.

Rededication of dining
facility honors donors

Names synonymous with quality food service throughout Central Pennsylvania now are prominently associated with the dining facility on Penn State Altoona's campus. The recent rededication of the facility, now named Port-Sky Café, commemorated the philanthropic vision of Neil and Marilyn (Mickey) Port and Phillip and Rosalind (Roz) Sky, whose roots in the food service industry can be traced to family-owned Sky Brothers Inc., an Altoona-based food distributor.

Wattmuncher chews up
Future Truck competitors

The Wattmuncher, a hybrid electric 2002 model Ford Explorer re-engineered by students of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute won or placed in several categories in the recent FutureTruck Competition at Ford's Arizona Proving Ground in Yucca, Ariz.

DuBois dedicates restored landmark
as new campus administrative center

Three years of work came to fruition recently as Penn State DuBois held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate its new campus administrative center, Symmco House.

Penn College's budget
approved by Board of Directors

Pennsylvania College of Technology's Board of Directors approved an operating budget of $60,274,868 and established tuition rates and related fees for the upcoming 2002-03 academic year.

Penn College reaccredited
by Middle States Commission

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education -- the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region -- has reaffirmed accreditation for Pennsylvania College of Technology.