Penn State Intercom......August 8, 2002

O’Keefe opens 7th season
of Penn State Forum

NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe will give the season’s first Penn State Forum lecture at noon Friday, Sept. 13, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. The topic of his presentation is “Managing Transformation.”

In his role of administrator, O’Keefe leads the NASA team and manages its resources, as NASA seeks to advance human exploration and use of space, develop and exploit advanced aeronautics and space technologies. Previously, he served as deputy director of the office of management and budget, overseeing the preparation, management and administration of the federal budget and government wide-management initiatives across the executive branch. Before joining the Bush administration, he was professor of business administration and assistant to the senior vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School at Penn State from 1993 to 1996.

The Penn State Forum is a lunchtime speaker series offered by the Faculty Staff Club and is sponsored in part by the Penn State Bookstore. It is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members and include lunch. Reservations can be made by mail or by stopping by the Faculty Staff Club office at 103 HUB-Robeson Center. Tickets will be on sale at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the speech and a question-and-answer session at noon. For more information call (814) 865-7590.

The following speakers are scheduled for the 2002-2003 series:

n Friday, Sept. 27, The Nittany Lion Inn: Al Lord, vice chairman and chief executive officer, Sallie Mae. The topic of his presentation is “The CEO Challenge Post-Enron.”

n Thursday, Oct. 3, The Penn Stater: Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., professor of philosophy and director of the African- American studies program at Vanderbilt University. The topic of his presentation is “On Courage and Democratic Pluralism.”

n Tuesday, Oct. 22, The Nittany Lion Inn: Sol Gordon, emeritus professor, Syracuse University. The topic of his presentation is “Why ‘We’ are Losing the Battle for Sex Education in the School.”

n Tuesday, Nov. 12, The Nittany Lion Inn: Brian L. Hawkins, president of EDUCAUSE. The topic of his presentation is “The IT Transformation in Higher Education.”

n Thursday, Jan. 16, The Penn Stater: David M. Joyner, chairman and chief executive officer of Elan Cosmetics Center Inc. and member of Penn State’s Board of Trustees. The topic of his presentation is “The Olympic Experience from a Team ‘Doc’s’ Point of View.”

n Wednesday, Feb. 19, The Nittany Lion Inn: Marilyn Ware, chairman, American Water Works Co. The topic of her presentation is “Ready, Set, Learn … Jump-Starting Our Future.”

n Friday, March 21, The Penn Stater: Guion S. Bluford Jr., vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman. The topic of his presentation is “America’s Aerospace Industry.”

n Tuesday, April 1, The Penn Stater: Tony Auth, political cartoonist, The Philadelphia Inquirer. The topic of his presentation is “Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers.”

n Tuesday, April 25, The Penn Stater: Melody Miller, senior aide to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. The topic of her presentation is “Off the Record — Three Decades of People, Press and Politics on Capitol Hill.”

Artist to speak about his exhibit

Howard Rambsy II, a graduate student and writing instructor in the African-American and American literature program, will speak about his exhibit “Step into the Realm: African- American Literature and Literacies” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library on the University Park campus. The exhibit offers a variety of forums where artistic expressions operate to provide insight into the distinctive qualities of African-American expressive culture, from basketball sportswriting and African-American poetry, to jazz and hip-hop literatures, to black approaches to technology and social justice. It will be on display Aug. 16-Oct. 31 in the Malloy Diversity Studies Room, 109 Pattee Library.

For more information, call the University Libraries Office of Public Relations and Marketing at (814) 865-0401.

Faculty teaching,
learning programs planned

Programs to improve teaching and learning are being scheduled through late summer and early fall on the University Park campus.

The events are sponsored by the newly merged Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University Testing Services and the Teaching and Learning Consortium. The schedule follows:

n The Assessment Institute, Aug. 19 to 22, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. This four-day institute features hands-on, interactive sessions in which participants will experiment with new techniques in performing assessments, share discoveries through group discussion and reinforce important principles. For information, go to http://www.psu.edu/dept/tlc/events/index.html , call (814) 865-4442 or e-mail TLC@psu.edu.

n New Instructor Orientation, a half-day session designed for new faculty and teaching assistants, 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 26, in 102 Thomas Building, or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in 201 Thomas Building.

This hands-on workshop involves planning a class session by discussing the process of selecting goals and objectives, determining teaching methods, organizing content and ensuring student participation. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 20. Registration is accepted through the Institute’s online location at http://www.psu.edu/celt/nio.html or by calling (814) 863-2599. For details about the New Instructor Orientation, go to http://www.psu.edu/celt/NIO/nio.html.