In the News
December 12, 2002

Penn State budget cut again;
mid-year freeze takes
back $3.23 million

Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker on Dec. 10 announced a mid-year budget freeze for the commonwealth that includes a 1 percent reduction for Penn State and other state-related universities. For Penn State, this latest cut amounts to $3.23 million.

University plans to eliminate
Social Security numbers
as primary identifier

The University plans to eliminate the use of Social Security numbers as the primary identifier of faculty, staff and students at the University.

University establishes
Employee Assistance Fund

Penn State has established an employee special assistance fund designed to provide financial support for faculty and staff facing a wide range of personal or family hardships.

First students earn online master’s degree through World Campus
Kathi L. Samuels is traveling from Washington, D.C., to the University Park campus to receive a master’s degree in adult education during fall commencement ceremonies. There’s nothing unusual about that, except that this will be Samuels’ first visit to campus. She earned her degree completely online through Penn State’s World Campus.

Kid Fit! offers a healthy
start for children

As a University of Promise, Penn State is committed to making life better for youth. One of the "promises" is to provide a healthy start to young people and an example of this effort is KID FIT!, offered by Penn State Recreational Sports Fitness at the University Park campus.