November 21, 2002
to be held
Dec. 21 at University Park
University Park campus will hold its fall 2002 commencement ceremonies
for approximately 3,266 associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree students
on Saturday, Dec. 21.
design focus is the
need to continue the journey
A lone boy stands silhouetted against the dawning sky,
looking up to a tree atop the hill that he is halfway done climbing. Symbolically,
the tree is a future in which prejudices will not cause such suffering
as is so often the case today, and the boy is the civil rights movement
that has brought great change in seeking that goal, but which cannot rest
on its laurels. This image, and the philosophy behind it, bolster
the recent choice of "We Won't Stop Here" as the theme for many of the
events tied into the 2003 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on the
University Park campus next January.
In 2002, at least seven Penn State alumni or former University
faculty members or administrators became the top official of a college
or university elsewhere in the world of higher education. Their names
are part of a growing list of presidents and chancellors across the country
with blue and white running in their veins. At least 32 other living and
nine deceased individuals connected to Penn State are known to have the
honor of such positions now or in the past.
takes Spanier to Cuba
Last week Sandra Spanier, associate professor of English
at Penn State, traveled to Havana as part of a U.S. delegation that signed
an historic collaborative agreement with Cuba to restore and preserve
the books and papers of Ernest Hemingway at Finca Vigia, his home in Cuba,
where he lived from 1939-1960.
of AAMC Council of Deans
Darrell G. Kirch, dean of the College of Medicine, senior vice president
for health affairs and campus executive officer of Penn State Milton S.
Hershey Medical Center, was voted chair-elect of the Association of American
Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans. Kirch will serve as chair-elect
until July 1, when he becomes council chair and a member of the association's
University to N.C. State
fall semester Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Department
of Physics are piloting an Internet2-sponsored project called Shibboleth
-- a sophisticated computer architecture designed to facilitate the secure
sharing of resources between institutions.
annual Employee Benefits Division Open Enrollment period is under way
and continues through Nov. 29. During this time, employees have the opportunity
to enroll themselves and/or eligible dependents in a University sponsored
medical plan and/or to change from one plan to another.
are now being accepted for the 2002-2003 Rosemary Schraer Mentor Award,
established by the Penn State Commission for Women. The award is presented
each spring to a University employee who exemplifies Rosemary Schraer's
giving of herself as a mentor and who has voluntarily, over a period of
time, excelled in helping others recognize and achieve their potential.
to affect traffic at University Park
As in past years, the Undergraduate Student Government
(USG) will be sponsoring buses to help transport students home from University
Park for the holidays and semester breaks. These buses which load
along Pollock Road just west of the HUB-Robeson Center and near Parking
Lot 80 will have a minimal impact on traffic flow during departure
times, particularly along Pollock Road at the heart of the campus.