In the News
October 31, 2002

Enrollment stays within
plans for modest growth

Following a year of record applications to the University, Penn State has seen enrollment growth continue its upward trend, setting a new record while staying within the University's plans of controlled and modest growth.

Changes in tax law allow
new choices for retirement savings

Starting Jan. 1, faculty and staff will have the ability to make larger contributions to tax-deferred employee retirement savings plans; have another plan option for more savings; and for those over age 50, have the ability to play "catch up" on their retirement savings.

Benefits Open Enrollment
period begins on Nov. 1

The annual Employee Benefits Division Open Enrollment period will occur from Nov. 1 to 29. During this time, employees will 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.

Part of the community: McKeesport campus
grew with the area and changed to serve its needs

An all-male student body. Crew cuts, or neatly trimmed hair styles with no hair below collars. Shirt pockets nestled with plastic liners that held an assortment of pens and pencils. T-shirts worn under long-sleeved plaid shirts, not as outerwear. And, ubiquitous slide rules proudly tucked through belts denoting personal identification as engineers.
That general description typified Penn State McKeesport students in 1957, the year the first classroom building opened at the campus' present location.

Schreyer Institute seeks
proposals for new grants

The Schreyer Institute has announced a call for proposals for several new grant opportunities designed to enhance the support provided for course and curricular innovation projects across the University.

Hershey Medical Center
one of top heart hospitals

According to a new national study by an independent health-care industry analyst, Penn State Cardiovascular Center is one of the nation's best resources for heart patients.

Nominations sought for
Humanitarian Service Award

The Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) is seeking nominations for its 2003 Humanitarian Service Award, to be presented at the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, Wednesday, Jan. 15, in President's Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

University's Image Resource Center
reorganizes to streamline operations

The University's Image Resource Center (formerly University Photo/Graphics) has undergone a reorganization, including the elimination of some services and the transfer of one function.

University honors first
African-American graduate

Descendants of the first African-American graduate of Penn State, Calvin H. Waller, visited University Park on Oct. 24 to learn more about the scholarship program co-named in his honor and to accept recognition for his achievements and those of his grandson, the late Lt. Gen. Calvin A.H. Waller.