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The Gerontology Center at Penn State, along with the Geriatric Center of Pennsylvania, is sponsoring colloquia for the fall 1997 semester. All seminars will be held in The Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus from 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted. The schedule follows:
* Sept. 3: "Older Pennsylvanians in the Economy," presented by David L. Passmore, professor of vocational education at Penn State.
* Sept. 10: "The Health Effects of Caregiving: Findings from the Cardiovascular Health Study," given by Richard Schulz, professor, Department of Psychiatry and University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh.
* Sept. 18 (Thursday): "Adaptive Strategies in Late Life," presented by Colleen Johnson, Medical Anthropology Program, The 85+ Study, University of California, San Francisco.
* Sept. 24: "Studies of Recovery from Hip Fracture: The Baltimore Hip Studies," presented by Jay Magaziner, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and director of the Division of Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
* Oct. 1: "The Relationship Between Life Patterns of Exercise and Selected measures of Wellbeing in Older Adults," given by Sarah H. Gueldner, professor and director of the School of Nursing, Penn State.
* Oct. 8: Michael Marsiske, assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, will present "Sensorimotor Aging and Cognition: Exploring the Connections."
* Oct. 13-14: Gerontology Center Conference -- "Social Structures and Mobility in the Elderly" to be held at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel. Transportation available from the HUB.
* Oct. 15: "The Effect of Resistance Training on Energy and Protein Requirements in Older Adults," presented by Laura J. Gerace, NIA predoctoral fellow, Gerontology Center, Penn State.
* Oct. 22: Leonard Pearlin, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, will present "Stressors in Late Life: Conceptual Issues in the Study of the Stress Process."
* Oct. 29: "Strength, Muscle Fiber Area and Hormonal Changes in Elderly Subjects with 24-weeks of Resistance Exercise Training," presented by Fred Harman, NIA predoctoral fellow, Gerontology Center, Penn State.
* Nov. 5: TBA
* Nov. 11 (Thursday): Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author and fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will discuss "The Postmaternal Phenomenon" at a location to be announced. Gullette also is a Fellow with the American Council of Learned Societies and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe.
* Nov. 19: Martin Orrell of the Department of Psychiatry at the University College of London Medical School will speak.
* Dec. 3: "Consumer Assessment of Health Plans," presented by Pamela Farley Short, director of the Center for Health Policy Research and professor of health policy and administration at Penn State.
Jon Coe, principal and founder of CLR Design Inc., Philadelphia, and 1997-98 Bracken Fellow will kick off this year's John R. Bracken Lecture Series. The lecture, "Practice at the Edge," is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Regency Room at the Atherton Hotel in State College. The Bracken Lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture's Department of Landscape Architecture.
A landscape architect with extensive experience in planning, landscape and exhibit design, Coe also is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. With more than 30 years of intense focus on zoo design, he is an expert on animal habitats and related botany. Coe has led many institutions to innovate approaches involving animal behavioral enrichment. He continues to publish numerous articles on exhibit design and theory while designing and building exhibits for zoos and aquariums, nationally and internationally. His worldwide research safaris have yielded an extensive database and in-depth knowledge of natural animal habitats.
The lecture is free to the public.
Steven Herb, education librarian, and Jackie Esposito, senior assistant librarian and assistant University archivist, will present "The Nittany Lion from the Inside Out," a slide presentation of the history, facts and fiction surrounding the Nittany Lion mascot and shrine on Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
Herb and Esposito are authors of The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale, which will be published by the Penn State Press in September. Their free presentation is part of this fall's Huddle with the Faculty, a Penn State Alumni Association continuing and distance education service that features presentations by top Penn State faculty prior to every home football game.
For more information on upcoming speakers in this year's Huddle with the Faculty series, contact Mary Jane Stout, alumni continuing education, at (814) 865-5466.
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A September campus blood drive kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Kern Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Atherton Hall and Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Pollock, from 1 to 7 p.m.
For more information about blood donation, call the regional Red Cross at 1-800-54-BLOOD. While walk-in donors are welcome, appointments help reduce processing time and can be made by calling Connie Schroeder, Red Cross blood services campus coordinator, at 237-2713.
Arts and craft classes for adults are starting at the Hetzel Union Center for Arts and Crafts at University Park the week of Sept. 8. Classes include jewelry making, bookmaking, drawing, mixed media, painting, stained glass, various levels of pottery and more. The center also offers pottery studio memberships. Call 863-0611 for more information or stop by 312 HUB to register today.
The University's annual Student Involvement Fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 10-11 in the HUB Ballroom and Fishbowl at University Park.
More than 145 tables featuring information about student organizations and interest groups will be on display. Students and staff will be on hand to answer questions about membership and activities.
For more information, contact Bob Brouse at the HUB information desk, (814) 865-2000; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McCoy Natatorium on the University Park campus, open to the public in the Centre Region, has several programs that continue through the colder months. They include:
* Springboard Diving
All levels of divers can participate in one of several programs offered and learn proper body alignment on the board, basic directional maneuvers and proper body positioning for entry into the water. Programs offered are: "Learn to Dive" -- for 6 years old and up; "Novice Diving" -- for those who have participated in previous "Learn to Dive" sessions; and "Junior Olympic Diving" -- for those with previous competitive experience.
* Special Populations
Meeting Monday through Friday, between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Nat, this program is open to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
Offered at both the Nat and the White Building, this program has five different levels of intensity and is offered on various days at various times.
* Age Group Swimming
Training sessions for young swimmers of all ages are offered. The objective of this training program is to help prepare each swimmer to attain his/her goals and to foster enjoyment of competitive swimming.
For more information on these or other programs offered at the McCoy Natatorium, call 865-1432.
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Nominations for Evan Pugh Professorships are being sought by The Office of the President.
"The Evan Pugh Professorship recognizes outstanding scholarly and professional achievement among a highly select group of Penn State faculty," President Graham B. Spanier said. "We are pleased to open the competition again this year to fill a limited number of vacancies. The addition of these Evan Pugh Professors will enhance our efforts to recognize outstanding scholarship at the University."
A total of 49 Evan Pugh professors have been named since the professorships were established in 1960. There are currently 22 active Evan Pugh professors. The selection process is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Evan Pugh Advisory Committee will review nominations and make recommendations to the president by March 31, 1998.
The Evan Pugh Research Professorships were established Feb. 1, 1960, "to honor distinguished professors and recognize the importance of research in maintaining quality and progress in the work of the University." The advantages that the recipients receive are recognition, improvement in salary, support for research or scholarship activities, and a degree of independence from normally assigned duties in their academic departments.
In 1973, the Board of Trustees approved a title change to "Evan Pugh Professor of (discipline)." Professors are selected without regard to college affiliation, program or location. Professorships are granted only to candidates who are acknowledged national and international leaders in their fields of research or creative activity.
In addition, candidates must "have demonstrated excellent teaching skills and contributed significantly to the education of students, both undergraduate and graduate, who subsequently have achieved demonstrable recognition for excellence in their fields." Candidates also must hold the rank professor with at least five years of service to Penn State.
The Evan Pugh professors are appointed by the president at the recommendation of the advisory committee.
All nominations must be submitted to the dean of the academic college in which the nominee is appointed according to established guidelines. Current nomination guidelines may be obtained by calling (814) 863-9580, by e-mail message to email@example.com, or by stopping in 304 Old Main. The closing date for receipt of nominating materials by the deans is Oct. 31, 1997.
The current Evan Pugh professors and the year of their appointment are as follows: Stephen J. Benkovic, chemistry, 1977; George E. Andrews, mathematics, 1981; Rustum Roy, solid state, 1981; Elliot S. Vesell, pharmacology, 1981; Harry R. Allcock, chemistry, 1985; L. Eric Cross, electrical engineering, 1985; Gordon P. Garmire, astronomy, 1985; Anthony E. Pegg, physiology, 1985; Nicholas Winograd, chemistry, 1985; Francis T. S. Yu, electrical engineering, 1985; A. Welford Castleman, chemistry, 1986; Peter R. Gould, geography, 1986; Budugur Lakshminarayana, aerospace engineering, 1986; Gerald E. McClearn, health and human development, 1986; K. Warner Schaie, human development and psychology, 1986; Stanley Weintraub, arts & humanities, 1986; Moses H. W. Chan, physics, 1994; Hellmut Hager, art history, 1994; Masatoshi Nei, biology, 1994; James B. Anderson, chemistry, 1996; Paul F. Baum, mathematics, 1996; and Leonard S. Jefferson, cellular and molecular physiology, 1996.
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Brian Ishler and Josh Wagner, members of the Intercollegiate
Athletics grounds crew, paint fresh row numbers in the stands at Beaver
Stadium on the University Park campus. They and their co-workers are busy
getting the stadium ready for the roughly 95,000 who will be there on Saturday,
Sept. 6, to see the Nittany Lions take on Pittsburgh in the
first football game of Penn State's season.
Photo: Greg Grieco
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Penn State alumnus James Carnes and his wife, Nancy, of Pennington, N.J., have committed $125,000 to the University to help build a new alumni center.
James Carnes is president and CEO of the David Sarnoff Research Center, an industry- and government-supported electronics research firm based in Princeton, N.J. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering science from Penn State in 1961 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1970. Nancy Carnes is a native of Middlebush, N.J.
The alumni center is planned as an addition to University House on the University Park campus, and will be financed entirely by private funds. Although Penn State has the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world -- more than 140,000 members -- it is one of the few major universities that has no dedicated alumni center. The structure's estimated cost is $7 million. Linda O'Gwynn Architects of Philadelphia will design the center, and construction could begin as early as 1998.
A native of Hagerstown, Md., Carnes holds nine U.S. patents, has authored more than 100 technical papers and presentations and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received the David Sarnoff Award for Outstanding
Technical Achievement and was named a Distinguished Alumnus and an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Engineering by Penn State.
A gift of $60,000 from the estate of late Penn State Fayette faculty member Charles H. Wall has endowed a scholarship fund for students in the campus letters, arts and sciences program. Charles H. Wall Memorial Scholarships will go to academically talented undergraduates in the four-year program who have financial need.
An earlier gift of $35,000 from Wall endowed the Elizabeth H. Wall Scholarship fund for Fayette campus nursing students in memory of his late mother, who served as a midwife during the coal mining years of Fayette County.
A resident and native of Uniontown, Wall died in 1996 at age 63. He was a veteran of the Korean War and earned his bachelor's degree in English from Waynesburg College in 1956. He later taught and pursued graduate studies at the University of Arkansas, and did doctoral work at other institutions, including Penn State.
Wall worked for the School Division of the Panama Canal Co. from 1963 until 1985, when he joined the English faculty at Penn State Fayette. At Fayette, he was coordinator of the letters, arts and sciences program, led the campus ad hoc budget committee and was host of the Campus Poetry Forum. From late 1991 until his death, he also served as head of the English department and as campus representative for the College of the Liberal Arts.
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Kevin Francis, a business student at University Park, uses
acrylic paints to produce a landscape painting of sunflowers at the
University's Trial Gardens on Park Avenue. Francis took Nancy Brassington's introduction to painting for non-art majors this summer.
Photo: Greg Grieco
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In order to cover the State of the University Address and provide more timely news on action taken by the Board of Trustees, a special section of the Intercom will be published on Monday, Sept. 15, following the Sept. 12 address and Trustee meeting. This issue will replace the Thursday, Sept. 11, issue that was previously scheduled for publication. The remaining September issues will follow the previously published schedule:
Aug. 27, noon
Sept. 10, noon
Sept. 17, noon
Penn State faculty and staff members interested in collaborating with colleagues at Penn State's key partner institutions in South America are invited to submit proposals for seed funding. Eligible partners include the University of the Western Cape, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand. Three awards ranging from $8,000 to $13,000 each are anticipated.
The integrated projects should combine two of the following: curricular initiatives, human resources development, research collaboration and capacity building. The proposals should be designed to leverage external funding for a larger project.
Proposal deadline is Sept. 15, with a project implementation start date of January 1998. To request applications or for more information, contact Pam Gudeman at International Partnerships and Academic Linkages at (814) 865-0414.
The Center for Academic Computing is now accepting registrations for fall 1997 seminars. CAC offers seminars throughout the year on computing basics, tools and strategies for teaching, learning and research. All seminars are free and open to all University faculty, students and staff.
Seminars being offered for the Mac include: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint Presentations, FileMaker Pro, Introduction to Photoshop, Introduction to Pagemaker, Creating Web Pages Using the Macintosh and Web Graphics on the Macintosh.
Seminars offered for Windows users include: Microsoft Word, Making Better Conference Presentations, Excel, Microsoft Access, PowerPoint Presentations, Windows NT and Windows 95 Dial-Up Networking with CACTWIN Installation, Windows NT 4.0 Advanced Topics and Windows NT version 4 Internet and Web Server Topics.
For more information, check the CAC Fall 1997 Seminars guide, call (814) 863-9522 or visit the Web at http://cac.psu.edu/training/
The Taxpayer Relief Act, signed by President Clinton on Aug. 5, extends the exemption for employer-provided educational assistance, for undergraduates only. This extension will be in effect until May 31, 2000. As in the past, those employees and their spouses who take advantage of the employee discount for graduate-level courses will be taxed on the amount of the discount through the payroll system.
In an attempt to reduce the impact on the employee, the Payroll Office breaks the discount into thirds and withholds the taxes over a three-month period. The Payroll Office is currently in the process of applying the taxes for the summer sessions. The first third was already applied, and the remaining two-thirds will be taken in August and September. The months designated for withholding taxes for the fall semester are October, November and December. Withholding for spring semester will occur in April, May and June.
If you have questions regarding the actual taxes that were withheld, contact the Payroll Office at (814) 865-7621 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding the employee discount as it relates to your student account, contact the Office of the Bursar at (814) 865-6528 or http://www.bar.psu.edu/post.html.
Faculty or students may join Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society which honors scientific accomplishments, as either an associate member or a member. Any individual who has shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science is eligible for election as a member. Individuals who have shown aptitude for research expected to lead to the fulfillment of the requirements for full membership are eligible to become associate members.
Sigma Xi, founded in 1886 at Cornell University, has more than 500 chapters across North America, including the one at Penn State. There are approximately 103,000 active members and associate members of Sigma Xi.
For more information about the Penn State chapter, Sigma Xi or the benefits of joining, contact Pat Gong at (814) 863-8648 or by e-mail at pmg5@psuedu.
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The University Libraries are offering the following series of seminars during the fall semester to help library users learn more about the growing number of databases accessible through the Library Information Access System (LIAS) and on CD-ROM. LIAS searching techniques that enable users to maximize their searching power also will be presented.
In an effort to accommodate as many participants as possible, some sessions are offered more than once. To register or learn more about the seminars, send an e-mail to email@example.com. If you have any additional questions, contact Doris Herr at (814) 863-0325. Seating is limited so register early. Information on the seminars can also be found by typing HELP WORKSHOP when using LIAS or on the Libraries' Web site at http//www.libraries.psu.edu/.
* Penn State Libraries Catalog in LIAS
This seminar offers an overview of The CAT in LIAS and hands-on practice in applying LIAS searching techniques; all sessions take place in Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
Sept. 15; Oct. 7, 29 -- 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Sept. 2, 12; Oct. 2, 20; Nov. 6 -- 10 a.m.-noon
Sept. 10, 29 -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sept. 4, 18, 26; October 8, 17 -- 1-3 p.m.
Sept. 23 -- 5-7 p.m.
* AGRICOLA database
Oct. 7 -- 1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Career Information on the Internet
Oct. 14 --5-7 p.m.; Pollock Library.
* Career Sources in Science on the Internet
Sept. 9 -- 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Census Data on the Internet
Nov. 12 -- 8:45-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Chemical Abstracts
This seminar covers techniques for searching CASearch, the online database
equivalent of Chemical Abstracts, for chemical literature.
Nov. 4 -- 10 a.m.-noon; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Citation Indexes
This program covers techniques for searching Science Citation Index, Social
Sciences Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
Oct. 28 -- 10 a.m.-noon; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Congress and the Legislative Process on the Internet
Nov. 19 -- 8:45-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Earth Sciences
This seminar examines local and remote databases available for the earth
sciences; 109 Deike Building.
Sept. 11 -- 9-11 a.m.
Oct. 29 -- 4-6 p.m.
* Education Resources (databases)
Sept. 24 -- 8:30-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Engineering Resources
Sept. 18 -- 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 16 -- 1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* EndNote Bibliographic Software
This seminar is an introduction to the EndNote/EndLink Bibliographic Software, which allows the automatic importing of citations
from electronic databases such as MEDLINE, the manual inputting of new citation records, the formatting of references in manuscripts, and the creation of bibliographies in more than 300 styles. Learn how to upload from a diskette saved citations from a CD-ROM search and create bibliographies with saved citations: Nov. 24 --1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* The Future of the Text
Topics will include how the features of the book have shaped electronic media, and how electronic media might affect the book's future shape. Discussion is encouraged and participants are urged to bring questions: Oct. 21-- 3-5 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
This seminar offers hands-on practice in applying LIAS searching techniques
relevant to historical research.
Nov. 5 -- 8:30-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Interlibrary Loan
This seminar features practice in searching electronic resources for items not owned by Penn State.
Oct. 14 -- 3-5 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* International Resources on the Internet
Nov. 24 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Literary and Historical Manuscripts
Oct. 14 -- 1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Literature databases and resources
Oct. 22 -- 10:30 a.m.-noon; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Literature on the Internet
This seminar provides an overview of literary resources on the Internet. Subjects covered include cyberculture, hypertext fiction, the state of the art of electronic critical editions, the use and research value of large textual databases, the availability of online textual archives, as well as basic Internet searching strategies.
Sept. 23 -- 3 to 5 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Materials Science
Oct. 2 -- 10 a.m.-noon; 109 Deike Building.
Oct. 23 -- 10 a.m.-noon; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Molecular Biology resources
Oct. 1 -- 1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Multicultural and Diversity Resources
Oct. 14 -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Music resources
Oct. 29 -- 1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
(Note: LEXIS/NEXIS is available only for Penn State faculty, staff, and students engaged in course-related research. Participants must present a valid Penn State ID at the seminar.) Nov. 7 -- 10 a.m.-noon; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Psychology databases
Sept. 23 -- 8:30-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Research on the Web
Designed for those who have little experience searching the Web, and using it to do research.
Sept. 11 -- 8:30-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Spanish and Latin American Resources
Oct. 9 -- 1-3 p.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
* Women's Studies databases
Oct. 2 -- 8:30-10 a.m.; Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.
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The following staff members have been appointed to the Staff Focus Committee: Patricia Corbett (Intercollege Programs); Linda Enseki (Academic Affairs, Penn State DuBois); Shelba Murray (Business Services, Penn State Abington); William Piekielek (Department of Agronomy); R. Thomas Rodkey (Office of Physical Plant); Beverly Sampsell (Health Policy and Administration); Linda Spangler (Department of Economics); and Darrell Thomas (College of Education).
"These new appointments will provide additional contacts for staff members who wish to use the Staff Focus Committee as a resource to discuss staff concerns," Billie Willits, assistant vice president for human resources, said.
Willits has said that the input she and the central administration receive from the Staff Focus Committee is extremely valuable. The fact that the committee is representative of a cross-section of staff across the University is beneficial to the discussion which takes place at each meeting. Members of central administration regularly meet with the Staff Focus Committee.
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New members have been appointed to the Commission on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Equity by James B. Stewart, vice provost for educational equity. The new members are: Julie Acker, assistant director of community development and educational programming; Robin Becker, associate professor of English; John Champagne, assistant professor of English and director of the composition program; Erin Cross, graduate student; Nona Gerard, associate professor of theatre arts; Duane Gildea, undergraduate student; Lori Ginzberg, associate professor of history; Sally Pick, extension associate; Jose Rodriguez, coordinator of minority affairs; and Winfield Turpin, undergraduate student. The chair of the commission is Sallie McCorkle, associate professor of visual arts. The chair-elect is Bob Seeds, head of the Math Library.
Created in 1991, the Commission on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Equity is an advisory group to the vice provost for educational equity. The purpose of the commission is to improve the climate for diversity within Penn State and to address issues affecting the welfare of lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the University community.
The commission is composed of four standing committees: curricular integration; education; Commonwealth College and other locations; and student concerns. The commission also initiates task forces for special topics. Currently, these topics include domestic partner benefits, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Support Network, and the Lecture Series on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Lives.
The commission provides many services to the University community and welcomes inquiries and volunteers. For more information, please contact Sue Rankin, senior diversity planning analyst, 313 Grange Building, University Park, Pa. 16802, (814) 863-8415 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The commission's Web page is: http://www.psu.edu/staff/diversity/lgb.html.
The commission will sponsor a reception on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center on the University Park campus beginning at 6 p.m. All interested individuals may attend.
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