June 12, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 33

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Alumni pledge $ million
Erie gets endowed scholarship
Daycare construction progressing
'World Campus' is moving forward
Do you read me?
Book Shelf
Hot slate roof!
Intercom readership survey
The New Penn State

Capital College offers more options
Partnerships at core of philosophy

College of Medicine honors Alumni Fellow
CIC names five Fellows
DuBois program accredited

Faculty/Staff Alerts
Orion program orients freshmen
Camera provides X-ray view of universe
Still life
Associate dean sought
ICDE speaker offers possibilities
Memorial service planned
Penn Staters
Penn State news bureau

Still life

Carol Peebles, instructor for the intersession Art 20 still life class at University Park, helps student Cory Forer with the charcoal drawing he's working on.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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Commonwealth College
seeks associate dean

The Commonwealth College is conducting an internal search for the position of associate dean for academic programs, and requests nominations and applications for the position.

The position will report to the dean of the Commonwealth College and, working with faculty and staff of the campuses of the college, be responsible for the academic programs.

The associate dean is expected to provide leadership for market research and environmental scanning to identify the educational needs of the regions served by the college; to work with faculty and external focus groups to develop courses (credit and non-credit) and programs (degree, non-degree and certificate); and to work with campus and college curricular affairs committees for their review and approval.

The associate dean also is expected to coordinate program quality assessment and accreditation reviews, and to work with other colleges and with program advisory groups.

Candidates should have an earned doctorate, substantial experience in market-based academic program development and experience in college/university teaching. The position requires an individual with significant leadership skills and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders throughout Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth College, the University's largest college, is represented at 12 campus locations: Beaver, Delaware County, DuBois, Fayette, Hazleton, McKeesport, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Shenango, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton and York. The college has a full-time equivalent faculty and staff of 1,300 and a headcount enrollment of 14,050.

Additional information on the Commonwealth College can be found on the Web at http://www.ces.psu.edu/.

Nominations and applications should be sent to Rachel Miller, Commonwealth College Human Resources, 431 Rider Building, 120 S. Burrowes Street, University Park, Pa. 16801 (Fax: 814-865-7145). Application deadline is July 11. The Commonwealth College embraces the University's statement on affirmative action/equal opportunity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Acting director appointed for
University Scholars Program

Cheryl Achterberg, professor of nutrition, has been appointed acting director of the University Scholars Program, effective July 1. Achterberg replaces James Rambeau, associate professor of English and American studies, who is returning to full-time teaching and research after five years of distinguished service.

Achterberg is an award-winning teacher and researcher who has extended her expertise around the world through scholarship, service and outreach. She received, among numerous other such recognitions, Penn State's Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1995. The American Dietetic Association named her the Ruth M. Leverton Award winner in Nutrition Education in 1995. She has been principal investigator on numerous competitively funded research projects and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters and monographs. She has been active in international service with the USAID and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, and has served on numerous national and international advisory boards, panels and workshops.

Achterberg has advised and supervised numerous graduate students and honors students and has taught four different honors courses in the College of Health and Human Development. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University. During the 1997-98 year she has served as Fellow in the CIC Academic Leadership Program and as an Administrative Fellow in The Office of the President.

Specialist joins staff of
Center for Quality and Planning

Robert Barlock has joined the staff of the Center for Quality and Planning as a planning research and assessment specialist. He will provide analytical support for the unit. He previously worked in the offices of Undergraduate Education, Planning and Analysis, and Administrative Systems.

Barlock has a background in quantitative techniques and decision making and has provided analytical support for numerous administrative offices and academic units of the University, as well as for the University Faculty Senate. Most recently, he participated in analyses in support of assessment initiatives at the University, including the creation of an instructional workload model, a satisfaction survey of recent alumni and a study evaluating the effectiveness of active, collaborative, distance learning techniques.

In addition to new quality, planning and assessment initiatives he will have ongoing responsibility in support of various salary, equity and ongoing assessment studies. Barlock also is chairperson of the Patton Township Planning Commission.

Cooperative Extension
gains associate director

As part of an overall plan to engage the entire University in a broadened outreach effort, Diane V. Brown has been named associate director of cooperative extension and outreach. In this position, she will provide leadership for the day-to-day operation of Penn State Cooperative Extension and will work closely with the director of cooperative extension, Theodore R. Alter, to develop effective organizational and administrative processes.

Brown will assist the director in facilitating cooperation and collaboration across the College of Agricultural Sciences and with other colleges and outreach units within the University to develop partnerships and multidisciplinary approaches to solving problems identified through community-based needs assessment and local, state and national priorities.

Brown has a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Bridgewater College in Virginia, a master's degree in family management and community development from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in adult education from Penn State. She has worked in extension education in four states and has experience in all program areas.

Brown began her career as a home economist in Virginia and held similar positions in Maryland and Iowa before joining Penn State in 1980. As an extension home economist in the Southeast Region for Penn State Cooperative Extension, she led programs in family resource management, energy, equipment and food economics. In 1983, Brown was named family living program leader for counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Brown has received key awards in her field. She was named regional director of the West Region for Penn State Cooperative Extension in 1989 and in 1995, was named associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences and associate director of Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Communications welcomes
manager of alumni relations

Kristen L. Kaminski has been named manager of alumni relations and special events for the College of Communications. In her new position, Kaminski will be responsible for administering alumni programs and developing and managing the college's external programs, including lectures, internship fairs and career seminars.

Kaminski brings to the position more than eight years of experience in development and alumni and public relations. Most recently, she served as assistant director of development and public relations for St. Joseph Medical Center in Stamford, Conn. There, she was responsible for fund raising, prospect research and events, including benefits, lecture series and educational seminars. In addition, she researched, developed and implemented a comprehensive marketing plan for the hospital's off-site Family Medicine Center. Before joining St. Joseph's, Kaminski served as a consultant for Greenwich Hospital and as business manager for the New England Center for the Headache.

Kaminski received a B.S. in health policy and administration from Penn State in 1989. As an alumna, she assisted in the re-establishment and served as president of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, which was the recipient of a 1997 Alumni Chapter Service Award. She also served as chair of the chapter's scholarship fund and continues to serve as a member of the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group Board of Directors.

In addition to her involvement with the Alumni Association, Kaminski has had several volunteer experiences.

Assistant professor holds Behrend's
first endowed faculty fellowship

Jeffrey K. Pinto, assistant professor of management at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, has been named the Samuel A. and Elizabeth B. Breene Fellow in Management -- the college's first-ever endowed faculty fellowship.

The late Samuel Breene, a lifelong resident of Oil City, graduated from Penn State in 1937 and later served as a trustee of the University. Breene and his wife Betty created the fellowship to enable an outstanding faculty member in management to further his or her contributions in teaching, research and service.

Pinto's initial appointment is for a five-year period. The fellowship will provide support for his research including travel, materials and computer needs.

Pinto received his doctorate in organization theory from the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught at Penn State-Behrend since 1994. His most recent book, What Made Gertie Gallop?: Lessons from Project Failures, was written in collaboration with O.P. Kharbanda. The volume examines famous projects ranging from the Eurotunnel and the Ford Edsel to the Sydney Opera House and the Xerox Alto personal computer, all of which either failed or created record-breaking cost overruns. Pinto and his co-author used the examples to synthesize relevant management lessons from each case. Pinto's other recent book, Power and Politics in Project Management, focuses on the judicious and appropriate use of power and political behavior in order to manage projects more efficiently.

Pinto was recently named by the directors of the Project Management Institute to receive the organization's Distinguished Contribution Award. Pinto received the award in recognition of his efforts as the editor of the Project Management Journal; for his sustained service and outstanding contributions to the Project Management Institute; and for promoting professionalism in the field of project management.

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Looking ahead

Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of the media laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made several predictions for the future of computing and the Internet during his talk before the 18th International Council for Distance Education World Conference, held recently at University Park.
Photo: Greg Grieco

ICDE speaker offers
possibilities for the future

By Karen Wagner
Public Information

Imagine top-of-the-line computers that cost no more than $300 and are extremely simple to use -- it's part of the digital future for education envisioned by Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of the media laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Negroponte, international best-selling author, researcher and columnist for Wired magazine, joined Gov. Tom Ridge and President Graham B. Spanier in addressing delegates of the 18th International Council for Distance Education World Conference on June 2 at The Bryce Jordan Center where participants discussed everything from new learning environments to the global future of education.

Negroponte, who also is the first executive director of the Paris-based world center for personal computation and human development, called for a re-examination of the complex software packages and interfaces that result in "PC obesity." One company will design an expensive new chip that adds computing power, while the other company quickly follows with a software package that eats up that memory. Negroponte said simplification and standardization of circuit board components and software would result in more manageable and affordable computers.

"I don't know about you, but if I had to choose between one expensive top-of-the-line computer and 25 lower-end models that perform the same basic functions, I'd choose the 25 computers in the classroom," said Negroponte, whose 2B1 Foundation was recently established to provide 7- to 12-year-olds in developing nations access to the digital world of computers.

While Negroponte describes himself as an avid proponent of all things digital, he acknowledges that technology has its dark side -- those who are left behind -- the digital homeless. Many in this group are between the ages of 30 and 45 who don't have time, or are unwilling to take the time, to learn the technology. Interestingly, it is often industry leaders in their 30s and 40s, some whom may be members of the digital homeless, who make the decisions that drive computer hardware and software development.

Young children and teenagers have been among the most enthusiastic computer users, but we often fail to recognize that senior citizens join teens and children in forming the second largest group of users. Ridge, Spanier and Negroponte agreed that in many instances, it will be up to the kids to teach their parents how to use computers.

Americans are in a very privileged position when it comes to computers, with up to 85 percent of its teenagers having access. Negroponte predicted that this would make the U.S. a different kind of competitive field. Developing and European nations have not been as fortunate. In France, for example, fewer than 5 percent of all teenagers have access to computers in the home.

Other Negroponte predictions include:

-- More than $1 trillion in commerce will be conducted over the Web by the year 2000.

-- The demographics of the Internet will change drastically as developing nations get connected. English will remain the "air traffic control language" of the Internet, but it won't necessarily form its content. In fact, English content will soon be in the minority.

-- Telecommunications economics are about to be turned upside down with the advent of new applications like Internet telephone. These new uses for Internet are already possible, we just haven't figured out how we're going to charge for them.

-- The doubling of new Internet users each year won't cause the network to collapse as some have predicted.

-- The anticipated millennium doomsday problem, where clocks in computers with two digits will be unable to interpret the year 2000, will be solved, "but at great cost," said Negroponte.

-- Copyright law has gone astray. While it was originally intended to protect the author or creator, it now protects the channel of distribution -- the publisher. Negroponte predicted that in the future, authors and creators will be able to determine their own economic models for the sale and distribution of their creative works.

Gov. Ridge and Spanier made some predictions of their own about the implications of information technology for the Commonwealth and for Penn State. Gov. Ridge highlighted the success of his Link-to-Learn educational technology initiative. Link-to-Learn is a $127 million program designed to bring technology into Pennsylvania schools, libraries and communities. Every teacher in Pennsylvania will have access to its resources.

Penn State is laying the groundwork for Link-to-Learn in addition to developing its own vision for a World Campus (see story on page 1). The University will deliver several of its best undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs over the Internet.

For more information on Negroponte's 2B1 Foundation, visit its Web site at: http://www.2B1.org/. For more information on Link-to-Learn, visit http://L2L.ed.psu.edu/

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Memorial service planned

A memorial service will be held for Glends Laws, former faculty member in the Department of Geography, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 23, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus. Laws died of a brain aneurism on June 23, 1996, at the age of 37.

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Fred D. Houser, herds manager, College of Agricultural Sciences, from July 1, 1927, until his retirement July 1, 1973; died May 6 at the age of 88.

Suren Lalvani, associate professor of humanities and communications at Penn State Harrisburg, from Aug. 16, 1990, until his death May 3. He was 43.

Howard M. Lane, facility specialist, Office of Physical Plant, from July 24, 1963, until his retirement April 1, 1985; died April 27 at the age of 74.

Warren W. Miller, professor of chemistry, Eberly College of Science, from Feb. 1, 1950, until his retirement April 1, 1977; died April 29. He was 82.

John J. Morrow, assistant director of resident instruction and associate professor of mathematics at Penn State Mont Alto, from Sept. 1, 1959, until his retirement July 1, 1970; died March 31 at the age of 94.

Mary Ann Nevel, residence hall worker in Housing and Food Services, from Sept. 6, 1974, until her retirement Feb. 1, 1987; died May 2. She was 70.

Paul W. Pierson, head of landscape planning and new construction, Office of Physical Plant, from July 1, 1946, until his retirement Oct. 1, 1976; died May 3 at the age of 81.

Juanita H. Thurman, statistical clerk, College of Agricultural Sciences, from Jan. 1, 1963, until her retirement Sept. 1, 1979; died May 2. She was 83.

Mari R. Trenkle, academic support programs coordinator, Penn State Erie, Behrend College, from Nov. 29, 1985, until her death April 15. She was 48.

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