September 25, 1997......Volume 27, Issue 6

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Master plan
Sweet music
Diversity conference
Hobby-Eberly Telescope
United Way Campaign kicks off
New at Behrend
Private Giving
Search under way
Diversity video series
Team players
Behrend programs accredited
For the Record 
The Palmer Museum turns 25
Book Shelf
Family Day
Perfect timing
New at Penn State
Alumni Fellows
Seminars on database searching
News in Brief
Faculty/Staff Alert
Penn Staters
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Book Shelf

Adam J. Sorkin, professor of English at Penn State Delaware County, published the second, revised and enlarged edition of Transylvanian Voices: An Anthology of Contemporary Poets of Cluj-Napoca. Sorkin is editor and co-translator with Liviu Bleoca of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Center for Transylvanian Studies, Cluj (a few poets were translated with other co-translators). Sorkin wrote the introduction and compiled brief notes on the poets. The 208-page book was published in Iasi, Romania, by The Center for Romanian Studies. Containing 152 poems by 23 poets, including 14 Romanian-language writers, eight Hungarian-language writers and one German-language Cluj poet, the second edition almost doubles the contents of the first, 1994 edition. The ancient city of Cluj is the traditional cultural center of Transylvania, and for a long time the city enjoyed multiple poetic traditions that have since been dispersed by emigration. Sorkin and Bleoca's volume is the only multi-ethnic anthology of writing in print in Romania today, and one of the few current volumes uniting writers still in Romania with those now part of the late 20th-century Romanian diaspora.

Beginnings and Discoveries: Polydore Vergil's De Inventoribus Rerum,' an unabridged translation and edition by Beno Weiss, professor and director of the Italian program, and Louis C. Pérez, professor emeritus of Spanish, has been published by De Graaf Publishers, The Netherlands.

The book, Vergil's most important work, is the first translation into English of the entire text of the 16th-century treatise, which deals with Renaissance knowledge throughout Europe. Hallmarks of the work are its exact scholarship on a wide range of subjects and its rationalistic approach. So influential was the encyclopedic text that it was considered dangerous by the church and was listed in the Index of Forbidden Books.

This unabridged edition of Polydore Vergil's De Inventoribus Rerum, with an introduction, notes and a glossary, will facilitate its use by scholars in many disciplines and provide a better understanding of the undercurrents that eventually led to the Reformation.

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Family Day gives broader
view of college experience

By Meredith McKeon
Public Information

Sending young adults off to college can be a difficult time for parents, but knowing what they are getting into at school can help calm parental minds. Family Day, to be held Sept. 27 and hosted by the Parents & Families division of the Penn State Alumni Association, presents the perfect opportunity for family members to catch a glimpse at what a Penn State education is all about. From learning sessions and open houses to recreational activities, Family Day at Penn State should be worth the trip.

"Our goal is to provide an opportunity for families to see how their students have adjusted to college life. For parents, it is a very different experience from dropping students off at the beginning of the semester," said Kathy Kurtz, who is coordinating Family Day. "Our goal is to welcome families and make them feel comfortable as they familiarize themselves with the University."

Either by participating in planned events or just spending time with their student, family members will have plenty of chances to become familiar with the University. A series of learning sessions introduce family members to the opportunities, problems and realities of student life. Some of the sessions offered will include "Penn State's Ranking and Reputation," which will discuss the value of a Penn State degree in life after college. "Internships, Externships and Co-ops" and "Religious Life at Penn State" will present some of the numerous opportunities and activities available to students. The "Birds of Prey Presentation," sponsored by Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, will create a wildlife experience right in University Park.

Some of the recreational activities will include an "Ice Cream Social," featuring the University Creamery ice cream, and "Synergy," the student talent show. Family members can tour open house events including the "Information Fair," the "Hillel and Jewish Studies Open House" and the "Multicultural Resource Center."

Campus tours will be held throughout the day and if the planned events don't provide enough activities, families can stop by various places of interest on campus. The weather station, the Palmer Museum of Art, the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum, the Penn State Room, the Football Hall of Fame and other locations, which provide different perspectives of student life at Penn State.

Throughout the day, families are sure to build up an appetite. The dining halls and the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) will be open to allow families to get a taste of the food at Penn State.

Parents & Family Day is projected to draw large numbers this year. Already, more than 1,200 families have registered -- a huge increase from the estimated 800 attendees last year.

All Parents & Family Day events are free. For more information, call (814) 863-9424.

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Perfect timing

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Barbara Hafer, left, helped the Penn State Blue Band celebrate its centennial by loaning the University a long-forgotten piece of the band's history. Richard DiEugenio, special assistant to the president for governmental affairs, right, was in Harrisburg recently to receive a 58-year-old gold pocket watch that had been given to Wilfred Otto Thompson, director of the band for 25 years until his retirement on 1939. The state received the watch in 1996 under provisions of the unclaimed property law. The University will have the watch on display at the University Park campus as part of the commemoration of the
band's 100th anniversary.
Photo courtesy of the
Pennsylvania Office of the Treasurer

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New at Penn State

Agricultural law center opens

The Agricultural Law Research and Education Center at The Dickinson School of Law officially opened Tuesday, Sept. 16. The center is a collaborative venture between the School of Law and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Ag Center, one of only a few in the nation connected with a law school, is designed to provide leadership in the research and dissemination of information about agriculture-related issues to agricultural producers, food processors, government officials and the public. It will serve as a resource center for professional articles and extension outreach materials, providing courses, information and assistance.

Partnership formed

Penn State and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry have formed a program partnership to develop and deliver educational programs and products designed to improve Pennsylvania's business climate while increasing the competitive edge for the Commonwealth's businesses.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Harrisburg champions the concerns of more than 300,000 businesses in the Commonwealth and focuses on creating an improved business climate in the state.

The goals of the program partnership include working collaboratively to develop local and statewide information sharing and resource networks for Penn State, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and local chamber members; developing new needs-based program opportunities each year; sharing responsibilities for program marketing, development and delivery; and supporting the Commonwealth's goals for economic and community development.

The two organizations also are interested in finding innovative ways to distribute their programs and products through print, interactive videoconferencing, the World Wide Web and distance learning technologies, including Penn State's new World Campus.

The program partners' next joint venture is the 1997 Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference, "Putting Technology to Work for You," planned for Oct. 31 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The conference is the only statewide event designed specifically for business decision-makers.

For information about Penn State and its outreach programming, visit the University's Web sites at and Visit the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's Web site at

Penn College on TV

Pennsylvania College of Technology is extending its educational resources to several million television households throughout five states.

The monthly, 60-minute television series "Penn College & You" and "You're the Chef" are enabling the Williamsport-based Penn State affiliate to feature faculty and staff expertise and provide useful information to communities far beyond the boundaries of its four campuses in Northcentral Pennsylvania.

Both series have increased distribution to out-of-town cable systems and broadcast stations. "Penn College & You" airs in more than 1.6 million homes in Pennsylvania and New York. "You're the Chef" is seen in over 2.6 million homes throughout Pennsylvania, New York, California, Colorado and Georgia. Both series are broadcast live to 25,500 homes in the Williamsport area through Susquehanna Communication's SCN Channel 2. Susquehanna Communications produces the series in conjunction with Penn College.

"Penn College & You" has featured a variety of Penn College faculty and staff since its September 1995 debut. These shows air in the State College area on C-NET Channel 7 on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

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Shelly E. Kachik, staff assistant VI in College of Agricultural Sciences.

Jeffery S. Kline, sales coordinator, The Nittany Lion Inn.

Kimberly K. Korbich, staff assistant V in Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

Steven M. Koths, financial officer III in Corporate Controller's Office.

Stephanie L. Krout, staff assistant VI in Research and Graduate School.

Theresa L. Krise, staff assistant V in Continuing and Distance Education.

Dawn R. Laubach, staff assistant VI in Applied Research Laboratory.

Fran E. Levin, director of sales and marketing, The Nittany Lion Inn.

Heather S. Mader, catering sales manager, The Nittany Lion Inn.

Kathy A. McCool, staff assistant V in Continuing and Distance Education.

Ann McLaren, coordinator of Learning Center and student development and retention in Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Janice M. McMahon, staff assistant V in College of Agricultural Sciences.

Tracey A. Melnick, academic counselor in the College of the Liberal Arts.

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Alumni Fellows

Three receive top
Alumni Association honor

College of Communications chooses
print journalist, former Trustee president

The College of Communications welcomed its 1997 Alumni Fellows for a week of classes and events beginning Sept. 22. Theodore A. Serrill, a 1932 graduate, and Mimi Ungar Coppersmith Fredman, a 1953 graduate, will be honored by the Penn State Alumni Association tonight.

During Serrill's 63-year career in print journalism, he was employed by three daily newspapers: the Washington News, the Charlotte News (N.C.) and the Easton Express (Pa.). He also served as deputy director of War Loans in Philadelphia and headed the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association after World War II. He went on to head two other newspaper associations, most notably the National Newspaper Association, the oldest and largest newspaper trade association.

At 66, Serrill relocated to Florida where he became owner and publisher of a court and commercial newspaper for 14 years before retiring in 1994 with his wife, Patricia. He has served on the Penn State Alumni Council as both president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter and president of the Gulf Coast Penn State Alumni Club. Both of his sons, Theodore and James , are Penn State graduates.

Coppersmith Fredman is president and CEO of the Barash Group and president of Morgan Signs Inc. as well as publisher of Town & Gown magazine and the Where and When Travel Guide. A trustee emerita of Penn State, Fredman served on the Board of Trustees for more than 20 years, including terms as president and vice president. She has been an instructor and guest lecturer in speech, journalism and marketing courses throughout the past 44 years. She is a member of the board of advisers for the Palmer Museum of Art, and has been awarded a Service to Society Award from the College of the Liberal Arts and the Lion's Paw Medal for outstanding service to Penn State.

A "Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania," Fredman has been listed in Who's Who in American Women since 1974. In 1996 she was named "Central PA Entrepreneur of the Year" in marketing and communications, and was recently named one of "Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business." She has served on the boards of directors of 18 organizations, including the current boards of Penn State Geisinger Health System, Centre County Youth Service Bureau, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the Renaissance Scholarship Fund.

Fredman's husband is the Hon. Samuel G. Fredman, justice of the New York Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District. Her two daughters, Carol and Nan, also work for The Barash Group.

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. The award is administered in cooperation with the College of Communications.

Local attorney is Harrisburg selection

Harrisburg attorney Gerald K. Morrison is Penn State Harrisburg's 1997 Alumni Fellow. A shareholder in the law firm of Buchanan Ingress, Morrison was selected for the Alumni Fellow award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and his continuing involvement in higher education at Penn State Harrisburg.

The most prestigious award presented by the Penn State Alumni Association, the Alumni Fellow designation, established in 1973, is a permanent title authorized by the Board of Trustees and administered in cooperation with each of the University's academic colleges.

A native of Steelton and a 1965 graduate of Penn State with a degree in business administration, Morrison has worked tirelessly on behalf of the college, serving in a number of key volunteer roles including chair of the board of advisers, the financial development committee, the campaign for the new library and the Schuylkill Campus/Capital College merger committee. He also will be serving as chair of the upcoming Capital College portion of the Penn State Capital Campaign.

The Alumni Fellow activities will be highlighted at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 on campus when Morrison will deliver the keynote lecture and receive the Alumni Fellow medallion and scroll.

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Seminar series helps maximize
database searching power

The University Libraries are offering the following series of seminars during October 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 If you have any additional questions, contact Doris Herr at (814) 863-0325. Seating is limited, so register early! Information on the seminars also can be found by typing HELP WORKSHOP when using LIAS or on the Libraries' Web site at http// All sessions are on the University Park campus.

* 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 -- Oct. 7 and 29 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Oct. 2 and 20 from 10 a.m. to noon; and Oct. 8 and 17 from 1-3 p.m. All sessions take place in Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* AGRICOLA database

Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Career Information on the Internet

Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m., Pollock Library.

* Citation Indexes

This program covers techniques for searching Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index: Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon, Central Pattee Library.

* Earth Sciences databases

Oct. 29 from 4-6 p.m., 109 Deike Building.

* Engineering Resources

Oct. 16 from 1-3 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* The Future of the Text

With the advent of new technologies, what has happened to that essential feature of the library, the book? 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 from 3-5 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Interlibrary Loan

Oct. 14 from 3-5 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Literary and Historical Manuscripts

This seminar offers hands-on practice in searching for descriptions of literary manuscripts and historical manuscript collections in LIAS, OCLC, RLIN, and the World Wide Web.

Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Literature databases

Oct. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Materials Science Resources

Oct. 2 from 10 am. to noon, 109 Deike Building.


MEDLINE indexes more than 3,600 journals in the fields of health, biomedicine, clinical medicine, nursing, veterinary science and dentistry. Learn how to find journal articles in biomedicine and related subject areas (e.g., nutrition, nursing, biology).

Oct. 23 from 10 a.m to noon, Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Molecular Biology Resources

Oct. 1 from 1-3 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Multicultural and Diversity Resources

Oct. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Music Resources

Oct. 29 from 1-3 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Spanish and Latin American Resources

Oct. 9 from 1-3 p.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

* Women's Studies databases

Oct. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m., Tower Room 402, Central Pattee Library.

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