April 2, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 26

News . . . . Arts . . . . Calendars . . . . Letters . . . . Links . . . . Deadlines . . . . Archive

Movies used to study behavior
Family pledges $5 million
Professor to teach from space
How many zeroes?!
Faculty/Staff Alerts
Penn Staters
Asian American Month
Forum speaker 
New at Penn State
Enforcing the rules
Let's go fly a kite
Penn State to hold CIC seminar
Student Affairs seeks AVP
Penn State news bureau



Pamela H. Aikey, staff assistant VII in College of Arts and Architecture.

Diane L. Andrews, senior associate director, residence life in Student Affairs.

Christine A. Arbutina, client development manager in Continuing and Distance Education.

Wilma J. Aungst, library assistant II, APG team in University Libraries.

Lisa A. Baker, staff assistant VIII in Applied Research Laboratory.

Kathy W. Barry, staff assistant VII in Office of Vice President for Research.

Brian J. Beighley, financial aid coordinator at Penn State New Kensington.

Mark R. Boltz, manager, network and information systems in The Smeal College of Business Administration.

Chris A. Brown, lead applications programmer/analyst in Office of Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Carol A. Buddock, staff assistant VI at Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley.

Thomas S. Cherry, cinematographer/videographer III in College of Agricultural Sciences.

Anita F. Colyer, program manager in Continuing and Distance Education.

Mary K. Cote, associate director, continuing outreach operations in Continuing and Distance Education.

Susan DeCarmine, staff assistant VI in Continuing and Distance Education.

David A. Dix, engineering aide in Applied Research Laboratory.

Catherine S. Dufour, associate director in Student Affairs.

Connie M. Emberton, staff assistant VIII in Applied Research Laboratory.

Mark D. Erstling, director, educational communications/general manager, Penn State broadcasting in Continuing and Distance Education.

Technical Service

Martin P. Shedlock, maintenance worker-general in Housing and Food Services.

Gregory L. Sloop, preventive maintenance worker in The Dickinson School of Law.

Cindy M. Snyder, mobile food preparer in Housing and Food Services.

Thomas L. Waltz, maintenance worker-utility in Office of Physical Plant.

James T. Wilkins, storeroom delivery assistant in Housing and Food Services.

David W. Williams, dining hall worker A in Housing and Food Services.

Lawrence J. Zimmerman, maintenance worker-utility in Office of Physical Plant.

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Robert D. Pashek, who played key roles developing The Smeal College of Business Administration's logistics and international programs, died in Seattle. He was 77.

Pashek, served as Smeal senior associate dean from 1973 to 1988, and chair of the college's Department of Business Logistics from 1964 to 1972. Before retiring from the University in January 1989, he was director of The Smeal College's international programs.

A former member of the Wichita State University faculty, he joined Penn State in 1955 and was instrumental in founding the logistics department here. In addition, Pashek was involved in the development of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute and served as its acting director. Pashek was honored as National Transportation Man of the Year and served as president of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

Pashek earned his bachelor's degree from Central Washington College, his master's degree from the University of Iowa, and his doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert D. Pashek Scholarship Fund, Office of University Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 102 Old Main, University Park, Pa. 16802.

Richard W. Anthony, maintenance worker at Penn State Mont Alto, from Aug. 1, 1971, until his retirement Aug. 2, 1983; died March 4, at the age of 80.

Jeanne L. Barnett, food preparer at Penn State Mont Alto, from Sept. 26, 1966, until her retirement May 11, 1985; died Feb. 22. She was 72.

Kenneth R. Bennett, professor of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Nov. 16, 1949, until his retirement July 1, 1976; died Jan. 30, at the age of 86.

George N. Emerick, mechanic, experimental and maintenance in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Sept. 16, 1965, until his retirement Feb. 1, 1982; died Feb. 26. He was 77.

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Faculty/Staff Alerts

Open house

The Eberly College of Science will hold its annual open house for prospective students and their parents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, on the University Park campus. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour science laboratories and speak with professors, science majors, advisers and the associate dean about undergraduate academic programs and research opportunities. Tours include laboratories in the departments of astronomy and astrophysics; biochemistry and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; mathematics; physics; and statistics. Tours and other activities are coordinated in 133 White Building. For more information, call (814) 863-4682.

Call-in show to explore space

Penn State's first faculty member to fly aboard the shuttle will join President Graham B. Spanier to discuss the future of space exploration on the next edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge," airing Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. on public radio station WPSU-FM (90.1, 91.5 and 106.7).

According to NASA, the research of James Pawelczyk, assistant professor at Penn State, and others into the physiological response to weightlessness is crucial if people are ever to venture to distant worlds. Pawelczyk, one of two primary payload specialists on the upcoming shuttle mission, will also discuss how the results of this research may prove useful to those who are earthbound. The 17-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia is currently scheduled for lift-off on April 16.

Listeners with questions or comments about America's future in space can call (800) 543-8242 during the one-hour broadcast. Internet users worldwide will be able to link to sound and pictures at http://www.psu.edu/ur/tech/tech.html; and will be able to contact the president during the program via e-mail sent to response@psu.edu.

"To the Best of My Knowledge" is a series designed to explore topics of local and national concern and to allow listeners a chance to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

Deadline approaching

April 6 is the deadline for registering for the Commission for Women's program for Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which will be held April 23. Brochures were mailed to all University Park employees last week.

This program is geared to girls in grades six to 12 and provides an opportunity for the girls to visit various career sites on campus. Cost is $10 per girl (no cost for parent or mentor). Please note that availability cannot be guaranteed for late registrations (received after April 6). Girls and mentors must be preregistered to participate; there will be no registration the day of the event. Registrations can be returned through interoffice mail to "Take Our Daughters to Work Day," 225 The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

For more information, call Debbie Meder at (814) 865-1821 or e-mail dmm4@psu.edu.

Road closed this summer

Bigler Road on the University Park campus between the Hastings/McKean intersection and a point just south of the north McKean Road entrance to Nittany Apartments will be closed this summer. The project is supposed to begin on Monday, May 18, and will be completed by Aug. 1. Only scheduled delivery vehicles will be allowed access to this closed section of roadway.

Paid volunteers needed

The Food Lab needs overweight and normal-weight women to participate in a 10-week study this summer. During the first week, participants will eat lunch in the lab on two weekdays. During the remaining nine weeks, participants eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the lab one day a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) by appointment. Before lunch, during five of these weeks, a registered nurse will place a feeding tube gently through one nostril leading to a participant's stomach. The tube will be in place for 15 minutes. Liquid may or may not pass through the tube. Participants will be paid $500 for completing the study. If interested please call Shelly at (814) 863-8482. The principal investigator on this study is Barbara Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie chair and professor of nutrition, biobehavioral health and behavioral science.

Reminder about employment of minors

Supervisors are reminded that the Pennsylvania Child Labor Law requires that an employment certificate (sometimes referred to as "working papers") be obtained before any minor begins working for the University. A minor is anyone under age 18 who has not graduated from high school, or who has not been declared by the high school as having attained maximum academic potential in lieu of graduation. Also, the minimum age for University employment is 16.

The employment certificate is issued by the minor's high school. Employment certificates are maintained on file by the Employment and Compensation Division, or appropriate business or human resources offices at facilities away from University Park. When a minor ceases employment, the Employment and Compensation Division, or appropriate office, must be notified so that the certificate can be returned to the issuing high school or to the minor.

Supervisors are asked to review University Policy HR-2, "Employment of Minor," before committing to employ a minor.

Moving? Tell the University

With everything involved in moving, employees often forget to notify their employers. Faculty and staff are reminded to include Penn State on the list to be notified of a change of address and telephone number, whether it's a home or their campus address. During the course of a year, the University mails important benefits and payroll information to employees' home addresses and to their campus addresses.

A significant number of such pieces of mail are returned as undeliverable. Each piece must then be rechecked for a correct address and mailed again; resulting in delays of what is frequently time-sensitive information.

There is another significant issue involved with incorrect home addresses. State and local income taxes are withheld on the basis of the home address. If an individual moves from one municipality to another, taxes may be withheld at an incorrect percentage and/or may not be remitted to the proper taxing authority. The employee is responsible for resolving the discrepancy between the two municipalities.

To change your home address with the University, you must complete a new W-4 form in its entirety, available from your Human Resources representative, campus business office or by contacting the Payroll Office at (814) 865-7621. Your Human Resources representative or campus business office also should be informed about changes in campus mailing address. New W-4s should be submitted to payroll as soon as possible after the change of address, but no later than the 15th day of the month to assure proper municipal tax withholding and reporting for that month's pay. Faculty and staff who are leaving University service and moving to another location are reminded to file the new address with payroll so that your W-2 can be mailed at the end of the year.

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Penn Staters

Dinesh Agrawal, director of the Microwave Processing and Engineering Center at the Materials Research Laboratory, presented invited talks on "Microwave Research at MRL-PSU" in Japan; the University of Queensland and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization; and the University of Valencia (Spain).

Iam-Choon Khoo, professor of electrical engineering, presented an invited plenary paper titled "Extremely sensitive photorefractive liquid crystals for dynamic holography and optical storage applications" at the International Symposium on Image Processing Molecular Systems at Tsukuba Research Center, Japan.

Fred Schied, assistant professor of adult education, received an award from the Cyril O. Houle Scholarship Program for Scholars in Adult and Continuing Education. The awards fund research and support professional development activities for scholars who have made ongoing contributions to the field of adult education. He will receive $40,000 from the Kellogg Foundation over a two-year period and will use the funds to examine how management systems shape workplace education.

Lynne Vernon Feagans, professor of human development and associate dean of research in the College of Health and Human Development, presented a guest lecture, "The Perils of School: Cultural Clashes in Communities and Classrooms" at Vanderbilt University. The lecture was presented as part of the Maycie K. Southall Distinguished Lecture Series on Public Education and the Futures of Children.

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