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

Asian American Awareness Month

The Asian American Student Coalition will be host for the second annual Asian American Awareness Month, a celebration of events on the theme "Many Voices, One Song" during the month of April on the University Park campus.

The highlight of the month will be the seventh annual presentation of Asian Awakenings. The cultural extravaganza, featuring traditional and modern pieces of Asian and Asian American culture, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Recreation Building on the University Park campus. Admission is free.

Most other events also are free to the public, except where an admission charge is indicated. The tentative schedule is:

* April 1 -- "No Dogs and Chinese Allowed: Stereotyping the Asian American Community," 7 p.m., presented by Terrell Jones, associate vice provost for educational equity, and Sam Richards, faculty member in sociology, Pollock Halls Piano Lounge.

* April 2 -- AASC general meeting, 7 p.m., 117 Henderson Building; Distinguished Speaker Series -- Ross Munro, co-author of The Coming Conflict with China, 8 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium.

* April 3 -- Pot luck social and film starting 5:30 p.m., Pollock Hall Rec Room; Indian Student Association semi-formal, admission charge, Nittany Lion Inn.

* April 4 -- "Hopes and an Orange Duck," 6:30 p.m., 119 Theatre Arts Building; Korean Cultural Night, 7 p.m., Paul Robeson Cultural Center, admission charge.

* April 6 -- Interracial dating workshop, 7 p.m., West Halls Cultural Lounge.

* April 7 -- Uniting Minority Greeks, 7 p.m., HUB Reading Room.

* April 8 -- Susan Yee, vice president of Regional Network Communications Inc., 5 p.m., Carnegie Cinema.

* April 9 -- "The Leader Within: Cultivating Your Leadership Potentials," presented by Geisce Ly, 7 p.m., 213 Buckhout Building.

* April 10 -- Taiwanese Night Market, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Pollock Halls Rec Room.

* April 13 -- Debate on "Multiculturalism: Bringing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?" 8 p.m., HUB Assembly Room.

* April 14 -- "Exploring Asian Theater" by Richard Nichols, professor of theatre arts, 6:30 p.m., Pavilion Theatre.

* April 15 -- "Asian American Panethnicity at Penn State," 7 p.m., HUB.

* April 16 -- "Exploring Identities: Growing Up Asian in America," presented by Geisce Ly, 7 p.m., 213 Buckhout Building.

* April 17 -- Seventh Annual Asian Awakenings, a major celebration of culture with several Asian American student organizations, free to public, 8 p.m., Recreation Building.

* April 18 -- Asian Pacific American Alumni Interest Group career panel discussion, 3 to 5 p.m., 305 HUB; Mr./Ms. Asian Penn State Fashion Show, 8 p.m., HUB Assembly Room.

* April 20 -- "When It Really Hurts," workshop about abusive relationships, 7 p.m., Pollock Hall Piano Lounge.

* April 21 -- "Oh No! Not Rice Again," presented by Asian American Acting Group, 7 p.m., place to be announced.

* April 22 -- Talk by Daphne Kwak, vice president of Organization for Chinese Americans, 7 p.m., Eisenhower Chapel Memorial Lounge.

* April 27 -- "Skin Deep: College Students Confronting Racism," film and discussion, presented by Tom Poole, assistant vice provost for educational equity, 7 p.m., 102 McAllister.

* April 29 -- "Stress Management," 7 p.m., Pollock Hall Cultural Lounge.

* April 30 -- "Confronting Homophobia in Minority Communities," 7 p.m., 251 Willard.

In addition, the School of Theatre Arts will present An Evening of Kyogen, featuring "Hikoichi's Tale," at 8 p.m. April 22-27 at the Pavilion Theatre. For tickets, call (814) 863-0255.

For more information, contact the Asian American Student Coalition office, 218 Hetzel Union Building, University Park, at (814) 865-0710 or check the Web at http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/j/a/jac219/aascwebpage.html and follow the links to the calendar.

Other events

The following are the events planned at Penn State Delaware County to celebrate Asian American Awareness Month:

* April 3, 12:30 p.m. -- The Mountain Brothers, a three-man hip-hop group, bring unusual lyrics and rhyme styles, original beats and music, and a unique viewpoint to their music; Large Conference Room of the Commons Building.

* April 7, 11:30 a.m. -- "Taste of Asia" Food Festival in the Student Lounge in the Main Building.

* April 17, 12:30 p.m. -- Phoebe Eng, nationally known media developer, co-founding publisher of A. Magazine, and author of Warrior Lessons, a book about women and empowerment, will present "One World, One Culture."

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Upcoming HRDC courses

To register for these or other Human Resource Development Center programs on the University Park campus, complete the registration form found in the back of the Spring/Summer HRDC catalog, and fax to (814) 865-3522.

* The Service Management Concept, CUS 002
Learn the 10 fundamentals essential to creating and maintaining service excellence to exceed customer expectations. May 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 319 Rider Building. Cost: $44.

* Conversational Spanish for Practical Situations I, COM 021
Spanish for use in common situations. May 11-29, noon to 1 p.m., 319 Rider Building. Cost: $109. Bring your lunch. Note: This program meets for eight sessions. The May 20 and 22 sessions will be held in 520 Rider Building.

* Did You Hear That? COM 041
Increase listening potential by developing effective skills through practice. May 11, 1:30-4 p.m., 319 Rider Building. Cost: $44.

* Proofamatics, PRO 007
Improve proofreading skills through the use of a series of scanning techniques rather than reading each word. May 11, 10 a.m. to noon, 319 Rider Building. Cost: $159. This program meets for four sessions.

Health Matters

To register for the following program offerings on the University Park campus, see your Health Matters brochure or call Jan Hawbaker at (814) 865-3085 or jqh3@psu.edu.

* Yoga -- WEL095
Yoga is a challenging and non-competitive discipline which promotes strength, flexibility, endurance and harmony.

Section 3: Introductory course. Meets 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, April 7 to May 19.

Section 4: Ongoing series. Meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, April 7 to May 19.

Cost: $35 per session. (Reimbursable to HealthAmerica HMO participants)

* Personal Care Products -- WEL141
Learn how hair sprays, soaps, deodorants and other items may be making you feel ill, while learning about acceptable substitutes for them. Meets noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 6, in 102 Health and Human Development East. Cost $5.

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Continuous Quality Improvement

Quality conference

Don't be the last in your office to register for Penn State's Quality Conference, "Integrating Quality: Building Blocks for Excellence," to be held on April 21-22 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The Quality Conference will precede the Quality Expo that will be held on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Nittany Lion Inn. For additional information or to register for the conference, call Roberta Moore at (814) 863-5120 or e-mail conferenceInfo1@cde.psu.edu.

New team focuses on parking

Nine new CQI teams have formed in the past month, and one of them will focus on the handling of cash received for parking at Bryce Jordan Center events and the accounting processes necessary to reconcile the funds between the center and Business Services. The team sponsor is Neil Kellen and co-leaders are Kendra Lucas and Emily Chiang. The team's work will be facilitated by Sue Oram. Other team members include Jean Harris, Holly Munnell, Ed Johnston, Doug Holmes, Cathy Shannon, Rick Witmer and Steve Shelow.

Baldrige criteria available

The 1998 Malcolm Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence provide schools with the same challenging opportunity to self-assess that businesses have had for 10 years. In addition, the 1998 education criteria provide a systems view of school performance management, a focus on students and other stakeholders, and an opportunity to examine key school processes and performance results. It is anticipated that a Baldrige Award category for education will be introduced in 1999. For a free copy of the education criteria, call (301) 975-2036; e-mail nqp@nist.gov; or see the Web at http://www.quality.nist.gov

For more information about Continuous Quality Improvement, please contact Louise Sandmeyer, executive director of the Center for Quality and Planning, at (814) 863-8721, LES1@PSU.EDU or see the center's Web site at http://www.psu.edu/president/cqi.

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Forum speaker

Higher education institutions must balance market forces with academic values, weighing the four main
drivers of change -- economic pressure and competition; government demands for accountability; quality
benchmarks; and information technology -- if they want to continue to thrive, according to William F.
Massey, above. Massey, professor emeritus of Stanford University and senior researcher at The National
Center for Postsecondary Improvement, spoke on "Academic Values and Market Forces -- Higher
Education at the Crossroads" at the Penn State Issues Forum March 25 on the University Park campus.
Remaining speakers in this three-part series on the future of higher education are David K. Scott, chancellor
of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who will speak April 17 on "Learning to Change --The
University as a Learning Organization;" and Lee S. Shulman, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching, who will speak April 30 on "Teaching and Learning -- New Approaches in
Higher Education." For ticket information and locations, call the Faculty Staff Club at (814) 865-7590.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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