Intercom Online......August 13, 1998

Faculty/Staff Alerts

New traffic pattern

Beginning Aug. 24, a permanent gate will be installed on the University Park campus across
Pollock Avenue at McAllister Building, and the gate that currently is near Old Main will be
moved just east of Fraser Road. For details, see the Faculty/Staff Alert on this page.

Pollock Road to close Aug. 24

In order to increase pedestrian safety near the Pattee Mall on the University Park campus, Pollock Road will be closed to traffic during working hours effective Aug 24. The closure will apply to all vehicles, including Office of Physical Plant vehicles, with the exception of police cars, fire trucks and shuttles for handicapped individuals.

A new remote-controlled gate will be installed near McAllister Building. The existing semi-opened gate will be relocated just east of Fraser Road. All buildings will continue to be accessible to OPP vehicles.

The above map shows the location of the gates. For more information, call Paul Ruskin at 863-9620 or e-mail

Intercom schedule

With this issue, Intercom returns to its weekly schedule of publication. For the schedule, click here.

All copy is due to Intercom by noon on the deadline day unless otherwise indicated. Copy should be sent via e-mail to or Faxes to (814) 863-3428 also will be accepted.

Call Center hours

The Penn State Call Center Services Office will extend hours starting Saturday, Aug. 22, through Saturday, Sept. 5. The hours will be 7 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the office will resume regular hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.

Software and social

The Penn State Geographic Information Science community will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in Boardroom 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. The meeting is open to all faculty and staff, and includes a "Software and Social" to announce an educational program and demonstrate MapInfo Corp. software capabilities.

If you plan to attend, call Todd Bacastow at (814) 863-0293 or e-mail before Aug. 21.

Trial Gardens tour

Backyard gardeners, gourmets and anyone with an interest in vegetables can see, pick and eventually eat award-winning vegetable varieties at the All-America Selection Vegetable Tour on Aug. 27 at the Penn State Trial Gardens on the University Park campus. The Trial Gardens are located at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues through the day with a tour and samples. At noon, participants will travel to the Autoport Restaurant for a buffet luncheon served with sample dishes containing the most promising vegetable varieties. The day will continue with other events.

A $25 registration fee will be charged. Registrations will be accepted by mail or fax (814-865-7050) through Aug. 20. For more information, call Peter Ferretti at (814) 863-2313.

At the Nat

* The Natatorium on the University Park campus will be offering fall aquacise classes starting Aug. 31. Passes for the semester are $30 and will be available at the Natatorium and White Building towel desks after Aug. 20.

The schedule follows:

M-F: 10-11 a.m. (Natatorium)

M-Thurs.: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Natatorium)

M-F: 12:10-12:50 p.m. (White Building Pool)

* Diving classes also will be offered for two sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from Sept. 15-Oct. 22, and from Nov. 3-Dec. 10. There are three levels:

-- Learn to Dive, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $100/session;

-- Novice, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $100/session;

-- Jr. Olympic, from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $150.

Participants must register before Sept. 8. Call Jon Larson at (814) 863-3945 for more information.

News online

The Penn State Gerontology Center has created a Web site that offers a variety of online resources, including searchable information services and database; a catalog for gerontology-related articles; research opportunities; more than 150 topics related to aging; 170 toll-free numbers for referral; and information on volunteer opportunities. To visit the site, point your Web browser to

Computer seminars

A multitude of computer seminars for faculty and staff are slated for fall. The classes, for both IBM and Mac users, are joint offerings of the Center for Academic Computing and the Human Resource Development Center. Seminars are available on topics such as desktop publishing, Excel, Filemaker Pro, IBIS, Advanced Eudora, Pagemaker, Photoshop, Powerpoint, Director, Illustrator and more. For course descriptions and registration fees, watch for the new HRDC Professional Development catalog coming out soon. For more information now, send e-mail to or check the Web at for times, dates and listings.

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