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


Nuclear engineering head retires

Edward H. Klevans, professor emeritus and head of nuclear engineering, has retired after more than 30 years of service.

Throughout his career, Klevans has been a national leader in nuclear engineering. In 1976 he received the Glenn R. Murphy Award from the American Society for Engineering Education for outstanding contributions to nuclear engineering education. He served as chairman of the Nuclear Engineering Division of the society; chairman of the Nuclear Engineering Department Head's Organization in 1991-92; and chairman of the Education Division of the American Nuclear Society. He has testified before Congress on several occasions and, in 1989, Klevans was appointed to the Committee on Future Nuclear Power Development created by the National Academy of Sciences. The committee analyzed nuclear power options and proposed policy alternatives for the future development of nuclear power in the United States.

Currently, Klevans is chairing the University of Chicago's Argonne National Laboratory-West Review Committee, and is serving on the National Nuclear Accrediting Board, which certifies nuclear industry training programs.

Klevans graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1957 and earned an Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship in nuclear engineering. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1958 and 1962. After Michigan, Klevans joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist from 1962-66.

Klevans returned to Penn State as an assistant professor in nuclear engineering in 1966, researching theoretical models of fusion devices. He was appointed to associate professor the following year and ascended to the rank of full professor in 1976. In addition to his work on fusion, he was a member of the Ionosphere Research Laboratory (now the Communications and Space Science Laboratory). From 1980 to 1984, Klevans served as associate dean for research in the college.

In 1987, Klevans became head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and helped continue building the department into one of the top programs in the country.

Although he is retiring, Klevans will continue to be a presence in the college. In addition to pursuing research and teaching, Klevans will head the faculty/staff portion of the upcoming capital campaign for the college. He also is serving as project director on a device that uses gamma ray beams to determine pipe wall thickness.

Journalism professor
retires after 27 years

Dan Pfaff, professor of journalism, retired at the end of spring semester after 27 years with the College of Communications. He has been an active member of the Penn State community as well as in the fields of journalism and media scholarship.

Pfaff taught courses in newswriting, reporting, editing, media law, ethics and history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as the director of graduate studies and chair of the journalism program for the former School of Journalism and was associate dean of the School of Communications from 1990-94. In 1992, he served as acting dean.

Pfaff was a member of several University bodies, including the Faculty Senate, the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education, the Advisory Committee on the Commonwealth Educational System and the Graduate Council Committee on Academic Standards, which he chaired. He also served as a judge for the Katey Lehman Creative Writing Awards and as a screener for the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism.

In 1991, Pfaff received the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award for Best Book in Journalism of that year for his book Joseph Pulitzer II and the Post Dispatch. In the same year, he received the Top Adviser Award from Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society in journalism and mass communications. In 1989, he was honored by the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication for the Best Faculty Paper, History Division.

An expert in journalism history, Pfaff has been an editorial consultant to World Book and a reviewer for academic journals. He also appeared in an "A&E Biography" on the Pulitzer family.

Pfaff says his decision to retire was influenced partly by his desire to finish a second biography, about Joseph Pulitzer III, which he expects to take at least two more years to complete.

After studying journalism at the University of Oregon and serving as a troop information officer in the Army, Pfaff intended to work in the newspaper business. When, as a graduate student at Penn State, he was offered the opportunity to teach writing, he decided he liked it. He received his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 1972.

DUS executive served since 1967

James J. Kelly, senior associate director in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, has retired after more than three decades at Penn State.

Kelly came to the University in 1967 to develop English teaching programs in the Computer-assisted Instruction Lab in the College of Education. Later, he moved to the College of the Liberal Arts, where he held a research associate position in the Center for Continuing Liberal Education. He was the administrative assistant for the Department of Political Science, and was in charge of the general arts and sciences major from 1972-74. In 1974, he joined the newly created Division
of Undergraduate Studies to develop the University's first academic information network, linking all colleges, all campuses and all programs in a single system.

"I was always blessed with the luck of the Irish, and when I came to Penn State, I was equally blessed with the best of mentors and colleagues from beginning to end," Kelly said.

In addition to his position responsibilities, he has conducted research and taught courses, both in resident education and through independent learning, during every one of his 31 years at the University. He has been both national and northeast regional president of the Association of Academic Affairs Administrators, and he served as the research chair for the national Academic Advising Association. He has been a member of numerous University Faculty Senate and administrative committees during his tenure and, in the last four years, has been a member of the team that is creating the University's first computer-assisted advising system CAAIS (Comprehensive Academic Advising and Information System). In retirement, Kelly plans to continue writing and presenting conference papers in the field of advising.

Several employees
announce retirements

Lawrence L. Biacchi, instructor of economics at Penn State Hazleton, from Sept. 1, 1966, to July 1.

Clarence R. Bryan, extension agent at Penn State Delaware County Co-op Extension, from June 11, 1956, to July 1.

Eleanor A. Chodelka, assistant to financial officer at Penn State New Kensington, from Oct. 1, 1980, to July 1.

Catherine A. Hebert, assistant professor of French at Penn State New Kensington, from Sept. 18, 1972, to July 1.

Barry L. Phelps, associate professor of mineral engineering in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, from Jan. 1, 1977, to June 30.

Judith A. Sartore, manager of publication and packet center in The Smeal College of Business Administration, from July 2, 1984, to July 1.

Judith A. Shank, staff assistant VI at Penn State Harrisburg, from Sept. 17, 1980, to July 16.

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