January 29, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 18

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Student-athletes post high GPAs
No time to waste
Report on college costs
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Black History Month
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Administrative Fellows program
Ready to roll
HUB/Robeson project
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Penn Staters

Zachary T. Irwin, associate professor of political science at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, presented his paper "The United States Policy Toward Yugoslavia, 1945-47" at an international conference in Koper and Nova Gorizia, Slovenia. The conference theme, "The 1946 Paris Peace Conference and Annexation of the Slovene Littoral" marks the 50th anniversary of ratification of the Italian Peace Treaty establishing the boundary with Slovenia.

Sridhar Komarneni, professor of clay mineralogy, received the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award from the Soil Science Society of America. The award recognizes mid-career scientists who have made outstanding contributions in soil chemistry and mineralogy.

Digby D. Macdonald, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Materials in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. This rare honor is reserved for New Zealand scientists working overseas who have contributed significantly and with excellence to New Zealand science.

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Faculty Senate to meet
Feb. 3 at University Park

The University Faculty Senate will meet on Feb. 3 at 1:30 pm. in Room 112, Kern Graduate Building on the University Park campus. Items to be discussed include:

* Economic Crisis and Paradigm Changes in Scholarly Publication: Implications for Scholars, Librarians and University Presses (informational).

* Report on computer-aided instruction and learning (advisory/consultative).

* Report on current status of student financial aid (informational).

* Report on the serials dilemma: an update (informational).

* Structure of the Office of Outreach and Cooperative Extension (informational).

* Census report for 1998-99 (informational).

Members of the University community are invited to attend. Any member of the University community who is not a member of the Senate, may request the privilege of the floor on any item of business already before the Senate.

Such a request must be made to the chair, through the executive secretary of the Senate, at least four calendar days before the meeting at which the individual wishes to speak.

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Administrative Fellows program
prepares future Penn State leaders

Even the most seasoned University faculty and staff members can find themselves overwhelmed by the challenges and complexities of an administrative position, but a small program begun 12 years ago has proven that mentoring helps.

The Board of Trustees got an update Friday, Jan. 16, on the Administrative Fellows program -- a program designed to increase the size of the pool and the diversity of employees in that pool of potential leaders. Employees who have completed the program find that they are better prepared to step into leadership roles and positions of influence within the University community.

"Penn State is committed to helping faculty and staff refine their leadership skills and broaden their understanding of issues facing the University," said Robert Secor, vice provost for academic affairs and personnel. "We are committed to promoting excellence and inclusiveness in the University's administrative leadership for the future."

The Administrative Fellows program was created in 1986, the result of a collaboration between the Office of the President and the Commission for Women. Fellows are matched with senior administrators and placed on leave for a year, to devote themselves to learning. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer; Rodney Erickson, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School; and James Ryan, vice president for outreach and cooperative extension, will mentor fellows during the 1998-99 academic year.

Fellows and their mentors work closely to develop a learning plan for the year. In addition, they attend the same meetings their mentor regularly attends, including the University Planning Council, the Council of Academic Deans and the University Council for Continuous Quality Improvement. They are encouraged to ask questions and participate fully.

For Ingrid Blood, associate dean for undergraduate studies, the year she spent as a Fellow changed her life.

"I learned to think in broad terms, not in a narrow channel. Leadership is more than a position of power. You have to learn to see beyond your particular discipline to understand the strength of diversity and the importance of building trust in the workplace," said Blood.

Past Fellows have been exceptionally creative in pursuing special projects that match their unique talents. Some have participated in strategic planning and in budget reviews; others have helped develop the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning, minority student retention programs and plans for The Bryce Jordan Center and the Research Park.

Fellows report gains in self confidence, increased mental stamina and comfort with public speaking and an enhanced understanding of the complexities surrounding decision making. While participation in the program does not guarantee an administrative appointment, former administrative fellows have gone on to become director of academic affairs, acting dean, acting campus executive officer, assistant controller and bursar, associate vice president, director of residence life and associate dean.

During her fellowship, Blood worked on a project to enhance faculty development, participated in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program, attended Board of Trustees meetings and attended the presidential selection workshop designed for the presidential search and screening committee.

"The experience was exhausting, challenging and exhilarating," said Blood. "I am grateful to those who opened their doors to me during my fellowship. It left me eager to tackle new challenges and build on newly-acquired skills."

Jan. 30 is the application deadline for the Administrative Fellows Program. Penn State faculty and staff members from all University locations are eligible to apply. Applicants should:

* Show evidence of leadership experience and decision-making abilities;

* Hold a full-time faculty or staff appointment;

* Have demonstrated success in their current positions and interest in administrative careers;

* Be familiar with University policies, and;

* Be willing to accept a wide variety of assignments.

For more information on the Administrative Fellows Program call Secor at (814) 863-7494; or visit their Web site at http://www.psu.edu/ur/fellow1.html.

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Ready to roll

The University Park Airport's Oshkosh sweeper with its 18-foot broom sits in front of the snow removal equipment building currently under construction at the airport. When completed, the building will house the oversized snow plows, brooms and other equipment needed to keep the runways clear. Workers were busy using the equipment on Jan. 23, after a storm dropped between 3 and 5 inches of snow in and around University Park before changing to rain. The storm dropped rain or snow throughout Pennsylvania.
Photo: Greg Grieco

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Continuous Quality Improvement

Quality Expo expands

This year, the Sixth Annual Penn State Quality Expo will be expanded to include a Quality Conference, which will be held on April 21-22 in The Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel. (As in previous years, Expo exhibitors' booths will be set up in The Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom.) Immediately preceding the Expo, the conference will feature presentations from quality improvement practitioners from Penn State and other colleges and universities.

David Ward, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the plenary address, "Advancing a Vision through Systemic Approaches." A panel consisting of John Brighton, executive vice president and provost; Carolyn Woo, dean of Notre Dame's College of Business; and Susan Hillenmeyer, vice president for administration and planning, Belmont University, will respond to Ward's remarks. The panel will be moderated by David Wormley, dean of the College of Engineering, Penn State.

Penn State is well represented at the conference. Among the presenters and their topics are: Linda Angell, Smeal College, "Using Teams to Achieve Course Objectives;" Frederick Loomis, Outreach and Cooperative Extension, "A Scorecard Approach to the Measurement of Unit Performance;" Betty Roberts, Business Services, "Using Teams in the Workplace;" Joseph Puzycki, Office of Judicial Affairs, "Reengineering a Student Discipline System;" Louise Sandmeyer, Center for Quality and Planning, "Integrating Quality, Planning and Assessment;" and Doris Guanowsky, University Health Services, "The Pitfalls and Rewards of Facilitating a CQI Team."

There will be presentations by CQI directors from other universities, including: Maury Cotter, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Brent Ruben, Rutgers; and Janice Terrell, University of Central Florida. Warren Alpaugh, a program manager at IBM, also will participate.

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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Snow delay

Snow temporarily halted outdoor work on the HUB/Robeson Complex project at University Park recently.
The project is moving ahead at a good pace, however. All site utilities are in place, and work is beginning
on phase two -- construction of the new main building.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Second phase of
HUB/Robeson project begins

Phase 2 of the planned HUB-Robeson Complex on the University Park campus started this month with the completion of the preliminary site utilities and the kickoff of the construction of the new main building. The project, started in September, will expand and renovate the current Hetzel Union Building and house a new Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

Preparations for the renovation of the current HUB spaces that will adjoin the new building will be happening on the ground, first, second and third floors sometime this month.

"Most of the regular HUB activities, such as meetings, lectures and HUB Late Night, will continue this semester, regardless of the construction," said Craig Millar, associate vice president for student affairs. "Most services will be available during fall and spring semesters during the overall project."

The windows of the HUB south wall facing the lawn on the first, second and third floors are scheduled to be covered this month for safety reasons for the duration of the project. The HUB lawn entrance to the Penn State Bookstore is scheduled to close later this month, but the main entrances will remain open.

The south entrances off Coaly's Cafe and the Eateries will remain open with protective walkways set up sometime in February. However, there may be temporary disruptions at times. The road between the HUB and McAllister Building (where the Post Office is located) will be the only entrance and exit for all construction vehicles during the entire project. The road will stay open, with access to the Henderson Building parking lot, but there may be frequent disruptions of traffic, Millar said. The HUB parking deck remains open.

The construction manager selected for the overall project is Turner Construction Co.

In late May, key meeting rooms such as the HUB Ballroom and the Fish Bowl will close. For scheduling updates, student organizations and University departments planning events for 1998 and 1999 should contact Betsy Boyer, Office of Event Management, at (814) 865-7973 or 226 HUB. The current Paul Robeson Cultural Center will be available for events for most of the next two years, and space can be reserved by calling (814) 865-1779.

The planned HUB-Robeson Complex will have a linear addition from the west end of the HUB to the middle of the south wall of the Penn State Bookstore. It will be connected to the existing building with a four-story atrium. Portions of the existing HUB will be renovated to incorporate the atrium and new Pollock Road entrance. The new Paul Robeson Cultural Center will have a distinctive oval shape at the east end of the addition.

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Faculty/Staff Alerts

Making money stretch

The Center for Adult Learner Services is sponsoring a program on the University Park campus titled "Student Aid: Making Money Stretch," on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6-8 p.m. in 310 Shields Building and again on Wednesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in 329 Boucke.

Presenters will discuss the application process and deadlines, provide an overview of financial aid sources, review cost of attendance and help you develop a personal budget, among other things.

Anyone interested in attending or needing more information, call the Center for Adult Learner Services at (814) 863-3887 or stop by 323 Boucke.

Celebrate the Winter Olympics

Penn State alumni attending the 1998 Winter Olympics will be able to celebrate together on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Nagano, Japan. The Penn State Alumni Association and its Japan Alumni Chapter are hosting a Penn State Winter Olympics Celebration in Nagano to help Penn Staters who live in Japan join those traveling to the Olympics. For more information, contact Sarah Cummings by e-mail at sarah@hokusai.org, by phone at 81-26-247-2027, or by fax at 81-26-251-4017. Or call Dick Nelson at (814) 238-6958. To learn more about alumni activities, go to http://www.alumni.psu.edu on the Web.

Career networking

Career networking with 1,000 established professionals is now available to Penn State students through LionLink. The program, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and Penn State Career Services, matches each participating student with an alumni volunteer willing to provide career information.

Students who sign up for the free service can ask to be linked with a volunteer in a particular field, location or company. If they register via LionLink's Web site at http://www.lionlink.psu.edu/, students can search the database themselves and ask to be linked with a specific volunteer. Registration forms also are available in 406A Boucke Building, University Park.

Once matched with a volunteer, the students conduct informational interviews (usually by telephone) to get insight and advice about careers. Students and alumni volunteers interested in taking part in LionLink can get more information from the Web or by calling (814) 863-6014; sending e-mail to LMH11@psu.edu; or writing or visiting 406A Boucke Building.

Study subjects sought

Postmenopausal women are needed for a study at the Noll Physiological Research Center on the University Park campus. Women between the ages of 60-70 years old who are not taking hormone replacement therapy can take part in this research being overseen by W. Larry Kenney, professor of physiology and kinesiology. Benefits for those who participate include a physical exam, blood work, body composition assessment and $150. Call Bill at (814) 863-2948 if you are interested in participating.

Food study participants needed

Do you watch what you eat? The Food Lab on the University Park campus is currently seeking normal weight, non-smoking, non-dieting females (23-45 years of age) who regularly drink milk to participate in a study. This study involves eating breakfast and lunch in our laboratory one day a week for six weeks. You can earn up to $60 for participating. For more information, please call Sarah at (814) 863-8482. The principal investigator on this study is Barbara J. Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie chair and professor of nutrition, biobehavioral health and behavioral science.

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