November 5, 1998......Volume 28, Issue 12

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Marathon commits $5 million to pediatric cancer institute
Fund raising for the 1999 Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) kicks off this week, and as organizers of the nation's largest student-run philanthropy try to break yet another record, they are sharing details of a new commitment. THON will direct $5 million from the totals it raises over the next five years to help endow a new institute for pediatric cancer research in the College of Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

State releases funds for projects
Penn State received $9.2 million of the $42.1 million in capital budget funds released by Gov. Tom Ridge last week. The money is earmarked for construction and design projects at higher education institutions throughout the Commonwealth.

University to implement two-day break in October 1999
University President Graham B. Spanier has approved a Faculty Senate recommendation to include two class-free days in Penn State's academic calendar in mid-October, starting in 1999.

Math department gains funding to ready future generations of scientists
It might sound like a tough job for some, but faculty in the mathematics department are gearing up to invigorate students about working with numbers. In fact, their plans to make Penn State a leading training center for the next generation of mathematical scientists and engineers have dovetailed nicely with a more than $2.2 million National Science Foundation grant, combined with cost-sharing funds from the University. In total, about $3 million has been allotted to the project.

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