Intercom Online......October 22, 1998

Faculty/Staff Alerts


Kathy Sodeninde demonstrates how the Chi flows throughout the body via a network of specific "channels" called meridians. A program on meridians was recently offered as part of the Health Matters Complementary Medicine Series. The last program in the series, Aromatherapy, will be offered Oct. 26. For more information on this or other Health Matters programs, check the Health Matters Web site at
Photo: Greg Grieco

Holiday schedule

Questions arise each year regarding the University's December/New Year's closedown period. There are no "odd" weekdays involved in the schedule this time between the last day offices and operations are open until the day the University reopens. Except for essential services and operations, the University will close at the normal end-of-business times on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will reopen at normal starting times on Monday, Jan. 4, 1999.

The official University holidays are Thursday, Dec. 24; Friday, Dec. 25; and Monday, Dec. 28 through Friday, Jan. 1, 1999.

In keeping with this schedule, the Payroll Office has announced that monthly paychecks will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 23, but will be dated Dec. 31 and will not be negotiable before then; automatic deposits will not be made early. Biweekly paychecks for the pay period ending Dec. 19 also will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will be dated and negotiable on Dec. 23.

This schedule and payroll information is not applicable for the College of Medicine at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Questions regarding the above holiday information should be directed to the appropriate college or department human resources representative, or director of business services at a facility away from University Park.

Art classes

The Hetzel Union Center for Arts and Crafts will begin second session offerings on the University Park campus the week of Oct. 26. Classes include: painting, drawing, mixed-media, watercolor, poetry writing, ceramics, tile making, yoga, paper making, slide photography, stained glass, book making and more. Call (814) 863-0611 for a brochure and more information or stop by 312 HUB.

Haunted Dungeon

The seventh annual Simmons Haunted Dungeon will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, in the lobby of Simmons Hall on the University Park campus.

The Haunted Dungeon is sponsored by the Penn State Office of Residence Life. There is a donation request of $3 to enter; funds are donated to the AIDS Project, Storm Break Runaway/Homeless Shelter, Family Health Services and the Melanie Spalla Memorial Fund. An adult should accompany children under the age of 10.

Shaver's Creek activities

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center has several activities planned at the center for this November and December. The schedule follows:

* Corn Husk Creations, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1.

* How to Make Natural Soaps, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.

* Challenging Hike to Indian Steps, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, Tussey Mountain to Penn's Woods.

* Project FeederWatch Training, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

* Marcia Bonta Speaks on America's Pioneering Women Naturalists, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

* Candle Making for Adults, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

* Candle Making for Two -- One Child and a Helper, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21.

* Garbage Crafts, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

* Family Sensory Discovery Walk, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

* Wreath Making, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5.

* Journals for All Occasions, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12.

* Holiday Kid Craft, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

For more information on fees or to learn more about these programs, call (814) 863-2000.

New services at Libraries

Starting the week of Nov. 2, library users will be able to print report-quality final pages from Libraries LIAS workstations using a new network printing system. The initial installation will be in the Gateway and the Life Sciences Libraries in Pattee Library. After a few weeks, the system will be installed in 11 additional University Park locations and will include the Architecture Library, Arts & Humanities Library, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, Education Library, Engineering Library, Math Library, Periodicals Room, Physical Sciences Library, Pollock Library, Reserves/Microforms area, and Social Sciences Library. When fully operational, LIAS public workstations in these libraries will be interconnected and part of the network print system.

The new system prints letter-size laser copies of graphs, images and text for eight cents a single-sided sheet and 12 cents a double-sided sheet. It directly prints Web-based, full-text entries such as those from Encyclopedia Britannica, electronic journals and others. In addition, users will continue to have the option to download materials to diskettes or e-mail.

For more information, contact Christine Avery at (814) 863-7451.

Tree-lighting ceremony

The lighting of the tree at the main gate on the University Park campus is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

Tax reminder

All non-resident aliens claiming exemption from federal tax, based on a tax treaty, need to complete IRS Form 8233 each tax year. A copy of the I-20, or IAP-66 (whichever is applicable), plus a copy of the Revenue Procedure 87-9 (for lecturers, researchers or teachers) or Revenue Procedure 87-8 (for students, trainees or graduate assistants). Both need to be attached to the IRS Form 8233.

Forms can be obtained from the Payroll Office in 307 Rider Building, International Students and Scholars in 222 Boucke Building, both on the University Park campus, or the financial office in the college where the individual works. Forms also are directly available from the IRS at:; or from the University's GURU site at

These forms must be completed and received by the Payroll Office by Dec. 1. Failure to fill out this form could cause you to be taxed incorrectly during the 1999 tax year. Anyone with additional questions, contact the Payroll Office at (814)865-7621.

Faculty resource booklet

Faculty soon will receive the fall 1998 edition of Faculty Resources for Innovative Teaching and Learning. This booklet provides an overview of units at Penn State that support teaching and learning, as well as a directory of funding sources for faculty projects for instructional innovation. Through the support of the Office of Undergraduate Education, the faculty resource guide is published and distributed annually to all faculty.

This informational pamphlet is compiled by an informal, cross-unit committee called Socrates. Socrates' goal is to improve access by faculty at all campuses to the myriad resources, services and opportunities available to enrich the teaching and learning process.

For more information, see "About Teaching and Learning at Penn State" on the Web at or e-mail

Mailing tips

U.S. Postal Service priority mail packages weighing more than one pound sent from University Park using "live" postage stamps must be sent through the U.S. Post Office in McAllister Building on the campus or the U.S. Post Office in State College. Postal security regulations prohibit Penn State Mailing Services from processing such packages.

In addition, recipients of international packages are required to pay all duties and taxes of the receiving country, unless otherwise specified. To determine fee amounts, recipients should contact the customs office in their country.

For more information on these regulations, call Gregg Asciutto, manager of Addressing and Mailing Services, at (814) 865-7544 or e-mail

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