October 29, 1998......Volume 28, Issue 11

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Federal statute to benefit students, University
Approximately 7,200 Penn State undergraduate and graduate students and the University itself will greatly benefit from a federal bill that will exempt student workers attending Pennsylvania state colleges and universities from paying Social Security taxes, effective July 1, 2000.

University and agencies unite to meet a community need
In the past, agencies that serve people with disabilities found it difficult to access employment opportunities at Penn State, a very large and complex institution. Jim Purdum, general manager of Hospitality Services and president of the board of directors at The Arc of Centre County, recognized this and brought the issue to Human Resources. He and other key people at the University worked with the outside agencies and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to establish the Opportunity Network for Employment (ONE) to coordinate the process.

Internet2 to change the way we work
A portion of the new superfast computer network known as Internet2 is now operating at Penn State and the increased capabilities of this system, expected to be 10 times faster than the current Internet, are changing the way teaching and research are done.

Penn State Fayette to aid county with new program
Through a pilot project funded by the state's Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Penn State Fayette officials are creating Pennsylvania's first "community info-village" -- a program that officials hope will put a computer within a 15-minute drive of every county resident. Campus officials want to help advance rural communities by furnishing information about the value of technology, giving residents access to computers and providing training.

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