August 19, 1999......Volume 29, Issue 5

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Students spruce up neighborhood and discover they can make a difference
The students lived in West Philadelphia for a month and performed community service related to their academic majors for a class taught by associate professor of geography Lakshman Yapa. Yapa's class is titled "Rethinking Urban Geography." What the students did is called public scholarship -- combining volunteer activities with academics -- an idea that has taken root at Penn State and across the nation.

Don't miss Aug. 27 message from president
University President Graham B. Spanier will give his annual State of the University Address at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Ridge invites nation's governors to Penn State in summer 2000
Last week Gov. Tom Ridge invited the nation's governors and their families to visit Pennsylvania -- selected as the host state of the 92nd Annual Meeting of the National Governors' Association (NGA) in 2000. State College, home to the University Park campus, will serve as the host city for this gubernatorial summit from July 8-11, 2000.

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