Intercom Online......December 2, 1999

Penn Staters

Linda Campitelli, program specialist for the Division of Undergraduate Studies at Penn State Delaware County, has been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for her conference session titled "Web Sites: Why Are We Doing This?" at their national association meeting in Denver. The session was one of six sponsored by NACADA's Technology in Advising Commission.

The NACADA grew out of the first national conference on academic advising in 1977 and now has more than 4,800 members representing all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and several other countries.

Dan Carter, director of the School of Theatre, presented a case study of the school's three-phase international program for graduate students during the International University Theatre Association meeting, "University Theater in the 21st Century," in Dakar, Senegal, in Africa. Also at the meeting, Annie McGregor, assistant professor of theatre, gave a lecture/demonstration on Theatre 100, an introductory course that combines lecture with live repertory performances by the Theatre 100 Company, an ensemble of theatre graduate student actors and directors.

Edward J. Danis, associate director, and Michael J. Leonard, assistant director, both in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association for their session in a national conference titled "The Mentor: An Electronic Journal for Advisers." For more information on the conference, visit

Matt Drozd, director of University Development and University Relations at Penn State Fayette and a senior medical service corps officer in the Air Force Reserves, has earned the title of major. While it normally takes seven years to be promoted to the rank of major, Drozd earned his title earlier because of his outstanding performance record.

Charles Garoian, director of the School of Visual Arts and professor of art education, and Yvonne Gaudelius, assistant professor of art education and women's studies, received a Rockefeller grant of $70,000 to fund a symposium titled "Performative Sites: Intersecting Art, Technology and the Body." Scheduled for Oct. 24-28, 2000, the symposium will examine theoretical, experiential and pedagogical implications of technology-influenced performance art.

Randall M. German, professor of engineering science and mechanics, received the Jubilee Tesla Medal at the Sintering '99 Conference. The award is presented jointly by the Nikola Tesla Society for the Promotion of Scientific Knowledge and the Nikola Tesla Foundation for outstanding contribution to the field of natural science. German was honored for his work in solid state physics and chemistry, as well as his investigation of events and processes on phase boundaries.

William Henning, associate professor of animal science, received the Distinguished Extension Industry Award from the American Meat Science Association.

Edwin L. Herr, distinguished professor of education, was theme speaker on "The Preparation for Work: International Perspectives," and a presenter of the U.S. country paper, "Career Development Services and Related Policy Issues: The U.S. Experience," at the 14th international symposium, Career Development and Public Policy: International Collaboration for National Action, Ottawa, Canada.

At the recent annual PBS "Traffic Jam" Conference in St. Louis, Mo., WPSX-TV's Amy Kelley was honored with the Traffic Operations Professional Service award. Traffic professionals are responsible for overseeing day-to-day broadcasting including recording, scheduling and managing inventory of local and national programming. Kelley was recognized for outstanding leadership in overseeing 8,760 annual hours of programming. Kelley guided the station through a major transition integrating a video server, expanding the Channel 3 broadcast day to a 24-hour service, replacing traffic software to meet Y2K requirements and adopting an automation system for on-air broadcast, improving and expanding services available for viewers.

W. Larry Kenney, professor of physiology and kinesiology, delivered the keynote address, "Aging and Responses to Exercise and Hyperthermia," at the Sixth International Symposium on the Science of Sport and Health at the University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica. Kenney also was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Sridhar Komarneni, professor of clay mineralogy in the Department of Agronomy and Materials Research Laboratory, served as a session chairman and presented a paper titled "Synthesis of Materials by Microwave-Hydrothermal Process" at the Third International Conference on Solvothermal Reactions in Bordeaux, France.

Manfred Kroger, professor emeritus of food science, presented an invited lecture at the Simposium Internacional de Ingenieria en Industrias Alimentarias at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. The title of his presentation was "New Directions for Food Technology and the Food Industry: Food Supplements, Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Pharmafoods, Probiotics, Prebiotics...What's Next?"

Norris J. Lacy, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of French, delivered a plenary lecture at the 69th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta. His topic was "From Medieval to Post-Modern: The Arthurian Quest in France."

Mary Mino, associate professor of speech communication at Penn State DuBois, has received the Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award for 1999 from the Speech Communication Association of Pennsylvania. Mino was recognized for her research into public speaking and her teaching and mentoring of student speakers. SCAP is composed of communication professionals and educators from institutions across the state.

Helen O'Leary, assistant professor of art, recently received the Joan Mitchell Award. A New York-based foundation established the award in 1993 from the Joan Mitchell Trust. The award is given in honor and memory of abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Award winners are selected solely on their artwork after art professionals submit nominations.

O'Leary also recently participated as artist-in-residence at the Sirius Foundation, an organization that hosts international artists, in Cobh, Ireland. The work she completed there will be displayed at solo museum shows in Ireland and at the Michael Gold Gallery in New York this spring.

Beth Raney, computer education leader in computer services, received the Information Technology Award of Excellence from Agricultural Communicators in Education.

John M. Simpson, associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Beaver, has received a Star Projects award for his use of teamwork and technology in the classroom. He is one of about 15 faculty members involved in Penn State's Project Empower, a program designed to make learning project-oriented and to involve technology in the instruction process.

Simpson was recognized by Penn State's Center for Learning and Academic Technologies for shifting his chemistry classes to a team-based concept.

Spiro Stefanou, professor of agricultural economics, has been reappointed to serve two more years as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Stefanou's first three-year term started in 1997.

E-tu Zen Sun, professor emerita of Chinese history, was honored at the 28th annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS) as the recipient of the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award. Sun is a founding member and past president of MAR/AAS.

Thomas L. Watschke, professor of turfgrass science, has received the 2000 President's Award for Environmental leadership from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He was recognized for his research and education in the area of golf and the environment.

Monique Yaari, associate professor of French, recently presented an invited paper titled "La Logique de l'histoire: visitor Montpellier aujourd'hui" at an international colloquium titled "La Visite du monument" in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

The Penn Stater magazine, Penn State Alumni Association's bi-monthly, full-color magazine, recently won two awards from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as part of ASAE's 1999 Gold Circle awards competition. The Penn Stater won a first-place award in the magazines category. In addition, the magazine was honored with a certificate of achievement equivalent to a silver medal in the feature writing/general interest category, for an article called "The Barber and Jim Crow," about race discrimination by State College barbershops in the late 1940s.

The Gold Circle awards are bestowed by the communications section of the ASAE for excellence in nonprofit communications.

Donald J. Willower, distinguished professor of education, presented three seminars on "School Organizations and School Improvement" in Norway. He also has been appointed to a three-year term as an external tenure and promotion assessor by the University of Malaya.

James Ziegenfuss, professor of management and health care systems, received the 1999 Service Award from the American College of Medical Quality in recognition of his teaching and research on medical care quality, including the development of one of the first graduate seminars. Ziegenfuss also was recognized for his role as associate editor for the past 10 years of the American Journal of Medical Quality.

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