Intercom Online......February 11, 1999

Faculty Senate endorses 'THON

Penn State Dance Marathon got a big pat on the back last week from the University Faculty Senate.

At its Feb. 2 meeting, the Senate resoundingly passed a resolution commending the efforts of Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon -- popularly known as 'THON -- and encouraging faculty at all Penn State locations to support its activities.

Over the past 27 years, 'THON has raised more than $10.5 million to support the Four Diamonds Fund, which benefits the families of children with cancer at The Hershey Medical Center. 'THON is supported by Penn State's fraternities, sororities and other student organizations.

Recognized as the nation's largest student-run philanthropy, 'THON organizers recently committed more than $5 million over the next five years to create a cancer research facility dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

In other business, the Senate added two new members to its Committee on Undergraduate Education: the president of the Academic Assembly, a student advisory group to the vice provost and dean for undergraduate education, and the dean of the Schreyer Honors College, the University-wide honors program that currently enrolls about 1,700 students. The current president of the assembly is David Kayal; dean of the Schreyer Honors College is Cheryl Achterberg.

The Senate's next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Building.

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