Intercom Online......May 6, 1999

Faculty/Staff Alerts

Going up

The new Lasch Football Building is taking shape on the University Park campus.
The building is an 89,000 gross-square-foot addition to the Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex.
The addition will replace football training facilities in the current Lasch Building, making
room for other intercollegiate athletic teams. The facility will include a 185-seat
auditorium, meeting rooms, equipment storage, locker and strength training rooms.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Natatorium programs

A spring training swimming session is being offered through June 11 at the Natatorium on the University Park campus. The sessions began on April 21 and are offered for all local (within 50-mile radius) children interested in competitive swimming. There are five separate ability levels that provide training for those age 6 and up.

The Natatorium also is offering a springboard diving program. The program, which began May 4, is designed for anyone interested in improving diving skills. It is offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings through June 15.

Also, private swimming lessons are offered year-round for children and adults. Lessons can be scheduled at various times throughout the day. The cost for a 30-minute lesson is $15.

For more information, call Jon Larson at (814) 863-3945.

Libraries' access

Access to some collections in Pattee Library and Paterno Library because of construction will be limited and for short periods inaccessible, early May through August 1999. Collections affected include historical collections and labor archives; literature and language; maps; microforms; Penn State University archives (including Penn State Room materials); and rare books. Disability Services also will be relocated during this period. There will be periods where the staff in these units will be unable to provide telephone, e-mail or in-person reference; photograph reproductions; or photocopying services.

During this time, Libraries' staff will be moving collections into both temporary and new locations. Beginning this summer, detailed updates regarding moves and locations will be available at service desks at each of the three entrances to the Pattee Library and Paterno Library. Information also will be available on the Web at

"Star Wars" is show topic

The cultural impact of the "Star Wars" saga is the topic of the next edition of "To the Best of My Knowledge," President Graham B. Spanier's monthly radio call-in show airing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, on WPSU-FM. The program airs the day before the premiere of the much-anticipated new "Star Wars" epic, "The Phantom Menace."

Joining Spanier to discuss the mythic qualities of the series and the ways it has changed our expectations for film are Bill Kelly, associate professor of theatre and integrative arts, and Phil Tippett, the special effects wizard who created Jabba the Hutt, the robot in "Robocop," the velociraptors in "Jurassic Park" and the insect aliens of "Starship Troopers." The broadcast also will feature a "Star Wars" quiz.

Listeners of all ages are encouraged to join the discussion by calling (800) 543-8242 during the one-hour broadcast. Internet users worldwide can link to sound and pictures from the program at; and they will be able to contact the president during the program via e-mail to

Holiday schedule

Two official University holidays will occur this spring and summer: Memorial Day and Independence Day. The University will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31. Since July 4 falls on a Sunday, the University will observe the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 5. Therefore, July 4 will not be an official University holiday. No classes will be held on either May 31 or July 5.

Chocolate study

Participants are currently being recruited for a nutrition study aimed at determining whether cocoa and chocolate contain antioxidants that may be good for you. The study is scheduled for June 1 through Aug. 10 (there is a break from June 29-July 12).

Interested people may qualify if they meet these criteria:

* Healthy and between the ages of 20-67 (male or premenopausal female);

* Nonsmoker who does not consume alcohol, coffee or tea during the study;

* Willing to eat only foods (including cocoa and chocolate) provided for the study and come to the study center on University Park campus for breakfast and dinner five days a week. Food for lunches and the weekend will be packed for takeout;

* Must not have diabetes mellitus or uncontrolled (140/95) high blood pressure or other serious health conditions;

* Must not be pregnant, nursing or planning to get pregnant.

All food will be provided during the study along with monetary compensation. To participate in this study, call (814) 863-3168 and give your name, mention that you are interested in the cocoa study and provide a number where you can be reached. The principal researcher on this project is Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition.

System phase out

The Vend-a-Card system on the University Park campus for making photocopies will be completely phased out by June 30. Nittany Office will be converting all remaining Vend-a-Card copy readers to id+ Card/LionCash readers. University departments with value remaining on Vend-a-Cards after June 30 may contact the id+ Office to arrange for transferring funds to id+ departmental copier cards. Please refer all requests or questions regarding copier card funds transfer to the id+ Office, 131 White Building, (814) 865-7590.

Virtual library access

University Libraries patrons now have access to almost one-third of the world's electrical engineering and computer science literature in one spot via the IEL -- the electronic library created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEL is available through the Library Information Access System at

The IEL contains more than 500,000 full-text articles from more than 12,000 publications, plus full-text archives from 1988 to the present and more than two million full-page images.

For more information, call Tom Conkling at (814) 865-3698 or e-mail

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