October 21, 1999......Volume 29, Issue 13

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Program provides path to success for underrepresented groups
It was Silvia Medina's first semester at University Park, and already she had a problem with Penn State -- the students were too nice. Strangers said "hi" to her everywhere she went. Nobody ever did that in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Medina grew up. Even her father, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, felt nonplussed when he drove down from New York for a visit, and he ended up telling her to keep to herself.

PNC Bank Corp. supports IST with $1 million gift
A strategic partnership between PNC Bank Corp. and Penn State that will support the new School of Information Sciences and Technology was announced yesterday in Harrisburg.

Mentoring program gives those involved new outlook
Networking, gaining new perspectives and finding positive role models are among the goals of the participants in the Commission for Women's Mentoring Program, currently in its pilot year. Fifteen mentor-protégé pairs from University Park and The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are participating in the program, which aims to create a supportive environment where women can grow professionally while learning from colleagues at different stages in their careers.

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