Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

News in Brief

Ben Haupt inspects a disease-resistant elm growing in the
Office of Physical Plant tree nursery behind the Ag Arena at
University Park. The University grows the trees to replace trees
lost to storms and disease. Since 1992, the University lost
679 trees to disease and a damaging ice storm. Since then,
the Office of Physical Plant has worked to replace those trees and others.
Workers have planted about 700 trees in the last two years alone.

Photo: Greg Grieco

Spring luncheon

The University Women's Club will hold its Annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park. Socializing will start at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. A fashion show will follow.

For more information or reservations call (814) 466-3069.

Computer workshops

The Center for Academic Computing (CAC) is offering free computer workshops at University Park for faculty, staff and teaching assistants from May 15-19, June 19-23 and July 17-21. Most workshops are hands-on and focus on general computing, technology in the classroom and Internet topics.

For information, visit the Web and follow the Summer-Fest link; call (814) 863-9522; or e-mail

Summer course in teaching

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) is offering two summer sections of the Penn State Course in College Teaching at University Park. One section will meet on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9-11 a.m., May 15 through June 12, and the other will meet Wednesdays, 8­10 a.m., from June 14 to Aug. 2.

This popular, noncredit course is open to all Penn State instructors who are either currently teaching or taking a short break from the undergraduate classroom. Participants will explore issues of pedagogy, share teaching experiences and discuss some of the relevant literature. Course activities are designed to help participants begin building individual teaching portfolios. Those who complete the course are eligible for the CELT Certificate. Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. To register, call (814)863-2599. More information can be found at

Seminar for
people with disabilities

Adult learners with disabilities who are seeking educational and career information to begin a college program or update their skills should attend the workshop "Education and Career Exploration Seminar for Persons with Disabilities," on May 20 at University Park.

The program, sponsored by the Center for Adult Learner Services, Career Services and the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee, will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their career interests and options, and the educational programs and services available at Penn State.

The seminar will be held in the Thomas Building from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Advanced registration is required by May 12. There is a $10 registration fee. Lunch will be provided.

Anyone interested should call the Center for Adult Learner Services at (814) 863-3887.

New Fulbright award

Penn State's Fulbright Advising and Outreach Office has established Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Awards. The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program, invites participants in the Fulbright Scholar Program for U.S. faculty and professionals from 1990 to the present to apply for grants under the new program. The application deadline is June 1.

The Alumni Initiatives Awards Program focuses on helping scholars sustain contacts and partnerships initiated when they were abroad. Ten to 20 awards will be offered, ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.

The awards are jointly funded by the Department of State and the Fulbright Legacy Fund, a new, private endowment established by the Institute for International Education.

Application forms are available online through the Penn State
Fulbright Web page at For more information, call John M. Keller, Fulbright adviser and outreach officer in the University Office of International Programs, at (814) 863-6035 or e-mail

Special Olympics
needs volunteers

Roughly 2,500 volunteers are needed for a variety of areas at this year's Special Olympics Pennsylvania 2000 Summer Games, which will take place June 8 to 11 on the University Park campus.

The games offer 2,050 Special Olympic athletes from throughout Pennsylvania the opportunity to participate in nine sports venues: athletics, aquatics, basketball, gymnastics, softball, golf, tennis, equestrian and bowling. Athletes also spend time at Sports Fest, trying out new challenges.

To volunteer, pick up a registration form at the Graduate Student Association, 111B Kern Building, or e-mail Julie Grubb at

Changes to LIAS coming

A public roll out for changes to LIAS, the Libraries Information Access System, is scheduled for spring semester 2001. Until that time, LIAS will remain unchanged, and faculty members planning fall semester coursework incorporating LIAS should proceed as they have in the past.

When the Libraries and Library Computing Services launch the enhanced LIAS in January 2001, users will find an improved system that integrates cutting-edge commercial and locally developed software into an evolving suite of resources and services. The purpose of these upgrades is to keep the library information technology platforms competitive, and thus able to provide state-of-the-art information services to students, faculty and staff. A second phase of enhancements will be released in July 2001.

The Libraries will introduce the new features in test versions early in fall semester 2000 to obtain feedback from the University community and to assure a seamless transition. The Libraries will offer a variety of instructional sessions during the fall to give faculty the opportunity to explore the new features before they are activated in January 2001.

For more information on instructional sessions, contact Loanne Snavely, head of Libraries Instructional Programs, at

Faculty needed
for Fulbright committee

Faculty who are interested in working on the National Screening Committee of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program are encouraged to send resumes to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017-3580.

Applicants should be at the associate professor level or higher, with doctorates and experience in the country for which they are reviewing applicants.

Especially needed are South Asianists who do not specialize in India, and South American specialists in all fields whose research focuses on Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Also needed are those with expertise in all aspects of New Zealand Studies except the sciences.

The institute also is interested in faculty in the fields of business, creative writing, economics and environmental studies, public policy and the sciences for all countries and world regions, and in all fields of study for China, Russia and Ukraine.

Telecommunications billing alert

Effective with the July telecommunications billing statement, paper copies will no longer be produced. The Office of Telecommunications' (OTC) monthly billing statements are now available on the Web via the COLD (Computer Output to Laser Disk) server.

Customers are urged to gain access to the COLD server as quickly as possible in order to gain experience with this new technology and any issues that might arise. Training is available if needed.

Call the OTC trainer at (814) 865-8661 or
e-mail to request assistance. Check the Web at under "Online Telecommunications Billing Statements" for information and instructions. Call the OTC Business Office at (814) 865-8311 with questions or comments.


n Looking for riders who travel from Philipsburg, Houtzdale, Clearfield, Morrisdale and surrounding areas to University Park with work hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Paula Morgan at (814) 339-6169 or e-mail

n A vanpool is looking for a rider from the Philipsburg area to University Park. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call Stacie at 865-6323 or e-mail

New travel study under way

Travel Services will soon undertake a comprehensive study of the University's travel policies and procedures, in conjunction with the Joint Faculty/Administrative Advisory Committee to Monitor Travel Policies.

The study will review how the rapidly changing travel industry may affect the way business travel is handled at Penn State. The study will look at how travel services may be obtained through the Internet as well as through the University's contracts with travel agencies.

For more information, visit the Web at

Transcript requests go digital

The Office of Administrative Systems and the Registrar's Office worked together to launch a new application, which will make it possible for currently enrolled Penn State students and those who have graduated in the past six months to request an official transcript electronically.

The new Web-based application, designed to make the request process easy for on-the-go students and recent alumni no matter where they are, is now linked to the Registrar's home page. Unofficial transcripts have been available online from the Comprehensive Academic Advising and Information System (CAAIS) for several years, however the new application will enable computer users to obtain official transcripts by using Penn State's recently acquired IBM Net.Commerce payment server.

With the service, students and alumni will be able to use credit cards to pay for transcript fees and shipping and handling costs directly via computer. For more information, go to

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