Intercom Online......September 14, 2000

News in Brief


Robin Becker, left, and Shawni Turner check on some information at the Microcomputer Order Center. The newly remodeled center will hold an open house Sept. 20-23. For information, see story below.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Fall foliage hayrides

Sunny afternoons and blazing fall foliage will provide the background for a series of hayrides through scenic woodlands of Stone Valley Recreation Area near University Park. The one hour hayrides will be offered Sept. 17, 23 and 24, and Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, 28 and 29. A cookout will follow each hayride.

Hayrides will start at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4.75 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and under are free. Hayrides for organized groups also are available.

Registration is required. Call (814) 863-0762 for more information or to register.

Divorce is topic of
Spanier radio show

Marital conflict and divorce will be 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. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, on WPSU-FM (91.5, 106.7, 95.1, 90.1, 100.9 and 104.7).

Joining Spanier to discuss current causes and consequences of divorce will be Paul Amato, professor of sociology and co-editor of The Postdivorce Family, and Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington and author of Love Between Equals: How Peer Marriage Really Works.

Listeners with questions or comments are encouraged to join the discussion by calling (800) 543-8242 during the one-hour broadcast. Internet users worldwide will be able to 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

"To the Best of My Knowledge" is a series designed to explore topics of national and local interest and to allow listeners a chance to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

President's Open House

Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome to attend the annual President's Open House, scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Old Main on the University Park campus.

President Graham B. Spanier, Jan Jacobs, vice president for administration, and other key staff members will be on hand in 201 and 205 Old Main, and light refreshments will be served. In addition, visitors can view the frescoes and visit the Old Main Tower.

Lion Ambassadors will serve as tour guides, and members of the Penn State Magicians Club, of which Spanier is adviser, also will be present.

For a preview, visit the president's office virtually by going to on the Web.

MOC open house

In celebration of its recent remodeling and in conjunction with Parents and Families Day, the Microcomputer Order Center (MOC) will hold an open house from Wednesday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 23, in 12 Willard Building on the University Park campus.

Faculty and staff may stop by and see the newly remodeled sales area where a full line of computers, laptops, printers, accessories and software are on display. A staff of non-commission consultants will be available to answer questions and demonstrate products. Students and parents also are encouraged to stop by to meet with vendors.

Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, check the MOC Web site at or call (814) 865-2100.

Information night

Penn State Harrisburg is holding a Graduate School information night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in its new library on the Middletown campus.

With 17 master's and two doctoral programs, Penn State Harrisburg offers the most extensive list of graduate majors in the region. All programs are designed for the part-time student with courses offered in the evening.

Representatives from the academic programs, enrollment services and the financial aid office will be available to answer questions during the open house. For information, call (717) 948-6250 or (800) 222-2056; e-mail; or check the Web at

Golf tournament

The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society's Eighth Annual Golf Classic will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Penn State Blue Course, University Park. Registration is at 8 a.m., with tee-off at 9 a.m.

The $100 tax-deductible registration fee includes breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Proceeds benefit the society's Endowed Student Scholarship, which provides scholarships to undergraduate engineering students at the University.

The tournament is open to the public. For more information, call Jane Harris at (814) 863-2132 or check the Web at

Study volunteers needed

Participants are needed for an engineering study aimed at evaluating on-premise store signs. Participants must have a valid driver's license and must be between the ages of 17 and 35 or 65 years of age and older. Monetary compensation will be provided to all participants.

This research study is being conducted by Philip M. Garvey, research assistant at the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. To participate, call (814) 863-7932, give your name, mention you are interested in the on-premise sign evaluation and give a number where you can be reached.

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