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


This artist's rendering shows a view of the chemistry and life sciences buildings with a connecting bridge, as seen from the intersection of Pollock and Shortlidge roads. Shortlidge Road is shown as a pedestrians-first roadway. For more photos, check the Web at


Board approves
capital budget request

The board of trustees on Sept. 8 authorized the University to request $100.06 million for capital budget projects from the state legislature for the fiscal year 2001-2002. This includes a total of $89.1 million for construction projects and $10.96 million for original equipment.

The Capital Budget Request is an integral component of Penn State's capital planning process and consists of projects for which Penn State is seeking funding from the Commonwealth.

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Student and alumni
career services a priority

In 1999, 26,533 students participated in more than 400 career outreach programs and seminars at the University -- a 6 percent increase in participation over the previous year.

The board of trustees on Sept. 7 heard an update on Penn State's Career Services from Jack Rayman, director of career services and affiliate professor of counseling psychology and education. Deborah Marron, director of alumni career services, and Monica Shutte, graduate student and student representative on the Career Center Building Committee, also spoke.

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Dean outlines progress,
challenges at the Libraries

With information technology becoming an increasingly important component of teaching and scholarship, the University's libraries have made major improvements over the past 10 years to be able to operate in the high-speed environment of networked information.

Nancy L. Eaton, dean of University Libraries, told the board of trustees on Sept. 7 that the upgrades at the libraries provide state-of-the-art library services, including the delivery of electronic information.

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Dickinson School of Law
benefits from affiliation

The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University continues to reap the benefits of its affiliation with Penn State while embracing the challenges of providing a high-quality legal education in an increasingly technology-driven environment, law school dean Peter G. Glenn told the board of trustees on Sept. 7.

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Board OKs creation
of investment council

In response to an increasing asset base and the complexity of modern investment strategies, the board of trustees on Sept. 8 approved a resolution creating a Penn State Investment Council to provide direct oversight of the University's growing endowment and long-term investment program.

The council replaces both the existing investment committee and external advisory council.

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Plans for life sciences,
chemistry buildings approved

Sketch/preliminary plans for a new chemistry building and a proposed life sciences building, both off Shortlidge Road on the University Park campus, were approved Sept. 8 by the board of trustees. The unique design includes a physical link between the two structures, at upper-floor levels, to facilitate collaborative research activities in the two buildings.

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