News in Brief
Penn State Intercom......August 9, 2001



Pat Nadzan is a University telephone operator at the Call Center Services Office. To help incoming students, the office will extend hours of operation from Saturday, Aug. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 1. The hours will be 7 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 8 a.m. to midnight weekends. The office will also be open from 9 am. to 11 p.m. for the Labor Day holiday. A complete list of Call Center services is available at
Photo: Greg Grieco

Commencement scheduled

More than 120 students are expected to receive bachelor's and associate degrees and certificates during Penn College's summer commencement ceremonies on Aug. 11.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and board of directors' Chairman Robert E. Dunham will present the degrees and certificates.

Directory deadline is Aug. 20

The deadline for changes to the Penn State Directories department lists this year is Aug. 20.

To make changes in departmental listing, photocopy pages that require changes and mark the changes. If changes are extensive, type and save them on computer disk in a text or Word file. Send the disk along with the photocopied page(s), with markings to explain where the revised material should be placed. Send department changes to Directories, Department of University Publications, Suite A, University Park, Pa. 16802, by Aug. 20 for inclusion in the 2001­02 directories. The department listings are identical in the faculty/staff and student directories, so when a change is made in one book, it also will be made in the other.

The Department of University Publications does not handle changes in individual listings. To do so, an employee should contact his or her human resources representative so that changes may be made on individual UADR screen in the University's records. See page 7 of the current directories for further details.

For information, call the Department of University Publications at (814) 863-1870.

Parking changes

University Parking announces some policy changes in operation.

* Effective immediately anyone may park his or her vehicle in a metered parking space if appropriate time is purchased on the meter. No permit is required. Meters on campus accept quarters only.

* Valid University parking permits are now associated with the registered vehicle, for enforcement purposes, rather than the driver. Parking permit eligibility requirements still apply. The registered permit holder is responsible for any violations received against his/her permit.

* Changes have been made to the appeals process for parking violations based on recommendations by an Appeals Process CQI Team. Effective with the fall semester, anyone appealing parking violations is required to pay the violation amount in full at the time of the appeal. If the appeal is won, the fine will be refunded. A new appeals form has been created. To decrease frivolous appeals, unacceptable reasons for appeal have been listed on the form. The parking manager will review extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

* A new towing policy has been implemented to assist the University in enforcing parking regulations for unregistered vehicles.

Learn to use The CAT

Learn to use the enhanced version of The CAT, the online catalog component of LIAS. The CAT serves as an electronic locator for items at more than 20 statewide University Libraries locations.

This seminar, offered by Libraries Instructional Programs, is open to all students, faculty and staff interested in learning more about The CAT and the many enhancements made over the previous version.

Seminars will be held in the Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library, on the University Park campus. No registration is required. Check the Web at for the schedule of classes.

Absence policy reminder

Faculty and students are reminded of the University's policy regarding students' requests for absence from class for the purpose of observing a religious holiday.

The University Faculty Senate policy on class attendance (42-27) states that
instructors should provide, within reason, opportunity to make up work for students who are obliged to miss classes for legitimate reasons.

As further clarification, the Academic and Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (R-4) states that while the University makes every effort to avoid conflicts with religious holidays, when conflicts are unavoidable, the policy is to try to make special arrangements for the students affected.

The Faculty Handbook says that "Faculty members are encouraged to entertain requests for exemptions from class attendance for purposes of religious observances."

A list of holy days of the major world religions that may require students to depart from their normal routine is published by the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs at

Web cams sponsored

The Penn State Alumni Association, in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs, has sponsored three Web cameras for the HUB-Robeson Center. The Web cams show views of Mount Nittany, the HUB-Robeson Center lawn, and the HUB-Robeson Center interior.

The Web cams can be accessed by visiting the Alumni Association Web site at The cameras are updated automatically each time the browser is refreshed.