In the News
November 1, 2001

Teaching and research evolve for
professor of biology

Professor Richard Cyr's research on plant cell biology has been funded by such leading agencies as NASA, the U.S. Department of
Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

University plugs into wind power
Demonstrating their commitment to renewable energy resources and the environment, the University signed a contract with Community Energy Inc. (CEI), a renewable energy marketing firm, to purchase 5 percent of University Park's electrical needs from wind energy over the next five years.

Faculty Senate honors
its outgoing leader

Judging by the reactions of his University colleagues last week, George Bugyi's retirement from Penn State signifies not so much the loss of a longtime Faculty Senate stalwart and community volunteer as the gain of an ongoing role model for others.

Gnage named CEO of
Penn State Mont Alto

David C. Gnage, interim dean at Arizona International College of the University of Arizona, has been named campus executive officer of Penn State Mont Alto, effective Jan. 14. The position came open when David Goldenberg announced his departure in March. William Curley has been serving as interim dean, and will continue in that role until Gnage arrives. At that time, Curley will resume his former role as senior director of Continuing Education.

Consortium sponsors
award honoring faculty

The Teaching and Learning Consortium is sponsoring an award to recognize faculty who have had a significant impact on student learning over a sustained period.

Nominations sought for
Faculty Scholar Medal

The Office of the President has put out a call for nominations for individuals eligible to receive the Faculty Scholar Medal, which recognizes scholarly and creative excellence.

Alumni Recognition Awards
nominations sought

Nomination forms for the 2002 Alumni Recognition Awards, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, are now available at

IST building to be
completed in late 2003

Ground was broken for the new Information Sciences and Technology Building on the University Park campus, as word came that the Commonwealth has pledged $25.5 million toward the project.

Phase 3 set to start
at Innovation Park

Innovation Park at Penn State, the University's research park at University Park, is set to launch Phase 3 of development, which will involve the remaining undeveloped 75 acres in the western part of the 118-acre site.

Community asked to join in
race relations project

Public radio station WPSU (91.5 FM) is embarking on a long-term, multi-faceted exploration of race relations at Penn State University and in its surrounding communities.

Project expected to be
ended by mid-November

Contractors have nearly completed spillway repairs and have begun to put innovative reinforcement mats on the Shaver's Creek dam at the University's Stone Valley Recreation Area.