Penn State will distribute $1.2 million in student-parent child-care subsidies during the next four years. The subsidies generate from a new grant the University received from the U.S. Department of Education. Penn State was awarded the maximum amount possible under the federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School program. The University will receive $300,000 per year for four years. The new funding represents an $80,000 increase over an existing grant that expired Sept. 30. Child-care subsidies will be distributed to student parents at all Penn State locations. As required by the Department of Education, priority will be given to student parents who receive federal Pell Grants. Students who do not receive Pell Grants can apply for future subsidy distributions.
After defeating the University of Washington, Penn State has moved on to the finals of SportsIllustrated.com's match-up of the best tailgating scenes in the nation. Now fans can help earn Penn State and Beaver Stadium the title as the best spot for college football tailgating in the country by voting for Penn State against LSU in the finals. Penn State beat out the University of Texas in the first round before defeating Washington. Sports Illustrated and self-described "commissioner of tailgating" Joe Cahn seeded Penn State among the eight best tailgates in college football, giving fans the chance to vote in weekly head-to-head match-ups online to determine what stadium has the best tailgate. To cast your vote for Penn State in the final round go to http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/specials/tailgate/2005/footbal... and scroll down to the pairings for "College Football Venues." A victory would mark the second win for Penn State in fan-voted national online polls this football season.
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The College of Communications at Penn State, with its innovative Center for Sports Journalism, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to establish the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society. With the Knight chair endowment, the College of Communications will be able to hire a renowned working journalist who will be a tenured classroom educator and news industry leader in sports journalism. Penn State expects the Knight professor to develop and share innovative teaching, advocate for improvement in sports journalism and build an even stronger Center for Sports Journalism. Along with the active and growing Center for Sports Journalism, the presence of the University's respected intercollegiate athletic program helped make the proposal from the College of Communications a unanimous selection by an independent panel of reviewers for the grant. In awarding the chair to the college after a national competition, the Knight Foundation noted the strengths and traditions of Penn State's journalism and intercollegiate athletics programs. For photos, go to http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2005_09_30_knight/index.html
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Students enrolled at all Penn State locations are reminded that they can get free copies of The New York Times, USAToday and a variety of local and regional newspapers through the Penn State Student Newspaper Readership Program. The program, which began at Penn State in 1997, has served as a model for hundreds of other institutions nationwide that have set up similar programs for their students. Students can access the free newspapers at distribution machines located in all residence halls and in a number of buildings at University Park and other campuses. For details, check http://www.newspapers.psu.edu/location.shtml online. In addition, faculty who include newspaper readership as part of their required coursework can receive a daily subscription of that paper at no cost. Eligible faculty should e-mail the program at email@example.com and provide their contact information, office address and a copy of the course syllabus requiring student newspaper readership as an e-mail attachment. The New York Times and USAToday are available at most Penn State campuses. The Centre Daily Times is available as a local paper at University Park. Not all local papers at other campuses offer faculty subscriptions.
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The Penn State Napster music service offers Penn State students -- living both on and off campus at all Penn State locations -- about 1.5 million tracks to download or stream for free. Students also can purchase permanent downloads for 99 cents each. Both on- and off-campus students get Napster's premium service, and all of the features included in it, at no cost. Once registered, students can access their Napster accounts from on- or off-campus locations. For more information or to register, go to the Penn State Napster Web site at http://www.napster.psu.edu/
More than a quarter of a million subscribers receive news about Penn State in their e-mail boxes through the Penn State Newswire, the companion Penn State Live Web site receives nearly 10,000 hits a day from people seeking information about the University, and RSS feeds deliver much of the same information directly to news Web sites and individual subscribers. Now, the Department of Public Information has launched the Penn State news widget. Anyone who uses an Apple computer loaded with the OSX 10.4 (Tiger) operating system can get Penn State news delivered right to the desktop with the new Penn State Live widget. Widgets, which are mini-applications that perform common tasks and provide fast access to information, run through the operating system's Dashboard feature. The Penn State Live widget gives users the most recent Penn State headlines automatically. The headlines then link directly to the full stories on the Penn State Live Web site.
For the past several years, the first day of the fall semester has been a Tuesday, but students and faculty were instructed to follow a Friday class schedule. While this scheduling anomaly balanced the number of schedule days across the fall semester, it resulted in confusion for students and faculty as the new semester began. At the recommendation of the University Faculty Senate, President Graham B. Spanier has approved a change to the fall semester calendar. Beginning this fall, the first day of classes, Tuesday, Aug. 30, will follow a normal Tuesday class schedule.
A new economic impact study released this week positions Penn State as the single largest contributor to the state's economy -- an engine of 24 campuses generating $6.14 billion annually in direct net economic impact to the commonwealth. Penn State Fayette is a major cog in that engine, with a total impact of more than $61 million alone at the 1,066-student campus. In addition, the campus contributes significantly to Penn State's total business volume impact of nearly $62 million in surrounding Fayette, Greene, Somerset and Washington Counties. Overall, the University also influences an additional $6.9 billion indirectly each year through business services, research commercialization and the activities of alumni -- for a total of more than $13 billion in annual economic impact in Pennsylvania.
Penn State is planning the launch of the latest service to the Newswire family: the Penn State Fayette Newswire. The Fayette Newswire will feature the latest news, upcoming events and other important information for the Fayette campus community, delivered via email. All information listed on the Fayette Newswire will be posted here on Penn State Live, the University's official news and information Web site.
To subscribe to the Penn State Fayette Newswire, go to http://newswires.psu.edu/index.php?alias=fayette