1/16: Recap of trustees committees' actions; Facebook sharing; Hershey breaks ground

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Friday, January 16, 2015

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Mosquitoes, malaria and Asian history

Chinese rulers spent hundreds of years and sacrificed countless lives building a meandering 5,500-mile earth, stone, and brick wall along the country’s northern border, designed to keep invaders from attacking the empire. Meanwhile, tiny germs and bugs were one brick in a wall that restrained China’s own ambitions to conquer and incorporate parts of what is now called Vietnam and the empire’s other southern neighbors.  Full story

Performing Arts staff member combines skills, interests to save pollinators

Center for the Performing Arts staff member Medora Ebersole is using her experience as an education and community programs manager to develop an interdisciplinary project aimed at increasing knowledge of pollinator behavior -- from bees and bats to birds and butterflies -- to benefit food production efforts and battle the use of pesticides worldwide.  Full story

Trustees' committee approves plan for Penn State Hershey, PinnacleHealth

The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning yesterday (Jan. 15) approved a plan to bring Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System together to form a new health enterprise. In doing so, the committee advanced a recommendation to the full Board of Trustees to approve the plan. It is anticipated that the board will consider a motion to approve the plan at its meeting March 20.  Full story

Trustees committee approves facilities improvement projects

The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning yesterday (Jan. 15) endorsed builders for projects that will improve the experience for students, faculty and staff working in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Housing and Food Services.  Full story

Committee endorses design team for Lasch building renovations

A recommendation to appoint Populous of Kansas City, Missouri, to design an estimated $12 million renovation to the Mildred and Louis Lasch Football Building was approved yesterday (Jan. 15) by the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning, and will be forwarded to the full board today (Jan. 16) for a vote.  Full story

Molding her own college experience

Stephany Tang earned two Penn State bachelor’s degrees than 18 months all the while thoughtfully combining her interests and talents to sculpt her own college experience and extend relationships and ventures beyond her time at Penn State Abington.  Full story