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Philadelphia Region edition

Philadelphia Region edition

Monday, June 22, 2020


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Researchers aim to help cities prioritize interventions for public transit

Researchers at Penn State aim to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread by identifying specific subway stations in which intervention resources — such as setting up testing sites, allocating additional personnel to disinfect frequently touched surfaces in subway stations, and distributing masks and hand sanitizer — could be of greatest benefit.  Full story

Brandywine graduate Christopher Guay.

Recent graduate uses part-time job experience to land new position

While earning his bachelor's degree in engineering at Penn State Brandywine, Christopher Guay wasted no time actively pursuing part-time job opportunities in his field. Guay’s professional experience paid dividends, as the May 2020 graduate quickly landed a position with the engineering firm M.C. Dean.  Full story

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Penn State plans to resume on-campus work and learning in fall semester

Following a three-month comprehensive planning process, Penn State officials have determined that the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.   Full story

A message from Penn State President Eric J. Barron

"Over the past two weeks I have heard from hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and community members about their concerns involving hate in the Penn State community. People are justifiably upset about the events in our nation, and the limitations surrounding our institutional response. We must acknowledge the pain, anger and frustration that such events inflict on our community. We must recognize that Black Lives Matter, and that racism, bias and religious intolerance yield an inexcusable cost to life and liberty."  Full story

The Nittany Lion Shrine

Application for second round of CARES Act student emergency grants now open

Penn State students who incurred qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now apply for emergency aid in a second round of funding from the University’s share of the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act.   Full story

Changes to categorization of new staff hires to start July 1

Starting July 1, Penn State will begin to transform how it categorizes staff positions, beginning with new hires, based on the recommendations of the University’s Strategic Budget Task Force, in its 2019 report. The first of three planned phases of the transformation will affect only new staff hires posted after July 1.  Full story

SIMBA is the name of Penn State's new financial system, which launched in July 2020. SIMBA stands for System for Integrated Management, Budget and Accounting.

SIMBA training begins

The SIMBA project is moving towards its July 1 launch date. With testing of SIMBA nearing completion, training more than 5,000 employees is the project’s next major milestone.   Full story