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Monday, March 30, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Optional alternative grading scale implemented for spring 2020 semester
-- Governor's order delays move out for on-campus students
-- Penn State leaders answer student questions at virtual town hall
-- Send us your 'We Are' stories
-- Mental health plays key role in battling pandemic and its accompanying effects
-- Penn State Learning continues tutoring and guided study groups remotely
-- Changes to official transcript costs to go into effect April 1
-- UHS Pharmacy implements curbside prescription pickup during COVID-19 outbreak
-- Growing an inclusive community in a remote environment
-- Undergrad Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, Creative Activity to be held online
-- Researchers mobilize to study COVID-19 from multiple angles

STORIES ABOUT STUDENTS:
-- Penn State senior persists toward graduation despite accident
-- Liberal arts alumna helps create policy think-tank aimed at millennials, Gen Z
-- NASA selects Penn State student team to build technology for lunar missions

OPPORTUNITIES:
-- Student applications open for inaugural fall Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
-- Bio-tech cluster added to Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor program
-- Deadlines extended for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award
-- Geospatial intelligence helps emergency management teams make better maps

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STORIES:

Optional alternative grading scale implemented for spring 2020 semester
Penn State is implementing a new opt-in grading system for the spring 2020 semester that will give students flexibility, help preserve GPAs and minimize impacts to students' transcripts during the academic challenges presented by the novel coronavirus public health crisis.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Y23LGXDj
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Governor's order delays move out for on-campus students
Penn State is temporarily delaying plans to allow students who reside in University residence halls to return to campuses to retrieve their personal belongings in light of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's stay-at-home order that runs until May 8.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Tzz1z1wQ
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Penn State leaders answer student questions at virtual town hall
On March 24, Penn State leaders hosted a virtual town hall meeting to answer questions for students and families about the measures the University has taken to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and community members.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XDtYjcVS
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Send us your 'We Are' stories
During these challenging times, the Penn State spirit of "We Are" is more important than perhaps ever before. We want to hear stories of how you or other Penn Staters are coming together for the greater good — to innovate, solve problems and continue to realize Penn State's commitment to excellence.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qZxh1VNZ
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Mental health plays key role in battling pandemic and its accompanying effects
By now we all should know the physical guidance that's been given related to ways to dodge or slow down the novel coronavirus: practice good hygiene, wash your hands and avoid close contact with others. But as Penn Staters across Pennsylvania and beyond complete their first week of remote learning, telecommuting and social distancing, some may be feeling overwhelmed, disconnected or even fearful.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WRJBNjTF
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Penn State Learning continues tutoring and guided study groups remotely
Penn State Learning is providing one-on-one tutoring and guided study groups as students settle in to finish all classes remotely for the Spring 2020 semester.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TsFrs8fn
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Changes to official transcript costs to go into effect April 1
Beginning April 1, the cost of requesting official Penn State transcripts will be changing. From that time, official electronic transcripts will cost $5 per transcript set and official paper transcripts will cost $15 per transcript set.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NKj5WbXk
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UHS Pharmacy implements curbside prescription pickup during COVID-19 outbreak
To reduce the potential for person-to-person contact during the coronavirus outbreak, the Penn State University Health Services (UHS) Pharmacy at University Park will no longer allow walk-ins and instead will only provide prescriptions by mail or curbside pickup, available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until further notice.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9tC9np7g
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Growing an inclusive community in a remote environment
Penn State students are continuing to build and strengthen community ties during the global coronavirus outbreak. Brian Patchcoski, director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, shares his thoughts on growing an inclusive Penn State community while learning and working remotely.

https://news.psu.edu/link/cQS_7KD_
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Undergrad Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, Creative Activity to be held online
The Office of Undergraduate Education will now hold its yearly research showcase event online, April 15-17, as students at Penn State finish the Spring 2020 semester remotely. Students will have an extra week to apply.

https://news.psu.edu/link/8grBrHYb
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Researchers mobilize to study COVID-19 from multiple angles
As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, researchers across Penn State are searching for solutions that may save lives, thanks to a multi-institute seed-grant fund. On March 3, these institutes, led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, launched a lightning-quick  call for research proposals  aimed at funding research with the potential to significantly and rapidly improve human health outcomes. So far, researchers in 21 departments and across seven colleges have been awarded $1.2 million. New proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pghhscCD

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STORIES ABOUT STUDENTS:

Penn State senior persists toward graduation despite accident
After a car accident derailed Clinton Asalu's life and jeopardized his plans to graduate in May, the Complete Penn State program enabled him to stay the course.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HcN2BVjP
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Liberal arts alumna helps create policy think-tank aimed at millennials, Gen Z
Despite the fact that millennials and Generation Z are now the United States' largest voting block, they are underrepresented in government policy — which is why liberal arts alumna Susan Nahvi, along with 11 other millennials, created an online resource guide with policy recommendations called "Foreign Policy Generation."

https://news.psu.edu/link/K8NRSqR1
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NASA selects Penn State student team to build technology for lunar missions
The Penn State Student Space Programs Laboratory is one of eight university teams recently selected by the NASA to develop new technology to study the surface of the moon.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HfC5Wyhj

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OPPORTUNITIES:

Student applications open for inaugural fall Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
Students from across Penn State who are interested in an inaugural course offering from the Restorative Justice Initiative and the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications may apply online for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program that will take place in the fall semester.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QzCgNbTs
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Bio-tech cluster added to Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor program
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor now has a tenth cluster with the latest addition of the bio-tech option.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qFvZyNNf
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Deadlines extended for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award
Penn State University Libraries has extended the submission and notification deadlines for the ninth annual Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, to be presented May 7.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Xy5NYWPD
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Geospatial intelligence helps emergency management teams make better maps
Penn State's online geospatial intelligence program gives managers hands-on experience leveraging spatial tools and data to determine how to deploy first responders to hard-hit areas.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9pJ5XZqL

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Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
https://news.psu.edu/link/x__jbTLB

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