Faculty/Staff News in Brief: Jan. 13, 2011

SEE THE OUTBACK BOWL TRIP FROM THE BLUE BAND PERSPECTIVE: An estimated 34,000 Penn State students, alumni and fans took to the Tampa Bay area for the 2011 Outback Bowl, but while many were there for leisure, more than 300 members and staff of the 2010-11 Penn State Blue Band were hard at work. For one day in University Park and three in Clearwater Beach, the Blue Band held three practices, marched in a parade, and performed at six pep rallies and events including the game itself. For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50527 online.

IMPROVED SCHEDULE OF COURSES ANNOUNCED BY REGISTRAR'S OFFICE: The Office of the University Registrar has announced the release of an improved Schedule of Courses, available Jan. 25. Users will notice a new look and feel for both the search and results pages. In addition, the single search page expands for more advanced searches with additional options. The results page has a new format and organization that improves readability and navigation. For a detailed list of the changes, visit http://www.registrar.psu.edu/news_messages/improved_soc.cfm online.

VALENTINE'S DAY-THEMED SCIENCE-U CAMP TO BE OFFERED FEB. 12: Penn State’s Science-U Camps will be offering a special Valentine’s Day-themed camp on Feb. 12. "iLove Science: Chemistry’s Chemistry," will offer two, two-hour sensory experiences for students in grades six to 12. The camp will be held in 119 Osmond Lab on Penn State’s University Park campus and will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per student and includes a mid-morning snack. For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50700 online.

SUSTAINABLE STATE VIDEO CONTEST PROMOTES GLOBAL HAPPINESS: The Center for Sustainability and Media Commons at Penn State have launched a video contest to ignite a richer, deeper conversation around sustainability at Penn State. Open to all students, faculty and staff, the contest challenges Penn Staters to tap into their own happiness to create a more sustainable world -- and win up to $1,000. For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50703 online.

SCHREYER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EVENTS: The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has announced two upcoming workshops, "Online New Instructor Orientation" and "How to Survive as a Teaching Assistant." For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50704 online.

VIDEO: PENN STATE HELPS TURKEY FARMER BLAZE PATH: When Pennsylvania farmer Mac Curtis stopped and evaluated his turkey operation in Snyder County, he realized he needed to do something about his high heating bills, the comfort of his birds and compliance with federal mandates to clean up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50519 online.

COMMISSION FOR ADULT LEARNERS SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR INCENTIVE GRANTS: The Commission for Adult Learners' 2011 Incentive Grant program will provide start-up funds for new and innovative programs and services supporting the recruitment and retention of adult learners throughout the Penn State community. For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50639 online.

PENN STATE CI DAY TO SHOWCASE CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE, JAN. 31 TO FEB. 1: On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Penn State will hold Cyberinfrastructure Day (CI Day), an event designed to foster nationwide conversation about the strategic role of cyberinfrastructure in academia, government and industry. To register, visit http://ciday.psu.edu/ online. For the full story, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/50699 online.

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Last Updated March 03, 2011