In Motion: Ride with the 2007 Road Scholars Tour via videos

September 18, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- In a three-part video series, travel with the 2007 Road Scholars Tour, hosted by Penn State President Graham Spanier and attended by new and newly tenured University faculty from across Pennsylvania as well as several members of the University's Board of Trustees.

The 12th annual tour, which departed from University Park, took attendees to several Penn State campuses, Pennsylvania businesses and popular historic sites -- the State Capitol Building, Gettysburg National Military Park, Penn State Mont Alto, an Amish farm, Penn State Berks, a commercial farm market and orchard, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Penn State York, York's Harley-Davidson factory, The Hershey Co. and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

At each of the stops, the travelers encountered Penn State connections -- from alumni employed at the site to faculty experts who gave personalized tours to the group, to Pennsylvanians whose businesses benefited from Penn State research or outreach, often through Penn State Cooperative Extension services. First-rate dining and lodging services were provided at Penn State campuses by Penn State employees, and tour members were able to interact with students, staff and faculty at each of their campus stops.

Day One

The group gathered at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel to meet each other and learn about Pennsylvania and Penn State history as well as the University's land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach/service. Part one of the video highlights scenes from Harrisburg's ornate Capitol Building, Penn State professors and Civil War experts William Blair and Carol Reardon's engaging personal tour of Gettysburg National Military Park, and a forestry demonstration by Penn State Mont Alto students and President Spanier. Watch part one at online.

Day Two

On the second day the travelers stopped at Brown's Orchards and Farm Market in Loganville, lunched onstage at Penn State York's state-of-the-art Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, toured York's Harley-Davidson plant and interviewed a hospitable Amish farmer and his family. Watch part two at online.

Day Three

On the final day of the tour, the traveling scholars toured one of the nation's largest interactive community arts centers; met pilots, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who operate Life Lion, Pediatric Mobile Intensive Care Unit and EMS services; and met with Penn Staters employed at the Hershey Co. and got a glimpse of one of their facilities. Video viewers can also meet behind-the-scenes people who make the tour happen year after year. Watch part three of the video at online.

Space on the annual Road Scholars Tour is guaranteed to all faculty who have joined Penn State in the last two years and have not been on a Road Scholars tour before. Other faculty may sign up for the tour on a space-available basis. Registration for the 2008 tour will be open in early 2008; for questions in the interim e-mail Nancy Eckard, conference planner, at

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