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The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors College are hosting a “sold-out” conference Thursday called “Why General Education Matters”, which will feature a keynote speaker and multiple panels.
Tonight, Andrew Delbanco, the conference’s keynote speaker, will give a public talk called “What is College for?” which will be aimed at students.
Presidential inaugural Poet Richard Blanco comes to Penn State tonight for a reading of some of his selected works. The free reading, which will take place at 7:30 p.m, in the Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium, will feature a recitation by Blanco, followed by a short question-and answer session.
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Penn State University Libraries rank eighth among United States research libraries.
Penn State’s University Park campus is the priciest four-year public university in the country, according to a U.S. Education Department website that outlines the varying costs of universities throughout the country.
The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center College Scorecards interactive website — designed to help prospective college students find their ideal university — lists the University Park campus as having the highest in-state tuition at $15,250 per academic year based on the 2010-11 rates that were surveyed.
When taking into consideration the cost of room and board, the price of textbooks and the average grants awarded by the university, Penn State ranked as the fourth-most expensive university among public four-year schools, totaling $19,816 per academic year, according the website.
Let me start out by mentioning that this is not meant in any way to be some kind of entitled social critique on — decidedly — the pathetic state of our society’s musical preferences. It’s totally fine with me that Taylor Swift and “The Biebs” hold the top two bestselling songs on iTunes right now, and while I anxiously await the day Mackelmore’s “Thrift Store” loses its puzzling appeal to the masses, it’s completely fine to admit if it was expelling its obnoxiously catchy, nonsensical lyrics through your headphones right before you stopped to read this column.
Anyway, what I find myself far more worried about this afternoon is the steady, if not accelerated decline of the music industry altogether, and what that means for the way we are all going to listen to music in the future.
It may not feel like it, but music sales have steadily declined for the past decade, according to CNN. In 2000, music sales totaled close to $15 billion, compared to the comparatively anemic $6.3 billion the industry brought in ten years later in 2010. And while digital music sales have continued to rise, they have not done so nearly enough to bring record sales back to the levels they were at in the pre-iTunes era.
For more than 10 years, Arianna De Reus has traveled to central Africa. But she hasn’t been there on vacation.
During this time, she has worked with her mother, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Women Studies at Penn State Altoona Lee Ann De Reus , to conduct research and praxis in Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As guest speakers for the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge, the two presented their work in a Wednesday seminar, titled Indigenous Knowledge That Inspires: Lessons From Research and Praxis in Central Africa, in the Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.
Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at Penn State, was elected to the steering committee of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
Dewey was nominated by her peers, ran for election and was then elected by SPARC’s members, Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC, said via email. She will serve a two-year term on the committee.
Dewey possesses a depth of knowledge about issues relating to scholarly communications which is important to SPARC’s agenda, Joseph said.
College of Communications assistant professor Marcia DiStaso was recently named associate editor of the Social Science of Social Media Research Center.
DiStaso graduated from University of Miami with a doctorate in communications and has been teaching public relations courses at Penn State since 2007.
DiStaso is known in the world of public relations for her research on factual errors found in Wikipedia articles, most specifically articles written about corporations. The research included a survey of professionals in various business associations to evaluate their relationship with Wikipedia.
Student combines art and science to make music
Many people have difficulty managing the two clashing sides of the brain –– the scientific side and the artistic side.
For Dylan Levan, he’s able to successfully balance both. Levan started his own electronic rock project called “Ellipsis.”
After dedicating 33 years to the University Libraries, retired Associate Dean Sally Kalin and her husband decided to give more to the university with a commitment to fund two endowed professorships.
The recipients of these inaugural positions are two faculty librarians Dawn Childress and Emily Rimland, who received the Technological Innovations and the Learning Innovations award, respectively.
According to a library press release, The Sally W. Kalin Early Career Librarianship awards will provide funds for librarians’ efforts in the first decade of their career as they develop new library resources.
Every year the Association of Research Libraries publishes its Library Index Ranking in mid-August. This year, Penn State Libraries has grabbed a top 10 spot in the 2010-11 index report.
The Association of Research Libraries ranks the Penn State University library system, which has about 5.8 million volumes available,as one of North America’s largest research libraries.
The Library Index Ranking is calculated by the total dollars spent on expenditures, salaries, wages and materials as well as the number of professional faculty and supporting staff, according to a Penn State Live press release.
New and returning Penn State students browsed and signed up for displayed clubs and organizations at the 2012 Fall Involvement Fair, organized by the Office of Student Activities.
The Involvement Fair, which was held from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29 in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni and Heritage Halls, featured many of Penn State’s on-campus student groups.
All general clubs and organizations, as well as an array of club sports, were present at the fair during all three days of the event. Wednesday, however, was strictly for the appearance of service-based groups. Today’s fair will offer information about greek organizations .
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The first poem Robert Lima ever wrote was also the first poem he ever had published. From then on, he was in love with poetry.
Lima, an award-winning poet, Penn State professor and Knight Commander of the Order of Queen Isabel of Spain, brings his poetry to the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery at Schlow Centre Region Library throughout the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month.
The exhibit, entitled "Framed Poetry II - An Exhibit of Poetry and Visuals," is free to view and open to the public.
As Penn State football coach Joe Paterno announced his retirement early Wednesday, those who have worked with the Paternos say the couples’ contributions in the Penn State community have extended far past the football field. Joe and Sue Paterno have donated millions to the university and have extended their name to charitable organizations.
The Paternos have given more millions to the university, supporting student scholarships, academic programs and campus facilities.
Both the library and the Catholic Student Center bear the Paterno name. A Penn State liberal arts program teaches outstanding students the “Paterno” values. Sue Paterno dedicates her time to supporting the Special Olympics Pennsylvania and is lauded for her support of other community programs.
This may be the season for ghosts, spirits and demons, but former Penn State student Ryan Buell’s exploration of the supernatural makes it Halloween for him year-round.
With a ghost-hunting documentary on the way and the hit A&E show “Paranormal State,” Buell’s curiosity turned him into real-life ghost buster.
Before Buell graduated in 2006, he left a mark in the State College area with the creation of the Paranormal Research Society.
Students and faculty trying to do research on the Penn State University Libraries website will find some new and welcome changes starting next semester, Manager of Libraries Publications and Public Relations Catherine Grigor said.
Beginning in January 2012, University Libraries will replace ProQuest Research Library with Ebsco Academic Search Complete as the general research database available to the Penn State community, Grigor said.
The change to the new research database, she said, was due to a yearlong comparison of the two products in which they compared usability, content and student familiarity.
The college football world has been turned upside down.
Claims of the Atlantic Coast Conference taking over the entire East Coast fly left and right as the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University officially signed over from the Big East, moving the ACC to a total of 14 teams starting next September.
Days later, Texas A&M University departed from the Big 12 without looking back, making headway into the Southeastern Conference.
World-renowned livestock industry consultant, professor of animal science, author and autism advocate Temple Grandin will speak at Penn State on Oct. 13.
Grandin is slated to deliver her "Groundbreaking Research into Animal Behavior and Autism" presentation, followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.
A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Grandin has dedicated her life to consulting professionals in the livestock industry to promote better livestock living conditions. Her services include designing better livestock facilities and developing a scoring system to rate the quality of animal care, along with other animal behavior research.