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Eric Barron: In His Own Words

DSC_4680_Eric_BarronPresident-elect Eric Barron seems to like automotive analogies. He rattled off two when he spoke to the Board of Trustees on Monday afternoon, immediately after being named Penn State’s 18th president:

Auto Analogy No. 1: When Barron was learning to drive, his father told him to lift up his head and look not at the hood ornament, but down the road: “You will discover it is much easier to get where you are trying to go.” Barron found that the tip resulted in “a much better driving experience” and also turned out to be a good life philosophy. “Our job, all of our job, is to see down the road, sense the future, and ensure that this great institution is at the forefront of success and achievement.” (more…)

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February 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 5, 2014

We’re running a little late today because of the two-hour delay, thanks to the snow/ice storm that arrived overnight. Onward State notes this is the third time in two years that Penn State has had a weather-related cancellation/delay. But there’s still plenty going on:

National Signing Day festivities: It wasn’t that long ago, really, that reporters had to scrounge around for information about Penn State football’s latest recruits. No more. As a warm-up to this evening’s Signature Event, which will (virtually) introduce Penn State’s recruiting class, media were invited to hang out this morning at Lasch Building as the newest Nittany Lions faxed in their letters of intent and were added to the big board. The event featured Blue Band trumpets, balloons (no word on who blew them up), and an omelet station manned, at least temporarily, by offensive line coach and social media sensation Herb Hand. (I’m pretty sure that when I committed to the College of the Liberal Arts in 1987, there was a similar celebration in Burrowes Building.) How will tonight’s event top that? Well, James Franklin tweeted that he’d be wearing a “classic all-white leisure suit,” adding the hashtag #swaggedout. Mark Wogenrich ’90 further reported on Twitter that Franklin called the suit “uncomfortably tight.”

Teaching “Failure 101:” Jack Matson, professor emeritus of engineering, has a nifty cameo in this New York Times piece about how colleges are working to teach—not just celebrate—creativity. Matson, who was the lead instructor for one of Penn State’s first MOOCs, Creativity, Innovation, and Change, also teaches a freshman seminar that he calls “Failure 101.” Among the activities: “constructing a resume based on things that didn’t work out” and “finding some cultural norms to break.” An example of the latter: cartwheeling into the library. This is a fascinating read, and now I’m wondering if it’s too late to add Matson’s class.

Flat funding: Gov. Tom Corbett released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015, and it includes $229.7 million for Penn State, the same amount the university received last year. Penn State had asked for an additional $14.7 million. The budget gets debated by the state legislature for a couple of months, so this isn’t yet official. The Centre Daily Times has the most Penn State-centered coverage, but you’ll probably need a subscription to read it.

Women’s volleyball honored. Again: This time, praise came from the floor of the U.S. Senate, in the form of a resolution from both Pennsylvania senators, Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, that recounted how the Nittany Lions won their sixth NCAA women’s volleyball title and how two players, Ariel Scott and Maggie Harding, received academic honors, too. Read the full text of the resolution—which uses one of my favorite old-timey words, “whereas,” five times—in this Penn State news release.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

February 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

Board of Trustees Wrap-Up: A New Wrinkle to Public Comment

Robert Jubelirer speaks during Friday's public comment session.

Robert Jubelirer speaks during Friday’s public comment session.

For the past year, since the Board of Trustees added a public comment session to its agenda, the drill has been the same. Speakers spoke. Trustees listened. When the speakers criticized the board for its handling of the Sandusky scandal, some portion of the audience clapped or cheered.

Friday’s public comment session, however, was different.

After the second speaker—a tandem of two faculty members, Maria Truglio and Brian Curran, who said that although Penn State had suspended the $100/month surcharge for employees who didn’t get a biometric screening and fill out an online health survey, they were still concerned about what happens next—board chair Keith Masser ’73 said that David Gray, senior vice president for finance and business, would respond to the comments.

This caused a stir. Not once since the board added a public comment agenda item—up to 10 speakers, each allotted three minutes—had trustees done anything but sit and listen. Twice, however, during Friday’s meeting, Masser directed someone to respond to the comments—Gray to the professors, and governance chair Keith Eckel to former state Sen. Robert Jubelirer ’59, ’62g, who was practically shouting by the end of his three minutes, during which he accused the board of not being transparent.

Masser had indicated he was considering doing this during Thursday’s meeting of the Outreach, Development, and Community Relations Committee. (more…)

September 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm 2 comments


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