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|College of Education appoints associate dean|
|By Tracy Mason|
Dr. Patricia Nelson, associate professor and head of the Education Department at Susquehanna University, has been appointed associate dean for outreach, Cooperative Extension, technology and international programs in the College of Education.
She assumed the position on July 10. Her responsibilities include coordinating the colleges outreach and continuing education programs, including the Penn State Educational Partnership Program. She also will have responsibility for enhancing the use of instructional technologies throughout the college and will be the coordinator for international programs.
Patricia Nelson brings with her a wealth of curriculum, outreach and technology experience, Dr. David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education, said. We are confident she will enhance our current initiatives and further establish Penn States College of Education as a pacesetter in the field of education.
Nelsons education career spans the nation and the globe. She holds Certificates of Recognition from both La Universidad Nacional Abierto in Caracas, Venezuela, and from La Universidad de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. She has served as an associate professor and the head of Susquehanna Universitys Education Department since 1992. Previously, she was assistant director of the Independent Study Program for the Division of Continuing Education at the University of NebraskaLincoln.
While an assistant professor at the University of AlaskaFairbanks from 1986 to 1990, she served on the statewide committee on Technology and Distance Education. She served as a curriculum specialist in the Region 20 Curriculum Center in Detroit, Mich., where she addressed curriculum and training needs for a population of 600,000 students of varied ethnic and language backgrounds the third largest education service region in the nation.
Nelson received the Christa McAuliffe National Fellow Award in 1988, recognizing her as one of the nations educational pioneers for her contributions to education and technology by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education.
Throughout her career, her research interests have focused on such issues as diversity, distance education and best practice. She has presented many invited papers on outcome-based teacher education and university/school collaboration, and she has written numerous articles and special reports, including An Open Letter to President Clinton, an invited report written with Christa McAuliffe in 1993 for the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education and National Education Association. Nelson also is co-author of the book Paths of Science, which will be released this year.
She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University in 1985. In 1979, she received her M.A. degree in educational administration from Eastern Michigan University, and in 1976, she earned her M.S. Ed. degree in special education from Northern Illinois University.
|William Curley heads continuing education for Commonwealth College|
|The Commonwealth College has established a central continuing education office and appointed William G. Curley as the first senior director of continuing education.|
Dr. Joseph C. Strasser, recently retired dean of the Commonwealth College, said, Bill Curleys wealth of experience in continuing education is proving invaluable as we work to extend the research, scholarship and expertise of our faculty to help improve the quality of life for the people in the communities we serve. One critical area we are focusing on is workforce development. Many companies are struggling with issues of how to keep their employees skills up to date, as well as how to find new workers who have the skills todays jobs require. We want to help Pennsylvania companies address these workforce development issues.
According to Curley, Penn State has many resources that will allow us to better serve communities around the state. Our role is to work collaboratively internally and externally to identify how we can take advantage of those resources and translate that into individual and community economic development.
The Commonwealth College is comprised of 12 campuses: Penn State Beaver, Penn State Delaware County, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State McKeesport, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State New Kensington, Penn State Shenango, Penn State WilkesBarre, Penn State Worthington Scranton and Penn State York.
In addition to focusing on workforce development, Curleys responsibilities include enhancing continuing education activities at all Commonwealth College locations. He is involved with program development and delivery and with establishing collaborative partnerships to improve continuing education.
The creation of this position signifies the importance that the Commonwealth College places on outreach, Curley said. There are many exciting continuing education activities occurring throughout the college that are creating great impact for local communities.
Before joining the Commonwealth College in February, Curley was director of continuing education and training for Penn State Altoona. He served in that role from July 1997 to January 2000 and was responsible for outreach programming in a five-county area. He coordinated efforts to deliver an extended master of education program through the College of Education, created joint workforce development programs with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and partnered with the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. to open a continuing education facility in downtown Altoona.
He has been a Penn State continuing education staff member since 1985, when he was a conference coordinator for the Keller Conference Center. In 1987, he was named an area representative in the State College Area Continuing Education Office. From 1990 to 1995, he was director of continuing education at Penn State Mont Alto. While there, he also served as director of business services and continuing education (199596) and acting campus executive officer (199697).
Throughout his continuing education tenure, Curley secured funding to develop continuing education programs. While at Penn State Altoona, with a grant from Outreach and Cooperative Extensions Program Innovation Fund in 1999, he helped initiate the beginning phases of a Certified Public Manager program. A 1996 Ben Franklin Challenge Grant supported the creation of a technical training consortium comprised of local industry, education and community groups. A series of five Job Training Partnership Act grants (199397) funded summer programs for disadvantaged youth in Adams and Franklin counties. A 1996 Customized Job Training Grant helped Penn State Mont Alto develop training for a local company.
In addition to his involvement in several campus and University committees, Curley is a member of the Workforce Investment Board of the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Area and a graduate of Leadership Blair County. He also is a member of the University Continuing Education Association, the Association for Continuing Higher Education and the Continuing Education Association of Pennsylvania.
Curley earned his bachelor of science degree in rehabilitation education in 1982 and his master of education degree in adult education in 1994, both from Penn State. He currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in workforce education and development at the University.
|Director of Continuing Education and Outreach at Dickinson School of Law appointed|
| Pittsburgh attorney Nancy Jean LaMont, a 1978 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed director of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Law School.|
In this position, she is responsible for developing and implementing a wide-ranging program of continuing education and other outreach programs offered by the Law School, Penn State and the Law Schools Agricultural Law Research and Education Center.
Although the Law School has conducted a continuing education program for lawyers for many years, the scope of its program is being significantly broadened to include not only lawyers locally, regionally and nationally, but the general population, as well.
Expansion of our continuing education program will help to fulfill our mission of service to our alumni and to the legal profession generally and will provide greater outreach to the broader community, Law School Dean Peter G. Glenn said. One way in which we will increase the number of programs offered will be through collaborations with our Agricultural Law Research and Education Center and other established continuing education providers.
Glenn said the Law School continuing education office also is responsible for oversight of the continuing legal education programs offered throughout the University. The continuing education program will include traditional courses and seminars on a variety of topics, as well as programs designed for delivery using the latest information technologies.
I think its a very exciting opportunity to work with a program in which the Law School and University are devoting substantial resources, LaMont said. I am very impressed with the Dickinson/Penn State teams highly professional approach to enhancing the reputation of both institutions and to providing service to alumni, the legal profession and to the community as a whole. There are many opportunities for us to expand the program beyond the traditional mandatory continuing legal education component that the Law School has concentrated on through the years. We have a good foundation of programs, as well as excellent facilities, on which to build.
LaMont has been a member of the Law Schools Board of Trustees and chair of its strategic planning committee. She resigned from the Board of Trustees prior to assuming her role as director of Continuing Education and Outreach.
Active in the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County bar associations, LaMont served as a continuing education course planner and presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, including its Business Lawyers Institute in Philadelphia, for a number of years. She is a graduate of Allegheny College.
|Vice Presidents Awards|
|University Continuing Education Association Awards|
|Division of Continuing Education Award|
|Dr. Shirley S. Hendrick, associate dean in The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administration at Penn State, was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Academic Leadership Award by the Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Patricia A. Book, associate vice president for outreach and executive director of the Penn State Division of Continuing Education, called Hendrick an innovative and creative associate dean. Book said, Shirley Hendricks contributions to the field of continuing education and its practice stand out in terms of outstanding leadership in ensuring access to quality programs for the adult learner. To express our esteem for your contributions to continuing education, we have named the award for you. You are the first recipient of the Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership, and henceforth, this award will be presented in your name. Hendrick retired from Penn State in December 1999 after 23 years of service. For more than 21 of those years, she served in the continuing education field as an administrator with The Smeal College. She died May 22, 2000.|
|Outstanding Real Estate Instructor named|
| Charles M. Gambone, associate broker with Prudential First Choice Realty of State College, has been honored as the Outstanding Real Estate Instructor for spring 2000 by the State College Office of Continuing Education.|
He teaches in The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business Administrations Department of Insurance and Real Estate for the State College Office of Continuing Education. He is a 28-year veteran of the real estate business, an active member of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry and past president of the Centre County Association of Realtors.
Gambone has a bachelor of science degree in business management from Penn State.
He provides training, recruiting and marketing services for Prudential First Choice Realty.
|PENNTAP wins three awards for helping state businesses|
|By Dana Bauer|
Penn States Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PENNTAP) has won three 1999 Outstanding Project of the Year Awards from NAMTAC, the National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers.
This is the first time that PENN-TAP was a triple winner, Jack Gido, PENNTAP director, said. The awards, presented at NAMTACs meeting in Seattle, Wash., honored the technical specialists who headed the winning projects.
Technology transfer award
Bill Paletski, a senior technical specialist for PENNTAP, helped Rosemary Rogue and Miguel Rodriguez, co-owners of Angels Touch Paint, a Lehigh County latex paint recycling firm, expand their business to serve a four-county area. The project won the award in the technology transfer category.
Its unique, Paletski said. Theyre the only paint recycling center in the state and one of only two dozen in the country.
Paletski designed a new process flow for Angels Touch Paint and contacted paint recycling companies throughout the country, researching the type of equipment the company would need to work on a larger scale. With assistance from
PENNTAP and the Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste Management, Angels Touch Paint received a $165,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to buy equipment, lease a larger space and purchase a vehicle to transport paint to and from customers.
Business assistance awards
Year 2000 Assessments for Small Businesses, a project led by Ralph Caretti, senior technical specialist, won an award in the business assistance category. Caretti and a graduate assistant provided free, on-site Y2K assessment and computer support for more than 120 companies throughout Pennsylvania. Caretti tested hardware and software, installed software patches and offered advice on how to become Y2K compliant.
Clients reported economic benefits of $630,000 and 27 jobs saved as a direct result of PENNTAP Year 2000 assessments, Gido said.
Senior technical specialist Warren Weaver also received an award in the business assistance category for his project Environmental Compliance and Cost Savings through Pollution Avoidance. Weaver helped Weinstock Conestoga, a Lancaster company that manufactures specialty gift items, find a way to reduce wastewater contaminants from its brass processing operation.
Weaver facilitated a meeting between Weinstock Conestoga and the Lancaster City Sewer Authority to present a plan for implementing a technical solution.
Eventually, Weinstock Conestoga decided to subcontract the brass processing operation to a neighboring company that could both do the work within the Sewer Authoritys standards and meet quality and delivery requirements.
The new process allowed [Weinstock Conestoga] to create an equal product for less money, Weaver said. The company estimated the total savings to be about $16,000, without the loss of any jobs.
PENNTAP is a partnership among Penn State, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
NAMTAC is a nonprofit association that provides advocacy, information and a forum to enhance the performance of organizations providing business, economic development and technical assistance to businesses and communities.
|Magazine team displays process improvement project at Quality Expo|
|Members of the Penn State Outreach magazine team have conducted a continuous quality improvement (CQI) process to streamline magazine production. The project has resulted in changes designed to improve the quality of the publication. Team members presented the results of their magazine CQI process at a booth at the Penn State Quality Expo 2000.|
|In the photo, from left, are magazine team members Tracey D. Huston, director of Outreach Communications and supervising editor for the magazine; Sandy L. Rothrock, editorial assistant, Outreach Communications; and Deborah A. Benedetti, editor, Outreach Communications. Not shown is team member Celena E. Kusch, writer/editor, Outreach Communications.|
|Conference sparks ideas for developing leadership skills|
| Participants at the Penns Woods Leadership Conference learned new ideas they can use to develop leadership and recreational skills for their youth programs.|
More than 40 Penn State Cooperative Extension staff, camp directors and youth program leaders from Penn State and other organizations spent three days at Shavers Creek Environmental Center participating in these workshops:
Penn State Cooperative Extension, Penn State Outreach and Shavers Creek Environmental Center collaborated to develop the leadership conference. The Pennsylvania Audubon Society, the Penn State Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Outreach Partnership Fund provided funding to support the conference. Scholarships were available to Cooperative Extension staff, leaders and youth through an Extension Program Priority Initiative mini-grant.
On their conference evaluation forms, many participants said they planned to use the knowledge and ideas they gained during the conference at the youth camps they organize and in the training sessions they develop for youth and adults.