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2009 STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY VIDEO Graham B. Spanier President The Pennsylvania State University Transcript GRAHAM SPANIER I’m Graham Spanier, president of Penn State. Allow me to update you on the state of our university. As President George Atherton said, “I understand full well that my path is not to be strewn with roses…but if devotion and hard work, and singleness of purpose can accomplish anything, we can win.” Adversity is no stranger at Penn State, and along with the rest of the nation we’ve seen our share of it this past year. Yet Penn State’s pioneering vision and heritage have endured and in some ways thrived, despite the economic downturn. We are fortunate. Penn State remains America’s most popular university, receiving a record setting 107,000 applications for admission this year. We have 93,000 students studying at our 24 campuses and through our online World Campus. And half a million alumni make us proud every day. I’m grateful to Penn State’s 44,000 full and part time employees who have taken on increased workloads, sacrificed salary increases, reduced expenses and contributed in countless ways to enable us to hold down tuition increases and maintain the quality of our programs. As I begin my 15th year as president of Penn State, I feel privileged to be a part of one of the most noble of endeavors -- preparing future leaders for every sector of our society. For every individual, education is much more than a personal benefit: it is a societal good that is the foundation for developing character, conscience, citizenship and social responsibility. Penn State is changing the world, and through the example of our faculty, students and staff, I want to show you how. RESEARCH THAT’S SHAPING THE FUTURE Eva Pell, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research, Dean of the Graduate School Penn State ranks #1 in Engineering and Material Sciences John Yen, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Education, College of Information Sciences and Technology Penn State is 2nd in defense-related research Derek Baily, Engineering Major We rank 3rd nationally in industry-sponsored research. GRAHAM SPANIER With annual research expenditures approaching $750 million, Penn State ranks among the leaders worldwide. We excel in industry-sponsored research. Last year 750 companies were engaged in Penn State research partnerships – putting us among the top in the nation. Dr. Heath Hofman, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been working on the car of the future...and it is sleek, stylish and electric. His research into fuel-efficient, sustainable and affordable vehicles continues at Penn State with the PSU Advanced Vehicle Team and the EcoCAR competition. Heath Hofman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering The Penn State Advanced Vehicle team is a collection of undergraduate and graduate level students developing actual hybrid electric vehicles from stock, conventional vehicles. Hybrid electric, electric vehicles will be a crucial part of the future energy policy of this country, so developing engineers who are capable of designing these machines is really critical. GRAHAM SPANIER Dr. Sridhar Anandakrishnan conducts much of his research using another type of vehicle -- a snowmobile. Sridhar Anandakrishnan, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences The work that I'm doing is understanding how the ice in Antarctica and in Greenland is changing today. Going out there and measuring its thickness, its flow speed, the stuff underneath it, and then bringing that information back and working with the numerical modelers, the computer modelers to build better models for what the future of this massive ice looks like. The impact of the work that I do, is to understand how the loss of ice in Antarctica and in Greenland will affect sea level. GRAHAM SPANIER Dr. Nina Jablonski, professor and head of the department of anthropology, is helping us better understand our own skin through her research. This year, she appeared on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, and in many leading publications with SKIN, a book that explores how skin works and why it is important to our day-to-day health and well-being. Nina Jablonski, Ph.D., Prof/Dept Head of Anthropology Melanin pigment protects our skin against the breakdown of particular vitamins that are essential to life and reproduction. And more of it is necessary if you live in a high ultraviolet environment, like near the equator. I see this bringing people together in new communities of understanding, and that's fantastic. COLLABORATION THAT’S REDEFINING ACADEMIA GRAHAM SPANIER An exciting example of the interdisciplinary approach to research has mammoth implications. Just consider the work of Dr. Stephan Schuster, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and Dr. Webb Miller, professor of biology and computer science and engineering. Their work is linked to the past but may unlock the knowledge that will protect today’s endangered species. Time Magazine recently listed both among the world’s 100 most influential people. Webb Miller, Ph.D., Prof of Biology and Computer Science We read the genome sequence of the woolly mammoth. First time anybody had done that for an extinct animal. Stephan Schuster, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology We have pretty much opened a window to the past. It was believed that all the genetic information was lost. But by our technology we gained access to this information again, and we can not only find out about the genetic make up of an extinct animal, but we can also study the populations that have lived. I think really what was the breakthrough in making this project happen was a collaborative effort that brought together two complementary sets of skills between two faculty. Webb Miller, Ph.D., Prof of Biology and Computer Science We need each other because the range of skills that you need to do this well is really huge. GRAHAM SPANIER Collaboration extends beyond campus boundaries as well. Dr. Michael Kenney, assistant professor of political science and public policy at Penn State Harrisburg, is collaborating with Dr. John Horgan of Penn State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism on a project for the Office of Naval Research. John Horgan, Ph.D., Director International Center for the Study of Terrorism The study of terrorism by its very nature is multi-disciplinary; no one academic discipline can possibly have the monopoly over the study of terrorism. If you want to understand how terrorists think, adapt, learn and change, we have no choice but to go into the field and speak to people who have been involved in terrorism. Michael Kenney, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Political Science and Public Policy Penn State Harrisburg This research seeks to paint a clearer picture of that adversary in order to better inform counter-terrorism policy. Each one of us has expertise in a different, yet overlapping area. John Horgan I've always been a firm believer that if you want to do the best possible job you have to bring together the best possible team, and I'm convinced that we've done that for this project. TEACHING THAT’S TRANSFORMING LIVES Karen Schultz, Registrar: We scheduled 3,689 final exams at University Park alone. Van Cyr, Math Department: Last year, the faculty taught 30,669 class sections… Karen Schultz, Registrar: …and awarded 18,326 degrees University-wide. 2 students at Berkey Creamery: And 2.5 million ice cream cones were eaten. Tom Palchak, Manager, Berkey Creamery After all those classes, everyone needs a treat! GRAHAM SPANIER Penn State faculty members are making an impact on the world one student at a time. At Penn State’s School of International Affairs, Dr. Tiyanjana Maluwa is helping prepare graduate students to take leadership positions in the increasingly interconnected and global society. His experience as Legal Advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights provides a unique perspective on the challenges faced around the world. Tiyanjana Maluwa, Ph.D., LL. M., Associate Dean for International Affairs Our primary interest is in training students to understand the imperatives and the equalities of leadership from an international perspective. We have quite a number of students who are doing internships in other countries. We have a student in Israel working with communities in a Kibbutz. We have a student in Germany who is working with an institute that is working with security issues. And we have student right here in the United States who is working with peacekeeping operations. Penn State has always been in the forefront of producing leaders, and I think a School of International Affairs can only contribute to the production of more leaders as we go along. GRAHAM SPANIER At Penn State Brandywine, distinguished professor of political science Dr. Stephen Cimbala is helping shape the fields of international security studies, defense policy, and intelligence. Stephen Cimbala, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Political Science Penn State Brandywine I have two main goals for my students. I want them to be able to connect dots across different kinds of readings, different kinds of concepts. The second thing would be, I hope students come out of my classes feeling a sense of a more responsible citizenship, more willing to vote, to take part in the political process, to join a political party, to campaign, or running for congress. You know, wouldn't that be wonderful? TECHNOLOGY THAT’S LEADING THE NATION Alexis Joseph, Chemistry Major: We are #1 for Web site hits on Google, Yahoo!, and Ask Cole Camplese, Director, Ed. Tech. Services: We are ranked #1 in video search results for YouTube, Google Video and Yahoo! Hillary Gupta, Marketing Major: And we're #1 on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter GRAHAM SPANIER Technology has changed the way we teach, learn, work, communicate, and connect. Dr. Janice Light, distinguished professor of communication sciences and disorders at Penn State, is using technology to help disabled children learn to communicate. Janice Light, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders Imagine for a moment if you were unable to speak, unable to communicate with others. You would have incredible frustration, really locked in unable to connect with others. This is the experience for many of the children who come to us who have special needs. We've worked with some children as young as six months old, and we've introduced them to assistive technology and they've developed the foundations of language, learned to read and write and type, and in fact they've entered school as readers and writers well ahead of their typically developing peers because of the early intervention using assistive technology. Jennifer Schulz, Parent When we started working with Dr. Light, Anna start to come out, things just started clicking Anna was communicating more. Sven Schulz, Parent Dr. Light has given us hope. She really opened up Anna's mind and opened up Anna's willingness to learn. Jennifer Schulz, Parent We see a brighter future for Anna. We've very grateful for the hope that Penn State has given us for our daughter. GRAHAM SPANIER At Penn State Fayette, nursing students work in the new, state-of-the-art Biomedical Technology Building. Enrollment in Penn State’s undergraduate nursing program has increased 20 percent over the last four years, and at University Park, our graduate program has more than doubled in size. Melissa Miner, MSN, RN, CS, Nursing Coordinator Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Nurses are in the prime position to make changes locally, globally. So we're here to focus people in the right direction to maintain their current health status and hopefully improve it for long duration. ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT’S CONTRIBUTING TO THE COMMONWEALTH Jim Broadhurst, Chair, Board of Trustees: Penn State is the largest single contributor to Pennsylvania’s economy. Madlyn L. Hanes, Ph.D., Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg: Penn State’s economic impact on Pennsylvania is $17 billion… Brad Caldwell, Equipment Manager: With 44,000 full and part-time employees, Penn State is the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania. GRAHAM SPANIER Universities like ours struggle with balance -- how do we maintain the momentum of a leading research institution and continue to reach out to the people of the Commonwealth without sacrificing our primary mission of educating our students? We continue to have as a goal being the leading university in the integration of teaching, research, and service. And at the same time, we recognize our position as the single largest contributor to the state’s economy. Consider the economic impact of research by Penn State scholars studying the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin. Terry Engelder, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences Pennsylvania is incredibly blessed in having a gas shale called the Marcellus that is thick, extensive throughout the state, and at the right depth of burial and thermal maturity for gas production. My research on the Marcellus had the immediate impact of taking the value of a lease from a $100 almost immediately up to $2,500 an acre. Tom Murphy, Associate Extension Educator, College of Agricultural Sciences The value of education in this process is absolutely huge. After the educational process from Penn State, we've been able to generate about an extra $200 million in the difference between what their first offers were and what the final outcome was with the leases. Penn State has a lot to offer to develop more of that resource and keep more of those energy dollars, number one here in the United States, and more importantly here in Pennsylvania. GRAHAM SPANIER Human Development is another Penn State priority. We offer a wide range of university-based activities that include 4-H, summer sports camps, and arts and cultural events. From new acquisitions at the Palmer Museum of Art to a historic performance with artists Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma to the Penn State Laureate program, the arts bring us together and enrich our lives. Each year, these Penn State activities attract nearly 1 million visitors and generate $1.73 billion for the state’s economy. And when you get that many Nittany Lions together you can hear the roar! SPIRIT THAT INSPIRES SUCCESS Doris Willette, Communications Major: Penn State has earned 63 National Team Championships, including 6 in the last two years Stefen Wisniewski, Secondary Education: In the last 15 years, 3,312 student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including me, Stefen Wisniewski. Joe Paterno, Head Coach: Attendance at Beaver Stadium since 1960 is over 23 million Cheerleaders and Nittany Lion: And there’s still only one cheer… We are... STADIUM CHEER: PENN STATE! We are.... Penn State. GRAHAM SPANIER Last year, Penn State teams shook the stands at stadiums and arenas from coast to coast. Our intercollegiate teams had a remarkable year for titles and trophies. Our NCAA Champion Women’s Volleyball team was called... (TV Audio: 'A perfect Penn State Nittany Lion Volleyball Team!"). Our men’s basketball team won the National Invitational Tournament and set a school record for victories. And the Men’s and Women’s Fencing team won their 11th NCAA championship. Our scholar-athletes have given us another reason to be proud – academics. Nittany Lion student-athletes are among the leaders nationally for their excellence in the classroom. Megan Hodge, Business Management Major When you do well in the classroom it makes you feel better about going into practice or going into a game. Feeling good about the stuff that you've done off the court definitely carries over on to what you're doing on the court. SERVICE THAT’S MAKING A DIFFERENCE Sarah Hermsmeier, Program Director: Penn State students have donated 5 million hours of service throughout the Commonwealth... William Dennis, Energy Business, Finance Major: ...through hundreds of student service organizations university-wide. Luke Pierce, President, Interfraternity Council: While 4,555 members of the Fraternity and Sorority community... Kate Patton, Panhellenic Council: .....contributed their time and talent to a wide range of philanthropic causes. Lloyd Rhoades, Manager, Central Services: And Penn State employees have contributed $130 million annually in donations and volunteer services. GRAHAM SPANIER Penn State’s first president, Evan Pugh, called Penn State “the people’s institution,” and that commitment to society is evident today. Coquese Washington, Head Coach, Lady Lion Basketball The Lady Lions have a strong commitment to community service, and it's really important that we do everything that we can to get out and touch people - really getting out and building relationships with people, building relationships with organizations, so that they understand that the Lady Lion basketball program really wants to have an impact. They support us, we support them and it's a family. That's the Penn State way. GRAHAM SPANIER Penn State is consistently among the leading universities sending its graduates to the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America. In addition, Penn State students serve others locally and globally through hundreds of clubs, organizations and activities. Service also plays a key role in Penn State’s highly ranked Supply Chain program. The United States Marine Corps has turned to Penn State to lead the Marine Corps Logistics Education Program. William Grenoble, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Supply Chain Research Our key role in these programs is to bring ideas and concepts that they may not have been exposed to, particularly logistics and supply chain experience from the commercial sector. John J. Coyle, Director of Corporate Sponsors, Center for Supply Chain Research Things have changed in the way we fight wars. And it's much more akin to what's happening in the private sector - that speed to get there and make it happen. They're able to: 1. deploy much faster than they ever were before; and secondly when they're on the battlefield they're able to support those troops better than they ever have before. It's a really proud thing for us to be able to participate in this program. PHILANTHROPY THAT’S FOR THE FUTURE Elyse Adams, THON Public Relations Chair: THON, the largest student philanthropy in the world Peter Tombros, Capital Campaign Chair: We’ve raised over $775 million for “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students” David Han, Hershey Medical Center: We have the largest alumni association in the world and we’re #1 in the number of alumni donors! Erin & Shaun Gehringer: 75 percent of undergraduate students received some financial aid last year to help pay for their education at Penn State Vikram Kumar, Grad Student, Economics: And for that, we have just two words – Thank you! GRAHAM SPANIER To help address the challenges of affordability and accessibility, we are pursuing our most ambitious fundraising campaign in Penn State history -- For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. At the heart of this campaign is the priority to make Penn State the top student-centered research university in America. Despite the current economic climate, Penn State’s alumni and friends are continuing to support the University enthusiastically. Our supporters have built state-of-the-art facilities and programs; created new scholarships, fellowships, professorships and faculty chairs; and have invested in research, technology and outreach. Such giving is testimony to the loyalty and generosity of Penn Staters. PENN STATE CHANGING THE WORLD Peter Tombros, Campaign Chair, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students We find Penn Staters everywhere. We find them in science, we find them in the arts, we find them in entertainment. Eva Pell, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research, Dean of the Graduate School Penn State faculty work in so many areas that contribute to making life better for people in Pennsylvania and for people throughout the world. John Yen, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Education College of Information Sciences and Technology Penn State can change the world through advanced research, through outreach, through creating new technologies, and to help educate the next generation. Brad Caldwell, Equipment Manager, Football It's the people; I mean it's just a great place to work. The people are you know, just a great family. Sarah Hermsmeier, Program Director, Community Service and Service Learning And it's not just the hundred student service organizations, or the millions of dollars that are raised: there are individual students doing small deeds every day, one hour, one dollar, one vote, one person at a time. And I think that collectively is how Penn State changes the world. Sridhar Anandakrishnan, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences Penn State provides us with a wonderful set of resources, brings together a great set of folks, and together we can really make an impact. Madlyn L. Hanes, Ph.D., Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg We are worldwide. We change the world because of our size and scale but more importantly, we change the world by changing individual lives for the better, and that's what we do best. Joe Paterno, Head Coach, Football Whether it's in government, whether it's in science, whether it's just somebody who's trying to help some other people do a better job, we've got a tremendous, tremendous impact on the world and we're getting better all the time. GRAHAM SPANIER AND STUDENTS 154 years since our founding 100 words in the Penn State alma mater 1 mascot 1 mission 1 university GRAHAM SPANIER While this has been a year of challenges, it also has brought out the best in the Penn State community. Educational excellence. Research and scholarship. Dedicated service. We are changing the world…we are Penn State.
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