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  • Another Alumni Election Sweep for PS4RS | The Penn Stater Magazine
    65 stepped down they ll be replaced by Daniel Mead 75 77g president and CEO of Verizon Wireless and Walter Rakowich 79 retired CEO of Prologis Pope Jubelirer and Lord who did not attend the meeting were endorsed by PS4RS which has criticized the board for its firing of Paterno and Spanier its acceptance of the Freeh report which they say led to NCAA sanctions and the board s unwillingness to keep pushing to find the truth of what happened in the Sandusky scandal But Pope and Jubelirer say they also bring additional qualities to the board Jubelirer says he has relationships in Harrisburg that I think will benefit the university and Pope as a college professor says her understanding of higher education is particularly important on a board that has far more trustees with corporate backgrounds than higher ed backgrounds The business of education is not like other business she said The products are not the same Yes corporate models have some place in universities but the educational mission has to be put first and foremost Jesse Arnelle is recognized for his 45 years of serves as a Penn State trustee The PS4RS candidates won their seats handily The fourth place finisher Ted Sebastianelli 68 was 2 400 votes behind The only incumbent running Joel Myers 61 63g 71g finished seventh with 3 511 votes The other two incumbents Marianne Ellis Alexander 62 and Jesse Arnelle 55 62g decided to not run for re election Arnelle served as a trustee for 45 years he was first elected in 1969 Overall voter turnout was down with 29 791 ballots cast More than 33 000 alumni voted in 2013 which was in turn down from more than 37 500 in 2012 immediately after the Sandusky scandal Other notes from Friday s meeting Agricultural trustees Keith Masser 73 and Betsy Huber were re elected but trustee M Abraham Harpster 94 said that a candidate had complained about voting irregularities in one county He added that election officials had not been able to confirm this and so the election results stood The resolution to add a permanent student trustee selected by students was withdrawn because governance chair Keith Eckel said Gov Tom Corbett will appoint a student to replace Peter Khoury 12 who is graduating with a master s degree this weekend before the board votes on tuition in July Should the appointment not materialize the board will call a special meeting to assure there is a student on the board for the tuition vote The possibility of a permanent seat for a student will be considered with the rest of the governance reforms not separately Speaking of governance reform Eckel said that consultant Holly Gregory has a sense of the issues that trustees want to address after Wednesday s small group sessions of the governance committee which were not open to the public He hopes to present the full board with recommendations at its July meeting making it possible to vote on

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  • Alice W. Pope, Ballot Position No. 27 | The Penn Stater Magazine
    tradition of academic excellence 2 What would you do to help heal the university community and to assist the university as it continues to recover from the Sandusky scandal Next to Sandusky the Board is the biggest cause of Penn Staters ongoing hurt Accordingly I will work to change the Board s mindset and culture Different perspectives are critical to reaching greater understanding of complex issues but unfortunately the Board simply avoids dissenting voices A former board chair promised to conduct a listening tour for example but she reneged on her promise This is just one illustration of the Board s inward looking and insular culture I will insist that the Board engage in meaningful dialogue with its stakeholders The Board has hindered healing by promoting a false dichotomy they claim that examining the past will impair the ability to plan for the future This is absurd All healthy organizations engage in self appraisals in order to build on their successes and to avoid repeating mistakes When mistakes are discovered amends must be made Leaving mistakes unrectified obstructs healing and prevents forward movement The community will recover from the scandal when the university s reputation is restored The Board must repudiate the flawed Freeh report which wrongly condemned our culture using inadequate evidence The NCAA sanctions issued on the basis of a faulty report must be challenged We must find the courage and resolve to do what is right As we pursue the truth we must ensure the education of our current students is our primary concern Contrary to the Board s false dichotomy I believe that we can both rectify past mistakes and lead the way to a greater future 3 What in your view are the major fiscal challenges Penn State will face over the next three years and how should the university address them Six great fiscal challenges facing the university are Stagnant and declining support from Commonwealth appropriations The challenge of maintaining the quality of education in an environment of increased costs for salaries health care and retirement benefits insurance utilities governmental mandates information technology and library materials while at the same time reining in tuition Maintaining buildings and physical plant in an era of aging facilities and growing deferred maintenance Making the cost of an education affordable for the majority of students who need financial aid and deserve a Penn State education Supporting the Commonwealth Campuses which are so critical to the education human development and economic development of their communities while creating efficiencies during a time of changing demographics and decreased enrollments at some campuses Finding funds for investment in faculty facilities and programs that will allow Penn State to continue to be the most student centered research university in the nation The University can address these needs through continued advocacy with elected officials in Harrisburg preparations for another successful capital fund raising campaign with need based scholarships as a top priority further efficiencies in budget planning and administration a fresh look at enrollment

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  • Robert C. Jubelirer, Ballot Position No. 28 | The Penn Stater Magazine
    affects our whole University and all of her stakeholders This form of elite decision making must change and include the entire Board in deliberations All members should be informed of all decisions and no longer be kept in the dark Lack of transparency breeds mistrust President Barron now has the opportunity to turn on the light and so far we have reasons to be encouraged 2 What would you do to help heal the university community and to assist the university as it continues to recover from the Sandusky scandal It is critical to have the leadership skills and experience to work with those who may have a different point of view to try and affect compromise in the best interest of our university Serving in legislative leadership taught me the valuable skills of bringing people with differing positions together for results and regrouping and forging ahead after suffering setbacks We are certainly at a crossroads at our beloved university I believe until more members of the Board of Trustees BoT reach common ground and acknowledge that mistakes were made in the wake of the Sandusky scandal such as foregoing due process and firing Joe Paterno before he had the opportunity to address them and the public it will be difficult to heal and recover I remain optimistic that that time will come A great step was the hiring of Dr Barron as president Another was how former Trustee Al Clemens showed leadership by acknowledging his terrible mistake in rushing to judgment and voting to fire Coach Paterno on Nov 9 2011 I believe the time will come soon when more trustees will join Clemens in recognizing their rush to judgment and uniting Penn State nation together again 3 What in your view are the major fiscal challenges Penn State will face over the next three years and how should the university address them The most pressing fiscal challenges are sharply rising tuition costs and lack of public support Certainly Penn State cannot keep tuition down when the Commonwealth continues to either flat fund the university or even worse cuts its annual appropriation in the budget But raising tuition year after year is not the answer Penn State is the largest economic engine in the state The Governor and the State Legislature must be reminded of that constantly and treat it in the budget accordingly Raising endowments for scholarships is one way to help with affordability but it must be accompanied by controlling costs Here the Board of Trustees BoT must understand that there is no magic money tree out there for them to pick dollars from It seems every time there is a question raised the first thing the BoT does is to hire a high priced consultant There may be times when this might be necessary but I believe it has become too habitual Has anyone done a study of the tens of millions of dollars that the BoT has authorized and arguably wasted just in the last

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  • Albert L. Lord, Ballot Position No. 22 | The Penn Stater Magazine
    be open and candid The CEO and Board are peers they have same goals and should be equally engaged Neither should be superior nor subordinate to the other Our Board and most not for profit Boards are oversized impersonal and therefore clumsy Any change that reduces Board size and demands more genuine engagement from members will improve Board 2 What would you do to help heal the university community and to assist the university as it continues to recover from the Sandusky scandal The question presumes Penn State needs to heal from the Sandusky tragedy and related events I agree Officially Penn State reinforced by the media the NCAA Louis Freeh and our Board of Trustees has acknowledged guilt in the Sandusky matter Our alumni disagree with this verdict even the courts have not and may not reach a verdict Consequently at best we have confusion at worst we have sadness and anger To heal these open wounds we first must end the apologies Next we must officially accept reject or complete the Freeh Report a purposely misleading document The report indicts PSU leadership s behavior surrounding this incident I agree with that obvious finding Boardroom incompetence is a distinctly different charge than the charge that Penn State s culture was poisonous Until this good versus evil contrast is resolved Penn State will reside in a purgatory imposed by mass paranoia and weak kneed trustees As a trustee I intend to concentrate the Board on the Freeh Report accuracy The trustees have treated his report as if it has leprosy yet it stands an unanswered 8 million indictment of all of us No serious healing will occur while the septic contents of this report remain in the wound 3 What in your view are the major fiscal challenges Penn State will face over the next three years and how should the university address them Fiscal issues challenge every not for profit institution The issue facing all is simple How much longer can Americans afford the education investment regardless of the obvious long term rewards it brings The supply demand balance is changing because the investment payback period grows and the tuition price tag is now intimidating Penn State faces special challenges brought by the state s negligible and falling funding and our fading reputation Penn State is no guiltier for Sandusky than Duke was for its lacrosse team s party behavior Yet outside Pennsylvania we are self confessed enablers With our reputation under duress long term demand for a Penn State education inevitably will ebb and so will the quality of the education we are able to deliver Consequently we will lose pricing power and find our ability to attract academic talent both educators and students diminished My solution to short term 3 years fiscal pressure is to manage costs We are fortunate to have a new president who is very cost conscious I will do what I can to bring years of cost control experience to Dr Barron s

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  • Governance Committee Wrestles with Reform—Again | The Penn Stater Magazine
    Penn State no Staff 5 percent Penn State no Alumni 35 percent Penn State yes Agriculture 10 percent Penn State yes Business 5 percent Penn State yes The report also compares Penn State s selection methods to the peer university group s selection methods Appointed by governor 60 percent Penn State yes Secretaries of state agencies 25 percent Penn State yes Appointed by legislature 20 percent Penn State no Elected by alumni 15 percent Penn State yes Selected by board 45 percent Penn State yes Elected by students 20 percent Penn State no Elected by statewide vote 15 percent Penn State no Elected by staff 5 percent Penn State no Elected by faculty 10 percent Penn State no Selected by Alumni Association 20 percent Penn State no The committee had a brief discussion after several members noticed that the report indicates Penn State has about six fewer trustees who are alumni than it actually does Board chair Keith Masser 73 said It just makes me question if this isn t right what else isn t right Gregory and Montgomery apologized and said the data was compiled from publicly available sources I don t know when they gathered their data or what the composition of the board was then but I just checked the Board of Trustees website and there are several trustees without biographical information including six who joined the board in the past year Kathleen Casey 88 Ted Brown 68 Barbara Doran 75 Bill Oldsey 76 M Abraham Harpster 94 and Richard Dandrea 77 Including those trustees there are 22 alumni serving on the board nine who are elected by alumni After hearing the report today the governance committee was divided into three separate breakout groups to spend an hour behind closed doors considering questions posed by the consultants Group one trustees Keith Eckel Dandrea and Anthony Lubrano 82 faculty representative Roger Egolf and vice president for administration Tom Poole Group two trustees Masser Jim Broadhurst 64 Doran and emeritus trustee David Jones 54 Group three trustees Carl Shaffer Jesse Arnelle 55 62g Marianne Ellis Alexander 62 and student representative Emily McDonald At the March committee meeting Arnelle had asked whether the next meeting would be public and attorney Frank Guadagnino 78 said it depended on what was being discussed Eckel said Wednesday that the small groups were not open because there was no quorum and because there were non voting members present in each of the groups Pennsylvania s Sunshine Law says open meetings are required when there is official action and deliberations by a quorum of the members of an agency Each of the small groups was to consider the same questions and report a consensus back to the consultants the results of their discussions aren t yet known Eckel said he would like to schedule another governance committee meeting between now and the July Board of Trustees meeting to further discuss potential recommendations He hopes that the committee will be able to make reform recommendations to

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  • Trustees Honor Erickson on his Retirement | The Penn Stater Magazine
    whose accomplishments in or out of higher education inspire Penn State students Since the change it has been awarded to only two people former presidents Bryce Jordan and Joab Thomas Erickson was also the subject of this tribute video which includes good wishes from everyone from Essence of Joy director Anthony Leach to students at various Commonwealth campuses to Mike the Mailman The best part in my opinion is an old family photo in which Erickson is supporting a trendy 1970s hairdo i e long and a little wavy and possibly with sideburns Erickson said repeatedly that he was honored and privileged to have served at Penn State and said that two Penn Staters expressed his feelings better than he could He quoted the late William Schreyer who said It feels good to be a Penn Stater You feel like you belong to a great institution that is only getting better He joked that the Food Services Building was a fitting tribute because of his love of agriculture he and his wife Shari who was also honored live on a 52 acre farm and he told me in 2012 that he believes he s the only university president who owns a bulldozer and his love of ice cream And when he received the Penn State medal he said I accept this on behalf of the faculty staff student and alumni who have made Penn State the great institution it is Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading Related Entry filed under Board of Trustees Tags Berkey Creamery Bryce Jordan Joab Thomas William Schreyer Talking Football the Global Version on the Coaches Caravan Another Alumni Election Sweep for PS4RS 2 Comments Add your own 1 Kevin Landon May 9 2014

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  • Lori Shontz | The Penn Stater Magazine | Page 2
    to eat healthy foods according to work by Penn State researchers that warranted a story this week on the New York Times Well blog Aside Great source for health and fitness and wellness news with good comment threads too Post doc Brandi Rollins was lead author on the study in which preschoolers were given the chance to work for food clicking a mouse four times resulted in a cinnamon flavored graham cracker The concept to study reactive eaters who are highly motivated by food As with most medical studies this research doesn t lend itself to a simple takeaway so it s worth it read the whole piece A new Paterno statue Jessica Tully of Onward State reports that a Kickstarter campaign will begin in July to raise 300 000 to build a bronze statue of Joe Paterno in the brick alley near The Tavern The restaurant s owner Pat Daughtery expressed interest and Kim Intorre got permission from State College which stipulated that the statue be built on private property Weekly BOT election reminder The election for three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees opened April 10 and so far turnout is down If you ve not yet voted check out our Three Questions project to familiarize yourself with the 31 candidates Voting ends at 9 a m EDT May 8 Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading April 23 2014 at 12 34 pm Leave a comment The Penn Stater Daily April 16 2014 Herb Hand Pizza Crawl I have no idea what kind of an offensive line coach Herb Hand is although we re soon going to find out given that the Nittany Lions barely have enough linemen to fill a two deep But there s no doubt that the guy is a social media genius Hand tweeted in February about stopping at Canyon Pizza for lunch This understandably shocked the Penn State corner of Twitter many of whom had no idea Canyon served food before oh 11 p m or so Soon everyone was tweeting their favorite pizza places at Hand and then Onward State got involved and now there s a glorious result the Herb Hand Pizza Crawl For 20 on April 27 you can accompany Hand and as Onward put it explore the State College pizza scene You also get a limited edition T shirt which I very much hope looks like the logo above I borrowed from Onward State s website and the proceeds go to Uplifting Athletes and Bands 4 RAINN I imagine this will fill up soon so if you re interested sign up quickly Dare I hope that the next such charity event is a James Franklin Balloon Party Good writing alert If I ve got a coaching tree consisting of the young journalists I ve mentored when they were students among the most excellent branches are Jenny Vrentas 06 and former Penn Stater intern Emily Kaplan 13 who are colleagues at Sports Illustrated s MMQB website So when Jenny tweets a story written by Emily I click This morning s offering is a piece that uses the upcoming film Draft Day as a look at female executives in the NFL Spoiler Real life isn t quite as it s portrayed in the movie Ready for prime time The Nittany Lions are going to get significant exposure in prime time this fall The Ohio State game on Oct 25 will start at 8 p m That caps an odd October for the team which has two off weeks Oct 4 and 18 and two prime time games The game at Michigan on Oct 11 as previously announced will begin at 7 p m Lori Shontz senior editor Share this Email Print Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google LinkedIn Tumblr Like this Like Loading April 16 2014 at 10 54 am Leave a comment President Erickson Speaks to Alumni Council One Last Time This photo of the Erickson banner hanging on Old Main comes from OnwardState As she introduced president Rod Erickson who was speaking to Alumni Council one last time before his retirement Alumni Association president Kay Salvino noted that there s something unusual about Old Main today Generally banners aren t permitted there But now there s one hanging above the iconic columns that thanks Erickson for 37 years of service to the university and it will hang there for a week Salvino 69 noted that it was paid for by Penn State students Erickson noted with a laugh that he hadn t been asked permission and that he wouldn t have given it Then he got serious and said the tribute means a lot because it came from the students In his retirement he said he hopes to keep helping with the Presidential Leadership Academy where he s gotten to know a number of undergraduates and possibly take on some kind of a mentoring role Not during the winter though That s when he ll be fishing off the coast of Florida A few other noteworthy items from Erickson s talk Capital campaign It sounds as though Penn State will hit its goal for For the Future The Campaign for Penn State Students That s a whopping 2 billion which would make the university one of only 12 institutions to raise so much money Erickson said he doesn t know the total that will be announced Saturday night at the celebration for the end of the public part of the campaign And the campaign does continue through June 30 Erickson joked that he ll have pockets full of envelopes this weekend so anyone who wants to donate a little more can certainly do so The anticipated success is especially sweet Erickson said because two and a half years ago a lot of people were telling us that we should drop the campaign lower the goal when the Sandusky scandal broke We said When the chips are down the

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  • A Classroom Discussion on the Week’s Events | The Penn Stater Magazine
    that their caring and insight has helped 700 and one Gisèle 85 2 Theresa Langdon November 11 2011 at 3 30 pm Maybe the one thing that was left out is our identity as human beings It s larger than Penn State Theresa Langdon 3 Julie November 11 2011 at 5 02 pm When I was thinking about this scandal one of my many hours of thoughts was how are they going to discuss this in class and I wonder what it would be like in Sam Richard s class I think Sam Laurie summarized this well It s definitely something non Penn Staters have difficulty understanding Thanks for providing that answer Julie Class of 2006 4 jls November 11 2011 at 5 41 pm I m a non Penn Stater and I completely understand the conflict you all feel I too think Joe Paterno was treated unfairly We don t have all of the facts yet The media was on a witch hunt and who more famous to go after than an 84 year old football coach that has been the face of Penn State for more than half of his life I also understand the atrocities that occurred to those boys You can feel sympathy for the victims while feeling sympathy for a good man who made a mistake He is not the perpetrator and the media led everyone to believe Joe was the villain It s amazing how a group of powerful people like the board of trustees can be bullied by the media Meanwhile your tuition will go to the defense of the two men who were obligated to do more That is the disgrace in this 5 Donnabeth Murphy November 11 2011 at 5 57 pm Gray areas and sitting with something don t fit in with the rapid news cycle I appreciate this insight Students were still grappling with awful news when they acted out They were identified immediately as Paterno sympathizers not a bad thing before last week The pundits are still feasting and subtleties are casualties Donnabeth PSU class of 2015 Mom 6 David November 11 2011 at 10 27 pm I am a long distance alumi 1998 and live in California now I feel all those and more Thank you for this article and your insight into this situation 7 SOC 119 lecture on the Penn State crisis November 12 2011 at 1 17 am present and who did an amazing job of capturing the nuance of some of what we were saying A Classroom Discussion on the Week s Events by Lori Shontz Senior Editor Penn Stater 8 Anonymous November 12 2011 at 4 35 am I have one more perspective I m an educator and KNOW how things get covered up when the higher ups don t want to a believe bad news or b act on it I m not a PSU alum and I really feel for the grad student that witnessed and reported the crime All the cover up is absurd Thanks for the insight Quite helpful 9 Lori Shontz November 12 2011 at 12 26 pm I just wanted to thank you all for reading and for your thoughtful comments I am sure that Sam and Laurie appreciate that their lessons are reaching beyond their physical classroom Lori 10 Penn State fan November 12 2011 at 1 00 pm I am concerned about the OWS gang starting a riot at the game How can you keep them out They would LOVE to get the media attention and exploit this very unfortunate situation Please be vigilant as these protestors can get very violent Thanks and I hope today s game can reveal the BEST part of Penn State 11 Sam Richards November 12 2011 at 1 45 pm Thanks for your thoughtful comments and thank you to Lori for this excellent summary of a complex class about an extremely troubling situation that is not at all easy to discuss with nuance and subtlety especially in front of 700 people Our students are pretty savvy and smart and in spite of the rioting by a relative few that seemed to be more an expression of grief than it was a statement of support for an icon they are hungry for guidance for how to move forward and grow through this I ve been impressed 12 jls November 12 2011 at 2 54 pm Is there any video of your class I know I would love to see it as I m sure others would as well 13 Katrina Rothwell November 12 2011 at 4 20 pm I am a Penn State Alumni and I can just remember what Soc119 was like when I took this class Sam n Laurie YOU ROCK Not just because you are unafraid to discuss the issues but because you bring people into a place that allow them to deal with themselves and the very internal turmoil that we may feel around something like this Trying to wrap your mind around how something like this could happen in Happy Valley is difficult to do when your in a place of self discovery and You hold Penn State to such a high standard I am praying for all of the students faculty and victims of this horrible crime Sam and Laurie thank you for helping us to think critically 14 Sharon Basile Freeark 83 November 12 2011 at 4 39 pm Thank you for posting this moving story the very words and understanding I have been searching for all week I graduated in 1983 and have lived in CA ever since It doesn t matter how long you ve been gone or how far away you live You still ARE Penn State In addition to feeling like our identities are wrapped up in all of this for those of us around when Jerry Sandusky coached another horror is that he is the last person you would ever believe to be a child molester Watch

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