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Steve S.

Steve Sharer is a Security and Risk Analysis major and an overall good guy. He brings Onward State readers enticing posts such as "Question of the Day" and "Campus Explorer" and will continue to do so until he becomes the President of the United States of America in 2024.

Get Free Creamery Ice Cream




Yup, you read the title right. You can get free Penn State Creamery Ice Cream on Friday March 19, 2010 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Now, this sweet deal can be had by simply using social media outlets like Facebook and Foursquare. Here's the rundown:

  1. Visit the College of Ag Science's Facebook Fan Page and become a fan.
  2. Follow the College of Ag Sci on Twitter.
  3. Get an account on the location-based social media service Foursquare.
  4. Head to the Berkey Creamery on Friday, March 19th between 11 and 1.
  5. "Check-in" your location on Foursquare.

Don't have a mobile device that is compatible with Foursquare? Don't worry, The College of Agriculture Sciences has got you covered- it'll have a computer set up so you can check in.


Get to the Creamery close to 11 to make sure you're one of the first twenty-five. Free ice cream will only be awarded to those first twenty-five.


This is a pretty cool use of social media. Props to the College of Ag Sciences for offering an incentive for people to follow their social media assets on Facebook and Twitter. Free Creamery ice cream is a whole lot better than the classic "hey you guys, can you please follow us?" line that other Colleges and Universities generally offer.

Have Your Say On PSU IT

On Friday, March 26, SAC-ITS will have a meeting to include students on information technology related decisions at Penn State. It will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm in 141 Computer Building (labeled as "Computer" on this map).


The meeting is the result of a partnership between UPUA President Keirans and Academic Affairs Committee Chair Sam Loewner to bring students into the discussion on how Penn State handles IT. All sorts of IT related issues will and can be covered at the meeting, such as ANGEL, Penn State Wireless, and the Penn State blogging platform, among others.


Anyone interested in more information about this effort should contact Jenn Struble ([email protected]).

The Week In Review

The Week In Review is a new feature where I get to serve up the best of a week's worth of Onward State stories. The following stories have been chosen both by their popularity by readers along with staff favorites between January 16th and 22nd.


The top post from this week was 10 Questions With Russ Rose. Take a look at the interview to find out about Coach Rose's 'look'.


One of the more popular Questions of the Day was this week's question on themed parties. There are some pretty cool parties mentioned in the comments, it's worth taking a look.

Google Streetview Takes A Peek At The Beav’

We featured some Google Streetview imagery back in late December of downtown State College. Finally, Google has posted up their imagery that was taken of the Penn State campus from a slightly different photo-taking platform. At last, I can look back at my Freshman Dorm (Pinchot Hall) or the building I spent so much time in, for many years to come. Click this link to see a map of Penn State. Drag the man shaped icon from on top of the zoom bar to the area you want to see the Streetview imagery for. Read on for some sweet highlights.

Hershey Gets Simulated

A new simulation lab has opened at Hershey Medical Center that more than doubles the existing facilities at a staggering 8,000 sq. feet. Reportedly costing around $6.6 million and taking over 20 years to develop, the new lab is the cutting edge in healthcare education.


The lab features mannequins that healthcare professionals can use to hone their skills in performing a variety of procedures, a practice that pays off in real situations, according to lab director Elizabeth Sinz. It also has a sweet virtual reality room. Surgery-by-wire, here we come!

College of IST Continues Search For New Dean

A job listing of sorts has gone up on Penn State Live in the hopes of recruiting a new Dean for the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Here is a summed up version of what the University is looking for in the new Dean of IST:

Have an intense understanding of the concepts that are taught and researched at the College of IST.
Have the credentials to be a tenured professor.
Be able to fundraise like crazy.



The committee in charge of choosing a new Dean is led by Honors College Dean Christian Brady. The committee will be accepting applications starting February 15 and will accept applications/nominations until the position is filled.


As a student of the College of IST, I'm looking for a few things from the new Dean:

  1. Update the IST and SRA degrees to be current with today's technology and issues.
  2. Create an Emergency and Disaster Management degree with focuses on prevention, response, and collaboration during crises.
  3. Invest in more collaborative space in the IST Building.
  4. Reduce class sizes across the board, even if they have to move IST/SRA classes outside of the IST Building.
  5. Hire more faculty to teach new and improved courses.
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