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Wear Your Blue And White On April 21

Saturday, April 22 is the annual Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. Let’s show our Penn State pride and spirit by wearing blue and white on Friday, April 21. Questions? Contact oppevents@psu.edu.

Memorial Tree Planting

A memorial tree planting ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m. in honor of Joseph "Junior "Gardner. His family has extended an invitation to members of the OPP Family who may have worked with or remember Joe. A tree, like the one that crushed his car back in the 1970s, was selected for planting. 

The tree ceremony location is behind the Ridenour Building on Pollock Road. 

OPP’s Safety Stand-Down: May 8th – 12th, 2017

This year, we are trying something new in order to participate in OSHA’s Safety Stand-down. Projects, Contractors, Sub-contractors, and OPP Employees are encouraged to take time during the week to participate in some way to promote a safer workplace. This could be a toolbox talk, a stand-down or specific training. To help out and show that OPP is serious about falls, please see the list of events we have planned for this year’s stand-down.

Monday –  0900-1100 OSHA Round Table – PSU Visitor’s Center. The Area Directors from the Harrisburg & Wilkes-Barre Office will be here to answer questions and talk to participants about current hot topics.

                 1300-1330 Working Safe – HazMat. Rich Musser will discuss the importance of working safe and the impact it can have.

                 1330-1400 Working Safe – HazMat - Same

Tuesday – 0900-1200 Confined Space Rescue Demo – HazMat. OPP will walk through a demonstration of a confined space rescue and discuss some of the challenges in construction.

                 1300-1400 Dewalt Tools for Dust & Silica – HazMat. Friedman Elect will have a variety of new products that include quick stop and dust control.

Wednesday – 0800-0930 Gas Safety Presentation by Columbia Gas Demonstration – HazMat. Columbia Gas will be here to discuss gas safety with live demonstrations.

                 1000-1130 Gas Safety Presentation by Columbia Gas Demonstration – HazMat

                 1230-1400 Gas Safety Presentation by Columbia Gas Demonstration – HazMat

                 1400-1530 Dewalt Tools for Dust & Silica – HazMat. Friedman Elect will have a variety of new products that include quick     stop and dust control. Will have tools on site for demo.

Thursday – 0900-1100 Prevention through Design Mike Toole – PSU   Visitor’s Center. Dr. Mike Toole will be here to discuss the benefits to architects, designers, contractors and owners on designing for safety.

                  1200-1600 Honeywell/Miller Fall Demonstration – HazMat. Honeywell/Miller will be on site to discuss fall arrest systems and the proper use of a lanyard vs a harness as well as actual demonstrations of the products.

Friday –      0900-1200 JLG & Best Line Ways of Reaching New Heights – HazMat. JLG & Best Line will be here to discuss new innovations in working at heights to include a new anchor system in a JLG as well as an anti-crush system.

 

Directions – PSU Visitor’s Center - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Km_XwAK1LPpp_hTWzNyuhHsqGhc&usp=sharing

                    PSU HazMat - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LIT_pXxWuXZXvwQ3ZzvoHd_NKbI&usp=sharing

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Risley at jrr26@psu.edu or 814-867-0183.

We look forward to seeing you at an event!

Take The News & Views Survey

Communicating with employees is always a challenge, especially with a dispersed workforce like we have in OPP. Our employees are stationed not only all over campus, but across the state, as well. News & Views is one of the ways we try to reach employees.

In an effort to do our best to provide the kinds of information OPP employees want and need, a News & Views survey was created. The survey should take less than two minutes. All responses are anonymous.  

Save The Date

We're getting close to that time of year again!

Save the date for the 21st Annual OPP Spring Celebration!

When: June 5, 2017
Times: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 8-9 p.m.
Where: Bryce Jordan Center

Keep an eye on your email for more information coming soon! Another fun and exciting Spring Celebration is in store for all employees. 

Student-Made Hybrid-Electric Camaro On Display

The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team (PSU AVT) is showcasing its student-made hybrid-electric Camaro on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to view the vehicle and meet with the team during that time at their garage located near Research Building B.

The students on the PSU AVT are currently competing in the EcoCAR 3 project with 16 universities in North America. The yearly competition is set for May 14 in Mildford, Michigan and ends on May 25 in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the PSU AVT, visit http://ecocar3.org/pennstate/about-us/. For more information about the competition, visit http://ecocar3.org/.

Trash To Treasure Volunteers Needed

Trash to Treasure, benefiting the Centre County United Way, is right around the corner! It's scheduled forSaturday, June 3. A lot needs to be done prior to the sale, including sorting, planning and preparing to make the sale another huge success.

Please consider volunteering during the month of May to support this community event. To sign yourself or a team of volunteers up for a sorting shift, visit http://sites.psu.edu/trash2treasure/volunteer/. You can register for as many shifts as you'd like.

Participate In A Research Study

The Study: Effects of Walnuts on Central Blood Pressure, Arterial Stiffness Indices, Lipoproteins, and other CVD Risk Factors

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of walnuts on cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 30 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 25-40 kg/m2. Subjects must be healthy, non-smoking, not allergic to any nuts, and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions. Participants will be provided with all food and drinks for 20 weeks. There will be one 2-week run-in diet and three 6-week feeding periods with two 2-week compliance breaks in between, for a total time commitment of 24 weeks. At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $450. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call toll free 1 866-PSU-DIET (1-866-778-3438) or email psudiet@gmail.com, mention the Walnut Study, and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, at Penn State University.

Assessing Thinking Speed

Researchers at Penn State are conducting a large, multi-site study to develop test norms for a commonly used measure to assess thinking speed, the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT). This research will be used to help the Multiple Sclerosis community, as the SDMT is often used to assess cognition in individuals with MS. Participants must be between the ages of 25 to 74, have less than 16 years of education, and be medically healthy.

Please contact sdmt.study@gmail.com or call 814-865-5578 to find out more and see if you are eligible.  The study visit should take about 1.5 hours and you will be paid for your time.

Cranberries and Your Health

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a cranberry juice beverage on blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 30 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 18-39kg/m2.  Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions.  Participants will be provided with a cranberry juice beverage and placebo beverage for 8-12 weeks each, with an 8 week break between test periods (total time for study is 24-32 weeks). 

At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $200. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call 814-863-8622 or email psucranberry@gmail.com, mention the Cranberry Study and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Department of Nutritional Sciences, at The Penn State University.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Why: To safeguard children, pets and emergency responders and to protect our environment. 

When: Friday, April 28, 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8 am to 2 pm. 

Where: Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority located at 253 Transfer Road near the Nittany Mall off Route 26.

What: Insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaners, poisons, corrosives, flammables, oil based paints, CFL bulbs, flourescent tubes and most other hazardous chemicals from households only. 

***DO NOT BRING latex paint, used motor oil, antifreeze, medications and alkaline batteries.***

Join EBA for 2017

It's not too late to join EBA (OPP Employees' Benefit Association) or renew your EBA membership for 2017.

Membership is only $15/year and the money is used to help fellow members in good times and unfortunate times.

Some of the Many Benefits of EBA Membership

  • 10 consecutive workdays absence due to illness/accident - $35 gift
  • Upcoming wedding, birth or adoption - $35 gift
  • Memorial or flowers due to death in member's immediate family (5-day leave)
  • A Lion statue with nameplate with 11 yearss or more of continuous membership to EBA

2017 EBA Officers

Ken Vasko, President

Shauna Nevel, Vice President

Mark Gates, Treasurer

Ryan Magyar, Assistant Treasurer

Michelle McMullen, Assistant Secretary

Kelly Gilham & Kirstin Steele, Benefits Coordinators

EBA is currently in need of a Secretary. Please consider volunteering for this position.

EBA needs you to keep the organization strong!