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OPP Packs Pegula

After our very successful group sale for football, the Athletics’ ticketing office to put together a group deal for the January 6th hockey game against Wisconsin. Tickets are only $18 per person. You can purchase tickets for friends and family. The students will be on break at this time. We get the opportunity to sit in the student section at the student ticket price. Single-game tickets have not even gone on sale yet. Seth Robbins will, once again be our ticketing person to contact for orders. Seth’s phone number is 814-867-2541 and email szr88@psu.edu.

The Nittany Lions finished the 2016-17 season at 25-12-2 and ranked No. 8 in the final uscho.com poll, marking their first ever top-20 finish at years end. They were Big Ten Tournament Champions last season and ranked #1 in the country at one point.

If you have any questions, please email oppevents@psu.edu.

Parking Information For Those Attending Open Meetings On Monday, July 24

As you know, informational sessions for all bargaining unit employees will be held on Monday, July 24 in the Forum Building.  Three meetings, at 7 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. are scheduled. Parking Services provided the following information regarding parking / transportation options for these meetings:

  1. If you are on duty and need to drive, parking for University vehicles will be available in
    • The East Deck
    • Eisenhower Deck
    • The Nittany Deck
    • Lot Orange B Softball Stadium
    • Lot Red A
  2. Staff are encouraged to use the Campus Shuttle and car pool as much as possible.
  3. Employees coming in that are off duty, personal vehicles should be parked in your assigned parking area with your permit properly displayed, and then use the campus shuttle to get to the Forum.
  4. Those coming in during the day that normally work night shift, all permits including the Evening (EVM) will be valid in the Commuter lots during the day on July 24th.

Note: Anyone electing to drive their personal vehicle and park in one of the pay facilities (East, Nittany, or HUB decks) will be required to pay the $1 per hour parking fee.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation in following these guidelines!

IST Name Change Project Complete

As of Thursday, July 20, the building renaming project for IST has been completed. IST is now known as Westgate. Thank you to all who were involved in completing this project!

Participate In A Research Study

Strawberry Powder Study

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze dried strawberry powder on LDL cholesterol and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are seeking participants 35 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 25-39kg/m2. Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions. Participants will be provided with two different amounts of freeze dried strawberry powder and a placebo powder for 4-6 weeks each, with a 2 week break between test periods (total time for study is 16-22 weeks). At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $350. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call 814-863-8622 or email psustrawberry@gmail.com, mention the Strawberry Supplementation 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.

Cranberry Juice Study

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.

School Supplies Collection Through August 1st

Don’t look now but hot on the heels of the Independence Day holiday, school supplies and even fall decorations have crept into area stores. Scary, huh?

Do you know what else is scary? All kids need school supplies, but not all kids (and their families) can afford school supplies.

We have partnered with the Salvation Army for their summer school supplies drive. Later today, a collection box will be dropped off in the lobby of the Physical Plant Building where it will remain until Tuesday, August 1. During these next three weeks, we will be collecting ANY NEW school supplies for area children in need – packs of loose leaf, notebooks, pencils, pens, markers, scissors, glue sticks, crayons, rulers, protractors, compasses, erasers, pencil cases, backpacks, lunchboxes, and more.

Please consider adding an item or two to your cart the next time you’re shopping…maybe even involve your kids! Have them choose doubles of some of their favorite supplies and donate the duplicates. Whatever you can contribute will be greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact Beth Clark.

OPP Day at the State College Spikes

Let's Root-Root-Root for the home team, the State College Spikes, and enjoy each other's company!

The OPP Events Committee is once again presenting “Take me out to the Ballgame” on Tuesday, August 1!  For anyone who attended the game last year, it will be a similar setup with free tickets, food, and soda. Gates open at 11 a.m. with the game starting at noon. The picnic area in left field reserved for OPP. There will be a buffet set up along with soda and half-priced beer. The Spikes will allow attendees onto the field after the game where families can roam around, check out the dugouts, throw a ball around, and have some fun.

It is important we have an accurate count of how many people will attend. Individuals will have to pick up  tickets at Gate B the day of the game. Please contact the OPP Events committee (oppevents@psu.edu) with the number of tickets for you and your immediate family by July 18! Children under age 2 are free and do not need a ticket to attend.

Please note, due to the event being during the work week, attendees will have to use vacation time to attend.

Project Management Information System

An OPP internal team has been established to understand the impact and opportunity for implementing a standardized Project Management Information System (PMIS) within OPP.

Why a PMIS? The mission of the PMIS team is to develop a holistic technology-enabled solution that improves the effectiveness of design and construction project teams, while promoting excellence in the stewardship of University assets.

The main goals include:

  • Implement a holistic technology solution, which will allow OPP to exceed customer expectations,
  • Capture timely and accurate project information standardizing processes and tools,
  • Foster creativity, teamwork and communication amongst project teams and OPP units,
  • Innovate -- serve as an industry leader and promote academic enhancement.

A consultant, Kristine Fallon and Associates (KFA) has been hired to develop the following items by Fall 2017:

  • A problem statement for this effort,
  • A cost-benefit analysis,
  • An RFP for systems that meet the defined projects goals.

During this process, KFA and/or the PMIS team will be reaching out to multiple units and individuals to collect information. Staff participation is vital to the success of this project and we appreciate your prompt and constructive feedback.

If you would be interested in joining the ongoing PMIS project team, please email opp-pmiscommunications@psu.edu

For additional information, you can check the OPP Announcements page on the intranet. Updates on this important initiative will be distributed on a regular basis.