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Lawnmower Clinic

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) at Penn State will be holding its annual Lawnmower Clinic on April 7-8.

Clinic Description: The purpose of the clinic is to prepare PUSH-TYPE lawnmowers for the busy summer ahead, while earning money for club functions.  ASABE offers the option of having your mower(s) picked up by a member, or you may drop it/them off. Please note that although the ASABE members are engineers, this clinic is not intended to be conducted as a repair shop. However, ASABE members will note small problems and attempt to fix them.

Checklist of Maintenance Procedures to be Performed:

  • Start (before servicing)
  • Clean Under-Deck
  • Sharpen and Balance Blade
  • Secure Blade
  • Clean Air Filter
  • Check/Clean/Gap Spark Plug
  • Change Oil
  • Wash
  • Start (after servicing)

Price of Maintenance: ASABE will charge $35 for maintenance of mower(s) that are dropped off to High Bay and $50 for mower(s) picked up and returned at client’s residence by ASABE club members. Please make sure you are within the State College area if you would like your mower picked up and dropped off. Please make checks payable to "PSU American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.” Cash will also be accepted.

The deadline to register for pick-up/drop-off is Tuesday, April 4.

Change in Location: The clinic will be located in the High Bay garage off of East Park Ave. See the attached map for details on how to access our location. There will be signage to assist you the day of the event.Map of mower clinic location

If you are interested in bringing your lawnmower to our clinic, please fill out the registration form as soon as possible. The deadline to register for pick-up and drop off of your mower by the club is Tuesday, April 4.

Participate in a Research Study

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.

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!

Fundraiser for Eric Bauman

On Sunday, March 5, Eric Bauman, a systems administrator in Physical Security, was hit by a car while biking. Eric was flown to Pittsburgh for medical treatment. He has been stabilized and is doing well as of Tuesday morning.

As with any medical crisis, there is often a huge financial burden placed on the individual and their family even with the help of insurance. Larry Murray has set up a medical fund to help offset the costs Eric will face in the coming days and weeks.

If you can and would like to contribute, please visit Eric’s Medical Fund to make your donation. Donations can be made anonymously.

PSEOP Award Nominations

The Penn State Educational Office Professionals (PSEOP) is seeking nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Office Professional Award. The award annually recognizes administrative support employees who have provided exceptional meritorious service on behalf of Penn State. Nominees will be evaluated on professionalism, initiative, leadership skills, self-improvement, and volunteerism. The recipient will be recognized at PSEOP’s annual recognition event and will receive a $75 cash award, a gift, a certificate, name on perpetual plaque and a one-year membership in PSEOP. All current Penn State office administrative staff (except officers and board members of PSEOP) with a minimum of three years full-time University service, or three years participation as a wage payroll employee, are eligible. One winner will be chosen from University Park and one winner from a commonwealth campus.

Please visit PSEOP for additional information and the nomination form. Nominations are due no later than Friday, March 31.

For additional information, please contact Keshia Kennelley.

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.

TransLoc Rider App

The Campus Shuttle provides no-fare transportation around the University Park campus for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The shuttle operates from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays, with service every 15 minutes.

TransLoc Rider offers passengers several convenient features. Passengers can:

  • Track their bus in real time

  • Get accurate predictions of when the shuttle will arrive at their stop

  • Save their favorite stops and routes and set customized alerts

  • Receive important system-wide announcements about shuttle service

TransLoc Rider, used at more than 140 locations nationwide, is available for free on both iOS and Android phone systems, or viewable at www.psu.transloc.com. Passengers without a smartphone can still use TransLoc Rider to get real-time arrival predictions via text.

For more information about the Campus Shuttle or the TransLoc Rider app, visit the Campus Shuttle page of the Transportation Services website or email shuttles@psu.edu.