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Park Avenue Entrance to Stadium West Closing on May 14

The Park Avenue entrance to the Stadium West parking lot will close at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 14. At that time, a temporary access driveway into the lot will open along Curtin Road near the westbound CATA stop. All access in and out of the Stadium West lot will be via this driveway until reconstruction of Stadium West Drive is completed later this summer. A change in access will be instituted later this summer, however, to accommodate parking for 4th Fest and Happy Valley Jam, with more information to come closer to the dates of those events.

Please note - due to the temporary closure of the University Drive/Curtin Road intersection, drivers attempting to reach the temporary Stadium West access point on Curtin Road must travel west on Curtin Road from Porter Road through Thursday, May 25.

Pedestrian access between Stadium West and Park Avenue will be maintained via a temporary path along the west side of Stadium West Drive near the soccer practice field fence.

While Stadium West Drive work is underway, Commuter permit holders with a valid ADA placard or license plate are authorized to park in ADA or regular, non-reserved spaces within the Orange A lots on the east and west ends of the Physical Plant building, including the ADA spaces within the Physical Plant visitor lot.

Visit the Google map to view the affected area.

If there are any questions, please contact the Parking Office by phone at 865-1436 or by email at parking@psu.edu.

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.

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!

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.

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.