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Drive For 100!

2018 EBA Membership Drive

Monday, October 30th – Room 105-B, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be available during the drive.

This year EBA is striving towards 100 members. Once EBA has achieved the goal of 100 or more members – a special drawing will be made for a prize basket full of goodies.

Currently, we have 66 members. We have had many members retire or transfer to other departments, etc. There are 1,387 full time staff/tech service employees at OPP who are not currently members. Help us exceed our 100 membership goal by joining EBA at the membership drive.

Cost of yearly dues is $15.00

Please attend the membership drive and check out all that EBA (Employees’ Benefit Association) has to offer.

Accident or Illness (not Maternity):  
Five Consecutive Workdays Duration Card
Ten Consecutive Workdays Duration Gift ($35)
Surgery/Hospital Stay (any length) Card
Retirement/Departure From OPP:  
1-5 Years Continued Membership Certificate of Recognition
6-10 Years Continued Membership Reception*
11+ Years Continued Membership Lion Statue w/ Reception*
Wedding Gift ($35)
Birth or Adoption Gift ($35)
Death: EBA Member and Member's Family (5-Day Leave) Card and Flowers**
Absence Due to Serious Illness of Spouse, Partner, Parent or Child Gift ($35) Monetary
Penn State Memorial Endowments See Bylaws

There will be a drawing for a free year of membership (offered to anyone that has enrollment form filled out and payment has been made)

Once EBA has achieved the goal of 100 or more members – a drawing will be made for a special prize basket full of goodies.

Also –consider volunteering to be an EBA officer. We are currently looking for a Secretary for 2018.

If any questions – please contact a current EBA Officers listed below.

2017 EBA Officers

Ken Vasko, President

Shauna Nevel, Vice President

Mark Gates, Treasurer

Ryan Magyar, Assist Treasurer

Vacant, Secretary

Michelle McMullen, Assist Secretary

Kelly Gilham & Kirstin Steele Benefits Coordinators

Card Request for John Shimmel

As many of you may know, on Friday, Sept. 8, John Shimmel, a DDC specialist in Facility Automation Services, was involved in a motorcycle accident in Boggs Township. John was flown to UMPC Presbyterian and is in the ICU.

While visitors are not currently allowed, John’s sister, Julie, would like to shower him with cards in his hospital room. If you are able, please consider sending a card to John via the address below.

John Shimmel

c/o Julie Shimmel

304 Hancock Street

Tyrone, PA 16686

In addition, a GoFundMe account has been set up to assist with mounting expenses. Donations can be made anonymously.

SPIKENIGHT! OPP & PSU Women's Volleyball!

The OPP Events Committee has once again teamed up with the Athletics’ ticketing office to put together a group deal. The #3 ranked Penn State Women’s Volleyball team has a match against #6 Wisconsin October 25th. Tickets are only $4 per person using the link in the picture below. The match starts at 7pm in Rec Hall. You can purchase up to 4 tickets using the link and code SPIKENIGHT.

Penn State has won their first 5 matches this season to climb the rankings up to #3. They beat previously ranked #1 Stanford last Friday.  If you’ve never been to a Women’s Volleyball match, I highly recommend it. It is a great environment and  Coach Russ Rose always has our team near the top of the rankings with a chance at a national championship. PSU Women’s Volleyball has won 7 total NCAA championships and 6 of the last 10 years.  For only $4, you can’t beat it. 

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

A Sad Farewell

Darren Spotts, a former project coordinator, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Geisinger Medical Center. He was born on Dec.2, 1977, in College Township, Centre County, the son of Gregory C. and Gail E. Grieb Spotts, who survive in rural Julian. On Aug. 27, 2005 he married Autumn Kathryn Grove (Spotts), who survives at home along with their daughters, Adra Kathryn Spotts and Alivia Denise Spotts. Darren is survived by his brother, Chad G. Spotts, and his wife, Tracy, and nephews, Collin and Tyler and niece, Emma Spotts, of Minnetrista, Minn. He is also survived by his grandfather, Lloyd Spotts, of Julian.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Hope E. Spotts.

Darren was a 1996 graduate of Bald Eagle Area High School and attended Penn State University. He was a Construction Project Manager, owner of ADS Solutions Inc. and a real estate agent. Darren’s love for his community was shown through his role as the president of the Bald Eagle Area Youth Soccer program. He served as a dedicated and caring coach to every child who walked onto the field. He also enjoyed coaching his daughter in the Bald Eagle Area youth basketball program. Darren’s love for his two daughters was his greatest gift, he will be missed immensely. Darren attended both Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte and Freedom Life Church in Milesburg.

Family and friends will be received at the Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St., Bellefonte, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service celebrating Darren’s life will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Andrew Morgan and Pastor Eric Gerber officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established to support the Spotts family. Donations can be sent to Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes Street, Bellefonte, Pa. 16823 or given online at http://www.freedomlife.tv/give/ by selecting the benevolence fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, 201 Spring Street, Milesburg. Online condolences may be made at www.deankwetzlerfuneralhome.com.

A tribute to Darren will be included in the next edition of News & Views.

Project Management Information System Update #2

As you may recall from the May 12th edition of News & Views, OPP is pursuing a standardized Project Management Information System (PMIS). The mission of the PMIS OPP 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 PMIS will initially be used by teams working on the design and construction of projects to enhance communication, collaboration, and document management.  A future goal of the PMIS will be to replace the existing Tririga system.

In collaboration with our consultant Kristine Fallon and Associates (KFA), an RFP has been developed for the new PMIS and was released on August 14 to the following three qualified vendors:

The following are the tentative milestone dates for the PMIS vendor selection:

  • September 15 - RFP responses due
  • October 17-18 - Vendor interviews
  • October 17-18 - Vendor software demonstration (available to all of OPP)
  • October 31 - Vendor award (pending approval from OPP Administration)

The PMIS team will be reaching out to multiple units and individuals to collect information. Employee participation is vital to the success of this project and we appreciate your prompt and constructive feedback.

Further information will be distributed in September regarding the vendor demonstrations scheduled for October.

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

For additional information, please reference the PMIS link under the Intranet Tools menu on the OPP website.  Updates on this important initiative will be distributed on a regular basis. 

New York City Bus Trip

Bring your family and friends on a "Do As You Please Tour" to New York City!

When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017


6 a.m. - Depart Bryce Jordan Center

11:30 a.m. - Dropoff in NYC

  • Stop 1 - 8th Ave and 48th St, Times Square
  • Stop 2 - 9/11 Museum and Memorial

7 p.m. - Leave NYC

  • Stop 1 - 8th Ave and 48th St, Times Square

Cost: $60 per person


Reserve your seat by Nov. 8, 2017

Questions? Email oppevents@psu.edu.

Human Resources Announces Flu Vaccine Schedule

Human Resources announces that registrations for the faculty/staff flu vaccine clinics are now open.

The vaccines are free for any Penn State employee including full-time, part-time and wage employees, regardless of participation in the Penn State health plan. In addition, the vaccines are free any employee’s spouse who is insured under the employee’s Penn State health plan. An employee’s spouse who is not on the health plan may receive the vaccine for $28.00. Retirees are not eligible for this program.

To make an appointment, please go to Faculty-Staff Flu Vaccine Clinics and click “register for programs.”

Questions may be directed to AskHR@psu.edu

Flu season will be here before we know it….please consider accessing this free preventive vaccine!

EBA Sheetz Fundraiser

OPP Employee Benefits Association (EBA) Fundraiser: Sheetz Coupon Books ($10 each)

Free MTO item, Buy One Get One Free MTGo! Sandwhich or Parfait, Free Bag of Fryz, Free Specialty Coffee, Buy One Get One Free Nutz, Free Self-Serve Brewed Coffee or Fizz City Fountain Drink (2)

Please see one of the following EBA Officers to purchase:

Mark Gates, Treasurer -- Room 151A

Kelly Gilham, Benefits Coordinator -- Room 128A

Ryan Magyar, Assistant Treasurer -- Room 268

Michelle McMullen, Assistant Secretary -- Room 119

Shuana Nevel, Vice President -- Room 126

Bikem Oskin -- Room 106

Kirstin Steele, Benefits Coordinator -- Room 128A

Ken Vasko, President -- Room 113

***While supplies last! We have 100 to sell!

OPP Packs Pegula

On July 21, the OPP Events Committee sent out an email offering a group rate for hockey tickets for the January 6 game. OPP already bought up all the available tickets for that date. If you are still hoping to get a discounted ticket to see some Penn State Hockey, you can use the promo code PACKPEGULA for the following dates:

  • Oct 1, Ottawa (International Game Exhibition) - $10/ticket
  • Nov. 24 and 25, Michigan State - $18/ticket
  • Jan. 5, Wisconsin - $18/ticket

When you visit the ticket site, those should be the only dates visible. If you are experiencing difficulties with the link,  please contact James Grecco with Penn State Athletics at 814-867-2544 or at JEG45@PSU.EDU.

Join us and keep up the amazing support for Penn State student-athletes while seeing a beautiful venue at Pegula Ice Arena!

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