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Fountain dedication honoring retired chancellor Dr. Larry Pollock

The fountain is the newest addition to the campus external "beautification" program.
9/7/2011 —


10:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1

The newest addition to the campus external "beautification" program is a decorative fountain, located at the front entrance to the campus. The three-tier water-mover honors the legacy of Larry Pollock who served the campus for 35 years as chancellor and director of student affairs. The official dedication is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, as a part of the Fall Festival. For more information, call 724-334-6056.

Dr. Larry Pollock
The newest addition to the campus external "beautification" program is a fountain, located at the front entrance to the campus. The three-tier fountain honors the legacy of Dr. Larry Pollock who served the campus for 35 years as chancellor and director of student affairs. Academic expansion was the hallmark of Dr. Pollock's administration.

Under his direction, the campus internationalized its programs and curricula, collaborated with local communities on student projects and expanded diversity initiatives to area high schools. Through four decades, Dr. Pollock's leadership helped the campus offer the finest college education in the region. Faculty advancement, new technology, and campus initiatives gave Penn State New Kensington the competitive edge in recruitment, academics and research. He was honored for his efforts with Penn State's award for Outstanding Service to Students and the Beatty Award for Outstanding Chief Student Affairs Officer.

In addition to the academic accomplishments, Dr. Pollock oversaw a number of program and service initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs. He ensured student representation on every campus committee, including the campus advisory board. Student organizations, such as student clubs, doubled during his stewardship and many facilities supporting student life activities were created including a club suite, TV lounge and game room.

Dr. Pollock's extensive community involvement in Westmoreland County and the Alle-Kiski region has included leadership roles with such organizations as the United Way, Alcoa Community Advisory Board, Burrell Area Rotary, StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Westmoreland Foundation.

The fountain was made possible by the financial support of Joseph Defilippi, Raymond Mastre, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Penn State New Kensington.

Fall Festival
A free outdoor concert by the Clarks is the culminating event of the campus' third annual Fall Festival that is geared to local residents as well as campus students and alumni. Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 72 acres and run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  All festival events are free to the public.

Highlight of the preconcert activities is the Bed Race, featuring five-person teams (four pushers, one rider) who will navigate a bed over a measured course. Alumni, community and student groups are encouraged to enter teams. Beds will be provided. For more information, contact Danielle DeStefano at 724-334-6019 or dnd125@psu.edu.

Alumni also will have their time in the sun, or rather in the tent. Dubbed Alumni Central, the tent will serve as the main venue for the Penn State-Indiana football game on TV and as a social meeting place for alumni and the campus community. Friends of Penn State are welcome to join in the alumni activities. For more about alumni activities, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6046 or uxw1@psu.edu.

For general information about the festival, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/FallFestival online.

A kid, an ice pop, and a fountain make for a perfect summer day on campus.

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