FROM THE OVAL
“Green is the New Black”Æ
Students concerned with two very important things - looking good and caring for the planet - were in the spotlight as the Fashion Merchandising Association recognized Fashion Week in March. The theme for the week was “Green is the New Black.” James Smith, a sophomore fashion merchandising major who organized the week’s events, said that with designers making more ecoconscious decisions about their pieces, the theme seemed appropriate. “We thought we should focus the week on something we all care about,” he said. Fashion week events included a Q&A with fashion professionals, prizes on the Oval, and a runway fashion show featuring vintage and organic clothing.
The winners of this year’s Outstanding Faculty Award said they were honored to be singled out from peers they believe to be great teachers. Dr. Cynthia Woodburn, mathematics, and automotive technology professors Ron Downing and Bob Schroer were honored at Apple Day ceremonies in the spring for their passion in the classroom and their reputation as great
teachers who care about their students. Each is a first-time winner of the award. For Woodburn, who received the honor after multiple nominations, the win was a way to honor her father, a former accounting professor who won the award during his tenure at PSU. “I’m humbled, because there are so many other good teachers at PSU,” said Woodburn, whose students cited her teaching skills, personality, and skill at her craft. “It’s a good feeling to be recognized.” For Bob Schroer, the award is affirmation that his 30+ years in industry are valuable to students who will soon seek careers in the diesel and heavy equipment field. “When you work on projects with your class, you always hope the students will enjoy it and learn from it,” he said. “To get this award affirms the fact that we’re doing things students appreciate and are learning from. It makes my work all that much better.” On the heels of his recognition for leading his latest advisee to a win at WorldSkills USA, Ron Downing says the real reward is simply being able to work with students each day. “I like to see young people succeed,” he said. “If I can pass on the knowledge to help them do that, then this has all been worthwhile. That’s why I teach.”
Bob Schroer, Cynthia Woodburn and Ron Downing
To accommodate the rapidly growing number of users who access the Internet through their smart phones, PSU has launched a mobile-friendly web site. “We’ve seen a dramatic growth in the number of users who come to our website on their iPhones and other smart phones,” said Michael Fienen, PSU director of web marketing. “This is a global trend that is just going to get bigger, and it’s important to address it early.” Mobile university sites are still rare, Fienen said. “To make the web pages usable for smart phones, you really need to create a simple page with fewer images and graphics. The goal is to create an easy way for users to get information. Making a mobile site well isn’t about just making existing pages
fit on a phone, it’s about addressing the specific needs of users on mobile devices.” The university’s new mobile site will initially work on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Palm Pre and Android-based handheld phones. It will not yet work on Windows Mobile and Blackberry phones, but Fienen said he is working to expand the feature. To visit the new mobile PSU site, point your mobile device’s web browser at m.pittstate. edu (don’t use the www in the web address). An ‘about’ page answers questions and describes the mobile site’s features.
Fall 2010 PITT STATE
Published on Jul 14, 2011