Category Archives: Observations

Remembering the Release of Nelson Mandela

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela. After 27 years of imprisonment he helped negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule in South Africa, something no one thought was possible. Check out the BBC News slide… Continue reading

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Mont Alto forestry students use web publishing software

Examples of Student Blog Entries from Fall 2009 for the Advisory Board MeetingRemembrance of Earl Cooley by Doug Boyer. Combines research, references, Google map, Google Docs presentation, and images.Managing Forests for Wild Turkeys by Nate Rosenberg. Uses embedded Google Docs… Continue reading

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Forest Technology Curriculum Update Proposals

Proposed Curriculum Changes to A.S. Forest Technology (2 FORT) Current Proposed FORT 120 Forestry Computer Applications. 2 credits. Fall year 1. FORT 120 Forestry Computer Applications 3 credits. Fall year 2. FORT 130 Forest Mapping Systems 2 credits. Fall… Continue reading

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Graduation 2009

Yesterday was graduation, or commencement, at Mont Alto. At our campus almost all the faculty make it a point of attending the ceremony. Usually, a few weeks before the ceremony I resolve that this year I won’t be going, that… Continue reading

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Doing the Blog Thing

Recently a colleague mentioned that faculty in his discipline on our campus were thinking about starting a group blog. He asked me which platform I thought would be the best for the new publication.In reality any platform can work once… Continue reading

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Quiz Bowl at the Allegheny SAF Winter Meeting

Penn State Mont Alto forestry students participated in the Quiz Bowl at the Allegheny SAF Winter meeting in State College on February 19. Frank Grano, Eric Monger, and Mark MizakWatching the Quiz BowlDespite a valiant comeback Mont Alto lost to… Continue reading

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Safety and Security Update

see more pwn and owned picturesAs we start the spring semester I’m sure we will be hearing many safety messages. All that is great, but we it’s important to keep it all in perspective, of some sort!… Continue reading

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On the Nile

You would almost expect this to be a scene from an Agatha Christie murder. I think I’ve seen at least two versions of Murder on the NileCredits:Digital ID: 88476. 1860s-1920s Source: [Photographs and prints of Egypt and Syria.] (more info)… Continue reading

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A new kind of library search

A few days ago, for reasons that aren’t relevant here, I was interested in finding a book about the Punic Wars (Carthage against Rome with General Hannibal and elephants in the mountains.) Rather than just look at a list in… Continue reading

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Tabaski

I heard a story on NPR today about the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice. It commemorates the story of Abraham who was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac to show his faith. At the… Continue reading

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