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An update from your Local Arrangements Committee.

Greetings once again from the SSR 2012 Local Arrangements Committee! In this update we will suggest some items to bring with you, and give you some ideas of things to do in the area if you have time before or after the meeting.

Most importantly, bring comfortable shoes and dress for warm weather. The walking distances are equal to, or less than, those we experienced in Pittsburgh and Portland, but you will be walking outside and may want to wander around the beautiful campus. Daily highs average 80 degrees F, but lows will be around 60° F, so a light jacket or sweater is a good idea for the evening. All venues for the meeting are air-conditioned. As with many places in the country, we have been experiencing drought this summer. So we are actually hoping to get a little rain. Help us to assure some rain by bringing your travel umbrella with you, just in case.

If you are staying in the dormitories, please note that you should bring your own shampoo and hairdryer. Linens are provided, of course. We have received questions about internet access on campus. If you are staying in the dorms, we can assign an internet access user name to you. This will allow you to log into the internet on any campus computer, or use the wireless system around campus and in the lobby areas of the dorms. In addition, anyone may directly purchase AT&T wireless access (just like you might do in an airport or hotel).

Now for some ideas about things to do in the area, with many links listed below that will help you to plan your own trip. Residents here love to be outdoors in the summer. Probably the most popular activities are hiking and fly fishing. You will need transportation to get to the excellent fly fishing streams and most trailheads, so if this is your cup of tea, consider renting a car, or look into taxi and bus ( service. Black Moshannon, Bear Meadows, and Rothrock hiking areas are all within a 20 minute drive. Spring Creek is one of the best trout streams in the East and is only a 5 minute drive from campus. For fishing, check out Penns Creak, voted one of America’s top 100 trout streams. If golf is your idea of outdoor activity, visit or If you have a car, plan to visit Penn’s Cave, located in Centre Hall, PA (30 minute drive from Penn State). It is a historic landmark and visitors tour the cave by boat ( After a day in the sun, take the Catabus to Tussey Mountain for the State College Brewfest (

We also encourage you to explore some of the wonderful areas within walking distance of your dorm or hotel. The Penn State Arboretum is a wonderful place to spend some time, and you can get additional exercise by incorporating it as a part of the University Park Green Tour. When you check into your dorm or the meeting registration desk, you can pick up a copy of the ‘Treasure Hunt’ of Penn State Historical Markers. Find the signs and complete the quiz for a chance to win a great prize! Visit the Palmer Museum of Art on campus, and be sure to go to the Creamery for some Penn State ice cream. A stroll down College Avenue is in store if you enjoy shopping, eating or drinking. For additional activities on campus or in town, visit You can find out what is going on during your visit at and

If you are traveling with children, State College offers a wide range of activities for kids young and old. If you’re in downtown State College visit Schlow Centre Regional Library for lots of books, of course, but also a great kid room with train sets, building toys and a puppet theater with lots of puppets. The library offers lots of kid events in the summer including pajama concerts and kid friendly plays. The new science museum, Discovery Space, is just around the corner from the library and offers science exhibits and hands-on activities. If it’s hot out, kids and adults can go swimming at the Penn State outdoor lap and diving pools on Bigler road or try out the new mini water parks at the Welch and Park Forest town pools. Shaver’s Creek environmental center and Millbrook Marsh nature center offer conservation and environmental stewardship programs for kids of all ages plus many nature trails and a raptor rescue program. If skating is your thing, try ice skating at the Penn State indoor ice rink or roller skating at Penn Skates. Other activities include mini golf, go-carts, batting cage and mini golf, driving range, and par 3 golf at Tussey Mountain. After all that, be sure to stop by the Penn State creamery for ice cream.

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We’ll provide more information in upcoming messages, but for now, if you have any questions for us on the local arrangements committee (venue access, travel, etc.) you can e-mail us directly at For questions related to the meeting program or other details, contact the SSR Business Office at