Reminder: Backyard Chicken Workshop Saturday & Other Meetings This Week


(From Leslie Pillen, Student Farm Design Coordinator)

May 7 – Student Farm Vision Meeting

Wednesday, May 7, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson – Student input needed! Come take a study break, enjoy some Creamery ice cream, and share your thoughts about how a student farm could benefit you! Planning is underway for a new Student-Centered Farm at Penn State. Before you head home for summer break, come provide input that will help the project keep moving forward this summer. Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome. Contact Leslie Pillen, Student Farm Design Coordinator at  with any questions.


May 10 – Backyard Laying Hens Workshop in State College

Saturday, May 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. – Come learn how you can keep a small flock of laying hens to provide you with delicious, fresh eggs in your own backyard!

Instructor Leslie Pillen will discuss breed selection, how to raise healthy hens from chicks on, and important design considerations for building or buying a backyard coop. Leslie is the Design Coordinator for the new sustainable student farm initiative at Penn State. She has raised chickens in both farm and backyard settings, and has taught several classes about keeping chickens.

Suggested donation is $12 per person, payable by cash or check on the day of the workshop. Proceeds go to the instructor. Space is limited to 15 participants; sign up by email to Katherine or by phone (237-0996).


May 5 – Borough Council Meeting – 7:30 p.m. at 304 Borough Building (243 S. Allen St.) Full Agenda.

Interesting Agenda Item:

“At its April 7, 2014 meeting, Council held a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance amendment generated by the Planning Commission. The amendment would change the current land development review process by requiring preliminary plans, also called concept plans, to be reviewed by the Planning Commission. Following the hearing, Council scheduled the proposal for discussion at its May 12 work session. The Interim Planning Director, who is familiar with the history of the current review process and why the Planning Commission is presently not included in concept plan review, is unavailable to attend the May 12 work session. Accordingly, this item is placed on the May 5 agenda for Council to receive the Director’s commentary. The Interim Planning Director will overview the history and background of the current review process and what its advantages have been over the years so Council can weigh that information during its next discussion. This is a discussion only item. If Council wishes to proceed with enactment, it should direct the Manager to publish a Notice of Intent to Enact on May 19, 2014.”

[Editor’s Note: This issue relates to the pipeline controversy, in that the Planning Commission currently has no formal role in reviewing land development plans.]

May 7 – State College Planning Commission Meeting – 12 p.m. at 304 Borough Building (243 S. Allen St.) Full Agenda.

Interesting Agenda Items:

“Penn State Course CED 475 Capstone Project for Community Environment and Development – During the 2014 Spring Semester, students from this capstone class worked with the Borough, through the Sustainable Communities Collaborative, on a research topic that has been gaining interest in the region. The students conducted research to identify potential strategies that State College Borough can use to attract and/or retain young professionals. The student group developed a survey to work on this research question, and asked students what is important in selecting a place to live after graduation. The student group will present their findings during this meeting…

Centre Region Planning Agency 2013 CRPC Annual Report, CRPA Activities and Planning for Activities in 2014 and 2015 – Mr. May will briefly review the 2013 CRPC Annual Report and activities completed by the CRPA in 2013. He will also review the importance of the communication loop between the CRPC and municipal planning commissions in programming multi-municipal projects. Mr. May will review the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Program (CHIP) process and CRPA anticipated work activities in 2014 and 2015…”


May 7 – 9 – PSU Board of Trustees – Full Board & Committee Meetings, at the Penn Stater Conference Center

Wednesday, May 7

Time Topic
3:00 p.m. Committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning – Public followed by Executive Session (Room 208)

Thursday, May 8

Time Topic
7:00 a.m. Committee on Compensation – Executive Session followed by Public Session (Room 222)
9:00 a.m. Committee on Finance, Business, and Capital Planning (Room 204)
9:00 a.m. Committee on Outreach, Development and Community Relations(Room 106)
10:00 a.m. Committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning (Room 211)
1:30 p.m. Committee on Audit and Risk (Room 219)
1:30 p.m. Committee on Legal and Compliance (Room 218)
1:30 p.m. Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life (Room 204)

Friday, May 9, 2014

All meetings will be held in Deans Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park, Pennsylvania, unless otherwise noted. FULL AGENDA.Full Agenda

Time Topic
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Board of Trustees Meeting – Public Session (Room 108)
8:45 – 11:30 a.m. Board of Trustees Meeting – Executive Session (Room 109)
1:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Called to Order
President’s Report
Public Comment
Reports from Standing Committees
A. Committee on Academic Affairs and Student Life
B. Committee on Audit and Risk
C. Committee on Compensation
D. Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning
E. Committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning
F. Committee on Legal and Compliance
G. Committee on Outreach, Development and Community Relations
4:30 p.m. Board of Trustees Adjournment
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