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Penn State to Reward Those Who Participate in Wellness Initiative

Penn State announced today that employees who take part in the Take Care of Your Health Initiative will receive a cash reward. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports.


Faculty Senate Passes Health Care Resolution; Requests Suspension of Spousal/Domestic Partner Surcharge

Penn State's Faculty Senate passed a resolution addressing controversial university health care changes in a special meeting yesterday. WPSU'S Kate Lao Shaffner reports.


Penn State Suspends Wellness Program Surcharges

Penn State President Rodney Erickson says the university will suspend the $100 a month surcharge for employees who don’t participate in the controversial Take Care of Your Health initiative. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports.


Penn State Faculty Senate Addresses Health Care Changes

Penn State’s Faculty Senate met yesterday for the first time this academic year. The university’s controversial new health plan was at the forefront of the agenda. WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner reports many spoke out against the changes.


How Will Penn State’s Wellness Initiative Save Money?

It’s been about a month since Penn State rolled out its controversial new wellness initiative, which includes a surcharge for failure to participate. In a recent conference call, Penn State officials said the initiative is meant to keep costs down and representatives from Highmark discussed research that points to savings. Today, WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner looks into how much money…


PSU Faculty Senate Council Discusses Insurance Benefits Changes with VP of Human Resources

Penn State's Faculty Senate Council met yesterday for the first time since the controversial changes to employee healthcare benefits were announced last month. The meeting was not open to the public, but afterward WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner spoke with the Faculty Senate Chairman and Penn State's Vice President for Human Resources.


Bellefonte Group’s Last Chance to Save the Garman Theatre

The historic Garman Opera House Theatre in Bellefonte might soon be razed—or rehabilitated. It all depends on whether or not the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association can make their case to save the building before the August 26 deadline. Here’s WPSU’s Kate Lao Shaffner with the story.


Drive-in Owners Face the Challenge of New Technology

It’s been 80 years since the first drive-in movie opened in Camden, New Jersey. At its heyday, there were more than 4,000 drive-in movie theaters across America. Now there are fewer than 400. The latest challenge for drive-ins everywhere is Hollywood’s switch to digital film distribution. Kate Lao Shaffner visited a drive-in along Route 322 in Clearfield County.

(Photo by Jessica Paholsky)

Take Note Radio

Take Note: Penn State Health Insurance Questions, and The Fluoride Controversy

First, a Q & A with Penn State’s VP for Human Resources about the university’s new "Take Care of Your Health” program. Employees who do not participate in the three-part plan will be charged a $100 a month surcharge. Then an encore conversation about water fluoridation and just why it’s so controversial. (photo by Jessica Paholsky)


Kate Lao Shaffner is an associate producer at WPSU-FM. She contributes feature stories to Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Kate also assists in the production of WPSU’s This I Believe and BookMark.

Kate recently earned her Master’s degree from Penn State’s School of International Affairs.  Before moving to State College, she lived in Tanzania, where she worked with a university study abroad program.