Directions to Penn State, IST, the Westgate building, and my
Pennsylvania State University is located in State
Pennsylvania which is directly in the center of the
of Pennsylvania. To fly, the State College airport is called University Park
(airport code SCE) and is less than a one mile drive from the
university (a cab ride cost about $15, some hotels have free
University Park Airport
direct flights from Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, and
airports. However, State College is approximately a four hour
the airports at Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore,
Pittsburgh. Recommended hotels within walking distance of the
building are the Nittany
Inn (my favorite), Atherton
Hotel, and Days
Inn. There are several other hotels within a two mile
is a list of restaurants
The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is in the Westgate Bldg. For those driving or walking, a printable campus map and IST's directions are available. IST's directions page has a useful map of building entrances and the Atherton parking entrance. Note that the Westgate building spans N. Atherton St. (Rt 322 business) and serves as a bridge connecting east and west campus. It is accessible on either side, from the corner of Burrowes St. and Pollock Rd. and from White Course Dr. just off of N. Atherton St. (US 322).
For parking, White Course Drive turns west off of N. Atherton just north of the Westgate Bldg and has the closest parking - right next to the building. Currently, Bing maps gives the best location (there are two White Course Drives that are not connected; only use the one accessible from N. Atherton). Access to the White Course Dr. parking lot is controlled by a guard gate Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. However, a day ticket can be bought for the entire red lot for $6 and there seems to be always space in other lots a short distance away. Park in the lot immediately to your left and closest to Atherton and the Westgate Bldg if possible. Other long term paid parking is available at the Nittany Parking Deck two blocks away.
The Westgate building is unusual in its design since as a bridge it connects east and west campus. Faculty offices are on the 1st and 3rd floors with IST offices on the east campus side and Computer Science and Engineering offices on the west. The first floor on either side is not connected and the second floor is separated by the bridge pathway. My office, E350, is on the third floor at the northeast corner of the building.