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Undergraduate Research Fair Will Be Held April 3

Penn State Beaver’s annual Undergraduate Research Fair will be held Thursday, April 3. The event is designed to highlight student scholarship and research conducted on campus and showcases student presentations of in-depth, original research and scholarly work. Projects from all disciplines are invited, including humanities, business, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science. To participate, contact Undergraduate Research Fair Committee member Dr. Talha Harcar, assistant professor of business, at tdh13@psu.edu or 724-773-3892, or visit  http://reddot.cas.psu.edu/cms/ioRD.asp?Action=RedDotWorkspace&Mode=0&LinkFromGuid=&Portal=

Alumni Chapter’s CYS Holiday Gift Drive Benefits 127 Children

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association obtained gifts for 127 children through its 2007 Children and Youth Services Holiday Gift Drive. Co-chairs of this year’s drive were Diane McClune and Evelyn Kurianowicz, both members of the chapter’s Board of Directors.

Every year the chapter seeks cash donations as well as donors who are willing to buy holiday gifts for children who are clients of Beaver County Children and Youth Services. Cash donations are welcome and used by chapter members to purchase gifts for the children. Other donors prefer to buy, wrap, and deliver gifts to the chapter. Once all gifts are received, chapter representatives deliver the gifts to the CYS office for distribution.

This annual drive is a partnership between the alumni chapter and CYS. The public is invited to participate. Donors can request the name of one child or as many as they would like to purchase gifts for at the holiday season. For information about the 2008 Gift Drive, contact McClune or Kurianowicz through the Penn State Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.

Alumni Chapter Invites Public To March Wine Tasting

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association invites the public to attend a Wine Tasting on March 29, 7 – 9:30 p.m., at Felicity Farms Bed and Breakfast in Brighton Township. Cost is $25 per person. Reservation deadline is March 22. To make reservations or for more information, contact alumni chapter board of directors member Vicki Teets, at vlteets@hotmail.com.

Freshman Sandusky Honored Twice This Year By USCAA

Freshman Heather Sandusky is the first Penn State Beaver athlete to be honored twice by the USCAA in two different sports during one academic year. Sandusky, a member of the Beaver campus Lady Lions basketball team, was named the USCAA’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after she helped lead Beaver to a 2-1 record last week. During the fall semester she was named USCAA Volleyball Player of the Week while playing for the PSUAC championship.

Last week, in a loss against USCAA second-ranked Southern Virginia University, Sandusky recorded 29 points and 10 rebounds, including her first collegiate double-double. She scored 20 points against PSUAC rival Penn College, including a free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining, to give the Lady Lions a 68-67 conference victory. She also scored 20 points in a win over Penn State Mount Alto. Sandusky’s week average was 23 points and 6 rebounds. Sandusky is an applied psychology major from New Brighton.

For more information about women’s and men’s athletics at Beaver, contact athletic director Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3926 or visit http://www.br.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm.

Christmas Basketball Tournament Drew More Than 2,000

The three-day Penn State Beaver Christmas Basketball Tournament held in the campus gym at the end of December drew more than 2,000 people to campus. The annual event is free and open to the public and hosted by Andy Kirschner, athletic director; his staff, and the campus.

The tournament featured sixteen girls’ and boys’ teams from school districts throughout western Pennsylvania. Boys’ teams were from Beaver, Ellwood City, Moniteau, New Brighton, Quaker Valley, Rochester, South Side, and Western Beaver. New Brighton won the championship when they defeated Quaker Valley. Girls’ teams were from Aliquippa, Giebel, Mohawk, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH), Shenango, South Side, Trinity, and Western Beaver. OLSH defeated Trinity for the girls’ championship.

For more information about Beaver campus athletics, contact Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826 or visit http://www.br.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm.