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Public invited to hear Steve Blass speak on campus

The public is invited to hear a presentation by former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass as part of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce and Penn State Beaver Speakers Series. Blass will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Fee is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-Chamber members. The Chamber of Commerce requests that reservations be made by calling the Chamber at 724-775-3944. Payment can be made at the door.
Blass is widely recognized as one of the top speakers among former athletes and has addressed thousands of people over the years with humor and tales of his time with the Pirates.
A member of the 1972 National League All-Star team, Blass won 78 games during a five-year period from 1968 thru 1972. He was a Pirates’ hero in the 1971 World Series against Baltimore when he picked up complete-game victories in Game Three and Game Seven. On the mound for the final out in 1971, Steve went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in the '71 World Series (18.0ip/2er).

After retiring following the 1974 season, Blass remained in the Pittsburgh area and worked in private business, while continuing to do community service for the ballclub. In 1983, he worked with the legendary Bob Prince on Pirate cable telecasts and was also retained the following year when the cable rights were secured by Home Sports Entertainment. Blass joined the Pittsburgh Pirates radio broadcast crew in 1986.

A native of Canaan, CT, Steve and his wife Karen live in Upper St. Clair. They have two sons, David and Christopher, and five grandchildren. In 2002, Steve became the 13th recipient of the Pride of the Pirates award, a yearly honor (since 1990) which recognizes a member of the Pirates family who has demonstrated the qualities of sportsmanship, dedication and outstanding character during a lifetime of service.

Free Legislative Debate is open to the public

The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce and Penn State Beaver are co-sponsoring a debate of area legislators on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Participants include the local candidates running for state representative in Districts 10, 14, 15, and 16 as well as those running for state senator.

The following will participate in the debate for state representative: Representative Vince Biancucci, Jim Christiana, Donald Despines, Jr., Representative Jaret Gibbons, Domenic Leone, Representative Jim Marshall, Robert F. Matzie, Bob Morabito, and Dennis Rousseau.

Participating in the senatorial debate are Jeff Harris, Jason M. Petrella, Representative Sean Ramaley, and Elder Vogel, Jr.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 724-773-3944 or email the Chamber of Commerce at amcghee@bcchamber.com.

Campus student presents research results in New Orleans

Penn State Beaver sophomore Mei Kishiki recently presented her research results at the 235th National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. She is a research student of Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry at Beaver campus.

Kishiki presented an abstract co-authored with Hay entitled The Synthesis and Characterization of 2,3-Disubstituted-Thiazolidin-4-One Adducts of Iron (III) POSS Complexes. Kishiki, a major in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, is from Bethel Park, PA.

For more information, contact Kishiki at mxk5042@psu.edu or Hay at mth7@psu.edu or 724-773-3876.

New IST faculty member will join campus

Dr. Abhijit (Abby) Dutt has accepted a position as instructor in information sciences and technology (IST) beginning fall 2008 at Penn State Beaver.

Dutt is serving as visiting assistant professor of computer information systems at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin while completing his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Calcutta, India. He will deliver IST courses in networking, security, and computer software.

Winners of 2008 Beaver County Spelling Championship announced

On Saturday, April 13 Megan Zagorski, 14, won the Beaver County Spelling Championship co-sponsored by the Beaver County Times and Penn State Beaver and held in the Beaver campus auditorium, Student Union Building.

Megan, the daughter of Keith and Liz Zagorski of Beaver, is an eighth grade student at Beaver Area Middle School. She correctly spelled ‘accommodate’ to win the championship over twenty competitors. She received a $1,500 scholarship to Penn State Beaver, $250, and a trophy. The event’s traveling plaque will be presented to Megan’s school.
Bridget Haas, 14, an eighth grade student from Western Beaver Junior High School, was first runner-up and received a $1,000 scholarship to Penn State Beaver, $150, and a trophy. She is the daughter of Bill and Karen Haas of Industry.

Head judge was Dr. Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics and coordinator for the Center for Academic Achievement at Beaver campus. Other judges were Carleen Dinello, lecturer in English at Beaver campus, and Bill Vidonic, staff writer for The Times. Pronouncer was Stacy Koutoulakis, campus lecturer in English, and moderator was Marsha Keefer, public affairs editor, Beaver County Times.
For information about the annual competition, contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or the Beaver County Times at mkeefer@timesonline.com.

Beaver baseball team wins three over weekend

On Saturday, April 12 the Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions baseball team won two games in PSUAC action, 16-4 and 14-5, when they traveled to Penn State Greater Allegheny, and on Sunday, April 13 they defeated Community College of Allegheny County South, 6-5, in Clairton.

In game one on Saturday, sophomore Joe Scherer (Quaker Valley High School) pitched six innings, gave up four earned runs, walked two, and struck out four. Freshman Ben Sladick (Western Beaver High School) had three hits, all doubles, with three runs batted in. Scherer and senior Pat Ringel (Sto Rox High School) both had two hits and drove in two runs. Freshman Alex Fox (Ellwood City High School) had one hit, scored one run, and recorded four RBIs.
In Saturday’s second game, Ringel pitched five innings, gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out seven. Ringel also contributed at the plate with three hits, scoring twice, driving in three runs, and stealing two bases. Freshman Jake Ellis (Seneca Valley High School) had two hits, scoring twice, and driving in two while freshman Ron Wilkins (Souh Side High School) had two hits. Freshman Huston Lorenzo (Miami, Fl) hit a home run in the victory and also drove in three runs.
In Sunday’s game, freshman Alex Fox (Ellwood City High School) pitched six innings, gave up eight hits, and walked and struck out eight. Offensively, sophomore Ryan Raraigh (Riverside High School) led the way with four hits and two runs. Sophomore Zac Fetchin (Hopewell High School) had three hits and scored one run while junior Brian Ringel (Sto Rox High School) had two hits and scored two runs. Fox added two hits as well.
The Beaver baseball team is now 14-6 overall and 13-3 in the PSUAC. The Lions return to action on Thursday, April 17 when they host Waynesburg University in a doubleheader at 2 p.m.

To get the baseball team’s schedule or for more information about Beaver campus athletics, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner, 724-773-3826.

Beaver Lady Lions Greater Allegheny, set make-up game for Tuesday

The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team won their first game on Sunday, April 13, 7-5, over Penn State Greater Allegheny. Because of rain, the second game was suspended in the top of the second inning with Beaver leading, 6-1, with runners on second and third and no outs. Game two will resume at PS Greater Allegheny on Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m.

In the win, freshman Kayla Chambers (South Side High School) pitched seven strong innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked two, and struck out seven. Offensively, Beaver was led by sophomores Jamie Clouse (Laurel High School) and Chelsea Brownlee (Avella High School) with two hits each. One of Brownlee’s two hits was a double and junior Melissa Swoager (South Side High School) tripled. Brownlee and junior Taylor Rzeczkowski (Highlands High School) each drove in two runs in the win.

The Beaver Lady Lions are now 15-13 overall and 12-1 in the PSUAC. Following the game on Tuesday, the women return to action on Thursday, April 17 when they host Waynesburg University for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader.
To get the softball team’s schedule or for more information about Beaver campus athletics, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner, 724-773-3826.