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116 middle, high school students attend annual Forensics Tournament

A total of 116 students from eight area middle schools and high schools in western Pennsylvania participated in the Eighth Annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament held recently on campus. The event is a public speaking competition that included students Beaver Middle School, Beaver High School, Beaver County Christian School, Center High School, Freedom Middle School, Freedom High School, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and West Allegheny High School. Students were judged using the guidelines of the National Forensics League, and winners are eligible to advance to the 2008 Nationals in Las Vegas, NV.  Event organizer is Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications at Beaver campus. 

Winners in each event:

Dramatic Interpretation - Middle School:
First Place - Emilee Baker, Freedom
Second Place - Sarah Choflet, Freedom
Third Place - Nikki Wallis, Freedom
Fourth Place -  Kaylin Vickanovac, Freedom 
Fifth Place - Luke Hutchison, Freedom
Sixth Place - Molly Gray, Beaver

Dramatic Interpretation - High School:
First Place - Rachel Leininger, Beaver County Christian
Second Place - Ryan Strength, Freedom
Third Place - Allison Kosis, Freedom
Fourth Place - Chelsea Schreiner, Freedom
Fifth Place - Sierra Chapin, Center
Sixth Place - Kendra Stewart, Lincoln Park

Humorous Interpretation - Middle School:
First Place - Emilee Baker, Freedom
Second Place - Jennifer Wallis, Freedom
Third Place - Molly Wickman, Beaver
Fourth Place - Deanna Edwards, Freedom
Fifth Place - Gigi DeWeese, Freedom
Sixth Place - Nikki Wallis, Freedom

Humorous Interpretation - High School:
First Place - Zac Stanley, Beaver County Christian
Original Oratory - Middle School:
First Place - Samantha Marchionda, Freedom
Original Oratory - High School:
First Place - Devika Singh, Beaver
Second Place - Kayla Clear, Freedom
Third Place - Karin Baker, Freedom
Fourth Place - Sierra Chapin, Center
Fifth Place - Sam Smith, Freedom 
Sixth Place - Deb Fanning, Freedom

Impromptu Speaking - Middle School:
First Place - Richie McEwen, Freedom
Impromptu Speaking - High School:
First Place - Sarah Stasik, West Allegheny
Second Place - Carly Bratton, Lincoln Park

Radio Announcing - Middle School:
First Place - Jacob Chevalier, Beaver

Radio Announcing - High School:
First Place - Jeremiah Pullinger, Beaver County Christian

Dramatic Duo - Middle School:
First Place - Gigi DeWeese and Ally Wolf, Freedom
Second Place - Jesse Gaunt and Zack Wilson, Freedom
Third Place - Lizzy Jurich and Breanna Renkin, Beaver
Fourth Place -  Sara Allego and Kaylin Vickanovac, Freedom
Fifth Place - Shannon Small and Brittany Renkin, Beaver
Sixth Place - Taylor Wolff and Deanna Edwards, Freedom

Dramatic Duo - High School:
First Place - Katie Bushaw and Sarah Tapparo, Beaver
Second Place - Karin Baker and Bridget Yeager, Freedom
Third Place - Lisa Polaski and Cliff Gilbert, Freedom
Fourth Place -  Chelsea Kaclick and Amy Lowe, Freedom
Fifth Place - Allison Teets and Ryan Strength, Freedom
Sixth Place - Jeremiah Pullinger and Ryan Boughter, Beaver County Christian

Team Award:
First Place Middle School - Freedom
First Place High School - Freedom

For more information, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Area high school students win MidPAST Science Challenge

Penn State Beaver and NOVA Chemicals, Inc. recently co-hosted the 13th Annual Midwestern Pennsylvania Association of Science Teachers (MidPAST) Science Challenge on campus. Thirty-two students from eight area high schools participated: Ambridge, Blackhawk, Hopewell, New Brighton, Quaker Valley, Riverside, South Side, and Western Beaver.

The program allows the students to participate in a unique laboratory competition. Each team of two students must test its laboratory skills against other teams. All teams were required to complete two experiments in chemistry, two in physics, and two in biology within a three-hour time frame. Highest score recipients received U.S. Savings Bonds and their teacher-coaches received gift cards.

First Place - Mark Stepanian and Travis Dillan, Blackhawk High School
Coach – Mrs. Kim Baker

Second Place - Adam Mihalcin and Garrett Sieger, Blackhawk High School
Coach – Mrs. Kim Baker)

Third Place - Bess Ruzich and Jason Palevsky, Quaker Valley High School
Coach – Mrs. Patti Colangelo

Beaver campus faculty who implemented the program were Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry; Leo Takahashi, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, and Jay Means, lab technician.
For information about the Science Challenge, contact Hay at mth7@psu.edu or 724-773-3876. 

40th Annual Awards Banquet honors students, faculty, and staff

The 40th Annual Penn State Beaver Spring Awards Banquet was held recently on campus to celebrate a variety of student, faculty, and staff achievements throughout the academic year.

Jamie Silicki, a junior communications major from Beaver, received the University’s highest student honor, the prestigious Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award which recognizes one student’s highest achievements in and out of the classroom at each Penn State campus.

Other winners and awards received were:

College of Business Award - Ian Sheridan, business graduate (Dec. 2007), Beaver Falls
Management / Marketing Award - Nicole Lloyd, business graduate (Dec. 2007), Newell, WV
College of Communications Award - Andrew Michael, senior, communications major, Bloomsburg
College of Education Award - Dante DeNome, sophomore, education major, Chippewa
Secondary Education Award - Michael Kowalski, sophomore, education major, Beaver
College of Engineering Award - Brett Rostron, junior, engineering major, State College
Chemical Engineering Award - James Newell, sophomore, engineering major, Coraopolis
Mechanical Engineering Award - Jericha Cain, sophomore, engineering major, Center Township
Information Systems and Development Option Award - Daniel Collins, senior, information sciences and technology major, New Castle
School of Information Sciences and Technology Award and College Honors Program Award - Kenneth Garlitz, senior, information sciences and technology major, Monaca
Applied Psychology Award - Kaitlyn Foster, senior, applied psychology major, Beaver Falls

Eberly College of Science Award - Melissa Siget, sophomore, science major, Industry
Chemistry Award - Mei Kishiki, sophomore, division of undergraduate studies major, Bethel Park
President’s Freshman Award - Ethan R. Healey, freshman, engineering major, Hopewell
President’s Freshman Award - E. Seon Kwon, freshman, liberal arts major, Seoul, Korea
Robert J. Miklos Memorial Award - Zachary Fetchin, sophomore, division of undergraduate studies major, Hopewell
Campus Honors Program Awards
Mitchell Barr, freshman, engineering major, Moon Township
Louis Colaianni, freshman, business major, Irwin
Ron Ferrie, sophomore, engineering major, Hopewell
Courtney McCaw, freshman, division of undergraduate studies major, Monaca
Christopher Nocera, freshman, engineering major, Ellwood City
Frank Wisen, freshman, liberal arts major, Moon Township
College Honors Program Award - Jessie Thomson, sophomore agriculture major, Clinton
Student Activity Awards
Amanda Brobek, senior, communications major, Center Township
Sarah Covalt, junior, business major, Rochester
Katie Culp, sophomore, agriculture major, Baden
Justin Harmon, freshman, business major, Trenton, NJ
Stephanie Shearer, sophomore, applied psychology major, Carnegie

Club Advisor Award - Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry, Beaver

Academic Advisor Award - Dr. Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology, Sewickley
Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / Bayer MaterialScience, LLC Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award - Dr. Minhnoi Wroble Biglan, assistant professor of psychology, Pittsburgh

Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award - Dr. Zhongyuan Che, assistant professor of mathematics, Monaca
Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award - Ms. Teresa Baumgardner, instructor in communications, arts, and sciences, Aliquippa
Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / ESB Bank Staff Excellence Award - Mrs. Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Offices of Division of Undergraduate Studies, Master’s of Education, and Registrar, Center Township

For information about the Awards Banquet, contact the Office of Student Affairs at asb1@psu.edu or 724-773-3956.

Psychology faculty member hired for fall

Dr. Clare Conry-Murray has accepted the psychology position at Penn State Beaver for fall semester 2008. 

Dr. Conry-Murray is currently a visiting assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester, NY. She holds a Ph.D. in human development and education from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in secondary education in urban schools - English from Boston College, and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in humanities from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

For information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Registration for summer youth camps is now underway

Registration is now underway for the variety of academic and athletic youth camps offered this summer by the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education. Camps are open to children ages 3-18 and offer entertainment and fun as well as training and group and individual skills in numerous areas.
Academic camps are Wizardry School (based on the Harry Potter novels by J. W. Rowling, Robotics, Rockets Away, Digital Video, French, Spanish, Cheerleading, Musical Theatre, C.S.I., Princess Camp, and Circus Camp. Athletic camps include softball, baseball, fitness, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and golf.

For details about dates, times, and prices of the camps, visit http://www.br.psu.edu/CE/youth.htm/. To register or obtain more information, contact Continuing Education staff members Dana Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762 or Billie Brown at bjb23@psu.edu or 724-773-3761.

Beaver campus Commission for Women will meet Wednesday

Members of the Penn State Beaver community are invited to attend the Penn State Commission for Women’s annual informal gathering on Wednesday, April 30, noon – 1 p.m., room 16, Student Union Building. Guest speaker will be State Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd. Refreshments will be served. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Renata Mastrofrancesco, at 724-773-3553 or rxm70@psu.edu.

For more information about the Commission for Women, contact Nancy Woods, director of Adult Literacy Action, at ncw1@psu.edu or 724-773-7810.


Continuing Education offers Czech Power Hockey Camp

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will hold a Czech Hockey Power Camp, an authentic European pre-season hockey camp for local AA and A teams. The camp will be held July 21 – 25 at the Airport Ice Arena, Moon Township. Camp instructor is Czech Republic native Miloslav Cermak, a former professional hockey player and student of the game for more than 25 years.

The camp will teach the necessary and fundamental skills for successful play on the ice, including speed, quickness, agility, strength, shooting, passing, stick handling and checking. The structure of each session is based on maximum player movement during each drill while stressing discipline and hard work to ensure maximum results.

From 1985 through 1995, Cermak, a Power Skating Skills coach, played AAA and major juniors hockey in the Czech Republic. He played professional hockey for seven years in Europe and North America and has more than ten years of experience in instructing and coaching hockey players of all ages and levels, on and off the ice.

For more details, contact the Office of Continuing Education at bjb23@psu.edu or 724-773-3761. Directions to the Airport Ice Arena are available by calling 412-264-2222 or by visiting http://www.airporticearena.com/ online.

Lady Lions softball team holds first place in PSUAC

On Tuesday, April 22 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team held first place in the PSUAC when they defeated Penn State Fayette in a doubleheader in Uniontown, 12-5 and 12-4. Beaver is 17-1 in the conference and 20-15 overall.
In game one, Beaver campus junior Sam Neely (Northgate High School) pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits, five walks, and striking out five. The offense had eighteen hits. Junior Becky Garcia (Riverside High School) and sophomore Alonna Verrico (Rochester High School) each led with three hits. Verrico drove in five runs, including a two-run home run in the third. Sophomore Melanie Fuhr (Hopewell High School) added two hits.
In game two, freshman Kayla Chambers (South Side High School) pitched five innings, giving up five hits, walking none, and striking out five. Offensively, sophomore Chelsea Brownlee (Avella High School), senior Abby Mihalyi (OLSH High School), and sophomore Amy Roberts (Rochester High School) each had two hits in the win, and Mihalyi drove in three runs.
The Beaver Lady Lions will close their PSUAC schedule on Sunday, April 27 when they host Penn State Mont Alto in a doubleheader at noon. 

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

Beaver Lions baseball team is first in PSUAC

On Wednesday, April 23 the Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions baseball team hosted and defeated Penn State Greater Allegheny in their final game of the season, 4-2, cementing Beaver’s first-place position in the PSUAC with a conference record of 15-4 and an overall record of 18-9.

In game one, sophomore Greg Frederick (Quaker Valley High School) pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, walking two, and striking out ten. Beaver was led by freshman Huston Lorenzo (Miami, Fl) who recorded three hits, scored one run, and drove in two runs. Freshman Nate Stonfer (Ambridge High School), sophomore Joe Scherer (Quaker Valley High School), and senior Pat Ringel (Sto Rox High School) each had two hits. 
Due to rain, game two was postponed halfway through the first inning. A make-up date and time will be announced.

Beaver is the #1 seed in next week's PSUAC tournament on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1 in Williamsport. Game times will be announced.

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