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Beaver alum will speak at 40th commencement

Carl A. Bartuch, Jr., chairman of Bartuch Holdings Ltd. in Texas and a Penn State Beaver alumnus, will be the guest speaker at Beaver's 40th commencement, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. More than 60 students will receive master's, baccalaureate and associate degrees.

Bartuch owns High Tech Finishing, which customizes aviation interior plating and Houston-based Keggs candies. Bartuch holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State.

For information about Bartuch's companies, visit http://www.htf.net/contact.html or http://www.keggscandies.com/. For information about commencement, contact the campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.


State Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd gives campus presentation

The Commission for Women at Penn State Beaver hosted an open discussion and question-and-answer session with State Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd at noon Wednesday in the Student Union Building.

Todd spoke about the history of the Pennsylvania courts as well as current issues facing the courts. In addition, she talked about how her personal life and family upbringing continue to influence her actions on the bench. As an attorney, Todd maintained an active litigation practice in Pittsburgh. She is a native of Ellwood City.

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Three campus women honored at Women of the Year Awards Dinner

Three women from Penn State Beaver were honored at the Beaver County Women of the Year Awards Dinner held earlier this week in Aliquippa. The event is sponsored by the Beaver Valley Business and Professional Women's Club.

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Human Services Forum will focus on homelessness

The Human Services Forum of Beaver County and Penn State Beaver Adult Literacy Action will present "The Rainbow Connection," a program addressing the issue of homelessness, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in room 16 in the Beaver Campus Student Union Building. The event is open to the public. Fee is $20 for Human Services Forum members and $25 for non-members.

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Summer course schedule available online

The Penn State Beaver summer course schedule is currently available by visiting http://schedule.psu.edu/. For more details or if you have questions, contact Jennie Ward, staff assistant in the Registrar's Office, at juw7@psu.edu, 724-773-3789, or visit the Registrar's Office in the Ross Administration Building. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Register now for Beaver's summer youth camps

Registration is now under way 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 Dana Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762, or Billie Brown at bjb23@psu.edu or 724-773-3761.


Alumni Association pledges $2.1 million to provide scholarship support

In a historic move, the Penn State Alumni Association has pledged a gift of $2.1 million to support students across the University. In support of the University's new fundraising drive, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, the gift will establish 35 Penn State Alumni Association Trustee Scholarships, each endowed at $50,000 in 12 colleges, at 20 campuses, and three additional undergraduate units. Trustee Scholarships are based on financial need and awarded to students who are Pell Grant eligible, typically coming from families whose household income is below $40,000.

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Undergraduate Teaching Award nominations sought

Students are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2009 Undergraduate Teaching Award to the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence before they leave campus for the summer. The nomination form is available at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Awards/Form/.

Any student, faculty, staff, administrator or friend of Penn State may nominate faculty members for the awards. Fill in the required form fields, including a short statement on why the person is being nominated, and submit electronically to the Schreyer Institute. Faculty are encouraged to remind students to submit nominations.


The Medical Minute: Safe Kids Week aims to prevent injuries

Spring and summer is trauma season. Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital has expert clinicians and is accredited as a pediatric trauma center to care for nearly 700 children injured each year. However, injuries are preventable, says this week's edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

In celebration of National Safe Kids Week, Safe Kids Dauphin County is holding events at local elementary schools, community car seat checks and distributing materials and safety devices to families.

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Probing Question: What is Net neutrality?

"Internet Freedom, under attack. What do we do? Stand up, talk back," shouted a group calling themselves the Raging Grannies, outside the Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University. Inside, the Federal Communications Commission prepared to hold a public hearing on broadband network management practices, a topic most people might not expect to draw protesters.

At the heart of the Grannies' complaint is the issue of "Net neutrality." Google and Microsoft, among others, favor it; telecommunications firms such as Comcast and Verizon tend to oppose it. Damian Kulash Jr., lead singer of Internet-phenom rock band OK Go, even penned a New York Times op-ed championing the cause. But what, exactly, is "Net neutrality"?

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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.

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