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Courtney Young elected to American Library Association positions

Courtney Young, Penn State Beaver reference librarian and assistant professor of women’s studies, has been elected to two positions in the American Library Association (ALA).

She was elected to a three-year term, 2008-2011, as councilor-at-large to the ALA Council and was also elected vice president / president elect of the New Members’ Round Table (NMRT).

The ALA Council is the governing body of the organization and delegates to ALA divisions the authority to plan and carry out programs and activities with policy established by Council. The NMRT position is also a three-year term, including vice president from 2008-2009, president from 2009-2010, and past president from 2010-2011. It is the second largest round table in the ALA.

The NMRT's goals are to structure formal opportunities for involvement and / or training for professional association committee experiences on the national, state, and local levels; to provide a wide variety of programs to assist, encourage, and educate people who are new to the profession; to offer a variety of leadership training and opportunities to help those approaching the end of their NMRT eligibility to make the transition to future positions in the ALA and the profession, and to develop and implement ongoing programs for library school students that encourage professional involvement and networking.

For more information, contact Young at cly11@psu.edu or 724-773-3796, or visit http://www.ala.org/.

Jessica Jackson appointed to new position

Jessica Jackson, residence life coordinator at Penn State Beaver, has been appointed coordinator of residence life and student activities in the Office of Student Affairs, effective August 1.

Ms. Jackson will continue to hold several primary responsibilities within the residence life program, but fifty percent of her new position will focus on enhancing activities and services for the support and development of campus social, recreational, cultural, wellness, and educational programs for students and student organizations.

"Since her arrival on campus in 2006, Jessica has implemented many innovative programming initiatives and demonstrated leadership in supporting our continued campus focus on student engagement," said Dr. Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling from Lynchburg College, Virginia. Ms. Jackson can be contacted at jrj15@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

‘Try Me Day’ added to children’s summer Circus Camp

This summer the annual two-week Circus Camp for children returns to Penn State Beaver but features a new "Try Me Day" that allows prospective participants to decide if they’re interested in attending the entire ten-day camp. The Circus Camp is presented by the Office of Continuing Education as one in a series of academic enrichment summer camps for children ages 3 to 18.

Circus Camp is open to children age 7 and above and will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 9 to 20. "Try Me Day" is Monday, June 9 at the same time. The camp explores the circus as an internationally recognized performing art and includes tumbling, artistic cycling, juggling, Diablo, clowning, stilt walking, rolling globe, partner aerobics, pyramids, Spanish web, and rola bola.

On the last day of camp, participants will display their new skills and self-confidence in an actual one-ring circus performance with campers in costumes and make-up. Family and friends will be invited to attend for free.

To obtain more information about the Circus Camp, "Try Me Day," or a complete listing of academic and athletic summer camps, contact Beaver’s Office of Continuing Education, 724-773-3700 or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/CE/youth.htm?cn21D.

Five new members join Penn State Beaver Advisory Board

Effective today, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board elected five new members for the 2008-2009 academic year. 

The new members, who attended today’s final Board meeting of the academic year, are Jeff Bauman, vice president of Bauman Office Equipment; John P. Murawski, project engineer at Reliant Energy; Gina Rendar, global business director for Cinram International; Mark Todd, site manager at BASF, and Dr. Nicholas J. Unis of Unis Dental Associates. The new members were introduced by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer, board secretary, and John Hertneky, board president and continuous improvement manager at Bayer MaterialScience LLC.

John J. Feraco, manufacturing team leader for NOVA Chemicals, Inc., is president elect and Arlene Bell, director of community health services for Heritage Valley Health System, is vice president.

Outgoing board members are David Atcheson, D.M.D, Atcheson Oral Surgery LLC; Leslie Dean, director of human resources for Tegrant Corporation’s Protexic Brands; Patrick Geho, former president of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Betty Sue Schaughency, executive director of Beaver County Educational Trust, and Linda Swaney, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Beaver County. Atcheson and Swaney were board members for ten years.

The Advisory Board, comprised of 35 community members as well as University and student representatives, meets five times during the academic year.

For information about the Advisory Board, contact the Office of the Chancellor at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Adult Literacy Action offers nine community outreach centers

Penn State Beaver Adult Literacy Action (ALA) offers nine community outreach centers that provide a variety of skills and services for the public. Individuals in need of these services are encouraged to contact Nancy Woods, ALA director, at ALA’s office in Beaver at ncw1@psu.edu or 724-773-7810.

Skills taught at each location are as follows:

Beaver County Jail, Hopewell Township – Adult Basic Skills, General Educational Development (GED) Testing Preparation
Brodhead Site, Aliquippa – Adult Basic Skills, Family Literacy
CareerLink, Beaver Falls – Math, Pre-GED Testing Preparation, Workplace Skills
Center for Hope, Ambridge – Adult Basic Skills, GED Testing Preparation
Community College of Beaver County, Monaca – GED Testing Preparation
Help-a-Person (HAP) Enterprises, Hopewell Township – Special Needs / Mental Health Mental Retardation
Job Training of Beaver County, Monaca – GED Testing Preparation, Workplace Skills
Penn State Beaver, Monaca – English for Speakers of Other Languages
Rochester Community Center, Rochester – Adult Basic Skills, GED Testing Preparation, and Family Literacy

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 at 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 Kegg's candies. Bartuch holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State.

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

Alumni Society’s annual golf outing set for September 8

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society will hold its Eighth Annual Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 8 at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. Proceeds from the outings are currently being used to enhance the society's endowed scholarship on campus and to support new signage for various campus buildings and areas. To date, the society’s golf outings have raised more than $65,000 designated for Beaver campus. Registration for foursomes and individuals is available as are golf outing sponsorships.

For more information, contact Diana Patterson, director of development and society liaison, 724-773-3558, or contact Christina Winniewicz, external relations assistant, 724-773-3817.

Softball, baseball teams move on to USCAA Tournaments

The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions baseball team and the Lady Lions softball team have moved on to the USACC National Championship Tournaments.

The Lions are first seed and will take on Robert Morris College, The Springfield Campus (Illinois) on Tuesday, May 13 at 1 p.m. in Hampton, Virginia.

Today the sixth seed Lady Lions begin play in Decatur, Illinois and will go up against Southern Virginia University at 9 a.m., Saint Mary of the Woods at 1 p.m., and Spalding University at 5 p.m. in the pool play arrangement. This will determine seeding and bracket for May 10.

For continuing live updates about both teams’ bid for the USCAA Championship or for any information about campus athletics, visit  http://www.beaver.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner, ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.