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Bower will serve as visiting professor at Duke University

Dr. Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Penn State Beaver, has been invited to serve as a visiting professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Duke University during the 2009 spring semester. In addition, she will teach an upper-level undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar in medieval Spanish literature.

Last year Bower participated in Columbia University’s prestigious Literature Humanities Luncheon Speaker Series with a presentation on Augustine’s Confessions.
Bower, who resides in Pittsburgh, taught at Columbia from 1990 to 1993 and from 1995 to 2000. While there she received the President’s Fellowship, a Literature Humanities Preceptorship, and a Dissertation Research Fellowship. She also received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award.

She holds a doctorate from Columbia as well as a master’s degree in Medieval and Golden Age and a master’s degree in Latin American Literature. She received a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and also studied at St. Louis University in Spain.
Bower can be reached at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.

Badfish, the Delaneys will present free fall concert on campus

The Delaney’s, one of western Pennsylvania’s preeminent rock bands, will open a free concert featuring nationally recognized rock group, Badfish, on Thursday night, Sept. 4 at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center. The event is Beaver’s Fourth Annual Free Fall Concert. Performance times will be announced soon.

Badfish is known for its tribute to Sublime, a uniquely eclectic band from the 1990s that ended with the death of lead singer and songwriter Brad Nowell in 1996. Badfish is recognized for replicating Sublime’s essence. Badfish was formed in 2001 and consistently sells out shows at prominent venues across the country, including House of Blues in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City; Revolution in Fort Lauderdale, and Avalon in Boston.

The Delaneys have released three albums in the last six year and have performed at numerous venues, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion, the Hard Rock Café, the Chevy Ampitheater, Club Diesel on the South Side, Club Café, and PNC Park. College tours have included performances at the University of Pittsburgh; West Virginia University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State University Park. The group has shared the stage with The Clarks, the Gin Blossoms, and Donnie Iris and have opened for Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Motley Crue, and Breaking Benjamin.

Brad Meredith, the Delaneys bass player, also co-founded Ask Your Mom Productions which presents the Annual Rockin’ the Suburbs Beaver county Music Festival.

For more information, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.

Pittsburgh Banjo Club will present free concert at Brodhead Cultural Center

On Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m., the Pittsburgh Banjo Club will present a free concert as part of the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center’s 32nd season of summer programming at the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater on campus. There is no rain date for the performance.

The summer series is co-sponsored in part by The Times, ARA Corporation, The Idea Works, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Trust Fund.
That evening the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell cups of Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The group will also sell hot and cold refreshments at the Cultural Center concession stand before and during the show. All sale proceeds benefit the chapter's scholarships for Beaver campus students.
The Mill Creek Valley Historical Association will staff and host free tours of the Baker-Dungan Museum located on the hill overlooking the Cultural Center's amphitheater. This year's museum theme is Pittsburgh's Founding Fathers. The museum, which is open for one hour before all shows held in the amphitheater, contains a variety of local historical artifacts, tools, furniture, clothing and other displays.
To obtain free e-mail or hard copies of the Brodhead Cultural Center summer schedule or for more information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/ and click on "Visitors and Community."

Beaver Alumni Chapter collecting non-perishables for charity

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting a non-perishable goods drive during the ice cream sales they’ll hold prior to some of the shows at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center. Any kind of non-perishable food or product is welcome. The chapter will collect items from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26 at the Brodhead Cultural Center. All donations will be given to the Salvation Army of Rochester.

For more information, contact chapter member Cheryl Yevak at cyevak@hotmail.com or Cheryl.yevak@fedex.com.

Tickets on sale for Into The Woods musical

Tickets are on sale for the Center Theatre Company’s (CTP) production of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical. The play will be held July 25 and 26 and August 1 and 2 as part of the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center’s 32nd summer programming series. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. CTP director Sandy Reigel, Monaca, is the play’s director.

Tickets are $13 for all ages and can be obtained by contacting the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or sending email to rxm70@psu.edu. If available, tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6 p.m. on the night of each show. There are no reserved seats for any performances. Tickets are for general seating. Auditorium doors open for general seating at 6:45 p.m.           

Into the Woods blends fairy tales with the story of a childless baker and his wife who must lift a witch’s curse in order to have a child. Fairy tale characters and their stories are woven into the musical, including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” “Snow White,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”     

The 2008 Brodhead Cultural Center series is co-sponsored by the Beaver County Times, ARA Corporation, The Idea Works, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Trust Fund.

To obtain free email or hard copies of the events schedule or for more information, contact the Cultural Center Office at 724-773-3610, email rxm70@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Admissions will host two Spend a Summer Evening programs

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host Spend a Summer Evening programs at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 15 and 5 p.m., Thursday, August 7 in the campus Student Union Building.

At each event, participants will learn about Penn State location options and the admissions process as well as talk with Penn State Beaver faculty and students. Attendees will also be given a tour of the campus by a student Lion Ambassador.

Free pizza and beverages will be available from 5 to 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Free Penn State Creamery ice cream will be served after the campus tour. Reservations are required.

To register online, visit https://www.admissions.psu.edu/my_admissions/visitation/visit_calendar.cfm?CAMPUS_ID=3 or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU. If you have questions, please email br-admissions@psu.edu.

Beaver Alumni Chapter, Smeal Business alumni will co-host Nittany Networking

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and members of the area Smeal Business Alumni Club will co-host a Nittany Networking event on Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at the Elixir Ultra Lounge, 1500 East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The event is open to the public, and more details will be forthcoming. For information, contact Beaver Alumni Chapter Treasurer David Smarrelli at dsmarrelli@hotmail.com or visit http://www.pittsburghsmeal.org/.