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'Voices Against Violence' is theme of October programs

In observance of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Penn State Beaver will present plays and programs centered on the theme of Voices
Against Violence. These events are sponsored by the campus in collaboration with the Penn State Beaver Commission for Women, the Women's Center of Beaver
County, the Pennsylvania Office of Victims' Services Survivors Speakers Bureau, the Coalition of Pennsylvania Crime Victim Organizations (COPCVO),
Crisis Center North, and other campus and community groups.

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Beaver County College Fair set for Oct. 7

Penn State Beaver and The Times will co-sponsor the sixth annual Beaver County College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Beaver campus gymnasium. The event is free to the public. The Beaver County College Fair is co-sponsored by Beaver campus and The Times and is known as the premier college fair serving Beaver County students. Reservations to attend are not needed.

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Beaver campus apparel and more on sale to benefit United Way

The 2008 Penn State Beaver United Way Committee is sponsoring sales and special events to raise funds for the Beaver County United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Sales and events are open to the public. All sales proceeds benefit the United Way which is designated as the University's official and only charity.

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Penn State Day / Homecoming events set for Oct. 25

Penn State Beaver will host its annual Penn State Day / Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 25. All events are free to the public. For information, contact Amy M. Krebs  at amk6@psu.edu or (724) 773-3815 or visit http://www.br.psu.edu/29313.htm?cn25.

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Alumni chapter will host Habitat for Humanity project, game watch

Volunteers are sought to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association from 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at 94 Jenny St., Aliquippa. No construction or building experience is needed.

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Commission for Women invites participants to October retreat

Penn State's Commission for Women will hold its annual retreat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Gold Room, Pollock Commons, at the University Park campus. Appointed and affiliate members are encouraged to attend. Individuals who are interested in learning about and contributing to the commission's efforts this year are also welcome. RSVP to Carol Ahmed in the commission office at (814) 863-8493 or cja2@psu.edu by Friday, Oct. 3.

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Employee investments in VALIC not affected by recent fed actions

Some faculty and staff who have investments with AIG Retirement through their VALIC 403(b) or 457(b) plans may have concerns as a result of recent developments surrounding the American International Group Inc. (AIG). As part of recent upheavals in the investment market, the Federal Reserve Board agreed to lend as much as $85 billion to AIG. The University is sensitive to the issues of privacy regarding employee finances and investments. However, Penn State officials would like to share information received from AIG Retirement Services (VALIC) that relate to University employee investments.

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Penn State completes Federal Direct Loan Program implementation

Fall registration marked the successful completion of Penn State's implementation of the federal Direct Loan Program. As of Sept. 7, the Office of Student Aid disbursed $180 million in federal Direct Loans funds -- Stafford, Parent PLUS, and Graduate PLUS -- for more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students compared to $137.2 million in Federal Family Educational Loan Program (FFELP) funds in 2007. The University is among the top five institutions with the greatest Direct Loan volume in the country.

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McCain, Obama tied among Pennsylvanians, Big Ten poll says

With concerns about the nation's worsening economy and the possible wrong direction of the country and the state, Pennsylvania residents are locked in a statistical dead heat between president candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, along with six other Midwest states, according to the inaugural Big Ten Battleground Poll."Obviously, questions about the direction of the U.S. and the state, and the economy are key issues on the minds of Pennsylvania voters," said Michael Berkman, Penn State professor of political science and a Big Ten poll adviser.

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Women sweep Greater Allegheny in volleyball

The women's volleyball team traveled Wednesday, Sept. 24, to Penn State Greater Allegheny for an easy win in conference play, 25-3, 25-7, and 25-13.  In the matches, sophomore Heather Sandusky (New Brighton) recorded seven kills, junior Jen Hain (Pittsburgh) totaled seven assists, and sophomore Brittany Clair (Cranberry) had three digs.

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Soccer team loses one, ties one

The Westminster College Titans defeated the Beaver soccer team, 7-0, Tuesday, Sept. 23, on the Titans' field. Beaver returned to conference play when the team hosted and tied with Penn State Abington, 2-2, on Thursday, Sept. 25. In Tuesday's game, sophomore keeper Cameron Fertenbaugh (Cumberland Valley) left
the game with 19 saves as sophomore Jesse Wory (Rochester) entered and finished with six saves. Both keepers faced a total of 32 shots on goal from Westminster's offense.

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Baseball team wins four in the east

Last weekend the baseball team traveled to eastern Pennsylvania where they won two double headers. On Saturday, Sept. 20, they defeated Penn State Wilkes-Barre, 9-4 and 12-0, and Sunday's wins were over Penn State York, 7-0 and 18-4. In Saturday's first game, freshman Bryan Strehl (Beaver Falls) pitched four innings and struck out four. Sophomore Huston Lorenzo (Miami) led the team with two hits and four RBIs while junior Joe Scherer (Sewickley) followed with three hits and two RBIs. Juniors Reed Shwertz (Freedom) and Justin Parasida (Ambridge) each had two hits and sophomore Jake Gram (Louisville, Ohio) came in as the relief pitcher to close the game.

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