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Many areas of Pennsylvania already have seen the first significant snowfall of this winter season, and others saw a preview of what is to come. Soon winter will officially be here and bad weather will be playing havoc with schedules. Other situations may arise that affect the ability of the campus -- students, faculty and staff -- to function normally. In those situations, it  is critical that the University be able to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. The PSUTXT text-messaging system is a key tool by which Penn State can communicate directly with the University community in these situations. Don't be caught uninformed. Sign up for PSUTXT, and have messages sent directly to a cell phone when bad weather delays or cancels classes, or if another emergency situation arises. To register, visit http://newswires.psu.edu/ and click on the "PSUTXT REGISTER" button at the bottom of the page. For information, contact Annemarie Mountz at amountz@psu.edu.

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Staff members receive grants, award

Chris Rizzo, director of Student Affairs, and the Office of Student Affairs have received $6,000 to implement a proposal entitled Enhancing Cultural Competence through Campus Activities Programs. Funding was provided by the Penn State Equal Opportunity Planning Committee. The funds will be used to continue a diverse range of programming for the Beaver campus community.

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Beaver faculty members present research at University Park

Two Penn State Beaver faculty members recently gave presentations at Penn State University Park. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, presented "Illuminating the Darkness: The Upside Down World of Bat Research" which focused on Miller-Butterworth's 10 years of research on bat genetics. The presentation was given at the Department of Forestry as part of her department's Fall Seminar Series. Clare E. Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology, presented "When Morality and Convention Clash: The Development of Reasoning about Gender and Fairness" as part of the
Developmental Psychology Proseminar.

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Fifty campus students take trip to New York City

Some 50 Penn State Beaver students traveled to New York City last week for a whirlwind tour of the city in a little more than 24 hours. The students were
accompanied by Dan Smith, instructor in business, and John Hall, lecturer in music.

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Voices Against Violence Committee urges support of Crisis Center North

The Penn State Beaver Voices Against Violence Committee encourages the public to participate in the AllState Foundations Good Hands Program which generates
support for nonprofit programs across the country. Four domestic violence centers in Allegheny County were selected to participate, including Crisis Center North which is overseen by director Grace Coleman, a Beaver campus adjunct faculty and frequent guest speaker on campus.

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Schedules set for fall break and Thanksgiving, December holidays

Penn State Beaver's fall break will be held Monday through Friday, Nov. 24 to 28. No classes will be held during that time but all campus offices and operations will continue as normal, with the exception of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27. The campus will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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Tell IST about voting experiences in online survey

Researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology have launched an online voter survey to gauge reaction to factors including voting equipment, election staff and atmosphere at the polling places.  The survey is available at: http://ist.psu.edu/voterexperience and will be open until midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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Conference topic is 'Putting Your Assessment Plan to Work'

A one-day working conference on University-level assessment will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park. The purpose of the conference, "From Here to Implementation: Putting Your Assessment Plan to Work," is to examine the progress that has been made and provide a forum for sharing good ideas.

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The Medical Minute: November is Diabetes Month

About 23.6 million Americans have diabetes. Another 54 million are at risk to develop the disease. As these numbers continue to increase, Diabetes Awareness Month, observed throughout November, is more important than ever. Diabetes, a disease in which the body can't regulate the amount of sugar in the blood, currently affects about 8 percent of the population, a number that is increasing rapidly. The rate of those with diabetes has doubled in the past 30 years, and 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year.

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Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate

Q: What is a Concerto?

A: Concerto? Is this a misprint for Concert? Why are some pieces labeled Concerto and others Sonata or Symphony? A concerto is a solo piece for an instrument with accompaniment by an orchestra. The most popular and typical concertos are written for piano or violin with an orchestra. However, a concerto can be written for any instrument with an orchestral accompaniment.  The solo instrument usually is given a very difficult part with virtuosic or flashy lines to show off the beauty of the instrument and the facility of the musician within the context of the orchestral sound. There are exceptions to this such as a Concerto for Orchestra. This means that the entire orchestra is being treated as a virtuosic soloist, so it would be very demanding for all parts. Most concertos of the "romantic period" (19th century) are made up of three movements, fast-slow-fast.

Please send any other musical questions that you always wanted to know but were too shy to ask to Penn State Laureate Kim Cook at kdc3@psu.edu.

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Preseason poll puts women's basketball first, men's basketball third

The Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll selected the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team as the preseason No.
1 and the Beaver Nittany Lions men's basketball team as No. 3. Last season the women finished at 16-3 in the PSUAC and 21-8 overall while the men were 7-11
in the PSUAC and 7-20 overall.

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Five student athletes earn USCAA postseason honors

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) recognized five Penn State Beaver athletes for their performances during the fall semester. 

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