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President addresses belt tightening as University faces deeper cuts

Colleges and universities are facing difficult financial decisions stemming from the widening global economic crisis. In a discussion this week at Faculty Senate, Penn State President Graham Spanier reassured community members that the University is on solid financial ground, but will face serious challenges because of a $21.2 million recission from the state.

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Beaver alum is speaker for 41st commencement

Don Herr, director of finance for the Renaissance Orlando Resort (Marriott International), will be the keynote speaker for the 42st commencement at Penn State Beaver, Friday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. Herr attended Beaver campus before completing his degree in accounting at Penn State University Park in 1987.

Herr has been director of finance at Orlando since 2006. Previously, he worked for Marriott International as director of finance at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, the Tampa Marriott Waterside, the Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott and Marriott hotels in Philadelphia, Raleigh, Gaithersburg, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

For information about Beaver’s commencement, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Campus community invited to participate in MLK service project

The Penn State Beaver Office of Student Affairs and the Beaver campus Alpha Phi Omega fraternity interest group invite campus students, faculty, and staff to participate in the annual Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off service project honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. No classes will be held that day, but all University offices will be open and operations will proceed as normal.

The service project has been implemented during the last several years by campus students and staff and is designed to honor King’s vision of helping the communities in which we live. The service project, to be announced soon, will be a hands-on event that will contribute to the lives of community members in need.

In January 2008 campus students, faculty, and staff spent MLK day working at the Center for Hope in Ambridge where they packaged and distributed food and organized clothing donations.

For information about participating in the 2009 MLK service project, contact the Office of Student Affairs at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

Course schedules available for spring and summer semesters

The course schedules for the 2009 spring and summer semesters at Penn State Beaver are available. To view the schedules, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/Academics/registrar.htm?cn21A. For additional information about classes or registration, contact the Beaver campus Registrar’s Office at gsd10@psu.edu or 724-773-3786.

Campus holiday schedule announced

Penn State Beaver will close for the holidays at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23 and will resume normal operations at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5. Some offices might be open on Friday, Jan. 2, but visitors are urged to call the office first. The last day of class is Friday, Dec. 12, and final exams end Friday, Dec. 19.

For details or additional information about campus services, contact the Office of Finance and Business at cap9@psu.edu, lah16@psu.edu, or 724-773-3502.

Lady Lions Continue Conference Winning Streak

On Monday, Dec. 8 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team traveled to Penn State Fayette where they defeated their host, 76-47.

Tasia McCargo (Beaver Falls, PA) had her first double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 14 total rebounds. Katie Landis (Rochester, PA) followed with 13 total points and 7 total rebounds, and Heather Sandusky (New Brighton, PA) ended the game with 12 total points and 2 blocks.
Beaver is 6-3 overall and 4-0 in the PSUAC. Tonight the Lady Lions will host Penn State Schuylkill at 6 p.m.

Study shows family lifestyles influence adolescents' weight 

A new Penn State study shows that family lifestyle has a significant impact on teenagers' weight. Children are heavier if their families skip or miss some meals, such as breakfast, or if their families watch TV or play video games for several hours a day. This is true regardless of the teenager's genetic risk of being overweight. The study, published in a special issue of the American Journal of Sociology on social factors and genetics, is the first to demonstrate that the link between parents' obesity and the weight of their children is both social and genetic in origin.

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The Medical Minute: Enjoying winter sports safely

We are entering that wonderful time of year when we can experience some of the many benefits of living in a climate with four seasons. Those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding are anxiously looking at hilltops in the expectation of seeing some beautiful white powder. However, to fully enjoy our participation, we should remain mindful of injury prevention, advises the latest edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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