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Young elected to ALA Executive Board

Courtney L. Young, Penn State Beaver reference librarian and associate professor of women’s studies, has been elected to serve on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board. She was elected by the ALA Council in a vote taken at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting held last month in Denver. Young will serve a three-year term beginning in July 2009 and concluding in June 2012.

Young is a reference librarian and professor of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Beaver Campus, in Monaca, Pa.  She has been a member of ALA since 2002 and has served on Council as the New Members Round Table councilor (2005-2008) and has served as Councilor-at-Large since 2008. She is an active member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and serves on several ACRL committees and the New Members Round Table where she is vice-president/president-elect. Young is a graduate of the College of Wooster and holds a master’s degree from Simmons College.

For information, contact Young at cly11@psu.edu or 724-773-3796.

Eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Fair set for April 1

The Eighth Annual Penn State Beaver Undergraduate Research Fair will be held Wednesday, April 1 in the Student Union Building. The event is designed to highlight student scholarship and research conducted on campus and showcases student presentations of in-depth, original, scholarly work, and research. Projects are invited from all academic disciplines, including business, humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science.  

The top two oral presentations and the top two poster presentations will be announced that day. Winners will receive cash rewards of $150 for first prize in the oral/poster presentation and $100 for second prize in the oral/poster presentation. Winners will be honored at the Annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet in April.

The application and abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 6. Abstract and registration forms must be approved and submitted by the student’s research advisor. To register or obtain more information, visit http://www.br.psu.edu/Academics/ugradresearch.htm?cn21C.

New faculty member will join campus in fall 2009

Matthew Grunstra was appointed as the new Earth and Mineral Sciences faculty member at Penn State Beaver, effective fall 2009. Dr. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, made the announcement this week.

Grunstra holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering and a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Grove City College.

For information, contact Kuga at djk3@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Scholarships are available for women 40 and over

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is offering 100 scholarships to eligible women, age 40 or more, with moderate to lower incomes and limited financial resources who are seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support them and their families.

To qualify for a scholarship, women must be age 40 or more by March 31, 2009, must be able to demonstrate financial need, and must be enrolled in an accredited school or technical program within six months of the scholarship award date. Applications must be received by March 31, 2009.
To apply or to obtain more information, visit http://www.aarpfoundationwlc.org/.

Ninth Annual Alumni Society Golf Outing set for September 11

The Ninth Annual Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing will be held Friday, Sept. 11 at Seven Oaks Country Club in Brighton Township. To register or provide support for the outing, all participants, donors, and sponsors should contact Christina Winniewicz, external relations assistant at Penn State Beaver, caw47@psu.edu, 724-773-3817.

Beaver basketball teams finish season at top of PSUAC West Division, host playoffs

The Penn State Beaver men’s and women’s basketball teams finished the season in first place in the PSUAC West Division. On Thursday, Feb. 19 the number two seed Beaver Lady Lions hosted and defeated number seven seed Penn State DuBois, 81-41, in a first-round conference championship playoff game. On Monday, Feb. 23 the Beaver Lady Lions will play in the tournament’s semi-final round at the Penn State Bryce Jordan Center with the opponent and game time to be announced.

Tonight the men will host Penn State Schuykill at 7 p.m. in their first-round conference championship game. The game will be a whiteout and all attendees are asked to wear a white shirt.

For information about Beaver athletics, contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.