CDC outlines flu precautions for colleges and universities
In response to the growing concern regarding the spread of H1N1 influenza (swine flu) worldwide, federal government agencies are reaching out to large organizations to assist them with their preparations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted information today (May 1) specific to institutions of higher education as they make plans to prepare for any cases
of H1N1 flu among their student and employee populations -- and also inform them of preventative measures to avoid contracting the virus.
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Beaver softball wins PSUAC Championship, heads to USCAA
The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team won the PSUAC Championship on Thursday in Williamsport, Pa. In the semifinals, they defeated Penn State Hazleton, 7-2, and went on to take the conference championship from the Penn College Wildcats in two games, 5-4 and 5-4, in the double elimination tournament. The women will compete in the USCAA National Tournament on May 6
and 7 in Decatur, Ill.
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Sheffield publishes book on teaching theory
Donald Sheffield, affiliate professor of education at Penn State Beaver, is the author of "Practice Makes Perfect-NOT: Excellence is a Habit!" The book is designed primarily as a guide for parents and educators. "The book challenges us to look at ourselves and our educational system with an eye to the future," said Sheffield. "Practice does not make perfect; practice makes permanent. If
what we are practicing is flawed, it will be reflected in the outcome. Therefore, from an early age, we must teach our children proper study practices, a strong value system, and a work ethic geared toward excellence. Parents and teachers must partner with the student to provide these tools, ensuring the best possible result."
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Schafer receives award from Commission for Women
Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts and women's studies at Penn State Beaver, received the Achieving Women Award from the Penn State Commission for Women at a special awards luncheon held Friday, April 10 at Penn State University Park. The award recognizes Penn State women who have shown leadership, supported the University's diversity and equal opportunity
efforts, and contributed to human causes and public service.
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Beaver Nittany Lions enter PSUAC playoffs
The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions baseball team begins PSUAC playoffs on Friday (May 1) when they take on Penn State Brandywine at Medlar Field, Penn State University Park. On Sunday, April 26 Beaver split a doubleheader with Brandywine, losing the first game, 7-1, and winning the second, 5-0. For details about the Lions and Beaver campus athletics, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.
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Jen Hain honored by Business and Professional Women's Club
Penn State Beaver junior Jen Hain was recognized as a 2009 Beaver County College Student of the Year by the Beaver Valley Business and Professional Women's Club at a dinner held April 30 in Aliquippa. The annual award recognizes Beaver County college students who have been honored for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.
A native of Bellevue, PA, Hain is a corporate communications major and a resident assistant in the campus residence hall, Harmony Hall. She is a member of the campus Lady Lions volleyball and softball teams and was captain of the volleyball team when they won the 2007 Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Championship. Hain is employed as a student worker in the Offices of the Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Development, and Campus and Community Relations. She is a member of the Student Computer Fee Committee and the Penn State Beaver Communications Advisory Board. Upon graduation she plans to pursue a career in marketing and event planning.
Hain can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alumni Chapter seeks volunteers, board members
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is seeking volunteers and individuals interested in serving on the group's Board of Directors. The chapter is engaged in a variety of social networking events with the public, Penn State Beaver students and other Penn State alumni and friends. In addition, among other activities, the chapter supports an endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students and contributes annual scholarships to the campus.
For information, contact Board of Directors member and past president Don Veri at email@example.com.
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Variety of academic and athletic summer camps for youth are announced
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Department of Athletics will host a wide variety of academic enrichment and athletic camps this summer for children ages 3 to 18.
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Undergraduate Teaching Award nominations sought
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Undergraduate Teaching Award to the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. The nomination form is available at http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Awards/Form/.
Any student, faculty, staff, administrator or friend of Penn State may nominate faculty members for the awards. Fill in the required form fields, including a short statement on why the person is being nominated, and submit electronically to the Schreyer Institute. Faculty are encouraged to remind students to submit nominations before they leave for the summer.
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The Medical Minute: Colorectal Cancer and Your Family
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in the United States. The average lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is approximately 6 percent. The incidence and death rate from colorectal cancer for Pennsylvanians is among the highest in the country. Because the risk of colorectal cancer is so significant, routine screening for colorectal cancer is recommended. Colonoscopy is the preferred screening tool and is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50 if they have no additional risk factors. Colorectal cancer is known to develop from precancerous polyps, so removing these precancerous polyps is an effective strategy to prevent the development of cancer. Screening also will detect asymptomatic early stage cancers, which can be cured surgically, according to the latest edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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