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Penn State Beaver holds 42nd commencement


Penn State Beaver held its 42nd commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building. The Hon. Debra Todd, justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, delivered the commencement address.  Daniel Smith, instructor in business and chair of the Penn State Beaver Faculty Congress, led the academic processional, convention of proceedings and recessional. Chancellor Gary B. Keefer offered the welcome, conferred degrees and introduced Todd. Read the full story for a list of graduates and degrees conferred.


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Commencements mark the end, beginning, for Penn State graduates


The past two weekends were particularly busy ones for Penn State campuses statewide, as the University held nearly three dozen commencement ceremonies, including roughly a dozen on the University Park campus. Penn State Altoona and the Dickinson School of Law got things started, as both held commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9. The rest of the campuses and Penn College held ceremonies May 15, 16 or 17. In all, the University awarded approximately 10,875 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 588 associate, 8,627 baccalaureate, 1,083 master's, 131 medical, 212 law and 234 doctoral degrees. While not all Penn state campuses or colleges were able to provide photos of their commencement ceremonies, quite a few have sent them to Penn State Live. In addition, Penn State Public Information photographer Andy Colwell made it to several commencement ceremonies at University Park.


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Brodhead Cultural Center announces summer schedule


The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center will host its 33rd season of free and low-cost summer programming. Shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless indicated otherwise. For information about the Center, call the Events Hotline at 724-773-3600. Tickets for the musical can be purchased in advance by calling the Center at (724) 773-3610. Penn State's Berkey Creamery ice cream sales will be held on indicated dates. Sales are sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and all proceeds benefit scholarships for Penn State Beaver students. For more information, contact Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations, at amk6@psu.edu or (724) 773-3815 or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on "Visitors and Community."


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Summer enrichment and sports camps for youth offered on campus


The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Department of Athletics will host a variety of academic enrichment and athletic camps this summer for children ages 3 to 18. For more information or to register for camps, contact the Continuing Education office at (724) 773-3700 or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/ce/youth.htm. Read the full story for a list of camp times and dates.


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Alumni chapter looking for board members and volunteers


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 Penn State Beaver students and contributes annual scholarships to the campus as well. For information, contact Board of Directors member and past president Don Veri at dtv72@psualum.com.



Faculty member and student co-author article


Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Beaver, and Derek Petner, one of his former Beaver campus students, have co-authored an article entitled "Aerobic oxidation of tetrahydrofuran by a series of iron (III) containing POSS compounds," which appears online at www.sciencedirect.com.  Earlier this week Petner graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering at Penn State University Park. For more information, contact Hay at mth7@psu.edu or (724) 773-3876.



The Medical Minute: Effects of weight loss on the ability to conceive


Researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania are studying the effects of weight loss on the ability to conceive in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and have been awarded a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. This study is the first to test the effects of preconception weight loss in a controlled clinical research study, according to the latest edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. While weight loss is generally consistent with an improvement in health quality, it is unknown whether weight loss just prior to pregnancy improves outcomes, as stored energy in fat may be helpful for a pregnancy. This study will attempt to answer the bigger question of whether fat is a friend or foe to pregnancy in these women.


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Probing Question: How is the computer age changing libraries?


A library's digital presence is open around the clock, and easy access to material has changed the nature of scholarship, making it more collaborative than before, notes Lisa German, assistant dean for Technical and Collections Services. One future role of the library and librarians will lie in helping students navigate a vast and shifting sea of information.


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