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Campus hosts adult student open house


Penn State Beaver will host an adult student open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the campus Student Union Building.


Current and prospective adult students are invited to attend and learn more about academic programs and options available at Penn State. The event is designed to assist students who have already attended college as well as those who are considering entering college and/or taking college courses.


Attendees will meet personally with a counselor to learn about the admissions process and available degree options and will also receive an unofficial review of transfer credits immediately. Information about financial aid will also be available.


No registration is required. For more information, please call (877) JOIN-PSU or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/ online.



Final performances of Tony Award-winning musical are this weekend


The final performances of the Center Theater Players production of the musical comedy "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Tickets are $13 for all ages and can be purchased beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby prior to the performance. All seating is general and will begin at 6:45 p.m. For more information, call the Cultural Center at (724) 773-3610 or the Events Hotline at (724) 773-3600, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead online.


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'Introducing the Beatles,' a new arts course, to be offered this fall


This fall Penn State Beaver will offer a new general education arts course titled "Introducing the Beatles." The course will explore the influence and achievements of the Beatles as artists and will focus on their recordings and films as socio-cultural artifacts. Songs, albums, photographs, and films will be examined in order to consider the band's artistic evolution and their influence on music, fashion, film, gender, consumerism, and politics.


For more information, please contact Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women's studies at Beaver campus, at (724) 773-3591 or cas33@psu.edu.



Penn State prepares personal care home administrators


Pennsylvania ranks fourth among states in its population of residents 85-years-old and older, and that population is projected to increase by 52 percent by 2020. Some of these residents will need help and will move into one of the state's 1,500 licensed personal care homes and assisted living

facilities, where more than 50,000 elderly and disabled residents currently reside. To ensure their well-being, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), which inspects and licenses these facilities, has partnered with higher education institutions and other agencies to educate and train personal care home administrators and staff. Penn State Beaver has offered the 100-hour Personal Care Home Administrator Training Program since 2006. This fall, the program is being expanded to Penn State DuBois.


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Gettings contributes to book on aging population nutrition


Mary Alice Gettings, nutrition and health extension educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Beaver County, contributed a chapter titled "Food Safety and Older People" to the book, "Food in the Aging Population," a reference for those involved in the research, development, and provision of food products for older eaters. Gettings can be contacted at mxg37@psu.edu or (724) 774-3003.


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Assistant professor of biology is co-recipient of $50,000 grant


Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology at Penn State Beaver, is the co-recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Winifred Violet Scott Estate in Australia. The funds will be shared by Penn State, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Museum for a project designed to place the Australian Museum's collection of bent-winged bats (genus Miniopterus) in a modern conservation context, to verify species boundaries and geographic distributions of Miniopterus, and to verify species identifications as recorded in the Australian Museum.


Miller-Butterworth can be contacted at cmm48@psu.edu or (724) 773-3527.


Don't take a vacation from donating blood


The supply of donated blood fluctuates throughout the year and after various events. For example, after the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, the blood supply swelled to very high levels due to the overwhelming response of donors. During the holidays and summer months, levels tend to fall because of a decline in donations, but the demand remains stable and can even increase. Over the recent 4th of July weekend, Penn State Hershey Medical

Center transfused 215 units of red blood cells due to multiple traumas and an organ transplant. During the same time frame, there were only 52 blood donations.


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Probing Question: Why is the census important?


"Our whole system of representative democracy depends on [the census]," says sociologist Gordon De Jong. Because representation is based on population, an up-to-date tally is essential. The equitable distribution of public funds, he adds, also depends on up-to-date population data.


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The Medical Minute: What is osteoporosis? Why now? Why me?


Osteoporosis comes from a Latin term which means "holes in the bone." In reality it is a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mineral density and structural deterioration of bone, leading to bone weakness and increased risk of fracture. Untreated, osteoporosis can lead to fragility fractures, which are broken bones that occur from falls at a standing height. These most

commonly occur at the wrist, hip or spine, according to this week's edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.


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