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Assistant professor of criminal justice joins regional campuses


Mari B. Pierce has joined Penn State as assistant professor of criminal justice. She has been hired to teach in the new Administration of Justice baccalaureate program that will be delivered jointly by Penn State Beaver, New Kensington, and Shenango campuses. All required courses will be offered at each campus, although students should expect to take some courses via interactive video and/or the Web.


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Cultural Center's shows continue with swing and polka concerts


The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center's 34th season of summer programming continues with two free concerts in August. The Swingin' Beaver Bopcats will perform Tuesday, Aug. 10, and the Joe Grkman Polka Band will be in concert Tuesday, Aug. 17. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center's J.P. Giusti Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move into the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.


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Changes made to final concerts at Brodhead Cultural Center


Programming changes have been made to the last two concerts in the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center's 34th season of summer programming. The rock group, Hotspur, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, and the Christian Lighthouse Gospel Choir will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Both shows are free and open to the public and will be held in the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move into the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.


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Admissions will hold adult student open house on Aug. 10


The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will hold a free adult student open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the campus' Student Union Building. Participants will learn about a variety of Penn State academic degree options, the admissions process and financial aid. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet with a counselor and receive an unofficial transcript review. Visitors applying for admission at the open house will receive a $50 fee waiver. No registration is required to participate in this event. For information, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/ online.


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Joe Martin to give free presentation on education and motivation


The public is invited to attend a free presentation by Joe Martin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Widely recognized as one of the country's leading educator motivators, Martin has trained, addressed and coached more than 110,000 teachers across the country and taught more than 450,000 students. For information about the program, contact the Beaver campus Office of Student Activities at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.


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Registration, sponsorships open for alumni society Golf Outing


Registration and sponsorships are open for the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society's 10th annual Golf Outing, to be held Friday, Sept. 10, at the Club at Shadow Lakes in Aliquippa, Pa. Proceeds from the outing will benefit the alumni society's endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Dinner, auctions and awards ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. The golf package is $150 per person or $550 for a foursome and includes a golf cart, fees, on-course beverages, lunch and dinner. To register, or to obtain information about becoming a sponsor, contact Diana Patterson, Penn State Beaver's director of development and alumni society liaison, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/Alumni/alumevents.htm?cn6 online.


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Fayette's Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival tickets go on sale


Tickets for the Saturday, Sept. 11, Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus and at several upcoming local events. Now in its third year, the Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival begins at noon and wraps up around dusk, with fireworks concluding the festivities. This year's festival features a variety of popular regional musical groups including The Clarks, Chris Higbee Project, Joe Grushecky and Harold Betters. The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival is designed to celebrate and honor the unique coal and coke heritage in southwestern Pennsylvania.


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The Poet's Perspective: 'Listening to Bach on Rt. 89' an ode to summer


Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate  and professor of English and women's studies, will be sharing several of her poems during the following year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how and why poems move us. In this previously unpublished poem, "Listening to Bach on Rt. 89," Becker offers a brief ode to summer.


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The Medical Minute: The worry with warts


Common warts are harmless skin lesions that are usually found on the hands or soles of the feet, the latter referred to as plantar warts. Warts have a fleshy and hard feel to them, can be associated with skin thickening, and often are described as having a cauliflower-like appearance. Warts, especially plantar warts and those developing near fingernails are sometimes painful. Plantar warts are also slow to spontaneously heal and can be more difficult to treat.


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Probing Question: Do boys or girls suffer more from poor body image?


A recent Penn State study on teens and body image yielded some surprising results. "Past researchers may have missed the key groups: normal weight girls who think they are overweight, and underweight boys," said Jason Houle, graduate student in sociology and demography. It's not just weight that troubles kids, it's the combination of weight and weight perceptions, he added. "Clinicians cannot assume that healthy weight adolescents know their weight is healthy or feel good about it," said Michelle Frisco, assistant professor of sociology and demography.


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