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Penn State Beaver enrollment increases by 6 percent


Penn State Beaver's fall enrollment of 906 students shows a 6 percent increase from last year. "This is the fifth consecutive year that Penn State Beaver enrollments have increased," Director of Enrollment Daniel Pinchot said. "This is a result of more high school graduates choosing to start their Penn State education at a small campus, as well as local adults choosing to earn one of our four-year degrees." In addition to offering the first two years of study of nearly all of Penn State's 160 baccalaureate majors, Penn State Beaver offers four-year degrees that can be completed entirely at the Center Township campus -- Administration of Justice; Business; Communications; Information Sciences and Technology; Letters, Arts and Sciences; and Psychology. For information about Penn State Beaver, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.


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Chapin featured in article about bullying, stalking and violence


John Chapin, associate professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, was featured in a Penn State Live article about bullying and domestic violence.  "Online posts fuel bullying, domestic violence, say Penn State experts" was featured online on Oct. 15 and can be found at http://live.psu.edu/story/49113 online.


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Faculty Speaker Series will continue in November


As part of the ongoing Penn State Beaver Faculty Speaker Series, Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology, recently presented "Technologies for Learning: Improving Reading Comprehension with Web-based Tutoring Tools" for students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. The next presentation in the series will be held in November with a speaker, date and location to be announced. The Faculty Speaker Series is free and open to the public and the campus community. The series is coordinated by Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, who can be contacted at pd2@psu.edu or 724-773-3893.



Alumni Chapter's annual gift drive for children is under way


The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting its annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). The gifts will be distributed to children who are CYS clients.  Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child or children, purchase and wrap the gift(s), and drop them off to the Alumni Chapter. In addition, participants have the option of making a monetary contribution to the Alumni Chapter whose members will, in turn, purchase and wrap gifts for the children.


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Human slavery and trafficking are topics of upcoming speaker


E. Benjamin Skinner will present a program on human slavery and trafficking at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.


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Penn State Beaver sports scoreboard: Oct. 18-24


Monday, Oct. 18

Women's soccer - Franciscan University of Steubenville 6,
Penn State Beaver 0


Sunday, Oct. 24

Men's soccer - Penn State Hazleton 2, Penn State Beaver 1


For continuous updates and game scores, visit www.beaver.psu.edu/athletics, or

contact the athletic department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.


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The Poet's Perspective: 'OK, Tucker' contends with a favored pet


Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic 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 the text and video of "OK, Tucker," Becker offers a humorous take on relationships, where the speaker tries to gain the approval of a romantic partner's dog.


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Probing Question: How do we know a recession has ended?


"Technically, if the economy starts growing again, no matter how slowly, the economy has left the recession period," explained Anthony Kwasnica, associate professor of business economics. "People tend to think we've recovered only when we've returned to where we started from. Most would agree that the growth since June of 2009 has not been very robust."


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The Medical Minute: There's no trick to a safe Halloween


Halloween is supposed to be a spooky night, but parents don't have to be scared about their kids' safety if they follow some simple safety tips from Safe Kids Dauphin County, led by Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. It's essential for parents to prepare their children properly to stay safe while trick-or-treating. Roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year.


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