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Beaver alumni, students participate in 21st annual Festival of Trees


The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society and the Penn State Beaver Blue and White Society are participating in the 21st annual Beaver County Festival of Trees in November and December. The event will be held at Brady's Run Park Lodge, 526 Brady's Run Road, Beaver Falls. The Festival of Trees will feature more than 50 themed holiday trees that are purchased and decorated by area businesses, organizations and individuals. All trees will be auctioned on the last day of the event. Auction proceeds benefit scholarships and clothing for children served by Beaver County Children and Youth Services and the U.S. SARR Corps, which provides search, rescue and recovery for missing children and adults.


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Fundraiser will benefit injured Beaver campus student


Friends and family of Andrew Narvett will host a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department. Andrew, a Penn State Beaver business major, suffered severe injuries in an automobile accident in September. Beaver campus students, faculty and staff are donating funds as well as contributing a basket for the silent auction.


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Faculty Speaker Series will continue on Nov. 17


The Penn State Beaver Fall Faculty Speaker Series will continue with a presentation by an engineering faculty member and his student at noon Wednesday, Nov. 17, in room 121, Laboratory Classroom Building. The Faculty Speaker Series is free and open to the public and the campus community. Hendrickson can be contacted at jah64@psu.edu or 724-773-3859. The Speaker Series is coordinated by Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, pd2@psu.edu or 724-773-3893.


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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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Schreyer Conference presentation proposals sought through Dec. 3


The deadline for presentation proposals for next year's Schreyer Conference is Friday, Dec. 3. The conference, which will be held on Sept. 12 and 13, 2011, is a collaboration between the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors College designed to broaden the way we think about leadership -- what it is, how one becomes a leader, and what the Penn State community can do to develop leadership through our teaching and learning.  Proposals from across the University are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/schreyerconference2011/ online. To submit

a proposal, visit http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/appforms/confpresprop.aspx online.



The Poet's Perspective: Two poems observe rescued animals


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. Below and in the video link of two poems read together, "Rescue Parable" and "Rescue Riddle," Becker offers a glimpse into the lives of two rescued pets.


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The Medical Minute: November is Diabetes Month


About 24 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new projections that the incidence of diabetes in the U.S. will triple by 2050, meaning that one in three adults will have the disease.


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