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Business faculty co-author paper for journal

Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, and Daniel W. Smith, instructor in business, have co-authored a paper, ‘How Does Color Effect Perceived Attributes of New Food Products? The Case of Gatorade in Morocco’ which will appear in April in the Business Research Yearbook, ‘Global Business Perspectives,’ Vol. XVIII, a publication of the International Business Academy of Business Disciplines.

Harcar received the 2010 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award, and Smith received the board’s 2010 Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

Harcar holds a Ph.D. in business administration, and a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Smith received a master’s degree in management and policy analysis and a bachelor’s degree in public policy and management and German from Carnegie Mellon University.

Contact Harcar at tdh13@psu.edu or 724-773-3892. Smith can be reached at dws18@psu.edu or 724-773-3909.

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $20,000 grant at Penn State Beaver

The Comcast Foundation recently presented a two-year, $20,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Beaver County. The presentation was made at Penn State Beaver where, in the past decade, hundreds of students in a variety of majors have volunteered to serve as ‘bigs’ for ‘littles’ from Beaver County. More than 75 people attended the event which offered activities and refreshments for children and volunteers.

The grant will assist in the recruitment and training of mentors for at-risk youth and will enable BBBS to provide year-round programming for at-risk youth as well as leadership, training, and development opportunities for students who serve as mentors.

‘We are proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County and Penn State Beaver students in the Comcast Campus Mentoring Program, which strives to improve the lives of young people in Beaver County,’ said Jim Samaha, senior vice president for Comcast’s Keystone Region. ‘By establishing positive relationships, improving social skills, and building a healthy outlook on the power of academic achievement, this program will brighten the day for local youths and, hopefully, brighten their future as well.’
‘We are grateful to the Comcast Foundation for their timely and multi-faceted support” said Pam Webb, executive director, BBBS of Beaver County. ‘The demand for our services has never been greater. Comcast’s support will significantly increase the number and the effectiveness of the caring individuals identified and trained to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to vulnerable youth.’ 

‘We’re very proud of the strong and meaningful partnership that Beaver campus students and BBBS of Beaver County have built over the years,’ said Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs at Beaver. ‘This is a project that really energizes and motivates our students because they know what a powerful impact they can have on the lives of at-risk children in need of guidance and support. Our students have really built our BBBS program on campus, and there’s nothing more rewarding that to see our ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’ working together.’

BBBS of Beaver County is one of over 400 nationwide affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization. The Beaver County group annual serves about 350 children and an equal number of volunteer mentors.
For more information about Beaver campus students’ involvement in BBBS or to learn more about the program, contact Gartley at asb1@psu.edu or 724-773-3956, or visit www.bbbs.org.

Admissions Office will host free events in March

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office invites prospective students to attend two free programs in March

The ‘Be a Penn State Student for a Day’ program will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, and a Spring Open House will begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 26. Both events will be held in the Student Union Building.

The ‘Be a Penn State Student for a Day’ program will provide high school students with an opportunity to attend classes at Beaver campus as well as meet and have lunch with current campus students. The Open House will allow prospective students and their families to meet with faculty and students, tour the campus, and explore the opportunities available at Penn State.

To register for either event, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu, send e-mail to
br-admissions@psu.edu, or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Spring break will be an education for some Penn State Beaver students

Penn State’s spring break week, March 7-11, will find some Penn State Beaver students traveling in-state as well as around the globe. Some will travel with their professors to Spain and Italy as others implement outreach and support services through Young People Who Care, Inc. of Frenchville, Pa., and the Caritas healthcare system.
Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Beaver, and students from her Iberian Civilization and Culture class, will travel to Madrid, Spain, where they will visit the Prado Museum and other museums that are home to major international collections of Spanish masters. Students will also travel to study history and culture in other areas of Spain.

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Beaver, will travel to Italy with students from her Senior Synthesis Class. The class will present its iPhone and Droid Application Development and Prototype at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Venice and will tour the information technology systems at the Vatican.

Gary M. Slifkey, director of Catholic campus ministry, will help students work with Young People who Care, a Catholic grassroots ministry, as well as staff and patients of the Caritas healthcare system. Slifkey and his students will travel to the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains to work on a variety of medical and life skills projects for those in need, including providing transportation services for people with medical conditions, working in an emergency shelter and a clothing bank, and cleaning.
For information, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886, Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814, or Slifkey at gslifkey@diopitt.org or 412-334-7804.

Author of 'Cool Creatures, Hot Planet' will be on campus

Marty Essen, the award-winning author of ‘Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents’ will present his high-energy, funny, multi-media show, ‘Around the World in 50 Minutes,’ at noon, Wednesday, March 23, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend.
Essen’s program follows a three and a half year trip he and his wife undertook to explore nature, animals, and science on the seven continents. His presentation highlights his various encounters with nature, including charging elephants, deadly snakes, and friendly penguins as well as rafting with humpback whales, kayaking in the rainforest, swimming with piranhas, and surviving a hippo attack. In addition, the program will feature photos he took while traveling the world.
‘Cool Creatures, Hot Planet’ has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 Green Book Festival Award for Animals, the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Travel/Essay, and the Best Books 2006 Book Award for Travel/Essay. Also, it was chosen at one of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Top 10 Green Books.
Essen has spoken at colleges, nature centers, and museums across the country and was recently named the Hot Speaker for 2011 by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.
For information, visit http://www.coolcreatureshotplanet.com/, or contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life at Beaver, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Women finish second, men are third in USCAA

On Saturday, March 5, the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions finished second and the men came in third in the USCAA National Tournament hosted by Penn State Fayette. Ave Maria University defeated the Lady Lions, 80-55, in the national championship game. The men, who won this year’s PSUAC Championship, won the consolation game against New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI), 88-71.

In the first half of the women’s game, Beaver and Ave Maria traded the lead seven times until Ave Marie went on a 14-0 run and closed the half at 44-30. In the second half, Ave Maria outscored Beaver 36-25. The Lady Lions shot 33 percent from the field for the game while committing sixteen turnovers which resulted in 20 points for Ave Maria. In Saturday’s game, senior All-American Jasmine Green (East Orange High School, Jersey City, NJ) led Beaver with 20 points and six rebounds, and senior All-American Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) scored 11 points. Ave Maria outscored Beaver 36-18 in the paint while holding a 26-10 advantage in second chance points.

The Lady Lions team, established four years ago, holds an overall record of 96-26, three PSUAC Championships, and four USCAA Tournament appearances. The women finished this season at 23-8.

In the first half of the men’s game, NHTI led most of the way. Beaver came within 1 point three times only to have NHTI push the lead to 6 points. In the final minutes of the first half, Beaver was within 3 before senior Billy Stoughton (Slippery Rock High School/Slippery Rock, PA) drained a 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game, 32-32. Beaver kept the momentum going in the second half, beginning with a 14-4 run to build a 10-point lead by the 15-minute mark.

Sophomore Nick Miller (Beaver Falls High School/Beaver Falls, PA) led the Lions with 23 points, seven assists, six steals, and five rebounds. Freshman Chris Weathers (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) added 19 points and fourteen rebounds for the Lions. Defensively, Beaver forced 25 NHTI turnovers.

The Lions closed their season with a 20-11 record and their best USCAA finish since 2008 when they finished in second place.

For information about Beaver varsity sports, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu, apd12@psu.edu, or 724-773-3826.


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