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Faculty Speakers Series continues on March 30

The Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series will continue at noon, Wednesday, March 30 with a presentation by Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of criminal justice. The free program, “A Review of Women in Violent Roles,” will be held in room 16, Student Union Building, and the public is invited to attend.

Pierce began teaching in the fall semester for the new bachelor’s degree in administration of justice at Beaver. Before coming to Penn State, Pierce was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University. She also served as the instructor of record for the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University.

In addition, Pierce has worked as a social service specialist in child welfare for the Department of Human Services, Salem, Ore.; a youth care counselor for the Families and Youth, Inc. Girls’ Group Home in Las Cruces, N.M., and an evaluation program coordinator and guidance counselor for Homestead Youth and Family Services in Pendleton, Ore.
She holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College.

Pierce can be contacted at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

The next Faculty Speakers Series will feature a presentation by Kristen Olson, associate professor of English, noon, Wednesday, April 20. The series is coordinated by Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, who can be contacted at pd2@psu.edu or 724-773-3893.

Communications Day will introduce career opportunities to high school students

Penn State Beaver junior and senior communications students will host the Sixth Annual Communications Day, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24. Programs will be held in the Student Union Building and the Michael Baker Building on campus.

Beaver hosts the event for local high school students to introduce them to potential career paths in television, radio, print journalism, special event planning, social media, public relations, and marketing.

Guest speakers will include ‘Flick’ from 96.1 KISS FM radio; former ‘Survivor’ finalist Ian Rosenberger; Aimee Gelston and Jay Mitchell of Strategic Images; Bobby Cherry of the Sewickley Herald; special event planners Jessica DiPetro and Karen Zimmerman; Rachel Fornataro and Linda Mathesius of Integra Marketing Group, and several broadcasters from WBVR, the Beaver campus radio station.

For more information about Penn State Beaver’s Communications Day, visit Facebook and search for ‘Communications Day 2011,” or contact senior Ted Froats at tlf5118@psu.edu or 805-757-1414.

Admissions Office hosts March 26 Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office invites prospective students and their families to attend an Open House, 9 a.m., Saturday, March 26 in the Student Union Building.

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 the Open House, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu, send e-mail to br-admissions@psu.edu, or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Job Fair will be held on campus

Penn State Beaver and the office of State Representative Jim Christiana, 15th District, will co-sponsor a Job Fair, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 24, in the Lodge, Beaver campus Student Union Building. Thirty-five area and regional employers will be present, and rooms for individual interviews with prospective employees will be available.

Employers will be from a wide range of fields, including business, industry, health care, education, food products, social services, and communications. Among those present will be FedEx Ground, PGT Trucking, Med-Fast Pharmacy, PA CareerLink Beaver County, Herr-Voss Stamco, Villa St. Joseph, Oakbridge Academic of Arts, Radio Disney, LIFE Beaver County, Rosedale Technical Institute, Coventry Health Care, Giant Eagle, Beaver County Transit Authority, Western and Southern Life, Lifesteps, Comcast, and ServiceLink.

For more information, contact Christiana’s office at 724-728-7655 or jchristi@pahousegop.com or visit www.repchristiana.com. To contact Beaver campus, call the Office of Campus and Community Relations at 724-773-3815.

Beaver Theatre will present annual spring children's play

Penn State Beaver Theatre will continue a longstanding tradition by hosting its annual children’s play in March and April. This year’s play is "Jack’s Big Adventure," which tells the story of an insecure boy who is bullied, falls asleep, and awakens in Mother Goose Land to learn that he can stand up for himself while helping a bully to make friends.

Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies, will direct the play which features students on stage and behind the scenes. The students are members of Schafer’s Theatre Production and Practicum class.

The play, which will be held in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building, will be presented to school groups and organizations at 10 a.m., March 29 and 31 and April 5, 7, 12 and 14. An additional performance for groups will be held at 11:30 a.m., April 7. The public is invited to attend the play at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10. Tickets are $3 for children and adults.

To make group reservations, call the Penn State Beaver Theatre reservation line at 724-773-3574. For directions to the campus, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu and click on "About Us."

Continuing Education Office offers CLEP exams

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) which allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired college-level mastery of course content in 34 different subject areas.  Students who successfully complete a CLEP exam can enrich their degree programs with higher-level courses in the same discipline, expand their horizons by taking a wider array of electives, and avoid the need to repeat material they have mastered previously.

For more information or to schedule a CLEP exam, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverCE@psu.edu, call 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Auditions announced for Center Theatre Players’ summer musical

Men and women age 16 and older are invited to audition for the Center Theatre Players' production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, April 10 and 11, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The play will be presented in July in the auditorium as part of the Brodhead Cultural Center's 35th season of summer programming.

Those auditioning are required to prepare and perform one Broadway-style song. Taped accompaniment is acceptable, and a piano accompanist will be available. Auditions will be conducted by Sandy Reigel, director of the Center Theatre Players.

Educators who participate in the production may be eligible for Act 48 credit through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The show won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book in 1962. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the book is by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. In 1966, the play was adapted as a musical film featuring actors Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford in re-creations of their original Broadway roles.

To schedule an audition or obtain more information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center office at 724-773-3610 or

Beaver Valley Area alumni chapter will hold Fifth Annual Wine Tasting

The public is invited to attend the fifth annual Wine Taste sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at Felicity Farms Bed and Breakfast. Proceeds from the event support the alumni chapter’s outreach projects on behalf of Penn State Beaver and the community. The evening includes a wide selection of wines to sample as well as hot and cold hors d"oeuvres and an auction. Space is limited, so guests should respond as quickly as possible. The event costs $35 per person or $60 per couple. To make reservations, contact Mike Hamilton at

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 15-19, 2011

Tuesday, March 15
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Gannon University - Postponed

Wednesday, March 16
Baseball – Penn State Beaver v. Waynesburg University – Postponed

Saturday, March 19
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Thiel College 6
Softball – Penn State Beaver 7, Thiel College 6
Softball – Thiel College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

For continuous updates or information about Beaver varsity and intramural 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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