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Beaver campus student is co-recipient of Tolerance Award

Kylee Weaver, a senior majoring in applied psychology at Penn State Beaver, is a co-recipient of the Penn State 2011 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award. Weaver is from Grove City.

The award recognizes a junior, senior, or graduate student for outstanding efforts to enhance the understanding of diverse cultures and create a community where all individuals are accepted and valued equally. It is named for its benefactor, a Penn State alumnus.

Weaver established the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Club at Beaver campus. As club president, she has arranged for speakers, organized events for student participation, and managed the oversight of many club-sponsored events.

‘Her activism has brought about a tremendous shift in tolerance and openness throughout campus, in areas as diverse as race as well as sexual orientation,’ one nominator said. ‘Her drive to broaden the level of diversity and inclusion on the campus has been inspiring.’

Weaver can be contacted at kaw5281@psu.edu.

Poetry of Milton is final presentation in Faculty Speakers Series

John Milton, the 17th century English author, is the subject of the final presentation in the Penn State Beaver Spring Semester Faculty Speakers Series. Kristen Olson, associate professor of English, will present ‘Redemptive Ambivalence in Milton's Religious Poetry,’ noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, room 16, Student Union Building.

Olson holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in English and American Literature and language from Case Western Reserve University, a master's degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College.
The annual Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series is coordinated by Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, pd2@psu.edu or 724-773-3893. Olson can be contacted at klo10@psu.edu or 724-773-3899.

Instructor in psychology will serve three campuses

Neha Pandit has been hired as a regional instructor in psychology and will provide internship supervision for Penn State Beaver, Penn State Kensington, and Penn State Greater Allegheny beginning in the fall semester. She will also deliver psychology courses at the campuses.

Previously, Pandit was an assistant professor and counselor at Georgian Court University, and an associate professor and course leader in psychology at London Metropolitan University. She was a psychologist with American Psychotherapy Associates in London and was a psychologist, EAP counselor, and instructor at the Outpatient Psychiatry and the Center for Cognitive Therapy for the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Pandit holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree in community counseling and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice from George Washington University.

She can be contacted through the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

New Young Entrepreneurs Camp will be offered in July

Penn State Beaver will launch a Young Entrepreneurs Camp for high school sophomores and juniors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 25-29. Students will meet with Beaver campus faculty and student mentors to design a business, conduct research, create a trade booth show, and a Power Point presentation. Campers will also visit local companies to see how business is conducted and, on the last day of camp, will meet with a panel of judges to determine which team has designed the most successful business.

A maximum of 25 students will be permitted to enroll. To register, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Daffodil Days project raises more than $500 for cancer research

Penn State Beaver students, staff, and faculty raised more than $500 through the Daffodil Days campaign in March. The funds will directly benefit the American Cancer Society’s ongoing research efforts. The annual campus project is organized by the Varsity Club, the Athletic Department, and the Health Services Center.

Participants were able to choose from a selection of daffodils and related gifts set at different price levels. In addition, yellow plastic bracelets to show support for cancer research were, and are still available, for $1 by contacting Barbara McDanel, campus nurse in the Health Center, or Denise Turyan, staff assistant for the Office of Student Affairs.

McDanel can be reached at bqm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3955, and Turyan can be contacted at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

Beaver will offer STEM-related summer camps for youth

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer four summer camps related to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative. The nationwide emphasis on STEM is designed to provide children and adults with an increased understanding of career and development opportunities in the science and math fields.

The Continuing Education will offer these STEM-related camps:

‘Crime Scene Investigation,’ 9 a.m. to noon, July 11 to 15, ages 9-13
Campers become investigators involved in a simulated crime scene. Playing roles of forensic scientists and detectives, the students will work in cooperative teams, using chemistry and biology skills as well as forensic techniques to collect, analyze, and interpret evidence discovered at the scene.

‘Rockets Away,’ 9 a.m. to noon, July 18 to 22, ages 9-14
Students will explore the basics of rocketry through a variety of hands-on experiments, including designing, constructing, and launching model rocket creation. In addition, participants will be introduced to rocket science and space flight through scientific inquiry and introductory physics.

‘Robotics,’ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 18 to 22, ages 11 and up
Using a Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention Kit, teams of campers will design and build robots that will use RCX programming code, a powerful but simple code used in robotics. Used by Lego, this programming language was developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. At the end of the course, teams will compete in a fun obstacle course competition to test the robots they've built.

‘Digital Video and Movie Production,’ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 18 to 22, ages 11 and up
Campers will be ‘hands-on’ in learning the basics of movie production, including storyboarding, types of video equipment and software required, composition of shots, camera angles, and how to do basic movie editing using Microsoft Movie Maker. Campers will write, direct, shoot, and edit a short film using techniques learned in class. 

To register for STEM-related camps or to obtain a complete listing of this summer’s academic and sports camps, contact the Office of Continuing Education at BeaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Public invited to free screening, discussion of ‘The Anatomy of Hate’

Tomaselli named captain of Lady Lions basketball team

Brittany Tomaselli, a Penn State Beaver sophomore education major from East Liverpool, Ohio, has been named captain of the 2011-2012 Lady Lions basketball team.

The announcement was made recently by Lady Lions head coach Bert DeSalvo, supervisor of athletic, intramural and recreational sports and assistant athletic director.

Tomaselli is the team’s fourth captain under DeSalvo’s guidance since he re-established the women’s basketball program at Beaver in 2007 after an absence of more than twenty years. DeSalvo noted that Tomaselli has been a ‘silent’ captain for the team, and he began to prepare her for this new role midway through the year.

‘Brittany will do a fantastic job for the program,’ DeSalvo said. ‘I’m very excited for her to become our leader both on the floor and in the locker room. Her role was vastly elevated last season, and she proved invaluable to the team. Most importantly, all of the women respect her and rely on her. That type of trust is essential for any great leader.’

‘I’m excited to help lead the program in the upcoming seasons,’ Tomaselli said. ‘I thank Coach DeSalvo and the coaching staff for trusting me with this honor. This is a responsibility that I’m looking forward to. I hope I can help the incoming freshman get adjusted to our system seamlessly. The seniors have left a lasting legacy for the program.’
Tomaselli said the team will count on newcomers as well as returning members to uphold the tradition begun four years ago, but also to create a history and memories of their own.

This season, the 5-foot-2 point guard played in all 31 games for the Lady Lions. She averaged 24 minutes, 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. The Lady Lions finished 23-8 overall, include 14-0 in the PSUAC, and qualified to compete in the USCAA Tournament.

DeSalvo can be reached at apd12@psu.edu or 724-773-3827, and Tomaselli can be contacted at bat5138@psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard:
Wednesday, March 30
Baseball – Penn State Beaver v. Allegheny College – Postponed
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Geneva College - Postponed

Saturday, April 2
Baseball – Penn State Beaver v. Penn College - Postponed
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Penn College - Postponed

Sunday, April 3
Baseball - Penn State Beaver v. Washington Adventist University - Postponed
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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