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Prospective students can Spend a Summer Evening on campus in August

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office invites prospective students to Spend a Summer Evening on the campus at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The Spend a Summer Evening program provides participants with the opportunity to meet with Beaver campus admissions staff members, faculty and students, and offers information about the admissions process, financial aid, Penn State's academic opportunities and life on and off campus. Registration and refreshments begin at 5 p.m., followed by the program at 5:30 p.m. Penn State Creamery ice cream will be served to all visitors.

Beaver campus offers bachelor's degrees in administration of justice, business, communications, information sciences and technology, and psychology, and each degree can be completed entirely at Beaver. In addition, the campus offers the 2 + 2 program which allows students to enroll in the first two years of more than 160 bachelor degrees at Beaver before moving to another Penn State location to complete the degree.

To register for the event or to obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU, br-admissions@psu.edu, or via AOL Instant Messenger at BRAdmissions.

Campus announces appointment of health services nurse

Barbara Kugel has been appointed as the Penn State Beaver campus health services nurse, effective Monday, Aug. 8.

Ms. Kugel has been the certified school nurse for Seneca Valley School District since last year. She has also been a substitute school nurse for the Western Beaver County School District, Big Beaver Falls, Freedom, Seneca Valley, Hopewell, Beaver Area, and South Side Area School Districts.

Since 2007 she has been an instructor in the Personal Care Home Administrator Training Program offered by the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education. She was director of the Diabetes Education Center for UPMC Beaver Valley/ACH Hospital from 1999 to 2007 and worked as a registered nurse for the Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley, for two years.

Ms. Kugel was a diabetes educator/coordinator/triage nurse with Sentara Health Plan in Virginia from 1995-1998 and was a registered nurse for Sentara Hampton General Hospital from 1992-1995.

She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Carlow University, a school nurse certification from Slippery Rock University, and an associate degree in nursing from Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners.

Ms. Kugel can be contacted at 724-773-3955.

Brodhead Cultural Center will offer free concerts, sell Creamery ice cream

The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center will offer four free concerts in August before concluding its 35th summer season of programming. Due to ongoing electrical work at the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater, all of this summer’s shows are being held in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building. Shows are free and open to the public.

In addition, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream and other refreshments in the lobby prior to and/or during each concert. Ice cream will be sold from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.; concession sales will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at the end of intermission. Sale proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for Beaver campus students.

The August performance schedule follows:
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Symphonic Band
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m., Boilermaker Jazz Band
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., Joe Grkman Polka Band
This summer’s Brodhead Cultural Center program sponsors include The Times, Clearview Federal Credit Union, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545.

For more information or a schedule of events in August, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610, email rxm70@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead.

Golf outing registration deadline is August 26

The registration deadline for the Eleventh Annual Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing is 5:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at Seven Oaks Country Club, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Proceeds from the outing will benefit the Alumni Society’s endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students.

Registration will open at 9:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Dinner, live and silent auctions, and an awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

Fees are $150 for an individual golfer and $550 for a foursome. Those interested in attending dinner only will pay $35. The golf package includes golf cart, fees, on-course beverages, lunch, and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities range from $175 to $5,000.

To register or obtain more information about the golf outing, contact Diana Patterson, director of development and Alumni Society liaison, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558, or contact Mona DeLisio, development external relations assistant, at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.

Luce retires after 36 years as media/instructional support at Beaver

James B. Luce, media consultant II and senior instructional services specialist at Penn State Beaver, retired May 13, after 36 years with the University. He began working as an instructional services assistant at Beaver on April 14, 1975.
Over the years, Luce’s job duties included a wide variety of responsibilities, including overseeing instructional media, video conferencing and scheduling, implementing student evaluations, and scheduling for conferences and internal and external group events on campus.

Early in his career, Luce assisted the offices of Continuing Education and University Relations with various projects and programs, reviewed dossiers for faculty tenure promotions, wrote grants for departmental projects, and was one of the authors of the campus’ first strategic plan. He served as campus representative for the United Way of Beaver County for nine years and was a founding member of the Technology Users Subcommittee. In addition, he was an original member of the Computer Fee Committee and a member of the University Classroom Improvement Committee.

Luce served on numerous academic and administrative search committees and was a member of the campus Judiciary Board and Appeal Board. Before retiring, he was invited to join Beaver’s Campaign Steering Committee and remains an active member of the group whose goal is to raise $3 million for Beaver campus as part of “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.”

For years, Luce has been a playwright in his free time and is currently writing a play about Pittsburgh steelworkers in 1982. His plays have been read and produced throughout Pittsburgh, and he was a member of the Pittsburgh Public Theatre Playwrights. Theaters in London and New York City are currently reviewing one of his plays for possible production.  “I love spending time as a playwright,” Luce said, “I really enjoy it, but it takes a lot of time. I’ve learned that once you’re done with a play, you take it apart and revise, revise, revise.”

Retirement also affords Luce the opportunity to bike or walk daily, and he enjoys traveling. Recent destinations have included San Diego, Ocean City, Seattle, Vancouver, and Portland.

Luce holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Geneva College. His wife, Carol, is head of the graduate psychology program at Geneva and a practicing psychologist. They are the parents of two children. Jeff, who holds a master’s degree in education, is attending Texas State University to achieve certification as a school psychologist. Their daughter, Sheryl, is in her second year of law school at the University of Michigan where she’ll serve as editor of one of several law journals.

Fall semester schedule is announced

Penn State Beaver has announced the fall semester schedule.

New Student Day for incoming freshmen is Friday, Aug. 19.
Fall semester classes begin at 8:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22.
Campus is closed for Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 5.
Fall semester break is Monday through Friday, Nov. 21-25.
Campus is closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24.
Classes will end Friday, Dec. 9.
Final exams will be held Monday through Friday, Dec. 12-16.
Commencement will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, Student Union Building auditorium

For information about the campus schedule or to register for classes, contact the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu, 724-773-3789, or gsd10@psu.edu, 724-773-3786.

Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter seeks new members

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is seeking new members. In addition, former members are encouraged to renew their memberships. The annual membership fee is $10 per person, couple or family. The chapter has no requirements to join, and members do not have to be Penn State alumni or have any Penn State connection.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter, which was named a Chapter of Distinction by the Penn State Alumni Association earlier this year, meets once a month at Penn State Beaver. All dues-paying chapter members can attend the meetings.

The chapter is engaged in a variety of community outreach projects throughout the year, including the annual Holiday Gift Drive for Children and Youth Services and annual sales of half-gallons of Penn State Creamery ice cream. The chapter also sells ice cream in cups at a variety of summer shows at the campus Brodhead Cultural Center. Proceeds from all ice cream sales benefit the chapter's annual student scholarships at Beaver. In addition, the chapter recently endowed a scholarship for Beaver campus students which will generate scholarship funds in perpetuity. The group plans an ongoing variety of social and networking events and opportunities open to all dues-paying members.

To become a member or renew a membership, contact the chapter at Beaver campus at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3815, or contact chapter president Don Veri at hopewellrealty@earthlink.net or 724-378-1819.



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