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New faculty join Penn State Beaver

Penn State Beaver welcomed two new faculty members for the fall semester.

LaVarr McBride has accepted the joint position of instructor in administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango. In addition to teaching at each campus, he will serve as program coordinator and internship supervisor. 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. She will also deliver psychology courses at the campuses.

McBride was an assistant professor at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, where he was also the program director of criminal justice. He has extensive field experience after serving in a variety of positions, including training specialist with the Office of Defender Service, Washington, D.C., pre-sentence investigator for federal courts, probation officer, parole officer, correctional officer, and consultant as a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist for federal and state cases. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

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 doctorate 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.

McBride can be contacted at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866, and Pandit can be reached at nzp2@psu.edu or 412-675-9136.

Campus will host Beaver County College Fair

Penn State Beaver will host the Eleventh Annual Beaver County College Fair, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 in the campus gymnasium.

The free event, which is the premier college fair serving Beaver County students, is co-sponsored by Penn State Beaver and The Times. Registration to attend is not required, and the public is welcome. Adult students as well as high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

Representatives from more than 120 colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will be at the College Fair to answer questions and provide information.

In addition to college recruiters, a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be available to answer questions about financial aid. Representatives from the Educational Opportunities Center and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit's Regional Choice Initiative Program also will be available.

Plenty of free parking is available on campus. Visitors should follow directional signs and parking attendants' instructions as they enter campus for the evening.

For information, contact the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, www.beaver.psu.edu, or 724-773-3800.

Grkman Polka Band concludes Brodhead Cultural Center’s 35th season

The Joe Grkman Polka Band will present the final concert in Brodhead Cultural Center’s 35th summer of programming, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream in the lobby from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Sale proceeds benefit two scholarships established by the Alumni Chapter for Beaver campus students.

This summer’s Brodhead Cultural Center program sponsors included The Times, Clearview Federal Credit Union, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545.

For more information or to receive a free schedule of events for next summer, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead.

Beaver Basketball Alumna Signs with Harlem Ambassadors

Jasmine Green, former guard for the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team, has signed a professional contract with the Harlem Ambassadors and will join their training camp in Fort Collins, Colorado on August 31. Green is from Jersey City, NJ and attended Orange High School.

The Ambassadors’ mission is to offer a fun, wholesome family entertainment show while serving as role models for young people by promoting the value of staying in school, staying off drugs, and fostering racial harmony. The group performs in the United States as well as abroad.

Green, a three-time USCAA All-American and three-time PSUAC Player of the Year, led Beaver’s Lady Lions to a National Runner-Up finish in 2011 and three PSUAC Championships from 2008-2010. She is the Beaver women’s basketball all-time leader in points (1824), rebounds (705), assists (455), and steals (516) and started all 122 games of her collegiate career. Green amassed a 96-26 record at Beaver.

Harlem Ambassadors General Manager Dale Moss noted that ‘Jasmine (Green) is going to fit in tremendously. She is a small, lightening quick guard who has personality galore. Her interaction with the crowd and basketball skills will be a valuable asset to the Harlem Ambassadors.’

Moss said the upcoming training camp will take place in a mile-high altitude that is perfect for getting players in shape. ‘We will have two conditioning sessions per day and an off-the-court session once a day. Jasmine has great fundamental ‘show’ basketball skills, and she is very excited.’

Bert DeSalvo, Beaver’s head coach of women’s basketball, coached Green during her college career. ‘Having Jasmine reach this level is a great feat for our program and for her,’ DeSalvo said. ‘She has always had this dream, and we have spoken about it in the last few years. I cannot imagine a better person or player to fill this role for the Harlem Ambassadors. Coach Lade Majic is certainly getting a fantastic addition to the squad. I feel fortunate to have been able to help Jasmine reach her goals and spend four years as her coach and mentor.’

‘Having this opportunity to play professional basketball is a dream come true,’ Green said. ‘You hear kids say all the time that when they get older they want to go pro and, fortunately, I am realizing my dream. I will have the opportunity to travel throughout the country and get paid to do what I love.....play basketball. I am so grateful and appreciative of the opportunity that awaits me. I feel blessed that out of thousands of female college athletes, I was selected as one of the very few to play on a professional level. I want to thank God, my family, my friends and, most of all, Coach Bert DeSalvo and Penn State Beaver for helping me reach my goals.’

Green graduated from Beaver campus in May with a bachelor’s degree in business. For information, visit www.theuscaa.com or www.harlemambassadors.com/index.php, or contact DeSalvo at apd12@psu.edu or 724-773-3827.


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