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Campus seeks nominations for Outstanding Alumni Award

Nominations are open for the Penn State Beaver 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award which will be presented in January at a dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Board of Directors.

Eligibility is limited to individuals who have attended Penn State Beaver. The award recognizes campus alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional achievements and/or contributions to society and/or involvement with Beaver campus.

The award’s selecting body is comprised of the campus director of development, two members of the Alumni Society Board of Directors, and two members of the campus Advisory Board.

To place a nomination for the Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award, go to nomination form. (need to put in link)  For more information about the award or nominating process, contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Admissions Office will host four free events in November

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host four free events open to the public in November.
The ‘Be a Penn State Student for a Day’ program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2. The event allows prospective students to attend classes, meet with faculty from diverse disciplines and have lunch with current Beaver campus students. Space is limited, so participants are urged to register soon.

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will sponsor a Veterans Day Open House at 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11. Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with admissions and financial aid staff as well as learn about the academic programs offered by Penn State.

An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 19, and a second workshop will be held from 3 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30.

All events will be held in the Student Union Building.

To register for an event or obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Faculty Speakers Series continues on November 2

The Penn State Beaver Fall Faculty Speakers Series will continue with a presentation on “Nonviolent Communication: Campus Application” by Beth Fleeson, lecturer in English, noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2. The event, which will be held in room 16, Student Union Building, is free and open to the public.
Fleeson also teaches English at the Community College of Beaver County. Previous positions have included serving as a content writer and editor for Creative Consulting Group in Ingomar, assistant editor of poetry for the Fourth River Literary Journal of Chatham University, and assistant editor of poetry for the Hard Freight Literary Journal at Penn State Altoona.

Fleeson received the Richard Russo Award in Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona and the National Collegiate Communications Arts Award (public speaking) from Beaver campus. She is a member of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs and The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
She holds a master of fine arts degree (poetry and creative non-fiction) from Chatham University and a bachelor’s degree in integrative arts from Penn State Altoona.
Fleeson can be contacted at bxf132@psu.edu or 724-773-3868.

Panel discussion will focus on Domestic Violence Awareness

Penn State Beaver will sponsor a panel discussion on the issues surrounding domestic violence, noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 in the Student Union Building auditorium. A question and answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Beaver campus Voices Against Violence Committee, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, will host the event which features panelists with expertise in violence awareness and prevention.

Panelists are:
Allison Martin, legal advocate, Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh
LaVarr McBride, legal advocate and instructor in administration of
justice at Penn State Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango
Ann Colella-Murray, Women's Center of Beaver County
Mark Pudlowski, Chief Operations Officer, Domestic Abuse Counseling Center of Pittsburgh.
For more information about the panel discussion or issues about domestic violence, contact Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications, at jms1015@psu.edu or 724-773-3575.

 

Office of Continuing Education offers CLE courses in November

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education has been approved by Penn State Abington to offer a series of courses that meet requirements for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. Each class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 16 at the Student Union Building on Beaver campus. The fee is $40 per course.
Available courses are:
-- Nov. 1: CPA’s Role in Divorce in Pennsylvania
-- Nov. 8: Individual Tax Update: Get Ready for Tax Season
-- Nov. 15: Federal Business Tax Update
-- Nov. 22: Insight into Latest PA Dept. of Revenue Tax Issue Resolution
-- Nov. 29: Unclaimed Property

To register for any course, contact Continuing Education at 724-773-3700 or beaverce@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Campus served as host sponsor for commissioners’ debate

Penn State Beaver served as the host sponsor for the Beaver County Commissioners Debate held October 19 in the Student Union Building auditorium. The event, which was free and open to the public, was coordinated by the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce.

Event sponsor was PGT Trucking, and Barbara McNees, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, was the debate moderator.
Candidates who attended the debate were incumbent Democratic commissioners Tony Amadio (D) and Joe Spanik (D). Other participants included Republicans Craig Conforti and Dennis Nichols and Independents Jack Manning and Jay Paisley.

For information, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.

Comedian/actor D’Sean Ross will present free performance

Comedian and actor D’Sean Ross will present a free performance open to the public, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Student Union Building auditorium. Ross has been recognized nationally for his stand-up comedy and his observations on life as well as his work as an actor.
In college he began performing at some of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs and has appeared on the ‘Tom Joyner Show,’ MTV’s ‘Yo Mama,’ ‘The Steve Harvey Show,’ BET Comic View, and TV-One’s program, ‘Who’s Got Jokes?’
Ross has performed at colleges, universities, and other national venues and has also traveled overseas to entertain troops. He performs regularly at The Laugh Factory and the Improv in Los Angeles.
For information about the program, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Campus will host free town hall meeting on Agent Orange

Penn State Beaver will host a free town hall meeting about the effects of Agent Orange from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Student Union Building auditorium. The public is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Rep. Jim Marshall of Pennsylvania's 14th Legislative District, and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)/ Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), Chapter 862.
 
Well-known speakers on the topic of Agent Orange will give presentations and distribute information about the genetic legacy resulting from exposure to the herbicide. An Open Forum session will be held for Vietnam veterans, their families and friends, and those interested in learning about the effects of Agent Orange.
 
Featured speakers are:
 
-- Mokie Pratt Porter is the VVA director of communications, former editor of The VVA Veteran and coordinator of the Faces of Agent Orange Initiative.
 
-- George Claxton is chair emeritus of the VVA Agent Orange Committee and a longtime advocate for veterans. His work includes an extensive database of studies about the long term impact of Agent Orange.
 
-- Sandie Wilson is a member of the VVA National Board of Directors and was an operating room nurse in Vietnam. In 1971 she returned home and began studying the effects of Agent Orange when she worked on the pediatric ward of the Fort Campbell Base Hospital in Kentucky.
 
-- Nancy Switzer, current and founding national president of AVVA, is an outspoken advocate for veterans suffering from effects of Agent Orange and their families. She is also a longtime adviser to the VVA’s legislative and health committees.
 
-- Pete and Sue Petrosky are the parents of two daughters born with birth defects. Pete served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force in 1967 and 1968.
 
-- Philip and Bobbie Morris are the parents of a daughter born in 1973. Philip served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force in 1968 and 1969. The couple travels to share the story of their daughter’s journey since birth.
 
For more information about the event, contact Craig Conforti, constituent outreach specialist for Marshall’s office, 724-847-1352, visit www.repmarshall.com, or contact bobby514@comcast.net.
 

Expert on murder and violence will speak at Penn State Beaver
 
Jack Levin will offer a free presentation titled "Serial Killers: Up Close and Personal," at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend. Levin specializes in the study of violence and hate, and has examined and interviewed serial killers, mass murderers, violent criminals and perpetrators of hate crimes while exploring their methods and mentalities. He is the author or co-author of 30 books about crime, criminals, and hate, and has developed theories about conditions under which the worst crimes can occur.
 
Levin has maintained communication with many of the criminals he has interviewed. He has testified in criminal and civil court cases, consulted with prosecution and defense attorneys, and assisted police in apprehending violent predators. In addition, he has appeared frequently on news and talk shows and is often consulted by the media.
 
Levin is The Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, Northeastern University, Boston. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in communication research from Boston University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from American International College in Springfield, Mass.
 
For information about the program, contact Robin Schreck, Beaver campus coordinator of student activities and resident life, ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

 

Adult Literacy Action will host free Tutor Training Workshop

Adult Literacy Action (ALA) of Penn State Beaver will host a free Tutor Training Workshop for one-on-one tutors and classroom aides from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 27, at CareerLink, Beaver Valley Mall.
 
Staff members will provide an overview of the program with emphasis on how to prepare students for the GED Test. Upon completion of this workshop, volunteer tutors will either be placed in a classroom as an aide or with an individual student.
 
Advance registration for the workshop is required by Friday, Oct. 1. To register, call the ALA office at 724-773-7810 or fax to 724-773-7303.

 

Lady Lions basketball program teams up with Soles4Souls
 
The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team has launched a campus and community service project by teaming up with Soles4Souls, a charity designed to provide new shoes for global victims of poverty and natural disasters. The group also collects gently used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls' other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities.
 
To date, the organization has donated more than 15 million pairs of shoes in the United States and around the world, including shoes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami.
 
Bert DeSalvo, the team’s head coach, noted that the team "wanted to do something this year to help those less fortunate. In the past we’ve assisted environmental groups and women's groups, and this year we're going to do our best to help those outside Beaver County."
 
DeSalvo also noted that his wife Becky is involved in the project. She is the adult, transfer, and international admissions counselor at Beaver. "My wife is responsible for recruiting international students to our campus," DeSalvo said, "and I wanted to reach out to an organization that could potentially help people from areas that our international students may be from or be close to. I think this project will show how much the campus community can rally to help those from all parts of the world."
 
The team hopes to gather 238 pairs of shoes; that's exactly two pairs for each student athlete at Beaver campus. The public as well as all students, staff and faculty members are encouraged to drop off new or gently-worn shoes at one of five locations on campus: the gymnasium, Student Union Building, Harmony Hall residence hall, Student Activities Suite, and the faculty/staff mail room on the ground floor of the Ross Administration Building.
 
Shoes will be collected throughout the month of October. For information about the project, contact Becky DeSalvo at rmm27@psu.edu or 724-773-3809, contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or visit http://www.soles4souls.org.

 

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: October 17-19, 2011
Monday, Oct. 17
Women’s soccer – Carlow University 9, Penn State Beaver 0
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Women’s volleyball – PSUAC Playoffs – Elite 8
Penn State Wilkes-Barre 3, Penn State Beaver 0 

Wednesday, Oct. 19
Women’s soccer – D’Youville College 16, Penn State Beaver 1
For continuous updates and game scores, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.