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Admissions Office will host free events in November

In November the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a series of free events open to prospective students and their families. All events will be held in the Student Union Building.

The ‘Be a Penn State Student for a Day’ program will be held 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. Advance registration is advised. 

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will sponsor a Veterans Day Open House, 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11. Prospective students will visit with admissions and financial aid staff and learn about Penn State’s academic programs.

An additional Open House, along with an Application Workshop, will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 19. A second Application Workshop will be held 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30.

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.

Business faculty member authors publication

W. Timothy Few, assistant professor of business at Penn State Beaver, is the author of ‘Integrating competitor identification and organisational identity: a new framework of competitor sensemaking’ which was published in the International Journal of Business Environment, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2011.

Before teaching, Few was president of a Pittsburgh-based financial services company. His current research is focused on managerial competitor identification, managerial cognition, competitive response, and the link between organisational identity and strategy.

Few holds a doctorate in strategic management and an executive M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Colby College.

He can be contacted at wtf2@psu.edu or 724-773-3883.

Public invited to view documentary, ‘Born into Brothels’

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the Academy-Award winning documentary, ‘Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids,’ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The film, which is the second in Beaver’s 2011-2012 Global Film Series, traces the lives of children born to prostitutes in poverty-stricken areas of Calcutta, India.

Filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman entered Calcutta’s red light district to provide a view of daily life for prostitutes and their children. Briski and Kauffman connected with the children by showing them how to use photography to bring their daily existence into focus. Throughout the documentary, the children interact with both eager and reluctant camera subjects and become adept at showing all aspects of their lives.

The film received the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In addition, it has received numerous awards from a variety of sources, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Directors Guild of America, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Bangkok International Film Festival.

The Global Film Series, which is sponsored by the campus Diversity Committee, is designed to expand participants’ world view about global themes, including politics, religion, morality, culture, and racism to aid in deepening understanding of other cultures.

For information about the event or the Diversity Committee, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Students plan to spend spring break with Navajo Nation

Students who enroll in the spring semester Civic and Community Engagement class at Penn State Beaver will be eligible to participate in a spring break trip to live and work with the Navajo Nation near Tuba City, Arizona.
The Navajo Nation consists of 27,000 square miles in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Geographically, it is the largest Native American reservation in the United States.

The Navajo Nation claims approximately 298,000 enrolled members and is the second largest tribe in population. More than 173,000 Navajos live on the reservation.

Most homes do not have electricity, running water, or telephones. The Navajo Nation has no urban centers, and most roads remained unpaved. The majority of population centers are clustered around schools, hospitals, and trading posts.

For more information about the class or trip, contact JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, 724-773-3846; Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy, 724-773-3843, or Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, 724-773-3947.

Campus seeks nominations for Outstanding Beaver Alumni Award

The public is invited to submit nominees for the Penn State Beaver 2011 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 Diana Patterson, Beaver’s director of development; two members of the Society’s Board of Directors, and two members of the Advisory Board.

To place a nomination for the Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award, go to nomination form to mail or submit the form online.

For more information about the award or nominating process, contact Patterson at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Beaver grad is named to position at New Kensington

Penn State Beaver alumnus Justin Vorbach has been named admissions counselor at Penn State New Kensington. Vorbach graduated from Beaver in May with a baccalaureate degree in business.

Vorbach is responsible for recruiting and counseling prospective students with the focus on traditional age students. In addition, he is adviser to the Lion Ambassadors, a student organization designed to provide interaction with the campus community, the University, and the public.

‘Justin brings both knowledge and enthusiasm about Penn State to this position,’ said Patty Brady, director of enrollment management. ‘He is passionate about the benefits of attending the New Kensington campus.’
Vorbach spent part of his senior year working as an intern in the Beaver Admissions Office and was highly regarded by the staff.

‘Justin did a great job in quickly learning how the admissions process works, but his personality and his ability to put people at ease was very important, too,’ said Dan Pinchot, Beaver’s director of enrollment and one of Vorbach’s internship supervisors. ‘He was active in almost every event on campus in some way, and there were very few people here who didn’t know Justin,’ Pinchot said.

Vorbach was the 2011 recipient of the University’s prestigious Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award which is given to one student at each Penn State campus who demonstrates outstanding character, scholarship, and leadership.

Vorbach, along with Pinchot and Cathy Benscoter, marketing and Web specialist, won a 2010 Gold CUPPIE Award in the Advertising Campaign category from CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education. The award was for ‘Get In On The Secret,’ a campaign featuring personalized postcards and t-shirts packaged as books that were mailed to prospective students.

Vorbach can be contacted at New Kensington, 724-334-6018.

Library hosts photography exhibit by former faculty member

The Penn State Beaver library is hosting a display of nature photography by James Monroe, professor of physics, who retired from Penn State in December 2007. The public is invited to visit the exhibit.
Over the years, Monroe has traveled the country to photograph unique and often unseen views of nature. His work can be seen in area shops, and he has donated his photos to help fundraising efforts on behalf of scholarships for campus students. 

Monroe taught at Beaver for 30 years.
For information about the photography exhibit, contact Lisa Harris, information resources and services support specialist in the library, at ljh28@psu.edu or 724-773-3792.

Wrestling team prepares for inaugural season

Penn State Beaver’s wrestling team will launch its inaugural season when the men take on Washington and Jefferson College, 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at the W & J Open in Washington. Wrestling is Beaver’s eighth intercollegiate sport.

Head coach Jeff Winkle is a graduate of Hopewell High School where he wrestled as a student. He has remained active in Hopewell’s wrestling program for 13 years. He holds a master's degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University and a bachelor's degree in human resources from Geneva College.

For continuous updates and game scores, visit Beaver’s new athletic website at www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.

Faculty Speakers Series continues on Nov. 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.

 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 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.

 Comedian/actor D'Sean Ross to perform Nov. 10 at Penn State Beaver
Comedian and actor D’Sean Ross will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building at Penn State Beaver. Ross has been recognized nationally for his stand-up comedy and his observations on life as well as his work as an actor. The performance will be free and open to the public.
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 also has 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.




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