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Szymczak honored by Polish American Studies journal

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of the Swastek Award given by the Editorial Board of the Polish American Studies journal in recognition of the best article that appeared in the publication in the past year.

Szymczak was honored for his article, "Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952,” which appeared in the journal, Vol. LXVII, No. 2 (Autumn 2010), pp. 5-33. He will receive the award in January at the awards ceremony hosted by the Polish Consulate in Chicago.

The award was announced by Stephen M. Leahy, second vice president and awards committee chair of the Polish American Historical Association.

Szymczak is the recipient of numerous honors within Penn State, including the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award, and the Penn State Commonwealth College Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, he is a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

Szymczak joined Beaver campus in 1983 and during that time has taught a wide variety of courses, including History of the Holocaust 1933-1945, History of Fascism and Nazism, and History of the Soviet Union.

He holds a doctorate in modern world history from Carnegie Mellon University; a doctorate in recent American history and politics from Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University. In addition, he has a master’s degree in history/international relations and a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from West Virginia University and holds a certificate of study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Szymczak can be reached at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895.

Alumni Chapter launches annual holiday gift drive for children

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting its annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). The gifts will be distributed to children who are CYS clients.

Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child, purchase and wrap the gift, and drop it off to the Alumni Chapter. In addition, participants have the option of making a monetary contribution to the Alumni Chapter whose members will, in turn, purchase and wrap gifts for the children.

Donors must attach a separate gift tag to each gift. Each tag must contain the child’s name and caseworker number. The Alumni Chapter requests that each gift have a value of $25 to $30.

Monetary donations can be made in cash or via check made payable to Beaver Valley Area Chapter PSAA and mailed to Office of Campus and Community Relations, Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.
Gifts drop-off will be 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to noon, room 16, Beaver campus Student Union Building.

In addition, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Alumni Chapter’s annual Holiday Food Drive when they drop off their gift.

To obtain information about a child’s gift needs, contact Diane Canning at 724-375-2474; Cindy Hovanec at 412-370-2884 or 724-378-7448; or Jessica Hovanec at 724-777-4852.

Questions about the project should be directed to the Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Student art exhibit is on display in SUB lobby

The art of Kyung Min “Kim” Kim, a sophomore psychology major at Penn State Beaver, is on display now through December 9 in the hallway of the lower lobby of the Student Union Building.

Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, created the exhibit as part of a campus independent study in art.

For information, contact Kim at kik5129@psu.edu, 213-241-9876, or  Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, women’s studies, and integrative arts, at cas33@psu.edu, 724-773-3591.

PSUTXT alert system is free for all subscribers

Members of the Penn State Beaver community as well as the public are encouraged to register for the free PSUTXT service offered by the University. PSUTXT is designed to alert subscribers via text message when situations arise on campus that affect the ability of the campus to function normally. In addition, subscribers can elect to have alerts sent to an email address.

To register for PSUTXT, go to http://live.psu.edu/psutxt. For information or if questions arise, contact the Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Admissions Office will host free application workshop

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a free Application Workshop, 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Event participants will visit with admissions and financial aid staff to learn about Penn State’s academic programs while gaining insight into financing a college education. Campus tours will be provided. In addition, participants can complete an application and, if applying to Penn State Beaver, may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived.
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.

CLE course offerings are available through Continuing Education

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, Student Union Building, Beaver campus. The fee is $40 per course.
Available courses are:
-- 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.

Nittany News magazine is available online

The 2011 fall edition of the Penn State Beaver Nittany News magazine is available online as well as hard copy. The magazine, which is produced and distributed in fall and spring semester, highlights campus alumni, faculty, staff, and student achievements, progress, and programs. Magazines from previous years can also be read online.

To read the current and/or past editions, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/Alumni/34310.htm. To obtain hard copies of the magazine, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

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, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/Alumni/32995.htm and submit online or by mail.
For more information about the award or nominating process, contact Patterson at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Campus holiday schedule is announced
Penn State Beaver’s upcoming holiday schedule was announced recently.
Fall semester break: Monday-Friday, Nov. 21-25, no classes, but campus is open.
Thanksgiving holiday: Thursday, Nov. 24, campus closed
 Classes end: Friday, Dec. 9
Final exams: Monday-Friday, Dec. 12-16
Commencement: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, auditorium, Student Union Building
 Campus closes: 5 p.m., Thursday, December 22
 Campus re-opens: 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3
 Spring semester classes begin: Monday, Jan. 9
For information about the campus schedule, contact the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu, 724-773-3789, or gsd10@psu.edu, 724-773-3786.


Penn State Beaver will host and co-sponsor free holiday concert
The Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Monaca Cornet Band will present a free concert of holiday music at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The program is cosponsored by the Beaver Valley Musicians Union, the Beaver County commissioners, and the Beaver campus Brodhead Cultural Center.
For information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3610.


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.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: November 7-19, 2011

Saturday, Nov. 12
Men’s wrestling – For a recap, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com.

Monday, Nov. 14
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 95, Penn Highlands 80

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Men’s basketball – La Roche College 72, Penn State Beaver 71

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Men’s wrestling – For a recap, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com.

Friday, Nov. 18
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 85, Waynesburg University 77

Friday, Nov. 18
Women’s basketball – Chatham University Tip-Off Tournament - Carlow University 78, Penn State Beaver 59

Saturday, Nov. 19
Women’s basketball – Chatham University Tip-Off Tournament - Penn State Beaver 61, Franciscan University of Steubenville 57

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



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