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Beaver students hold candlelight vigil for campus and community

The Penn State Beaver Student Government Association held a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 in recognition and support of sexual abuse victims of all ages. The vigil, held beside the pond at the Brodhead Cultural Center, was attended by more than 50 students, staff, faculty, and members of the community, including Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh.

The event was covered that evening by KDKA-TV News, Pittsburgh, and the following morning in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Blue ribbons were given to every attendee to wear since blue is the color chosen to symbolize sexual abuse. Speakers at the vigil were Jill Marsilio-Colonna, director, Women’s Center of Beaver County; Dr. John Chapin, professor of communications, Penn State Beaver; and Mr. LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice at Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango.

For information about the event or other student activities, contact the Office of Student Activities at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Beaver alumnus will speak at fall commencement

Brooks A. Canavesi, a graduate of the first baccalaureate degree offered at Penn State Beaver, will be the speaker for the fall commencement ceremony, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16 in the Student Union Building auditorium, Penn State Beaver.

Canavesi graduated in 2002 from Beaver’s information sciences and technology program, the first four-year degree established at Beaver, which now offers five baccalaureate degrees.
Canavesi is director of interactive media at OpenArc, Wexford, an open-source solutions provider for small and medium-size businesses as well as the education market.

Canavesi was CEO and president of his own company, On Deck Systems of Pittsburgh, when he merged with OpenArc which provided a solid growth platform for Canavesi and On Deck Systems. In addition, more employees were hired to increase overall capacity at OpenArc.

Within the first quarter of the merger, Canavesi had several large corporate accounts, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Georgia Tech University, and the National Association of Convenience and Fueling Retailers. He manages the web development and marketing department and also serves as a sales manager.

Canavesi has been involved in business development for 12 years and has established a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, including On Deck Systems and Frontline Initiative, Inc., Pittsburgh.

Previous employment included serving as a financial adviser for Stifel Nicolaus; financial adviser at UBS Financial Services, and project manager and software engineer at FedEx Ground.

For information about Beaver’s commencement, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Students will conduct outreach for Martin Luther King holiday

Continuing their tradition of taking “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” many Penn State Beaver students will join students from the western Penn State campuses to conduct community services projects on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The day is a holiday for Penn State students.

Every year students from Penn State’s western campuses join forces to conduct outreach efforts in their local communities. This year’s primary coordinating campus is Penn State New Kensington. Robin Schreck, Beaver’s coordinator of student activities and residence life, will take Beaver students to New Kensington to work with them in service projects there.

However, other Beaver students will work locally at a variety of community outreach centers, including Uncommon Grounds in Aliquippa, Beaver County Habitat for Humanity, and the Center for Hope in Ambridge, which offers a food bank, clothing bank, literacy services, and life skills training.

For more information about the students’ activities on Martin Luther King Day, contact Schreck at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Alumni Society raises more than $21,500 for scholarships

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society netted a profit of $21,500 from its eleventh annual golf outing held in September at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. The total was announced recently at the group’s annual fall meeting.

The proceeds will provide additional funding for the principle of the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship. In addition to providing funds for numerous campus scholarships, the Alumni Society has donated proceeds from previous golf outings to establish and enhance directional and building signage on campus.

For information about the Beaver Alumni Society, contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development and campus liaison with the society, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

‘Cru’ students hosted campus Christmas Carol

Students members of Penn State Beaver Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) held a Christmas Carol Sing for students, faculty, and staff, 7 – 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, in the campus Brodhead Bistro. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate were served.
The group is designed to provide an understanding of Biblical Christianity while offering support, encouragement, and the means to develop a closer relationship with God. Students have the opportunity to meet and reach out to others through their actions, hospitality, and events.
For more information about Cru, contact student Shawn Luis at sal5350@psu.edu or Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry and Cru faculty adviser, at mth7@psu.edu or 724-773-3876.

Penn State Beaver holiday schedule is announced

Penn State Beaver has announced its schedule for the upcoming holidays.

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, contact the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu, 724-773-3789.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: December 9-10, 2011

December 9
Men’s basketball - Penn State Beaver 82, Penn State Schuylkill 69
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 66, Penn State Schuylkill 54
December 10
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 105, Penn College 68
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 87, Penn College 56

Men’s Wrestling
December 6 and December 10 – For results and recaps, visit http://psubeaverathletics.com/sports/wrest/2011-12/schedule

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


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