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Campus announces faculty and staff appointments

Penn State Beaver announced four faculty and staff appointments effective immediately.

Ana Beatriz Arêas da Luz Fontes was named assistant professor of psychology, and Tiffany L. MacQuarrie was appointed instructor in English. Barbara Jean Bertges has been named assistant athletic director, and Anthony W. Budris is the new police services supervisor.

Ar?as da Luz Fontes’ primary research areas include psycholinguistics and cognition, and she will deliver psychology courses that include learning and cognition. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in communications from The University of Texas at El Paso. She received a postdoctoral CAPES fellowship to the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

MacQuarrie has been an adjunct instructor in English at Beaver campus since 2005 and has taught a variety of courses, including developmental English, rhetoric and composition, business writing, and technical writing. In addition, she has served as an English specialist for the Beaver campus Center for Academic Achievement; an adjunct instructor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at the Community College of Beaver County, and a counselor for the Robert Morris University Department of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

MacQuarrie holds a master’s degree in communication and information systems from Robert Morris University, a master’s degree in student personnel from Slippery Rock University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State. 

Bertges will coordinate and manage programs, services, and events offered through the Athletics, Intramural, and Recreation Sports (AIRS) Program. She will also serve as head coach of the women’s volleyball team. Previously, she worked as an anesthesia technician at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh, a public relations intern at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, and intramural coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (UPG). In addition, she was assistant volleyball coach at Aquinas Academy in Greensburg and was a member of the Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football team, the UPG softball team, and the UPG women’s volleyball team.

Bertges holds a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh.

Budris has been a police services officer at Beaver campus since 2009 and held the same position at Penn State Mont Alto from 2004 to 2009. In addition, he served as an armed response team member for Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. at Shippingport in 2004. He attended Beaver campus, received his bachelor’s degree in history from Penn State, and graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy. He is currently enrolled in the master’s of education program offered at Beaver campus in conjunction with Penn State Harrisburg.
Budris holds a variety of certifications, including Pennsylvania Act 120, first aid, AED, CPR, Department of Homeland Security drug Law Enforcement School, and the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Ar?as da Luz Fontes can be contacted through the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571, MacQuarrie can be reached at tls7@psu.edu or 724-773-3881, Bertges can be contacted at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845, and Budris can be contacted in the Police Services Office, 724-773-3840.

United Way Committee exceeds $5,000 goal

The 2011 Penn State Beaver United Way Committee raised $5,100 last fall, exceeding its original goal of $5,000 for the United Way of Beaver County.

Funds were raised through a variety of on-campus events, including a silent auction and luncheon open to full and part-time faculty and staff, dress down days, and individual solicitations.

Committee co-chairs were Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Registrar and Division of Undergraduate Studies; Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business; Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education; Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in reading and English; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Offices of the Chancellor, Campus and Community Relations, and Brodhead Cultural Center; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry, and Beth Theobald, reference librarian.

For information about the United Way Committee, contact Ward at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789 or Platz at cap9@psu.edu or 724-773-3546.

Alumni conduct most successful children’s gift drive to date

In 2011 the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association conducted its most successful children’s holiday gift drive to date by gathering gifts for a record 129 children who are clients of Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). The chapter and CYS have partnered for 18 years to solicit gifts from the community for children who might have few or no gifts during the holidays.

Participants can make a cash donation, which enables Alumni Chapter members to buy gifts for the children, or participants can purchase and wrap the gifts themselves, then give them to the chapter members for delivery to CYS. More than $1,000 was raised for this most recent gift drive.

‘In December, more than 129 children were served thanks to the generosity of our chapter members and friends and campus faculty, staff, and students,’ said Roseann Simoni, an alumna of Beaver and Penn State University Park and chair of the 2011 gift drive project.

For information about the Alumni Chapter or the 2012 gift drive, contact the Penn State Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations, 724-773-3816, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Campus announces spring schedule

Classes for the spring semester at Penn State Beaver begin Monday, Jan. 9. In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 16, no classes will be held but the campus will conduct regular operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Spring break will be held March 5 through 10, and classes will end Friday, April 27. Final exams will be held Monday through Friday, April 30 through May 4, and commencement will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 4.

For information about the spring semester schedule, contact the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

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.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: December 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Saturday, Dec. 17
Men’s basketball – Central Penn College 97, Penn State Beaver 96
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 90, Central Penn College 64

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Men’s basketball - Fairmont State University 115, Penn State Beaver 69

Thursday, Jan. 5
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver v. Virginia University of Lynchburg – Cancelled

Saturday, Jan. 7
Men’s basketball - Penn State Beaver 64, Grove City College 62

Sunday, Jan. 8
Women’s basketball - Salem International University 77, Penn State Beaver 45

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