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Anderson receives Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award

David D. Anderson is the recipient of the 2011 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award recognizes Beaver alumni who have distinguished themselves through career achievements as well as campus and community involvement. Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer presented the award to Anderson at the January 25 dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board.

Anderson is the manager of International Commercial Development for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. He attended Penn State Beaver from 1975 to 1977 and graduated from Penn State University Park with a degree in accounting in 1979.    

Anderson has more than 30 years of commercial experience in the petroleum industry. He began his career as a joint venture auditor for Marathon Oil Company. Four years later, he joined Marathon’s Natural Gas Division where he was responsible for spot and long-term gas sales, gas purchases, commercial aspects of gas processing, and commercial responsibilities related to major project work.

In 1987 Anderson was hired by the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the Gas Marketing Department. For the last twelve years, he has led Anadarko’s international commercial development efforts, a position which has led to negotiating with foreign governments for production sharing contracts, gas sales agreements, fiscal relief amendments, and various other commercial-related activities.

He is also involved in evaluating and implementing Anadarko’s initial involvement in liquefied natural gas and manages the commercial development aspects of Anadarko’s existing and future international and Alaskan activities.

Anderson and his wife, Lynne, are active in their local community. They are residents of Montgomery, Texas, and were involved in the creation and implementation of the Interfaith Hospitality Network Family Promise in North Houston which provides meals, shelter, and fellowship for families that are temporarily homeless.

The couple has also volunteered in various capacities at Northwest Assistance Ministries, a non-profit social services outreach facility. In addition, they work with their church to help repair homes owned by lower income families.
To honor Anderson’s parents’ emphasis on higher education for him and his siblings, Anderson and his wife recently established The David G. and Ruth I. Anderson Endowed Scholarship at Beaver campus.

The Andersons have two daughters, Kelly and Kerri.

For information about the award, contact Diana Patterson, director of development, at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Campus and community remember Joe Paterno

Penn State Beaver students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered on campus Wednesday and Thursday to remember Joe Paterno.

On Wednesday evening Paterno was honored at the campus’ annual Spirit Night in the gym. The women’s basketball team played Carlow University at 6 p.m., and the men’s game against Penn State New Kensington began at 8 p.m. Prior to the men’s game, however, spectators and student-athletes took time to listen to a tribute to Paterno’s life and legacy delivered by Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment. A moment of silence followed the presentation.

In addition, everyone attending Spirit Night was invited to sign a matted photo of Paterno.

A free, live broadcast of “A Memorial for Joe” was shown at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Student Union Building auditorium. The campus and the public were invited to view the broadcast which originated at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park.

Throughout the afternoon, Paterno’s photo was displayed in the auditorium lobby for anyone wishing to sign it. Once all signatures are obtained, campus students will send the framed photo to Mrs. Sue Paterno and her family.

For information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Public invited to attend free screening of ‘Skin’

The public is invited to attend a free screening of ‘Skin,’ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The film, which is part of the campus’ Global Film Series, depicts a true story set in apartheid South Africa in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sandra Laing is a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners who are unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community and raise their child as a white girl. However, at age 10, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows her 30-year journey from rejection to acceptance and betrayal to reconciliation as she struggles to define her place in a changing world.

Following the film, Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth will give an informal presentation about apartheid and South Africa and audience members will be invited to open questions for discussion. Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology at Beaver campus, is a native of South Africa.

For information about the Global Film Series, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Public invited to attend free presentation of slam poetry

The public is invited to attend a free presentation of slam poetry later this spring. Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa will present ‘Fire and Rain’ at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the Student Union Building auditorium.
Slam poetry allows poets to perform original work, individually or as part of a team. Manner of presentation and enthusiasm are important as well as content of the work.

In their poetry, the duo captures their dual heritage while seeking to educate, enlighten, and entertain. Born of mestizo, or mixed blood, Joaquin and Natasha have fallen victim to the question, "What are you?" Their poems aim to answer that question by giving identity and voice to those born of two cultures as different as "Fire and Rain."
Zihuatanejo is the No. 1 ranked slam poet in the world as well as an award-winning teacher, and Carrizosa is the current Slam Champion of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Both performers have shared the stage with a variety of poets and performers, including Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.

The program is sponsored by the Offices of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Spring Faculty Speakers Series is announced
The Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series will launch its spring program with a presentation by Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology, Wednesday, Feb. 22. Her topic will be "Sustaining the Innovative Edge." LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice, will present "How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media," Wednesday, March 14. Both programs are free and open to the public and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 16, Student Union Building.
Dwivedi will present research findings from the fields of innovation and creativity that, when compiled, will help to form a path to assist individuals in finding a fulfilling career. The information will help people identify and focus on their niche in life, channel their creativity and discover innovations they can use.
McBride serves as program coordinator and internship supervisor for the administration of justice program at Beaver campus as well as Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango. He will discuss the potential dangers of modern technology and social media, including sharing personal information and photos on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, texting, cyber bullying, and cell phone use. He also will discuss the importance of personal responsibility in protecting ourselves and others with the proper use of social media.
Dwivedi holds a master's degree in information technology from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in engineering/computer science from BITS Pilani, India, and a bachelor's degree in technology (computer science) from I.E.T. Lucknow, India.
McBride received a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.
For more information, Dwivedi can be contacted at nxd22@psu.edu or 724-773-3894, and McBride can be reached at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.


Admissions Office will host free events in February
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a series of events in February that are free and open to prospective students and their families.
An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and a Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building. The Be a PSU Student for a Day program will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Participants in the Application Workshop can complete a Penn State application and, if applying to Beaver campus, may receive an acceptance decision on the spot. The $50 application fee will be waived during this day. Applicants must bring their official high school transcripts, and campus tours will be provided.
The Financial Aid Workshop will introduce parents and students to the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) and will help participants learn how to navigate around potential financial pitfalls while financing a college education.
The Be a PSU Student for a Day program allows high school students to spend the day as a college student on campus by attending classes, meeting with faculty, and dining with current students.
Registration is required for the Be a PSU Student for a Day program and is encouraged for the other programs. To register or obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.


Student events are under way to raise funds for THON

This week Penn State Beaver students will continue fundraising efforts for Penn State THON -- an annual, two-day dance marathon -- that will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park.
Beaver students are soliciting support from the campus community and will be canning during the upcoming weekends. Canning is the process where students are stationed at public venues, such as intersections and large store entrances, in order to ask for donations for THON.
In addition, Beaver students will host a Blood Drive for THON, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Lodge of the Student Union Building. The public is invited to register to give blood, but walk-in appointments will also be accepted.
THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, provides raises funds and support for the fight against pediatric cancer. Proceeds benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital. Funds are used to provide support for children with cancer and their families as well as research support to combat pediatric cancer. To date THON has raised more than $78 million dollars.
For more information about Beaver students’ fundraising efforts for THON or to become involved in the project, contact Lydia Moon at ljm5207@psu.edu. Moon, a sophomore major in health and human development, is the chair of the Penn State Beaver 2012 THON Committee.


Public invited to participate in alumni society Bowl-a-Thon

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society invites the public to participate in its first Bowl-a-Thon, Saturday, March 24, at Baden Bowl, Baden. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beaver campus students.
Twenty-four lanes and four, two-hour time slots are open from noon to 6 p.m. Cost for an individual bowler is $20, and the cost for six bowlers is $120. Price includes snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. After registration, participants will receive an email confirmation for a specific bowling time(s).
In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available. A Blue and White Sponsor is $25, and a Pin Rake Sponsor is $50. A gift basket auction and a 50/50 drawing will be held. Winners do not need to be present.
To register or to obtain more information, contact Mona DeLisio, external relations assistant, Beaver campus Development Office, mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.


Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 23-28, 2012

Monday, Jan. 23
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 107, Penn State Fayette 84
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 74, Penn State Fayette 68

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Men’s basketball - Penn State Beaver 92, Penn State New Kensington 72
Women’s basketball – Carlow University 67, Penn State Beaver 56

Saturday, Jan. 28
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 84, Penn State York 75
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 72, Penn State York 37

For continuous updates and game scores, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or contact BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.