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Controversial film “Skin’ provides unique look at apartheid

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the controversial film ‘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.

The story of Sandra Laing, a black child born to white Afrikaners who are unaware of their black ancestry, is a thought-provoking look at prejudice. Sandra’s parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, and they raise her 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, Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology and a native of South Africa, will give an informal presentation about apartheid, and audience members are invited to raise questions for discussion.
For information about the Global Film Series or ‘Skin,’ contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Beaver campus students will dance in ‘THON’

Two Penn State Beaver students will dance in Penn State’s upcoming 46-hour Dance Marathon, known as THON, Feb. 17-19 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park.

Freshman Angelique Matthews, Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), is from Cypress, California, and JJ (James) Figas of Beaver is a sophomore in the DUS program.

Prior to the event, Beaver students are soliciting support from the campus and community, and will continue canning at approved locations this weekend and next.

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, 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 Beaver’s 2012 THON Committee Chair Lydia Moon at ljm5207@psu.edu. Moon is a sophomore from Prosperity, Pa and is a health and human development major. To make a donation to THON through Beaver campus, contact Moon, or visit www.thon.org.

Campus employees retire with almost 50 years of combined service

Two Penn State Beaver employees, with a combined total of almost 50 years of service, retired at the end of December 2011.

Ron Schwartz, police services supervisor, joined the campus in 1983, and Mary Ann Guy began working in the Office of Housing and Food Services in 1992.

Schwartz was responsible for the overall operation, management, and administration of campus law enforcement and safety services. Beaver has a full-time police force that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Prior to his arrival at Beaver, Schwartz served 12 years as an Allegheny County police officer and sergeant.

Guy was known for her skills in assisting with the set-up and implementation of both large and small catered and special events on campus. She worked in the Brodhead Bistro, the campus dining commons, and its service areas and cleaned as well as stocked serving ware and cookware.

‘I worked with both Ron and Mary Ann in various capacities for many years,’ said Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations. ‘They were absolutely devoted to their jobs and to the well-being of our campus, especially our students. Our campus community misses them, but we wish them well in this exciting new phase of their lives.’
For information, contact Krebs at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Spring faculty speakers series begins February 22

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.

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

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 31-February 4, 2012
Tuesday, Jan. 31
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 84, Penn State DuBois 58
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 87, Penn State DuBois 78

Saturday, Feb. 4
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 86, Penn State Fayette 79
Women’s basketball – Penn State Fayette 73, Penn State Beaver 52

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.