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KKK infiltrator will speak on ‘Klan-Destine Relationships’

African American author and speaker Daryl Davis will present ‘Klan-Destine Relationships,’ 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Student Union Building auditorium at Penn State Beaver. His presentation is free and open to the public and provides an overview of his book by the same name. Davis charts his experiences in infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan and offers a personal, real-life look at racism in the United Sates.

For more than a decade, Davis has had closer contact with members of the KKK than most white non-members and certainly most African Americans. His presentation includes stories of setting up surprise meetings with KKK leaders who were unaware of his race and attending Klan rallies.

On his journey to explore racism and gather information for his book, Davis eventually became the recipient of robes and hoods from Klan members who came to him to rescind their beliefs. Through his relationships, Davis believes he has come upon a successful method of forming friendships between sworn enemies.

His methods are controversial. Among some whites he has been deemed ‘politically incorrect’ and called an ‘Uncle Tom’ by some African Americans.

But Davis offers this challenge to his detractors: ‘I have Klan robes and hoods hanging in my closet, given to me voluntarily by members who have quit the Klan since coming to know me. That's what I've done to improve race relations. How many robes and hoods have you received as a result of your methods?’

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

Faculty member is featured speaker for Rotary Club

LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, will be the featured guest speaker at the Beaver Rotary Club’s luncheon meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Wooden Angel, Bridgewater. McBride is also the program coordinator and internship supervisor for the program which is delivered jointly with Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango.

McBride’s topic is ‘How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media.’ He will discuss potential dangers of modern technology, including sharing personal information and photos on the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter, and will discuss texting, cyber bullying, cell phone use, and the importance of personal responsibility in protecting ourselves and others from misuse of social media.

McBride has more than 30 years of experience in criminal justice, and has been a state and federal law enforcement officer on several task forces involving sexual predators, violent crime, drugs, and the Internet.
In addition, he has served as a training specialist with the Office of Defender Service, Washington, D.C., pre-sentence investigator for federal courts, probation officer, parole officer, correctional officer, and consultant as a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist for federal and state cases. He consults as an expert in violent crime and death penalty cases.

McBride holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

He can be contacted at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.

Be a PSU Student for a Day at Penn State Beaver

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office is offering a free ‘Be a PSU Student for a Day’ program for prospective students on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The 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. Contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Dwivedi will launch Spring Faculty Speakers Series

The Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series will launch its spring program with a program by Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology, Wednesday, Feb. 22. Her topic, ‘Sustaining the Innovative Edge,’ will be presented from noon – 1 p.m., room 16, Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend.

Dwivedi will present her 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 is designed to help people identify and focus on their niche in life, channel their creativity, and discover innovations they can use in daily life.

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. Contact her at nxd22@psu.edu or 724-773-3894.


Continuing Education is offering graduate class for educators

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer ‘Counseling and Teaching Youth at Risk,’ a three-credit graduate class for teachers and counselors, 5-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, March 1 through May 3 at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School, Ellwood City.

This course is designed to provide participants with an overview of information focused on counseling and teaching youth-at-risk.  Emphasis will be placed on identifying youth-at-risk for depression, suicide, eating disorders, pregnancy, AIDS, use/or abuse of alcohol and drugs, homelessness, gang membership, difficulties related to sexual orientation, and several other at-risk behaviors.

This class is one of several graduate courses that make-up a Penn State Certificate of Counseling Youth at Risk. The course of study provides a solid base for teachers working with children, adolescents, families, and support staff who are dealing with critical family problems, addiction, depression, sexuality issues, and suicide. Professional counselors, school counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and early childhood educators will benefit from relevant course content. 

This certificate consists of four core courses and one elective. A 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all course work. All courses of study satisfy ACT 48 requirements. Participants who enroll must have a bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited institution.

For information or to register, contact the Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: February 8-11, 2012

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 97, Penn State New Kensington 97-63
Women’s basketball – Salem International University 59, Penn State Beaver 40
Saturday, Feb. 11
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 89, Penn State Greater Allegheny 60
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 64, Penn State Greater Allegheny 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.