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Beaver alumnus wins Keystone Press Award

Penn State Beaver alumnus Justin Vorbach is the winner of the 2012 Student Keystone Press Award in the category of Cartoon/Graphic Illustration. He was honored for photo and cover illustrations and an editorial cartoon he contributed to spring semester editions of The Roar, Beaver’s student newspaper, during his senior year.
The Student Keystone Press Awards recognize college and high school journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers.

Vorbach graduated from Beaver with a bachelor’s degree in business in May 2011 and began working as an admissions counselor and the Lion Ambassadors adviser at Penn State New Kensington in October.

In 2010 Vorbach was a co-recipient of the Gold CUPPIE Award in the Advertising Campaign category from CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education. The award was for ‘Get In On The Secret,’ a campaign featuring personalized postcards and t-shirts packaged as books that were mailed to prospective students.

In his senior year at Beaver, Vorbach received the 2011 Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, a prestigious honor given to one student at each Penn State campus who demonstrates outstanding character, scholarship, and leadership.

Vorbach can be contacted at New Kensington, 724-334-6018.

Dwivedi will present research on innovation and creativity

Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology at Penn State Beaver, will present ‘Sustaining the Innovative Edge,’ noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 in room 16, Student Union Building. The program, which is the first in Beaver’s Spring Faculty Speakers Series, is free and open to the public.

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.

Spring speakers will present controversial topics

Two ongoing and controversial topics will be the subject of speakers this spring at Penn State Beaver
African American author Daryl Davis will present ‘Klan-Destine Relationships,’ 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, and filmmaker Mike Ramsdell will present ‘The Conflict Minerals Project,’ 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. The programs, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the campus Student Union Building auditorium.
Davis’ presentation provides an overview of his book by the same name in which he charts his experiences in infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan and offers a personal, real-life look at racism in the United Sates.

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

Last year Ramsdell presented his award-winning documentary, ‘Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope,’ at Beaver. He returns in March to discuss his project on the world’s conflict minerals, including tungsten, tin, tantalum, and gold which are used to make most modern electronic devices ranging from cell phones to aeronautics systems.

The term ‘conflict minerals’ is used because the majority of them come from the Democratic Republic of Congo which is widely considered to be the home of the worst human atrocities since World War II. In the past fifteen years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has witnessed six million dead, hundreds of thousands of women raped, and the displacement of millions of children, women, and men.

For more information about Davis and his exploration of racism, visit
http://www.wolfmanproductions.com/ddavis.html, and to learn about Ramsdell and conflict minerals, go to http://underthehoodproductions.com/.

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

Four students honored by Pennsylvania Communication Association

Four Penn State Beaver senior communication majors were honored at the 72nd Annual Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference held last fall at Westminster College in New Wilmington.
Beaver alumnus Ted Froats, Jr., a senior at the time of the competition, and Trey Hudspeth won second place in the Undergraduate Research Competition for their paper ‘Questioning Fifteen Years of Research: A Study of the Effectiveness of Listening Styles Profile 16.’

In addition, Elizabeth Hain gave a poster presentation on ‘Intimate Partner Violence and Self-Verification Theory,’ a paper she coauthored with Ashley Stanfield.

The papers were written for the Communication Research Projects class taught by John Chapin, professor of communications.

Froats, who also served as Chapin’s research assistant last year, and Stanfield received their baccalaureate degrees from Beaver last semester.

In addition, Chapin, Froats, and Hudspeth coauthored a paper on listening styles, ‘Who’s listening to victims?,’ which was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Listening.

‘Both papers had practical applications,’ Chapin said. ‘Ted and Trey looked at how college students’ listening styles adapt for different contexts. Liz and Ashley were able to survey domestic violence victims from the local women's center and determine the impact of abuse on self-esteem and how it may predict future relationships.

‘It was great to see our students compete against their peers from other colleges and universities across the State,’ Chapin noted. ‘As more of our graduates choose to enroll in master’s degree programs, it's important for them to see they are ready.’

For information about the projects, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Educators, therapists, counselors can earn graduate credits

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 educators, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and other health education professionals with an overview of information focused on counseling and teaching youth-at-risk.

The class is one of several graduate courses that comprise the Penn State Certificate of Counseling Youth at Risk. The 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.

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

Alumni Society hosts events to raise scholarship funds

The public is invited to attend two upcoming events sponsored by the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society. Event proceeds will benefit the society’s endowed scholarship at the Beaver campus.

A Bowl-a-Thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at Baden Bowl, Baden. Participants are invited to bowl during selected two-hour time periods and can select as many time periods as they wish.

The Alumni Society’s 12th Annual Golf outing will be held Monday, Sept. 10, Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Entry fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and silent and live auctions.

Registration is now underway for both events, and sponsorships at a variety of levels are available.

For more information, visit ttp://www.beaver.psu.edu/Alumni/alumevents.htm, or contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development and Alumni Society liaison, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: February 13-14, 2012

Monday, Feb. 13
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 89, Geneva College 85
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Women’s basketball – Ohio University-Eastern 64, Penn State Beaver 55

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.