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Campus announces winners of Undergraduate Research Fair

Penn State Beaver announced the winners of the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Fair held Wednesday, April 4, in the Student Union Building. Forty-three students participated in the event.
 
Students were required to work with a faculty mentor in researching their topic and preparing an oral and/or poster presentation. Presentations were made in a variety of academic areas, including engineering, administration of justice, psychology, communications, information sciences and technology (IST), genetics and biology, and philosophy.
 
Student topics and winners follow:
 
Oral Presentation, First Place
Topic: ‘Usability Testing of a Newly-Designed Website to Replace an Existing One for The Jogger’
 -- Winners:Nicolas Cosky, junior, IST major, Coraopolis, and David Rorick, senior, IST major, Monaca
 -- Faculty mentor: Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology
 
Oral Presentation, Second Place
 Topic: ‘Reverse Engineering and Analysis of Henry Ford’s First Engine’
 -- Winners were engineering majors, with one exception:
 -- Michael Eiben, sophomore, Wexford
 -- Jaimes Coelho, junior, Centereach, New York
 -- Dalton Petrillo, junior, Cheyenne, Wyoming
 -- Christina Corraini, sophomore, Freedom
 -- Wesley Mummert, sophomore, Windsor
 -- Branden Kraus, sophomore, Aliquippa
 -- Alexandria Stewart, junior, Georgetown
 -- Nicole Bing, sophomore, Coraopolis
 -- Jessica Bashioum, junior, Burgettstown
 -- Valerie Fudurich, junior, Monaca
 -- Brennen Koji, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Monaca
 Faculty mentor:
 -- James Hendrickson, P.E., instructor in engineering
 
Poster Presentation, First Place
 Topic: ‘Genetic Diversity of Captive African Painted Dogs in North American Zoos’
 -- Winners: Tim Crusan, junior, science major, Ellwood City, and Katie Jezewski, sophomore, agriculture major, Freedom
 -- Faculty mentor: Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology
 
Poster Presentation, Second Place
 Topic: ‘The Gender Nation’
 -- Winners: Kristina Mangie, junior, psychology major, Monaca, and Aimee Archer, senior, psychology major, Aliquippa
 -- Faculty mentor: Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology
 
The Planning Committee was chaired by Dr. Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics. Other committee members were:
 -- Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology
 -- W. Timothy Few, assistant professor of business
 -- Matt Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral sciences
 -- Talha Harcar, associate professor of business
 -- Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy
 
Oral presentation judges:
 -- Larissa Ciuca, student personal and career counselor
 -- John Feraco, manufacturing leader, NOVA Chemicals, Inc. and president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board
 -- Jill Tress, coordinator, Center for Academic Achievement
 
Poster presentation judges:
 -- Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics
 -- Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry
 -- Beth Theobald, reference librarian
 
Alternate judge: Ana Beatriz Areas Da Luz Fontes, assistant professor of psychology
 
For information about the annual Undergraduate Research Fair, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724-773-3571 or djm5@psu.edu.

High school students attended annual Communications Day

On Tuesday, April 3, more than 130 students from six area high schools attended Penn State Beaver’s seventh annual Communications Day, which featured a theme of "A World Away. A Message Apart." The event was designed, organized and implemented by students in the Introduction to Public Relations and the Public Relations Methods courses taught by Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications.
 
Participating high schools were Aliquippa, Moon, New Brighton, North Hills, Riverside and West Allegheny.
 
The event provides high school students with an introduction to prospective career opportunities in television production, radio broadcasting, public relations, journalism and social media through a series of workshops led by communications professionals. It also offers Beaver campus students the opportunity to engage in daily logistics and details associated with communications.
 
Workshops featuring guest speakers were selected to highlight major segments and current trends in the communications field.
 
Social Media Workshop: Guest speaker was Steve Pearson, account services associate, Markowitz Communications, Pittsburgh.
 
Journalism Workshop: Guest speakers were Matt Farago, executive director, Champs Sports Network, Pittsburgh, and director of media relations, Johnstown Generals professional arena football team, and Matt Jones, freelance writer and 2010 alumnus of the Beaver campus communications baccalaureate degree program.
 
Public Relations and Marketing Workshop: Guest speaker was Aimee Gelston, president, Strategic Images, Pittsburgh.
 
Television Broadcast Workshop: Guest speaker was Rosemary Martinelli, independent media consultant, communications professor for La Roche College and the University of Phoenix, and two-time Emmy Award nominee.
 
Radio Broadcast Workshop: Guest speakers were Bob Barrickman, sports director, 1230 WBVP/1460 WMBA, Beaver Falls, and DJ Flick, assistant program and music director, 96.1 KISS Radio, Pittsburgh.
 
Senior communications majors Amy Green and Julie Leeper were coordinated the project. Beaver campus offers a bachelor’s degree in communications with options in journalism and corporate communications.
 
For information about the communications major or the campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact Storr at jms1015@psu.edu or 724-773-3575.

 

Presentation will highlight recent trip to Navajo Nation

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by Penn State Beaver students, faculty and staff who spent their spring break in March working and living with the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, Ariz. The program is free and open to the public and will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, Room 16, Student Union Building.
 
The group spent the week tutoring classes in the local boarding school, serving Meals on Wheels for the senior center, working at the Boys and Girls Club, and cleaning Navajo residents’ homes.
 
The evenings were focused on learning about the Navajo Nation culture, including creation stories, dances and ceremonies. In addition, the group visited several famous sites, including the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert.
 
The trip was led by JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy, and Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator.
 
Beaver students on the trip were:
 -- Alex Angleton, sophomore, business, New Galilee
 -- James Barum, senior, psychology, McKees Rocks
 -- Candace Emanuel, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Murrysville
 -- Vivian Kleijnjans, junior, psychology, Moon Township
 -- Kyung Kim, junior, psychology, Seoul, South Korea
 -- Christine Walzak, senior, psychology, Monaca
 -- Sheng Wei, senior, engineering science, China (currently attending Penn State University Park)
 -- Josh Williams, junior, information sciences and technology, Cranberry Township
 
For more information about the program or the spring break project, contact Chirico at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846, Wolf at iaw1@psu.edu or 724-773-3843, or Schreck at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Open auditions announced for 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Center Theatre Players will hold open auditions for principal and multiple featured roles in their upcoming production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" directed by Sandy Reigel. Children ages 9-13 and adults are invited to audition.
 
The show, which will be presented as part of the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center’s summer season, will be held at 7:30 p.m., July 26, 27 and 28, in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building, Center Township.
 
Adults who audition are asked to prepare one song from the show or a song from a similar pop/rock musical. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 29, and Monday, April 30, in the auditorium. Adults must schedule an audition time by contacting the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu.
 
Children’s auditions will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in the auditorium. Children do not need to schedule an audition time and do not need to prepare a song to audition. Children will learn a song taught by Reigel and will perform it individually.
 
An accompanist will be provided for all auditions, but individuals may bring their own accompaniment.
 
Educators who participate in the production may be eligible for Act 48 credit through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
 
"Jesus Christ Superstar," with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, was first staged on Broadway in 1971 and has become one of the world’s most widely-recognized rock operas.
 
This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Center Theatre Players productions for the Brodhead Cultural Center.
 
For information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610.

 

Penn State Beaver hires police officer

Penn State Beaver has hired Officer Marque R. Wiese as the newest member of the campus Police Services Department, effective April 2. Wiese was hired to fill the position vacated by Officer Anthony Budris after Budris became police services supervisor following the retirement of former supervisor Officer Ron Schwartz. Schwartz had served in that position since 1983 and retired at the end of December 2011.
 
Wiese had worked as a full-time police officer at Point Park University since 2011 and, prior to that, spent three years as a full-time police officer in Aliquippa. He spent four years studying criminology at Indiana State University, holds an associate degree in police technology from Community College of Beaver County, and is enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice at Point Park University.
 
Wiese is Act 120 certified which means he successfully completed the Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy which gives trainees the skills they need to attain success as police officers. In addition, he is a firearms instructor and is trained in CPR, first aid, AED, and taser use.
 
He is one of six full-time police officers at Beaver campus which covers 105 acres in Center Township and enrolls almost 900 students, with approximately 200 students living in Harmony Hall residence hall. Beaver campus police officers are on duty 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
 
Wiese can be reached at muw18@psu.edu or 724-773-3840. For information about Beaver campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Beaver library will host displays designed by victims of violence

In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Penn State Beaver library will host the display of a quilt entitled "Survivors Wall" as well as a display entitled "Take a Walk in My Shoes." The displays, which are free and open to the public, will remain at the library throughout April and are exhibited with the assistance of Beaver campus librarian Marty Goldberg, who hosts an annual April display in conjunction with the Women's Center.
 
The quilt was designed and constructed by victims of sexual violence who are or were clients of the Women’s Center of Beaver County as well as Women's Center volunteers and staff members. Each quilt square depicts emotions felt by the victims. The colors of blue and teal represent healing for victims of child abuse and sexual assault, respectively, and are prominent in the display as well as in information disseminated by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
 
Each shoe in the display is from a victim whose personal story is attached to give viewers an idea of what that person has endured.
 
For information about the display, contact Millie Anderson, advocacy coordinator at the Women’s Center of Beaver County, at (724) 775-2032, or contact Goldberg at mxg35@psu.edu or (724) 773-3791.
 

Office of Continuing Education will offer SAT review course

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer an SAT review course, 9 a.m. to noon from Saturday, April 21 through May 26. The 18-hour program is designed to assist high school students who are preparing to take the SAT exam. The course will familiarize students with test components, questions, problems, and test-taking skills. Content refresher sessions and a simulated exam are provided.
 
Actual questions from previous SATs will be used for practice. Mathematics and verbal sections will be covered. The course also should enhance students' verbal and mathematics skill levels. Students will use the Official SAT Study Guide: Second Edition with 10 practice tests created by the test maker.
 
Penn State Beaver mathematics and English faculty will teach the mathematics and verbal sections of the review course. Each instructor is familiar with the exam and the steps necessary to prepare students for successful test-taking. If requested, faculty members will be available outside of the class sessions to discuss questions and provide tips.
 
To register or obtain more information, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/CE/17331.htm, or contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Registration is open for summer athletic and sports youth camps

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of 20 summer academic enrichment and athletic camps for youth. Registration is now under way.
 
Academic camps are:
 
Crime Scene Investigation (C.S.I.), ages 9-13
 Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13
 9 a.m. to noon
 Fee is $130 and includes snacks, a field trip, and a camp T-shirt.
 
Digital Video and Movie Production, ages 11 and up
 Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Fee is $235 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.
 
Musical Theater, ages 8-13
 Monday - Friday, July 30 - Aug. 3
 9 a.m. - noon
Fee is $95 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.
 
Robotics, ages 11 and up
 Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Fee is $240 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.
 
Rockets Away, ages 8-14
 Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13
9 a.m. - noon
 Fee is $115 and includes activities, rocket kit, supplies, and a camp T-shirt.
 
Wizardry Camp, ages 8 and up
 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
 Fee is $235 and includes snacks, craft supplies, and a camp T-shirt.
 Disclaimer: This event is not endorsed, sanctioned, or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.
 
Sports camps are:
 
Baseball, ages 8-13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Monday - Friday, June 18 - 22
Campers should bring a bag lunch.
 Fee is $130 and includes a camp t-shirt.
 
Boys' Basketball, ages 8 - 13
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Girls’ Basketball, ages 8-13
 Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Cheerleading, ages 5-8
 Monday – Friday, July 23 - 27
 9 a.m. - noon
 Fee is $85 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.
 
Golf, ages 18 and under
 Monday - Friday, August 6 -10
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Co-ed Soccer, ages 8 - 14
 Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Softball, ages 8-13
 Monday - Friday, June 11 - 15
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Advanced Softball, ages 14-18
 Monday - Friday, July 30 - Aug. 3
 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Co-ed Fitness, ages 8-14 (held twice)
 Monday - Friday, June 25 - 29
 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $120 for this five-day week or $190 for both weeks and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Co-ed Fitness, ages 8-14
 Monday - Friday, July 2 - 6 (no camp on July 4)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $100 for this four-day week or $190 for both weeks and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Volleyball Camp, ages 8-13
 Monday - Friday, Aug. 6 - 10
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is Fee: $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Advanced Volleyball, ages 14-18
 Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 3
 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.
 
Wii Camp, ages 8 to 14
 Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27
 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Cost is $120.
 
Wrestling, ages 8-14
 Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Fee is $130 and includes camp T-shirt.
 
To register for camp or to obtain information, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/CE/youth.htm, or contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: April 2-3, 2012

Monday, April 2
Baseball - Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 4 Baseball - Penn State Beaver 23, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 2

Tuesday, April 3
Softball - Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State New Kensington 0 Softball - Penn State New Kensington 10, Penn State Beaver 4

For games scores and play-by-play details or for any information about Beaver athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.