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Bower receives Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching

Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature and culture at Penn State Beaver, is one of only two University faculty members to receive the 2012 Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student support among tenured faculty who have been employed full time for at least five years with undergraduate teaching as a major portion of their duties. Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, served as president of Penn State from 1950 to 1956.

Since joining the Penn State Beaver faculty in 2000, Bower has immersed her students in the Spanish language, insisting that even those taking their first Spanish class converse in the language. ‘The beauty of Dr. Bower’s classroom is that she opened the world of Spanish to us through conversation, not mere lists of vocabulary that had to be memorized,’ one student said.

Bower has received a Bayer Corporation Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn State Beaver and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award. She is the campus Honors Program coordinator and chairs the Penn State Beaver Retention Task Force and its subcommittee on pedagogy.

‘While most faculty touch the imaginations of many students each semester,’ one nominator said, ‘Dr. Bower’s reach extends more broadly. In her classes, I observed students beginning to wonder, asking their own questions and framing reasoned reflections.’

During the University’s 2011 spring break, Bower and students from her Iberian Civilization and Culture class traveled to Madrid, Spain, where they toured the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and studied the works of Joan Miro and Juan Gris.

Bower served as a visiting professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Duke University during the 2009 spring semester and taught an upper-level undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar in medieval Spanish literature. In 2007 she participated in Columbia University’s prestigious Literature Humanities Luncheon Speaker Series with a presentation entitled ‘Augustine’s Confessions.’

She taught at Columbia from 1990 to 1993 and from 1995 to 2000. While there she received the President’s Fellowship, a Literature Humanities Preceptorship, and a Dissertation Research Fellowship. Bower holds a doctorate from Columbia as well as a master’s degree in Medieval and Golden Age and a master’s degree in Latin American Literature. She received a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and also studied at St. Louis University in Spain.

She can be contacted at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.

Barr receives Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

Karen Barr is one of six Penn State faculty members who received the 2012 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. Barr is a senior instructor in business at Penn State Beaver.

The award, named after Penn State's seventh president, honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.
A member of the Penn State Beaver faculty since 2000, Barr receives consistently high Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness, particularly with respect to the clarity of her presentations, her interest in teaching the course and her willingness to help students make progress.

‘I try to make students see it is not only important to get good grades, but it is also important to think of the class as a place to learn about life,’ she said. Although her advising load is officially around 65 to 70 students per year, more than 90 students seek her assistance on a routine basis, according to one nominator.

In 2005 Barr received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award from the Beaver campus Student Government Association. A student said, ‘She is not my school advisor, but has helped me more than anyone appointed to me.’ Barr was the recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration and corporate finance from California State University and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University.
Barr can be contacted at kcb10@psu.edu or 724-773-3869.

Faculty and staff honored at Awards Banquet

Eight Penn State Beaver faculty and staff members were honored for their contributions in and out of the classroom at the annual Spring Awards Banquet held recently on campus.

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board sponsored six $500 awards for the following:

Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice
- Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award
- NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award

Kevin Bennett, instructor in psychology
- Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Kristen Oberg, lecturer in English
- ESB Bank Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Gretchen Samchuck, coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
- C3 Controls Staff Excellence Award

Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Office of Student Affairs
- Value Ambridge Properties Inc. Staff Service Award

In addition, Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, received the Outstanding Academic Adviser Award, and Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs, received the Outstanding Club Adviser Award.
For information about the awards, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Montour High School wins Science Challenge at Beaver

Montour High School won the Seventeenth Annual Penn State Beaver/Midwestern Pennsylvania Association of Science Teachers (MidPAST) Science Challenge held on campus earlier this month. The second place team was from New Brighton High School, and the third place team was from South Side High School.

The event drew a total of 32 students from eight area high schools.

All winners received a gift card from the Beaver Valley Mall.

First-place winners Celine Colbert and Brittni Walters each received a $100 gift card. The faculty adviser was Tina Frank. 

Second-place winners A.J. Vukich and Shane Oxendine each received a $50 gift card. Matt Stuber was the faculty adviser.

Ethan Winkle and Jeremiah Humes placed third and each received a $25 gift card. Faculty adviser was Jennifer Satler.

Other participants were from Ambridge, Blackhawk, Ellwood City, Riverside, and Western Beaver.
For information about the annual event, contact Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry at Beaver campus and co-coordinator of the Science Challenge, at mth7@psu.edu or 724-773-3876.

Students enjoyed Business Club-sponsored trip to New York City

The Penn State Beaver Business Club sponsored a recent, daylong visit to New York City for campus students on Saturday, April 14. Students visited the World Trade Center Memorial, Wall Street, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty.

The mission of the Business Club is to provide real-world business experience and opportunities for its members. Students are encouraged to use the knowledge, concepts, and ideas they learn in the classroom to explore ways in which they can be used in the daily business world.

Dan Smith, instructor in business, is the club sponsor and can be contacted at dws18@psu.edu or 724-773-3909.

Children are invited to audition for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

The Center Theatre Players will hold open auditions for a variety of children’s roles in the group’s summer production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ directed by Sandy Reigel. Children ages 9-13 are welcome 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.

Children’s auditions will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in the auditorium. There is no need to schedule an audition time or prepare a song for the audition. Children will learn a song taught by Reigel and will perform it individually.

An accompanist will be provided, but individuals may bring their own accompaniment as well.
‘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 or rxm70@psu.edu.

Speakers Series concluded with presentation on the Navajo Nation

Penn State Beaver students and faculty who spent last month’s spring break working and living with the Navajo Nation recently gave a presentation about their experiences. The program was the final event in the 2011-2012 Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series. The series will resume in the fall semester.

The group of 11 students, faculty, and staff spent the week in Tuba City, Arizona, where they tutored classes in the local boarding school, served Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, and cleaned Navajo residents’ homes.

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 Navajo Nation or the trip, 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.

High school students visited Penn State EcoCAR2

Students from four area high schools recently visited Penn State Beaver to view the Penn State EcoCAR2, an experimental car designed by the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team, as well as an alternative fuel car supplied by Pittsburgh Clean Cities.

The students, who were from Western Beaver, Seneca Valley, Hopewell, and Blackhawk High Schools, also attended an information session about advanced fuels and vehicles that was presented by members of the EcoCAR2 Team.

In addition, the vehicle was the subject of a feature story that appeared in a recent edition of the Beaver County Times.

Penn State’s EcoCAR2 is the result of a three-year national competition known as EcoCAR2: Plugging In to the Future which was developed as part of a competition among 15 universities and sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Penn State students majoring in engineering have redesigned and reengineered a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to convert it into a unique hybrid that increases gas mileage, decreases emissions, and maintains consumer acceptability. The students and the Pittsburgh Clean Cities representatives shared information about advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicle technologies, and careers in engineering, energy, science and technology.

Pittsburgh Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership with the goals of furthering the alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in western Pennsylvania to ultimately reduce the state’s dependence on petroleum.
For information about the Penn State EcoCAR2, visit http://www.hev.psu.edu.

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 4-28, 2012

Wednesday, April 4
Baseball - Point Park University 1, Penn State Beaver 0
Baseball – Point Park University 14, Penn State Beaver 4
Friday, April 6
Baseball – University of Cincinnati-Clermont 10, Penn State Beaver 7
Baseball – University of Cincinnati-Clermont 12, Penn State Beaver 9
Saturday, April 7
Baseball - Clark State Community College 14, Penn State Beaver 3
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 6, Clark State Community College 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 20, Community College of Beaver County 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 17, Community College of Beaver County 3
Wednesday, April 11
Baseball – Penn State Fayette 2, Penn State Beaver 1
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 10, Penn State Fayette 9
Softball – Penn State Beaver 12, Penn State Fayette 7
Softball – Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State Fayette 1
Saturday, April 14
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 4, Penn State Mont Alto 3
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Mont Alto 0
Sunday, April 15
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 2, Penn State York 1
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State York 2
Softball – Penn State Beaver 4, Penn State Schuylkill 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 13, Penn State Schuylkill 4
Thursday, April 19
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 6, Penn State Greater Allegheny 4
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Greater Allegheny 5
Softball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State Greater Allegheny 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Greater Allegheny 1
Friday, April 20
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 15, Penn State Hazleton 3
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State Hazleton 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 5, Penn State Hazleton 3
Softball – Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State Hazleton 2
Saturday, April 21
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 15, Penn State Worthington Scranton 0
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 17, Penn State Worthington Scranton 7
Softball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Worthington Scranton 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 17, Penn State Worthington Scranton 0
Thursday, April 26
Baseball – Penn State Mont Alto 4, Penn State Beaver 1
Friday, April 27
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 5, Penn College 4
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State Greater Allegheny 1
Saturday, April 28
Baseball – Penn State Mont Alto 3, Penn State Beaver 2
Softball - Penn State Beaver 4, Penn State Mont Alto 3
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Penn State Mont Alto - Cancelled

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.