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Szymczak will give presentation for New Brighton Historical Society

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, will give a free presentation for the New Brighton Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 115 North Mercer Avenue, New Brighton. The public is invited to attend. Szymczak’s topic is "The New Wave Hits Western Pennsylvania - Eastern and Southern Europeans and the Creation of a Stereotype (1900-1930).”

Szymczak is the recipient of numerous Penn State honors, including the University’s prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award, and the Penn State Commonwealth College Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, he is a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

In January Szymczak received the Swastek Award for best article of the year given by the Editorial Board of the Polish American Studies journal at an awards ceremony hosted by the Polish Consulate in Chicago. He was honored for his article, "Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952.”

Szymczak joined Beaver campus in 1983 and during that time has taught a wide variety of courses, including History of the Holocaust 1933-1945, History of Fascism and Nazism, and History of the Soviet Union.

He holds a doctorate in modern world history from Carnegie Mellon University; a doctorate in recent American history and politics from Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK; a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University; a master’s degree in history/international relations and a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from West Virginia University, and a certificate of study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Szymczak can be contacted at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895.

Wijekumar will deliver professional workshop for school counselors

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State Beaver, will deliver a professional development presentation for the campus’ annual School Counselors Workshop and Luncheon, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 on campus. Her topic is “Caught in the Storm: Navigating the Internet Storm.” Counselors from more than forty schools in Beaver’s service area are invited to attend the event.

Wijekumar and researchers from Penn State’s College of Education have received more than $30 million in grants from public and private sources to design the Intelligent Tutor System, a unique computer program that helps children learn to read by teaching them to focus on text organization.

Last year Wijekumar co-authored an article, ‘Web-Based Tutoring of the Structure Strategy With or Without Elaborated Feedback or Choice for Fifth and Seventh-Grade Readers,’ in the Reading Research Quarterly. She also traveled to Italy with students from her Senior Synthesis Class which presented its iPhone and Droid Application Development and Prototype at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Venice.

This past March Wijekumar traveled with students to Germany where the students gave a presentation at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) Conference, 2012 Information Systems. The students’ presentation was delivered as part of Wijekumar’s capstone course, Information Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving.

For information about the School Counselors Workshop and Luncheon, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU. Wijekumar can be contacted at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814.

Penn State Day celebration will be held October 19-20 on campus

Penn State Beaver’s annual Penn State Day celebration will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, with the following schedule:

Friday, Oct. 19
Blue and White Day on Campus
All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear blue and white and/or Penn State apparel.
Bonfire at Dusk
Behind Harmony Hall residence hall
Free s’mores and hot apple cider will be provided.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Admissions Open House, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Student Union Building
Prospective students will tour the campus, learn about academic programs, financial aid, and extracurricular activities and speak with current students.
Intramural Flag Football Championship Game, 10:00 a.m.
Baseball field

Campus Carnival, noon - 3:30 p.m.
Wellness Center lawn (gym in event of inclement weather)
The public is invited to enjoy inflatable games, cotton candy, kettle corn, and novelty attractions.

Cornhole Tournament, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Intramural field by gym (gym in event of inclement weather)

Alumni vs. Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball Teams, 5:30 p.m.
Penn State Beaver alumni will take on the Beaver campus men’s varsity basketball team followed by their first-ever game against the women’s varsity team.

Blue and White Tailgate and Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Football Game, 8:00 p.m.
Lobby, Harmony Hall residence hall
Free stadium foods will be offered before and during the game.

For information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU. For information about the weekend activities, contact the Office of Student Affairs at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

Penn State students, alumni invited to networking event

Penn State students, alumni, the public, and all employers are invited to attend the Nittany Lion PRIDE (Penn State Regional Industry Development Event) program, 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley, PA.

Information about jobs, internships, and other professional development opportunities will be available. Juniors and seniors seeking employment as well as those looking for a change in career or employer are encouraged to attend. Numerous regional employers of all sizes will participate.

The program offers a forum for making connections and enhancing relationships. Employers will share and discuss various career opportunities in diverse fields, including business, communications, engineering, administration of justice, information sciences and technology, and health-related fields.

Free transportation will be provided for Penn State Beaver students. A van will leave campus at 8:00 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. All Beaver campus students and alumni in attendance will receive a professional Penn State Beaver portfolio.

To register, visit http://alumni-psu.cvent.com/events/nittany-lion-pride/invitation-9785c7015c6d455288a406765ce76f65.aspx.

For information, contact Stephanie DeMaro, Penn State regional job and internship developer, saw163@psu.edu or 724-773-3953, or Larissa Ciuca, Beaver campus student and personal counselor, lbm12@psu.edu or 724-773-3961.

Public invited to attend free cultural events on campus

The public is invited to attend two free cultural events in September at Penn State Beaver.
Ball in the House, an a cappella group, will perform at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Brodhead Bistro. The film, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” will be shown at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Student Union Building auditorium.

Ball in the House features five men who combine soul, pop, and rhythm and blues using only their voices and no musical accompaniment. The group has toured throughout the country and performed on TV and radio ads.

“In the Time of the Butterflies” is presented as part of the 2012-2013 Global Film Series and was inspired by the true story of three sisters who were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow a corrupt dictator and government in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

Pre and/or post-discussion of the film will be led by JoAnn Chirico, Beaver campus senior instructor in sociology.
For information about these events, contact the Student Activities Office at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

College Fair is free and open to the public

Prospective college students, their families, and the public are invited to attend the Eleventh Annual Beaver County College Fair, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Penn State Beaver gymnasium. The event is free, and no registration is required.

Representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities, and technical schools and the military will be at the College Fair to provide information and answer questions. The event, which is cosponsored by Beaver campus and the Beaver County Times, is recognized as the premier college fair serving Beaver county students.

Representatives from schools, universities, and colleges from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Michigan, Virginia, and Indiana are expected to participate. For a complete list of institutions expected to attend, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/BeaverCountyCollegeFair.htm.

In addition to college recruiters, a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be available to answer questions about financial aid. Representatives from the Educational Opportunity Centers and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit's Regional Choice Initiative Program will available as well.

Plenty of free parking is available on campus, and parking attendants will be
available to provide parking direction.

For more information, contact the Beaver Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Alumni Society golf outing winners are announced

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society announced the winners of the its twelfth annual golf outing held Monday, Sept. 10 at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township.

First place team was Kip’s Ice Cream with a score of 57 by team members Nick Anderson, Shane Hecht, John Murawski, and Don Ware. The Beaver County Times team won second place with a score of 60 by team members Greg Best, Larry Boggs, Bob Johnston, and Vaughn Vacar.

Each first-place winner received a $75 gift certificate and each second-place winner received a $60 gift certificate to be used in the club’s pro shop.

Winners of the skills competition were Todd Shuba of the Julian Gray Associates foursome, closest to the pin, hole #4; John Murawski of Kip’s Ice Cream foursome, closest to the pin, hole #11; Steve Ellis of PNC Wealth Management foursome, longest drive, hole #3, and Ryan Wilson, PLS Logistics foursome, longest putt, hole #18.
Winners of the skins competition were Jason Bush, John Luchini, and Luke Taiclet of the Penn State Business Services team; Matt Buffalini, Greg Gibala, Jim Riggio, and Glen Zahn from the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority team, and the Kip’s Ice Cream foursome. Each team received $100.

The golf outing proceeds, which will be announced soon, benefit the Alumni Society’s endowed scholarships for Beaver campus students.

For information about the 2013 golf outing, contact Diana Patterson, director of development at Beaver, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Students, families, and employees are urged to register for PSUTXT

Penn State Beaver students, their families, faculty, and staff are urged to register for PSUTXT, a service designed to alert the Penn State community via text messages to cell phones when situations arise on campus that affect the ability of the campus to function normally. Subscribers also can elect to have alerts sent to an e-mail address.

To subscribe, visit http://live.psu.edu/psutxt.