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Andrews will receive Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award
Nicholas H. Andrews of Upper St. Clair is the recipient of the 2012 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award which he will receive at an on-campus dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society on January 16. Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer will present the award which is given on the basis of professional achievement, contributions to society, and/or involvement with Penn State Beaver.

Andrews is president and owner of Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc., Carnegie, and has served as president-elect of the Beaver campus Advisory Board since 2009. He attended Beaver campus for two years before moving to Penn State University Park to earn a bachelor’s degree in science, and he has established an annual scholarship for Beaver campus students in need of financial support to meet their academic goals.

In 1977 he founded his company which services the energy industry for product solutions for measurement and controls in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland.

He played baseball at Beaver campus and continued his interest in athletics as a coach and/or business manager for various hockey organizations in and around Pittsburgh. He has served as president of the Pittsburgh Section Instrument Society of America, was a coach and commissioner for the Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association, and was director of athletics and on church council for St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Andrews is a member of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Presidents Club and serves on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh’s YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.

Previous award recipients were David D. Anderson (2011), a 1979 business graduate and manager of International Commercial Development for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and Carl Bartuch (2010), a 1975 business graduate and owner of High Tech Finishing, Kegg’s Candies, and Bartuch Holdings Ltd.

Award recipients are chosen by a committee consisting of campus staff and members of the Advisory Board and the Alumni Society.

For information about the Outstanding Alumni Award, contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.    

Alumni chapter breaks gift drive record by serving 159 children
In November and December, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association conducted its most successful children’s holiday gift drive to date by gathering gifts for a record 159 children who are clients of Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). Last year the group collected gifts for 129 children.

This is the nineteenth consecutive year that the alumni chapter and CYS have partnered to solicit gifts from the community for children who might receive few or no gifts during the holidays.

Project donors had two options; purchase and wrap a gift themselves to deliver to the CYS Committee or make a cash donation that enabled committee members to buy gifts. This year’s cash donations totaled $975. Each donor was asked to purchase a gift or gifts valued at $25-$30.

Members of the CYS staff came to campus last week to pick up hundreds of gifts to be delivered to the children.

“We were able to serve this record number of children thanks to the generosity of the community, our chapter members and friends, alumni, our CYS Gift Drive Committee, and Penn State Beaver campus students, staff, and faculty,” said Roseann Simoni, a Penn State alumna and chair of the Gift Drive Committee. “Even in difficult economic times, the kindness of people in the community enabled us to conduct our largest gift drive ever. That’s remarkable, and we want to express our gratitude to all those who helped to brighten a child’s holiday this year.”

Other CYS Gift Drive Committee members were Cindy Hovanec, Diane Canning, and Jessica Doris.
For information about how to participate in next year’s CYS Gift Drive, contact the Beaver campus Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.

Programs are open for those interested in natural gas, shale industries
In an effort to prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale industry, the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering a series of training programs in conjunction with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) in Williamsport.

ShaleTEC is a collaboration between Penn College and Penn State Extension designed to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil and gas industry.

“PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation” will be offered 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. The course covers multiple operator orientations and gives participants a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry, i.e. upstream, downstream, onshore, or offshore. This course meets API RP 75 and API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic, awareness-level understanding of certain general safety information that an employee should know before entering a company facility and while performing assigned work duties. 

“Shell Bluebook Orientation” will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The upstream America's HSE Contractor Orientation provides participants with an awareness of Shell's commitment to pursue the goal of no harm to people or the environment as well as the minimum expectations for working safely on a Shell location. It describes Shell's systematic approach in meeting and exceeding compliance with the law, identification and management of HSE risks, and respect for our local communities. This training also describes the Shell Golden Rules and Twelve Life-Saving Rules. 

“Hazard Recognition Plus from Decision Point Associates” will be held 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. This is a simple systematic and worker-oriented hazard recognition thought process that can be applied in any workplace. The course goal is to aid workers in preventing incidents by educating and coaching them on how to accurately recognize and manage hazards when planning, evaluating, and conducting jobs. The HRP Process is built on extensive research and used by more than a dozen multi-national companies in sixteen countries.

HRP is a leading workplace safety technology that helps work teams communicate clearly about hazards. HRP supports existing job planning processes such as job safety analysis; safety observations; health, safety, and environmental management systems, and Stop-Work interventions.

Beaver campus and ShaleTEC emphasize that the demand for trained workers to support the various occupations associated with the development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources continues to grow. According to ShaleTEC studies, each well requires a workforce of approximately 420 individuals working across 150 different occupations.

For more information regarding ShaleTEC courses or to register for courses, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu,  724-773-3700, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, http://www.shaleTEC.org, or call 570-327-4775.

Campus announces holiday schedule
Penn State Beaver and Penn State University will be closed for the holidays beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, and will reopen for business at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Fall commencement will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, in the auditorium of the student Union Building.

The campus office of University Police Services is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the event of an emergency, contact the police at 724-773-3888, or call 911.

Public is invited to attend Career and Business Expo on campus
The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services will host a Career and Business Expo – Career Days, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in the lodge of the campus Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public

Participants will connect with employers who are hiring full- and part-time positions, offering paid or unpaid internships, and providing volunteer opportunities in the community. In addition, those with continuing education credits, including certificate programs, as well as those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the event, contact Larissa Ciuca, student personal and career counselor, at lbm12@psu.edu, 724-773-3961, or contact Stephanie DeMaro, regional job and internship developer, at saw163 or 724-773-3953, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/StudentServices/CareerServices/careers.htm.

Penn State community encouraged to subscribe to PSUTXT
Penn State Beaver faculty, staff, students, and their families are encouraged to subscribe for free to 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.

Campus Career Closet seeks year-round donations
The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services is seeking year-round donations for its Career Closet, a program that provides free, professional apparel for male and female students seeking internships and/or jobs. Clean, gently-used or new clothing and other professional accessories are requested. In turn, the donations will be given to students planning to enter the workforce but in need of professional attire.

Items needed include men’s and women’s suits and blazers, slacks, ties, polo shirts, blouses, jackets, shoes, belts, and briefcases. They can be delivered to the campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in rooms 101 or 115, Student Union Building. Arrangements can also be made for donations to be picked up by campus staff or students.

To make a donation or for information, contact Larissa Ciuca, personal and student career counselor, at careerservicesbeaver@psu.edu or 724-773-3961.                      

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: December 11-13, 2012
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 95, Penn State Greater Allegheny 77
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 87, Penn State Greater Allegheny 50

Thursday, Dec. 13
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 92, Penn State Fayette 90
Women’s basketball – Penn State Fayette 93, Penn State Beaver 75

For scores and play-by-play details or for information about Beaver intercollegiate or intramural 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.