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Penn State Beaver graduates honored at fall commencement
Penn State Beaver held its fall commencement, 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, in the Student Union Building auditorium. Fifty-one students received baccalaureate and associate degrees.

The academic processional and recessional and convention of proceedings were led by Tiffany MacQuarrie, instructor in English, and president of the Beaver campus Faculty Congress. Dr. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented degrees, which were conferred by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer in conjunction with John Feraco, president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and manufacturing leader for NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Commencement speaker was Beaver campus alumna Donna M. Newell, principal owner and president of Newell, Tereska and MacKay Engineering, Inc., Dillsburg. Newell, a native of Industry, attended Beaver campus before receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Penn State University Park. 

Keith R. Poleti, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, offered a welcome to the new graduates on behalf of the Alumni Association. A reception prepared by the Office of Housing and Food Services was held in the Brodhead Bistro following commencement.

Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice (University College)
Candidates were presented by Dr. Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Jessica L. Bartges, North Versailles
Matthew B.A. Collingwood, New Castle
Krysha V. Digiammarino, New Castle
Nicholas A. Fabyanic, New Brighton
Alexander F. Gattorno, Hialeah, FL
Amanda L. Hradil, Monaca
Keionna N. Jackson, New Brighton
Megan E. Johnson, Crescent
Daniel S. O’Hara, Rochester
Taylor A. Voss, Ambridge
Ronald W. Wilkins, Monaca

Bachelor of Science in Business (University College)
Candidates were presented by Dr. Talha Harcar, associate professor of business.
Karla M. Beatty, Rochester
Tyler E. Care (Su 12), Aliquippa
Brittany A. Clair (Su 12), Cranberry Township
Matthew P. Doerr, Porterville
Keagan C. Donnan (Su 12), Georgetown
Courtney C. Hower, Hookstown
Frank W. Kronstein (Su 12), Monaca
Charles R. Pedaline, Rochester
Brenda A. Skonieczny (Su 12), Baden
Jocelyn R. Wensel, Force
George E. Zeranick, Monaca

Bachelor of Arts in Communications (University College)
Candidates were presented by Dr. John Chapin, professor of communications.
Lauren E. Barker, Pittsburgh
Elizabeth A. Hain, Pittsburgh
Jennifer R. Zuratovic, Baden

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Penn State Harrisburg)
Candidates were presented by Dr. Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Jennifer L. Bredemeier, Beaver Falls
Kristine A. Kowal, Ambridge
Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology (College of Information Sciences and Technology)
Candidates were presented by Dr. Kausalai Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology.
David M. Iocca (Su 12), Baden
Robert P. Tirak, Beaver
Alex J. Wegrzyniak, Monaca

Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology (University College)
Candidates were presented by Dr. Kausalai Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology.
Renee M. Cottrill, Midland
Andrew S. Lacey, Beaver
Adam P. McMillen, New Brighton
Rebecca V. Morder, Conway
Michael G. Muhlberger, Patterson Heights
David S. Rorick, Monaca
Brandon P. Taylor, New Brighton

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting (College of Agricultural Sciences)
Candidate was presented by Ms. Karen Barr, senior instructor in business.
Scott A. Weaver, Burgettstown

Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies (College of Communications)
Candidate was presented by Dr. John Chapin, professor of communications.
Zakary W. Taylor, Allison Park

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (College of Liberal Arts)
Candidate was presented by Mr. Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Jessica L. Bortle, Ellwood City

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University College)
Candidates were presented by Mr. Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Allison K. Grau, Beaver
Jessica M. Hammerly, Ellwood City
Anthony L. Jackson, Aliquippa
Vivian J. Kleijnjans, Coraopolis
Rachell F. Vukovcan (Su 12), Beaver Falls

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (University College)
Candidates were presented by Mr. Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Nicole M. Mazine, Aliquippa
Kyleigh L. Moldovan, Ellwood City

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (College of Education)
Candidate was presented by Mrs. Carleen Dinello, senior instructor in reading and English.
Katherine N. Reed, Pittsburgh

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science (College of Agricultural Sciences)
Candidate was presented by Dr. Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry.
Michael P. Yakich, Monaca

Associate of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (University College)
Candidates were presented by Dr. Kristen Olson, associate professor of English.
Ramon A. Coca, Beaver Falls
Shawnna M. Roknick, Monaca
For information about Beaver’s commencement or academic programs, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Andrews will receive 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 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. In 1977 he founded the company which serves the energy industry with product solutions for measurement and controls in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland.

He attended Beaver campus for two years before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business at Penn State University Park. In 2009 he was named president-elect of the Beaver campus Advisory Board and also established an annual scholarship for Beaver campus students.

Andrews played varsity baseball at Beaver and has continued his interest in athletics by serving as a coach and business manager for various hockey organizations in and around Pittsburgh. He 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.         

Award recipients are selected by a committee of campus staff and members of the Advisory Board and the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society.

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, Bartuch Holdings Ltd., and Kegg’s Candies.

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

Student project could aid police in solving seven-year old murder 
Nancy Paoletti, a senior communications major at Penn State Beaver, has completed a student project that could help area police solve the seven-year old murder of a 94-year old woman who was killed in a home invasion in Beaver County. Police have determined that Paoletti’s work may be helpful in continuing their work on the cold case.

Paoletti is a student in the television field production class taught by John Chapin, professor of communications, who requires students to complete a service learning project. Chapin and Paoletti partnered with police, the district attorney’s office, and first responders at the crime scene to create a video detailing the case.

The 46-minute video begins with an introduction by Beaver County Assistant Chief Detective Andrew Gall, then moves into the 911 call placed by the elderly woman when a person or persons entered her home. Police and medics who initially responded discuss their memories and immediate impressions at the crime scene. The video concludes with comments from Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh who believes that the recollections and one-on-one interviews with those initially involved in solving the case could help with the ongoing investigation.

An article about the project recently appeared in the Beaver County Times (Beaver, PA) and can be viewed at http://www.timesonline.com/news/police_fire_courts/video-project-will-help-police-with-cold-cases/article_b8e5a71c-a767-5c68-95ca-f33b938147b6.html.  (didn’t include this link in newswire - just gave www.timesonline.com, and instructed to type in “nancy paoletti and john chapin.”)
Paoletti can be contacted at nlp5099@psu.edu or http://www.personal.psu.edu/nlp5099. Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.


United Way Committee conducts most successful campaign to date
The 2012 Penn State Beaver United Way Committee recently announced it raised a total of $5,511 during last fall’s campaign which had an original goal of $5,000. This year’s total is the largest ever raised through the annual campus project.

A variety of events and activities were held on campus to encourage participation throughout the fall semester. A luncheon and silent auction in November raised a record $1,870 and featured eleven gift baskets with specific themes sponsored by various offices as well as a variety of silent auction items donated by area businesses and organizations.

Dress-down days were held, allowing staff and faculty to wear Penn State or Pittsburgh Steelers apparel for a donation of $5. This fall’s first dress-down day was held in September in honor of Penn State’s Blue-Out Weekend designed to raise awareness of child abuse. Individual solicitations were also conducted on campus.
The 2012 United Way Committee was co-chaired by Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education, and Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Offices of the Registrar and Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Other committee members were Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business; Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in reading and English; Parker Goolsby, residence life coordinator; Ted Froats, manager of information technology; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Offices of the Chancellor, Campus and Community Relations, and Brodhead Cultural Center; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry, and the late Dawn Steele, food preparer, Housing and Food Services, who passed away unexpectedly in November.

For information, contact Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762 or Ward at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

Catholic Newman Club raises funds for those in need
In December students in the Penn State Beaver Catholic Newman Club raised $496.27 to benefit Catholic Relief Services (CRS) through the Work of Human Hands sale. Sales were conducted in the Brodhead Bistro for a week prior to the holidays.

The Work of Human Hands program allows hosts to sell high quality, fairly traded handcrafts and gourmet food items from disadvantaged producers across the globe. The CRS Fair Trade network guarantees fair wages to disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and workers. It also provides the technical and financial assistance that many people desperately need but rarely get in a conventional trading system.

In addition, chances were sold for two original acrylic paintings by student John Lind and a variety of handmade crocheted items were sold with proceeds totaling $32.75 to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Lind is a sophomore engineering major from Cranberry Township.

The winners of Lind’s painting were Nick DiPietrantonio, staff member in the Office of Physical Plant, and Gary Slifkey, Catholic campus minister.

For information about the Catholic Newman Club, contact Slifkey at gms23@psu.edu or 724-773-3839, or contact Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Office of Student Affairs, at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

Singer Jarod Mahone will present free concert January 11
Singer Jarod Mahone will present a free concert, noon, Friday, Jan. 11, in the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Bistro. The public is invited to attend.

Mahone’s distinctive sound combines soul, funk, pop, beatbox, and acoustic music. A native of Columbus, Ohio, he has performed at more than 200 colleges and universities across the county. Currently Mahone is in the studio with his band recording a new album mixed by Grammy-award winning engineer Mike Landolt who also works with Maroon 5.

The concert is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For more information, contact Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Admissions Office will host application and financial aid workshops
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host two free workshops for prospective students and their families, Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Student Union Building.
An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Admissions Office, and a Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium.
The Application Workshop will assist all those interested in applying for admission to Penn State. Participants can complete an application and those applying to Beaver campus may receive a decision instantly. All students must bring official transcripts. The usual $50 application fee will be waived, and campus tours will be available.
The Financial Aid Workshop will introduce parents and students to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will offer a variety of information about how to finance a college education.
Registration is not required for either event.
For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.


Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Dec. 14, 2012 – Jan. 3, 2013
Friday, Dec. 14
Wrestling – Gloucester County College 36, Penn State Beaver 9
Monday, Dec. 31
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 63, Thiel College 60
Thursday, Jan. 3
Men’s basketball – Grove City College 68, Penn State Beaver 64

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.