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Nicholas Andrews receives Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award
Nicholas H. Andrews of Upper St. Clair, PA, received the 2012 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award at an on-campus dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board on January 16. The award was presented by Chancellor Gary Keefer and is given on the basis of professional achievement, contributions to society and/or involvement with Penn State Beaver.

Andrews attended Beaver campus for two years before receiving his bachelor’s degree in business at Penn State University Park in 1977. He played varsity baseball at Beaver in 1973 and 1974 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at University Park. Today he is a member of the prestigious Penn State Smeal College of Business Presidents Club and is also a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity (Alpha Chi Chapter) at Penn State.

“Even though I graduated from a very competitive high school at Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh, PA), I can assure you that scholastically, my peers at Penn State Beaver were every bit as talented and driven,” said Andrews in accepting his award. “Penn State’s curriculum in the business school was solid - a great mix of advanced math, physics, chemistry, biology and all the humanities. I still interview candidates from many other schools and trust me, not many can match this.”

Andrews is president and owner of Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc., a company he founded in 1977 which employs more than 20 people. Located in Carnegie, the company is committed to servicing the energy industry for product solutions for measurement and controls throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, including oil and gas, power generation, coal, chemicals, metals, mining, pulp, paper, and water quality.

In 2009 Andrews became president-elect of the Beaver campus Advisory Board. In addition, that year he established an annual scholarship to benefit Beaver campus students.

He is an active member of his community as well. He has served as president of the Pittsburgh Section Instrument Society of America and on the Board of Directors of the Chartiers Country Club. He was a member of the Representative Council for the Yokogawa Corporation of America, a member of the Representative Advisory Council of G.E. Masoneilan, and a member of the ABB Representative Advisory Council.

Andrews has continued his interest in athletics by serving as coach and commissioner of the Lebanon Baseball Association, a member of the Grounds Committee at Oakmont Country Club, and a member of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh’s YMCA Camp T. F. Soles. He’s also served as a coach and business manager for various hockey organizations in and around Pittsburgh, a coach and commissioner for the Mt. Lebanon Baseball Association, and a director of youth athletics at St. Nicholas Cathedral.

Andrews and his wife, Bernice, have two sons: David, who also attended Beaver campus, and Scott, both of whom are Penn State graduates.

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

Hundreds celebrate victories at Penn State Beaver Spirit Night
Several hundred students, staff, faculty, and members of the public attended Penn State Beaver’s annual Spirit Night Celebration on January 16 in the campus gymnasium. The crowd gathered to watch the Beaver Lady Lions basketball team defeat Penn State DuBois, 78-61, followed by the Beaver Nittany Lions’ win over DuBois, 88-74.

Spirit Night is hosted by the Athletic Department and the Office of Student Affairs and is designed to celebrate the men and women’s basketball teams as well as honor school campus spirit. In addition, a variety of events were held prior to the games and activities and giveaways continued throughout the evening.

The women are coached by Tim Moore, and the men are coached by Marcess Williams, who is also a full-time Beaver campus admissions counselor.

For information about Spirit Night or Beaver campus athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, contact BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845, or contact Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Admissions Office will host series of free programs in February
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a variety of free programs in February for prospective students of all ages and their families.

An Application Workshop will be held 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. and 9:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building. Participants can complete an application and those applying to Beaver campus may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived, and all are asked to bring official transcripts. Campus tours will also be available.

A Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 2, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. Participants will be introduced to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Staff members will offer tips on navigating potential pitfalls in financing a college education.

The Be a Penn State Student for a Day program will be offered 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Student Union Building. Participants will spend time as a college student by attending a variety of classes and having lunch with current Beaver campus students. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged.

A special Lunchtime Financial Aid Seminar will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, in the campus auditorium. The program is open to current and future Penn State students and their families and will provide all necessary information on how to file the FAFSA successfully and easily. The seminar is ideal for those with a busy schedule who want to learn the basics of financial aid.

A FAFSA Line-by-Line Workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 23, in the computer lab of the Laboratory Classroom Building. Participants are asked to bring tax forms and financial documents so that staff member can guide everyone through the form, line by line. Pre-registration for this event is required.
To register for an event or to obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Beaver campus winter sports camps now open to young athletes
Registration is open for four winter sports camps for young athletes. The camps are offered by the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department and will be held in the campus gymnasium.
Beaver campus coaches and staff members will provide instruction, feedback and tips to help campers improve their athletic performance as they develop the necessary skills for their particular sport(s). In addition, participants will interact with other campers of similar ages and skill levels.

The camps are as follows:

Baseball Hitting and Fielding
Boys, ages 14 and younger
2 to 4 p.m.
Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24
Baseball Pitching and Catching
Noon to 2 p.m. (call for age levels)
Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24
Softball Hitting and Fielding
Girls, ages 14 and younger
Noon to 2 p.m.
Feb. 9 (10 a.m. to noon that day only), 16, 23 and March 2
Softball Pitching and Catching
10 a.m. to noon (call for age levels)
Sunday Feb. 3; Saturday Feb. 16, 23 and March 2

To register or for more information about the camps, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700; Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826; or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Continuing Education to offer natural gas, shale industry courses

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 as well as the oil and gas industry.
 
The following courses will be held at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.
 
-- PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation will be held 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24. The course is designed to take the place of multiple operator orientations and give each participant a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry -- 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. Jan. 25 and 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 local communities. This training also describes the Shell Golden Rules and 12 Life-Saving Rules.
 
-- Hazard Recognition Plus (HRP) from Decision Point Associates will be offered 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25. The course goal is to help individuals prevent 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 16 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, Stop-Work interventions, and health, safety and environmental management systems.
 
For more information regarding ShaleTEC courses or to register for courses, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or http://www.shaleTEC.org, or call 570-327-4775.

 
Comedian Moss looks to bring laughs, cultural understanding Feb. 6

Comedian and writer Preacher Moss will present his “End of Racism" comedy tour at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, in the auditorium of Penn State Beaver's Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Bryant Reginald Moss earned the nickname “Preacher” because of his imitations of the pastor at his family’s church. Raised as a Christian in a Maryland suburb, he attended a local military academy and converted to Islam at age 20.
 
Moss was the opening act and a writer for comedian Darrell Hammond, a regular on “Saturday Night Live.” He continued to work in Los Angeles as a writer for other comedians, including Damon Wayans and George Lopez, and toured with comedian Dave Chappelle.
 
In addition, he and several other comedians developed the "Allah Made Me Funny" tour, which they performed throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
 
Moss’ use of respectful humor leads the audience to think seriously about poverty, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights and critical race theory, and has been hailed as a comedic and social tour de force. At the age of 45, Moss is one of today’s most sought after college performers.
 
Moss has performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London and for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He can be seen in an upcoming documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!,” which features a group of Muslim-American comedians touring the United States in an effort to combat misrepresentations of Islam.
 
The show is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Affairs. For more information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

 

Beaver alumni chapter readies for annual Wine Tasting

The public is invited to attend the annual Wine Tasting that will be hosted by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association at 7 p.m. March 23, at Felicity Farms in Brighton Township.
 
The event is informal and will offer a variety of wines, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to join old friends and meet new ones. Cost is $35 per individual and $60 per couple.
 
To make reservations, contact Michael Hamilton, alumni chapter vice president, at mchamilton35@yahoo.com, or call 724-513-1642.

 

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: January 11-16, 2013

Friday, Jan. 11
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 80, Penn State Hazleton 79
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 60, Penn State Hazleton 42
Saturday, Jan. 12
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 86, Penn State Lehigh Valley 47
Wrestling – Penn State DuBois 58, Penn State Beaver 0
Wrestling – Penn State New Kensington 24, Penn State Beaver 8
Monday, Jan. 14
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 95, Penn State New Kensington 69
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Men’s basketball - Penn State Beaver 88, Penn State DuBois 74
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 78, Penn State DuBois 61

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.