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Beaver campus faculty members publish research
John R. Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, and Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice, co-authored “Optimistic bias, sexual assault and fear,” an article published in The Journal of General Psychology.

In addition, Pierce is the co-author of a book chapter entitled “Examining the Impact of Familial Paternalism on the Sentencing Decision: Gender Leniency or Legitimate Judicial Consideration?” which was published in “Perceptions of Female Offenders” edited by Brenda L. Russell, associate professor of psychology, Penn State Berks.

Talha D. Harcar, associate professor of business, and Daniel W. Smith, instructor in business, co-authored “Soccer Club Jersey Sponsorship: Customer Recall and Awareness in the Turkish Super League,” which was published in the International Academy of Business Disciplines, Business Research Yearbook.

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, wrote an article, “Dr. Teofil Starzynski, the Polish Falcons, and the Plan for a Polish-American Military Unit, 1942-1943,” which appeared in the journal, Polish American Studies: Polish American Historical Association.

Contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877, Pierce at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549, Harcar at dtdh113@psu.edu or 724-773-33892, and Szymczak at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895.

Admissions office is offering free programs in February
In February, the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office is offering free programs for prospective students of all ages and their families.

The Be a Penn State Student for a Day program will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. Reservations are required.

An Application Workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. Participants will be introduced to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and staff members will offer tips on navigating potential pitfalls in financing a college education.

A special Lunchtime Financial Aid Seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 18, in the campus auditorium. The program is open to current and future Penn State students and their families, and will provide all the 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 a.m. to noon 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. 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 877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Students encouraged to apply for Buick Achievers Scholarship
Current or prospective Penn State students majoring, or planning to major, in engineering, technology, design, or business, with an interest in the auto industry, are encouraged to apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program funded by the GM Foundation.

The program is designed to assist those who achieve in and out of the classroom, yet are unable to attend college without financial assistance. This national scholarship program awards 100 scholarships annually, each up to $25,000, and also offers 1,000 annual scholarships, each at $2,000.

Scholarship application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. For information about the program, contact Gail Gray, Penn State Beaver coordinator of student aid, at geg6@psu.edu or 724-773-3803.

Public invited to attend documentary, ‘Anatomy of Hate’
Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Anatomy of Hate - A Dialogue to Hope,” 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, in the Student Union Building auditorium. At 7:30 p.m., the film’s director, Mike Ramsdell, will engage the audience in a discussion and question and answer session. The film contains graphic language and is for mature audiences.

For six years, Ramsdell worked with unprecedented access to some of the world’s most extreme, violent ideologies and participants, including the White Supremacy movement, Christian fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers, and United States military forces in Iraq.

“The film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate,” Ramsdell said. “It demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them.”

The documentary juxtaposes film footage with interviews from experts in the fields of psychology, neurology, and sociology and intersperses stories of redemption told by former participants in hate ideologies.

“The Anatomy of Hate” was named Best Political Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2009 and won the Audience Choice Award at the Atlanta DocuFest. The documentary was also an official selection for the Boston International Film Festival, the Cinema City Film Festival, and the Saratoga Fringe Festival.

For information, contact the Beaver campus Office of Student Activities at 724-773-3947 or ras62@psu.edu.

Beaver students plan blood drive to benefit THON
The Penn State Beaver Dance Marathon (THON) Committee is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, in the campus Student Union Building Lodge. For each person who donates blood, the Red Cross will donate $4 to THON to help with pediatric cancer research and provide support for patients and their families.
 
Participants can make an appointment to donate or are welcome to give on a first-come, first-served basis. To register in advance, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor, then type in the sponsor code – PSUBeaver – and the event date.
 
For more information, contact Jill Bender, staff assistant, Office of Student Activities, at jmt226@psu.edu or 724-773-3959.

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.

 

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 26-February 2, 2013
Saturday, Jan. 26
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 81, Penn State York 75
Women’s basketball – Penn State York 85, Penn State Beaver 78
Monday, Jan. 28
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 104, Penn State New Kensington 56
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 88, University of Pittsburgh-Titusville 54
Saturday, Feb. 2
Men’s basketball – Penn State Fayette 85, Penn State Beaver 68
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 81, Penn State Fayette 68

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.