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Beaver campus student-athletes named USCAA All-Americans

As the Penn State Beaver varsity baseball and softball post-seasons closed, five student-athletes were named USCAA All-Americans.

In baseball, senior Markus Allen, of New Castle, was named First Team, and senior Alex Filippi, of Aliquippa, received Honorable Mention. This year marked Allen’s third time to be honored and the first for Filippi.

On the women's softball team, senior Korey Freyermuth, of Pittsburgh, was named First Team, her third consecutive year to be honored by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Juniors Nicole Bowersox, of Penns Valley, received Honorable Mention for the first time, and Lauren Pier, of New Brighton, received Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year.

For information about Beaver campus 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.


Tickets on sale for summer musical comedy ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Tickets are on sale for the Center Theatre Players’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25, 26 and 27, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Tickets are $15 for all ages.

The play, directed by Sandy Reigel, is part of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 37th annual summer series. A winner of five Tony Awards in 2006, the show opens when a diehard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable. The musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Music and lyrics are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; the book is by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended, and all seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by credit card, check or cash. For more information, call 724-773-3610, visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead or send email to br-bcc@psu.edu.


Penn State Beaver faculty members show expertise in presentation, publication

A presentation and a publication by Penn State Beaver faculty members were recently announced.

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, was a guest speaker at a Pittsburgh panel discussion titled “Good Neighbors, Bad Neighbors: How War and Conflict Change Us,” and Ana Beatriz Arêas da Luz Fontes, assistant professor of psychology, coauthored a journal article.

Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT) hosted the panel discussion in May following a presentation of Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s play, “Our Class,” a story of classmates who betray one another when their village is invaded by Nazi and Soviet regimes.

Panelists discussed how war and political conflict create enmity and violence among people who have lived peaceably together for a long time in areas as diverse as Poland, Ireland and the Balkans.

In addition to Szymczak, panelists included Jan T. Gross, professor of history at Princeton University and author of the book, “Neighbors,” which revealed that the killing of up to 1,600 Jews in Jedwabne, Poland, in 1941 was perpetrated by their own neighbors, not the Germans.

Panel moderator was former U.S. Ambassador Dan Simpson, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Fontes coauthored the article, “Attributional Gender Bias: Teachers’ Ability and Effort Explanations for Students’ Math Performance” in the international journal Social Psychology of Education, Volume 16, No. 1, 2013.

The article explores the tendency to generate different explanations for female versus male students’ performance in math, i.e. boys’ successes in math are attributed to ability and girls’ successes are attributed to effort. Conversely, males’ failures in math are attributed to a lack of effort and girls’ failures to a lack of ability.

For information, contact Szymczak at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-33895 and Fontes at aua28@psu.edu or 724-773-3885.


Admissions Office will host June events for traditional, adult students

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host two free events for traditional and adult students on Thursday, June 20, in the Student Union Building.

The Spend a Summer Evening program will begin at 5 p.m., and an Adult Open House will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Spend a Summer Evening provides an opportunity for prospective students to meet with students, faculty and staff to learn about the admissions process, financial aid, academic programs and expectations, and living on campus. Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be offered.

The Adult Open house offers information about the five Penn State bachelor’s degrees offered at the Beaver campus in administration of justice, business, communications, information sciences and technology, and psychology, as well as enrollment in the first two years of more than 160 Penn State baccalaureate degrees.

Visitors will meet with counselors and receive unofficial review of transcripts, and the $50 Penn State application fee will be waived if applications are made at the Open House. Penn State Beaver is unable to waive the application fee for the RN to BS in Nursing or any graduate program.

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

Continuing Education delivers courses for health care professionals

The Office of Continuing Education at Penn State Beaver continues to offer an ongoing series of courses for health care professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and/or administrators and direct-care staff who must meet continuing education requirements.

In addition, continuing education courses for nurses are also available and are approved for PA Nurse Continuing Education. The Penn State University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For information about course availability, contact the Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.


Summer entertainment kicks off June 18 at Beaver's Brodhead Cultural Center

The Brodhead Cultural Center at Penn State Beaver will kick off its 37th summer season of programs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

Shows are free and will be held in the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater. The Center Theatre Players’ musical has a $15 admission fee and will be held in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. In the event of inclement weather, shows scheduled for the amphitheater will be moved into the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Sponsors for this summer’s programs are The Times, Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545, Harper & Hodge, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Inc., ESB Bank, Kitchen & Bath Concepts Pittsburgh LLC, Michael Baker Corp. and NOVA Chemicals. Three additional sponsors requested anonymity.

Events Schedule:

Tuesday, June 18 - Allegheny Brass Band

Tuesday, June 25 - The Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 9 – Metropolitan Italian Symphonic Band Tuesday

July 16 – Pittsburgh Banjo Club
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 25, 26, 27 - “The Drowsy Chaperone” – a musical comedy presented by the Center Theatre Players; directed by Sandy Reigel.

Tuesday, July 30 – Monaca Cornet Band

Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 13 – North Star Kids

Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Bobcats Swingin’ Big Band

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – The Joe Grkman Band
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions before and during all shows. Proceeds benefit Beaver campus student-athletes.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream prior to the four shows indicated. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarship for campus students.

For information or to buy tickets for the musical, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu. An Events Hotline is available at 724-773-3600, and programming details are also available at www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.


Registration open for Penn State Beaver Alumni Society golf outing

Registration is open for the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s 13th annual Golf Outing to be held Monday, Sept. 9, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township.

Outing proceeds will benefit the Alumni Society’s scholarship for Beaver campus students. To date, the group has raised more than $185,000 for the campus. To register or obtain information, contact the Beaver campus Development Office at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on “Alumni and Friends."


Continuing Education offers SafeGulf/SafeLand orientation course

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education has partnered with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at Penn College to offer the PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation course at 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, or Thursday, June 27.

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. It 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. To register or obtain information, visit http://www.shaletec.org or call 570-327-4775, or contact Beaver’s Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.