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Kurtyka named assistant to director of academic affairs

Michelle Kurtyka has been named Penn State Beaver’s assistant to the director of academic affairs, replacing Carleen Dinello, who retired this summer. Kurtyka will also serve as an instructor in kinesiology.

Kurtyka has been an adjunct lecturer in kinesiology since 2005 and has taught a variety of related courses. She has been a youth camp instructor for the Office of Continuing Education since 2003 and served on the oversight committee for the development of the Wellness Center. In addition, she is a certified instructor in first-aid and safety, CPR and automated external defibrillator. Kurtyka holds a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Penn State Harrisburg and a bachelor’s degree in physical education, health and exercise science from Slippery Rock University. She can be contacted at mck15@psu.edu or 724-773-3878.

Three faculty members retire with a total of 81 years of service

Three Penn State Beaver faculty members retired this summer with a combined total of 81 years of service.

Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, retired July 31. Carleen Dinello, assistant to the director of academic affairs and senior instructor in English, and Martin Goldberg, associate librarian, retired June 30.

Deutsch joined the campus in 1981 and was heavily engaged in teaching, research and service. He had more than 23 papers published in refereed journals and co-authored a paper with a Nobel Prize recipient. He also pursued research as a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, one of the world’s leading science and engineering research centers.

In addition to teaching, he also provided astronomy observation events for students, faculty and staff.

Outside the classroom, Deutsch chaired the Faculty Congress and was a member of numerous committees, including the Academic Affairs and Integrated Counseling Committees. He also served as the college representative for the Penn State Eberly College of Science.

Deutsch holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Dinello began working as a teaching assistant in the College of Education for Adult Literacy Action in 1987. She became an instructor in language and literacy education and was appointed coordinator of the campus Academic Achievement Center in 1996.

In 2002 she was appointed assistant director of academic affairs, a job with duties that included hiring and overseeing adjunct faculty, coordinating the Freshman Year Seminar, forming five academic advisory boards, coordinating student internships, serving as the dean’s representative and academic adviser for the College of Education, and coordinating testing for the Penn State World Campus.

Dinello was a two-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Academic Advisor Award, which is given by campus students, and she received the campus Quarterly Quality Award.

She holds a master’s degree in education and a K-12 reading specialist certification from Slippery Rock University.

Goldberg joined the campus in 1990 and worked with all facets of the library’s operation, staffing and acquisitions. The library now holds more than 50,000 volumes.

He oversaw the establishment of the African-American Autobiography Collection, which contains more than 600 African-American autobiographies. In addition, Goldberg worked on special projects, including the Freshman Portal, Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Engagement Initiative and Project SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills).

Goldberg published articles in a variety of refereed journals, presented at national conferences and wrote extensively about the Holocaust. He also established an annual Sexual Assault Survivors’ Quilt display in the library in conjunction with the Women’s Center of Beaver County and was a longtime member of the Campus Climate and Diversity Committee.

Goldberg holds a master’s degree in library science from Long Island University, a master’s degree in urban education from City College of New York and an advanced studies diploma in instructional systems from Hofstra University.

Campus announces fall semester academic calendar

Penn State Beaver announced its academic calendar for the fall semester:

Monday, Aug. 26 – Classes begin

Monday, Sept. 2 – Labor Day holiday

Friday, Sept. 6 – Late registration closes

Monday through Friday, Nov. 25 to 29 – No classes for Thanksgiving holiday

Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 25 to 27 – Campus offices open

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 – Campus offices closed

Friday, Dec. 13 – Classes end

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 – Study days

Monday through Friday, Dec. 16 to 20 – Final exams

Friday, Dec. 20 – Commencement, 7 p.m., auditorium, Student Union Building

Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 – Campus closed for holidays

For information or questions about the academic calendar, contact the Beaver campus Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

University leaders urge reduction of innovation gap

The erosion of federal funding for college student aid and research is a serious problem that has implications for the future of the nation, according to a letter sent to President Barack Obama and members of the 113th Congress. The letter, sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and signed by Penn State President Rodney Erickson and 164 other U.S. university presidents and chancellors representing all 50 states, urges government leaders to "reject unsound budget cuts and recommit to strong and sustained investments in research and education."

The letter cites the increasing innovation gap, caused by the combination of reduced federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the enormous resources other nations are pouring into these areas, as a risk to U.S. economic and national security that includes consequences of "a less prepared, less highly-skilled U.S. workforce, fewer U.S.-based scientific and technological breakthroughs, fewer U.S.-based patents, and fewer U.S. start-ups, products and jobs."

The ramifications of this innovation gap touch multiple areas of American life. "Investing in higher education and research is key to the future success of our nation," Erickson said. "This growing gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education undermines the U.S. economy because innovation is the key ingredient to economic growth and job creation.

"Without federally funded research, we would not have so many of the things we take for granted today, including life-saving vaccines, lasers, MRI, touchscreens, GPS, even the Internet. The groundbreaking research we do that is supported by federal funding has improved and even saved lives. It has generated entire new sectors of the economy, and it has supported American jobs. Investments in research and education are not inconsistent with long-term deficit reduction; rather, they are vital to it," Erickson said.

The letter points out that countries such as China, Singapore and South Korea are investing heavily in research and development, at a rate of two to four times higher than that of the United States. At the same time, the U. S. has fallen to 12th among developed countries in the share of young adults who hold college degrees.

Federally supported research in all fields and by many agencies also has contributed directly to the ideas, technologies and other discoveries that have helped the effectiveness of the U.S. military. "In addition, our national security depends on a supply of trained scientists and engineers from U.S. universities to work on technologies vital to our national and homeland security initiatives," Erickson said.

"The path for resolving appropriations, the debt limit and a potential long-term budget agreement this fall is unclear," the letter reads. "What should be clear is that the answer to our nation's fiscal woes must include sustained strategic federal investments in research and student financial aid to close the innovation deficit and bolster our nation's economic and national security for decades to come."

Free concerts, ice cream sales continue at Brodhead Cultural Center

Free shows and ice cream sales at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center J.P. Giusti Amphitheater continue through August. The North Star Kids of Pittsburgh will present a Broadway-style musical revue Tuesday, Aug. 13. The Bobcats Swingin’ Big Band will be in concert Tuesday, Aug. 20, and the Joe Grkman Polka Band will close the summer series Tuesday, Aug. 27.

In addition, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the concerts Aug. 13 and Aug. 27. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s endowed scholarships for Beaver campus students. The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions prior to and during each concert. Proceeds benefit Beaver campus student-athletes. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts and the ice cream and concession sales will move into the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Sponsors of this summer’s Brodhead Cultural Center programming are The Times; Harper & Hodge; Beaver Valley Musicians Union, Local 82-545; Michael Baker Corp.; Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Inc.; ESB Bank; Kitchen and Bath Concepts, Pittsburgh; and NOVA Chemicals. For more information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu, call the Events Hotline at 724-773-3600, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.

Campus will host 12th annual Beaver County College Fair on Oct. 2

Penn State Beaver will host the 12th annual Beaver County College Fair, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the campus gymnasium. Prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend the event, which is free and open to the public and cosponsored by Beaver campus and The Times.

Representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. The event is recognized as the premier college fair serving Beaver County students.

Ample free parking will be available.

For information, contact the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 724-773-3800, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

CPA, attorney seminars offered on campus and Cranberry Township

This fall the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of 13 seminars for certified public accountants and attorneys at Penn State Beaver and at the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry Township. For information about registration, contact Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700 or visit beaver.psu.edu.

Below are the courses in the series:

Preparing your Client’s Business for Sale and Assisting with the Selling Process
Thursday, Oct. 3 - Regional Learning Alliance

Applying Specialized Expertise to Solve Client Issues
Tuesday, Nov. 5 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Nov. 7 – Regional Learning Alliance

Accounting and Auditing Update
Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Dec. 5 - Regional Learning Alliance

The Role of the CPA in Divorce and Support Litigation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Sept. 19 - Regional Learning Alliance

Elder Care Law
Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Sept. 26 - Regional Learning Alliance

Emerging Cyber Issues, Exposure and other Insurance Issues
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Oct. 10 - Regional Learning Alliance

Identity Theft, Prevention and Detection with Representatives of the IRS
Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Oct. 17 - Regional Learning Alliance

CPA Ethics Overview
Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Dec. 12 - Regional Learning Alliance

LLC’s, Tax and Legal Aspects
Tuesday, Sept. 10 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Sept. 12 - Regional Learning Alliance

IRS Audits, Updates and Appeals
Tuesday, Oct. 22 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Oct. 24 - Regional Learning Alliance

Tax Professional’s Duties and Responsibilities
Tuesday, Oct. 29 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Oct. 31 - Regional Learning Alliance

PA State and Local Tax Update
Tuesday, Nov. 12 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Nov. 14 - Regional Learning Alliance

Individual Tax Update
Tuesday, Nov. 19 - Penn State Beaver
Thursday, Nov. 21 - Regional Learning Alliance