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Three at Penn State Beaver receive expanded roles, including duties at Shenango

This summer, three Penn State Beaver staff members received expanded roles and responsibilities that include working with Penn State Shenango in Sharon.

Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment management, has assumed oversight of Shenango’s Admissions and Financial Aid Office, in addition to his duties at Beaver. Admissions counselor Rachel Zughaib was named Beaver’s assistant director of admissions with more responsibilities for Beaver’s admissions activities, including oversight of recruitment, event planning and daily operations. Officer Anthony Budris, Beaver’s chief of police services, will oversee all security operations at Shenango as well as Beaver.

“In the spirit of sharing administrative infrastructure as suggested by the (Penn State) Core Council Report, we anticipate that our staffs will work together to enhance enrollment and safety at each location, increasing the opportunities available in our shared region of the Commonwealth,” said Beaver campus Chancellor Gary Keefer.

“This arrangement is the latest example of the collaborative relationship our two campuses have established over time,” Keefer noted. “Sharing personnel and academic programs has proved to be positive for Beaver and Shenango, and our fruitful partnership will continue into the future.”

For more information, contact Pinchot at dpinchot@psu.edu or 724-773-3806, Zughaib at rzughaib@psu.edu or 724-773-3802, and Budris at awb126@psu.edu or 724-773-3781.

Mansuetti returns to Adult Literacy Action as new director

After an absence of seven years, Susan Mansuetti has returned to Penn State Beaver Adult Literacy Action (ALA) as the organization’s new director. Mansuetti worked as an ALA family literacy specialist from 2000-02, then served as family literacy coordinator until 2006. In 2007, she accepted a position as family literacy advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education where she was named professional development coordinator and adviser in 2012.

She served eight years as a board member of the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) Family Literacy Consortium and was a member of numerous statewide committees, including the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania’s One Book for Every Young Child Committee, the Standards Aligned Systems Parent Involvement Workgroup, and Cross-Systems Technical Assistant Workgroup. Mansuetti’s articles have been published in the PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) in Context, and Fieldnotes for ABLE Staff.

She holds a master’s in adult education and a family literacy certificate from the Penn State World Campus and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. The ALA Office is located in the Professional Building, 336 College Avenue, Beaver, Pa. For additional information, contact Mansuetti at 724-773-7810.

Faculty member co-authors book on criminal justice

LaVarr W. McBride, instructor in administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, has co-authored a book, “Through a Convict’s Eyes: An Overlooked View of the Criminal Justice System” with Eric Wicklund, a convicted felon. McBride also teaches at Penn State Shenango and Penn State New Kensington.

Published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., the book explores the lives of former prisoners, including Wicklund, who have worked to put their criminal past behind them in order to re-join society as productive citizens and employees. McBride has worked in the criminal justice field for 29 years, including time as a corrections officer at Utah State Prison in medium and maximum security, including death row. He became a state parole officer before transferring to the federal system as a senior U.S. probation officer, which is when he met Wicklund. McBride also spent eight years working for the administrative office of the U.S. Court in Washington, D.C.

McBride holds a master’s degree in public administration, sociology and economics from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Weber State University. He can be contacted at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.

New women’s soccer coach joins Penn State Beaver

Shaun Schetka has been hired as head coach of the Penn State Beaver women’s varsity soccer team. Schetka is currently head soccer coach at South Side High School and is also assistant soccer coach for the Steel Town Magic Soccer Club.

He also worked as a youth soccer coach for the Foothills Soccer Club. He is a soccer official with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, a registered athletic administrator with the national Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and has a United States Soccer Federation National D coaching license.

Schetka holds a master’s degree in sport management and intercollegiate athletic administration, and a bachelor’s degree in sport management from California University of Pennsylvania. He can be contacted at sms677@psu.edu or 724-773-3829.


Polka concert, ice cream sale close Brodhead Cultural Center’s season

The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center will close its 37th summer season of programming with a free concert presented by the Joe Grkman Polka Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater.

Prior to the show, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for Beaver campus students.

The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions prior to and during the concert. Proceeds will benefit Beaver campus student-athletes.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert, and 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.

Public invited to join Beaver Valley Area Alumni Association

The public is invited to join the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Membership dues are $10 per year for individuals and $15 for a couple or family. Members do not need to be graduates of Penn State. Dues are used to support the Alumni Chapter’s ongoing outreach efforts.

Chapter events and projects include the annual Holiday Gift Drive for Children and Youth Services, an annual spring wine tasting, working with Habitat for Humanity, selling Penn State Creamery ice cream at Brodhead Cultural Center shows and trips to Penn State Nittany Lion football games.

To apply for membership, visit the Penn State Beaver at www.beaver.psu.edu and click on “Alumni and Friends,” then click on the link to the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Membership applications and information are also available by contacting the Beaver campus Office of Campus and Community Relations at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.

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.

Columbus Day Application Workshop planned

Penn State Beaver will hold a Columbus Day Application Workshop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Admissions Office in the Student Union Building.

Those applying to Penn State Beaver may receive a decision on the spot, and the $50 application fee will be waived. Potential students must bring their official transcripts. Campus tours will also be available.

Also Oct. 14, there will be information sessions about Penn State and the admissions process from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 16, Student Union Building.

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