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New faculty and staff members join Penn State Beaver

This semester, Penn State Beaver welcomed new faculty and staff. Amy L. Deuink is head librarian, Sherry L. Kratsas is instructor in computer science and engineering, and Kimberly M. Worst was named laboratory preparation technician.

Deuink served as reference and instruction librarian for the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona for six years and held the same position at the Ciletti Memorial Library at Penn State Schuylkill for four years. In addition, she has worked as a documents cataloger, reference assistant, circulation and welcome desk and lending services staffer, intern, and volunteer for Schlow Memorial Library in State College and the Penn State University Libraries.

She co-authored a book, “The Library Student Advisory Board: Why Your Academic Library Needs It and How to Make it Work,” which was published by McFarland in 2009. Deuink has also co-authored three articles; is a regular contributor to the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Bulletin and the PaLA College & Research Division blog, “It’s Academic!"; and has had 10 presentations and proceedings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, and online.

Deuink holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Penn State. She can be contacted at ald120@psu.edu or 724-773-3791.

Kratsas is co-founder of and software developer for Appenstance, LLC in Sewickley. Previously, she was senior engineer for Accipiter Systems, Inc.; software engineer for Nomos Radiation Oncology; systems analyst for Askesis Development Group, Inc.; software engineer for Cellomics, Inc.; and junior software engineer for Azimuth, Incorporated. She also worked as a graduate research assistant at West Virginia Virtual Environments Laboratory and as a graduate teaching assistant at West Virginia University.

She is a member of Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. Kratsas holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering (software engineering major) and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from West Virginia University.

She can be reached at slk5@psu.edu or 724-773-3972.

Worst comes to Beaver campus from the Huston Group, New Castle, where she was a metal working fluid specialist for two years. Prior to that position, she taught chemistry and physical science for St. Michaels Middle High School in Maryland. She spent four years as a laboratory aide in Westminster College’s Department of Chemistry; was a research intern at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University; and conducted student research at Westminster. Worst has written several publications for the American Chemical Society and the California Association of Criminalists; and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Westminster College. She can be contacted at 724-773-3890.

Admissions Office will host Columbus Day Application Workshop

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Columbus Day Application Workshop, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in the Student Union Building.

Participants can complete applications and those applying to Beaver campus may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived. Participants must bring their official transcripts. Campus tours will be provided. In addition, Penn State information sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., room 16, Student Union Building.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Former Beaver employee authors book on fermented foods

Penn State Beaver alumna Jill Ciciarelli is the author of “Fermented: A Four Season Approach to Paleo Probiotic Foods.” The book, which was published in August by Victory Belt Publishing, is on sale in the Beaver campus bookstore and through other retail outlets, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

The book is the first written by Ciciarelli, who graduated from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1997. A resident of downtown Pittsburgh, she is a holistic health coach and the founder and owner of First Comes Health. In addition, she is an Italian language teacher.

Ciciarelli decided fermentation would be the focus of her first book because it’s a centuries-old craft practiced by traditional cultures in all parts of the world. Fermenting food is a creative and inexpensive way to enhance the nutritive properties of foods, according to Ciciarelli, and an excellent way to introduce new flavors into one’s diet.

“The book provides you with the basic techniques of fermentation and allows you to become comfortable with how to ferment anything,” Ciciarelli said. “You can explore the foods in the region where you live. Those foods can include meat, beverages, dairy, coconut products, condiments, dressings, cocktails, and mocktails. Fermentation is a great way to incorporate healthy probiotic foods into your diet to maximize the nutrition of those foods you already love to eat.”

After graduating from Penn State Behrend, Ciciarelli worked at Beaver campus for several years, first as an assistant in the Office of Campus and Community Relations, then as an admissions counselor. She also studied Italian in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information about fermented foods or the book, contact Ciciarelli at Jill@FirstComesHealth.co, or visit www.firstcomeshealth.com.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Aug. 30 to Sept. 3

Friday, Aug. 30

Women’s volleyball – La Roche College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Greater Allegheny 2

Women’s volleyball – Clark State Community College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Women’s volleyball – Rochester College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Saturday, Aug. 31

Men’s soccer – Marietta College 8, Penn State Beaver 0

Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Southern State Community College

Women’s volleyball – Rochester College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Women’s volleyball – Clark State Community College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Sunday, Sept. 1

Men’s soccer – Otterbein University 12, Penn State Beaver 0

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Women’s volleyball – Bethany College 3, Penn State Beaver 1

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.