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Penn State Beaver alumnus will be keynote speaker at fall commencement

Penn State Beaver alumnus Ted Froats Jr. will be the commencement speaker at ceremonies held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building.

Froats is a senior public affairs specialist, news director and acting spokesperson for the United States federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a $60 billion federal agency with more than 1,000 employees. His responsibilities include oversight of all media and congressional and citizen outreach for numerous ACF agencies, including the Office of Head Start, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Office of Refugee Resettlement, and Administration for Native Americans.

In addition, Froats works closely with a variety of Health and Human Services agencies, including the Departments of Education and Transportation, as well as members of Congress and White House officials to coordinate national outreach campaigns. His office has represented and led senior management’s major initiatives, such as President Barack Obama's Fatherhood Initiative and Universal Preschool.

Froats’ high-profile projects have included managing media relations during the governmental sequestration; the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare; and the question of welfare reform during the 2012 presidential election. As a member of the United States Air Force for six years, he was a combat correspondent and television broadcaster as well as an audio/visual specialist. Froats is earning a master’s degree in public administration with a specialty in public policy from the University of Baltimore and holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Beaver campus.

He can be contacted through the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Penn State Beaver, Rep. Christiana to host free Beaver County Job Fair

Penn State Beaver and Rep. Jim Christiana will host the Beaver County Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the lodge of the campus Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Job opportunities in a wide range of disciplines will be presented, including banking and financial services, communications, education, law enforcement, hospice services, personal and nursing home care, marketing and public relations, mental health care, museum care, Pennsylvania civil service, retail, social services, staffing and job training, and transportation and logistics. Employers attending include Adecco Staffing Solutions, Airest Collezioni, Beyond Spots and Dots, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Caring Hospice Services, Clearview Federal Credit Union, Combined Insurance Co., Divine Home Care & Association, DeVry University, Enterprise Holdings, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, FASE (Female Alliance for STEM Excellence), FedEx Ground, Girls Hope, Geneva College, Glade Run Lutheran Services, Home Depot, Lutheran Senior Life, Job Training for Beaver County, New Century Careers, Old Economy Village, PA Women Work, Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, Pennsylvania State Police, PGT Trucking, PLS Logistics Services, PNC Bank, Renewal, Inc., Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, SPC CommuteInfo Program, Staffmark, Step By Step Inc., The Verland Foundation, The Woodlands Foundation, Villa St. Joseph, Waddell & Reed Inc., Waste Management, WBVP/WMBA Radio, Western Pennsylvania Psychiatric Care, and West Penn Allegheny Health System.

For directions to Beaver campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations, 724-773-3815 or rxm70@psu.edu. For all other information, contact Christiana’s district office at 724-728-7655 or visit http://www.repchristiana.com.

Penn State Beaver offers multiple outlets for weather-related closing details

As winter approaches, faculty, staff, students and the public can obtain information about any weather-related delays or closings at Penn State Beaver in several ways.

Information will be posted on Beaver’s home page at www.beaver.psu.edu and is also available by calling the campus SNO SNO number at 724-773-3SNO (724-773-3766).

Specific guidelines and policies for faculty and staff can be found at http://www.br.psu.edu/Information/17926.htm, while specific guidelines for students are available at http://www.br.psu.edu/Information/17928.htm.

In addition, the campus community and the public are encouraged to register for the PSUTXT text alert system by visiting http://psutxt.psu.edu.

Admissions Office to host Veteran’s Day Application Workshop

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Veteran’s Day Application Workshop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, in the Student Union Building. The $50 application fee will be waived for all participants. Admissions Office staff members will be on hand to guide individuals through the application process.

Participants must bring an official transcript. Some applying may be eligible for an immediate decision about acceptance to Penn State. Campus tours will also be provided. In addition, guests are invited to learn more about the Penn State admissions process that day by attending information sessions at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 16, Student Union Building. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Oct. 23-27

Wednesday, Oct. 23

-- Women’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Greater Allegheny 0

Thursday, Oct. 24

-- Men’s soccer, PSUAC Final Four - Penn State Beaver 4, Penn State York 2

Sunday, Oct. 27

-- Men’s soccer – Penn State Brandywine 5, 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.