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Alumni Chapter invites public to participate in children’s gift drive

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting its annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child and will purchase, wrap, and deliver the gift to Penn State Beaver.

The chapter requests that each gift have a value of $25 to $30. In lieu of buying a gift, participants have the option of making a cash gift which will be used by Alumni Chapter members to buy and wrap presents. To receive the first name of a child and his/her gift suggestions, contact Diane Canning at 724-375-2474; Cindy Hovanec at 412-370-2884 or 724-378-7448; or Cheryl Yevak at 724-695-2297 or 412-600-1424.

On each wrapped package, donors must include a gift tag stating the child’s first name and the caseworker code. Gifts must be dropped off from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, or 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Beaver campus Student Union Building, room 16. Donations can be made in cash or by check payable to Beaver Valley Area Chapter PSAA and mailed to Office of Campus and Community Relations, Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.

Faculty member’s work featured at Butler Art Center

The mixed media works of David Todd, lecturer in art at Penn State Beaver, were featured recently in the 2 Person Show Exhibit at the Butler Art Center. Todd, who also is an instructor of art at Butler County Community College, holds a master of fine arts degree with concentrations in painting, drawing, sculpture and art history from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and a minor in English literature, history and geography from Slippery Rock University. Todd can be contacted at dpt3@psu.edu or 724-773-3873.

Financial aid overview workshop provided for high school counselors

Last week Gail Gray, Penn State Beaver student aid and veterans coordinator, along with a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, hosted an on-campus workshop to provide more than 30 high school guidance counselors with an overview of the financial aid process as their students prepare to enter college. Gray is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Aid Financial Aid Administrators.

The program, which is presented annually, is designed to explain financial aid, how awards are made, which students qualify for aid in special circumstances, and any changes or updates to state and federal student aid programs.

For more information, contact Gray at gailgray@psu.edu, 724-773-3803, or 1-877-JOIN PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Schultz joins campus as student personal and career counselor

Brenda C. Schultz has been hired as the student personal and career counselor at Penn State Beaver, effective immediately. The position reports to the director of the Office of Student Affairs.

Since 2005, Schultz has served as a school counselor and social worker at the Parkway West Alternative Center for Education in Oakdale, where her duties included facilitation of intake and transition of at-risk students between high school and alternative education program settings. She also practiced conflict resolution and career, personal, grief, and crisis intervention and counseling. In addition, responsibilities included facilitating individual and group counseling experiences; coordinating academic and social services needs for at-risk students; and coordinating, administering, and interpreting standardized testing instruments, including the Keystone Exams, PSSA, Terra Nova, and Career Assessment Inventory.

Schultz also worked as a secondary school counselor intern for West Allegheny School District for a year and was a career counselor and government contracts funding specialist for Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Pennsylvania for seven years. She is certified as an educational specialist II: secondary school counselor 7-12, and holds a school counseling endorsement from Slippery Rock University. Schultz earned a master’s degree in counseling from Regent University, Virginia Beach, and holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Schultz is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association, and the Allegheny County Counselor Association.

She can be contacted at bcs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3961.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Nov. 9 to 17

Saturday, Nov. 9

Women’s basketball – Ohio Valley University 115, Penn State Beaver 71

Wrestling – Apprentice School 52, Penn State Beaver 3

Wrestling – Wilkes University 49, Penn State Beaver 0

Wrestling – Penn State DuBois 63, Penn State Beaver 0

Wrestling – University of Scranton 50, Penn State Beaver 6

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Men’s basketball - Point Park University 95, Penn State Beaver 89

Friday, Nov. 15

Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 85, Saint Vincent College 83

Saturday, Nov. 16

Women’s basketball – La Roche College 101, Penn State Beaver 62

Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 87, Hiram College 74

Sunday, Nov. 17

Women’s basketball – SUNY Canton 71, Penn State Beaver 69

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.