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Penn State Beaver Advisory Board welcomes newest member

Steve Huggins, plant manager at Eaton’s circuit breaker facility in Beaver, is the newest member of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board. He joined the group at its recent meeting on Nov. 22.

Huggins is responsible for plant operations at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union facility, which employs more than 400. He has held a variety of leadership roles at Eaton during the past 23 years, including director of marketing, Residential and Wiring Device Division; director of marketing, Molded Case Circuit Breakers; and district sales manager, North American Sales. He also served on Eaton’s Americas’ Marketing Organization and led the company’s efforts to combat counterfeit and gray market circuit breakers in the United States.

He has been involved in strategic planning, product road mapping, profit planning, contracts, acquisitions and Eaton’s Business System.

Huggins holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University. He can be contacted through the Beaver campus Chancellor’s Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Endowed scholarship established to honor longtime faculty member Leo Takahashi

Penn State Beaver alumni and friends have established the Leo Takahashi Honorary Scholarship to recognize a longtime professor at the campus. The announcement of the endowed scholarship, with initial gifts totaling $50,000, was made recently by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer.

Takahashi is an assistant professor of physics who began teaching at the Beaver campus in 1967. He and his wife, Marylou, learned of the scholarship when they were invited to a private luncheon hosted by Keefer and Diana Patterson, director of development. Takahashi is the longest-serving faculty member in Beaver campus history.

"I am deeply honored,” Takahashi said, “but this scholarship is really about the quality of the students who take my classes and the success that follows their graduation." Consideration for the Leo Takahashi Honorary Scholarship will be given to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at Beaver who have shown academic success and plan to major in engineering, science or physics.

“Even though he’s taught for more than 40 years, Leo continues to strive for excellence in everything he does,” said Donna J. Kuga, Penn State Beaver’s director of academic affairs. “He continues to evolve his teaching methods in the lab and in the classroom. He has a love for all of the sciences and has been a role model for many incoming faculty members in a variety of science disciplines.”

Kuga also noted Takahashi’s love of advising. “He’s advised countless students over the years,” she said, “and he finds great joy in that. He really enjoys helping students explore science, and he’s one of the professors that students never forget.”

Takahashi holds a master’s degree in physics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from William Jewell College. He also attended the University of Missouri, Rolla. Prior to coming to Beaver campus, Takahashi spent a year as an instructor of physics at Illinois State University, followed by a year as a visiting instructor of physics at Kenyon College.

The public is invited to contribute to the Leo Takahashi Honorary Scholarship by contacting the Beaver campus Office of Development at 724-773-3558 or dlp25@psu.edu. All gifts to the Leo Takahashi Honorary Scholarship will help Penn State Beaver reach its goals in For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. This effort is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University’s tradition of quality. The campaign’s top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

Beaver campus students raise $1,000 to support THON

In November, Penn State Beaver students raised $1,000 at their annual Dance for a Cure event on campus. The funds will be used to support the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON, which focuses year-round on raising funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Through a variety of programs and events on and off-campus, Beaver campus students raised more than $7,100 for THON in 2012. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $101 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. THON 2014 will take place from Feb. 21 to 23 at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.

For information about Beaver campus THON activities, contact Jen Toof, student activities and residence life coordinator, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Scholarship donors and recipients honored on campus

At a recent scholarship donor and student recipient recognition dinner, Penn State Beaver Chancellor Gary B. Keefer announced eight newly established scholarships in the amount of $50,000 each:

-- Aliquippa Wolves Club Trustee Endowed Scholarship
-- Chancellor Gary B. Keefer Endowed Scholarship
-- John and Magdalen Hertneky Memorial Endowed Scholarship
-- Julian and Laura Gray Trustee Endowed Scholarship
-- Leo Takahashi Honorary Endowed Scholarship
-- Nick and Bernice Andrews Endowed Scholarship
-- Rochester Wolves Club Trustee Endowed Scholarship
-- Sheets Family Trustee Endowed Scholarship

An additional pledge in the amount of $100,000 was made to the existing Thomas J. Day and Michelle Bower Day Endowed Scholarship, and an additional $25,000 pledge was made to the existing Meacci Family Endowed Scholarship.

Beaver campus scholarship donors and recipients for 2013-14 are as follows:

Aliquippa Wolves Club Endowed and Annual Scholarships
Andre Graef, freshman, engineering, Aliquippa
Erin Treese, freshman, administration of justice, Aliquippa

Aliquippa Wolves Club Trustee Scholarship
Dorian Gilliam, senior, information sciences and technology, Aliquippa
Austin Lane, freshman, administration of justice, Aliquippa
Maddison Miller, senior, psychology, Aliquippa
Brittany Phillips, sophomore, science, Aliquippa

Ambridge Wolves Club Trustee Scholarship
Travis Anderson, senior, administration of justice, Aliquippa
Lydia Aquino, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Ambridge
Derrick Brown, senior, information sciences and technology, Ambridge

Audrey J. McGivern Trustee Scholarship
Jose Flores, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Randolph, N.J.
Judd Jundi, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Huntingdon Valley
Vincent Moore, freshman, African-American studies, Los Angeles
Latasia Moses, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh
Jeremy Smith, sophomore, engineering, Claysville

Beaver County Commissioners Trustee Scholarship
Eric Halicek, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Baden
Kristin Macom, sophomore, engineering, New Brighton
Jennifer Medarac, freshman, administration of justice, Beaver Falls

Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter Annual Scholarship
Chao Fang, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Canonsburg

Carol Kilcoyne Outstanding Achievement Annual Scholarship
Brent Coleman-Mitchell, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh

Charles E. Fenton Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Nelly Peralta, senior, administration of justice, Moon Township
Brenton Rhone, senior, administration of justice, Ambridge

Coraopolis Wolves Club Trustee Scholarship
Jermal Bell, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Coraopolis
Mason DePetro, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Coraopolis
Anthony Frenzley, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, McKees Rocks
Marqua Geter, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, McKees Rocks

Dale A. Dopilka Memorial Scholarship
Maura Francis, sophomore, liberal arts, Pittsburgh

Dr. Donna J. Kuga Trustee Scholarship
Joseph Monsour, senior, information sciences and technology, New Castle
Marissa Patmon, freshman, liberal arts, San Diego
Michael Reese, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Negley, Ohio
Markes Royster, senior, business, Pittsburgh
Trisha Van Winkle, junior, administration of justice, Rochester
Tara Vides, freshman, engineering, Silver Spring, Md.

Frank G. Papa Family Endowed Scholarship
Christopher Bedillion, sophomore, business administration, Claysville
Matthew Fetch, sophomore, agriculture, Aliquippa

Harvey R. Kelly, Jr. and Dr. Emma S. Rocco Arts and Communications Endowed Scholarship
Amy Arnold, sophomore, business, Midland
Sori Mundell, freshman, engineering, Beaver Falls
Ruhiben Patel, freshman, science, Pittsburgh

James L. Buccini Trustee Scholarship
Robert Agurs, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh
Sidney Bates, sophomore, administration of justice, Pittsburgh
Amanda Bowers, sophomore, liberal arts, Alloway, N.J.
Javier Cabellero, freshman, science, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Amanda Donatelli, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Indiana
Mercedes Grier, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Washington, D.C.
Alicia Hampe, sophomore, liberal arts, Hickory
Lorenzo Hernandez, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Chula Vista, Calif.
Gina Richman, senior, administration of justice, Edinburg
Davian Whitfield, sophomore, business, Washington, D.C.

James V. and Agnes Gray Trustee Scholarship
Alex Angleton, senior, business, New Galilee
Alexis Koffler, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Burgettstown
Tyler Weyers, sophomore, agriculture, McDonald

James Monroe Annual Scholarship
Adam Jones, junior, engineering, Beaver

John and Renny Simpson Science Scholarship
Zachary Houston, sophomore, science, Moon Township

Julian and Laura Gray Annual Scholarship
Taisha Webster, senior, information sciences and technology, Aliquippa

John L. Walters Memorial Scholarship
Brent Coleman-Mitchell, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh

Meacci Family Scholarship
Christopher Miller, freshman, business administration, Gibsonia
Nancy Paoletti, senior, communications, Monaca

Michael Baker Corp. Engineering Scholarship
Shane Byers, sophomore, engineering, Aliquippa
Adam Jones, junior, engineering, Beaver
Gerald Rooney, sophomore, engineering, Aliquippa

Michael Brynczak Annual Scholarship
Glenn Claypool, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Palmdale, Calif.
Lyndsy Gazda, sophomore, agriculture, Rochester
Dustin Griffith, sophomore, science, Harmony

Monaca Wolves Club Trustee Scholarship
Morgon Allbaugh, sophomore, agriculture, Monaca
Alex Filippi, senior, business, Aliquippa

Nicholas and Bernice Andrews Annual Scholarship
Jhnonnathan Paiva, freshman, business, Astoria, N.Y.

NOVA Chemicals Inc. Beaver Valley Plant Endowed Scholarship
Michael Ladakos, junior, information sciences and technology, Monaca

NOVA Chemicals Inc. Beaver Valley Plant Trustee Scholarship
Shehanna Begay, junior, psychology, East Palestine, Ohio
Kylie Hendrickson, junior, administration of justice, Aliquippa

PA Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship – Beaver County Chapter
Bradley Coleman, sophomore, engineering, Beaver Falls

Penn State Alumni Association Trustee Scholarship
Britney Clemente, sophomore, information sciences and technology, Canal Winchester, Ohio
Kennisha Singleton-Nelson, freshman, engineering, Washington, D.C.
Joei-Ann Williams, freshman, science, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship
Amy Arnold, sophomore, business, Midland
Michael Deitrick, senior, information sciences and technology, Beaver
Tyler Madden, junior, administration of justice, Moon Township
Courtney Walker, freshman, business, Hookstown

Penn State Beaver Alumni and Friends Trustee Scholarship
Markus Allen, senior, psychology, Monaca
Kelsey Brooks, freshman, health and human development, Pittsburgh
Shannon McCullough, junior, psychology, Monaca

Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship
Jason Hitt, sophomore, engineering, Ambridge
Bryan Magee, sophomore, liberal arts, Sewickley
Zachariah Shaffer, sophomore, information and sciences technology, Beaver Falls

Penn State Beaver Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Santino Graziani, sophomore, engineering, Aliquippa
Megan Powers, sophomore, agriculture, Beaver Falls

Pittsburgh Tube Company/PTC Alliance Endowed Scholarship
Dustin Moser, sophomore, communications, Ellwood City

PNC Financial Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Shelby Hogan, junior, psychology, Clinton

Richard and Margaret Shaw Endowed Scholarship
Bailey Kellner, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Baden
Amanda McGrogan, sophomore, psychology, Midland
Katelyn Sharpless, junior, business, Rochester

Richard and Margaret Shaw Trustee Scholarship
Niklaus Hamilton, freshman, engineering, Pittsburgh
Erica Jones, sophomore, kinesiology, Pittsburgh
Trevon Major, freshman, business, New Castle
Joshua Nussbaum, junior, psychology, Cranberry Township
Carissa Noce, sophomore, health and human development, Burgettstown
Christina Warren, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, New Castle

Rochester Wolves Club Trustee Scholarship
John Fletcher, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Beaver Falls
Alissa Ketterer, freshman, liberal arts, Rochester
Kathleen Wherry, junior, psychology, Rochester

Scott K. Noxon Endowed Scholarship
Joseph Benscoter, junior, information sciences and technology, Beaver
Kylee Gentile, senior, business, Hookstown

Sheets Family Endowed Trustee Scholarship
Ta-Shaun Goode, freshman, health and human development, New Brighton
Christopher Weathers, junior, business, New Brighton

Standard Steel Specialty Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Brandon Rowan, sophomore, earth and mineral sciences, New Brighton

Thomas A. Gilchrist Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Lindsay Bangor, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Beaver

Thomas J. Day and Michelle Bower Day Endowed Scholarship
Audrey Zanath, sophomore, education, Aliquippa

Shirley M. and Thomas P. Woolaway Endowed Scholarship
Julieanne Bosley, sophomore, communications, Aliquippa
Kayla Butchek, junior, psychology, Industry
Jessica Davis, senior, psychology, Pittsburgh
Lukas Kozak, senior, psychology, Carnegie
Francis O’Conner, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Freedom
Monica Pitcher, junior, communications, Beaver
Trey Trieschock, junior, administration of justice, Canonsburg

Trustee Fund for Penn State Beaver
Dalia Arreola, freshman, business, Whittier, Calif.
Caitlin Vodenichar, senior, communications, Rochester

Tuscarora Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Joseph Benscoter, junior, information sciences and technology, Beaver

Don Veri Memorial Veterans Scholarship
Marco Graziani, sophomore, administration of justice, Aliquippa

Communication Annual publishes Penn State Beaver professor's article

John Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, is the author of an article, “As Seen on TV! Third-Person Perception in the ER,” which was published in the Nov. 13 edition of the Communication Annual.

The article explores third-person perception among medical professionals who believe others are more influenced than they are by media depictions of domestic abuse and violent crime. Chapin has conducted extensive research in the areas of domestic abuse, sexual and criminal violence, and youth and adult perceptions of these crimes. He frequently works with the staff and clients at Pittsburgh’s Crisis Center North, which provides support and services for victims of abuse and violence, and is a longtime proponent of victims’ rights.

He received the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Certificate, awarded by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus, for work on behalf of victims of crime. Chapin also received the Outstanding Citizenship Award presented by Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh in recognition of his service to Beaver County law enforcement. In addition, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett named Chapin the recipient of the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Organizational Capacity Building Award, which is awarded as part of the Western Regional Training Initiative subcommittee.

In the past, Chapin has received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives for his research and volunteer work on behalf of domestic violence victims through providing domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. He has also received a variety of campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.