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Penn State Beaver welcomes new faculty, staff

Penn State Beaver has hired Keith R. Willson as an instructor in physics and Brenda C. Schultz has been named student personal and career counselor. Both are full-time positions.

Willson was an adjunct lecturer in physics at Beaver for two years and spent seven years as an assistant professor of physics and mathematics at Geneva College. Previously, he served as a group leader, Material Flammability Section, Southwest Research Institute, Department of Fire Technology, San Antonio, and was a senior associate scientist in polyurethanes research, PU Division, at Bayer Polymers LLC in Pittsburgh.

At Bayer Willson was also a senior associate scientist in the Combustion Laboratory and a research physicist. In addition, he was a research assistant in the Carnegie-Mellon University Physics Department, Interfacial Physics Group.

He has published scholarly and industry papers and articles, attended conferences and given presentations throughout the United States and Canada.

Willson holds a doctorate in physics; a master’s degree in colloid, polymer and surface science; and a master’s degree in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University as well as a bachelor’s degree in physics from Geneva College. He can be contacted at krw18@psu.edu or 724-773-3873.

Schultz came to Beaver campus from the Parkway West Alternative Center for Education in Oakdale where she was a school counselor and social worker for eight years. She also worked for a year as a secondary school counselor intern at West Allegheny School District, Imperial, and spent seven years as a career counselor and government contracts funding specialist for Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh.

Schultz is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association and the Allegheny County Counselor Association.

She holds a master’s degree in community counseling from Regent University, a school counseling endorsement from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Edinboro University. Contact Schultz at bcs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3961.

Penn State Beaver announces fall graduates

Penn State Beaver held its fall commencement on Friday, Dec. 20, in the Student Union Building auditorium. Thirty-eight students received baccalaureate, associate and nursing degrees.

The academic processional and recessional, and convention of proceedings were led by Tiffany MacQuarrie, instructor in English, and president of the Beaver campus Faculty Congress. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented degrees, which were conferred by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer in conjunction with John Feraco, president of the Beaver campus advisory board and manufacturing leader for NOVA Chemicals Inc.

The commencement speaker was Beaver campus alumnus Ted Froats Jr., senior public affairs specialist, news director and acting spokesperson for the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a $60 billion federal agency with more than 1,000 employees. 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 graduated in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Penn State Beaver and holds an associate degree in public affairs from the Community College of the U.S. Maxwell Air Force Base. He is working on his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Baltimore and will graduate in May 2015.

Michael Hamilton, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, offered a welcome to the new graduates on behalf of the association. A reception prepared by the Office of Housing and Food Services was held in the Brodhead Bistro following commencement.

Degree recipients follow:

Bachelor of science in administration of justice - Candidates were presented by Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Korey L. Freyermuth, Pittsburgh
Virginia R. Householder, Beaver
Evan D. Liwosz, Imperial
Rhett B. Maze, Evans City
Alisha N. Saunders, Beaver Falls

Bachelor of science in business - Candidates were presented by Karen Barr, senior instructor in business.
Allison M. Eritano, Aliquippa
Alex E. Filippi, Aliquippa
Kylee N. Gentile, Hookstown
Rebekah M. Jaussen, Greenville
Jordan M. Levandowski, Kingston
Jennifer L. Piltz, Aliquippa
Jordan DJ Sawtelle, Pittsburgh
Brittany A. Tomaselli, East Liverpool, Ohio

Bachelor of arts in communications - Candidate was presented by John Chapin, professor of communications.
Nancy L. Paoletti, Monaca

Bachelor of science in economics - Candidate was presented by Karen Barr, senior instructor in business.
Jeffrey A. Hredzak, Aliquippa

Bachelor of science in information sciences and technology - Candidates were presented by Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology.
Michael J. Bazalewski, Finleyville
Michael J. Deitrick, Beaver
Arvindram Iyer, Moon Township
Joseph Monsour, New Castle

Bachelor of science in nursing - Candidates were presented by Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics.
Nancy L. Bell, Beaver
Bryanne P. Giles, Monaca
Sandra Juarez, Moon Township
Robert S. Messer, Monaca
Susan E. Muoio, Beaver Falls
Tracie Jo Nicastro, Aliquippa
Lisa Zolkiewicz, Moon Township

Bachelor of arts in psychology - Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Bryan J. Fleeson, Wampum
David J. Moore, Darlington
Nicole L. Moore, New Brighton
Tyler S. Setcavage, Pittsburgh
Charles Z. Young, Beaver

Bachelor of science in psychology - Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Andrew M. Frizzell, Pittsburgh
Amy M. Greene, Beaver
Jamie L. Valent, Rochester

Bachelor of science in secondary education - Candidates were presented by Michelle Kurtyka, instructor in kinesiology and assistant to the director of academic affairs.
Caitlyn E. Beatty, Monaca
Bryan A. Testa, State College

Bachelor of science in wildlife and fisheries science - Candidate was presented by Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry.
Jennifer L. McDonald, New Castle

Associate of science in information sciences and technology - Candidate was presented by Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology.
Mark A. Hoskinson, Hookstown

For information about Beaver’s academic programs, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724-773-3571 or djm5@psu.edu or the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

Spring semester schedule announced at Penn State Beaver

Penn State Beaver’s spring semester’s schedule has been announced.

Classes begin Monday, Jan. 13. Classes will not be held on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the campus staff offices will be open as usual. Spring break will be from Monday through Saturday, March 10 to 15. No classes will be held, but campus offices will be open and operating on a regular schedule.

Classes end Friday, May 2. Study days are Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, and final exams will be held Monday through Friday, May 5 through 9. Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, and be followed by a reception. Commencement location will be announced at a later date.

For information about the spring semester schedule, contact the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver will host youth sports camps this spring

The Penn State Beaver Athletic Department and the Office of Continuing Education are partnering to offer a series of youth sports camps January through March.

Beaver campus coaches and staff members will provide instruction, feedback and tips to help campers improve their athletic performance as they develop the necessary skills in their particular sport(s). In addition, participants will interact with other campers of similar ages and skill levels.

Baseball Hitting and Fielding Camp for Boys (ages 14 and younger)

Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1

Pitching and Catching Camp for Boys (ages 14 and younger)

10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 and 22

Softball Hitting and Fielding Camp for Girls (ages 14 and younger)

Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Softball Pitching and Catching Camp for Girls – (ages 14 and younger)

10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

All Skills Camp for Boys and Girls (ages 8 to 14)

5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 1
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2

To register or obtain more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education, beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or contact the Athletic Department, ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3786.

Beaver Admissions Office will host application, financial aid workshops

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host free programs for prospective students of all ages on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Student Union Building. An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Admissions Office, and a Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium.

The Application Workshop will offer help in applying to Penn State at any campus, and the $50 application fee will be waived. Participants must bring their official transcripts and may receive an immediate admissions decision that day. Campus tours will also be provided.

The Financial Aid Workshop will guide participants through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will provide tips on how to avoid difficulties in financing a college education.

For information, contact the Beaver campus Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu.

Beaver Office of Continuing Education to offer SAT, ACT review courses

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering review courses for the SAT and the ACT exams. Courses will be taught by Penn State-approved faculty.

The SAT course features the official SAT Study Guide: Second Edition with practice tests created by the testmakers. The ACT course features The Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd Edition, Peterson’s.

The SAT review course will be offered as follows:

Section 1
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18, through Feb. 22

Section 2
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 15, through April 26

Section 3
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, through May 31

An SAT review course only for students at Chartiers Valley High School will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 11 to 27.

An SAT review course only for Shenango High School students will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from March 15 to April 26

An SAT review course only for Montour High School students will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 11 to 27

The ACT review course will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15, through April 5

The ACT course will be offered only for Montour High School from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 18 to April 10

For more information about the SAT or ACT review courses, contact the Continuing Education Office at 724-773-3700 or beaverce@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Continuing Education, Youth Programs.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Dec. 13 to Jan. 8

Friday, Dec. 13
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 93, Penn State Fayette 66
Women’s basketball – Penn State Fayette 91, Penn State Beaver 80

Sunday, Dec. 15
Men’s basketball – Clarion University 95, Penn State Beaver 88

Saturday, Dec. 28
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 86, Warner University 81

Sunday, Dec. 29
Men’s basketball – Webber International University 97, Penn State Beaver 66

Wednesday, Jan. 8
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 86, Grove City College 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.