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Students unite to volunteer for Martin Luther King day of service

In honor of the Martin Luther King holiday on Jan. 20 and despite the fact that there were no classes held, 90 students from Penn State campuses --  Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Shenango -- spent the day “on, not off” by working as volunteers at a variety of regional community sites.

This year marked the sixth time that these six regional campuses united to volunteer at various locations throughout their areas. This year’s host site was Shenango campus, where the majority of students spent the day at six different locations.

Shenango work sites included AWARE, a victim services agency dedicated to eliminating domestic and sexual violence in Mercer County; the Shenango Valley YMCA/Chaver’s Community Center, where children spend after-school hours gaining skills in education, social interaction, and recreation; the Children's Center of Mercer County, an organization serving the educational and physical needs of developmentally challenged children; the Salvation Army, which offers clothing and food bank services, disaster relief, and shelter for the homeless; Riverview Manor, an assisted living facility in Sharon that offers senior housing services for aging adults; and the Buhl Recreational Center, a non-profit organization offering recreational, social, fitness, and educational programs for the community. In addition, students partnered with the Pittsburgh branch of Gay for Good, a group designed to mobilize the LGBT community to volunteer time to social welfare and environmental service projects, to work at the Pittsburgh Food Bank in Duquesne.

Beaver students also assembled care packages to be sent to troops abroad through Operation Gratitude. For information about student activities at Penn State Beaver, contact Jen Toof at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Community advised of winter weather policies, PSUTXT alert

Throughout the year, but especially during the winter months, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read information dealing with campus schedule changes or delays by visiting http://br.psu.edu/weather.htm.

Inclement weather policies and procedures are clearly outlined for all campus employees and students. The community also is encouraged to register for PSUTXT, a service designed to alert the Penn State community when situations arise that affect the ability of a campus to function normally. Subscribers can receive alerts by text message to cellphones, and also can elect to have alerts sent to an email address. Registration is free.

To register and determine which PSUTXT alerts you want to receive, visit http://psutxt.psu.edu. For information about possible schedule changes due to weather, students, faculty, and staff also are encouraged to visit the campus home page at www.beaver.psu.edu and/or call the Penn State Beaver SNO line at 724-773-3SNO (724-773-3766).

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.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Jan. 11-18

Saturday, Jan. 11

Women’s basketball – Ohio University Eastern Campus 90, Penn State Beaver 82

Tuesday, Jan. 14 Women’s basketball – Carlow University 69, Penn State Beaver 65

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Wrestling – Penn State Mont Alto 53, Penn State Beaver 0

Wrestling – Penn State Beaver 18, Penn State New Kensington 9

Wrestling – Penn State Beaver 24, Penn State Fayette 12

Saturday, Jan. 18

Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 108, Penn State DuBois 58

Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 99, Penn State DuBois 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.