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Public invited to attend Penn State Beaver Spirit Night

The public is invited to attend Spirit Night at Penn State Beaver beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the campus gymnasium. The women’s basketball team will take on Penn State Fayette at 6 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. tip-off for both men’s teams. This annual event features a variety of activities and giveaways throughout the evening and provides an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and the public to show their pride in their respective teams. For information, contact the Athletic Office at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826. For directions to campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver United Way Committee exceeds $5,000 goal

The Penn State Beaver 2013 United Way Committee announced that it exceeded its $5,000 goal by raising $5,331.10 from campus faculty, staff and students. The funds were given to the United Way of Beaver County.

The committee raised funds through a variety of on-campus activities, including a gift basket auction, sales of Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream half-gallons, Penn State T-shirts, personal solicitations and dress down days. The campus hockey team, The Fightin’ Beaves, raised $300 for the project.

Committee members were Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education; Ted Froats, manager of information technology; Parker Goolsby, coordinator of residence life; Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Offices of the Chancellor, Campus and Community Relations, and the Brodhead Cultural Center; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry, Justin Vorbach, admissions counselor; and Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Offices of the Registrar and the Division of Undergraduate Studies. For information about the United Way committee, contact Alvetro at dlp31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762.

Beaver’s Spring Faculty Speakers Series opens with presentation on Romania

The Penn State Beaver Spring Faculty Speakers Series began Monday, Jan. 27, with “Romania and the Communist Regime,” a presentation given by Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry and a native of Romania.

Her hour-long program was attended by faculty, students and staff and was followed by a 40-minute question and answer session. Tanaskovic spoke about the despair of the Romanian people under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu, described by The New York Times as a maverick and despotic Romanian Communist leader who pursued an independent course abroad and demanded slavish subservience at home. When the country rose in rebellion, Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed Dec. 25, 1989. Tanaskovic described the misery and hardships of the lives she and her family and friends endured under Ceausescu’s reign and discussed how quickly Ceausescu’s downfall came after 24 years of repression at home and bridge-building to the West.

Tanaskovic began her professional career working in Bucharest, Romania, as an assistant junior chemical engineer for the Dudesti Chemical Co. A year later, she became a senior design engineer for the Research and Design Institute for Public Works and, four years later, was promoted to manager of the Analytical Chemical Laboratory. She spent four years in that position, then moved to the United States. She began teaching at Beaver campus as an adjunct faculty member and now holds a full-time position. Tanaskovic earned a master’s degree in chemistry from the Technical University of Bucharest. She can be contacted at cct3@psu.edu or 724-773-3592.

Participate in blood drive and benefit THON

The American Red Cross and Penn State Beaver will host a blood drive that will benefit not only those in need of blood, but pediatric cancer patients as well. For every donor who participates, the Red Cross will donate $4 to Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), which provides funding and support for children at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital.

The blood drive is open to the public and will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Beaver campus Student Union Building Lodge. Donors must bring their ID. THON will be held Feb. 21-23 at Penn State University Park’s Bryce Jordan Center. To date, THON has raised $101 million dollars for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey. Funds are used to aid in cancer research and provide family services for children with cancer as well as their families.

To make an appointment to donate blood at Beaver campus, visit http://www.redcross.org/blood. For information, contact Jen Toof, resident life and student activities coordinator, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947. For direction to campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu

Prospective students invited to Spend a Day at Penn State

High school juniors and seniors are invited to get a real taste of college life by attending the Penn State Spend a Day program to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Penn State Beaver. Participants will meet in the Student Union Building. Campus tours and information sessions will be provided, and visitors will attend classes and have lunch with current Beaver campus students. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver welcomes new police officer

Michael C. Moyer has been hired as Penn State Beaver’s sixth full-time police officer, effective immediately. Moyer comes to Beaver campus from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a full-time police officer for more than a year.

In addition, he served as a full-time police officer for two years at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He has also worked on security detail for Gregg Protection Services. Moyer graduated first in his class at the Community College of Beaver County Police Academy and holds a police technology certificate and ACT 120 certification.

He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Beaver campus maintains a police department, which serves the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and at least one police officer is on duty at all times. The campus residence hall has capacity for more than 200 students, and resident and commuter students total more than 700.

All Penn State police officers are certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission. They carry the same authority as municipal police officers in the state and have the same basic police training, first aid training and annual in-service training required for municipal police. Moyer can be contacted on campus at mcm5059@psu.edu or 724-773-3840.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Jan. 22 to 28

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 103, Penn State New Kensington 67
Women’s basketball – Point Park University 97, Penn State Beaver 76
Wrestling – Waynesburg University 54, Penn State Beaver 0
Wrestling – Ohio Valley University 51, Penn State Beaver 0

Friday, Jan. 24
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 99, Penn College 69
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 88, Penn College 70

Monday, Jan. 27Men’s basketball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 87, Penn State Beaver 82
Women’s basketball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 86, Penn State Beaver 75

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 77, Carlow University 61

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.