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Thomas Day Jr. receives 2013 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumnus Award

Thomas Day Jr. is the recipient of the 2013 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumnus Award. The presentation was made at the annual January dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board in the Lodge of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

The award is given to a Beaver campus alumnus who has distinguished himself/herself through career achievement, community involvement, and/or involvement with Beaver campus.

Day is the chief executive officer of West Point Products, a manufacturer of replacement toner cartridges and other imaging supplies based in Washington, Pa, where he and his wife, Michelle, reside. Since Day’s purchase of the company, it has grown into a multimillion dollar operation with more than 550 employees in facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

Day attended Beaver campus and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Penn State University Park in 1988. He began his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand in Pittsburgh, where he worked in the Financial Audit Department specializing in manufacturing clients. He joined Washington Steel Corp. in 1991 and held various management positions in finance, budgeting and planning, operations analysis and production control. In 1997 he joined North American Refractories Co. as financial controller.

In 2000, Day was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ohio Valley Industrial and Business Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization he served for three years. In 2006 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Imaging Technology Council, a nonprofit trade association for the imaging supplies industry, and in 2010 he was elected to serve on that group’s Executive Committee. In 2011 Day was appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of GeoSpatial Innovations Inc., a software and professional consulting services firm.

In 2012 he formed Day Capital Group LLC to manage a private equity fund dedicated to providing flexible capital solutions for small, privately-held companies. The fund offers private equity, venture capital and mezzanine financing to support start-ups, growth expansion, management buyouts, acquisitions and recapitalizations.

Day is a member of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and chairs the group’s Advancement and Development Committee. He is also a member of the campus Campaign Steering Committee, which is close to reaching its $3 million goal and is a member of the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing Committee, which raised $28,400 for student scholarships last fall.

Day and his wife established a $50,000 endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students in 2011 and made an additional $100,000 pledge to the endowment in 2012. They are lifetime members of the Penn State Alumni Association and became Sustaining Members in 2011. In 2012 they were welcomed into the Penn State President’s Club, which honors distinguished members of the Penn State community whose annual leadership gifts demonstrate their ongoing commitment to academic excellence.

For information about the Outstanding Alumni Award, contact the Beaver campus Chancellor’s Office at 724-773-3553 or dlp25@psu.edu.

Public invited to attend free program by multicultural activist, choreographer

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free presentation by Deo Mwano, speaker, multicultural activist and choreographer, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Student Union Building auditorium.

At the age of 7, Mwano witnessed the assassination of his father in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In danger of facing their own death, he, his mother and three brothers escaped to the United States in 2000. Once here, he and his brothers connected with people through music and dance and became so professional that they all appeared on ABC TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Mwano’s choreography has been performed in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia through Youth with a Mission Performing Arts Program. He has also worked with the Pakistani Educational Leadership Institute by teaching dance and serving as a community adviser.

Funding support for the program is provided by the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee and the Penn State Student Activities Cultural Grant. Mwano has mentored and been a dance instructor for Bringing Refugees, Immigrants and Neighbors Gently into Tomorrow. He was a guest speaker on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” program speaking on behalf of the refugee community and was a member of the panel discussion focused on the documentary “Uprooted.” He was also a guest speaker at the TEDxAmoskeagMillyard hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.

He currently works as a learning coach team leader for College For America at Southern New Hampshire University. Mwano holds a master’s degree in business administration and strategic leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, history and international relations from New England College. For information, visit Mwano’s website at http://www.deomwano.com, or contact Jen Toof, Beaver campus coordinator of student activities and residence life, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Penn State Beaver invites public to attend free play about racial injustice

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free performance of a bold new play about racial injustice. “Blood at the Root” will be presented at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Due to language and themes, the play is suggested for mature audiences.

The play follows six high school students at fictional Cedar High as they struggle to look beyond their personal experiences in order to view life from another’s perspective. It also examines the miscarriage of justice, double standards and racial inequality. “Blood at the Root” was inspired by the Jena Six, a group of young black men in Louisiana who were charged with attempted murder after beating a white student at Jena High School in 2007. The assault occurred during a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the center of the school courtyard. The tree was referred to by students as the "white tree,” so when a black student requested to sit under the tree, nooses were hung the following day. The conviction of the Jena Six was cited as an example of racial injustice in the United States, due to widespread belief that the boys had been treated unjustly by being charged with offenses that carried more weight than the assault required.

“Blood at the Root” was written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Steve Broadnax, head of the Graduate Acting Program at Penn State University Park. It was commissioned by the Penn State School of Theatre and features students from the Graduate Acting Program. Last summer “Blood at the Root” toured for three weeks in South Africa, culminating at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The play will continue to tour Penn State campuses and other locations across the country.

“Blood at the Root” is co-sponsored by the Beaver campus Office of Student Affairs and the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee; the Penn State Student Activities Cultural Grant; the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses; the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity; and the College of Arts and Architecture. For information, visit http://theatre.psu.edu or contact Beaver’s Office of Campus and Community Relations at 724-773-3816 or amk6@psu.edu.

Beaver campus Faculty Speakers Series continues on Feb. 17

The 2014 Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series will continue from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in Room 16, Student Union Building, with a presentation by JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology.

The public is invited to attend. Her program “Globalization: Prospects and Problems” is also the name of her book published last year by SAGE Publications Inc. Chirico’s presentation will offer an overview of globalization issues and will explore the methods social scientists employ to study globalization. In 2010 she received Penn State’s Multicultural Resource Center’s Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award in honor of her work in promoting multiculturalism and concern for the needs of multicultural students.

She is a member of the Beaver campus Climate and Diversity Committee and helped to develop the campus Reach Out Program, which placed more than 100 students in community service positions. Chirico also chaired the Educational Equity and Campus Environment Team for two years and was a member of the Penn State Commission for Women. She is a member of the Beaver campus Voices Against Violence Committee, which raises awareness of sexual and domestic violence. She is the recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award, the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award, and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series.

Chirico holds a doctorate in sociology and education, and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She can be contacted at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846.

Spend a Day Program for high school students rescheduled for Feb. 19

Because of inclement weather, the Penn State Beaver Spend a Day Program originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 5, was rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Student Union Building.

The program invites high school juniors and seniors to visit Beaver to experience college life by attending classes and having lunch with current Beaver campus students. Campus tours and a variety of information sessions will also be provided.

Registration is open to all students. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Prospective students invited to attend Presidents’ Day admissions events

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office invites prospective students to attend three free programs that will be held on campus on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 17.

An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building. If participants complete a Penn State application, the $50 application fee will be waived. Some individuals may be eligible to receive an immediate admissions decision that day. Official transcripts are required to complete an application.

Campus tours will be provided. A Lunchtime Financial Aid Seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building auditorium. The program provides a wide variety of information about how to file a successful Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will offer other financial information as well. This session is ideal for those who need the information presented in under an hour. A Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Laboratory Classroom Building Computer Lab. Participants will be introduced to the FAFSA form and will receive directions on how to avoid potential pitfalls in financing a college education at Penn State or any higher education institution.

For more information about these programs, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Admissions.

Health Services will cosponsor workshop on social media, domestic violence

The Penn State Beaver Health Services Office, Crisis Center North and the Women’s Center of Beaver County will co-sponsor a program called “Get the Message: Social Media’s Influence on Domestic Violence, Sexual & Social Behavior” at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Student Union Building Lodge.

The program is open to students, faculty and staff. Darla Barie will be the guest speaker and will involve the audience in a discussion about the ongoing impact of social media on the sexual and psychological behavior of men and women of all ages. Barie is a community educator and volunteer coordinator for Crisis Center North, which is a Pittsburgh-based organization that provides numerous support services for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

As a survivor of sexual and domestic assault and abuse, Barie educates audiences about these topics by providing information on how to recognize abuse, how to seek help personally or for friends and family, how to cope with the aftermath of violence and how to increase awareness and prevention of domestic violence. Barie has delivered keynote addresses at the Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf, the University of Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, La Roche College and Community College of Allegheny County. She has also attended domestic violence conferences for deaf victims in Salt Lake City and Rochester, N.Y. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Funding support is provided by the Beaver campus Student Activity Fee. The program is coordinated by Beaver campus nurse Barb Kugel, who can be contacted in the Office of Health Services at bxk31@psu.edu or 724-773-3955.

Continuing Education offers courses in Personal Care Home Training

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education delivers a variety of courses for health care professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and/or administrators, and direct-care staff who must meet continuing education requirements.

Individuals who are providing elder care for family members will find several or all topics valuable and are welcome to attend. All classes are held at Beaver campus.

These courses address issues surrounding personal care homes as well as the responsibility to provide safe, humane, comfortable and supportive residential settings for adults who don't require the services in or of a licensed, long-term care facility, but do require assistance or supervision with daily living activities and other physical and mental life skills.

Penn State is an approved provider through the Department of Public Welfare under the Personal Care Homes Licensing Regulations as of April 23, 2005, published in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (35 Pa.B.2499).

The following courses are open for registration:

Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Reporting
Monday, Feb. 17 - Fee is $84.

Fire Prevention
Monday, Feb. 17 - Fee is $56.

Care for Residents with Dementia
Tuesday, Feb. 18 – Fee is $112.

Community Resources
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Fee is $56.

Budgeting and Financial Recordkeeping
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Fee is $56.

Care for Residents with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities
Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Fee is $28.

Local, State and Federal Laws
Thursday, Feb. 20 - Fee is $28.

Resident Home Contracts
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Fee is $28.

Resident Rights
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Fee is $42.

Staff Supervision
Friday, Feb. 21 – Fee is $112.

To register for courses, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver will host two sports camps for girls

The Penn State Beaver Athletic Department and the Office of Continuing Education will host two sports camps for girls in February and March in the campus gymnasium.

An All-Skills Camp for girls ages 8 to 14 will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 1; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Camp fee is $120.

The Girls’ Basketball Clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and is open to girls in grades three through eight. The fee is $25 and includes a clinic T-shirt. Attendees are also invited to watch the Beaver campus women’s basketball team practice in the gym from 10 to 11 a.m.

Tim Moore, head coach of Beaver’s women’s basketball team, will instruct participants in the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding and defense, and will discuss what it takes to be a successful student-athlete. Moore’s staff and members of his team will assist with the program.

For more information, contact the Athletic Department at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845. To register for either event, contact the Office of Continuing Education, bjb23@psu.edu or 724-773-3761.

Students, faculty and staff help to 'Paint the Campus Red'

Many Penn State Beaver students, staff and faculty wore red on Friday, Feb. 7, to “Paint the Campus Red” in honor of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, which is designed to educate the public about the dangers and warning signs of heart disease, especially among women.

In addition, faculty and students were invited to a free Food and Fun Pizza Lunch in the Student Union Building Lodge to provide an opportunity for informal discussion. Anyone wearing red was entered into a drawing for a gift card from the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore.

“Paint the Campus Red” was sponsored by the Beaver campus Office of Health Services and coordinated by campus nurse Barb Kugel. She can be contacted about any health issues or questions at bxk31@psu.edu or 724-773-3955.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Jan. 31 to Feb. 5

Friday, Jan. 31
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 78, Penn State York 74
Men’s basketball – Penn State York 89, Penn State Beaver 88

Saturday, Feb. 1
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 97, Penn State Mont Alto 38
Men’s basketball – Penn State Mont Alto 107, Penn State Beaver 99

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Women’s basketball – Penn State Fayette 90, Penn State Beaver 82
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 87, Penn State Fayette 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.