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Penn State Beaver Open House will be held March 29

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host its annual Spring Open House at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Student Union Building.

Prospective students of all ages are invited to attend. Participants are invited to explore academic and extracurricular opportunities at Penn State, meet with faculty and current students, tour campus and learn about the value of a Penn State degree.

For information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu.

Penn State alumni, students invited to attend Job and Internship fair

Penn State alumni and students are invited to attend the Western PA Collegiate Job & Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Monroeville Convention Center.

The event is the largest job fair in western Pennsylvania for alumni and students. More than 100 Pittsburgh area and nationally-recognized employers and recruiters will attend the career fair, which will offer information on jobs in areas as diverse as engineering, health care, criminal justice, computer technology, communication, marketing, retail, government and business. For more information about the event or to register to attend, visit http://www.westpacs.org.

Public invited to hear presentation by coauthor of 'Stabbed in the Heart'

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by Lynn Shiner, coauthor of the book “Stabbed in the Heart,” 10 a.m., Friday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The program is cosponsored by Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh. Shiner’s two children were murdered, as was the only child of coauthor Nancy Chavez. Shiner’s husband killed their children, Jen and Dave, and then committed suicide. Chavez’s daughter, Randi, was killed by Randi’s husband and his accomplices, all of whom were sentenced to life without parole. With the help of journalist and coauthor Nancy Eshelman, the women decided to write the book as a way to educate the public about children who are murder victims while raising awareness of the issue and dealing personally with their losses.

Shiner is the director of the Office of Victims’ Services with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. She has 35 years of experience in state government and has turned the Victims Compensation Assistance Program into a national model through streamlining processes, legislative changes, and technology enhancements that ensure the program is victim-centered. She received the National Crime Victim Service Award in 2004 from Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Chavez, who also is a victim of domestic violence, organized the 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage, which has raised more than $271,000 to provide support for victims’ families. In addition, she established Randi’s House of Angels to assist children and families who are exposed to or are victims of domestic violence. She also sponsors a three-day camp to empower children who have experienced domestic violence. She is a trained mediator for victims of violence for the Pennsylvania Department of Correction and is featured in the Pennsylvania Commission for Women's book, "VOICES - African American and Latina Women Share Their Stories of Success.”

Eshelman spent most of her career at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, where she was a reporter, editor, and columnist. She is the recipient of awards from The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and The Associated Press Managing Editors. She has taught at Temple University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Lebanon Valley College and currently teaches part-time at York College of Pennsylvania.

For information about the women and the book, visit http://www.rjdblessings.com. For information about domestic violence prevention and victim support, contact Crisis Center North at http://crisiscenternorth.org, or call the hotline at 412-364-5556 or call toll-free at 866-782-0911.

Personal Care Home training courses offered at Penn State Beaver

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:

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.


Continuing Education Office will offer nursing home administrator courses

This spring the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of courses for nursing home administrators, who must complete 48 hours of coursework every two years. The following courses are four hours in length and will be held at Beaver campus. These courses are approved by the PA Department of Public Welfare for personal care home administrators and the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. Fee for each course is $60. "Facilitation Skills for Educating Your Staff" from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 4, "Caring for the Veteran" from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 4, "Dealing with Difficult People" 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5 and "Effective Communication: It’s Not All Words" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. To register for a course(s) or for more information, contact the Office of Continuing at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Beaver Admissions Office will host FAFSA Completion Workshop

Prospective students and their families are invited to attend a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Laboratory Classroom Building computer lab at Penn State Beaver.

Participants should bring tax forms and financial documents. Staff members from the Beaver Admissions Office will provide guidance on how to complete the FAFSA online.

Preregistration is required. Contact the Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review honors Chapin for volunteerism

John Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, received a plaque at a recent ceremony hosted by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The event honored individuals who were featured in the paper’s frequent Newsmaker Column.

Chapin was honored for his community service work with the Beaver County District Attorney's office, Crisis Center North and the Western Regional Training Initiative. He has been honored by various agencies for his work in educating the public about domestic violence, sexual abuse and victims’ rights.

Chapin received the 2012 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. He also received the 2012 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 2012 Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Organizational Capacity Building Award, which is awarded as part of the Western Regional Training Initiative subcommittee.

Previous honors also included 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.

Chapin has received a variety of on-campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award. He can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Benscoter lauded for work in education communication

Cathy Benscoter, marketing and Web specialist at Penn State Beaver and Penn State Shenango, and lecturer in communications at Beaver, is the recipient of an award presented by CUPRAP, Pennsylvania’s Association of Communicators in Education.

She received the 2014 Silver CUPPIE Award in the Featured Articles category for her article, “Little Engine, Big Impact,” which appeared in the summer 2013 edition of the Penn State Beaver Nittany News and was distributed to more than 12,000 Beaver campus alumni, donors and constituents. Benscoter’s article was one of more than 300 entries received by the CUPRAP awards committee. CUPPIEs are the highest awards given by CUPRAP, which is a voluntary organization of 400 communications professionals from 100 higher education institutions across the state. Her article showcased the achievements of students in a Beaver campus engineering class taught by James Hendrickson, instructor in engineering. Hendrickson’s students took up his challenge to recreate Henry Ford’s first combustion engine with a $1 budget. The students met the challenge so successfully that they were invited to display their creation at the 2012 Maker Faire Detroit, where officials from The Henry Ford Museum’s Greenfield Village were so impressed by it that they requested the engine to be part of their display honoring Henry Ford’s 150th birthday.

A CUPRAP award presentation will be held at the group’s annual professional development conference at Hotel Hershey in March. This is Benscoter’s second CUPPIE award. She received her first in 2012 in the Public Relations/Media Relations/Feature Article category for "An Eye for News,” an article she wrote and photographed for the spring 2011 edition of the Nittany News.

To view all copies of the Beaver Nittany News, go to http://www.br.psu.edu/Alumni/default.htm and click on the Alumni Magazine. Benscoter can be contacted at cub15@psu.edu or 724-773-3807.

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.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Feb. 8 to 12

Saturday, Feb. 8
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 90, Penn State Lehigh Valley 53
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 100, Penn State Lehigh Valley 90

Sunday, Feb. 9
Wrestling - United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Wrestling Invitational
Penn State Beaver lost 3-0 in match-ups against WVU Tech, Penn State DuBois, Penn Tech, Alfred State and The Apprentice School

Monday, Feb. 10
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 102, Penn State DuBois 66
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 89, Penn State DuBois 62

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 76, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 48
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 83, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 70

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.