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Beaver campus will welcome new faculty members for fall semester

Penn State Beaver will welcome three new faculty members for the fall semester. Amy Camodeca and Marissa Mendoza-Burcham were named assistant professors of psychology, and Stephanie Cabarcas will be an instructor in biology.

Camodeca is currently completing the second year of her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She held a previous post-doctoral position studying autism at The Watson Institute, Sewickley, and has been a sessional instructor and a laboratory instructor in the Psychology Department at the University of Windsor, Canada. She holds a doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Windsor; a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver, Colorado; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio.

Mendoza-Burcham currently works at the Merck Child and Adolescent Program Center for Children and Families, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics of UPMC. She has been a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct faculty instructor in psychology at McNeese State University, Louisiana; an adjunct faculty instructor in psychology at Lone Star College, Texas, and a guest lecturer in the Department of Special Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in school psychology from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in psychology from McNeese State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis and design from the University of California-Irvine. In addition, Mendoza-Burcham served a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Oregon Health Science University, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, and holds a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from the University of North Texas. She is a state and nationally-certified school psychologist. Cabarcas is currently an instructor of biology at Gannon University, Erie, and was also a teaching assistant for undergraduate molecular and cellular biology at St. John’s University, New York. She has extensive grant writing experience for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has held a variety of administrative experience, including working as a contractor for Boundless Learning, and contract editor and reviewer for various scholarship publications. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in biological sciences from St. John’s University, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from High Point University, North Carolina.

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

Beaver campus students conduct shoe drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Students at Penn State Beaver are conducting a shoe drive to collect new and gently used shoes to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Beaver County.

The students are seeking shoes of all types, which can be dropped off in the campus Wellness Center, in the main lobby of the Ross Administration Building, and in the Student Union Building. Shoes must be clean and without need of repair. All donations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. The Beaver campus BBBS group members serve as mentors to area children, ages 6 to 14, and assist the children by working with them on school projects, playing games, attending campus athletic events or just talking one-on-one. A part-time staff member from BBBS of Beaver County assists campus students, i.e. “bigs," in finding children, or “littles,” with whom they can work.

For more information about the BBBS student organization at Beaver campus, contact Jen Toof, student activities and residence life coordinator, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit BBBS of Beaver County at http://www.bcbigs.org.

Annual Beaverfest celebration is underway

Penn State Beaver’s annual Beaverfest began Thursday, April 24, and will continue through the evening of Friday, May 2. This longstanding, traditional event provides campus students with a break from studying before finals as well as an opportunity to combine some much-needed down time with spring weather.

A series of events will be held every day, including a Holi Festival, which is an ancient Indian spring festival of colors; a cultural fiesta; bonfires; ultimate Frisbee tournament; lunchtime luau in the Brodhead Bistro; student talent contest; 90s music trivia contest and block party; kickball and dodge ball games and a wide variety of additional events.

For more information or a complete schedule of Beaverfest events, contact Jen Toof, student activities and residence life coordinator, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit http://br.psu.edu/events.htm and click on “Student Activities Calendar.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: April 18 to 24
Friday, April 18
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn College 8
Baseball – Penn College 2, Penn State Beaver 1

Wednesday, April 23
Baseball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 6, Penn State Beaver 1
Baseball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 5, Penn State Beaver 4

Thursday, April 24
Softball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Greater Allegheny 1
Softball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 11, Penn State Beaver 3

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.