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Penn State Beaver graduates honored at spring commencement

Penn State Beaver held its spring commencement May 9 in the Student Union Building auditorium. Forty-seven students received baccalaureate and nursing degrees.

The academic processional and recessional and convention of proceedings were led by Tiffany MacQuarrie, instructor in English and president of the Beaver campus Faculty Congress. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented the degrees, which were conferred by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer in conjunction with Greg Cerminara, president-elect of the Beaver campus Advisory Board and vice president, Pittsburgh surface transportation principal, Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

The commencement speaker was Beaver campus alumnus H. Scott Cunningham, executive vice president and regional managing director at PNC Wealth Management. He is also a member of the Beaver campus Advisory Board. Cunningham attended Beaver campus and continued his education at Penn State University Park where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics and graduated with distinction from the Smeal College of Business in 1980. He earned his juris doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a master’s degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Hamilton, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and a Penn State alumnus, offered a welcome to the new graduates on behalf of the Alumni Association. Hamilton is an attorney with Davies, McFarland & Carroll P.C., Pittsburgh.

The national anthem and Penn State alma mater were sung by Beaver campus alumnus Lucas Morack, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and is the guest services supervisor for Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh North.

Following commencement a reception for all guests was prepared and held in the Student Union Building Lodge under the direction of Jeremy Lindner, director of housing and food services.

The following degrees were awarded:

Bachelor of science in administration of justice
Candidates were presented by LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice.
Travis T. Anderson, Aliquippa
Nicole C. Bowersox, Aaronsburg
Mark A. Krechowski, New Brighton
Everette C. Nicolls, Rochester
Daina M. Owens-Townsend, Rochester
*Nelly Peralta, Moon Township
*Brenten J. Rhone, Ambridge
Shawnna M. Roknick, Monaca
Nikkos E. Spanos, Freedom
*Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society that recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate students of criminal justice.

Bachelor of science in business
Candidates were presented by Daniel W. Smith, instructor in business.
Robert W. Brooks, Beaver Falls
Brent A. Kotuba, Beaver Falls
Amanda C. Milinkovich, Pittsburgh
Nicholas J. Miller, Beaver Falls
Matthew K. Pavlinich, New Brighton
Drazen Rakic, Ambridge
Roger A. Rhoden, Moon Township
Markes T. Royster, Pittsburgh
Walter G. Scott, Sewickley
Christopher C. Weathers, New Brighton

Bachelor of arts in communications
Candidates were presented by Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications.
Michael J. Brayack, Aliquippa
Amanda M. Palombo, Aliquippa
Caitlin A. Vodenichar, Rochester

Bachelor of science in information sciences and technology
Candidates were presented by Kausalai Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology.
**Armans Bimatovs, Riga, Latvia
Derrick L. Brown, Ambridge
Nicholas Bruce, Darlington
Dorian T. Gilliam, Aliquippa
Thomas D. Klemens, New Brighton
Tysheena P. Murray, Washington, D. C.
Andrew J. Puhalla, Beaver
Taisha L. Webster, Aliquippa
** Graduated with high distinction with a grade point average of 3.88-3.95.

Bachelor of science in nursing
Candidates were presented by Michelle Kurtyka, assistant to the director of academic affairs and instructor in kinesiology.
Maria A. Chieffallo, Beaver Falls
Amanda M. Hoover, Baden
Jamie L. McCrory, Aliquippa
Ashley L. Phillips, Monaca

Bachelor of arts in psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin L. Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Jana L. Burbage, Rochester
Brook N. Goatley, Beaver Falls
Zachary R. Melvin, Cranberry Township
Kathline J. Wherry, Rochester

Bachelor of science in psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin L. Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Shahanna S. Begay, East Palestine, Ohio
Kayla M. Butcheck, Industry
Jessica L. Davis, Pittsburgh
Coleen E. Mead, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Maddison P. Miller, Aliquippa
Lauren M. Pier, New Brighton
Valerie E. Stannard, Midland
Susan L. Willy, Ambridge

Bachelor of science in wildlife and fisheries science
Candidate was presented by Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry.
Jennifer L. McDonald, New Castle

For information about academic programs at Beaver campus, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU. For information about commencement, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Baumgardner to retire after 26 years at Penn State Beaver

Teresa (Terrie) Baumgardner, instructor in communications, arts and sciences at Penn State Beaver, will retire from the University on June 30 after 26 years of service.

Baumgardner began teaching at Beaver in 1988.

“She has done much to advance the curriculum in the communications program by offering several new courses and has supervised internships for communications majors,” said Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, when she announced Baumgardner’s retirement. “In addition, she served as co-adviser of the campus newspaper, The Roar, while supporting numerous other campus initiatives through the years.”

Baumgardner has taught a variety of Penn State courses in English, composition, speech, communications, cinema, humanities and philosophy. In 2005 she was selected for a $10,000, two-month fellowship by the American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence. The fellowship, which she spent in a newspaper residency at The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C., was designed to update her hands-on experience in journalism while she helped the newsroom understand the impact of higher education in journalism. Her professional papers have included various studies of thematic lines of faith, feminism and freedom as seen in numerous films, including "The Truman Show," "A Cry in the Dark," "Places in the Heart" and "Tender Mercies."

In addition, she has been involved in a wide range of Beaver campus activities, including development of the Diversity Film Series, chairing the Student Affairs Committee, coordinating the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, implementing Project Empower technology, serving as secretary of the Beaver campus Faculty Congress and assisting with the Beaver County Times/Penn State Beaver Spelling Championship.

Prior to 1988, Baumgardner was a lecturer and instructor in English composition at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Greater Allegheny, the University of Pittsburgh and Community College of Allegheny County. She also spent a year teaching English and speech at Concord Senior High School in Concord, N.C., and spent four years as an instructor in composition, literature and speech, and student newspaper adviser at Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, N.C. Baumgardner holds a master’s degree in general speech and rhetoric with a minor in English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In addition, she has taken a variety of post-graduate courses in English literature in Pittsburgh and North Carolina.

Baumgardner can be contacted until the end of June at tbm2@psu.edu or 724-773-3861.

Registration is open for summer youth camps at Penn State Beaver

Registration is open for Penn State Beaver’s 19 summer youth camps to be offered June through August for children ages 5 to 18. Camps are run by the Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department.

The following camps are offered:

Baseball Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, June 16-19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Odyssey of The Mind Camp, ages 8-15
Monday-Friday, June 16-20
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Softball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, June 16-19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Fitness Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, June 23-27
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $125.

Robotics Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, June 23-27
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Fitness and Wii Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, June 30-July 3
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $80.

Boys' Basketball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, July 7-10
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Crime Scene Investigation Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, July 14-18
9 a.m.-noon
Fee is $115.

Girls' Basketball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, July 14-17
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Rockets Away Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, July 14-18
1-4 p.m.
Fee is $115.

Cheerleading Camp, ages 5-8
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24
9 a.m.-noon.
Fee is $80.

Soccer Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Wrestling Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24
6-9 p.m.
Fee is $80.

Advanced Volleyball Camp, ages 14-18
Monday-Thursday, July 28-31
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $120.

Digital Video and Movie Production Camp, ages 11 and older
Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Musical Theater Camp, ages 7-15
Dates: Monday - Friday, July 28 - Aug. 1
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Fee: $115 (Includes snacks and T-shirt)

Wizardry Camp, ages 8 and older
Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Golf Camp, ages 18 and younger
Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $130.

Volleyball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 4-7
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

To register for any camps or to obtain more information, contact the Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.