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Beaver faculty and staff members receive honors from Advisory Board and students

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the campus student body recently honored seven faculty and staff members at the annual campus awards dinner.

The Advisory Board presented six $500 awards, which were underwritten by the following companies with employees serving on the Advisory Board: Andrews Industrial Controls, Day Capital Group, ESB Bank, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., NOVA Chemicals, and PNC Financial.

Advisory Board awards:

Kristen Olson, associate professor of English, received the Andrews Industrial Controls Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award. Olson, who served as campus honors coordinator for seven years, holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in English and American literature and language from Case Western Reserve University; a master’s degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College.

Jonathan Abel, lecturer in biology, received the ESB Bank Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. A faculty member since 2012, Abel received his doctor of chiropractic from D’Youville College and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from the State University of New York, Albany.

JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, was honored with the NOVA Chemicals Faculty Excellence in Research Award. She is a past recipient of the Advisory Board’s 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 and biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Day Capital Group Staff Excellence Award was given to Jill Tress, learning center and disability services coordinator. Tress has worked at Beaver for three years. She received a master’s degree in creative writing (fiction) from Carlow University; a master’s degree in English (literature and writing) from Slippery Rock University; a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Mount Holyoke College; and a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in secondary English from Geneva College.

Linda Garlitz, faculty staff assistant since 1994, received the PNC Financial Staff Service Award. She graduated from Riverside High School and holds an associate degree in applied science as an executive secretary from the Community College of Beaver County.

Student awards:

Talha Harcar, professor of marketing, was named Outstanding Academic Adviser. He is a two-time past recipient of the Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award. He received a doctorate in business administration and a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. Harcar also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment and co-adviser of The Roar student newspaper, received the Outstanding Club Adviser Award. Pinchot, who joined Beaver in 1998, is also a lecturer in communications at the campus. He holds a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and speech communication from Penn State. He received a teaching certificate in communications from Robert Morris University.

For information about these annual awards, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724-773-3951 or dxt24@psu.edu.

Brodhead Cultural Center announces 38th season of summer programs

The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center will host its 38th season of summer programs in July and August. Shows are free, open to the public, and held in the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater, with the exception of the Center Theatre Players' musical, which has a $15 admission fee and will be held in the Beaver campus Student Union Building auditorium. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, shows scheduled at the amphitheater will be moved into the auditorium. There are no rain dates.

This summer's program sponsors are The Times; Harper & Hodge; Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545; and the estate of the late James Corwin, a longtime friend and fan of the Brodhead Cultural Center. Additional sponsors requested anonymity.

The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions before and during all shows. Proceeds benefit Beaver campus student-athletes.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream prior to the indicated shows. Proceeds from ice cream sales benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarship for Beaver campus students.

Tuesday, July 8 – Hopewell Community Big Band
(Penn State Creamery ice cream sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 15 – Pittsburgh Banjo Club
(Penn State Creamery ice cream sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 24, 25, 26 – “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – a musical thriller presented by the Center Theatre Players, directed by Sandy Reigel, and co-sponsored by a generous gift from Harper & Hodge. This play is intended for mature audiences.

Tuesday, July 29 – Monaca Cornet Band

Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble
(Penn State Creamery ice cream sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Mark and Donna Groom in Concert

Tuesday, Aug. 26 – Joe Grkman Polka Band
(Penn State Creamery ice cream sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)

Call the Brodhead Cultural Center Events Hotline at 724-773-3600. For "Sweeney Todd" ticket sales or other programming information, visit or contact the Center at www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead, br-bcc@psu.edu, or 724-773-3610.

Penn State Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter raises $850 for scholarships

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association raised $850 for Beaver campus scholarships at its recent annual Wine Tasting held at Felicity Farms, Brighton Township.

More than 50 people attended the event, which featured a variety of red and white wines along with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Felicity Farms staff. The event is held every spring and is open to the public. Membership in the Alumni Chapter also is open to the public, and members do not need to be Penn State alumni to join the group.

For information about membership or the annual Wine Tasting, contact the Beaver campus Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Beaver varsity sport student-athletes receive post-season honors

Members of Penn State Beaver's softball and baseball team received post-season honors from the PSUAC and the USCAA.

Three members of the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team were honored by the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) at the end of the spring season. Sophomores Miranda Robson, Rochester, and Taylor Larson, Beaver, were named to the PSUAC Second Team All-Conference. Robson led the Lady Lions with 73 at-bats and 28 runs while hitting .384, including 11 stolen bases and eight RBIs. Larson hit .414 in 58 at-bats, scoring 21 runs and producing 12 RBIs. Freshman Jenna Petrucci, New Castle, was named PSUAC Honorable Mention and led the team with a .448 batting average in 58 at-bats. She also was team leader with three home runs and produced 20 RBIs. The women finished their season at 5-15.

The Beaver campus Nittany Lions baseball team finished the season at 12-9 in the PSUAC and 14-14 overall. Freshmen Matt Rose, Beaver, and Austin Logan, Beaver, were named to the PSUAC Second Team All-Conference. Rose had 71 at-bats, 25 hits, 13 RBIs, and hit .352 for the season. Logan led the team in at-bats with 84, had 19 runs, 30 hits, and 17 RBIs while hitting .357. Junior Tyler Thellman, Beaver Falls, received PSUAC Honorable Mention with 70 at-bats. He hit .257 with 18 hits and had 11 RBIs. Robson also received a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American Honorable Mention, as did senior baseball player Grant Scott, Sewickley, who hit .370 with one home run and ten RBIs in 54 at-bats. He led the team in put-outs with 117 and a fielding percentage of .983 with just two errors in the season. Sophomore baseball player Fran O’Connor, Freedom, was named to the USCAA All-Academic Team, an honor earned when a student maintains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the academic year while competing in a sport(s).

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.

Penn State Beaver elects student government officers, THON leader

The Penn State Beaver student body has elected Student Government Association (SGA) officers and the THON chair for 2014-15.

Senior psychology major Josh Nussbaum of Cranberry was elected president and sophomore Lorenzo (Max) Hernandez, a division of undergraduate studies major from Chula Vista, California, was elected vice president. Sophomore liberal arts major Alexia Johnson, Bowie, Maryland, was elected secretary. Amy Arnold, a junior business major from Midland, is treasurer. Junior business major, Elizabeth Pompe, Burgettstown, was elected chair of the Beaver campus THON Committee.

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer at all Penn State locations. During the 2013-14 academic year, Beaver campus students raised a campus record-breaking $15,400 for THON.

For more information about SGA programs and operations, contact Jennifer Toof, student activities and residence life coordinator, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Registration is open for Penn State Beaver Alumni Society golf outing

Registration is open for the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s 14th annual Golf Outing to be held Monday, Sept. 8, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township.

On the day of the outing, registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Dinner, auctions, and awards will begin at 5 p.m. The fee for an individual golfer is $150 and foursomes can register for $550. Sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels are also available. Outing proceeds will benefit the Alumni Society’s scholarship for Beaver campus students. To date, the group has raised more than $200,000 for the campus.

To register or obtain information, contact the Beaver campus Development Office at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on “Alumni and Friends."

Open House available for RNs interested in bachelor’s degree in nursing

Penn State Beaver and Penn State Shenango will host an Open House for registered nurses who are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing, 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, room 16, Beaver campus Student Union Building.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has stated a need to increase the number of RNs with a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by 2020. In addition, those interested in beginning a nursing career can learn more about the bachelor’s degree by attending the program, which is offered through the nursing program at Shenango. Those attending the Open House will receive a $50 application fee waiver.

To register for the program or for more information, call Shenango campus at 724-983-2803.

Continuing Education will offer development courses for school nurses

The Penn State College of Nursing and Outreach and Penn State Beaver will offer two courses specifically developed for school nurses. New courses are developed annually to include current topics, and participants can earn Act 48 credits. Both courses will be video conferenced from Penn State University Park.

“Legal and Professional Issues in School Nursing” is a three-credit course that will be offered 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 14 through 18. It will explore the synthesis and analysis of the legal and professional issues faced by school nurses and other professionals as well as the impact on delivery of health care in the school environment.

“Neurological Assessment Skills for the School Nurse” is a one-credit course that will be offered 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26. The course offers a basic review of the neurological system and specific information on seizures and concussion injuries related to the school age child. Various neurological assessment scales will be reviewed and resources for families, staff, and community will be offered. Strategies and interventions to prevent head injuries will also be discussed.

To register or to obtain more information, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.