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Kuga will serve as interim chancellor at Penn State Beaver

Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs at Penn State Beaver, has been appointed interim chancellor at the campus, effective July 1. Chancellor Gary B. Keefer will retire from the University on June 30. Keefer, who previously served as director of academic affairs, was named chancellor in 1997. Kuga served as associate professor of kinesiology and athletic director at Beaver before being named director of academic affairs in 1997. The University has appointed a search committee to find a new chancellor at Beaver. For information, contact the Chancellor’s Office at 724-773-3553 or rxm70@psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Advisory Board announces 2014-15 members

In May, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board held its final meeting of the academic year and announced its 2014-15 membership, including new board members and Penn State alumni Kevion Latham and Cheryl Moon-Sirianni.

Latham, a partner and adviser with Fort McIntosh Wealth Advisors in Beaver, is responsible for new business development and assists business owners, individuals, families and professional athletes with wealth management. Previously he worked as an adviser at Merrill Lynch and as an analyst and underwriter for PNC’s Corporate Banking Division. He played football for Penn State’s late coach Joe Paterno and graduated from the University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Moon-Sirianni, a registered professional engineer works for PennDOT, where she is assistant district executive for design, a role in which she oversees the design of $200 to $400 million of project lettings annually and manages a design staff of 145 employees. She oversees District 11, which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties as well as the city of Pittsburgh, an urban district with more than 8,500 miles of roadway and 1,800 bridges. Moon-Sirianni holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State.

In addition, other board members for 2014-15 are:

President John Feraco - Styrenics manufacturing and technology Leader, NOVA Chemicals Inc.
President-elect Greg Cerminara - Pittsburgh surface transportation principal, Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Vice President Carolyn Renninger - CEO, c3 Controls
Tony Amadio – chair, Beaver County Board of Commissioners
Nick Andrews - president and owner, Andrews Industrial Controls Inc.
I. David Atcheson - oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Atcheson Oral Surgery
Jeffrey R. Bauman - vice president, Bauman Office Equipment Inc.
Ptoshia A. Burnett - site leader, BASF
Jim Christiana - state representative, 15th district
H. Scott Cunningham - executive vice president, PNC Wealth Management
Thomas J. Day Jr. - chief executive officer, West Point Products
Gregory A. Hojdila - training director, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 712 Apprenticeship
Steven Huggins - plant manager, Eaton Corp.
Teresa Krukenberg - senior vice president, business development, ESB Bank
Marianne LeDonne - program director, Regional Choice Initiative, Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit
Robert Matzie - state representative, 16th district
John P. Murawski - project manager, Markwest Energy Partners
Dennis Nichols - Beaver County commissioner
Donna M. Nugent - superintendent, Big Beaver Falls Area School District
Sean M. Ramaley - attorney
David Robbins - consultant, Wesley Foster LLC
Joseph Sawinski - CPA/assistant treasurer, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Roberta Sciulli-Carlson - research assistant, Veterans Administration, Engineering Resource Center, Pittsburgh
David Sebastian - manager/owner/vice president, Sebastian Enterprise Inc.
Donald E. Sheffield - president, TAME Inc.
Joe Spanik - Beaver County commissioner
James B. Stewart - professor emeritus, Penn State
Dianne J. Stoner - administrator, PA CareerLink Beaver County
Laura J. Tocci - attorney, Personal Law
Thomas D. Trzcinski - owner/president, Kitchen & Bath Concepts
Nicholas J. Unis - owner/partner, Unis Dental Associates
Joseph P. Giusti - member emeritus
Robert G. Redelfs - member emeritus
Richard Shaw - member emeritus

For information about the Beaver campus advisory board, contact the Chancellor’s Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

 
Beaver Advisory Board’s first fundraiser nets $17,500

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board netted a profit of $17,500 at its first fundraising event, which was a Wine, Ale and Food Pairing held last month in the campus Brodhead Bistro and on the Bistro’s outdoor plaza. The event was developed and implemented by the Board’s Advancement and Development Committee.

More than 200 guests participated in the evening’s festivities, which featured 10 wines from five Pennsylvania wineries and several ales from the Beaver Brewing Co., all of which were accompanied by complimentary foods prepared by Jeremy Lindner, director of Beaver’s Office of Housing and Food Services; Kelly Marcello, manager of housing and food services; and their entire staff.

Wines and ales were from Kavic Winery, Carnegie; Presque Isle Wine Cellars, North East; Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery, Bedford; Mazza Vineyards, North East; 6 Mile Cellars Inc., Erie; and the Beaver Brewing Co., Beaver Falls.

The gourmet foods served were chicken satay skewers, California roll, bananas foster, beef panini, spicy tuna roll, fried rice ball, buffalo bison sliders, Mediterranean shrimp pasta, pan-seared scallops, sausage and peppers rustica, and stuffed mushrooms. The evening also included a silent auction and a Nittany Auction, ShutterBooth services donated by Tom and Brandi Patterson and entertainment provided by jazz saxophonist Stan Miller.

Prior to the event, the Advisory Board voted unanimously to direct this year’s proceeds to the Gary B. Keefer Endowed Scholarship at Beaver campus. Keefer, who will retire June 30, joined the campus as director of academic affairs in 1996 and was named chancellor in 1997. The scholarship was established last fall by colleagues, alumni and staff members in honor of Keefer’s tenure as Beaver’s longest-serving chancellor and in recognition of his many contributions to the academic, programmatic and physical plant enhancements on campus.

Primary event sponsors were Raymond James Financial Inc. and ESB Bank. Beverage sponsors were Personal Law, Bert’s Wooden Indian, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, John and Gina Dioguardi, Knickerbocker Russell Co. Inc., Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Day Capital Group, c3 Controls, and Daniel Woodski. Food sponsors were Unis Dental Associates, Atcheson Oral Surgery, Robert’s Roadside and Skerlac Contracting, A2Z Pressure Washing LLC, Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, and Dan and Jack Pinchot.

Initially, the Advancement and Development Committee was chaired by Carolyn Renninger, advisory board vice president and CEO of C3 Controls, followed by Tom Day, CEO of Day Capital Group. Renninger remained on the committee along with advisory board members I. David Atcheson, oral and maxillofacial surgeon; John Feraco, advisory board president and manufacturing leader for NOVA Chemicals Inc.; Terrie Krukenberg, senior vice president for business development, ESB Bank; David Sebastian, vice president of Sebastian Enterprise Inc.; Laura Tocci, attorney with Personal Law; Tom Trzcinski, owner and president of Kitchen and Bath Concepts; and Nicolas J. Unis, owner and partner, Unis Dental Associates.

“This committee is one of the best I’ve ever worked with,” said Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development. “We started out with a lot of different ideas for this evening, but after some discussion, the group decided to go with a wine, ale and food pairing. And it was the right decision; we didn’t know we’d be this successful on our first time out with this fundraiser.”

The board is already planning to expand the event for next year and a date will be announced at a later time.

To view photos from the event, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennstatebeaver/sets/72157644363872479/.

For information about the advisory board, contact the Beaver Chancellor’s Office at 724-773-3553 or rxm70@psu.edu.

Students, faculty and staff: Sign up for PSUAlert -- PSUTXT expires June 30

To sign up for new emergency notification system, visit psualert.psu.edu

All Penn State students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for PSUAlert, the University's new emergency alerts system, at http://psualert.psu.edu/. As announced earlier this year, Penn State is transitioning to PSUAlert, away from the current emergency messaging service known as PSUTXT. The new service will feature enhanced messaging capabilities and more robust integration with the University’s other communications platforms. This change will take place at all Penn State campuses, with the exception of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa.

SIGN UP NOW: psualert.psu.edu

Through June 30, Penn State will send emergency alerts using both the outgoing PSUTXT system and the new PSUAlert system. On July 1, PSUTXT will be decommissioned and PSUAlert will become the University’s sole emergency messaging system. Throughout the transition, multiple communications are being sent to the University community and all current PSUTXT subscribers.

To ensure the fastest possible delivery of critical information to Penn State campus communities in the event of an emergency, the new PSUAlert system is reserved for students, faculty and staff. Students can add parents to their PSUAlert accounts if they wish (for details visit the PSUAlert FAQs), and alert messages are widely available on Twitter and Facebook. Also, all students, faculty and staff will now receive alerts for their home campus at their Penn State-issued email address.

The new service features enhanced messaging capabilities, including the continued ability for enrollees to receive alerts by text message and email; the addition of phone-based voice alerts; and more robust integration with campus Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Those who have further questions are encouraged to visit the PSUAlert FAQs page. Additional questions can be sent to PSUAlert@psu.edu.

For media queries only, contact Reidar Jensen at lrj114@psu.edu or call Penn State News and Media Relations at 814-865-7517.

 
New Penn State website streamlines University support for military veterans

A new Penn State website is streamlining the way Pennsylvania military veterans get access to important information to begin their studies at the University.

The website, www.veteran.psu.edu, provides servicemen and women a single place to request information about undergraduate and graduate programs that are offered online and through classroom instruction. The website also has useful information on veteran services offered across all Penn State campuses and ways to finance an education.

When someone submits a request for information through the website, an adult learning coordinator at one of Penn State’s 22 campuses will respond by email with links about using G.I. Bill benefits, student aid and applying for admission to the University. The veterans also must select the campus where they would like to enroll.

“The University and the World Campus have demonstrated successes in supporting military veterans, active-duty servicemembers, and National Guard members and reservists over the years,” said Craig Weidemann, vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education. “The new website is a continuation of that work, and it will allow us to extend our strengths across the Penn State system to ensure that all veteran students have consistent support when they make contact with us."

The website is part of a broader University-wide initiative to build upon Penn State’s already strong tradition as a veteran-friendly institution and to grow veteran enrollment.

When a student uses the website to request information and wants to attend the University Park campus, he or she will be contacted by Ted Timmerman, the associate director and outreach coordinator of Veterans Programs.

"Anything that helps direct the veterans to the proper office in Penn State is important," Timmerman said.

The website is an especially important development for the commonwealth campuses, which are the choice for many veterans to enroll because those campuses are located close to home. When a commonwealth campus is selected as the veteran’s choice for enrolling, a designated adult learning coordinator at that campus will follow up with him or her.

"The University strives to be a welcoming place for our veteran students," said Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses. “Veteran students deserve a streamlined approach to access the information they seek to initiate their Penn State education. We, in turn, benefit from a streamlined way of offering assistance and responding to their individual needs. The website provides a mechanism to accomplish all that, and I am thrilled that it has been implemented University-wide."

The website also is yet another initiative the University has developed to assist veterans with getting an education at Penn State. The University also gives military veterans priority registration for classes and the Office of Veterans Programs assists these students with benefits, enrollment and career services.

Those two resources were recognized by U.S. News and World Report in November 2013 when it honored Penn State as the No. 1 national university for veterans.

More than 3,900 veterans were enrolled at Penn State in 2013-14, an increase of 11 percent from 2012-13. Penn State World Campus had the highest number among all campuses, with 1,622 veterans taking courses online.

Development of the website was a collaborative effort among World Campus, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Undergraduate Admissions and Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.

Beaver campus welcomes new IST faculty member

Penn State Beaver has named Amber Lynn McConahy as an instructor in information sciences and technology. She will begin teaching in August.

McConahy is an experienced software engineer and architect with competencies in various programming languages, including Java, C++ and Web services, and an interest in the design and development of platform-based socio-technical ecosystems. Previous experience included working as a research intern for Bosch Research and Technology Center, three years as a graduate teaching assistant at CMU, and four years as vice president and information technology manager for Send It Packin’ Plus in Youngstown, Ohio. McConahy is a doctoral candidate in software engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She also earned a master’s degree in information technology software design and management from CMU and has been a lead instructor in MSCF Programming Prep at CMU for three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in information sciences and technology from Penn State.

During the summer she can be contacted through the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

New staff member joins Beaver's Office of Physical Plant

Robert Harker has been hired as a maintenance worker in the Penn State Beaver Office of Physical Plant. Harker, a graduate of Riverside Area High School, previously spent 13 years on the custodial staff at Geneva College and has also worked for four years for Service Master. He will have a variety of duties in campus buildings and on the grounds.

For information, contact the Office of Physical Plant at 724-773-3788 or email amk6@psu.edu.

Beaver Alumni Society raises $1,320 at second annual 5K walk/run

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s second annual 5K walk/run netted $1,320. Ninety-eight people participated in the race, which was held May 17 in downtown Beaver.

The campus donated half of the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County, which provided some assistance for the event and which has a partnership with Beaver campus students who serve as “bigs” and “littles” for area children. In the men’s divisions, the three top trophy winners were Nick Tocci, first-place; Clark Cicone, second place; and Austin Obenauf, third place. Winners in the women’s divisions were Katie Alexander, first place; Amanda Tocci, second place; and Leah Logue, third place.

The 5K committee was chaired in 2013 and this year by Jason Barr, a Penn State alumnus who is an engineer with BASF in Monaca. Other committee members were Sarah Chimile, Kelly Konstantakis, Pam Konstantakis, Norm Kraus, George Logue, Susan Mals, Julia McDowell, Terry McDowell, Lynell Scaff and Bob Uhriniak. The date of the 2015 5K run/walk will be announced at a later time.

For more information about next spring’s event, contact the Beaver campus Development Office at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Office of Continuing Education will offer Lean Six Sigma Certification

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering a three-course Lean Six Sigma Certification program beginning this fall and concluding in March. Lean Six Sigma is universally recognized as a critical component of ongoing improvement processes required by many businesses, including the service industry, manufacturing, technology and health care.

The program provides participants with the tools needed to position their organization to exceed customers’ expectations. Each course is comprised of seven sessions which will be delivered online and in a classroom with hands-on experience. Each course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and carries a fee of $590. The first course is Lean Six Sigma Theory and Application, which will be offered Wednesdays, Sept. 24 through Nov. 5. Lean Six Sigma for Continuous Improvement will be held Wednesdays, Nov. 19 through Jan. 7. The final course, Lean Six Sigma Customer Driven, will be offered Wednesdays, Jan. 21 through March 4.

For more information or to register for the program, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Campus will host 13th annual Beaver County College Fair on Sept. 30

Penn State Beaver will host the 13th annual Beaver County College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the campus gymnasium.

Prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend the event, which is free and open to the public and cosponsored by Beaver campus and the Times. Representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. The event is recognized as the premier college fair serving Beaver County students. Ample free parking will be available.

For information, contact the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Tickets for Center Theatre Players’ 'Sweeney Todd' are on sale now

Tickets are on sale for the Center Theatre Players production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which will be presented at 7:30 p.m Thursday, July 24; Friday July 25; and Saturday, July 26; in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

Directed by Penn State alumna Sandy Reigel, the show is part of the Beaver campus Brodhead Cultural Center’s 38th summer season of programming and is cosponsored by a gift from Harper & Hodge. This Tony Award-winning musical thriller is considered to be composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece. Based on the infamous 19th century English legend, Sweeney Todd is a barber bent on murderous vengeance against a corrupt judge. Todd’s bloody revenge includes a cutthroat partnership with Mrs. Lovett, an enterprising businesswoman who produces the most uniquely-flavored meat pies in London. The play’s dark humor, haunting music and menacing atmosphere create an unforgettable theatrical experience. Due to some scenes of violence, the play is recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets are $15. Advance ticket sales are recommended by calling 724-773-3610 and using a Visa or MasterCard. Those purchasing tickets in person should come to Suite 201, Ross Administration Building at Beaver campus, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by mailing a check, payable to Penn State, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope with ticket request details, to Brodhead Cultural Center, Penn State Beaver, Suite 201, Ross Administration Building, Monaca, PA 15061.

This summer’s Brodhead Cultural Center sponsors are the Times, Harper & Hodge, Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545 and the James M. Corwin Program Endowment at Penn State Beaver. Additional sponsors requested anonymity.

For ticket information or for a complete list of summer events, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3160 or br-bcc@psu.edu, call the Events Hotline at 724-773-3600 or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead.