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Former Beaver student named first Ms. West Indies PSU

12/11/2012 —

Darlene Coulanges, a former Penn State Beaver student, was named the first Ms. West Indies PSU in a competition sponsored by the Penn State Caribbean Student Association (CSA). Coulanges, of Providence, RI, spent her freshman and sophomore years at Beaver and is now a junior majoring in human development and family studies at Penn State University Park. The event was held November 27 at Heritage Hall in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

The CSA is designed to assist students as they adjust to the daily challenges of University life. The group is a medium for the active dissemination of cultural, political, and historical information about the Caribbean nations, Penn State, and the people at large. The CSA is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of nationality.

In April Coulanges was named the Penn State Beaver Outstanding Student of the Year and was also a finalist for the University’s prestigious Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award. Last semester she was also a member of the Beaver campus Cultural Fiesta: A Taste of Africa Committee which sponsored a campus-wide event featuring African food, music, dances, and history.

Coulanges can be contacted at dyc5201@psu.edu.

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