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Chapin Publications Are Announced

Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications, wrote an article entitled ‘Third-person Perception About Domestic Violence Among Experts’ which was published in the December 2007 issue of the North American Journal of Psychology.

In addition, two other articles he authored will appear early this year. ‘Third-person Perception and Racism’ will appear in the International Journal of Communication, and ‘Youth Perceptions of School Violence’ will be published in Adolescence.
The articles were generated through community partnerships with two Pittsburgh agencies, Crisis Center North and the Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training. Chapin has been recognized regionally and state-wide for his work with Pittsburgh’s Crisis Center North which works to serve victims of domestic and relationship violence and to eliminate the community held beliefs and behaviors which perpetuate it.

Chapin can be reached at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Have You Enrolled In PSUTXT Yet?

All Penn State students, faculty, staff, and parents are encouraged to enroll in PSUTXT, an easy and accessible system that lets you know via cell phone when classes are cancelled due to weather conditions or if the campus has an emergency closure or other schedule alteration. Sign up for PSUTXT and, when necessary, Penn State will send a text message alert right directly to your cell phone.

To register, visit http://newswires.psu.edu/ and click on the "PSUTXT REGISTER" button at the bottom of the page to sign up. For more information, contact Annemarie Mountz at AMountz@psu.edu.

Adult Literacy Action Offers Volunteer Training In January

Adult Literacy Action (ALA) of Penn State Beaver will host a free Tutor Training Workshop for volunteers, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 26. The sessions will be held at the ALA office, Professional Arts Building, 336 College Avenue, Beaver, PA. A light lunch will be provided.

In the workshop ALA staff will provide overviews of the various programs offered, including how to teach reading and preparing students to take the G.E.D. Upon completion of the twelve-hour workshop, participants will be awarded a ProLiteracy America Volunteer Tutor Training Certificate of Completion.

Advance registration for the workshop is required and must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 16. To register, call the Adult Literacy Action office at 724-773-7810.

Beaver Will Observe MLK Day With Community Outreach Project

Penn State Beaver will observe the annual Martin Luher King holiday on Monday, Jan. 21 by encouraging the campus community to participate in “A Day On, Not a Day Off” at the Center for Hope in Ambridge.

No classes will be held, but the campus will be open for business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The campus chapter of the Delta Mu Sigma Mu student community service organization and the Office of Student Affairs will work with students, faculty, and staff from Beaver and Shenango campuses at the Center for Hope, which provides outreach services to those experiencing economic hardships and changes in a distressed community. Campus volunteers will work with the Center’s food pantry, computer lab, clothes closet, tutoring, disability services, literacy and life skills programs, and the program to assist pregnant women.

For more information, contact Jessica R. Jackson, Beaver campus residence life coordinator, at jrj15@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Penn State Beaver Announces Spring Semester Schedule

Penn State Beaver’s 2008 spring semester schedule is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 14   -   Classes begin.

Monday, Jan. 21   -   Martin Luther King holiday
No classes, but campus will be open.

Monday - Friday, March 10 – 14   -   Spring break
No classes, but campus will be open.

Friday, May 2   -   Classes end.

Monday - Friday, May 5 – 9   -   Final exams

Thursday, May 15   -   Commencement
7 p.m., Student Union Building auditorium
For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 724-773-3789 or juw7@psu.edu, or contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724-773-3571 or djm5@psu.edu.

Get Reimbursed For Joining Weight Watchers

Highmark health insurance plan members are eligible for reimbursement of up to $150 per calendar year for participating in a Weight Watchers program either at a participating campus or at a Weight Watchers site.

To receive the reimbursement, go to http://www.ohr.psu.edu/healthmatters and register for WEL 018. Following completion of the Weight Watchers program, send the weigh-in log book and the participant's receipt of payment to: Health Matters, Room 312, Rider Building I, University Park, PA 16802. 

Participants attending at least 80 percent of the classes in their session will receive reimbursement. Reimbursement is not available to participants of Weight Watchers Online. In addition, participants who attend at least 80 percent of a Weight Watchers session may receive three wellness credits, which can be redeemed for other Health Matters offerings.

To learn more about the wellness credit program, see the Health Matters Spring 2008 Booklet or go to http://www.ohr.psu.edu/healthmatters.