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Admissions Office will host Presidents Day Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Presidents Day Open House on Monday, Feb. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Union Building.

Prospective students and their guests will learn about life at Beaver by talking with current campus students as well as faculty and staff. Open House participants will also talk with faculty members about academic expectations in college, visit the campus gym in action, and learn about the Universitys extensive library system as well as the campus state-of-the-art technology resources. Tours of the newly-renovated residence hall will also be given.

Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with an information session. Guided tours of campus begin at 10 a.m. and run until noon, with designated stops in each of the campus buildings along the way. Because of the extended tours, participants are asked to dress accordingly for the weather.

Advance registration for the Open House is required. Contact the Admissions Office at 1 (877) JOIN-PSU, via email at br-admissions@psu.edu, or on AOL Instant Messenger, screen name BRAdmissions.

Presentation on the Emerald Isle is open to the public

Dr. Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, will present Mystique and Reality on the Emerald Isle: A Look at Irish History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Szymczaks presentation will be part of the Irish Theatre class taught by Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and womens studies at Beaver. For more information, contact Szymczak at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895 or Schafer at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.

Beaver Theatre will present children’s play, The Bremen Town Musicians

In April Penn State Beaver Theatre will present its annual spring childrens play in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. This year's production is The Bremen Town Musicians. Performances of this famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm are open to pre-schools, grade schools, youth organizations, and the public.

Students in the theatre acting and production class are the cast and crew members.  The play is directed by Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre and womens studies.  Technical support is provided by Keith Olash.
Performances for schools will be held April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, and 24 at 10 a.m. and April 15 and 17 at 11:30 a.m.  One performance open to the public will be held Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.  Tickets for all performances are $3 per child and adult.

To make reservations or for more information, contact Linda Garlitz, faculty staff assistant, at lkg5@psu.edu or 724-773-3574.

Openings available for team participants in ALA Spelling Bee

Campus community members and the public are invited to participate in a team for the Thirteenth Annual Corporate Spelling Bee sponsored by Adult Literacy Action (ALA) of Penn State Beaver on Thursday, March 13, 6 p.m., in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. A reception for team members will be held at 5 p.m. in the auditoriums lobby.

There is no registration fee. The Beaver campus team will compete against teams from other ara businesses, schools, and organizations.

To register for the team or for more information, contact staff assistant Renata Mastrofrancesco at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Campus will host Society of Professional Engineers ASSESS survey

Penn State Beaver will host the Beaver County chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers when they offer the ASSESS survey to area secondary students at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, room 115-B in the campus General Classroom Building.

The ASSESS program, sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society, is a diagnostic tool for students interested in exploring career options in engineering. The fee is $10 per student. For more information, contact Rob Modany at rjmodany@access995.com or 724-495-2645.

Forty register for SGA / Red Cross Blood Drive

Last week forty people registered to give blood at the Annual Blood Drive sponsored by the Penn State Beaver Student Government Association (SGA) and the American Red Cross. The event promotes the importance of giving blood to save lives as well as encouraging donors to give blood on a regular basis.

For more information, contact the SGA at asb1@psu.edu or 724-773-3590 or visit http://www.redcrosslife.org/.

Beaver Lady Lions receive invitation to USCAA national championship

The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team has been invited to participate in the 2008 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Womens Basketball National Championship Tournament from February 26 to March 1 at Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, OK.

For more information about the Beaver Lady Lions, the upcoming championship, or any campus varsity or intramural sports, contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner, ack121@psu.edu, or 724-773-3826 or visit http://www.br.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm or http://www.theuscaa.com/.

Beaver Men's Losing Streak Now at Five

The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions men's basketball team traveled to Penn State Brandywine on Saturday hoping to break their losing streak, but were defeated in a close game, 73-71.

Beaver has lost their last four consecutive conference games, three of which went into overtime, and on Saturday, Beaver quickly realized another victory would be difficult.

The game was a nail-biter all the way through as both teams continuously took the lead away from each other. For every bucket Brandywine made, Beaver answered with a basket of their own. As time ticked off the clock, however, Brandywine was able to inch its way in front of Beaver before the buzzer sounded. Beaver's losing streak extended to five when they fell to Brandywine, 73-71.

Beaver was led by sophomore Zack Fetchin (Hopewell High School) with 20 points and junior Matt Franitti (Blackhawk High School) with 16 points. Sophomore Tim Kubis  (Hopewell High School) added an additional 12.

Beaver is now 6-17 overall and 6-9 in the conference. The Lions travel to take on conference rival Penn State DuBois on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.

Lady Lions Suffer Third Conference Loss 

On Saturday, Feb. 9 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team suffered its third conference loss when they traveled to Penn State Brandywine only to be defeated by their host, 76-66.

Brandywine got ahead of Beaver early in the first half and Beaver struggled to recover. At halftime Brandywine led Beaver, 38-34.

Brandwine took another early lead over Beaver in the second half, too. The Beaver Lady Lions tried to come from behind, but Brandywine had pulled too far ahead.

Beaver freshman Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School) led with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Freshman Tasia
McCargo (Beaver Falls High School) scored 12 and sophomore Alonna Verrico (Rochester High School) had 10.

Next up for the Lady Lions is a 5 p.m. match-up at Penn State DuBois on Saturday, Feb.16.