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Admissions Office will host free program for high school students

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Be a Penn State Student for a Day program, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 5.

The program provides high school students with the opportunity to attend classes at Beaver and have lunch with current campus students. High school students can choose to attend three classes in various areas, including accounting, business, calculus, chemistry, economics, engineering, psychology, sociology, and more. Course offerings may vary. Participants must register in advance.

To register or obtain information about either event, contact the Beaver Admissions Office at
1 (877) JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu or use AOL IM: BrAdmissions.


Beaver campus, Chamber of Commerce present new Community Speakers Series

Penn State Beaver and the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor a new Community Speaker Series open to the public. The first speaker will be Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Tickets for the event are $5 for Chamber of Commerce members and any student with a student ID. Tickets are $10 for non-Chamber members. Reservations can be made by calling the  Chamber at 724-775-3944.

Gateway Rehabilitation Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides treatment for adults, youth, young adults, and families with alcohol and other drug-related problems while also providing comprehensive prevention services. Gateway, an internationally renowned drug and alcohol treatment facility, has 600 staff members and treats 1,800 patients per day in more than 20 locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In 1998 Capretto was named medical director at Gateway where he has been a full-time psychiatrist since 1989. He is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatric and Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and was the chief resident in psychiatry at St. Francis General Hospital. Capretto is the author of numerous articles and has given presentations to a wide range of audiences on topics related to addiction and substance abuse.

He is a consultant for the local and national media and has provided expert medical commentary for a variety of news sources, including ABC News, NBC News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and Lifetime TV. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Task Force on Addiction Medicine in the 21st Century, and the American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addiction.

The Community Speakers Series will continue with a presentation by former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 in the Beaver campus auditorium.

For more information about the Speakers Series, visit the Chamber at http://www.bcchamber.com/ or the Office of Campus and Community Relations at Beaver campus at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.


Chapin and Silicki participate in violence prevention panel

Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications, and Jamie Silicki, a senior communications major at Penn State Beaver, participated in a panel on Perceptions of Race and Violence in Entertainment Media at the mid-winter meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) on March 1 in Pittsburgh. Chapin and Silicki gave a presentation based on their ongoing field research in violence prevention education.

Silicki has been Chapin’s research assistant for two years and is expected to graduate in December with a communications degree with a corporate communication option. She is the editor of the campus newspaper, The Roar, and is active in the Student Government Association and numerous other student organizations. Silicki has completed internships in Congressman Jason Altmire’s office and with the Penn State Beaver Communications Advisory Board. She plans to complete a third internship this year with WQED media in Pittsburgh.

Chapin can be reached at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877, and Silicki can be contacted at jvs131@psu.edu.


CONTACT Beaver Valley will offer course in better listening

Dr. Minhnoi Wroble Biglan, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Beaver, has invited CONTACT Beaver Valley to offer a course on campus this spring. Skills for Better Listening will be held from 7-10 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 18-April 10.

CONTACT Beaver Valley is an organization that provides 24-hour phone help lines, crisis intervention, referral services, and reassurance service for isolated, elderly, or handicapped persons. CONTACT responds to callers needs 365 every day of the year, 24 hours a day.

Students in the Special Topics in Psychology class at Beaver campus, as well as the public, will attend the class as well as accompanying workshops. Special Topics is taught by Wroble Biglan who invited CONTACT to the campus to present the course.

The Skills for Better Listening class is designed to improve an individual’s ability to relate more effectively with family, co-workers, and friends as well as provide the individual with knowledge and self-awareness to respond to the needs of those around him / her. The class is a prerequisite for anyone who wishes to become a CONTACT telephone volunteer in the 24-hour service and / or in the Reassurance Service.

To register or learn more about the course or the program, call CONTACT Beaver Valley at 724-728-9511.


Beaver Theatre will present The Bremen Town Musicians

In April Penn State Beaver Theatre will present its annual spring children’s play, The Bremen Town Musicians, in the Student Union Building auditorium. 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 women’s 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.


Lady Lions finish seventh in USCAA, begin PSUAC playoffs

On Friday, Feb. 29 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team finished seventh in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Tournament in Broken Bow, Oklahoma when they were defeated, 73-66, by Robert Morris College of Springfield, Illinois. The previous day they lost their first-round game, 77-45, to Spalding University of Louisville, Kentucky.

In the loss, Beaver was led in scoring by freshman Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School / New Brighton, PA) who netted 17 points. Green added 15 points and freshman Tasia McCargo (Beaver Falls High School / Beaver Falls, PA) chipped in 14.
With the loss, Beaver finished seventh of twelve teams in the tournament and their overall record fell to 18-8. The Lady Lions return to action on Tuesday, March 4 when they host Penn State Abington in a first-round PSUAC playoff game at 5 p.m.


Men’s basketball team is in PSUAC playoff opener tonight

The # 8 seed Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions men’s basketball team will take on #1 seed Penn State New Kensington tonight at 7 p.m. at New Kensington in the first round game of the PSUAC Tournament. Beaver is 7-19 overall and 7-10 in the PSUAC.

For more information, visit http://www.br.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/sports.htm or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.