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Reminder: Sign up for PSUTXT to receive emergency information

All Penn State students, faculty and staff are encouraged to enroll in PSUTXT, an easy and accessible system that lets them know via cell phone when classes are canceled due to weather conditions or if the campus has an emergency situation. Sign up now for PSUTXT and, when necessary, Penn State will send a text message alert directly to your cell phone and/or e-mail account. To register, visit http://newswires.psu.edu/ and click on the PSUTXT REGISTER button at the bottom of the page to sign up. For information, contact Annemarie Mountz at amountz@psu.edu.

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Beaver County College Fair will be held on campus

The sixth annual Beaver County College Fair will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Penn State Beaver gymnasium. The event is free to the public. The Beaver County College Fair is co-sponsored by Beaver campus and The Times and is known as the premier college fair serving Beaver County students. Reservations to attend are not needed.

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Monaca Cornet Band will present free concert on July 29

The Monaca Cornet Band will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center's J.P. Giusti Amphitheater. In the event of rain, the concert will be held the following evening.The summer series is co-sponsored in part by The Times, ARA Corp., The Idea Works and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Trust Fund.

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'Into The Woods' musical will be held July 25, 26 and Aug. 1, 2

The Center Theatre Players' production of "Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, and 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The musical, which is part of the Brodhead Cultural Center's 32nd summer programming series, is directed by Sandy Reigel, Monaca, who also is the director of the Center Theatre Players.

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Campus staff members appointed to new positions

Penn State Beaver staff members Jeremy Lindner and Denise Turyan were appointed to new positions on campus, effective July 1. Lindner has been named director of the Office of Housing and Food Services. Turyan has been named staff assistant in the Office of Student Affairs.

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Young promoted to associate librarian

Penn State recently announced that Courtney Young, Penn State Beaver reference librarian and assistant professor of women's studies, was promoted to associate librarian, reference, University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, effective July 1.

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Longtime campus staff members retire

Debbie Haddad, staff assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, and Carl Miller, director of the Office of Housing and Food Services, retired from Penn State on June 30. Both were Penn State employees for more than 20 years.

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Admissions will host Spend a Summer Evening on Aug. 7

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Spend a Summer Evening program at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, in the campus Student Union Building.  Participants will learn about Penn State location options and the admissions process as well as talk with Beaver campus faculty and students. Student Lion Ambassadors will provide tours of the campus.

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Alumni Chapter collecting nonperishables for Salvation Army

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting a nonperishable goods drive during the ice cream sales they will hold before some of this summer's shows at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center. Any kind of nonperishable food or product is welcome. The chapter will collect items from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 29, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26 at the top of the amphitheater seating area where they also will sell ice cream. The chapter will give all donations received to the Salvation Army of Rochester.For information, contact Cheryl Yevak at cyevak@hotmail.com or Cheryl.yevak@fedex.com.


Warning: Bogus e-mail messages circulating

Bogus e-mail messages from addresses such as: "The Psu.edu Team," "websupport@webmaster.com  and "ALERT@psu.edu" have been circulating that claim to be from Penn State. These e-mails did not come from Penn State and are a phishing scam. Do not respond to these e-mails.

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Stink bugs are on the move across Pennsylvania

They're big, they're distinctively aromatic, and they're coming to a home near you. Stink bugs are on the move across Pennsylvania and a bug expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says we should get ready for an extended stay.

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New research project looks at online reading tutor for middle schools

Three Penn State College of Education faculty members are participating in a new $3 million research project aimed at studying the effectiveness of an online reading comprehension program being used in middle schools. "Schools are struggling with the task of improving reading among students," said Bonnie J. F. Meyer, professor of educational psychology. "Some students fail to succeed in tasks such as identifying main ideas from expository text and giving cohesive and complete accounts of what they read because of how they read, rather than because they do not read."

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Probing Question: How old is political satire?

The New Yorker magazine is stirring up debate over its satirical cartoon of presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife,
Michelle, for an article on the politics of fear. But a Penn State Erie political scientist, Robert Speel, notes that political satire goes as far back as the Peloponnesian War. "Benjamin Franklin was a prolific political satirist, in works such as 'Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One,' written in 1773," Speel said.

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Paterno enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

Penn State's Joe Paterno was joined by 16 former standout players and three coaches as they were enshrined into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame. Paterno and the others in the class were honored at Saturday (July 19) night's Enshrinement Dinner and Show in South Bend, Ind., to highlight Enshrinement Festival activities. The third active coach to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame, Paterno and the other members of the Bowl Subdivision class were inducted last December at a black tie dinner in New York City. For photo highlights of Paterno's career at Penn State, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/1747 online.

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