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Bower article is published in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

“Remembering Things Past: Reading History, Writing Memory, and the Poetics of Agency in Ernesto Cardenal” by Dr. Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Penn State Beaver, was published recently in a refereed journal entitled The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Vol. 85, Issue 3, 2008.

In the spring Bower will serve as a visiting professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Duke University where she’ll also teach an upper-level undergraduate seminar and a graduate seminar in medieval Spanish literature. In 2008 she participated in Columbia University’s prestigious Literature Humanities Luncheon Speaker Series with a presentation on Augustine’s Confessions.

Bower taught at Columbia from 1990 to 1993 and from 1995 to 2000. While there she received the President’s Fellowship, a Literature Humanities Preceptorship, and a Dissertation Research Fellowship. She is also a recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award.
She holds a doctorate from Columbia as well as a master’s degree in Medieval and Golden Age and a master’s degree in Latin American Literature. She received a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and also studied at St. Louis University in Spain.

Bower can be reached at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.

Grkman Polka Band closes Brodhead Cultural Center season

On Tuesday, Aug. 26 the Joe Grkman Polka Band will present the final concert of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 32nd summer of programming at Penn State Beaver. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater. In the event of bad weather, the rain date is set for Thursday, Aug. 28. This year’s summer series was co-sponsored in part by The Times, ARA Corporation, The Idea Works, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Trust Fund.

The band began performing in 1967 and will present a blend of Slovenian / Cleveland style polkas and waltzes. Joe Grkman, Sr. is a 1997 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient recognizing his lifetime achievements in cultural preservation through musical performance.  He is a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship nominee and has also been inducted into the American Slovenian Polka Foundation Hall of Fame on the Trustees' Honor Roll. The Joe Grkman Band composed and recorded on Grammy nominated albums both in 1997 and 1998.

Joe Grkman Jr. is a 1998 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient and was proclaimed the Button Box King by the United Federation of Polkas in California. The Grkman Band was selected to represent Pennsylvania folk arts and honored in a featured "Grkmania" concert in 1997 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell hot and cold refreshments at the Cultural Center concession stand before and during the show. Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be sold from 6 – 7:30 p.m. that evening. All ice cream and concession stand proceeds benefit the chapter's scholarships for Beaver campus students.

The Mill Creek Valley Historical Association will staff and host free tours of the Baker-Dungan Museum located on the hill overlooking the Cultural Center's amphitheater. This year's museum theme is Pittsburgh's Founding Fathers. The museum, which is open for one hour before all shows held in the amphitheater, contains a variety of local historical artifacts, tools, furniture, clothing and other displays.
For information about the 2009 Brodhead Cultural Center series, contact rxm70@psu.edu, call 724-773-3610, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Visitors and Community.

Badfish, the Delaneys will present free fall concert on campus

The Delaney’s, one of western Pennsylvania’s preeminent rock bands, will open a free concert featuring nationally recognized rock group, Badfish, on Thursday night, Sept. 4 at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center. The event is Beaver’s Fourth Annual Free Fall Concert. Performance times will be announced soon.

Badfish is known for its tribute to Sublime, a uniquely eclectic band from the 1990s that ended with the death of lead singer and songwriter Brad Nowell in 1996. Badfish is recognized for replicating Sublime’s essence. Badfish was formed in 2001 and consistently sells out shows at prominent venues across the country, including House of Blues in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City; Revolution in Fort Lauderdale, and Avalon in Boston.

The Delaneys have released three albums in the last six year and have performed at numerous venues, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion, the Hard Rock Café, the Chevy Ampitheater, Club Diesel on the South Side, Club Café, and PNC Park. College tours have included performances at the University of Pittsburgh; West Virginia University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State University Park. The group has shared the stage with The Clarks, the Gin Blossoms, and Donnie Iris and has opened for Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Motley Crue, and Breaking Benjamin.

Brad Meredith, the Delaneys bass player, also co-founded Ask Your Mom Productions which presents the Annual Rockin’ the Suburbs Beaver county Music Festival.

For more information, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.

Beaver campus will co-sponsor Beaver County College Fair on Oct. 7

Penn State Beaver and The Times will co-sponsor the Sixth Annual Beaver County College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Beaver campus gymnasium. The event is free and open 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.

Representatives from more than 130 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military will be at the fair to provide free information for all interested visitors. A representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be present to provide financial aid information.
High school students, parents, families, and friends are encouraged to attend the College Fair. Free parking on campus is available all evening.

For information, contact the Beaver campus Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU, send email to br-admissions@psu.edu, or use AOL Instant Messenger, screen name BRAdmissions.

Campus announces fall semester schedule

Penn State Beaver’s fall semester will begin with the opening of classes on Monday, Aug. 25. The Labor Day holiday is Monday, Sept. 1. The campus will be closed and no classes will be held. The Thanksgiving holiday will be Monday through Friday, Nov. 24 – 28. The campus will be open except for Thanksgiving Day, but no classes will be held that week. Classes end Friday, Dec. 12 and study days are Saturday and Sunday, December 13 – 14. Final exams will be held Monday through Friday, Dec. 15 – 19 and commencement will be held Friday, Dec. 19.

For information about the semester schedule, contact the Office of the Registrar at 724-773-3789 or juw7@psu.edu.

Admissions Office will host free programs during 2008-2009

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a series of free programs throughout the 2008-2009 academic year. Events will include applications workshops, Be a Student for a Day programs, open houses, and financial aid workshops.

For a complete listing of all 2008-2009 Admissions Office events, visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Admissions. For information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU,
br-admissions@psu.edu, or use AOL IM: BrAdmissions.


Continuing Education offers wide range of programs

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering a wide range of programming designed to meet the development and management needs of health care organizations, businesses, professionals, and individuals seeking career enhancement. For information about the programs available throughout the 2008-2009 year, visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Continuing Education, send email to beaverce@psu.edu, or call 724-773-3700.