President's 2008 State of the University Address set for Sept. 19
Penn State President Graham B. Spanier will deliver his 2008 State of the University Address in video format to the University's Board of Trustees beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19. The video showcases the progress Penn State has made over the past year. After his board presentation the video will be posted to the President's Web site for viewing by Penn State faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public. The video also will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 6 and 8, and on "To the Best of My Knowledge" at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 on WPSU-TV. Read the full story to access an active link to a brief preview video.
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Alumni chapter will host Habitat for Humanity project and game watch
Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to participate in a building project sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The work will be done at 94 Jenny St., Aliquippa. No construction or building experience is needed. Read the full story on Live: http://live.psu.edu/story/34505/nw25
Students raise funds for United Way
Students raised more than $150 for the United Way of Beaver County at last week's fourth annual Fall Concert at Penn State Beaver. The concert, featuring The Delaneys and Badfish, was free to the public. Funds were raised by the sale of glow sticks before and during the concert. The United Way of Beaver County is the designated charity of the campus. For information about student activities, contact Jessica Jackson, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 773-3947.
Public can take bus trip to Penn State Homecoming
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is sponsoring a bus trip to Penn State Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Nittany Lions will play Michigan at 4:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The bus will depart from Penn State Beaver at 8 a.m. Saturday and will return at approximately 11 p.m. Cost is $120 per person and includes a game ticket and bus transportation. Participants can bring their own food and beverages.
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Alumni Society golf outing draws record number of players
The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society eighth annual Golf Outing drew a record number of 112 golfers on Monday, Sept. 8, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. Participants came from local and regional communities as well as out of state. The Beaver County Times foursome won first place, followed by the Morrow Team in second place and LaQuantra Bonci Associates in third.
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Newest targeted phishing spam links to fake WebAccess login page
A new variant of a phishing scam targeting Penn State users in an effort to convince them to give away their password was circulating on Sept. 7 and the morning of Sept. 8. This new variant appeared to come from "PSU.edu Admin," and the message begins with a warning about a PHISHING ALERT. Unlike previous targeted phishing messages, this one does not ask for an e-mail reply with the user's password, but includes a Web link to a phony Internet page which is designed to exactly mimic Penn State's WebAccess login page. Several Penn State users have been reported to have found the phony Web page credible enough to have logged in with their Penn State access account ID and password. Those users are advised to go to the real Penn State access account management page and change their password at https://www.work.psu.edu/apps/work/work.php online. Internet access to the phony Web site was blocked during the morning. However, users should be alerted that the scam is likely to be repeated using a different Internet address as long as users continue to fall for the scam. For more information, contact ITS Helpdesk at email@example.com.
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Student records still protected with FERPA clarification
When the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was signed into law by President Gerald R. Ford in 1974, it changed the way higher education institutions handled student record privacy. The intent of the federal law was to protect the privacy of student education records, and it applied to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Because compliance with the details of the law was directly tied to federal funding, higher education institutions including Penn State over the years have chosen to err on the side of caution when dealing with student records. "The provisions of FERPA are complex and here
at Penn State we tended, as many other institutions have done, to follow a conservative, narrow interpretation of the law to ensure full compliance," said Karen Schultz, University registrar and FERPA compliance officer for Penn State. "In the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, we are re-visiting our approach."
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Faculty Senate approves report on full-time fixed-term faculty
The University Faculty Senate passed legislative reports recommending the establishment of policies and guidelines for fixed-term faculty's promotion and role in governance, and revising the credit by examination policy. Also, a forensic session was held on the first of three topic areas being reviewed in online course-ware ownership and copyright.
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Mount Union College defeats Lions, 3-0
The Mount Union College Raiders defeated the Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions soccer team, 3-0, Sunday, Sept. 7, in a nonconference match at Beaver campus. Beaver is 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the PSUAC. The Nittany Lions return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, when they take on conference rival Penn State Brandywine at Hardy Field, Brighton Township. For information about the athletic program, contact Andy Kirschner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 773-3826.
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Lady Lions lose to La Roche, win home opener
The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions volleyball team finished 0-3 in the La Roche College Tournament on Sept. 6 and 7, but won its season home opener in a five-game match with the Franciscan University Lady Barons on Sept. 8. Over the weekend Beaver was hosted and defeated by La Roche College, 3-0. A second loss followed when the Carlow University Celtics defeated Beaver, 3-0. The Lady Lions' third defeat was at the hands of the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, 3-0.
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