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Beaver alum will be December commencement speaker

Donald M. Herr, director of finance and accounting for Renaissance Orlando Resort at Seaworld, Orlando, Fla., is the keynote speaker for Penn State Beaver's 41st commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Student Union Building auditorium. A reception will be held for guests immediately following commencement. Herr is a 1987 Penn State graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He attended Beaver campus before moving to Penn State University Park to complete his degree. For information about commencement, contact Dee Mooney at djm5@psu.edu or (724) 773-3571.

Remember to register for free PSUTXT

Penn State encourages faculty, staff, students, and their families to register for PSUTXT, an easy and accessible system that sends a text message alert to your cell phone if classes or campus schedules are changed or canceled due to weather conditions or other campus situations. Registration is effective immediately.To register, visit http://newswires.psu.edu/ and click on the PSUTXT REGISTER button at the bottom of the page. If you have questions or need more information, contact Annemarie Mountz at amountz@psu.edu.

Beaver campus student volunteers are on the rise

This fall semester has seen an increase in Penn State Beaver student volunteers. A group of Penn State Beaver students, guided by Christina Winniewicz, external relations assistant in the Office of Development, established the first Blue and White Society ever hosted on campus. The society now has 44 members. In addition, 32 students also are serving as volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Beaver County.

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Zhe Hu receives Faculty Trustee Matching Scholarship

Sophomore finance major Zhe Hu is one of only two students chosen from across all Penn State locations to receive the Penn State Faculty Trustee Matching Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year. Zhe was born in FuZhou, China, before moving to Fort Lee, N.J. to attend high school. The scholarship is designed to assist academically talented students who may or may not also be a family's first-generation college student.

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Admissions Office will host free Application Workshops this month

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host free Application Workshops this month from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Student Union Building. No registration is required. If applying to Penn State Beaver at either workshop, a student might receive an admissions decision on the spot and the $50 application fee will be waived.

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Campus students, faculty will travel to Trinidad and Tobago

Penn State Beaver students will have the opportunity to travel to Trinidad and Tobago during Spring Break which will be held Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 15. Juliette Storr, assistant professor of communications, will accompany the students. Trinidad and Tobago are islands located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. The islands are known for tourism as well as petroleum and natural gas production and processing. For information about the trip, contact Dee Mooney at djm5@psu.edu or (724) 773-3571.


Beaver will host Graduation Fair

Several Penn State Beaver departments will co-host a Graduation Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, on the lower level of the Student Union Building. All are welcome to attend. Upcoming graduates are invited to attend to learn about finalizing last-minute details before commencement. Information will be provided by the bookstore, Career Services, Alumni Career Services, Jostens and the Office of Development. There is no need to make a reservation for the Graduation Fair. Light refreshments will be served.For details or more information, contact Dee Mooney at djm5@psu.edu or (724) 773-3571.

Community attends Chamber of Commerce Job / Career Fair on campus

Hundreds of community residents attended the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Job / Career Fair held Thursday, Nov. 13, at Penn State Beaver. Forty regional businesses of all sizes, as well as educational institutions, attended the eventwhich was free and open to the public. For information about next year's Job/Career Fair, contact the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce at http://www.bcchamber.com or call (724) 775-3944.

Alumni chapter seeks participants for Gift Drive for Children

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association announces its annual Gift Drive for Children, which is held in conjunction with Children and Youth Services (CYS) of Beaver County and benefits children who are CYS clients. Participants will be provided with the first name, age and sex of the child(ren) as well as a variety of gift suggestions and, if needed, clothing sizes. The group suggests that each gift be in the $25-$30 range since the gift might be the only one a child receives this holiday season.

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Research-based program enhances impact of Head Start on school skills

Head Start, the federal program that provides comprehensive services to low-income children and their families, has had a positive effect on some aspects of school readiness, but not others. A new Penn State study shows that a program designed to make it easier to integrate research into the classroom by giving teachers enrichment manuals helped children in both academic and social-emotional areas.

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Penn State expert offers tips for economizing when income drops

If balancing your household budget is getting harder, you should consider ways to economize, reduce your costs and cut wasteful consumption, says a financial literacy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.  "Economizing means managing your family resources -- including money -- to get what you need and want," said Marilyn Furry, associate professor of agricultural and extension education. "Learning to substitute, to conserve, to cooperate and to find free goods and services will help your family balance income and outgo. There's a Depression-era saying that can be a concise and to-the-point definition of economizing: 'Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without.'"

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Scholarship endowed to help veterans, dependents in need

Nearly 300 Penn State alumni and friends, most of them military veterans, have contributed approximately $51,000 to endow a scholarship that will assist veterans or dependents of veterans at the University who have a demonstrated financial need and have achieved superior academic records. Graduate or undergraduate students in any degree program at any Penn State location are eligible for the Veterans Special Needs Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in the spring 2009 semester.

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Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate

Q: What does Allegro mean?

A: Allegro means "happy" in Italian. This term is frequently used to label a "movement" of a piece. A movement is simply a complete section of a larger piece. There may be two, three, four or five movements in a piece, although a typical structure for classical music is three movements in the order of fast-slow-fast.

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Varsity play continues, schedules set for spring

The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions men's basketball team and the Lady Lions basketball team continue play into December. The men's next game is at home at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, when the Lions take on the Franciscan University of Steubenville Barons. The women will travel to La Roche College for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 15. Softball begins when the Lady Lions travel to team travels to Florida for training from March 7-13, during Penn State's spring break. The team's first game is Tuesday, March 17, when they travel to take on the Grove City College Wolverines at 4 p.m. For information about ongoing varsity schedules, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu and click on "Quick Links," or contact Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or (724) 773-3826.