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John Bul Dau, Lost Boy of Sudan, will present free program


Humanitarian John Bul Dau, known as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will present a free program open to the public on Monday, Feb. 2 at noon in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

Dau and thousands of other boys were Sudanese refugees whose courage and survival were featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, God Grew Tired of Us, winner of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award and Audience Award for documentaries. Narrated by actress Nicole Kidman, the documentary was filmed in Kenya, New York, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh, PA where many of the Lost Boys finally reached freedom. National Geographic also published Dau’s memoir with the same title.

In 1987 at age 13, Dau fled his home in southern Sudan, narrowly escaping troops sent to exterminate all black Christian males. His village was burned, women were raped, children were enslaved, and young men were killed. Dau and thousands of other Lost Boys began a perilous journey to freedom that spanned more than 1,000 miles and 14 years.

Dau is recognized internationally for his advocacy of human rights and his call to end the violence in Sudan through promoting cultural understanding and awareness of global issues. 
Through his initiative, the Sudanese Lost Boys of New York Foundation was established as well as the American Care for Sudan Foundation.

Information about this program and others that are free to the public is available by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

Beaver United Way Committee exceeds $5,000 goal

The Penn State Beaver 2008 Committee for the United Way of Beaver County raised $5,050 during fall semester, exceeding its original goal of $5,000. A variety of campus activities were held to generate funds, including a luncheon, silent auction, food and apparel sales, and personal solicitations.

Committee co-chairs were Dana Alvetro, program aide, Continuing Education, and Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Student Affairs. Other committee members were Darlene Mancini, staff assistant, Housing and Food Services; Carol Pistachio, library assistant 1; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Chancellor and Campus and Community Relations; Jennie Ward, staff assistant, registrar and Division of Undergraduate Studies, and Christina Winniewicz, external relations assistant, Development.

For information about the 2009 United Way campaign, contact Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762.
Admissions Office will host free workshops

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host two free workshops open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 31. An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Financial Aid Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Building.

Advance registration is not required for the Application Workshop and staff members will be available to assist in completing and returning Penn State applications. The $50 application fee will be waived for anyone completing an application specifically for Beaver and some Beaver applicants might receive an immediate admissions decision. In addition, financial aid information and campus tours will be available.

To receive an immediate admissions decision, the applicant must bring her/his official high school transcript to the workshop. Only applications to Penn State Beaver will be received and evaluated. Applications to other Penn State locations will be completed and forwarded, along with the application fee, to the respective campus for evaluation. Paid application fees are not refundable. 

The Financial Aid Workshop will provide instructions and information for parents and students on filing for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Advance registration is required. Participants will learn about various types of financial aid for which they qualify, including grants, loans and scholarships. Staff members will also provide guidance in navigating potential pitfalls in financing a college education.

For information about the events or Penn State, contact the Admissions Office at 1 (877) JOIN-PSU, br-admissions@psu.edu, or via AOL IM: BrAdmissions.

Kellinger will give presentation on The Business of Art

Fred Kellinger, Penn State Beaver adjunct lecturer in business, will give a presentation entitled The Business of Art on Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Beaver Area Memorial Library, Beaver, PA. The program is sponsored by the Beaver Arts Collaborative.

Kellinger and other business professionals and artists will provide information for artists and craftsmen interested in starting a business, marketing, record keeping, selling online, and the challenges and opportunities of an online business.

Participants must register to attend and will be charged $20 for the day, including lunch. To register or obtain more information, email beaverartscollaborative@yahoo.com.

Lady Lions win non-conference game in Ohio

On Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team traveled to Ohio to defeat the Golden Flash at Kent State University, Tuscarawas, 85-64, in a non-conference game.

In the win, Jasmine Green (East Orange High School, NJ) had 18 points and Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School) led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Landis (Rochester High School) had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Beaver is 6-0 in the PSUAC and 9-3 overall. The Lady Lions will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 when they host the Golden Flash of Kent State, Tuscarawas at 2 p.m.

Lions defeat PS Fayette

The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions men's basketball team defeated Penn State Fayette, 102-63, on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008.

Junior Zac Fetchin (Hopewell High School) led with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Chancelor Humphrey (Hopewell High School), freshman A.J. Poindexter (Wilkinsburg High School), Matt Shearer (Slippery Rock High School), and Tony Houghton (Perry High School) each added 11 points.
Beaver is 5-1 in the PSUAC West Division and is 6-3 overall. The Nittany Lions will resume play on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 when they host the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes at 7:30 p.m.