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Dr. Paoletti receives $67,000 in-kind gift

Dr. David Paoletti, assistant professor of computer science at Penn State Beaver, received an in-kind gift of $67,635 for software, hardware, and licenses from Altera Corporation, San Jose, California. The gifts were a Quartus II Design Suite v8.0 and an Altera DE2 Development and Education Board. The equipment will be used in computer engineering classes at Beaver.

Before coming to Penn State, Paoletti was head software engineer for Clarity LLC and IC-Tech and software projects manager for OmniLink Communications in Michigan. He also taught at Wright State University and Michigan State University.

For more information, contact Paoletti at drp15@psu.edu or 724-773-3972.

Drs. Chapin, Conry-Murray have papers accepted, published

Dr. John R. Chapin, associate professor of communications, recently had an article, Third-Person Perception and Racism, published in the International Journal of Communication 2 (2008), 100-107. Dr. Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology, had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Cognitive Development. Her paper is entitled Adolescent and Adult Reasoning about Gender Roles and Fairness in Benin, West Africa.

Contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 3877. Conry-Murray can be reached at cec23@psu.edu or 724-773-3862.

100 students participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday service projects

One hundred students from Penn State Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Shenango campuses volunteered at Beaver County service organizations in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 19. The projects were coordinated through the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities.

Sites where students spent the day included the Women’s Center of Beaver County, Beaver; the Center for Hope, Ambridge; the Salvation Army and Uncommon Grounds, Aliquippa; the Humane Society, Beaver Falls; the Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden, and the Goodwill Thrift Store, Rochester. For information about this or other student projects, contact Amy Gartley, Beaver campus associate director of student affairs, at asb1@psu.edu or 724-773-3956.

African refugee John Bul Dau will present free program on campus

African refugee and 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. The courage and survival skills of Dau and other Sudanese refugees were featured in the 2006 Emmy-nominated documentary, God Grew Tired of Us, which chronicled the boys’ perilous journey as they fled Sudan to seek freedom in America over the course of 14 years and thousands of miles.

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.

Campus will host Commissioners’ Breakfast on Tuesday

Penn State Beaver will be the host sponsor for the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Beaver County Commissioners’ Breakfast, 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Student Union Building Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

The event will feature Beaver County Commissioner and Chairman Tony Amadio and Commissioner Joe Spanik. Admission is $5 for Chamber members is $5 and $10 for non-members. The public will be invited to question the commissioners on current regional and county issues.

To register, contact the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce at info@bcchamber.com or call 724-775-3944.

Beaver Lady Lions remain undefeated in PSUAC

The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team remains undefeated in the PSUAC at 8-0. Their last game was Saturday, Jan. 17 when they defeated Penn State Abington, 69-50.
Sophomore Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School, New Brighton, PA) led the team with 28 points while freshman Katie Landis (Rochester High School, Rochester, PA) had a career high of 17 rebounds.
The women are 12-3 overall. For information about the team, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Lions end winning streak with loss to Waynesburg

On Wednesday, Jan. 21 the Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions basketball team ended a 9-game winning streak when they hosted and lost to the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets, 74-71.

Zach Fetchin (Hopewell High School, Aliquippa, PA) scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds. Freshman Tony Houghton (Perry Traditional Academy, Pittsburgh, PA) had 19 points and 4 rebounds.

For information about the team, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

3,500 attend boys’, girls’ basketball tournament on campus

Approximately 3,500 people attended the Annual Penn State Beaver Basketball Tournament for Boys and Girls held recently on campus.

Eight teams of boys and eight teams of girls from area schools participated. The girls’ team from Aliquippa High School took the championship from Rochester High School, and the boys’ team from Rochester High School defeated Quaker Valley High School.
For information, contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu