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Educational Opportunity Center hosts free financial aid workshop

The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) of Southwestern Pennsylvania will host a free financial aid workshop at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Lodge of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

EOC is a program that targets low-income individuals who are beginning or continuing their postsecondary education. Staff members will help participants complete a 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online. Attendees must bring a valid driver's license, Social Security card, and records of earnings and all untaxed income in 2008.

To register for the workshop or obtain more information, call the EOC Office at 1-800-378-6230, or contact Patty Forrest, EOC staff member, at paf13@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

Penn State Beaver Theatre will present Rumpelstiltskin

This year’s annual children’s play presented by Penn State Beaver Theatre will be Rumpelstiltskin, adapted from the classic fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers. The play, which will be held in the Beaver campus Student Union Building auditorium, will be presented this spring for school groups and children’s organizations. Reservations are required. Tickets are $3 per person.

Beaver Theatre is directed by Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies. Beaver campus students are featured in the cast and crew.

On Sunday, April 19 at performance will be presented for the public at 2 p.m. Performances dates and times for groups are Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 31, April 2, 7, 9, 14, and 23 at 10:00 a.m. and April 16 and 21 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

To make reservations or for more information, contact staff assistant Linda Garlitz at lkg5@psu.edu or 724-773-3574.

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.

Free Penn State Application Workshop will be held January 31

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a free application workshop on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Registration is not required.

Admissions staff members will be available to assist students with Penn State applications. Financial aid information and campus tours will be provided. In order to receive an immediate admissions decision, the applicant must bring her / his official high school transcript to the workshop. 

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 1 (877) JOIN-PSU, send email to
br-admissions@psu.edu, or use AOL IM: BrAdmissions.

Free concert will feature music of Haiti, Brazil, Africa, and more

Zili Misik, an all-female band, will present a free concert on Friday, Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m., in the Penn State Beaver auditorium. The public is invited to attend.

This unique musical group of women will perform a variety of musical styles, including Haitian, Jamaican reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Portuguese, Afro-Cuban, African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul.

Zili Misik was named the Boston Music Awards 2008 Outstanding International Music Act of the Year and also won the 2008 Boston Phoenix/FNX Best Music Poll. The group was also featured on WGBH/PBS television’s Design Squad.

For more information about the group, visit http://www.zilimisik.com/ or contact Jessica Jackson, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at jrj15@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

It’s easy to register for the PSUTXT campus alert system

All Penn State students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to enroll in PSUTXT, an easy and
accessible system that lets you know via cell phone when classes are canceled due to weather
conditions or if the campus has an emergency closure or other schedule alteration. Sign up now for PSUTXT and, when necessary, Penn State will send a text message alert directly to your cell phone.

To register, visit http://newswires.psu.edu/ and click on the "PSUTXT REGISTER" button at the
bottom of the page to sign up. For information, contact Annemarie Mountz at AMountz@psu.edu.

Lady Lions remained undefeated in PSUAC

The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team remained undefeated in PSUAC play, 11-0, after hosting and defeating Penn State Greater Allegheny, 88-65, on Monday, Jan. 26.
Sophomore Jasmine Green (Orange High School, Orange, NJ) recorded the team’s first triple-double, ending the game with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) had 17 points and 4 rebounds while junior Laura Perkins (Monaca High School, Monaca, PA) scored 13 points.

The Lady Lions, now 15-3 overall, will host Penn State York on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.

Lions are 10-1 in PSUAC

The Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions basketball team continued its conference winning streak when they hosted and defeated Penn State Greater Allegheny, 81-50, on Monday, Jan. 26. Beaver is now 10-1 in the PSUAC.

Freshman Tony Houghton (Perry Traditional Academy High School/Pittsburgh, PA) led Beaver with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Junior Zach Fetchin (Hopewell High School/Aliquippa, PA) had 10 points and 8 rebounds while freshman Matt Shearer (Slippery Rock High School/Slippery Rock, PA) took 11 rebounds.