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Campus hosts STEM Conference

Penn State Beaver hosted the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference which drew more than 100 participants from the community and educational and professional fields. The conference was designed to inform participants about the increasing demand for skilled workers in the sciences in leading industries. Attendees were shown how industry sectors, particularly manufacturing and energy, are undergoing huge changes that require heightened knowledge and training in advanced technologies. In addition, participants were able to network to develop workplace learning partnerships, opportunities, and internships.

In addition to Beaver campus, the conference was also supported by the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, Community College of Beaver County, Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development, Job Training for Beaver County, Inc., Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA CareerLink Beaver County, Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Board, Southwest Training Services, Inc., and Value Ambridge Properties, Inc.

For more information about STEM, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at 724-773-3700 or dlb31@psu.edu.

Admissions will host two free workshops

The Admissions Office of Penn State Beaver will host two free workshops for prospective students and their families/guardians.

On Monday, Feb. 9 a Financial Aid Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Beaver campus Student Union Building. Parents and students will learn how to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as learn about types of financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Staff member will assist participants in navigating potential pitfalls in financing a college education. Advance registration is required.

On Monday, Feb. 16, the Admissions Office will host a Presidents’ Day Open House from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Union Building. Prospective students will learn about life at Beaver campus from current students, faculty, and staff. Attendees will also learn about college expectations and tour the campus, including Penn State’s extensive library and technology resources and the newly-renovated residence hall.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast and the program begins with an information session at 9:30 a.m. Participants are asked to dress accordingly for the day’s weather. Advance registration is requested.

To register for either or both events, contact the Admissions Office at 1 (877) JOIN-PSU, br-admissions@psu.edu, or AOL IM: BrAdmissions.

Blood Drive also benefits THON, pediatric cancer patients

On Monday, Feb. 16 the Penn State Beaver Student Government Association, the campus THON Committee, and the American Red Cross will sponsor a Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Lodge of the campus Student Union Building. For every unit of blood donated, the Red Cross will donate $2 to THON, a Penn State student organization that raises millions of dollars for pediatric cancer patients at Hershey Medical Center through the annual Dance Marathon at Penn State University Park.

Blood reserves are extremely low, and all those who are able are urged to give blood. Anyone who donated at the Beaver campus November 2008 blood drive is eligible to donate on February 16.

To guarantee a time that fits an individual’s schedule, participants are asked to register to give blood by visiting www.givelife.org. However, anyone who wishes to walk in without an appointment is encouraged to donate as well.

For information, contact SGA president Stephanie Shearer, ses1014@psu.edu, or Beth Vincenti, Beaver campus THON chairman, at eav5011@psu.edu.

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.

300 attend John Bul Dau presentation

Three hundred students, faculty, staff, and community members attended Monday’s presentation by John Bul Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan featured in the award-winning documentary, God Grew Tired of us. The program was presented by the Office of Student Affairs.

Dau spoke of his escape as a 13-year old from his Sudanese village when it came under attack as well as his trials while traveling to reach safety in Africa. Dau eventually reached the United States after years of living in various parts of Africa and established the John Dau Sudan Healthcare Foundation in Southern Sudan. His presentation was followed by a luncheon with student leaders and members of the campus’ Diversity and Multicultural Committee.

For more information about campus programming open to the public, contact Jessica Jackson, coordinator of residence life and student activities at jrj15@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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.

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.

Women Undefeated in PSUAC, Men Remain Strong

On Monday, Feb. 2 the Penn State Beaver women’s and men’s basketball teams hosted and defeated PSUAC rival Penn State DuBois, 85-53 and 71-66, respectively. The Lady Lions remain undefeated in the PSUAC at 13-0 and the Lions are 12-2.

In the women’s game, sophomore Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School, New Brighton) led with 21 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore Jasmine Green (Orange High School, Allentown) had 17 points and 7 assists. Sophomore Tasia McCargo (Beaver Falls High School, Beaver Falls) added 14 points and 5 steals.
For the Lions, freshman Tony Houghton (Perry Traditional Academy High School, Pittsburgh) led with 22 points, junior Tim Kubis (Hopewell High School, Hopewell Township) followed with 18, and junior Zach Fetchin, also from Hopewell, had 12 points.

Beaver’s women and men will host Penn State Fayette on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tip-off for the Lady Lions, now 17-3 overall, is 1 p.m. and for the men, 15-5 overall, the game begins at 3 p.m.

For information about campus athletics or intramurals, contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.