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Beaver campus wins Corporate Spelling Bee

Last week Penn State Beaver won first place in Adult Literacy Action’s (ALA) 14th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee held in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The campus team was comprised of Dr. June Fishbourne, instructor in psychology, Gail Gray, student aid and veterans coordinator, and Renata Shaw, staff assistant for the Offices of the Chancellor and Campus and Community Relations.

Nine teams from area businesses and organizations competed for the first-place trophy. In addition to Beaver campus, other teams were: BASF Corporation, Blackhawk High School teachers, Community College of Beaver County, the Center for Hope, Comcast, Eaton Corporation, Heritage Valley Health System, and Performance Review Institute.

Event proceeds benefit the ALA, a not-for-profit organization that provides free adult education in reading, writing, math, GED preparation, distance learning, English for speakers of other languages, and family literacy. Last year ALA volunteer tutors and instructors served more than 800 adults at libraries and learning centers throughout Beaver County.

For information about the Corporate Spelling Bee or to learn how you can participate next year, contact the ALA Office at 724-773-7810 or visit www.adultliteracy.org.


Beaver County Times and campus co-sponsor spelling championship

More than twenty pupils from area schools will compete in the 2009 Beaver County Spelling Championship, the silver anniversary of the contest sponsored by Penn State Beaver and The Times. The event will be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m., in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The best speller will receive a $1,500 scholarship to Penn State Beaver, $250, and the grand champion trophy. The runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Penn State Beaver, $150, and a silver trophy.

Contest judges are Dr. Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics and coordinator of the Center for Academic Achievement, Beaver campus; Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in English and reading, Beaver campus, and Marsha Keefer, public affairs editor, The Times.

The moderator will be Jim Luce, senior instructional services specialist at Beaver, and the pronouncer will be Stacy Koutoulakis, lecturer in English at Beaver.

For more information, contact Dee Mooney in the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Professor from Germany will be guest speaker for IST meeting

Pablo Pirnay-Dummer, assistant professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, will be the guest speaker at a luncheon meeting of the Penn State Beaver Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Advisory Board on Friday, April 24.

A native of Bremen, Germany, Pirnay-Dummer is the CEO of ParaDocks Omnimedia. He received his doctorate from the School of Economics and Behavioral Sciences of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

Pirnay-Dummer’s research primary research interests include learning, cognition and instruction with a focus on mental models, knowledge and knowledge assessment, technology-enhanced learning environments, and knowledge management.

For more information, contact Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in reading and English, at cjd9@psu.edu or 724-773-3824.


Undergraduate Research Fair set for April 1

The Eighth Annual Penn State Beaver Undergraduate Research Fair will be held Wednesday, April 1 in the Student Union Building. The event is designed to highlight student scholarship and research conducted on campus and showcases student presentations of in-depth, original, scholarly work, and research. Projects are invited from all academic disciplines, including business, humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science.  

The top two oral presentations and the top two poster presentations will be announced that day. Winners will receive cash rewards of $150 for first prize in the oral/poster presentation and $100 for second prize in the oral/poster presentation. Winners will be honored at the Annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet in April.

The application and abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 6. Abstract and registration forms must be approved and submitted by the student’s research advisor. To register or obtain more information, visit http://www.br.psu.edu/Academics/ugradresearch.htm?cn21C.


SGA will co-sponsor Red Cross Blood Drive in April

The Penn State Beaver Student Government Association (SGA) will co-sponsor a Blood Drive on Friday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Lodge of the campus Student Union Building. The public is encouraged to attend to increase blood supplies of all types. No pre-registration is needed.

For more information about the Blood Drive, contact SGA President Stephanie Shearer at ses1014@psu.edu or 724-773-3590 or visit http://www.redcross.org/.


Golfers and sponsors needed for Alumni Society Golf Outing

Individuals, foursomes, and sponsors are all invited to participate in the Ninth Annual Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing, Friday, Sept. 11 at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. A wide variety of sponsorship packages are available.

To register or provide support, all participants, donors, and sponsors should contact Christina Winniewicz, external relations assistant at Penn State Beaver, caw47@psu.edu, 724-773-3817.

Lions end spring break trip with loss

On Wednesday, March 11 the La Roche College Redhawks defeated the Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions baseball team, 10-8, in the Lions' last game of their Florida spring break.

In the loss, senior Jeff Trojan (Rochester High School, Rochester, PA) and junior Ryan Raraigh (Riverside High School, Fombell, PA) led the way offensively with two hits each while Trojan and junior Justin Parasida (Ambridge High School, Ambridge, PA) both drove in two runs.
Beaver sophomore Jake Gram (Louisville High School, Louisville, OH) was tagged with the loss, pitching four innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits, and striking out three.
The Lions finished the Florida trip with a 1-5 record. For more information, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.


Lady Lions End Florida Trip with Double Loss

On Thursday, March 12 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team ended their spring break in Florida with a doubleheader loss to the Alfred University Saxons (Alfred, NY), 12-1 and 3-0.
In game one, Beaver freshman Katie Landis (Rochester High School, Rochester, PA) got her first start on the mound, throwing five innings and giving up eight hits and eight earned runs. In game two, sophomore Kayla Chambers (South Side High School, Hookstown, PA) pitched six solid innings, giving up only six hits. Freshman Lindsey Scialdone (Ellwood City High School, Ellwood City, PA) had two hits and an RBI.
The Lady Lions are 2-6 overall. For more information, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.