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Schafer receives award from Commission for Women

Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies at Penn State Beaver, received the Achieving Women Award from the Penn State Commission for Women at a special awards luncheon held Friday, April 10 at Penn State University Park. The award recognizes Penn State women who have shown leadership, supported the University’s diversity and equal opportunity efforts, and contributed to human causes and public service. Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications at Beaver, nominated Schafer for the award.

Schafer joined Penn State in 1998 and has directed and written numerous theatrical productions in the United States, including plays for Beaver campus and Crisis Center North (CCN) in Pittsburgh, a nonprofit counseling and educational resource center for victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County, where she also volunteers.

In addition, she was featured, along with Chapin, associate professor of communications, in the 2008 fall issue of Penn State Outreach magazine in an article entitled ‘The Myths and Truths of Domestic Violence’ which highlighted research and programs conducted by Schafer and Chapin.

Schafer and CCN executive director Grace Coleman wrote "The Other Side of the River," a fictionalized play based on interviews with survivors of assault in the Pittsburgh area. The play was performed at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum and at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's annual Pathways for Victim Services Conference.

Last fall Schafer produced and directed three one-act plays at Beaver campus using members of her theatre class. The plays depicted domestic violence and its repercussions in three very different settings.

For more information, contact Schafer at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.


Faculty, students assist Girl Scouts in STEM career exploration

This month Penn State Beaver hosted girl scouts, ages 13 to 16, from Beaver and Lawrence County to participate in hands-on activities that explored careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) program. The on-campus activities were led by freshmen IST majors Marisa Zilla and Cherise Green and sophomore science major Rachel Shegog. The event was coordinated and implemented by Dr. Patrice Clemson, instructor in IST, and Dr. Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics.

For more information, contact Clemson at pac20@psu.edu or 724-773-3971 or Fishman at aaf10@psu.edu or 724-773-3825.

Campus continues Faculty Symposium

Recently Dr. Robert Sulman, instructor in mathematics, gave a presentation on ‘Discovering Hidden Symmetry Without Calculus’ as part of the ongoing Penn State Beaver Faculty Symposium. Sulman described his innovations in reorienting college algebra materials to address issues typically found in higher mathematics studies. He makes the work accessible to algebra students without requiring them to know any calculus and has found intriguing, symmetric results.

To contact Sulman, send email to rms47@psu.edu or call 724-773-3549.


Alumni Chapter seeks volunteers, board members

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is seeking volunteers and individuals interested in serving on the group’s Board of Directors. The chapter is engaged in a variety of social networking events with the public, Penn State Beaver students, and other Penn State alumni and friends. In addition, among other activities, the chapter supports an endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students and contributes annual scholarships to the campus as well.

For information, contact Board of Directors member and past president Don Veri at dtv72@psualum.com.


Variety of academic and athletic summer camps for youth are announced

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Department of Athletics will host a wide variety of academic enrichment and athletic camps this summer for children ages 3 to 18.

Enrichment camps are Princess Camp, Pirate Camp, Musical Theatre, Spanish for Kids, Wizardry School, Rockets Away, robotics, digital Video and Movie Production, Beginner cheerleading, Kids Learn to Cook, and Crime Scene Investigation. Athletic camps are fitness, tennis, baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, soccer, volleyball, and golf.

For more information or to register for camps, contact the Continuing Education office at 724-773-3700 or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/ce/youth.htm.


Lady Lions hold top spot in PSUAC

On Thursday, April 23 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions hosted and defeated the Penn College Wildcats of Williamsport, 6-0 and 6-1.

In game one, sophomore starting pitcher Kayla Chambers (South Side High School, Hookstown, PA) pitched seven innings, allowing only two hits, two walks, and striking out four.  In the sixth inning, Jamie Karpinski (Quigley Catholic High School, Beaver, PA) capped Beaver’s offense by hitting a two-run homerun, her second of the season, for the win.

In game two, Chambers threw another complete game, again allowing just two hits, one walk, striking out three, and giving up zero earned runs.

The Lady Lions are in first place in the PSUAC at 11-1 and 17-16 overall. On Saturday, April 25 Beaver will travel to Penn State Abington for a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m.

For information about Beaver campus athletics, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.


Beaver men split doubleheader with PS Greater Allegheny

On Wednesday, April 22 the Penn State Beaver men’s baseball team hosted and split a double header with PSUAC opponent Penn State Greater Allegheny, winning game one, 2-0, and losing game two, 6-2.

In game one, junior pitcher Greg Frederick (Quaker Valley High School, Fair Oaks, PA) pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and striking out sixteen.  Freshman Dan Sonsini (Aliquippa High School, Aliquippa, PA) scored a run for Beaver in the second inning and, after reaching base with a hit, stole second and third before scoring on a pass ball. Junior Ryan Raraigh (Riverside High School, Fombell, PA) added a run in the third and scored later in the inning on an error off a bunt.

In game two, Beaver had ten hits scattered throughout the game, generating only two runs. Greater Allegheny scored three in the second, one in the fourth, and two in the fifth to build a 6-0 lead.  Beaver scored one run each in the sixth and seventh innings. Sophomore Huston Lorenzo (Southwest Miami High School, Miami, FL) led with three hits and drove in a run while Sonsini added two hits and scored a run.

The Beaver Lions are 16-8 in the PSUAC and 22-16 overall. On Saturday, April 25 Beaver will travel to Penn State Abington for a noon game and will move on to Penn State Brandywine on Sunday, April 26 for the season’s final game at 11 a.m.

For information about Beaver campus athletics, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.