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Faculty, staff honored for achievements

Eight Penn State Beaver faculty and staff members were honored recently for their contributions to the campus, both in and out of the classroom. They were recognized at the 41st Annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet held recently on campus.

Dr. Rajen Mookerjee, associate professor of economics, received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / Bayer MaterialScience, LLC Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Juliette Storr, assistant professor of communications, received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award.

Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications, received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies, received the Penn State Commission for Women’s Achieving Women Award.

Beth Hewitt, assistant financial officer, received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / ESB Bank Staff Excellence Award.

Patty Forrest, staff assistant, Educational Opportunities Center, received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board / Unis Dental Associates Staff Service Award.

Mrs. Christina Winniewicz, external relations assistant in development, was named Outstanding Organization Advisor.

Mrs. Gretchen Samchuck, coordinator, division of undergraduate studies, was named Outstanding Academic Advisor.

For information about the awards or the banquet, contact Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs, at cjd9@psu.edu or 724-773-3824.


Hain receives Walker Award, additional honors

Jennifer Hain, a corporate communications major, received Penn State’s most prestigious student honor when she was named the recipient of the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award at the annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet. The award recognizes one student’s highest achievements in and out of the classroom at each Penn State campus. At the dinner, she also received a Student Life Award.

In addition, she was recently recognized as a 2009 Beaver County College Student of the Year by the Beaver Valley Business and Professional Women’s (BVBPW) Club at a dinner held in April in Aliquippa. The annual award recognizes Beaver County college students who have been honored for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

Hain is a resident assistant in the campus residence hall, Harmony Hall. She is a member of the campus Lady Lions volleyball and softball teams and was captain of the volleyball team when they won the 2007 Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Championship. Hain is employed as a student worker in the Offices of the Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Development, and Campus and Community Relations. She is a member of the Student Computer Fee Committee and the Penn State Beaver Communications Advisory Board. Upon graduation she plans to pursue a career in marketing and event planning.

Hain can be contacted at jlh654@psu.edu.


41st Annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet honors students

The 41st Annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet was held recently on campus to celebrate a variety of student achievements throughout the academic year.

Recipients and awards are as follows:

Marissa Campbell, senior, Applied Psychology baccalaureate award
Carrie Walker, senior, Business Administration baccalaureate award
Angela Adams, graduated in Dec. 2008, Communications baccalaureate award
Deric Bolland, senior, Information Sciences and Technology baccalaureate award
Nathan Campbell, senior, Information Systems Design & Development Option, baccalaureate award
Adrienne McIntire, graduated in Dec. 2008, Letters, Arts, and Sciences baccalaureate award
Kelly Colovos, sophomore, Smeal College of Business: Finance Department Award
Brian Shank, sophomore, College of Engineering: Aerospace Engineering Department Award
Yuduo Zhao, sophomore, College of Engineering: Architectural Engineering Department Award
James Stumbaugh, sophomore, College of Engineering: Electrical Engineering Department Award and the Eberly College of Science: Physics Department Award
Samuel Wilton, junior, College of Engineering: Engineering Science Department Award and the Eberly College of Science: Mathematics Department Award
Mitchell Barr, sophomore, College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering Department Award
Ethan Healey, sophomore, College of Engineering: Computer Science/Computer Engineering Department Award and President Sparks Award
Julie Russell, sophomore, College of Health and Human Development: Communication Sciences and Disorders Department Award
Rachel Blick, sophomore, College of the Liberal Arts: Psychology Department Award
Campus Honors Certificate
E. Seon Kwon, sophomore, College of the Liberal Arts: Sociology Department Award
Julie Weinstein, sophomore, Eberly College of Science: Chemistry Department Award   
Valerie Cycholl, freshman information sciences and technology major - President’s Freshman Award and Campus Honors Certificate

Sarah Covalt, senior business major, Eclipse Award
Dana Sklack, sophomore communications major, USA Today Leadership Award

Campus Honors Program Certificates were awarded to:
Rachael Hartman, freshman education major
Eugene Meidinger, junior information sciences and technology major
Kaitlyn Seyler, freshman applied psychology major

College Honors Program Certificates were awarded to:
Christopher Nocera, sophomore engineering major
Frank Wisen, sophomore liberal arts major

Student Life Awards were awarded to:
Maria Bruno, freshman education major
Stephanie Shearer, applied psychology major
David Smith, freshman education major
Elizabeth Vincenti, senior business major
Dawn Williams, freshman biology major

Undergraduate Research Fair Awards were awarded as follows:
First Place Oral Presentation
Peter Ng, sophomore science major
Second Place Oral Presentation
Abdul Al-Nakhli, senior communications major

First Place Poster Presentation
Shannon Pridgen, senior applied psychology major
Second Place Poster Presentation
Kyung-Min Kim, freshman liberal arts major, and Kylee Weaver, sophomore applied psychology major

For information about the awards or the Awards Banquet, contact Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs, at cjd9@psu.edu or 724-773-3824.


SGA elects officers, representatives

The Penn State Beaver student body has elected officers and representatives to the Student Government Association (SGA) for 2009-2010 academic year. 

Dawnshalay Williams, Pittsburgh, was elected president. She is a sophomore majoring in biology. Sophomore Jonathan White, a division of undergraduate studies major from Lithonia, GA, was elected vice president.  Sophomore business major Sara Hunkele, Allison Park, was elected secretary, and a treasurer will be appointed.

Applied psychology majors Abraham Atallah, Imperial and Stephanie Shearer, Carnegie, and Nathan Campbell, an IST major from Ellwood City, are senior class representatives.  Freshman, sophomore, and junior class representatives will be selected at a later date.

For more information about SGA programs and operations, contact Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, asb1@psu.edu or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.           


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.


Beaver Lady Lions softball team finishes fourth in USACC

On Thursday, May 7 the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions softball team finished fourth in the USCAA National Tournament in Decatur, IL. The women split two games with a win over Southern Virginia University, 1-0, but a loss to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 6-4.

Beaver sophomore Kayla Chambers (South Side High School, Hookstown, PA) was named to the All-Tournament team. She was 2-1 with a 1.90 ERA during the two-day USCAA Tournament.

Beaver finished the season with an overall record of 29-19.

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