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Faculty publications are announced

Articles by John Chapin, associate professor of communications; Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, and Anthony J. Sadar, lecturer in meteorology appeared in recent publications.

Chapin’s article, ‘Domestic Violence Beliefs and Perceptions across the Lifespan,’ appeared in The International Journal of Humanities, Volume 7, Number 1. A book review by Szymczak was published in the journal ‘American Communist History,’ Volume 8. Szymczak reviewed ‘The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939-1956’ written by Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann. Sadar wrote a book review about ‘Corporate Environmental Management” by John Darabaris. The review was published in Pollution Equipment News, April 2009, Volume 42, Number 2.

Chapin can be reached at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877, Szymczak at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895, and Sadar at ajs29@psu.edu or 724-773-3867.


Herckis receives Fulbright Award

Lauren R. Herckis, lecturer in anthropology at Penn State Beaver, has received a Fulbright award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Herckis, who will conduct archaeological research as partial completion of a doctorate in anthropology, will examine cultural diversity in an ancient Mayan urban center by leading a dig in the lowlands of Chiapas, a state in southern Mexico near Palenque. The project will require her to spend at least nine months in Mexico. She is currently in Mexico to finalize all project details.

Herckis can be reached at lrh18@psu.edu.


Chapin elected to office by AEJMC

John Chapin, associate professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, was elected vice head for the Internships and Careers Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Earlier this month, Chapin attended the AEJMC Convention where he participated in a panel presentation on ‘Integrating Internships into the Communications Curriculum.’ The AEJMC is an international professional association for faculty and professionals in journalism and mass communication fields.

To contact Chapin, email jrc11@psu.edu or call 724-773-3877.

Rizzo will speak about multi-generational communication

Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs at Penn State Beaver, will give a presentation entitled ‘Closing the Generation Gap’ at noon and 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3 at ADP’s Lunch and Learn Series for company employees.

ADP, located in Finley Township, provides payroll services and other tools for human resources departments at various companies.  

Rizzo’s remarks will focus on understanding how co-workers, supervisors, friends, and family members function in different ways. Some research suggests that Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials demonstrate specific styles based on contemporary experiences.  Knowing more about some of these generational differences and opportunities may help all ages to live and work together more effectively.

Rizzo has worked in higher education for nearly twenty years. Prior to coming to Beaver, he was dean of student life and development at Colorado State University, Pueblo. Before working in Colorado, Rizzo spent thirteen years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College as director of student activities and the Reed Union Building and as coordinator of residence life. He also served as coordinator of residence and Greek life at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. 

For information, contact Rizzo at clr4@psu.edu or 724-773-3957.


Schreck joins Student Affairs staff

Robin Schreck was hired as student activities and residence life coordinator at Penn State Beaver, effective Monday, Aug. 10.

Robin will focus on student engagement via campus social, recreational, cultural, wellness, and educational programs. Primary duties include planning and implementing events and activities, working with resident assistants, overseeing residence life and student activities and their Web sites, enforcing policies and procedures, and developing student organizations.

Schreck holds a master's degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Indiana University East.

She can be contacted at 724-773-3947.


Free concerts will be held July 18, 20 at Brodhead Cultural Center

The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center will present two free concerts featuring a variety of American and international music.

The Tiger Maple String Band will be in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, and the Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 20. In the event of rain on either evening, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

This summer’s programming is sponsored by corporate partner Clearview Federal Credit Union. Programming co-sponsors are The Times, ARA Corp., Ideaworks, and Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545.

The Tiger Maple String Band’s repertoire includes Cajun, country, Scottish, Irish, and Appalachian music. The Boilermaker Jazz Band will present a variety of New Orleans-style jazz and blues.

Penn State Creamery ice cream will be sold in cups and cones from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center prior to the Tiger Maple String Band concert on August 18. The ice cream sale is sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

The Alumni Chapter will also operate the Brodhead Cultural Center concession stand which offers a variety of hot and cold refreshments before and during the concerts. All proceeds from the ice cream and concession sales benefit the Chapter’s endowed scholarships for Beaver campus students.

The Baker-Dungan Museum, located on the hill overlooking the amphitheater, is free and open to the public from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. prior to all shows at the Cultural Center. The museum is operated and staffed by the Mill Creek Valley Historical Association.

For more information about the Brodhead Cultural Center’s summer programs, contact the Center at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu, visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead, or call the Events Hotline at 724-773-3600.