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Penn State and USA Today launch new online initiative


USA Today, the nation's top-selling newspaper, in cooperation with Penn State today (Nov. 9) launched a new e-Edition for Penn State students as part of the University's continuing mission to promote newspaper reading as a way of integrating real world with classroom study. Since 1997, Penn State has had a readership program in place -- the first of its kind in the nation and a model for more than 500 collegiate readership programs nationwide.


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Gilchrist children make $10,000 gift in father's memory


Jane and Tom Gilchrist, daughter and son of Thomas A. Gilchrist Sr., have donated $10,000 to their father's memorial scholarship at Penn State Beaver. Because of their gift, funds in the Thomas A. Gilchrist Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship now total $40,000. The scholarship was established years ago by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association in its name. After Tom passed away in May 2008, the Alumni Chapter's Board of Directors unanimously voted to re-name their scholarship in honor of Tom's dedication to the chapter and his love of Penn State. 'We're making this gift to honor our father and to ensure that his dedicated hard work continues to provide educational opportunities for deserving students,' said Tom Gilchrist Jr. The Alumni Chapter continues to add to the scholarship by donating all proceeds from the sales they conduct every summer at the Brodhead Cultural Center concession stand. For more information or to make a gift to the Gilchrist Memorial Scholarship, contact Diana Patterson, director of development, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

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Full- and part-time campus appointments announced

This fall eight full-time faculty and staff members and two part-time staff members were appointed at Penn State Beaver. Contact Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations, at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

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Two diversity events highlight campus programming

Penn State Beaver will feature the Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers and renowned author and lecturer Loung Ung in two programs that highlight diversity in November. The programs are free and open to the public

and will be held at noon in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building.


On Friday, Nov. 13, the Piscataway Indian Nation Singers and Dancers will present a colorful and artful program of authentic dance, drum, and song. On Monday, Nov. 16, renowned author, speaker, and human rights activist Loung Ung will speak about her experiences of survival under the Khmer Rouge as well as her best-selling book, "First They Killed My Father."


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Cloud Computing is focus of Nov. 18 Faculty Symposium 

Penn State Beaver continues its Fall Faculty Symposia with a presentation by Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Dutt will discuss "Cloud Computing"

from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Lodge of the Student Union Building. Dutt holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a master's degree in physics from the University of

Calcutta, India. Dutt can be contacted at aud18@psu.edu or 724-773-3972.



Public invited to participate in Holiday Gift Drive for Children


The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association invites the public to participate in the Annual Holiday Gift Drive for Children and Youth Services (CYS) of Beaver County. Gifts will be given to children who are

CYS clients. Participants should buy a gift(s) for a child(ren) they've selected from the list provided by the Alumni Chapter. Or, if preferred, donors can simply make a monetary gift to the Alumni Chapter whose members

will purchase gifts for the children. For additional information about the CYS Gift Drive, contact the Beaver campus Office of Campus and Community Relations at 724-773-3815 or amk6@psu.edu.

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Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter invites new members


The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is inviting new members. Annual dues are $10 per person and $15 for a couple or family. To obtain a membership application, visit ttp://www.beaver.psu.edu/

and click on "Alumni and Friends" or contact the Penn State Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations at 724-773-3815 or amk6@psu.edu.



The Medical Minute: Study estimates one in 91 individuals have autism


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders marked by impaired social interactions, restricted interests, repetitive behaviors, and communication impairment, which persist throughout a person's lifetime. The ASD prevalence rate--the number of individuals diagnosed with autism--has been steadily increasing over time. A new report from the U.S. Department of Health's Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), based on a phone survey of over 78,000 families, set the prevalence rate at nearly one in 91 children. This is an increase from the prior statistic of one in 150 children reported in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.


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