Caribbean journalism is topic of Faculty Speakers Series presentation
The Penn State Beaver Spring Semester Faculty Speakers Series will continue with a presentation by Juliette Storr, assistant professor of communications, at noon on March 17, in room 16 of the Student Union Building on campus. Storr's topic will be "Caribbean Journalism in the 21st Century: Globalization, Regional Integration and National Identity." She will describe her research on this century's transformation of Caribbean journalism with globalization of news organizations and convergent digital technologies.
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Children's play, 'The Frog Prince,' is open to public
The Penn State Beaver Theatre will present "The Frog Prince" at 2 p.m. on April 18, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Tickets for the play, which is open to the public,are $3 for children and adults. To make reservations, contact Linda Garlitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3574. "The Frog Prince" is suitable for pre-school and school-age children and is adapted from the Grimm Brothers' classic fairy tale. Penn State Beaver Theatre has been presenting live theater for young children for more than 35 years.
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Registration open for children's summer camps at Penn State Beaver
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department will offer 25 academic and athletic summer camps for children ages 3 through 18 in June and July. Registration for all camps is open.
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Professor to lecture on life of mathematics 'genius'
From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 19, there will be a free public lecture about the life of Indian mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in room 115-B of the General Classroom Building at Penn State Beaver. "Ramanujan, a Modest Talk About a Great Mathematician," will be presented by Javier Gomez-Calderon, professor of mathematics at Penn State New Kensington. The program will explore Ramanujan's life and his historic contributions in the field of mathematics. Gomez-Calderon said that his presentation is easily accessible to the general public and of interest to those with or without a mathematics background. For information about the presentation contact Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics at Penn State Beaver, at email@example.com or 724-773-3884.
Moon Area High School wins fourth annual math competition
A five-member team from Moon Area High School won the fourth annual Penn State Beaver Math Competition held March 2, on campus. Samantha Berry, a senior from the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, won the competition for highest individual score. Berry and the winning team members each are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship if they choose to attend college at Penn State Beaver.
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Eighth-grader wins annual Beaver County Spelling Championship
Jason Schuchardt, an eighth-grade student from Sewickley Academy, won the 26th annual Beaver County Spelling Championship held Saturday, March 6, at Penn State Beaver. The event is cosponsored by the Beaver County Times and Beaver campus. Schuchardt spelled the words "quadruped" and "cosmopolitan" correctly to win the competition after competing against Katie Mihelarakis, an
eighth-grader from Rhema Christian School, in several rounds.
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Reunion for Beaver campus alumni to take place April 17
A reunion for Penn State Beaver alumni who attended the campus in the 1990s, as well as all other campus alumni, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 17, at Center Stage, 1489 Brodhead Road, Monaca, Pa. Beaver alumna Thereen Daley is organizing the reunion.
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Alumni chapter's fourth annual wine tasting on March 27 open to public
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is holding a wine tasting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on March 27, at Felicity Farms Bed and Breakfast, 2075 Dutch Ridge Road in Beaver, Pa. The event is open to the public. The deadline for reservations is March 19; to make reservations, contact alumni chapter board member Jackie Bercik at 724-622-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Strategic plan already producing lower costs, better services
Just seven months after its launch, Penn State's strategic plan is already making headway in a number of key areas identified for improvement. Rodney Erickson, executive vice president and provost, said leaders of some of the plan's strategies have provided a mid-year progress report that includes details of progress in several targeted activities, including assessing student success; reorganizing program administration; expanding the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's reach in Centre County; improving research opportunities for undergraduates; and finding the appropriate balance between centralized and dispersed support services, to name a few.
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Probing Question: Can deafness be cured?
"There's promise for a cure in the future," said Judith Creuz, a clinical audiologist at Penn State, "but it's not there yet." Researchers are focusing on ways to generate new hair cells within the inner ear to restore the most common cause of hearing loss. Until a cure exists, Creuz recommended using ear protection where appropriate.
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The Medical Minute: Parkinson's is a disabling disease among elderly
Parkinson's disease is a common neurological disorder in the elderly, and the number of affected people is expected to increase as the population ages over the next decades. The most common primary symptoms of Parkinson's disease include shakes of the hands, arms, legs and jaw; stiffness of the limbs and trunk; slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination. The
symptoms vary from patient to patient, and not everyone is affected by all of them, according to the latest edition of The Medical Minute, a service of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
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Penn State Beaver sports update: March 4 to 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4:
Men's basketball -- USCAA Tournament -- World Harvest Bible College 61, Penn
State Beaver 60
Women's basketball -- USCAA Tournament -- University of Cincinnati, Clermont
College 72, Penn State Beaver 58
Friday, March 5:
Men's basketball -- USCAA Tournament -- Penn State Wilkes-Barre 57, Penn State
Women's basketball -- USCAA Tournament -- Penn State Beaver 70, Spalding
Saturday, March 6:
Women's basketball -- USCAA Tournament -- Penn State Beaver 60, Robert Morris
University, Springfield, IL 45
The Beaver women's team finished fifth and the Beaver men tied for seventh place in the 2010 USCAA Tournament. The USCAA named senior Zach Fetchin as a First Team Division II All-American and named juniors Jasmine Green and Heather Sandusky as First Team Women's All-American.