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Changes under way to help Penn State position for the future


As Penn State looks ahead to the future, its administrators are wrestling with what it means to be a public university at a time when public support for higher education is waning. Over the past 10 years, higher education in Pennsylvania has received a 4.8 percent increase in overall funding, while the state budget itself has increased more than 36 percent and basic education has seen a rise of almost 49 percent in that same time period. At the same time, higher education is losing ground in the court of public opinion, as many Americans are skeptical about whether colleges and universities are doing all

they can to control costs and keep tuition affordable. Given this scenario, Penn State Provost Rod Erickson said the University cannot continue with "business as usual."


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Four Beaver faculty, students sit on 2010-11 University Faculty Senate


Two Penn State Beaver faculty members and two students hold positions on the 2010-11 Penn State University Faculty Senate (UFS). Robin M. Bower, associate professor of Spanish, and Rajen Mookerjee, associate professor of economics, are University Faculty Senators. Claryssa Burroughs, a sophomore liberal arts major from Midland, Pa., and John Meanor, a freshman engineering major from Ambridge, Pa., were recently elected to serve as student senators. Bower can be contacted at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886, and Mookerjee can be reached at rxm24@psu.edu or 724-773-3896. Burroughs can be contacted at clc6250@psu.edu, and Meanor can be contacted at jpm5338@psu.edu.


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Public invited to attend Penn State Beaver Blue and White Tailgate


The public is invited to attend a Blue and White Tailgate from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the parking lot by the Dickinson Law Building near Beaver Stadium at Penn State University Park. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society and the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.


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Research Fair will highlight undergraduate scholarship


Penn State Beaver's ninth annual Undergraduate Research Fair will be held Wednesday, April 7, in the Student Union Building on campus. The event is designed to highlight student scholarship and research conducted on campus.  The Research Fair showcases student presentations of in-depth, original, scholarly work and research. Projects are invited from all academic disciplines, including business, humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science.


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Registration, sponsorships open for alumni society Golf Outing


Registration and sponsorships are now open for the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society's 10th annual Golf Outing to be held Friday, Sept. 10, at The Club at Shadow Lakes, Aliquippa, Pa. Proceeds from the outing will benefit the alumni society's endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students.


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Beaver alumni reunion set for April 17


Penn State alumna Thereen Daley is organizing a Penn State Beaver reunion for all Beaver alumni, although she is especially targeting those who attended Beaver during the 1990s. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. on April 17, at Center Stage, 1489 Brodhead Road, Monaca, Pa. Tours of campus also will be given from 2 to 4 p.m.


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Band 'Screaming Orphans' to launch BeaverFest Week with concert


A free concert by the Screaming Orphans will be held at noon on April 26, on Penn State Beaver's main lawn to launch BeaverFest Week, which will run from April 26 to 30, prior to final exams. BeaverFest Week, which is sponsored by the Student Government Association, will feature a series of programs and events for Beaver students with free food, giveaways, prizes and T-shirts. In

the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Lodge of the Student Union Building.


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Bats are topic of final presentation in Faculty Speakers Series


The Penn State Beaver Spring Semester Faculty Speakers Series will conclude at noon on Wednesday, April 14, with a program by Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, who will present "Illuminating the Darkness: The Upside Down World of Bat Research."


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Alumni chapter raises $700 for Beaver student scholarships


The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association's fourth annual wine tasting event raised $700 to benefit the chapter's two annual scholarships for Penn State Beaver students. Fifty people attended the event on March 27 at Felicity Farms Bed and Breakfast in Brighton Township.


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SGA will conduct Blood Drive on April 7 at Penn State Beaver


The Penn State Beaver Student Government Association (SGA) will conduct a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 7, in the Student Union Building Lodge. Someone in America needs blood every two seconds. Donors can give blood up to six times per year, and one blood donation can help to save three lives. Previous and first-time donors are encouraged to register now to donate blood. To register, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit https://www.givelife.org/index.cfm?group=registration&hlc=PSU-Beaver.


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Probing Question: How fast are the polar ice sheets melting?


The massive ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica are shrinking, according to Penn State geophysicist Sridhar Anandakrishnan, but understanding how quickly will require a better grasp of glacier dynamics.  Anandakrishnan has traveled to Antarctica 17 times in the past 25 years to study glacial ice streams, frozen rivers of ice that flow from the center of an ice sheet and out to sea. These streams can be up to 100 miles in length, a mile deep and 50 miles wide, and most of the melting ice flows through them.


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The Medical Minute: Advances in the treatment of rectal cancer


Cancers of the rectum are, unfortunately, a common disease, and along with colon cancer represent the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States. It is estimated that there will be about 42,000 new cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the United States annually, and that 8,500 patients will die from this disease each year.


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Penn State Beaver sports scoreboard: March 30 to April 3, 2010


Tuesday, March 30

Softball - Doubleheader - Saint Vincent College 7, Penn State Beaver 5 and

Penn State Beaver 1, Saint Vincent College 0


Wednesday, March 31

Softball - Doubleheader - Carlow University 5, Penn State Beaver 2 and Penn

State Beaver 11, Carlow University 7


Thursday, April 1

Baseball - Doubleheader - Penn State Greater Allegheny 6, Penn State Beaver 2

and Penn State Greater Allegheny 8, Penn State Beaver 6

Softball - Doubleheader - Waynesburg University 2, Penn State Beaver 1 and

Penn State Beaver 10, Waynesburg University 7


Saturday, April 3

Baseball - Doubleheader - Penn State Beaver 12, Penn State York 2 and Penn

State York 2, Penn State Beaver 1


For updates and game scores for Penn State Beaver varsity sports, visit

www.beaver.psu.edu/athletics or contact the athletic department at

ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.


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