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Beaver Alumni Society nets more than $22,000 for scholarships


The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society's 10th annual Golf Outing in September netted a record total of $22,000. All funds were donated to the Alumni Society's endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students.  "We had 113 golfers in this year's outing," said Diana Patterson, director of development at Beaver and campus liaison with the society. "Despite the economy, we had a wonderful response from our participants and tremendous sponsorship support from many local businesses. Everyone knows ahead of time that the profits will benefit our Beaver campus students, and I think that makes the event even more meaningful to everyone involved." For information about next year's golf outing, contact Patterson at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.



Beaver alumna will be fall commencement speaker


Kimberly J. Kockler, a Penn State Beaver alumna, will be the guest speaker at campus' fall commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the Student Union Building auditorium. Kockler holds a degree in political science from Penn State and is vice president of government affairs for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA).


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New IST instructor will join campus faculty


In January, Neelam Dwivedi will join Penn State Beaver as an instructor in information sciences and technology (IST). She has more than 20 years of experience as a software system developer and project/program manager and also has worked as a corporate trainer and consultant. For eight years, she has been employed by Wipro Technologies, one of the largest global providers of information technology services. In December, Dwivedi will receive her master's degree in information technology from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, she holds a master's in engineering (computer science) from BITS Pilani, India, and a bachelor's degree in technology (computer science) from I.E.T. Lucknow, India. Dwivedi can be contacted through the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.



Students raise funds for cancer-related charities


Penn State Beaver students hosted a Day of the Dead celebration last Monday and raised more than $300 for cancer-related charities, including the Susan G. Komen For the Cure organization. The students are members of the Spanish classes taught by Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish. The funds are from faculty, staff, students and members of the public who visited the exhibit. For more information about next year's Day of the Dead event, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.


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Advisory Board member emeritus receives Ben Franklin Award


Frank H. Batchelor, Penn State Beaver Advisory Board member emeritus, received the 2010 Ben Franklin Entrepreneurship Award in ceremonies hosted by the Beaver County Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. Batchelor, a founding member of the Advisory Board, has been a member almost continuously since 1965.


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Soccer coach receives honors


Dan Grant, head soccer coach at Penn State Beaver, was recently named a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), one of the highest professional honors awarded to those working in the information technology industry. Other FBCS include Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, and Gene Amdahl, one of the original architects of the business mainframe computer, including IBM's System/360 computer line. Grant is a chartered information technology professional and a chartered professional engineer registered with the Engineering Council UK, Britain's regulatory body for engineers. Grant coaches the Beaver campus men's and women's soccer teams. He can be contacted at dgg10@psu.edu or 724-773-3878.



Alumni Chapter's annual gift drive for children is under way


The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting its annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). The gifts will be distributed to children who are CYS clients.  Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child or children, purchase and wrap the gift(s), and drop them off to the Alumni Chapter. In addition, participants have the option of making a monetary contribution to the Alumni Chapter whose members will, in turn, purchase and wrap gifts for the children.


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Faculty Speaker Series will continue on Nov. 17


The Penn State Beaver Fall Faculty Speaker Series will continue with a presentation by an engineering faculty member and his student at noon Wednesday, Nov. 17, in room 16, Student Union Building. The Faculty Speaker Series is free and open to the public and the campus community. Hendrickson can be contacted at jah64@psu.edu or 724-773-3859. The Speaker Series is coordinated by Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, pd2@psu.edu or 724-773-3893.


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Admissions Office will host Veterans Day Open House


The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Veterans Day Open House from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Student Union Building.  Prospective students are encouraged to attend, to gather information and talk with current students, faculty, and staff. Advance registration is requested.  To register, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or use AOL IM, screen name BRAdmissions.


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