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Beaver students will work at home, study abroad for spring break

Next month’s spring break will find some Penn State Beaver students scattered across the globe. Students will travel with their professors to Spain and Italy as others implement outreach and support services through Young People Who Care, Inc. of Frenchville, Pa. and the Caritas healthcare system.

Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Beaver, and students from her Iberian Civilization and Culture class, will travel to Madrid, Spain, where they will visit the Prado Museum, home of major collections of the work of Spanish master artists El Greco, Diego de Velazquez, and Francisco Goya. The students will also view “The Garden of Earthly Delights,’ one of Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch’s most famous and recognizable paintings.

The group will visit other major museums, including the Reina Sofia Museum which houses some of the greatest art by Spanish natives Salvadore Dali as well as Pablo Picasso, whose iconic painting of the Spanish Civil War, ‘Guernica,’ is on display. Students will also study the work of Juan Gris and Joan Miro and will visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum which contains one of the world’s largest, most extensive private art collections.

In addition, students will take day trips to study history and culture in Toledo, Segovia, and Avila, and some students will travel to Granada with Deborah Gill, associate professor of Spanish at Penn State DuBois, to visit the Alhambra, a 14th century palace and fortress.

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Beaver, will travel to Italy with students from her Senior Synthesis Class. The class will present its iPhone and Droid Application Development and Prototype at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Venice. In addition, the group will go to Rome to tour the Vatican and its information systems and will see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Gary M. Slifkey, director of Catholic campus ministry, will engage students with members of Young People who Care (YPWC), a Catholic grassroots ministry, as well as staff and patients of the Caritas healthcare system. Slifkey and his students will travel to the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains to work on a variety of medical and life skills projects for those in need, including providing transportation services for people with medical conditions, working in an emergency shelter and a clothing bank, visiting the elderly, and assisting with cleaning and home repairs, including painting and moving furniture.

YPWC provides a wide, ecumenical circle of care for members who are committed to creating a holistic and nonjudgmental environment where the exchange of culture, education and training empower individuals and groups.

For more information, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886, Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814, or Slifkey at gslifkey@diopitt.org or 412-334-7804.


Author of ‘Cool Creatures, Hot Planet’ will speak at Penn State Beaver

Marty Essen, the award-winning author of ‘Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents’ will present his high-energy, funny, multi-media show, ‘Around the World in 50 Minutes,’ at noon, Wednesday, March 23, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend.

Essen’s program follows a 3 ½ year trip he and his wife undertook to explore nature, animals, and science on the seven continents. His presentation highlights his various encounters with nature, including charging elephants, deadly snakes, and friendly penguins as well as rafting with humpback whales, kayaking in the rainforest, swimming with piranhas, and surviving a hippo attack. In addition, the program will feature photos he took while traveling the world.

‘Cool Creatures, Hot Planet’ has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 Green Book Festival Award for Animals, the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Travel/Essay, and the Best Books 2006 Book Award for Travel/Essay. Also, it was chosen at one of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Top 10 Green Books.

Essen has spoken at colleges, nature centers, and museums across the country and was recently named the Hot Speaker for 2011 by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

For information, visit http://www.coolcreatureshotplanet.com/, or contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life at Beaver, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.


Faculty member’s publications are announced

Talha Harcar, associate professor of business at Penn State Beaver, has written and co-authored several publications.

Harcar co-authored articles in a chapter on marketing research in the Business Research Yearbook, Global Business Perspectives, published by the International Academy of Business Disciplines. The articles were ‘Neural Network Based Model for Measuring the Effects of Marketing Research on Marketing Performance’ and ‘Brand Personality: A Study of Turkish Mobile Phone Market.’

In addition, he co-authored ‘Ambush Marketing or Unofficial Sponsorship – FIFA World Cup 2010 Practices’ which appeared in Critical Issues in Global Business: Lessons from the Past, Contemporary Concerns and Future Trends, Nineteenth World Business Congress, published by the International Management Development Association. Also, he co-authored ‘An Examination of Wellness Orientation and Dental Care Attitudes Among Dental Patients: Conceptual Model and Empirical Evidences for Turkey’ which appeared in The Business Review, Cambridge, and ‘Determining Churn Drivers in Moroccan Telecom Sector’ for the Journal of International Business Disciplines published by the International Academy of Business Disciplines and Frostburg State University.

Harcar holds a Ph.D. in business administration from Istanbul University, an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in marketing research, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Istanbul University.

Contact Harcar at tdh13@psu.edu or 724-773-3892.


State government information session hosted on campus

On Thursday, Penn State Beaver hosted State Representative Jim Christiana (R- District 15) in an information and Q & A session for students, faculty, and staff. Christiana discussed a variety of topics, including the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania, the state budget, the state welfare system, transparency in state spending, and the state’s Liquor Control Board. Students primarily from journalism and business classes attended the presentation held in the General Classroom Building.

For information about the session, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-800-JOIN-PSU.


Public invited to attend Brown Bag Lunch presentation

Penn State Beaver will host a free Brown Bag Lunch session for the public and campus community from noon to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 2 in room 16, Student Union Building. The topic is ‘Lead a Productive, Organized, and Relaxed Life’ and will be presented by Helen Ann DeSimone, a Beaver campus lecturer in human development and family studies as well as a certified life coach.

DiSimone’s presentation will include information on how to identify barriers that stand in the way of personal and professional success and a life-coaching demonstration followed by a question-and-answer session.

Contact DiSimone at hud2@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.


Beaver men, women are No. 1 seed in PSUAC playoffs

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the Penn State Beaver men’s and women’s basketball teams celebrated crucial homecourt victories over Penn State DuBois, 87-76 and 82-47, respectively, that gave them the No. 1 seed in the PSUAC playoffs scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park. In addition, the women made Beaver campus history when they completed a perfect 15-0 PSUAC season. The men ended their regular season at 15-1 in the PSUAC. 

In the first half of the men's game, Beaver held an early 15-point lead but with just four minutes left in the half, DuBois rallied and brought the score within 7 points at 42-35. Beaver extended its lead in the second half, though, to take the win.

Seniors David McGarry (Poland Seminary High School/Poland, OH) and Billy Stoughton (Slippery Rock High School/Slippery Rock, PA) led the team in scoring. McGarry posted a season high of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Stoughton added 15 points. Freshman Chris Weathers (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) chipped in 10. Beaver turned the ball over seven times and forced DuBois into 19 turnovers. Beaver shot a solid 50.7% from the field and 46.7% from behind the arc. Beaver finished the season at 15-10 overall.

In the women’s game, Beaver ended the first half with a 39-18 lead, but in the second half, Dubois cut their deficit to just 10 points. However, a 3-pointer by sophomore Brittany Tomaselli (East Liverpool High School/East Liverpool, OH) started a strong run that gave Beaver a 35-point lead by the end of the game.

The women were led by senior Jasmine Green (Orange High School/Jersey City, NJ) with 20 points and 11 steals. Junior Rachel Halaszynski (Elizabeth Forward High School/Elizabeth, PA) chipped in 11 points, and senior Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) and junior Shelby Parks (Center High School/Aliquippa, PA) each contributed 9. The Lady Lions ended the season at 19-6 overall.

Wednesday was also Senior Night and “Think Pink” Night at Beaver. Prior to the men’s game, seniors McGarry and Staughton were honored for their excellence on the court. Before the women’s game, senior players were recognized for their achievements as well. In addition to Green and Sandusky, honorees were Jessica Bartges (East Allegheny High School/North Versailles, PA), Noelle Miloszewski (Blackhawk High School/Beaver Falls, PA), and Laura Perkins (Monaca High School/Monaca, PA).

“Think Pink” Night, sponsored by the Beaver men’s and women’s teams, was designed to raise awareness of breast cancer. The teams collected more than $100 in donations for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

For more information and updated sports scores, visit http://beaver.psu.edu/StudentLife/Athletics/varsity.htm, or contact the Athletic department at ack121@psu.edu or apd12@psu.edu.




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