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Faculty publications and presentations are announced

Four Penn State Beaver faculty members recently authored, co-authored, and presented research publications and papers.

C. Chris Wu, professor of mathematics, co-authored ‘Trees, Animals, and Percolation on Hyperbolic Lattices’ which was published by the Electronic Journal of Probability. Dr. Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, co-authored a paper titled ‘Factors Effecting Purchasing Behaviors: Intentions, Experiences, and Choices’ which he presented at the Consumer Behavior session of the 17th International Conference on Recent Advances in Retailing and Services Science in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology, co-authored an article, ‘Web-Based Tutoring of the Structure Strategy With or Without Elaborated Feedback or Choice for Fifth and Seventh-Grade Readers,’ in the Reading Research Quarterly. ‘Mini-Modeling Measurements,’ written by Anthony J. Sadar, CCM , lecturer in meteorology, was published in a recent edition of Pollution Engineering magazine. Sadar is a board-certified consulting meteorologist for the American Meteorological Society.

Wu holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in mathematical sciences from The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China. Harcar earned his doctorate in business administration and a master's degree in marketing research from Istanbul University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. Wijekumar holds a doctoral degree in instructional systems from Penn State and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. Sadar earned a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in science education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Wu can be contacted at ccw3@psu.edu or 724-773-3870, Harcar at tdh13@psu.edu or 724-773-3892, Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814, and Sadar at ajs29@psu.edu or 724-773-3867.

Former Beaver student, campus faculty member are commencement marshals

Former Penn State Beaver student Samuel R. Wilton, a senior in engineering science, has been selected to serve as the Student Marshal for the Engineering Science Department, 6:30 a.m., Friday, May 13, at the Penn State University Park commencement in the Bryce Jordan Center. In addition, Wilton has chosen James A. Hendrickson, P.E., instructor in engineering at the Beaver campus, to serve as his Faculty Marshal. Hendrickson was one of Wilton’s instructors at Beaver.

Faculty marshals for commencement ceremonies at University Park are usually chosen from University Park faculty, but Wilton received permission to request that his faculty marshal be one of his former Beaver instructors. Upon learning that Hendrickson was Wilton’s choice, University Park officials agreed that an exception could be made.

‘I couldn't possibly think of any other professor I've had at Penn State who I feel would be more suited to represent me at commencement,’ Wilton said. ‘The vast majority of the engineering knowledge I have today came directly from instruction at Beaver campus. I’m proud to be a product of the campus, and I feel that Mr. Hendrickson’s presence at commencement will symbolize my regard for the immeasurably high quality of the faculty at Beaver campus.’

‘To say that this is an honor for me would be quite understated,’ Hendrickson said. ‘Sam was one of the most gifted students that I have ever had the privilege to work with. This is a most significant achievement for Sam, and I believe it speaks volumes about the quality of the academic rigor of the campus and faculty.’

In addition, Wilton’s academic success was recognized by the University last spring when he received the prestigious Penn State Evan Pugh Scholar Award. These scholars are juniors and seniors in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes at the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Awardees must have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.99 and above.

Wilton can be contacted at srw5086@psu.edu and Hendrickson can be contacted at jah64@psu.edu or 724-773-3859.

Penn State Beaver hosts Career Week

The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services will host Career Week, March 14-18. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Advisory Board members will participate in a series of workshops and interviews designed to educate and prepare students seeking current and future employment.

‘Career Development 101’ will be held at noon, Monday, March 14 in room 15, Student Union Building and will feature an open forum session for students and career counselors to cover a variety of topics, including resumes, career development, and internships.

‘Professional Resume Reviews’ will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 in the Special Events Room, Student Union Building. Professionals and volunteers from a wide variety of fields will provide feedback to students about resumes. The students will be able to visit with each professional to receive one-on-one advice and will have the opportunity to practice a ’30-second elevator speech.’

A workshop titled ‘Dress for Success’ will be held at noon, Wednesday, March 16 in the Brodhead Bistro on campus. Student will learn about the importance of appropriate attire as it relates to both interviews and working business situations. In addition, students will serve as guest models to feature what should and shouldn’t be worn in professional settings.

The ‘Networking and Meal Interview Etiquette Workshop’ will begin at 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, March 16 in the Lodge, Student Union Building. Penn State alumni, Advisory Board members, and prospective employers will join the students for hors d'oeuvres and networking followed by dinner. Guest presenter for the evening will be Susan Timko who will facilitate a workshop on ‘The Meal Interview: Eat, Drink, and Make a Good Impression, Plus Business Etiquette Tips.’ Timko is associate director of career services for the master’s programs in information systems management and information security policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University. The event is sponsored in part with funding from the Student Activity Fee.

‘Speed Interviewing’ will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17 in room 16, Student Union Building. The format will allow Advisory Board members, campus friends, and prospective employers to serve as interviewers, meet for 8 to 10 minutes with students, and provide feedback about first impressions. The event serves as both a training and employment opportunity for students as several organizations are engaged in hiring new staff.

‘Get Connected: Networking for a Linked-in Penn State Beaver Student’ will be held at noon, Friday, March 18 in the Brodhead Bistro on campus. The programming will explain the importance of networking with alumni and other prospective employers and will offer tips on how to network successfully.

For more information about Career Week at Beaver campus, please contact Larissa Ciuca, student personal and career counselor, at lbm12@psu.edu or 724-773-3961.

Penn State Beaver students raise $7,000 for THON

Penn State Beaver students raised $7,000 for this year’s Penn State Dance Marathon, known as THON. The funds were counted toward this year’s record-breaking total of $9,563,016 raised by Penn State students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, organizations, and companies to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Funds benefit pediatric cancer patients, their families, and ongoing cancer research at Penn State Hershey.

Beaver campus freshmen Jesse Bonincontro and Omosalewa Akintilo were two of 700 dancers who participated in the 46-hour event held last month at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park. Bonincontro, enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, is from Oakdale, and Akintilo, a liberal arts major, is from Ellicott City, Maryland.

This year’s Beaver campus THON co-chairpersons were Natasha Terensky, a freshman liberal arts major from Canonsburg, and senior business major Justin Scherer, Sewickley.

The first Penn State dance marathon was held in 1973 and raised $2,000. Since then, Thon has raised more than $69 million to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey.

For information about THON, contact the Student Activities Office at jmt226@psu.edu or 724-

Student chosen as alternate student senator for University College

Kelsea L. Green, a Penn State Beaver sophomore science major from Philadelphia, has been elected to serve as one of two 2011-2012 alternate student senators for the Penn State University College. The University Faculty Senate requires that two student alternate senators be identified as well as two student senators. The responsibilities of the alternates are to serve if an elected senator(s) is unable to serve during the academic year. The announcement was made recently by Nancy L. Herron, associate dean for academic programs, Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.

Green can be contacted at klg5340@psu.edu.

New faculty will join campus for 2011-2012 academic year

Two new faculty members will join Penn State Beaver for the 2011-2012 academic year. The announcement was made recently by Donna J. Kuga, Beaver campus director of academic affairs.

Ana B. Areas Da Luz Fontes has accepted the position of assistant professor of psychology. Her primary research areas include psycholinguistics and cognition, and she will deliver campus psychology courses that include learning and cognition. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso and received a postdoctoral CAPES fellowship to the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Areas Da Luz Fontes will join Beaver for the 2012 spring semester.

LaVarr McBride has accepted the joint position of instructor in administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango. In addition to teaching at each campus, he will serve as program coordinator and internship supervisor. He is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and also serves as the program’s director of criminal justice at Weber State University, Davis Campus.

McBride has extensive field experience after serving in a variety of positions, including training specialist with the Office of Defender Service, Washington, D.C., pre-sentence investigator for federal courts, probation officer, parole officer, correctional officer, and consultant as a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist for federal and state cases. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University. McBride will join the campus for the fall semester.

Auditions announced for Center Theatre Players’ summer musical

Men and women age 16 and older are invited to audition for the Center Theatre Players' production of ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,’ 7:00 p.m., Sunday and Monday, April 10 and 11, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The play will be presented in July in the auditorium as part of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 35th season of summer programming.

Those auditioning are required to prepare and perform one Broadway-style song. Taped accompaniment is acceptable, and a piano accompanist will be available. Auditions will be conducted by Sandy Reigel, director of the Center Theatre Players.

Educators who participate in the production may be eligible for Act 48 credit through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The show won Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book in 1962. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the book is by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. In 1966, the play was adapted as a musical film featuring actors Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford in re-creations of their original Broadway roles.

To schedule an audition or obtain more information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center office at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 7-11, 2011

Monday, March 7
Baseball – Penn State Beaver v. Southern Virginia University (postponed)
Softball – Milligan College 2, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 6, Penn State Berks 4

Tuesday, March 8
Baseball – Lynchburg College 10, Penn State Beaver 4
Softball – Milligan College 8, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 5, Wentworth Institute of Technology 2

Wednesday, March 9
Softball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Altoona 2
Softball – Penn State Berks 4, Penn State Beaver 3

Thursday, March 10
Baseball – Penn State Beaver v. Washington Adventist University (postponed)

Friday, March 11
Baseball – The Apprentice School 4, Penn State Beaver 2
Softball – Penn State Altoona 9, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 17, Wentworth Institute of Technology 0

For continuous updates or information about Beaver varsity and intramural sports, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact the athletic department at ack121@psu.edu, apd12@psu.edu, or 724-773-3826.



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