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Public invited to free screening, discussion of ‘The Anatomy of Hate’

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free screening of the award-winning documentary, ‘The Anatomy of Hate - A Dialogue to Hope,’ 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building. At 7:30 p.m., the film’s director, Mike Ramsdell, will engage the audience in a discussion and question and answer session.

Due to the graphic nature of the film, children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. IDs will be checked.

For six years, Ramsdell worked with unprecedented access to some of the most venomous ideologies and violent conflicts of our time, including the White Supremacy movement, Christian fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers, and United States military forces in Iraq.
‘The film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate,’ said Ramsdell. ‘It demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them.’

The documentary juxtaposes film footage with interviews from experts in the fields of psychology, neurology, and sociology and intersperses stories of redemption told by former participants in hate ideologies.

‘The Anatomy of Hate’ was named Best Political Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2009 and won the Audience Choice Award at the Atlanta DocuFest. The documentary was also an official selection for the Boston International Film Festival, the Cinema City Film Festival, and the Saratoga Fringe Festival.
For information, contact the Beaver campus Office of Student Activities at 724-773-3947 or ras62@psu.edu.

Women’s roles and John Milton featured in remaining faculty presentations

Women in violent roles and John Milton, the 17th century English author, are the focus of the presentations remaining in the spring semester Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series. The programs, which are free and open to the public, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 16, Student Union Building.

Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of criminal justice, will present “A Review of Women in Violent Roles,” Wednesday, March 30, and Kristen Olson, associate professor of English, will present "Redemptive Ambivalence in Milton's Religious Poetry,” Wednesday, April 20.

Pierce holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College.
Olson holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in English and American Literature and language from Case Western Reserve University, a master's degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College.

The annual Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series is coordinated by Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics, pd2@psu.edu or 724-773-3893. Pierce can be contacted at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549, and Olson can be reached at klo10@psu.edu or 724-773-3899.

More than 130 students participate in Forensics Tournament

The Eleventh Annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament was held March 11 on campus. A total of 132 students from Beaver Middle School, Beaver High School, Freedom Middle School, Freedom High School, Quigley Catholic High School, South Side High School, and West Allegheny High School competed in six events. Twenty-five Beaver campus students and faculty members served as volunteers. First through third place winners received trophies, and fourth through sixth place winners received certificates.

‘Forensics allows students to face fears of public speaking and builds confidence,’ said Dr. John Chapin, associate professor of communications and coordinator of the Annual Forensics Tournament. ‘The tournament also provides an opportunity for schools to encourage academic growth and competition in a non-athletic forum.’
Winners of the Forensics Tournament follow:

Dramatic Interpretation
Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.

Middle School
First Place: Nathan James, Freedom

High School
First Place: Stacey Wallis, Freedom
Second Place: Dani Figas, Beaver
Third Place: Aaron McSorley, Freedom
Fourth Place: Deanna Edwards, Freedom
Fifth Place: Alicia Galeno, Beaver
Sixth Place: Daniel Juzwick, West Allegheny

Humorous Interpretation
Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.

Middle School
First Place: Hadley Neish, Beaver
Second Place: Raylen Shannon, Freedom
Third Place: Laura Onuska, Beaver

High School
First Place: Kaye Burnet, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Anthony Kuntz, Quigley Catholic
Third Place: Katie Conedera, Beaver
Fourth Place: Jennifer Wallis, Freedom
Fifth Place: Marissa Dever, Beaver
Sixth Place: Brittany Renkin, Beaver

Original Oratory
Students delivered memorized original speeches to inform the audience about a topic or to persuade the audience regarding an important issue.

Middle School
First Place: Louie Dubovi, Freedom

High School
First Place: Kate Straatmann, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Michael Fogel, Quigley Catholic
Third Place: Melanie Lally, South Side

Impromptu Speaking
Students were given a topic and required to deliver a three to five minute speech with only one to two minutes of preparation. In a twist on traditional forensics competitions, fortune cookies were used to determine topics.

Middle School
First Place: Emma Cumberledge, Freedom
Second Place: Carly Park, Freedom
Third Place: Louie Dubovi, Freedom

High School
First Place: Michael Fogel, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Kaye Burnet, Quigley Catholic
Third Place: Josi Sinagoga, West Allegheny
Fourth Place: Tim Dikec, Beaver
Fifth Place: Grace Shield, West Allegheny
Sixth Place: Dayna Kirby, Quigley Catholic

Dramatic Duo
Partners performed dramatic or humorous cuttings from published plays.

Middle School
First Place: Emma Cumberledge and Aaron Scheider, Freedom
Second Place: Raylen Shannon and Ayrton Mutagaana, Freedom
Third Place: Emily Carney and Breanna Boeh, Beaver
Fourth Place: Jordan Miller and Abbey Sheasley, Beaver
Fifth Place: Lara Pavlick and Carly Park, Freedom
Sixth Place: R.J. Schlegel and Amanda Herzog

High School
First Place: Breanna Renkin and Brittany Renkin, Beaver
Second Place: Christian Beck and Mercadies Whipple, Freedom
Third Place: Emma Wilson and Carli Cardillo, West Allegheny
Fourth Place: Tim Dikec and Meghan Hewko, Beaver
Fifth Place: Tyla Piehler and Caitlin Frain, Freedom
Sixth Place: Alaina Gillin and Katie Stark, Beaver

Wretched Interpretation - This is a novelty event in which students performed intentionally bad, melodramatic interpretations of material they selected.

High School Only
First Place: Anthony Kuntz, Quigley Catholic
Second Place: Ty Tracy, West Allegheny
Third Place: Angela Klayko, West Allegheny
Fourth Place: Costa Barlamas, Freedom
Fifth Place: Kaye Burnet, Quigley Catholic
Sixth Place: John Paul Lisella, Quigley Catholic

Final Team Awards
Teams earned one point for each student or duo that placed and one additional point for each first-place finish.

First Place Middle School: Freedom
First Place High School: Quigley Catholic

For information about the Forensics Tournament, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Hundreds attend Job Fair at Penn State Beaver

Last week several hundred people attended a Job Fair hosted by Penn State Beaver and cosponsored by the campus and the office of State Representative Jim Christiana, 15th District. The event, which was free and open to the public, was held in the Student Union Building and featured more than 35 companies and organizations seeking employees.

Participating employers included Comcast, Coventry Health Care, FedEx Ground, PGT Trucking, Radio Disney, Med-Fast Pharmacy, PA CareerLink Beaver County, Herr-Voss Stamco, Villa St. Joseph, Oakbridge Academic of Arts, LIFE Beaver County, Rosedale Technical Institute, Giant Eagle, Beaver County Transit Authority, Western and Southern Life, Lifesteps, and ServiceLink.

Questions about the event can be directed to Christiana’s office at 724-728-7655 or jchristi@pahousegop.com, or visit www.repchristiana.com.

Undergraduate Research Fair will be held April 6

Penn State Beaver will host its 10th annual Undergraduate Research Fair, beginning at noon on Wednesday, April 6, in the Student Union Building. The event, which is designed to highlight student scholarship and research conducted on campus, showcases student presentations of in-depth, original, scholarly work and research. Projects from all academic disciplines are welcome, including business, humanities, liberal arts, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. The abstract and registration form must be approved and submitted by the faculty member serving as the student’s research adviser.

Clare E. Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology, is chair of the 2011 Undergraduate Research Fair Committee. Other committee members are JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics; Talha Harcar, associate professor of business; Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy, and Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women's studies.

Information about the research fair and registration process are available at http://www.br.psu.edu/Academics/ugradresearch.htm. Registration forms must be given to Conry-Murray by 4 p.m., Friday, March 18. Conry-Murray can be contacted at cec23@psu.edu or 724-773-3862.

Campus hires men’s wrestling coach for new program

Jeff Winkle has been hired as coach of the Penn State Beaver men’s wrestling team, which will begin its first season in the 2011 fall semester.

Winkle is a graduate of Hopewell High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. He has remained active in Hopewell’s wrestling program for thirteen years. Winkle holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Geneva College and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University.

‘I look forward to the challenges and opportunities provided with starting a new wrestling program,’ Winkle said. ‘Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area have significant wrestling talent to draw from, and the new program should be a great fit within the Penn State Beaver Athletic Department.’

Currently, Beaver has seven varsity sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

For information, contact Andy Kirschner, Beaver campus athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 19-27, 2011

Saturday, March 19
Softball – Penn State Beaver 7, Thiel College 6

Tuesday, March 22
Baseball – Bethany College 7, Penn State Beaver 2

Saturday, March 26
Baseball - Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State Mont Alto 3
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Grove City College - Postponed

Sunday, March 27
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 24, Penn State York 0
Softball – Carlow University 4, Penn State Beaver 2
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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