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Communications and history faculty publications are announced

Publications by Penn State Beaver faculty members were recently announced by the Office of Academic Affairs.

‘Optimistic Bias About Intimate Partner Violence Among Medical Personnel’ was written by John Chapin, associate professor of communications, and published in Family Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 6, June 2011. ‘Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952’ was written by Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, and appeared in Polish American Studies: A Journal of Polish American History and Culture, Vol. LXVII, No. 2, Autumn 2010.

Chapin’s research contributes to the optimistic bias literature by studying the perceptual bias among medical personnel with the context of intimate partner violence. More than 300 medical students, residents, and nurses were surveyed. Szymczak’s publication explores the issues and aftermath of the slaughter of thousands of Polish military personnel in the Katyn Forest during World War II.

Chapin holds a Ph.D. in communication, information and library studies from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. Szymczak holds a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in history and education from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University, and a Certificate of Study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

Contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877 and Szymczak at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895.

Public invited to Admissions Office special events in June

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host three free information and application sessions for the public in June in the Student Union Building.

An Administration of Justice (AOJ) Information Session will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 8. Current and prospective students as well as all police and corrections officers and other criminal justice workers are invited to learn more about the new bachelor’s degree in administration of justice now offered at Beaver campus. Participants can begin or advance their career through the program.

Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh, a Penn State alumnus, and Beaver County Detective Robert Chamberlain, a current student in Beaver's AOJ program, will discuss the value of the degree in today’s world. Mari Pierce, assistant professor of AOJ, will discuss the particular benefits of Penn State’s AOJ program in setting or reaching career goals. Admissions and financial aid counselors will be available to answer questions and meet one-on-one with attendees.

The Adult Student Application Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, June 10 in the Student Union Building. Adults hoping to begin or continue a college degree are welcome. Participants will meet with an admissions counselor, learn about Penn State programs, and complete an admission application. Those attending are asked to bring official transcripts from previous educational institutions, and some might be offered admission to Penn State that day. The Admissions Office will waive the $50 application fee, although there are some exceptions.

The Spend a Summer Evening program will be offered at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 15. The event allows participants to meet with Beaver campus admissions staff members, faculty, and students, and offers information about the admissions process, financial aid, Penn State’s academic opportunities, and life on and off campus. Registration and refreshments begin at 5 p.m., followed by a 5:30 p.m. start time for the program. Penn State Creamery ice cream will be served to all attendees.

Beaver campus offers bachelor's degrees in administration of justice, business, communications, information sciences and technology, and psychology, and each degree can be completed entirely at Beaver. In addition, the campus offers the ‘2 + 2 program’ which allows students to enroll in the first two years of more than 160 bachelor degrees at Beaver before moving to another Penn State location to complete the degree.

To register for the events or to obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU, br-admissions@psu.edu, or via AOL Instant Messenger at BRAdmissions.

Registration underway for academic and sports youth camps

Registration is open for youth summer camps offered by the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department in June, July, and August. Children ages 3-18 are invited to participate.

Registration open for the following academic camps:

Pirate Camp, ages 3-5
Monday-Friday, June 20-24

Pirate Camp, ages 5-8
Monday-Friday, June 20-24

Kids Learn to Cook, ages 8-10
Monday-Friday, June 20-24

Kids Learn to Cook, ages 11 and up
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

Princess Camp, Section I, ages 3-5
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

Princess Camp, Section II, ages 5-8
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

Princess Camp, Section III, ages 3-5
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

Crime Scene Investigation, ages 9-13
Monday-Friday, July 11-15

Rockets Away, ages 9-14
Monday-Friday, July 18-22

Wizardry School, ages 8 and up
Monday-Friday, July 18-22

Robotics, ages 11 and up
Monday-Friday, July 18-22

Digital Video and Movie Production, ages 11 and up
Monday-Friday, July 18-22

Spanish for Kids, ages 5 and up
Monday-Friday, July 18-22

Beginner Cheerleading, ages 5-8
Monday-Friday, July 25-29

Musical Theatre, ages 9-12
Monday-Friday, August 8-12

Musical Theatre, ages 13-16
Monday-Friday, August 8-12

Fitness Camp (4 Weeks), ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday, July 11-15
Monday-Friday, July 18-22
Monday-Friday, August 1-5

Softball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, June 27-30

Baseball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, June 27-30

Advanced Softball Camp, ages 14-18
Monday-Thursday, July 11-14

Wii Camp I, ages 8-14
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8

Wii Camp II, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, July 25-29

Soccer Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, July 18-22

To register for a camp or to obtain more details, contact the Office of Continuing Education at BeaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Brodhead Cultural Center opens 35th summer season with free concert

A free concert by Burke’s Bavarian Brass will open the 35th summer season of programming at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21 in the Cultural Center’s J. P. Giusti Amphitheater on Brodhead Road, Center Township. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move inside to the Student Union Building auditorium.

This summer’s program sponsors include The Times, Clearview Federal Credit Union, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and open to the public. In addition, all shows, except the musical, are free.

The Center Theatre Players will present the musical, ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,’ Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 28, 29, and 30. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained in advance by contacting the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu. The musical will be held in the auditorium of the Student Union Building.

The rest of the summer schedule follows:
Tuesday, June 28 - Mark and Donna Groom
Tuesday, July 12 - Monaca Cornet Band
Tuesday, July 19 - Pittsburgh Banjo Club
Tuesday, Aug. 2 - Hopewell Community Big Band
Tuesday, Aug. 9 - Metropolitan Symphonic Band
Tuesday, Aug. 16 - Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Tuesday, Aug. 23 - Boilermaker Jazz Band
Tuesday, Aug. 30 - Joe Grkman Polka Band

For information or tickets, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead.

Beaver campus team recognized for work on website

A team of four Penn State Beaver employees are part of the Penn State Web Standards and Design (WSD) Team which was honored for its outstanding contributions to continuous improvement and innovation at Penn State. The WSD was responsible for designing and implementing a new website for fifteen campuses across the Commonwealth. The website launched in January. The WSD Team was recognized at the Quality Issues Forum and Luncheon at Penn State University Park.

Members of the Beaver campus team of the WSD are Cathy Benscoter, marketing and web specialist; Ted Froats, manager of information technology; Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations and website editor, and Daniel J. Pinchot, director of enrollment.

For information, visit the Beaver campus website at www.beaver.psu.edu or contact Krebs at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.



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