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Grunstra receives funding for proposal from Schreyer Institute

Matthew Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral sciences at Penn State Beaver, has been awarded $1,750 by the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. The funds will be used by Grunstra in support of his proposal, “Increasing Participation in Larger Classrooms through Creative Use of Technology.”

“The proposal presents a compelling strategy for improving students’ educational experiences and learning,” said Angela R. Linse, executive director and associate dean of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, when the award was announced. “Implementation in a general education class will be helpful in setting expectations about their engagement early in their academic careers.” The Schreyer Institute will work in conjunction with Grunstra to implement evaluation plans and encouraged him to share his work with colleagues.

Grunstra joined Penn State in 2009. He holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering and a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Grove City College.

He can be contacted at mbg16@psu.edu or 724-773-3875.

Bender named educational counselor for EOC

Jill M. Bender has been appointed educational counselor with the Penn State Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) of Southwestern PA, a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Penn State Beaver hosts an office for the EOC, which assists low-income, potential first-generation adult students, age 19 or older, in gaining access to post-secondary education and training.

Prior to the appointment, Bender was a staff assistant in the Residence Life and Student Affairs offices at Beaver campus for two years and spent five years as a teaching assistant for the Freedom Area School District for five years.

Bender holds a bachelor’s degree in major elementary and special education from Slippery Rock University.

She can be contacted at jmt226@psu.edu or 724-773-3832.

Spend a Summer Evening program open to prospective students

Students interested in learning more about Penn State are invited to attend the Spend a Summer Evening program offered by the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The Spend a Summer Evening program provides participants with the opportunity 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.

High school students invited to attend Young Entrepreneurs Camp

High school sophomores and juniors interested in designing a business are invited to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Summer Camp at Penn State Beaver. This new, five-day camp will be held on campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 25 through 29, and is offered by the Office of Continuing Education.

Students will work in teams and learn how to conduct research, develop a business plan, create a trade show booth, and present a business model. Campers will work with Penn State Beaver faculty and student mentors and will visit and tour local businesses to see companies in action. On the last day of camp, a panel of celebrity judges will determine which team has designed the most impressive business. Friends and family are invited to attend this final event.

Participants will learn to use Palo Alto Software’s Business Plan Pro, recommended by The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur magazine as the leading, most effective software to use when designing a business plan.

This camp is limited to 25 students, so those interested in attending should contact the Office of Continuing Education as early as possible. Fee is $250.

To register or obtain more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education, 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on ‘Continuing Education.’

Beaver summer camps are open for children ages 5 to 18

Penn State Beaver’s summer academic and sports youth camps continue in July and August. The camps are offered through the Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Office.

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 (3 weeks), ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, July 11-15
Monday-Friday, July 18-22
Monday-Friday, August 1-5

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.

Free concerts continue at Brodhead Cultural Center

The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center summer concert series continues with free performances by Mark and Donna Groom, Tuesday, June 28, and the Monaca Cornet Band, Tuesday, July 12. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Because of upgrades being implemented at the Brodhead Cultural Center, the show on June 28 will be held in the auditorium of the Student Union Building on campus.

The Grooms have been longtime members of the popular Pittsburgh-based group, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners. The Monaca Cornet Band is under the direction of Jean Busack. Both shows will feature a variety of contemporary and popular songs and music.

This summer’s program sponsors include The Times, Clearview Federal Credit Union, and the Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545.

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.

Tickets on sale for summer musical comedy

Tickets are on sale now for the Center Theatre Players production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. from July 28-30 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Brodhead Cultural Center office at 724-773-3610 or by sending an email to rxm70@psu.edu.
The play, which is presented as part of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 35th summer series, is directed by Sandy Reigel. Songs from the show include "Comedy Tonight" and "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid." The play debuted on Broadway in 1962 and has been revived frequently since then in the United States and London, England. The 1966 film featured comedy greats Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers and Buster Keaton.
For a complete schedule of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s summer series, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead online.



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