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Dwivedi completes SAP training for incorporation into fall courses

Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology at Penn State Beaver, recently received a SAP Business Associate Certificate (TERP10) from the TERP10 SAP Academy after completing an intensive two-week training course offered by SAP America in Georgia.

Dwivedi will share her training this fall as Beaver campus enhances its IST curriculum by introducing SAP-based content into several undergraduate courses at the junior and senior level. The courses will aid students in gaining SAP skill sets as well as earning a SAP Achievement Recognition Award and a SAP Business Associate Certificate (TERP10). The courses are designed in conjunction with the SAP University Alliance Program of which Penn State is an active member. 

Students who complete a minimum of three SAP-approved courses are eligible to receive a SAP Student Recognition Award signed by the SAP University Alliances program manager and Penn State Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer. The courses will continue to meet the core or elective requirements of the student's chosen major or minor stream. Individuals who graduated from Penn State within the past year are also eligible to enroll in these courses.

In addition, the SAP Student Recognition Award will make students eligible to attend the SAP TERP10 certification course, which is a two-week instructor-led course followed by an online exam administered by SAP America. The program is designed for students who want to expand their general knowledge of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) business processes using one of the leading ERP software applications in the industry. The SAP Certified Business Associate is a widely-recognized and respected credential across the SAP ecosystem.

Beaver faculty members will hold a series of introduction and awareness sessions for anyone interested in these courses and training. For more information, contact Dwivedi at nxd22@psu.edu or 724-773-3894.

Benscoter will be guest panelist at CUPRAP Fall West Workshop

Cathy Benscoter, marketing and Web specialist, Webmaster, and lecturer in communications at Penn State Beaver, will be a panelist for the video and photography presentation at CUPRAP’s annual Fall West Workshop, Monday, Oct. 10, at the Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Township. Panel members will focus on how campuses can use video and photography to maximum effect on a budget.

CUPRAP is a voluntary organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education. It has almost 400 members from 100 institutions across the country.

Last year Benscoter was one of three Beaver campus members to win CUPRAP’s Gold CUPPIE Award in the Advertising Campaign category for the “Get In On The Secret” campaign which featured personalized postcards and T-shirts packaged as books that were sent to prospective students. She is a member of the Penn State Web Standards and Design Committee which developed and redesigned websites for 15 Penn State campuses earlier this year. In addition, she has been a panel member for workshops conducted during the annual, student-sponsored Communications Day at Beaver.

Benscoter was an adjunct lecturer in communications at Beaver prior to joining the campus full-time in 2009. She spent 18 years working in newspaper design and editing at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier in Illinois and the Beaver County Times and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Drake University. In addition, Benscoter has completed coursework in web design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is currently working on a master’s degree in media arts and technology at Duquesne University.

Benscoter can be contacted at cub15@psu.edu or 724-773-3807.

Hundreds of area children attended Beaver summer camps

Almost 400 children, ages 3 to 18, attended Penn State Beaver’s academic and sports camps this summer. A total of 312 campers participated in a variety of educational camps that included Robotics, Digital Video and Movie Production, Musical Theatre, and Spanish. Seventy children attended a variety of sports camps, including Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, and Golf.

The annual summer camps are implemented through the Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department. For more information, contact Continuing Education at BeaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Creamery ice cream sales, free concerts continue on campus

Penn State Creamery ice cream sales and free concerts continue in August as the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center prepares to conclude its 35th summer season. Due to ongoing electrical work at the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater this summer, the concerts will be held in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building at 7:30 p.m.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will continue to sell Penn State Creamery ice cream and other refreshments in the lobby from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. prior to each show. Sale proceeds benefit two scholarships established by the Alumni Chapter for Beaver campus students.

The Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and the Joe Grkman Polka Band will be in concert Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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

For more information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610, email rxm70@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead.

Public invited to attend free program on television's role in society

Matt Glowacki will present a free program, “Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy,” noon to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The program is open to the public. 

Glowacki, who was born without legs in 1973, is a competitive athlete focused on promoting achievement and excellence in all areas of life, including competitive sports, the corporate world, and the community.

He believes animated comedies can be instrumental in teaching and reinforcing morals and values of young adults. Glowacki explains that “programs operating on the fringes of societal acceptance often have a more developed, logical, and inclusive view of our society than the entities which seek a strangle hold on morality in our culture.”
Glowacki examines how “Family Guy” and “South Park” break down stereotypical attitudes and behavior. His interpretation of popular cultural icons is designed to educate as well as encourage people to take a fresh look at life and his goal is to prompt television viewers to question the purpose, moral and ways in which shows reflect today’s culture.

He is a member of the USA Paralympic Team for Sit-Volleyball, traveled and competed internationally with the team and attended the Paralympics in Australia and the World Championship in Egypt. He also served as the alternate for the Paralympics in Athens.

Glowacki holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in United States history from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The program is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Fall classes begin August 22, semester schedule set

Fall semester classes at Penn State Beaver will begin at 8:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22. The campus will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 5. Fall semester break is Monday through Friday, Nov. 21-25, and the campus will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24. Classes will end Friday, Dec. 9, and final exams will be held Monday through Friday, Dec. 12-16. Commencement will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, Student Union Building auditorium

For information about the campus schedule, contact the Registrar’s Office at juw7@psu.edu, 724-773-3789, or gsd10@psu.edu, 724-773-3786.

Golf outing registration deadline is August 26
The registration deadline for the 11th annual Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at Seven Oaks Country Club, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Proceeds from the outing will benefit the Alumni Society's endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students.
Registration will open at 9:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Dinner, live and silent auctions, and an awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Fees are $150 for an individual golfer and $550 for a foursome. Those interested in attending dinner only will pay $35. The golf package includes golf cart, fees, on-course beverages, lunch, and dinner.
To register or obtain more information about the golf outing, contact Diana Patterson, director of development and Alumni Society liaison, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558, or contact Mona DeLisio, development external relations assistant, at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.

 Beaver Valley Area Alumni Chapter seeks new members
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is seeking new members. In addition, former members are encouraged to renew their memberships. The annual membership fee is $10 per person, couple or family. The chapter has no requirements to join, and members do not have to be Penn State alumni or have any Penn State connection.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter, which was named a Chapter of Distinction by the Penn State Alumni Association earlier this year, meets once a month at Penn State Beaver. All dues-paying chapter members can attend the meetings.
The chapter is engaged in a variety of community outreach projects throughout the year, including the annual Holiday Gift Drive for Children and Youth Services and annual sales of half-gallons of Penn State Creamery ice cream. The chapter also sells ice cream in cups at a variety of summer shows at the campus Brodhead Cultural Center. Proceeds from all ice cream sales benefit the chapter's annual student scholarships at Beaver. In addition, the chapter recently endowed a scholarship for Beaver campus students which will generate scholarship funds in perpetuity. The group plans an ongoing variety of social and networking events and opportunities open to all dues-paying members.
To become a member or renew a membership, contact the chapter at Beaver campus at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3815, or contact chapter president Don Veri at hopewellrealty@earthlink.net or 724-378-1819.




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