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University announces Beaver faculty promotions

Two Penn State Beaver faculty members have received promotions. John Chapin is now professor of communications, and Juliette Storr is an associate professor of communications.

Chapin has conducted extensive research and written numerous publications about mass media, intimate partner violence, bullying, stalking, racism, and school violence. His research has also focused on the social effects of media, popular music, popular culture, social networks, and the effectiveness of public health campaigns for adolescents. He has taught courses in cinema art, broadcasting and cable television, news writing, TV production, and mass media. In addition, he has developed a variety of programs about domestic violence prevention for educators, healthcare professionals, and communities

Chapin has been recognized regionally and state-wide for his work with Pittsburgh’s Crisis Center North which serves victims of domestic and relationship violence and works to eliminate beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate it. In 2005 Chapin was the recipient of the Seventh Annual Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award in the category of Allied Professional for his efforts on behalf of Crisis Center North. In addition, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives have awarded citations to Chapin for his outstanding research and volunteer work. He is also a recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Service Award.

Two years ago, Chapin served as a co-presenter for the Magee Womancare International delegation from Kyrgyzstan at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC. He was also elected vice head for the Internships and Careers Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and has given many presentations for the group.

Chapin is the founder of the Penn State Beaver Annual Forensics Tournament which has brought thousands of area high school students to Beaver since its inception in 2000. Students compete in a variety of dramatic and comedic presentations, and honors are awarded to individual and school winners.

He 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.

Storr was honored for her research and publications in inter-cultural communication, business communication, Caribbean journalism, and digital technology and teaches a variety of related classes, including public relations.

Earlier this year, Storr was the lead presenter in a training and professional development workshop conducted on behalf of Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs and the Human Resource Development Center. ‘Communicating Across Cultures: Building Partnerships’ was designed to identify the importance of valuing differences, emphasizing minority perspectives, recognizing personal biases about cultural differences, identifying techniques to manage cultural differences, and recognizing personal levels of readiness to embrace differences.

Another recent research presentation by Storr entitled ‘Caribbean Journalism in the 21st Century: Globalization, Regional Integration and National Identity’ describes this century’s transformation of Caribbean journalism with globalization of news organizations and convergent digital technologies.

She has served on the Penn State Beaver National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Committee and co-implemented programs built on the theme of ‘Voices Against Violence.’ She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Penn State Commission for Women and is the founder and coordinator of Beaver’s annual Communications Day. She is a recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

Storrs holds a doctorate in mass communication and a certification in contemporary history from Ohio University; a master’s degree in radio-television-film production from Wayne State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Windsor, Canada.
Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu, 724-773-3877, or by visiting    http://www.personal.psu.edu/jrc11. Storr can be contacted at jms1015@psu.edu, 724-773-3575, or by visiting http://www.personal.psu.edu/jms1015.

Public invited to free presentation by Penn State Laureate

The public is invited to attend a free presentation entitled ‘Ernest Hemingway in Letters, Literature and Life’ by Penn State Laureate Linda Patterson Miller, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 in room 16, of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

Miller, professor of English at Penn State Abington, is the first Penn State laureate from humanities, the first to be named from a Penn State campus other than University Park, and the fourth person to hold the title. The Penn State laureate is a full-time faculty member in the humanities or fine arts who is assigned half-time for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic, and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences.

Miller will be a guest speaker at the first meeting of the 2011-2012 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board at 7 a.m. on September 16. Her topic will be ‘The Lost Generation on the French Riviera,’ which will be followed by a meeting with the Campus Executive Council and a campus tour.

In addition, Miller will speak to a comparative literature class in Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature taught by Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish at Beaver. Miller’s topic will be ‘American Diarists: Day-by-Day Personal Accounts through the Centuries.’ A variety of students and faculty from diverse areas of study will attend a luncheon with Miller.
During the academic year, Miller will visit University locations throughout the state to talk about her professional area of expertise, ‘America’s Lost Generation of the 1920s.’ In addition to Beaver, her stops in the northwestern part of the state will include Penn State DuBois, Penn State Behrend, and Penn State Shenango.

For information about Miller, contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571, or visit http://laureate.psu.edu/Linda_Miller.

Athletic Department announces new website

Andy Kirschner, Penn State Beaver athletic director, announced today that a new campus athletics website is now available. Visit www.beaverathletics.com for scores, schedules, rosters, game recaps, and up-to-the-minute information about Beaver campus collegiate and intramural sports.

For additional information, contact Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or contact Bert DeSalvo, assistant athletic director, at apd12@psu.edu or 724-773-3827.

Learn how 'South Park,’ 'Family Guy' inform attitudes, behavior

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

Glowacki notes 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 stranglehold on morality in our culture.’ He examines how popular TV shows such as 'Family Guy' and 'South Park' break down stereotypical attitudes and behavior. Glowacki notes that his interpretation of popular cultural icons is designed to educate as well as encourage people to take a fresh look at life. His goal is to prompt television viewers to question how TV shows’ purpose and morals reflect today’s culture, and he believes animated comedies can be instrumental in teaching and reinforcing morals and values for young adults.

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 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.
This 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, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Admissions Office will host Columbus Day Application Workshop

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a free application workshop for prospective students, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, in the Student Union Building.

The workshop will guide participants through the application process as well as provide information about financial assistance and academic majors.

For information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or via AOL Instant Messenger (BRAdmissions).

Campus United Way Committee launches fundraising efforts

The Penn State Beaver United Way Committee announced the launch of their fall fundraising efforts on behalf of the United Way of Beaver County. Fundraising programs will include personal solicitations for gifts from faculty, staff, and students; a Steelers Dress Down Day and a December Dress Down Day; Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends Day, and the campus Welcome Weekend on October 22. The committee’s largest event is the Blue and White Luncheon and Silent Auction which will be held Friday, Nov. 4 in the Lodge of the Student Union Building.

Last fall the United Way Committee raised $5,002, all of which was donated to the United Way of Beaver County. The group hopes to raise $5,000 this fall as well.

Committee co-chairs are Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business, and Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Office of the Registrar and Office of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Other committee members are Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education; Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in reading and English; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Office of the Chancellor and Office of Campus and Community Relations and Brodhead Cultural Center; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry, and Beth Theobald, reference librarian.

For information or to contribute to the campus fundraising efforts for the United Way, contact Platz at cap9@psu.edu or 724-773-3546 or Ward at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

Campus will host Beaver County College Fair

Penn State Beaver will host the 11th annual Beaver County College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the campus gymnasium. The free event, which is the premier college fair serving Beaver County students, is co-sponsored by Penn State Beaver and The Beaver County Times. Registration to attend is not required, and the public is welcome. Adult students as well as high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.
 
Representatives from more than 120 colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will be at the college fair to answer questions and provide information.
 
In addition to college recruiters, a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be available to answer questions about financial aid. Representatives from the Educational Opportunities Center and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit's Regional Choice Initiative Program also will be available.
 
Plenty of free parking is available on campus. Visitors should follow directional signs and parking attendants' instructions as they enter campus for the evening.
 
For information, contact the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, http://www.beaver.psu.edu, or 724-773-3800.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: September 2-8, 2011

Friday, Sept. 2
Men’s soccer – La Roche College 5, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – La Roche College 9, Penn State Beaver 0

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Women’s soccer – Geneva College 10, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, Sept. 8
Men’s soccer – Thiel College 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Thiel College 12, Penn State Beaver 0

For continuous updates and game scores, visit www.beaverathletics.com, or contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826 or apd12@psu.edu or 724-773-3827.

 

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