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Szymczak was featured speaker in Polish Studies lecture series

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, was a featured speaker in the September lecture series presented by the S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish Studies at Central Connecticut State University. His topic was “Katyn and the Politics of Massacre.”

Szymczak is the author of numerous publications, including “Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952”, which appeared in Polish American Studies: A Journal of Polish American History and Culture and "The Vindication of Memory: The Katyn Case in the West, Poland, and Russia, 1952-2008" which was published in The Polish Review by The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. His book review of ‘The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939-1956,’ written by Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, was published in the journal ‘American Communist History,’ Volume 8.

Szymczak holds a doctorate in modern world history from Carnegie Mellon University; a doctorate in history from Lancaster University, England; a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University, and a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from West Virginia University. He holds a Certificate of Study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and has received fellowships from Yale University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, Szymczak is the recipient of Penn State’s prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award, and a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

He can be contacted at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895.

Faculty members Few and Harcar co-author publications

W. Timothy Few, assistant professor of business, and Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, have each co-authored recent articles.

Few co-authored “Psychological Contracts and Organizational Identification: The Mediating Effect of Perceived Organizational Support” which appeared in the Journal of Labor Research, Volume 32, Number 3. Harcar co-authored “Young Consumers’ Cell Phone Usage in Developing Market: The Case of Turkish Youth Market” which appeared in the Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, Volume 5(3), 2011.
Few holds a doctorate in strategic management and an executive M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Colby College.

Harcar holds a doctorate in business administration, and a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and is the recipient of the 2010 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award.
Few can be reached at wtf2@psu.edu or 724-773-3883, and Harcar can be contacted at tdh13@psu.edu or 724-773-3892.

Continuing Education offers CLE courses

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education has been approved by Penn State Abington to offer a series of courses that meet requirements for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. Each class will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, room 16, Student Union Building, Beaver campus. Fee is $40 per course.

Available courses are:
October 4: Business Ethics
October 11: Marcellus Shale Update
October 25: Internal Controls
November 1: CPA’s Role in Divorce in Pennsylvania
November 8: Individual Tax Update: Get Ready for Tax Season
November 15: Federal Business Tax Update
November 22: Insight into Latest PA Dept. of Revenue Tax Issue Resolution
November 29: Unclaimed Property

To register for any course, contact Continuing Education at 724-773-3700 or beaverce@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Slam poet Odd?Rod will present free program on campus

The Penn State Beaver Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Affairs will present a free program by Roderick "Odd?Rod" Borisade, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6 in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. Slam poetry is spoken word poetry that is frequently politicized by drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner. The public is invited to attend the presentation.

Odd?Rod is a 26-year old poet, author, recording artist, and philanthropist raised in Jacksonville, Florida. His tumultuous childhood was a result of his mother’s drug addiction and an absent father. School provided solace to Rod and he excelled academically. The death of his 16-year old brother, Eric, was a blow for 13-year old Rod, but provided him with motivation to succeed.

Rod received a full scholarship from the Kessler Foundation to attend the University of North Florida, where he earned a BFA in graphic design with a concentration in multimedia. He took up poetry as an outlet for his troubles and continued the hobby at UNF while hosting Open Mic sessions for poets and artists. He uses his current moniker to stand apart from his peers as well as to show he’s unafraid of begin considered odd. His conversational tone and use of plain English endeared him to his audiences, who were able to relate to his life’s difficulties.

After graduating, Rod authored three poetry books: “Simply Put,” “Simple Still,” and “Visions Thru the P.O.O.R. (Poetry of Odd Rod).” In 2006 he wrote “Dying Flowers,” a poem used in a gun bounty campaign. He was commissioned to write and star in the “See it, Say it, Stop it” Crime Prevention Campaign commercials as well as the “Let's Do This” NFL promotional campaign starring Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis.

Rod began speaking at rehabilitation centers, churches, and schools where he focused on what can be achieved through hard work and determination despite difficulties and obstacles. In 2007 he began to organize educational fundraisers to raise awareness of non-profit organizations and in doing so, founded Eric's Life, Inc. in honor of his late brother. In 2009 he became a children's book author and recording artist with the release of the book, “Buddy and Bird” and his CD, “The Art of Plain English.”

For information about Odd?Rod or the presentation, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Alumni Society announces winners of Eleventh Annual Golf Outing

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society announced the winners of the group’s Eleventh Annual Golf Outing held September 12 at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township.

The first place team was the Beaver County Times with Larry Boggs, Vaughn Vacar, Scott Kegel, and Bob Johnston. The Hicks with Sticks team took second place with John Alvetro, Dave Cooper, Doug Seeley, and Mark Young.

Winners of the Skills Competition were Bob Rimbey, Closest to the Pin, Hole #4; Larry Boggs, Closest to the Pin, Hole #11; Joane Finegan, Longest Drive, Hole #3, and John Kohche, Longest Putt, Hole #18.

The outing’s proceeds, which will be announced soon, benefit the Alumni Society’s endowed scholarships for Beaver campus students.

For information about next year’s golf outing, contact Diana Patterson, director of development at Beaver, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

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.


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, via AOL Instant Messenger (BRAdmissions), or visit  www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Admissions.




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