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Pierce receives award from SAGE, ACJS

Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of the 2012 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award. The SAGE award is given to non-tenured faculty and doctoral level teaching assistants who meet eligibility criteria and show significant promise as teachers.

The $700 award, established and is funded by SAGE Publications, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and participating SAGE authors, was developed to help defray the cost of the recipient’s attendance at the Annual ACJS Professional Development Teaching Workshop and Meeting in New York City in March 2012.

The ACJS is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

Pierce began teaching last fall when Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango began joint delivery of the bachelor’s degree in administration of justice. She recently co-authored ‘Assessing the Influence of Familial Paternalism on Child Neglect Sentencing Decisions,’ an article that appeared online in June in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. In addition, she was featured in the 2011 Penn State Beaver Spring Faculty Speakers Series when she presented a program entitled ‘A Review of Women in Violent Roles.’

Prior to arriving at Penn State, Pierce was an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University. She also served as the instructor of record for the Department of Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. She holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College.

Pierce can be contacted at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

Bennett will give first presentation in annual Faculty Speakers Series

Kevin Bennett, instructor in psychology at Penn State Beaver, will present ‘Science, Perception, and Reality: What Do Sensory Illusions Tell Us About the Mind?,’ noon to 12:50 p.m., Monday, Oct.3, room 16, Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend the program which is the first in a series of faculty research presentations that will be delivered throughout the year.

Bennett began teaching at Penn State in 2004 and has conducted research in a variety of fields, including adaptive design and function of emotions; romantic and familial relationships; the psychology of teaching, and psychological design. He is the author or co-author of numerous professional publications.

He holds a master’s degree in evolutionary social psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Bennett can be contacted at klb48@psu.edu or 724-773-3904.

Public is invited to attend PSU Day festivities on campus

Penn State Beaver’s annual PSU Day events will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. The programs are free and open to the public.

A bonfire at dusk near Harmony Hall residence hall will be held Friday, and the Admissions Office will host an Open House, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, in the Student Union Building. A campus carnival featuring inflatable games, novelty attractions, cotton candy, and kettle corn will be held from noon to 3:00 p.m. and sponsored and implemented by campus student organizations. The Beaver men’s basketball team will take on Penn State alumni in an annual competition that will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the gym, and a Cornhole tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside of Harmony Hall.

On Saturday the festivities will be capped by a tailgate held prior to and during the Penn State football game in the lobby of Harmony Hall. The Nittany Lions will take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 7:00 p.m., and free stadium foods will be offered prior to and during the game.

For information about PSU Day, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Moore named interim head coach for women’s basketball

Tim Moore, assistant coach of the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team, has been named interim head coach following the announcement that Head Coach Bert DeSalvo has accepted the position of assistant women's basketball coach at Clarion University, effective October 8. Moore has served as the women’s team’s assistant coach for the past three years.

DeSalvo’s departure was announced September 28 by Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs, and Andy Kirschner, athletic director. DeSalvo, who also served as assistant athletic director at Beaver, was the first coach in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) to lead his team to three consecutive titles as well as appearances in four consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship tournaments.
Moore attended Beaver campus from 1996-1998 during which time he was the captain of the basketball team and received the Robert J. Miklos Memorial Award for his dedication, leadership, and excellence on and off the court.

He began his coaching career at Freedom High School in 2002 as assistant coach for the boys' varsity team. In 2003 he was named assistant coach of the varsity girls’ basketball team at Monaca High School and helped the team reach three WPIAL playoff appearances and a PIAA state playoff appearance. In 2006 Moore was named head coach at Monaca where he led the Lady Indians to two consecutive WPIAL appearances with an overall record of 18-27 and a section record of 15-9.

In 2002 Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Slippery Rock University where he is working on a master’s degree in special education.

He can be contacted through the Beaver Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826.

More than 700 attend annual College Fair on campus 

More than 700 prospective traditional and adult students and their families attended the eleventh annual Beaver County College Fair, Thursday, Sept. 29 in the campus gym. The free event, which is considered to be the premier college fair serving Beaver County students, was co-sponsored by Penn State Beaver and the Beaver County Times.

Representatives from more than 120 colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military were on hand to answer questions and distribute information. In addition to college recruiters, representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), the Educational Opportunities Center, and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit's Regional Choice Initiative Program participated in the event.

For information about admission to Penn State, contact the Beaver campus Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, www.beaver.psu.edu, or 724-773-3800.

DeNardis receives 2011 Jefferson Award for volunteer service

Peter DeNardis, lecturer in information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State Beaver, is a recipient of the 2011 Jefferson Award. He was honored for his dedication and service as a volunteer for the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF).

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. The Jefferson Awards are presented on national and local levels, but today the primary purpose of the award is to serve as a ‘Call to Action for Volunteers’ in local communities.

The Jefferson Awards has more than 150 media partners in more than 90 communities across the country. A local panel of judges selects the winners who are considered ‘unsung heroes,’ i.e. ordinary individuals who perform extraordinary deeds. DeNardis’ Jefferson Award is presented by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments.

In 2003, DeNardis was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare, incurable lymphoma. Despite chemotherapy treatment and life-threatening relapses, he has continued to work full time while volunteering for the IWMF. He serves up to 40 hours per month in a variety of volunteer roles for IWMF and has been a foundation board member since 2007. He serves as the discussion list manager and moderates online postings from more than 1,500 list members. In addition, he contributes to the list discussion by providing emotional support and research information to patients, caregivers, physicians, and other healthcare workers.

DeNardis assisted in redesigning the IWMF website and is expanding an online database he has helped to develop which captures medical data from more than 3,000 WM patients around the world.

A husband and father of three children, DeNardis has taught full-time and part-time at Beaver campus since 2000 and is the information manager at the University of Pittsburgh. DeNardis holds a master’s degree in business administration in business and information systems from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Robert Morris University.

DeNardis can be contacted at pld2@psu.edu.

Beaver alumnus gives presentation on campus

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Penn State Beaver students, faculty, and staff attended a special presentation by campus alumnus Dave Walker, a senior network engineer at Lockheed Martin. Walker’s presentation was designed for those in the information sciences and technology (IST) area. Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of IST at Beaver, invited him to speak as part of an ongoing series presented by Beaver IST alumni. 

While a student at Beaver, Walker worked as a campus network administrator for computer, printer and server management, telecommunications and wireless technologies, and software deployment. Before coming to Beaver, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a systems administrator in Delaware.

He holds a master’s degree in management and information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in IST from Beaver.

To reach Walker, contact Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814.

Area physician will serve campus community

Mitchell Pfeiffer, M.D. will serve as campus physician for Penn State Beaver for the academic year.
A graduate of Ambridge Area High School, he received his M.D. from American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten, N.A. and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University.

Although the campus job is a part-time position, Pfeiffer will work in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs and Barbara Kugel, campus nurse and director of the Health Center, to promote and implement health programs for the campus community.

Pfeiffer completed a residency in family medicine at Heritage Valley Health System-Beaver and is currently employed as a hospital physician at Heritage Valley Health System-Sewickley. He plans to open a family medicine office in Center Township in 2012.

To reach Pfeiffer, contact Kugel at bxk31@psu.edu or 724-773-3955.

Lady Lions basketball program teams up with Soles4Souls

The Penn State Beaver Lady Lions basketball team has launched a campus and community service project by teaming up with Soles4Souls, a charity designed to provide new shoes for global victims of poverty and natural disasters. The group also collects gently-used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities.

To date, the organization has donated more than 15 million pairs of shoes in the United States and around the world, including shoes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami. 

Bert DeSalvo, the team’s head coach, noted that the team ‘wanted to do something this year to help those less fortunate. In the past we’ve assisted environmental groups and women's groups, and this year we're going to do our best to help those outside Beaver County.’
DeSalvo also noted that his wife, Becky is involved in the project. She is the adult, transfer, and international admissions counselor at Beaver. ‘My wife is responsible for recruiting international students to our campus,’ DeSalvo said, ‘and I wanted to reach out to an organization that could potentially help people from areas that our international students may be from or be close to. I think this project will show how much the campus community can rally to help those from all parts of the world.’
The team hopes to gather 238 pairs of shoes; that's exactly two pairs for each student athlete at Beaver campus. The public as well as all students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to drop off new or gently-worn shoes at one of five locations on campus: the gymnasium, Student Union Building, Harmony Hall residence hall, Student Activities Suite, and the faculty/staff mail room on the ground floor of the Ross Administration Building.

Shoes will be collected throughout the month of October. For information about the project, contact Ms. DeSalvo at rmm27@psu.edu or 724-773-3809, contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, , or visit http://www.soles4souls.org.

Slam poet Odd?Rod will present free program at Penn State Beaver

The Penn State Beaver Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Affairs will present a free program by Roderick 'Odd?Rod' Borisade, at 7 p.m. on 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 injustice 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, Fla. 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. 

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.

Penn State Beaver 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 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 16 at the Student Union Building on Beaver campus. The fee is $40 per course.
Available courses are:
-- Oct. 4: Business Ethics
-- Oct. 11: Marcellus Shale Update
-- Oct. 25: Internal Controls
-- Nov. 1: CPA’s Role in Divorce in Pennsylvania
-- Nov. 8: Individual Tax Update: Get Ready for Tax Season
-- Nov. 15: Federal Business Tax Update
-- Nov. 22: Insight into Latest PA Dept. of Revenue Tax Issue Resolution
-- Nov. 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.

 Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: September 15-October 1, 2011

Thursday, Sept. 15
Men’s soccer – Hiram College 11, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Hiram College vs. Penn State Beaver – Postponed

Saturday, Sept. 17
Men’s soccer - Penn State Brandywine 4, Penn State Beaver 1
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Greater Allegheny 0

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Men’s soccer - Waynesburg University 6, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Waynesburg University 11, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – D’Youville College 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, Sept. 22
Men’s soccer - Mercyhurst North East 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Mercyhurst North East 12, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Fayette 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Saturday, Sept. 24
Men’s soccer – Penn State York 6, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Potomac State College 9, Penn State Beaver 1
Women’s volleyball - Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State York 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Mont Alto 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Sunday, Sept. 25
Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Schuylkill 1
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Schuylkill 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Brandywine 3, Penn State Beaver 1

Monday, Sept. 26
Women’s soccer – Malone University 18, Penn State Beaver 0

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State New Kensington 0

Wednesday, Sept. 28
Men’s soccer – Penn State New Kensington 3, Penn State Beaver 2
Saturday, Oct. 1
Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver vs. Penn College - Postponed
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State DuBois 0   
Women’s soccer – Penn State Beaver vs. Penn College - Postponed

For continuous updates and game scores, visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Student Life, or contact the Athletic Department at ack121@psu.edu, 724-773-3826, or apd12@psu.edu or 724-773-3827.


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