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Pentz joins campus IT staff

Nicholas Pentz has been named computer systems specialist in Penn State Beaver’s Office of Information Technology. The position requires a broad range of skills, including knowledge and experience with personal computers, hardware and software, audiovisual and media systems, and procurement and budgeting. Additionally, he is qualified to work in a variety of operating systems, software, Microsoft applications, computer languages, and conferencing technology.
Prior to arriving at Beaver, Pentz was an IT/telecom analyst for Education Management Corporation, Pittsburgh, and a customer service representative for Highmark, Pittsburgh. In addition, he was a computer lab assistant for the Information Technology Department at Slippery Rock University.

Pentz holds a bachelor’s degree in communication/emerging technology and multimedia from Slippery Rock University. He can be contacted at djp114@psu.edu or 724-773-3573.

Expert on murder and violence will speak at Penn State Beaver

Dr. Jack Levin will offer a free presentation on ‘Serial Killers: Up Close and Personal,’ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend.
Levin specializes in the study of violence and hate and has examined and interviewed serial killers, mass murderers, violent criminals, and perpetrators of hate crimes while exploring their methods and mentalities. He is the author or co-author of 30 books about crime, criminals, and hate and has developed theories about conditions under which the worst crimes can occur.
Levin has maintained communication with many of the criminals he has interviewed. He has testified in criminal and civil court cases, consulted with prosecution and defense attorneys, and assisted police in apprehending violent predators. In addition, he has appeared frequently on news and talk shows and is often consulted by the media.
Levin is The Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, Northeastern University, Boston. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in communication research from Boston University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
For information about the program, contact Robin Schreck, Beaver campus coordinator of student activities and resident life, ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.jacklevinonviolence.com.

Campus will host free town hall meeting on Agent Orange

Penn State Beaver will host a free town hall meeting about the effects of Agent Orange, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Student Union Building auditorium. The public is invited to attend the event which is sponsored by Rep. Jim Marshall, 14th District and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)/ Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), Chapter 862.

Well-known speakers on the topic of Agent Orange will give presentations, and information about the genetic legacy resulting from exposure to the herbicide. An Open Forum session will be held for Vietnam veterans, their families and friends, and those interested in learning about the effects of Agent Orange.
Featured speakers are:

Mokie Pratt Porter is the VVA director of communications, former editor of ‘The VVA Veteran,’ and coordinator of the Faces of Agent Orange Initiative.

George Claxton is chair emeritus of the VVA Agent Orange Committee and a longtime advocate for veterans. His work includes an extensive database of studies about the long term impact of Agent Orange.

Sandie Wilson is a member of the VVA National Board of Directors and was an operating room nurse in Vietnam. In 1971 she returned home and began studying the effects of Agent Orange when she worked on the pediatric ward of the Fort Campbell Base Hospital in Kentucky.

Nancy Switzer, current and founding national president of AVVA, is an outspoken advocate for veterans suffering from effects of Agent Orange and their families. She is also a longtime adviser to the VVA’s legislative and health committees.

Pete and Sue Petrosky are the parents of two daughters born with birth defects. Pete served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force in 1967 and 1968.

Philip and Bobbie Morris are the parents of a daughter born in 1973. Philip served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force in 1968 and 1969. The couple travels to share the story of their daughter’s journey since birth.

For more information about the event, contact Craig Conforti, constituent outreach specialist for Marshall’s office, 724-847-1352, visit www.repmarshall.com, or contact bobby514@comcast.net.

Beaver students travel to Catholic shrine in Washington, DC

Penn State Beaver students joined other students from regional colleges and universities when they traveled recently to Washington, D.C. to attend Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world. In addition to attending Mass, students were able to tour the city and visit other well-known sites.

The trip was coordinated by Gary M. Slifkey, director of Catholic campus ministry at Beaver and Robert Morris University. Students from Robert Morris, Slippery Rock University, La Roche College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Washington & Jefferson traveled with the students from Beaver.

For information about the trip or other campus ministry-sponsored events, contact Slifkey at gms23@psu.edu or 724-773-3839.

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. 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.

Corporate Scrabble Tournament open to the public

Adult Literacy Action (ALA) of Penn State Beaver will host its second annual Corporate Scrabble Tournament, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 at the center stage area of the Beaver Valley Mall. All proceeds benefit the ALA program which provides literacy, tutoring, and life skills management services for thousands of area residents.

Suggested donation per participant is $25.

To register, contact the ALA Office at 724-773-7810.

PSU Day events are free and open to the public
 
Penn State Beaver will celebrate PSU Day Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 with a variety of events that are free and open to the public.
 
The schedule of events follows:
 
Friday, Oct. 21
 
Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear their blue and white gear.
 A bonfire will be held at dusk near Harmony Hall.
 
Saturday, Oct. 22
 
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Admissions Office Open House
 Prospective students and their families will tour campus, meet with counselors and learn about Penn State’s academic programs.
 
Noon to 3 p.m. – Campus Carnival – on Lion Shrine lawn or if rain, in gym
 Student organizations will sponsor booths as well as inflatable games and novelty attractions. Students also will have cotton candy, kettle corn and much more.
 
4 p.m. – Alumni vs. Varsity Basketball Game – in gym
 Find out if the Beaver men’s varsity team can keep their winning streak going when they go up against Penn State alumni in this very competitive game.
 
5:30 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament – Harmony Hall
 Come out to watch or participate in the tournament and find out who will take the championship.
 
7 p.m. – Blue and White Tailgate / Nittany Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats – Harmony Hall
 All are welcome to attend this free tailgate that features many of your favorite stadium foods. Join us as we watch the Lions take on the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill.
 
For information about PSU Day, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/psuday.

 
Adult Literacy Action will host free Tutor Training Workshop
 
Adult Literacy Action (ALA) of Penn State Beaver will host a free Tutor Training Workshop for one-on-one tutors and classroom aides from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 27, at CareerLink, Beaver Valley Mall.
 
Staff members will provide an overview of the program with emphasis on how to prepare students for the GED Test. Upon completion of this workshop, volunteer tutors will either be placed in a classroom as an aide or with an individual student.
 
Advance registration for the workshop is required by Friday, Oct. 1. To register, call the ALA office at 724-773-7810 or fax to 724-773-7303.


Admissions Office will host Veterans Day Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will sponsor a Veterans Day Open House, Friday, Nov. 11 in the Student Union Building. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the program at 9:30 a.m.
 
Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with admissions and financial aid staff as well as learn about the academic programs offered by Penn State.
 
For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

 
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 members 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 Becky 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.

 
Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: October 12-16, 2011

Wednesday, Oct. 12
Men’s soccer – Medaille College 12, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Medaille College 13, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, Oct. 13
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State New Kensington 0

Saturday, Oct. 15
Men’s soccer – Penn State Worthington-Scranton 3, Penn State Beaver 1
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Fayette 3, Penn State Beaver 1

Sunday, Oct. 16
Men’s soccer – Penn College 5, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Penn College 6, Penn State Beaver 0

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

 

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