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Alumni Chapter launches annual holiday gift drive for children

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting its annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). The gifts will be distributed to children who are CYS clients.

Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child, purchase and wrap the gift, and drop it off to the Alumni Chapter. In addition, participants have the option of making a monetary contribution to the Alumni Chapter whose members will, in turn, purchase and wrap gifts for the children.

Donors must attach a separate gift tag to each gift. Each tag must contain the child’s name and caseworker number. The Alumni Chapter requests that each gift have a value of $25 to $30.

Monetary donations can be made in cash or via check made payable to Beaver Valley Area Chapter PSAA and mailed to Office of Campus and Community Relations, Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.
Gifts drop-off will be 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to noon, room 16, Beaver campus Student Union Building.

In addition, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Alumni Chapter’s annual Holiday Food Drive when they drop off their gift.

To obtain information about a child’s gift needs, contact Diane Canning at 724-375-2474; Cindy Hovanec at 412-370-2884 or 724-378-7448; or Jessica Hovanec at 724-777-4852.

Questions about the project should be directed to the Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Student art exhibit will be displayed in SUB lobby

The art of Kyung Min Kim, a sophomore psychology major at Penn State Beaver, will be on display in the lower lobby of the campus Student Union Building until December 16.

Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, created the exhibit as part of a campus independent study in art.

For information, contact Dr. Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, women’s studies, and integrative arts, at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.

PSUTXT alert system is free for all subscribers

Members of the Penn State Beaver community as well as the public are encouraged to register for the free PSUTXT service offered by the University. PSUTXT is designed to alert subscribers via text message when situations arise on campus that affect the ability of the campus to function normally. In addition, subscribers can elect to have alerts sent to an email address.

To register for PSUTXT, go to http://live.psu.edu/psutxt. For information or if questions arise, contact the Beaver Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Admissions Office will host free events for prospective students

This month the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host three free events for prospective students and their families in the Student Union Building.

An Application Workshop will be held 9 a.m. to noon, and an Open House will be held 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19. A second Application Workshop will be held 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Event participants will visit with admissions and financial aid staff to learn about Penn State’s academic programs while gaining insight into financing a college education. Campus tours will be provided. In addition, participants can complete an application and, if applying to Penn State Beaver, may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived.
To register for an event or obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

CLE course offerings are available through Continuing Education

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, Student Union Building, Beaver campus. The fee is $40 per course.
Available courses are:
-- 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.

Campus seeks nominations for Outstanding Beaver Alumni Award
 
The public is invited to submit nominees for the Penn State Beaver 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award which will be presented in January at a dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Board of Directors.
 
Eligibility is limited to individuals who have attended Penn State Beaver. The award recognizes campus alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional achievements and/or contributions to society and/or involvement with Beaver campus.
 
The award’s selecting body is comprised of Diana Patterson, Beaver’s director of development; two members of the Society’s Board of Directors, and two members of the Advisory Board.
 
To place a nomination for the Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/Alumni/32995.htm and submit online or by mail.
 
For more information about the award or nominating process, contact Patterson at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Campus holiday schedule is announced

Penn State Beaver’s upcoming holiday schedule was announced recently.
 
Fall semester break: Monday-Friday, Nov. 21-25, no classes, but campus is open.
Thanksgiving holiday: Thursday, Nov. 24, campus closed
Classes end: Friday, Dec. 9
Final exams: Monday-Friday, Dec. 12-16
Commencement: 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, auditorium, Student Union Building
Campus closes: 5 p.m., Thursday, December 22
Campus re-opens: 8 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3
Spring semester classes begin: Monday, Jan. 9
 
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.

Penn State Beaver will host and co-sponsor free holiday concert

The Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Monaca Cornet Band will present a free concert of holiday music at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
 
The program is cosponsored by the Beaver Valley Musicians Union, the Beaver County commissioners, and the Beaver campus Brodhead Cultural Center.
 
For information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3610.

Campus will host meeting for STEM education advocates

Penn State Beaver will host a meeting of the Beaver County Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Advocacy Coalition, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, room 16, Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.
 
The evening’s topic is "Proven Strategies to Compete in Regional and International Science Fairs." Guest speakers are Lisa Kosick, director of the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and Karen DeMarco, a science teacher for the Ambridge Area School District.
 
Kosick will explain how students in grades six to 12 can use their talents in the sciences to compete for more than $1 million in college scholarships and cash prizes. DeMarco has consistently mentored dozens of winners of the Pittsburgh Science and Engineering Fair. The 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair will be held May 13-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh.
 
The Beaver County STEM Coalition is a community-based organization of professionals, teachers, parents and community members advocating for STEM education that is or will be required for many jobs. The meeting will help parents and teachers learn how to motivate STEM students while exploring methods for success in STEM competitions and education.
 
Coordinators of the Nov. 16 meeting are Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics at Beaver campus, and Ellen Cavanaugh, director of the Beaver County STEM Coalition and founder and CEO of Grow a Generation.
 
For more information about STEM and upcoming meetings or projects, contact Fishman at aaf10@psu.edu or 724-773-3825, or contact Cavanaugh at beavercountystem@gmail.com or www.bcstem.ning.com.

Library hosts photography exhibit by former faculty member

The Penn State Beaver library is hosting a display of nature photography by James Monroe, professor of physics, who retired from Penn State in December 2007. The public is invited to visit the exhibit.
 
Over the years, Monroe has traveled the country to photograph unique and often unseen views of nature. His work can be seen in area shops, and he has donated his photos to help fundraising efforts on behalf of scholarships for campus students.
 
Monroe taught at Beaver for 30 years.
 
For information about the photography exhibit, contact Lisa Harris, information resources and services support specialist in the library, at ljh28@psu.edu or 724-773-3792.
 

 

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