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Beaver students continue tradition of community outreach on MLK holiday

Penn State Beaver students continued their tradition of taking “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” as they joined with students from other western Penn State campuses to conduct community services projects on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The day is a holiday for Penn State students, but many of them will be working in outreach projects throughout the region.

Every year a variety of students from Penn State’s western campuses come together to conduct outreach efforts in their local communities. This year’s primary coordinating campus is Penn State New Kensington. Robin Schreck, Beaver’s coordinator of student activities and residence life, will take Beaver students to New Kensington to work with them in service projects there.

Additional Beaver campus students will work locally at community outreach centers, including Beaver County Habitat for Humanity; the Center for Hope in Ambridge which offers a food and clothing bank, literacy services, and life skills training; and Uncommon Grounds in Aliquippa which was established with support from Church Army U.S.A. and area Episcopalian churches. The group hopes to heal and reconnect with areas residents by offering food, conversation, church youth events, art exhibits, musical performances, and a variety of other activities, including a ministry that works with incarcerated women in Aliquippa.

For more information about the students’ activities on Martin Luther King Day, contact Schreck at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Student events are underway to raise funds for THON

This week Penn State Beaver students will continue fundraising efforts for Penn State THON, an annual, two-day dance marathon that will be held February 17-19 at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park.
Beaver students are soliciting support from the campus community and will be canning during the upcoming weekends. Canning is the process where students are stationed at public venues, such as intersections and large store entrances, in order to ask for donations for THON.

In addition, Beaver students will host a Blood Drive for THON, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Lodge of the Student Union Building. The public is invited to register to give blood, but walk-in appointments will also be accepted.

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, provides raises funds and support for the fight against pediatric cancer. Proceeds benefit The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital. Funds are used to provide support for children with cancer and their families as well as research support to combat pediatric cancer. To date the project has raised more than $78 million.

For more information about Beaver students’ fundraising efforts for THON or to become involved in the project, contact Lydia Moon at ljm5207@psu.edu. Moon, a sophomore major in health and human development, is the chair of the Penn State Beaver 2012 THON Committee.

Admissions Office will host free events in February

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a series of free events in February that are free and open to prospective students and their families.

An Application Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and a Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building. The Be a PSU Student for a Day program will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Participants in the Application Workshop can complete a Penn State application and, if apply to Beaver campus, may receive an acceptance decision on the spot. The $50 application fee will be waived for those listing Beaver as their first choice campus. Applicants must bring their official high school transcripts, and campus tours will be provided.

The Financial Aid Workshop will introduce parents and students to the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) and will help participants learn how to navigate around potential financial pitfalls while financing a college education.
The Be a PSU Student for a Day program allows high school students to spend the day as a college student on campus by attending classes, meeting with faculty, and dining with current students.

Registration is required for the Student for a Day program and is encouraged for the other programs. To register or obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Public invited to attend free comedy show on January 24

Penn State Beaver will present a live comedy show presented by Inside Joke Films, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Inside Joke Films: Live! is comprised of Jonathan Braylock and Ramy Youssef, friends who met in high school and have been performing together for more than a year. The young duo combines cleverness and humor with high energy to bring a colorful perspective to the world of sketch comedy. With witty dialogue, physical comedy, and the occasional rap song, Braylock and Youssef fuse live sketches and video to create a fun, fast-paced show that is uniquely their own.

The duo was a finalist at SketchProv 2010 at The People’s Improv Theater, Judge’s and Audience Choice for Best Sketch Group at SnubFest 2010 in Chicago, and was a back-to-back Backyard Brawl Champion at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York.

The program is sponsored by the Beaver Office of Student Activities. For more information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or visit http://www.insidejokefilms.com/index.html.

Campus will host Spirit Night on January 25

The Penn State Beaver Athletic Department will host a Spirit Night in celebration of varsity athletics in the campus gym. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. when the Lady Lions take on the Carlow University Celtics, and the Lions will go up against Penn State New Kensington at 8 p.m.

Giveaways and refreshments will be available and other activities will take place throughout the evening.
For information about Spirit Night, contact B.J. Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845, or visit www.psubeaverathletics.com.

Slam poetry will be featured on campus in March

Slam poetry comes to Penn State Beaver when Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa present “Fire and Rain,” 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15 in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Slam poetry is a venue for poets to perform original work, individually or as part of a team. Manner of presentation and enthusiasm are important as well as content of the work.

In their poetry, the duo captures their dual heritage while seeking to educate, enlighten, and entertain. Born of mestizo, or mixed blood, Joaquin and Natasha have fallen victim to the question,’What are you?’ Their poems aim to answer that question by giving identity and voice to those born of two cultures as different as Fire and Rain.

Zihuatanejo is the number one ranked slam poet in the world as well as an award-winning teacher, and Carrizosa is the current Slam Champion of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Both performers have shared the stage with a variety of poets and performers, including Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Alicia Keys, and Erykah Badu.

The program is sponsored by the Offices of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 11-14, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 11
Women’s basketball – Ohio University Eastern Campus 89, Penn State Beaver 65

Friday, Jan. 13
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 85, Penn State Hazleton 59
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 60, Penn State Hazleton 30

Saturday, Jan. 14
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 98, Penn State Leheigh Valley 83

For continuous updates and game scores, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826; BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845, or visit www.psubeaverathletics.com.