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Spring Faculty Speakers Series is announced

The Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series will launch its spring program with a presentation by Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology, Wednesday, Feb. 22. Her topic will be ‘Sustaining the Innovative Edge.’ LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice, will present ‘How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media,’ Wednesday, March 14. Both programs are free and open to the public and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 16, Student Union Building.

Dwivedi will present research findings from the fields of innovation and creativity that, when compiled, will help to form a path to assist individuals in finding a fulfilling career. The information will help people identify and focus on their niche in life, channel their creativity, and discover innovations they can use.

Mc Bride serves as program coordinator and internship supervisor for the Administration of Justice program at Beaver campus as well as Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango. He will discuss the potential dangers of modern technology and social media, including sharing personal information and photos on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, texting, cyber bullying, and cell phone use. He will also discuss the importance of personal responsibility in protecting ourselves and others with the proper use of social media.

Dwivedi holds a master's degree in information technology from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in engineering/computer science from BITS Pilani, India, and a bachelor's degree in technology (computer science) from I.E.T. Lucknow, India.

He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

For more information, Dwivedi can be contacted at nxd22@psu.edu or 724-773-3894, and McBride can be reached at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.

Public invited to participate in Alumni Society Bowl-a-Thon

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society invites the public to participate in its first Bowl-a-Thon, Saturday, March 24, at Baden Bowl, Baden. Proceeds from the event will benefit Beaver campus students.

Twenty-four lanes and four two-hour time slots are open from noon to 6 p.m. Cost for an individual bowler is $20, and the cost for six bowlers is $120. Price includes snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. After registration, participants will receive an email confirmation for a specific bowling time(s).

In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available. A Blue and White Sponsor is $25, and a Pin Rake Sponsor is $50. A gift basket auction and a 50/50 drawing will be held. Winners do not need to be present.

To register or to obtain more information, contact Mona DeLisio, external relations assistant, Beaver campus Development Office, mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.

Admissions Office will host free events in February

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a series of 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 applying to Beaver campus, may receive an acceptance decision on the spot. The $50 application fee will be waived during this day. 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 Be a PSU 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.

 Student events are under way 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 Feb. 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 THON has raised more than $78 million dollars.
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.


Public invited to attend free comedy show on Jan. 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 Jan. 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 allows 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 No. 1 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.


Public is invited to attend Penn State President’s Concert

The public is invited to attend the sixth annual Penn State President’s Concert, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. The event will feature the Penn State Glee Club, Opera Theatre, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening will be hosted by President Rod Erickson and sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the School of Music.
The Alumni Association will host a reception from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at the Regency Room in Heinz Hall. Alumni and friends can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and socializing.

Admission to the reception and concert is $50 for Alumni Association members and $60 for non-members. To register, visit www.alumni.psu.edu/events, or call the Alumni Association at 1-800-546-LION (5466), option 4.
Ticket prices for the concert only are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased by visiting http://pittsburghsymphony.org or calling 412-392-4900.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 18-21, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 87, Penn State Greater Allegheny 77
Women’s basketball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 56, Penn State Beaver 55

Friday, Jan. 20
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 81, Penn State Brandywine 67
Women’s basketball – Penn State Brandywine 61, Penn State Beaver 56

Saturday, Jan. 21
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 83, Penn State Mont Alto 57
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 88, Penn State Mont Alto 29

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