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Dutt selected as associate editor of IT conference

Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology at Penn State Beaver, has been selected as an associate editor of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) which will be held June 10-13, 2012, in Barcelona, Spain.

ECIS is considered the premier information systems event in Europe and provides a platform for panel discussions and the presentation of peer-reviewed academic research.

Prior to joining Penn State in 2008, he worked in the information systems industry for a variety of companies, including Motorola, Tellabs, Cabletron, and Putnam Investments. In addition, he was a visiting assistant professor of computer information systems at Edgewood College, an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin, an adjunct assistant professor in electrical engineering and computer science at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a lecturer at Shepherd University.

Dutt holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Tulsa as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Calcutta, India.

Dutt can be contacted at aud18@psu.edu or 724-773-3860.

‘A Taste of Africa’ showcased heritage  and culinary specialties

The Penn State Beaver community gathered at noon, February 6, to share in ‘A Taste of Africa.’ The event, which was held at noon in the Student Union Building Lodge, showcased the heritage, history, music, and food of Africa to increase awareness and understanding of the continent’s diversity.

Members of the Cultural Fiesta: A Taste of Africa Committee performed African music and dance, displayed posters highlighting the history of various African countries. Committee members hosted tables featuring popular African foods, and attendees were invited to sample them as well as take recipe cards for each item.

Kosheri - lentils, rice and pasta cooked and served in a spicy tomato sauce
Hosted by Iman Abubaker, senior, administration of justice, Greentree, PA

Meat Pie – moist, seasoned minced meat, potato and carrot filling served in baked dough
Hosted by Salewa Akintilo, sophomore, health and human development, Ellicott City, MD

Sierra Leone
Meat stew – eggs, onions, tomatoes, seasoning, and meat of choice served with rice or root vegetables
Hosted by Mary Carew, freshman, communications, Washington, D.C.

Doro Wat (Chicken Stew) – chicken with onions, hard-boiled eggs, pepper, ginger, olive oil, butter, and lemon juice
Hosted by Lemlem Mebrate, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Alexandria, VA

South Africa
Malva Pudding – pudding made a variety of ingredients, including sugar, eggs, apricot jam, flour, milk, and seasonings baked with a sauce of cream, butter, sugar, vanilla, and water.
Hosted by Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology

Jollof Rice – rice, tomatoes, meat or fish, onions, and vegetables, often thought to be the origin of Cajun jambalaya
Hosted by Dora Tweneboah, freshman, health and human development, Monaca

Pineapple Buganda, a popular African beverage made of brown sugar, fresh pineapple, vanilla, and milk was served. Each recipe card included common phrases used in that particular country’s language.

Other committee members included:
Larissa Ciuca, students personal and career counselor
Darlene Coulanges, sophomore, health and human development, Providence, RI 
J. Parker Goolsby, residence life coordinator
Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs
Denise Turyan, staff assistant, Office of Student Affairs & Student Activities
Marcess Williams, admissions counselor and head coach, men’s basketball
For more information about the event, contact the Office of Student Affairs at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.

St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band will perform at Penn State Beaver

St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band will present a free concert open to the public, 5:15 p.m., Friday, March 16 in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

St. Luke's Steel Drum Band was formed in 1999 when Father Victor Rogers and a group of supporters from New Haven's historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church purchased a set of used steel drums from a band in Brooklyn.

Since then the group has attracted a dedicated membership of 25 players of all ages. Many of the members and/or their families are from the West Indies and natives of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago are represented in the ensemble.

Under the direction of coach and arranger Debby Teason and assistant director Donna Johnson, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band has gained a reputation as one of the country's most exciting performing ensembles. The band's achievements were recognized in 2003 when it received an Artist's Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. They've also won two gold medals at the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest in Virginia Beach.

In 2008 the band performed with tenor pan virtuoso Liam Teague for a standing-room-only crowd in New Haven. In April 2009 they were featured in a concert with the renowned Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra from Washington DC. After a highly successful performance in the Yale School of Music's Duke Ellington Concert Series with composer and performer Andy Akiho in April 2010, St. Luke's Steel Drum Band was invited back to perform again with Mr. Akiho in November 2010.

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

Faculty speakers series continues with topic of social media dangers

The Penn State Beaver Spring Faculty Speakers Series will continue next month when LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice, will present "How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media," at noon, Wednesday, March 14, in room 16, Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

McBride 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. In addition, he’ll discuss the importance of personal responsibility when using social media.

Mc Bride is the 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 holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

McBride can be contacted at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.

Date is set for Alumni Society’s annual golf outing

The public is invited to participate in the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s 12th Annual Golf Outing, Monday, Sept. 10, at Seven Oaks Country Club in Brighton Township. Event proceeds will benefit the society’s endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Entry fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, and silent and live auctions. Registration is now underway, and sponsorships are available at a variety of levels.

For more information, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/Alumni/alumevents.htm, or contact Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development and Alumni Society liaison, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Spring speakers will present controversial topics at Penn State Beaver

Two ongoing and controversial topics will be the subject of speakers this spring at Penn State Beaver.

African-American author Daryl Davis will present "Klan-Destine Relationships" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, and filmmaker Mike Ramsdell will present "The Conflict Minerals Project," 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. The programs, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the campus Student Union Building auditorium.

Davis’ presentation provides an overview of his book by the same name in which he charts his experiences in infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan and offers a personal, real-life look at racism in the United States. As he explored racism and gathered information for his book, Davis eventually became the recipient of robes and hoods from Klan members who came to him to rescind their beliefs. However, through his relationships Klan members, Davis believes he has come upon a successful method of forming friendships between sworn enemies.

Last year Ramsdell presented his award-winning documentary, "Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue to Hope," at Beaver. He returns in March to discuss his project on the world’s conflict minerals, including tungsten, tin, tantalum, and gold which are used to make most modern electronic devices ranging from cell phones to aeronautics systems.

The term "conflict minerals" is used because the majority of them come from the Democratic Republic of Congo which is widely considered to be the home of the worst human atrocities since World War II. In the past 15 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has witnessed 6 million dead, hundreds of thousands of women raped, and the displacement of millions of children, women and men.

For more information about Davis and his exploration of racism, visit http://www.wolfmanproductions.com/ddavis.html, and to learn about Ramsdell and conflict minerals, go to http://underthehoodproductions.com/. For information about campus programs open to the public, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Educators, therapists, counselors can earn graduate credits

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer "Counseling and Teaching Youth at Risk," a three-credit graduate class for teachers and counselors, 5-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, March 1 through May 3 at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School in Ellwood City, Pa.

This course is designed to provide educators, counselors, therapists, psychologists and other health-education professionals with an overview of information focused on counseling and teaching youth-at-risk.

The class is one of several graduate courses that comprise the Penn State Certificate of Counseling Youth at Risk. The certificate consists of four core courses and one elective. A 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all course work. All courses of study satisfy ACT 48 requirements.

For information or to register, contact the Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.


Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard - February 24, 2012

Mont Alto, PA - The Penn State Beaver men’s basketball team (21-5, 16-2 PSUAC) were in the final four round of the PSUAC playoffs, but were defeated by Penn State Wilkes-Barre 86-83. Beaver moves on to the USCAA National Tournament beginning Tuesday, March 6.
Beaver’s Lady Lions (15-10, 12-4 PSUAC) played in the final four round of the PSUAC playoffs, but lost to Penn State Brandywine 63-49. The Beaver women finished their season with a 15-10 record overall and 12-4 in the PSUAC.
For continuous updates, play-by-play action, and game scores, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.