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Graduates honored at Penn State Beaver spring commencement

Penn State Beaver held its spring commencement Friday, May 4 in the Student Union Building auditorium. Fifty-eight students received master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees.

The academic processional and recessional and convention of proceedings were led by Daniel W. Smith, instructor in business. Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented the degrees, which were conferred by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer in conjunction with John Feraco, president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and manufacturing leader for NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Keefer also introduced the commencement speaker, Julian Gray, certified elder law attorney.  Gray is the founder and managing attorney of Julian Gray Associates, the largest elder care law practice in western Pennsylvania.  Gray, a native of Center Township, attended Beaver campus and received a bachelor’s degree in pre-law from Penn State University Park in 1991. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University in 1994.

Keith R. Poleti, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, offered the Alumni Association’s welcome to the new graduates. A reception hosted by the Office of Housing and Food Services was held in the Student Union Lodge immediately following commencement.

Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum
Offered by Penn State Harrisburg at Penn State Beaver
Candidates were presented by William Bigos, assistant professor of education.
Gena L. Bossart, McDonald
Margot F. Bruno, Aliquippa
Dina L. McCaskey, Seven Fields
Krysten L. Scheidler, Moon Township
Christina M. Thomas, Mars

Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice
Candidates were presented by Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Iman S. Abubaker, Pittsburgh
Amanda L. Hradil, Monaca
Stephen J. Kimmick, Beaver Falls
Michael A. Zdranik, Darlington

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, instructor in psychology.
Mark Cromo, Monaca
Nicole L. DeFarrari, Aliquippa
David M. Fritsch, Rochester
Shelby M. Parks, New Brighton
Natalie J. Sell, Beaver
Kaitlyn E. Seyler, Moon Township
Rachael C. Temple, Aliquippa

Bachelor of Science in Business
Candidates were presented by W. Timothy Few, assistant professor of business.
Kimberly J. Aurin-Davies, Hookstown
Luke C. Barry, Beaver
Nick C. Colovos, Mars
Kendra J. Groscost, Monaca
Jamie L. Karpinski, Beaver
Frank W. Kronstein, Monaca
Amanda L. Moore, Darlington
Rachel E. Paul, Crescent
Charles M. Steinmetz, Cranberry Township
Robert J. Terry, Zelienople
Patrick L. Vaughan, Pittsburgh
James D. Widlicka, Hookstown
Sean M. Wolff, Rochester

Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Candidates were presented by Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications.
Amy I. Green, Spotsylvania
Trey W. Hudspeth, Beaver Falls
Julie A. Leeper, Clinton
Noelle N. Miloszewski, Beaver Falls
Craig J. Oskin, Aliquippa
Ashley R. Roznowski, Oakdale

Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Candidates were presented by Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology.
Jonathan G. Clise, Gibsonia
Valerie A. Cycholl, Coraopolis
Sean R. Dickey, Aliquippa
Roger A. Garza, Beaver
Joshua L. Godfrey, Rochester
Juraj Hric, Monongahela
Taylor V. Jaros, Rochester
Edward M. Knotek, Coraopolis
Anthony J. Morelli, Beaver Falls
Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Natalie L. Manjerovic, Georgetown

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Offered through Penn State Shenango at Penn State Beaver
Candidates were presented by Kathleen G. Mastrian, associate professor of nursing.
Angelo F. Aquino, Ambridge
Elizabeth A. Gilarno, Beaver Falls
Kimberly L. Naggy, Monaca
Sheryl A. Shamp, Monaca
Christina M. Wilhelm, Pittsburgh
Elizabeth K. Zeljak, Aliquippa

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, instructor in psychology.
Aimee N. Archer, Aliquippa
James W. Daw, Monaca
Rachelle B. Eidenmiller, New Castle
Leah M. Patillo, Aliquippa
Rachell F. Vukovcan, Beaver Falls
Christine G. Walzak, Monaca

Associate in Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Candidate was presented by Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar, associate professor of information and sciences and technology.
Stephanie L. Malone, Imperial

For information about academic programs at Beaver campus, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571 or the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Penn State Beaver is Gold Winner for Readers’ Choice Awards

Penn State Beaver has been chosen as the 2012 Gold Winner in the College/University division of The Times’ Best of the Valley Readers Choice Awards.

“We’re honored that The Times’ readers continue to recognize the quality education and experiences that Beaver campus offers,” said Amy M. Krebs, director of campus and community relations. "We’re proud of the fact that we have such a strong bond with our students, our readers, and our community.”

Beaver’s enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year was 870. The campus offers baccalaureate degrees in administration of justice; business; communications; psychology, and information sciences and technology.
Beaver also hosts an R.N. to B.S. nursing degree completion program offered by Penn State Shenango and a master’s degree in education in teaching and curriculum offered by Penn State Harrisburg.

In addition, the campus offers associate degrees in business administration; information sciences and technology, and letters, arts, and sciences as well as minors in business; civic and community engagement; information sciences and technology; psychology, and security and risk analysis.

For information about Beaver campus, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Chapin receives three state, local service awards in May

John Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of three state and local awards this month.

He received the 2012 United States House of Representatives Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Certificate awarded by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus for work on behalf of victims of crime.

Chapin also received the 2012 Outstanding Citizenship Award presented by Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh in recognition of his service to Beaver County law enforcement.

In addition, PA Governor Tom Corbett named Chapin the recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Organizational Capacity Building Award which is awarded as part of the Western Regional Training Initiative subcommittee.

In the past, Chapin has received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives for his research and volunteer work on behalf of domestic violence victims through providing domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.

Chapin has also received a variety of on and off-campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/ NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 2009.

Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Penn State Beaver faculty publications are announced

Articles written by two Penn State Beaver faculty members have been published in The Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 8(2).

John Chapin, professor of communications, is the author of “Third-person perception and myths about crime and victims of crime.” Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice, wrote “Continuing the Conversation - The Operationalization of Focal Concerns Perspective: Assessing Sentencing Decisions for Criminal Child Neglect.”

Chapin, who joined the Beaver campus in 1998, has conducted research and published extensively on the topics of mass media, intimate partner violence, bullying, stalking, racism, and school violence. His research has also focused on the social effects of media, popular music, popular culture, social networks, and the effectiveness of public health campaigns for adolescents. In addition, he has developed a variety of programs about domestic violence prevention for educators, healthcare professionals, and communities.

He has been recognized frequently for his work with Crisis Center North (CCN), a nonprofit counseling and educational resource center for victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County.

Pierce joined Beaver campus in 2010 for the launch of the bachelor’s degree in administration of justice which is jointly delivered by Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango.

This spring Pierce received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board’s Michael Baker Corporation Faculty Excellence in Research Award and the NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

She received the 2012 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award which is given to non-tenured faculty and doctoral level teaching assistants who meet eligibility criteria and show significant promise as teachers. The award is sponsored by SAGE Publications, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and participating SAGE authors.

In addition, she received a grant in 2011 from the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence which allowed her to attend the Lilly-East Conference on College and University Teaching which is designed to attract faculty in a variety of disciplines and at various stages of their academic careers from the United States and abroad.

Last year Pierce gave a presentation, “A Review of Women in Violent Roles,” as part of the Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series.

Chapin holds a Ph.D. in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University; a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. He can be reached at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Pierce holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College. She can be contacted at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

Woods receives 2011 Jefferson Award

Nancy Woods, executive director of Adult Literacy Action at Penn State Beaver, is a recipient of a 2011 Jefferson Award for Public Service. She was recently honored at a reception in Pittsburgh where she received the bronze Jefferson Award medallion commissioned by the Franklin Mint.

Known as the "Nobel Prize for volunteerism,” the Jefferson Awards honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. The program is named after founding father Thomas Jefferson.

Woods donates almost 40 hours a week to a variety of community organizations, including The Center for Hope where, as president of the Board of Directors, she led the center through an expansion and relocation to a new space in Ambridge.

The Center for Hope serves hundreds of area residents in need through a food pantry, emergency food services, a clothing bank, educational and job-training programs for adults, and after-school activities for children.

Woods has been recognized statewide and nationally for her advocacy efforts on behalf of literacy and education for decades. In addition, she has served as chair of numerous boards, including the Beaver County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, the Beaver County Behavioral Health Services Board, and Beaver County Head Start.
She has also volunteered with other organizations, including the Beaver County Jail Task Force, the Salvation Army, and the NAACP.

The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. Previous national level recipients include Bill Gates, Condoleeza Rice, Lance Armstrong, and Gen. Colin Powell.

In 1976, John Craig, former editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, established a local program honoring Western Pennsylvania's "Community Champions” - everyday citizens who encountered problems in their neighborhood and created solutions to fix them.

In addition to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, other Jefferson Award sponsors are Highmark, BNY Mellon, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments.

Woods can be contacted at ncw1@psu.edu or 724-773-7810. For more information about the Jefferson Awards, visit http://www.jeffersonawards.org.

Brodhead Cultural Center announces 36th summer schedule of events

The Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center will kick off its 36th summer of free and low-cost events on June 19. Sponsors of the season’s events are The Times, Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545, and Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.

With the exception of the musical, shows are free and will be held in the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater on campus. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Schedule of events:
Tuesday, June 19 - Hopewell Community Big Band
Tuesday, June 26 - Allegheny Brass Band
Tuesday, July 10 - Metropolitan Italian Symphonic Band
Tuesday, July 17 - Pittsburgh Banjo Club
Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 26, 27, 28 - “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Presented by the Center Theatre Players; directed by Sandy Reigel. Student Union Building Auditorium; admission is $15. For tickets, call 724-773-3610.
Tuesday, July 31 - Monaca Cornet Band
Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7 - Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14 - North Star Kids
Tuesday, August 21 - Mark and Donna Groom
Tuesday, August 28 - Joe Grkman Polka Band
Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, shows will move into the campus auditorium.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell concessions at all shows as well as Penn State Creamery ice cream at indicated performances. Proceeds benefit the group’s scholarships for Beaver campus students.

Contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu. An Events Hotline is available at 724-773-3600, and schedule details are also available at www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.

Beaver Valley Alumni Chapter aids Independence Conservancy

On Saturday, May 19, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association assisted with a tire collection conducted by the Independence Conservancy. Alumni chapter members and friends volunteered their morning to help with this ongoing project in a continuing effort to aid “green” efforts in the community. The project, which was held in Baden, was organized by Victoria E. Michaels, executive director of the Independence Conservancy.

For more information about the event or the Beaver Valley Alumni Chapter, contact Board member Michael Boser at mwboser@me.com or Chapter president Keith Poleti at krp151@yahoo.com. For information about the Independence Conservancy, visit www.independenceconservancy.org.

Registration is open for summer academic and sports youth camps

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of 20 summer academic enrichment and athletic camps for youth. Registration is now under way.

Academic camps are:

Crime Scene Investigation (C.S.I.), ages 9-13
Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13
9 a.m. to noon
Fee is $130 and includes snacks, a field trip, and a camp T-shirt.

Digital Video and Movie Production, ages 11 and up
Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee is $235 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.

Musical Theater, ages 8-13
Monday - Friday, July 30 - Aug. 3
9 a.m. - noon
Fee is $95 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.

Robotics, ages 11 and up
Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee is $240 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.

Rockets Away, ages 8-14
Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13
9 a.m. - noon
Fee is $115 and includes activities, rocket kit, supplies, and a camp T-shirt.

Wizardry Camp, ages 8 and up
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
Fee is $235 and includes snacks, craft supplies, and a camp T-shirt.
Disclaimer: This event is not endorsed, sanctioned, or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.

Sports camps are:

Baseball, ages 8-13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday - Friday, June 18 - 22
Campers should bring a bag lunch.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp t-shirt.

Boys' Basketball, ages 8 - 13
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday - Friday, July 9 - 13
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Girls’ Basketball, ages 8-13
Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Cheerleading, ages 5-8
Monday – Friday, July 23 - 27
9 a.m. - noon
Fee is $85 and includes snacks and a camp T-shirt.

Golf, ages 18 and under
Monday - Friday, August 6 -10
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Co-ed Soccer, ages 8 - 14
Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Softball, ages 8-13
Monday - Friday, June 11 - 15
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Advanced Softball, ages 14-18
Monday - Friday, July 30 - Aug. 3
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Co-ed Fitness, ages 8-14 (held twice)
Monday - Friday, June 25 - 29
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $120 for this five-day week or $190 for both weeks and includes a camp T-shirt.

Co-ed Fitness, ages 8-14
Monday - Friday, July 2 - 6 (no camp on July 4)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $100 for this four-day week or $190 for both weeks and includes a camp T-shirt.

Volleyball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday - Friday, Aug. 6 - 10
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is Fee: $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Advanced Volleyball, ages 14-18
Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 3
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Wii Camp, ages 8 to 14
Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost is $120.

Wrestling, ages 8-14
Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fee is $130 and includes camp T-shirt.

To register for camp or to obtain information, visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/CE/youth.htm, or contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: May 7-16, 2012

Monday, May 7
Baseball – USCAA Small College World Series – Penn State Beaver 15, Robert Morris University-Springfield 13
Softball – PSUAC Championship – Penn State Beaver 2, Penn State Mont Alto 1
Tuesday, May 8
Baseball – USCAA Small College World Series – The Apprentice School 1, Penn State Beaver 0
Baseball – USCAA Small College World Series – Penn State Beaver 11, Robert Morris University-Springfield 1
Wednesday, May 9
Baseball – USCAA Small College World Series – Southern Virginia University 13, Penn State Beaver 2
Tuesday, May 15
Softball – USCAA Tournament: First Round – Lindenwood University 8, Penn State Beaver 3
Softball – USCAA Tournament: Second Round – Penn State Beaver 3, St. Joseph’s College 2
Wednesday, May 16
Softball – Briarcliffe College 3, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 4, Lindenwood University 3

For games scores and play-by-play details or for any information about Beaver athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.