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Penn State Beaver faculty members publish books

Two Penn State Beaver faculty members have had books published recently.
Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology, is the author of “Jealousy's Design:
Maladaptive Trait or Psychological Solution?” published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, is the author of “Globalization: Prospects and Problems” published by SAGE Publications, Inc.

Bennett’s book focuses on previously unexplored dimensions of jealousy by viewing it through the lens of social-evolutionary psychology, including the biological and social origins of jealousy, the psychological and environmental cues that trigger it, and how these cues differ for men and women.

Chirico’s book presents a clear image of the big globalization picture by providing a myriad of globalization topics, debates, theories, and empirical data. Students using this textbook are encouraged to relate their experiences as individuals to globalization processes.

Chirico also wrote “Sociological Research Exercises for the Global Age” published by Sage in 2010.

Bennett has taught at Beaver campus since 2004 and has conducted research in a variety of fields, including adaptive design and function of emotions; romantic and familial relationships; the psychology of teaching, and psychological design.

He is the recipient of the 2012 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Teaching.

He holds a master’s degree in evolutionary social psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Chirico joined the campus faculty in 1997. She is the 2010 recipient of the Penn State Multicultural Resource Center’s Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award. She also received the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series.

Chirico holds a doctorate in sociology and education and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Bennett can be contacted at klb48@psu.edu or 724-773-3904, and Chirico can be reached at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846.

Office of Career Services will host Reach Out Community Service Fair

The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services will host the Reach Out Community Service Fair, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Building Lodge.

Penn State Beaver Reach Out works with non-profit groups and agencies to connect students with volunteer service learning projects and opportunities. The real-world experiences that local agencies provide for students help them apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of situations. Students also come to understand their responsibilities as citizens in building communities. This year the campus hopes to place approximately 150 students in a variety of community service and volunteer positions.

To register or obtain more information, contact Career Services at lbm12@psu.edu or 724-773-3961, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Academics.

Employers, students, alumni invited to Nittany Lion PRIDE event

The public is invited to attend the first Nittany Lion PRIDE (Penn State Regional Industry Development Event), Thursday, Sept. 20 at Hidden Valley Resort.

The program will offer a forum for making connections and enhancing relationships among regional employers, Penn State alumni, and current Penn State students. Employers of all sizes will share a variety of career opportunities in diverse fields, including business, communications, engineering, administration of justice, health-related fields, information sciences and technology, plus more.

For addition information or to register for the event, visit alumni-psu.cvent.com/d/hcq21t, or contact Stephanie DeMaro, Penn State regional job and internship developer, 724-773-3953 or saw163@psu.edu.

Speaker Joe Martin will present program at Penn State Beaver

“Transitions: Step Up to College with Dr. Joe Martin” will be presented from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Student Union Building auditorium. The program is part of the First Year Experience (FYE) and is offered in support of ongoing student success and retention efforts. In addition, several courses are related to the event.
Recognized nationally as “America’s #1 Educator Motivator,” speaker and trainer Martin was raised in an inner-city ghetto in Miami, Florida, in a family plagued by alcoholism, drugs, and abuse. Martin watched six of his friends die from violence and crime before he reached age 16. In spite of his childhood, he became the youngest professor ever hired to teach in the state of Florida at the age of 24.

Since becoming a teacher, Martin’s mission has been to “make sure good teachers don’t quit and talented students don’t drop out.” In his 14 years as an educator and nine years as an author, speaker, and educational consultant, he has personally trained, addressed, and coached more than 110,000 teachers across the country and taught more than 450,000 students, including elementary, middle, high school, Title I, gifted, and alternative education students.

Martin was voted “National Speaker of the Year” by the Association for Programming Campus Activities (APCA), was nominated twice for the Distinguished Teacher’s Award at his university (the youngest ever nominated), and selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is also the creator of the groundbreaking “New Teacher Retention Profile™,” a systematic tool designed to improve teacher retention through early intervention, and he is chair of the Florida New Teachers Conference.

Martin has written several books, including “Good Teachers Never Quit,” “When Students Just Won’t Listen,” “Stop Parenting and Start Coaching,” and “Tricks of the Grade: Street-smart Strategies for Students.” He is also the host of the weekly radio talk show, “Good Teachers,” and serves as president and founder of the website, “Real World University” at www.RWuniversity.com. Martin also created an award-winning website for teachers at www.NewTeacherUniversity.com.

His clients include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), MetLife, the U.S. Navy, the National Education Association (NEA), and the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). He also serves as a guest columnist for several national magazines.

For information about the program, contact the Beaver campus Office of Student Activities at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Community urged to support Blue Out T-shirt sale

To keep awareness of child abuse prevention in the forefront at Penn State, bookstores at the University’s Commonwealth Campuses, including Beaver campus, are selling Blue Out T-shirts for Penn State's Blue Out football game against Temple, Saturday, Sept. 22, at Beaver Stadium on Penn State's University Park campus. Time to be announced. The sale is open to the public.

The idea is the same as that of previous White Out games, i.e. to show a united front of Penn Staters and friends rallying for the same cause -- in this case the awareness and prevention of child and sexual abuse.
Cost of the shirt is $15, and $9 of each sale will benefit the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). Information about PCAR is available at www.pcar.org.

The front of the shirt features the blue ribbon logo for child abuse awareness as well as the words “2012 Blue Out -- Stop Child Abuse!” The back of the shirt says “We are … One Team, One School, One Heart, One Promise” and features the PCAR website.

For information, contact Annette Keller or Patty Bobbie in the Beaver campus bookstore at ajk13@psu.edu or 724-773-3656 or pgp1@psu.edu or 724-983-2851, respectively.

Beaver County College Fair set for October 4

Penn State Beaver will host the annual Beaver County College Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 in the campus gym.

The free event, which is the premier college fair serving Beaver County students, is co-sponsored by Penn State Beaver and The Times. Registration to attend is not required, and the public is welcome. Adult students as well as high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

Representatives from more than 120 colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military will be at the College Fair to answer questions and provide information.

In addition to college recruiters, a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be available to answer questions about financial aid. Representatives from the Educational Opportunities Center and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit's Regional Choice Initiative Program also will be available.

Plenty of free parking is available on campus. Visitors should follow directional signs and parking attendants' instructions as they enter campus for the evening.

For information, contact the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, www.beaver.psu.edu, or 724-773-3800.

Nominations open for Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes campus alumni who have distinguished themselves through career achievement, community involvement, and/or involvement with Penn State Beaver.
The award will be presented in Wednesday, Jan. 16 at a dinner meeting of the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board. The award recipient must be able to attend the awards dinner.
Eligibility is limited to individuals who attended Penn State Beaver for one or more years and who graduated from Penn State University. Consideration is given to alumni on the basis of their professional achievement, contributions to society, and/or involvement with Penn State Beaver.
Nominations are solicited from alumni, the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, campus faculty and staff, and the public.
The selecting body is comprised of the Beaver campus director of development, two members of the Alumni Society Board of Directors, and two members of the campus Advisory Board.
To submit a nomination form, visit www.br.psu.edu/Alumni/32995.htm, or contact Diana Patterson, director of development, dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.