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Award-winning Beaver faculty members open Speakers Series
Three of Penn State Beaver’s award-winning faculty members will present the first program in the 2012-2013 Faculty Speakers Series, noon, Wednesday, Sept. 26, room 16, Student Union Building. Speakers are Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish; Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, and Karen Barr, senior instructor in business. The topic will be attaining teaching excellence.

Earlier this year, Bower was one of two Penn State faculty members to receive the Milton S. Eisenhower Award for Distinguished Teaching, which honors those who have an extensive record of outstanding teaching and who provide teaching support or mentoring to other faculty. Szymczak and Barr received the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching which honors exemplary teaching at the undergraduate level. Ten years ago Syzmczak was one of four Penn State faculty members honored with the award, and earlier this year, Barr was one of six faculty to be honored.

Bower is a recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award. She is the campus Honors Program coordinator and is co-chair of the Penn State Beaver Retention Task Force and Pedagogy Subcommittee.

Bower holds a doctorate from Columbia as well as a master’s degree in Medieval and Golden Age and a master’s degree in Latin American Literature. She received a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and also studied at St. Louis University in Spain.

Szymczak is the recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award and the Penn State Commonwealth College Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, he is a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

He holds a doctorate in modern world history from Carnegie Mellon University; a doctorate in recent American history and politics from Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK; a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University; a master’s degree in history/international relations and a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from West Virginia University, and a certificate of study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

Barr is the recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. She receives consistently high Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness, particularly with respect to the clarity of her presentations, her interest in teaching the course and her willingness to help students make progress.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration and corporate finance from California State University and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University.

The faculty can be contacted as follows: Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886, Szymczak at rxs16@psu.edu or 724-773-3895, and Barr at kcb10@psu.edu or 724-773-3869.


Admissions Office will host Columbus Day Application Workshop
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Columbus Day Application Workshop, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, in the Student Union Building. Guests will be invited to complete an application to attend Penn State. All those applying must bring an official transcript, and anyone applying to the Beaver campus may receive a decision immediately. The application fee will be waived. In addition, information about financial aid and academic programs will be provided, and campus tours will be offered.

For information, call the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or email br-admissions@psu.edu.


Public is invited to attend Global Film Series
The public is invited to attend a free showing of the first film in Penn State Beaver’s 2012-2013 Global Film Series, 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building.

“In the Time of the Butterflies” was inspired by the true story of the Mirabel sisters who were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow a corrupt dictator and government in the Dominican Republic in 1960.

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25, the anniversary of the day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, as the annual date for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in commemoration of the sisters' sacrifice.

Pre and/or post-discussion of the film will be led by JoAnn Chirico, Beaver campus senior instructor in sociology.
For information about this film or the Beaver campus Global Film Series, contact Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.


Campus announces arrival, departure of admissions counselor

Rachel Zughaib has been hired as an admissions counselor at Penn State Beaver, effective Monday, Oct. 8. The position opened when former counselor Julie Osekowski left for an admissions post at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Moon Township.

Since January 2011 Zughaib has been an international and exchange student services specialist at Robert Morris University in Moon Township. She also worked as an admissions counselor for a year at Lycoming College in Williamsport and was a client services manager with Affinity Connection, Inc. in State College.

Zughaib, a resident of Hopewell Township, holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in Spanish from Penn State. She can be contacted through the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu.


Beaver Alumni Society golf outing raises $22,000 for scholarships
The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s Twelfth Annual Golf Outing held September 10 raised $22,000 for the group’s endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students. To date, the Alumni Society has raised more $183,000 for the campus.

Penn State alumni Norman J. Kraus, Jr. chaired the golf outing committee. Other Penn State alumni committee members were Jeffrey Bauman, vice president, Bauman Office Equipment; Deborah Lancos-DeCostro, attorney at law; John Hertneky, consultant, Bayer MaterialScience and lecturer in engineering at Beaver; Laura Tocci, attorney at law, and Vincent Troia. Additional committee members were Nadine Unis, independent consultant; Mona DeLisia, external relations assistant, Beaver campus Development Office, and Diana Patterson, Beaver campus director of development.

Kraus is president of the Alumni Society, and MaryEllen Gray is immediate past president. In addition to Lancos-Decostro and Tocci, other Alumni Society members are Jason Barr; Robert Collins, John Italia, George Logue, Susan Mals, Joni Marra, and William F. McQuade.

For information about the 2013 golf outing or the Alumni Society, contact Patterson at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.


Penn State Beaver announces 2012-2013 United Way Committee
Members of the Penn State Beaver 2012-2013 United Way Committee were announced recently. 

Committee co-chairs are Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education, and Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Registrar’s Office and Division of Undergraduate Studies Office. Other committee members are Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business, Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs and senior instructor in reading and English; Parker Goolsby, residence life coordinator; Ted Froats, manager of information technology; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Offices of the Chancellor, Campus and Community Relations, and Brodhead Cultural Center; Dawn Steele, food preparer, Housing and Food Services, and Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry.

This year’s fundraising activities will include dress-down days, personal solicitations, and a luncheon and silent auction for the campus community. The first dress-down day was held Friday, Sept. 21 in honor of Penn State’s Blue-Out Weekend designed to raise awareness of child abuse.

For information about the United Way Committee, contact Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762 or Ward at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.


Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: September 18-22, 2012

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Women’s soccer – Potomac State 10, Penn State Beaver 1

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Men’s soccer – Penn State New Kensington 4, Penn State Beaver 3
Women’s volleyball – Penn State DuBois 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, Sept. 20
Women’s soccer – La Roche College 12, Penn State Beaver 0

Saturday, Sept. 22
Men’s soccer – Penn College 6, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 3, Penn State Beaver 2
Women’s soccer –Penn College 17, Penn State Beaver 0

For scores and play-by-play details or for information about Beaver intercollegiate or intramural 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.