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Admissions Office will host Columbus Day Application Workshop
Thursday, September 20, 2012The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Columbus Day Application Workshop, 9 a.m. to 7 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.

 

General election debate will be held October 10 on campus
Penn State Beaver and the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce will co-host a free general election debate, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. NOVA Chemicals, Inc. is the event sponsor.

The debate will include the following candidates:
Congress, District 4: Mark Critz (D) and Keith Rothfus (R)
Senate, District 47: Kimberly Villella (D) and Elder Vogel, Jr. (R)
Representative, District 15: Bob Williams (D) and Jim Christiana (R)
Representative, District 16: Robert Matzie (D) and Kathy Coder (R)
Representative, District 10: Jaret Gibbons (D) and Michael See (R)

For more information about the debate, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 724-775-3944, or visit http://www.beavercountychamber.com.


Public invited to attend The Asia Project
The public is invited to attend The Asia Project, noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The program contains mature content and may not be suitable for children.

Poet Asia Samson offers a unique blend of humor, inspiration, and reflections on daily life in his poetry and is accompanied by music provided by his brother-in-law, Jollan Aurelio. Samson has appeared on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry and Black Family Channel’s “Spoken” and has performed with Dead Prez, Mos Def, and DMX.

The Asia Project is presented by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For information, visit www.theasiaproject.com or call Student Activities at 724-773-3947.


Penn State Day celebration will be held Oct. 19-20 on campus
Penn State Beaver’s annual Penn State Day celebration will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, with the following schedule:
 
Friday, Oct. 19
 Blue and White Day on Campus
 All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear blue and white and/or Penn State apparel.
 
Bonfire at Dusk
 Behind Harmony Hall residence hall
 Free s’mores and hot apple cider will be provided.
 
Saturday, Oct. 20
 
Admissions Open House, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 Student Union Building
Prospective students will tour the campus, learn about academic programs, financial aid, and extracurricular activities and speak with current students.
 
Intramural Flag Football Championship Game, 10 a.m.
 Baseball field
 
Campus Carnival, noon - 3:30 p.m.
 Wellness Center lawn (gym in event of inclement weather)
 The public is invited to enjoy inflatable games, cotton candy, kettle corn, and novelty attractions.
 
Cornhole Tournament, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 Intramural field by gym (gym in event of inclement weather)
 
Alumni vs. Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball Teams, 5:30 p.m.
 Gym
 Penn State Beaver alumni will take on the Beaver campus men’s varsity basketball team followed by their first-ever game against the women’s varsity team.
 
Blue and White Tailgate and Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Football Game, 8 p.m.
 Lobby, Harmony Hall residence hall
 Free stadium foods will be offered before and during the game.
 
For information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU. For information about other activities, contact the Office of Student Affairs at dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3951.


Voices Against Violence Committee presents Telling Amy’s Story 
The Penn State Beaver Voices Against Violence and Climate and Diversity Committees, Crisis Center North (CCN) and the Women’s Center of Beaver County (WCBC) will present a free showing of the film, “Telling Amy’s Story, 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend the program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, the film follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001. Amy’s parents and co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to her in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death.

After the film, the audience is invited to join an informal panel discussion with members of CCN and WCBC. The program is designed to create community awareness and impact outcomes for domestic violence survivors.
For more information, contact John Chapin, professor of communications at Beaver campus, jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877, or visit www.telling.psu.edu.


Public invited to meet author writing about conspiracy theories
The public is invited to meet author Barna William Donovan, noon, Monday, Nov. 5, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. Donovan is the author of “Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious.” He will show film clips and discuss conspiracy theory in television shows and the movies.

Donovan’s other books cover film and fandom and include "The Asian Influence on Hollywood Action Films” and "Blood, Guns, and Testosterone: Action Films, Audiences, and a Thirst for Violence.” His commentaries on conspiracy theories have been quoted frequently by the media, including the MSNBC, CBS News, the BBC, and LiveScience as well as in a variety of publications.

Donovan holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies and is a graduate of the film school at the University of Miami.

The program is presented as part of a communications honors course taught by John Chapin, professor of communications at Beaver campus. The course, “Introduction to Media Effects,” examines individuals' selection, uses, and perceptions of media as well as media’s effects on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

For more information, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.


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.


Public is invited to participate in poverty simulation on campus
The public is invited to participate in a Poverty Simulation program to be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, in the Lodge of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The poverty simulation is a role-playing experience that allows participants to learn more about the realities that low-income families face as they try to survive on a daily basis.

During the simulation, participants assume the roles of families living in poverty. Their task is to provide basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” Participants experience poverty compressed into the real time of the simulation.

At the end of the program, ordinary people from all walks of life share a special kind of awakening. The power of this unique learning experience is that, unlike other methods, it creates an insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many poor, working families.

In addition to the Beaver campus Reach Out Club, program sponsors include a variety of social service and community agencies in western Pennsylvania, including Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Beaver County Area Agency on Aging, Church in the Round, Just Harvest, United Way of Beaver County, Salvation Army of Beaver Falls, and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

Stone Cold soup and other refreshments will be provided for participants, and free parking is available in all Beaver campus parking lots.

For more information about the program, contact JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology at Beaver campus, at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846. For directions to the campus, visit www.beaver.psu.edu.


More than 700 attended annual College Fair on campus
More than 700 people attended the annual Beaver County College Fair held Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Penn State Beaver gym. The free event is cosponsored by Beaver campus and the Beaver County Times and is the premiere college fair serving Beaver County students.

Representatives from more than 120 colleges, universities, and technical schools from across the country, including Alabama, Delaware, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., attended the event.

In addition, recruiters for all branches of the military were present as were representatives from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and representatives from the Educational Opportunities Center and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit's Regional Choice Initiative Program.

For information about Beaver’s academic programs and degrees offered, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, www.beaver.psu.edu, or 1-800-JOIN-PSU.


Penn State Beaver will participate in WestPACS Job and Internship Fair
Penn State Beaver will participate in the WestPACS Job and Internship Fair, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Monroeville Convention Center. The event is the largest job fair for college students and alumni in the Pittsburgh region.

WestPACS has 44 member schools and is still accepting both candidate registration and employer registration.
For more information, contact the Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services as lbm12@psu.edu or 724-773-3961, or visit http://www.westpacs.org.


Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: October 2, 2012
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Men’s soccer – Salem International University 10, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s soccer – Salem International University 11, Penn State Beaver 0
Volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State New Kensington 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.