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Admissions Office invites high school students to spend day on campus
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host the Be a PSU Student for a Day program, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Student Union Building.

The program allows high school students to spend the day as a college student at Beaver by attending classes, talking with faculty and staff, and having lunch with current Beaver campus students. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

To register, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Admissions.

SGA, Voices Against Violence seek donations for Women’s Center
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and two Penn State Beaver groups are seeking help for violence victims. The Student Government Association and the Voices Against Violence Committee are asking for donations for the women and children served by the Women’s Center of Beaver County.
A wide variety of items are needed and can be found by visiting http://br.psu.edu/Documents/BR/Womens_Center_Drive_Items.pdf. Items needed include toiletries for women and children, non-perishable foods, paper and cleaning products, bedding, games, and more.

All donated items should be delivered to the drop box located in the campus library by Monday, Oct. 29.
For more information about the project or how you can help, contact SGA President JeQa Powe at 517-410-4693 or jdp990@psu.edu.

Beaver campus will host Job Fair on November 1
Penn State Beaver will host a Job Fair sponsored by Rep. Jim Christiana, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the campus Student Union Building Lodge. The event is free and open to the public. A variety of area and regional businesses will be present, and those seeking or currently holding jobs but looking for a change are encouraged to attend.

For information, contact Larissa B. McDoniel Ciuca, Beaver campus student personal and career counselor, careerservicesbeaver@psu.edu or 724-773-3961, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Academics.

Penn State Laureate will speak at Beaver campus on November 1
Christopher P. Staley, Penn State laureate for 2012-13 and distinguished professor of art in the College of Arts and Architecture, will give a free presentation on “Life and Art: Where They Intersect,” 2:15 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Staley has been a ceramic artist and educator for 30 years and is the fifth University faculty member to hold this prestigious title.

Named a Penn State Distinguished Professor in 2008, Staley joined the University faculty in 1990, teaching ceramics in the School of Visual Arts. Under his leadership, the Ceramics graduate program has been ranked No. 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He received Penn State’s Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in 2007.

Staley’s ceramic pieces are included in the International Museum of Ceramic Art, Fuping, China; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., among others. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, based in Geneva, and serves as chairman of the board of directors at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine.

For more information about the Penn State laureate, visit http://laureate.psu.edu, or contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Penn Staters are invited to Nittany Networking Event on November 14
Penn State students and alumni in western Pennsylvania are invited to make new connections, enhance existing relationships, and experience community sharing at a Nittany Networking Event, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB).

The GPCFB distributes approximately 27 million pounds of food per year out of their 94,000 square foot warehouse. The event will feature ample opportunities to network, light refreshments, and a tour of this award-winning LEED certified "Green" warehouse led by Ivy Ero, director of educational programs, and Chris West, regional coordinator for the Southwestern PA Food Security Partnership.

Participants will have bread and soup served in a ceramic bowl which is an event keepsake. The event is free, but participants are asked to make a food or monetary donation to the GPCFB. Advance registration is requested. The GPCFB is located at 1 North Linden Street in Duquesne.

For more information, contact Stephanie DeMaro, Penn State regional job and internship developer, 724-773-3953 or saw163@psu.edu, visit http://alumni.psu.edu/career. For information about the GPCFB or for directions, visit http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Faculty Speaker Series continues with business research presentation
Talha Harcar, associate professor of business at Penn State Beaver, was the second featured speaker in the fall semester Faculty Speakers Series. He gave a presentation on one of his research topics, “Country of Origin Impact: Taste Preferences for a Soft Drink Brand” on Monday, Oct. 22. His topic focused on the impact of taste perception and the intention to buy using two different concepts and involved the audience in product taste tasting. 

Harcar holds a doctorate in business administration, and a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and is the recipient of the 2010 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award.

For more information about the 2012-2013 Faculty Speakers Series, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Office of Career Services announces new Career Coach Program

The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services announced that it now offers access to a new career assistance program. Governor Tom Corbett recently unveiled Pennsylvania Career Coach, a first-of-its-kind, statewide, free online tool designed to help Pennsylvania students and job seekers make informed, lasting career choices.
Developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Pennsylvania Career Coach provides updated local employment data such as current and projected job openings, recent job growth areas, estimated earnings, and occupations that match a user’s current skills and knowledge, as well as specific educational programs in the local area that will prepare an individual for a given occupation. 
For more information about the new program, visit www.pacareercoach.org/, or contact Larissa B. McDoniel Ciuca, Beaver campus student personal and career counselor, careerservicesbeaver@psu.edu or 724-773-3961, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on Academics.

Voices Against Violence Committee presents 'Telling Amy's Story'
 The Penn State Beaver Voices Against Violence, and Climate and Diversity committees along with Crisis Center North (CCN) and the Women’s Center of Beaver County (WCBC) will present a free showing of “Telling Amy’s Story" at 4:30 p.m. 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 Nov. 8, 2001. Amy’s parents and coworkers, 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 the Beaver campus, at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877, or visit www.telling.psu.edu.

 

Author to explore conspiracy theories during Penn State Beaver talk
Author Barna William Donovan will give a discussion on conspiracy theories at noon Nov. 5 in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium.
 
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 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 on MSNBC, CBS News, the BBC and LiveScience as well as in a variety of publications. Donovan holds a doctorate from Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Studies and is a graduate of the film school at 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 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. 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 alumni society, the 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, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.
 

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: October 6-21, 2012
Saturday, Oct. 6
Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 4, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 3
Sunday, Oct. 7
Men’s soccer – Penn State Hazleton 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Volleyball – Penn State Greater Allegheny3, Penn State Beaver 0
Volleyball – Penn State Fayette 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Saturday, Oct. 13
Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Worthington-Scranton 1
Volleyball – Penn State Hazleton 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Volleyball – Penn College 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Sunday, Oct. 14
Volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 0
Volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Worthington Scranton 2
Monday, Oct. 15
Women’s soccer – Westmoreland County Community College 11, Penn State Beaver 0
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Volleyball – Penn State York 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Volleyball – Penn State Mont Alto 3, Penn State Beaver 2
Thursday, Oct. 18
Volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State New Kensington 1
Sunday, Oct. 21
Volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State DuBois 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.