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Students exhibit Day of the Dead altars
Penn State Beaver students in the Spanish 1 class celebrated the longtime tradition of Day of the Dead with an exhibit of altars displayed Friday, Nov. 2, in the lower lobby of the Student Union Building. The class, taught by Robin Bower, associate professor at the campus, is designed to develop Spanish language skills and provide information about Hispanic culture.

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holiday All Souls Day.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Loved ones also leave possessions of the deceased.

Visitors were asked to vote for their favorite altar with a donation. Proceeds benefit the Beaver campus annual United Way drive and the students’ annual fundraising project for the Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON) for pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
For information about the Day of the Dead celebration, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.

38 agencies attend Job Fair hosted by Penn State Beaver
Thirty-eight businesses and agencies from western Pennsylvania attended the Job Fair sponsored by Rep. Jim Christiana and hosted by Penn State Beaver, Penn State Beaver, Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Student Union Building Lodge. The event was free and open to the public.

Businesses and organizations offered information about job opportunities in a wide range of fields, including insurance, banking, communications, health care, education, transportation, retail, maintenance, gaming, business logistics, pharmaceuticals, and social services.

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

Alumni Chapter invites public to participate in children’s gift drive
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association is conducting its annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS). 

Participants will be provided with the first name, age, and gift preferences of a child and will purchase, wrap, and deliver the gift to Penn State Beaver. The chapter requests that each gift have a value of $25-$30.

In lieu of buying a gift, participants have the option of making a $25-30 contribution to the Alumni Chapter whose members will buy and wrap presents for children.

To receive the first name of a child and gift suggestions, contact Diane Canning at 724-375-2474 or Cindy Hovanec at 412-370-2884 or 724-378-7448.

On each wrapped package, donors must include a gift tag stating the child’s first name and the caseworker code. Gifts must be dropped off from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, or 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Beaver campus Student Union Building, room 16.

When dropping off gifts, participants are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Alumni Chapter’s annual Holiday Food Drive.

Donations can be made in cash or by check payable to Beaver Valley Area Chapter PSAA and mailed to Office of Campus and Community Relations, Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061.

For information, contact Beaver campus at 724-773-3815 or amk6@psu.edu. For directions to the Student Union Building, visit www.beaver.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 the 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.

 

Residence Hall Advisory Council to host Red Cross blood drive
The Penn State Beaver Residence Hall Advisory Council (RHAC) will conduct an American Red Cross blood drive, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6, in the Student Union Building Lodge.
 
The American Red Cross states that every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Within a person’s lifetime, there is a 97 percent chance that he/she will need a blood transfusion.
 
Registration for the blood drive can be made in advance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, but walk-in appointments on the day of the event are welcome.
 
For more information about the ongoing need for blood donations, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org. For information about the RHAC, contact Robin Schreck, student activities and residence hall coordinator, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

 

'Reel Injun' explores Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans
The public is invited to a free screening of “Reel Injun” at 6 p.m. Nov. 7, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium. The film is presented as part of the campus' 2012-13 Global Film Series.
 
Traveling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding and misunderstanding of Native Americans. Candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists trace the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native Americans from the silent film era to today.
 
During the last century, Hollywood has made more than 4,000 films about Native Americans and many of these films have influenced the way the world views them. "Reel Injun" takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American natives through the history of cinema.
 
To learn more about the film, visit http://www.reelinjunthemovie.com/site. For information about the Global Film Series, contact Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

 

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. Gov. 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, 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.

 

Students are named to PSUAC Volleyball All-Conference Team
Two sophomore liberal arts majors at Penn State Beaver were named to the 2012 Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Volleyball All-Conference Team.

Natalie Gamble of McKees Rocks was named Second Team All-Conference. For the season, she had 135 kills, 19 service aces, and a conference-leading total of 64 blocks, 48 of which were solo. She also had 99 digs.

Kayona Ward of Beaver Falls was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. This season she had 79 kills as well as a total of 39 blocks, 35 of which were solo.

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.