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Campus students continue community outreach efforts
As the holidays approach, Penn State Beaver students continue to implement and/or participate in a variety of community outreach projects.|

The Lion Ambassadors and the Blue & White Society are participating in the annual Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS) sponsored by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Members of each group select the first names of children who are CYS clients, then raise funds and/or contribute personally to buy and wrap gifts for the children. Both groups are University-wide student organizations with chapters at all campus locations.

The Lion Ambassadors communicate Penn State's history and personality, strengthen University traditions, and instill Penn State pride in current and future students, alumni, and friends. The group fosters the idea that involvement with Penn State is a lifelong commitment.

The Blue & White Society is the student contingent of the Penn State Alumni Association, the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world. Students are involved in social, service, and networking events and are able to network with more than 560,000 Penn State alumni around the world.

Campus students are also participating in the annual Gift Drive sponsored by the Women’s Center of Beaver County to benefit the children of families served. The Beaver Varsity Club will coordinate the gift drive when the Beaver Nittany Lions men’s basketball team hosts the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the gym.

The public is invited to attend the game and are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game. Gifts for children of all ages are welcome. The first 100 fans to make a donation will receive a free t-shirt and will be entered into a special drawing for various prizes.

The Beaver campus THON Committee recently hosted a 12-hour Mini-THON as part of its overall, yearlong fundraising efforts to support the annual Penn State Dance Marathon for pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The event raised almost $1,000 in cash and featured two live bands and two live solo performers. In addition, goodie baskets and more than 30 gift certificates and gift cards were donated by area businesses and organizations for distribution at the Mini-THON where students also hosted a wide variety of games.

Earlier this month, students in the Spanish 1 class celebrated the longtime tradition of Day of the Dead with an exhibit of altars displayed on campus. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures to pray for and remember deceased family members and friends.
Exhibit visitors were asked to vote for their favorite altar with a donation, and all proceeds benefitted the Beaver students’ fundraising efforts for THON.

In addition, the Student Government Association (SGA) recently implemented a donation drive for the Women’s Center and collected a wide range of non-perishable food, bedding, paper and cleaning products, and clothing for the women and children served by the Center.
For information about student activities and programs, contact the Student Activities Office at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Admissions Office will host two application workshops
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host two free workshops this month, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17, and 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building.
Admissions staff members will be available to help students complete an application to any Penn State campus. However, those applying to Beaver campus may receive a decision immediately, and the $50 application fee will be waived. All participants must bring official transcripts to the workshops. Campus tours will be available.
To register for either workshop and/or to take a campus tour, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

 

United Way Committee continues to raise funds, exceeds goal
The Penn State Beaver United Way of Beaver County Committee is experiencing one of its most successful campaigns in history, having already surpassed its goal of $5,000.

Last week committee co-chair Dana Alvetro, program assistant in the Office of Continuing Education, announced that funds raised total $5,294. A luncheon and silent auction sponsored by the committee last week was open to all students, faculty, and staff and raised a record total of $1,870, an increase of 20 percent from the previous year.

Eleven gifts baskets each featured a specific theme and were sponsored by various campus departments and groups. In addition, numerous gifts were donated by area businesses and organizations for inclusion in the silent auction.

The committee’s next event is a Steelers Dress-Down Day to be held Friday, Dec. 7. Campus community members are asked to wear jeans and Steelers apparel to work or the classroom if they make a $5 donation to the United Way. This fall’s first dress-down day was held in September in honor of Penn State’s Blue-Out Weekend designed to raise awareness of child abuse.

In addition to Alvetro, the United Way Committee is co-chaired by 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.
For information, contact Alvetro at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762 or Ward at juw7@psu.edu or 724-773-3789.

Health Center will host 18th annual Health Fair
The Penn State Beaver Health Center will host the 18th annual Health Fair, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Student Union Building Lodge and Special Events Room. The event is open to all campus students, faculty, and staff.

A variety of free health-related information, demonstrations, and screenings will be offered, including vision, cholesterol, and blood sugar screenings; massages; yoga and CPR demonstrations; drug and alcohol abuse awareness, and mental health awareness information.

In addition, students who participate will be eligible for Nittany Auction tickets to win prizes from a variety of area restaurants and businesses.
For more information, contact campus Nurse Barbara Kugel in the Health Center, bxk31@psu.edu or 724-773-3955.

Campus schedule for Thanksgiving week is announced
Penn State will not hold classes Monday through Friday, November 19-23, but the campus will be open Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23.

For calendar information, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact the Office of Finance and Business at 724-773-3502.

Alumni Chapter invites public to participate in children's gift drive
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) 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 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, or 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Beaver campus Student Union Building, room 16.
 
When dropping off gifts, participants also are asked to bring a nonperishable 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.

 

Beaver alumna will be December commencement speaker
Donna M. Newell will be the speaker at Penn State Beaver’s fall commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Student Union Building auditorium. Newell, principal owner and president of NTM Engineering, Inc. in Dillsburg, Pa., attended Beaver campus from two years before graduating from Penn State.
 
She has 17 years of civil engineering experience, specializing in hydrology and hydraulics (H&H). Her background includes designing hydraulic structures, performing H&H analysis and modeling, performing bridge scour analysis, investigating safe yields, and developing in-house computer programs for water resources engineering applications.
 
Newell has provided quality assurance and quality control checks of HEC-RAS analyses for projects in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. She has also instructed collegiate level courses and professional development seminars on water resources related topics. She works extensively with PennDOT’s Bureau of Project Delivery as a water resources consultant, instructional course developer, and instructor.
 
She has held her current position since 2007. Prior employers included Erdman Anthony & Associates, Mechanicsburg, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill; Penn State University Park, State College, and Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin.
 
Newell and her employees volunteer time with the Red Horse Family Support Group, which conducts fundraising and provides care packages for deployed military members and their families. In 2010, NTM Engineering was one of 36 Pennsylvania companies to receive the Seven Seals Award from the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves in honor of the company’s efforts on behalf of the military. The firm has also been nominated for the prestigious Freedom Award, presented annually to the top 15 companies in the United States whose employees provide volunteer assistance to the military.
 
Newell holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State.
 
For information about the fall commencement program, contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

 

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: November 9-10, 2012
Friday, Nov. 9
Women’s basketball – Montreat College 93, Penn State Beaver 42
Saturday, Nov. 10
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 91, Milligan College 65

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.