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Admissions Office will host application workshop on November 28
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a free application workshop, 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 the workshop, take a campus tour, or obtain more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Continuing Education will offer operations, process improvement courses
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer four programs to improve skills in operations and process improvement as well as the fundamental concepts of project management, Lean, and Six Sigma.

The programs, which begin in February, are regarded as a cornerstone of efficient business and manufacturing process design. In addition, the programs will help students prepare for an associate project management certificate, Lean certification, or Six Sigma Green Belt.

Courses needed for:
Associate Project Management Certification Exam:
- Essentials of Project Management – I
- Essentials of Project Management - II

Lean Certification Exam:
- Lean for the Workplace
- Professional Lean
- Applying Instructor Principles for Lean Implementation

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam
- Analyzing Problems
- Statistics for Operational Improvement
- Structured Problem Solving/FMEA
- Continuous Process Improvement
- Statistical Process Control

Process Mapping for the Business Analyst explores flow mapping, SIPOC diagrams, and process decomposition (NoUML content).

For information about the programs, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 724-773-3700 or BeaverCE@psu.edu.

Beaver’s chancellor will participate in economic development forum
Penn State Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer will participate in “Building the New Beaver County Economy: Higher Education—Partners in Economic Development Forum,” 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at Starting Gate, a regional small business incubator in Beaver Falls. The event is cosponsored by Geneva College, Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), and Beaver campus.

The forum’s goal is to identify ways that local colleges can collaborate with local industries to assist in the economic development of the region by training people not only for jobs, but for careers as well.

A panel discussion will be moderated by Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Flanagan is a veteran broadcast journalist and host of “Our Region’s Business,” a business affairs program airing on WPXI-TV, PCNC-TV, WJAC-TV (Johnstown – Altoona), and WTOV-TV (Wheeling – Steubenville). 

Two groups of panelists will be featured during the discussion. One group will be comprised of Chancellor Keefer, Geneva College President Kenneth A. Smith, and CCBC President Joe D. Forrester.

The second group will include Eaton Corporation Plant Manager Robert Griffin, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse President and CEO John Manzetti, and Heritage Valley Health System CEO Norm Mitry.

Following the panel discussion, Barbara McNees, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, will introduce keynote speaker C. Alan Walker, Pennsylvania’s Secretary for the Department of Community and Economic Development. Walker will share his remarks and then hold a question and answer session for audience members.

Walker will also hold a separate media Q & A at the conclusion of the forum, followed by a light reception immediately afterward.

For more information, contact the Beaver campus Chancellor’s Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Courses for personal care home training begin in January
In January the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will begin another series of educational programs for health care professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and/or administrators and direct-care staff who must meet continuing education requirements. Individuals providing elder care for family members are also welcome to register.

These programs address issues surrounding personal care homes as well as the responsibility to provide safe, humane, comfortable, and supportive residential settings for adults who don't require the services in or of a licensed long-term care facility, but do require assistance or supervision with daily living activities and other physical and mental life skills.

Penn State is an approved provider through the Department of Public Welfare under the Personal Care Homes Licensing Regulations as of April 23, 2005, published in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (35 Pa.B.2499).
Individuals may take the entire series of courses or select courses as needed.

For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at BeaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Hundreds attended annual Health Fair
The Penn State Beaver Office of Student Affairs and the Health Center hosted the 18th annual Health Fair last Wednesday in the Student Union Building. Several hundred students, faculty, and staff participated in the event.
A variety of free health-related information, demonstrations, and screenings were offered, including vision, cholesterol, and blood sugar screenings; massages; yoga and CPR demonstrations; drug and alcohol abuse awareness, and mental health awareness information.

A Nittany Auction was held for participants. Area businesses and organizations donated gifts totaling $1,000, including gift cards for restaurants, gift shops, photography studios, coffee shops, hotels, and health organizations. Twenty students, five staff members, and one faculty member received gifts.

For more information about the annual Health Fair, contact campus Nurse Barbara Kugel in the Health Center, bxk31@psu.edu or 724-773-3955.

Public invited to support Penn State Beaver Career Closet
The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services is seeking donations to its Career Closet, a program designed to provide free professional apparel for male and female students seeking internships and/or jobs, now or following graduation.

The public is invited to donate clothing and other professional accessories that are gently used and clean, or new. In turn, the donations will be given to those planning to enter the workforce but in need of professional attire and/or business casual attire.

The following items are needed and welcome: skirt suits, skirts, pant suits, blouses, blazers, dress slacks, jackets, dress shirts, Oxford shirts, ties, solid color polo shirts, dress shoes, belts, and briefcases.

Clothing can be delivered during regular office hours to the Student Union Building, room 101 or room 115.

If interested in making a donation or obtaining more information, contact Larissa Ciuca, personal and student 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 (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 campus schedule for Thanksgiving week announced
Penn State Beaver will not hold classes Monday through Friday, Nov. 19 to 23, but the campus will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 19 to 21. The campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on 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.


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
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 90, Ohio University Eastern Campus 58
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.