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Beaver student is double winner in Global Perspectives Photography Contest
Kyung Min Kim, a senior psychology major at Penn State Beaver, was a double winner in the International Students section of the recent Penn State Global Perspectives Photography Contest. The contest was sponsored by the University Office of Global Programs.

Kim was the winner in the “Places” category for his work entitled “Abandoned,” and he also won the “Me Abroad” category with his photo, “Looking Back…”

Kim will receive a custom calendar featuring the twelve winning photographs in his section, a framed print of each winning photograph, and a certificate.

The winning photographs will be on display in the Global Programs Lounge through December and will be featured in the next issue of The Global Lion.

Kim’s photography has been displayed frequently throughout Beaver campus for several years, and he currently has an exhibit of photographs in the lower lobby of the Student Union Building. Some of his work has been done as part of an integrative arts independent study course that allows students to participate in creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and fall outside the scope of formal classes.|

He is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and studies frequently with Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies at Beaver campus. In October, he was honored at the annual campus Donor and Scholarship Dinner when he received the Ambridge Wolves Club Trustee Scholarship.

As a freshman, Kim participated in the Eighth Annual Penn State Beaver Undergraduate Research Fair where he and a fellow student won second place for their poster presentation on the topic of “The Gap: Gender Conflicts in Generations.” His faculty mentor for the project was Dr. Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology at Beaver.

Judges for this year’s Global Perspectives Photography Contest were Katarin Parizek, assistant professor of integrative arts; Lonnie Graham, associate professor of art, and Steven Rubin, assistant professor of art, College of Arts and Architecture. The fourth judge was John Beale, senior lecturer, College of Communications.

Kim can be contacted at kik5129@psu.edu. Schafer can be reached at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591, and Conry-Murray can be contacted at cec23@psu.edu or 724-773-3862.

Beaver partners with Shale Training and Education Center at Penn College
In order to prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica shale industry, the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education has partnered with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) in Williamsport. 

“A compatible workforce with appropriate skills and training to meet the demands of the energy sector will be critical to the region’s success,” said Marian Vendemia, Beaver’s director of continuing education. “Beaver has become an affiliate of the ShaleTEC which means we will offer expanded curriculum and instructional capability needed to train and educate existing employees of gas companies as well as those who want to enter the natural gas industry.”

Vendemia noted that anyone enrolled in Shale training programs at Beaver will have access to a wide range of resources offered by ShaleTEC, which addresses a multitude of training and education needs in the natural gas industry.

"We feel these courses will complement the other successful industry programs offered at Beaver,” said Tracy Brundage, assistant vice president, workforce development and continuing education, Penn College. "Our ShaleTEC has trained nearly 4,400 students over the past fifteen months, and our ShaleTEC Affiliate Program is expanding throughout the region to help meet the demand." 

ShaleTEC, a collaboration between Penn College and Penn State Extension, provides a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil and gas industry.

Brundage said the demand for trained workers is rising due to the ongoing development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources. According to ShaleTEC studies, each well requires a workforce of approximately 420 individuals working across 150 different occupations.

Some of the initial programs available through ShaleTEC at Beaver include SafeLand USA, Hazard Recognition, Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness, and Confined Space.

“As the demand for natural gas training programs continues to grow across the Appalachian Basin, Penn College is excited about our opportunity to expand with that demand," Brundage said. 

Penn State Beaver seeks to provide job-seekers with an opportunity to pursue the education and training needed to qualify for employment in the energy sector. 

For more information, contact Vendemia at 724-773-3700 or mev7@psu.edu.  For more information about ShaleTEC courses that will be offered at Beaver, visit http://www.shaletec.org.

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.


Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: November 13-29, 2012
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 90, Ohio University Eastern 58

Saturday, Nov. 17
Wrestling – First match: Penn College 42, Penn State Beaver 0
Wrestling - Penn State Mont Alto 38, Penn State Beaver 6
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 80, Washington and Jefferson College 69

Sunday, Nov. 18
Men’s basketball – Ohio Northern University 78, Penn State Beaver 60

Tuesday, Nov. 20
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 88, Geneva College 81
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 49, Geneva College 43

Saturday, Nov. 24
Men’s basketball – Edinboro University 93, Penn State Beaver 73

Monday, Nov. 26
Women’s basketball – Bethany College 76, Penn State Beaver 58

Thursday, Nov. 29
Wrestling - Slippery Rock University 28, Penn State Beaver 9

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.