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Beaver campus and ShaleTEC partner to offer Safeland course
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology have partnered to offer a SafeLand course in December.
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.

The SafeLand course will be offered at Beaver campus, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19. The course will also be offered at the same time at other locations on the following days: Thursday, Dec. 13; Tuesday, Dec. 18; Friday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 27.

Future courses will include Hazard Recognition, Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness, and Confined Space.

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.

As an affiliate of ShaleTEC, Beaver campus 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.”

For additional information, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at 724-773-3700 or BeaverCE@psu.edu, or visit http://www.shaletec.org.

Chapin authors articles with Beaver communications alumni
John Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, and two Beaver campus alumni, are co-authors of an article, ” Who’s listening to victims?” which appeared recently in the International Journal of Listening, 27(1), 2-12. Co-authors are Ted L. Froats Jr., who graduated in 2011, and Trey W. Hudspeth, a 2012 graduate. Both received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Beaver and studied with Chapin.

The article compares listening styles of nurses and nursing students to a control group and discusses the importance of different listening styles to domestic violence screening in hospitals.

In fall 2011 Froats and Hudspeth were honored at the 72nd Annual Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference at Westminster College, New Wilmington where they won second place in the Undergraduate Research Competition for a paper they wrote entitled “Questioning Fifteen Years of Research: A Study of the Effectiveness of Listening Styles Profile 16.”

The papers were written for the Communication Research Projects class taught by John Chapin, professor of communications. In 2011 Froats also worked as Chapin’s research assistant.

Currently, Froats is a public affairs specialist at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Hudspeth is the customer service manager for Walmart, Chippewa Township.

Chapin is the recipient of the 2012 United States House of Representatives Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Certificate awarded by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus for work on behalf of victims of crime. In the past, Chapin has received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives for his research and volunteer work on behalf of domestic violence victims through providing domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.

Chapin, who joined the campus in 1998, has received a variety of on and off-campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 2009. 

He holds a Ph.D. in communication, information and library studies, from Rutgers University; a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University.

Froats, Hudspeth, and Chapin can be contacted at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Public invited to attend free holiday concert on campus
The public is invited to attend a free holiday concert at Penn State Beaver, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Student Union Building auditorium. The concert will feature the Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Monaca Cornet Band.

Plenty of free parking is available near the Student Union Building.

The concert will feature a variety of traditional holiday favorites as well as a wide range of secular and sacred music.

For information about the concert or to obtain directions to the campus, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at 724-773-3815 or rxm70@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Former Beaver student named first Ms. West Indies PSU
Darlene Coulanges, a former Penn State Beaver student, was named the first Ms. West Indies PSU in a competition sponsored by the Penn State Caribbean Student Association (CSA). Coulanges, of Providence, RI, spent her freshman and sophomore years at Beaver and is now a junior majoring in human development and family studies at Penn State University Park. The event was held November 27 at Heritage Hall in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

The CSA is designed to assist students as they adjust to the daily challenges of University life. The group is a medium for the active dissemination of cultural, political, and historical information about the Caribbean nations, Penn State, and the people at large. The CSA is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of nationality.

In April Coulanges was named the Penn State Beaver Outstanding Student of the Year and was also a finalist for the University’s prestigious Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award. Last semester she was also a member of the Beaver campus Cultural Fiesta: A Taste of Africa Committee which sponsored a campus-wide event featuring African food, music, dances, and history.

Coulanges can be contacted at dyc5201@psu.edu.

Continuing Education will offer real estate courses
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer two real estate courses beginning January 2013. The courses are designed for people who are preparing to take the salesperson or broker’s license examinations offered by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission as well as those employed or seeking employment in real estate-related organizations, including title search, appraisal, and mortgage companies.

Real Estate Fundamentals will be offered 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 21 through March 11 and will provide a foundation for the study of real estate in Pennsylvania, covering language, principles, and laws that govern the industry.

Real Estate Practice will be offered 8:15 to 10:15 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 21 through March 11 and offers an introduction to all facets of the real estate industry, including a survey of areas of specialization with emphasis on the role of a real estate agent in residential brokerage. Examination of a real estate transaction is designed and conducted to provide a working knowledge of actual forms and documents, including related mathematics.

The salesperson and broker examinations require applicants to demonstrate an understanding of laws, rules, and other aspects of real estate practice. Completion of these two salesperson courses fulfills requirements to sit for the Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam. It is highly recommended that these two courses be taken concurrently. Each course fee is $280.

To register for a course or obtain more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education, 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Admissions Office will host application, financial aid workshops
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host two free workshops for prospective students and their families, Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Student Union Building.

An Application Workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Admissions Office, and a Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the auditorium.

The Application Workshop will assist all those interested in applying for admission to Penn State. Participants can complete an application and those applying to Beaver campus may receive a decision instantly. All students must bring official transcripts. The usual $50 application fee will be waived, and campus tours will be available.
The Financial Aid Workshop will introduce parents and students to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and will offer a variety of information about how to finance a college education.

Registration is not required for either event.
For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, call 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or 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 30 – December 8, 2012
Friday, Nov. 30
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 91, Penn State Worthington Scranton 77
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 97, Penn State Worthington Scranton 90

Saturday, Dec. 1
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 82, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 59
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 76, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 43

Tuesday, Dec. 4
Wrestling – Penn State Greater Allegheny 30, Penn State Beaver 12

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 89, Penn State DuBois 77
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 80, Penn State DuBois 46

Friday, Dec. 7
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 106, Penn State Schuylkill 100
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 72, Penn State Schuylkill 32

Saturday, Dec. 8
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 79, Penn College 62
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 78, Penn College 55

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.