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Students meet U.S. Surgeon General at awards ceremony
Penn State Beaver students enrolled in the Introduction to Public Relations course met United States Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. when they attended the Second Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Media and Mental Health Awards ceremony held recently in Pittsburgh.

Benjamin, the country’s eighteenth Surgeon General, was the event’s keynote speaker and took time to meet with Beaver students and course instructor Rosemary Martinelli, lecturer in communications at the campus.

Produced by the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) in collaboration with Staunton Farm Foundation, the awards recognize accurate journalism coverage of mental health issues within television, radio, print, and online media in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The awards, presented at the Senator John Heinz History Center, recognize the impact of accurate media in changing attitudes and behaviors towards mental and behavioral health.

Benjamin’s keynote address focused on the new National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the importance of accurate dissemination of information to the public about suicide prevention. Benjamin led the federal effort to draft the new strategy.

More than 200 members of the media, as well as community leaders, attended the event. Other speakers included Senator Randy Vulakovich; Brian Dyak, president and CEO, EIC; Susan Brozek Scott, Pittsburgh Regional Director, EIC, and Joni Schwager, executive director, Staunton Farm Foundation.

EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues.

The Staunton Farm Foundation is dedicated to supporting mental health treatment and service for children, teens, and adults suffering from mental disorder in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

For information, contact Martinelli at rum31@psu.edu.

Public invited to attend annual Penn State Beaver Spirit Night
The public is invited to attend Penn State Beaver’s annual Spirit Night celebration beginning at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the campus gymnasium. Spirit Night, sponsored and hosted by the Athletic Department and the Office of Student Affairs, is designed to celebrate the men and women’s basketball teams as well as honor school spirit and will feature special activities and giveaways.

The Lady Lions basketball team, coached by Tim Moore, will take on Penn State DuBois at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Nittany Lions against DuBois at 8:00 p.m. Marcess Williams, admissions counselor, is the men’s head coach.

For information, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Public invited to attend “End of Racism” comedy tour
Comedian and writer Preacher Moss will present his “End of Racism" comedy tour at Penn State Beaver, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 6, in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Bryant Reginald Moss earned the nickname “Preacher” because of his imitations of the pastor at his family’s church. Raised as a Christian in a Maryland suburb, he attended a local military academy and converted to Islam at age 20.

Moss was the opening act and a writer for comedian Darrell Hammond, a regular on “Saturday Night Lie.” Moss continued to work in Los Angeles as a writer for other comedians, including Damon Wayans and George Lopez, and toured with comedian Dave Chappelle.

In addition, he and several other comedians developed the "Allah Made Me Funny" tour which they performed throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

Moss’s use of respectful humor leads the audience to think seriously about poverty, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights, and critical race theory and has been hailed as a comedic and social tour de force. At the age of 45, Moss is one of today’s most sought after college performers.

Moss has performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London and for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He can be seen in an upcoming documentary, “The Muslims Are Coming!,” which features a group of Muslim-American comedians touring the United States in an effort to combat misrepresentations of Islam.

The show is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Affairs. For more information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Thirty students receive PSUAC Academic All-Conference honor
Thirty student-athletes at Penn State Beaver were honored by the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) as Academic All-Conference for the fall semester. To qualify for the award, students must have a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher during the semester of competition or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have completed a minimum of 24 credits.

The following students were honored:

Women’s volleyball:
Candace Emanuel, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Murrysville
Natalie Gamble, sophomore, liberal arts, McKees Rocks
Gina Richman, junior, administration of justice, Edinburg

Men’s soccer:
Mike Biskup, junior, administration of justice, Monaca
Jon Pogozelec, freshman, engineering, Wampum
Brad Prosper, sophomore, business, Aliquippa
Tim Smith, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh

Women’s soccer:
Jen Bacvinskas, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh
Alnycea Blackwell, junior, communications, Linden, NJ
Kiara Williams, freshman, psychology, Brooklyn, NY

Women’s basketball:
Kristi Tibolet, sophomore, psychology, Freedom
Jocelyn Warfield, freshman, science, Monaca

Men’s basketball:
Nick Miller, senior, business, Beaver Falls
Roger Rhoden, junior, psychology, Moon Township

Wrestling:
Devante Phillip, freshman, science, Waldorf, MD

Softball:
Korie Krull, sophomore, health and human development, Pittsburgh
Brittany Phillips, freshman, science, Aliquippa
Lauren Pier, junior, psychology, New Brighton
Alisha Saunders, senior, administration of justice, Beaver Falls

Baseball:
Vinnie Beatty, senior, business, Rochester
Alex Filippi, senior, business, Aliquippa
Ryan Hudacsek, senior, administration of justice, Freedom
Tom Lewis, senior, business, Aliquippa
Jimmy Musgrave, senior, administration of justice, Baden
Greg Napierski, senior, business, Moon Township
Brandon Rowan, freshman, earth and mineral sciences, New Brighton
Tyler Schuster, junior, administration of justice, Beaver Falls
Grant Scott, junior, business, Sewickley
Tim Smith, sophomore, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Pittsburgh
Josh Stockert, freshman, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Butler
Cory Wagner, senior, business, Monaca

For information about Beaver athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Admissions Office will host application and 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Admissions Office, and a Financial Aid Workshop will be held from 10 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.
 

 
Continuing Education is offering natural gas, shale industry courses
In an effort 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 is offering a series of training programs in conjunction with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) in Williamsport.

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

The following courses will be held at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township.

PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation will be held 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. The course is designed to take the place of multiple operator orientations and give each participant a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry - upstream, downstream, onshore, or offshore. This course meets API RP 75 and API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic, awareness-level understanding of certain general safety information that an employee should know before entering a company facility and while performing assigned work duties.

Shell Bluebook Orientation will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 and provides participants with an awareness of Shell's commitment to pursue the goal of no harm to people or the environment as well as the minimum expectations for working safely on a Shell location. It describes Shell's systematic approach in meeting and exceeding compliance with the law, identification and management of HSE risks, and respect for our local communities. This training also describes the Shell Golden Rules and Twelve Life-Saving Rules. 

Hazard Recognition Plus (HRP) from Decision Point Associates will be offered 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. The course goal is to help individuals prevent incidents by educating and coaching them on how to accurately recognize and manage hazards when planning, evaluating, and conducting jobs. The HRP Process is built on extensive research and used by more than a dozen multi-national companies in sixteen countries.

 HRP is a leading workplace safety technology that helps work teams communicate clearly about hazards. HRP supports existing job planning processes such as job safety analysis, safety observations, Stop-Work interventions, and health, safety, and environmental management systems.

For more information regarding ShaleTEC courses or to register for courses, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or http://www.shaleTEC.org, or call 570-327-4775.

Be a Penn State Student for a Day
Individuals who are considering attending Penn State are encouraged to participate in the Be a Penn State Student for a Day program, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

Participants will attend regular classes on campus and have lunch with current Beaver campus students. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

To register, contact the Beaver campus Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu, or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Public is invited to attend alumni chapter’s annual Wine Tasting
The public is invited to attend the annual Wine Tasting that will be hosted by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Felicity Farms in Brighton Township.
The event will offer a variety of wines, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to join old friends and meet new ones.

Cost is $35 per individual and $60 per couple.

To make reservations, contact Michael Hamilton, alumni chapter vice president, at mchamilton35@yahoo.com, or call 724-513-1642.

Beaver campus winter sports camps are open to young athletes
Registration is open for several winter sports camps for young athletes. The camps are offered by the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department and will be held in the campus gymnasium.
Beaver campus coaches and staff members will provide instruction, feedback, and tips to help campers improve their athletic performance as they develop the necessary skills for their particular sport(s). In addition, participants will interact with other campers of similar ages and skill levels.

The camps are as follows:
Baseball Hitting and Fielding – Session 1
Boys, ages 15-18
10:00 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Jan. 12, 19, 26, and Saturday, Feb. 2

Baseball Hitting and Fielding – Session 2
Boys, ages 14 and under
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24

Baseball Pitching & Catching
Noon to 2:00 p.m. (call for age levels)
Sunday, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24

Softball Hitting and Fielding – Session 1
Girls, ages 15-18
10:00 a.m. to noon
Sunday, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27

Softball Hitting and Fielding – Session 2
Girls, ages 14 & under
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9*, 16, 23, and Saturday, March 2
* Note: On February 9, campus will be held 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Softball Pitching & Catching
10:00 a.m. to noon (call for age levels)

Saturday, Feb. 3*, 16, 23, and Saturday, March 2
*Note: February 3 is a Sunday.

To register or for more information about the camps, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700; Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 5, 2013
Saturday, January 5
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 74, Ohio-Eastern 66

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.