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Gender equity is topic of next Faculty Speakers Series
Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Beaver, will present “Culture and Development: Effects on Reasoning about Gender Equity,” noon to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, room 16, in the campus Student Union Building. The program, which is free and open to the public, is the first in the Spring 2013 Faculty Speakers Series.

Conry-Murray’s presentation will include information drawn from her ongoing research into gender issues. Previously, she has delivered programs on gender issues for males and females, including gender essentialism, gender norms, gender-stereotypes, and cultural traditions.

She was a member of last year’s Beaver campus Undergraduate Research Fair Planning Committee and is chairing the committee this year.

Conry-Murray has taught a variety of courses, including psychology of gender, psychology of parenting, moral development, child development, multicultural psychology in America, and social and emotional development.
Her professional affiliations are varied and include the American Psychological Association, the Jean Piaget Society, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Conry-Murray, who joined Penn State in 2008, holds a doctorate in human development and education from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in secondary education in urban schools, English from Boston College and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in humanities from the Evergreen State College in Washington. She has taught at Berkeley, the University of Rochester and the University of Massachusetts.

For more information, contact Conry-Murray at cec23@psu.edu or 724-773-3862.

Beaver students will host blood drive to benefit THON
The Penn State Beaver Dance Marathon (THON) Committee is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, in the campus Student Union Building Lodge. For each person who donates blood, the Red Cross will donate $4 to THON to help with pediatric cancer research and provide support for patients and their families.

Participants can make an appointment to donate or are welcome to give on a first-come, first-served, basis. To register in advance, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor, then type in the sponsor code – PSUBeaver – and the event date.

For more information about how you can help, contact Jill Bender, staff assistant, Office of Student Activities, jmt226@psu.edu or 724-773-3959.

Link UP program open for Commonwealth campus students
First-year Penn State Commonwealth Campus students who are considering a change of campus are invited to attend the Link UP program, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, in the HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State University Park. Link UP provides an opportunity for these students to learn about other Penn State campuses as well as the change-of-campus process.

Students will meet with representatives from academic colleges, explore the advanced planning needed to insure a successful campus transition, meet other change-of-campus students, and learn about the majors offered at other campuses. A free lunch will be provided, and campus tours will be available throughout the program. Tours will also be offered at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration for tours is required.

Registration for Link UP will begin Friday, Feb. 1 and is required as space is limited. Each student will complete registration at his/her current campus of enrollment.

For more information or to register, contact Cyndy Biek, assistant director, New Student Programs, Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs, czb12@psu.edu or 814-865-4178.


Comedian Moss looks to bring laughs, cultural understanding Feb. 6

Comedian and writer Preacher Moss will present his “End of Racism" comedy tour at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, in the auditorium of Penn State Beaver's 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 Live.” He 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’ 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.


Students volunteer time to honor Martin Luther King
Penn State Beaver students, along with those from other campuses, celebrated “A Day On, Not a Day Off” by volunteering their day away from the classroom to work in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, Jan. 21. Fifty students from Beaver, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango worked for organizations in DuBois while other students worked locally in Beaver County. The campuses annually join forces to work in communities in observance of the holiday.

In DuBois, students volunteered Goodwill Industries; Passages, a support and prevention center for sexual assault victims; the Tri County Church; Agape Community Services, a source for emergency supplies and various counseling services for families in need; the Paint and Play School; the Dubois Historical Society, and the Humane Society.

Locally, students worked with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden where they assisted cleaning the chapel, bagging honey candy made from the nuns’ on-site apiary, cleaned bee hive trays for the upcoming season, and played Bingo with the sisters in residence.

In addition, students worked at the Center for Hope in Ambridge. The Center offers a variety of community services, including a food pantry, clothing, vocational counseling, a library, and supplies for the homeless.

Students helped to clean, prepare, and stock the food pantry and assisted in cleaning and general maintenance.
Robin Schreck, student activities and residence life coordinator at Beaver, assisted the students in DuBois while Amy Gartley, associate director of student activities, oversaw activities in Baden, and Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs, aided students in Ambridge.

For information about the annual Martin Luther King volunteer project, contact Schreck at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.


Beaver students will dance in February’s THON
Two Penn State Beaver students will dance in the University’s annual Dance Marathon (THON), February 15-17, at the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park.

Dancers are Nicole Nuske, a freshman education major from Ambridge, and Danielle Roethlein, a junior engineering major from Georgetown studying at University Park this semester. In addition, other campus students will accompany the women to provide support and boost morale.

THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, engages in fundraising efforts yearlong to raise money to combat pediatric cancer and provide support for patients’ families.

Since 1977, THON has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. 

To donate to THON on behalf of the Beaver students, visit http://bit.ly/beaverthon or contact the Office of Student Activities, dxt24@psu.edu or 724-773-3959. To learn more about the history of THON, visit http://www.thon.org.

Penn State City Lights invites alumni, public to sustainability event
Penn State alumni and the public are invited to attend "Urban Sustainability and Regenerative Design,” 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh. The event is part of the Penn State Alumni Association’s City Lights programming and is co-sponsored by the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture.

Phipps, now known as one of the world's greenest public spaces, was established in 1893. The steel and glass Victorian greenhouse has stood as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of Pittsburgh and, in recent decades, has become a prime example of advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening, and environmental awareness.

The program features Ken Tamminga, professor of landscape architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture and a faculty member of Penn State’s Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Tamminga will discuss sustainability and community regeneration and will explain how alumni and campus members can engage communities in green efforts.

A reception with hors d'oeuvres and private conservatory access will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. and dessert and an educational program beginning at 8:00 p.m.
The fee is $30 for Alumni Association members and $45 for non-members. To register, visit http://www.alumni.psu.edu/events/citylights or call 1-800-548-LION, option 5.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: January 18-23, 2013
Friday, Jan. 18
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 77, Penn State Brandywine 70
Women’s basketball – Penn State Brandywine 73, Penn State Beaver 72
Saturday, Jan. 19
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 90, Penn State Mont Alto 79
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 82, Penn State Mont Alto 37
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Men’s basketball – University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown 108, Penn State Beaver 59
Women’s basketball – Carlow University 64, Penn State Beaver 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.