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Business, computer science faculty publications are announced
The research of Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, and David R. Paoletti, assistant professor of computer science at Penn State Beaver, recently appeared in several publications.
Harcar was co-editor of Advances in Global Research, a book published annually by IMDA Press. The theme was “Global Competitiveness in a Time of Economic Uncertainty and Social Change: Challenges and Opportunities-Current Issues and Future Expectations.”

In addition, Harcar co-authored a refereed journal article, “American Consumers’ Attitudes Towards Different Airline Companies Channels: A Comparison of Transaction Methods,” which appeared in PASOS-Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage.

Harcar also co-authored three conference proceedings: “Consumer Taste Preferences for Soft Drinks: Country-of-Origin Impact,” and “The Determinants of Mobile Advertising Success in Morocco, both of which appeared in Advances in Global Management Development published by IMDA Press. “User Behavior of Peer-to-Peer Music File Sharing Technology: A Cross-National Comparison of American and Moroccan University Students” was published in the Business Research Year Book through the International Academy of Business Disciplines.

Paoletti was the primary author of a refereed journal articles, “Inferring the Number of Contributors to Mixed DNA Profiles,” which was published in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

Harcar holds a doctorate in business administration, a master’s degree, and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and received the 2010 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award.

Paoletti earned a doctorate in computer science from Wright State University, a master’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University, and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Harcar can be contacted at tdh13@psu.edu or 724-773-3892, and Paoletti can be reached at drp15@psu.edu or 724-773-3972.

Continuing Education offers course in shale exploration
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer an on-campus course, “Shale Exploration, Development, and Production,” 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 6, and Thursday, May 16. Fee is $279.
The course uses current science and real-world experience to answer questions about all aspects of shale development, including current and future trends, business development patterns, leasing and drilling, supply chain, production, and economics.

The course is offered in conjunction with the Shale Training and Education Center, Penn College, and Penn State Extension.

To register, visit www.shaletec.org, or call 570-327-4775. For more information, contact the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education, mev7@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Public invited to free screening of ‘Searching for Angela Shelton’
The public is invited to attend a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “Searching for Angela Shelton,” 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, in the Student Union Building auditorium at Penn State Beaver. 

Filmmaker Angela Shelton traveled across the country to survey other women with the same name and discovered that 24 out of 40 women had been sexually abused.

On her journey, Shelton meets an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and lives in the same town as the filmmaker’s father, who sexually abused her and her siblings for years. The survey of women becomes a journey of self-discovery during which Shelton decides to confront her own past and her abusive father on Father’s Day. The film includes the women’s discussions of forgiveness, faith, and the power of the human spirit.

“Searching for Angela Shelton” won numerous awards, including the 2005 Memphis International Film Festival Award for Best Documentary, the 2005 Sonoma Valley Film Festival Audience Award, the 2005 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award, and the 2005 Zoie Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.

The program will be presented by the Office of Student Activities in conjunction with the Women’s Center of Beaver County as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The Women’s Center will also facilitate a post-screening discussion.

For more information, contact Student Activities at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947. To contact the Women’s Center, visit http://www.womenscenterbc.org.

Process improvement courses will be offered in April
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of process improvement courses in April.
All courses will be held on campus from 6 to 9 p.m. and are as follows:

Essentials of Project Management 1 - Monday, April 8
Essentials of Project Management II – Monday, April 15

Lean for the Workplace – Tuesday, April 9
Professional Lean - Tuesday, April 16
Applying Instructor Principles for Lean Certification – Tuesday, April 23

Six Sigma: Process Improvement – Wednesday, April 10
Six Sigma: Analyzing Problems – Wednesday, April 17
Six Sigma: Statistics for Operational Improvement – Monday, April 22
Six Sigma: Structured Problem Solving – Wednesday, April 24
Six Sigma: Continuous Process Improvement – Monday, April 29
Six Sigma” Statistical Process Control – Wednesday, May 1

Business Analysis - Process Mapping – Thursday, April 11

To register or obtain more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education, mev7@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Public invited to attend documentary, 'Anatomy of Hate'
Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Anatomy of Hate - A Dialogue to Hope,” 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the Student Union Building auditorium. At 7:30 p.m., the film’s director, Mike Ramsdell, will engage the audience in a discussion and question-and-answer session. The film contains graphic language and is for mature audiences.
 
For six years, Ramsdell worked with unprecedented access to some of the world’s most extreme, violent ideologies and participants, including the White Supremacy movement, Christian fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers, and United States military forces in Iraq.
 
“The film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate,” Ramsdell said. “It demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them.”
 
The documentary juxtaposes film footage with interviews from experts in the fields of psychology, neurology, and sociology and intersperses stories of redemption told by former participants in hate ideologies.
 
“The Anatomy of Hate” was named Best Political Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2009 and won the Audience Choice Award at the Atlanta DocuFest. The documentary was also an official selection for the Boston International Film Festival, the Cinema City Film Festival, and the Saratoga Fringe Festival.
 
For information, contact the Beaver campus Office of Student Activities at 724-773-3947 or ras62@psu.edu.

 

Admissions Office is offering free programs in February
This month the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office is offering free programs for prospective students of all ages and their families.
 
The Be a Penn State Student for a Day program will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13, in the Student Union Building. Participants will spend time as a college student by attending a variety of classes and having lunch with current Beaver campus students. Reservations are required.
 
An Application Workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building. Participants can complete an application and those applying to Beaver campus may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived, and all are asked to bring official transcripts. Campus tours also will be available.
 
A Financial Aid Workshop will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 18, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. Participants will be introduced to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and staff members will offer tips on navigating potential pitfalls in financing a college education.
 
A special Lunchtime Financial Aid Seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 18, in the campus auditorium. The program is open to current and future Penn State students and their families, and will provide all the necessary information on how to file the FAFSA successfully and easily. The seminar is ideal for those with a busy schedule who want to learn the basics of financial aid.
 
A FAFSA Line-by-Line Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23, in the computer lab of the Laboratory Classroom Building. Participants are asked to bring tax forms and financial documents so that staff member can guide everyone through the form, line by line. Registration for this event is required.
 
To register for an event or for more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

 

Students encouraged to apply for Buick Achievers Scholarship
Current or prospective Penn State students majoring, or planning to major, in engineering, technology, design, or business, with an interest in the auto industry, are encouraged to apply for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program funded by the GM Foundation.
 
The program is designed to assist those who achieve in and out of the classroom, yet are unable to attend college without financial assistance. This national scholarship program awards 100 scholarships annually, each up to $25,000, and also offers 1,000 annual scholarships, each at $2,000.
 
Scholarship application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. For information about the program, contact Gail Gray, coordinator of student aid at Penn State Beaver, geg6@psu.edu or 724-773-3803.

 

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: February 5, 2013
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Men’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 91, Penn State Greater Allegheny 58
Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 68, Penn State Greater Allegheny 61

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.