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Penn State Beaver faculty books, publications are announced

Academic books and other scholarly research findings of Penn State Beaver faculty members were recently announced.

Kevin L. Bennett, senior instructor in psychology, is the author of the book, “Jealousy’s Design: Maladaptive Trait or Psychological Solution?” from Lambert Academic Publishing. It is now available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other retailers.

Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics, co-authored a refereed journal article, “Forcing Faces in Plane Bipartite Graphs (II),” which appeared in Discrete Applied Mathematics.

Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry, co-authored two refereed journal articles. “Analytical Methods for Pesticide Residues” was published in Water Environment Research by the Water Environment Federation. “Tetrabutylammonium tetrakis(trimethylsilanolato-?O)ferrate(III)” appeared in Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online which is published by the International Union of Crystallography.

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences, and technology (IST) wrote a grant report, “Efficacy Grant on ITSS (Intelligent Tutor Structure Strategy)” and co-authored a technical report, “The Effects of Odyssey Math on Grade 4 Student Math Achievement in the Mid-Atlantic Region,” both of which were published by the Institute of Education Sciences.

Martin Goldberg, associate librarian, wrote a refereed article, “Extracurricular Reading: Creating and Sustaining on Campus Book Clubs,” which was published by the Reference & User Services Quarterly, American Library Association. In addition, Goldberg authored reviews of the following books:
-- “The Holocaust Conspiracy: An International Policy of Genocide” by William Perl
-- “Millions of Souls: The Philip Riteman Story” by Philip Riteman
-- “Two Rings: A Story of Love and War” – by Millie Werber and Eve Keller
-- “Our Journey in the Valley of Tears” by Andrej and Karolina Jus
-- “Jews Without Power: American Jewry During the Holocaust” by Ariel Hurwitz
-- “The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: A True Story of World War II” by Denis Avey
-- “Millions of Jews to Rescue: A Bergson Group Account of the Campaign to Save Jews from the Holocaust” by Samuel Merlin

For information about the faculty or publications, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724-773-3571 or djm5@psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver co-sponsors and hosts STEM initiative meeting

Penn State Beaver recently hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) K-16 focus group on campus in partnership with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit (BVIU).

Twenty-one area educators and administrators participated in the program which was facilitated by Donald Sheffield, education consultant and former affiliate professor of education at Beaver campus. Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer; John Hansen, superintendent, Beaver Area School District; and Tom Zelesnik, BVIU executive director, welcomed the group and introduced the project.

Issues addressed included identification of skill gaps for students entering college in STEM majors, high school-to-college transition issues and academic success, methods to fuel early student interest in STEM fields, key courses for STEM-related curricula, and training needs for K-16 faculty.

Beaver campus faculty members in attendance were:
-- Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology
-- Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics
-- Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry
-- James Hendrickson, instructor in engineering
-- Leo Takahashi, assistant professor of physics
-- Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology
-- Chris Wu, professor of mathematics

High school teachers in attendance were:
-- Joanne Gonzalez, math, Ambridge Area School District
-- Paul Hladio, science, Ambridge Area School District
-- Jim Hanlon, science, Beaver Area School District
-- Renita Wilson, science, Big Beaver Falls Area School District
-- Lynda Zelesnak, math, Big Beaver Falls Area School District
-- Heather McCowin, math, Blackhawk School District
-- Tamara Hyatt, science, Central Valley School District
-- Dean Nelson, science, Hopewell Area School District
-- Ray Smith, math, Hopewell Area School District
-- Cherie Conrad, science, Western Beaver County School District.

For information about the STEM K-16 initiative, contact Keefer at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Outstanding Alumni Award recipient speaks to business class

Nick Andrews, recipient of the 2012 Penn State Beaver Outstanding Alumni Award, recently spoke to the Strategic Business Planning class taught by Ed Weaver, lecturer in business. Andrews is founder, president and owner of Andrews Industrial Controls Inc. in Carnegie. He attended Beaver campus before graduating from Penn State's University Park campus with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1977.

His company services the energy industry for product solutions for measurement and controls throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, including oil and gas, power generation, coal, chemicals, metals, mining, pulp, paper and water quality.

In the class, Andrews spoke about his time as a Beaver student as well as the many friends he made who are now in a variety of leadership positions. He discussed the background of his company’s formation and his time spent in industrial equipment sales. He also provided information about the business plan he developed when he decided to start his own company and gave an overview of the impact that the shale gas industry is going to have on our region as well as the job opportunities it will provide.

One of his main points, however, was the academic challenges he faced and welcomed when he attended Beaver campus. When Andrews received the Outstanding Alumni Award earlier this year, he also focused on this in his acceptance speech.

“Even though I graduated from a very competitive high school at Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh), I can assure you that scholastically, my peers at Penn State Beaver were every bit as talented and driven,” he said. “Penn State’s curriculum in the business school was solid - a great mix of advanced math, physics, chemistry, biology and all the humanities. I still interview candidates from many other schools and trust me, not many can match this.”

Andrews also served as a member of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and established an annual scholarship to benefit Beaver students. In addition, he serves on the boards of many professional and community organizations. For more information about Andrews, contact the Chancellor’s Office at 724-773-3553.

Continuing Education offers PEC SafeGulf/SafeLand orientation course

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a Petroleum Education Council (PEC) Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation course over three months from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2; Thursday, April 18; and Thursday, May 16; in Room 15, Beaver campus Student Union Building.

The course, which is designed replace multiple operator orientations, provides participants with a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry, whether upstream, downstream, on-shore or off-shore. It meets API RP 75 and API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic, awareness-level understanding of general safety information employees should know before entering a company facility and/or performing duties. Course fee is $225 and course instructor is Robert Watkins. Penn State Beaver is a Shale Training & Education Center (ShaleTEC) affiliate with the Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

To register online or for more information, visit www.shaletec.org or call 570-327-4775. Contact Beaver’s Continuing Education Office at 724-773-3700 or beaverce@psu.edu.

Malobabich joins Beaver’s Housing and Food Services staff

Carl Malobabich Jr. has joined the Penn State Beaver Office of Housing and Food Services staff as a cook. His previous positions have included second cook for Penn State Hospitality Services, executive chef at DuBois Country Club, sous chef at Wildwood Golf Club, and executive chef at Gateway Lodge Country Inn & Restaurant.

Malobabich also has been sous chef at the Radisson Hotel, Monroeville; the Common Plea Restaurant, Pittsburgh; Armstrong’s Restaurant, Moon Township, and Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel & Conference Center, Jackson, Calif.

While at Jackson Rancheria, he received the Achievement in Excellence Award and was featured in the D’Vine Wine and Visitors Guide as chef of the Bronze Eagle Restaurant. He served a student externship at Roy’s at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Malobabich, a native of Hopewell Township, served in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from the International Culinary Academy, Pittsburgh.

He can be contacted at czm17@psu.edu or 724-773-3775.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 4-8

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 4-8, 2013

Monday, March 4
Baseball – University of Mary 6, Penn State Beaver 3
Baseball – University of Mary 2, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Penn State Berks 6, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 8, Rivier University 7

Tuesday, March 5
Baseball – Inside Pitch Academy 5, Penn State Beaver 3
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 14, Gatineau Baseball Club 0
Softball – Malone College 8, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Emory & Henry College 5, Penn State Beaver 0

Wednesday, March 6
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 6, Rochester College 3
Softball – Rivier University 11, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, March 7
Baseball – Rochester College 11, Penn State Beaver 1
Baseball - Patriots Baseball Club 3, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 6, Henry Ford Community College 0
Softball – Tennessee Wesleyan JV 4, Penn State Beaver 3

Friday, March 8
Baseball – Institute of Technology-WVU 5, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Nyack College 6, Penn State Beaver 1

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.