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Two campus students receive honors
Two Penn State Beaver students have received high honors in their respective academic disciplines.
Kyung Min Kim, a senior psychology major, has been invited to present his paper, “Problems of Market Values Placed in the U.S. Education,” at the 2013 State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference to be held April 11-13.

The announcement was made by Michael Koch, chair and assistant professor of philosophy at SUNY Oneonta, and Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy at Beaver campus.

Brittany Main, a senior majoring in administration of justice, is the winner of the 2013 Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators Undergraduate (PACJE) Scholarship Award. She will receive the scholarship and present a paper at the PACJE Conference April 5-6 at Penn State Schuylkill. Main was selected as the winner from a wide pool of undergraduates across the state.

The announcement was made by Alida V. Merlo, professor, department of criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice, Beaver campus.

For information about Kim, contact Wolf at iaw1@psu.edu or 724-773-3843. For information about Main, contact Pierce at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

Public invited to participate in Alumni Society 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society invites the public to participate in a Health and Fitness 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, Saturday, May 4, in downtown Beaver. Proceeds benefit the society’s scholarship for Beaver campus students and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County. Participants must be 18 or older.

Registration will be held 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race/walk begins at 10 a.m. Fee for registration by April 12 is $15 and includes a t-shirt. Registration after April 12 is $20 and t-shirts will be distributed if available.
The event begins and ends at the gazebo in Beaver at Second and Market Streets.

Awards will be given in the following age groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and up. Trophies will be awarded to the top three overall male runners and top three overall female runners in the 5K. Medals will be presented to the top three men and women who finish in each age group for the 5K run.

To register, contact Mona DeLisio in the Penn State Beaver Development Office at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817. A registration form is also available online at

Five new members join Penn State Beaver Advisory Board
The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board elected five new members at its meeting in March. The Board meets five times a year.

Ptoshia Burnett is the Monaca Site Director for the BASF Corporation which produces products for coatings, adhesives, paints, construction chemicals, and other materials. She has 30 years of experience in the petrochemical and refining industries and holds several patents related to low sulfur petroleum fuel processing. Previously she held managerial positions with Sunoco, Inc., BP and predecessor Amoco Oil Corporation, and Mobil Oil Company. Burnett holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in business management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Thomas J. Day is CEO of West Point Products, a U.S. based manufacturer and distributor of consumable supplies for the printing and imaging industry. In 1998 he acquired the company which currently has 550 employees. Previously he worked in the financial audit department of Coopers & Lybrand, Pittsburgh. He also worked for Washington Steel Corporation where he held several management positions in finance, budgeting, operations, and production control. In addition, he was financial controller for North American Refractories Company. Day holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State.

MarianneLeDonne has been director of the Regional Choice Initiative (RCI) with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit (BVIU) for six years. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the RCI is a unique consortium of fifteen school districts providing public school students with school choice, including Beaver campus courses. She has served in local public education for more than 25 years as a secondary English teacher, a Title I reading specialist, a district federal program coordinator, and a middle school principal. LeDonne holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education-English from Penn State.

Donna Nugent has been superintendent of the Big Beaver Falls Area School District since 2005. During her tenure, the district has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Wired Schools in AP magazine and was ranked as the #1 “overachiever” school district by the Pittsburgh Business Times for improving academic success for the educationally disadvantaged. Her school district’s technology initiatives were showcased at the National School Board Conference and it was recently recognized as a bronze medal winner in the America’s Best High Schools listing by U.S. News & World Report. Nugent earned a doctorate from Youngstown State University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Gannon University.

James Stewart was the inaugural Vice Provost for Educational Equity at Penn State and produced the University’s first Diversity Strategic Plan. Upon retiring in 2009, he was named Professor Emeritus with the rank and title of Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, African and African American Studies, and Management and Organization. In addition, he is co-author of the widely-used text, “Introduction to African American Studies: Transdisciplinary Approaches and Implications” and co-editor of “Message in the Music: Hip Hop History & Pedagogy.” Stewart has served as president of the National Economic Association, the National Council for Black Studies, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame. 

For information about the Beaver campus Advisory Board or its members, contact the Chancellor’s Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 24, 2013
Sunday, March 24
Baseball – Penn State Brandywine 4, Penn State Beaver 2
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Brandywine 4

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.