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Students honored at 45th annual Awards Banquet

The 45th annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet was held April 17 in the Student Union Building to honor a variety of baccalaureate student achievements throughout the academic year.

Michelle Beckman, a senior business major from Girard, received the 2012-2013 Eric A. & Josephine S. Walker Award, which recognizes a student’s highest achievements in and out of the classroom at each Penn State location. Carly McKinnis, a junior forensic science major from Rochester, received the Penn State Beaver Outstanding Student of the Year Award.

Students who received multiple awards were:

Amber Cochran, sophomore, liberal arts, Monaca
- College of The Liberal Arts Award in English
- Campus Honors Program Award

Michael Deitrick, senior, information sciences and technology, Beaver
- Information Sciences and Technology Design and Development Option Award
- Campus Honors Program Award

Jennifer Durbin, senior, communications, Cranberry Township
- Corporate Communications Award
- Adult Achievement Award

Danielle Dunshee, junior, engineering, Baden
- College of Engineering Award in Chemical Engineering
- College of Science Award in Chemistry

Kyung Min Kim, senior, psychology, Monaca
- College of The Liberal Arts Award in Philosophy
- College Honors Program Award

Kyle Ludwig, senior, information sciences and technology, Greenville
- Information Sciences and Technology Award
- Campus Honors Program Award

Brittany Main, senior, administration of justice, Ellwood City
- Criminal Justice Award
- Campus Honors Program Award

Ileana Muhlach, senior, psychology, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
- Campus Honors Program Award
- Student Life Leadership Award

Ashlee Palm, junior, engineering, Beaver
- College of Engineering Award in Bioengineering
- Campus Honors Program Award

Nancy Paoletti, senior, communications, Monaca
- Communications Award
- College Honors Program Award

Conrad Paul, sophomore, engineering, Aliquippa
- College of Engineering Award in Electrical Engineering
- Campus Honors Program Award

Additional awards were made as follows:

President’s Freshman Award
Amy Arnold, business, Midland

Lindsay Bangor, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Beaver

Gerald Rooney, engineering, Hopewell Township

Tyler Tracy, education, Chippewa Township.

Administration of Justice Award
D. Scott O’Hara, senior, administration of justice, Rochester

Business Award
Brittany Kincaid, senior, business, Monaca

Management/Marketing Award
Michelle Korzen, senior, business, Coraopolis

Information Sciences and Technology Integration Option Award
Armans Bimatovs, junior, information sciences and technology, Pittsburgh

Psychology Award
Rachel Choflet, senior, psychology, Freedom

Kristina Mangie, senior, psychology, Monaca

College of Education Award in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education
Theresa Domitrovich, sophomore education, Aliquippa

College of Engineering Award in Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Canonge, sophomore, engineering, Freedom

College of Engineering Award in Computer Science Engineering
Brad Benkart, freshman, engineering, Beaver Falls

College of Science Award in Biology
Lukas Kozak, junior, psychology, Carnegie

Miranda Wack, sophomore, science, Zelienople

College of Science Award in Mathematics
Lisa Fudurich, junior, engineering, Monaca

Campus Honors Program Award
Cesar Ceniceros, junior, division of undergraduate studies, Pittsburgh

Steven Dusicsko, senior, business, Lake City

Andrew Frantz, sophomore, division of undergraduate studies, Monaca

Alisha Hilfinger, senior, psychology, Beaver Falls

Shelby Hogan, junior, psychology, Clinton

Kevin Hupe, junior, business, Beaver

John Lind, sophomore, engineering, Cranberry Township

Tyler Madden, sophomore, administration of justice, Moon Township

Joseph Monsour, senior, information sciences and technology, New Castle

Matthew Paul, junior, engineering, Aliquippa

Trey Trieschock, sophomore, liberal arts, Canonsburg

Tyler Trieschock, sophomore, business administration, Canonsburg

College Honors Program Award
Catherine Sittig, senior, psychology, Ambridge

Student Life Leadership Awards
Erica DeLuca, sophomore, liberal arts, Phoenix

Shaneeka Evans, senior, business, Rock Island, Il.

JeQa Powe, sophomore, engineering, Pittsburgh

Jacob Szemanski, senior, business, Jefferson Hills

Dora Tweneboah, sophomore, health and human development, Alexandria, Va.

Undergraduate Research Fair winners announced at Penn State Beaver

Penn State Beaver announced the winners of the 12th annual Undergraduate Research Fair held Wednesday, April 3, in the Student Union Building. Thirty-one campus students participated.

Students were required to work with a faculty mentor in researching their topic and preparing an oral and/or poster presentation. Presentations were made in a variety of academic areas, including engineering, administration of justice, psychology, communications, information sciences and technology (IST), genetics, biology, and philosophy.

Poster Presentations Grand Prize Student: Ruth Salac Santiago, senior, psychology, Hopewell Topic: The Effects of Music Ability on Cognition Faculty Mentor: Ana Beatriz Areas da Luz Fontes, assistant professor of psychology First Place – Humanities Students: Kimberly Villella, senior, communications, Freedom, and Daniel Trzcianka, senior, communications, Baden Topic: Presentation of Self in the Modern Age Faculty Mentor: John Chapin, professor of communications First Place – Social Science Student: Jennifer Durbin, senior, communications, Cranberry Township, and Brandon Perino, senior, communications, Canonsburg Topic: Agenda Setting and Conservative Values in Social Media Faculty Mentor: John Chapin, professor of communications Second Place – Social Science Student: Kristina Mangie, senior, psychology, Center Township Topic: Priming View of Entity and Incremental Measures: STEM Faculty Mentor: Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology

Oral Presentation First Place – Math, Science, and Technology Students: Donald Bradfield, sophomore, engineering, Hopewell; Ben Barcaskey, sophomore, engineering, Moon Township; Jeremy Canonge, sophomore, engineering, Freedom, and Lisa Fudurich, sophomore, engineering, Monaca Topic: Design, Fabrication, Testing, and Analysis of a Stirling Engine Faculty Mentor: James Hendrickson, instructor in engineering The Planning Committee was chaired by Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology.

Members were: John Chapin, professor of communications Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics; JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology; Matt Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral sciences; Talha Harcar, associate professor of business; and Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy.

Poster presentation judges were: Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics; Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry; and Beth Theobald, reference librarian.

Oral presentation judges were: Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology; Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics; Ana Beatriz Areas da Luz Fontes, assistant professor of psychology; and Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry.

Campus hosts high school math competition and science challenge

Penn State Beaver recently hosted two annual high school competitions. The High School Math Competition, held Tuesday, March 26, drew 60 students, grades nine through 12, from six area high schools. The 18th annual Penn State Beaver/Midwestern Pennsylvania Association of Science Teachers (MidPAST) Science Challenge was held Friday, April 12. Twenty-eight students from seven area high schools participated.

In the Math Competition, John Bal of Moon High School won the individual slot, and Moon High School, Team 1, won first place in the group competition. Montour High School, Team 1, placed second, and Moon High School, Team 2, and Central Valley High School, Team 1, tied for third place. Blackhawk High School won the Science Challenge. Second place team was South Side High School and third place team was Quaker Valley High School. First-place team winners Samuel Dessler and Eric Collins each received a $100 Beaver Valley Mall gift card. Their faculty adviser was Kim Baker. Blackhawk High School also received a $1,000 Penn State Beaver Scholarship to be awarded to a Blackhawk student planning to attend Penn State Beaver. Second place team winners Dylan Anderer and Tim Wiesen each received a $50 mall gift card. Their faculty adviser was Jen Satler. Third place team winners Justin Green and Andrew Warburton each received a $25 mall gift card. Their faculty adviser was Matt Littell.

The Math Competition was coordinated by Chris Wu, professor of mathematics at Beaver campus. Assistants were Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment, and Linda Garlitz, faculty staff assistant. The MidPAST Science Challenge was coordinated by Michael Hay, Beaver campus associate professor of chemistry.

Auditions will be held April 28, 29 for Center Theatre Players musical

The Center Theatre Players will hold open auditions for male and female roles in the upcoming production of the Tony award-winning musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone," at 7 p.m., Sunday and Monday, April 28 and 29, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

Directed by Sandy Reigel, the show will be presented as part of the Brodhead Cultural Center's summer season at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 25, 26, and 27 in the auditorium.

Those auditioning must be 18 years of age or older, should prepare one Broadway-style song, and, if possible, bring their own accompaniment. Educators who participate in the production may be eligible for Act 48 credit through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The show pays tribute to the golden age of musical comedy as the story of a Hollywood starlet trying to find her true love comes to life in the living room of a musical theatre fan.

To schedule an audition appointment, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center office at 724-773-3610 or rxm70@psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 30 to April 21

Saturday, March 30
Softball – Carlow University 6, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 3, Carlow University 2

Tuesday, April 2
Softball – Penn State Beaver 16, Community College of Beaver County 0 Softball – Penn State Beaver 10, Community College of Beaver County 2

Wednesday, April 3
Baseball – Point Park University 16, Penn State Beaver 8
Baseball – Point Park University 11, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, April 4
Softball – Thiel College 13, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Thiel College 9, Penn State Beaver 6

Saturday, April 6
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 10, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 2
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 5
Softball – Penn State New Kensington 4, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Penn Sate New Kensington 4, Penn State Beaver 3

Sunday, April 7
Baseball – Penn College 6, Penn State Beaver 4
Baseball – Penn College 7, Penn State Beaver 4
Softball – Penn State Beaver 4, Penn College 1
Softball – Penn College 3, Penn State Beaver 2

Wednesday, April 10
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Fayette 4
Softball – Penn State Beaver 10, Penn State Fayette 2
Softball – Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State Fayette 5

Sunday, April 14
Baseball – Penn State York 2, Penn State Beaver 1
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 10, Penn State York 3
Softball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State Schuylkill 6
Softball – Penn State Schuylkill 2, Penn State Beaver 1

Monday, April 15
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Mont Alto 1
Baseball – Penn State Mont Alto 4, Penn State Beaver 3
Softball – Penn State Mont Alto 8, Penn State Beaver 3
Softball – Penn State Mont Alto 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Thursday, April 18
Baseball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 5, Penn State Beaver 2
Baseball – Penn State Greater Allegheny 13, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 14, Penn State Greater Allegheny 5
Softball – Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State Greater Allegheny 0

Saturday, April 20
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 15, Penn State Worthington Scranton 0 Baseball – Penn State Beaver 16, Penn State Worthington Scranton 2 Softball – Penn State Beaver 12, Penn State Worthington Scranton 0

Sunday, April 21
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 13, Penn State Hazleton 0
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Hazleton 1
Softball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Hazleton 3
Softball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Hazleton 3

Monday, April 22
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State Fayette 2

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.

Wireless networks coming to residence halls on multiple campuses

Housing will begin providing wireless networks this May that will eventually service all Penn State student rooms and apartments. Information Technology Services (ITS) will install and manage the large network for housing that will cover all residence hall buildings at University Park as well as the Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Erie, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton and Mont Alto campuses. The project will install approximately one access point radio in every three-student room to ensure robust network coverage. The estimated 4,200 access point radios will broadcast both the psu (authenticated) and attwifi (guest network) network IDs.

Housing will begin providing wireless networks this May that will eventually service all Penn State student rooms and apartments. Information Technology Services (ITS) will install and manage the large network for housing that will cover all residence hall buildings at University Park as well as the Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Erie Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton and Mont Alto campuses. The project will install approximately one access point radio in every three-student room to ensure robust network coverage. The estimated 4,200 access point radios will broadcast both the psu (authenticated) and attwifi (guest network) network IDs.

“We realize how important wireless connectivity is for our residents and are excited to begin moving ahead to provide reliable wireless network coverage across all residence hall living areas.” said Stan Latta, assistant vice president for housing and food services and residence life.

Installation for North Halls and Eastview Terrace is planned to be completed over the summer. The new Chase Hall and renovated Haller and Lyons halls will open this fall with comprehensive wireless coverage. Installation will continue in the fall and is expected to take 12 months to complete all University Park residence hall buildings. Installation will continue at the eight commonwealth campus locations.