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Beaver graduates honored at spring commencement

Penn State Beaver held its spring commencement Friday, May 3, in the gymnasium. Eighty-two students received master’s and baccalaureate degrees.

The academic processional and recessional, and convention of proceedings were led by Tiffany MacQuarrie, instructor in English, and president of the Beaver campus Faculty Congress.

Donna J. Kuga, director of academic affairs, presented degrees, which were conferred by Chancellor Gary B. Keefer in conjunction with John Feraco, president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and manufacturing leader for NOVA Chemicals Inc.

The commencement speaker was Beaver campus alumna Elizabeth M. Zona, an anesthesiologist with West Penn Allegheny Health System, Forbes Regional Campus. She attended Beaver campus before receiving her bachelor’s degree in science/pre-med from Penn State's University Park campus. She attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for four years, then served a four-year residency at Pittsburgh’s Mercy Hospital and UPMC Mercy.

Keith R. Poleti, president of the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, offered a welcome to the new graduates on behalf of the Alumni Association. A reception prepared by the Office of Housing and Food Services was held in the gymnasium following commencement.

Master’s of Education Degree in Teaching and Curriculum
This program was offered at Penn State Beaver through a collaborative agreement with Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College.

Candidates were presented by Donald Deep, program coordinator.
Emily N. Ackerman, Pittsburgh
Laurel L. Brest, New Castle
Kelly L. Butera, Coraopolis
Michelle D. Daniels, New Brighton
Danielle E. Myers, Henrico, Va.
Cara C. Pertile, Cranberry Township
Amy E. Winner, Beaver Falls
Kristin M. Zyskowski, Coraopolis

Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice
Candidates were presented by Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Raisa H. Bhasin, Moon Township
Beth Ann Franchi, Wampum
Anthony M. Houghton, Rochester
Ryan J. Hudacsek, Freedom
Abigail L. LeGore, Hanover
Brittany L. Main, Ellwood City
James A. Musgrave, Baden
Darius Q. Prince, West Mifflin
Lindsey M. Scialdone, Ellwood City
Julian R. Taylor, Monaca

Bachelor of Science in BusinessCandidates were presented by Daniel Smith, instructor in business.
Vincent M. Beatty, Rochester
Michelle K. Beckman, Girard
Stephen E. Bezak, Pittsburgh
Steven J. Dusicsko 3, Lake City (Graduating with Distinction – GPA 3.78)
Shaneeka L. Evans, Rock Island, Ill.
Marissa B. Halstead, Hookstown
Brittany A. Kincaid 3, Monaca (Graduating with Distinction – GPA 3.78)
Sarah M. Klesser 2, Aliquippa (Graduating with High Distinction – GPA 3.87)
Michelle N. Korzen, Coraopolis
Thomas R. Lewis, Aliquippa
Jolyn R. Matheny, New Brighton
Gregory D. Napierski, Moon Township
Jessica L. Onoffrey, Rochester
Jordan DJ Sawtelle, Pittsburgh
Ethan P. Shriver, Avella
Keith W. Simon-Warneke, Rochester, N.Y.
Shayna L. Stubenbort, McKees Rocks
Jacob J. Szemanski, Jefferson Hills
Cory A. Wagner, Monaca

Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Candidates were presented by John Chapin, professor of communications.
Pasquale C. Coppola, Pittsburgh
Jennifer A. Durbin, Cranberry Township
Nathan A. Haluszczak, Pittsburgh
Olivia L. Skonieczny, Baden
Daniel J. Trzcianka, Baden
Kimberly A. Villella, Freedom

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Penn State HarrisburgCandidates were presented by Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice.
Amanda L. Kimble, Monaca

Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology
Candidates were presented by Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology.
Adam J. Falkowski, Beaver Falls
Nathan D. Flowers 3, Darlington (Graduating with Distinction – GPA 3.78)
Bridgette R. Kerr, Ellwood City
Kyle D. Ludwig 2, Greenville (Graduating with High Distinction – GPA 3.87)
Taimour A. Malik, Pittsburgh
Adam P. McMillen, New Brighton
Daniel Plakosh, Midland
Andrew P. Searight, Aliquippa
Joshua D. Williams, Cranberry Township

Bachelor of Science in NursingCandidates were presented by Maureen J. Dunn, instructor in nursing.
Michelle A. Balog, Aliquippa
Holly A. Baranyk, Aliquippa
Jenefer L. Barry, Rochester
Nadine M. Bauduin, Clinton
Melissa S. Coleman, Aliquippa
Kristina J. Langley, East Liverpool, Ohio
Sarah G. Long, Coraopolis
Eileen M. Nikithser, Beaver
Allison Novak, New Brighton
Karen Toothman, East Palestine, Ohio
Jaci L. Trosky, Enon Valley

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
James J. Barum, McKees Rocks
Adam M. Cannon, Sewickley
Rachel A. Choflet, Freedom
Megan L. Kelley, Sewickley
Kyung M. Kim 3, Monaca (Graduating with Distinction – GPA 3.78)
Melissa N. Manzella, Aliquippa
Ileana V. Muhlach, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Hayley L. Peters, Monaca
Kera R. Recce, Ellwood City

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Candidates were presented by Kevin Bennett, senior instructor in psychology.
Alisha M. Hilfinger, Beaver Falls
Katy A. Kerr, Beaver
Kristina R. Mangie 3, Monaca (Graduating with Distinction – GPA 3.78)
Kaela R. Martin, Aliquippa
Anthony A. Mignanelli, Beaver
Ruth S. Santiago, Aliquippa
Catherine C. Sittig, Ambridge
Megan E. Sovich, Aliquippa
Matthew L. Tabit 1, Aliquippa (Graduating with Highest Distinction - GPA 3.95)

 

Beaver Advisory Board and students honor faculty and staff

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Beaver campus student body recently honored eight faculty and staff members at the annual campus awards dinner.

The Advisory Board presented the following six awards, which were underwritten by Linda Kuga Pikulin, retired president of PepsiCo Beverages Canada, in honor of her sister Donna J. Kuga, Beaver’s director of academic affairs. Karen Barr, senior instructor in business, received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Last year, she received the Penn State George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2005, she received the Penn State Beaver Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.

Barr holds a master’s degree in business administration and corporate finance from California State University and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University.

The Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award went to Nicholas Salpietra, lecturer in mathematics. He has been an adjunct faculty member since 1999, teaches statistics, calculus, trigonometry, and algebra, and also provides tutoring.

Salpietra holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Youngstown State University.

Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, received the Faculty Excellence in Research Award. In 2010, he received the 2010 Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award.

Harcar holds a doctorate in business administration and 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.

The Faculty Excellence in Service Award was presented to James Hendrickson, instructor in engineering. He received the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010 and the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

Hendrickson holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State.

Amy Gartley, associate director of student affairs, received the Staff Excellence Award. She received Penn State’s Office of Student Affairs Development Achievement Award in 2010 and has spent her professional career at Beaver campus. She has served in her current position since 1996 and during that time, spent 18 months as acting director of student affairs.

Gartley holds a master’s degree in counseling services from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor’s degree in humanities and communications from Penn State.

Jay Means, laboratory preparation technician, received the Staff Service Award. He has worked on campus for more than 30 years and also spent part of that time as a member of the Office of Physical Plant Services. Means also has taught biology, chemistry, and earth sciences for Moon Area and Big Beaver Falls Area School Districts.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Geneva College.

The students presented Chris Wu, professor of mathematics, with the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications and has given many international presentations in the field of mathematics.

Wu holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Arizona, a master's degree in mathematical sciences from The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Guizhou University, China.

The second student award went to Barbara Jean (BJ) Bertges, assistant athletic director, for Outstanding Club Advisor. She assists with implementation of varsity and intramural programs, services, and events and is head coach of the volleyball team. Bertges holds a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Summer entertainment kicks off June 18 at Beaver's Brodhead Cultural Center

The Brodhead Cultural Center at Penn State Beaver will kick off its 37th summer season of programs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

Shows are free and will be held in the J.P. Giusti Amphitheater. The Center Theatre Players’ musical has a $15 admission fee and will be held in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. In the event of inclement weather, shows scheduled for the amphitheater will be moved into the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

Sponsors for this summer’s programs are The Times, Beaver Valley Musicians Union Local 82-545, Harper & Hodge, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Inc., ESB Bank, Kitchen & Bath Concepts Pittsburgh LLC, Michael Baker Corp. and NOVA Chemicals. Three additional sponsors requested anonymity.

Events Schedule:

Tuesday, June 18 - Allegheny Brass Band

Tuesday, June 25 - The Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 9 – Metropolitan Italian Symphonic Band Tuesday

July 16 – Pittsburgh Banjo Club
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, July 25, 26, 27 - “The Drowsy Chaperone” – a musical comedy presented by the Center Theatre Players; directed by Sandy Reigel.

Tuesday, July 30 – Monaca Cornet Band

Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 13 – North Star Kids

Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Bobcats Swingin’ Big Band

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – The Joe Grkman Band
(Penn State Creamery Ice Cream Sale from 6 to 7:30 p.m.)

The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions before and during all shows. Proceeds benefit Beaver campus student-athletes.

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream prior to the four shows indicated. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarship for campus students.

For information or to buy tickets for the musical, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu. An Events Hotline is available at 724-773-3600, and programming details are also available at www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.

 

Continuing Education offers SafeGulf/SafeLand orientation course

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education has partnered with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at Penn College to offer the PEC Basic SafeGulf/SafeLand Orientation course at 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, or Thursday, June 27.

The course is designed to take the place of multiple operator orientations and give each participant a general idea of life and safety issues in the oil and gas industry upstream, downstream, onshore or offshore. It meets API RP 75 and API RP T-1 requirements and provides a basic, awareness-level understanding of certain general safety information that an employee should know before entering a company facility and while performing assigned work duties. To register or obtain information, visit http://www.shaletec.org or call 570-327-4775, or contact Beaver’s Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

  

Continuing Education delivers courses for health care professionals

The Office of Continuing Education at Penn State Beaver continues to offer an ongoing series of courses for health care professionals who are preparing to become personal care home administrators and/or administrators and direct-care staff who must meet continuing education requirements.

In addition, continuing education courses for nurses are also available and are approved for PA Nurse Continuing Education. The Penn State University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For information about course availability, contact the Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

 

Admissions Office will host June events for traditional, adult students

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host two free events for traditional and adult students on Thursday, June 20, in the Student Union Building.

The Spend a Summer Evening program will begin at 5 p.m., and an Adult Open House will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Spend a Summer Evening provides an opportunity for prospective students to meet with students, faculty and staff to learn about the admissions process, financial aid, academic programs and expectations, and living on campus. Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream will be offered.

The Adult Open house offers information about the five Penn State bachelor’s degrees offered at the Beaver campus in administration of justice, business, communications, information sciences and technology, and psychology, as well as enrollment in the first two years of more than 160 Penn State baccalaureate degrees.

Visitors will meet with counselors and receive unofficial review of transcripts, and the $50 Penn State application fee will be waived if applications are made at the Open House. Penn State Beaver is unable to waive the application fee for the RN to BS in Nursing or any graduate program.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Registration open for Penn State Beaver Alumni Society golf outing

Registration is open for the Penn State Beaver Alumni Society’s 13th annual Golf Outing to be held Monday, Sept. 9, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township.

Outing proceeds will benefit the Alumni Society’s scholarship for Beaver campus students. To date, the group has raised more than $185,000 for the campus. To register or obtain information, contact the Beaver campus Development Office at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on “Alumni and Friends."

Penn State Beaver will host Adult Student Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host an Adult Student Open House, open to the public, from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Admissions Office, Student Union Building.

Beaver campus offers bachelor’s degrees in administration of justice, business, communications, information sciences and technology, and psychology, as well as the first two years of more than 160 Penn State degrees.

Those attending the Open House are welcome to meet with an admissions counselor, explore financial aid options, learn about all of Penn State’s degree programs, and receive an unofficial review of transcripts. The $50 application fee will be waved for anyone applying to Penn State that day.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver sports scoreboard: May 3 to 14

Friday, May 3
Softball - Penn State Beaver 10, Community College of Beaver County 2 Softball - Penn State Beaver 8, Community College of Beaver County 0

Monday, May 6
PSUAC Tournament - 1st round
Softball - Penn State Beaver 2, Penn State Schuylkill 1

Monday, May 6
PSUAC Tournament - Second round
Softball - Penn State Beaver 5, Penn State Mont Alto 4

Tuesday, May 7
PSUAC Championship
Softball - Penn State Beaver 6, Penn State Hazleton 0

Monday, May 13
USCAA Championship - First round
Softball - Penn State Beaver 11, Virginia University of Lynchburg 3

Monday, May 13
USCAA Championship - Second round
Softball - Briarcliffe College 3, Penn State Beaver 1

Tuesday, May 14USCAA Championship - Loser's bracket Softball - West Virginia University Institute of Technology 5, Penn State Beaver 1

Tuesday, May 14
USCAA Championship - Seventh place game
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College 10, 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.