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Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet to present free concert at Brodhead Cultural Center

The Jazz Conspiracy Swingtet will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at the Brodhead Cultural Center J. P. Giusti Amphitheater at Penn State Beaver. In the event of inclement weather, the show will move into the auditorium in the Beaver campus Student Union Building.

The group will feature classic songs and music from the Swing Era. Sponsors of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 37th season of programming are The Times; Harper & Hodge; Beaver Valley Musicians Union, Local 82-545; Michael Baker Corp., Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Inc.; ESB Bank; Kitchen and Bath Concepts, Pittsburgh; and NOVA Chemicals. The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions prior to and during the concert. Proceeds benefit Beaver campus student-athletes. The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream in cups from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the show. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for campus students. For more information, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center at 724-773-3610 or br-bcc@psu.edu, call the Events Hotline at 724-773-3600 or visit www.beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.


Tickets on sale for summer musical comedy ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Tickets are on sale for the Center Theatre Players’ production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25, 26 and 27, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Tickets are $15 for all ages.

The play, directed by Sandy Reigel, is part of the Brodhead Cultural Center’s 37th annual summer series. A winner of five Tony Awards in 2006, the show opens when a diehard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable. The musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Music and lyrics are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; the book is by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended, and all seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased by credit card, check or cash. For more information, call 724-773-3610, visit www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead or send email to br-bcc@psu.edu.


Admissions Office will offer July programs for prospective students

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Spend a Summer Evening Program and an Adult Open House, both beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the Student Union Building.

The Spend a Summer Evening program will offer information about the admissions process, financial aid, the academic experience, and living on campus. Participants will meet with faculty, staff, and students to learn about the campus. Penn State Creamery ice cream will be served.

The Adult Open House will provide information about Beaver’s five bachelor’s degrees in administration of justice, business, communications, information sciences and technology, and psychology, as well as the first two years of 160 other Penn State degrees.

Visitors will meet with a counselor and receive an unofficial review of individual transcripts. If application to Penn State is made that evening, the $50 application fee will be waived.

To register for either event or for more information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu.


Registration is still open for youth summer camps

Registration is open for a variety of summer academic enrichment and sports camps at Penn State Beaver. Academic camps are offered through the Office of Continuing Education and sports camps are offered through Continuing Education and the Athletic Department. Children ages 5 through 18 are welcome to attend. Camps include the following: Crime Scene Investigation; Dragster Racing: Build Your Own Race Car; Digital Video & Movie Production; Rockets Away; Wizardry; Boys' & Girls' Basketball; Cheerleading; Golf; Soccer; Fitness; Volleyball; Wii; and Wrestling. To register or for more information about any camps, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on “Continuing Education.”


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."


Two longtime Beaver faculty members will retire June 30

Carleen Dinello, assistant to the director of academic affairs and senior instructor in English, and Martin Goldberg, associate librarian, will retire June 30 after a combined total of 49 years at Penn State Beaver.

Dinello began working as a teaching assistant in the College of Education for Adult Literacy Action in 1987. In 1989 she became an instructor in language and literacy education and was named coordinator of the campus Academic Achievement Center in 1996.

In 2002 she was appointed to her current position with duties that included hiring adjunct faculty members; serving as Freshman Year Seminar coordinator; forming and coordinating five academic advisory boards and meetings; coordinating student internships with appropriate faculty; working on the campus Strategic Plan; serving as the dean’s Representative/academic adviser for the College of Education; and coordinating testing for the World Campus.

Dinello received the Academic Advisor Award twice, an honor given by campus students, and she received the campus Quarterly Quality Award.

She holds a master’s degree in education and a K-12 reading specialist certification from Slippery Rock University and a bachelor’s degree in English and social studies from Geneva College.

Goldberg joined Beaver campus in 1990 and has worked with all facets of the library’s operation, staffing and acquisitions; the library has more than 50,000 volumes. He oversaw the establishment of the African-American Autobiography Collection honoring Russell C. Brignano, professor emeritus of English. The collection contains more than 600 African-American autobiographies representing a variety of professions and experiences.

He has worked on a variety of special projects for the campus and University, including the Freshman Portal Project, the Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Engagement Initiative Project, and Project SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills). He and his staff provide regularly scheduled support for students using the Center for Academic Achievement.

Goldberg also implemented a multi-year program of phased upgrades to the library’s interior furnishings for a more useable, technology-oriented, group learning environment. He has published articles in a variety of refereed journals, given presentations at numerous national conferences, and conducted research and written extensively about the Holocaust.

In addition, he was instrumental in establishing an annual Sexual Assault Survivors’ Quilt display in the library in conjunction with the Women’s Center of Beaver County and has been a longtime member of the Campus Climate and Diversity Committee.

Goldberg holds a master’s degree in library science from Long Island University, a master’s degree in urban education from City College of New York, an advanced studies diploma in instructional systems from Hofstra University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the New York Institute of Technology.


Introductory events for Penn State MBA in Pittsburgh scheduled

Penn State Behrend’s Pittsburgh MBA degree program will hold two events this summer for prospective students.

MBA program director William H. A. Johnson will host introductory meetings to discuss master’s degree in business administration curriculum, course content and expectations, credit exemptions, application requirements and GMAT preparation on Thursday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 24. Both sessions take place at 6 p.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive.

Penn State Behrend’s Sam and Irene Black School of Business offers an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-accredited part-time MBA program for working professionals in a hybrid format of 75 percent online learning and 25 percent classroom instruction at the RLA. The program can be completed in nine semesters, although credit exemptions that shorten that time are available to applicants who completed undergraduate courses in business within the past seven years.

The Black School of Business MBA is offered in partnership with the Pittsburgh-area Penn State campuses of Beaver, Greater Allegheny and New Kensington. For more information or to register for either session, visit behrend.psu.edu/mba or call the Penn State Behrend Office of Graduate Admissions at 866-374-3378.