Longtime literacy champion retires from Penn State Beaver
Nancy Woods, executive director of the Penn State Beaver Adult Literacy Action (ALA) program and instructor in education since 1984, retired June 29 from the University after 29 years of service to the campus and community.
Woods’ longtime involvement in the community made her a well-known and easily recognizable figure in and around Beaver County. She led the development of the ALA program and was responsible for training hundreds of volunteers who, in turn, taught free classes in literacy, life skills, math, reading, workforce education and English for Speakers of Other Languages to thousands of residents in and around Beaver County. She also oversaw the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and GED test preparation.
Woods offered numerous outreach services at a variety of Beaver County locations, including the Beaver County Jail, Hopewell Township; CareerLink, Beaver Falls; Center for Hope, Ambridge; Help-a-Person Enterprises, Hopewell Township; Rochester Community Center; and Job Training of Beaver County.
She served on numerous academic and community affairs committees at Beaver campus, including the Penn State Commission for Women, and was the campus faculty ombudsman at different times throughout her career.
Woods has been recognized statewide and nationally for her advocacy efforts on behalf of literacy and education for decades, including recognition from former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was featured, along with students, in a special on literacy hosted by ABC-TV’s Peter Jennings in the 1980s.
In addition, she has served as chair of numerous boards, including the Beaver County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, the Beaver County Behavioral Health Services Board and Beaver County Head Start. She has also volunteered with other organizations, including the Beaver County Jail Task Force, the Salvation Army and the NAACP.
Woods is currently president of the Board of Directors for The Center for Hope in Ambridge, which provides hundreds of area residents in need with a food pantry, emergency food services, a clothing bank, educational and job-training programs for adults, and after-school activities for children
She was the 2011 recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, which is known as the “Nobel Prize for volunteerism” and honors individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
In 2008, Woods received the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal awarded by the Gen. Anthony Wayne Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The award was made in recognition of Woods’ notable services on behalf of American principles through her professional and personal community service.
In addition, she received the 2006 Marie King Parrish Brotherhood/Humanitarian Award presented by the Beaver Valley Service Club in honor of her efforts and programs designed to bring literacy and life skills to the community. The Beaver Valley Service Club carries the motto “Service Above Self” and honors area residents who embody that motto.
For information about the ALA program, contact the ALA offices at 724-773-7810, Monday through Thursday, or visit http://adultliteracy.org. For information about the Center for Hope, visit http://thecenterforhope.com or call 724-251-4899.
Office of Student Affairs welcomes new staff member
Jennifer Toof has been selected as the new residence life/student activities coordinator at Penn State Beaver, effective July 9.
Her primary responsibilities include planning and implementing events and activities, working with Resident Assistants, ensuring enforcement of policies and developing student organizations. Her duties will cover residence life and student activities focused on social, recreational, cultural, wellness and educational programs on campus.
Toof will also oversee the website for the Office of Residence Life and Student Activities, using technology to inform and engage students in the campus community by integrating programming and community development in students’ daily lives.
Toof came to Beaver campus from the New England College Residence Life and Housing Office in Henniker, NH, where she spent four years as an area coordinator and oversaw conferences and professional development opportunities. Prior positions included working as the assistant program manager and sports supervisor for The Works Family Health and Fitness Center in Somersworth, NH.
She has owned Jen Toof Photography for 11 years and her work has appeared in a variety of professional sports, recreation, and college brochures and books in New England.
A native of Berwick, Maine, Toof holds a master’s degree in marketing management and a bachelor’s degree in sports and recreation management with a minor in coaching from New England College.
Contact Toof at email@example.com or 724-773-3947.
Free concerts, Creamery ice cream sales continue at Brodhead Cultural Center
Free shows and ice cream sales at the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center J.P. Giusti Amphitheater continue at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by the Monaca Cornet Band on Tuesday, July 30, and the Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
In addition, the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Wind Ensemble concert Aug. 6. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Chapter’s endowed scholarships for Beaver campus students.
The Penn State Beaver Varsity Club will sell concessions prior to and during each concert. Proceeds benefit Beaver campus student-athletes.
In the event of inclement weather, the concerts and the ice cream and concession sales move into the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building.
Sponsors of this summer’s Brodhead Cultural Center 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.
Admissions Office will host August program for prospective students
The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Spend a Summer Evening program at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Student Union Building. The 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. To register for either event or for more information, contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-JOIN-PSU or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two summer youth sports camps accepting registration
Registration is open for the remaining athletic camps being offered in August by the Penn State Beaver Athletic Department and the Office of Continuing Education.
-- Co-ed Golf Camp, ages 18 and younger, will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 5 to 9. Fee is $115.
-- Volleyball Camp, ages 8 to 13, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Aug. 5 to 8. Fee is $100.
For information or to register for the camps, visit http://br.psu.edu/CE/10365.htm, or call the Office of Continuing Education at 724-773-3700.
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 email@example.com or 724-773-3558, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on “Alumni and Friends."