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New endowed scholarship honors Beaver Chancellor Gary Keefer

Several Penn State Beaver staff, alumni and friends have established the Chancellor Gary B. Keefer Endowment. The announcement of the scholarship, with initial gifts totaling $50,000, was made recently at an on-campus reception honoring Keefer’s more than 16 years of service as Beaver’s longest-standing chancellor.

Keefer has been chancellor (formerly campus executive officer) since 1997, prior to which he served as Beaver’s director of academic affairs from 1996 to 1997.

“Just before the reception, I found my wife, Paula, and Diana Patterson, our campus director of development, waiting for me in my office,” Keefer said. “Diana informed Paula and me that several people had created an endowed scholarship in my name. I was very surprised and very moved.”

Keefer is the fifth person to lead Beaver campus since it opened its doors in fall 1965.

Consideration for the Keefer scholarship will be given to all sophomore, junior and senior full-time Beaver campus students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

“Having been a first generation student at Penn State Fayette many years ago,” Keefer said, “I know the valuable role the campuses play in educating people from local regions and around the world. I’ve been blessed to work with an extremely talented faculty and staff throughout my time here at Beaver, which makes my job very enjoyable and fulfilling.”

Prior to coming to Beaver campus, Keefer worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Omaha Campus, for 16 years as interim associate dean, College of Engineering and Technology; vice chairman, Department of Civil Engineering; and associate professor and assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering.

Keefer holds a doctorate in environmental engineering, and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University.

The public is invited to continue to build the Keefer Endowment through gifts that can be made by contacting Patterson at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

The Keefer Endowment will help Penn State Beaver reach its goals in For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, a University-wide fundraising effort directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State's alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University's tradition of quality. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State's history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

Beaver alumnus wins Lockheed Martin Cyber Challenge

David G. Walker, a 2003 graduate of Penn State Beaver’s information sciences and technology baccalaureate degree program, is the winner of the inaugural Lockheed Martin Cyber Challenge. Walker is a senior systems engineer at the company.

More than 160 employees competed in Lockheed Martin’s specialized cyber laboratory for one month. Participants tested their cyber skill sets against a series of difficult challenges designed to mimic real world offensive hacking. In order to win the challenge, participants had to attack six different hosts to gather intelligence or “flags.” Walker was the first to gather and correctly submit all flags.

He is also ranked in the top 25 of the Open Web Application Security Project Hackademic Challenges, which implement realistic scenarios with known vulnerabilities in a safe, controllable environment. Users can attempt to discover and exploit these vulnerabilities in order to learn important concepts of information security through the attacker's perspective.

While attending Beaver campus, Walker was a member of the student group that placed first in Penn State’s inaugural IST Senior Project Competition, which was open to IST students at all Penn State locations, including Penn State University Park. Prior to coming to Beaver campus, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a systems administrator in Delaware.

Walker holds a master’s degree in science, management and information systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. His IST baccalaureate degree from Beaver included an option in design and development, and he also earned a minor in business. For more information, contact Walker at dgwalker3117@yahoo.com.

Beaver faculty will speak at middle school about women in science

Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics at Penn State Beaver, will give a presentation titled “Life of a Scientist Today” as part of the Marshall Middle School’s Women in Science program, Thursday, Oct. 24, in Wexford, Pa. She’ll speak about her experiences as a reliability engineer to three classes of seventh grade students and will also discuss her current and former positions that have dealt with issues related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Fishman will also share what led her to choose her career, the educational background needed, the advantages of a STEM career and salary figures for reliability engineers.

She is part of a local STEM-focused group that continues to encourage middle and high school students to focus on sciences and mathematics. Earlier this year, she met as part of a STEM K-16 focus group at Beaver campus that works in partnership with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit to promote STEM careers.

Fishman and group members continue to address identification of skill gaps for students entering college in STEM majors, high school-to-college transition issues and academic success, methods to fuel early student interest in STEM fields, key courses for STEM-related curricula and training needs for K-16 faculty.

Fishman holds a doctorate in engineering (operations research and applied statistics) as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wichita State University. She can be contacted at aaf10@psu.edu or 724-773-3825.


Beaver's Penn State Day celebration is Oct. 25 and 26

Penn State Beaver’s annual Penn State Day celebration will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. All events are free and open to the public. The following is the schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 25 - Blue and White Spirit Day
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear blue and white and/or Penn State apparel. A bonfire will be held at dusk behind Harmony Hall residence hall. Free s’mores and hot apple cider will be provided.

Saturday, Oct. 26Admissions Open House, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union Building
Prospective students and their families will learn about academic programs, extracurricular activities, financial aid and the application process.

Intramural Flag Football Championship Game, 10 a.m., Intramural field behind the gym

Campus Carnival, noon to 3:30 p.m., lawn, center of campus (In the event of inclement weather, all events will be held in the gym.) Inflatable games, cotton candy, kettle corn and novelty attractions will be featured.

Cornhole Tournament, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., lawn, center of campus (In the event of inclement weather, the tournament will be held in the gym.)

Beaver alumni vs. Beaver men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams, gym - Men begin play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the women.

Blue and White Tailgate, 7 p.m., Brodhead Bistro Courtyard
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes football game, 8 p.m., Brodhead Bistro Courtyard. Free stadium foods will be offered before and during the game for all in attendance. (Inclement weather location to be announced.)

For information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU. For information about the weekend activities, contact Jennifer Toof, coordinator of student activities and residence life, jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host Fall Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Fall Open House at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Student Union Building. Prospective students and their families are invited to explore Penn State opportunities, meet with faculty and current students, tour campus and learn about the value of a Penn State degree. To register or for more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Classes will be offered for personal care, nursing home administrators

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer four three-hour courses for personal care home and nursing home administrators in November. Administrators must complete 48 hours of coursework every two years.

These courses are approved by the PA Department of Public Welfare for personal care home administrators and the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. Fee is $45 per course, and all courses are offered at Beaver campus. Classroom locations will be announced.

The Adult Residential Licensing Program will offer a scholarship enabling eligible personal care homes to send an individual for training at no charge.

9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 8
Meeting Supervisory Responsibilities (three hours) offers an understanding of the nature of supervisory roles and responsibilities in today’s workplace.

1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
Communicating Effectively (three hours) provides information about the need for supervisors’ enhanced speaking and listening skills.

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9
Building Work Relationships (three hours) explores characteristics and values of of high-quality work relationships with colleagues and employees.

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
“Leading Others” (three hours) offers techniques for maintaining daily focus, building commitment and cultivating a climate where creativity thrives.

To register or obtain more information, contact the Continuing Education Office at 724-773-3700, beaverce@psu.edu or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Beaver students will host Mini THON in November

Penn State Beaver students will host a Mini THON at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, in the Student Union Building Lodge. The event replicates the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known as THON, on a much smaller scale. THON raises money to support the Four Diamonds Fund in its fight against pediatric cancer. Mini THONs are held annually across the state at Penn State locations as well as elementary, middle and high schools. THON will be held Feb. 21 to 23 at Penn State University Park’s Bryce Jordan Center. THON has raised more than $101 million since its inception in 1977. For more information about Beaver’s Mini THON, contact Jen Toof, coordinator of student activities and residence life, at jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

Admissions Office to host Veteran’s Day Application Workshop

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Veteran’s Day Application Workshop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, in the Student Union Building. The $50 application fee will be waived for all participants. Admissions Office staff members will be on hand to guide individuals through the application process.

Participants must bring an official transcript. Some applying may be eligible for an immediate decision about acceptance to Penn State. Campus tours will also be provided. In addition, guests are invited to learn more about the Penn State admissions process that day by attending information sessions at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Room 16, Student Union Building. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Oct. 12 to 22

Saturday, Oct. 12

Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Mont Alto 0
Women’s soccer – Carlow University 8, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn College 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Hazleton 3, Penn State Beaver 2

Sunday, Oct. 13

Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Worthington Scranton 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 0

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Women’s soccer – Point Park University 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Women’s volleyball – Mercyhurst NorthEast 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Friday, Oct. 18

Women’s soccer – Mercyhurst North East 4, Penn State Beaver 1

Saturday, Oct. 19

Men’s soccer – Bethany College 6, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Fayette 3, Penn State Beaver 0

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 2
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Mont Alto 3, 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.