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Beaver students break campus record, raise $15,400 for THON

This year Penn State Beaver students broke a campus record by raising $15,403.38 for Penn State’s THON. The announcement was made last week by J. Parker Goolsby, Beaver’s residence life coordinator and THON adviser. Last year Beaver students raised $15,000, Goolsby said.

This year’s Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raised a record $13,343,517.33 for The Four Diamonds Fund which supports children and their families battling pediatric cancer at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Since its inception 42 years ago, THON has raised more than $114 million. The event, which was held in the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University Park, is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

Twenty-four Beaver students traveled with Goolsby to participate in THON. Beaver’s dancers were Audrey Zanath, a junior education major from Aliquippa, Pa., and Matthew Downing, a junior science major from Elgin, Il. The other students, known as “moralers,” made the trip to provide comfort and support for the dancers.

For information about Beaver’s THON efforts, contact Goolsby at jpg19@psu.edu or 724-773-3952.

Beaver women’s basketball team wins second consecutive PSUAC Championship

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions won their second consecutive Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Championship when they defeated Penn State Brandywine, 100-74, under the leadership of Head Coach Tim Moore.

Beaver was led by sophomore guard Morgan Kurtz, who scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman guard Sydnee Abernathy scored 19 points off the bench for the PSUAC champions, while sophomore forward Cassandra Flowers recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Beaver women’s basketball team is the first to repeat as PSUAC Champions since the 2010 season when they capped off their third consecutive PSUAC title.

"Even winning it back-to-back, we never took it for granted; it was a great year," Beaver Athletic Director Andy Kirschner said. "We won as the No. 3 seed last year, too. I'm very proud of our players for never giving up and constantly battling through."

The Beaver Lady Lions ended their regular season with a 15-3 record in the PSUAC and 18-10 overall. As the PSUAC champion, Beaver received an automatic bid for this week’s USCAA National Championship hosted by Penn State Fayette. On Thursday, March 6, No. 5 seed Beaver will take on No. 4 seed Berkeley College at 5:30 p.m. in Fayette’s Community Center.

Photos from the women’s PSUAC Championship are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennstatebeaver. For information about the USCAA Championship, visit http://uscaabasketball.prestosports.com/landing/index. For scores and play-by-play details or for information about Beaver intercollegiate or intramural athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Beaver men’s basketball team headed to USCAA Championship

Despite a recent loss to Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Beaver's men's basketball team moves into this week’s United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament hosted by Penn State Fayette.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, No. 2 seed Mont Alto hosted and defeated No. 3 seed Beaver, 90-84. The Beaver Nittany Lions ended their season at 14-4 in the PSUAC and 19-7 overall with a perfect home record of 11-0. Marcess Williams, campus admissions counselor at Penn State Beaver, is the team’s head coach.

On Wednesday, March 5, No. 8 seed Penn State Beaver will go up against No. 9 seed Berkeley College at 6 p.m. in Fayette’s Community Center.

For information about the USCAA Championship, visit http://uscaabasketball.prestosports.com/landing/index. For scores and play-by-play details or for information about Beaver intercollegiate or intramural athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Athletic Director Andy Kirschner at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Beaver Alumni Society will host Health & Fitness 5K Run/Walk

The Penn State Beaver Alumni Society will host its second annual Health & Fitness 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, May 17, in downtown Beaver. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public, and registration is now underway. Anyone who registers now will receive a T-shirt; they will not be available the day of the event. The walk/run will be held rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Society’s endowed scholarship for Beaver campus students and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County. Event donors and sponsors are welcome. All sponsors are guaranteed a T-shirt.

For information about the event, or to become a donor or sponsor, contact Diana Patterson, campus director of development and alumni society liaison at Penn State Beaver, dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Public invited to attend Beaver Valley Area Chapter wine tasting

The public is invited to attend an informal wine tasting hosted by the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Felicity Farms, 2075 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, Pa.

A wide selection of wines and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be served. All attendees must be 21 years or age or older. Cost is $35 per person or $65 per couple. All proceeds will benefit the Alumni Chapter’s projects for Penn State Beaver.

To make reservations, contact Alumni Chapter President Michael Hamilton at mchamilton35@yahoo.com or 724-513-1642. For information about Felicity Farms, visit http://www.felicityfarms.com/index.php.

Campus community, retirees encouraged to submit work for arts journal

Penn State Beaver students, faculty, staff, and retirees are invited to submit works of short fiction, poetry, art, photography, and/or creative nonfiction for review and inclusion in the spring issue of PANORAMA: Penn State Beaver’s Journal of the Arts.

Fiction submissions are limited to two pieces of 1,500 words or less. Poetry of any length and genre, in closed or open form, is welcome, but submissions are limited to three poems. Art and photography can be color or black-and-white and should be suitable for printing in grayscale. Submission is limited to three works. Creative nonfiction, which is factually accurate prose that uses literary styles and techniques, is limited to two pieces of 1,500 words or less. Submissions may be made in any or all categories, but may not have appeared previously in any other publication. Requests for anonymous publication will be honored. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, March 7 and should be sent to panorama@psu.edu.

For more information, contact panorama@psu.edu, visit www.br.psu.edu/panorama, or contact Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts and women’s studies, and PANORAMA adviser, at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.

Beaver will host presentation on ethics in mental health, addiction treatment

Penn State Beaver will host a free training presentation co-sponsored by Beaver County Behavioral Health. “Ethics in the Helping Professions” will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the auditorium of the campus Student Union Building.

Presenter Ken Montrose, former clinical director at Greenbriar Treatment Center in Washington, Pa., is director of training and publications for Greenbriar. The program will address the ethical principles on which mental health and substance abuse services are based. Specific areas of practice where boundary violations tend to occur will be discussed, and practice concerns that arise in different roles and settings will also be examined.

Those attending the program are eligible to earn a variety of professional credits. To register or for more information, email lindahall@etc-pa.com or call 412-244-1244.

Montrose, who actively pursues his own recovery from alcoholism, has provided training for numerous mental health and chemical dependency treatment agencies. He is the author of numerous publications, including “Celebrating Small Victories: A counselor’s manual for treating chronic mental illness and substance abuse” (Hazelden, 1995: with Dennis Daley) and “Understanding Schizophrenia and Addiction” (Hazelden, 1993: with Dennis Daley). Montrose is a certified addictions counselor who holds a master’s degree in developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Vincent College.

For information about the program, contact Beaver County Behavioral Health at 724-847-6225, or contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at mck15@psu.edu or 724-773-3824.

Public invited to attend Penn State musical theatre performance

The public is invited to attend a program by Penn State’s best musical theatre students when they perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh. The event is sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

A reception for those attending will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom, and the program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Cost for the evening is $10 for members of the Penn State Alumni Association and $20 for nonmembers.

Penn State’s musical theatre program is an internationally acclaimed, marquee program that auditions more than 400 applicants to fill 12 to 14 spots annually.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Penn State Alumni Association at https://alumni-psu.cvent.com/events/2014-penn-state-musical-theatre-pitt..., or call 1-800-548-5466, option 4. To visit or join the Penn State Alumni Association, go to http://alumni.psu.edu.

Pierce, Madden present research at criminal justice conference

Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, and Tyler Madden, a Beaver campus junior majoring in administration of justice, recently attended the American Criminal Justice Sciences Conference in Philadelphia. Both sat on a panel titled “Incarceration, Programs and Recidivism.”

In a presentation of a research project called "Assessing the Influence of Visitation on Inmate Misconduct,” Madden discussed the work and research he conducted in conjunction with Pierce and Brittany Main, a 2013 graduate of Beaver’s administration of justice program. Main, currently a graduate student at Slippery Rock University, was Pierce’s research assistant in 2012-13.

Madden presented research literature, questions and methodology as well as findings and policy implications. He and Main conducted reviews of literature specific to the topic of the impact of visitation on inmate misconduct. Main assisted with the collection of data from the Beaver County Jail in Aliquippa, and Madden entered all collected data into the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Madden is Pierce’s current research assistant, provides tutoring services in the Beaver campus Center for Academic Excellence, and is a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Pierce is the 2012 recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board’s Michael Baker Corp. Faculty Excellence in Research Award and NOVA Chemicals Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award. She also received the 2012 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award.

For information about the research or the administration of justice program, contact Pierce at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

Public invited to hear presentation by coauthor of 'Stabbed in the Heart'

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by Lynn Shiner, coauthor of the book “Stabbed in the Heart,” 10 a.m., Friday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The program is cosponsored by Crisis Center North, Pittsburgh. Shiner’s two children were murdered, as was the only child of coauthor Nancy Chavez. Shiner’s husband killed their children, Jen and Dave, and then committed suicide. Chavez’s daughter, Randi, was killed by Randi’s husband and his accomplices, all of whom were sentenced to life without parole. With the help of journalist and coauthor Nancy Eshelman, the women decided to write the book as a way to educate the public about children who are murder victims while raising awareness of the issue and dealing personally with their losses.

Shiner is the director of the Office of Victims’ Services with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. She has 35 years of experience in state government and has turned the Victims Compensation Assistance Program into a national model through streamlining processes, legislative changes, and technology enhancements that ensure the program is victim-centered. She received the National Crime Victim Service Award in 2004 from Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Chavez, who also is a victim of domestic violence, organized the 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage, which has raised more than $271,000 to provide support for victims’ families. In addition, she established Randi’s House of Angels to assist children and families who are exposed to or are victims of domestic violence. She also sponsors a three-day camp to empower children who have experienced domestic violence. She is a trained mediator for victims of violence for the Pennsylvania Department of Correction and is featured in the Pennsylvania Commission for Women's book, "VOICES - African American and Latina Women Share Their Stories of Success.”

Eshelman spent most of her career at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, where she was a reporter, editor, and columnist. She is the recipient of awards from The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and The Associated Press Managing Editors. She has taught at Temple University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Lebanon Valley College and currently teaches part-time at York College of Pennsylvania.

For information about the women and the book, visit http://www.rjdblessings.com. For information about domestic violence prevention and victim support, contact Crisis Center North at http://crisiscenternorth.org, or call the hotline at 412-364-5556 or call toll-free at 866-782-0911.

Penn State alumni, students invited to attend Job and Internship fair

Penn State alumni and students are invited to attend the Western PA Collegiate Job & Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Monroeville Convention Center.

The event is the largest job fair in western Pennsylvania for alumni and students. More than 100 Pittsburgh area and nationally-recognized employers and recruiters will attend the career fair, which will offer information on jobs in areas as diverse as engineering, health care, criminal justice, computer technology, communication, marketing, retail, government and business. For more information about the event or to register to attend, visit http://www.westpacs.org.

Continuing Education Office will offer nursing home administrator courses

This spring the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of courses for nursing home administrators, who must complete 48 hours of coursework every two years. The following courses are four hours in length and will be held at Beaver campus. 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 for each course is $60. "Facilitation Skills for Educating Your Staff" from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, April 4, "Caring for the Veteran" from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 4, "Dealing with Difficult People" 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5 and "Effective Communication: It’s Not All Words" from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. To register for a course(s) or for more information, contact the Office of Continuing at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Feb. 22-25, 2014

Saturday, Feb. 22

-- Men’s basketball – Penn State Mont Alto 90, Penn State Beaver 84

-- Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 84, Penn State Greater Allegheny 76

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Women’s basketball – Penn State Beaver 100, Penn State Brandywine 74

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.