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Board of Trustees approves naming of Gary B. Keefer Wellness Center

The Penn State Board of Trustees has approved the Gary B. Keefer Wellness Center as the name of the new addition to the Penn State Beaver gymnasium. The name serves to honor Keefer as Beaver’s longest-term chancellor and the driving force behind the building project.

The naming request was presented by the Committee on Finance, Business, and Capital Planning and approved by the Board of Trustees on Friday, March 7, at a meeting at The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

“It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve Penn State Beaver for more than 17 years,” Keefer said. “I’m very humbled by this gesture.”

The $3.3 million, 4,980 square foot state-of-the-art Wellness Center, which contains the latest in exercise, cardiac, and aerobic conditioning equipment as well as a yoga studio, was dedicated Sept. 6, 2012. Penn State President Rod Erickson and Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses Madlyn Hanes spoke at the dedication ceremony, which was attended by more than 150 students, faculty, staff, and donors.

For information, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Beaver alumnus H. Scott Cunningham will deliver commencement address

Penn State Beaver Alumnus H. Scott Cunningham will deliver the keynote address at the campus’ commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Student Union Building auditorium.

Cunningham attended Beaver and continued his education at Penn State University Park where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics and graduated with distinction from the Smeal College of Business in 1980. Cunningham is the executive vice president and regional managing director at PNC Wealth Management, a position he’s held since 2007.

He joined PNC in 1994 as a portfolio manager and administrative officer in the PNC Private Bank Personal Trust Services Department. In 1999 he became group manager for PNC Advisors Trust Company and two years later was named trust director for PNC Advisors Trust and Fiduciary Services. In 2005 Cunningham became team director for PNC Wealth Management Group before moving into his current position, where he sets strategy and directs implementation of a 207-person organization that serves 10,000 clients. His clients receive a full range of wealth management services, including investment management, trust services, estate administration, wealth planning, and private banking. He manages assets totaling $6.2 billion, loans of $1.3 billion, and deposits of $1.3 billion. In addition, Cunningham generates annual revenue in excess of $100 million and generates annual sales revenue of more than $39 million.

Prior to joining PNC, Cunningham worked as an attorney for Rhodes & Cowie, P.C., Pittsburgh, and spent three years as a tax consultant for Price Waterhouse. He was a financial manager for the U.S. Air Force Reserve at various locations throughout the country and was a budget and management analyst at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

Cunningham has served as a board member of numerous community organizations, including Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Boy Scouts of America, Baptist Homes of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Rankin Center. He earned his juris doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a master’s degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

For information about spring commencement at Beaver campus, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Wijekumar, students travel to Spain for spring break

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State Beaver, is traveling in Spain over spring break with five of her IST students in a study abroad opportunity. The students are IST majors and members of Wijekumar’s IST 440W class, Information Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving, which presents a problem-based approach to technology integration by focusing on real-life problems faced by an organization.

The students are attending IST conferences in Valencia and will travel to Barcelona for sightseeing led by Wijekumar. Valencia and Barcelona are Spain’s third and second largest cities, respectively. Students on the trip are juniors Alex Boguszewski of Cranberry Township and Spencer Conklin, Beaver. Senior students are Dorrian Gilliam, Aliquippa; Joseph Benscoter, Beaver Falls; and Nicholas Bruce, Darlington.

For information about Beaver’s IST program, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Admissions Office will offer spring programs for prospective students

Prospective students interested in attending Penn State are invited to two free programs hosted by the Penn State Beaver Admissions Office in the Student Union Building.

An Open House will be held Saturday, March 29. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the programs will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Union Building. Prospective students and their families are invited to explore Penn State opportunities, meet with faculty and current students, and tour the campus.

The “Be a Penn State Student for a Day” program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 9. The program is designed to give juniors and seniors a real taste of college life by attending classes and having lunch with current campus students. Information sessions and a campus tour also will be provided.

Registration is required for both events. To register, contact br-admissions@psu.edu or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Registration is open for academic enrichment summer youth camps

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer a series of academic enrichment summer youth camps for ages 7 to 15.

The following camps will be offered:

Odyssey of The Mind Camp, ages 8 – 15

-- Monday - Friday, June 16 – 20 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fee is $245.

Musical Theater Camp, ages 7 - 15

-- Monday - Friday, June 23 - 27 9 a.m. - noon Fee is $115.

Robotics Camp, ages 8 - 14

-- Monday - Friday, June 23 - 27 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fee is $245.

Crime Scene Investigation Camp, ages 8 - 14

-- Monday - Friday, July 14 – 18 9 a.m. – noon Fee is $115.

Rockets Away Camp, ages 8-14

-- Monday - Friday, July 14 – 18 1 – 4 p.m. Fee is $115.

Digital Video & Movie Production Camp, ages 11 and up

-- Monday - Friday, July 28 - August 1 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee is $245.

Wizardry Camp, ages 8 and up

-- Monday - Friday, July 28 - August 1 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $245.

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

Continuing Education will offer SAT Review course

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer an SAT Review course at various times and locations this spring. Course fee is $225.

The course will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 15 through April 26 and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 through May 31, at Beaver campus.

A course will be offered only for Shenango Area High School students, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15 through April 26. In addition, the class will be held for high school students in Lawrence County from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, April 8 through May 1.

Course participants will use the Official SAT Study Guide: Second Edition, which contains ten practice tests, plus additional material. Beaver campus mathematics and English faculty will teach the mathematics and verbal sections of the review course. Each instructor is familiar with the exam and the steps necessary to prepare students for successful test taking. If requested, faculty members will be available outside of class sessions to discuss questions and provide tips.

For more information or for specific course locations, contact the Beaver campus Continuing Education Office at beaverce@psu.edu or 724-773-3700. To register for the National SAT Exam, visit https://www.collegeboard.org.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 5-8, 2014

Wednesday, March 5 - USCAA National Championship Final Men’s basketball

– Penn State Beaver 76, Berkeley-NYC 68

Thursday, March 6 - USCAA National Championship Quarterfinal Men’s basketball

– Penn State Beaver 103, Central Maine Community College 101

Women’s basketball

– Berkeley-NYC 77, Penn State Beaver 75

Friday, March 7 - USCAA National Championship Semifinal Men’s basketball

– Penn State Beaver 85, Penn State Mont Alto 61

Friday, March 7 – USCAA National Championship – Consolation Game Women’s basketball

– Penn State Beaver 69, Warren Wilson 44

Saturday, March 8 USCAA Men’s Division II National Championship Men’s basketball

– Andrews 73, Penn State Beaver 59

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.