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Beaver campus IST professor, students present research at conference in Spain

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology (IST) traveled to Spain with five of her IST students during spring break. The students presented the results of their research project at the eighth International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia.

The students are all members of Wijekumar’s IST Integration and Problem Solving class, which focuses on real-life problems faced by businesses and organizations. The students conducted a hierarchical task analysis of eLion, which is Penn State’s Web-based service for students, advisers, faculty and parents that provides secure real-time access to academic and financial records in the University's administrative database. The students also followed the analysis with a usability test of the site. While in Spain, the students were also able to sightsee in both Valencia and Barcelona. Students on the trip were juniors Alex Boguszewski of Cranberry Township; Spencer Conklin, Beaver; and seniors Dorian Gilliam, Aliquippa; Joseph Benscoter, Beaver Falls; and Nicholas Bruce, Darlington.

For information about the class or research, contact Wijekumar at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814.

Penn State Beaver invites public to attend sexual assault awareness programs on April 2

Penn State Beaver invites the public to attend two free programs on Wednesday, April 2, in the campus Student Union Building auditorium. The programs are presented as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The second program is graphic in nature and contains adult themes and language.
"Sexual Violence in the Beaver County and Pittsburgh Regions” will be presented at noon and will be followed by a question and answer session with the speakers and audience.
Presenters are Stephen R. Kaufman, Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Karen Yoakum, a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service currently working with the Pittsburgh division headquarters on child exploitation and dangerous mail investigations; and Anthony Berosh, Beaver County District Attorney.
“Boys and Men Healing,” which will be shown at 4:30 p.m., is a graphic 60-minute documentary that depicts the lives of boys and men who were sexually abused and who are now focused on speaking out as part of their healing process. The film contains adult themes                                         
and language and is for mature audiences only. For more information about the film, visit www.bigpictures.com.
At the film’s conclusion, a question and answer session with the audience will be facilitated by staff members from the Women’s Center of Beaver County. Women’s Center staff will also be available to meet individually with audience members, if needed.
For more information about the programs, contact the Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Public invited to attend Advisory Board Wine, Ale and Food Pairing fundraiser

The public is invited to attend the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board’s Wine, Ale and Food Pairing event from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 19, in the Brodhead Bistro. Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for Beaver campus students. A variety of wines and ales will be paired with complementary foods specially prepared by Jeremy Lindner, director of Beaver campus Housing and Food Services, and his staff. Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by contacting the Beaver campus Development Office at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.

Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing will be held Sept. 8

The 14th annual Penn State Beaver Alumni Society Golf Outing will be held Monday, Sept. 8, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. The event is open to the public. Over the years, the event has raised more than $150,000 for students and projects at Beaver campus.

For information about the golf outing, contact the Beaver campus Development Office at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817.