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University will transition to new emergency messaging service this summer

No action needed at this time; additional details and signup instructions to be distributed starting in late May.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – This summer, Penn State will transition to a new emergency messaging system, away from the current service known as PSUTXT. The transition to the new service, which will be called PSUAlert, will begin in late May and will continue through June. This change will take place at all Penn State campuses, with the exception of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa.

No action is required at this time; detailed instructions will be distributed in late May and through June as the transition occurs. Penn State will continue to use PSUTXT for emergency alerts until the end of the day on June 30, at which point PSUAlert will become the University’s sole emergency messaging system.

To ensure the fastest possible delivery of critical information to Penn State campus communities in the event of an emergency, the new PSUAlert system will be reserved for students, faculty and staff. Students will be able to add parents to their PSUAlert accounts if they wish (for details, see below or visit the PSUAlert FAQs), and alert messages will be widely available on public platforms. Also, starting this summer, all students, faculty and staff will begin receiving alerts for their home campus at their Penn State-issued email address.

After PSUAlert launches this summer, students, faculty and staff who currently receive PSUTXT messages will need to re-enter their emergency contact information using the new PSUAlert signup portal. No subscriber information will be carried over from PSUTXT to PSUAlert, so it will be imperative that they take this step.

The new service will feature enhanced messaging capabilities, including the continued ability for enrollees to receive alerts by text message and email; the addition of phone-based voice alerts; and more robust integration with campus Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“PSUAlert, as is the case with PSUTXT currently, will play a critical role in Penn State’s emergency communications plans,” said Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for Police and Public Safety. “The system’s new capabilities will further strengthen our ability to quickly reach as much of our University community as possible when emergencies occur, so that people can make informed decisions about their own safety.”

Beginning in late May and continuing through June, communications and reminders about the transition will be distributed to students, faculty and staff by email. Communications also will be sent to current PSUTXT subscribers throughout the transition, and will be posted at http://news.psu.edu/tag/PSUAlert.

Those who have further questions are encouraged to visit the PSUAlert FAQs page. Additional questions can be sent to PSUAlert@psu.edu.

Signup reserved for students, faculty and staff

The ability to sign up for PSUAlert will be limited to Penn State students, faculty and staff. The Clery Act, a federal law related to campus safety, requires that the entire campus community be alerted as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. To help ensure the prompt delivery of alerts to the people directly affected by an incident on or near a Penn State campus, the University must limit who can access and be added to the system.

Students will be able to add parent/guardian/family member contact information to their PSUAlert accounts if they wish, but they will need to take the initiative to do so. Faculty and staff will be able to do the same for a spouse, partner or family member. However, all students, faculty and staff will be asked to limit the addition of others’ contact information when possible.

“In an emergency, seconds count. The larger the number of subscribers, the longer it will take alerts to reach those who are directly in Penn State’s care – our students, faculty and staff,” said Brian Bittner, director of Penn State Emergency Management. “Reserving signup for students, faculty and staff is a best practice among many of our peer institutions, whose goal in an emergency is the same as Penn State’s: to reach their campus communities with crucial information in the most efficient, effective ways possible.”

All members of the public will be able to follow PSUAlert messages for each campus on Facebook and Twitter. Specific links for those who wish to follow PSUAlert messages on Facebook and Twitter will be provided when the new system launches this summer.

In addition, in the event of an emergency, detailed communications will be distributed on many other platforms, including campus and university-wide websites, all of which are open to the public. Communications with the media also will play a crucial role in getting information to the public in the event of an emergency.

For additional information, read the PSUAlert FAQs. Additional questions can be sent to PSUAlert@psu.edu.

For media inquiries only, email Reidar Jensen at lrj114@psu.edu or call Penn State News and Media Relations at 814-865-7517.

Beaver's Center for Academic Achievement to host 'all-nighter'

In preparation for final exams, the Penn State Beaver Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) will host an “all-nighter” for students Thursday, April 24. The Night Owl Pizza Party Study Event will begin at 6 p.m. in 105 Ross Administration Building and will conclude when the last student leaves or by 8 a.m., whichever comes first. This study session is the second “all-nighter” held this semester. A highly-successful pre-midterm study event was also held in February.

The CAA will provide study supplies and refreshments for all students, along with a study break area where students can pause to take a quick nap or watch a video. During February’s event, Jill Tress, CAA coordinator, and two students spent the entire night working in the Ross Administration Building.

“It was a lot of fun, but the students were there to study,” Tress said. “The companionship and snacks were just an added attraction. The response was so positive that we may make this a regular event at midterms and finals every semester.”

Senior psychology major Jessica Davis said it was “a surprisingly fun way to be productive.” For more information, contact Tress at jmt31@psu.edu or 724-773-3867.

Registration open for 19 summer youth camps at Penn State Beaver

Registration is open for Penn State Beaver’s 19 summer youth camps to be offered June through August for children ages 5 to 18. Camps are run by the Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department.

The following camps are offered:

Baseball Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, June 16-19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Odyssey of The Mind Camp, ages 8-15
Monday-Friday, June 16-20
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Softball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, June 16-19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Fitness Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, June 23-27
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $125.

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.

Fitness and Wii Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, June 30-July 3
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $80.

Boys' Basketball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, July 7-10
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Crime Scene Investigation Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, July 14-18
9 a.m.-noon
Fee is $115.

Girls' Basketball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, July 14-17
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Rockets Away Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Friday, July 14-18
1-4 p.m.
Fee is $115.

Cheerleading Camp, ages 5-8
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24
9 a.m.-noon.
Fee is $80.

Soccer Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

Wrestling Camp, ages 8-14
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24
6-9 p.m.
Fee is $80.

Advanced Volleyball Camp, ages 14-18
Monday-Thursday, July 28-31
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $120.

Digital Video and Movie Production Camp, ages 11 and up
Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Wizardry Camp, ages 8 and older
Monday-Friday, July 28-Aug. 1
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee is $245.

Golf Camp, ages 18 and younger
Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-8
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $130.

Volleyball Camp, ages 8-13
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 4-7
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee is $100.

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


Beaver campus hosts town hall meeting with Rep. Jim Christiana

On the evening of Thursday, April 3, Penn State Beaver hosted an open, two-hour town hall meeting with Republican Rep. Jim Christiana, District 15, and the community. More than 80 people attended the event, which was held in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. Christiana presented his comments on a variety of subjects, including taxation, cyber and charter schools, current state policies and new businesses, including the shale industry.

Following his comments, he invited audience members to participate in a Q&A session. Beaver campus routinely sponsors political town hall meetings and debates as part of its public service outreach in the community. For information, contact the Chancellor’s Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Registration is open for Penn State Coaches Caravan

The public is invited to register for the 2014 Penn State Coaches Caravan, which will begin Thursday, May 1, in State College before moving on to 16 other Pennsylvania and Northeast cities.

James Franklin, the Nittany Lions football coach, and other Penn State varsity program coaches will provide their visions and missions for their teams. For fans in the Pittsburgh area, the Coaches Caravan will be at Pittsburgh’s Sheraton Station Square from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8. The reception admission fee includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and the coaches' program. A cash bar will be available. The fee for Penn State Alumni Association and the Nittany Lion Club members is $40. Each member may also bring one non-member guest for a fee of $40. Additional nonmembers will pay $55 for the event. Children ages 6 to 18 may attend for $15, and admission is free for children 5 and younger. Walk-in guests will be accepted on a space-available basis only, with an additional $10 registration fee per person. Confirmed coaches who will join Franklin at selected events are Char Morett, field hockey; Russ Rose, women’s volleyball; Cael Sanderson, wrestling; Erica Walsh, women’s soccer; and Bob Warming, men’s soccer.

Additional head coaches and football assistant coaches will be announced soon and will attend selected Caravan events. For a complete listing of the Coaches Caravan schedule and locations or to register for a program, visit http://alumni.psu.edu/events.

For questions or more information, contact the Alumni Association at 800-548-5466, option 4, during regular business hours, or email alumni-events@psu.edu.

Auditions announced for Center Theatre Players production of 'Sweeney Todd'

Auditions for all principal and ensemble roles in the Center Theatre Players summer production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium.

Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical will be directed by Sandy Reigel and presented July 24, 25 and 26 as part of the Beaver campus Brodhead Cultural Center’s 38th season of summer programming. Those auditioning should prepare one Broadway-style song. Songs by Sondheim and from the show are acceptable. All selections must be memorized. Anyone auditioning for a principal role should also prepare a one-minute monologue of any kind. Recorded accompaniment is preferred.

For a description of all principal and ensemble roles and the rehearsal schedule, visit www.beaver.psu.edu and click on the audition link. Set in 19th century London, “Sweeney Todd” is often regarded as Sondheim’s most beautiful, groundbreaking and ingeniously crafted score. The grim but darkly funny story follows Todd, a barber who returns to London after 15 years of false imprisonment and the loss of his family. He quickly sets out on a savage, bloody quest to wreak the ultimate vengeance upon those responsible for his losses.

To schedule an audition time, contact the Brodhead Cultural Center Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3610.

Public invited to free presentation about dangers of sexual predators

The public is invited to attend a free presentation about sexual predators and sexual assault awareness at Penn State Beaver at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Lodge of the campus Student Union Building. The program, “Sexual Predators: How ‘Friends’ Become Enemies,” will be presented in conjunction with the Women’s Center of Beaver County. Following the presentation, staff members from the Women’s Center will be on hand for a Q&A session with the audience as well as private counseling sessions.

Beaver campus and the Women’s Center have partnered on a series of programs in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

For more information, contact JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846. For free, confidential assistance for sexual and domestic abuse victims or prevention, contact the Women’s Center of Beaver County at its 24-hour helpline, 724-775-0131 or 877-629-1841, or visit http://womenscenterbc.org.

Beaver alumnus receives Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award

Eugene J. Meidinger, a 2010 graduate of Penn State Beaver’s information sciences and technology program, is the recipient of the third annual Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award sponsored by Direct Energy and Trib Total Media.

Meidinger was honored for his work with Crisis Center North (CCN), a Pittsburgh community resource and outreach center for victims of sexual and domestic violence. In 2007, CCN proposed the Western Regional Training Initiative (WRTI), which was the first online training resource developed to combat state and federal funding cuts to domestic violence and sexual assault centers. The WRTI allows participating programs to share trainers and training materials, maximizing the use of already scarce resources. Meidinger assisted in the development of a CCN website that hosts streaming video and other important training modules.

While a senior at Beaver campus, Meidinger created the website’s interface to access training videos and necessary back-up systems, which allows the WTRI website to build bridges in the University community, engage students in social change work and house vital training materials in one convenient location. The site also provides improved outreach for individuals with disabilities. As a result of Meidinger’s efforts, hundreds of additional volunteers and staff are trained and available to assist victims. Grace Coleman, CNN executive director, nominated Meidinger for the award and noted that his technical talents helped domestic violence and sexual assault centers throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Through the website, WRTI has seen extensive benefits, including an annual savings of more than $100,000 in training costs. Last year more than 500 users, ages 18 to 73, accessed the website.

Meidinger was honored at a ceremony April 1 at the Center for Hope in Ambridge. He received a $2,500 donation from Direct Energy which will be given to CCN to assist with expenses associated with maintaining the WRTI training website. For information about the award, contact CCN at 412-364-5556 or visit www.crisiscenternorth.org.

Beaver campus Faculty Speakers Series rescheduled for April 15

The Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series program originally scheduled for April 1 has been rescheduled for noon Tuesday, April 15, in Room 16, Student Union Building. Irene A. Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy, will present “An American Woman's International Teaching Experience; Travel and Teaching in Guangzhou, China.” The program will explore the time she spent teaching and living in China last summer. Wolf’s research areas focus on various aspects of philosophy, including diversity, culture, advocacy, altruism and women’s issues. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in philosophy from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from the College of St. Benedict. Wolf can be contacted at iaw1@psu.edu or 724-773-3843.

Alumni chapter wine tasting raises more than $850 for Beaver campus scholarships

The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association raised more than $850 at its annual Wine Tasting on March 29 at Felicity Farms Bed and Breakfast, Brighton Township. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Chapter’s scholarships for Penn State Beaver students.

Fifty people attended the evening event, which featured a variety of red and white wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Felicity Farms staff. For information about the chapter, contact Beaver’s Office of Campus and Community Relations at amk6@psu.edu or 724-773-3816.

Forensics Tournament draws 125 middle, high school students to Beaver campus

The winners of the 14th annual Penn State Beaver Forensics Tournament held on campus recently have been announced. At the tournament, 125 students competed in six events.

Participating schools were Beaver Middle School, Beaver High School, Beaver County Christian High School, Freedom High School, New Brighton High School, Quigley Catholic High School and West Allegheny High School.

Twenty teachers and parents from area schools served as judges for the competition, and 20 Beaver campus students and faculty members served as judges and volunteers. First- through third-place winners received trophies, and fourth- through sixth-place winners received certificates.

Categories and winners were as follows:

Oral Interpretation for Middle School - Students performed humorous or dramatic short stories from published books or plays.
First Place: Ahnika Hay, Beaver Middle School

Dramatic Interpretation for High School - Students performed short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.
First Place - Sarah Belsterling, Quigley Catholic High School
Second Place - Ellen Kruczek, Quigley Catholic High School
Third Place - Jeff Biers, West Allegheny High School
Fourth Place - TJ Belsterling, Quigley Catholic High School
Fifth Place - Kathryn Scott, Beaver High School
Sixth Place - Madelyn Smith, Beaver County Christian High School

Humorous Interpretation for High School - Students performed humorous short stories or cuttings from published books or plays.
First Place - Maura Vulakovich, West Allegheny High School
Second Place - Emily Bower, West Allegheny High School
Third Place - Austin Kuntz, Quigley Catholic High School
Fourth Place - Jacob Stumm, Quigley Catholic High School
Fifth Place – Nathan Elia, Quigley Catholic High School
Sixth Place – George Burnet, Quigley Catholic High School

Original Oratory for High School - Students delivered memorized original speeches to inform the audience about a topic or to persuade the audience regarding an important issue.
First Place – Michaela Morreale, Quigley Catholic High School
Second Place – Anna Marie Lovre, Quigley Catholic High School
Third Place – Nathan Elia, Quigley Catholic High School

Impromptu Speaking for Middle School - Students were given a topic, then required to deliver a three- to five-minute speech with only one to two minutes of preparation. In a twist on traditional forensics competitions, this tournament used fortune cookies to determine the topics.
First Place – Bethany Bonner, Beaver Middle School
Second Place – Joey Sestito, Beaver Middle School
Third Place – Tabitha Schrecengost, Beaver Middle School

Impromptu Speaking for High School - Students were given a topic, then required to deliver a three- to five-minute speech with only one to two minutes of preparation. In a twist on traditional forensics competitions, this tournament used fortune cookies to determine the topics.
First Place – Anthony Kuntz, Quigley Catholic High School
Second Place – George Burnet, Quigley Catholic High School
Third Place – TJ Belsterling, Quigley Catholic High School
Fourth Place – Jacob Stumm, Quigley Catholic High School
Fifth Place – Emily Smith, Quigley Catholic High School
Sixth Place – Austin Kuntz, Quigley Catholic High School

Dramatic Duo for Middle School - Partners performed dramatic or humorous cuttings from published plays.
First Place – Cooper Dalmaso and Elizabeth Romero, Beaver Middle School
Second Place – Cooper Dalmaso and Frankie Speerhas, Beaver Middle School
Third Place – Hannah Dougherty and Hannah Oberg, Beaver Middle School
Fourth Place – Brittany Ratkovich and Alexis DeSanzo, Beaver Middle School
Fifth Place – Gwen Jones and Jenny Jurich, Beaver Middle School
Sixth Place – Meagan Crossland and Alexis DeSanzo, Beaver Middle School

Dramatic Duo for High School - Partners performed dramatic or humorous cuttings from published plays.
First Place – TJ Belsterling and Sarah Belsterling, Quigley Catholic High School
Second Place – Taylor Schmac and Spencer Sinclair, West Allegheny High School
Third Place – Michaela Morreale and Emily Smith, Quigley Catholic High School
Fourth Place – Hadley Neish and Laura Onuska, Beaver High School
Fifth Place – Haley Weeks and Maddi Cicconi, Beaver High School
Sixth Place – Ashley Malinak and Amanda Fischer, Freedom High School

Wretched Interpretation for High School - A novelty event in which students perform intentionally bad (melodramatic) interpretations of the material of their choice.
First Place – George Burnet, Quigley Catholic High School
Second Place – Anthony Kuntz, Quigley Catholic High School
Third Place – Ellen Kruczek, Quigley Catholic High School
Fourth Place – Betsy Corcoran, Beaver County Christian High School
Fifth Place – Nathan Elia, Quigley Catholic High School
Sixth Place – Jacob Stumm, Quigley Catholic High School

Team Award - Teams earned one point for each student or duo that placed and one additional point for each first-place finish.
First-Place Middle School: Beaver
First-Place High School: Quigley Catholic

“Forensics allows students to face fears of public speaking and builds confidence,” said John Chapin, professor of communications and coordinator of the annual Forensics Tournament. “The tournament also provides an opportunity for schools to encourage academic growth and competition in a non-athletic forum.”

For more information about the Forensics Tournament, contact Chapin at jrc11@psu.edu or 724-773-3877.

Campus announces results of annual High School Math Competition

Penn State Beaver announced the results of its annual High School Math Competition held on campus March 25. Seventy-five students, grades 9-12, from nine area high schools participated.

Senior Ryan Biggins and junior Brian Frenz from Moon High School tied in the individual competition. Moon High School, Team 1, won first place in the group competition; Montour High School, Team 1, won second place; and Montour High School, Team 2, took third place.

The event was coordinated by Chris Wu, Beaver campus professor of mathematics. Assistants were Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment, and Linda Garlitz, faculty staff assistant.

Participating high schools, faculty sponsors and students were:

Beaver High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Michael Ludwig
Zane Braslawsce, grade 11
Patrick Murtha, grade 10
Devin Dikec, grade 10
Luke Pittner, grade 9
Alex Hartman, grade 9

Blackhawk High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Heather McCowin
Haley Schram, grade 12
Laura Fritz, grade 12
Sofia Papageorge, grade 11
Katie Masterson, grade 11
Matt Warnaka, grade 10

Central Valley High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Haley Rubb
Brian Kolich, grade 12
Caleb Goss, grade 12
Courtney Yu, grade 11
Sean Maravich, grade 10
Marina Testa, grade 9

Central Valley High School – Team II
Faculty Sponsor - Joe Sowinski
Matt Kline, grade 12
Jack Zheng, grade 12
Abby Morrison, grade 11
Phillip Johnson, grade 10
Alexis Morrison, grade 9

Hopewell High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Bronwyn Korchnak
Jordan Sabo, grade 12
Aaron Pfeifer, grade 12
Corey Horgan, grade 11
Gaelen Brown, grade 11
Tim Sabo, grade 10

Lincoln Park Performing Arts School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Sarah Fucsko
Joseph Babcanec, grade 12
Christian Smith, grade 12
Alex DiBello, grade 11
Kira Taufer, grade 11
Nancy Wilson, grade 10

Lincoln Park Performing Arts School – Team II
Faculty Sponsor - Sarah Fucsko
Collier Streitman, grade 12
Elijah Davis, grade 12
Victoria Homschek, grade 11
Megan Davis, grade 10
Robert Casamassa, grade 10

Montour High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Matt Sprys
Michael Hensler, grade 12
Aryana Jones, grade 11
Alan Kuffner, grade 11
Rosh Bharthi, grade 9
Hunter Smutney, grade 10

Montour High School – Team II
Faculty Sponsor - Matt Sprys
Chris Siak, grade 12
Matt Cain, grade 12
Victoria Kocsuta, grade 11
Eric Lowden, grade 11
Nicole Benigni, grade 10

Moon High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Steve Palumbo
Pietari Sulkava, grade 12
Ryan Biggins, grade 12
John Bal, grade 11
Brian Frenz, grade 11
Nikhil Maheshwari, grade 9

Moon High School – Team II
Faculty Sponsor - Loni Iannessa
Delaney Padgett, grade 12
Tommy Heller, grade 12
Jessica Peng, grade 11
Aashka Shah, grade 11
Ian Tilton, grade 10

Rochester High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Glory Shychuck
Kyle Ziegler, grade 12
Jasmine Wong, grade 12
Michael Gill, grade 11
Stephanie Tame, grade 10
Tanner Spratt, grade 9

Rochester High School – Team II
Faculty Sponsor - Glory Shychuck
Joe Cornell, grade 11
Isaiah Hauser, grade 11
Krestyn Beightley, grade 10
Moriah Cornell, grade 9
Tyler Borzyn, grade 9

Western Beaver High School – Team I
Faculty Sponsor - Jim Lewis
Kashmire Sainiak, grade 12
Taylor Carlin, grade 12
Andrea Blakemore, grade 11
Mike McIntire, grade 11
Austin Cornelius, grade 10

Western Beaver High School – Team II
Faculty Sponsor - Jim Lewis
Matt Girting, grade 12
Bailey Frye, grade 12
Hunter Roknich, grade 11
John Petrosky, grade 11
Morissa Gailey, grade 10

For information about the annual Math Competition, contact Wu at ccw3@psu.edu or 724-773-3870.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: March 31 to April 1

Monday, March 31
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 6, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 1
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Wilkes-Barre 3

Tuesday, April 1
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 10, Penn State Fayette 0
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 19, Penn State Fayette 7
Softball – Penn State Fayette 13, Penn State Beaver 7
Softball – Penn State Fayette 5, Penn State Beaver 0

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

Penn State holds Sexual Assault Awareness Month events in April

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In an ongoing effort to bring greater awareness to sexual violence and to child abuse, several Penn State events are being held during the month of April, which has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Highlighting events at University Park is a keynote speech by James Hmurovich, CEO and president of Prevent Child Abuse America, followed by a panel discussion, to be held 7:30 to 9 p.m., April 23, in the HUB Auditorium. The evening, titled “Making a Difference, Every Day: Preventing Child Abuse Begins with You,” is co-sponsored by multiple University and community organizations.

There are numerous resources available to help victims of sexual assault and violence at Penn State campuses and through services across Pennsylvania and nationwide. A detailed list of organizational contacts and online resources is available at http://news.psu.edu/story/150282/2012/04/02/university-resources-assist-sexual-violence-victims/.

In addition to April’s events, Penn State’s Third Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being will be held May 5 and 6 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The conference will feature presentations by multiple experts from across the country and will discuss four major areas of family dynamics: family processes underlying child maltreatment, intergenerational transmission of maltreatment, evidence-based interventions with maltreated children and their families, and future directions in child maltreatment prevention.

Following are some of the events being held throughout April at Penn State campuses. Some campuses held events in March as well.

Penn College
-- The Clothesline Project, a visual display that bears witness to violence against women, will be on display during the week of April 7 in the Bush Campus Center lobby.

-- "Drawing the Shades," a nationally recognized multimedia performance depicting the emotional experience of rape and sexual assault, will be held at 7 p.m. on April 9 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The program, a short play followed by a musical slideshow, is free and open to the public. Multicultural and sexual minority issues will also be addressed; survivors are warned of the program's intensely emotional content. “Drawing the Shades” also will be offered in the auditorium as a professional development activity for Penn College faculty and staff at 2:30 p.m. on April 4.

Penn State Altoona
Penn State Altoona will host two key events in recognition of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

-- On April 3, Penn State Altoona’s Health Advisory Board and Family Service, Inc. of Blair County will have a showing of the documentary “Healing Need.” During this lunch ’n’ learn, several speakers, including Kim Menard, assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State Altoona, will discuss the importance of breaking the cycle of sexual violence. The Clothesline Project also will be on display and teal ribbons will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Blair County Family Shelter.

-- “Take Back the Night” will be held at 4 p.m. on April 10 in the Slep Student Center. The Clothesline Project also will be on display, and a panel discussion will follow the showing of a documentary.

Penn State Beaver
The Penn State Beaver Student Activity Fee, the Women’s Center of Beaver County, the Penn State Beaver Climate and Diversity Committee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of PA and the Penn State Commission for Women are sponsoring a series of programs for the campus community as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

-- An interactive workshop, “Know Your Neighbor,” will be conducted by the Women’s Center. The workshop will be offered at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., April 2, in room 16 of the Student Union Building.

-- A presentation on “The U.S. Attorney’s Insights About Sexual Violence in the Pittsburgh Region” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on April 2 in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The program is presented by the Pittsburgh region U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Women’s Center. 

-- The documentary “Boys and Men Healing” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. on April 2 in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The film chronicles the impact of sexual abuse of boys, and the importance of speaking out and healing for male survivors. The Women’s Center will host a post-screening discussion. 

-- An interactive workshop, “Sexual Predators: How ‘Friends’ Become Enemies,” will be conducted by the Women’s Center at 4:30 p.m. on April 9 in the Lodge of the Student Union Building.

For more information, contact Dr. JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology and co-chair of the Climate and Diversity Committee, at jxc64@psu.edu or 724-773-3846.

Penn State Berks
-- The Feministic club will hold the second annual "Take Back the Night" event on April 7. A rally and march will begin at 1 p.m. at the Franco Amphitheater followed by presentations in the evening beginning at 6 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. The event will feature speeches by student organizations, facilities and student services, and special guests such as Berks Women in Crisis and "Take Back the Night" founder Katie Koestner. Koestner received public attention in 1991 when she was featured on the cover of Time magazine for being the first women to speak publicly about date rape. This event is free and open to the public.

Penn State DuBois
-- The Clothesline Project, a visual display that bears witness to violence against women, will be on display from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., April 14, 15 and 16, in The Lion’s Den.  In addition, a “Take Back the Night” rally will be held at 6 p.m. on April 16 in The Lion’s Den.

Penn State Greater Allegheny
-- In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Penn State Greater Allegheny Health Services and Student Affairs are hosting national speaker Elaine Pasqua on campus. Her program, “Sex and Excess, Surviving the Party,” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on April 9 in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center.

Pasqua effectively connects high-risk drinking to unprotected sex through captivating interactive exercises that get students out of their seats and engage them in real-life situations. The consequences of unprotected sex, as well as safe sex and healthy communication are discussed with honesty and humor. She clearly establishes the relationship of alcohol to sexual assault and warns of the use of date rape drugs. This dynamic program strives to create a safe and healthy campus environment.

Penn State Harrisburg
Penn State Harrisburg continues its support of sexual assault awareness with two events.

-- “Shatter the Silence: A Talk by Angela Rose” will take place at noon on April 1 at Morrison Gallery in the library. Rose’s decade of work on the issue of sexual violence has made her a highly respected and engaging speaker and an expert on sexual assault and violence prevention. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for survivor empowerment. To learn more information about Angela Rose, please visit the CAMPUSSPEAK webpage.

-- Penn State Harrisburg Commission for Women, SAF, Residence Life and the Penn State Commission for Women will sponsor Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 8 at Vartan Plaza. This extraordinary event offers male participants the opportunity to walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes while educating the community on sexual violence and rallying them to take preventative action. Registration is free and open through April 4. Participants can bring their own shoes; however, shoes will be available on a first-come-first-served basis the day of the event.

Penn State Mont Alto
-- Penn State Mont Alto is committed to raising awareness and providing education about sexual assault and child abuse. For Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, Penn State Mont Alto’s Student Affairs will sponsor a “Welcome to the Party” film showing and discussion at 8:30 p.m. April 2 in the Wiestling Student Center. The event will be facilitated by an education services staff member from Women In Need (WIN), a nonprofit organization that provides services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Franklin and Fulton Counties.

Penn State Schuylkill
-- Penn State Schuylkill and the Penn State Schuylkill Commission for Women will host the “Annual Survivor Tea” at noon on April 2 in the R. Michael Fryer conference room. Rachel Mercuri, counselor with the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) will speak about her role with SARCC and the new “Live the Green Dot” initiative. This event provides attendees the opportunity to celebrate survival over life’s challenges including both major obstacles and small challenges. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact Karen Beruck at kdb132@psu.edu to register.

-- On behalf of the Diversity Council of Penn State Schuylkill, Lauren J. Joseph, assistant professor of sociology, has arranged for the screening of “Out in the Silence,” a 2009 documentary film by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, at 7 p.m. April 2 in the R. Michael Fryer Conference Center. The film chronicles the chain of events that occur when the severe bullying of a gay teen draws Wilson and his partner back to the conservative rural community of Oil City, Pa., where their own same-sex wedding announcement had previously ignited a controversy. The Diversity Council is very pleased to host this event that will touch on issues of local Pennsylvania culture and social change, diversity and community, and mutual understanding and communication. Following the film screening, Rev. Mark Micklos, an evangelical preacher featured in the documentary film who developed an unexpected friendship with the filmmakers, will lead a discussion with the audience on LGBT issues, religion and learning to communicate across deep divides. Micklos is senior pastor at the Fern Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church.

This documentary was funded in part by Penn State through WPSU, an outreach service of the University.  This event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Lauren J. Joseph at luj12@psu.edu.

Penn State Shenango
-- From noon to 1 p.m. on April 9, the Penn State Shenango Human Development and Family Studies club will host a sexual assault awareness program in the Great Hall. A speaker from AWARE, a victim services agency dedicate to eliminating domestic and sexual violence in Mercer County, will discuss the importance of sexual assault awareness and prevention. Campus police officer Joe Izzo and campus counselor Tony Paglia will also be on hand to provide additional resources and information for victims of sexual assault. In addition, Penn State Shenango alumnus Dan Durst will conduct a self-defense demonstration and discuss training classes that are offered in the Shenango community. Student attendees will receive a rape whistle as a free give-a-way for the event.

University Park campus and greater State College area
-- At 6:30 p.m. on March 31, the Center for Women Students and Sapphire Leadership Program sponsored “Project Unbreakable: An Evening with Grace Brown.” Conceived in 2011, this program features a display of more than 2,000 images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers.

-- TRIOTA, Penn State’s women’s studies’ honor society, will host an interactive discussion panel titled "WE ARE asking for consent" at 7 p.m. on April 3 in 111 Wartik outlining what consent actually means.

-- TRIOTA will present the documentary "Brave Miss World" at 8 p.m. on April 3 in 104 Thomas. The film tells the story of Miss Israel Linor Abargil and how she transcended her sexual assault to bring support and hope to other victims.

-- Student organization One Heart will host “Stewards of Children,” an interactive training program that provides education on child protection. The training will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 5. A location will be announced following registration.

-- A brown bag discussion titled “Sexual assault: What if it happened to me or someone I know?” will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on April 7 in 203 Boucke Building. Jill Buchanan from University Health Services will facilitate the discussion.

-- Join the Center for Women Students and the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 8 in Memorial Lounge at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to honor the strength and resiliency of survivors of sexual, emotional and physical violence, and those who support them in the healing process.

-- Join CAPS, PCAR, No More and 1 in 6 at 6:30 p.m. on April 9 in the HUB auditorium for "Boys and Men Healing," a film and panel discussion event about male survivors of child abuse.

-- The Panhellenic Council welcomes Tawakkol Karman to speak on women’s empowerment at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in Alumni Hall.

-- At 1 p.m. April 10 Men Against Violence will host the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to spread awareness about sexual violence and give men the opportunity to experience what women go through in heels, even if only for a mile. The event is free and registration forms are available starting April 1 in 204 Boucke Building and can be found electronically on the Men Against Violence Facebook page.

-- UPUA, The Panhellenic Council and IFC welcomes Jaclyn Friedman, writer, performer, activist and editor of “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape,” who will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in 100 Thomas Building.

-- Form 6 to 7 p.m. on April 15 in Greg Sutliff Auditorium in the Lewis Katz Building the Center for Women Students and Family Law Clinic, the Centre County Bar Association and the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs will host “Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sexual Violence Cases,” a panel discussion that explores the legal and ethical challenges associated with sexual violence cases. Panelists include Sean McGraw, defense attorney and former prosecutor; David Kaye, professor of law at Penn State and an expert on DNA, statistics and forensic evidence; Audra Hixson, assistant director of the Center for Women Students at Penn State; and Spencer Peters, a detective with the Penn State University Police. Jill Engle, a professor of law at Penn State and director of the school's Family Law Clinic, will moderate. Visit https://law.psu.edu/events/legal-and-ethical-aspects-sexual-assault-cases for more information.

-- Join CAPS from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 16 in the HUB auditorium for "Don't Stand By: Show You Care About Sexual Assault," a program that teaches individuals how to recognize danger signs and intervene to help prevent sexual assaults.

-- The Commission for Women’s Personal Safety and Sexual Assault Awareness Committee will host “Megan Maas: A lecture on sexual violence prevention in a sexualized culture” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 17 in Foster Auditorium.

-- The powerful documentary “You Are the One” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 in Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center. The film explores sexual assault awareness and sexual empowerment on college campuses through the work of two activists and the strong connections they’ve established during their travels throughout the United States.

-- Join the Penn State community at 6 p.m. April 23 in front of Old Main for the annual “Take Back the Night” march hosted by Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc.

-- Join UPUA and The Network for the Protection and Well-Being of Children from 7:30 to 9 p.m., April 23, in the HUB Auditorium when they present “Making a Difference, Every Day: Preventing Child Abuse Begins with You.” This event is co-sponsored by multiple University and community organizations, and will feature keynote speaker James Hmurovich, CEO and president of Prevent Child Abuse America. A list of sponsors and additional information are at http://protectchildren.psu.edu/content/save-date-national-child-abuse-prevention-month-event/.

-- The Panhellenic Council will host a self-defense presentation from 6 to 8 p.m., April 28, in Alumni Hall.

-- TRIOTA will sponsor a sexual assault panel featuring Penn State faculty and staff at 7 p.m. April 28, location to be determined.