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 Penn State Beaver students receive high honors at annual awards banquet

The 46th annual Penn State Beaver Awards Banquet was held recently in the Student Union Building to honor a variety of students recognized for high achievement throughout the academic year.

Amy Arnold, a sophomore business major from Midland, received the 2013-14 Eric A. & Josephine S. Walker Award, which recognizes a student’s highest achievements in and out of the classroom at each Penn State location. She also received a Campus Honors Program Award.

Brenten Rhone, a senior administration of justice major from Ambridge, received the Penn State Beaver Outstanding Student of the Year Award.

Students who received multiple awards were:

Nelly Peralta, senior, administration of justice, Moon Township
-- Administration of Justice Baccalaureate Award
-- Adult Achievement Award

Haojun Sui, freshman, engineering, Shanghai
-- President’s Freshman Award
-- Campus Honors Program Award

Trey Trieschock, junior, administration of justice, Canonsburg
-- Campus Honors Program Award
-- Student Life Leadership Award

Lindsay Bangor, sophomore, liberal arts, Beaver
-- College of the Liberal Arts Award in English
-- Campus Honors Program Award

Megan Powers, sophomore, agriculture, Beaver Falls
-- Eberly College of Science Award in Chemistry
-- Campus Honors Program Award

Tyler Madden, junior, administration of justice, Moon Township
-- University College Award in Administration of Justice
-- Campus Honors Program Award

Additional awards were made as follows:

President’s Freshman Award
Ruhiben Patel, sophomore, science, Pittsburgh

Business Award
Danielle Mrdjenovich, senior, business, Gibsonia

Business Award in Marketing and Management
Abagail Filippi, senior, business, Aliquippa

College of Engineering Award in Electrical Engineering
Santino Graziani, sophomore, engineering, Aliquippa

College of Engineering Award in Mechanical Engineering
Dakotah McCalmon, junior, engineering, Pittsburgh

Communications Award in Corporate Communications
Michael Brayack, senior, communications, Aliquippa

Communications Award in Journalism
Caitlin Vodenichar, senior, communications, Rochester

Information Sciences and Technology Award
Armans Bimatovs, senior, information sciences and technology, Riga, Latvia

Information Sciences and Technology Award in Systems Design and Development
Joseph Benscoter, senior, information sciences and technology, Beaver Falls

Information Sciences and Technology Award in Technology Integration and Application
Matthew Curcio, junior, information sciences and technology, North Huntingdon

Psychology Award
Jessica Davis, senior, psychology, Pittsburgh

Psychology Department Award
Maddison Miller, senior, psychology, Aliquippa

Campus Honors Program Award
Morgon Allbaugh, sophomore, agriculture, Monaca
Shahanna Begay, senior, psychology, East Palestine, Ohio
Brianna D’Itri, freshman, communications, Midland
Matthew Downing, junior, science, Elgin, Ill.
Matthew Fetch, sophomore, agriculture, Aliquippa
John Fletcher, sophomore, division of undergraduate studies, Beaver Falls
Zachary Houston, sophomore, science, Moon Township
Hong Li, sophomore, science, Pittsburgh
Katherine Loza, freshman, division of undergraduate studies, Beaver
Kristin Macom, sophomore, engineering, New Brighton
Bryan Magee, sophomore, liberal arts, Sewickley
Joseph McFarland, freshman, earth and mineral science, Aliquippa
Carrisa Noce, sophomore, health and human development, Burgettstown
Michael Norris, freshman, engineering, Canonsburg
Ana Clara Passos Melo, freshman, liberal arts, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Roy Rowland, freshman, division of undergraduate studies, Harmony
Valerie Stannard, senior, psychology, Midland
Cody Zanaglio, sophomore, division of undergraduate studies, Canonsburg
Audrey Zanath, junior, education, Aliquippa

College Honors Program Award
Michael Deitrick, information sciences and technology, Beaver
Shelby Hogan, senior, psychology, Clinton

Student Life Leadership Awards
Jessica Findling, sophomore, psychology, Hickory
Maura Francis, sophomore, liberal arts, Pittsburgh
Nicole Nuske, sophomore, education, Baden
Paula Sequeira, freshman, division of undergraduate studies, Kuwait
Wenjiao “Claire” Wang, freshman, division of undergraduate studies, Xi An Shaanxi, China

Community Service Award
The Psychology Club

For information about Beaver campus academic programs, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 724-773-3800.

 

Winners of Beaver's annual Undergraduate Research Fair are announced

Penn State Beaver announced the winners of the 13th annual Undergraduate Research Fair held recently in the Student Union Building. Twenty-five campus students participated.

Students were required to work with a faculty mentor in researching their topic and preparing an oral and/or poster presentation in communications, psychology and sociology.

Poster Winners:
First Place – Arts and Humanities
Student: Taylor Braxton, junior, communications, Moon Township
Topic: “Growing Up Disney: Do African-American Disney Fans Adopt Eurocentric Standards of Beauty?”
Faculty Mentor: John Chapin, professor of communications

First Place – Social Science
Students:
Brandon Cahall, senior, psychology, Pittsburgh
Zachary Melvin, senior, psychology, Cranberry Township
Bryan Mooney, sophomore, psychology, Washington, Pa.
Topic: “The Effect of Music-Induced Moods on the Recognition of Emotional Words”
Faculty Mentor: Ana Fontes, assistant professor of psychology

Second Place – Social Science
Students:
John Fletcher, sophomore, division of undergraduate studies, Beaver Falls
Brandon Cahall, senior, psychology, Pittsburgh
Topic: “A Cross-Cultural Study of Gender Roles”
Faculty Mentor: Ana Fontes, assistant professor of psychology

Oral Winner:
First Place – Social Science
Students:
Kathline Wherry, senior psychology, Rochester
Maddison Miller, senior, psychology, Aliquippa
Topic: “The Cross-Cultural Study of Gender Roles”
Faculty Mentor: Ana Fontes, assistant professor of psychology

The planning committee was chaired by Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy. Chapin and Fontes were members of the planning committee and Chapin also served as a judge.

Additional planning committee members were:
Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics
JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology
Linda Garlitz, faculty staff assistant
Matt Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral sciences
Talha Harcar, associate professor of business

Additional judges were:
Amy Deuink, head librarian
Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology
Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics
Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry
Sherry Kratsas, instructor in computer science and engineering
Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice
Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry

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

Moon High School wins annual Science Challenge at Penn State Beaver

Moon High School Team 1 won the 19th annual Penn State Beaver Science Challenge hosted by the campus Friday, April 11. Second place team was Quaker Valley High School Team 1, and the third place team was Moon High School Team 2.

Twenty-eight students from seven area high schools participated. The event was coordinated by Michael Hay, associate professor of chemistry at Beaver campus.

First-place team winners Rocco Maue and John Bal each received a $100 Beaver Valley Mall gift card. Their faculty adviser was Tracey Spinelli. Moon High School also received a $1,000 Penn State Beaver scholarship to be awarded to a Moon student planning to attend Beaver campus.

Second place team winners Andrew Warburton and Justin Green each received a $50 Beaver Valley Mall gift card. The faculty adviser was Patti Colangelo.

Third place team winners Alex Connor and Ryan Biggins each received a $25 Beaver Valley Mall gift card. The faculty adviser was Tracey Spinelli.

Participating high schools, students and faculty sponsors were:

Ambridge High School - Team 1 (Josh Shoup and Veronica Ammer)
Ambridge High School - Team 2 (Katie Stanley and Thomas Olexsovich)
Faculty adviser - Greg Foster

Blackhawk High School - Team 1 (Brianne Falkowski and Brianna Camp)
Blackhawk High School - Team 2 (Laura Fritz and Haley Schramm)
Faculty adviser - Kim Baker

Moon High School - Team 1 (Rocco Maue and John Bal)
Moon High School - Team 2 (Alex Connor and Ryan Biggins)
Faculty adviser - Tracey Spinelli

New Brighton High School - Team 1 (Mitchell Vukich and Brandon Wilson)
New Brighton High School - Team 2 (Katarina Whalen and Ian Fillinger)
Faculty adviser - Matt Stuber

Quaker Valley High School - Team 1 (Andrew Warburton and Justin Green)
Quaker Valley High School - Team 2 (Guillaume Shippee and Axel Gross)
Faculty adviser - Patti Colangelo

South Side High School - Team 1 (Evan Bilsky and Autumn Schultz)
South Side High School - Team 2 (Ashley Knoerdel and Katie Campbell)
Faculty adviser - Jennifer Satler

Western Beaver High School - Team 1 (Kashmir Sainiak and Joe Zadnik)
Western Beaver High School - Team 2 (Tessa Goehring and Taylor Carlin)
Faculty adviser - Becky Galat

For information about the Science Challenge, contact Hay at mth7@psu.edu or 724-773-3876.

Public invited to Wine, Ale and Food Pairing fundraiser at Penn State Beaver

The public is invited to attend an informal Wine, Ale and Food Pairing from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 19, in the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Bistro. The event, which is hosted by the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board, is sponsored by Raymond James.

Proceeds benefit the Advisory Board’s scholarship for Beaver campus students. Wines and ales from a variety of Pennsylvania vendors will be available and will be specifically paired with select hot and cold hors d'oeuvres prepared by the chefs in the Beaver campus Office of Housing and Food Services. Fee is $50 per person. Attendees must be 18 years of age.

To make reservations or to obtain more information, contact the Beaver campus Development Office at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Registration is open for Beaver Alumni Society's 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. The event, which will be held rain or shine, will begin at 8 a.m. at the gazebo and finish on Second and Market Street.

Proceeds benefit scholarships for Beaver campus students and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County. Those preregistering by Saturday, May 3, will pay a fee of $20 and will receive an adult-size Dry-Fit short-sleeved shirt. Those preregistering after May 3 or on the day of the race will pay a fee of $25 and will not receive a shirt. Awards will be given for ages 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and older. Trophies will be awarded to the top three overall male runners and top three overall female runners. Medals will be presented to the top three men and women who finish in each age group. All runners and walkers will be Bib timed, a disposable timing chip attached to the bib number, and will begin the course at the same time.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available by contacting the Development Office.

The registration form, course map, elevation and grade are available at http://br.psu.edu/Alumni/alumevents.htm. To preregister or for more information, contact Mona DeLisio in the Beaver campus Development Office at mad25@psu.edu or 724-773-3817. Registration on the day of the event will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the gazebo in Beaver.

Membership in Penn State Beaver Valley Alumni Chapter is open to public

The public is invited to join the Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Individuals do not need to be Penn State graduates in order to join the group

The chapter, which has been in existence for more than 25 years, works closely with Penn State Beaver in providing outreach efforts in the community and scholarships for Beaver campus students. The chapter’s activities include the annual Holiday Gift Drive for Beaver County Children and Youth Services, which provides gifts for children in need; the annual Wine Tasting at Felicity Farms, and selling Penn State Creamery ice cream at the Brodhead Cultural Center summer shows. Annual dues are $10 per person or $15 for a couple or family. T

he application form is available online at http://br.psu.edu/Alumni/17120.htm. To receive a form in the mail, contact Beaver’s Office of Campus and Community Relations at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3815.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: April 5 to 13

Saturday, April 5
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 4, Penn State Mont Alto 3
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Mont Alto 3
Softball – Penn State Mont Alto 7, Penn State Beaver 2
Softball – Penn State Mont Alto 13, Penn State Beaver 2

Sunday, April 6
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 8, Penn State York 0
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 6, Penn State York 2
Softball – Penn State Beaver 13, Penn State New Kensington 8
Softball – Penn State New Kensington 13, Penn State Beaver 4

Saturday, April 12
Baseball – Penn State Schuylkill 9, Penn State Beaver 5
Baseball – Penn State Schuylkill 7, Penn State Beaver 0
Softball – Penn State Schuylkill 3, Penn State Beaver 2
Softball – Penn State Beaver 11, Penn State Schuylkill 3

Sunday, April 13
Baseball – Penn State Brandywine 13, Penn State Beaver 1
Baseball – Penn State Brandywine 10, Penn State Beaver 1
Softball – Penn State Brandywine 9, Penn State Beaver 8
Softball – Penn State Brandywine 12, Penn State Beaver 11

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.

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.

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.

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.

Musical Theater Camp, ages 7-15
Monday-Friday, July 28 - Aug. 1
9 a.m.-noon
Fee is $115.

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.