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Penn State Beaver community honors Chancellor Gary Keefer at retirement dinner

More than 160 members of the campus and community honored Penn State Beaver Chancellor Gary B. Keefer at his retirement dinner held Thursday, May 1, in the Student Union Building Lodge. Keefer will retire June 30 after 18 years of service to the University.

Keefer came to Beaver campus as director of academic affairs in 1996. He was named interim campus executive officer (CEO) in 1997 and was appointed CEO in 1998. Penn State changed the CEO title to chancellor in 2005.

The evening featured remarks delivered by Penn State President Rodney Erickson; Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses, who also served as mistress of ceremonies; Donna Kuga, Beaver campus director of academic affairs; and John Feraco, president, Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and styrenics manufacturing and technology leader, NOVA Chemicals. Other speakers included Luke Taiclet, director of finance and business; Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment; Chris Rizzo, director of student affairs; Leo Takahashi, assistant professor of physics; Senator Elder Vogel Jr.; Representative Jim Marshall; Beaver County Commissioner Chairman Tony Amadio; Beaver County Commissioners Dennis Nichols and Joe Spanik; Roseann Simoni, Board of Directors, Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association; and Amanda Palombo, Beaver campus senior communications major and secretary of the Student Government Association.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, Kuga presented Keefer with a traditional Penn State Nittany Lion statue with an engraved inscription and a cash gift, which he donated to the Chancellor Gary B. Keefer Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was established last fall in honor of his tenure as the longest serving chancellor in Beaver campus history.

Hanes announced that the Commonwealth Campus chancellors honored Keefer with a gift to his scholarship, and Simoni presented him with a cash gift for his scholarship as well as a plaque.

On behalf of the student body, Palombo gave Keefer a photo of the latest cover of the student newspaper, The Roar, which featured Keefer. The matting surrounding the photo was signed by hundreds of students, staff and faculty.

For additional photos of the event, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennstatebeaver/sets/72157644467444291/

Keefer can be contacted at gbk3@psu.edu or 724-773-3556. Correspondence can be mailed to him at Penn State Beaver, 201 Ross Administration Building, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061-2764. To make a donation to the Keefer Endowed Scholarship, contact Diana Patterson, director of development, at dlp25@psu.edu or 724-773-3558.

Beaver campus Advisory Board and students honor faculty and staff

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Beaver campus student body recently honored seven faculty and staff members at the annual campus awards dinner. Each Advisory Board award was $500.

Kristen Olson, associate professor of English, received the Andrews Industrial Controls Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award. Olson joined the campus in 2000 and served as honors coordinator from 2001 to 2008. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, an master of liberal arts degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Colby College.

Jonathan Abel, lecturer in biology, received the ESB Bank Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. He has worked at the campus for two years. He received his doctorate of chiropractic from D’Youville College and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in psychology from SUNY Albany.

JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology, was honored with the NOVA Chemicals Faculty Excellence in Research Award. She is a former recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Sky Bank Excellence in Service Award, the Penn State Commonwealth College Service Award and the Penn State University Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Outstanding Program in the Diversity Speakers Series. Chirico holds a doctorate in sociology and education as well as a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Jill Tress, learning center and disability services coordinator, received the Day Capital Group Staff Excellence Award. She joined Beaver campus in 2011. Tress holds a master of fine arts in creative writing (fiction) from Carlow University, a master’s degree in English (literature and writing) from Slippery Rock University, a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Mount Holyoke College, and a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in secondary English from Geneva College.

Linda Garlitz, staff assistant for all campus faculty members, received the PNC Financial Staff Service Award. She has held her campus position since 1994 and is a graduate of Riverside High School. Garlitz holds an associate degree in applied science as an executive secretary from the Community College of Beaver County.

Campus students honored Talha Harcar, associate professor of business, with the Outstanding Academic Adviser Award. A faculty member since 2001, Harcar received the Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award in 2010 and 2013. He holds a doctorate in business administration and a master’s degree and two bachelor’s degrees in marketing from Istanbul University. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Dan Pinchot, director of enrollment and co-adviser of The Roar student newspaper, received the students' Outstanding Club Adviser Award. Pinchot began working in Beaver’s Office of Campus and Community Relations in 1998 and has held his current position since 2001. He received a master’s of education degree in curriculum and instruction, a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Penn State. He also earned a teaching certificate in communications from Robert Morris University.

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

Penn State Beaver Advisory Board approves two new members

The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board has approved the nomination of Kevion Latham and Cheryl Moon-Sirianni as new board members for the 2014-15 academic year.

Latham is a partner and adviser with Fort McIntosh Wealth Advisors in Beaver. He is responsible for new business development and assists business owners, individuals, families and professional athletes with wealth management. Previously, he spent two years as an adviser at Merrill Lynch and also worked as an analyst and underwriter for PNC’s Corporate Banking Division. Latham is the co-founder of Orange Arrow, a nonprofit youth organization providing programs serving youth with an action-oriented curriculum. The organization partners with school districts, after-school facilities and youth sports leagues to deliver the program. He is a member of the Every Child Inc. Junior Board of Directors; participates in Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.'s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) XX I Class; and is an instructor in the Hill House Association’s ZONE Program, a comprehensive after-school program that integrates academic support for science, technology, engineering and math with activities to support academic success for middle school students. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Latham played football under Penn State’s late Coach Joe Paterno. He graduated in three and a half years with a bachelor’s degree in finance while earning All-Big Ten (2009-10) and Academic All-American (2010) honors.

Moon-Sirianni, a registered professional engineer, has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for more than 27 years, most recently as assistant district executive for design (ADE), a role in which she oversees the design of $200- to $400-million of project lettings annually and manages a design staff of 145 employees. In addition, her staff manages hundreds of consultant contracts. She oversees District 11, which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties as well as the city of Pittsburgh, an urban district with more than 8,500 miles of roadway and 1,800 bridges. The four-year transportation improvement budget for the area is approximately $1.2 billion and includes 400 projects. Moon-Sirianni is involved in delivering, planning and programming transportation projects in her area and has served on numerous statewide committees, including the Pennsylvania Next Generation Efforts and the Statewide Leadership Team for Smart Transportation Implementation. In addition, she has designed a variety of award-winning projects, including the Boulevard of the Allies Gateway to Pittsburgh, the Missing Ramps at the interchange of State Route 79 and the Parkway West, the Shippingport Bridge Rehabilitation and the Rochester Roundabout. Moon-Sirianni holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State.

For information about the Advisory Board, contact the Chancellor’s Office at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: April 26 to May 2

Saturday, April 26
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 7, Penn State Worthington Scranton 1
Baseball – Penn State Worthington Scranton 6, Penn State Beaver 5
Softball – Penn State Beaver 16, Penn State Worthington Scranton 11
Softball – Penn State Beaver 14, Penn State Worthington Scranton 5

Sunday, April 27
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 13, Penn State Hazleton 3
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 13, Penn State Hazleton 5
Softball – Penn State Hazleton 13, Penn State Beaver 10
Softball – Penn State Hazleton 12, Penn State Beaver 0

Friday, May 2
Penn State University Athletic Conference Tournament
Baseball – Penn College 4, 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 athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.