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Penn State Beaver hosts youth sports camps  

Center — The Penn State Beaver Athletic Department and the campus Office of Continuing Education are offering a series of winter youth sports camps.

Beaver campus coaches and staff members will provide instruction, feedback and tips to help campers improve their athletic performance. Participants will be grouped with campers of similar ages and skill levels.

• Baseball hitting and fielding camp for boys (age 14 and under) — 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15; noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 22; noon to 2 p.m. March 1.

• Pitching and catching camp for boys (age 14 and under) — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Feb. 22.

• Softball hitting and fielding camp for girls (age 14 and under) — noon to 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 16 and 23.

• Softball pitching and catching camp for girls (age 14 and under) — 10 a.m. to noon Sunday and Feb. 16, and 23.

All skills camp for boys and girls (ages 8 to 14) — 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23; 9 a.m. to noon March 1; 1 to 4 p.m. March 2.

Baseball and softball camps are $100 per camp or $160 for two camps. The All Skills Camp fee is $120.

Registration or information: 724-773-3700 or ack121@psu.edu.

Pet loss grief seminar

Bridgeville — Anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows that it hurts — a lot.

Individuals and families can find solace through a pet loss grief seminar at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at LaBella Bean Cafe, 609 Washington Ave. The ninth annual event is sponsored by Deb Chebatoris, owner of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation in Bridgeville.

Ms. Chebatoris said she schedules the event around Valentine's Day each year to help mend the hearts of people who may have suffered a recent loss of a pet.

LaBella Bean will be closed to the public during the event. Attendees are asked to notify Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, 412-220-7800 or www.ccpc.ws.

Funding 21st century library services

South Fayette and Bridgeville — The Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are conducting a strategic planning process, "Library Service in the 21st Century: A County-Wide Conversation about Public Librarie," to gather community feedback about how best to structure and fund 21st century library services in Allegheny County.

Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the South Fayette Township Library and at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bridgeville Public Library. Or, individuals can participate by visiting www.countycitylibraries.org.

Rebecca Long, director of the South Fayette Township Library & Bridgeville Public Library, said she looks forward to the meetings.

“This is the perfect time to be having these conversations, given the newly established partnership between the South Fayette and Bridgeville libraries," she said in a news release. "As the county goes through this process, the local community feedback will provide the library boards and municipal officials with a vision not only of library services in this area, but how we envision the future of our communities as a whole.”

MCATV Public Awareness Weekend

Moon — Nonprofit organizations are invited to participate in Moon Community Access Television's annual Public Awareness Weekend March 14 and 15 in the studios, 1700 Beaver Grade Road..

The live event enables nonprofit groups to describe their purpose and mission during a 30-minute interview, which will be broadcast on Comcast channel 14 and Verizon FiOs channel 35, reaching more than 40,000 households in Moon, Coraopolis, Crescent, Findlay, Neville and North Fayette.

The program hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days.

Each organization will be allotted a half-hour interview segment with as many as three representatives or volunteers. Interviews air live and will be replayed during the weeks following the event. Organizations must submit a list of talking points by March 3.

The interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested participants should contact Communications Director Alexis Sergeant, 412-269-1191 or asergeant@moontwp.com.

Geneva College identified as a top 10 "Best-Bang-for-the-Buck" college

Beaver Falls — Geneva College has been ranked eighth among the top 10 "Best-Bang-for-the-Buck" baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly, a publication that covers politics, government, culture and the media.

The list identifies institutions that provide students the highest chance of graduating with an affordable degree. The selections were based on this criteria:

• At least 20 percent of students must receive Pell grants, with the majority of grants going to students with family incomes of less than $50,000.

• The school's graduation rate must be at least 50 percent.

• The graduation rate must meet or exceed the predicted statistic for that school given the number of low-income students admitted.

• The school must have a student loan default rate of 10 percent or less because this statistic indicates that graduates are earning enough to pay back their student loans.

Washington Monthly concluded that even considering the economic downturn and across-the-board college tuition increases, college is still worth the investment because recent college graduates earn considerably more than those without college degrees and are less likely to be unemployed. 

The magazine concludes that the students from middle- and lower-income families who are attending "Best-Bang-for-the-Buck" colleges attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

Robert Morris University Memorial

Moon — The life, scholarship and community contributions of Rex Crawley, professor of communication at Robert Morris University, will be celebrated in a pubic program at 4 p.m. Friday in the Sewall Center Arena on the RMU campus, University Boulevard.

Mr. Crawley, 49, died Nov. 25 from complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Because he was known for wearing bow ties, attendees are encouraged to wear bow ties to the Rex Crawley Memorial Celebration. Speakers and a performance by the RMU choir will be followed by a 5:15 p.m. reception with refreshments and music.

Mr. Crawley joined RMU in 1999. He was assistant dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems, head of the Department of Communication and chair of the university’s Council on Institutional Equity. He was also co-director of the Black Male Leadership Development Institute, a program he ran with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.


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