Beaver alumna Jamie Silicki has been elected board president of a Pittsburgh-based domestic violence nonprofit, and during her yearlong appointment, she plans to make increased awareness of domestic violence "everybody's problem."
The Penn State Beaver Voices Against Violence, and Climate and Diversity committees along with Crisis Center North (CCN) and the Women's Center of Beaver County (WCBC) will present a free showing of "Telling Amy's Story" at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend the program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Penn State Beaver is the recipient of the Crisis Center Northern Star System Honoree Award which was presented to Donna J. Kuga, Beaver campus director of academic affairs. The award was given recently at the annual Crisis Center North (CCN) fundraiser called Cocktails and Cuisine in Wexford in honor of the campus' efforts on behalf of domestic violence prevention. CCN provides services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse of all ages. Today it is recognized as one the strongest domestic violence prevention groups in the state and provides counseling, case management, a 24-hour hotline, and legal, educational, and medical advocacy services for more than 2,000 victims annually. All services are provided for free. The award was presented to Kuga by Grace A. Coleman, executive director of CCN. For more information about the award, contact the Office of Academic Afffairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3571.
The Penn State Beaver Voices Against Violence Committee encourages the public to participate in the AllState Foundations Good Hands Program which generates support for nonprofit programs across the country. Four domestic violence centers in Allegheny County were selected to participate, including Crisis Center North which is overseen by director Grace Coleman, a Beaver campus adjunct faculty and frequent guest speaker on campus.
For nearly a decade, John Chapin, associate professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, has incorporated his research into his work with Crisis Center North (CCN)--a nonprofit counseling and educational resource center for victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County--to help the center refine its violence-prevention education programs.