Three of Penn State Beaver's award-winning faculty members will present the first program in the 2012-13 Faculty Speakers Series at noon Wednesday, Sept. 26, room 16, Student Union Building. Speakers are Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish; Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history; and Karen Barr, senior instructor in business. The topic will be attaining teaching excellence.
Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, will give a free presentation for the New Brighton Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 115 North Mercer Avenue, New Brighton. His topic is "The New Wave Hits Western Pennsylvania - Eastern and Southern Europeans and the Creation of a Stereotype (1900-1930)." The public is invited to attend. Szymczak joined Beaver campus in 1983 and during that time has taught a wide variety of courses, including History of the Holocaust 1933-1945, History of Fascism and Nazism, and History of the Soviet Union. Szymczak can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3895.
Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, is the recipient of the Swastek Award given by the Editorial Board of the Polish American Studies journal in recognition of the best article that appeared in the publication in the past year.
Szymczak was honored for his article, "Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952." He will receive the award in January at the awards ceremony hosted by the Polish Consulate in Chicago. Szymczak can be reached at email@example.com or 724-773-3895.
Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, was a featured speaker this month in the lecture series presented by the S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish Studies at Central Connecticut State University. His topic was "Katyn and the Politics of Massacre." He is the author of numerous publications, including "Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952," which appeared in Polish American Studies: A Journal of Polish American History and Culture and "The Vindication of Memory: The Katyn Case in the West, Poland, and Russia, 1952-2008" which was published in The Polish Review by The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Szymczak is the recipient of Penn State's prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award, and a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3895.