Penn State Beaver receives Northern Star Award

June 01, 2012

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.

“Penn State Beaver has been a trusted partner of Crisis Center North for the past 14 years,” Coleman said. “During this time frame, CCN has benefited from the expertise of many faculty members, including John Chapin, who evaluates the prevention, education, and medical advocacy programs; Carol Schafer, a former agency board president and a primary author of “The Other Side of the River,” a fictionalized play that highlighted CCN clients’ experiences with domestic violence and community support systems; and the late Pat Clemson, who provided assistance with the Western Regional Training Initiative. Additionally, the Center has benefited from the contributions of seven student interns from Beaver campus, two of whom were hired as consultants upon conclusion of their internships.”

Chapin is professor of communications at Beaver campus; Schafer is associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies, and Clemson, who died in 2010, was an instructor in information sciences and technology.

For more information about the award, contact the Office of Academic Afffairs at or 724-773-3571.

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Last Updated June 04, 2012