New staff members join campus

Penn State Beaver recently hired four new staff members to fill vacated positions.

Emily Cicconi was hired as a multi-campus career services specialist with an office at Beaver campus, but also will work with Penn State Shenango, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Fayette campuses. Previously she was a university events coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University and an assistant director of career services at Penn State Altoona. She is a member of the American College Personnel Association. Cicconi holds a master's degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Penn State where she attended the University Park and DuBois campuses.

Anthony Budris and Jennifer Sharp were hired as police service officers. Prior to his arrival at Beaver, Budris was a police services officer at Penn State Mont Alto, a response team member for Securitas Security Services, USA, INC., Shippingport, and a security officer for Allied Security, Pittsburgh. A graduate of the IUP Police Academy, he holds a master’s degree in education in teaching and curriculum and a bachelor’s degree in history from Penn State.

Sharp, who was previously employed as a part-time police services officer at Beaver campus, was also a police officer for the Grove City Police Department, a Lawrence County corrections officer, and a representative for Keefe Commissary Network in the Lawrence County Jail. She is a graduate of the IUP Police Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and an associate’s degree in sociology from IUP.

Nasser A. Shahin has been named head coach of the Penn State Beaver Nittany Lions men’s soccer team. Previously Shahin was the head soccer coach at South Side Beaver High School and was also head coach for the Olympic Development Program where he trained and promoted players to the United States Olympic Team program for regional competition. In addition, he was the North United Classic soccer coach where he worked on technical skills with teams. In 2002 he was named the Pennsylvania West Soccer Association Boys Classic Coach of the Year. Shahin played professional soccer for the El-Tersana National Club soccer team in Egypt. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree in sports and leadership and holds graduate and special diplomas in education from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Shahin holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt.

Cicconi can be reached at, Budris at, Sharp at, and Shahin at

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Last Updated April 09, 2009