This Week at YSU, Dec. 2, 2013

Check out what's happening this week at Youngstown State University.Monday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. YSU Dana School of Music piano students perform “Piano X-travaganza – A Piano Christmas Concert” in Bliss Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ronald E. Rosser speaks at the Career Paths Afterschool Program at Niles Middle School, 411 Brown St. in Niles, Ohio. Rosser is a former Army soldier who received the military’s highest decoration for his actions in the Korean War. The YSU Center for Human Services Development serves as the fiscal/grant administrator of the program.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 12:15 p.m. The YSU Dana School of Music’s Percussion Ensemble performs a free Music at Noon concert in the Butler Institute of American Art.

Wednesday, Dec. 4. Women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader in Beeghly Center. The women take on Miami (Ohio) at 5:15 p.m., followed by the men against Robert Morris at 7:45 p.m. The women also play Cincinnati 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. More at

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. The YSU Dana School of Music’s annual holiday music extravaganza, Carols & Cocoa and the Dana Holiday Concert, is at Stambaugh Auditorium. Carols & Cocoa in Stambaugh’s Ballroom features seasonal favorites, culminating in a holiday sing-along. Dana Holiday Concert in the Concert Hall features “Magnificat” and “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” Tickets at the Stambaugh Auditorium Box Office, 330-259-0555 or online Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens, and YSU faculty and staff with a valid YSU ID. Free for children under 12 and YSU students with a valid YSU ID.

Thursday, Dec. 5. Experts from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland visit YSU as part of the “NASA Roadshow,” to provide no-cost engineering consulting for four area companies that are facing technical and manufacturing challenges.

YSU SealThursday, Dec. 5. The YSU Board of Trustees meets on the following schedule, with all meetings in the Trustees Meeting Room on the first floor of Tod Hall unless otherwise noted: Noon, Board Lunch and Presentation (Ohio Room, second floor, Kilcawley Center); 1 p.m., Academic Quality and Student Success Committee; 1:30 p.m., Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Subcommittee; 2:30 p.m., Intercollegiate Athletics Subcommittee; 3 p.m., University Affairs Committee; 4 p.m., Institutional Engagement Committee; 4:30 p.m., Trusteeship Committee.

Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The YSU Department of Theater and Dance’s Penguin Playhouse and Alpha Psi Omega perform a Holiday Cabaret, in YSU’s Spotlight Theater.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, 8 p.m. YSU’s Ward Beecher Planetarium shows “Winter Skywatch.” The planetarium also shows “In My Backyard” at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. YSU hosts “JFK and Dallas,” a free seminar on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its aftermath.