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    The Wood Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host Vivian Beer, a furniture designer and maker and winner of the 2016 HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge, as an artist-in-residence, Feb. 21 and 22.

    As part of her time at IUP, Beer will present a free presentation, open to the community, on Feb. 21 in 6 p.m. in McVitty Auditorium in Sprowls Hall.

    Beer has been an invited artist for many residencies, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2015, and was included in the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” exhibition in 2012. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.
    She has had a number of solo and group exhibitions, and is in many private collections.
    The Wood Center at IUP exists to enhance the woodworking area of the Department of Art in the College of Fine Arts. It was established in 2004 with the purchase of a portable bandsaw mill used to cut lumber from campus trees that were felled as part of the Residential Revival project. This was the first act of The Center’s “Harvest-to-Use” initiative that helped the university receive LEED certification for its new dormitories.

    Local logs from downed trees continue to be milled into lumber for use in student and campus projects. The Center embraces the rich Northern Appalachian heritage of abundant natural resources, a solid work ethic and a hand-crafted aesthetic. Its programming encourages a strong connection to place, a local identity and the fostering of embodied knowledge and skill.
    In May 2016, Wood Center Director BA Harrington and students in her spring 2016 advanced woodworking class produced “the Sutton Bench,” a bench reflecting the architecture of IUP’s central administration building, Sutton Hall. Working in groups, the students created six prototypes of benches that were judged by 1973 IUP graduate Blane Dessy, who donated the funds for the project and chose the winning “Sutton Bench” that includes a laser engraved image of the Oak Grove.

    In October 2017, students in IUP’s Wood Center collaboratively designed and crafted the award objects for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts, under the supervision of fall 2017 Windgate Artist-in-Residence John Hallett and center director and assistant professor of woodworking, BA Harrington. This was the first time in the history of the awards program that students have both developed and created the design for the awards.

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    2018 Top CEOs


    Our inaugural Women in Business Top CEOs list recognizes our region’s female CEOs and presidents, but not just for their business savvy and ability to climb the corporate ladder. These women have broken the glass ceiling.

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  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:42:48 +0000

    Should I Give My Home to My Children for $1.00?

    Elder law attorneys at Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, help clients answer the questions, “What happens if I die?” and “What happens if I don’t die, but get sick and need long-term care?”Another question that they face on a nearly daily basis is, “Should I sell my home to my children for $1.00?”

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  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:42:49 +0000

    An Ounce of Prevention: Checking the legal boxes as an entrepreneur


    Starting your own business isn’t necessarily as daunting as it seems, when you have the right legal advice on your side. Sharon D. Barney offers some pointers on taking your entrepreneurial venture to the next level, with the resources found at Leech Tishman’s new State College office.

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    Marcia Sellers-O’Rear


    President, Owner

    StelTek Graphics, Inc., StelTrek Enterprises LLC

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    Cynthia E. Russell



    Russell Stone Products

    Cynthia Russell is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is the president of Russell Stone Products and co-owner of Russell Real Estate.

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    Kendra Auker


    President, CEO

    Evangelical Community Hospital

    Kendra Aucker was appointed President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, in July 2015 after serving the Hospital previously as executive vice president and COO.

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    Jayme Orr Rhodes


    CEO, Owner

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    Robin Muller


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  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:40:35 +0000

    Corridors of Opportunity panel discussion: How Robotics Row came to be in the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    The National Robotics Engineering Center and cheap space make way for public companies, new construction and much higher rents.
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:51:02 +0000

    State Attorney General stops at Bar Marco to tell of opposition to tipping rule

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his opposition to a proposed rule change by the Trump Administration regarding tips at restaurants, bars and other service industry businesses. Shapiro made an appearance at Strip District restaurant Bar Marco Thursday, after having filed formal comments with 17 other attorneys general against the U.S. Department of Labor's change. The proposed change would roll back a 2011 Fair Labor Standards Act that said restaurant owners could not require…
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:32:57 +0000

    Product management ‘unconference’ coming to Pittsburgh

    The event will be held in the fall at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:51:05 +0000

    Photos: Corridors of Opportunity: Robotics Row

    More than 250 people attended the Corridors of Opportunity luncheon and panel discussion that focused on Robotics Row, which includes both the Strip District and Lawrenceville, at the Senator John Heinz History Center on Feb. 22. Panelists included Kevin Acklin, chairman, Urban Redevelopment Authority and vice president and chief legal officer, People's Natural Gas Co.; Shawn Fox, president, RDC Inc.; and Don Smith, president, RIDC. To see who attended the event, click on the photo above. The…
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:43:53 +0000

    Slideshow: See how much property taxes vary by school district in Allegheny County

    An Allegheny County property owner with a house valued at $100,000 could see a very different property tax bill depending on the school district where it is located. See how much in property taxes that property owner would pay in each of the county's 43 school districts entirely within Allegheny County. Click on the image above to see the rank, from lowest bill per $100,000 of property value to highest. And compare the figures to those from last year:
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:26:18 +0000

    Pittsburgh university launches center to examine technologies’ societal impacts

    Carnegie Mellon University announced it plans to open the Block Center for Technology and Society. The Center, housed in CMU’s Heinz College, will be dedicated to examining the organizational, public policy and economic impacts of technology, according to a news release. Researchers will develop policy recommendations to boost widespread technological access.  Keith Block, president, COO and vice chairman of Salesforce, and Suzanne Kelley, his wife, donated the $15 million foundational funds…
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:21:22 +0000

    Infrastructure projects such as Southern Beltway a 'game changer' for Washington County

    Washington County saw 90 economic development and infrastructure projects totaling more than $727 million during 2017, according to data presented Thursday during the Washington County Chamber of Commerce's annual economic development forum at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe.
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:14:09 +0000

    Acklin: city close to final deal for Strip terminal and Smallman upgrades

    An agreement between the city and Chicago-based developer for the produce terminal could be on agenda at next meeting of the URA in March.
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:39:42 +0000

    Amazon aims to complete Pittsburgh expansion in summer 2018

    Amazon's 22,000-square-foot expansion to its SouthSide Works office will be completed in the summer of 2018, said Bill Kaper, general manager of Amazon's Pittsburgh office, at a Thursday morning press conference. The company currently has 15,000 square feet at its SouthSide Works office. Related: Amazon confirms office expansion at South Side Works Amazon also recently announced it will hire up to 125 new positions. Kaper told the Business Times those positions include research scientists, applied…
  • Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:22:57 +0000

    PNC names new COO

    PNC Financial Services Group has named a new chief operating officer. E. William Parsley III was promoted from chief investment officer to the new position effective immediately, according to a news release Thursday. Gagan Singh will succeed Parsley as chief investment officer and continue with his current duties, and Randall C. King will succeed Parsley as treasurer and continue with his current duties. Both will continue to report to Parsley, according to the release. "We've named Bill our…
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