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Seven companies create endowments at PSU-Harrisburg


Seven companies have partnered with Penn State Harrisburg to establish endowments in the university’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology.

“These endowments have a positive impact on our ability to recruit and retain excellent students, and maintain a high quality education,” said Dr. Rafic Bachnak, director of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology. “These gifts also allow students to focus on their education, research and project-based learning and provide hands-on experiences that prepare them to enter the workforce.”

 Those providing support include:
• Dawood Engineering, which created the M.S. Dawood Capital College Academic Scholarship, which benefits outstanding undergraduate students majoring in civil engineering.

• Gannett Fleming, which named the Gannett Fleming Concrete Curing Lab and PPL Electric Utilities, which named the PPL Utilities Research Lab. Both gifts support the Excellence in STEM Education Fund, which enhances educational programming, recognizes excellence in academic pursuits and fosters diversity in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

• H.B. Alexander Foundation, which created the Penn State Harrisburg Construction Engineering Scholarship to support outstanding engineering undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

• Reynolds Construction, which created the Reynolds Construction Award, which recognizes junior undergraduate students majoring in structural design and construction engineering technology.

• UGI Utilities, which created the UGI Utilities Engineering Scholarship that supports exceptional undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in the engineering program.

• The Wohlsen Construction Co., which created the Wohlsen Construction Company Foundation Trustee Scholarship to support undergraduate students.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:24

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Middletown student wins patriotic essay contest

kinseyphoto12 17 14Nathaniel Kinsey


A Middletown student was chosen as a national winner in the American Legion Auxiliary’s Essay Contest for his patriotic essay on the topic, “How Can I Show My Pride in Being American?’’

Nathaniel Kinsey, son of Brad and Jennifer Kinsey, is a fifth-grader at Kunkel Elementary School.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:21

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Secret Santas: Raiders buy gifts for local family

raidersphoto12 17 14  2Photo by Jodi Ocker -- Members of the Middletown Area High School football team hold the wrapped gifts they bought for a local needy family.

If Christmas is, in the words of “Peanuts’’ creator Charles Schulz, “doing a little something extra for someone,’’ then the Middletown Area High School football team truly has discovered the meaning of Christmas. 

Blue Raider players bought gifts for an unidentified needy family in the district and wrapped them to provide a joyous Christmas to someone less fortunate.

It’s a tradition the team started in recent years.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:08

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SHHS announces Honor Roll (first quarter 2014)

Steelton-Highspire High School has announced its Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the first quarter.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:59

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Private committee meeting bucks school policies, law


When the Steelton-Highspire School Board’s finance committee met privately on Nov. 24, the closed-door meeting contrasted policies and practices found in most school districts in Dauphin County.

Committees formed to shape policy and advise school boards on various functions are required to provide public notice for meetings through ads in newspapers of general circulation and hold meetings that are open to the public under the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, according to Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel of the Pennsylvania News Media Association.

A reporter from the Press And Journal was asked to leave the meeting Nov. 24. Board President Mary Carricato said it was not a public meeting. Superintendent Ellen Castignato agreed, saying the district’s committee or “subcommittee” meetings are never public meetings.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 20:57

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