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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 1, 2002 edition of the Press & Journal

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PSU engineering students wired for future

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, May 1, 2002 edition of the Press & Journal


PSU engineering students wired for future

Mechanical engineering students at the Penn State Harrisburg Campus presented their senior projects to faculty, students and the public on Friday, April 26.

Design presentations were followed by lunch and project demonstrations in the afternoon.

Jim Martish, president of the local student branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) explained, “We have 30 graduating from the mechanical engineering program this spring and all completed either an individual or a team project. Projects are required for graduation. There are 11 projects on display today.”

According to spokesman Steven Hevner, “Projects each year are quite interesting and many are done with the support of corporations who ask students to tackle a project for them.”

This year was no exception. The projects ranged from design studies, to functional models, to completed inventions all built by the students themselves.

Jonathan Daniels and Andrew Gauker designed and built a human-powered vehicle, capable of speeds up to 45 mph. Their concept is in the form of a recumbent tricyle, complete with gearing, steering linkage, front suspension and disc brakes.

Daniels and Gauker have entered their project in an ASME-sponsored race at Virginia Tech on May 17-19.

They are one of 10 teams competing and the first Penn State team to enter this type of competition. Besides a sprint race, the event features a 65-kilometer road race, involving four drivers. Daniels and Gauker will each drive a leg.

MASD board names new superintendent

On the last day of the month, the Middletown School District Board of Directors met their self-imposed deadline and named Dr. Audrey Ross-Utley the new superintendent of schools replacing the retiring Gary Shank. Dr. Ross-Utley was named during a special Board of Directors session on Tuesday, April 30.

Dr. Ross-Utley will begin a three-year appointment July 1 running through June 30, 2005. She was named administrative assistant to the superintendent on July 1, 1993 and in March 1998 became assistant superintendent.

The board also named Dr. Richard P. Weinstein the new assistant superintendent effective July 1 for a three-year term. Weinstein has been serving the Middletown district as coordinator of student services since July 1, 1993.

Board President Brent Burger announced in January that the goal of the board was to have a new superintendent and athletic director in place by the end of April. Lee Bloes was named athletic director earlier this month, replacing the retiring Irv Strohecker.

The board also filled vacant coaching positions at its special month-end session. Charles Bowen was named head varsity boys basketball coach for Middletown Area High School. The high school girls soccer coach, Chris Hunter, will also serve as head varsity girls basketball coach for 2002-03. Gary Strickland was named assistant middle school girls soccer coach, replacing Linda Dallmeyer.

Middletown students dig in, clean up for Unity Week

“With all that’s going on in the world, it’s good to know we’re all the same person. We’re all here together,” said Andy Lutzkanin, as he picked up a shovel full of dirt at Hoffer Park this past Saturday morning.

Lutzkanin and nearly 70 other Middletown Area High School students spent their Saturday working on beautification projects at Hoffer Park, Kiwanis Park and the high school.

The morning of service was the culmination of the districtwide Unity Week. It’s a weeklong celebration of culture and differences.

Hot buys

• Mother’s Day Dinner, May 12, variety of seafood, pasta, chicken and steaks will be available. Complimentary dessert for all moms. The Lamp Post Inn, 101 E. Main St., Middletown.

• 2002 Municipal Pool memberships, South Union Street, Middletown. Resident of Middletown Area School District, family, $120, single, $90.

• All-natural boneless Iceland haddock fillet, 5-pound box, $24.99. Fox’s, 101 S. Union St.

• Mother’s Day special, Yankee candle with a Boyds bear gift set, $25. The Country Apple House Gift Shop, 2142 N. Union St., Middletown.

• Bacardi Silver, 24 12-ounce nonreturnable bottles, $25.99. Meet the Bacardi Girl, 4 to 6 p.m. May 3, Tony’s Beverage, 100 Brown St., Middletown.

• 2002 Dodge Durango 4x4, $24,495 or $289 per month lease. E-Town Dodge, Route 230, Elizabethtown.

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