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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.

  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:42:47 +0000

    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

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  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:42:54 +0000

    Cynthia E. Russell



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    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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  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:42:55 +0000

    Kendra Auker


    President, CEO

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  • Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:42:56 +0000

    Jayme Orr Rhodes


    CEO, Owner

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    Robin Muller


    CEO, Head Coach

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    Susan Mathias



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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:14:24 +0000

    Report: People can’t stop walking into glass at Apple’s new headquarters

    Apple Inc.'s sparkling new headquarters in Cupertino, California might be a little too futuristic for the company’s employees, who apparently keep running into glass doors and walls there, MarketWatch reports. In early January, two men were separately treated for minor cuts after walking into glass at Apple’s headquarters, according to public records obtained by MarketWatch. It’s unclear how many people walk into the glass at Apple Park every day, as the majority of those accidents aren’t…
  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:42:45 +0000

    Pitt hires assistant athletic director

    The University of Pittsburgh Athletics Department announced hiring of a new assistant athletic director to focus on premium season ticket sales and development. Davis Hendrickson will be responsible for those sales, including suites and club access-level tickets, for football and men's basketball, according to a news release. After previous work at the University of Illinois, he will be responsible at Pitt for identifying new donors for the department and cultivating existing donors, as well as…
  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:20:05 +0000

    CNX CEO: There's already a severance tax — it's called the impact fee (Video)

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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:04:56 +0000

    New Jersey investment firm buys Penn Hills Shopping Center

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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:22:05 +0000

    Pitt's Innovation Institute breaks record for spinouts

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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:30:50 +0000

    FirstEnergy may shut West Virginia coal-fired power plant

    One of the coal-fired power stations along with the Bruce Mansfield plant in Beaver County under review by FirstEnergy Corp. could be shut at the end of the year. FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) announced Friday it had notified PJM Interconnection of its intention to deactivate Allegheny Energy Supply's Pleasants Power Station in Willow Island, W.Va., on the Ohio River south of Pittsburgh. The 1,300-megawatt Pleasants station is one of the competitive coal-fired stations that FirstEnergy has said it will…
  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:56:17 +0000

    Materials testing lab opens new location in Bridgeville

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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:17:38 +0000

    Deal closes for sale of Mall at Robinson

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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:19:07 +0000

    S&T Bank may someday add Buffalo office

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  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:53 +0000

    Cozen O'Connor creates online tool to help clients track state attorney general election information

    With Republicans loosening regulatory enforcement on several fronts over the past year, some state attorneys general have looked to provide more oversight. So who holds those positions has become more important.
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