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|Penn State news bureau|
Free assistance provided to business and industry by Penn State's Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program increased again in 1997, reaching every county in the state.
According to a year-end report, PENNTAP provided 830 cases of assistance to 505 companies, versus 462 in 1996. More than 80 percent of the PENNTAP clients were businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
The companies reported 125 jobs created or saved as the result of
PENNTAP assistance and $6.1 million in economic benefits including cost savings, revenue increases and capital expenditures. PENNTAP is a network of technical specialists throughout the Commonwealth who help Pennsylvania business and industry improve their competitiveness by providing free scientific and technological assistance and information to help resolve specific technical questions or problems.
In many cases, the PENNTAP specialists use their own technical expertise to respond to clients' questions. But they also may refer questions to Penn State faculty members or to the technical librarian at Pattee Library on the University Park campus.
"There are situations in which our PENNTAP technical specialists need to confer with faculty or staff to be able to formulate the best response. In some cases, the contact between the faculty member and the company leads to joint projects which may be partially supported with funding from the Ben Franklin Partnership or the Industrial Resource Center network," Jack Gido, PENNTAP director, said.
PENNTAP is a partnership among Penn State, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Serving Pennsylvania business and industry statewide since 1965, PENNTAP is one of the nation's first technical assistance programs and has been a model for such programs in many other states and countries.
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Penn State McKeesport is planning events throughout the year to celebrate its golden anniversary.
"A Campus for All Seasons" is the theme of Penn State McKeesport's Golden Anniversary celebration with events planned throughout the year to coincide with the motif.
Committee members are developing a special display of photos, newspaper clippings, yearbooks and other memorabilia depicting the campus' growth.
When the McKeesport Center was established in 1948, its primary mission was to provide occupational training classes for World War II veterans. Through the interest and enterprise of a small group of community businessmen headed by Milton F. Frable in 1955, the advisory board was formed and became instrumental in founding the present-day campus.
Today, Penn State McKeesport serves nearly 1,000 students in associate, baccalaureate and graduate programs and is one of six Science and Technology Centers among University locations. In April the Student Government Association will include a special celebration during Spring Fling week, and in August the Alumni Society will host a fete tied with orientation activities. Plans have not been finalized for those two events.
The yearlong festivities will culminate Oct. 23 with a gala dinner-dance at the Youghiogheny Country Club.
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Edwin M. Huling, forest technician, College of Agricultural Sciences, from Sept. 1, 1955, until his retirement July 1, 1969; died Dec. 7, 1997, at the age of 91.
Levi W. Smith, biological technician, College of Agricultural Sciences, from Oct. 1, 1954, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1975; died Jan. 28, at the age of 85.
Albert L. Summers, horticulture worker, machine operator, College of Agricultural Sciences, from Aug. 1, 1950, until his retirement June 28, 1986, died Dec. 25, 1997, at the age of 70.
Lodie R. Witmer, residence hall worker, The Nittany Lion Inn, from July 1, 1959, until her retirement July 1, 1969. She was 94.
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