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Students Compete in CFA Investment Challenge

A Penn State Behrend student investment team competed in the regional CFA Institute Research Challenge in Pittsburgh on Monday, Feb. 17. The students defended their market valuation of PPG Industries, a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products and glass.

The team recommended a hold strategy at a PPG stock price of $188.56.

Citigroup Economist Discusses Markets During Penn State Behrend Talk

The U.S. economic recovery likely will continue through 2018, with annual growth of about 3 percent, the top economist for Citigroup said during a visit to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Interest rates also will climb, Willem H. Buiter said.

“There’s likely to be another year of noise and turmoil,” Buiter told an overflow crowd at the Sam and Irene Black School of Business on Feb. 6. “But we are slowly extricating ourselves from this extraordinary period of monetary easing.”

February 26: Joel Harrison Septet to Perform in Logan Series

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Joel Harrison Septet will perform Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Logan Series at Penn State Behrend.Joel Harrison Septet, an ensemble that uses the techniques of classical composers to create modern chamber jazz, will perform Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Ralph Ford Re-elected to IEEE Leadership Post

Ralph Ford, director of the School of Engineering and associate dean for industry and external relations at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been re-elected Vice President of Member and Geographic Activities for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The society is the world’s largest technical professional association, with more than 425,000 members in 160 countries.

$1.1 Million Gift Creates New Scholarships for Penn State Behrend Students

An Erie man who died in 2012 left his entire estate – valued at more than $1.1 million – to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The money will create new scholarships in the college’s School of Engineering.

Frank S. Palkovic earned an associate degree in drafting design and technology at Penn State Behrend in 1968. He went on to earn a bachelor of science in engineering at Penn State Harrisburg.

FMC Technologies Donates 3D Printing Equipment to School of Engineering


The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend has installed a 3D printer, a high-tech system that gives engineers and product designers the ability to produce in real form virtually any shape they can create with computer software. The machine, which was donated to the college by FMC Technologies Measurement Solutions, is worth more than $40,000.

The use of 3D printers allows companies to create functional, lightweight prototypes and parts in a fraction of the time -- and at considerably less cost -- than is possible using traditional tool-and-die methods.

Men's Basketball Team Moves to Top of AMCC Standings

An eight-game winning streak has put the men’s basketball team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, at the top of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings. The Lions are 13-2, with a 7-1 conference record.

The team held off Hilbert College, a 12-3 team, in a tight game in Hamburg, N.Y., on Jan. 20 to take sole possession of the AMCC lead. The Lions forced 21 turnovers on their way to a 55-52 win.

The team did especially well at the foul line, making 23 of 27 attempts. Hilbert attempted just 23 free throws, and made only 12.

iMBA Program to Offer Merit-Based Scholarships

Ninety percent of all students who earned an MBA in 2013 are employed, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council. Even more telling: 74 percent say they could not have gotten their current jobs without an MBA degree.

To make that possible for more working adults, Penn State’s online iMBA program, which is administered by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is now offering merit-based scholarships. Ten students will receive funding this year. Each will get between $4,000 and $10,000 per semester.

Erie Leading Index Shows More Growth for Region's Economy

Seven of eight key economic indicators that often predict shifts in the Erie region's economy showed growth in the third quarter of 2013. The one measure that decreased -- the average time Pennsylvania manufacturing workers spent on the job each week -- could in itself be a good sign, said Jim Kurre, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

"During an upturn, companies cut down on overtime," Kurre said. "They hire instead, and that's better."

College to Close for Semester Break

Penn State Behrend will close for the semester break following the commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 20. Campus buildings will be locked and mail service will be halted.

Students who plan to leave vehicles on campus during the break are encouraged to park them in the Wilson Lot on College Drive. Police services will be offered throughout the break; officers can be reached by calling 814-898-6101. Emergency calls should be routed through the Erie County 911 system.