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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.

Sports Teams Sweep AMCC Championships

Penn State Behrend swept the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference fall championships, winning titles in soccer, cross country, volleyball, tennis and golf. No school had ever before won all seven titles.

“It’s never been done,” said Brian Streeter, director of athletics. “That shows the dedication of both our student-athletes and our coaches.”

Student-Managed Fund Posts $27K Profit in First Year

The Intrieri Family Student-Managed Fund at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, posted a $27,000 profit in its first year – a better return than the S&P 500 earned over the same period.

The fund did even better against the S&P when adjusted for risk, said Hunter Holzhauer, assistant professor of finance and a member of the fund’s advisory board. His Portfolio Management and Analysis class selects the 50 stocks that are included in the fund.

January 27: duoJalal to Perform in Logan Series

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duoJalal will perform January 27 as part of the Logan Series.duoJalal, a musical collaboration of classical viola and world percussion, will perform Monday, Jan. 27, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

The performance is part of Music at Noon: The Logan Series and takes place at noon in the McGarvey Commons of the Reed Union Building. Admission is free and free reserved parking will be available in the Reed lot.

December 20: Fall Commencement

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Nearly 200 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees will be awarded at Penn State Behrend's fall commencement ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Junker Center.

Michael E. Brown, professor of management, will deliver the commencement address. Chancellor Don Birx and Council of Fellows Chairman Kurt Buseck also will offer remarks.

Finance Students Earn CFA Institute Scholarships

Eight students in the Sam and Irene Black School of Business have received funding to take the Chartered Financial Analyst exams. The exams are sponsored by the CFA Institute, which has accepted Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, into its University Recognition Program.

Five students received scholarships from the CFA Institute. Three others received awards through the CFA Society of Pittsburgh and the Black School of Business.

December 13: 'Let it Shine' with Young People's Chorus of Erie

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In the Christmas tradition, starlight is magic: It guided the wise men to Bethlehem.

“Let it Shine,” this year’s holiday concert by the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, builds on that, mixing traditional classics – “This Little Light of Mine” and “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” – with African spirituals and contemplative Gregorian chants.

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