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News: November 2011

Electro-Optics Alumnus Wins Award

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Greg Helmininack was part of an eight-person team at the PSU Electro-Optics Center who won the 2010 Joint Service Value Engineering Achievement Award. 

Greg graduated from IUP with an associate's degree in Electro-Optics in 2007.

Read more in the Kittanning Paper.

Northpointe to Hold December Information Session for Executive Track MBA Program

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Learn more about IUP’s Master of Business Administration, Executive Track program at an information session at IUP at Northpointe on December 5, 2011.

This Information Session Takes Place On:

  • Monday, December 5, 2011
  • 6:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Room 131

Let IUP at Northpointe show you how you can work full time and earn your MBA while attending class only one night per week. The program begins January 2012.

The Master of Business Administration, Executive Track program is designed to prepare you and other working professionals for upper-level management positions while you continue your full-time employment.

The program emphasis on strategic decision-making in a changing global environment is designed to enhance your managerial, analytical, and decision making skills. Join a diverse network of students from various educational and professional backgrounds, including engineering, liberal arts, business, medicine, finance, education, health care, law, and social sciences.

Courses will be taught in a hybrid format,which is 50 percent online and 50 percent in the classroom. Students can expect to complete the degree in two years going to school part time.

Please join us to:

  • Get answers to all of your questions from Dr. Krish Krishnan, MBA program director
  • Receive help with the application process
  • Learn more about financing options

To register, e-mail northpointe-campus@iup.edu or call 724-294-3311. Light refreshments will be served.

Northpointe to Hold December Discovery Day for Prospective Students

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IUP at Northpointe Discovery Day will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program runs from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Register now for Discovery Day!

Discovery Day Gives You the Opportunity to:

  • Learn more about our campus
  • Meet our IUP faculty members
  • Talk with current students
  • Find out what financial aid is available
  • Tour the campus
  • Have all your questions answered

Students may start any of IUP’s more than 130 majors at IUP at Northpointe, and then transition to the main campus after one year.

At the Northpointe campus, you become part of one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in Pennsylvania . . . but at your own pace and in your own neighborhood.

IUP Joins SciTech Exhibits to Engage Students to Explore STEM Careers

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The IUP Electro-Optics program participated in SciTech Exhibits, held at Carnegie Science Center on November 8–11, 2011. The exhibit provided a unique opportunity to engage in informal learning through different demonstrations presented by local scientists and industry leaders, not only to school teachers and students, but also to the general public.

Thermal Image

The IUP Electro-Optics program has been participating in both the spring and fall SciTech Exhibits with Penn State EOC since 2006. More than one thousand pairs of diffraction glasses were distributed during this four-day event. The most popular demonstrations were the diffraction glasses and thermal imaging (at right), compared with others such as laser barcode, optical communication, solar panel, and solid-state lighting.

“SciTech provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn the career opportunity in electro-optics, which represents one of the fastest growing technologies in our economy,” said Dr. Andrew Zhou, coordinator of IUP electro-optics program. “According to OP-TEC (the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education), approximately 2,000 photonics jobs are added every year, while the existing photonics programs in the U.S. graduate less than 15 percent of the demand. Our mission is to let students explore the latest technology through interactive exhibits at SciTech Exhibits, to excite and to prepare them for tomorrow’s workforce.”

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Northpointe Star Party Hosts Over Fifty Participants

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Last Tuesday evening, November 1, 2011, over fifty participants were involved in Northpointe’s Star Party.

A picture of the moon from the Star PartyIt was an evening to learn more about laser operations, electro-optics, and astronomy. This event was open to students in grades nine through twelve from area school districts. Eight telescopes were set up in the back parking lot of the campus for students to learn more about astronomy. Members of the Kiski Astronomers also participated in this event and were very excited to share their knowledge with the participants.

IUP's Upward Bound Math and Science Program from the main campus brought nine students to the event. They also received a tour of the facility and of the electro-optics labs.

Dr. Andrew Zhou and Mr. Ron Freda from the Physics Department helped put this event together. Several students from Northpointe's Electro-Optics Program were also on hand to help out with the event.

Students that participated really enjoyed the event and learned a lot about science and the stars. IUP at Northpointe hopes to host another Star Party in the Spring semester.

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