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PHOTOS: Spring 2014 Gown Meets Town

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PHOTOS: Spring 2014 Gown Meets Town


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Penn State Altoona held its spring semester Gown Meets Town event Friday, May 2, 2014. Students from various disciplines showcased their work through presentations to the Blair County business community. The event is an opportunity for the business community to see firsthand the work and talent of students while building the students' communication and networking skills. Students and visitors alike shared a networking luncheon.

Students from the Electro-Mechanical Engineering program presented and demonstrated their senior projects, while those studying business presented on their internship opportunities. Students in the Security and Risk Analysis program presented on their internships and course projects.

The winners of the Pechter Business Plan competition were also announced during the event. The competition, established by Penn State Altoona benefactor Shirley Pechter, consists of a four-phase process for students to take ideas from concept through a feasibility study/market analysis to a full business plan. The students work on their plans in the business incubator at the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, creating detailed descriptions of their business concepts, potential market, and likely competitors. Local business leaders judged the competition, basing their evaluations on the feasibility of the proposed businesses, the business overviews, and presentations. Michael Black took the third place prize of $1,000 for his business Acemark. Matthew Adams, Wes Faulkner, Chris Nelson, Justin Shuhayda, Kristina Snyder, and Mackenzie Sternberg won second place and $2,500 for their EZ-Tilt Hand Truck. Timothy Baroni, Andrew Bean, Caleb Bowser, Daniel Finelli, Brittany Gill, and Michael Hicks won first place and $5,000 for Railroad City Automation.

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