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Oct. 05, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

PASSHE plans new entrepreneurial opportunities workshop webcast

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Office of the Chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities are hosting a series of campus-based workshops to focus on the expanded role the state system universities could play as economic drivers in their host communities and surrounding regions as the result of recent changes in state law.

Invited guests include local business leaders, who could be key partners with the universities in these efforts.

SRU will remotely join the Oct. 16 presentation from Bloomsburg University with a 10:45 a.m. session in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. Lunch will be provided, but reservations are required by Oct. 12, at 724.738.2045.

Representatives of the local business community are being invited.

Earlier this year, the General Assembly unanimously approved a series of bills that will create enhanced entrepreneurial opportunities for the state system, and enable the universities to offer new advanced-degree programs that will directly address workforce needs. The legislation, which was signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in July, is designed specifically to assist PASSHE in these areas.

The legislation makes it easier for PASSHE faculty and staff to bring to market products and services they develop through their research efforts. Some could, in fact, create their own companies, providing students with new internship and career opportunities. The change in the law also could provide a new source of revenue for the universities.

All 14 universities also are now allowed to offer applied doctoral degrees, which are advanced degrees designed to prepare graduates for careers in fields such as healthcare, pharmaceutical product development and other high-demand areas.

Speakers at the workshops will include PASSHE Chancellor John Cavanaugh; Ronald Huss, associate vice president for research and technology transfer and director of the Office of Technology Management at Pennsylvania State University; and Jim Rooney, president and partner of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Ventures of Wexford.

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