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#StartingUpPA Alumni Spotlight

Chris Hall  |  ChallTech  |  Lehigh University '13

Chris Hall (’13) founded his company, ChallTech, from his dorm room while a freshman at Lehigh.  The company develops mobile applications, specializing in rowing (Chris was a rower in high school and at Lehigh). ChallTech has three apps available on Apple’s App Store, and Chris is working on a mobile app heart monitor for use in crew teams. 

Chris continued to develop, refine and test his apps through his undergraduate participation in Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program.  The bioengineering major gained first-hand insights from entrepreneurs and other investment and startup leaders through his involvement in the university’s entrepreneurship immersion programs in the innovation hubs of Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston. 

ChallTech has won several entrepreneurship prizes and state and national funding through the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Commercialization Initiative, Keystone Innovation Zone and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

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Op Ed: A legacy upheld: Why we honor those who served

By President Tom Foley, Mt Aloysius College

Almost 75 years ago, my Irish grandmother, Nellie Loftus Foley, sent three of her four sons off to fight in what President Roosevelt called the “War for the Four Freedoms.” My father, the baby of the family, recalls that it was not an easy parting for my grandmother.

My uncles’ letters home – which my father passed on to me a few years ago – gave more evidence of that. Her sons wrote to her with reassurances and with pride, and clearly hoped that their optimism and their clear sense of duty and of mission would ease her sorrow, and her fear about what might happen to them.


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Baptist Bible College & Seminary names Dr. James Lytle new president

According to a news release from Baptist Bible College & Seminary:

"The Baptist Bible College & Seminary Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. James R. Lytle, veteran educator and missionary, seasoned leader, and experienced BBC&S Vice President and Provost, has been named the new President of Baptist Bible College & Seminary effective January 1, 2015.

Dr. Lytle, who has a long and exemplary record of service, leadership, and ministry, will be the Institution's tenth president.

A graduate of BBC (B.S.) and BBS (M.Div. and Th.M.), Lytle earned his D.Min. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He has served in biblical higher education for over 30 years.

After serving as an Assistant and Associate Professor for thirteen years at BBC, Lytle was called to South Africa, where he and his wife Diane served as missionary church planters. While there, he led in establishing Bethany Baptist Church, beginning with a home Bible study and transitioning to national leadership."

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AICUP Featured Photo

AICUP member presidents met with Senator Pat Toomey at the AICUP Office on December 19 to discuss the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

From left to right: AICUP President Don Francis, Lebanon Valley College President Lewis Thayne, Wilson College President Barbara Mistick, Lycoming College President Kent Trachte, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), Elizabethtown College President Carl Strikwerda, Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs, Messiah College President Kim Phipps, Harrisburg University President Eric Darr, and AICUP Vice President of Government Relations Mary Young.

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Op-Ed: To Accomplish Mission, Academia Needs Economic Diversity

By Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
President of Misericordia University

My father, George Botzman, is a talented man. He is good with his hands and has a knack for following the minutest of details – traits that endeared him to his employer of many years. The same skills he acquired as a machinist also enabled him to provide many homemade toys, including wooden trains and Christmas ornaments for his 13 children. It didn’t take me long to realize, though, that I did not share his aptitude.

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Did You Know?


Top Origins of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Migrating to Pennsylvania to Attend a College or University, Fall 2012

 Rank  State  Students
 1  New Jersey  9,521
 2  New York  5,392
 3  Foreign Countries  3,497
 4  Maryland  2,914
 5  Ohio  1,439
 6  California  1,340
 7  Connecticut  1,280
 8  Massachusetts  1,165
 9  Virginia  1,004
 10  Delaware  731


In the fall of 2012, a total of 33,673 students traveled to Pennsylvania from other states or from overseas to enroll in a college or university located here. Of those 33,673 students migrating to Pennsylvania, 68 percent enrolled in a private college or university.