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#StartingUpPA Alumni Spotlight

Jonathan Miller  |  Dimples, LLC  |  Saint Francis University

Dimples, LLC is the brainchild of Jonathan Miller, who holds both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Saint Francis University.  Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur and won the 2013 SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Pittsburgh district of the Small Business Administration.  Dimples is a product designed to save high-volume printers up to 40% on their ink and toner through fonts that use a patented process to reduce the amount of ink used without sacrificing print legibility.  The company continues to expand through outreach to a variety of sources and potential users.

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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. Read more...


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Alvernia University President on National Panel Discussing the Future of Independent Higher Education

Thomas Flynn, president of Alvernia University, participated in the recent meeting of the national steering committee of college and university presidents which began to assess the future of independent colleges. The meeting, held in September in Washington, D.C., was organized and hosted by The Council of Independent Colleges, which includes AICUP as a member.

With the guidance of the steering committee, the Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges project will explore new approaches to higher education, alternative college business models in the context of disruptive social and educational trends impacting American higher education, and the distinctive aspects of independent liberal arts colleges that are critical to fulfilling higher education needs in the United States. The project will provide a new opportunity to lead the national conversation about what it means to offer a high-quality education in the 21st century. The project is funded by the Lumina Foundation.

Photo credit: Lilia LaGesse, Council of Independent Colleges

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In the News:

Adolph hosts rountable discussion on affordability of higher education

by John Kopp

Delaware County Daily Times

RADNOR — Karim Boyd detailed the financial challenges facing many middle-class college students, telling a panel of college administrators Wednesday that grant programs like the Ready to Succeed Scholarship can help alleviate that burden. Read more...

Grow Your Own

by Kaitlin Mulhere

Inside Higher Ed

A partnership between a Pennsylvania university, a coffee roaster and a Costa Rican farm is trying to support sustainable agriculture while giving students their java fix with the sale of organic, fair trade coffee that doesn't come from a certain well-known chain. Read more...

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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.