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#StartingUpPA Alumni Spotlight

Alex Tufano   |  Tufano Trucking Co., LLC  |  Saint Vincent College '13

Alex Tufano, a May 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College, is a successful entrepreneur and owner of Tufano Trucking Co., LLC, which provides transportation services for the Marcellus Shale industry and various construction firms.

Seeing an opening in the market, Tufano started his business to address the needs of the emerging Marcellus Shale industry in the region. He borrowed money to purchase two tri-axle dump trucks and started working for stone quarries and road crews. He now primarily works with Marcellus companies and has expanded to a fleet of five trucks and four employees. Tufano handles a broad spectrum of duties in his business, from routine maintenance on trucks, hiring drivers, bookkeeping, and networking with other businesses and individuals to help the company grow even more successful. 

Tufano recently served as an alumni panelist at its "Starting Up PA" panel discussion and roundtable event at the state capitol, which was attended by more than 40 lawmakers and legislative staff.

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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.

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