ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona held its spring 2022 Student Showcase on Friday, April 29. Students from various disciplines showcased their work to faculty, staff, students, the local community, family and friends.
Students from the electro-mechanical engineering technology and the rail transportation engineering programs presented and demonstrated their senior capstone projects, while those studying business presented on their internship opportunities. Students in the security and risk analysis program exhibited their internships and capstone projects, and one arts and humanities student discussed his research paper.
The final round of the Pechter Business Plan Competition also took place during the showcase. Sara Herron and Joseph Pellicane were both awarded $5,000 for their business concepts; Herron for her boutique and Pellicane for his Popshop by Nunix. 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. Local business leaders judged the competition, basing their evaluations on the feasibility of the proposed businesses, the business overviews, and presentations.
Also during the showcase, five business students were inducted into the Penn State Altoona chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, a business honor society. Eligibility is offered to those students in the top 20% of the undergraduate business program and who reflect the society’s high standards of academic excellence. Students are Alauna Feathers, Shyanne Middendorf, Stephanie Swain, Abdul Rahman Rafie and Caitlin Wolfe.
Penn State Altoona partnered with the Blair County Chamber of Commerce and the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation for the spring 2022 Student Showcase.