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News in Brief – 4/22/13

Published 9:48am Monday, April 22, 2013

Mountwest offers free engineering design classes with 3D printing

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Mountwest Community & Technical College is offering the public a unique opportunity to explore engineering design classes at no cost. On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend classes where they will use Autodesk programs in a classroom setting and even create a part using 3D printing.

Ted Triplett, program coordinator for engineering design and CNC and machinist technology at Mountwest, said he hopes people take advantage of this opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art technology essential to architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, printers and computer graphics creators.

The schedule will be as follows:

• 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: AutoCAD (2D CAD)

• 11 a.m. – Noon: Inventor (3D CAD)

• Noon – 1 p.m.: 3Ds Max (True-to-life 3D Modeling)

• 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: 3D Printing

For more information about the classes, contact Ted Triplett at 304.710.3438 or There is no cost, but please call or email to reserve a space.


Deadline nears for assistance in storm recovery

WASHINGTON D.C. — Small businesses in 39 Ohio counties, will now have access to federal resources to offset losses as a result severe storms and winds that occurred between June 29 and July 2, 2012.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today encouraged eligible entities to apply for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in advance of the May 20,, 2013 deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans.

The loans are available for small businesses in Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Champaign, Clark, Coshocton, Fairfield, Franklin, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Meigs, Miami, Monroe, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington and Wyandot Counties that faced an adverse economic impact because of the storms and winds.

“Ohio small business owners can now access resources needed to recover from last summer’s severe storms—which may have impacted their business through no fault of their own,” Brown said. “These loans will help businesses rebuild and get back on their feet.”

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm and nonfarm entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the weather.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with a three percent interest rate for non-profit organizations, four percent for small businesses, and terms up to 30 years, according to the SBA.

Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to

Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at The deadline for loan applications is May 20, 2013.


Students Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA — The following local students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

The following 9 students were granted an achievement for being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi:

• Katherine Rudolph of Ironton

• Patrick Smith of Ironton

• Marissa Delong of Ironton

• Hannah Perry of Proctorville

• Colton Lindsey of Proctorville

• Tyler Blake of South Point

• Crista Nezhni of South Point

• Wesley Dalton of Pedro

• Joseph Basedow of Ironton

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.


Assistant financial, grants officer hired at RCBI

Kristen Sutherland of Proctorville has joined the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) as Assistant Financial and Grants Officer.

Sutherland previously worked in the Biology Department at Marshall University, where she was a Financial and Administrative Associate from 2009 until March. She earned a Regents Bachelor’s Degree at Marshall in 2012.

“We feel fortunate to have an experienced individual such as Kristen join RCBI,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director and CEO.

A native of Louisa, Ky., Sutherland has two teenage children, Smith and Kate Bradley. She says her hobbies include singing and flute performance, as well as studying religion and how it relates to community.

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