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Sovereign Center Economic Impact: 2001-02 through 2010-11

Dr. Lolita Paff

by Dr. Lolita Paff, Associate Professor of Business and Economics

This report summarizes the estimated economic impact of the Center’s expenditures as well as the spending of visitors to the Center. Read The Economic Impact Report »



Berks awarded a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Grant,
seeking student participants

Dr. Abdullah KonakDr. Abdullah Konak, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State Berks, has been awarded a grant by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance titled “A Virtual Incubator at Penn State Berks (VIB) to Foster Student Innovations.” He is currently seeking interested students to participate in the study.

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Berks awarded a NCIIA Grant to Internationalize the Entrepreneurship Education

Dr. Janelle LarsonDr. Sadan Kulturel-KonakDr. Janelle Larson, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Division Head for Engineering, Business and Computing, and Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Minor, have been awarded a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Course and Program grant in the amount of $31,700 for their proposal titled "Internationalizing Entrepreneurship Education Program (IEEP)."

Creative Minds

Kenyan students involved with Creative Minds projectCreative Minds Team, comprised of Penn State Berks students and their professor, Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, traveled to Kenya in May 2011 to visit the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC), a residential care and education facility for former street-dwelling children. Their mission: to teach the youth at the center a skill that would help to sustain them in the future.

Electronic waste is a major problem worldwide, including in Kenya. The Creative Minds Team decided to take this surplus waste and use it as a resource. Their goal was to teach the youth at the CYEC to make electronic jewelry from the precious metals, computer components, wires, and plastics contained in the electronic waste and later sell the jewelry, using the profit for future educational advancements.

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Students won “the most innovative solution award” in the Milking the Rhino Contest.
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Creative Techor

group presenting the jewelryThe Creative Minds team is now associated with Creative Techor. Creative Techor’s objective is to bring this business idea back to Reading, PA to market and sell the products created in Kenya.

For more information on Creative Minds and Creative Techor, visit the Creative Techor FaceBook page.