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News Article | May 22, 2017
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Freedom Alliance, an organization supporting our nation’s military and injured service members, has named Jacob Rangel as its 2017 Scholarship Fund Student Ambassador. Jacob has received two Freedom Alliance Scholarships and is finishing his junior year at Kutztown University, majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations, New Media and Digital Literacy. As Student Ambassador, the 21-year-old will represent the hundreds of Freedom Alliance Scholarship recipients at various events, make media appearances and raise awareness of the help for, and sacrifices made by, military families. This position is a summer internship, for which Jacob will receive academic credit. Freedom Alliance honors and supports wounded service members and military families in a variety of ways. Through their Scholarship Fund, the organization provides more than $1 million each year in college scholarships to the children of fallen and disabled troops. Jacob’s father, Air Force Staff Sergeant Ray Rangel, was a firefighter with the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, near Abilene, Texas. In 2005, he died in Iraq while trying to save two soldiers trapped in a Humvee that overturned in a canal. Rangel left behind a total of four children. Jacob’s older brother, Justin, is also a recipient of a Freedom Alliance Scholarship. Since 2003, Freedom Alliance has awarded $11 million in educational assistance to nearly 1,000 children of fallen or wounded military heroes. The organization provided a record number 323 college scholarships totaling $1.3 million in 2016. “Jacob’s dad gave his life for this country,” said the organization’s president, Tom Kilgannon. “We honor his sacrifice by caring for Ray Rangel’s family and helping his son go to college. Anybody who spends five minutes with Jacob, will see what a man of honor and integrity his father was, because he instilled it in Jacob at an early age.” There are an estimated 6,000 children who have lost a parent in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, who may be eligible for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship. Freedom Alliance is now accepting applications for the upcoming academic year. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students once per academic year and is renewable for a total of four terms. Interested students can find additional details at http://www.FAScholarship.com/. About Freedom Alliance Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which provides help and support to wounded troops and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded more than $11 million in college scholarships to the children of military heroes and spent millions more helping injured veterans and military families with recreational therapy, Heroes Vacations, care packages for deployed troops, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheel chairs and much more. You can learn more about Freedom Alliance at http://www.FreedomAlliance.org or http://www.Facebook.com/FreedomAlliance.

The Community Bank Case Study Competition encourages students to explore community banking by partnering student teams with local banks to conduct original case studies, focusing on management and board succession planning. The competition is sponsored and managed by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). These teams join five other college team finalists as they compete to become the winner of the competition, which will be announced live on Twitter on Thursday, May 25, 2017, during the CSBS state and federal banking regulator forum in New Orleans. The Kutztown University team is partnered with New Tripoli Bank and the Bloomsburg University team partnered with First Keystone Community Bank. The two Pennsylvania teams were chosen as finalists among 33 undergraduate student teams from universities and colleges across the country. For more information on the 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition, visit www.csbs.org/bankcasestudy. Consumers are reminded that if they have questions about banks, bank products, or bank transactions they can call the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS to discuss their issues with a trained professional. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pa-wolf-administration-congratulates-students-advancing-in-national-banking-study-competition-300460275.html

News Article | November 3, 2016
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This crucial hire supports the global expansion strategy of the company as an electronic payments leader IMPESA®, developers of Monibyte®, an innovative SaaS solution for corporate payment methods, and first in a suite of FinTech applications, announces that kHyal has been named Chief Marketing Officer as part of an ongoing commitment to their strategic global expansion plan. Mario Hernández, Impesa’s founder, Chairman and CEO explained that bringing kHyal on as CMO is part of a focused plan to develop and unify the company’s brand voice and market reach, while launching new and existing products across international channels. “We couldn't be happier with kHyal joining our team. kHyal brings amazing experience and an outstanding track record to the company; and in a very short time she has become a key member of our team. When building a global company, you need to bring world class people on board, and kHyal is definitely world class. I am sure she will lead our marketing, communications and public relations strategies beyond our expectations,” Hernandez said. Cliff Wildes, IMPESA’s Chief Strategy Officer, noted, “I have worked with kHyal for over 25 years. First, at Microtech International, Inc. where I was CEO and founder, and she spearheaded marketing initiatives as Creative Director, and later, when we became cofounders and partners at SunStar Interactive. I have never met a more creative and talented individual. Her role as Chief Marketing Officer is essential to the growth and success of the company.” Digitally Driven. kHyal’s experience in digital spans three decades. A pioneering internet professional and award-winning creative, she was a founding member of the Women’s Internet History project and recruited member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.’s Marketing Committee. Strategically Poised. Prior to joining IMPESA, kHyal was President at fiZz Agency, and has held the positions of Chief Creative Officer at Metropolitan interactive; Creative Director at Havas Worldwide, NetKey and Microtech International; Vice President of Marketing at blowtorch studios and SunStar interactive; and Controller at Cello, Ltd. Her client roster spans a wide range of brands and corporations including: Pitney Bowes, Sharp Electronics, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, ProLabs, MTV, Showtime Networks, GAP, BMW, UPS, Diageo, Datto, Centerplate, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Deutsche Bank, Black&Decker, UBS Investment Bank, Whitney Museum of American Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With extensive experience working with national and international brands, corporations and agencies in the US, UK, Canada, Argentina, Germany and Costa Rica, kHyal’s background traverses technology, healthcare, education/digital publishing, finance, non-profit and consumer product verticals with an emphasis on software and hardware development. Active in industry associations, kHyal has co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; and was a member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum. She has been a juror for the London Interactive Advertising Awards; a judge for Hasbro’s Project Upcycle Design Awards; served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Brand Central Chapter, and was on the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com. kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College in addition to studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Loyola Law School; Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging and FIT. Passionate about education, kHyal is an Adjunct Instructor at Miami Ad School New York where she teaches Product Creation and Innovation; and was Adjunct Professor at Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu City, China through the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport where she taught Design Thinking and Methodologies. She has been an invited senior portfolio reviewer at RISD, SVA, FIT, The One Club, ADC Global, Graduate Fashion Week London, Miami Ad School, The Portfolio Center, CADC, AIGA Rhode Island, AIGA Philadelphia, AIGA Connecticut, Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, Creative Circus, Hartford Art School at University of Hartford, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY), Moore College of Art and Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Kutztown University and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). kHyal regularly speaks and facilitates workshops on branding, digital media, design, marketing, social media and business practices. Her engagements include: FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference, The Creative Circus–Atlanta, School of Visual Arts (SVA)–New York, The Grove–New Haven, HOW Design Live–Boston Creative Freelancers Conference, Hygienic Academy, Wakefield Boys and Girls Club, AIGA Rhode Island, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum, AIGA Upstate New York Student Conference and Syracuse University. She was a media partner for the international design conference “A Better World by Design” at Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University; for the inaugural Leaders in Software and Art (LiSA) conference at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; and designed, planned and facilitated a fundraising event for New York Creative Tech Week 2016. A forerunner in the use of technology in her art and design practice in the early eighties, kHyal’s work has been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Ricco/Maresca Gallery—New York, Pavilion der Volksbühne–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte–Buenos Aires, Cooper Union–New York, Art Basel–Switzerland, Art Basel—Miami and galleries worldwide. She is a contributing writer to numerous industry publications on art, design and technology. Founded in Costa Rica in 2013, IMPESA is an innovator of electronic payment solutions, licensed with VISA®and MasterCard®, and compliant with all government banking and card issuer regulations. The company has developed technologies such as card integration with satellite positioning systems (GPS) for large local and multinational distribution companies that use the software to manage their fleets. These technologies are included in IMPESA’s revolutionary flagship SaaS platform, Monibyte. Developed completely in-house by a dedicated team of engineers and programmers, the software has processed millions of transactions with major international corporate clients since launching in 2014, and will expand into US markets in Q4 2016. For banks, Monibyte is an unprecedented addition to their commercial credit card portfolios, and mitigates credit card fraud, potentially saving millions. For companies that are corporate customers of banks that offer Monibyte, it is an invaluable tool that allows 100% control of how every credit or debit card within the organization can be used. From sums of money, to type of currency, days of the week, time of day, geographic location and specific merchant; parameters can be changed instantly from the easy-to-use, web-based interface or smart phone app, without having to contact the bank. Monibyte integrates with most major ERPs, saving time and money on accounting tasks. IMPESA’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Mario Hernández, is a known expert in the field of electronic payment innovation. He was honored with International Banker’s Best Innovation in Retail and Commercial Banking award in 2015, interviewed at The London Stock Exchange, and a featured speaker and panelist at the Mobile Payments Latin America Summit in 2016. IMPESA has offices in San José, Costa Rica and Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit impesa.net

News Article | December 19, 2016
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Tonight at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms game, First Generation was proud to honor one of our own heroes – Fred Koons III, now an Account Manager at First Generation and a Retired Staff Sergeant with the US Army who served three tours to Iraq & Afghanistan. Thinking he was there to honor another veteran, and with the cooperation of the LV Phantoms, First Generation was able to turn the tables on Fred. Not an easy task to pull off on someone who for many years was responsible for the welfare, fitness, morale, and discipline of management level Soldiers. As an additional surprise, we had his family join us at the game – his parents, Lisa & Fred Koons of Allentown, his brother Leo, his wife Amy (Kostelnick) and their two children. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business there is nothing that makes us more proud than honoring an employee for their service of dedication to their country. Fred served as an Artillery Forward Observer, deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division, in the Triangle of Death south of Baghdad for 15 months. Fred returned to Iraq in 2010 for his second combat tour with the 3rd ID in 2010, and was stationed at the Al Asad Air Force Base in Iraq’s Al Anbar province. Fred then transferred to the 10th Mountain division, and was deployed to Afghanistan 2013. Fred retired from the Army in 2014. Fred attended elementary school at the Cathedral School in Allentown and graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 2003. He attended Kutztown University before volunteering for the US Army at the height of “the surge” during the Iraq War in 2007. After leaving the Army he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Columbia College. He is married to Amy, also of Allentown, and they have 2 children, Jaxson, age 4 and Emma, 5 months old. They reside in Orefield. Fred is employed as an Account Manager at First Generation where he works with his clients on their marketing and advertising projects. Celebrating 30 years in business, First Generation defines, develops and delivers marketing campaigns for commercial business, non-profit organizations and the federal government. Services include strategic communications, integrated marketing and advertising, video production, interactive design and programming, event planning, web design, programming, instructional design and training, media relations and social media integration. A service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), First Generation also provides full-time on-site media consultants for several global organizations. First Generation is headquartered in Allentown, PA with offices in Washington, DC, and Vicenza, Italy. For more information, please visit http://www.firstgencom.com.

News Article | October 31, 2016
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Jostens, the leading provider of high-end custom jewelry for college sports teams, unveiled the NCAA’s 2016 men’s national Championship Ring on Oct. 28, when the Villanova Wildcats presented the rings to players, coaches and basketball staff during a public ceremony at The Pavilion arena. The rings commemorate the Wildcats’ outstanding 2015-2016 season and celebrate the team’s triumphant victory in the men’s Final Four championship on April 4. “These rings will forever be a reminder of the commitment and dedication a group of young men displayed in bringing a great attitude to everything they did,” said Jay Wright, Villanova men’s head basketball coach. "We're excited for this chance to celebrate our 2016 NCAA National Championship with the Villanova community, and the presentation of our Jostens Championship Ring was a very special honor.” “Jostens is excited to partner with the Wildcats to create a championship ring that celebrates the team’s second national victory,” said Tom Rysavy, Jostens senior college marketing director. “This one-of-a-kind ring is hand crafted and features a basketball-shaped design, including a caged blue spinel stone with a crest of the Villanova logo on the bezel.” The ring showcases Villanova’s season record of 35-5, with one side featuring the championship final score of 77-74 between Villanova and North Carolina, as well as the NCAA National Championship trophy. The other side is customized with the name and position of each player, coach and staff member, and features “2016” in large numbers and the words “Final Four Houston 2016” surrounding the NCAA emblem. In addition to collaborating with the Wildcats, Jostens has partnered with other Pennsylvania college sports organizations, including Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Lehigh University, St. Joseph’s University, Kutztown University, East Stroudsburg University, Lafayette College and Misericordia University. About Jostens Jostens is a trusted partner in the academic and achievement channel, providing products, programs and services that help its customers celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods that serve the K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments. Founded in 1897 and based in Minneapolis, Minn., Jostens is a subsidiary of Newell Brands and can be found online at http://www.jostens.com. About Newell Brands Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. This press release and additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website, http://www.newellbrands.com.

Walters G.D.,Federal Correctional Institution | Walters G.D.,Kutztown University
Law and Human Behavior | Year: 2012

It has been argued that psychopathy plays a vital role in the criminal justice system. To test this assumption, the incremental validity of the psychopathy construct was examined in 198 male Canadian prison inmates serving time for nonsexual offenses and 122 male U. S. inmates undergoing forensic evaluations. When these two samples - which had been used previously to test the incremental validity of the four Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R: Hare, 2003) facet scores (Walters, Wilson, & Glover, 2011) - were treated as a single group, second-order confirmatory factor analysis and item response theory principles indicated that a three-factor hierarchical model of the PCL-R facets (interpersonal, affective, lifestyle) fit the data better than a four-factor hierarchical model (interpersonal, affective, lifestyle, antisocial). When the two samples were examined separately, a composite of the first three PCL-R facets (interpersonal, affective, lifestyle) failed to predict general and violent recidivism above and beyond the contributions of age and criminal history. These results bring into question the utility of the psychopathy construct, as measured by Facets 1, 2, and 3 of the PCL-R, to predict important criminal justice outcomes like recidivism. Additional research using alternative measures of psychopathy and a wider array of outcome measures is required to determine the extent to which the psychopathy construct contributes to our understanding of criminal behavior. © 2011 American Psychological Association.

Background: The purpose of this study was to determine whether the latent structure of alcohol misuse is categorical or continuous in male and female adults with and without a history of prior criminal offending. Methods: Data from 3452 (1530 male, 1922 female) 27-to-32 year old members of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) were subjected to taxometric analysis using three nonredundant taxometric procedures-mean above minus below a cut (MAMBAC), maximum covariance (MAXCOV), and latent mode factor analysis (L-Mode). Results: Analyses produced results consistent with categorical latent structure in males with a previous history of criminal offending but not in males without a previous history of criminal offending or females with or without a history of criminal offending. The findings from the other groups were indeterminate for the most part (i.e., neither categorical nor continuous). The presumptive taxon was validated by testing differences in age of onset and frequency of criminal arrest and drunkenness between the putative taxon and the upper portion of the complement. As predicted, all four validation outcomes were significantly worse in the taxon group. Conclusions: On the basis of these results it is concluded that alcohol misuse in young adults may have features of both categorical and continuous latent structure and that the categorical aspects are more prominent in males with a history of offending behavior. Additional research is required to determine which aspects and features of alcohol misuse are categorical and which aspects and features are continuous. © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Utilizing data from two large samples, cognitive variables were evaluated as potential mediators of the past crime–future crime relationship. In the first study, the reconstructed General Criminal Thinking (GCTrc) score of the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) was found to mediate the relationship between past adult convictions/juvenile adjudications and future recidivism in 1,101 male federal prisoners. In the second study, a cognitive appraisal of one’s future chances of arrest was found to mediate the relationship between self-reported delinquency between the ages of 13 and 15 and self-reported delinquency between the ages of 17 and 19 in 1,414 male and female members of the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) cohort. Sensitivity analysis revealed that the mediating effects in both studies were reasonably robust to violations of the sequential ignorability assumption. These findings suggest that cognitive factors may play a role in encouraging continuity from the early to the later stages of criminal involvement. © The Author(s) 2013.

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