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Point Park University is a liberal arts university in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Formerly known as Point Park College, the school name was revised in 2004 to reflect the number of graduate programs being offered.Point Park University is a comprehensive master’s level university with a strong liberal arts tradition, and is located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Point Park enrolls more than 3,800 full-and part-time students in 82 undergraduate programs and 18 graduate programs offered through its School of Arts and science, School of Business, School of Communication and the Conservatory of Performing Arts. Wikipedia.

Zimmerman R.K.,University of Pittsburgh | Steinhart J.D.,University of Pittsburgh | Lewis K.N.,Point Park University | Michaels M.G.,Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Vaccine | Year: 2012

Objective: Concern over the rise of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) coupled with the increasing popularity of homeschooling makes understanding the attitudes and behaviors of homeschoolers regarding immunizations a critical area of investigation. This study was a pilot to investigate the immunization attitudes of homeschooling parents and the vaccination status of their children. Methods: In the spring of 2010, online surveys were sent to a convenience sample of 707 homeschooling parents in Western Pennsylvania with children ages 0-18 years of age. Information was collected on demographic characteristics, vaccination status of children, and attitudes toward vaccination. Results: Surveys were returned by 18 percent of respondents, representing 396 homeschooled children. Demographic characteristics mirrored national homeschooling trends. The majority (95%) surveyed felt that education about vaccines was important. Thirty-eight percent of families had fully vaccinated children while 56% reported partial vaccination and 6% said children had received no vaccines. Respondents who fully vaccinated their children were more likely to agree that vaccinating according to the American Academy of Pediatrics was a good idea (OR: 4.8 [95% CI: 2.0-11.7]) and were more likely to comply with the recommendations of their health care provider (OR: 8.3 [95% CI: 3.6-19.1]). Respondents who vaccinated their children were more likely to believe that vaccines are safe (OR: 7.6 [95% CI: 1.0-56.2]). Beliefs about autism, thimerosal and learning disabilities did not vary significantly with vaccination status in regression analysis. Conclusions: While specific factors influencing vaccination practices were not identified, this study demonstrated that recommendations of physicians and the AAP do not significantly influence homeschooling vaccination practices in the pilot population. Given the results of this pilot study, more research is called for, particularly a larger study with public school controls. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

The contemporary American West is undergoing a round of rapid restructuring, which has been characterized as the shift from landscapes of production to landscapes of consumption. Here I propose that a more effective description of current changes, which allows us to retain focus on the relevant inter- and intra-class-based dynamics of an ongoing capitalist-Modernity, is as a result of the transition from the prior dominance of a regime of production/consumption of commodities/natural resources to the increasing ascendancy of the production/consumption of "experiences". The rising dominance of this regime is, in large part, the result of the locally dramatic in-migration by ex-urban members of the post-industrial middle class to the "amenity-rich" counties of the region. This process of rural gentrification exacerbates preexisting social, geographic, and environmental disparities within the region, creating an "archipelago" of changing communities commonly referred to as the "New" West. Drawing on almost two years of ethnographic research from one such "island" community in south-central Montana, I describe local-level change between the relative primacy of the two regimes of production/consumption. © 2011 The Author Antipode © 2011 Editorial Board of Antipode.

Hines J.D.,Point Park University
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space | Year: 2010

In this paper I describe rural gentrification-ie the in-migration of relatively young, ex-urban members of the postindustrial middle class (PIMC)-in the northern Rocky Mountains as a form of 'permanent tourism'. The colonization of previously industrial landscapes-ie those created according to a regime that prioritizes the production/consumption of commodities-by the PIMC has led to the expansion of postindustrial class-cultural space and the creation of the 'New' American West. This shift in what constitutes the 'highest and best' use of these lands resonates with the character of late-Modern tourism in that this emerging regime emphasizes the production/consumption of 'experiences' to a greater degree than does the extant regime. Thus, rural gentrifiers are enacting cultural projects that are akin to those of tourists but doing so with the intention of permanently writing them into the social and physical landscape. Drawing on ethnographic examples from my fieldwork in south-central Montana, I demonstrate how members of the PIMC mobilize their increasing local strength through citizens' environmental groups and political institutions and thereby forward their ideals of proper land-use policy and practice. © 2010 Pion Ltd and its Licensors.

Point Park University | Date: 2012-10-16

Binders; Book covers; Bumper stickers; Decals; Folders; Note pads; Notebooks; Pencils; Pens; Posters; Printed tickets; Score books; Stationery; Paper napkins; Paper Report covers; Writing paper; Envelopes; Pen and Pencil holders; Daily Planners; Postcards; Pencil sharpeners; Stickers; Paper Weights; Memo blocks; paper Coasters; Paper weights. Beverage glassware; Coffee mugs; Cups; Cups and mugs; Plastic cups; Plates; Wine glasses; Vases; Drinking glasses, namely, Tumblers; Salt and pepper shakers; Trash cans; Bottle openers; Plastic coasters. Hats; Pants; Shorts; Socks; Sweatshirts; T-shirts; Jackets; Collared shirts; Sweat pants; Jerseys; Mens ties; Tank tops; Ponchos; Visors; Fleece pullovers; Headbands; Slippers. Entertainment services in the nature of arranging and conducting athletic competitions and events.

Point Park University | Date: 2013-05-21

Bracelets; Charms; Charms in precious metals or coated therewith; Jewelry stickpins; Lapel pins; Necklaces; Rings. Appliques in the form of decals; Ballpoint pens; Binders; Book covers; Book ends; Bumper stickers; Calendars; Clip boards; Coasters made of cardboard; Daily planners; Decals; Document covers; Envelopes; Folders; Letter openers; Loose leaf binders; Memo pads; Money clips; Note books; Note pad holders; Note pads; Paper napkins; Paper weights; Pen or pencil holders; Pencil sharpeners; Pencils; Pens; Postcards; Posters; Printed tickets; Score books; Spiral-bound notebooks; Staplers; Stationery; Stickers; Three-ring binders; Writing paper. Accent pillows; Chairs; Key fobs, not of metal; Mirrors; Novelty pillows; Picture frames; Pillows; Seat cushions; Wall plaques made of plastic or wood. Arranging and conducting educational conferences; Educational services, namely, providing courses of instruction at the post-secondary, university and graduate level and distribution of course material in connection therewith; Entertainment and educational services in the nature of competitions in the field of entertainment, education, culture, sports, and other non-business and non-commercial fields; Entertainment in the nature of arranging and conducting collegiate sporting competitions and events; Entertainment in the nature of planning the arrangement of showing movies, shows, plays or musical performances; Production and distribution of radio programs; Production of cable television programs; Providing facilities for recreation activities; Publication of books, pamphlets, magazines and textbooks covering a wide variety of topics in both printed and electronic format.

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