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April 18, 2013

In brief: Route 30 detour scheduled Sunday evening



Bridge, concrete canoe competitions on tap

The Pitt-Johnstown student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host the 2013 ASCE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference this weekend.

Events will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the UPJ campus and from 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Quemahoning Reservoir at the Summer’s Best Two Weeks facility. Lunch and dinner will be available.

The conference includes the ASCE/American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Bridge Competition and ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition, in which about 300 students from 14 colleges and universities will compete with a total of five canoes and 12 bridges.

Teams who win the concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions will advance to their respective national competitions.

The construction events provide students with a practical application of the engineering principles learned in the classroom. The programs also help students to develop team and project management skills.

1st Lift for Life to raise funds for nonprofit

LORETTO – Members of the St. Francis University football team and the new chapter of Uplifting Athletes will conduct the initial Lift for Life fundraiser.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday as the athletes perform strongman-type lifts on the football field in Loretto. There will be raffles, prizes, a dunk tank and live radio broadcast.

The event will raise money for childhood apraxia through CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America).

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Psychology conference slated at UPJ

Keynote speaker Derek Leben, Pitt-Johnstown assistant professor of philosophy, will speak on “Experimental Philosophy: Tales from the Front Lines” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the 16th annual Laurel Highlands Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blackington Hall on the UPJ campus in Richland Township.

The conference was founded in 1998, providing a forum for undergraduate students in psychology programs from across the tri-state region to present their research to fellow students and faculty members.

For more information, call 269-7293 or email mullenni@

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