Matt Dowling (politician)
Matt Dowling is the representative for the 51st District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He is a member of the Republican Party. Dowling began his political career when he defeated incumbent Tim Mahoney in the general election after he ran unopposed in the Republican Primary for the 51st District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, he served on the Youth, Gaming Oversight, Local Government and Urban Affairs committees. In 2018 he ran unopposed again and defeated Mahoney in a rematch
Aaron Bernstine is the representative for the 10th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The district includes Butler County and Lawrence County, he is a member of the Republican Party. Bernstine began his political career when he defeated incumbent Jaret Gibbons for the 10th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with 58.48% of the vote. He serves on the Aging & Older Adult Services, Finance and Fisheries and Health committees
West Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia, United States. It has an enrollment of about 1,400 students from 35 U. S. states and 26 countries. The school was founded in 1890 by the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist church. In 2014, U. S. News & World Report ranked West Virginia Wesleyan College 14th on the list of Best Colleges in the South region, it was listed as one of the "Best Southeastern Colleges" by the Princeton Review in 2011. West Virginia Wesleyan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Wesleyan continues to serve as a liberal arts college; the primary majors are elementary and secondary education and natural sciences. The College offers over 36 minors. Wesleyan has 3-2 engineering partnerships with Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, West Virginia University. Undergraduate degrees are awarded in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music Education. Graduate degrees awarded include the Master of Science in Athletic Training, Master of Business Administration, Master's in Education, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Science in Nursing.
80% of West Virginia Wesleyan's faculty have earned doctorates or comparable terminal degrees within their field. The student-faculty ratio is 14 to 1, with an average class size of 19; the campus boasts 23 major buildings of Georgian architecture, a legacy of the presidency of Stanley H. Martin; the grounds are situated in a park-like setting of more than 100 acres. The campus hosts a variety of local flora, such as white oak and spruce trees, dogwoods and rhododendrons; some of the recognizable buildings on campus are the Lynch-Raine Administration building, Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, Reemsnyder Research Center, Wesley Chapel, the highest capacity chapel in West Virginia. Wesleyan has retained its residential character. There are 21 NCAA Division II sports teams, 70 clubs and organizations; the college's athletics teams are the Bobcats, which compete in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference, of which it was a founding member in 2013. The Bobcats were former members of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, having been recognized as having the top athletic program in the WVIAC.by winning, over 151 conference championships and earning a conference dominance of 18 Commissioner's Cups during the past 20 years and eight Presidents' Cups in 14 years.
Each year, Wesleyan's 21 NCAA II teams compete at the regional and national levels. Wesleyan ranks fifth among all NCAA II schools in the number of Academic Achievement Award winners; the Greek system was initiated on campus in 1925, when the Board of Trustees authorized the establishment of two sororities and three fraternities. The four Panhellenic-affiliated sororities are Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha; the five Interfraternity Council-affiliated fraternities are Alpha Sigma Phi, Chi Phi, the Kappa Alpha Order, Theta Chi, Theta Xi. There are many additional organizational brotherhoods and honorary groups on campus including Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Beta Beta, Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Tau Epsilon, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Theta Epsilon. Wesleyan students are active in community engagement projects; some 87% of students participate in community service through the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development.
The CCE has been recognized on national level for its community service endeavors. Students in the CCE organized the first collegiate Jump Rope for Heart events in the United States. West Virginia Wesleyan College was founded in 1890 by the West Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church; the school opened on September 3, 1890, in a new three-story brick building, where the current Lynch-Raine Administration Building now stands. Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology alumnus Bennett W. Hutchinson was the college's first president. Following ten years focusing on college preparatory work, college-level instruction was first offered in 1900 culminating in the first baccalaureate degrees in 1905. For one year the institution was named Wesleyan University of West Virginia but it was changed to West Virginia Wesleyan College in honor of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Pre-college instruction continued until 1923 when it was discontinued because the high schools in the state had grown enough to adequately perform that task.
Dr. Pamela Jubin Balch, a 1971 graduate of Wesleyan, became the college's 18th president in July 2006. Dr. Balch is the first woman to serve as president in the college's history. At the outset of her tenure as President, Balch reinstated the college's briefly-discontinued nursing program as well as its 3-2 engineering program; the college has since expanded its academic programs, adding graduate degrees in athletic training, English Writing, nursing. In 2009 Wesleyan opened the $7.2 million Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts followed shortly thereafter by the $8.9 million David E. Reemsnyder Research Center in 2010. A series of residential improvements to the campus were realized in the construction of a new 140-bed residence hall on Camden Avenue as well as a comprehensive renovation and restructuring of Fleming Hall, the college's second oldest permanent residence hall after Agnes Howard Hall. Adding to its already-beautiful and decidedly
California is a borough on the Monongahela River in Washington County, United States, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area since 1950. The population was 6,795 as of the 2010 census and was estimated at 6,805 in 2011. California is the home of California University of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1849, the borough was named for the territory of California following the Gold Rush; the borough has had two notably young mayors — Democrat Peter Daley, 22 at his election, Republican Casey Durdines, 20 at his election. California is located at 40°3′55″N 79°53′50″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 11.2 square miles, of which 11.0 square miles is land and 0.2 square miles is water. California has seven land borders, including Fallowfield Township to the north, Long Branch and Elco to the northeast, Coal Center to the mideast, West Brownsville to the southeast, Centerville from the south to the west-southwest, West Pike Run Township to the west. Across the Monongahela River in Fayette County, California runs adjacent with Newell and Jefferson Township.
When founded in 1849, the town was named California, though Columbia and Sagamore were names that were suggested for the new town. Before there were mayors in California, there were burgesses. East Pike Run Township merged with California Borough in 1953; the former Vigilant Mine in California once produced the largest single lump of coal in the world. California was once home to the largest soft coal mine in the world when Vesta # 4 opened in 1893; the town of Philipsburg used to sit on land, now occupied by California University of Pennsylvania. This includes the Philipsburg Cemetery, still in use and includes a number of graves of Civil War soldiers; the first house built in California is next to the California Post Office on Second Street. The Molly Fleming House, Jennings-Gallagher House, Malden Inn, Old Main, California State College and former Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the California Boatyards played an important role in building steamboats for western expansion.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,274 people, 1,891 households, 867 families residing in the borough. The population density was 478.2 people per square mile. There were 2,092 housing units at an average density of 189.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 93.93% White, 4.13% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.13% from other races, 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population. There were 1,891 households out of which 16.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.8% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 54.1% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.85. In the borough the population was spread out with 10.7% under the age of 18, 42.2% from 18 to 24, 17.3% from 25 to 44, 15.5% from 45 to 64, 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males. The median income for a household in the borough was $24,628, the median income for a family was $43,168. Males had a median income of $35,833 versus $24,537 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $14,412. About 7.3% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over. California Area School District California University of Pennsylvania Viola Liuzzo, a Unitarian Universalist and civil rights activist murdered in the events of Bloody Sunday, in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, she was born in California. Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski, an American labor leader in the United Mine Workers in the 1950s and 1960s. He was murdered in 1969 by killers hired by a union political opponent. Longtime resident of California. Bruce Dal Canton, a major league pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox.
Born in California. Bert Humphries, a major league pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs in the early 20th century. Born in California. Don LeJohn, a Major League Baseball third baseman and Minor League Baseball manager. LeJohn was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and played in the minor leagues through 1971 with various Dodgers affiliates. Resident of California. Official California Borough website Facebook Facebook
Alma mater is an allegorical Latin phrase for a university, school, or college that one attended. In US usage it can mean the school from which one graduated; the phrase is variously translated as "nourishing mother", "nursing mother", or "fostering mother", suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students. Fine arts will depict educational institutions using a robed woman as a visual metaphor. Before its current usage, alma mater was an honorific title for various Latin mother goddesses Ceres or Cybele, in Catholicism for the Virgin Mary, it entered academic usage when the University of Bologna adopted the motto Alma Mater Studiorum, which describes its heritage as the oldest operating university in the Western world. It is related to alumnus, a term used for a university graduate that means a "nursling" or "one, nourished". Although alma was a common epithet for Ceres, Cybele and other mother goddesses, it was not used in conjunction with mater in classical Latin. In the Oxford Latin Dictionary, the phrase is attributed to Lucretius' De rerum natura, where it is used as an epithet to describe an earth goddess: After the fall of Rome, the term came into Christian liturgical usage in association with the Virgin Mary.
"Alma Redemptoris Mater" is a well-known 11th century antiphon devoted to Mary. The earliest documented use of the term to refer to a university in an English-speaking country is in 1600, when the University of Cambridge printer, John Legate, began using an emblem for the university's press; the device's first-known appearance is on the title-page of William Perkins' A Golden Chain, where the Latin phrase Alma Mater Cantabrigia is inscribed on a pedestal bearing a nude, lactating woman wearing a mural crown. In English etymological reference works, the first university-related usage is cited in 1710, when an academic mother figure is mentioned in a remembrance of Henry More by Richard Ward. Many historic European universities have adopted Alma Mater as part of the Latin translation of their official name; the University of Bologna Latin name, Alma Mater Studiorum, refers to its status as the oldest continuously operating university in the world. Other European universities, such as the Alma Mater Lipsiensis in Leipzig, Germany, or Alma Mater Jagiellonica, have used the expression in conjunction with geographical or foundational characteristics.
At least one, the Alma Mater Europaea in Salzburg, Austria, an international university founded by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2010, uses the term as its official name. In the United States, the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, has been called the "Alma Mater of the Nation" because of its ties to the country's founding. At Queen's University in Kingston and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, the main student government is known as the Alma Mater Society; the ancient Roman world had many statues of the Alma Mater, some still extant. Modern sculptures are found in prominent locations on several American university campuses. For example, in the United States: there is a well-known bronze statue of Alma Mater by Daniel Chester French situated on the steps of Columbia University's Low Library. An altarpiece mural in Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library, painted in 1932 by Eugene Savage, depicts the Alma Mater as a bearer of light and truth, standing in the midst of the personified arts and sciences.
Outside the United States, there is an Alma Mater sculpture on the steps of the monumental entrance to the Universidad de La Habana, in Havana, Cuba. The statue was cast in 1919 by Mario Korbel, with Feliciana Villalón Wilson as the inspiration for Alma Mater, it was installed in its current location in 1927, at the direction of architect Raul Otero. Media related to Alma mater at Wikimedia Commons The dictionary definition of alma mater at Wiktionary Alma Mater Europaea website
Michael Coyne Turzai is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who serves as Speaker of the House. He is from Allegheny County and has represented the 28th legislative district since 2001, his district includes the cities of Warrendale, Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, McCandless. Turzai served as the House Majority Leader from 2011 until 2014, was elected Speaker in January 2015, he was a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2018 until he suspended his campaign in February 2018. Turzai was born in Pennsylvania, he attended Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis. He earned a B. A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and his law degree from Duke University in 1987. Turzai is married to a pediatrician, they live in Marshall Township in Allegheny County. Turzai was an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County from 1988 to 1992, when he joined Houston Harbaugh, a law firm in Pittsburgh, he practiced law with Houston Harbaugh through 2004, remains Of counsel with them.
Prior to serving in the legislature, Turzai served as the vice president of the Bradford Woods Borough Council. He was a former representative to the Republican State Committee in 2000, he is a former member of the Pine-Marshall-Bradford Woods Police Board. In 1998 Turzai ran to represent the 4th District in the U. S. House against Democratic incumbent Ron Klink, he won the Republican primary by a large margin, with 54.25% of the vote to David F. Miller's 24.45% and Paul Adametz's 21.26%, but was defeated by Klink in the general election, 64-36%. In 2001 he was elected to the Pennsylvania House, winning every precinct in the 28th district against attorney Thomas Dancison in a special election to fill the seat of Jane Orie, who had replaced Melissa Hart in the state Senate in 2000. In November 2010 Turzai was elected majority leader after the elections which gave the House a 21-seat majority by Republicans, he had previously served as minority whip. He was majority leader from 2011 to 2014. Turzai was House Majority Leader in June 2011 when it passed the amended "Fair Share Act", a tort reform bill that repealed Pennsylvania's common law doctrine of joint and several liability.
On November 15, 2016, Turzai was chosen by House Republicans to be speaker-designee of the House of Representatives. On January 6, 2017, he was unanimously elected as Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a second term; because of his role as Speaker, Turzai sits on all committees in an ex-officio capacity. He serves on the Committee on Committees and the Committee on Rules. In 2017 Turzai was given a 91% rating by the National Federation of Independent Business and an 80% rating by the American Conservative Union. In 2016 he was given a 0% rating by the Sierra Club but a 25% rating by the Sierra Club PA; that same year he received a 92 % rating by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Industry. The National Rifle Association endorsed Turzai for re-election in 2016; as of 2017 he holds a 93% NRA rating. On November 14, 2017 Turzai announced he would run for governor in 2018, challenging Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf. Others in the Republican primary field are R-York. During the primary race Turzai will run to retain his 28th District House seat, defending against Democrat Emily Skopov.
He will remain Speaker throughout the election season. During a campaign stop in December 2017, Turzai said as governor he would prioritize "Fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, school accountability and increased investments in career and technical education." He said that if he was unable to bring about those changes during a first term, he would not seek a second term. State Representative Kathy Rapp and state Senator Scott Hutchinson endorsed his candidacy with supporting remarks; as of February 2018, Turzai had $1.2 million in his campaign account. On February 10, 2018, Turzai announced to the state Republican Party Committee that he would no longer be running for governor, following the endorsement of Scott Wagner. In February 2018, Turzai and State Representative Judy Ward, a nurse, introduced a bill banning the abortion of babies who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb. Babies can be aborted up to 24 weeks gestation in Pennsylvania, except in cases of sex selection abortion, which are banned.
Turzai cited the country of Iceland in remarks about the bill, saying that Iceland has an zero rate of babies born with Down syndrome because all are aborted. In 2010, one of Turzai's top campaign contributors was the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which represents more than 187,000 Pennsylvania teachers and educators; the association gave him $22,500. In September 2016 Turzai advocated increasing tax credits to Pennsylvania businesses that contributed to scholarship funds that help low income people send their children to private schools. On October 26, 2017, Turzai publicly asked several public universities within Pennsylvania to freeze tuition for the 2018-2019 school year for in-state residents; the universities that he asked were the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Temple University, Lincoln University. After a state budget was passed at the end of October, those schools along with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine stood to receive more than $600 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
In October 2017, Turzai voted yes on HB 178 to amend the Pennsylvania Public School Code in various ways. Through his yes vote on the
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Fayette County is a county of the U. S. state of Pennsylvania. Fayette County is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, adjacent to West Virginia; as of the 2010 census, the population was 136,606. Its county seat is Uniontown; the county was created on September 26, 1783, from part of Westmoreland County and named after the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayette County is part of PA Metropolitan Statistical Area; the southern border of Fayette County is the southern border of Pennsylvania at both the Pennsylvania–Maryland state line and the Pennsylvania–West Virginia state line. The first Europeans in Fayette County were explorers, who had used an ancient American Indian trail that bisected the county on their journey across the Appalachian Mountains. In 1754, when control of the area was still in dispute between France and Great Britain, 22-year-old George Washington fought against the French at the Battle of Jumonville Glen and Fort Necessity. British forces under Washington and General Edward Braddock improved roads throughout the region, making the future Fayette County an important supply route.
During the American Revolution, Fayette County was plagued by attacks from British-allied Indians and remained isolated as a frontier region. Retarding settlement was a border dispute with Virginia. In 1780 the dispute was settled by the federal government in favor of Pennsylvania, Fayette County was formed from Westmoreland County in 1783. Fayette County settlers provided the new United States government with an early test of authority in the 1793 Whiskey Rebellion, when farmers rebelled against tax collectors to protest a new liquor tax. President George Washington called out the militias to restore order. However, they were talked out of any violent action by owner of Friendship Hill and future Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin. Fayette County continued to be important to travelers in the early 1800s; the National Road provided a route through the mountains of the county for settlers heading west. The shipyards in Brownsville on the Monongahela River built ships for both the domestic and international trade.
As Pittsburgh developed its industries in the mid-19th century, Fayette County become a center of coal mining and coke production. From the 1880s to the early 1900s, the area's great expansion in steel production became nationally important, labor unions shaped national policies. Both new European immigrants and African Americans in the Great Migration from the rural South were attracted to the Pittsburgh area for industrial jobs; the historic Scottish and German farming communities established in the earlier 19th century were soon overshadowed by the wave of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. The region's wealth has been concentrated among the old English and Scottish families who had established businesses and political power in Pittsburgh prior to and in the advent of industrialization building the new manufacturing concerns, as did Andrew Carnegie. By World War II, Fayette County had a new unionized working class. In the 1950s, the coal industry fell into decline. In the 1970s, the restructuring and collapse of American steel resulted in a massive loss of industrial jobs and hard times in the area.
The population has declined since the peak in 1940, as residents have had to move elsewhere for work. The loss of union jobs caused many working families to drop out of the middle class. Only a few mines are being worked in the 21st century, but natural resources remain crucial to the local economy; the region is transitioning toward the service sector, with an increase in jobs in fields such as telemarketing. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 798 square miles, of which 790 square miles is land and 8.0 square miles is water. The western portion of the county contains rolling foothills and two valleys along the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers; the eastern portion of the county is mountainous and forested. Many coal mines are located within the area. Westmoreland County Somerset County Garrett County, Maryland Preston County, West Virginia Monongalia County, West Virginia Greene County Washington County Fort Necessity National Battlefield Friendship Hill National Historic Site As of the 2010 census, there were 136,606 people, 59,969 households, 41,198 families residing in the county.
The population density was 188 people per square mile. There were 66,490 housing units at an average density of 84 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 93.30% White, 4.71% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, 2.33% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.8% were of German, 13.2% Italian, 11.4% Irish, 9.2% American, 8.4% Polish, 7.9% English and 6.6% Slovak ancestry. There were 59,969 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96. In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, 18.10% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females