NEW DUTIES: Mark Furda is the new director of graduate education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Furda, who took on his new duties June 1, oversees the university's master of science in education, master of science in educational administration and online master of science in education programs.
Furda also directs Franciscan's principal and superintendent licensure programs, and Principal Leadership Academies, which bring area school administrators to the university to discuss the latest challenges and innovations in education.
Furda replaces Charles Joyce, who retired this year after serving as director of graduate education from 2005 to 2014.
"Education is a rapidly changing field," says Furda. "What doesn't change is the need to be relevant. All our professors are former school administrators. It is their combination of hands-on experience, theory and research that makes this program respected in the Ohio Valley and nationally."
Furda has been teaching traditional and online graduate education courses at Franciscan University since 2011. Prior to that he was a junior high principal (2000-09), assistant superintendent (2009-10) and superintendent (2010-11) for the Indian Creek Local School District, in addition to holding other education positions since 1992.
He holds a doctorate in educational leadership studies from West Virginia University, a master's degree in educational administration from Franciscan University and undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University and Slippery Rock University.
WORKSHOP SET: The Ohio Development Services Agency, through its Minority Business Center office in Youngstown, will sponsor an orientation and training workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at 236 N. Seventh St., Steubenville.
The workshop will explain marketing development, bonding and loan and business assistance offered by the center for small, minority and disadvantaged business enterprises in Steubenville and Jefferson County.
The workshop is open to everyone.
For information, call (330) 746-5681.
AIST RECOGNIZED: The Pittsburgh-based Association for Iron & Steel Technology was honored at the TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit held May 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago. TSE honored the 50 fastest-growing shows of 2013 in each of three metrics: net square feet of paid exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies and total attendance. Thirteen Grand Awards were presented to the elite organizers who outperformed the roughly 11,000 other expositions (nonprofit and for-profit) held in the U.S. each year.
AIST was one of only two multiple Grand Award winners at Fastest 50. AIST received two crystal trophies for AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, for growing its attendance by 89.3 percent, which boosted the show to the No. 1 ranking for highest growth in attendance by percentage." AIST also won for fastest-growing show organized by an association, achieving an average blended growth rate of 41 percent.
In addition, AISTech 2013 received three "Fastest 50" plaques:
Ranked No. 17 by number of exhibitors (by percentage growth);
Ranked No. 16 by net square feet (by percentage growth);
Ranked No. 1 by attendance (by percentage growth).
A total of 90 trade shows made it on the "Fastest 50" for net square feet of exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies or number of exhibiting companies and attendance.
AIST is a nonprofit technical association of 16,500 members from 70 countries, with the mission to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.