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Savita Iyer, Town&Gown

Savita Iyer is a freelance journalist who moved with her family to State College in August. She has worked as a full-time business journalist in New York, and, as a freelancer, has reported from both Europe and Asia. Her features on a variety of top- ics have appeared in many publications, including Business Week, Vogue (Mumbai, India edition), and on

Articles by Savita Iyer, Town&Gown

Start-Up Seeds Start-Up Seeds
240 weeks ago - Town and gown
For Linda Feltman, senior business consultant at Penn State’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the fact that the university and the SBDC rank first on the USA partners’ list for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world’s largest celebration of innovators, [Read More]
On the Hunt On the Hunt
253 weeks ago - Town and gown
To the untrained eye, the blackish object on the table at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in downtown State College looks like a nondescript piece of tree bark or a clump of coal cinder. But to the members of the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club who have gathered for their weekly meeting, it is [Read More]
Golden Age for Local Television Golden Age for Local Television
274 weeks ago - Town and gown
Dave Phillips was working at a local television station in his home state of Illinois when he received a call from his friend, Marlowe Froke, asking him if he knew anyone who would want to work at a new station in Central Pennsylvania. Phillips replied to the Penn State professor, “Yes, I [Read More]
The Disease Behind the Challenge The Disease Behind the Challenge
283 weeks ago - Town and gown
Every year, when hunting season comes around, Scott Morgenweck can’t help but feel really down. The Altoona-area resident and Army veteran had always been an avid hunter and a keen fisherman, but some years after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and lost the use of his [Read More]
Opportunity & Happiness in Happy Valley Opportunity & Happiness in Happy Valley
304 weeks ago - Town and gown
It is a truth universally acknowledged that America is a land of immigrants. For centuries, people — many of them with little or nothing to their names — have come to this country from all corners of the world, hoping to live their versions of the American Dream. While most may head [Read More]
Coping With Heroin Crisis Coping With Heroin Crisis
313 weeks ago - - Savita Iyer, Town&Gown
“But I think there’s a tipping point from where it very quickly goes from experimentation to becoming a full-blown addiction, and I don’t know a person who’s done heroin and not become addicted. Once someone starts doing heroin, they probably don’t stop doing it.” [Read More]
Coming to Grips with a Crisis Coming to Grips with a Crisis
314 weeks ago - Town and gown
Every Sunday evening, a group of young women get together in the Boalsburg home of psychologist Dr. Jennifer Harp. They’re there for the weekly meeting of the Order of Elizabeth, a community group that Harp and Jill Loomis, a social worker in State College, started shortly after the tragic and [Read More]
Separation Anxieties Separation Anxieties
348 weeks ago - Town and gown
Centrice Mulfinger is baking cookies — chocolate chip, gluten-free cookies — for her three children. She and her husband, Lucas, raise her daughter, Mavalynn McAfee, his son, Aidan Mulfinger (both of whom are their children from previous relationships), and their youngest son, Nevin [Read More]
Painting to Preserve a Way of Life Painting to Preserve a Way of Life
357 weeks ago - Town and gown
For anyone new to this area, particularly those who come from heavily built-up parts of the nation, Central Pennsylvania plays out before the eye like an idyllic panoply of fields and farms, an endless expanse of clean and green open space that remains untouched by the passage of time. But ask a [Read More]
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