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Shaner to manage new Shippensburg hotel

Shaner Hotel Group recently announced it will manage the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Shippensburg University.
Shaner Hotel Group recently announced it will manage the Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Shippensburg University. Photo provided

Shaner Hotel Group recently announced it would manage the just-opened Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Shippensburg University’s Conference Center in a joint venture between the Shippensburg University Foundation’s Raider Capital Ventures and Shaner Hotel Holdings.

The four-story, 110-room hotel’s amenities include a bistro with breakfast and dinner menus and a cocktails, wine and beer service, a 24/7 guest shop, an indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa, a fitness center and an outdoor gas fire pit and barbecue grill. The hotel also has 1,230 square-feet of meeting space.

The hotel will employ about 50 people.

“Our joint venture partnership with the foundation reflects requests from local corporations to attract and retain new businesses and establish the Conference Center as one of the premier meeting facilities in central Pennsylvania,” Shaner Hotel Group President Plato Ghinos said in a release. “We see the hotel as important economic driver in helping achieve that goal.”

SHG also established a $25,000 annual student scholarship in the name of Shippensburg University Foundation President and CEO John E. Clinton.

Multi-million cancer research grant

The National Cancer Institute awarded Keystone Nano a $2 million grant to support a Phase I clinical trial to determine the safety of Keystone’s Ceramide Nanoliposome as a cancer therapy.

It is a Small Business Investigational Research grant that supports a wide range of activities required to test the Ceramide Nanoliposome in humans at several leading cancer clinics. This first in human testing of the company’s lead product will allow Keystone to learn more about the therapy’s effect in patients.

The clinical trial is expected to begin in early 2016.

“The CNL has a unique mechanism that selectively kills cancer cells while not affecting normal cells,” said Mylisa Parette, Keystone Nano’s lead investigator on the project. “It also delivers the drug in a NanoLiposome which provides further advantages. We are excited to take this next important step of determining the safety of this approach for cancer patients.”

Testing is planned at three clinical centers — the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, the University of Virginia and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Videon to Las Vegas

To grow, you’ve gotta go.

But not permanently.

Videon Central, a State College-based electronics manufacturer, will attend the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Sin City Nov. 17-19. Plans for the trip include educating other attendees — about 26,000 potential people — on upgrading their jets with Ultra HD, a Videon product that the company believes will become important with the release of Ulta HD Blu-ray Discs.

“The market for video technology moves fast, and Ultra HD is going to be everywhere in consumer electronics by the holidays,” Videon CEO Todd Erdley said in a release. “There’s no reason for planes to be behind the curve.”

Videon’s Ultra HD will support the new Ultra HD Blu-ray standard. It also supports multi-screen streaming, video graphics and benefits of Ultra HD, including 4K resolution, high dynamic range and wide color gamut.

To die for

The Towers of Terror, also known as the Centre County Public Safety Training Center, will host its 5th annual haunted house at 391 N. Harrison Road in Pleasant Gap.

The CCPSTC training facility, owned by Centre County and managed by the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, provides facilities, equipment and training for first responders.

Its charred concrete walls, heavy steel doors and windows and confusing layout will make for a spooky backdrop Oct. 22-24. The all-volunteer event is led by CPI staff and students to benefit the Centre County Youth Service Bureau. The Towers of Terror averages about 2,000 attendees each year and has raised more than $20,000 for nonprofits.

CPI does not recommend the haunted house for young children and those prone to nightmares. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. each night.

CCPSTC, Spring Township and CPI will also host Careers on Wheels, an event to let children explore first responder vehicles and equipment, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 24. Non-perishable canned goods will be collected at Careers on Wheels for the food bank.

Need a job?

PA CareerLink Centre County will host two local companies looking for new hires.

Centre Crest will recruit nurses, dieticians, housekeepers, receptionists and supply clerks 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20 at 240 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte. It will do the same 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29.

Adecco will recruit to hire people for light industrial, production, administrative, food service and loan specialist work 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 21 in the same office.