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CALIFORNIA

Former student returns for poetry program

North Carolina's poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti, a former student at California University of Pennsylvania, will return to campus Tuesday for an Evening of Poet Laureates.

He will be joined by Ryan Sittler, poet laureate for Berks County from 2002-08.

Mr. Bathanti, a Pittsburgh native, is professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University, where he also is director of Writing in the Field and a writer-in-residence in the university's Watauga Global Community. He has taught writing workshops in prisons for 35 years.

He also is the author of six books of poetry, two novels and a short story collection, and his works have appeared in a number of literary journals.

Among his awards are the 2002 Sherwood Anderson Award and the 2006 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction.

Mr. Sittler is an assistant professor and instructional technology/information literacy librarian at Manderino Library at California University. He also designs educational video games and is the co-editor of two books on library instruction.

An Evening of Poet Laureates begins at 7 p.m. in Room 110 of Eberly Hall. A book signing and refreshments will follow. Details: www.calu.edu.

SOUTH FAYETTE

Children's to hold groundbreaking

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will hold a groundbreaking at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for construction of a $20.5 million outpatient pediatric center in South Fayette next to the Bridgeville interchange of Interstate 79.

The 60,000-square-foot center is expected to open in fall 2014.

Pediatric services will be relocated from the 20,000-square-foot UPMC South Hills center in Bethel Park and expanded in the new building on 2.6 acres beside the former Star City Cinemas.

Services will include pediatrician visits, specialist appointments and walk-in urgent care.

UPPER ST. CLAIR SCHOOLS

High school ranked among the best

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Upper St. Clair High School as one of the best public high schools in America and one of the top 10 in the state.

The publication used overall student performance on standardized tests as well as performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests to rank Upper St. Clair as the seventh best high school in the state among 687 public, magnet and charter high schools.

The rankings are designed to capture how well high schools educate students across a range of performance indicators, including college readiness, math and reading proficiency, and student-to-teacher ratio.

Nationwide, the school ranks 440 among more than 21,000 other high schools.

The ranking "demonstrates the USC community's commitment to delivering excellence in education," district superintendent Patrick O'Toole said.

SOUTH PARK SCHOOLS

Elementary school wins $6,000 fitness prize

Students at South Park Elementary School "liked" their way to a $6,000 fitness equipment prize from Giant Eagle in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the company's Apples for the Students program.

To participate, schools in the area were invited to create a sign celebrating the anniversary and submit a photograph to the Apples for the Students' Facebook page.

The top 17 schools whose photographs garnered the most "Likes" won fitness prize packages.

The schools will be able to select the equipment from more than 8,000 items.

The Giant Eagle Apples for the Students program has provided computers, accessories and recreational equipment to schools.

FAYETTE COUNTY

Casino looking for workers

In anticipation of the opening this summer of the Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Woodlands, the casino is holding weekly job fairs starting today.

The first hiring fair will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn, 700 W. Main St. in Uniontown. Two more hiring fairs will be held at the same location - from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A final fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CareerLink at the U.S. Department of Labor office on Wayland Smith Drive in Uniontown.

Casino general manager Rich Laudon said he will be hiring for numerous positions, including food servers, cooks, housekeeping attendants, valets, cashiers and maintenance personnel.

"We will be making on-the-spot job offers to candidates," he said.

The $60 million gaming facility is designed to include 600 slot machines, 28 table games and two restaurants on the grounds of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County. Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin will be the 16th casino operated by Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. across the United States.

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