President’s Message – November 2016

Dear PSCT Members,

I would like to thank Dr. Gary Horacek of Troy Chemical for speaking at last month’s meeting. I have talked with several other PSCT members who found his presentation very interesting. Also, I think it was nice to have a change of scenery at Roland’s. Please remember to talk to the PSCT board members about your preferences for meeting locations as we will be deciding where to have meetings after we complete our rotation with the November meeting.

The PSCT Board and Scholarship Committee have been hard at work making some changes to the Hiram P. Ball Memorial Scholarship and STEM grant. Most of the changes are cosmetic in nature, but I would like to recommend that everyone takes the time to carefully read the application when released so that everyone understands the requirements. I expect the scholarship applications to be ready for release in the December newsletter. Any questions can be addressed to myself or the Scholarship Committee chair, Tom Van Kuren.

I would also like to remind everyone about the December event at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Because the event was so popular last year and filled quickly, we have decided to offer two options of activities this year. The first is an artist glass paperweight which will be made in the Hot Shop. The second will be a fused tile, sun catcher, window ornament which will be made in the Kiln Shop. Unfortunately, time will only allow participation in ONE of the two activities. Please specify which activity you are interested in when making your reservations. Reservations can be made to and will be accepted starting now. The cost of the event is $50 per person. Couples, who would only like to make one item, may attend at a cost of $60. We will have some light refreshments on hand as well. Please check inside this issue of the newsletter for more details. This event is really one you’re not going to want to miss!

The third meeting this year is scheduled at Walnut Grill in Wexford for November 14th. This month our speaker will be Tim Chen of BYK USA Inc. His presentation will be on “Wax additive technology for the improvement of surface properties while maintaining low matte finish”. Please note this is not the same location as the Walnut Grill in Fox Chapel. The address for Walnut Grill – Wexford is 12599 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kenneth Cutler
PSCT President 2016-2017

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