• Betsy Robertson, of Robertson Public Relations, Mifflinburg, coordinated the annual spring conference of CUPRAP, The Association of Communicators in Education, which broke attendance records again this year. The conference took place March 11-13 at the Hotel Hershey, and was attended by communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools from Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Professional development sessions included such topics as making the most of your marketing dollars, media relations and writing tips and marketing to adult students.

A pre-conference workshop on social media was a highlight of the conference, as was the keynote address by Roland King, of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Over a nine-month period, Robertson met periodically with the CUPRAP board of directors to plan the conference. She secured regional and national speakers, prepared registration and promotional materials, and managed all logistical arrangements with the hotel. "Despite the poor economy, we believe the conference was successful because of its strong program, central location that people could easily drive to and low registration fees," Robertson said. "It's important now more than ever to make professional development opportunities as affordable as possible."

Founded in Pennsylvania in 1980, CUPRAP has nearly 400 members from 100 colleges, universities, independent schools and related businesses. In addition to conference planning, Robertson provides public relations, marketing communications and writing services to businesses, institutions and organizations.

• Christopher Swanger, a senior at East Juniata High School, has completed his senior project by coordinating a fundraiser through Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania. He was able to collect $350 toward this worthy cause and, on March 25, he delivered the check to RMHC personnel.

• Andrew J. Domashinski, P.L.S., has recently joined Larson Design Group (LDG) as a project manager at their headquarters in Williamsport. In his capacity, Domashinski will focus on boundary, ALTA and Right-of-Way surveys, plan and easement preparation, estimating and supervision of field personnel.

"Joining Larson Design Group is a great opportunity for me to become part of this employee-owned company. Despite the current economic conditions, LDG is thriving. After meeting the people I am now working with, I concluded that LDG provides a friendly and pleasant work atmosphere, which has turned out to be true," he said.

Domashinski has experience as a professional surveyor for more than 28 years and was the owner of Domashinski Land Surveyors of Glen Lyon from 1992-2009. He also served as the Chief of Surveys for Bafile, James and Associates of Bloomsburg, from 1986-1992. Prior to that, he was Party Chief for Michael J. Pasonick, Jr., Inc., of Wilkes-Barre. He has specialized in property line and minor subdivision surveying, topographic and construction surveys, as well as preparing survey drafts.

Domashinski, who resides in Glen Lyon, graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Surveying Technology and is a registered Professional Land Surveyor.

LDG is a growing, multi-disciplined architectural, engineering and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. Headquartered in Williamsport, LDG includes offices in Selinsgrove, Bloomsburg, Ephrata, Bethel and Corning, N.Y.

• ActionCOACH Lewisburg, 23 N. Derr Drive, honored its business owner clients at the 2008 Client Appreciation Dinner at The Victorian House in Lewisburg on Feb. 28. The dinner is held every year to acknowledge the top clients for the previous year as well as a way of saying "thank-you."

Conor Quinlan, MePush Technology Solutions, was awarded the Rookie Client of the Year Award. The award is given to a business owner being coached 12 months or less and comes out of the gate the fastest in terms of goal accomplishment and achievement.

"Conor started his business at a young age, recognizing that he was meant to run his own business. His business is positioned to grow to the next level of success, and become a viable force in the competitive technology industry in Central Pennsylvania and beyond," said Doug Savidge, ActionCOACH Lewisburg owner.

Farrah Rose, owner of Advanced Tech Hearing Centers of Lewisburg, was awarded Client of the Year, for the second year in a row. The winner is based on being the best, the best in overall performance, the best business results, and the best business systems.

"Farrah has built an amazing business in just five short years. Her product and service receives raving reviews. She is a wonderful example of how to run an excellent and high performing business," Savidge said. ActionCOACH is a top business coaching firm and one of the fastest growing franchises in the world, with more than 1,000 offices in 26 countries.

• Lise Barrick, associate broker from Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, has been selected as the 2008 Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate Overall Top Producer.

The in-house Overall Top Producer award is presented to the sales associate with the highest gross commission income for the year. Barrick also received this honor in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Barrick has been a licensed REALTOR since 1993 and is accredited as a graduate of the REALTORS Institute, an accredited buyer representative and a certified residential specialist. She is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, Central Susquehanna Valley Board of Realtors and the Council of Residential Specialists.

Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate is located at 331 Market St., Lewisburg.

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