Harrisburg University Expansion / Animal Tethering Law

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has announced plans for a $140 million Health Science Education Center to help accommodate its 5,400 undergraduate students.  The downtown Harrisburg proposal would create housing for 300 more students and expand programming to include degrees in nursing, pharmaceutical studies and other healthcare courses of study.

The expansion will also facilitate mixed-use development that would include a hotel, restaurant and conference space.  University President Dr. Eric Darr predicts the 200,000 square foot project will be good for both the city and university, saying “we will bring more jobs to the city and help transform downtown.”

In addition to the Harrisburg project, the university purchased 38,000 square feet of space in Center City Philadelphia to accommodate students attending the satellite campus.  On Thursday’s Smart Talk, we discuss the expansion project with Dr. Darr and future plans for Harrisburg University.

Also,  a recent law in Pennsylvania prohibits owners from tethering their pets outdoors for prolonged periods during cold days.  Owners can be fined $300 and/or jailed for up to 90 days for keeping their pets tied up for more than thirty minutes when the weather drops below 32 degrees, the freezing point.

Smart Talk will discuss the law and other ways to keep your pets safe during the cold winter months with Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director at The Humane Society of the United States and Amy Kaunas, Humane Society of Greater Harrisburg executive director.