Kutztown University Out of the Darkness Walk Slated for April 28

Fifth Annual Out of the Darkness Walk to Take Place April 28.

In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Kutztown University’s Clinical Services will host its fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Sunday, April 28. The walk will begin at 5 p.m. on the DMZ, located on the south side of campus between Old Main and the South Dining Hall.

All proceeds benefit AFSP and walkers can take pride in knowing that they will be one of thousands of people across the country raising money to bring mental health and suicide out of the darkness. AFSP is the leading national non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, as well as to creating a culture that’s smart about mental health and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

To register online, click here.

Walkers are also able to register on the day of the walk between 4 and 5 p.m. All pre-registered and walk up registrants must check-in the day of the walk. Snacks and information tables on suicide prevention will be provided for walkers at the event.

For more information, contact Kathy Loomis at kloomis@kutztown.edu or 484.646.5927.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

April 12, 2019

  • Police arrested Nathaniel Westbrook, 21, of Fleetwood, for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance and for period requiring lighted lamps following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of Sander Alley.

April 13, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism after it was reported that a window was broken following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of Noble St.

April 16, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of theft after it was reported that a fog light was missing from a vehicle while the vehicle was parked at a residence in the 200 block of Greenwich St.
  • Police investigated the report of theft after a package was reported missing following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of W. Walnut St.

April 17, 2019

  • Police are investigating the report of vandalism to a vehicle after it was reported that a window was broken while the vehicle was parked at a residence in the 500 block of Briar Circle N.

West Reading Craft Pretzel & Beer Fest April 27

Sample the best of PA Craft Beers and Berks County Pretzels supporting West Reading’s Renaissance. Kick off springtime from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in West Reading, tasting 50 PA Craft Beers and pretzel samples from Unique Pretzels, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, Stoudt’s Brewery and more.

Beer tasting runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

General admission tickets to our Beer Tasting include a 5 oz. tasting glass, three hours of unlimited tastings and the best local pretzels. This year’s tasting will be held in the 500 block. Space is limited, so get your ticket today. Visit eventbrite.com/e/west-reading-craft-beer-tasting-tickets-57886034688 or facebook.com/events/1698436063593049/ for ticket information.

Live music, food trucks, games and raffles will round out the day. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine.

Thanks to our Title Sponsor Unique Pretzels and our glass sponsor Tom Sturgis Pretzels.

“As a sixth-generation family business with deep roots here in Reading, Unique Pretzels is honored to sponsor the West Reading Craft Pretzel and Beer Fest,” said Tamra Fisher, marketing manager, Unique Pretzels. “What better way to celebrate with the community than to get outside and embrace this festival that fittingly coincides with National Pretzel Day – a special day that pays tribute to the rich history that the pretzel has shared, in our region here in Pennsylvania.

“Unique Pretzels is beyond excited to continue the tradition and celebration at this year’s Craft Pretzel & Beer Festival where we will be offering free build-your-own pretzel necklaces and samples of our New Sourdough Craft Beer Pretzel to everyone there.”
Music for the day, starts at 11 a.m. featuring:

  • Evolution (DJ)
  • Lovelace
  • The Barren Wells
  • Drew & the Blue

Sampling this year will feature two beers from each of the following breweries:

  • Chatty Monks Brewing
  • Broken Chair Brewery
  • Stoudts Brewing Company
  • St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
  • Schaylor Brewing Company
  • Free Will Brewing Company
  • Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
  • Stable 12 Brewing Company
  • Tröegs Independent Brewing
  • Weyerbacher Brewing
  • Spring House Brewing Co.
  • Yards Brewing Co.
  • 2SP Brewing Company
  • Funk Brewing Company
  • Saucony Creek Brewery + Gastropub
  • Dock Street Brewery
  • Lancaster Brewing Company
  • Philadelphia Brewing Co.
  • Mad Chef Craft Brewing
  • Zero Day Brewing
  • Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works
  • Collusion Tap Works
  • Columbia Kettle Works
  • 1787 Brewing Company

About West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation: The West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation is a community development organization created by elected and non-elected leaders of the community to develop and manage the mechanisms for a prosperous and competitive business environment.

SRU’s Celebration of Achievement honors students, faculty

Slippery Rock University will continue it month-long Celebration of Excellence with an April 18 “Celebration of Achievement,” an award ceremony recognizing student involvement and achievement in academics, extracurricular activities and community engagement at 5 p.m. in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Awards to be presented include:

Outstanding Students for Research/Scholarship/Creative Achievement and Leadership Award: This award recognizes a student from each of SRU’s four colleges – College of Business, College of Education, College of Health, Environment and Science and College of Liberal Arts – based on their involvement in a variety of research, scholarly and creative projects as well as academic leadership activities. Winners include Annette Choi, a senior biology major from Chuncheon, South Korea; MacKenzie King, a senior dual major in sport management and interdisciplinary programs from New Castle; Dallas Kline, a senior sport management major from Butler; and Sarah Hess, a senior double major in psychology and criminology from Erie.

Outstanding Leadership Award: This award recognizes a student from each of SRU’s four colleges – College of Business, College of Education, College of Health, Environment and Science and College of Liberal Arts – based on their outstanding leadership within an academic department or college. Winners include: Lauren Vidmar, a senior early childhood and special education major from Canonsburg; Josiah Cole, a senior biology major from Slippery Rock; Tyler Vanchure, a senior safety management major from Du Bois; and Austin Mora, a senior criminology major from Douglassville.

Service Leader Award (Global and Local): These awards are presented to students that demonstrate social responsibility, commitment to addressing social issues and the capacity and commitment to work collectively and collaboratively with others to address common priorities. This year’s Global winner is Nikol Damato, a senior dual major in biology and history from Ellwood City. Jessica Farman, a junior psychology major from Knoxville, has been named the Local winner.

Global Engagement Award (Global and Domestic): These awards are presented to students that exemplify the desire to grow from a truly global education through committed involvement in the opportunities provided by SRU for global learning, global experiences and meaningful engagement with people from other countries and cultures. Michela Mennella, a senior modern languages and cultures major from Genoa, Italy, has been named the Global awardee. Olivia Kass, a senior social work major from Attleboro, Massachusetts, has received the Domestic honor.

First Year Leader Scholar Program Board of Governors Scholarship recipients: This award will be presented to three students who have successfully graduated from the FLSP with consideration given to their involvement as a leader in a student club or organization. Eric Lehman, a sophomore early childhood and special education major from Bridgeville; Clare Clark, a senior environmental geoscience major from Brookville; and Damato have been named this year’s winners.

John Yannotty, a senior mathematics major from Butler will be recognized as SRU nominee for the Ali-Zaidi Award that is presented by State System board of governors. The award is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies academic excellence and involvement. Yannotty has served as the vice president and president of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honorary fraternity, and as an orientation ambassador for the mathematics department, working to encourage prospective students to choose SRU. He has completed the FLSP and served as a peer leader for the First Year Studies seminar. He facilitated math workshops for local gifted elementary and middle school students and served as a camp counselor and supervisor at Camp Alameda, an activity-based day camp in Butler.

Yannotty has also presented internationally, including at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, one of the most prestigious math conferences in the U.S. It is hosted by the American Mathematical Society.

He has contributed to research through his internship as a statistician for the National Institutes of Health in Maryland via its Environmental and Autoimmunity Group. While there he completed two significant projects designed to identify risk factors associated with autoimmune diseases. His findings will inform ongoing research at NIH.

While at SRU, Yannotty won a variety of scholarships and awards, including Outstanding Student Scholar, SRU Outstanding Young Statistician, Mathematics Outstanding Junior, Mathematics Outstanding Sophomore, the Hubert C. Voltz Scholarship, the Anthony V. Pagano Scholarship, the SRU Achievement Award and a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. He has been named to the Deans’ List each semester and was recognized as a Presidential Scholar in 2017.

After graduation, Yannotty plans to pursue a doctoral degree in statistics.

The event will also recognize Rebecca Thomas, an assistant professor of parks, conservation, and recreational therapy, with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Joanne Leight, a professor of physical and health education, with the President’s Award for Excellence in Advising; and Brett Barnett, a professor of communication, with the President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Work.

The event is free and open to the public.

Lenin Perez named to the dean’s list at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Lenin Perez of Reading, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J., has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must carry a 3.2 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours.

PREVIEW: KU Softball to honor four seniors Saturday vs. Millersville

4/19/2019 | Softball Live Stats

Before the Kutztown University softball team’s double header with Millersville tomorrow, Saturday, KU will honor four seniors as a part of senior day festivities at North Campus Field, with game one beginning at 1 p.m.

Erin Fortney, Tamara Jennings, Cheyenne Jones and Sara Keeny will all play in their final home games in the Maroon and Gold.

Over the past four seasons, these four student-athletes have been a part of two 30-win seasons, and have won more than 110 games in their careers. Their teams have qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament two times, and have played in the NCAA Tournament twice, winning at least one game each of those two seasons, including playing in the Atlantic Regional final in 2016.

The quartet has helped guide the Golden Bears to a 29-16 overall record and 6-6 mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division. They are positioned to qualify for both the PSAC and NCAA Tournaments after missing out last season, with six more games to go in the 2019 regular season. KU is third in the PSAC East and was ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region.

Fortney is a two-year member of the Golden Bears. She has appeared in 24 games, making 17 starts inside the circle throughout her career. Fortney has won four games and struckout 53 batters in 75.2 innings. In the batter’s box, she has two hits in nine at-bats, including a double and an RBI, and also scored four runs.

In the classroom, Fortney is a three-time Dean’s List Honoree, a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and a PSAC Scholar-Athlete. Fortney will graduate in December with a degree in biology/allied health.

Jennings is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 167 games, starting in 158 during her four-year career. She has a career batting average of .336, including a career-high .422 this season, 8th in the PSAC. Jennings has totaled 164 hits in 488 at-bats, and has added 101 runs scored, 82 RBI and 35 doubles. She set a new program-record with eight sacrifice flies this season. She also has a .983 fielding percentage as the right fielder.

In the classroom, Jennings is a seven-time Dean’s List Honoree, three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete, and a two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner. She will graduate in May with a degree in information technology.

Jones is a four-year member of the Golden Bears. She has played in 116 career games, starting in 110 throughout her four years. Jones is batting a career-high .381 this season and holds a .328 career average. At the plate she has totaled 117 hits, including a career-high 53 this season. Her 53 hits and 39 RBI rank fifth in the PSAC. She has tallied 21 doubles, seven triples and 14 HR, and has added 79 RBI and 49 runs in her career.

Last year Jones was named to the Eastern Division All-PSAC First Team. She will graduate this summer with a degree in communication studies.

Keeny is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 179 career games so far, starting in every one. She is batting .520 with 79 hits and 53 runs this season, both rank first in the PSAC, and also has a career-high 21 RBI. Keeny ranks second in PSAC and KU history in stolen bases (126), third at KU in hits (268) and triples (13) and fifth in runs scored (163).

She is a three-time All-Atlantic Region Second Teamer, a three-time All-PSAC East First Teamer and PSAC East Freshman of the Year and KU Female Freshman of the Year.

In the classroom, Keeny has been a 3x PSAC Scholar-Athlete and a Chambliss copper award winner. She will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.

These four have had excellent careers both on the field and inside the classroom and we wish them success in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue.

Delaware Valley University welcomes new Aggies

Delaware Valley University is proud to announce that the following new students have enrolled for the fall 2019 semester:

  • Joshua Harbonic, of Bernville
  • Kylee Hetrick, of Oley
  • James Mayberry, of Douglassville
  • Shane Newell, of Leesport
  • Sarah Ravert, of Reading
  • Jared Sterner, of Strausstown
  • Edward Foote, of Wyomissing
  • Damon Ware, of Douglasville

The University looks forward to welcoming the new Aggies to campus this fall.

Shawn Farr named college’s new CFO

“I am pleased to announce that Shawn J. Farr will become Central Penn College’s next chief financial officer,” said Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, president of the college.

Farr has extensive administrative and financial management experience in the public and private sectors, including higher education, K-12 school systems, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.

For more than 15 years, he worked in the California State University (CSU) system, holding a variety of positions, including assistant director for business management at CSU, financial advisor for the office of the Chancellor, and CFO for the Foundation at CSU, Fullerton.

After working at the Annenberg Foundation and then the Greater Philadelphia First Foundation, Farr served as the chief operating officer at the Harrisburg City School District, then served as a special assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, and has been the director of finance and board secretary for the Carlisle Area School District since 2012.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the management team of Central Penn College as its chief financial officer,” said Farr. “Under the dynamic leadership of President Fedrizzi-Williams, the future direction of the college is bright.” 

“I’m looking forward to making a difference in the lives of our students as they pursue their educational dreams,” added Farr, who grew up in the Los Angeles area.

Farr resides in Dickinson Township with his wife Shireen. He begins his duties as CFO on Monday, May 6.

Bally Community Garden – Plots available for the 2019 season

Interested in growing your own vegetables and flowers but don’t have the space or yard for it?

The Bally Community Garden is an organic garden that is located at Rt. 100 behind Bally Mennonite Church and has been in existence for over 10 years. Currently we have a dedicated group of gardeners from the community that maintain their individual plots and would welcome others to join us.

Visit the garden and check it out. Email us atballycommunitygarden@gmail.com or call 484.241.7986 for more information.

Cedar Crest College announces Best of the Crest Award winners 2019

The following area students received an award at Cedar Crest College’s annual distinguished leadership award ceremony:

  • Brenda Moreno of Reading
  • Haley Krueger of Fleetwood

The full list of awards and award winners is as follows:

  • Emerging Student Leader Award: Lena Polliard
  • Capstone Student Leader Award: Madison (Hadley) Wellen
  • Outstanding Student Involvement Award: Kathleen Mallari
  • Skills Award: Nyla Ngegba
  • Unsung Hero Award: Cassidy Garcia
  • Student Organization of the Year Award: Terpsichore Dance Society
  • Outstanding Advisor Award: Christine Lombardo-Zaun & Jeanne Berk
  • Miguel Marroquin Award: Andrea Barker
  • Bulletin Board of the Year: Ashley Wilkins, “Loves me, Loves me Not”
  • Program of the Year Award: Shannon Wolak, “Painting with Bob Ross”
  • RA of the Year Award: Mercedes Melo
  • Daisy Award: Sarafina Woolridge-Burns
  • Rising Star: Christiana Vandegrift
  • Spirit Award: Danielle Krispin
  • Hustle & Heart Award: Sarah Jane Groves
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award: Berniece Johnson & Bria Turner
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year Award: Chemistry Club
  • Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year Award: Alicia Shussett
  • Student Volunteer of the Year Award: Brenda Moreno
  • First Year Experience Mentor of the Year Award: Christi Vandegrift
  • 2018 Conference Services Assistant of the Year: Nyla Ngegba
  • Campus Engagement Award: Terpsichore Dance Society
  • Inclusion Advocate of the Year: Francisca Sepulveda
  • Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Award: Sue Barnes & Yessenia Paula
  • Religio: Miranda Alvarez
  • Libertas: Juliana Wall
  • Scientias: Haley Krueger