Brittney Ehrlich of Sinking Spring receives white coat at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine ceremony

Brittney Ehrlich

Brittney Ehrlich of Sinking Spring and other first-year doctors of medicine students received the first symbol of their new profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine held its ninth annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2021 Friday, Aug. 4, in Scranton.

At the ceremony, Geisinger Commonwealth’s dean, Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., told the students, “Some doctors succumb to the temptation to think of their white coat as a shield, or a barrier, or a status symbol . . . You won’t be one of those doctors. You will come to see this white coat not as a symbol of status, but as a reminder that your role is one of service: to the community, and to your patients.”

Retired cardiologist, Gerald Tracy, M.D., a founder of Geisinger Commonwealth and a professor of medicine on its faculty, presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the well-respected physician and educator from Luzerne County.

The Class of 2021’s 113 future doctors participated in a ceremony, held in common with virtually every other medical in the nation, designed to welcome new medical students into the profession. Students recited an oath acknowledging their responsibilities as future physicians and their obligations to future patients. Then they were cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession – by a member of Geisinger Commonwealth’s faculty. White coats are provided by The Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.

A reception immediately followed in the lobby of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street, Scranton.

Wilkes University awards degrees

Wilkes University held its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 10 in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center. The University awarded 403 doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees to students graduating after the completion of the summer 2017 semester.

  • Samuel Batchelor of Birdsboro received a bachelor of science in nursing degree in nursing
  • John Hazel of Birdsboro received a master of science degree in education
  • Rebecca Keller of Fleetwood received a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering
  • Brooke Storms of Fleetwood received a master of science degree in education
  • Paige Moore of Leesport received a master of science degree in education
  • David Angove of Mohrsville received a master of science degree in education
  • Jennifer Schemberg of Mohrsville received a master of science in nursing degree in nursing
  • Andrea Bannon of Reading received a bachelor of science in nursing degree in nursing
  • Matthew Broskey of Reading received a doctor of education degree in educational administration
  • Megan Fox of Reading received a master of science degree in education
  • Tamara Kase of Reading received a master of science degree in education
  • Travis Shick of Reading received a master of arts degree in creative writing
  • Erik Carl of Topton received a master of science degree in education
  • Iva Moyer of Wernersville received a master of science degree in education
  • Zachary Rudy of West Lawn received a master of science degree in education
  • Ernest Woolf of West Lawn received a master of science degree in education
  • Ashley Gartner of Womelsdorf received a master of science degree in education

Lebanon Valley College introduces Pride of The Valley Marching Band students

Homecoming Weekend 2015 Pride of the Valley Marching Band

Lebanon Valley College’s Pride of The Valley Marching Band will feature 135 students this year. The marching band performs at all home football games as well as appearances at various exhibitions throughout the fall semester.

Local students participating in marching band include:

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.

Bethany Hepner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science at The Valley.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

Angela Fleig of Reading, a graduate of Reading Senior High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology and sociology at The Valley.

Brianna Metsger of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English at The Valley.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production at The Valley.

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Sinking Spring resident performs in NFL opener pregame show at Gillette Stadium

Dean College students performing at Gillette Stadium for NFL pregame show, Sept. 7, 2017

Julie Jones of Sinking Spring was among the over two hundred Dean College students to participate in the 2017 NFL pregame celebration held at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Best experience ever; Indescribable; Truly special; Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – these are just a few words that Dean College students are using to describe their experience.

Over two hundred Dean College students, including Arts and Entertainment Management (AMGT), Business, Dance and Sport Management majors, participated as stunt card group members, banner holders and dance performers as the New England Patriots faced the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL opener.

This is the second opportunity for Dean College to participate, having previously performed in the NFL pregame celebration in September 2015.

It was unequivocally sweet for those students who performed for their second time.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I had the opportunity to experience twice,” said AMGT major Pat Budris ’19. “When we ran out to the field, you could feel the electric in the air. The crowd was roaring; it was incredible.”

Jaclyn O’Keefe ’18 also participated in the 2015 performance and shared the same sentiments. “Never in a million years would I think that I’d be able to participate in the Patriots NFL Kickoff not only once, but two times! My two experiences were different, but both indescribable.”

Sport Management major Dean Bennett ’18 was part of the night’s banner group, holding the 2017 Super Bowl banner with his peers at the 50-yard line. “This was my first experience participating in the event and holding the center banner was amazing. I was standing right next to Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) which made the experience even better.”

Angeli Myatt ’20 was thrilled to participate in the stunt card group. “Getting the opportunity to participate at the Patriots Kickoff is something I’ll never forget. The energy on the field and in the stands brought such a wonderful and happy feeling. Definitely one of my most memorable nights!”

Even faculty members participated alongside students, including Associate Professor of Dance, Todd Shanks. “Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe it,” said Shanks. “Dancing side by side with my students and colleagues on the field, in front of over 60,000 fellow Patriots fans was incredible. Beyond the experience of the performance, it was great for all of us to be a part of such a large-scale production.”

The night turned out to be a family affair for first year dance student Celine Santorsola ’21, as she performed on the field alongside her sisters Adrena ’19 and Leanne ’16, current Patriots Cheerleaders. “It felt amazing to walk in my sisters’ shoes for a nightI idolize them so much,” said Santorsola. “If this is the beginning of my time at Dean, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

By the end of the night, students were able to experience first-hand what it takes to produce such a large-scale performance. In the upcoming weeks, students will receive an event debrief in the classroom to bring the learning experience full circle.

The opportunity was brought to life through The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, a partnership with the Kraft Sports Group. For more information about Dean College, visit www.dean.edu. For more information on The Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management at Dean College, visit www.dean.edu/thecenter.

Class of 2021 enrolls at Alvernia University

The undergraduate Class of 2021 and the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Class of 2022 arrived at Alvernia University Aug. 17 and took part in service projects around the City of Reading for Orientation Day of Service Aug. 18.

  • Philip Hobaugh of Birdsboro is a graduate of Twin Valley High School, studying Accounting
  • Emily Coppa of Birdsboro is a graduate of St. Philomena Academy, studying Nursing
  • Alyssa Brandt of Blandon is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, studying Nursing
  • Faith Hughes of Douglassville is a graduate of Daniel Boone Senior High School, studying Behavioral Health
  • Alicia Dengler of Douglassville is a graduate of Daniel Boone Senior High School, studying Nursing
  • Erin Irey of Douglassville is a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, studying Nursing
  • Elizabeth Barndt of Douglassville is a graduate of Daniel Boone Senior High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Gabrielle Willman of Douglassville is a graduate of Daniel Boone Senior High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Karlye Gorman of Douglassville is a graduate of Daniel Boone Senior High School, studying Social Work
  • Katelyn Schoener of Fleetwood is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, studying Healthcare Science
  • Klarissa Pierce of Fleetwood is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Tyler Manmiller of Fleetwood is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Shelby Ralston of Fleetwood is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, studying
  • Karlie McCloy of Laureldale is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Nursing
  • Yerana Zarabia of Laureldale is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Biology
  • Jessica Visbisky of Leesport is a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, studying Nursing
  • Aaron Ayala of Leesport is a graduate of Mother of Divine Grace School, studying Finance
  • Kaitlyn Krick of Leesport is a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, studying Biology
  • Tyler Johnson of Leesport is a graduate of American Councils for International Education, studying Nursing
  • Mikala Persky of Leesport is a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, studying Occupational Therapy
  • Courtney Genslinger of Leesport is a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, studying
  • Kailey Conrad of Mohrsville is a graduate of Commonwealth Connections Acad, studying Forensic Science
  • Jennifer Rinehart of Mohrsville is a graduate of The King’s Academy, studying Sport Management
  • Shaddya Pimienta-Mundell of Mount Penn is a graduate of Antietam High School, studying Nursing
  • Alexis Iswalt of Reading is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, studying Chemistry
  • Andrew Simmons of Reading is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Management
  • Julia Newton of Reading is a graduate of West-Mont Christian Academy, studying Biochemistry
  • Michael Brophy of Reading is a graduate of Wilson High School, studying Sport Management
  • Timothy Tirado of Reading is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, studying Nursing
  • Marissa Cosgrove of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, studying Accounting
  • Arturo Herrera of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Alicia Overley of Reading is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, studying Nursing
  • Brayden Eckert of Reading is a graduate of Twin Valley High School, studying Behavioral Health
  • Casey Grim of Reading is a graduate of Wilson High School, studying Nursing
  • Elijah Bowers of Reading is a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, studying Early Childhood (PreK-4) & Special Education (PreK-8)
  • Johan Corona of Reading is a graduate of Reading Senior High School, studying Nursing
  • Jonathon Pavlick-Demeter of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, studying Athletic Training
  • Kristina Tomko of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, studying Occupational Therapy
  • Maritza Tinoco of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Nursing
  • Matthew Lee of Reading is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, studying Healthcare Science
  • Rece Harman of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, studying Occupational Therapy
  • Sierra Ruth of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, studying Nursing
  • Sydney Hill of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, studying Nursing
  • Justin Abreu Castro of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Accounting
  • Noah Walter of Reading is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, studying Athletic Training
  • Lillian Gonzalez of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Biology
  • Jayzon Jones of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Biology
  • Caroline Vasquez of Reading is a graduate of I-Lead Charter School, studying Biology
  • Isidro Beltran of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Chad Miller of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Analuisa Pardo of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Alexus Perez of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Alexandra Bozakis of Reading is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Early Childhood (PreK-4) & Special Education (PreK-8)
  • Rebekah Nerius of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Early Childhood (PreK-4) & Special Education (PreK-8)
  • Bradford Crosby of Reading is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, studying Healthcare Science
  • Datnilza Metz of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Management
  • Annie Chonta of Readingis a graduate of Reading High School, studying Marketing
  • Claudia Castaneda of Reading is a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, studying Nursing
  • Jordan Hine of Reading is a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, studying Nursing
  • Shikha Kapadia of Reading is a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, studying Nursing
  • Jasmin Martinez of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Nursing
  • Valeria Medina of Reading is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Nursing
  • Selena Quintanilla of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Nursing
  • Shianne Santiago of Reading is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Nursing
  • Edy Taveras of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Nursing
  • Francheska Lopez of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Political Science
  • Caroline Chisca of Reading is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, studying Psychology
  • Vilma Dominguez of Reading is a graduate of Reading High School, studying Psychology
  • Kayleigh Hungerford of Reading is a graduate of Cochise College, studying Psychology
  • Vilyano Martinez of Reading is a graduate of Wilson High School, studying Sport Management
  • Brian Tanis of Reading is a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, studying Sport Management
  • Tyler Spare of Reading is a graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, studying
  • Matthew DeMarco of Shillington is a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, studying Marketing
  • Kayla Fox of Shoemakersville is a graduate of Hamburg Area High School, studying Biology
  • Jordan McAllister of Shoemakersvle is a graduate of Hamburg Area High School, studying Sport Management
  • Madison Potthoff of Sinking Spg is a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, studying Occupational Therapy
  • Jessica Ortiz of Sinking Spg is a graduate of Wilson High School, studying Criminal Justice
  • Dustin Brown of Temple is a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, studying Biology
  • Darius Sabau of Temple is a graduate of Oley Valley High School, studying Nursing
  • Charles Dinino of Temple is a graduate of Reading Area Community College, studying Sport Management
  • Sarah Reed of Wernersville is a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School, studying Occupational Therapy
  • Justin Heck of Wernersville is a graduate of Wilson High School, studying Management
  • Sylenis Butler of Wyomissing is a graduate of I-Lead Charter School, studying Nursing
  • Clifford Lopez of Wyomissing is a graduate of Joint Services Campus Program, studying Biology
  • Jordan Caraballo of Wyomissing is a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, studying Nursing

Kutztown University LGBTQ and Women’s Center to host gender and sexual minorities conference

Mara Keisling

The Kutztown University LGBTQ and Women’s Center will be hosting a Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference on Friday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (218) of the McFarland Student Union. A keynote address will be given by Mara Keisling, a transgender rights activist and founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. The keynote speech will be at 10 a.m. followed by a Q & A at 11 a.m.

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Albright College students named to spring 2017 dean’s list

The following local Albright College students were named to the dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester:

  • Zachary Griffith, a junior political science/classical studies major;
  • Shaun Johnson, a senior business administration: economics/mathematics major;
  • Anh Nguyen, a senior business administration: marketing major;
  • Marissa Scalese, a senior business administration major;
  • Khanh Vuong, a junior accounting major;
  • Kiara Eisenhower, a sophomore fashion/design major;
  • Kayla Harding, a sophomore business administration/marketing major;
  • Jennifer Heydt, a sophomore English major;
  • Trung Nguyen, a sophomore mathematics major;
  • William Adams, a junior chemistry major;
  • Briana Berstler, a freshman biology major;
  • Tram Chu, a junior accounting major; and
  • Linh Vuong, a freshman alpha major, all from Reading.

Albright students had to attain at least a 3.75 term grade point average to be named to the list.

Craig Grohoski named resident assistant at Alvernia University

Pictured is Judge Hall, one of more than a dozen residence halls at Alvernia University.

Craig Grohoski of Mount Penn, is serving as a Resident Assistant at Alvernia University for the 2017-18 academic year. Grohoski, is studying Accounting at Alvernia and is a graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students who reside in Alvernia’s residence halls and help build strong and healthy residential communities, which complement and extend classroom learning. As an RA, Grohoski encourages student responsibility and accountability and works to provide a residential environment that enhances student academic progress and success.

As peers, the RAs not only provide general information and referral help/models of successful adjustment to college living, but they assist with roommate/suitemate conflicts and plan educational, cultural and social programs.

Students earn dean’s list honors at Saint Joseph’s University

The following students earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2017 semester at Saint Joseph’s University:

Bernadette Simcik, Rachel Cox, Samantha Hagelbarger and Samantha Kane all of Reading.

Lucy Horn helping first-year students adjust to Alvernia University

Lucy Horn of Reading is serving as an Orientation Weekend Leader at Alvernia University for Orientation Weekend, Aug. 24-27, 2017. The weekend is full of events for the incoming Class of 2021. Horn is studying Occupational Therapy at Alvernia and is a graduate of Agora Cyber Charter School.

Alvernia Orientation Weekend Leaders (OWL) or Orientation Assistants (OA) are current university students who play integral roles in New Student Orientation. The main role of all OWLs and OAs is to assist in making new students feel welcome. OWLs and OAs develop leadership skills and meet new people. The program is competitive and involves an application process, in-person interviews, good academic standing, and training.