Mansfield University president’s list announced for spring 2018 semester

Mansfield University president’s list announced for spring 2018 semester

MANSFIELD – One hundred thirteen students have been named to the Mansfield University president’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 QPA for the semester.

Area students who earned the honor include Alyx Blumenstock of Douglassville and Rebecca Radcliff of Reading.

Reading Public Library holds viewing parties for IMLS Medal award celebration

Reading Public Library holds viewing parties for IMLS Medal award celebration

READING – On Thursday, May 24, Reading Public Library was awarded the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a ceremony at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Representing the library were Executive Director, Bronwen Gamble, President of the Board of Trustees, Nancy Campbell, and community member, Luis Rodriguez.

The library was one of 10 recipients of the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The ceremony was live streamed at the four library branches and a viewing party was held at Reading Public Library’s Foundation Building, 113 S. 4 th St. from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Following the live streamed celebration at the Foundation offices, guests were invited to tour the award winning library.

A community party thanking patrons for their support of RPL will be held in front of the main library, 100 S. 5 th St. from 12 to 2 pm on Saturday, June 2. It will kick off the “First Saturdays on the Steps@Main,” public activities scheduled for June, July and August. The June event will begin with an hour “open mic” and be followed by live music, a street level dance floor, and refreshments.

Kutztown Finishes Ninth in PSAC’s Dixon Trophy Standings

Kutztown Finishes Ninth in PSAC’s Dixon Trophy Standings
5/22/2018 | Baseball
PSAC Release | Dixon Trophy Standings

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University finished in ninth place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)’s 2017-18 Dixon Trophy Standings, released by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

It is the best finish for KU since it placed seventh following the 2012-13 academic year.

The Dixon Trophy is named after F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., former chairman of the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. In its 23rd year of existence, each year it is awarded to the PSAC institution that accumulates the top score based on results of conference playoffs and/or regular-season records.

The award is given to the program which generates the top average point value among each PSAC Championship sport it sponsors. Each sport champion earns 18 points – based on the league’s membership total – and descending point values are awarded for respective placement.

Kutztown finished with an average of 9.56 points per sport in the 2017-18 season with a 10.25 men’s

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New Institute will enhance public education in Pennsylvania

New Institute will enhance public education in Pennsylvania

The Institute for Educational Governance and Leadership promises to enhance children’s education through thought leadership and research

ANNVILLE – Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts grapple daily with complex issues of educational quality, safety, equity, and oversight. A new partnership-the first of its kind in Pennsylvania-will provide vital research and thought leadership to inform the policies and decisions that define children’s education in the state.

The Institute for Educational Governance and Leadership (IEGL) has been established by Lebanon Valley CollegeCM Regent Insurance Company, CM CARES (Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation), Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation, and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. IEGL will be a statewide resource for accurate, timely, and credible information about public education, its governance, and its importance in Pennsylvania.

“IEGL represents a unique partnership among an institution of higher education, a private sector company, and an association,” said Nathan Mains, PSBA executive director. “It will leverage PSBA’s existing leadership in providing relevant training and information to public school decision makers.”

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Local students named to dean’s list at Eastern Mennonite University

Local students named to dean’s list at Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University is pleased to recognize the following local students who are named to the spring 2018 dean’s list:

Megan Breidigan and Rachel Breidigan, both of Douglassville.

The Dean’s List, compiled at the end of each term, includes degree-seeking students who achieve a semester GPA of at least 3.75 with no withdrawn, incomplete, or failing grades for 12 semester hours of standard grades.

Lebanon Valley College celebrates nearly 500 students during 2018 commencement

Lebanon Valley College celebrates nearly 500 students during 2018 commencement

ANNVILLE – Nearly 500 students celebrated their academic success and achievements during Lebanon Valley College’s 149th Commencement Saturday, May 12, in Louis A. Sorrentino Gymnasium.

Local students include:

  • Anderson Orr of Wernersville, who received a bachelor of science in business administration. Orr received the following honors: Cum Laude. Orr is a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School.
  • Ryan Natale of Reading, who received a bachelor of science in exercise science. Natale received the following honors: Cum Laude. Natale is a graduate of Exeter Township High School.
  • Brett Gilbert of Reading, who received a bachelor of science in business administration. Gilbert is a graduate of Exeter Township High School.
  • Evan Lysczek of Reading, who received a bachelor of science in business administration. Lysczek is a graduate of Exeter Township High School.
  • Darian Feick of Blandon, who received a doctor of physical therapy in physical therapy. Feick is a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School.
  • Briana Chudley of Shillington, who received a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education. Chudley is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School.
  • Emma Jones of Sinking Spring, who received a bachelor of science in biology. Jones is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School.
  • Shelby Bashore of Hamburg, who received a bachelor of science in neuroscience. Bashore is a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School.
  • Austin Freeman of Hamburg, who received a bachelor of arts in economics. Freeman is a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School.
  • Matthew Prince of Hamburg, who received a bachelor of arts in economics. Prince is a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School.
  • Rachel-Joy Seifrit of Reading, who received a bachelor of arts in English. Seifrit is a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School.
  • Kenneth Horst of Bethel, who received a master of music education in music education. Horst is a graduate of Lebanon High School.
  • Kathy Tran of Reading, who received a bachelor of science in business administration. Tran is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School.
  • Angela Fleig of Reading, who received a bachelor of science in psychology and sociology. Fleig received the following honors: Cum Laude. Fleig is a graduate of Reading Senior High School.
  • Jessica Zeiner of Leesport, who received a bachelor of science in exercise science. Zeiner is a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School.
  • Scott Troxell of Laureldale, who received a master of music education in music education. Troxell is a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School.

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Elizabethtown announces hire of vice president for student life

Elizabethtown announces hire of vice president for student life

Celestino Limas comes to College from Washington’s Heritage University

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown College has named Dr. Celestino José Limas as vice president for student life; he begins the position July 1, 2018. A former vice president for student affairs and enrollment at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, he replaces vice president and dean of students, Marianne Calenda, who retires from Elizabethtown College June 30.

Limas brings extensive experience to the position. He has been an administrator in all aspects of college student life including residence life, international student advising, cocurricular programming, multicultural affairs, athletics, wellness and health promotion, counseling services, student government and religious life.

In addition to teaching college and university courses, he has overseen or worked closely with admissions, institutional advancement, financial aid, academic advising, faculty committees and boards of trustees.

“Dr. Limas brings an impressive range of experience to the College,” said Elizabethtown College president Carl Strikwerda. “We are extremely pleased that he will join our community in order to build on the excellent work that has been done by vice president Marianne Calenda for the last 12 years.”

Limas earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in special education from the University of Nebraska and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Oregon. He has held positions in residence life, student affairs and in the offices of diversity at Vassar College, University of Redlands, Carroll College, Lewis and Clark College and Lafayette College.

Wilkes University awards degrees

Wilkes University awards degrees

WILKES-BARRE  Wilkes University awarded nearly 800 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its 71st spring commencement ceremonies May 19.

  • Amanda Bialek of Fleetwood received a bachelor of arts in communications studies
  • Briana DeLong of Temple received a bachelor of science in biochemistry
  • Amber Dietrich of Bernville received a doctor of pharmacy in pharmacy
  • Kathleen Feairheller of Fleetwood received a master of science in education
  • Camielle Ferguson of Leesport received a master of business administration in business administration
  • Dominika Foltyn of Reading received a doctor of pharmacy in pharmacy
  • Luke Kamp of Shoemakersville received a bachelor of science in environmental engineering
  • Christopher Kindred of Bernville received a master of science in education
  • Shelby Leppin of Fleetwood received a master of science in nursing in nursing
  • Daniel McLean of Bernville received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering
  • Amber Moschini of Bethel received a master of science in education
  • Allyson Moyer of Wyomissing received a master of science in education
  • Traci Ragukas of Wernersville received a master of science in nursing in nursing
  • Casey Readinger of Oley received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering
  • Demi Rissmiller of Fleetwood received a doctor of pharmacy in pharmacy
  • Anthony Rubincan of Birdsboro received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering
  • Brian Schumacher of Fleetwood received a bachelor of science in accounting
  • Andrew Stratton of Reading received a master of science in nursing in nursing
  • Crystal Zimmerman of Douglassville received a master of science in education

Local student Rachel Breidigan recognized for Eastern Mennonite University honor

Local student Rachel Breidigan recognized for Eastern Mennonite University honor

More than 130 students were honored during Eastern Mennonite University’s spring recognition chapel. Among them was Rachel Breidigan of Douglassville, who was recognized as a pastoral assistant and for servant leadership in nursing.

Leadership style and abilities emerge from experience and from constant learning, Vice President of Student Life Jim Smucker said in his welcome to Eastern Mennonite University’s spring semester recognition chapel.

“We work, we experiment, we make mistakes, we learn, we make adjustments and we work some more, all in hopes of making a contribution to the common good of the community,” Smucker said.

As a small liberal arts university, EMU provides a myriad of ways for students to practice leadership – to learn, experiment, make mistakes and grow outside comfort zones – whether through athletics and academics, student government, residence life, campus ministries and more.

“Today we want to recognize a number of folks who have been engaged in this practice, using their time, gifts and abilities for the betterment of our community,” Smucker said. “From my vantage point in student life, it has been inspiring to see up close and personal, the many leadership contributions, of so many on our campus. Today we celebrate with you, and thank you for these contributions.”

Bucknell students named to dean’s list

Bucknell students named to dean’s list

LEWISBURG – Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

  • Caroline Edelman, class of 2018, from Reading
  • Nana Foulland, class of 2018, from Reading
  • Charles Hennessey, class of 2018, from Douglassville
  • Mallory Steffey, class of 2019, from Reading
  • Alex Twiford, class of 2021, from Reading