Festival of Nations: A Multicultural Celebration May 31

Festival of Nations: A Multicultural Celebration May 31

SUMMERDALE – Central Penn College will host the fifth annual Festival of Nations Thursday, May 31, 4 to 8 p.m.“This event is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff, along with the community, to experience firsthand a wide range of multicultural activities,” says Romeo Azondekon, Chief Diversity Officer at the college.

Festival of Nations is a free, outdoor event that celebrates cultural diversity and features musical performances, games, activities and food from local and regional groups. “We want this festival to be a day of enrichment, education and enjoyment,” says Azondekon, who also serves as interim dean of students.

The following groups and individuals are scheduled to perform:

  • Bhutanese Dance
  • McGinley Irish Dancing
  • Bruce Payne – West African Drum and Dance
  • Chinese Cultural Arts Institute

The purpose of the event is to foster multicultural appreciation and allow for engagement and learning opportunities, not only for the Central Penn community, but also the community at large.

Melanie Haas of Mohrsville Studying Abroad This Summer

Students visited the European Union in Brussels during a summer study abroad program in Maastricht, Netherlands in May/June 2017. Front: Rachel Resnick (2nd from left), Dan Rotella (3rd from left), Cheyanne Brown (center), Caitlin Dryden (3rd from right). Back: Ben Fisher (left), Dustin Shepler (2nd from left), Mark Spivey (4th from left)

Melanie Haas of Mohrsville Studying Abroad This Summer

ANNVILLE – Melanie Haas of Mohrsville is one of 33 Lebanon Valley College students studying abroad this summer as part of the College’s study abroad program, which includes 12 foreign countries and two stateside internship opportunities.

Haas, a graduate of Hamburg Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education and studying in London, England this summer. This three-week study abroad opportunity will immerse students in the culture of London, England, while engaged in a course of study examining 20th and 21st century fantasy in children’s literature. Students will examine both classical British works written for children as well as diverse and multicultural works written for young adult readers. Students will live in flats in ethnic neighborhoods and participate in various excursions to points of interest related to works of literature.

By the time they graduate, nearly 20 percent of LVC students will have spent time studying and traveling abroad, experiences that will shape and inform the rest of their lives as global citizens.

ICYMI: “Swords & Shakespeare” at Central Penn College Thursday, June 7

“Swords & Shakespeare” at Central Penn College Thursday, June 7

SUMMERDALE – Start your summer with a bang … and a clang at “Swords and Shakespeare: Scenes of Conflict and Combat.” The hour-long, free event features fight scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, including Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

“If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair or just plain old action movies, ‘Swords & Shakespeare’ has something for you,” says Janet Bixler, theatre director at Central Penn College. “And if you like Shakespeare, too, all the better!”

Attendees will experience intense, high-energy fight scenes choreographed by Dan Burke of Safe Violence.

“The range of weaponry in the production is impressive,” says Bixler. “It includes broadswords, daggers and rapiers, with some hand-to-hand combat thrown in for good measure.”

The performance is open to the public and will be held outside at the Student Fellowship Amphitheater on Central Penn College’s campus in Summerdale.

“This event is not just for students and faculty but for the entire community,” says Bixler.

Parking is available at the College Hill Road lot near the basketball courts. If it rains, the performance will be moved to The Conference Center on the first floor of the ATEC building.

Governor Mifflin and Exeter students to unveil local Military History exhibit on Memorial Day

Governor Mifflin and Exeter students to unveil local Military History exhibit on Memorial Day

Who: Governor Mifflin High School students, Exeter High School students, and the Berks Military History Museum

What: Students from Governor Mifflin and Exeter will help honor local military heroes by unveiling a new exhibit at the Berks County Military History Museum. As a culminating project for the Military History classes in both high schools, students researched members of the military who were residents of Berks County and killed in action during wartime. The individual projects will be part of a growing exhibit at the Berks County Military History Museum in Mohnton.

Part of the display will be unveiled during Memorial Day activities in Mohnton. Rep. Mark Gillen will join Governor Mifflin and Exeter teachers and students to present a portion of the display, which has a focus on the War on Terrorism, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Where: Berks Military History Museum, 182-198 E Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton

When:  Monday, May 28, 2018; 11:30 a.m.

Regionally Renowned Artist to Exhibit at The Humane Society of Berks County’s Furry Friday

Regionally Renowned Artist to Exhibit at The Humane Society of Berks County’s Furry Friday

Reading — Suzanne Fellows is known for her impassioned works as a painter and print-maker with a
studio at GoggleWorks. She also teaches art, at GoggleWorks and at RACC.

Suzanne shares that, “Working on this portrait exhibit at the Humane Society of Berks County, has been a great opportunity for me. I work primarily with acrylic paints and I usually have several series I’m working on at any given time. Occasionally someone asks me to make a painting of a dog or cat, which is so fun! I love when I get the chance to paint pet portraits. They bring so much love and laughter into our lives with their big smiles and silly antics.”

Suzanne has been actively teaching at colleges, galleries, and art centers for eighteen years. She received her BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University and an MFA in Fine Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a resident artist of GoggleWorks, the biggest arts center of its kind in the nation, Continue reading “Regionally Renowned Artist to Exhibit at The Humane Society of Berks County’s Furry Friday”

Local students graduate from Gettysburg College

Local students graduate from Gettysburg College

Of the 608 students who graduated from Gettysburg College May 20, 2018, the following were local students:

  • William Davis of Reading
  • Samuel Genova of Reading
  • Julie Miranto of Douglassville
  • Allison Mueller of Reading

For video, photos, and other highlights from the Commencement ceremony, please go to the Gettysburg College website.

Nogara Souza and Konowal Named to 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large Team

5/18/2018 | Field Hockey

CoSIDA Release

KUTZTOWN – Gabriel Nogara Souza of the Kutztown University men’s tennis team and Courtney Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) of the field hockey team and Gabriel Nogara Souza (Curitiba, Brazil/Dom Bosco) of the men’s tennis team were recently named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District 2 At-Large Teams for Division II men’s and women’s athletics on Thursday afternoon as selected by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America.

The Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

It is the second Academic All-District award for Konowal and first for Nogara Souza.

A four-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection, three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and two-year team captain, Konowal completed her career in the Maroon and Gold starting in all 73 games and collecting 12 goals and 12 assists from her midfield position.

A sport management major, Konowal has accumulated a 4.0 GPA, is a six-time Dean’s List honoree and

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Melissa Masciotti graduates from Jacksonville State

Happy JSU graduates move the tassel after tornado causes hassle. Photo by Matt Reynolds.

Melissa Masciotti graduates From Jacksonville State

Just six weeks after an EF-3 tornado devastated Jacksonville State University and its surrounding community, 724 students received degrees at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium on May 4. Melissa Masciotti of Wernersville, PA, earned a BS in Emergency Management.

The tornado left a $42 million trail of destruction in its wake. President Donald Trump declared the area a federal disaster on April 27, just a week before spring commencement was scheduled to take place. In an act of resilience and perhaps even defiance, the university salvaged the last few weeks of the spring semester and held its spring commencement ceremony as planned with one change: three ceremonies were combined into one and moved to the Gamecock football stadium due to damages at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Summer classes are currently in session as workers replace roofs on a total of 34 buildings and make other necessarily repairs to the more than 50 damaged buildings. All repairs, except for any new construction projects, are fast-tracked to be completed before the fall semester begins Aug. 21. For more information, including how you can help with recovery efforts, visit www.jsu.edu/jsustrong.

Humane PA: Mewow! Look at us Grow

Humane PA: Mewow! Look at us Grow
We are happy to welcome Dr. Jackie Connolly to the pack at our Humane Veterinary Hospital in Lancaster! She graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, with a Certificate in Shelter Medicine. While obtaining her veterinary degree, she volunteered at multiple shelters and participated in Operation Catnip (Trap-Neuter-Return program).
She worked at a small animal private practice in Florida for the past two years and has recently become Fear Free Certified. Her special interests include dentistry, spay/neuter surgeries, hospice care, prevention, and stress-free veterinary visits.
In her free time, Dr. Connolly enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her five cats and her Labrador mix, Pudge.
Dr. Connolly is taking appointments and is looking forward to building lasting relationships with pet owners in our community. Contact us to book your pet care appointment today.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

May 18, 2018

  • Police investigated the report of Graffiti Vandalism to two glass doors at Saucony Cross Apartments, 420 College Blvd.

May 20, 2018

  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to a door after it was reported broken following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of E. Walnut St.

May 22, 2018

  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to a vehicle after it was reported that a headlight was broken while the vehicle was parked at a residence in the 600 block of E. Walnut St.