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:
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
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.
“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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.