Albright College to Offer Halloween Evening Comedy

Albright College to Offer Halloween Evening Comedy

Reading – Be sure this Halloween is filled with laughter, by enjoying “Unwrapped Candy: a Sketchy Halloween Spectacular,” Wed., Oct. 31, at 9:30 p.m., in Albright College’s Roop Hall.

Presented by Albright’s student-run Sketch Society, the evening festivities will include comedy, music and spooky fun. Albright’s Sketch Society students write and perform sketch comedy. Brief satirical vignettes are played out in one to 10 minute segments, often improvised by the actors.

Roop Hall, located in Albright’s celebrated Center for the Arts is home to the college’s annual concert series and hosts student performances by groups that include the Albright College Thespian Society, Albright Improv and the Sketch Society. Named one of the nation’s top 25 schools for artistic students, Albright has also been one of the most highly decorated programs by the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Groundbreaking spay/neuter partnership to provide free services for free roaming cats in Berks County

Groundbreaking spay/neuter partnership to provide free services for free roaming cats in Berks County

Reading – Humane Pennsylvania, the region’s largest partnership of animal welfare organizations, recently accepted its largest gift to date: a $3.1 million dollar grant from The Giorgi Family Foundation.

The grant’s purpose is to eliminate preventable companion animal suffering by undercutting its root causes. The grant will provide for the complete reconstruction of Humane Pennsylvania’s animal shelter at Humane Pennsylvania, vastly expand progressive community veterinary services for Reading area families, and bolster Humane Pennsylvania’s ability to prepare for local, regional and national emergencies and disasters that impact animals.

In alignment with the key objectives of this paramount initiative, Humane Pennsylvania is thrilled to share that they will be expanding their partnership with No Nonsense Neutering, a non-profit spay-neuter clinic, to provide sterilizations, rabies vaccinations, and microchip Continue reading “Groundbreaking spay/neuter partnership to provide free services for free roaming cats in Berks County”

Studio B Art Gallery Opens “Diverse Elements”

Watercolor by Sandra Wood

Studio B Art Gallery Opens “Diverse Elements” Featuring the Paintings of Sandra and Bob Wood and 3D Sculptures of Daniel Schlenker, and Bob Hakun

Studio B Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown, opened an exhibit entitled “Diverse Elements” featuring the paintings of Sandra and Bob Wood and the 3D sculptures of Daniel Schlenker and Bob Hakun Oct. 19, 2018. The exhibit runs until Dec. 2, 2018.

The exhibit showcases the unique ways each artist interprets the world using assemblage, ceramics, watercolor, and paint.

Sandra Lee Wood has spent most of her life as a well-known and award-winning art educator. She is a world traveler with several of her trips settling in one place to paint “en plein air”. Her delicate watercolors capture the joy of pattern, color, and texture found in the natural world she sees.

Since retiring she has been able to study watercolor and pastels with nationally known painters who have helped her to continue her journey. Sandra’s new work features new techniques and approaches inspired by recent travels and workshops.

Artist Bob Wood is a long time researcher, writer, and speaker on Pennsylvania Dutch (German) folk

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SAVE THE DATE: Hurricane Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast

SAVE THE DATE: Hurricane Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast

Bally Mennonite Church, Route 100 in Bally, will be serving a pancake breakfast, including pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrapple, OJ, tea, and coffee in the Church Fellowship hall Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
Donations of all amounts are appreciated.
For more information, call the church office at 610.845.7780 or visit
Proceeds from this pancake breakfast will provide funds for the long term relief efforts of the Mennonite Disaster Service. Here is a great way to help those who are suffering in the aftermath of these disastrous hurricanes, while enjoying fellowship and a great breakfast.

ICYMI: Elizabethtown College announces major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti art work and writings

ICYMI: Elizabethtown College announces major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti art work and writings

Elizabethtown hosting “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon,” curated by alumnus George Krevsky

Elizabethtown College will hold a major exhibition of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s art work and writings, titled “Lawrence Ferlinghetti: An American Cultural Icon.” The exhibition, curated by 25-year Ferlinghetti visual art representative George Krevsky ’62, opened Oct. 11 and runs through Nov. 21 in Lyet Gallery, housed in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on the College’s campus.

As a literary figure, Ferlinghetti-the long-time editor and owner of the famous City Lights Books-has contributed directly and extensively to both the creative and editing fields of his art. Considered one of the most beloved members of the Beat Generation-a group which heavily influenced American post-World War II culture and politics-Ferlinghetti, at 99 years old, is regarded as a master of words and metaphors as well as color and visual symbolism.

Twenty of this iconic American cultural figure’s works will be celebrated in the College’s exhibition, chosen from an array of pieces produced from 1954 through 2011-a span of more than fifty years. This exhibition reflects examples of Ferlinghetti’s art work in various media, including painting, drawing, silk screens, mixed media and lithography, as well as the breadth of his painting across time.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Gallery admission, as well as admission to all featured events listed below, is at no charge and open to the public. More information is provided by the Department of Fine Arts.

Kae Huang among 700 students in CCU’s new Honors College

Kae Huang among 700 students in CCU’s new Honors College

FLEETWOOD – The HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies was established at Coastal Carolina University on Oct. 12, and the 700 students who had been accepted into the University’s honors program are now the first students housed in the new college.

Among them is Kae Huang, a communication major from Fleetwood.

The HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies will feature many new initiatives and a revised curriculum. It will support students who have ties to majors and departments across campus: from honors students to interdisciplinary studies students, who build their own, innovative academic majors. In addition, the college will continue to support and advise undeclared first-year students as they select and transition into their major.

“This is a major milestone for Coastal Carolina University,” said Ralph Byington, CCU’s provost and executive vice president. “The HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies will offer an academically challenging, interdisciplinary education that requires students to become experts in a discipline of their choice – their academic major – while also asking them to think beyond their major in their interdisciplinary honors seminars.”

According to Sara Hottinger, dean of the HTC Honors College, the college will also become a place for faculty from across campus to develop unique interdisciplinary courses and experiment with innovative teaching strategies that both challenge and inspire CCU’s honors students.

“The HTC Honors College will be an incubator for our faculty and students to experiment with new teaching methodologies, new research strategies, and the creation of new and boundary-breaking knowledge,” Hottinger said. “CCU faculty members who are affiliated with the Honors College will enhance the work they do in their departments and home disciplines, ensuring that the opportunities available for honors students expand to include all Coastal Carolina students. The HTC Honors College will place an emphasis on collaborative, experiential research and creative opportunities.”

The board of trustees approved the establishment of an honors college at CCU in February, a year after the provost charged the CCU Honors Council with developing a proposal for a well-defined and innovative program consistent with the University’s commitment to excellence and vision for student achievement and success.

Kutztown Impressions Art Exhibition to Open Nov. 2 at the Goggleworks in Reading

mezzotint, 18″ x 24″

Kutztown Impressions Art Exhibition to Open Nov. 2 at the Goggleworks in Reading

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University artists will have their work displayed publically throughout the month of November, as the Kutztown Impressions art exhibition will run from Nov. 2-29 in the Schmidt Gallery at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading. The exhibition opening will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Both the exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

Kutztown Impressions is an art exhibition that celebrates printmaking at Kutztown University. Including prints by faculty members, student, artists in residence, and recent alumni, it demonstrates the richness, diversity and outstanding quality of KU printmaking.

The show has been curated by Evan Summer, professor of printmaking at Kutztown University, since 1984. Other artists displayed in this exhibit include Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson and KU’s recent international Artist in Residence Wenju Zhang.

Central Penn College: ‘Airplane!’ Flies Again

Airplane! Flies Again

Free screening of the comedy classic on Oct. 26

SUMMERDALE – Who ever thought a comedy starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Peter Graves and Lloyd Bridges––four “serious” actors not known for their comedic chops––could be so laugh-out-loud hilarious?

“That’s precisely one of the reasons Airplane! is so funny,” says Professor Tom Davis, chair of the English and Communication department at Central Penn College.

“Having these guys play it straight while chaos surrounds them is just comedy gold. It’s one of the reasons the movie––and the laughs––still holds up nearly 40 years later,” says Davis of the 1980 movie directed by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, who would go on to create the Naked Gun series.

As part of its quarterly Humanities Film Series, Central Penn will offer a free screening of Airplane! on Friday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The event is open to the public. Davis will introduce the movie with a short talk titled, “’Shirley, Why So Serious?’ Absurdism and Airplane!

To prepare for the presentation, Davis has “forced” himself to watch the movie several times recently. “Even when I know the jokes are coming, I still laugh,” says Davis. “And the movie is crammed with all kinds of visual puns that you miss on just one viewing.”

Thirty-eight years after the movie was released, Davis is philosophical about the film’s impact. “We need movies like Airplane!Modern life can seem extremely absurd at times, and there’s nothing like a good laugh––or many good laughs––to put things in perspective.”



Friday, October 26

Capital BlueCross Theatre

Central Penn College, 600 Valley Road, Summerdale

  • 6 p.m. – Doors open. Food and drinks available from the Knightly News Media Club.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Introductory talk: “’Shirley, Why So Serious?’ Absurdism and Airplane!” by Professor Tom Davis
  • 7–9 p.m. – Airplane!
  • 9–9:30 p.m. – Q&A

Kutztown University students assisting in worldwide exoplant research

Kutztown University students assisting in worldwide exoplant research

KUTZTOWN – Dr. Phillip A. Reed, professor of physics and astronomy, has brought an exciting new program to Kutztown University for physical sciences majors. In a joint effort with Westminster College, Reed has been a leading figure in KU’s earning of the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students grant.

Reed came to KU 10 years ago and immediately began working to bring the planetarium and observatory up to date with the latest technology.

“Around 2012-2013 we got a new telescope in the observatory, which I used to continue my Ph.D. work on binary stars with students,” Reed said.

Soon after followed Reed’s interest in exoplanet studies and KU’s subsequent involvement with the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope. Exoplanets are planets outside of our solar system that orbit other stars in the galaxy.

KELT is used by a small group of observatories in North America, particularly Ohio State and Winer Observatory in Arizona, to perform transit surveys and define possible exoplanets as candidates for follow-up at other observatories. KU is one of several universities that observe the KELT planet candidates with higher precision, and look for planets in fluctuations of the brightness of stars to confirm the existence of an exoplanet.

This exoplanet research is what led to KU’s acquiring of the NSF IRES grant, as Reed was contacted by Continue reading “Kutztown University students assisting in worldwide exoplant research”