Brianna Metsger Receives Gold Community Service Award

Twenty LVC students received a Gold Community Service Award for their commitment to volunteerism and service.

Brianna Metsger of Sinking Spring was honored during Lebanon Valley College’s Student Affairs awards as a Gold Community Service Award recipient, having served more than 100 hours, and having completed a multi-day residential service project during their years at The Valley. Students who completed 250 hours of service or more also received a gold award.

Metsger, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing from The Valley.

The 2019 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways. They raised funds for the American Cancer Society, read to students at area school districts, packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and volunteered at numerous local organizations, among other service projects.

Miller, Zwiercan named 2019 women’s soccer team captains

5/16/2019 | Women’s Soccer

Kutztown University women’s soccer and head coach Erik Burstein have announced rising seniors Kristina Miller and Emily Zwiercan as team captains for the upcoming 2019 season.
Miller was also voted as a captain last season, while Zwiercan will be a first-year skipper this fall. Over the last three years, the duo has helped lead the Golden Bears to a ton of success, including earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament all three seasons. KU has played in NCAAs in eight of the last 10 years and has qualified for PSACs in each of the last 11 seasons.
“I am very excited to announce that Emily will join Tina as our team captains for the upcoming season,” said Burstein. “Both of these players have shown a strong commitment to our program, and they wholeheartedly believe in our culture and the standards and expectations we have set. They are also both fully aware that we have a fantastic group of upperclassmen who fully buy into our culture and who can also help provide leadership and insight to the entire squad, especially the incoming freshman; Tina and Emily are not threatened by that; they embrace it, which is important.
“Next year will be a very challenging year for us, especially with PSAC women’s soccer moving to a divisional format. It is absolutely critical that we begin the season with the proper leadership and there is no question we will have that with Tina and Emily.”
Miller started all 20 games last season and has 62 games played under her belt, starting 57 of them. She scored a career-high three goals as a junior and played in the center of a defense that allowed a program-low nine goals all season and recorded 12 shutouts, third-most in KU history.
On the field, the Lansdale native received a number of different accolades including All-Atlantic Region First Team and All-PSAC First Team. Miller is also a standout in the classroom, earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and Dean’s List Honors.
Zwiercan has had a knack for finding the back of the net during her first three years in Maroon and Gold. She started every game last season and has appeared in 66 career games, making 44 starts. As a junior, Zwiercan finished fourth in the PSAC with 11 goals and sixth with 25 points. She ranks fourth all-time in KU history with 30 goals, fourth with 18 assists and tied for second with 78 points.
The Reinholds native earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC First Team honors last year and was also a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and Dean’s List.
Kutztown opens its 2019 campaign with back-to-back road games. The season-opener is Thursday, Sept. 5, at Charleston (W.Va.), followed by a trip to PSAC foe Millersville on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The home-opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the newly renovated Keystone Field against East Stroudsburg.

Celebrate your fellow animal advocates, together we can do more

By Leann Quire, director of Shelter Operations, Humane Pennsylvania

Last week, Deb Dreisbach won the American Red Cross Animal Rescue Hero award.

We want to take the time to congratulate this beautiful person who has helped our organization to save numerous lives, and is continuing to save more and more lives in our community.

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Coach Shari Bucklin-Webber to be inducted into 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame

5/16/2019 | Men’s Tennis

Official Release

Kutztown University men’s and women’s tennis head coach Shari Bucklin-Webber will be inducted into the 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame in October, as announced by the United States Tennis Association.

The 24th Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Since its inception in 1994, 107 of tennis’ most influential players, coaches and volunteers have been inducted into the prestigious institution.

Webber has been at the helm for the Golden Bears for four years with this Fall being her fifth season. She came to KU after eight years as the head coach at Millersville University. She also coached at her alma mater, Marshall University, and Albright College.

In 2017, she won her fifth national doubles title by winning the National Grass Court Doubles Championship in the Women’s 45 bracket. This year, her team in the 40-and-over league won the Philly-based league, qualified for and won the district tournament, and then won sectionals on Sept. 9. She competed at both singles and doubles and went unbeaten (12-0) throughout the season and postseason, going 5-0 at sectionals on hard-court play, mostly competing at No. 1 doubles. She competed in the Nationals Team Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. in Oct.

She was inducted to the Berks County Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Quote by USTA: “Bucklin-Webber has been a tennis leader and pioneer for 30-plus years. She began her career as a standout junior and collegiate player, continuing to play competitively after leaving school. Since then she’s stood out in USTA Tournaments (local and national) and through Intersectional play. Bucklin-Webber shares her expertise on the tennis court with the many players she coaches. She was the first woman to be named PSAC Men’s Coach of the Year. She most recently took over the Kutztown University tennis program.”

Cedar Crest College announces spring dean’s list 2019

Cedar Crest College announced the following students have been included on the spring dean’s list for 2019:

  • Hannah Alarcon of Reading
  • Venus Cabrera of Reading
  • Alexa D’Andrea of Topton
  • Carlie Gausch of Reading
  • Brianna Hill of Mohrsville
  • Haley Krueger of Fleetwood
  • Sarah Krutsick of Fleetwood
  • Medgine Merilan of Temple
  • Emily Krupski of Hamburg

The dean’s list recognizes students who have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or higher in the academic semester.

Memorial Day Ceremony planned

Features speaker from U.S. Army War College Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m.

Col. Benjamin Luper from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle will speak on the history and importance of Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23. The event will take place at the flagpole in front of the ATEC building.

Following the presentation, students will plant 100 flags around the ATEC building in honor of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect this country.

The ATEC Building is located at 600 Valley Road, Summerdale.

Wilkes University awards degrees

Wilkes University awarded 797 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its 72nd spring commencement ceremonies May 18.

  • Danielle Bartholomew of Birdsboro received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Aidan Brosious of Wernersville received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Taylor Brusca of Birdsboro received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
  • Jorge Gonzalez of Sinking Spring received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
  • Sindy Goodhart of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • David Heinz of Reading received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering.
  • Derek Herr of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Katie Johnson of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Scott Keller of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Thomas Krutsick of Fleetwood received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.
  • Alexandra Madden of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Allyson McLaughlin of Bernville received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Nursing.
  • Alex Ponce of Oley received a Doctor of Pharmacy in Pharmacy.
  • David Roberts of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Tyler Shappell of Blandon received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Michael Stein of Sinking Spring received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Madison Stine of Hamburg received a Doctor of Pharmacy in Pharmacy.
  • Janis Umberger of Mohrsville received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Erin Volutza of Sinking Spring received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Local Students Awarded KU Scholarships from Kutztown Optimist Club

Pictured from left are: Front Row: Kimberly Wetzel, Fleetwood Area; Alyssa Romoho, Hamburg Area; McKenzie Barlet, Kutztown Area; Jenna Rothrock, Brandywine Heights. Back Row: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Kutztown University President; Zachery Brintzenhoff, Fleetwood Area; Dane Fegely, Kutztown Area; Davis Stoudt, Brandywine Heights; Michael Boyer, Fleetwood Area; Scott O’Neil, Kutztown Optimist Club.

Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson hosted the Kutztown Optimist Club and guests for the annual presentation of the Kutztown Fools’ Run Scholarships last Thursday night, May 16. Eight promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend KU in the fall.

The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run. The event features a 10-mile and 5K run and a two-mile walk, and has generated more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1989.

Pictured (L-to-R): Front Row: Kimberly Wetzel, Fleetwood Area; Alyssa Romoho, Hamburg Area; McKenzie Barlet, Kutztown Area; Jenna Rothrock, Brandywine Heights. Back Row: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Kutztown University President; Zachery Brintzenhoff, Fleetwood Area; Dane Fegely, Kutztown Area; Davis Stoudt, Brandywine Heights; Michael Boyer, Fleetwood Area; Scott O’Neil, Kutztown Optimist Club.

Emerson College Announces Local Dean’s List Honorees for Spring 2019

The incorrect class year has been removed.

The following students have been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. The requirement to make the dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher that semester.

Clare Jackson of Reading, majoring in Comedic Arts.

Madelyn Mulreaney of Wernersville, majoring in Writing, Lit and Publishing.

Megan Seyler of Reading, majoring in Writing, Lit & Pub: Publishing.

B the Reader is an Appetizing New Reading Incentive at Muhlenberg Community Library

Reading skills are essential. According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, basic literacy is a focus for PA libraries because “thirteen percent of Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills such as the ability to read a newspaper or brochure. This percentage of Pennsylvanians who struggle with basic literacy remains unchanged from 1992.” Furthermore, half of the unemployed in the nation aged 16-21 are “functional illiterates with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.” Muhlenberg Community Library and Boscov’s understand how important it is to encourage practice in the next generation of readers and are seeking to make a difference locally.

Boscov’s has teamed up with the Muhlenberg Community Library to offer a reading incentive program called B the Reader. Children in Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate on a monthly basis. B the Reader Rewards Log Sheets will be available at Muhlenberg Community Library on June 1st and at the start of every month thereafter. Children complete the log by reading 20 books. Completed log sheets can be turned in at the library to receive a Reading Award Certificate which can then be redeemed for a free breakfast at the Restaurant at Boscov’s North, up to a $4.99 value. Breakfast hours are available Monday- Saturday 8AM-11AM and all day Sunday, 8AM-2PM, at the Restaurant at Boscov’s, 2910 North 5th Street Highway in Reading.

In addition to earning a free breakfast, all children who redeem their Reading Award Certificate at the restaurant will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 Boscov’s gift card! B the Reader is a year-round program that will be available January-December. Starting this June, visit Muhlenberg Community Library at 3612 Kutztown Road in Laureldale to pick up a B the Reader Rewards Log Sheet and some books that will start your children on a tasty reading adventure.