Widener University announces dean’s list students

Widener University congratulates students who achieved dean’s list status for spring 2019.

Students on the list, and their major, included:

  • Isabella Abrams of Reading, Psychology
  • Elyse Batson of Reading, Nursing
  • Samantha Bennethum of Wernersville, Nursing
  • Cole Bryner of Wyomissing, Computer Science
  • Annamarie Burns of Bernville, Finance
  • Emily Caruso of Hamburg, Robotics Engineering
  • Jenelle Clelland of Wernersville, Nursing
  • Carter Compinski of Hamburg, Civil Engineering
  • Blake Devine of Reading, Economics
  • Erin Doherty of Wernersville, Management
  • Tyler Dorang of Douglassville, Nursing
  • Emily Gaspari of Douglassville, Exploratory Studies
  • Scott Goeltz of Wyomissing, Biomedical Engineering
  • Rachel Hafer of West Lawn, Nursing
  • Ryan Koch of West Lawn, Computer Science
  • Matthew Lambert of Douglassville, Nursing
  • Antonio Marchio of Sinking Spring, Electrical Engineering
  • Alexis Meals of Fleetwood, Analytics
  • Eliza Meals of Fleetwood, Management
  • Destini Mitchell of Reading, Nursing
  • Matthew Perez of Reading, Computer Science
  • Jared Peters of Reading, Accounting
  • Jadelyn Rivera of Reading, Nursing
  • Colleen Russo of Reading, Nursing
  • Benjamin Schittler of Fleetwood, Communication Studies
  • Jenna Schumacher of Fleetwood, Psychology
  • Abbie Smith of Shoemakersville, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kathleen Sorah of Douglassville, Nursing
  • Gianna Viola of Douglassville, Nursing
  • Zachary Wagner of Douglassville, Finance
  • Olivia Weaver of Reading, Civil Engineering

The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.

More than 1,400 students named to dean’s list at York College

More than 1,400 students were named to the dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania.

  • Vanessa Baker of Sinking Spring, a sophomore secondary education-mathematics major
  • Connor Becker of Mohrsville, a sophomore civil engineering major
  • Dylan Bieber of Reading, a sophomore computer science major
  • Collin Deysher of Sinking Spring, a senior finance major
  • Kathleen Dolan of Reading, a junior middle level education major
  • Kayla Ehrnfeldt of Leesport, a sophomore nursing major
  • Olivia Enslin of Reading, a sophomore political science major
  • Matthew Fanelli of Reading, a sophomore sport management major
  • Meghan Frederick of Reading, a junior nursing major
  • Dominic Garipoli of Wyomissing, a sophomore nursing major
  • Marissa Gass of Douglassville, a senior respiratory care major
  • Nicole Krepps of Reading, a sophomore nursing major
  • Jenna Lemelin of Sinking Spring, a senior nursing major
  • Taylor Lindsay of Hereford, a sophomore English (literary and textual studies) major
  • George Mendoza of Temple, a sophomore accounting major
  • Ethan Miller of Blandon, a senior nursing major
  • Olivia Roth of Mohrsville, a junior secondary education-English major
  • Sara Rumpf of Wernersville, a senior nursing major
  • Darian Schlenker of Hamburg, a sophomore nursing major
  • Sarah Spitalnick of Wyomissing, a senior human services major
  • Collin Stout of Hamburg, a sophomore civil engineering major
  • Marissa Werley of Blandon, a sophomore nursing major
  • Bradley Wunsch of Wyomissing, a senior professional writing major

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

University of Delaware announces spring 2019 dean’s list honorees

Spring scenes around campus

The following area students have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.

  • Amy Andre of Oley
  • Theodore Cebulski of Leesport
  • Cassidy Franco of Reading
  • Cameron Frey of Douglassville
  • Madison Gallagher of Reading
  • Emma Goetz of Reading
  • Marissa Gottschall of Birdsboro
  • Andrew Jones of Douglassville
  • Larissa Kubitz of Fleetwood
  • Jacob Lemelin of Sinking Spring
  • Maria Lilley of Reading
  • Madeline McGhee of Reading
  • Kelly Moyer of Reading
  • Nicole Moyer of Reading
  • Jake Paolini of Reading
  • Nicholas Sekulski of Reading
  • Madison Weiss of Douglassville

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Graduation of Muhlenberg College’s Class of 2019

Muhlenberg College celebrated its 171st Commencement on May 19, 2019. During the ceremony, which was held on the College Green, 502 students were awarded their undergraduate degrees.

The following local students graduated from Muhlenberg:

Jordan Koury (Douglassville): Jordan Koury of Douglassville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

Gabriella Michelson (Reading): Gabriella Michelson of Reading graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance.

Jordan Koury (Douglassville): Jordan Koury of Douglassville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

Gabriella Michelson (Reading): Gabriella Michelson of Reading graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance.

The College also conferred honorary degrees to Commencement speaker author and attorney Scott Turow as well as former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin and chief of the Wills Eye Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics Service Dr. Alex Levin ’78.

Watch Muhlenberg’s 2019 Commencement summary video and as well as the Baccalaureate Candle Lighting and Faces of Class of 2019. See what’s next for some of our newest graduates herehere and here.

Kutztown University Signs Dual Enrollment Agreements with Three Local School Districts

Pictured from left – back row: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, KU President; Dr. Anne Zayaitz, KU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Front Row: Stephen Herman, Principal of Fleetwood Area High School; Andrew Potteiger, Superintendent of Brandywine Heights Area School District; Jeffrey Boyer, Superintendent of Antietam School District.

Kutztown University signed five-year dual enrollment agreements with Antietam, Brandywine Heights Area and Fleetwood Area School Districts on Thursday, June 20, to facilitate an advanced college-experience program to recruit outstanding students to KU and provide them with instruction and personal-growth opportunities. Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Zayaitz signed the agreements with Jeffrey Boyer, superintendent of Antietam School District, Andrew Potteiger, superintendent of Brandywine Heights Area School District, and Stephen Herman, principal of Fleetwood Area High School.

The agreements will allow select students from each school district to enroll in off-campus courses as non-degree students at Kutztown University. School districts will provide the documentation necessary for enrollment without cost, including a high school transcript and a letter from a guidance counselor attesting to the suitability of each course, while each selected student will be responsible for applying for non-degree status. The agreements will also allow select students to enroll in on-campus courses during both the academic year and the summer as non-degree students on a space-available basis.

“We’re very excited about these agreements, as they will give participating students a head-start into college,” Hawkinson said. “From our prominence in the arts, to our AACSB-accredited business school, to our excellence in the sciences, our comprehensive teacher-education program, our progressive general education and the strength of all of our programs, Kutztown University truly has an area of study for nearly everyone.”

Kutztown University will provide the districts’ students with a reduced tuition rate for both off­campus and on-campus enrollment. Students will be responsible for the balance of tuition and fees.

In addition, students registered as non-degree students at KU under these agreements will have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as other non-degree students, including the right to a student I.D., use of the library and other academic resources. All university policies and procedures including, but not limited to, academic policies and student discipline policies shall apply.

“This agreement gives a local, affordable option for our students and parents,” Boyer said. “It also gives students the opportunity to take the first-step into college, seeing if it’s for them. This is great for all of Berks County and we are happy to be a part of it.”

“I’d like to thank Kutztown University for its forward-thinking approach to partnering with local school districts and creating this opportunity for high school students,” Potteiger said. “As education partners, we share a common goal of ensuring students are receiving rich, educational experiences that complement their abilities. By opening your doors, you have unleashed great possibilities for our students.”

“We are very grateful and excited to have this opportunity for our students as they transition from one life-setting to another,” Herman said. “Our goal is to provide every opportunity we can so our students can make an educated decision on their future.”

For more information about the new partnership, please visit the KU Admissions website or call Jim Garraway, assistant director of Admissions, at 610-683-4060.

USciences students named to spring 2019 dean’s list

The following students have been named to the Spring 2019 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the spring of 2019.

  • Julia Bell of Reading is a Biomedical Sciences student.
  • Alexis Casari of Reading is a Biomedical Sciences student.
  • Savanna Ruppert of Fleetwood is a Biomedical Sciences student.
  • Cameron Weigand of Reading is a Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business student.
  • Maureen McGarry of Blandon is a Doctor of Pharmacy student.
  • Katrina Seidel of Sinking Spring is a Doctor of Pharmacy student.
  • Mark McGarry of Blandon is a Doctor of Physical Theapy student.
  • Leigh Kissinger of Shoemakersville is a Doctor of Physical Theapy student.
  • Joseph Shaji of Reading is a Pre-Pharmacy student.

Central Penn news

Central Penn announces lots of free events happening in July 2019. Here’s what’s in the line-up:

· Entrepreneur Speaker Series – Juliet Jones 

Who: Juliet Jones, CEO & Founder, VIP Fortune 500 Consulting

Presentation: “The Secret to Success Using the Dream – Build – Win Model!”

When: Tuesday, July 16, 6–7 p.m.

Where: ATEC building 200

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Family Flicks Film Series: How to Train Your Dragon 3

When: Saturday, July 20, 2–4 p.m.

What: The 2019 film – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Career Services Internship Fair

When: Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. to noon.

What: Annual internship fair will feature more than 30 local companies.

Where: The Conference Center

Cost: The event is free and open to local college students.

· Faculty Film Series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

When: Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

What: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix––the fifth installment in the series––will screen at 7 p.m.

Who: Professor Marcie Rovan will speak on the movie’s theme of grassroots activism at 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the film. There will be a brief discussion after the movie, as well.

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

JMU announces spring 2019 dean’s list

James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students made the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester:

• Douglassville resident Griffin Edward Adams has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Adams is majoring in Accounting.

• Hamburg resident Meredith Grace Browder has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Browder is majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.

• West Lawn resident Ryan Mark Connolly has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Connolly is majoring in Finance.

• Reading resident Madeline D DiStefano has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. DiStefano is majoring in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication.

• Reading resident Ashley Margaret Russell has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Russell is majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.

Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899.

Kutztown University, RACC sign grant agreement with SAM Inc. to provide social work graduates to Reading area

Pictured are representatives from KU, RACC and SAM

Kutztown University and Reading Area Community College signed a two-year grant agreement with Service and Access Management Inc. Thursday to promote innovation and partnerships between university and community agencies. Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and Provost Dr. Anne Zayaitz signed the agreement with SAM Inc.’s Nan Haver, president and CEO, and RACC’s Jodi Corbett, Director of Academic Partnerships.

Other representatives from both SAM Inc. and RACC were also in attendance.

Kutztown first developed its partnership with RACC in the field of social work with an initial agreement in June 2018. In this program, RACC graduates with an Associate in Arts in social work are able to earn a Bachelor in Social Work at KU in two years through an accelerated program delivered on-site on the RACC campus. This is very cost-effective for students, who are able to pay lower, community college tuition rates.

Thursday’s agreement with RACC and SAM, Inc. will allow KU BSW graduates to secure employment upon graduation and build agency-specific skills via internships at SAM Inc. Internships will be available for up to six bilingual KU students participating in the BSW program at RACC. KU will offer each of these students a stipend of $2,500.

“Our purpose in developing this program with RACC was to provide a quality, low-cost education to the citizens of this region to further develop our partnership and to serve the community by providing well-educated, well-trained graduates, who after their graduation, can give back and serve their community,” Hawkinson said. “The agreement we sign today with SAM, Inc. greatly enhances our role to expand the opportunities of students in this important field.”

“We are so excited to be part of this program,” Haver said. “We are proud that KU and RACC see us as a valuable community partner and an organization that impacts the community. We are truly grateful for this opportunity and are looking forward to having these students come to us as interns and become fully-trained employees on their hire day.”

Beginning fall 2019, bilingual BSW students at RACC will be able to accept an internship at SAM Inc. and complete one of their elective social work courses in case management with specialized content based on SAM Inc.’s approach. Upon graduation and successful completion of the internship, SAM Inc. is committed to employing these students.

“As a KU alumna, I am very proud of how we have worked together in the role of public education to provide affordable opportunities to students,” Corbett said. “Our partnership with Kutztown University is active and strong because of the relationships that have been built between good people who are doing good things for this community. This is another element we have added to help students get into the workforce and be able to serve the community’s they so-much want to serve.”

“This is a wonderful example of how a four-year institution, a two-year institution and a community organization can come together to provide a more affordable path for our students to earn their degree with a guaranteed job that will result in having well-trained professionals ready to serve the Reading community,” Hawkinson said.

For more information about SAM Inc., please visit http://www.sam-inc.org/pa/.

Widener University awards degrees at 2019 commencement

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Patrick Murphy, a veteran, Widener alumnus and member of the Widener University Board of Trustees.

In his speech, Murphy focused on three principles: find a purpose, trust the process, and give back.

“When you live a purpose-driven life, when you trust the process, when you show up and give back, even in the face of intense challenges, you too can make a difference in this world,” he said.

The graduates hailed from 36 states and 11 other countries, including China, Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The youngest graduate was 20 years old, while the eldest was 67. They included:

  • Patrick Choate of Birdsboro. Choate graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Alyssa Gombar of Reading. Gombar graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Brandi Lafountain of Bethel. Lafountain graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Danielle Palermo of Shillington. Palermo graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Tracy Scheirer of Birdsboro. Scheirer graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Katrina Undheim of Laureldale. Undheim graduated with a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies Sex Therapy from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Samantha Bennethum of Wernersville. Bennethum graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Antonio Borelli of Wyomissing. Borelli graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Jenelle Clelland of Wernersville. Clelland graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Blake Devine of Reading. Devine graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics/Personal Financial Services from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Erin Doherty of Wernersville. Doherty graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management with a specialization in Marketing from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Scott Goeltz of Wyomissing. Goeltz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Ryan Koch of West Lawn. Koch graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Widener’s College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Alexis Meals of Fleetwood. Meals graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Analytics from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Ethan Newman of Fleetwood. Newman graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Andrew Saylor of Reading. Saylor graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Samuel Smith of Wyomissing. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Carley Sottosanti of Reading. Sottosanti graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Olivia Weaver of Reading. Weaver graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.

The graduates also heard from Iman Elkhashab who was selected as the President’s Award recipient and served as the student speaker.

In her speech, Elkhashab shared her personal story of struggle and perseverance that she experienced growing up in Egypt during the time of the revolution. The tumultuous environment taught Elkhashab, now of Broomall, Pennsylvania, that each individual has the capacity to conquer and grow from challenges encountered.