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.
Northampton Community College recognized its most
outstanding students at an awards convocation April 25, 2019. Chelsey Miller of
Hamburg was one of the honorees, earning the Drs. Edward & Arnold R. Cook
Award for Academic Excellence in Dental Hygiene.
Sedgwick Harris, vice president, student affairs and
enrollment, opened the event, calling it the most important and exciting day on
the college’s calendar. He also praised students’ parents, friends and spouses
for their support.
Carolyn Bortz, vice president, academic affairs, said the
honorees have made an indelible impression on all at NCC who have known them.
“We are proud and privileged to be part of your academic career,” she
Christensen Excellence in Teaching 2018 recipient Kevin
Manna, professor of computer science, spoke about the many forks in the road he
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” he said,
adding advice from his father. “Do the right things for the right
Mark Erickson, NCC president, closed the ceremony by telling
the audience that “Students inspire me with their stories, resilience and
He also praised the faculty and students’ families and concluded
with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon
to change the world.”
More than 180 Kutztown University students have been
inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success as part of the spring
To be inducted at KU, students must attend an orientation, a
three-hour leadership training seminar, three success networking team meetings
and three speaker broadcasts featuring leading figures delivering
success-related messages to members.
Alicia Cruz, from Reading, and four other Northampton Community College students were named 2019 Student Employees of the Year.
The Student Employee of the Year award is given out to exceptional student employees whom supervisors nominate based on their performance on the job. Nominations are judged on the following characteristics: reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and the uniqueness of the student’s contribution to the employer.
This year’s winners included Jessica Ramos from Student Life and Leadership Development, Donique Tate from Allied Health and Sciences Dean’s Office & Nursing Department, Rachelle St. Pierre from the Keys Program, and Alicia Cruz and Denisha Odom from Residence Life.
Congratulations to Cruz and all the winners for a job well done!
Joshua Norton of Bethel, a freshman nursing major, was among more than 800 Bob Jones University students named to the spring 2019 dean’s list.
The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.0-3.74 grade point average during the semester.
Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University provides an outstanding regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education purposely designed to inspire a lifelong pursuit of learning, loving and leading.
Congratulations to David Boyer, Apple systems administrator
in information technology, on being named KU Employee of the Month for February
Boyer’s nomination from Dr. Amy O’Brien, professor of
“If you use an
Apple computer at KU, you probably know Dave Boyer. As the “Apple
Specialist” on campus, his responsibilities surely have grown
significantly as increasing numbers of faculty have migrated to Apple devices,
yet Dave is always quick to respond to help requests and is amazingly quick to
remedy issues. He is a steady force of professionalism and support at KU to all
of us who use Apple and/or Adobe products on campus.
“This academic year,
Dave has been instrumental in designing the new on-campus public relations
agency space for KU’s new public relations major. His counsel regarding which
Apple laptops to purchase and how to help students negotiate the specific
challenges of using the devices has been critical to the success of the new
lab. Moreover, he has been at the ready to help navigate some of the challenges
we have experienced with the software loaded on those computers, going so far
as to show up to my classes on the first day of the semester to ensure every
student could successfully log in to his or her account in the room.
“Dave has shattered
the stereotype of the tech guy who can’t (or refuses to) communicate
effectively with those who need help. Since I have known him, he has taught me
strategies for increasing my productivity, has explained subtle nuances
regarding the software I teach, cautioned me (and my students) against relying
on the overuse of USB flash drives and has made me a better teacher. To put it
plainly, Dave Boyer has enhanced the academic experience of KU students because
of the support he provides to the entire campus community. Our public relations
program is poised to be a cornerstone of KU because of Dave Boyer’s
contributions to it. The laptops and software work seamlessly, students can
produce quality work and we are ready to begin preparing public relations
programs for the community because we know we can rely on Dave to keep the
infrastructure up and running.”
Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff,
and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory
Council. A winner will be selected each month, and out of the 12 monthly
winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month
will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by
For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit
Kha Nguyen of Reading was 1-of-10 Kutztown University
students to be inducted into its 2019 class of Lambda Alpha National
Anthropology Honor Society at its annual induction ceremony this spring.
The Kutztown University Chapter (Xi of PA) of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society provides an opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of students in the Anthropology Program. Lambda Alpha honors outstanding academic achievement in anthropology. Graduation regalia, including stoles and pins, can be purchased from Lambda Alpha to symbolize this honor. Lambda Alpha offers a national scholarship worth $5,000 to be awarded to a graduating senior majoring in anthropology, as well as awards for outstanding student papers. Lambda Alpha maintains a journal that provides an opportunity for students to share their work with a national audience.
To join the Xi of Pennsylvania Chapter of Lambda Alpha, undergraduate
students must be a junior or senior, have completed at least 12 semester hours
of course work in anthropology (which can include no more than six semester
hours in sociology), have an anthropology GPA of at least 3.0 and have a
cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
East Stroudsburg University’s first cohort of Clear Path Scholars is set to graduate at the university’s annual spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. The cohort of 13 scholars was celebrated at a cording ceremony on April 28, where the students were given red and grey cords and pins to wear on commencement day. Alexandra Gallagher, of Lenhartsville, PA, is part of the cohort.
The Clear Path Scholars program is a National Science Foundation funded program supporting students transferring to ESU from community colleges and majoring in select STEM disciplines. Clear Path provides scholarships and gives these transfer students the support they need to complete their degree.
The goal of Clear Path is to learn how to maximize student success in science disciplines, while supporting the scholars’ degree paths. The research into the impact of the support provided to these students will influence the support mechanisms universities provide to all students.
The students graduating in Clear Path’s first cohort are Jacob Butts, a computer science major from Swiftwater, Pa.; Emily Ciaravino, a computer security major from Lords Valley, Pa; Magdalena Costanzo, a biotechnology major from Effort, Pa.; Cole Davis, an environmental studies major from Nazareth, Pa.; Lynn DePhillipo, a mathematics major from Easton, Pa.; Walter Espinoza, a biochemistry major from Allentown, Pa.; Alexandra Gallagher, an environmental studies major from Lenhartsville, Pa.; Diana Leon Magallanes, a biotechnology major from Shawnee on Delaware, Pa.; Rebecca Nagy, a biotechnology major from Lehighton, Pa.; Samuel Pash, a biochemistry major from Orefield, Pa.; Christa Reeves, an environmental studies major form Easton, Pa.; Kristin Roth, an environmental studies major from Allentown, Pa.; and Shannon Smith, a mathematics major from Kingston, Pa.
The Clear Path Scholars program is run under the direction of T. Michelle Jones, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Olivia M. Carducci, associate professor and department chair of mathematics; and Bonnie A. Green, Ph.D., professor of psychology. To learn more about the Clear Path Scholars program visit esu.edu/clear_path.
Gabriella Ferreira of Fleetwood was one of seven Kutztown University students to be inducted into its 2019 class of the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society in Geography at its induction ceremony this spring.
Kutztown University is home to the Gamma Psi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the International Geographical Honor Society. GTU is open to any and all KU students that have an overall GPA of 3.3 or better, at least 36 credit hours and a minimum of nine credit hours in geography. Students must also have a 3.3 or better GPA in geography. Inductees are exposed to the history of GTU and the meaning of the organization’s symbols and colors.