Frances Colon of Reading attended Lehigh University’s LeaderShape Program in January 2019

Frances Colon of Reading was one of more than 50 Lehigh University students who attended the school’s annual leadership program in January.

LeaderShape is a nationally recognized six-day experience that focuses participants on exploring identity development and inclusive leadership.

The institute challenges participants to create a vision grounded in their deepest values. Students have the opportunity to learn about who they are, what they want to do, and who they want to be by engaging in dialogue and self-discovery, ultimately preparing them for future leadership roles.

Lebanon Valley College a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students for third consecutive year

LVC has seven Fulbright semi-finalists this spring

Lebanon Valley College is one of the select U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Three students from Lebanon Valley College received Fulbright awards for the academic year 2018-2019. Katie Hockenbury ’18 (Wales), Audrey Reiley ’18 (Malaysia), and Kristy Sonberg ’18 (South Korea) joined LVC’s other three recent winners: Jasmine Olvany ’17 (Hungary), Megan Lough ’17 (Bulgaria), and Hannah Pell ’16 (Austria). Pell, pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, was recently awarded a second Fulbright.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and look forward to learning about all they accomplish in their time abroad,” said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.”

Dr. Philip Benesch-LVC’s associate professor of politics, director of pre-law, and director of external scholarships & fellowships-mentors students through the highly competitive Fulbright application process.

“I’m absolutely delighted by our students’ success,” said Benesch. “The Fulbright U.S. student program is highly prestigious and competitive. The international experience and deep intercultural learning it cultivates will transform our recent graduates and enable them to perform as world-ready U.S. citizens.”

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”

Visit here to learn more about LVC’s Fulbright awardees or contact Dr. Benesch at

KU to host Regional Science Olympiad March 14

Kutztown University will host the Central Eastern Regional Science Olympiad on Thursday, March 14. The event begins at 8 a.m. in Boehm Science Center and ends with the closing ceremony at approximately 4:30 p.m. in Keystone Arena. The inclement weather date is Friday, March 15.

More than 650 students representing 30 high schools and 12 middle schools from Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties are expected, competing in 46 different events.

In its 35th year nationally, and 10th anniversary of the Olympiad at KU, the Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of K-12 science education, creating a passion for learning science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, professional development workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, national and international tournaments.

The Olympiad is organized by schools at the junior high and senior high levels. Each school sends one team to compete in a variety of events. High school teachers serve as the coaches, judges, and coordinators. Olympiad competitions are conducted at four levels- local, regional, state and national. The local competition is designed to prepare students for regional competition. No teams are eliminated in the local competition. At the regional level the top-ranked teams move on to the state competition. The Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Tournament will take place at Juniata College on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The official website of the International Science Olympiad is

The current event schedule can be found at

For more information visit

Participating Schools

Middle/Junior High Schools:

  • Boyertown Middle School East
  • Conrad Weiser Middle School
  • Exeter Township Junior High School
  • Fleetwood Area Middle School
  • Kutztown Middle School
  • Nazareth Area Middle School
  • Orefield Middle School
  • Schuylkill Valley Middle School
  • Springhouse Middle School
  • Tohickon Middle School
  • Twin Valley Middle School
  • Whitehall Coplay Middle School

High Schools:

  • Allentown Central Catholic High School
  • Bethlehem Catholic High School
  • Boyertown Area Senior High School
  • Central Bucks High School East
  • Central Bucks High School South
  • Central Bucks High School West
  • Conrad Weiser High School
  • Council Rock High School South
  • Emmaus High School
  • Exeter Township Senior High
  • Fleetwood Area High School
  • Governor Mifflin High School
  • Kutztown Area High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Moravian Academy Upper School
  • Nazareth Area High School
  • New Hope Academy
  • New Hope-Solebury High School
  • Northampton Area High School
  • Northwestern Lehigh High School
  • Parkland High School
  • Perkiomen Valley High School
  • Reading Senior High School
  • Schuylkill Valley High School
  • Tamaqua Area High School
  • Twin Valley High School
  • Whitehall High School
  • Wilson High School (West Lawn)
  • Wyoming Seminary Upper School
  • Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School

Scholastic Shining Stars

USD Student Natalie Tasca of Reading Earns First Honors

University of San Diego student Natalie Tasca of Reading earned First Honors in the fall Semester of 2018. First honors students have a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.

Micah Klousia of Springfield named to fall Deans’ List/honor roll at Nebraska

Micah Klousia of Springfield has been named to the Deans’ List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

Klousia, a senior marketing major, was named to the dean’s List for the College of Business.

More than 5,300 students at Nebraska have been named to the Deans’ List for the fall semester.

Qualifications for the Deans’ List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges. Listed below are the minimum requirements for each entity and the name of its respective dean or director. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a four-point scale and a minimum of 12 graded semester hours. Students can be on the Deans’ List for more than one college.

Local Residents Named to The University of Scranton fall 2018 dean’s List

Local residents were among nearly 1,600 students named to The University of Scranton’s dean’s List for the 2018 fall semester. The dean’s List recognizes students for academic excellence. The students are:

  • Brianna L. Zettlemoyer of Reading, a sophomore forensic chemistry major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katelyn E. Langford of Temple, a senior biology major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences
  • Carly A. Dietz of Douglassville, a junior counseling and human services major in the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies
  • Tucker J. DiPiazza of Birdsboro, a junior marketing major in the University’s Kania School of Management
  • Devin C. Limper of Birdsboro, a junior marketing major in the University’s Kania School of Management

A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the dean’s List.

Local Students Named to Muhlenberg College’s fall 2018 dean’s List

More than 1000 students were named to the fall 2018 dean’s List at Muhlenberg College.

The following local students made the list:

  • Corinne Battistelli of Douglassville
  • Erich Buerkert of Birdsboro
  • Christina Flamporis of Reading
  • Alex Goshert of Reading
  • Jordan Koury of Douglassville
  • Jacob Metcalfe of Hamburg
  • Gabriella Michelson of Reading
  • Luke Miller of Reading
  • Kaitlin Pollet of Reading
  • Rachel Richards of Reading
  • Hannah Shelly of Reading

Wilkes University Awards More Than 300 Degrees

Wilkes University awarded 384 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to students who completed their degree requirements at the conclusion of the fall 2018 semester.

  • Michele Chowdhury of West Lawn received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Juliana Ciccarelli of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Tate Dewalt of Reading received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Abigail Kurzweg of Sinking Springs received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Gregory Mazurek of Wernersville received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Alicia Noll of Temple received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Alexander Premici of Shillington received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
  • Beth Rhoads of Oley received a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing.
  • Tamara Ritter of Bethel received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Morgan Siefert of Womelsdorf received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Kayla Spencer of Shoemakersville received a Master of Science in Education.
  • Charles Stricker of Reading received a Doctor of Education in Educational Technology.
  • Joshua Werstler of Fleetwood received a Master of Science in Education.

Kutztown University Awards fall 2018 Career Exploration Certificates

Kutztown University has issued Career Exploration Certificates to 41 students for the 2018 fall semester.

The Career Exploration Certificate is open to all freshmen and sophomore students. Students gain a greater understanding of themselves and the career development process. They will be better prepared to choose/confirm a major, research careers, gain related experience through informational interviewing and job shadowing experiences, and plan for a successful internship/professional job or graduate school search.

  • Brandon Heere of Reading
  • Idalmi Rivera of Reading

Julianna Pierdomenico of Temple Receives Hofstra University Excellence Award

Julianna Pierdomenico, a senior at Hofstra University majoring in Music, was recently honored at the University’s inaugural Academic Excellence Awards, presented by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS).

Julianna was one of 42 award recipients from 23 departments and a variety of interdisciplinary programs. Nominated by their chairpersons and professors for outstanding achievement, each student received a certificate and a $100 gift.

“These students are distinguished not only by their grade point averages, but by their extraordinary accomplishments in and out of the classroom,” said HCLAS Dean Benjamin Rifkin. “They have presented at national scholarly conferences, co-authored papers accepted for publication in scholarly journals, and performed on stages at Hofstra and elsewhere. They have served leadership positions on campus, engaged with community organizations, mentored their fellow students and participated in a broad range of student organizations. They are truly stars of the liberal arts at Hofstra.”

Julianna is also a double major Film Studies and Production. Each semester she is named to the Dean’s and Provost’s List. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards (including a Presidential Scholarship) and is a member of Hofstra’s Honors College, even as she handles the requirements for two bachelor’s degrees. The music faculty selected her to perform in the annual Hoag Honors Recital, an award reserved for students with outstanding performance ability. Julianna plays the clarinet in three of major instrumental ensembles (Band, Wind Ensemble and Orchestra), and has participated in the Common Hour Concert Series. When not performing, she is the manager for the Music Department’s stage crew.

Dean’s List Student-Athletes Recognized at Wednesday Night’s Basketball Game

2/8/2019 | Baseball

Kutztown University’s dean’s list student-athletes from the past year were formally recognized at halftime of the KU women’s basketball game Wednesday night, Feb. 6.

This past fall, KU announced 126 student-athletes that earned dean’s list last semester. To be eligible for
dean’s list , an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Full a full listing of dean’s list student-athletes in 2018, check out the press releases below:

Spring 2018:

Fall 2018:

Cedar Crest College announces fall 2018 dean’s list

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

Megan King of Shoemakersville

Brianna Hill of Mohrsville

Brenda Moreno of Reading

Amber Stewart of Reading

Venus Cabrera of Reading

Carlie Gausch of Reading

Starr Dove of Bernville

Sarah Krutsick of Fleetwood

Joseph Yashur of Fleetwood

Alexa D’Andrea of Topton

Victoria Conover named to president’s list at Bob Jones University

Victoria Conover, a senior/middle school education major from Reading, was among approximately 550 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2018 president’s list. The president’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Students named to dean’s list at Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University named approximately 900 students to the dean’s list for high academic achievement during the fall 2018 semester.

  • Allyson Carl, a senior fashion design major from Reading, was named to the fall 2018 dean’s list.
  • Hannah Gillen, a freshman undeclared (arts & science) major from Birdsboro, was named to the fall 2018 dean’s list.
  • Joshua Norton, a freshman nursing major from Bethel, was named to the fall 2018 dean’s list.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0-3.74 grade point average for the semester.

Lehigh University announces students who attained dean’s list for fall 2018

Students at Lehigh University attained dean’s list in fall 2018.

  • Amanda Boyer of Sinking Spring
  • Eve Freed of Fleetwood
  • Phillip Hernandez of Reading
  • Rebecca Lentz of Reading
  • Adriana Perez-Flores of Reading
  • Elise Thren of Douglassville

This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

Seasholtz of Douglassville named to The University of Rhode Island dean’s list

The University of Rhode Island announced that more than 5,500 undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2018 dean’s list; among them was Maureen Seasholtz of Douglassville.

The students included on the dean’s list represent nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and nations; students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average. The list includes students who have not yet declared their majors as well as those from all of the University’s undergraduate academic colleges.

Sonja Kiefer is a recent graduate of Grove City College

Sonja Kiefer of Sinking Spring is one of 39 seniors to earn their degree from Grove City College Dec. 18, 2018. Kiefer earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and French.

Rebecca Radcliff of Reading named to Mansfield University fall 2018 president’s list

Rebecca Radcliff of Reading was named to the fall 2018 president’s list at Mansfield University.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 QPA for the semester.

Two named to fall 2018 dean’s list at Mansfield University

A total of 339 students have been named to the Mansfield University Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. Among them were the following local students:

  • Elly Franz of Wernersville
  • Marita Gattone of Hamburg

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must attend the university full-time and earn at least a 3.5 GPA.

Students named to dean’s list at Grove City College

The following students were names to the dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester at Grove City College:

  • Hannah Spatz, a junior English major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with Distinction for the Fall 2018 semester. Hannah is a 2016 graduate of West Mont Christian Academy and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Spatz (Kelly) from Oley.
  • Naomi Shrom-Kuc, a sophomore PreK-8 Special Education major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. Naomi is a 2017 graduate of The Kings Academy and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Shrom (Geraldine) from Shartlesville.
  • Sonja Kiefer, a senior Communication Studies major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the Fall 2018 semester. Sonja is a 2015 graduate of Wilson High School and is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Keith Kiefer (Laura) from Sinking Spring.
  • Julia Kate Brackbill, a junior History major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the Fall 2018 semester. Julia Kate is a 2016 graduate of Wyomissing Area High School and is the daughter of Dr. and Dr. Robert Brackbill Jr. (Elizabeth) from Wyomissing.

Students eligible for the dean’s list have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean’s list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean’s list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Abby Barton of Douglassville named to Harding University dean’s list

Abby Barton, a junior nursing major from Douglassville, is among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2018 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Marty Spears, University provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

Gavin Camlin named to dean’s list at Becker College

Gavin Camlin, of Leesport, has been named to the dean’s list at Becker College for the fall semester. Camlin is pursuing a BA in Interactive media design, computer game design concentration.

The dean’s list recognizes all full-time students (24 or more credit hours earned for the academic year; 12 minimum each semester – September through May) whose term grade point average is 3.50 or higher with no grade below a B- and no incomplete (I) or withdrawal/failing (WF) grades.

Northampton Community College announces fall 2018 dean’s list

More than 2,000 high-achieving students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Northampton Community College.

  • Asher Glynn of Bethel
  • Joshua Esterly of Bowers
  • Jacob Shanley of Douglassville
  • Cynthia Winger of Douglassville
  • Suzanne Zeek of Douglassville
  • Kelly McEllroy of Fleetwood
  • Chelsey Miller of Hamburg
  • Christina Moore of Mohrsville
  • Savanah Stevens of Mohrsville
  • Jenna Castellano of Reading
  • Hayley Kochel of Reading
  • Zachary Testerman of Sinking Spring
  • Kendra Mayers of Wernersville

The honor is reserved for students who have completed a minimum of 6 credits and achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the Fall 2018 semester.

Gisler Graduates from JMU during December commencement

James Madison University graduated more than 930 members of the campus community.

Commencement ceremonies took place in December 2018. Among them was Sean Gisler of Blandon who earned a degree in accounting.

Bucknell Students named to dean’s list

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Among those honored were the following local students:

  • John Reedy, class of 2020, from Bernville
  • Ian O’Keefe, class of 2020, from Fleetwood
  • Kate Hugueny-Axline, class of 2022, from Reading

A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

Megan Conley Murphy of Leesport named to Clarkson University’s dean’s list

Megan Conley Murphy of Leesport, a mechanical engineering major, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester at Clarkson University. Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

Cheryl Pagaran Fromuth graduates from The College of St. Scholastica

Cheryl Pagaran Fromuth of Reading graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a doctor of physical therapy.

St. Scholastica held its fall 2018 Commencement ceremony Dec. 15 in the Reif Gymnasium on campus.

124 KU student-athletes earn fall 2018 dean’s list recognition

The Kutztown University athletic department announced that 124 student-athletes earned dean’s list honors following the 2018 fall semester.
Baseball (8)

  • Jake Augustus
  • Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish
  • Michael Hunter
  • Evan Musto
  • Zach Peters
  • Mitch Pinder
  • Greg Power
  • Bo Rottet

Men’s Basketball (2)

  • Kyree Generett
  • Kiyon Hardy

Women’s Basketball (8)

  • Presley Berryhill
  • Rylee Derr
  • Kaylan Jackson
  • Alex Leader
  • Caroline Stauffer
  • Brianna Tarabocchia
  • Taylor Thames
  • Zoe Zerman

Women’s Bowling (6)

  • Megan Bauter
  • Keanna Delp
  • Ashley Fister
  • Dana Henry
  • Ella Luzzi
  • Madison Steinbeck

Cheerleading (3)

  • Gianna Corda
  • Kristi Joy Fedorowicz
  • Amy Wilt

Men’s Cross Country / Track & Field (9)

  • Derek Barney
  • Caleb Baukman
  • Ryan Benner
  • Nick DeGennaro
  • Luke Hoffman
  • Dontez Jolly
  • Jason Leonardo
  • Obi Ogbonna
  • Andrew Sulon

Field Hockey (10)

  • Juliana Borisow
  • Alyssa Donato
  • Katie Dotterweich
  • Grace Dow
  • Kasey Elliott
  • Mackenzie Fuhrman
  • Hannah Marx
  • Rose Moore
  • Hannah Shirk
  • Hadley Wiktor

Football (5)

  • Derek Anderson
  • Tyler Boger
  • Ryan Hubley
  • Adam Krauter
  • Connor Maxwell

Women’s Cross Country / Track & Field (19)

  • Stephanie Bresadola
  • Taye Dairo
  • Amanda Ferraro
  • Kelly Groth
  • Staci Jett
  • Dootleen Joseph
  • Megan Kirn
  • Olivia Morano
  • Lynne O’Connor
  • Megan Paulis
  • Ashley Petre
  • Rebecca Schweitzer
  • Katie Seegert
  • Lindsay Smyth
  • Jerenita Sokan
  • Kira Solt
  • Julie Stratton
  • Lori Stratton
  • Abigail Zeger

Women’s Golf (2)

  • Hannah Amos
  • Sydney Fisher

Women’s Lacrosse (4)

  • Juliana Borisow
  • Lesley Lane
  • Makenna Warminsky
  • Shannon Darcy

Women’s Soccer (18)

  • Tori Angelus
  • Brittany Arentz
  • Caelan Brooks
  • Gabrielle Evans
  • Chelsea Fadio
  • Lexi Gaetano
  • Savanna Harrison
  • Gabby Kane
  • Kaylee Kupiec
  • Sam Labianca
  • Gennyka Liebenthal
  • Kristina Miller
  • Maddie Mohr
  • Alisea Munshower
  • Rachel Rizzo
  • Alyssa Ryan
  • Destiny Wiatr
  • Emily Zwiercan

Women’s Swimming (5)

  • Emmarose DeCaro
  • Claire Frank
  • Alexis Middaugh
  • Katerina Parowski
  • Jocelyn Seidt

Softball (10)

  • Alyssa Donato
  • Erin Fortney
  • Tamara Jennings
  • Jackie Morell
  • Alyssa Oakley
  • Amanda Portoff
  • Gia Santigate
  • Kay Solderitch
  • Paolo Texidor
  • Zoe Texidor

Men’s Tennis (1)

  • Nolan Perugini

Women’s Tennis (3)

  • Ashley Carter
  • Catherine Maher
  • Jordan Leitz

Women’s Volleyball (6)

  • Taylor Brown
  • Niki Carpenter
  • Paige Miller
  • Tori Pascucci
  • Shannon Robicheau
  • Sarah Williams

Wrestling (5)

  • John Barlow
  • Mitchell Camp
  • Chad Haegele
  • T.C. Warner
  • Connor Yourkavitch

To be eligible for Dean’s List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Moravian College names students to dean’s honors list for fall 2018

Moravian College named 732 students to the dean’s honor list for the fall 2018 semester.

The following local students were among those achieving dean’s honors list status at Moravian College in Bethlehem:

  • Samantha Doyen of Reading
  • Allison Garman of Shillington
  • Riley Kirkpatrick of Hereford
  • Raquel Lopez De Boer of Wyomissing
  • Sarah Riegel of Birdsboro
  • Michaela Ryan of Lenhartsville
  • Lindsey Strohl of Reading
  • Molly Talarico of Fleetwood
  • Morgan Wagner of Leesport
  • Ben Wilder of Reading
  • Hailee Yoder of Reading

Students who carry three or more course units during the fall or spring term and attain a GPA for the term of 3.50 or higher are placed on the Dean’s Honor List.

KU Council of Trustees Approves December 2018 Graduates

The Kutztown University Council of Trustees approved the candidates for degree in preparation for KU’s 2018 Fall Commencement to highlight the Council’s December board meeting Thursday afternoon.

Fall commencement was held Dec. 15 in O’Pake Fieldhouse. Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, university president, and Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs presided.

The Council also approved the awarding of a posthumous degree to Edwin Njoroge, who passed away in May 2018.

The approval of candidates was one of 11 actions approved at Thursday’s meeting. In other business, the KU Council of Trustees:

* Approved new internship agreements for KU students in the listed majors with (new internship agreement unless noted): Alvernia University, student affairs (M.Ed.); Bravo Group, Inc., academic affairs; Bright Creations Learning Center, special education; Ephrata National Bank, academic affairs; Indian Valley Family YMCA, sport management; Lehigh Valley Health Network-CB Bridges (renewal), social work; Northampton Community College, student affairs (M.Ed.); Reading Public Museum, academic affairs; Spine and Wellness Center, biology; Talen Energy, academic affairs; and The Gress Mountain Ranch, counselor education.

* Approved affiliation agreements with the following schools/non-school districts and the College of Education (renewal unless noted): Allentown Diocese, Antietam School District, Catasauqua Area School District, Daniel Boone Area School District, Early Learning Community, Inc., Eastern Lebanon County School District, Easton Area School District, Exeter Township School District, Fleetwood Area School District, Governor Mifflin School District, Kutztown Area School District, Muhlenberg School District, Northern Lehigh School District, Northwestern Lehigh School District, Oley Valley School District, Pottstown School District, Schuylkill Valley School District, Tulpehocken Area School District, Twin Valley School District, Upper Perkiomen School District, West Chester School District (new), Whitehall-Coplay School District, Wilson Area School District (new), Wilson School District.

* Approved a new affiliation agreement with Academic Programs International (API), Austin, Texas.

* Approved the renewal of Agreement of Academic Cooperation with Reutlingen University, ESB Business School, Reutlingen, Germany.

* Approved the new Dual Admission Agreement with Luzerne County Community College.

* Approved consent agenda items consisting of select purchases and contracts under $100,000, and select purchases and contracts $100,000 and over.

* Approved audit report on financial statements.

* Approved the certification of external university financial support.

* Approved a revised university strategic plan.

The KU Council of Trustees next public board meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 7, 2019, in room 250 of the McFarland Student Union Building.

Simmons to perform at 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles to Perform at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

More than 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States have been selected to perform in the 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. 

Selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Ensembles (Orchestra) is Reid Simmons, Trumpet, from Twin Valley High School, Elverson.

With assistance from his music teacher, Joel Deardorf, this exceptional student will prepare remarkably challenging music that he will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Students will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference of The National Association for Music Education to be held in Pittsburgh in preparation for performances April 7, 2019. 

The NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have eighteen instrumentalists, the treble chorus will have one hundred twenty vocalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately three hundred twenty vocalists. Student participation from each state is determined by a percentage of the total NAFME Eastern Division membership. 

Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, PA, VT, Europe) oversee the selection process in their state during the fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have been selected to participate in their home all-state festivals. 

The committee builds the ensembles from the state presidents’ ranked lists, trying to mimic the state population percentages in each group. 

The 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles (all except for Jazz, which will perform on Saturday evening, April 6) will perform for an audience of thousands on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA. For program and ticket information please visit

Image attached: TVHS student Reid Simmons