Four BCTC students are recognized for graphic design skills in Equality Poster Contest

Cecelia Sekelic, an 11th grader at Daniel Boone High School, “United We Stand.”

Four Berks Career and Technology Center students were chosen by a jury of professional graphic designers to display their work at Cabrini College’s Art + Effect poster exhibition in November. The students whose work was chosen for exhibition are:

Eight students in the class were tasked with creating an 18” x 24” poster with the theme of “equality.” Students used a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create a striking message communicating a personal meaning of equality. Cabrini received 59 entries and jurors chose 20 posters for the exhibition, which runs from Nov. 19 through 27 in the Grace Hall Atrium at Cabrini College in Radnor.

“Equality is a huge topic for today’s students and I knew the theme would result in some powerful artwork. I am thrilled for and proud of all the students who participated in this contest,” says instructor Beth Ireland.

Entries were judged on originality, craftsmanship and thematic message. Successful poster designs integrated both type and image to impose a unique message.

Alyssa McLean, a senior at Kutztown High School, “Equality”
Bristol Long, an 11th grader at Schuylkill Valley High School, “Gender Equality”

Posters were judged by a team of professionals in the graphic design industry including: Nicole Bernat, Nicole Bernat Designs — Graphic Designer, Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios — Director, Krista Grabowski, Seventh Point — Art Director, Mary Gunheim, Connors Advertising & Design — Graphic Designer, Shawn Hileman, Masthead Print Studio — Curator & Graphic Designer, Chris Loringer, Comcast — Senior Product Experience Designer, Nicole Miller, PDC Bands — Junior Graphic Designer & Marketing Services Assistant, Jon Rea, H4B Catapult — Art Supervisor, Tom Whalen, StrongStuff — Illustrator..

Kutztown University Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment to feature Neil Deshmukh

Neil Deshmukh

Neil Deshmukh, a 14-year-old technology and business prodigy, will serve as keynote speaker at Kutztown University’s Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment Friday, Nov. 17, in room 218 of the McFarland Student Union. The conference runs from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Deshmukh’s keynote address will be at 9 a.m. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required at https://goo.gl/hZb794.

The Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment aims to contribute to the local-global perspective in social work, utilizing the strategy: Thinking globally and acting locally. The theme of this year’s conference is “How do we build a fair, just, and peaceful world? Local efforts with global implications.”

Deshmukh, a freshman at Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, seeks to bring change to the community. Using business acumen and social entrepreneurship, he developed two computer applications – VocalEyes helps visually impaired people navigate the world using AI on smartphones, and PlantumAI aids farmers in developing countries identify crop diseases using algorithms. He will discuss social entrepreneurship and how to take the first steps to make a difference, as well as how to identify problems in the community and how to solve them using (limited) resources.

Deshmukh has developed market opportunities to make his technology accessible to vulnerable and underserved populations.

For more information contact Dr. Barth Yeboah, professor of social work and conference chair, at 610-683-4292 or yeboah@kutztown.edu.

CORRECTION: Kutztown University to celebrate World Philosophy Day Nov. 16

CORRECTION OF TIME TO 5 P.M.

Dr. Susan J. Brison will present the UNESCO World Philosophy Day lecture, “Sex, Violence, and Global Human Rights,” at Kutztown University on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. in Boehm Science Center room 145. This event is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and is free and open to the public.

Brison, a professor of philosophy and the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College, holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate degree from the University of Toronto.

Brison’s research involves mental representation, free speech theory, anti-individualism and sexual violence. She has authored Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self (Princeton University Press), and is the co-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Constitutional Interpretation (Westview Press) and Free Speech in the Digital Age  Continue reading “CORRECTION: Kutztown University to celebrate World Philosophy Day Nov. 16”

Kutztown University SAAC Raises More Than $2,200 for Make-A-Wish

10/31/2017 | Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
NCAA Release | PSAC Release

KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee raised more than $2,200 for Make-A-Wish last year as part of a record-setting effort by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and NCAA Division II.

The PSAC led all Division II conferences, raising a record-total $70,210.53 between the 18 institutions – the first time a conference surpassed $70,000. Overall, Division II schools raised more than $634,000 for Make-A-Wish during the 2016-17 academic year. The amount raised sets a new Division II fundraising record for the sixth consecutive year and exceeds last year’s total by $26,000.

Kutztown raised $2,220.03 last year as part of the record-setting year.

The PSAC was one of three conferences to have 100 percent participation (Great Midwest Athletic Conference & Heartland Conference). Since the Division II SAAC established the partnership with Make-A-Wish in 2003, the division has raised over $5.3 million for the nonprofit organization. Those funds have been used to grant wishes to more than 660 kids across the country with life-threatening medical conditions.

For more information about Kutztown SAAC and how to get involved, please contact SAAC advisor Don Justus via email at justus@kutztown.edu.

Kutztown SAAC Holds Fifth Annual Main Street Cleanup on Homecoming Weekend

10/30/2017 | Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
KUTZTOWN | The Kutztown University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) trekked through the rain Sundaymorning to give back to its community. SAAC held its Main Street Cleanup for the fifth-straight year, cleaning the streets of downtown Kutztown on Homecoming weekend.

KU’s SAAC has been participating in the Main Street cleanup since 2013, volunteering its time the Sunday morning following Homecoming to clean its local community.

More than 200 KU student-athletes participated in the annual event, cleaning up after Saturday’s festivities with gloves and trash bags in hand, trying to show their appreciation for the town and giving back to the Borough of Kutztown.

Please contact SAAC advisor Don Justus via email at justus@kutztown.edu if you would like to know how to get involved or want additional information about the organization.

Red Ribbon Week speaker to share personal experience with addiction 

As part of Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), Governor Mifflin Middle School students will have the opportunity to hear a strong message about addiction from someone who lived through it. Frank Cascino, a recovering addict and founder of The Frontline, will talk with students during an assembly that wraps up a week of activities focused on positive life choices.

Cascino’s story of addiction started during his teen years. Now 44, he will celebrate six years of sobriety next month. Cascino recently started The Frontline, an organization dedicated to educating youth about early addition prevention and the importance of healthy decision making.

SRBC to Hold Public Hearing on Water Project Applications and Proposed Rulemaking

Written comments accepted through Nov. 13, 2017

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will receive public comment at a hearing on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The subjects covered by the hearing include applications for several water withdrawal and consumptive use projects and a proposed rulemaking, which would amend the Commission’s regulations to codify and strengthen its Access to Records Policy.

The SRBC Commissioners are scheduled to vote on these and other action items at their next business meeting on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Annapolis, Md.

The hearing will be held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Room 8E-B, East Wing, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, Pa. The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. or when public testimony concludes, whichever comes first. For parking options, see http://parkharrisburg.com/destinations/pennsylvania-state-capitol/.

Members of the public who are planning to present oral testimony at the public hearing are encouraged to notify SRBC prior to the hearing of their intent and to indicate the subject of their comment. The notices are to be directed to Mr. Jason Oyler, General Counsel, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Telephone: (717) 238-0423, ext. 1312, Fax: (717) 238-2436.

The list of 18 project applications, proposed rulemaking, and options for submitting comments electronically are all available on SRBC’s Public Participation Center at www.srbc.net/pubinfo/publicparticipation.htm. SRBC will accept written comments until Nov. 13, 2017; comments may be submitted electronically through SRBC’s Public Participation Center or mailed or faxed to Mr. Oyler.

SRBC’s guidelines for public hearings include (see full set on the website):
· Anyone wishinSRBC to Hold Public Hearing on Water Project Applications and Proposed Rulemaking
Written comments accepted through Nov. 13, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) will receive public comment at a hearing on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The subjects covered by the hearing include applications for several water withdrawal and consumptive use projects and a proposed rulemaking, which would amend the Commission’s regulations to codify and strengthen its Access to Records Policy.

The SRBC Commissioners are scheduled to vote on these and other action items at their next business meeting on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Annapolis, Md.

The hearing will be held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Room 8E-B, East Wing, Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, Pa. The hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. or when public testimony concludes, whichever comes first. For parking options, see http://parkharrisburg.com/destinations/pennsylvania-state-capitol/.

Members of the public who are planning to present oral testimony at the public hearing are encouraged to notify SRBC prior to the hearing of their intent and to indicate the subject of their comment. The notices are to be directed to Mr. Jason Oyler, General Counsel, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, Telephone: (717) 238-0423, ext. 1312, Fax: (717) 238-2436.

The list of 18 project applications, proposed rulemaking, and options for submitting comments electronically are all available on SRBC’s Public Participation Center at www.srbc.net/pubinfo/publicparticipation.htm. SRBC will accept written comments until Nov. 13, 2017; comments may be submitted electronically through SRBC’s Public Participation Center or mailed or faxed to Mr. Oyler.

SRBC’s guidelines for public hearings include (see full set on the website):
· Anyone wishing to attend the hearing must sign-in and show photo identification.
· Signage, posters, banners or other display media will be permitted only in designated areas.
· The press is permitted to set up and use video and recording devices in a designated area. The public is permitted to use small, hand-held devices that remain in their possession and are used in a non-disruptive manner.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a federal/interstate governmental agency responsible for protecting and wisely managing the water resources within the 27,500 square-mile Susquehanna River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The Susquehanna rises and flows through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on the Commission, visit www.srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.g to attend the hearing must sign-in and show photo identification.
· Signage, posters, banners or other display media will be permitted only in designated areas.
· The press is permitted to set up and use video and recording devices in a designated area. The public is permitted to use small, hand-held devices that remain in their possession and are used in a non-disruptive manner.

About the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a federal/interstate governmental agency responsible for protecting and wisely managing the water resources within the 27,500 square-mile Susquehanna River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The Susquehanna rises and flows through New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on the Commission, visit www.srbc.net or follow us on Twitter: @SRBCnews.

Daniel Scheese of Birdsboro participates in Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine student-led ‘Day of Service’

Daniel Scheese of Birdsboro and other student leaders representing Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (Geisinger Commonwealth) MD Class of 2020 recently organized a multi-site “Day of Service.” On Sept. 18, second-year medical students fanned out across Lackawanna County to clean parks, stock food pantry shelves and help care for youth, elderly and the homeless population in the region.

Members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2020 recently participated in a student-organized ‘Day of Service’ in Lackawanna County. Students working at Nay Park in Scranton included, in the foreground working in vegetable boxes: Rosa Roman, in front, at left; Yasmeen Daraz, bending over box at right; and Sonya Malashanka, at box, standing.

Briana O’Donnell, of Merrimack, community service chair of the MD Class of 2020, conceived of and planned the event with the help of class president, Cindy Ciccotelli of Yardley. “I think it important for us, as a class, to get out and show the community that we all want to serve,” said Ms. O’Donnell. “Sometimes we get so caught up in studying, it’s important that we step back and realize the reason we are here is for other people. The Day of Service supports our person-centered curriculum.”

Ms. Ciccotelli, who spent the day helping to stock St. Francis of Assisi’s food pantry, said her group had lunch with patrons of the St. Francis soup kitchen. “We talked about football, mostly. It was incredible to form relationships with these people and appreciate them and to gain insight into their hardships,” she said. She said class leadership plans to hold another Day of Service soon and will pass the event off to the Class of 2021 with the hope that class-wide “days of service” become regularly occurring events in the academic year.

As part of the Day of Service, five groups of between 15 to 20 second-year medical students volunteered at the Carbondale YMCA; Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s River Heritage trail; Nay Aug Park; the Waverly Community House; and St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen.

Wilkes University Student Pharmacist Alex Ponce Wins Achieving Independence Competition at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference

Wilkes University student pharmacist Alex Ponce of Oley, Pa., 19547 was one of three students on the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy team which won the Achieving Independence Competition at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference on Sept. 23. The team was honored with a $1,000 cash prize for their student organization. The conference was held at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pocono Manor.

The competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial pharmacy students to one day own their own pharmacy. Students create a business plan based on either starting up a brand new pharmacy in Pennsylvania or purchasing an existing pharmacy. The business plan is then developed into a poster and the students deliver an oral, ten-minute overview presentation followed by up to five minutes of questioning by the judges.

The faculty advisor was Julie Olenak, assistant dean and associate professor in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, and their independent coach was Wilkes alumna Stephanie Smith Cooney who earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2004.

Following the delivery of all presentations, the five judge panel critiques the presentations and assigns point values in areas such as innovative concepts and creativity, feasibility, and format to determine a winner.

The Wilkes students competed against teams from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and University of Pittsburgh.

Kutztown University to Mark National Coming Out Week with Speaker Aneesah Smith

Kutztown University will celebrate National Coming Out Week with social justice educator Aneesah Smith on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in room 183 of the McFarland Student Union. A workshop for student leaders will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

Smith, a recognized speaker and educator within the LGBTQ+ community, will present “Now is Our Time: Creating Change across Difference.” This talk will challenge attendees to critically self-reflect on our privilege and ally behaviors and to acknowledge the part each person plays in improving campus climate and making sustainable change.

Smith, a gay, Christian, woman of color, works with LGBTQ+ students to cultivate and engage campus constituents. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Chester University and spent more than 10 years working in student affairs.

For more information contact Christine Price, director, KU GLBTQ Resource Center, at price@kutztown.eduor 484-646-4111.