Mikaela Krall to Perform with Lebanon Valley College Chamber Choir at State Music Conference

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, Pa., will perform with the Lebanon Valley College Chamber Choir at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference at Susquehanna University on Nov. 11. Krall, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production and digital communications at The Valley.

The choir was one of our regional choral groups selected from an application process which consisted of sending in sample pieces of the choir’s work to a panel board of directors.

“The ACDA is a professional organization that serves choral directors in all walks of life, whether they are middle school, elementary school, high school, college, community, or church choirs,” said Dr. Matt Erpelding, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at LVC. “They hold several conferences throughout the year, and this happens to be the state conference that we are attending.”

“It is a lovely honor to be recognized by peers for the work that your students are doing,” said Dr. Erpelding. “I am really excited for the choir to be on that stage and that they get to share their music with an appreciative and well-informed audience. In all, the whole thing is quite humbling.”

Learn more about the Music Department at LVC by visiting www.lvc.edu.

Governor Mifflin High School Graduate Helps Raise Funds for Susquehanna University

Julianna Whalen, of Shillington, Pa., is helping to gain key support for Susquehanna University through its student calling program.

For more than 20 years, the Susquehanna student calling program has raised critical funds for the university. Currently, 20 students participate in the program. The students contact parents and alumni to encourage them to support the university by making a donation. Funds raised are used to support scholarships, laboratory equipment, research, athletics, the library and the arts, among other endeavors.

In addition to contacting parents and alumni, Whalen’s responsibilities include updating the contact database and informing supporters of what is happening on campus.

Whalen is a strategic communications-public relations major in the Class of 2020. A 2015 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, she is the daughter of Michael Whalen and Shari Whalen.

Wilson High School Graduate Elected to Student Government at Susquehanna University

Samantha Borkhoche, of Reading, Pa., has been elected to the Student Government Association (SGA) by the Susquehanna University student body. Borkhoche will hold the position of Class of 2020 treasurer for the 2017-18 academic year.

The SGA is a representative student organization that ensures an active student voice and role in governing the university. The Student Senate, the legislative branch of the association, provides a forum for student opinions. It deals with matters of concern to the entire student body and seeks solutions to campus issues. SGA representatives serve on university committees and on the Board of Trustees to promote communication and cooperation among students, faculty and the administration.

Borkhoche is an international studies- diplomacy and economics major in the Class of 2019. A 2016 graduate of Wilson High School, she is the daughter of Alexandre and Amale Borkhoche.

Jareth Monroe Member of Men’s Club Rugby Team at Ashland University

Jareth Monroe of Hamburg, PA, is a member of the men’s club rugby team at Ashland University.

Monroe is majoring in exercise science.

He is the son of Brian and Laura Monroe of Hamburg. Monroe is a 2013 graduate of Hamburg Area High School.

Competitive sport clubs compete with other university or town sponsored sport clubs, or teams, and travel to different events/games throughout the year. Competitive sport clubs are more serious in nature, similar to varsity athletics, and may involve playoff components to conclude their season.

Interim chancellor of State System of Higher Education to visit Kutztown University Oct. 11

Dr. Karen M. Whitney, interim chancellor, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, will visit Kutztown University Wednesday, Oct. 11. She will meet with members of the local media from 2:30 – 3 p.m. in the concourse of Old Main.

During her visit, Whitney will meet with students, faculty leaders, administrators, legislators and members of the local media.

Whitney was named interim chancellor in August after Chancellor Frank T. Brogan announced his retirement. She took office in September.

Prior to her appointment, she was the 16th president of Clarion University since 2010.

Oley Valley High School graduate studies business abroad

Lauren Berkel of Fleetwood is one of 19 Susquehanna University students participating in the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program during the fall 2017 semester.

The program provides business students with an international experience, developing and expanding their learning capabilities and broadening their perspectives about possible careers.

While abroad, students complete an internship based on their area of academic interest, as well as courses in operations management, quantitative methods for business, international business practice, and management and organizational behavior.

They also tour businesses throughout Europe, from steel plants to investment banks. Courses are taught by Sigmund Weis School of Business faculty and by adjunct faculty from the London academic community.

Berkel is a business administration major in the Class of 2019. A 2015 graduate of Oley Valley High School, she is the daughter of David Berkel and Rebecca Berkel.

Local students prepare incoming first-years for their first college experience at Susquehanna University

Several students from the Office of First Year Experience and the residence Life staffs served as orientation team leaders at Susquehanna University. The orientation team is composed of upper-class students with a desire to help new students make the transition to life at Susquehanna. During the four-day student orientation, team leaders answer questions, help new students and their families unload their cars and move into residence halls, attend orientation events with new students and facilitate small group discussions.

Joshua Hughes, of Reading, is a business administration major in the Class of 2018. A 2014 graduate of Antietam High School, he is the son of Doug and Diane Hughes.

Marquise Richards, of Reading, is a communications-digital multimedia-broadcasting major in the Class of 2018. A 2012 graduate of Reading High School, he is the son of Nicole Richards and Giovanni Antonetti.

Emily Lepore, of Hereford, is an early childhood education major in the Class of 2018. A 2014 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, she is the daughter of Ronald and Kathy Lepore.

Alyssa Gehris, of Sinking Spring, is a digital multimedia- journalism major in the Class of 2020. A 2016 graduate of Wilson High School, she is the daughter of Steven and Debra Gehris.

Annamaria Rudderow, of Blandon, is a psychology major in the Class of 2018. A 2014 graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, she is the daughter of Claudia Rudderow and Joe Rudderow III.


Kutztown University to observe moment of silence this morning in honor of those lost in Las Vegas

Kutztown University will observe a moment of silence tomorrowOct. 4, at 8 a.m., at the flagpole in front of Schaeffer Auditorium, in honor of those lost in the tragic events in Las Vegas. The event is free and open to the public.


Students named peer tutors at Alvernia University

Alvernia’s Academic Success Center is located in Bernardine Hall:

Top students have been named Peer Tutors at Alvernia University for 2017-18. Tutors are expected to have extensive knowledge of the subjects in which they specialize, and the ability to communicate that knowledge to peers. The following students were among those named:

  • Cami Beyer of Birdsboro, studying occupational therapy, was selected to tutor anatomy and physiology and occupational therapy
  • Jami Gresh of Shillington, studying for a master in education degree, was selected to tutor writing
  • Lucy Horn of Reading, studying occupational therapy, was selected to tutor writing
  • Brandon Orzech of Reading, studying biology and mathematics, was selected to tutor biology and math
  • Sarah Rothenberger of Fleetwood, studying occupational therapy, was selected to tutor writing
  • Sadie Shinn of Reading, studying healthcare science, was selected to tutor writing
  • Jennifer Toledo of Reading, studying for a master in education degree, was selected to tutor math, Spanish and education

Peer tutors are members of the university’s Academic Success Center staff selected on the basis of academic skill, leadership, character and the ability to communicate well with others. They work on a one-on-one basis or in small group sessions to answer questions on course content and to aid in comprehension of course material. Tutors are expected to have extensive knowledge of the subject they are hired to tutor and the ability to communicate that knowledge to their peers. >> Learn More.

Reading Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week Oct. 8 through 14

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Reading Public Library’s Teen Loft will take part in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s annual Teen Read Week, from Oct. 8 through 14.

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. This year’s theme, “Unleash Your Story,” encourages teens to tell their own stories and to find stories, biographies, folktales, and more in their local library.

Teen Read Week at Reading Public Library will be celebrated in a variety of ways throughout the month of October. All four branches will participate in a Teen Amnesty Program where teens can read down their fines by being awarded one $1 RPL buck per half-hour of reading.

Month-long activities at Main include a bookmark station, give and take book swap, and Instagram postings of teens “getting their read on.” The Teen Loft will feature Teen Book Reviews based on the question “What book would you save from a fire and why?” Teens are

Teens are invited to review their favorite books which will then be available for check-out.

Activities at Main during Teen Read Week are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 9, 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Teen Library Loft Tour
    Tuesday, Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m. – Teen Book Jeopardy
    Wednesday, Oct. 11 – 4:30 p.m. – Twisted Fairy Tales
    Friday, Oct. 13 – 4:30 p.m. – Book Bingo
    Saturday, Oct. 14 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Books to Movies Festival

Events are free of charge and pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 610-655-6350 ext. 4 or visit readingpubliclibrary.org/teens/. Additional Teen Read Week activities at branch locations can be found at readingpubliclibrary.org/locations-hours/.