News from Lebanon Valley College

Lebanon Valley College Opens with Record First-Year Class Third Consecutive Year

Lebanon Valley College opened its fall semester with a record number of first-year students. The new class of 478 students, the most in the College’s 153-year history, surpasses last year’s record of 473 first-year students. In fall 2017, LVC opened with 466 first-year students, also a record at the time.

Thirty-seven transfers students join the class, bringing total undergraduate enrollment to 1,638 students. There was also an increase in the number of full-time graduate health professions students (master’s and doctorate), from 84 to 93.

“The record first-year class is due to several reasons, including the personal attention provided by our faculty and coaches, offering majors desired by students and employers, and the tremendous employment success of our graduates,” said Edwin Wright, vice president of enrollment. “Combined, Lebanon Valley College has created a culture that enables students to go further and achieve more, personally and professionally.”

About the Record First-Year Class

*45 are members of The Pride of The Valley Marching Band*40% are student-athletes*The class represents 15 states and seven international countries (Trinidad and Tobago, China, Finland, India, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Northern Ireland)

*Exercise science, physical therapy, actuarial science, biology, and early childhood education are the top majors

*Alumni referred 40 students through the inaugural Alumni Referral Scholarship, which awards incoming students $1,000 per year for up to four years

*28% of the class are enrolled in the health sciences (athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, or speech-language pathology)

KU student selected for Writing Wrongs Project to produce book in 72-hour marathon workshop Labor Day weekend

Fifteen students from a variety of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York colleges have been selected to labor during this year’s Labor Day weekend Writing Wrongs project. During a 72-hour workshop held in Berks County, the students, working as staff writers, photographers, designers and social media managers, will conduct research and interviews, draft articles and design pages for a printed book available for sale through national book sellers that highlights stories of members of the LGBTQ+ community, this year’s Writing Wrongs topic.

Among this year’s participants is KU student Jamilee Hoffman of Chalfont, Pa., who will serve as the social media manager. Hoffman is a senior communication studies major at KU. Learn more about Hoffman at the Writing Wrongs website.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to make a difference by getting certain issues spread throughout the media,” Hoffman said. “This way, issues can reach to whoever they need to (such as a government officials) who will be able to create justice for those issues, even it is only in my surrounding town/community. That change could contribute to the overall change that is needed in the world.”

In its fifth year, Writing Wrongs – a community journalism project dedicated to generating awareness and promoting understanding of critical social issues – is the brain child of Dawn Heinbach, a Reading Area Community College and Kutztown University graduate. Heinbach’s sophomore year honors project – to develop a community-based journalism workshop to share the stories of local people impacted by societal issues – has grown into a nonprofit organization that has produced one newspaper and three books on a variety of issues ranging from homelessness and addiction, to sexual and domestic abuse.

In discussing the growth of Writing Wrongs, Heinbach said, “every year the program is expanding to include students from a wider radius. We have students from well-known, competitive schools volunteering their time and skills to explore these important issues as they pertain to the residents of Reading. The point to remember when looking at the book and videos they create is that the students accomplish all this in just one weekend.”

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is partnering with Writing Wrongs this year, providing speakers and a space for interviews with members of the LGBT community whose stories will frame this year’s book.

Learn more about Writing Wrongs at

Vote For The Paws – Less Than a Week Left to Vote

There’s only a week and a half left to vote for the animals in your community to be recognized in Berks County Living’s Best of Berks.
Now is your time to VOTE for the animals. Simply write us in for the following categories…
#24 – Best (Local) Non-Profit EventHumane Pennsylvania’s Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest
#26 – Best Pet Friendly BusinessHumane Pennsylvania/Humane Society of Berks County
#33 – Best Veterinary PracticeHumane Veterinary Hospital
Added perk, you can vote on your computer and on your smart phone.After you’ve submitted your votes, be sure to share this fun contest withall of your friends and family.
The submission deadline is September 6, 2019

2nd Friday in West Reading Features Music by Be and Dean’s Way dedication on the Cherry Street Mural Corridor

Strolling the Avenue is always a pleasure, especially on 2nd Fridays! Friday, September 13th participating shops are open late so you have time to shop, stroll and dine your way through West Reading. Live music at the 6th Avenue stage by Be from 6-8pm!

This month a Cherry Street Mural Corridor Stroll will be held from 5-6:30pm from 4th to 7th Avenues. A guided mural tour will begin at 5:30pm behind Benchwarmers Coffee at 4th Avenue and Cherry Street.

A Dean’s Way Dedication will be held at 6th Avenue and Cherry Street at 6pm.

The Cherry Street Mural Corridor is a collection of public art created over the past 6 years. During this time, individual artists and hundreds of community volunteers have worked together with property owners to create this unique outdoor gallery. The West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation has been the driving force for both the organizational and financial support of the Mural Corridor.

In 2018 the Cherry Street Mural Corridor was recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center as tops in Pennsylvania for Public Space Improvements. Come tour the many murals, meet the artists and participate in some other fun activities on Cherry Street.

This past year we lost the driving force behind the West Reading Elm Street Program, it’s director Dean Rohrbach. To honor Dean’s memory the Mural Corridor has been renamed Dean’s Way.

Here’s some of the activities you may find on the Stroll…

• Mural artists on hand to answer questions about how murals are made and other considerations when making public art.

• Photo displays to show work in progress and photos of people working on our projects.

• Friday the 13th photo opp with Simon, the famous black mural cat.

• Scavenger Hunt at the West Reading Is… Mural (600 Block of Cherry Street).

• Artists “live painting” on Penn Avenue and Cherry Street.

Fleetwood graduate presents research at annual symposium

Taylor Nattress of Blandon presented research at the 11th annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium at Elizabethtown College.

Students from Susquehanna University were joined at the symposium by peers from Moravian, Goucher, Elizabethtown and Juniata colleges. The symposium featured oral and poster presentations on a variety of research, in such areas as physics, biochemistry, biology, ecology, environmental science, mathematics, history, economics and computer science.

Nattress’s research, conducted with Dr. Michael Parra, concerned the role of histones in eukaryotic cells.

Nattress is a biochemistry major in the class of 2021. A graduate of Fleetwood High School, she is the daughter of Mark and Jennifer Nattress.

Fall 2019 History Talks with Bob Wood resume Sept. 22 at Studio B, Boyertown

Local historian, former public school English teacher, writer, presenter, potter, and fine art painter, Bob Wood announced his Fall schedule of informal discussions of local history at Studio B Art Gallery on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Wood has published 4 books of local history that he offers for sale. He is a popular presenter among groups dedicated to preserving local history; his articles appear in assorted publications.

Wood serves as Gallery Adjunct at Studio B. In addition to hosting his popular history talks, his varied roles include funding support of exhibits of emerging artists along with his own artwork and the artwork of his wife Sandy Wood—longtime Boyertown Area School District art instructor; assistance in staging exhibits of local artists at local businesses; facilitating poetry readings and book signings; and participation in community events.

Sept. 22: Cannons: New Findings about Casting Cannons for the Revolutionary War at Warwick, Reading, and Hopewell Furnaces.

Sept. 29: Shorts: There are many topics of local 18th & 19th century life that are interesting, yet too short for an hour-long discussion. Speaker’s choice and attendees’ choice.

Oct. 13: Small Presentation Fraktur (frok-tur). Filled with a combination of color, whimsy, piety, and design, small presentation frakturs provide a window into the soul of early settlers.

Oct. 27: The Owl’s Mirror—an evolution of certain folk stories.

Nov. 3: Daniel Royer’s Diaries— An interesting and complete record of 19th century local village life.

Nov. 10: Keeping Warm in the Old Days—A talk centered on stoves, fireplaces, and firewood.

Northampton Community College announces incoming 2019 students

Northampton Community College is excited to welcome new and returning students to campus for the fall 2019 semester.

  • Victoria Aten of Reading
  • Tania Ayala of Blandon
  • Nathan Bender of Hamburg
  • Joanna Bogdan of West Lawn
  • Qaunie Brown of Reading
  • Kayla Callahan of Sinking Springs
  • Joelly Camacho of Reading
  • Marisol Chavoya of Temple
  • Jayonna Crawley of Reading
  • Elizabeth Cruz of Reading
  • Lindsey Cullen of Wernersville
  • Dorothy Davidheiser of Leesport
  • Anthony DeShong of Shoemakersville
  • Joshua Esterly of Bowers
  • Isabelle Farrell of Shoemakersville
  • Rosa Fernandez-Mena of Reading
  • Jamal Flowers of Reading
  • Collin Foster of Reading
  • Bryan Franco of Reading
  • Armani Fuller of Reading
  • Madison Gasser of Birdsboro
  • Colin Gehringer of Reading
  • Jacob Geske of Hamburg
  • Griseira Gonzalez of Reading
  • Brittany Gust of Oley
  • Debra Hancock of Leesport
  • Taylor Harbaugh of Reading
  • Brandi Houck of Douglassville
  • Annerys Ibes Rivera of Reading
  • Michael Jackson of West Lawn
  • Abigail James of Birdsboro
  • Joann Juin of Blandon
  • Hayley Kochel of Reading
  • Megan Krick of Hamburg
  • Lauryn Lienhard of Sinking Spring
  • Isaiah Livingston of Shillington
  • Olivia Longenecker of Womelsdorf
  • Ericka Lutz of Leesport
  • Natalie Macbeth of Hamburg
  • Kelly McEllroy of Fleetwood
  • Cecilia McGough of Temple
  • Christina Moore of Mohrsville
  • Allana Mutter of Bally
  • Alise Newman of Fleetwood
  • Julissa Pioquinto of Reading
  • Shelby Ralston of Fleetwood
  • Damien Rasool of Reading
  • Amy Robinson of Oley
  • Maribel Rodriguez of Reading
  • Madison Rutt of West Lawn
  • Josseline Sarceno Garcia of Hamburg
  • Hannah Seltzer of Reading
  • Abigail Sihler of Douglassville
  • Tyler Small of Reading
  • Eden Smith of Reading
  • William Smith of Blandon
  • Brian Sorensen of Leesport
  • Matthew Stevens of Birdsboro
  • Chelsea Stevenson of Fleetwood
  • Lynda Tafoya of Reading
  • Nicole Thomas of Reading
  • Armando Torres of Blandon
  • Kaitlin Valentine of Fleetwood
  • Nicole Velasquez of Reading
  • Christopher Velazquez of Reading
  • Nikaury Villar of Reading
  • Alliah Wallace of Reading
  • Mi’Kai Washington of Reading
  • Kimberly Wentzel of Fleetwood
  • Heather Wicke of Fleetwood
  • Zryan Williams-Shave of Reading
  • Cynthia Winger of Douglassville

New and returning students arrived the week of Aug. 26 for the start of the fall 2019 semester.

They will be among more than 9,400 students studying over 100 majors and programs at NCC locations in Bethlehem Township, Monroe County, Southside Bethlehem and Easton.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Aug. 16, 2019

  • Police arrested a 17-year-old Kutztown resident for purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Fair, 225 N. Whiteoak St.

Aug. 20, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a vehicle after it was reported that the driver side door was keyed while the vehicle was parked at a residence in the 400 block of College Boulevard.

Aug. 21, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a window after it was reported that a window at the rear of a residence in the 100 block of W. Walnut Street was broken.

Aug. 22, 2019

  • Police arrested Austin Crowley, 20, of Ephrata, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Constitution Boulevard.
  • Police arrested Chase Santiago, 30, of Reading, for indirect criminal contempt following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Highland Avenue.

KU to Celebrate Unity Day Aug. 29

Kutztown University will celebrate Unity Day at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, on Schaeffer Lawn. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, along with university leaders, representatives from the student body, the community and other campus officials will give remarks celebrating KU’s diversity and multicultural makeup.

The event will take place during the university’s annual Community Link Fair, which brings together local businesses with the campus community.

KU’s freshman class represents a large increase in cultural diversity on the KU campus with 24% of the students being diverse. Kutztown had an 11% diversity rate among its student body as a whole in 2009 and is now, as of July 17, at 21% in 2019.