B the Reader is an Appetizing New Reading Incentive at Muhlenberg Community Library

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.

Albright students present original artwork at Freedman Gallery

Fifty-five Albright College students presented original artwork for the Freedman Gallery’s annual juried student exhibit this May. Several artists earned prizes and awards in different categories during a special reception and many of the exhibitors sold work to visitors.

Local artists included:

Moises Burgos of Bernville, studying art education at Albright. A graduate of Kensington Interntnal Business, Burgos’s artwork included: Digital, “Sharpener Spice.”
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Luis Fernandez of Temple, studying accounting at Albright. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Fernandez’s artwork included: Photograph, “Current Meditation” on sale for 15 alongside Photograph, “Mural in New York” for 10.
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Kyle Gantert of Reading, studying business administration/management at Albright. A graduate of Reading High School, Gantert’s artwork included: Pen and Ink, “The Fields” .

Tyanna Guzman of Reading, studying art at Albright. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Guzman’s artwork included: Ink Wood Cut Print, “Love’s Complicated” on sale for 20 alongside Acrylic, “Naturally Beautiful” for 60 . Guzman’s “Love’s Complicated” earned this year’s second place award for $150.

Riona Mackey-Wood of Reading, studying music industry studies at Albright. A graduate of Wilson High School, Mackey-Wood’s artwork included: Acrylic Paint, “The Abyss.”
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Faith Miravich of Reading, studying Digital Studio Art at Albright. A graduate of Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Miravich’s artwork included: Watercolor, “AZ Dream” on sale for 160 alongside Encaustic, “Tumultuous” for 85 and Wood and Acrylic, “And through Trial I will Rise like a phoenix” for 200.
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Kierstin Moses of Birdsboro, studying Digital Communications at Albright. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Moses’s artwork included: Archival Inkjet Print, “Tire Typology” on sale for 55 .
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Raquel Rohrbach of Reading, studying biology at Albright. A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, Rohrbach’s artwork included: Acrylic, “Old Age” on sale for 75.
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Reynolds inks NFL free agent deal with Washington Redskins

5/13/2019 | Football

The National Football League’s Washington Redskins announced the signing of Kutztown University running back Craig Reynolds and four others to free agent contracts on Monday afternoon.

“We’re extremely proud of Craig and excited for this opportunity for him,” said Golden Bears head coach Jim Clements. “This is a tremendous chance for him to get acclimated to professional football, train and impress an NFL team. He left his mark on KU football and we look forward to seeing him excel at the next level.”

Reynolds certainly impressed Washington head coach Jay Gruden and his staff during Redskins Rookie Minicamp this past weekend at the team’s headquarters, becoming one of the first tryout invitees to ink a deal.

The Willow Grove, Pennsylvania native will join the Redskins for three weeks of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), beginning May 20-21. OTAs continue May 28-30 and wrap up June 10-12. Washington will also hold its mandatory minicamp from June 4-6.

Reynolds led the Golden Bears in rushing with 823 yards and 15 TDs on 172 carries last season, and moved atop KU’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 35.

The all-purpose threat also caught 40 passes for 472 yards and three scores. He produced 1,675 all-purpose yards, including 380 in the return game, and threw for a score on his only pass attempt of the season.

A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division First Team and Don Hansen Gazette All-Region honoree, Reynolds was named honorable mention All-America by the Don Hansen Gazette following the 2018 season. He ranked fourth in the PSAC and 16th in NCAA Division II with 152.27 all-purpose yards per game. Reynolds capped his Kutztown career second in career all-purpose yards (5,277) and third in rushing yards (2,650).

Reynolds is the second former Golden Bear to sign an NFL free agent contract this offseason. Guard Jordan Morgan, who played for KU between 2013-16, signed with the New York Jets back in February.

Chelsey Miller honored at annual awards convocation

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 said.

Christensen Excellence in Teaching 2018 recipient Kevin Manna, professor of computer science, spoke about the many forks in the road he has encountered.

“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 reasons.”

Mark Erickson, NCC president, closed the ceremony by telling the audience that “Students inspire me with their stories, resilience and grit.”

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.”

National Society of Leadership and Success inducts more than 180 Kutztown University students in spring 2019 class

More than 180 Kutztown University students have been inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success as part of the spring 2019 class.

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.

  • Amanda Beidler of Fleetwood
  • Emily Bonelli of Reading
  • Gabriella Burns of Reading
  • Alyx Cleary of Reading
  • Maya Donato of Fleetwood
  • Coty Emerich of Bernville
  • Gina Esposto of Blandon
  • Lindsey Eways of Reading
  • Megan Fuoco of Reading
  • Kalena Grey of Reading
  • Samantha Henriquez Escobar of Temple
  • Bohdan Jacklitsch of Reading
  • Matthew Johnson of Reading
  • Katharine Keiser of Blandon
  • Jack Millman of Reading
  • Jacob Moore of Reading
  • Carmen Popovici of Reading
  • Jesus Ramirez of Reading
  • Ashley Reinstein of Oley
  • Isaac Reiter of Fleetwood
  • Idalmi Rivera of Reading
  • Jocelyn Seidt of Sinking Spring
  • Jenna Shepherd of Douglassville
  • Quinn Snyder of Lenhartsville
  • Francesca Strickler of Sinking Spring
  • Brandon Unterkoefler of Reading
  • Mackenzie Vanorden of Shillington
  • Tyler Whary of Hereford

NCC Student Alicia Cruz selected as Student Employee of the Year

Student Employees of the Year from top to bottom, left to right: Rachelle St. Pierre, Donique Tate, Jessica Ramos, Alicia Cruz and Denisha Odom.

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 Named to the Dean’s List at Bob Jones University

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.

Kutztown University to Host Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America JAMBO May 17-19

Get ready for some scouting fun at JAMBO 2019! Join the over 5,000 Scouts expected for the weekend of May 17-19, 2019, at Kutztown University to help celebrate Minsi Trails Council’s 50th anniversary. Just wait till you see what’s in store for 2019. Jambo is a weekend experience jam-packed with action and adventure for Scouts and their families.

Photo & News Opportunity: Saturday, May 18, 2019

WHAT: Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America JAMBO

WHEN: Friday, May 17-Sunday May 19, 2019

WHERE: 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Cub Scouts will enjoy tons of hands-on activities including a giant JENGA game, making their own slime in the STEM area, playing Gaga Ball, mining for gems, building a planter, bowling, playing hoverball and so much more.

For the older Scouts, the Scouts BSA Program area will have traditional Scouting activities including knot tying, patch trading, merit badges & more along with the fun and excitement of Gaga Ball, Can Jam, Monkey Bridges and more.

There will be plenty of fun for everyone along the Mainway including inflatable Boulder Dash Course, Gladiator Joust, Giant Slides, Rock Mountain, Boot Camp Obstacle Course, demonstrations and interactive shows from Franklin Institute, The DaVinci Center and more.

Get ready for some great music and a good time at the Jambo 2019 Evening Show. This year, The ’70s Flashback Band will hit the center-stage with great music and a full concert experience. For this Jambo we’ll be inside the huge O’Pake Fieldhouse with concert-quality sound and lights! For many Cub Scouts this may be their first concert, and this family-friendly evening will be sure to please. The ’70s Flashback Band is a Musikfest favorite and has played to packed concert venues around the area.

Always a Jambo favorite, the closing fireworks display will follow the evening show with a fantastic, high aerial display from world-class Celebration Fireworks! It’s a great way to end a great day at Jambo 2019, the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Minsi Trails Council.

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David Boyer Named KU Employee of the Month for February 2019

Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson awards David Boyer the “Employee of the Month” Award The Sharadin Art Building on Kutztown University Campus, May, 2, 2019.

Congratulations to David Boyer, Apple systems administrator in information technology, on being named KU Employee of the Month for February 2019.

Boyer’s nomination from Dr. Amy O’Brien, professor of English, reads:

“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 President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit kutztown.edu/hr.