More than 1,500
students were named to the dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania. To be
eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic
credit hours and earn a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.
Vanessa Baker of Sinking Spring, a freshman Secondary
Connor Becker of Mohrsville, a freshman Civil Engineering major
Dylan Bieber of Reading, a freshman Computer Science major
Kyle Caskie of Fleetwood, a junior Marketing major
Kathleen Dolan of Reading. a junior Middle Level Education major
Kayla Ehrnfeldt of Leesport, a freshman Nursing major
Matthew Fanelli of Reading, a freshman Sport Management major
Dominic Garipoli of Wyomissing, a sophomore Nursing major
Mathilde Govers of Sinking Spring, a junior Psychology major
Sean Hnath of Reading, a junior Mechanical Engineering major
Avery Iacavone of Wernersville, a freshman Undeclared major
John Kershner of Reading, a senior Mechanical Engineering major
Madelyn Knerr of Douglassville, a freshman Mechanical
Brian Koonce of Leesport, a senior Supply Chain Operations
Nicole Krepps of Reading, a freshman Nursing major
Taylor Lindsay of Hereford, a freshman Literary & Textual
Nathan Mege of Sinking Springs, a senior Biology major
George Mendoza of Reading, a freshman Undeclared major
Ethan Miller of Blandon, a senior Nursing major
Olivia Roth of Mohrsville, a sophomore Secondary
Education-Social Studies major
Sara Rumpf of Wernersville, a junior Nursing major
Saul Sanjuan of Reading, a freshman Undeclared major
Darian Schlenker of Hamburg, a sophomore Nursing major
Vanessa Scornavacchi of Reading, a sophomore Nursing major
Margo Stebbins of Kenhorst, a junior Criminal Justice major
Collin Stout of Hamburg, a freshman Civil Engineering major
Julia Walter of Reading, a freshman Nursing major
Marissa Werley of Blandon, a freshman Nursing major
Bradley Wunsch of Wyomissing, a senior Professional Writing
The Kutztown University women’s bowling team continued its presence among the nationally-ranked teams as it was voted 25th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Poll, as announced last week.
The Golden Bears (31-32 overall) were voted 24th to begin the 2018-19 campaign in the preseason poll, the 11th straight year it reached the status of nationally elite.
Kutztown boasts five top-25 victories this season, three of which were against top-10 opponents. KU took down No. 7 University of Maryland Eastern Shore twice, its highest-ranked victory since Mar. 2, 2018, when it defeated No. 6 Delaware State.
Once again, the Maroon and Gold go toe-to-toe with the best of the best, ranking 12th nationally in strength of schedule. They have faced 21 opponents ranked inside the top-25 in matches this season.
Kutztown features a young lineup with no seniors. Juniors Alexis Case, Angela Kozma and Ella Luzzi are experienced leaders on the team. Sophomores Keanna Delp, Laura Hartley and Dana Henry have also contributed in the majority of KU’s matches this season. Freshmen Molly Agnello and Ashley Fister are new to the fold but have made their impacts felt. Fister earned the East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors in early Nov.
Kutztown returns to the lanes for the KU Invitational in Limerick on the weekend of January 18-20. A stacked field is expected as 20 of the current top-25 will be competing at the event.
Reading Public Library receives gift to fund construction of learning and meeting commons
Reading Public Library announced today that a private donation has been received to fund the construction of a series of high tech meeting rooms on the first floor of the main library, 100 S. Fifth St.
The Reading Public Library “Learning and Meeting Commons” will consist of glass-enclosed meeting spaces of various sizes that will each include technology and furnishings designed to meet the flexible needs of our community’s diverse citizenry.
“This generous gift from Jerome I. Marcus will transform the Main Library into the 21st Century workforce development and collaborative learning center our residents want,” said RPL Executive Director Bronwen Gamble. “Andrew Carnegie’s library was designed to impress with its soaring spaces. More than 100 years later, we can thank Dr. Marcus for helping to create a vibrant community-centered library of today.”
Nancy Campbell, President of Reading Public Library’s Board
of Trustees, characterized the gift as the largest designated donation ever
received by the Library for a capital project.
“The amount and kind of activities that take place at RPL
cannot be replicated in any other single structure,” Campbell said. “Reading
Public Library offers services, programs and resources to patrons across the
ages and stages of life. This very generous donation will help transform our
building into a modern, technologically equipped, multi-use facility. A great
library is a necessity for our citizens. In the words of Andrew Carnegie (whose
donation in 1910 built our current structure), ‘A library outranks any other
one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing
spring in the desert.’ We are most fortunate to receive this gift.”
“The beauty of our society is that we value the genius of
the individual as well as the genius of the group,” said donor Donor Jerome
Marcus when asked about his desire to fund the construction. “This project
facilitates that spirit of collaboration.”
The project is expected to begin in the first half of 2019.
For more information, call or email Linda Capozello,
Director of Advancement and Communications, at 610.478.8977 or
Kutztown University will host the 2019 Berks County Science Olympiad Thursday, Jan. 10.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building. A meeting, including all participants, will be held in the MSU multipurpose room at 8:30 a.m., followed by the competition at 8:40 a.m. at various locations on campus. The competition will conclude with an awards ceremony at 1:45 p.m. at the MSU.
In case of inclement weather, the event will take place Friday, Jan. 11.
Nearly 350 students from 15 schools will participate. The schools participating in the competition held at KU include: Antietam Sr. High School, Bayard Rustin High School (West Chester), Boyertown Area Senior High School, Central York High School (York), Exeter Township Senior High School, Fleetwood Senior High School, Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Kutztown Area Senior High School, Reading High School, Schuylkill Valley High School, Sun Valley High School (Aston), Twin Valley Jr./Sr. High School, East High School (West Chester), Wilson High School, and Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School.
In its 35th year, 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 – invitational, regional, state, and national. The invitational competition is designed to prepare students for regional competition. No teams are eliminated in the local competition.
Several students were recently honored as University Scholars at Susquehanna University.
The annual Scholars Program was held on Oct. 26 in Susquehanna’s Stretansky Concert Hall to recognize and congratulate Susquehanna’s most successful student scholars. To be named a University Scholar, students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 in full-time study for the past two semesters or equivalent credit hours of part-time study.
Priscilla Kim is an accounting major in the Class of 2020. A 2016 graduate of Exeter Township High School, she is the daughter of Joshua and Chung Kim.
Julianna 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.
After a successful fall season for Kutztown University athletics, KU is ranked third in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Dixon Trophy standings.
The Dixon Trophy is awarded at the end of each academic year to the league’s most successful program based on conference playoff and/or regular-season finish. Standings are compiled based on average score for all Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship sports each school sponsors. Equal to its total membership, each conference sport champion is awarded 18 points and a descending point value is given for respective place finishes. The second- through last-place values vary depending on the number of teams that sponsor the sport.
The KU men averaged 14.25 points across its two fall sports, which ranked second overall. The Golden Bears football team earned a department-high 14.5 points as it won its most games (nine) since 2011, the last time it also appeared in the NCAA Tournament as it did this season. Not far behind, men’s cross country earned an average of 14 points, highlighted by its fourth-place finish at PSAC’s, the best finish for the program since the 2002 season.
Women’s soccer led the way on the other side with 14 points, followed by women’s cross country with 13, field hockey and golf each with 11 and women’s volleyball with 2.5.
The football, field hockey and women’s soccer teams all reached the postseason in a banner-fall for the Maroon and Gold.
KU finished ninth at the end of the 2017-18 season.
In its 24th year of existence, the award is named in honor of F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., former chairman of Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors. Seven different institutions have won the Dixon Trophy. SU has laid claim to the honor a league-best eight times, while WCU boasts four. Lock Haven and Bloomsburg have three titles apiece. California has two Dixon Trophy victories. KU, Slippery Rock, and Millersville have each won one Dixon Trophy.
Seven PSAC Championships will be contested in the 2018-19 winter season: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and wrestling. The next update of the Dixon Trophy standings will be released following the basketball championships in early March.
All U.S. Army ROTC cadets studying at colleges and universities across the country, regardless of the size of their institution, are ranked among their class based on criteria such as grade-point average, physical training scores and serving in leadership positions.
Slippery Rock University had two cadets ranked in the top 10 percent and an additional two cadets ranked in the top 20 percent this year out of more than 5,000 senior cadets nationwide, earning them National Distinguished Military Graduate recognition.
Austin Mora, a senior criminology and criminal justice major from Douglassville, is assigned to Signal Corps, National Guard 876th Brigade Engineer Battalion in Washington.
Nicholas Appleby, a senior homeland security major from Eldred, and Tyson Miller, a senior safety management major from Tyrone, ranked in the top 10 percent. Emily Dooley, a senior homeland security major from Walden, N.Y.; and Kathleen Seasock, a senior health science-public health major from Burgettstown, ranked in the top 20 percent.
“That’s indicative of the type of program we have at SRU,” said Capt. Joseph Barrow, assistant professor of military science, who is part of the Army ROTC cadre at SRU. “This shows that our cadets are competing at a high level and we’re producing high quality officers. We have some commanders in the Army who, as soon as they see that a cadet is from SRU, they don’t even need to interview (our graduates); they know that coming from our program that they are going to perform at a very high level and they are accepted for positions throughout the Army. That’s the reputation we have.”
The rankings, known as the Army Order of Merit List, determine preference given to cadets for their branch duty assignments following graduation and commissioning. Last month, 14 cadets from SRU received their branch assignments, many of which were their top two or three choices.
“We’re super proud of what we did and it’s nice to be rewarded for doing the right thing,” said Miller, who was assigned active duty in the coveted Infantry branch. “But it’s more of a relief because now we can concentrate on what we’ve been preparing ourselves to do, instead of putting in work so that we can get the opportunity to do what we want to do.”
Appleby and Miller are often their battalion’s top two finishers, whether it’s sprinting to the finish of a training ruck march or Miller returning to a German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to redeem a silver-medal finish; Appleby won gold at the event, which measured competency in physical fitness and various soldier skills. During field training exercises, Appleby and Miller’s one-upsmanship would result in both of them conducting drills while wearing their ruck sacks even when the extra gear wasn’t required.
“We all love each other, but the competition between us is going on between everyone around us; it’s throughout the battalion,” Miller said. “It makes you want to strive for more and work harder. It’s not a threatening environment; it’s just competitive … and it’s just so fun.”
The competitiveness and the OML points are not the only thing motivating the cadets to push themselves.
“It’s uncommon to have so many DMGs coming from our battalion and to have so many of us getting our top three (branch assignment preferences),” Appleby said. “That’s a testament to the cadre and leadership that we’ve had throughout our college careers.”
The seniors had three battalion commanders during their four years, Lt. Cols. John Donlin, Jeffrey Barta and Joseph Richey. Appleby and Miller also credit other former and current cadre members, including: Sgt. Jason Vandegrift, former instructor of military science; Brett Rogowitz, advisement, enrollment and scholarship officer; Capt. Adam Readout, assistant professor of military science; Master Sgt. Taylor Donohoe, senior military science instructor; Melvin Carr, assistant professor of military science; Daniel Renaud, supply/logistic technician; Christopher Wolf, human resources assistant; and Staff Sgt. Ryan Graeves, Army National Guard liaison.
Both Appleby and Miller credit Rogowitz for recruiting them to enroll at SRU. Appleby, whose father, Steven, served 27 years in the Army, transferred to SRU from Mansfield University, while Miller turned down an offer to go to Penn State to attend SRU.
“It’s awesome here,” Miller said. “You’re not a number. It’s close-knit. You have a relationship with your mentors here. If someone is leading me I want to know them personally. Here, you can do that. That’s been a key in my development, being able to have those relationships.”
Appleby and Miller were both assigned to active duty, Infantry, and next summer they will report to Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia, for five months with the goal of attending Ranger School and a Special Forces assignment.
Of the 14 senior cadets at SRU, 10 were assigned to active duty and three to the National Guard following their May 2019 graduation and commissioning as officers with the rank of second lieutenant.
“It’s a challenging program and those who make it through have really put in the work,” Barrow said. “There are not many jobs where you are going to graduate from college at 22 years old and be immediately thrust into a middle management position and be in charge of people who have already been doing their job for years. It’s crazy when you think about it.”