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.

Kha Nguyen of Reading inducted into Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society at Kutztown University

Pictured from left in back are Lilly Nguyen, Mikala Hardie, Melissa Metzgar, Katie Wash, Erica Cohen Hamilton, Laura Yocum. Front row from left are Kha Nguyen and Dr. Khori Newlander (faculty sponsor and president). Not pictured: Laura Gale, Haley Grebousky and Sallie Redekop.

Kha Nguyen of Reading was 1-of-10 Kutztown University students to be inducted into its 2019 class of Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society at its annual induction ceremony this spring.

The Kutztown University Chapter (Xi of PA) of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society provides an opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of students in the Anthropology Program. Lambda Alpha honors outstanding academic achievement in anthropology. Graduation regalia, including stoles and pins, can be purchased from Lambda Alpha to symbolize this honor. Lambda Alpha offers a national scholarship worth $5,000 to be awarded to a graduating senior majoring in anthropology, as well as awards for outstanding student papers. Lambda Alpha maintains a journal that provides an opportunity for students to share their work with a national audience.

To join the Xi of Pennsylvania Chapter of Lambda Alpha, undergraduate students must be a junior or senior, have completed at least 12 semester hours of course work in anthropology (which can include no more than six semester hours in sociology), have an anthropology GPA of at least 3.0 and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Alexandra Gallagher Part of First Clear Path Scholars Cohort to Graduate


East Stroudsburg University’s first cohort of Clear Path Scholars is set to graduate at the university’s annual spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. The cohort of 13 scholars was celebrated at a cording ceremony on April 28, where the students were given red and grey cords and pins to wear on commencement day. Alexandra Gallagher, of Lenhartsville, PA, is part of the cohort.

The Clear Path Scholars program is a National Science Foundation funded program supporting students transferring to ESU from community colleges and majoring in select STEM disciplines. Clear Path provides scholarships and gives these transfer students the support they need to complete their degree.

The goal of Clear Path is to learn how to maximize student success in science disciplines, while supporting the scholars’ degree paths. The research into the impact of the support provided to these students will influence the support mechanisms universities provide to all students.

The students graduating in Clear Path’s first cohort are Jacob Butts, a computer science major from Swiftwater, Pa.; Emily Ciaravino, a computer security major from Lords Valley, Pa; Magdalena Costanzo, a biotechnology major from Effort, Pa.; Cole Davis, an environmental studies major from Nazareth, Pa.; Lynn DePhillipo, a mathematics major from Easton, Pa.; Walter Espinoza, a biochemistry major from Allentown, Pa.; Alexandra Gallagher, an environmental studies major from Lenhartsville, Pa.; Diana Leon Magallanes, a biotechnology major from Shawnee on Delaware, Pa.; Rebecca Nagy, a biotechnology major from Lehighton, Pa.; Samuel Pash, a biochemistry major from Orefield, Pa.; Christa Reeves, an environmental studies major form Easton, Pa.; Kristin Roth, an environmental studies major from Allentown, Pa.; and Shannon Smith, a mathematics major from Kingston, Pa.

The Clear Path Scholars program is run under the direction of T. Michelle Jones, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Olivia M. Carducci, associate professor and department chair of mathematics; and Bonnie A. Green, Ph.D., professor of psychology. To learn more about the Clear Path Scholars program visit esu.edu/clear_path.

Gabriella Ferreira of Fleetwood Inducted into Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society in Geography

Pictured from left are Anna Grayek, Gabriella Ferreira, Joseph Tini, Abbey Sauerwine and Patrick Boos (missing: Ryan Harbison and Emily Quigg).

Gabriella Ferreira of Fleetwood was one of seven Kutztown University students to be inducted into its 2019 class of the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Honor Society in Geography at its induction ceremony this spring.

Kutztown University is home to the Gamma Psi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the International Geographical Honor Society. GTU is open to any and all KU students that have an overall GPA of 3.3 or better, at least 36 credit hours and a minimum of nine credit hours in geography. Students must also have a 3.3 or better GPA in geography. Inductees are exposed to the history of GTU and the meaning of the organization’s symbols and colors.

Kutztown University inducts 26 into 2019 class of Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Honor Society

Kutztown University Inducts 26 into 2019 Class of Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Honor Society

Kutztown University inducted 26 students into the Sigma Delta Pi National Hispanic Honor Society at its induction ceremony on Monday, April 29.

Sigma Delta Pi is the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities. It is not only the largest foreign-language honor society in existence, it is among the elite as attested by its membership since 1966 in the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

Membership is granted only to those who attain its standards of high academic achievement in the study of the Spanish language, the literature and culture of Hispanic nations, and other college-level subjects. Specifically, students must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (18 semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. The student must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken and rank in the upper 35 percent of his/her class.

Leslie Montero of Reading

Edgar Rios of Reading

Travis Stoudt of Reading

Alexa Zerbe of Temple

Alex Goshert a part of ‘Masters Choreographers’

Pictured from left are dancers Jordan Page (’19) and Nadia Urena (’19) from Master Choreographers.
Goshert one of more than 70 students who performed at Muhlenberg College

The Muhlenberg College dance program showcased seven world-premiere works by seven world-class choreographers in its annual “Master Choreographers” concert, Feb. 7 through 9, 2019.

Alex Goshert from Shillington was one of the dancers who took part in “Master Choreographers.”

“This concert presents a sensational evening of dance,” said Karen Dearborn, founding director of Muhlenberg’s dance program and the concert’s artistic director. “We’re excited to showcase these electrifying works by our acclaimed guest artists and faculty.”

This season’s concert featured works by critically acclaimed guest artists as well as Muhlenberg faculty choreographers.

Read more here and check out a video preview here.

ICYMI: Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading open house May 1

Join us at the Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading for our open house. We’ve expanded our veterinary facilities to increase access to the high-quality, affordable veterinary care we provide our community.

Come tour the hospital from 5 to 7 p.m., May 1, 2019, and learn about our expanded services, connect with local community leaders and enjoy light refreshments.

Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading is located at 1729 N. 11th St., Reading.

I’ll be there! Maybe I can’t make it

Lebanon Valley College Celebrates Student Work at Inquiry Symposium

Inquiry 2019

Nearly 200 Lebanon Valley College students representing academic departments across campus displayed their academic and creative work to an audience of faculty, peers, trustees, administrators, and friends of the College during the annual Inquiry Symposium.

Local students include:

Collin Barker of Wernersville, a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in physics

Bethany Hepner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in mathematics

Norene Miller of Wernersville, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education

Albert Perdomo of Reading, a graduate of Berks Catholic High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications

Savannah Toth of Douglassville, a graduate of Daniel Boone Jr-Sr High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in neuroscience and communication sciences and disorders

Emilie Vicario of Temple, a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications

Morgan Weidemoyer of Blandon, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in communication sciences and disorders

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

April 19, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of vandalism to a house after it was reported eggs were thrown at a house in the 300 block of W. Walnut St.

April 20, 2019

  • Police arrested James Jaques, 21, of West Chester, for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 451 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

April 22, 2019

  • Police arrested Donald Macrae, 47, of Kutztown, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred at Dunkin’ Donuts, 110 E. Main St.

April 23, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of fraud following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of Bieber Alley.

April 25, 2019

  • Police arrested Jenna Ferrari, 21, of Centereach, N.Y., for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 420 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

All aboard the Dogwarts Express

We are excited to welcome patrons, supporters, volunteers and guests to enter the wizarding world of Harry Pawter this Saturday.

We look forward to sharing the magic of this one-of-a-kind evening with you as we don our finest Harry Potter attire, enjoy delicious fare – including Yuengling’s Butter Beer Ice Cream – and enthusiastically place our bids to raise vital funds to save thousands of homeless, abused and neglected animals throughout our community.

See you at the historic Santander Performing Arts Center this Saturday. Mischief begins at 5:30 p.m.

Live Auction Sneak Peek