Kutztown University Small Business Development Center Accepts $25,000 Donation for Nascent Entrepreneurs

The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center received a $25,000 donation from BB&T Bank to better serve nascent entrepreneurs on Friday at a press briefing in the Old Main Concourse at Kutztown University.

The donation was presented by David Roland, president of BB&T Berks County/Northern Montgomery County Market, and Betsy Reeder, senior vice president and regional business banking manager of BB&T.

“We are proud to provide community leadership at this level and play a role in the future health and prosperity of Berks County,” Roland said. “Our donation to Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center is part of our BB&T Economic Growth Fund.”

In conjunction with the BB&T/National Penn merger, $2.5 million was entrusted to the Berks County Community Foundation to establish a BB&T Economic Growth Fund. To date, the BB&T Economic Growth Fund has awarded a total of $2,392,000.

The donation was presented to the KUSBDC for the work the center has done in Berks County and will be used to better serve nascent entrepreneurs throughout the county. The SBDC aims to improve economic development by providing the appropriate educational resources to both entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business and small business owners who are looking for assistance and learning opportunities.

Currently, the KUSBDC has 201 active clients in Berks County.

“BB&T has shown continuous support for our organizations and the work we do to offer free consulting services and workshops to existing businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs,” Dr. Ernie Post, director of the KUSBDC, said. “This grant will have impact on Berks County as it will aid in providing the proper education and guidance needed to assist nascent entrepreneurs.”

Small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs. In the U.S., existing small businesses comprise 99 percent of all employer firms, employ nearly half of the workforce and account for more than 60 percent of the private sector’s net new jobs.

The KUSBDC is part of a state-wide network of colleges and university centers, which is a joint venture of federal, state and private sector agencies and organizations including the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. As of July 2018, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center is hosted by Kutztown University.

For more information on the PA-SBDC visit http://www.pasbdc.org.

For more information on the KU-SBDC visit www.kutztown.edu/SBDC.

Alvernia appoints new provost

Pictured is new Alvernia University Provost Glynis Fitzgerald.

Alvernia University appoints Glynis Fitzgerald as the new provost responsible for serving as the chief academic officer overseeing the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Programs, School of Graduate and Adult Education and several other important administrative areas. Fitzgerald currently serves as associate vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University. She succeeds Interim Provost Jerry Greiner, former provost of Hamline University and emeritus president of Arcadia University.

Bringing more than 20 years of higher education experience to Alvernia, Fitzgerald has expertise in undergraduate and graduate program development, expansion of online learning options and community and corporate partnerships. As a seasoned faculty member, she rose through the ranks to full professor in the department of communication at Central Connecticut State where she also served as department chair.

“As we strengthen program offerings across disciplines to meet the challenges of today’s world, Glynis is the imaginative and seasoned academic leader who will galvanize faculty and staff colleagues alike to enhance the quality of our students’ educational experience at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels,” said President Tom Flynn. “Her intellect, relational style and experience with building community relationships are also closely aligned with the mission and values of Alvernia,” he added.

Fitzgerald assumes her new role on July 1.

“During my visit to Alvernia, the strong sense of community, rich culture of student success and commitment to service were very clear,” said Fitzgerald. “Also evident was the dedication of the leadership, faculty and staff, and extremely talented individuals, deeply committed to the university’s mission.

“These qualities make me excited to be a part of the Alvernia University family. As its new provost, I am eager to learn how I can best serve and promote the university.”

Alvernia University President-elect John Loyack worked closely with President Flynn during the search process to ensure a seamless leadership transition. “Glynis possesses an innate ability to connect with faculty and students in ways that ensure their success. Her track record in these areas will serve Alvernia well moving forward. I look forward to working with Glynis on creating a successful and bright future for Alvernia,” Loyack said. Both Loyack and Fitzgerald will take office in July.

Fitzgerald was selected in a national search from among more than 60 applicants. She earned a doctoral degree in organizational/interpersonal communication and a master’s in organizational communication from SUNY Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Feb. 15, 2019

  • Police arrested Devon Sell, 25, of Mertztown, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred at Shorty’s Bar, 272 W. Main St.
  • Police arrested Rayvon Waugh, 19, of Willow Grove, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of West Main Street.

Feb. 21, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of fraud following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Bottling Works, 78 S. Whiteoak St.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Feb. 9, 2019

  • Police arrested Annalise Van Sloun, 25, of Orefield, for public drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of West Main Street.
  • Police arrested Ty Travaglia, 21, of Leechburg, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of West Main Street.
  • Police arrested James Jaques, 21, of West Chester, for violation of the borough open container ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of West Main Street.

Feb. 10, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Brad Magill, 31, of Bowers, for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, possession of controlled/counterfeit substance, driving under suspension/DUI-related, driving under suspension/DUI-related with BAC, failure to drive on right side of road and careless driving following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of East Main Street.

Feb. 11, 2019

  • Police are investigating the report of graffiti vandalism to the skate park at the Kutztown Borough Community Park, 440 E. Main St.

Feb. 13, 2019

  • Police arrested Damarkus Milner, 29, of Kenosha, Wis., for indirect criminal contempt following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Normal Avenue.

Berks Book Bonanza Returns to Berkshire Mall for 2019

FBerks Book Bonanza is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the Berkshire Mall for 2019. The annual used book sale will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 11th-14th, 2019 at a site to be determined in the Berkshire Mall.

Collections of gently-used books and materials will begin Monday, March 25th at the entrance next to Firehouse Subs. People wishing to donate materials for Book Bonanza can stop by Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m–12:00 noon or Wednesday evenings from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Volunteers will assist book donors with unloading vehicles during these times. Donations will be accepted up through June 26. A complete list of acceptable donations can be found on the Berks Book Bonanza website, www.berksbookbonanza.org.

As preparations for the area’s largest book sale begin, shoppers will see the return of some familiar favorites.

In 2018, Ellen Smoll , general manager of the Berkshire Mall, threw out a lifeline to Book Bonanza and offered a collection and sale space for the homeless fundraiser. Grateful for the opportunity to have a sale, Book Bonanza made some necessary changes to accommodate the new area. When approached about bringing Book Bonanza back for 2019, Smoll generously offered to hold the sale at the Berkshire Mall once again and arranged for the sale to have the one thing it most desperately needed: more space.

For 2019, Book Bonanza will bring back the popular Thursday pre-sale opener for early bird shoppers. Also making another appearance: the holding and collectibles areas. Bulk shoppers will be able to store their items in the holding area as they continue to shop, while enthusiasts can browse through unique and hard-to-find local treasures in the collectibles area. As anticipated, the sale will be also offer a wide range of books, DVD’s, CD’s, games, and puzzles.

The 2019 Berks Book Bonanza sale will occur on the following dates:

–         Thursday, July 11 from 1:00 p.m.—4 p.m. ($10 Early Bird Presale)

–         Friday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m.

–         Saturday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.

–         Sunday, July 14 from 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. ($5 bag of books sale)

Daniel Behler to Help Lebanon Valley College Perform Twelfth Night

Daniel Behler of Leesport is participating in Wig and Buckle Theater Company’s upcoming production of Twelfth Night at Lebanon Valley College. Behler is playing the role of Sebastian. Behler, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.

When Viola shipwrecks and is washed onto the shore of Illyria, she believes her twin brother has drowned, and she disguises herself as a man to work for the noble Duke Orsino. She falls in love with him, but cannot tell him. He is in love with the Countess Olivia, who does not love him in return. Olivia finds herself in love with master Cesario, who is actually Viola in disguise. Sebastian, Viola’s twin brother, did not drown, and washes ashore after her. This Shakespeare play, complete with a love triangle, drunken pranksters, and a lot of mistaken identity, is a hilarious, action-filled play that is certain to provide entertainment for everyone!

Ticket prices range from $5 to $15 and LVC student tickets are free. Tickets can be reserved at www.wigandbuckle.com or by calling (717) 867-6162. Dates are Feb. 8-10 and 15-17.

Since 1935, Wig and Buckle, a student-run organization, has performed musicals and plays for the enjoyment of LVC students and members of surrounding communities. The Company is teaming up once again with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota–two music fraternities on LVC’s campus that provide service hours to help with selling tickets, box office tasks, tear down of the set, and performing on stage–to bring this entertaining show to life.

Alvernia student named Fulbright Scholar

Doctoral candidate to conduct research in Israel

Alvernia University doctoral student Abby Wells (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been awarded the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship allows Wells to travel to Haifa, Israel, where she will conduct research on leadership and the religious culture of claimsmaking in Jewish history at the University of Haifa’s department of sociology for 20 months beginning in August 2019.

“It is truly an honor to represent Alvernia University as a Fulbright scholar,” said Wells. “Likewise, I believe this award is a testament to the outcomes and growing importance of Alvernia’s interdisciplinary leadership community.”

Wells is the first Alvernia University doctoral candidate to earn the Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She expects to earn her doctoral degree during spring 2019 and will defend her dissertation in late February.

“This is a tremendous honor awarded to a very deserving emerging scholar,” said Tufan Tiglioglu, director of the Alvernia University Ph.D. program in leadership. “Abby is an example of the type of leader Alvernia develops and will do a tremendous job representing the university and the country.”

Wells’ research will focus on racial minoritization and Ethiopian absorption since the modern period in Jewish studies, and her assignment in Haifa provides access to vital primary source materials in Isreal.

As a scholar-practitioner, she is currently working on a book project that examines the conceptual dimensions and boundaries of divinity in narrative leadership text. She is also the founder of an unaffiliated synagogue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright aims to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through international educational exchange.

Visit Alvernia.edu for more information regarding Alvernia University’s doctoral programs.

Scholastic Shining Stars

Geoffrey Ferguson graduates from Lehigh University in fall 2018

Geoffrey Ferguson of Temple graduates with a master of business admin degree with a major in finance from Lehigh University in fall 2018.

Albright College students named to fall 2018 dean’s list

To be eligible for the dean’s list, Albright students must earn a GPA of 3.75 or better while taking a minimum of three graded courses during a semester. Local students who earned dean’s list placement for the fall 2018 semester include:

  • Donna Saboori of Reading. A graduate of 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Saboori is majoring in Biology and Public Health at Albright.
  • Evan Cardinal of Reading. A graduate of Antietam High School, Cardinal is majoring in International Relations and Political Science at Albright.
  • Joseph Holowko of Douglassville. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Holowko is majoring in Computer Science and Political Science at Albright.
  • Ourania Vardaxis of Temple. A graduate of Emmaus High School, Vardaxis is majoring in Business Administration/Management and Fashion at Albright.
  • Kayla Harding of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Harding is majoring in Business Administration/Marketing and Communications/Public Relations & Advertising at Albright.
  • Zoe Gehman of Birdsboro. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Gehman is majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at Albright.
  • Lauren Huber of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Huber is majoring in History and Spanish at Albright.
  • Sarah Hohl of Blandon. A graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, Hohl is majoring in Psychology/Child Development and Spanish at Albright.
  • Tyler Kiwak of Reading. A graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Kiwak is majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish at Albright.
  • Victoria Baumert of Hamburg. A graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Baumert is majoring in Public Health and Spanish at Albright.
  • William Adams of Reading. Adams is majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at Albright.
  • Maya Fares of Reading. A graduate of Berks Catholic High School, Fares is majoring in Chemistry at Albright.
  • Sarajean Reinert of Reading. A graduate of Berks Catholic High School, Reinert is majoring in Music Industry Studies at Albright.
  • Daniel Gombar of Birdsboro. A graduate of Berks Catholic High School, Gombar is majoring in the Alpha program at Albright.
  • Andrew Minnich of Fleetwood. A graduate of Brandywine Heights Area High School, Minnich is majoring in Music Industry Studies at Albright.
  • Haley Koch of Mohrsville. A graduate of Commonwealth Connections Academy, Koch is majoring in Psychology at Albright.
  • Raymond La of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, La is majoring in Accounting at Albright.
  • Isabel Skovera of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Skovera is majoring in Psychology at Albright.
  • Kallie Lutz of Reading. A graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, Lutz is majoring in Psychology/Child Development at Albright.
  • Emily Konchan of Douglassville. A graduate of Daniel Boone High School, Konchan is majoring in the Alpha program at Albright.
  • Kyle Bohn of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Bohn is majoring in Accounting Economics and Finance at Albright.
  • Dylan Demko of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Demko is majoring in Biochemistry at Albright.
  • Kiara Eisenhower of Reading. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Eisenhower is majoring in Fashion/Design at Albright.
  • Eric Adamo of Blandon. A graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, Adamo is majoring in English at Albright.
  • Emily Seaman-Brennan of Reading. A graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Seaman-Brennan is majoring in Accounting Economics and Finance at Albright.
  • Morgan Reber of Reading. A graduate of Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Reber is majoring in Fashion/Merchandising at Albright.
  • Erika Hollinger of Reading. A graduate of Hackettstown High School, Hollinger is majoring in Psychobiology at Albright.
  • Chelsea Forrest of Lenhartsville. A graduate of Hamburg Area High School, Forrest is majoring in Fashion/Merchandising at Albright.
  • Dylan Okonski of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Okonski is majoring in Business Administration at Albright.
  • Nicholas Hand of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Hand is majoring in Business Administration/International Business at Albright.
  • Lucas Isett of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Isett is majoring in Computer Science at Albright.
  • Yassmine Kamar of Temple. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Kamar is majoring in Music Industry Studies at Albright.
  • Erin Smith of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Smith is majoring in Psychobiology at Albright.
  • Jessica Belluch of Reading. A graduate of Muhlenberg High School, Belluch is majoring in Psychology at Albright.
  • Benjamin Foreman of Temple. A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Foreman is majoring in Business Administration/Marketing at Albright.
  • Michael Stahl of Oley. A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Stahl is majoring in Psychology at Albright.
  • Schellsy Rosario Veras of Temple. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Rosario Veras is majoring in Biology at Albright.
  • Leia Villegas of Reading. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Villegas is majoring in Digital Communications at Albright.
  • Benjamin Luhrs of Shillington. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Luhrs is majoring in Game and Simulation Development at Albright.
  • Lisa Luu of Reading. A graduate of Reading Senior High School, Luu is majoring in the Alpha program at Albright.
  • Gabrielle Spracklin of Reading. A graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, Spracklin is majoring in Business Administration/Finance at Albright.
  • Jessica Snyder of Bernville. A graduate of Tulpehocken Junior-Senior High School, Snyder is majoring in Psychology at Albright.
  • Jieyu Zhang of Reading. A graduate of Unknown International High School, Zhang is majoring in Biology at Albright.
  • Nicholas Cummings of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Cummings is majoring in Accounting Economics and Finance at Albright.
  • Chan Le of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Le is majoring in Computer Science at Albright.
  • Sarah Connelly of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Connelly is majoring in Crime and Justice at Albright.
  • Isabella Goncea of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Goncea is majoring in English at Albright.
  • Victoria Metzinger of Reading. A graduate of Wilson High School, Metzinger is majoring in Fashion/Merchandising at Albright.
  • Maria Yost of Reading. A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, Yost is majoring in Biology at Albright.
  • Mara Trifoi of Wyomissing. A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, Trifoi is majoring in Biology at Albright.
  • Khady Gueye of Reading. Gueye is majoring in Business Administration/Economics at Albright.
  • Victoria Bernhart of Leesport. Bernhart is majoring in Game and Simulation Development at Albright.

KU to host opioid crisis panel Feb. 19

The Kutztown University Department of Criminal Justice will host an “Opioid Crisis Panel” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in the McFarland Student Union Building’s Alumni Auditorium.

The panel will be presented by Raphael M. Barishansky, deputy secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection at Pennsylvania Department of Health; Jeffrey Poch, executive director at Safe Harbor Easton; and L. James Thomas, sergeant at Lower Windsor Township Police Department.

Barishansky, Poch, and Thomas will share professional and personal stories about the pervasive and far-reaching implications of opioid use, addiction and recovery drawing from individual, health and legal perspectives.

For more information, contact Dr. Kadee L. Crandall, assistant professor of criminal justice, at crandall@kutztown.edu.

Stabler Foundation renews scholarship support at record amount

For the fifth consecutive year, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation has awarded Lebanon Valley College a grant to increase financial aid through the college’s Stabler Scholarship Fund.

This year’s grant of $720,000 is the largest one-year award from the foundation to LVC.

Stabler Scholarships reduce loans for high-achieving, low-income students and their families. During the 2018-19 academic year, 39 students from central and eastern Pennsylvania received these need-based scholarships as part of their financial aid packages.

The additional support will benefit several additional students.

“Families work so hard to make sure their children can get an exceptional education that leads, clearly and directly, to meaningful employment,” said Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president. “LVC makes those outcomes possible, and Stabler Scholarships allow families to realize their dreams for their students.”

The College has provided $877,629 to 124 Stabler Scholars since it received the first grant from the foundation in 2009. The fund currently stands at $4.52 million, making it the largest endowed scholarship fund at LVC.

Stabler Scholars do not need to repay their scholarship but are encouraged to make charitable donations back to the college once they have graduated to pay forward the generosity of the Stabler Foundation and all those who support scholarship funds. To date, 76 LVC Stabler Scholarship recipients have graduated, and nearly half have donated back to their alma mater already. Learn more about how gifts expand LVC’s educational and social impact.