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    Nearly 150 students join Lebanon Valley’s The Pride of The Valley Marching Band

    Homecoming 2017 Pride of The Valley marching band

    Nearly 150 students join Lebanon Valley’s The Pride of The Valley Marching Band

    ANNVILLE – Lebanon Valley College’s Pride of The Valley Marching Band will feature 140 students this year. The marching band performs at all home football games as well as appearances at various exhibitions throughout the fall semester.

    Local students include:

    • Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.
    • Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.
    • Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production at The Valley.
    • Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.
    • Bethany Hepner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science at The Valley.
    • Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production at The Valley.
    • Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music at The Valley.
    • Amanda Hatfield of Douglassville, a graduate of Daniel Boone Jr-Sr High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

    The 2018 show is titled “Rockpocalypse” and features the music:

    • “Symphony #40” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • “Enter Sandman” by Metallica
    • “Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana
    • “Symphony #7” by Ludwig van Beethoven
    • “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi
    • “Shoot to Thrill” by AC/DC

    Drum majors this year are Jake Weller, Eric Boyd, and Ashton Mooday; section leaders are listed below:

    • Flutes – Robert Tesoriero, Taylor Kyle
    • Clarinets – Ashley Peters, Abby Hamilton
    • Saxophones – Benjamin Smith, Ben Hoffman
    • Mellophone – Julia Davis
    • Trumpets – Morgan Hackett, Dan Behler
    • Low Brass – Chase Bartholomew, Quentin Gable, Madeline Teitsma
    • Colorguard – Casey Kelly, Laurel Reynolds
    • Drumline – Mitch Bowers, Matt Frey, Jared Kramer, Brennan Rivers
    • Pit – Jordan Woodward
    • Equipment – Todd Skelton
    • Drill Writer – Chris Evans
    • Music Arranger – Brad Pearson and Marching Monk

    SEASON PREVIEW: Women’s Cross Country Bound to Build on Spotlighted Season in 2018

    8/27/2018 | Women’s Cross Country

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    KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University women’s cross country team put itself back in the national spotlight for the first time in a decade last season. While running in postseason events is a common occurrence, last year brought a whole new level of expectations and pressure situations of running for a chance at qualifying for nationals. While KU fell just short of its ambitious goals last year, the Golden Bears return in full force in 2018 looking to use last years’ experience to once again compete as one of the best teams in the region.

    The Golden Bears used a senior-less lineup last year to finish third at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships, the programs best since 2008, and fifth at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships. While fifth in the region needs to be applauded and not lost in the shuffle of high expectations, Kutztown knew that after its strong showing at PSACs, finishing in the top-four at regionals to qualify for nationals was within its grasp.

    Kutztown hasn’t qualified for nationals as a team since 2010, and last season saw additional pressure

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    Elizabethtown College reduces tuition 32 percent

    Elizabethtown College reduces tuition 32 percent

    Yearly educational costs set at $32,000 beginning with 2019-20 academic year

    Elizabethtown College has announced plans to lower tuition 32 percent, to $32,000, for the 2019-20 academic year. Tuition Transparency makes Elizabethtown the first college in Central Pennsylvania to take the bold step of addressing the rising cost of college tuition.

    To this point, most colleges, Elizabethtown included, subscribed to a high tuition-high discount pricing model. This means that significant financial aid is awarded to students as a means of offsetting the high cost of college tuition. While some students and their families appreciate large financial aid awards, many don’t know they are eligible for financial aid or don’t understand how financial aid structuring works.

    Results of the 2017 Sallie Mae/Ipsos survey, “How America Pays for College,” indicated that more than 69 percent of families surveyed eliminated a college during the selection process because of cost. True to those results, many students see what they think is a bottom-line price at Elizabethtown, and, therefore, view an E-town education as unattainable.

    In the past year, President Carl Strikwerda, the College’s senior staff and its Board of Trustees evaluated options for making tuition easier to understand. They centered on Tuition Transparency because it places easy-to-grasp numbers right up front, so students and their families can understand more clearly how much they will pay for college.

    With the introduction of several new business and engineering programs and master’s degrees, the College’s four-year graduation guarantee, construction of the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-being and new housing options, “now is the time to focus on making tuition at Elizabethtown more transparent,” said President Strikwerda.

    “There is great momentum at the College,” he said. “Addressing college tuition is central to ensuring that the momentum continues.”

    The Tuition Transparency initiative is part of the College’s new “You-Minded” marketing campaign, which begins today in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

    Elizabethtown College, located in historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education degrees. Learn more: http://www.etown.edu/about/

    University of Delaware student Madeline McGhee conducts summer research

    University of Delaware student Madeline McGhee conducts summer research

    SINKING SPRING – This summer, Madeline McGhee of Sinking Spring was one of more than 400 University of Delaware undergraduate students who worked on a range of research projects in disciplines all across the university, as well as in the community.

    Over the past 10 weeks, they have collaborated with their faculty mentors and, in many cases, with other undergraduates and with graduate students, learning how original research takes place and creating new knowledge themselves.

    Morgan, Stutzman Join Track & Field Coaching Staff

    8/27/2018 | Men’s Track and Field
    KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University track & field head coach Ray Hoffman has announced the additions of Steven Morgan and Trevor Stutzman to the coaching staff.

    Morgan comes to Kutztown from fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) member East Stroudsburg University, where he competed in the hurdles and graduated in 2017. Morgan won the PSAC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year that season after an 11th place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in May. That result earned him second team All-America accolades.

    “I’m very excited and grateful to have gotten this opportunity from Kutztown to allow me to coach in the PSAC,” said Morgan. “I am very familiar with the conference since I ran at East Stroudsburg. I’m very eager to meet the team and get started.”

    Added Hoffman, “We are thrilled to have Steve join the Kutztown track & field program,” said Hoffman. “In his young coaching career, Steve has had tremendous success with his athletes. I look forward to Steve bringing his passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to Golden Bear track and field.”

    Stutzman is familiar with the area, having graduated from Kutztown High School before finishing a four-year career at Messiah College. He was a two-time All-American in the shot put in indoor, and also earned All-America status in outdoor as a junior.

    “I am excited to have the opportunity to coach at Kutztown and be a part of the program,” said Stutzman. “The throws group has a lot of talent and I can’t wait to see where it can go.”

    Added Hoffman, “Trevor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our throws program,” Hoffman said. “In his short time at the University of Toledo he produced some of the top throwers in program history. I have no doubt that Trevor will continue the tradition of producing some of the top throwers in the PSAC as well as in Division II track & field.”

    Wilkes University Awards Degrees

    Wilkes University Awards Degrees

    WILKES-BARRE – Wilkes University awarded 418 doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees to students graduating at the summer commencement ceremony held Sept. 9.

    • Tiffany Cappellano of Oley received a master of science in education
    • Nicole Dysart of Reading received a master of science in education
    • Molly Getz of Reading received a master of science in education
    • Mary Glassic of Laureldale received a master of science in education
    • Kevin Kasopsky of Laureldale received a master of science in education
    • Alycia Kauffman of Bernville received a master of science in education
    • MaryBeth Kemp of Hamburg received a master of science in education
    • Sherry Kendra of Mohrsville received a master of science in education
    • Chelsea Leber of Temple received a master of science in education
    • Alyse Lynch of Hamburg received a master of science in education
    • Amy Oestreich of Reading received a master of science in education
    • Justine Sim of Douglassville received a master of science in education
    • Nicole Slickers of Shillington received a master of science in education
    • Kristen Soper of Reading received a master of science in education
    • Samantha Weisberg of Wernersville received a master of science in education
    • Lauren Yoder of Leesport received a master of science in education
    • Samantha Zerbe of Mohrsville received a master of science in education
    • Matthew Rutt of Sinking Spring received a bachelor of science in nursing

    SEASON PREVIEW: Men’s Cross Country Returns to Full Force with Sights Set on Historic 2018

    8/27/2018 | Men’s Cross Country
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    KUTZTOWN – There is no shying away from the Kutztown University men’s cross country team’s goals for 2018. KU returns its senior class that redshirted a year ago, has one of its deepest fields of talent in years and is ‘All In’ to put KU cross country back in the national spotlight for the first time in 30 years.

    The Golden Bears sat out and redshirted their top senior runners last year in an effort to set-up a potential historic 2018. KU fielded a young group last season led by freshmen and sophomores, who built an extensive season of training and competition at the collegiate level. That experience is blossoming into some of the top talent in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), and combined with some of the top returning talent in the country, Kutztown is in position to compete for some lofty goals this season – qualifying for the NCAA National Championships.

    Despite its youth movement, Kutztown still finished eighth at the PSAC Championships and 12th at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships with many runners competing in postseason events for the first time. 21-year head coach Ray Hoffman knew his team could take some lumps going against seasoned

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    Watson Maack of Wyomissing enrolls in Belmont University’s largest class yet

    Watson Maack of Wyomissing enrolls in Belmont University’s largest class yet

    WYOMISSING – Watson Maack, a Wyomissing, PA (19610) native, enrolled at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee this semester as part of the University’s largest class yet. The school kicked off its fall 2018 semester with a record-breaking enrollment number as the University welcomed 8,318 students to campus, nearly triple the enrollment in 2000 and marking a 65 percent increase in the last decade alone. This marks Belmont’s 18th consecutive year of record enrollment.

    Belmont’s sustained growth has been accomplished through traditional, residential education, as the University also marked the opening of its largest residence hall to date in August. As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Belmont aims to enroll 8,888 students by the Fall 2020 semester, providing more students than ever the opportunity to embrace the Belmont mission to “engage and transform the world.”

    Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “August is always an incredible month at Belmont, as each year our upperclassmen create a Move In weekend experience like no other, cheering their new peers as they and their families first arrive to campus for the fall semester. I cheer along with them as we are honored that more and more students choose Belmont for their education, and that the quality of each incoming class continues to rise, this year seeing an average ACT composite score of 27. Our students are selecting Belmont because they want to be challenged by rigorous academics, taught by dedicated faculty and transformed by an education that will empower them to make a difference in their communities. And for the 74 percent coming from outside of Tennessee, they want to live in Nashville.”

    Applications for freshman admissions for Fall 2018 saw a significant increase of 5.3 percent and resulted in an accomplished incoming freshman class of 1,634 students, the largest in University history. Belmont Continue reading Watson Maack of Wyomissing enrolls in Belmont University’s largest class yet

    The cat’s out of the bag – historic grant will save thousands of animals

    The cat’s out of the bag – historic grant will save thousands of animals

    Historic $3.1 million dollar grant to serve as the catalyst to end preventable animal suffering in Berks County

    Humane Pennsylvania, the region’s largest partnership of animal welfare organizations, is excited to announce the acceptance of its largest gift to date – a $3.1 million dollar grant from The Giorgi Family Foundation.

    The grant’s purpose is to eliminate preventable companion animal suffering by vastly expanding progressive community veterinary services for Reading area families, and to bolster Humane Pennsylvania’s ability to prepare for local, regional, and national emergencies and disasters that impact animals.

    The gift will enhance Humane Pennsylvania’s focus on key factors leading to preventable animal suffering and death, including preventative veterinary care, universal identification, universal sterilization services, robust disaster response capability, comprehensive community pet data collection, pet food security, and more.

    These mission-centered services will be developed and rolled out swiftly and broadly for maximum impact.

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    BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

    BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

    Sept. 7, 2018

    • After completing their investigation, police arrested Damien Toscani, 19, of Philadelphia, for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W Main St.
    • After completing their investigation, police arrested Terrell Kincade, 20, of Philadelphia, for Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness, and for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of S Whiteoak St.
    • After completing their investigation, police arrested Chawncy Wingler, 18, of Reading, for Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of S Whiteoak St.
    • Police arrested Leah Talley, 21, of Kennett Square, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of Noble St.
    • Police arrested George Stilgenbauer, 21, of Bath, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred at Shorty’s Bar, 272 W Main St.

    Sept. 8, 2018

    • Police arrested Abigail Clark, 20, of Mountain Top, for Resist Arrest, False Identification to Law Enforcement Officers, and for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W Main St.
    • Police arrested Alexander Moeller, 22, of Wyndmoor, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Noble St.
    • Police arrested John Hutton, 20, of Doylestown, for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W Main St.
    • Police arrested Dominic Toupin, 20, of Phillipsburg, N.J., for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of W Main St.
    • Police arrested Lindsay Hoffman, 20, of Medford, N.J., for Minor Presenting False Identification for Liquor following an incident that occurred at Shorty’s Bar, 272 W Main St.

    Sept. 9, 2018

    • Police arrested John Mogielnicki, 22, of Middle Village, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of S Baldy St.
    • Police arrested Kara Urland, 21, of Saylorsburg, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of S Baldy St.
    • Police arrested Jade Beasley, 20 of Yardley, for Minor Presenting False Identification for Liquor following an incident that occurred at Shorty’s Bar, 272 W Main St.
    • After completing their investigation, police arrested Joshua Brown, 18 of Hatboro, for Receiving Stolen Property, Burglary, Theft by Unlawful Taking/Movable Property, and for Criminal Trespass/Enter Building following an incident occurred at a residence in the 00 block of S Whiteoak St.

    Sept. 11, 2018

    • Police investigated the report of Theft after it was reported that a package was missing from the porch of a residence in the 200 block of W Main St.