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.

KU named military-friendly school for 2019

Douglas Benedict Photography, Kutztown University

VIQTORY Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, STEM Jobs magazine and Military Spouse magazine, has announced that Kutztown University has earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly School bronze designation. The list has been setting the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses for the past 10 years.

Kutztown University offers many services for Veterans and Service members including a Veterans Center. KU has a single point-of-contact who provides assistance and coordinates services. To make the pursuit of academic goals more manageable, KU offers military education benefits assistance, academic advising, career planning, counseling and Army ROTC. KU awards credit for military training, CLEP and DANTES. Veterans liaisons are available in key offices, and faculty and staff participate in sensitivity training for veterans.

KU’s advisory board meets regularly to implement veteran-friendly policy, and its Student Veteran Organization provides valuable services to students and the community through their programming and fundraisers.

This year’s institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. The annual survey is offered to more than 8,800 schools nationwide at no cost, with 766 institutions earning designations in this year’s survey.

The 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.

Each year the list of Military Friendly Schools helps service members and their families select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training required to pursue a civilian career. This year’s bronze designation indicates that the university is within 30 percent of the 10th-ranked organization.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

For more information about Kutztown University’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.kutztown.edu/veterans. The full list of designated institutions for the 2019-2020 year can be found at https://www.militaryfriendly.com/.

Frances Colon of Reading attended Lehigh University’s LeaderShape Program in January 2019

Frances Colon of Reading was one of more than 50 Lehigh University students who attended the school’s annual leadership program in January.

LeaderShape is a nationally recognized six-day experience that focuses participants on exploring identity development and inclusive leadership.

The institute challenges participants to create a vision grounded in their deepest values. Students have the opportunity to learn about who they are, what they want to do, and who they want to be by engaging in dialogue and self-discovery, ultimately preparing them for future leadership roles.

Lebanon Valley College a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students for third consecutive year

LVC has seven Fulbright semi-finalists this spring

Lebanon Valley College is one of the select U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Three students from Lebanon Valley College received Fulbright awards for the academic year 2018-2019. Katie Hockenbury ’18 (Wales), Audrey Reiley ’18 (Malaysia), and Kristy Sonberg ’18 (South Korea) joined LVC’s other three recent winners: Jasmine Olvany ’17 (Hungary), Megan Lough ’17 (Bulgaria), and Hannah Pell ’16 (Austria). Pell, pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, was recently awarded a second Fulbright.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and look forward to learning about all they accomplish in their time abroad,” said Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.”

Dr. Philip Benesch-LVC’s associate professor of politics, director of pre-law, and director of external scholarships & fellowships-mentors students through the highly competitive Fulbright application process.

“I’m absolutely delighted by our students’ success,” said Benesch. “The Fulbright U.S. student program is highly prestigious and competitive. The international experience and deep intercultural learning it cultivates will transform our recent graduates and enable them to perform as world-ready U.S. citizens.”

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”

Visit here to learn more about LVC’s Fulbright awardees or contact Dr. Benesch at benesch@lvc.edu.

Kutztown Basketball Community Promotes the Bears Who Care Initiative

2/12/2019 | Men’s Basketball

Throughout games over winter break the Kutztown University men’s and women’s basketball teams encouraged fans to bring non-perishable food items in lieu of admission to games as a part of the Bears Who Care initiative. Last week, two KU basketball representatives dropped off the generous donations to the Friend, Inc. Community Services.

On Thursday, Feb. 7th, Karen Lapkiewicz of the Kutztown women’s team and Anthony Lee of the men’s team took the food and monetary donations to Friend, Inc. A total of $188.60 was raised as well as over 200 non-perishable food items.

Friend, Inc. Community Services is a not-for-profit, multi-service agency that supports the well-being of families and individuals in need, and is committed to strengthening the lives of those living in Northeastern Berks County. Friend, Inc. is a Kutztown University Satellite Pantry. Kutztown Athletics would like to thank all of the fans who participated in the Bears Who Care initiative.

KU to host Regional Science Olympiad March 14

Kutztown University will host the Central Eastern Regional Science Olympiad on Thursday, March 14. The event begins at 8 a.m. in Boehm Science Center and ends with the closing ceremony at approximately 4:30 p.m. in Keystone Arena. The inclement weather date is Friday, March 15.

More than 650 students representing 30 high schools and 12 middle schools from Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties are expected, competing in 46 different events.

In its 35th year nationally, and 10th anniversary of the Olympiad at KU, 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- local, regional, state and national. The local competition is designed to prepare students for regional competition. No teams are eliminated in the local competition. At the regional level the top-ranked teams move on to the state competition. The Pennsylvania Science Olympiad State Tournament will take place at Juniata College on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The official website of the International Science Olympiad is http://www.soinc.org/.

The current event schedule can be found at https://www.kutztown.edu/events/science-olympiad/events-and-rules.htm.

For more information visit https://www.kutztown.edu/events/science-olympiad.htm.

Participating Schools

Middle/Junior High Schools:

  • Boyertown Middle School East
  • Conrad Weiser Middle School
  • Exeter Township Junior High School
  • Fleetwood Area Middle School
  • Kutztown Middle School
  • Nazareth Area Middle School
  • Orefield Middle School
  • Schuylkill Valley Middle School
  • Springhouse Middle School
  • Tohickon Middle School
  • Twin Valley Middle School
  • Whitehall Coplay Middle School

High Schools:

  • Allentown Central Catholic High School
  • Bethlehem Catholic High School
  • Boyertown Area Senior High School
  • Central Bucks High School East
  • Central Bucks High School South
  • Central Bucks High School West
  • Conrad Weiser High School
  • Council Rock High School South
  • Emmaus High School
  • Exeter Township Senior High
  • Fleetwood Area High School
  • Governor Mifflin High School
  • Kutztown Area High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Moravian Academy Upper School
  • Nazareth Area High School
  • New Hope Academy
  • New Hope-Solebury High School
  • Northampton Area High School
  • Northwestern Lehigh High School
  • Parkland High School
  • Perkiomen Valley High School
  • Reading Senior High School
  • Schuylkill Valley High School
  • Tamaqua Area High School
  • Twin Valley High School
  • Whitehall High School
  • Wilson High School (West Lawn)
  • Wyoming Seminary Upper School
  • Wyomissing Area Jr./Sr. High School