Local Albright College students spending fall semester 2017 studying abroad

The following local Albright College students are spending fall 2017 studying overseas:

Adamaris Muniz Tirado, a senior biology/evolutionary studies major from Reading, Pa., is studying in Alicante, Spain. Muniz Tirado received a Santander Scholarship for the semester. Given to high-achieving students with financial need, these scholarships are made possible through an agreement between Albright and Santander Bank, N.A. for its Santander Universities division to provide funding to support scholarships for Albright students studying abroad.

Nathan Rothermel, a senior theatre major from Leesport, Pa., is studying in London, England. Rothermel received a Santander Scholarship for the semester. Given to high-achieving students with financial need, these scholarships are made possible through an agreement between Albright and Santander Bank, N.A. for its Santander Universities division to provide funding to support scholarships for Albright students studying abroad.

Study abroad is a key component of Albright’s well-regarded experiential learning curriculum. Recent years have seen students study in Australia, Bhutan, Cyprus, England, Japan, South Korea and numerous other countries.

Darian Gordon inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Darian Gordon of Bernville, Pa., was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Gordon is pursuing a degree in Animal Science at The University of Findlay.

Gordon is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Students named to Alvernian newspaper staff

Alvernia University students are serving as members of the Alvernian student newspaper staff for the fall of 2017:

Communication major Madelyn Johnston of Reading is serving as managing editor

Communication major Cheyenne Ettinger of Birdsboro is serving as news editor

Communication major Justin Herforth of Douglassville is serving as opinion editor

Charlotte Jones attends Newseum conference in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Jones of Fleetwood is one of 13 Lebanon Valley College students who attended a conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., “How Will Public Discussion Thrive?” this month.

Jones, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications and art and visual culture at The Valley.

The Interactivity Foundation celebrated its 30th birthday by hosting a montage of small group roundtable discussions about the future of public discussion during this event. Themes centered around these questions: What’s the future of public discussion in this time of political polarization, harsh rhetoric, fake news, and spin? What policy possibilities might help revitalize it? And what actions might we take to implement them?

By attending the conference, LVC students were able to experience first-hand some of the discussion styles utilized in their courses.

Lebanon Valley College recognizes peer mentors

Class of 2021 Move-In, Orientation, and Convocation
Peer Mentors pose for a photo in the Edward H. Arnold Sports Center on August 24, 2017.

Lebanon Valley College welcomes 65 students who will participate in the Peer Mentor Program and guide new and transfer students through their first few months at The Valley.

Peer mentors are responsible for assisting new students in succeeding personally, socially, and academically through connections to the College and their peers.

2017 peer mentor students include:

Jessica Zeiner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.

Melanie Haas of Mohrsville, a graduate of Hamburg Area Jr-Sr High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education at The Valley.

Pearl Weber of Douglassville, a graduate of Twin Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.

Nicholas Bentz of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science at The Valley.

Lebanon Valley College announces student government roster

Lebanon Valley College’s Student Government is tasked with fostering understanding, communication, and cooperation among students, faculty, and administrators.

Student Government is comprised of 36 full-time students. Among them are the following local students:

Jessica Zeiner of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is serving as vice-president for the class of 2018 and is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is serving as president for the class of 2021 and is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Twenty-seven upper-class students are elected from the student body each spring for a one-year term beginning in September. This includes four class officers, four class representatives and a commuter representative from each returning class. In addition, nine first-year students are elected in September. Student Government officers are elected each spring from among the 27 upper-class students.

One of Student Government’s major responsibilities is to foster understanding, communication, and cooperation among students, faculty, and administrators. It serves as the channel for all student recommendations for establishing or changing policy and communicates these recommendations to the appropriate administrative offices or faculty committees.

Student Government also approves the constitutions of all campus organizations, regulates the elections of student government members and class officers, and appoints student government members and other students to campus committees. They also plan activities and major campus-wide events including Homecoming and Winter Formal.

Lebanon Valley College welcomes Legacy Members of class of 2021

Lebanon Valley College welcomes its Legacy enrollees as part of the incoming Class of 2021. Legacy students – children of Lebanon Valley College graduates – receive a $2,500 scholarship each year.

Legacy students in the Class of 2021 include:

Morgan Weidemoyer of Blandon, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in communication science and disorders at The Valley. Morgan’s mother, Lisa, and father, Kent, both graduated from 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. Daniel’s mother Linda also graduated from The Valley.

Lycoming College student Lisa Le was inducted into English honor society

The Lycoming College chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national honor society for English majors, inducted Lisa Le, from ReadingPa. in the spring of 2017.

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English society that strives to promote interest in literature and the English language by fostering creative and critical writing skills and conferring distinction for high achievement. A candidate for this membership must have a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature and is expected to hold a “B” average in those courses.

Darby Lewes, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, is the adviser for Lycoming’s chapter.

Local students guide Susquehanna University tours

Several students are working as student ambassadors this year at Susquehanna University. Among them are:

Emily Lepore, of Hereford, is an early childhood education major in the Class of 2018. A 2014 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, she is the daughter of Ronald and Kathy Lepore; and 

Marquise Richards, of Reading, is a communications-digital multimedia-broadcasting major in the Class of 2018. A 2012 graduate of ReadingHigh School, he is the son of Nicole Richards and Giovanni Antonetti.

To become an ambassador, students must complete a written application and personal interview with the admissions staff. Once selected, students complete an intensive training program, followed by additional training sessions throughout their time on the job.

 

Training includes shadowing veteran tour guides, becoming familiar with the admissions process and frequently asked questions, learning to present important information during the tour and preparing to deal with challenging situations that may arise while giving a tour.