Local Residents Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Local Residents Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Tara Anspach of Reading was initiated at Kutztown University.

Jeneil Jones of Reading was initiated at Kutztown University.

Amanda Parks of Reading was initiated at Kutztown University.

These residents are 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 325 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.”

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police department

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police department

Feb. 17, 2018

Police arrested Dillon James, 20, of Reading, and Elyna Villalba, 18, of Emmaus, for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident that occurred at Turkey Hill Minit Market, 50 W Main St.

Feb. 18, 2018

Police are investigating the report of Theft after an item was reported missing from a residence in the 200 block of W Main St.

Feb. 20, 2018

After completing their investigation, Police arrested Tyler German, 22, of Collegeville, for Criminal Mischief/Real Property and for Disorderly Conduct following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W. Walnut Street.

Kutztown University Wind Ensemble to Present “Bookmarks and the Stories They Tell”

Kutztown University Wind Ensemble to Present “Bookmarks and the Stories They Tell”

KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble will host its annual spring concert entitled “Bookmarks & The Stories They Tell.”, on Saturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The ensemble is under the direction of Professor Daniel Neuenschwander. The performance will include “Mangulina” by Paul Basler; “Eviler Elves” by James Kazik; “The Immovable Do” by Percy Aldridge Grainger; “Acrostic Song” by David Del Tredici; Symphony No. IV” by Julie Giroux and “Minnesota March” by John Philip Sousa.

The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top woodwind, brass, and percussion students at the university who have demonstrated a commitment to a high level of musicianship. The group has performed at both Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The Wind Ensemble seeks to expose its audiences and membership to the finest wind literature, including the “classics” of the repertoire, transcriptions, and new works by both established and young, up-and-coming composers. The ensemble is active in commissioning new compositions for the wind medium, and has recently joined commissioning consortia for works by Donald Grantham, Richard Danielpour, Jonathan Newman, Rob Smith, Bob Mintzer, Philip Glass, and Joan Tower, among others. Outstanding student, faculty, and visiting artists typically appear as soloists with the Wind Ensemble.

For more information please contact the Department of Music at melchionne@kutztown.edu or 610-683-4550 or visit http://www.kutztown.edu/music.

Brittney Ehrlich of Sinking Spring leads fundraiser for Women’s Resource Center

Seen presenting the proceeds of the Rose-A-Palooza event are Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine first-year medical students, Brittney Ehrlich of Reading; Ellie Tupper of Harrisburg; and Hannah Bohr of Williamsport; Donna Sedor, Women’s Resource Center; and Geisinger Commonwealth first-year medical students Jessica Knapp of Hatboro and Jenna Marinock of McAdoo.

Brittney Ehrlich of Sinking Spring leads fundraiser for Women’s Resource Center

SCRANTON – Brittney Ehrlich of Sinking Spring, along with other students members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s chapter of the American Women’s Medical Association, recently organized the school’s annual Rose-A-Palooza to benefit the Women’s Resource Center. During the Rose-A-Palooza event, students, faculty and staff at Geisinger Commonwealth are encouraged to remember someone they appreciate and then purchase roses to send them in order to promote healthy relationships. The proceeds are donated to Women’s Resource Center, which provides services to adult and child survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The college’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its 17-county region in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom.

Twin Valley School District’s Kindergarten Registration to be held March 21 and 22, 2018

Twin Valley School District’s Kindergarten Registration to be held March 21 and 22, 2018

Twin Valley School District Kindergarten Registration will be held at all three elementary buildings on March 21 and 22, 2018. Any child who is a district resident and will be 5 years old by Aug. 15, 2018 (no exceptions), is eligible to enter Kindergarten for the 2018/2019 school year. Please link to the individual building websites for more information.

Be sure to have the following items with you when you come to register your child:

PROOF OF RESIDENCE (Driver’s license, lease, deed, monthly bill, or bank statement)



Honey Brook Elementary Center http://hbec.tvsd.org/

1530 W. WALNUT RD., HONEY BROOK, PA 19344 | Phone 610-273-3615

Robeson Elementary Center http://rec.tvsd.org/

801 WHITE BEAR RD., BIRDSBORO, PA 19508 | Phone 610-582-9580

Twin Valley Elementary Center http://tvec.tvsd.org/

50 MAST DRIVE, ELVERSON, PA 19520 | Phone 610-286-8670

Widener sophomore Franchesca Marino-Pelegrin toured the White House

Widener University students and faculty toured the White House Feb. 15. The tour was led by alumnus David Almacy ’92.

Widener sophomore Franchesca Marino-Pelegrin toured the White House

CHESTER – As part of a shared political engagement and sustainability trip, Widener University sophomore Franchesca Marino-Pelegrin of Reading, PA (19608) toured the White House on Feb. 15.

Marino-Pelegrin is a communication studies major.

The tour of the East Wing was led by David Almacy, a member of the Widener Communication Studies Advisory Board and a 1992 graduate who served under former President George W. Bush as the White House internet and e-communications director.

Following the tour, the students and faculty went to the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on sustainability and advocacy programs.

Healthy Ridgeway Leads Men’s Basketball to PSAC First Round Win Over Bloomsburg

2/26/2018 | Men’s Basketball | Box Score
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KUTZTOWN – Ethan Ridgeway returned to the lineup after missing one game because of an injury, and the senior looked like it was game number one of the season, leading the fourth-seeded Kutztown University men’s basketball team to a 93-79 win Monday night against fifth-seeded Bloomsburg University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) first round from Keystone Arena.

The senior Ridgeway, who missed the win over Lock Haven last Saturday, Feb. 24 after injuring his shoulder the game before vs. East Stroudsburg, sparked the Golden Bears (21-6 overall) to the tune of 14 points and 12 assists, his ninth double-double of the season, and 10th game distributing double-digit assists. He now has 682 in his career, and moved into fourth all-time in PSAC history in career assists Monday night.

“I felt great,” said Ridgeway. “It was good to be back out there with my teammates and be able to come

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10 Questions with Demetrius Bennett

2/27/2018 | Men’s Basketball
KUTZTOWN – During the spring semester, Kutztown University will feature a variety of student-athletes in order to get an inside look on their everyday lives. Articles will not only focus on their athletic performance, but what they do outside of competition. This week’s feature is senior Demetrius Bennett from the men’s basketball team.

Bennett works hard both on and off the court. As a member of the men’s basketball team here at Kutztown University, Bennett strives to be the best role model and team captain he can be. Being a four-year member of a collegiate team has prepared him to be a leader in the future.

What has been the most memorable part of your career so far?
“Probably last year when we had our 18-game winning streak because we tied the school’s record for the longest winning streak. Also making the PSAC’s and winning the PSAC East last year with the guys that I’ve been with for a while made the experience super memorable. We were also able to leave our seniors off on a good note.”

As a senior, what goals did you have coming into the season knowing it was your last year?
“I just wanted to lead the team as best as I possibly could because I knew there was a lot of underclassman. I just wanted to play my part and help the team to possibly another PSAC East

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Eight Golden Bears Combine for 12 All-Region Indoor Track & Field Honors

2/27/2018 | Men’s Track and Field
Official Release

KUTZTOWN – Eight members of the Kutztown University track & field teams earned All-Region status across 12 events on Monday from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), KU’s most in a season since 2013.

Steve Maine led the way with three All-Region accolades – the mile, 3000m and DMR. Also named to the DMR were Cameron Christopher, Elgin Horton Jr. and Jared Luckanitz, who also earned recognition in the 800m.

In the field, Kyle McLaughlin, McKenzie Fagan and Shelby Samuels all earned All-Region honors in the high jump. Brandon Raguz was named in the pole vault, and Ashley Petre in the weight throw.

The eight honorees are KU’s most since having 10 athletes post 12 All-Region honors in the 2013 outdoor season.

The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each

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PREVIEW: Battle of ‘Hot’ Teams on Wednesday Night as KU Travels to WCU for PSAC Quarterfinals

2/27/2018 | Women’s Basketball
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PSAC Championship Central (With Bracket)

KUTZTOWN – Having defended its home court by securing its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoff victory since 2015 over Bloomsburg on Monday, the four-seed Kutztown University women’s basketball team will look to play the spoiler on the road on Wednesday night, Feb. 28, taking on the one-seed West Chester University Golden Rams, who are currently riding a 17-game win streak. Opening tip from Hollinger Field House is slated for 5:30 p.m.

KU notched its school-record 13th home win with the victory over the Huskies, winning its 18th game overall, its most since 2009-10. Rylee Derr, who scored 15 points and now has 392 on the season, is now the Kutztown freshman record holder for points in a season, passing Patty Gruber’s total of 381 points from the 1985-86 campaign. Keifonna Ferguson also grabbed her 500th career rebound in the contest, adding to what has been a record-setting season thus far for the Maroon and Gold.

Karen Lapkiewicz led Kutztown in scoring, posting 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, her

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