Pioneering low-cost veterinary clinic to end preventable animal suffering in Berks County

Pioneering low-cost veterinary clinic to end preventable animal suffering in Berks County

READING – Humane Pennsylvania, the region’s largest partnership of animal welfare organizations, recently accepted 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 undercutting its root causes. The grant will provide for the complete reconstruction of Humane Pennsylvania’s animal shelter at Humane Pennsylvania, vastly expand progressive community veterinary services for Reading area families, and bolster Humane Pennsylvania’s ability to prepare for local, regional, and national emergencies and disasters that impact animals.

With a concentration on providing progressive community veterinary services, Humane Pennsylvania has expanded their Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives initiative. Through this expansion, Humane Pennsylvania will begin offering several community-focused veterinary clinics beginning in October.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, the first of these clinic will be the Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives: Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. This clinic will provide complete low cost spay/neuter services to pets presented by residents of the City of Reading and adjacent areas. Each clinic will be held at the Humane Society of Berks County and the cost of services will be determined on an individual basis, to reflect both the type of service, (spay or neuter), and the type of animal, (cat or dog), with services provided for as low as $45.

Rabies and DA2PP vaccine (dog) or FVRCP vaccine (cat), deworming and flea prevention are included in the cost if the client elects them to be done, all free of charge. Free microchip services will also be provided to each animal during their visit.

We encourage community members to take advantage of this paramount opportunity to receive services from the region’s leading veterinarians and ensure their pet receives the highest level of care at an affordable cost.

Interested clients will need to register for spay/neuter services on Eventbrite and following their registration for a Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives: Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, clients will receive an email with further instructions and next steps from the Humane Veterinary Hospital Reading team.

INFO: Visit and search Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives: Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic to select a service and view a complete list of clinic dates.

LOCATION: Humane Society of Berks County, 1801 N. 11th St., Reading


  • Dog Spay or Neuter
  • Cat Spay or Neuter
  • Free Elected Vaccinations: Rabies and DA2PP vaccine (dog) or FVRCP vaccine (cat), deworming, and flea prevention
  • Free microchip services provided for each animal


  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018


  • Cat Drop Off: between 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
  • Dog Drop Off: between 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • ALL Pet Pick Up: between 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Healthy Pets, Healthy Lives clinics are made possible through the generosity and strong
belief The Giorgi Family Foundation has in Humane Pennsylvania’s mission to empower people
in their communities to increase their capacity to care for animals so that all animals are
healthy, safe, and treated humanely.

Elizabethtown College professor receives award from national political science association

Elizabethtown College professor receives award from national political science association

E. Fletcher McClellan presented with Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship award

Elizabethtown College Professor of Political Science, E. Fletcher McClellan, has been presented with the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship; the award is given by the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association. Receipt of the award was announced at the 2018 annual meeting of the APSA in Boston, MA.

Initiated by the PSE Section in 2014, the Brians award is given annually to a faculty member, nominated by peers and/or students, who demonstrates commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students, as well as in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public affairs-related careers. Evidence for these commitments may include, but are not limited to, supervising students-informally and Continue reading “Elizabethtown College professor receives award from national political science association”

Morgan signs with the Tennessee Titans

10/13/2018 | Football
KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University football alum Jordan Morgan has a new home, as the former Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Offensive Athlete of the Year and First Team All-American signed a contract Tuesday, Oct. 9, with the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.

In 2017, Morgan was a fifth-round selection – 147th overall – by the Chicago Bears, becoming the fourth player in program history to be selected in the NFL Draft. The last Golden Bear to be drafted into the NFL was linebacker John Mobley, who was selected in the first round of the 1996 draft by the Denver Broncos. Don Shaver was the first Golden Bear to be drafted, taken in the seventh round in 1981 by the Minnesota Vikings, while Andre Reed was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round in 1985.

The Titans currently sport a 3-2 record in the AFC South Division, tied for first place with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

U.S. Department of Education grants $2.2M to Albright College

U.S. Department of Education grants $2.2M to Albright College

READING – The U.S. Department of Education has granted Albright College $2,246,089 over the next five years to transform the college’s approach to learning and student success in the first year of higher education. Designed to help students develop the skills and confidence needed to achieve academically, the approach more intentionally integrates student learning with personal and career goals, so that they may be better prepared to successfully complete bachelor’s degrees.

“While Albright continues to educate a diverse population of students who exhibit strong academic potential along with engagement in a wide variety of extracurricular and service activities, many entering first year students are unprepared for the academic and social challenges of learning in a college environment,” said Karen A. Campbell, Ph.D., acting provost and vice president of academic affairs at Albright. “This grant is an investment in faculty development, student-centered advising and infrastructure designed to strengthen teaching and learning and that will support pedagogical innovation.”

The Federal Title III program helps eligible higher education institutions to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen their academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. To be eligible for Title III grants, at least 50% of an intuition’s degree-seeking students must receive need-based assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, or a substantial number of enrolled students must receive Pell Grants and have low educational and general expenditures.

“Almost half of our first year students are the first in their family to attend college,” said Campbell. “Coupled with inconsistent academic preparation, this means that many entering students are unfamiliar with the expectations of college courses and the academic habits and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed. This grant is an investment in the personnel and technology to create and sustain a program that increases our student success.”

Albright has been granted a total of $2,246,089 (funding 78.5% of the project), that will be awarded in five annual installments between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2023. In addition, the college will supplement $615,000 during the grant period and approximately $575,000 annually thereafter in support of the new program.

James Madison University welcomes the class of 2022

James Madison University welcomes the class of 2022

James Madison University is excited to welcome the class of 2022 to campus this fall. The incoming freshman class represents an accomplished, diverse group of individuals who hail from 34 states, the District of Columbia and several countries around the world.

Among local students are:

  • Reading resident Lauren Smith will major in biology
  • Wyomissing Samuel McIntyre will major in marketing
  • Sinking Spring resident Dylan Audi will major in political science
  • Douglassville resident Griffin Adams will major in accounting
  • Reading resident Jacob Brick will major in marketing
  • Oley resident Sydney Weise will major in nursing
  • Douglassville resident Trevon Dabney will major in sport and recreation management
  • Leesport resident Noah Grassley will major in finance
  • Wernersville resident Courtney Jones is undeclared

Vingom Named Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Technology Officer

Vingom Named Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Technology Officer

Troy Vingom has been named Kutztown University’s assistant vice president for information technology and chief information technology officer

KUTZTOWN – Troy Vingom has been named Kutztown University’s assistant vice president for information technology and chief information technology officer.

New to KU, Vingom is an executive with an exceptional record of success managing business operations, IT operations, application development and support. An effective business and technology leader, he holds experience in several verticals including higher education, international manufacturing, energy, technology, and managed services.

Prior to his appointment as assistant vice president, Vingom served as the director of business operations and information technology at Hansen Technologies. He was responsible for the support and development of all on-premise and cloud-based technology, COTS and internally developed applications, as well as for the delivery of client’s services.

He holds more than 20 years of IT experience, all of which were dedicated to management or directorial positions.

Vingom earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Montana Tech. He also earned a Master of Science in information technology from Creighton University.

He began his tenure at KU May 29.

Jared Kramer elected to serve on Lebanon Valley College’s Student Government

Jared Kramer elected to serve on Lebanon Valley College’s Student Government

ANNVILLE – Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring was elected by the Lebanon Valley College student body to serve on Student Government during the 2018-19 academic year as president of the class of 2021. Kramer, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at The Valley.

Student Government is comprised of 36 full-time students. 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, three class representatives, an equity representative and a commuter representative from each class. Student Government officers are elected each spring from among the 27 upper-class students and in September for first-year 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.

Kreider Prize recipient Kurt DeGoede to discuss research and teaching

Kreider Prize recipient Kurt DeGoede to discuss research and teaching

‘Still Learning: continuous improvement in engineering and teaching’

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown College Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence Recipient Kurt DeGoede will present “Still Learning: continuous improvement in engineering and teaching” Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Susquehanna Room in Myer Hall. He will discuss research, product development, teaching and mentoring through a lens of engineering design in order to make the best change in poorly understood situations.

The recipient is nominated by Elizabethtown’s students and faculty. The award goes to full-time faculty members who have been with Elizabethtown College for at least three years and who inspire students everyday by being powerful mentors and role models. Previous winners of this prize are Oya Ozkanca, Edward Chung and J. Robert Spence.

DeGoede is a professor of engineering and physics at Elizabethtown College. He completed his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan. He is a former project manager at Ford Motor Company. DeGoede has taught across the curriculum in engineering and physics.

He has researched and product developed in biomechanics, clinical rehabilitation, appropriate technologies in West Africa, and engineering education.

Lecture admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peggy Stauffer at 717.361.1416 or

Douglassville native at SRU to compete for Chad Williamson Scholarship

Chad Williamson

Douglassville native at SRU to compete for Chad Williamson Scholarship

SLIPPERY ROCK – Fourteen Slippery Rock University student vocalists will demonstrate their range at 2 p.m., Nov. 4, at Swope Music Hall when they compete for the Chad Williamson Memorial Vocal Scholarship as part of the 26th annual competition.

Each student will present two selections.

Local students include Madeline Reno, a sophomore music therapy major from Douglassville, who will perform “Mandoline” by Claude Debussy and “The Red Dress” by Ricky Ian Gordon.

The scholarship, which provides tuition support to three SRU students, honors the late Chad Williamson. Williamson, a Slippery Rock Area High School graduate, planned to study music at SRU but was killed in a traffic accident prior to his freshman year.

Karen Legato, a 1991 SRU communication graduate and former SRU employee, and the late Fred Williamson, started the scholarship in 1992.

The competition is free and open to the public.

KU to support Geography Awareness Week Nov. 12 through 16

KU to support Geography Awareness Week Nov. 12 through 16

KUTZTOWN – Kutztown University is set to host week-long events for Geography Awareness Week on campus Nov. 12 through 16.

According to National Geographic, Geography Awareness Week was created more than 25 years ago as a program to encourage citizens to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. It aims to inspire people to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, and even recognize their impacts as global citizens.

Below is a list of events that will occur on campus throughout the week.

Most events are open to the entire campus community, as well as the public.

Monday, 11/12, 6:30 p.m.

KU Geography Club Presents ‘Plastic Paradise’ Film,

Boehm Science Building Room 262

Learn the unexpected economic and ecological facets of plastic pollution and ways for each of us to minimize our plastic footprint. Discussion Q&A to follow. Continue reading “KU to support Geography Awareness Week Nov. 12 through 16”