Widener University awards degrees at 2019 commencement

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Patrick Murphy, a veteran, Widener alumnus and member of the Widener University Board of Trustees.

In his speech, Murphy focused on three principles: find a purpose, trust the process, and give back.

“When you live a purpose-driven life, when you trust the process, when you show up and give back, even in the face of intense challenges, you too can make a difference in this world,” he said.

The graduates hailed from 36 states and 11 other countries, including China, Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The youngest graduate was 20 years old, while the eldest was 67. They included:

  • Patrick Choate of Birdsboro. Choate graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Alyssa Gombar of Reading. Gombar graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Brandi Lafountain of Bethel. Lafountain graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Danielle Palermo of Shillington. Palermo graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Tracy Scheirer of Birdsboro. Scheirer graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Katrina Undheim of Laureldale. Undheim graduated with a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies Sex Therapy from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Samantha Bennethum of Wernersville. Bennethum graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Antonio Borelli of Wyomissing. Borelli graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Jenelle Clelland of Wernersville. Clelland graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Blake Devine of Reading. Devine graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics/Personal Financial Services from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Erin Doherty of Wernersville. Doherty graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management with a specialization in Marketing from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Scott Goeltz of Wyomissing. Goeltz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Ryan Koch of West Lawn. Koch graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Widener’s College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Alexis Meals of Fleetwood. Meals graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Analytics from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Ethan Newman of Fleetwood. Newman graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Andrew Saylor of Reading. Saylor graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Samuel Smith of Wyomissing. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Carley Sottosanti of Reading. Sottosanti graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Olivia Weaver of Reading. Weaver graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.

The graduates also heard from Iman Elkhashab who was selected as the President’s Award recipient and served as the student speaker.

In her speech, Elkhashab shared her personal story of struggle and perseverance that she experienced growing up in Egypt during the time of the revolution. The tumultuous environment taught Elkhashab, now of Broomall, Pennsylvania, that each individual has the capacity to conquer and grow from challenges encountered.

James Madison University announces spring 2019 graduates

James Madison University is pleased to announce the students who graduated during the May 2019 commencement exercise

They were among 3,700 students who received degrees during the ceremonies.

Meredith Browder of Hamburg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisc Liberal Studies.

Ryan Connolly of West Lawn graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Madeline DiStefano of Reading graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Writing Rhet & Tech Comm.

Morgann Henn of Leesport graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Comm Sciences & Disorders.

Jessica Keck of Fleetwood graduated with a Master of Education in College Stu Pers Admin.

Josh Martinez of Reading graduated with a Master of Education in College Stu Pers Admin.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

June 10, 2019

  • Police arrested Josue Aponte-Perez, 40 of Kutztown, PA for Theft by Unlawful Taking and Simple Assault following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 500 block of College Blvd.
  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to vehicles after it was reported that three vehicles were damaged while parked at W. E. Yoder, Inc., 41 S Maple St.
  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to a hand railing and walls after it was reported that feces were smeared on the hand railing and walls at a residence in the 100 block of W Main St.

McDaniel College Announces Dean’s List

McDaniel College announces its Spring 2019 Dean’s List, recognizing full-time undergraduate students for outstanding academic achievement. Among them were:

Dustin Miller of Wyomissing was named to the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.

Paige West of Reading was named to the Dean’s List with Honors.

Meghan Sadler of Blandon was named to the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.

Caroline Ramsey of Sinking Springs was named to the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.

For more information about McDaniel College, visit www.mcdaniel.edu.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher, high honors for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89, and honors for a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.

The Colgate Graduating Class of 2019

The 198th Colgate commencement takes place alongside Taylor Lake Sunday, May 19, 2019. Mark DiOrio / Colgate University

Members of the Class of 2019 received their diplomas May 19 at Colgate University’s 198th Commencement. Colgate Alumnus Antonio Delgado, U.S. Representative for the 19th Congressional District of New York, delivered the keynote address.

Abigail Waxler of Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, majored in computer science with a minor in applied mathematics.

Nicholas Dennis of Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, majored in neuroscience with a minor in philosophy.

Rachel Keirstead of Blandon, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, majored in English and political science.

Now celebrating its 200th year, Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 2,900 students in central New York. Learn more at colgate.edu.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

May 21, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of Theft after a bicycle was reported missing from a residence in the 200 block of Greenwich St.
  • Police are investigating the report of Burglary after money was reported following an incident that occurred at Spuds, LLC, 163 W Main St.
  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Michael Akers, 27 of Roslyn, PA for Indecent Exposure, Open Lewdness and Operation Following Suspension of Registration following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of N Whiteoak St.

May 25, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Nabih Akary, 53 of Kutztown, PA for Indirect Criminal Contempt following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Borough Community Park, 440 E Main St.

May 26, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Vincent Soto, 27 of Brooklyn, NY for Disorderly Conduct following an incident that occurred at Shorty’s Bar, 272 W Main St.

May 28, 2019

  • Police investigated the report of Theft after drills and chargers were reported missing following an incident that occurred at Siegel, Inc., 140 N Constitution Blvd.

May 30, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Casey Adams, 18 of Kutztown, PA for Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and for Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Borough Community North Park, 673 Krumsville Rd.

June 02, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested Kellianne Culloty, 20 of Aston, PA for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, Failure to Drive on the Right Side of the Road and for Minor Prohibited from Operating a Vehicle with any Alcohol in System following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of W Main St.

June 03, 2019

  • Police arrested Marlo Adam, 84 of Kutztown, PA for Simple Assault and Harassment/Physical Contact following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of E Main St.

June 04, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, Police arrested a Juvenile, 17 of Kutztown, PA for Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and for Possession/Use of Drug Paraphernalia following an incident that occurred at Kutztown Borough Community North Park, 673 Krumsville Rd.

Moravian College announces dean’s honors list for spring 2019

Moravian College named 745 students to the dean’s honor list for the spring 2019 semester.

Local students include:

Allison Garman of Fleetwood

Raquel Lopez De Boer of Wyomissing

Michaela Ryan of Lenhartsville

Molly Talarico of Fleetwood

Morgan Wagner of Leesport

Hailee Yoder of Reading

Students who carry three or more course units during the fall or spring term and attain a GPA for the term of 3.50 or higher are placed on the dean’s honor list.

Reading Public Library to sponsor free SAT prep workshop

Reading Public Library will offer a free five-day Scholastic Aptitude Test prep course from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19. The workshop will be held at the Main Library Teen Loft, 100 S. 5th St.

Participants will receive training and advice including tips for success from Louis Blair. Mr. Blair has taught SAT preparation for 23 years. Upon completion, students will receive a free SAT College Board workbook.

Students entering 11th and 12th grades in the fall of 2019 are eligible. Registration is required and space is limited to the first 20 registrants. Call or e-mail the RPL Teen Loft, 610.655.6350 ext. 241 or rplya@reading.lib.pa.us

For more information, call 610.655.6350 ext. 241.

Lebanon Valley College Announces Campus and Departmental Awards

Academic award recipients included students from the Mathematical Sciences Department.

Lebanon Valley College presented more than 130 students with awards at the Spring Awards and Recognition Ceremony for academic achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities during the annual Inquiry celebration. Students were also recognized with campus awards.

Local students include:

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English and won the following award(s): Reynaldo Rovers Memorial Award and Alumni Scholarship.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in music education and music and won the following award(s): Barbara Jean Kettering Award.

Savannah Toth of Douglassville, a graduate of Daniel Boone Jr-Sr High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in neuroscience and won the following award(s): Robert S. Davidon Award for Research in Psychology.

Carter Yenser of Bernville, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in actuarial science and economics and won the following award(s): Achievement Award in Economics.

Academic award recipients included students from the History, Politics, and Global Studies Department.

Anna Faretty of Birdsboro Inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society for Physics at Kutztown University

Kutztown University inducted 12 students into the Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society for physics at its induction ceremony this spring, including Anna Faretty of Birdsboro, PA (19508).

Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma’s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.