Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir Embarks on Spring Tour

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir proudly announces its 83rd annual spring tour from March 17 through 24. Conducted by Dr. Kyle Zeuch, the 60-member ensemble will give multiple concert performances in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Krystal Nolte of Lenhartsville, a graduate of Kutztown Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Daniel Behler of Leesport, a graduate of Schuylkill Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music and English.

Jesse Kaufmann of West Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Jared Kramer of Sinking Spring, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education.

Justin Kripas of Womelsdorf, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and audio and music production.

Kristen Suruskie of Reading, a graduate of Exeter Township High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education and music.

The 83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir will bring their program, “Be Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” to the Washington, D.C. area March 22 through 24. The songs to be performed include Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Lotti’s “Crucifixus” to more contemporary pieces “The State of Emptiness” by Catherine Dalton and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

The program also includes a wide variety of literature including a traditional Pennsylvaina Dutch piece, “Reide, Reide, Geili,” and an arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

The traditional LVC Concert Choir pieces “Vela Vela” and Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will round out the concert. It is our hope that this combination of pieces will encourage audiences to reflect on their own wellness, or at least, accept the concert as some respite from the busyness of our daily lives.

Tatum Mack of Bethel to present at conference

Tatum Mack of Bethel, PA is one of six Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students who will present research at the National Conference for the National Strength and Conditioning Association from July 10 to 13 in Washington D.C.

Mack, also a first-year graduate student, will discuss data assessing how to handle type affects neuromuscular fatigue from a project conducted by Swapan Mookerjee, BU professor of exercise science.

The NSCA is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession by disseminating research-based knowledge and its practical application through industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities.

Carlie Abraham participating in Hamilton College New York City Program

Carlie Abraham of Reading is studying in New York City for the spring 2019 semester.

The program is structured so that students spend four days a week as interns in a firm or organization, attend weekly seminars on the semester’s topic and do an independent project.

The spring 2019 program, Seminar In Global Processes: The Global City, is directed by Professor of Sociology Daniel Chambliss. The program focuses on the creation and functioning of cities around the world, with an emphasis on the locus of the group’s study – New York City.

Abraham, a sophomore majoring in psychology, is a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School. She is interning in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York County

Kutztown University News

KU to host Human Library event March 28

Kutztown University will host its second Human Library event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Rohrbach Library. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. It is a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

Readers will have the opportunity to check out a human book to “read” for up to 20 minutes in a one-on-one or small-group setting.

The event is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

Organized by the Rohrbach Library staff and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, this Human Library will have a variety of books. which include students, staff and community members, as well as “sequel books” from the first Human Library event.

The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was developed in Copenhagen in spring 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel, his brother Dany, and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen; the original event was open eight hours a day for four days and featured more than 50 different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choices to challenge their stereotypes. More than 1,000 readers participated, leaving librarians, organizers and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library.

For more information about this unique event, visit library.kutztown.edu/humanlibrary.

Mobile mammograms coming to KU April 4 with the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute

The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute will bring its mobile mammography coach to Kutztown University Thursday, April 4, 2019, and Monday, Oct. 7. 2019.

The first screening in April will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center Parking Lot.

The screening service will be offered to those 40 and older and is open to the entire community. Both post-traditional and graduate students as well as staff, faculty and community members can benefit from this opportunity.

The screening on April 4 is limited to 18 registrants. Women must register ahead of time. The Lehigh Valley Health Network will be on campus at the Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019, in the Student Recreation Center to assist with registration, insurance and other questions.

There are potential grant funding opportunities for those over 40 without insurance; those interested should contact the Lehigh Valley Health Network for more information.

First in the region to have a mobile option for its patients, the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute designed the mobile coach program for women who don’t have convenient access to screening mammography. The coach offers new 3D screening mammograms, the same imaging technology used at their facilities.

The mobile mammography coach is designed with women in mind, as it offers private changing rooms and mammogram area, is fully staffed by Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute medical technologists and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Mammogram readings are performed by Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute doctors and screening results are provided to women and their primary care providers in a timely manner. The mobile mammography coach is only accessible by stairs, so women should be able to walk up a few steps and remain standing during their exam.

For more information, contact Erin Yaworski, program coordinator at Lehigh Valley Health Network, at 610.402.8659 or by email at erin.yaworski@lvhn.org.

KU’s Dr. Christine “CJ” Rhoads to discuss opioid crisis at Spirit on Tap Series March 26

Kutztown University professor Dr. Christine “CJ” Rhoads will speak at the March edition of the “Spirit on Tap” series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading.

The event is free and open to the public.

KU President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson previously spoke at the “Spirit on Tap” series in November of last year, focusing on “Higher Education in Contemporary Culture.”

The topic of Rhoads’ discussion is titled “The Opioid Crisis: Problems and Solutions.” She will discuss how and why there is an opioid crisis, how opioids affect various parts of the body, the difference between types of opioids and how to decrease pain within the body without opioid usage.

Rhoads is a successful entrepreneur, business owner, consultant, community advocate, speaker and author. She runs a non-profit called Health, Prosperity, Leadership Institute and is also CEO and president of HPL Consortium, a technology development company helping small groups and causes.

Rhoads has lived in chronic pain since 2002, when she was injured in a devastating car accident, but she doesn’t let her chronic pain stop her. She instead tirelessly worked to discover how pain works and learned to short-circuit the pain mechanism through integrative health practices so that she can completely ignore it and live a full, productive, successful life.

Although she figured out what she needed to do to stay out of pain, she initially didn’t understand the mechanism of how it worked; that’s where her research began. She studied pain, the pain mechanism, integrative healthcare and opioids in order to figure out exactly what caused her pain to begin with, as well as how she could help others prevent or solve the same problems.

This led Rhoads to further research what economic issues caused the opioid crisis to begin with and why it is so hard for society in general to defuse the opioid crisis in the future. It also led her to discover that few doctors know much about the new research on opioids, the pain mechanism or how to help their patients beyond surgery. Rhoads says there is a solution to pain and addiction; we just need more people to understand how it works, which is what she has set out to accomplish.

Sponsored in part by the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton and other individual contributions, Spirit on Tap’s purpose is to encourage theological discussion, explore alternative views and stimulate dialogue around issues of faith, spirituality, culture and social justice.

Updates to the Spiritual Exploration programming include the Interfaith Dialogue Committee meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, Queen City Family Restaurant in Reading, as well as the rescheduling of the Spirit on Tap program, “The Future Isn’t What It used to Be,” for Tuesday, May 21.

Cecilia M. McCormick named 15th president of Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Cecilia M. McCormick as the college’s 15th president, following a 10-month national search; she will begin her tenure July 1, 2019, and will be the first woman at the helm of the 120-year-old institution. She will succeed Carl Strikwerda who retires June 30, 2019.

McCormick, a graduate of a liberal arts and professional education, has spent her career focusing on education, advocacy and service to the community. McCormick serves as vice provost for academic strategy and special programs at Thomas Jefferson University where she was integral to the successful merger of Thomas Jefferson and Philadelphia universities and developed numerous strategic initiatives, including new academic programs, an Institute for Emerging Health Professions, an Honors Institute and academic operations and processes.

She has collaborated across the institution in the creation and implementation of strategic plans and budgeting processes. McCormick also secured school and community partnerships and launched pipeline programs for students in the Philadelphia region to create an interest in science, technology, engineering and math education, with a focus on skills and workforce development for underserved populations.

“It is truly an honor to have been chosen to lead Elizabethtown College, to build on its legacy and accomplishments, and to seek opportunities at a pivotal time in the history of the college,” McCormick said. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff members, students, administration, alumni and the broader E-town community to reinvent our vision as a learning institution focused on the educational and personal growth of our students in preparing them for 21st century careers and lives steeped in service.”

At Jefferson, McCormick served as the chief of staff for academic affairs and the associate provost for strategic and academic initiatives. At Johns Hopkins University, she was the chief of staff to the senior vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer. She also has held myriad positions at Widener University, including serving as executive director in the office of the president and a member of the president’s executive team. McCormick has been celebrated as a champion for students and has taught in the areas of business, law and leadership for students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

“Cecilia’s experience in both academia and private business along with her collaborative problem-solving skills will guide us through the changing landscape of higher education,” said Robert Dolan, chair of the Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees. “Her dedication to student development makes her an excellent leader for our college.”

“Throughout her career Cecilia has had a remarkable record of success at a variety of high-quality institutions,” said Ed Lovelidge ‘82, Presidential Search Committee chair. “Those experiences, along with Cecilia’s strong background in strategic planning and finance, will benefit Elizabethtown College immediately. The committee was extremely pleased to recommend Cecilia as our next president.”

McCormick also maintains her license to practice law in Pennsylvania. Her legal experience includes serving as an attorney over a 10-year period with two private law firms in the Philadelphia region. Prior to that, she held the positions of assistant general counsel for PECO Energy and special project manager for The Vanguard Group’s Retirement Resource Center.

McCormick received her bachelor’s degree in management/marketing from St. Joseph’s University, her paralegal certificate from Widener University, a juris doctorate from Delaware Law School: Widener University and post-doctoral education from the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.

McCormick resides in Ocean City, N.J., with her husband, John. Her family includes three sons; Timothy (and his wife Danielle), Daniel (and his wife Heather), John, and two grandchildren.

The search was conducted by a presidential search committee with trustee, faculty, staff and alumni representation. Students also played an important role in the search, as did Witt/Keiffer, an executive search firm.

The Committee’s recommendation of McCormick was unanimously ratified by the board of trustees.

Berks County Courier celebrates local Scholastic Shining Stars

Chemey of Reading recognized on Georgia Southern University’s president’s list

Georgia Southern University recently recognized approximately 1,850 students on the fall 2018 president’s list.

Elizabeth Chemey of Reading has been named to the list for excellence in academics.

To be eligible for the president’s list, a student must have at least a 4.0 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Northampton Community College announces winter 2019 grads

A total of 594 graduates received associate degrees, specialized diplomas and certificates from Northampton Community College at the winter commencement ceremony held Jan. 26.

Among them were the following local students:

  • Michael McKinzie of Hereford, associate in arts in communication studies
  • Savanah Stevens of Mohrsville, associate in arts in general studies
  • TyQuan Ellis of Reading, associate in applied science in criminal justice
  • Jordan Grossmann of Topton, with an associate in applied science in nanofabrication manufacturing technology
  • Lauren Stauffer of Wyomissing, associate in arts in general studies

Dean’s, president’s list students named for University of Alabama fall 2018 term

A total of 12,332 students enrolled during the 2018 fall term at The University of Alabama were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

Students on the list include:

  • Brianna Cipolla of Reading, dean’s list
  • Elisabeth Timura of Reading, dean’s list
  • Colleen Borian of Sinking Spring, dean’s list

The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

Christopher DeSanctis of Wyomissing awarded degree from UA

Christopher DeSanctis of Wyomissing has received a bachelor of arts in communication from The University of Alabama.

UA awarded more than 2,000 degrees during its fall 2018 commencement Dec. 15.

Local high-achieving students earn Albright College scholarships

Albright College awards $12,000 annual Founders Scholarships to high school students with outstanding academic records.

Founders Scholars generally rank in the top five percent of their graduating class and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to service.

Local scholarship winners include:

  • Jenna Grosko of Bethel, a senior at Tulpehocken Junior-Senior High School, Grosko is interested in studying pre-medical, public health and pre-medical in college.
  • Linette Martir of Reading, a senior at Muhlenberg High School, Martir is interested in studying chemistry, sociology: criminology and pre-medical in college.
  • Yihong Huang of Reading, a senior at Wilson High School, Huang is interested in studying mathematics and accounting, economics & finance in college.
  • Joanna Fair of Reading, a senior at Muhlenberg High School, Fair is interested in studying political science and accounting, economics & finance in college.
  • Darin McCartan of Birdsboro, a senior at Twin Valley High School, McCartan is interested in studying environmental science and art in college.
  • Binya Zhang of West Reading, a senior at Wyomissing Area High School, Zhang is interested in studying accounting and Asian Studies in college.
  • Taylor Wilson of Reading, a senior at Muhlenberg High School, Wilson is interested in studying chemistry and biochemistry in college.
  • Giselle Walter of Temple, a senior at Muhlenberg High School, Walter is interested in studying photography and business administration: management in college.
  • Natasha Halulakos of Reading, a senior at Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Halulakos is interested in studying business administration: marketing and communications: public relations & advertising in college.
  • William Pham of Reading, a senior at Muhlenberg High School, Pham is interested in studying computer science and digital studio art in college.
  • Anthony Hix of Mohrsville, a senior at Hamburg Area High School, Hix is interested in studying chemistry and environmental chemistry in college.
  • Austin Johnson of Reading, a senior at Muhlenberg High School, Johnson is interested in studying computer science and environmental chemistry in college.
  • Christian Roman of Reading, a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School, Roman is interested in studying biochemistry and evolutionary studies in college.
  • Viktor Rohrbach of Reading, a senior at Wyomissing Area High School, Rohrbach is interested in studying biochemistry and music in college.
  • Amber Elinsky of Bethel, a senior at Tulpehocken Junior-Senior High School, Elinsky is interested in studying physics and photography in college.
  • Olivia Scholl of Wernersville, a senior at Conrad Weiser High School, Scholl is interested in studying biology and political science in college.
  • Nicholas Griffith of Reading, a senior at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, Griffith is interested in studying environmental science and political science in college.
  • Faith Sensenig of Hamburg, a senior at Hamburg Area High School, Sensenig is interested in studying history and pre-law in college.
  • Matthew Pyle of Douglassville, a senior at Daniel Boone Senior High School, Pyle is interested in studying biology and pre-medical in college.
  • Lindsey Diggan of Reading, a senior at Governor Mifflin Senior High School, Diggan is interested in studying biology and pre-medical in college.
  • Rosaly Diaz De La Rosa of Reading, a senior at Schuylkill Valley High School, Diaz De La Rosa is interested in studying biology and pre-medical in college.
  • Leighan Elicker of Bernville, a senior at Tulpehocken Junior-Senior High School, Elicker is interested in studying psychology and pre-medical in college.
  • Elizabeth Chibirka of Wernersville, a senior at Conrad Weiser High School, Chibirka is interested in studying biology and psychobiology general in college.
  • Sara Sanchez-Rivera of Reading, a senior at Reading High School, Sanchez-Rivera is interested in studying accounting and public administration & policy analysis in college.
  • Lucas Ungurean of Reading, a senior at Wilson High School, Ungurean is interested in studying mathematics and religious studies in college.
  • Alexander Worrall of Douglassville, a senior at Daniel Boone Senior High School, Worrall is interested in studying international relations and Spanish in college.
  • Alyssa Romoho of Bernville, a senior at Hamburg Area High School, Romoho is interested in studying accounting, economics & finance in college.
  • Michael Vogt of Reading, a senior at Antietam High School, Vogt is interested in studying in the alpha program for exploring major areas of study in college.
  • Christiana Wagner of Womelsdorf, a senior at Conrad Weiser High School, Wagner is interested in studying in the alpha program for exploring major areas of study in college.
  • Kandace Engle of Blandon, a senior at Fleetwood Area High School, Engle is interested in studying in the alpha program for exploring major areas of study in college.
  • Amanda Marley of Douglassville, a senior at Daniel Boone Area High School, Marley is interested in studying biochemistry in college.
  • Kamaryn Koch of Reading, a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School, Koch is interested in studying biology in college.
  • Chase DePue of Reading, a senior at Wyomissing Area High School, DePue is interested in studying international relations in college.
  • Benjamin Behm of Birdsboro, a senior at Exeter Township Senior High School, Behm is interested in studying mathematics in college.
  • Gabriel Turoscy of Fleetwood, a senior at Oley Valley High School, Turoscy is interested in studying physics in college.
  • Timothy Richard of Douglassville, a senior at Daniel Boone Senior High School, Richard is interested in studying pre-medical in college.

Seton Hall announces fall 2018 dean’s list

Seton Hall University is pleased to announce the following students who qualified for the fall 2018 dean’s list and to congratulate them for their outstanding academic achievements:

Mansimran Anand of Reading, Bethany Davidheiser of Douglassville, Mark Equi of Shillington, Anya Smith of Blandon, Owen Winters of Shillington and Brady Hayes of Douglassville.

Widener University announces dean’s list

Widener University announced the students named to the fall 2018 dean’s list. Those who achieved this status include:

  • Isabella Abrams of Reading
  • Samantha Bennethum of Wernersville
  • Cole Bryner of Wyomissing
  • Emily Caruso of Hamburg
  • Jenelle Clelland of Wernersville
  • Carter Compinski of Hamburg
  • Blake Devine of Reading
  • Tyler Dorang of Douglassville
  • Emily Gaspari of Douglassville
  • Ryan Koch of West Lawn
  • Matthew Lambert of Douglassville
  • Antonio Marchio of Sinking Spring
  • Alexis Meals of Fleetwood
  • Eliza Meals of Fleetwood
  • Destini Mitchell of Reading
  • Ethan Newman of Fleetwood
  • Matthew Perez of Reading
  • Jared Peters of Reading
  • Colleen Russo of Reading
  • Andrew Saylor of Reading
  • Jenna Schumacher of Fleetwood
  • Abbie Smith of Shoemakersville
  • Kathleen Sorah of Douglassville
  • Gianna Viola of Douglassville
  • Zachary Wagner of Douglassville
  • Olivia Weaver of Reading

The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.

Kutztown University announces fall 2018 degree recipients

Kutztown University has conferred degrees for more than 450 students for the fall 2018 semester.

Kutztown University announces degree conferment twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. Commencement exercises are held in May and December; however, students finish the requirements for graduation throughout the entire year. The following students have been awarded degrees following the fall 2018 semester.

The cumulative grade point average necessary for honors distinction is: with honor (cum laude) 3.40; with high honor (magna cum laude) 3.60 and with highest honor (summa cum laude) 3.80.

Students listed multiple times have been awarded more than one degree; students who have requested privacy (FERPA) are not listed publicly.

  • Julia Arentz of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education/Visual Impairment Magna Cum Laude
  • Chris Baldwin of West Lawn, Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Cum Laude
  • Jaron Michael Burke of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology
  • Emily Suzanne Cantor of Hamburg, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography
  • Jose L Cortes-Pantoja of Laureldale, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology/Clinical Counseling Magna Cum Laude
  • Robert Gerald Ellis of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Cinema, Television and Media Production Magna Cum Laude
  • Colin Brandon Flemming of Blandon, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Management
  • Gabrielle Lee Gartland of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Sean T Giles of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology Cum Laude
  • Shelbi Marie Heffner of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport Management Summa Cum Laude
  • Eric Sean Hiser of Douglassville, Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology
  • Mason H Hoffman of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science
  • Daiquan Huffin of Birdsboro, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Management
  • Kelsi H Kegerize of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology Summa Cum Laude
  • Nathaniel Klatt of Leesport, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Management
  • Alec Benjamin Leibensperger of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry
  • Micheal Paul Lewis-Cooper of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Management Cum Laude
  • Tyler A Ludwig of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies
  • Bryce Kain Martin of Reading, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies
  • Emily Katherine Metcalf of Blandon, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Logan Michael Metcalf of Shillington, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education Cum Laude
  • Madison Hailee Mittnacht of Birdsboro, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies Cum Laude
  • Lauren Marjorie Moulin of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education Summa Cum Laude
  • Emma Mull of Lyon Station, Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
  • Faizah Munir of Hamburg, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Finance
  • Trinh D Nguyen of Reading, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Finance Magna Cum Laude
  • James Robert Pisker of Oley, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Accounting
  • Erica Nicole Quillman of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
  • Alexis Amber Rhoads of Reading, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Marketing
  • Lauralyn E Rhoads of Birdsboro, Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Organismal/Ecology
  • Pamela A Rodriguez of Reading, Bachelor of Social Work Degree in Social Work
  • Shawna Lee Rudis of Shoemakersville, Bachelor of Science Degree in Cinema, Television and Media Production
  • Arlin A Salazar of Reading, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science Summa Cum Laude
  • Ryan Josiah Schlegel of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Communication Design
  • Mary Lou Sheetz of Reading, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration Degree in Management Summa Cum Laude
  • Aaron M Sraiheen of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology
  • Danielle Marie Strunk of Wyomissing, Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education Magna Cum Laude
  • Matthew S Terhune of Reading, Bachelor of Science Degree in Cinema, Television and Media Production Magna Cum Laude
  • Danzan Terminkeev of Birdsboro, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Cum Laude
  • Annalisa Maria Touch of Fleetwood, Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Taylor N Williams of Leesport, Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science/Biology
  • Brandon M Willman of Reading, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science Magna Cum Laude
  • Briana Leigh Zdradzinski of Reading, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology Magna Cum Laude
  • Luz M Alva-de la Rosa of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education
  • Holly E Armbuster of Sinking Spring, Master of Education Degree
  • Lori G Berryman of Wyomissing, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Michelle Burlacu of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education
  • Alyssa Jane Carl of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education
  • Megan Marie Cavanna of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education
  • Kara Elizabeth Feeney of Mohrsville, Master of Education Degree
  • Carey Leigh Freeman of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Laurie Anne Getz of Reading, Master of Public Administration Degree
  • Cynthia Ann Good of Wyomissing, Master of Education Degree in Art Education
  • Julie M Gulling of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Danielle Lee Hollenbach of Reading, Master of Education Degree
  • Toni M Kemmerer of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Jessica Lorah of Oley, Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education
  • Julia Elizabeth McGregor of Temple, Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education
  • John Merlino of Topton, Master of Business Administration Degree
  • Jessica A Miller of Birdsboro, Master of Library Science Degree
  • Aubrey Elizabeth Pace of Douglassville, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Lauren N Peterson of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • David Nathan Staub of Reading, Master of Education Degree in Instructional Technology
  • Ryan Kenneth Steward of Blandon, Master of Business Administration Degree
  • Jessica R Trider of Sinking Spring, Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education
  • Brian C Young of Fleetwood, Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education

Kutztown University Small Business Development Center Accepts $25,000 Donation for Nascent Entrepreneurs

The Kutztown University Small Business Development Center received a $25,000 donation from BB&T Bank to better serve nascent entrepreneurs on Friday at a press briefing in the Old Main Concourse at Kutztown University.

The donation was presented by David Roland, president of BB&T Berks County/Northern Montgomery County Market, and Betsy Reeder, senior vice president and regional business banking manager of BB&T.

“We are proud to provide community leadership at this level and play a role in the future health and prosperity of Berks County,” Roland said. “Our donation to Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center is part of our BB&T Economic Growth Fund.”

In conjunction with the BB&T/National Penn merger, $2.5 million was entrusted to the Berks County Community Foundation to establish a BB&T Economic Growth Fund. To date, the BB&T Economic Growth Fund has awarded a total of $2,392,000.

The donation was presented to the KUSBDC for the work the center has done in Berks County and will be used to better serve nascent entrepreneurs throughout the county. The SBDC aims to improve economic development by providing the appropriate educational resources to both entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business and small business owners who are looking for assistance and learning opportunities.

Currently, the KUSBDC has 201 active clients in Berks County.

“BB&T has shown continuous support for our organizations and the work we do to offer free consulting services and workshops to existing businesses and early-stage entrepreneurs,” Dr. Ernie Post, director of the KUSBDC, said. “This grant will have impact on Berks County as it will aid in providing the proper education and guidance needed to assist nascent entrepreneurs.”

Small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs. In the U.S., existing small businesses comprise 99 percent of all employer firms, employ nearly half of the workforce and account for more than 60 percent of the private sector’s net new jobs.

The KUSBDC is part of a state-wide network of colleges and university centers, which is a joint venture of federal, state and private sector agencies and organizations including the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development. As of July 2018, the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center is hosted by Kutztown University.

For more information on the PA-SBDC visit http://www.pasbdc.org.

For more information on the KU-SBDC visit www.kutztown.edu/SBDC.