Brianna Metsger of Sinking Spring was honored during Lebanon Valley College’s Student Affairs awards as a Gold Community Service Award recipient, having served more than 100 hours, and having completed a multi-day residential service project during their years at The Valley. Students who completed 250 hours of service or more also received a gold award.
Metsger, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English and creative writing from The Valley.
The 2019 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways. They raised funds for the American Cancer Society, read to students at area school districts, packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and volunteered at numerous local organizations, among other service projects.
Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson hosted the Kutztown Optimist Club and guests for the annual presentation of the Kutztown Fools’ Run Scholarships last Thursday night, May 16. Eight promising and deserving students from high schools in northeast Berks County received scholarships from the Kutztown Area Optimist Club to attend KU in the fall.
The scholarships are generated through proceeds from the Kutztown Fools’ Run. The event features a 10-mile and 5K run and a two-mile walk, and has generated more than $250,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1989.
Pictured (L-to-R): Front Row: Kimberly Wetzel, Fleetwood Area; Alyssa Romoho, Hamburg Area; McKenzie Barlet, Kutztown Area; Jenna Rothrock, Brandywine Heights. Back Row: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Kutztown University President; Zachery Brintzenhoff, Fleetwood Area; Dane Fegely, Kutztown Area; Davis Stoudt, Brandywine Heights; Michael Boyer, Fleetwood Area; Scott O’Neil, Kutztown Optimist Club.
Reading skills are essential. According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, basic literacy is a focus for PA libraries because “thirteen percent of Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills such as the ability to read a newspaper or brochure. This percentage of Pennsylvanians who struggle with basic literacy remains unchanged from 1992.” Furthermore, half of the unemployed in the nation aged 16-21 are “functional illiterates with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.” Muhlenberg Community Library and Boscov’s understand how important it is to encourage practice in the next generation of readers and are seeking to make a difference locally.
Boscov’s has teamed up with the Muhlenberg Community Library to offer a reading incentive program called B the Reader. Children in Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate on a monthly basis. B the Reader Rewards Log Sheets will be available at Muhlenberg Community Library on June 1st and at the start of every month thereafter. Children complete the log by reading 20 books. Completed log sheets can be turned in at the library to receive a Reading Award Certificate which can then be redeemed for a free breakfast at the Restaurant at Boscov’s North, up to a $4.99 value. Breakfast hours are available Monday- Saturday 8AM-11AM and all day Sunday, 8AM-2PM, at the Restaurant at Boscov’s, 2910 North 5th Street Highway in Reading.
In addition to earning a free breakfast, all children who redeem their Reading Award Certificate at the restaurant will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 Boscov’s gift card! B the Reader is a year-round program that will be available January-December. Starting this June, visit Muhlenberg Community Library at 3612 Kutztown Road in Laureldale to pick up a B the Reader Rewards Log Sheet and some books that will start your children on a tasty reading adventure.
Northampton Community College recognized its most
outstanding students at an awards convocation April 25, 2019. Chelsey Miller of
Hamburg was one of the honorees, earning the Drs. Edward & Arnold R. Cook
Award for Academic Excellence in Dental Hygiene.
Sedgwick Harris, vice president, student affairs and
enrollment, opened the event, calling it the most important and exciting day on
the college’s calendar. He also praised students’ parents, friends and spouses
for their support.
Carolyn Bortz, vice president, academic affairs, said the
honorees have made an indelible impression on all at NCC who have known them.
“We are proud and privileged to be part of your academic career,” she
Christensen Excellence in Teaching 2018 recipient Kevin
Manna, professor of computer science, spoke about the many forks in the road he
“Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” he said,
adding advice from his father. “Do the right things for the right
Mark Erickson, NCC president, closed the ceremony by telling
the audience that “Students inspire me with their stories, resilience and
He also praised the faculty and students’ families and concluded
with a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon
to change the world.”
More than 180 Kutztown University students have been
inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success as part of the spring
To be inducted at KU, students must attend an orientation, a
three-hour leadership training seminar, three success networking team meetings
and three speaker broadcasts featuring leading figures delivering
success-related messages to members.
Alicia Cruz, from Reading, and four other Northampton Community College students were named 2019 Student Employees of the Year.
The Student Employee of the Year award is given out to exceptional student employees whom supervisors nominate based on their performance on the job. Nominations are judged on the following characteristics: reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, and the uniqueness of the student’s contribution to the employer.
This year’s winners included Jessica Ramos from Student Life and Leadership Development, Donique Tate from Allied Health and Sciences Dean’s Office & Nursing Department, Rachelle St. Pierre from the Keys Program, and Alicia Cruz and Denisha Odom from Residence Life.
Congratulations to Cruz and all the winners for a job well done!