Eliza Meals of Fleetwood competes in Collegiate Leadership Competition

Pictured from left are team coach Davida Vogel, competitors JC Lamkin, Connor Pandolfo, Eliza Meals, Natalie Weaver, Arianna McRae, Austin Marks and team coach Ariana Hays.

Six students from Widener University attended the Collegiate Leadership Competition recently for the Mid-Atlantic region. The team from Widener included Eliza Meals of Fleetwood.

Their team, organized through the Oskin Leadership Institute, competed in Newark, Delaware, against nine other teams on April 12.

Teams were judged on leadership knowledge and were scored on their performances in leadership scenarios that tested their abilities to lead under stress.

Meals is a sophomore studying business management (operations).

Renowned scholar to deliver Alvernia Francis Factor Lecture

Former St. Bonaventure president will discuss Franciscan education

What: Former St. Bonaventure University president and renowned scholar and leader Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., will discuss Franciscan education during Alvernia’s annual Founders Day and Francis Factor lecture titled “Pope Francis and the Inclusive Franciscan University.” Sr. Margaret served as the dean and director of the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure, which operates a center for research and textual scholarship in the field of Franciscan medieval theology, history and philosophy. She currently serves on the boards of Duquesne University and the Commission for Mercy Higher Education.

Who: Alvernia University’s Department of Campus Ministry

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Lecture begins at 4 p.m.

Where: McGlinn Conference Center, 460 St. Bernardine St., Reading

Why: The Francis Factor Series, which began in 2016, is an annual Alvernia event designed to expand knowledge of Catholic-Franciscan identity by exploring the impact Pope Francis is having both in the Church, and beyond the Church, though his intentional focus on the environment, immigration, service to the poor, hands-on living of the Gospel, and social justice.

The series is an expansion of the Founders Day series that started in the fall of 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the second Vatican Council.

Media members are welcome to attend the event.

For more information, contact Kristopher Nolt at Kristopher.Nolt@alvernia.edu or 610.796.8281.

Marsha Cressman named KU Employee of the Month for January 2019

Pictured from left are Tyrone Hill, assistant director of Housing Custodial Services, Marsha Cressman, custodial worker in facilities, Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, President:

Congratulations to Marsha Cressman, custodial worker in facilities, on being named KU Employee of the Month for January 2019.

Cressman’s nomination from Tyrone Hill, assistant director of Housing Custodial Services, reads:

“As the assistant director of housing custodial services, I have the task of ensuring my team is equipped with all the tools and knowledge necessary to perform their work. We utilize a variety of resources to help train our employees including outside vendors, online trainings and shop meetings. As a manager, you want to be confident that your team is prepared to handle any situation and can excel independently when necessary. I am proud to say on this particular day in January, Marsha Cressman soared above all expectations and utilized training beyond what we typically provide for our custodians.

“It was early morning January 24, 2019, in Johnson Hall. Marsha was attending to her daily assignment of hauling trash from the second floor when she saw a student running down the hall with his hands in the air. Marsha immediately stopped what she was doing to attend to the student. She noticed he could not speak, nor could he breathe through his mouth. Without hesitation Marsha walked behind the student and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

“Teaching someone how to react in these types of situations is difficult because when you train, it is not a matter of life or death. Most people never know if they can rise to the challenge, because fortunately, they never face it with so much on the line. Marsha could’ve easily panicked and tried other means to get this student help, which likely would have wasted precious time; however, her quick action and ability to remain calm in such a critical moment likely saved this young man’s life. Marsha’s coworkers, peers and leadership team are very proud and humbled beyond words by her heroic actions; her passion for our most important customer should never be overlooked.

“Marsha not only serves and helps our KU students, but actually saved one’s life. We are extremely proud of her and we hope you will join in and recognize her as the Employee of the Month for January 2019.”

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month, and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by President Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, visit kutztown.edu/hr.

Students named to dean’s list at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus

Students at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus, located in Madison, N.J., have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester.

Among them are Jessica Goeltz of Wyomissing and Anneliese Schlick of Reading.

To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must carry a 3.2 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours (four courses).

Top Albright College students present honors research

Twenty Albright College Honors Program students will present senior theses on campus, April 29 though May 2, 2019. Each senior thesis is a major undertaking and the culmination of concentrated independent research, vetted by a faculty advisor and a committee of faculty readers.

Local student projects include:

Benjamin Foreman of Temple, studying business administration/marketing at Albright College. A graduate of Oley Valley High School, Foreman’s senior thesis explores “Mapping the Consumer Profile of the American Sport Fisherman.”

Zoe Gehman of Birdsboro, studying chemistry at Albright College. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Gehman’s senior thesis explores “An Asymmetrical Ferrocene-Bridged Ligand for Holding Two Dissimilar Metal Ions.”

Jennifer Heydt of Reading, studying English at Albright College. A graduate of Exeter Township Senior High School, Heydt’s senior thesis explores “Liberation from Fear: Institutional Racism and the African American Home.”

Tyler Kiwak of Reading, studying biochemistry at Albright College. A graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, Kiwak’s senior thesis explores “The Building of a Conditional Lethal Plasmid for Agrobacterium.”

Thalia Williamson of Oley, studying biology at Albright College. A graduate of Oley Valley High School,Williamson’s senior thesis explores “Sound Pollution and it’s Impact on Bird Behavior.”

Brenna Klinger among students to present senior seminar and portfolio in art student exhibition

East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery will feature art works and portfolios of advanced students in the university art and design department in a Senior Seminar and Portfolio in Art Student Exhibition April 29 through May 8, 2019.

The exhibition will include works produced by students completing independent study projects and works from selected art and design classes, including Brenna Klinger, of Blandon.

Hours for the gallery, located in the university’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A reception for the artists will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the gallery. Both the exhibit and reception are open to the public at no cost.

At the reception, the 2019 Excellence in the Arts awards will be presented. The art and design department also will present the Dr. Irene Mitchel Three Sisters Endowed Art Scholarship in memory of Helen Mitchel Stetz and Mary Mitchel Kurello and the Cecilia S. Cohen Award for Excellence in Art History.

Seniors majoring in integrated art and design participating in the exhibit include Andreas Alomar of East Stroudsburg; Laila Andujar of Milford; Kelliann Brown of Bogota, N.J.; Kristen Cappello of Milford; Samatha Dietz of Johnstown; Brenna Klinger of Blandon; Alicia Koval of Broomall; Lauren Lawrence of Bronx, N.Y.; Timothy Morrell of Staatsburg, N.Y.; Brendan Reilly of Mount Bethel; Ellen Rosenfield of Bethlehem; Jennifer Tullo of Cedar Grove; and Ryan Zacharias of Brodheadsville.

Senior art and design majors featured in the exhibit include Stephen Coleman of Summit, N.J.; Elizabeth Lyman of Bristol; Cody Sarisky of East Stroudsburg; and Ryan Wenrich of Wyoming.

Two senior art and design majors are graduating with double majors: Laura Hatch of East Stroudsburg with a second major in psychology and Maryruth Maichin of East Stroudsburg with a second major in English.

The exhibit also will include works by junior integrated art and design majors Isis Hodge of East Stroudsburg and John Maffei of Milford and junior art and design major Alaina Warner of Rockaway, N.J.

For more information on the exhibit or reception, contact the Fine and Performing Arts Center at esuarts.esu.edu or call 570.422.3483.

Triota Honor Society Inducts 36 into 2019 Class at Kutztown University

Triota Honor Society Inducts 36 into 2019 Class at Kutztown University

Kutztown University inducted 36 students into the Iota Iota Iota, known as Triota, Women’s & Gender Studies Honor Society at its induction ceremony on Monday, April 23.

Triota is an emerging honor society for students in women’s studies. The society’s Alpha chapter began at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo. The Alpha chapter has been working to organize local chapters on campuses nationwide for the purpose of applying for national status from the National Association of College Honor Societies.

The goal of Triota is to recognize and promote excellence within the discipline of women’s studies. Historically, women’s studies programs have shown some reluctance to support honor societies because elitism and exclusion are contrary to feminist principles of equality, inclusion, and non-hierarchical processes and structures. Having wrestled with this question at KU, we believe it is appropriate to recognize and honor the achievements of students who elect to concentrate in women’s studies.

Inductees are women’s studies minors who have demonstrated active involvement in promoting women’s issues and gender equality.

Barbara Baker of Reading (19607)

Karly Schaub of Reading (19606)

Sophia Valeriano of Temple (19560)

Lebanon Valley College Inducts Students Into Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society

Lebanon Valley College inducted 80 students into its chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi honor society as part of Inquiry 2019.

Local students include:

Pearl Weber of Douglassville, a graduate of Twin Valley High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in exercise science.

Norene Miller of Wernersville, a graduate of Conrad Weiser Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education.

Sigma Alpha Pi is the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. The Society serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. Students are selected for induction based upon their GPA and level of involvement. The Society is based on six main tenets for achieving success: finding a vision, setting goals, persevering, taking risks, pursuing your passion, and continuous improvement.

Albright Students Present Original Research at HECBC Conference

Forty three Albright College students are presenting scholarly work at the 20th annual Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference, April 29, 2019. In addition, this year’s keynote speaker is Albright graduate Heidi Devlin Berg, Ph.D. ’04.

Local scholars include:

Kiara Eisenhower of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Professor MeeAh Oh-Ranck, Eisenhower will present artwork titled, “Colorful Exploration of Eclectic Bohemian Design in Fashion and Interiors.”

Faith Miravich of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Professor Kristen Woodward, Miravich will present artwork titled, “Ocean of Self: a Vanita.”

Jennifer Heydt of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Teresa Gilliams, Heydt will present a paper titled, “Liberation from Fear: Institutional Racism and the African American Home.”

Joseph Holowko of Douglassville. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Elizabeth Kiester, Holowko will present a paper titled, “Redefining the Roles of Master and Apprentice: Crossing the Threshold through the Co-Creation of a First-Year Seminar.”

Lisa Luu of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Professor Marian Wolbers, Luu will present a paper titled, “Themes in Kawabata Yasunari’s Snow Country.”

Alexandra Papoutsis of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Professor Jayanthi Rajan, Papoutsis will present a paper titled, “Studying the Feasibility of Launching a Digital Wallet Product in Greece.”

Joshua Templin of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Heidi Mau, Templin will present a paper titled, “The Witch of the Wilds: Liminality, Abjection and Alienation in The Witch..”

Matthew Woodward of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Professor Wendy Bartkus, Woodward will present a paper titled, “The Complex Cognitive and Social Impact Music Has on The Brain.”

Maya Fares of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Christian Hamannand partner Shaun Hange, Fares will present a poster titled, “Raman Spectroscopy for Organic Chemistry Students.”

Zoe Gehman of Birdsboro. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Nicholas Piro, Gehman will present a poster titled, “An Asymmetrical Ferrocene-Bridged Ligand to Hold Dissimilar Metal Ions.”

Sarah Hohl of Blandon. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Justin Couchman, Hohl will present a poster titled, “Fantasy and Reality Distinction in Young Children.”

Jazmine Levengood of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Justin Couchman, Levengood will present a poster titled, “Political Views and How they Influence Belief of Credibility.”

Isabel Skovera of Reading. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Justin Couchman, Skovera will present a poster titled, “The Difference in Interpretation of Emotional Response in Regards to Gender and Attire.”

Thalia Williamson of Oley. Working with faculty mentor Dr. Karen Campbell, Williamson will present a poster titled, “Impact of Sound Pollution on Bird Behavior.”