2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship to be held at Elmira College Domes

The 2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship will be held at the Elmira College Murray Athletic Center (The Domes) Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship is the premier martial arts competition in the Twin Tiers of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.

This is an opportunity for students of all ages and all levels to come together and present their martial arts skills in healthy and fair competition.

This regional martial arts tournament is open to all martial arts schools and all styles. This tournament is sanctioned by the Sport Karate International and will follow the TTMAC rules and regulations, which can be obtained at TTMAC or through American Family Karate.

This tournament is open to the public; spectators are encouraged to attend and see live martial arts in action. There is plenty of free and convenient parking, a snack bar and bleacher seating for spectators.

There will also be a number of vendors including a professional photographer and official TTMAC apparel.

TTMAC is a great opportunity to grow in your martial arts journey whether you are a beginner, a seasoned martial artist or just a curious spectator possibly interested in martial arts.

The tournament is promoted and produced by American Family Karate, which has been serving the Elmira community for the past 10 years. Sensei Shawnie Brown is a two-time inductee to the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and holds the rank of Godan (fifth-degree black belt) in Soryu Karate. Brown has been national, and internationally ranked in the National Blackbelt League and has been participating in tournaments for more than 20 years.

Order of events

8 a.m. – Registration Opens

9 a.m. – Blackbelt Meeting

9:30 a.m. – Competitor Meeting

10 a.m. – Tournament Starts


1. Board Breaking (12 divisions)

2. Traditional Weapons (42 divisions)

3. Open Weapons (42 divisions)

4. Traditional Forms (42 divisions)

5. Open Forms (42 divisions)

6. Point Sparring (54 divisions)

7. Continuous Sparring (32 divisions)

8. Grand Championship Competition (six divisions)

For more information, visit http://TwinTiersMartialArtsChampionship.com

KU to host opioid crisis panel Feb. 19

The Kutztown University Department of Criminal Justice will host an “Opioid Crisis Panel” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in the McFarland Student Union Building’s Alumni Auditorium.

The panel will be presented by Raphael M. Barishansky, deputy secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection at Pennsylvania Department of Health; Jeffrey Poch, executive director at Safe Harbor Easton; and L. James Thomas, sergeant at Lower Windsor Township Police Department.

Barishansky, Poch, and Thomas will share professional and personal stories about the pervasive and far-reaching implications of opioid use, addiction and recovery drawing from individual, health and legal perspectives.

For more information, contact Dr. Kadee L. Crandall, assistant professor of criminal justice, at crandall@kutztown.edu.

Kutztown Basketball Community Promotes the Bears Who Care Initiative

2/12/2019 | Men’s Basketball

Throughout games over winter break the Kutztown University men’s and women’s basketball teams encouraged fans to bring non-perishable food items in lieu of admission to games as a part of the Bears Who Care initiative. Last week, two KU basketball representatives dropped off the generous donations to the Friend, Inc. Community Services.

On Thursday, Feb. 7th, Karen Lapkiewicz of the Kutztown women’s team and Anthony Lee of the men’s team took the food and monetary donations to Friend, Inc. A total of $188.60 was raised as well as over 200 non-perishable food items.

Friend, Inc. Community Services is a not-for-profit, multi-service agency that supports the well-being of families and individuals in need, and is committed to strengthening the lives of those living in Northeastern Berks County. Friend, Inc. is a Kutztown University Satellite Pantry. Kutztown Athletics would like to thank all of the fans who participated in the Bears Who Care initiative.

Reading Public Library Northeast Branch to present program on Appalachian Trail trek

The Northeast Branch of Reading Public Library, 1348 N. 11th St., will present a program entitled “Tales from the Trail,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Featured speaker Angelique Krohn, youth service coordinator at the library’s Northeast Branch and 2018 thru-hiker, will relate what it’s like to hike the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 different states along America’s east coast.

A question-and-answer session will follow Angelique’s trail stories; light refreshments will be served.

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is not required.  For more information, call 610.655.6361.

KU to Host Workshops Dec. 5 on Future of Title IX and #MeToo Movement

KU to Host Workshops Dec. 5 on Future of Title IX and #MeToo Movement

KUTZTOWN – Sponsored through the PA Governor’s Its On Us Grant, Jessica Davidson, interim executive director of End Rape on Campus, will host two workshops at Kutztown University Wednesday, Dec. 5. The first workshop, “The Future of Title IX”, will take place at 3 p.m. in room 145 in the Boehm Science Building. The second workshop, “Moving Beyond #MeToo: What Does a Trauma-Informed Future Look Like”, will take place at 6 p.m. in room 218 in the McFarland Student Union Building.

In the “The Future of Title IX” workshop, Davidson and Michelle Carroll, EROC’s associate director, will explain the function of EROC, as well as discuss the new changes to Title IX, the future of the movement, and what a survivor-focused Title IX system may look like. A brief Q&A will follow the discussion.

In the “Moving Beyond #MeToo: What Does a Trauma-Informed Future Look Like?” workshop, Davidson will discuss various types of violence and how students can support friends who have experienced it, as well as how institutions can make efforts to be more trauma-informed and help survivors in both the short and long term.

Prior to joining the EROC campaign as managing director in 2017, Davidson served as regional advisor for the It’s On Us Campaign, as well as interned at the White House office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. In her current role she is responsible for EROC’s fundraising efforts, grant and budget management, maintaining healthy relationships with partners and organizations, and serving as the face of the organization in addition to various other responsibilities.

Davidson’s advocacy efforts have been featured in several media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME magazine and Good Morning America, among others. She has presented Continue reading “KU to Host Workshops Dec. 5 on Future of Title IX and #MeToo Movement”

Geisinger student Tiffany Garcia of Reading participates in LMSA Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Geisinger student Tiffany Garcia of Reading participates in LMSA Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.

SCRANTON – Tiffany Garcia of Reading, a medical student at Geisinger Commonwalth School of medicine, together with other GCSOM students,recently participated in LMSA’s Policy Summit held in October in Washington, D.C.

Second-year medical students Jasmine Santos and Andres Rodriguez are co-presidents of GCSOM’s chapter. Third-year student, Yoseph Aldras, who served as president in his second year, is now external liaison for LMSA’s national Policy Committee. In that position, he helped plan the summit, developed promotional materials, worked with invited speakers and reviewed policy resolutions drafted by attendees at the three-day event.

As a group, the GCSOM delegation – the largest to attend the summit in GCSOM’s history – visited Congressional leaders representing states and districts in which the students reside, including U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.); U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (California); U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (California); U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (Michigan); and U.S Rep. Diana DeGette (Colorado).

The goal of the summit was to provide students with tools to become involved in health policy processes to address and improve health disparities facing the Latino community. In addition to visiting the offices of Congressional leaders, LMSA members participated in seminars at the headquarters of the Association of American Medical Colleges and learned about policy issues specifically impacting the Continue reading “Geisinger student Tiffany Garcia of Reading participates in LMSA Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.”

Maureen McGarry Named to Summer 2018 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences

Maureen McGarry Named to Summer 2018 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences

PHILADELPHIA – Maureen McGarry has been named to the Summer 2018 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences.

Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the summer of 2018.

McGarry of Blandon is a doctor of pharmacy student.

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years.

Key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields. Discover how USciences students are proven everywhere they go at usciences.edu.

KU Student Awarded Grant from Kutztown University Trustee to Create Physics Labs for Visually Impaired

KU student Morganne Bennett with Dr. Jolynn Haney, Kutztown University Trustee

KU Student Awarded Grant from Kutztown University Trustee to Create Physics Labs for Visually Impaired

KUTZTOWN – Morganne Bennett, an education of the visually impaired major in her junior year at Kutztown University, is spending her spare time in the lab this semester.

Bennett, of Hillsborough, N.J., is working with Dr. Paul V. Quinn, associate professor of physics, to create physics labs for the visually impaired. To do so, Bennett and Quinn are focusing their research on making the labs more tactile to appeal to the senses other than vision.

Their research was bolstered by a grant from Dr. Jolynn Haney ’84 M’93, a member of KU’s Council of Trustees since 2016, who is currently serving as secretary.

“This means a lot to me because I hope to teach students who are visually impaired; but since every student is different, we have to work on making general improvements in the lab to make it more tactile,” Bennett said. “Dr. Haney’s contribution will allow me to focus on improving KU’s resources for students who are visually impaired so that labs will truly appeal to all students on campus.”

The grant will support Bennett with funding to continue her research.

Haney presented the grant to Bennett Thursday, Sept. 27.

“People in the physics field are hesitant to work with those who are visually impaired because most of the research is completed using graphs. Labs like these will make the field accessible to a new population,” Quinn said. “Students who are visually impaired will be able to experience the concepts of physics in the world around them with their own senses.”

Bennett and Quinn are taking five pre-existing physics labs and making them tactile by creating a board with three functions that is tailored to the needs of students who are visually impaired. The first function is a magnetic graphing tool that will take the place of Microsoft Excel. The second function includes a series of pegs and holes that will allow students to plot data, and the third function consists of felt and velcro that can be used to create maps.

“It’s important that every student has the same opportunities. Labs friendly to students who are visually impaired will not only benefit them, but it will also help professors better understand student needs,” Bennett said. “Having a lab specifically designed for this will give professors better ideas of how to help students in the future, especially since we have many students who are visually impaired at KU.”

To learn more on physics at KU, check out their department website or contact the physical sciences department at simpson@kutztown.edu or by phone at 610-683-4447.

A lifetime approach to lowering cholesterol is still key to reducing cardiovascular risk

A lifetime approach to lowering cholesterol is still key to reducing cardiovascular risk

Updated cholesterol guidelines offer more personalized risk assessment, additional treatment options for people at the highest risk

More personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease are among the key recommendations in the 2018 cholesterol guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

The guidelines were presented at the Association’s 2018 Scientific Sessions conference in Chicago, the premier annual global forum for the exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. The guidelines were simultaneously published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

“The updated guidelines reinforce the importance of healthy living, lifestyle modification and prevention. They build on the major shift we made in our 2013 cholesterol recommendations to focus on identifying and addressing lifetime risks for cardiovascular disease,” said Ivor Benjamin, M.D., FAHA, Continue reading “A lifetime approach to lowering cholesterol is still key to reducing cardiovascular risk”

American Heart Association calls for adoption of newly released DHHS physical activity guidelines

American Heart Association calls for adoption of the newly released U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition

American Heart Association President Ivor Benjamin, M.D. FAHA, issued the following comments on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions today.

“The American Heart Association has long recognized the importance of physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other noncommunicable diseases. We’re committed to developing programs and advocating for public policy that make it easier to get more physical activity, regardless of where you live. These latest guidelines reinforce the importance of moving more and sitting less.

The American Heart Association stands committed to addressing chronic disease prevention through programs and policies supporting increased physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior to help people live longer, healthier lives for themselves, their families and their communities.

Only 26 percent of men, 19 percent of women and 20 percent of adolescents report enough activity to meet the physical activity recommendations. But changing sedentary time to active time in any way – even in small amounts – can have health benefits, according to a key finding in the guidelines.

With a focus on being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, the American Heart Association advocates for policies supporting physical education and physical activity in schools and early care and education, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, safe routes to school and Complete Streets Continue reading “American Heart Association calls for adoption of newly released DHHS physical activity guidelines”