Daniel Bach of Sinking Spring receives white coat during Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s ceremony for MD Class of 2023

Daniel Bach of Sinking Spring was welcomed to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2023 during GCSOM’s 11th annual White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 2.

The Class of 2023’s future doctors participated in the ceremony, held in common with virtually every other medical school in the nation, designed to welcome new medical students into the profession. Students recited an oath acknowledging their responsibilities as future physicians and their obligations to future patients. Then they were cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession. White coats were provided by The Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.

At the ceremony, GCSOM’s president and dean, Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., reminded the students that despite the pace of change and the wonders of new technology, “What needs to remain constant through, or even despite, all of this is your relationship with the patient. Many things in our brave new world of modern medicine conspire to separate you from them . . . this is where oaths come in.” Dr. Scheinman urged the Class of 2023 to return to their White Coat ceremony oath throughout their education and their careers as a means to keep “your relationship with the patient central to your identity as a physician.”

F. Dennis Dawgert, M.D. presented the Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the well-respected physician and educator from Luzerne County. Dr. Dawgert is a professor of pediatrics at GCSOM. He has been instrumental in educating Geisinger Commonwealth students and the community about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their long-term connection to and influence upon many common and chronic health problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure and addiction, that hamper quality of life and shorten life expectancy. ACEs are also linked to increases in learning disabilities, incarceration and other psychosocial issues.

A reception immediately followed in the lobby of GCSOM’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street, Scranton.

Art Pop Up This Friday in Boyertown

Studio B Fine Art Gallery, 39A East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, welcomes visitors to the gallery for a pop-up exhibit featuring the artwork of Robin Kulp, Holly Anasiewicz, and Brittany Spicer entitled “Getting to Know Us.” The exhibit opens on July 26, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m. during Boyertown’s monthly “Corks for a Cause” evening and will run through August 2, 2019.

Kulp, curator of the exhibit, is a senior art education major at Kutztown University minoring in art history and currently serving as an intern at Studio B. Kulp’s oil and acrylic hyper-realistic still-life paintings showcase the technical skills she’s practiced during her studies. She challenges her audience to look closely at art because, she notes, “sometimes what you first see isn’t what it truly is.”

Anasiewicz’s photographs taken at the Borneo rainforest in Malaysia and in Thailand are designed to raise awareness of the deforestation the countries have been facing since the 1960’s following extensive logging practices. Native orangutans rely on trees to escape predators and are now dangerously exposed in the bare areas of the forest. 

Spicer’s mixed media portraits capture human emotion and serve to showcase her desire to communicate the therapeutic benefits in creating art. Her goal is to own a studio where children who have experienced abuse or hard times are encouraged to work out their emotions through artistic expression. 

“FACES of Boyertown” is the current exhibit at Studio B featuring photographic portraits of those who live, work, and/or visit Boyertown. In the Gray Gallery through August 25, 2019, is an exhibit by Ron Schira entitled “Experiments, Wanderings and Inquiries: Works on Paper.” Schira has served as the area’s leading art critic for the Reading Eagle for over 24 years. 

Further information about Studio B can be found on the studio’s website www.studiobbb.org or on Studio B’s Facebook page. The studio is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., by chance, or by appointment.

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.

Healthy Pets, Healthy Communities: Pet Vaccine and Microchip Clinics

Throughout the summer, Humane Pennsylvania will be offering low-cost and free vaccine and microchip clinics. These clinics will be held at local community venues as well as at the Humane Society of Berks County shelter.

Below is a list of each current clinic. To learn more about a specific clinic, select and click that clinic’s button below for further details and to preregister.

Low Cost Dog and Cat Vaccine and Free Microchip Clinic

Free Dog Microchip Clinic at Laureldale Fire Department

St. John’s Lutheran Church Free Dog Vaccine and Microchip Clinic Series
Riverfront Federal Credit Union Free Dog Vaccine and Microchip Clinic Series

Kutztown Community Library announces April/May 2019 calendar

Thursday, April 18

Kutztown Area Garden Club 7pm Speaker Vali G. Heist, M.Ed. Certified Professional Organizer and noted local author. Spring is the perfect time to organize and unclutter your garden shed and other rooms of your home. Come find out how to get started and simplify your life! Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley 610-683-5820.

Friday, April 26

BIG BOOK SALE & MORE 9:30am-2pm at Kutztown Community Library. All books/DVDs half-price! Plus jewelry, purses, and ladies’, men’s & children’s clothing. 70 Bieber Alley 610-683-5820

Saturday, April 27

BIG BOOK SALE & MORE 9:30am-2pm at Kutztown Community Library. $5 Fill-a-bag (DVDs & CDs limited to one bag/person). Plus jewelry, purses, and ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing. Adopt a cat with Sanctuary at Haafsville. Must bring your own carrier. 70 Bieber Alley 610-683-5820

Sunday, April 28

PRIZE BINGO plus additional raffles from local merchants and artisans, doors open at 1pm, games at 2pm at Lyons Fire Company #1, Topton, PA 19562. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets available at Kutztown Community Library. Benefits Kutztown Community Library youth programs, 70 Bieber Alley 610-683-5820

Thursday, May 2 Bus Trip – Costuming THE CROWN at Winterthur. View 40 iconic costumes from The Crown, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Explore museum exhibitions and collections in the galleries on your own. Tram tour of the gardens in bloom, weather permitting. $75 per person includes bus fare, driver’s tip and admission. Lunch is on your own at Winterthur’s Pavilion Restaurant. Deadline to sign up is April 24. Trip benefits Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley. Call 610-683-5820 for more details

KU Opens Permanent Career Closet for Students

In a joint effort between the Career Development Center and TRIO Student Support Services Program, Kutztown University is proud to announce a permanent Career Closet for students. The career closet features professional clothing for any students interested.

To browse the Career Closet, students should stop by the Career Development Center in Stratton 113.

Men and women’s professional clothing is available for the suggested donation of $2 per piece. All proceeds are donated to TRIO SSSP’s student scholarship fund. In addition to the permanent Career Closet, TRIO SSSP will host pop-up shops twice a year in different locations on-campus.

Donations of new or gently-used professional clothing can be made in Stratton 113. For more information, contact careerhelp@kutztown.edu.

2019 Sophomore Expedition takes students to Athens, Greece

The Sophomore Expedition is a guaranteed study abroad program. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend 8-10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities. This year they traveled to Athens, Greece.

The following area students are among the dozens of Cedar Crest College students who traveled to Athens, Greece recently as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition.

Madison McGowan of Birdsboro, Amanda O’Neill of Hamburg, Karina Addison of Reading, Madison Snyder of Lenhartsville, Amy Nguyen of Sinking Springs, McKenzie Carter of Hamburg and Gianna Castellitto of Hamburg.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Jan. 11, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Jessica Rago, 24, of Frackville, for simple assault following an incident that occurred at Tommy Boy’s Pizza, 313 W. Main St.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Connor Hyson, 21, of Cape May Courthouse, N.J., for criminal mischief/real property following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Noble Street.

CPRS Physical Therapy receives Business Partner of the Year award

Pictured from left are Kristin Fike, Rubina Azizdin, Steve Hassinger, Janelle Minier with award, Francesca Kirk, Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams and Matthew Morgan.

CPRS Physical Therapy receives Business Partner of the Year award

SUMMERDALE – CPRS Physical Therapy was named as the 2018 Business Partner of the Year by Central Penn College at a ceremony this morning in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The award recognizes a local company for partnering with the college and its Career Services department.

“We are extremely honored to receive this distinguished award,” said Matthew Morgan, Chief Operations Officer at CPRS Physical Therapy. “We greatly enjoy our partnership with the college and look forward to continuing our work together.”

Founded in 1983, CPRS Physical Therapy has 28 locations in the commonwealth and currently employs 36 Central Penn College graduates. “This is really a true testament to the amazing work and valuable education that students (and often our future staff) receive at Central Penn,” said Morgan. Also representing the company at the ceremony were Human Relations Manager Janelle Minier and Continue reading “CPRS Physical Therapy receives Business Partner of the Year award”