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Central Penn announces lots of free events happening in July 2019. Here’s what’s in the line-up:

· Entrepreneur Speaker Series – Juliet Jones 

Who: Juliet Jones, CEO & Founder, VIP Fortune 500 Consulting

Presentation: “The Secret to Success Using the Dream – Build – Win Model!”

When: Tuesday, July 16, 6–7 p.m.

Where: ATEC building 200

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Family Flicks Film Series: How to Train Your Dragon 3

When: Saturday, July 20, 2–4 p.m.

What: The 2019 film – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

· Career Services Internship Fair

When: Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. to noon.

What: Annual internship fair will feature more than 30 local companies.

Where: The Conference Center

Cost: The event is free and open to local college students.

· Faculty Film Series: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

When: Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

What: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix––the fifth installment in the series––will screen at 7 p.m.

Who: Professor Marcie Rovan will speak on the movie’s theme of grassroots activism at 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the film. There will be a brief discussion after the movie, as well.

Where: Capital BlueCross Theatre

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

Reading Public Library to stage outdoor dance production

An original dance production, “Where the Trees Walk” will be held on The Steps at Main Library, 100 S. 5th St., Saturday, July 27, at noon. This fourth annual Storytelling through Dance presentation will tell the story of a child who is separated from her parents after the family flees their war-torn country.

For the fourth year, Barrio Alegria has partnered with Reading Public Library to engage community members through the arts, creating opportunities for participants to explore self-limiting beliefs and gain leadership skills. More than 45 participants will tell the story through 14 dance choreographies in this premiere performance. Live music will be provided by Musical Acts of Kindness Society featuring Matthew Bailey, Tony Veloz, and David Hall.

There is no charge for admission and seating is general admission on The Steps at Main.

Additional details can be found at readingpubliclibrary.org/storytelling-through-dance-2019/.

For more information about “Where the Trees Walk” contact the Reading Public Library Foundation at 610.478.8977.

JMU announces spring 2019 dean’s list

James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students made the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester:

• Douglassville resident Griffin Edward Adams has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Adams is majoring in Accounting.

• Hamburg resident Meredith Grace Browder has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Browder is majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.

• West Lawn resident Ryan Mark Connolly has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Connolly is majoring in Finance.

• Reading resident Madeline D DiStefano has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. DiStefano is majoring in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication.

• Reading resident Ashley Margaret Russell has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2019 semester. Russell is majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.

Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899.

Kutztown University, RACC sign grant agreement with SAM Inc. to provide social work graduates to Reading area

Pictured are representatives from KU, RACC and SAM

Kutztown University and Reading Area Community College signed a two-year grant agreement with Service and Access Management Inc. Thursday to promote innovation and partnerships between university and community agencies. Kutztown University President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and Provost Dr. Anne Zayaitz signed the agreement with SAM Inc.’s Nan Haver, president and CEO, and RACC’s Jodi Corbett, Director of Academic Partnerships.

Other representatives from both SAM Inc. and RACC were also in attendance.

Kutztown first developed its partnership with RACC in the field of social work with an initial agreement in June 2018. In this program, RACC graduates with an Associate in Arts in social work are able to earn a Bachelor in Social Work at KU in two years through an accelerated program delivered on-site on the RACC campus. This is very cost-effective for students, who are able to pay lower, community college tuition rates.

Thursday’s agreement with RACC and SAM, Inc. will allow KU BSW graduates to secure employment upon graduation and build agency-specific skills via internships at SAM Inc. Internships will be available for up to six bilingual KU students participating in the BSW program at RACC. KU will offer each of these students a stipend of $2,500.

“Our purpose in developing this program with RACC was to provide a quality, low-cost education to the citizens of this region to further develop our partnership and to serve the community by providing well-educated, well-trained graduates, who after their graduation, can give back and serve their community,” Hawkinson said. “The agreement we sign today with SAM, Inc. greatly enhances our role to expand the opportunities of students in this important field.”

“We are so excited to be part of this program,” Haver said. “We are proud that KU and RACC see us as a valuable community partner and an organization that impacts the community. We are truly grateful for this opportunity and are looking forward to having these students come to us as interns and become fully-trained employees on their hire day.”

Beginning fall 2019, bilingual BSW students at RACC will be able to accept an internship at SAM Inc. and complete one of their elective social work courses in case management with specialized content based on SAM Inc.’s approach. Upon graduation and successful completion of the internship, SAM Inc. is committed to employing these students.

“As a KU alumna, I am very proud of how we have worked together in the role of public education to provide affordable opportunities to students,” Corbett said. “Our partnership with Kutztown University is active and strong because of the relationships that have been built between good people who are doing good things for this community. This is another element we have added to help students get into the workforce and be able to serve the community’s they so-much want to serve.”

“This is a wonderful example of how a four-year institution, a two-year institution and a community organization can come together to provide a more affordable path for our students to earn their degree with a guaranteed job that will result in having well-trained professionals ready to serve the Reading community,” Hawkinson said.

For more information about SAM Inc., please visit http://www.sam-inc.org/pa/.

Widener University awards degrees at 2019 commencement

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Patrick Murphy, a veteran, Widener alumnus and member of the Widener University Board of Trustees.

In his speech, Murphy focused on three principles: find a purpose, trust the process, and give back.

“When you live a purpose-driven life, when you trust the process, when you show up and give back, even in the face of intense challenges, you too can make a difference in this world,” he said.

The graduates hailed from 36 states and 11 other countries, including China, Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The youngest graduate was 20 years old, while the eldest was 67. They included:

  • Patrick Choate of Birdsboro. Choate graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Alyssa Gombar of Reading. Gombar graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Brandi Lafountain of Bethel. Lafountain graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Danielle Palermo of Shillington. Palermo graduated with a Master of Social Work from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Tracy Scheirer of Birdsboro. Scheirer graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Katrina Undheim of Laureldale. Undheim graduated with a Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies Sex Therapy from Widener’s School of Human Service Professions.
  • Samantha Bennethum of Wernersville. Bennethum graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Antonio Borelli of Wyomissing. Borelli graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Jenelle Clelland of Wernersville. Clelland graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Widener’s School of Nursing.
  • Blake Devine of Reading. Devine graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics/Personal Financial Services from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Erin Doherty of Wernersville. Doherty graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management with a specialization in Marketing from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Scott Goeltz of Wyomissing. Goeltz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Ryan Koch of West Lawn. Koch graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Widener’s College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Alexis Meals of Fleetwood. Meals graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Analytics from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Ethan Newman of Fleetwood. Newman graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Andrew Saylor of Reading. Saylor graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Samuel Smith of Wyomissing. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.
  • Carley Sottosanti of Reading. Sottosanti graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management from Widener’s School of Business Administration.
  • Olivia Weaver of Reading. Weaver graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Widener’s School of Engineering.

The graduates also heard from Iman Elkhashab who was selected as the President’s Award recipient and served as the student speaker.

In her speech, Elkhashab shared her personal story of struggle and perseverance that she experienced growing up in Egypt during the time of the revolution. The tumultuous environment taught Elkhashab, now of Broomall, Pennsylvania, that each individual has the capacity to conquer and grow from challenges encountered.

James Madison University announces spring 2019 graduates

James Madison University is pleased to announce the students who graduated during the May 2019 commencement exercise

They were among 3,700 students who received degrees during the ceremonies.

Meredith Browder of Hamburg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisc Liberal Studies.

Ryan Connolly of West Lawn graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Madeline DiStefano of Reading graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Writing Rhet & Tech Comm.

Morgann Henn of Leesport graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Comm Sciences & Disorders.

Jessica Keck of Fleetwood graduated with a Master of Education in College Stu Pers Admin.

Josh Martinez of Reading graduated with a Master of Education in College Stu Pers Admin.

BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

June 10, 2019

  • Police arrested Josue Aponte-Perez, 40 of Kutztown, PA for Theft by Unlawful Taking and Simple Assault following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 500 block of College Blvd.
  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to vehicles after it was reported that three vehicles were damaged while parked at W. E. Yoder, Inc., 41 S Maple St.
  • Police investigated the report of Vandalism to a hand railing and walls after it was reported that feces were smeared on the hand railing and walls at a residence in the 100 block of W Main St.

McDaniel College Announces Dean’s List

McDaniel College announces its Spring 2019 Dean’s List, recognizing full-time undergraduate students for outstanding academic achievement. Among them were:

Dustin Miller of Wyomissing was named to the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.

Paige West of Reading was named to the Dean’s List with Honors.

Meghan Sadler of Blandon was named to the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.

Caroline Ramsey of Sinking Springs was named to the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.

For more information about McDaniel College, visit www.mcdaniel.edu.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher, high honors for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89, and honors for a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.

The Colgate Graduating Class of 2019

The 198th Colgate commencement takes place alongside Taylor Lake Sunday, May 19, 2019. Mark DiOrio / Colgate University

Members of the Class of 2019 received their diplomas May 19 at Colgate University’s 198th Commencement. Colgate Alumnus Antonio Delgado, U.S. Representative for the 19th Congressional District of New York, delivered the keynote address.

Abigail Waxler of Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, majored in computer science with a minor in applied mathematics.

Nicholas Dennis of Reading, a graduate of Wyomissing Area High School, majored in neuroscience with a minor in philosophy.

Rachel Keirstead of Blandon, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, majored in English and political science.

Now celebrating its 200th year, Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 2,900 students in central New York. Learn more at colgate.edu.