Blandon resident graduates from James Madison University

James Madison University is pleased to announce the following local student graduated during the Dec. 15, 2018, commencement exercises.

Sean Eric Gisler of Blandon graduated with a degree in accounting.

Gisler was among more than 820 students who received undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.

Trio of Golden Bears Name to NFHCA Division II Senior Game Roster

Field Hockey
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KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University field hockey seniors Morgan Aldinger (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen)Courtney Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and Chardonnay Hope (New Castle, Del./William Penn) have been announced as members of the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division II Senior Game team. The game will be held on Nov. 18 at Bellarmine University as part of the Division II Field Hockey Championship weekend in Louisville, Ky.

46 student-athletes (34 participants, 12 alternates) were selected to compete in the game.

Aldinger has been a staple on the KU backline in her four-year career in Maroon and Gold, playing strong defense, but also being the go-to penalty corner specialist for the Golden Bears. The Pennsburg, Pa.-product has tallied 11 points this season with three goals and five assists.

For her career, Aldinger has started in 67 total games and has a combined 37 points with 13 goals and 11 assists from her defensive position.

Academically, the Upper Perkiomen High School graduate was named to the 2016 NFHCA National Academic Squad in addition to being honored as a two-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and earning a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award for the 2016-17 school year.

Konowal has been the team captain for Kutztown each of the last two seasons and has registered eight points in her senior campaign, with three goals and two assists from her midfield position.

Konowal has started all 70 games she has played in her career with 12 career goals and 11 assists, posting a combined 35 points. On the field, the Plymouth-Whitemarsh graduate has received All-PSAC honors in each of her three seasons, earning a second-team selection in 2014 and third-team selections in both 2015 and 2016.

In the classroom, the Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-native has earned a litany of academic awards, being named a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner.

Konowal has also received national recognition for her academic efforts as a member of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

Hope, also a two-time team captain, has been the steadying force in between the pipes for KU during the last two seasons. This season, the New Castle, Del.-native has a minuscule 1.20 goals against average and 66 saves with a 9-6-0 overall record. Hope ranks in the top-three in the PSAC in goals against, saves and save percentage.

In her career, Hope has played in 46 games, logging over 2,700 minutes in net for Kutztown with a career 1.50 GAA and 190 saves. Her career record sits at 21-16-0 with nine shutouts.

On Tuesday night, Hope was tremendous in the Golden Bears 2-1 victory over Mansfield, stopping six of seven shots on goal, helping to secure an important win for KU field hockey’s playoff push.

Mikaela Krall to Perform with Lebanon Valley College Chamber Choir at State Music Conference

Mikaela Krall of West Lawn, Pa., will perform with the Lebanon Valley College Chamber Choir at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference at Susquehanna University on Nov. 11. Krall, a graduate of Wilson High School, is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production and digital communications at The Valley.

The choir was one of our regional choral groups selected from an application process which consisted of sending in sample pieces of the choir’s work to a panel board of directors.

“The ACDA is a professional organization that serves choral directors in all walks of life, whether they are middle school, elementary school, high school, college, community, or church choirs,” said Dr. Matt Erpelding, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at LVC. “They hold several conferences throughout the year, and this happens to be the state conference that we are attending.”

“It is a lovely honor to be recognized by peers for the work that your students are doing,” said Dr. Erpelding. “I am really excited for the choir to be on that stage and that they get to share their music with an appreciative and well-informed audience. In all, the whole thing is quite humbling.”

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Governor Mifflin High School Graduate Helps Raise Funds for Susquehanna University

Julianna Whalen, of Shillington, Pa., is helping to gain key support for Susquehanna University through its student calling program.

For more than 20 years, the Susquehanna student calling program has raised critical funds for the university. Currently, 20 students participate in the program. The students contact parents and alumni to encourage them to support the university by making a donation. Funds raised are used to support scholarships, laboratory equipment, research, athletics, the library and the arts, among other endeavors.

In addition to contacting parents and alumni, Whalen’s responsibilities include updating the contact database and informing supporters of what is happening on campus.

Whalen is a strategic communications-public relations major in the Class of 2020. A 2015 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, she is the daughter of Michael Whalen and Shari Whalen.

Wilson High School Graduate Elected to Student Government at Susquehanna University

Samantha Borkhoche, of Reading, Pa., has been elected to the Student Government Association (SGA) by the Susquehanna University student body. Borkhoche will hold the position of Class of 2020 treasurer for the 2017-18 academic year.

The SGA is a representative student organization that ensures an active student voice and role in governing the university. The Student Senate, the legislative branch of the association, provides a forum for student opinions. It deals with matters of concern to the entire student body and seeks solutions to campus issues. SGA representatives serve on university committees and on the Board of Trustees to promote communication and cooperation among students, faculty and the administration.

Borkhoche is an international studies- diplomacy and economics major in the Class of 2019. A 2016 graduate of Wilson High School, she is the daughter of Alexandre and Amale Borkhoche.

Oley Valley High School graduate studies business abroad

Lauren Berkel of Fleetwood is one of 19 Susquehanna University students participating in the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program during the fall 2017 semester.

The program provides business students with an international experience, developing and expanding their learning capabilities and broadening their perspectives about possible careers.

While abroad, students complete an internship based on their area of academic interest, as well as courses in operations management, quantitative methods for business, international business practice, and management and organizational behavior.

They also tour businesses throughout Europe, from steel plants to investment banks. Courses are taught by Sigmund Weis School of Business faculty and by adjunct faculty from the London academic community.

Berkel is a business administration major in the Class of 2019. A 2015 graduate of Oley Valley High School, she is the daughter of David Berkel and Rebecca Berkel.

Charlotte Jones attends Newseum conference in Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Jones of Fleetwood is one of 13 Lebanon Valley College students who attended a conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., “How Will Public Discussion Thrive?” this month.

Jones, a graduate of Fleetwood Area High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in digital communications and art and visual culture at The Valley.

The Interactivity Foundation celebrated its 30th birthday by hosting a montage of small group roundtable discussions about the future of public discussion during this event. Themes centered around these questions: What’s the future of public discussion in this time of political polarization, harsh rhetoric, fake news, and spin? What policy possibilities might help revitalize it? And what actions might we take to implement them?

By attending the conference, LVC students were able to experience first-hand some of the discussion styles utilized in their courses.