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Student Receives Service Award May 24, 2018

Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, recognized Gold Community Service Award recipients who have served more than 100 hours and have completed a multi-day residential service project. The 2018 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways.

Local residents include Nicole Files of Lancaster. Files is a graduate of Manheim Township High School and received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration and Spanish from LVC.


University Recognizes Gingrich May 24, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Amanda Gingrich of Lititz received the Resident Assistant, Graduating Seniors Recognition presented by Office of Residence Life.


MHS Signs MOU With Area College May 23, 2018

Milton Hershey School (MHS) and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving the outcome for low-income, first-generation college students. Because Thaddeus Stevens' curriculum aligns well with MHS's Career and Technical Education program, students who are interested in pursuing technical degrees will be able to build on their skills to reach their goals.

Currently, Thaddeus Stevens offers associate degrees in 22 innovative technical-based majors that educate and train students for various job opportunities. MHS students who attend Thaddeus Stevens will be able to build upon the career and technical education skills they received while in high school.

Through the agreement, MHS students also will receive academic coaching, student engagement resources, and retention support to ensure student success throughout their college careers. MHS career and higher education specialists support graduates through virtual check-ins and on-campus visits. In 2017, MHS staff organized 123 on-campus visits and sent 13,856 text messages to support graduates throughout their college experience.

The partnership is the ninth of its kind that MHS has established with postsecondary institutions across the state to increase graduation outcomes for low-income, first-generation college students. To learn more about postgraduate supports at Milton Hershey School, readers may visit


Gingrich Earns Service Award May 23, 2018

Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, recognized Gold Community Service Award recipients who have served more than 100 hours and have completed a multi-day residential service project. The 2018 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways.

Local students include Katelyn Gingrich of Palmyra. Gingrich is a graduate of Palmyra Area High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from LVC.


Espenshade Receives Recognition May 23, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Todd Espenshade of Hummelstown received the e-Mentor, Graduating Seniors Recognition presented by Office of Student Development.


Grant Will Support Artist In Residency Program May 23, 2018

South Central PaARTners at Millersville University was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Walters Foundation to facilitate an artist in residency program at the Refugee Center and Community School at Reynolds Middle School, Lancaster. Called "Butterfly Tales: Transforming Through Story," the 10-day program will feature artist Jenny Hill, a skilled arts educator who has worked extensively with seniors and children.

Hill uses storytelling in her residencies to tease out personal and shared histories and to use these stories to build community and connection for her students. She will be joined by Anita Pilkerton-Plumb, a social worker who has spent the past two years providing counseling services for the refugee families at Lancaster's Refugee Center and Community School.

Together, they will develop a curriculum that will help participants better cope with the social isolation, depression, anxiety, and trauma they have experienced since moving to Lancaster. The program will pair seniors with their grandchildren, and, using stories, writing exercises, games, cooking projects, and walking expeditions through the city, foster rich interactions between generations and among all participants.

Younger participants will learn about their grandparent's lives, traditions, foods, and their own cultural heritage while forging friendship and common ground with the other children involved. Translators will be available during each session to assist in clear communication between participants and facilitators.

For more details, readers may contact Marci Nelligan at


Barnhart Receives Award May 23, 2018


Wilson-Brennan Is Recognized May 22, 2018

Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, recognized Gold Community Service Award recipients who have served more than 100 hours and have completed a multi-day residential service project. The 2018 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways.

Local students include Allonne Wilson-Brennan of York. Wilson-Brennan is a graduate of New Hope Academy Charter School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from LVC.


Messiah College Receives Gift May 22, 2018

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Messiah College's School of Graduate Studies was the recipient of a $1 million gift from the Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Foundation. Made up of three components, the gift includes the Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Endowed Research Fund, the Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Endowed Scholarship Fund, and equipment support.

The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Endowed Research Fund was awarded $325,000. The Messiah College physical therapy program has a strong commitment to faculty and student research, not only to contribute to the wider body of knowledge, but also to help students make better-informed, evidence-based clinical decisions. Through this gift, Messiah will provide annual funding for mini-grants to faculty and student groups as seed money to support research projects. Groups would be required to disseminate their research outcomes at a state and/or national level, thereby contributing to the current body of literature and highlighting Messiah College's support of both faculty and student research.

The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Endowed Scholarship Fund received $325,000. Messiah College works diligently to keep a degree in higher education affordable for students by controlling costs and minimizing increases in tuition. Even so, students are facing difficult decisions with regard to funding their higher education. Scholarship endowment is a critical resource that helps Messiah minimize the amount of debt a student must take on in order to attend college and graduate school. The Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Endowed Scholarship would provide annual funding for student scholarships and will provide opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to learn together.

The Ortenzio's $350,000 gift toward equipment support will provide cutting-edge equipment needed for the program's research labs and musculoskeletal (MS) labs.

Messiah College's DPT is designed to prepare competent therapists for meaningful careers as practitioners, educators, administrators, and consultants in a variety of professional settings. The program's curricular focus incorporates community service, cultural relevancy, and global engagement. The DPT is a 110-credit, full-time, residential program. The inaugural class is projected to start in August.

Course and lab work for the DPT will be completed at Winding Hill, a newly renovated, state-of-the-art 32,000 square-foot educational center in Mechanicsburg. The facility offers newly designed laboratory and classroom spaces.

To learn more, readers may visit


University Launches Aviation Program May 22, 2018


Grosh Earns Seminary Degree May 18, 2018

Thomas B. Grosh IV of Mount Joy graduated from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown on May 11.

Grosh earned a certificate in spiritual direction. He is working on his Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves with both InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Emerging Scholars Network and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations for Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.


Letters About Literature Winners Posted May 18, 2018

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book recently recognized the Pennsylvania winners of the 2018 Letters About Literature Contest. The annual contest invites students in three grade levels to write letters to authors - living or dead - about how the author's words affected them or changed their world view.

The Level I winner in grades four through six, Owen A. Wagner of Elizabethtown, was honored for his letter to Erin Entrada Kelly about "Hello Universe." Winners receive a cash prize and will be honored at a celebratory luncheon with their families on Saturday, June 2, at the Nittany Lion Inn at Penn State's University Park campus.

The Pennsylvania Center for the Book's 2018 Letters About Literature contest judges included Alia C. Gant, diversity resident librarian, Penn State University Libraries, University Park; Linda Oatman High, author of books for children and teenagers, journalist and playwright, Narvon; Theresa M. Hoover, assistant professor of education, Wilson College, Chambersburg; Pat Hughes, author of books for children and young adults, Narberth; and Erica King, curriculum specialist, Penn State University Libraries.

For participation guidelines, readers may visit

Along with Letters About Literature, the center also administers the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize; Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award; Public Poetry Project; A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy; Poems From Life; and the interactive Literary and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.

For more information, readers may contact Nicole Miyashiro at or visit


Baker Presents At Conference May 17, 2018

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) senior Nick Baker brought home a first-place win from the Van Liere Research Conference at the West Virginia University (WVU) Health Science Campus on March 22. Baker was one of eight W&J students who presented their work during the undergraduate poster session.

Baker presented his poster, "Improved cardiac remodeling after in vivo knockdown of type VI collagen following myocardial infarction," detailing the research he did during his summer 2017 internship at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). During his internship, he worked with Dr. J. Gary Meszaros in his lab, investigating the role collagen proteins play in heart attack recovery. Baker's experience at NEOMED was funded by the Maxwell Internship Award.

This was the first year that undergraduates from outside of WVU were invited to present at the Van Liere Research Conference. The W&J contingent was organized by Dr. Candy DeBerry, professor of biology and director of off-campus biology-related internships. According to DeBerry, the research conference experience allows students to view projects in the same context as science professionals, seeing how the results of an experiment further understanding of a particular science topic, rather than an end-of-semester poster session that is focused primarily on the students' learning.

Baker is the son of Lauralee Baker of Marietta. He graduated from Donegal High School in 2014 and is slated to graduate from W&J in 2018. He plans to take the MCAT medical exam in August with the hope of entering medical school in August 2019, after working as a scribe for a local physician for a year.


Gross Receives Academic Honor May 17, 2018

Susanna Gross of Marietta was named to the president's list for high academic achievement during the spring 2018 semester at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.

To qualify for the president's list, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. Gross is a junior biblical counseling major.


Hake Receives Academic Honor May 17, 2018

Sara Hake, a resident of Lancaster, was named to the dean's list for the spring 2018 semester at Alfred University (AU), Alfred, N.Y. Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average to qualify for dean's list.

Hake is a junior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Hake is the daughter of Gregory and Kimberly Hake of Lancaster.


Chow Inducted Into Rho Chi May 17, 2018

USciences, Philadelphia, inducted Karissa Chow of Lancaster into the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Alpha Tau Chapter of Rho Chi, the Academic Honor Society in Pharmacy. Rho Chi recognizes and encourages academic excellence.

To be nominated for membership in Rho Chi, a student must rank among the top 20 percent of his or her class and have completed at least the fall semester of their fourth year. The society also accepts membership for graduate students, faculty, alumni, as well as an honorary membership.


Martin Joins Honor Society May 17, 2018

The East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society in gerontology, recently inducted students into its membership.

Madeline Martin of Lancaster was among the 10 students recently inducted.


Polidoro Named To Dean's List May 17, 2018

Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison, N.J., named Samantha Polidoro to the dean's and honors lists for the fall 2017 semester.

Samantha Polidoro is a resident of Lancaster.


Guy Graduates Honors Program May 17, 2018

Danielle Guy graduated from the Honors Program at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C. Guy is a marine science major from Brownstown.

Each graduate completed a rigorous curriculum composed of at least 24 hours of honors work, including a final honors thesis/project achieving a cumulating grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50.


College Offers New Scholarship May 16, 2018

Central Penn College, Summerdale, will offer a new $3,000 scholarship for seniors graduating from high schools located in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties. In addition to this new scholarship, qualifying students are eligible to receive multiple, stackable scholarships from the college that can reduce the cost of tuition by up to $6,000. These scholarships also can be combined with any outside awards that qualifying students are eligible to receive as well.

Regional scholarship recipients will be awarded $3,000 to be divided over their first three terms of tuition. Requirements include completing a 500-word essay, being a full-time student starting in the summer or fall, and having a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

For undecided students, Central Penn has rolling enrollment and a no-fee application. In addition, graduating seniors who apply in the late spring and summer are still eligible to receive scholarships offered by the college, if they qualify.

In addition to the new regional scholarship discussed above, Central Penn College offers a wide variety of in-house scholarship opportunities for new students. The scholarships include an Early Start Scholarship - $2,000; Residential Merit-Based Housing Scholarship - $4,356; Academic Scholarship - $1,000; and Excellence Scholarship - $1,000.

To see the full list of requirements and available scholarships, readers may visit

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