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Hostetter Studies Abroad March 22, 2019

Kaylen Hostetter of Annville was among the dozens of students at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, who traveled to Athens, Greece, as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition. 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 eight to 10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities.


Wolfe Receives Athletic Honor March 22, 2019

Sarah Wolfe, Lancaster, is one eight Lebanon Valley College student-athletes to be named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's 2019 Winter Sportsmanship Teams. Wolfe, a graduate of Manheim Township High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders and is a member of the women's swimming team.

One student-athlete in each winter sport was nominated by his or her coach for inclusion on the team, which recognizes student-athletes who exemplify great character and demonstrate sportsmanship both on and off the field of play. They represent their team, their institution and the conference with high integrity and exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches and opponents.


Delle-Levine Studies In NYC March 22, 2019

Lily Delle-Levine of Millersville is participating in the New York City Program at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. She is studying in New York City for the spring 2019 semester. The program is structured so that students spend four days per week as interns in a firm or organization, attend weekly seminars on the semester's topic, and do an independent project.

Delle-Levine, a sophomore majoring in government and theater, is a graduate of Lancaster Country Day School. She is interning in the Signature Theatre Company development office.


Hertzler Named To Dean's List March 22, 2019

Olivia Hertzler, a 2016 graduate of Penn Manor High School, has achieved dean's list recognition for the fall 2018 semester at Penn State University, University Park. She has a double major in economics and business management, with a minor in equine science. A junior slated to graduate in May 2020, she works on-campus as a resident assistant and is president of the Penn State Western Equestrian Team.

In order to be recognized for the dean's list, a grade point average of 3.5 must be maintained. Hertzler has been on the dean's list five semesters at Penn State.


Sorority To Offer Free Clothing March 22, 2019

The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at Millersville University will host its Spring Cleaning Clothing Exchange on Sunday, March 31, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 24 in the Millersville University Student Memorial Center on South George Street. Free clothing will be available to members of the campus and community.

Donations of gently used items will be accepted on the day of the event. Attendees may donate clothes for men, women, babies and children. Coats, blankets and shoes will also be accepted.

At the end of the event, all remaining items will be donated to the Maternal and Children's Health Consortium of Chester County. The organization's mission is to empower families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by overcoming the social and environmental barriers that lead to poor health conditions.


Garden Symposium Will Emphasize Native Plants, Pollinators March 22, 2019

The Master Gardener organizers of the 27th annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium have once again planned an event to appeal to anyone with an interest in gardening. Speakers during the event will talk about trends in gardening, weeds, woodland wildflowers, native bees, and plants for pollinators. An update on the spotted lanternfly infestation will also be offered.

"For a gardener, this is the place to be," said symposium co-chair Brenda Walker.

Fellow co-chair Holly List added, "It's a wonderful place to talk with other gardeners."

The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. When the doors open at 7:45 a.m., a continental breakfast will be available, and attendees may shop the Gardeners' Marketplace. Vendors will include sellers of stoneware and porcelain pottery, pollinator-attracting native plants, home and garden decor, small-batch bath and body projects, succulents, herbs, perennials, and preplanned gardens. Walker explained that preplanned gardens are approximately six to eight complementary plants sold as a group.

In addition to the businesses selling items, the Master Gardeners of Lancaster County will host the Garden Shed, offering gently used gardening materials as a preview of the group's annual plant sale, which will be held on Saturday, May 4, this year. "These are true gardeners' treasures," Walker remarked.

The newest class of Master Gardeners will display projects outlining the results of current research, including information on rain gardens, pollinators, vegetables, and more. All of the Master Gardeners were given an opportunity to include tidbits about their own gardens in the event booklet, a copy of which every attendee will receive along with seeds, information, and other resources.

Symposium attendees may visit the vendors during the breaks between sessions. Jourdan Cole of the Garden Media Group will kick things off by reviewing eight recent garden trends that encourage a love of nature.

"People have been saying they're looking forward to this (session)," List said.

Recently retired horticulture extension educator and Master Gardener Annette MaCoy will talk all about weeds and how to control them. List praised MaCoy's knowledge base and noted that she has trained many of the Master Gardeners in Lancaster County.

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve executive director Miles Arnott will discuss the life cycles of early spring plants and their ecological benefit. "We don't often use them (in planned gardens) because they're not around very long, but they add a taste of spring when we're yearning for it," List said.

Kelly Gill is a pollinator conservation specialist for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and a partner biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. She will talk about native bees and their habitat needs, a topic that she frequently discusses during her role helping farmers, landowners, and others implement Farm Bill practices to conserve pollinators and other beneficial insects. In a second session, Gill will talk about designing and managing pollinator-friendly landscapes.

"Even a pot on a patio will help pollinators," said Master Gardener and symposium committee member Dyan Eisenberger. "They can act as way stations for insects and birds during migration."

Breakfast and lunch, as well as entries in the drawing for more than 100 prizes, will be included in the cost of attendance, and folks should register by Sunday, April 7, by visiting or by calling the Penn State Registration Service at 877-345-0691 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Master Gardener coordinator Lois Miklas at or 717-394-6851.


Arndt Receives Degree March 21, 2019

Megan Arndt of Denver is one of approximately 300 students who graduated from Central Methodist University (CMU) in December 2018.

Arndt earned a bachelor's degree in nursing through CMU's online program. Graduates included students from the main campus in Fayette, along with students from extended locations and online programs.


Event To Focus On Depression March 19, 2019

Geisinger Holy Spirit and the Messiah College School of Graduate Studies will host "Beyond the Blues: Signs, Symptoms and Support for Children and Teens Facing Depression" as part of the Partners in Caring Speaker Series. The free session will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the college's High Center, 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg.

Kendra Nichols will lead a diverse group of panelists with expertise in pediatric medicine, family dynamics, school counseling, community crisis intervention, social media and gaming culture. Attendees will learn about the signs, symptoms and influencers of depression and practical ways parents, teachers and community members can support youths.

To reserve free tickets for the event, readers may call the Messiah College ticket office at 717-691-6036 or visit Reserved tickets can be picked up in advance or held at the ticket office. Seating is limited.


Schwartz Studies Abroad March 19, 2019

Dakota Schwartz of Red Lion was among the dozens of students at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, who traveled to Athens, Greece, as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition. 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 eight to 10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities.


Students Study Abroad March 19, 2019

Two area students are among the dozens of students at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, who traveled to Athens, Greece, as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition. The local students include Madison McGowan of Birdsboro and Lauren Feeney of Morgantown.

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 eight to 10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities.


Local Students Earn Distinction March 18, 2019

Two residents of Chester Springs, Jordan Guistwhite and Olivia Williams, earned the distinction of dean's list at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, for the fall 2018 semester.

This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.


Administrators Named To Advancement Division March 18, 2019

York College's Division of Advancement are being led by Troy Miller, vice president of development, and Mary Dolheimer, chief communications and marketing officer, effective Feb. 1. Both are members of president Pamela Gunter-Smith's senior cabinet and report to her.

Dolheimer has served as assistant vice president, office of communications, since her arrival at York College in 2008. She has worked in communications and marketing in higher education for nearly 30 years, including several positions at Gettysburg College and Elizabethtown College. A lifelong resident of York County, she earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Miller most recently served as the senior advancement officer at York College and previously served as senior director of development at Auburn University's Harbert College of Business in Auburn, Ala., and executive director and chief development officer at the Lock Haven University Foundation. Miller earned his bachelor's degree in English from Temple University. A native of Middletown, he is a certified fundraising executive.


Derr Earns Basketball Honors March 15, 2019

Rylee Derr of Lititz was one of two Kutztown University women's basketball players to be voted to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) teams.

Derr, a sophomore, earned First Team honors. It was the second straight season Derr made All-PSAC after being on the Second Team last year.

Derr, who holds the school record for three-pointers in a game (nine), ranks 11th in the PSAC in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She is also second in three-pointers made (85), sixth in free-throw percentage (80.4) and 15th in rebounding (6.8). She has started all 29 games this season and all 30 last year, never missing a game.

As a freshman last season, Derr tallied 409 points, the most by a freshman in program history. She has been named a PSAC Athlete of the Week twice this season and is a two-time Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Media Organization Team of the Year member.

The Golden Bears won a share of the PSAC East title this year.


Pinkerton Completes Clinical Semester March 15, 2019

Isaiah Pinkerton of Manheim was one of four Wilkes University students to complete their Guthrie Clinical Semester in spring 2019. Pinkerton is a biology major. The Guthrie Scholars program is designed to give qualified students at Wilkes University who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine the opportunity to earn 15 credits while gaining first-hand knowledge of the life of a physician.

The selected students participate in a research project, attend medical and surgical grand rounds and teaching rounds, hear lectures, and shadow physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, allied health care providers, and administrators. They also spend time in a Guthrie regional clinic and with Guthrie Hospice and Guthrie Home Health care, the Greater Valley Ambulance Service, and the Guthrie Air Flight Team. The program is offered by the Guthrie nonprofit integrated health system that is located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

Applicants for the Guthrie Clinical Scholars program must be in their sophomore year at Wilkes University. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have shadowing and community service experience. After the application review process, Guthrie interviews the top applicants.


Local Residents Receive Honor March 15, 2019

Lancaster residents Zoli Angelillo and Anna Gemind were named to the president's list at LIM College, New York City, for the fall 2018 semester.

To be placed on the president's list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0.


Diffenderfer Earns Recognition March 15, 2019

Alyssa Diffenderfer of Columbia, a member of the women's indoor track and field team at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, was recently named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Mideast All Region. In the 60-meter dash final at the All-Atlantic Regional meet in March, Diffenderfer shined for the second consecutive day and finished in third with a time of 7.88 to improve upon her own school record, which she accomplished on day one of regionals.

Diffenderfer is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise science.


Bortner Earns Academic Honor March 14, 2019

Sullivan Bortner of Palmyra was named to the dean's list by the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.

A graduate student majoring in intercollegiate athletics administration, Bortner was required to earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher to be named to the dean's list.


College Selects Commencement Speaker March 13, 2019

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, senior vice president and head of referee operations at the National Basketball Association (NBA), will offer York College's commencement address on Saturday, May 18. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. on the campus lawn.

Johnson directs the NBA's officiating program with responsibility for the recruitment, training, development and evaluation of all referees. She joined the NBA in October 2017 after serving with distinction in various Air Force assignments.

A command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours, Johnson was the Air Force aide to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1994. She also served as the Air Force's director of public affairs, the deputy director for information and cyberspace policy on the Joint Staff, and NATO's deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence, among other positions.

Most recently, she spent four years as the Air Force Academy's 19th superintendent - the first woman to hold the position, which is equivalent to college president. Upon retirement in August, Johnson received the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility.

Johnson is a distinguished 1981 graduate of the Air Force Academy. She was a three-time basketball team captain, the second-leading scorer in school history, and the first woman inducted into the Air Force Sports Hall of Fame. Her career scoring average of 17.6 points per game is the highest in school history.

Additionally, Johnson was the Air Force's first female cadet wing commander, first female Rhodes Scholar, and first female inductee into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame. She is now on the selection committee for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.


Local Student Studies Abroad March 12, 2019

Tucker DiPiazza of Birdsboro was among the 146 students at University of Scranton who studied abroad during the Intersession 2019 semester.

A marketing major, DiPiazza participated in the American Institute for Foreign Studies in Rome, Italy.


Area Students Study Abroad March 12, 2019

Sophia Sulkowski of Chester Springs and James Phillips of Glenmoore were among the 146 students at University of Scranton who studied abroad during the Intersession 2019 semester.

A criminal justice major, Phillips participated in the university travel course Christianity in the Middle East in Israel. A nursing major, Sulkowski participated in the university travel course Health Issues in Africa in Uganda.

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