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Thibodeau Earns Academic Honor January 16, 2018

Maranda Thibodeau of Chester Springs has been named to the fall 2017 president's list at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.

Eligibility for the president's list requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 and earn 12 credits for the semester.


Penn State York Posts Graduates January 15, 2018

Penn State York recently announced students who received degrees during the December commencement ceremony. The event recognized graduates from fall 2017.

Students receiving associate degrees include Jason Gehris, Reading, mechanical engineering technology; David Gortman, Narvon, mechanical engineering technology; Jeffrey Parthree, York, information, sciences and technology; Justin Richard Smith, Ridgeway, business administration, magna cum laude; Kyle David Sprenkle, Red Lion, information, sciences and technology; and Dmitry Vasyanovich, Ephrata, electrical engineering technology.

Students receiving baccalaureate degrees are Angela Baker, Hellam, communication arts and sciences with a minor in business; Scott Burnett, Hanover; Ashly Decker, York, human development and family studies; Abigail Doniecki, Fawn Grove, biology; Ethan D. Fair, York, human development and family studies; Rebecca L. Gembe, York, human development and family studies; Christopher Hadfield, Hanover, business, magna cum laude; Marti Joines, Stewartstown, business; Bobbie Kaensokhamsaen, York, human development and family studies; Jacob Kissling, York, English; Michael Lynch, York, business, cum laude; Tyler McNamara, York, business; Nina Merson, York, communication arts and sciences; Leah Jo Mol, York, human development and family studies; Roberto Morales, York, information sciences and technology; Urmil Parikh, York, information sciences and technology with a minor in business; Goral M. Patel, York, science; Rachel Patz, York, human development and family studies; Clinton R. Pettey, Red Lion, science with a minor in business; Stacy Rae, New Freedom, human development and family studies with a minor in business; Peyton Smith, Red Lion, business; Sarah E. Stetzer, York, biology; Aradhya Tandon, York, information sciences and technology with a minor in business; Stephen Toms, Stewartstown, information sciences and technology; William R. Vaughan-Geib, Lancaster, business; Courtney Weibley, Manchester, psychology, magna cum laude; and Amanda Zech, York, English with a minor in business.

Several students received a Master of Education degree in teaching and curriculum. Those students include Christine Bean, Mount Joy; Douglas Gorham, Red Lion; Thomas Kramer, York; and Kristen Nowak, Dallastown.

In addition, some students attended other Penn State campuses, but participated in the Penn State York commencement. They include Kristyan Gates, Hanover, Associate of Science degree in Business Administration; Rachael Langford, York, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; and Robert Noble, New Cumberland, Bachelor of Science in science with a minor in kinesiology.


Student's Writing Published In Journal January 11, 2018

Rachael Speck of Palmyra is one of two Lebanon Valley College (LVC) students who had their recent work published in the journal "Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies." Speck, a graduate of Palmyra Area High School, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at LVC.

Speck's recently published work is titled "Navigating Undergraduate Publications." She and her co-author created a list of college literary journals, including LVC's own Green Blotter, that welcome student submissions. The students developed the piece in conjunction with Renee d'Aoust's "Writing: A Life" visit during the spring 2017 semester.

Speck's work may be read at


Hernandez Named To Dean's List January 11, 2018

Sydney Hernandez of Strasburg has been named to the dean's list in the fall 2017 semester at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Pizzirusso Earns Honor January 10, 2018

Ryan Pizzirusso has been named to the dean's honor roll for the fall 2017 semester at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich. To be named to the honor roll, a student must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the term.

Pizzirusso is a resident of Wrightsville. While at Lawrence Tech, he is majoring in robotics engineering.


Local Students Earn Recognition January 10, 2018

Two local students have been named to the dean's list in the fall 2017 semester at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall 2017 semester.

Rowan Minney of Dover and Leanna Russell of Dillsburg both earned recognition on the dean's list.


College Posts Dean's List January 10, 2018

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology named 225 students to its dean's list for outstanding achievement during the fall semester.

The freshmen named to the dean's list include Monica Abreu-Adames, Lancaster; Jacob Akerley, Quarryville; Jaybin Aument, Conestoga; Christopher Ayers, Lancaster; Michael Barto, Lancaster; Christian Barzaga, Lancaster; Joseph Battle, Lancaster; Hassan Beattie, Lancaster; Ethan Beauchamp, Lititz; Naomi Becker, Elizabethtown; Olivia Beiler, Lancaster; Matthew Bendo, Lancaster; Michael Bensinger, Mount Joy; Jared Bitts, Gap; Melissa Blank, Gap; Zachary Bomberger, Lititz; Mark Bowman, Conestoga; Mark Brink, Mountville; William Brown, Manheim; Michael Brubaker, Manheim; Peter Brubaker, Mount Joy; Hunter Bruckhart, Manheim; Brendan Buckley, Lancaster; Kim Burgess, Lancaster; Mitchell Burkhart, New Providence; Joseph Butler, Oxford; Zachariah Byers, Lititz; Andrew Cameron, Lancaster; Robert Campagna, Lancaster; Dylan Campbell, Lancaster; Corey Carman, Lititz; Keith Carnrike, Holtwood; Deyliz Cintron, Lancaster; Alexander Clinton, Lancaster; Myles Clonch, Holtwood; William Cooney, Nottingham; Paul Cutright, Narvon; Stefen Dahlgren, Strasburg; Andrea Dearstyne, Lancaster; Tyler Deck, Manheim; Mitchell Diem, Narvon; Garret Dimm, Lancaster; Shane Ehrhart, Quarryville; Jose Figueroa, Lancaster; Skylar Floyd, Lancaster; Ryan Frost, Reinholds; Cameron Garcia, Lancaster; Edgar Gasca Rodriguez, Bart; Elizabeth Gerhart, Marietta; Andrew Gish, Lancaster; Brendan Good, Lancaster; Alexis Goshea, Mount Joy; Brandon Green, Lancaster; John Gregson, Gap; Jared Groff, Manheim; Matthew Gue, Washington Boro; Caleb Haddon, Lancaster; Andrew Hansen, Lancaster; Travis Healy, Lancaster; Brian Heaney, Lancaster; Shawn Heffley, Lancaster; Curtis Helman, Millersville; Danny Hernandez, Oxford; Shane Holbein, Lancaster; Lane Housner, Manheim; Matthew Johns, Lancaster; William Kauffman, Marietta; Charles Kelehan, Lancaster.

Also, Aaron Keller, Lancaster; Tyler Kiebler, Millersville; Jared Kieffer, Lancaster; Joshua Kinderwater, Elizabethtown; Patrick Kline, Lancaster; Clayton Knisely, Conestoga; Nathan Kurtz, Narvon; Keith Landis, Lancaster; Tyler Larry, East Petersburg; Caleb Mahala, Columbia; Cody Marcello, Conestoga; Andrew Martin, Lancaster; Joseph McGrew, Marietta; Calvin McMillan, Columbia; Stephen Medvidik, Ephrata; Brandon Mellor, Lancaster; Taylor Molyneux, Millersville; Riley Moore, Columbia; Wesley Morgan, Ephrata; Seth Morris, Lancaster; Maverick Mowrer, Parkesburg; Nicolas Myer, Lititz; Jared Mylin, Willow Street; Travis Nolt, Lancaster; Jason O'Neil, Lancaster; Joshua Paul, Lititz; Edwin Perez, Lititz; Emilio Perez, Lancaster; Austin Pletcher, New Providence; Ramon Plotnikov, Denver; Eric Price, Quarryville; Alexander Prudhomme, Marietta; Jason Ramos, Lancaster; Cole Rankin, New Providence; Hunter Rehrer, Elizabethtown; Niko Rivera, Strasburg; Abigail Roefaro, New Providence; Rafael Roman, Adamstown; Brian Sanvicente, Lancaster; Tyler Sensenig, Lancaster; Bryce Shaffer, Stevens; Dallas Sheldon, Quarryville; Noah Shoemaker, Oxford; Cole Simchick, Lancaster; Mark Slobodjian, Nottingham; Nathaniel Solis, Lancaster; Ryan Stanley, Lancaster; Loghan Stief, Lancaster;JohnDavid Stoltzfus, Elizabethtown; Joshua Stoltzfus, Lititz; Seth Stoltzfus, Akron; Dylan Stone, Mount Joy; Christian Strother, Lancaster; Kurtis Sumpter, Lancaster; Matthew Swankler, Lancaster; Victoria Teleguz, Leola; Veronica Thomas, Willow Street; Ian Thomas, New Holland; David Thompson, Lancaster; Jeffrey Tobin, Columbia; Rebecca Trout, Nottingham; Jack Wagner, Manheim; Morgan Wagner, Lititz; Kaleb Wentz, Denver; Adam Witman, Lancaster; Anya Witmer, Ephrata; Lauren Yates, Lancaster; Aleksey Yermolov, Ephrata; Ryan Young, Lancaster; Austin Young, Elizabethtown; and Joshua Zearfoss, Lancaster.

Sophomores named to the dean's list include Isaac Anderson, Lancaster; Nathan Barnhart, Lancaster; Mitchell Bender, Akron; Michael Blaszczyk, Lancaster; Elias Bogale, East Petersburg; James Brocklehurst, Quarryville; Daniel Brody, Lancaster; Tristen Capitao, Millersville; Kyle Carrilio, Lancaster; Justin Carvell, Ephrata; Matthew Cheng, Willow Street; Thomas Current, Lancaster; John De Lallo, Bainbrige; Richard Deck, Manheim; Brandon Diaz, Nottingham; Dylan D'Imperio, Lancaster; Everett Fasnacht, Ephrata; Bryan Fay, Lampeter; Shane Findley, Quarryville; Brock Fittery, Manheim; Aaron Forwood, Manheim; Joseph Geiser, Conestoga; Kyle Glomb, Quarryville; Justin Gochenaur, Willow Street; Robert Gress, Pequea; Lum Gyung, Lancaster; Morgan Hendricks, Honey Brook; Caroline Hoak, Reinholds; Benjamin Hood, Lancaster; Tyler Kauffman, Manheim; Jesse Killinger, Gap; Amber Kirk, Peach Bottom; Nicholas Kitchen, Ephrata; Eric Krause, Lancaster; Trevor Kunkel, Paradise; Jeremy Landis, Manheim; Daniel Lopez, Lancaster; Benjamin Lynes, Manheim.

Also, Brandt Magolon, Columbia; Anthony Mangini, Manheim; Kristina Martin, Gordonville; Jeffrey Martin, Lancaster; William Mayer, Lancaster; Christopher McGinn, Denver; Timothy McQuate, Akron; Andrew McVaugh, New Holland; Geran Mendez, Lancaster; Lora Metzler, Leola; Jeremy Moore, Lititz; Hao Nguyen, Lancaster; Taylor Noble, Lancaster; Ethan Pfautz, Landisville; Evan Phyillaier, Lancaster; Charles Pohl, Ephrata; Devante Pugh, Lancaster; Robert Quick, Gap; Anthony Randisi, Lancaster; Trey Recher, Lancaster; Ivan Rodriguez, Lancaster; Benjamin Ross, Maytown; Cassandra Roth, Manheim; Kevin Sauder, Lancaster; John Scanlin, Conestoga; Maria Sholly, Lititz; Tyler Skelton, Lancaster; Justin Smith, Ephrata; Steven Spackman, Mount Joy; Zachary Steely, Akron; Joshua Stipe, Lititz; Daphne Stoltzfus, Lancaster; Daryl Supplee, Peach Bottom; Tyler Swinehart, Lancaster; Molly Sypien, Lancaster; Israel Temple, Lancaster; Evan Templin, Reinholds; Mark Torrence, Lititz; Dreyson Towles, Columbia; Benjamin Trimble, Peach Bottom; Zachary Wagner, Lititz; Thomas Waltman, New Providence; David Weidensaul, Lancaster; Nathan Weidinger, Millersville; Cameron Weiler, Lancaster; Ashley Wilcox, Mountville; Seth Winnerling, Lancaster; and Brett Wolgemuth, Columbia.

The full dean's list is available at


Caley Receives Academic Honor January 10, 2018

Weston Caley was named to the fall 2017 dean's list at LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas. The dean's list recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.

Caley is a resident of Morgantown. Caley is a sophomore and is earning a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.


Griffiths Named To Dean's List January 10, 2018

James Griffiths of Phoenixville has been named to the dean's list in the fall 2017 semester at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall 2017 semester.


Lettiere Receives Honorary Degree January 10, 2018

Immaculata University's new president, Barbara Lettiere, Class of 1972, was recognized by Trinity Washington University with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at its winter commencement ceremony on Jan. 5.

Prior to assuming the presidency at Immaculata, Lettiere served as vice president for finance and administration at Trinity Washington University for 15 years. She spent most of the early years of her professional career at Bell Atlantic Corporation, where she held various positions within the operations, marketing, and finance sectors. In 1992, she became vice president/treasurer at Bell Atlantic before assuming the presidency of Bell Atlantic Federal Systems for five years.

After earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Immaculata, Lettiere earned a Master of Arts in economics and statistics from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration in decision sciences and finance from Rider University. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.


A Change Of Direction January 10, 2018

Jose Mangual began working as a dispatcher at the Manheim Township Police Department at 19 years of age. Mangual excelled at the job, winning the Civilian of the Year Award for three consecutive years from 1993 to 1995. The story of how Mangual went from being a successful dispatcher to graduating from Lancaster Bible College (LBC) on Dec. 15 with a Master of Arts in professional counseling is a tale of twists, turns, and, ultimately, faith.

In 2008, Mangual began to feel the call to enter LBC, and he started the process of applying. At that same time, Mangual also felt the lure to become a police officer, citing the income and the opportunity at the Manheim Township department as good reasons to consider that avenue. "I got as far as filling out the first few pages of the LBC application when I heard about the hiring process for policemen," noted Mangual. "I felt pulled in both directions, and I set aside the LBC application and set my sights on becoming a police officer."

Mangual began training for the physical test. He lifted weights, ran, and changed his diet. "I was 37, and I figured if I was going to do it I needed to be in the best shape of my life," he said. One of the Manheim Township detectives became his trainer. After passing the physical assessment, Mangual took a written test and scored well enough to earn an interview with the department chief, a township commissioner, and others. He was hired along with one other candidate.

In January 2009, Mangual was sent to the police academy at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in Harrisburg. He was performing well until the most difficult test in the program - the criminal code section - loomed before him. "You have to memorize four digit codes, what they represent, and some of the characteristics," said Mangual.

The test proved a pivotal event for Mangual. Although he could have continued in the program, the call to change direction became intense. "I had a gnawing feeling in my stomach that something wasn't right," stated Mangual. "I sensed God saying, 'This is not the path I have for you.'" After much prayer and consideration, Mangual decided to leave the academy. "I said, 'Lord, I am going to trust in You,'" said Mangual. For two weeks, he was out of a job, but he quickly began the process of getting his dispatcher's job back. "The best thing I did was to not burn bridges," said Mangual.

A year later, Mangual submitted his application to LBC and was accepted. He learned that he would be able to transfer a number of credits from the academy at HACC, along with credits he had earned at the Assemblies of God Bible Institute Spanish Eastern District and credits from the one-year Bible certificate program offered at LBC. In 2010, Mangual began matriculating at LBC, earning a bachelor's degree in Bible and ministry by 2012. In 2013, he began work on a master's in professional counseling, scoring A's in all his classes and becoming a teaching assistant and eventually an adjunct professor in the counseling and social work department at LBC.

In 2016, Mangual began working part-time at Esperanza Hope for the Future Counseling Services, first as an intern and later as the organization's compliance officer, making sure paperwork met state standards. In December 2017, he was promoted to director of the clinic, which became effective in January. "It's a Christ-centered clinic, (but) I see clients of many backgrounds. I love coming to work," said Mangual, who is now feeling himself pulled toward earning a doctorate.

LBC offers associate and bachelor's degrees for adult learners in its accelerated undergraduate degree programs, as well as master's and doctoral programs in LBC's graduate division, Capital Seminary, and Graduate School. Readers who wish to learn more may visit


New Scholarship To Be Awarded January 9, 2018

A new scholarship at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster, will honor the memory of a UGI employee, Richard A. Bouder, who lost his life responding to an incident in Lancaster County in July. A mechanic III inspector for UGI, Bouder was a 1981 graduate of McCaskey.

The Richard A. Bouder Memorial Scholarship will equal one year of full tuition at the college to a student studying welding, plumbing, or electrical technology. Preference will be given to graduates of J.P. McCaskey High School, but it will be open to any student from Lancaster County.

UGI endowed the scholarship to the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation. The company has encouraged its employees to contribute to the fund as well. A scholarship equaling the cost of a year's tuition at Thaddeus Stevens will be awarded to a student each year. The first scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2018 semester.

For more details, readers may visit or contact Adam Aurand at 717-299-7702 or


Students Present Research January 8, 2018

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, presented their research at the inaugural Sidhu Research Day on Dec. 1. The event, a first for the Sidhu School, celebrates academic achievement and mentorship.

Local students included Thomas Bowen of Hummelstown and Ryan Parpagene of Etters.


Malinics Joins Honor Society January 8, 2018

Twenty-five students at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif., were honored with membership into Epsilon Kappa Epsilon, Biola University's honors baccalaureate society. Students were inducted at the fall 2017 commencement ceremony.

Micah Malinics from Christiana was among the students who received membership to Epsilon Kappa Epsilon. Membership is limited to no more than seven percent of the graduating class.

Every semester, selections are made by a committee who reviews the candidates and makes the final decision of induction. To be eligible, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, as well as meet the qualifications of service toward their communities and excellence in academics and lifestyle.


Free Tax Assistance Available January 5, 2018

Free tax assistance is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by Elizabethtown College to individuals who need assistance with basic income tax return preparation. VITA is geared toward those with a combined family income of $54,000 or less. Appointment times will be available on Mondays through Fridays from Thursday, Feb. 1, through Friday, March 31.

VITA volunteers are trained to assist taxpayers with basic tax forms, including exemptions, deductions, and special credits for which some taxpayers may be eligible. In addition, Pennsylvania state and local returns will be completed.

Appointments must be made by calling 717-361-1270. Phone calls to schedule appointments will be accepted starting Friday, Jan. 26, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Appointments are limited, so individuals are encouraged to set up an appointment soon. If no one is available, callers should leave a message with their name and phone number. Phone calls will be returned in the order they are received, so there is no need to leave more than one message.


Selman Receives Academic Honor January 4, 2018

Lydia Selman of Millersville has been named to the Champlain College president's list for the fall 2017 semester.

Students named to the list have achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher.


Volleyball Team Provides Christmas Gifts January 3, 2018

The Penn State Harrisburg women's volleyball team was able to aid more than four families this Christmas season through the team's Adopt-a-Family program. The team raised $1,200 in donations and used the funds to provide food items, clothes, shoes and games for the families. The goal was to provide a real holiday for people who would otherwise go without one.

Team captain Brittany Wolf said, "The community service that we do as a team is a top priority for us. We strive to do all that we can for the people who need it most. Service is something that changes our lives, not just the lives of others."


Guest Earns Academic Honor December 28, 2017

Mikaila Guest of Lititz was named to the fall 2017 president's list at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. Guest is studying in the entrepreneurship academic program.

Each fall and spring term, the college's president's list names full-time students and part-time students registered for at least six college credits who have a term average of between 3.5 and 4.0 and who received no grade of D, F, I, Z, or W on their record for that term. Students must have completed at least 12 college credits successfully.


Stevens Awarded Scholarship December 28, 2017

Keeryen B. Stevens of Mount Joy was awarded a four-year Trustee Scholarship of $112,000 from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Stevens is currently a senior at Donegal High School.

Stevens was named 2017 Defensive Back of the Year by the Donegal Football Association. He was recognized as the 2017 All-Star Outstanding Back of the Year Lancaster-Lebanon League Section III and the 2016 Rookie of the Year by Donegal track and field. He was also a member of the 2017 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section III track and field champion team.

Stevens plans to major in computer science or nursing and pursue a career in anesthesiology.


Gross Receives Academic Honor December 27, 2017

Susanna Gross was named to the president's list for high academic achievement during the fall 2017 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 resident of Marietta. She is a junior majoring in biblical counseling.

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