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HACC Hosts Financial Literacy Courses April 20, 2017


Center To Host Judicial Forum April 19, 2017

Nine candidates running for the position of judge for the York County Court of Common Pleas are anticipated to participate in a judicial forum hosted by York College of Pennsylvania Center for Community Engagement to help inform voters in advance of the Municipal Primary on Tuesday, May 16.

This free event is open to the public and will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. The meet-and-greet with the candidates will be immediately prior to the event from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with a question-and-answer session scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the DeMeester Recital Hall. York College is located at 441 Country Club Road, York.

Each candidate will have an equal opportunity to address the public by answering questions developed by a panel of community leaders and attorneys. There will also be an opportunity for community members to meet candidates following the event. Judges elected to the York County Court of Common Pleas hear major civil and criminal cases, in addition to deciding cases that involve adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency and dependency, termination of parental rights, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations, and many other matters. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, three judges will be elected to the Common Pleas courts to serve 10-year terms.


Students Win Competition April 19, 2017

Business entrepreneur students at Alvernia College, Reading, won first place in the 2017 Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce New Business Idea Competition. Elizabeth Stepien of Elverson and Justin Gibbs of Denver are members of the winning team.

Thirty ideas were submitted by students from each of the colleges and universities in Berks County. After an initial round of judging, seven student business ideas were selected as finalists. Finalists presented their ideas in a "Shark Tank" format before a panel of eight judges from area businesses and development organizations.

The Alvernia winners, including Stepien, Gibbs, and Carolin De La Cruz, offered a business idea called "A Pet's Hotel," which offers customers an opportunity to bring pets with them on vacation. The concept is a kennel-free care center with open spaces for animals to roam and enjoy. The business would be connected to hotel and travel agent reservation planning.

When customers make reservations with a hotel or travel agent, A Pet's Hotel would be notified of the animal and the duration of stay. Initially, the business would be located near their hotel partners in the Miami Beach area.

Travelers' pets would go for walks, be fed, and receive other essential needs. There would be choices for customers to bring their own food, bedding, and other supplies or have those items provided by A Pet's Hotel. Additional items would be available to purchase at a retail boutique.


Allen Co-Authors Research Poster April 19, 2017

James Allen co-authored a poster, "Frist-Row Metal Complexes of Poly(Guanidinyl)Aryl Ligands," with Dr. Nick Piro, Albright assistant professor of chemistry at Albright College, Reading. The poster was presented at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, Calif., in April.

Allen is a junior biology major at Alvernia College. He is a resident of Elverson.


Conway Joins Honor Society April 19, 2017

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania student Tyler Conway of Elverson has been inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Lambda national honor society for graduate students. In order to be considered for membership, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours as a degree-seeking student in a graduate program, a grade point average placing the student in the top 35 percent of campus graduate students, and a record of leadership and service to graduate students or graduate student organizations.

Founded in 1990, Alpha Epsilon Lambda seeks to recognize the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduate students.


Summer Camp To Focus On Creative Writing April 17, 2017

Elizabethtown College will host Camp ArtWorks for youths ages 14 to 17 from Monday, June 26, to Saturday, July 1. Participants will have the chance to stretch their creative wings and participate in writing sessions focused on poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Industry professionals and experts will lead the sessions.

One of the highlights of last year's Camp ArtWorks for 15-year-old York resident Karin Ruser was listening to the camp directors read stories and poems from the books they had written and published. "I would definitely recommend (the camp) to others," said Karin. "It's a lot of fun. You learn a lot, and you get to share your ideas with other people who love the same things you do."

Elizabethtown resident Hannah McConnell, 16, appreciated having one-on-one conferences with published authors. "I loved being able to sit down and talk about my short story and get feedback from them," Hannah shared. "It was very personal, and I enjoyed communicating ideas with professionals."

Elizabethtown College professor and Bowers Writers House director Jesse Waters, who launched Camp ArtWorks for the first time last summer, said the program had a great first run and he is looking forward to interacting with new and returning campers this summer. While the camp covered a broad range of the arts last year, this year the focus will be on creative writing.

Waters will serve as a workshop leader along with Curtis Smith, Emilia Phillips, and Daina Savage. Several Elizabethtown College alumni will act as guides for the week, escorting campers to meals and activities and serving as mentors.

Campers will participate in four one-hour sessions each day that will cover topics such as short stories, suspense elements and techniques, poetry, lyric essays, personal essays, word play, and drama writing. Hannah noted that one of the most impactful classes she took part in at Camp ArtWorks last summer focused on the importance of characters. "Jesse discussed how great stories need an even greater balance between its characters, which has impacted the style and depth of my writing," Hannah commented.

Registration is available at through Saturday, May 20. The cost of camp will include lodging in Founders Hall, meals, workshops, and a range of on-campus amenities such as the gym, pool, and computer rooms. Instructor biographies and workshop descriptions are posted at the aforementioned website as well.

Interested individuals may direct any questions to Waters at 361-3762 or


Commencement Speakers Named April 12, 2017

Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, has announced that Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), will speak at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the college's 114th commencement, to be held in The Dell. Additionally, the college's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at the Edward R. Murphy Center has invited James L. Fritz, a retired attorney, as the keynote speaker at its commencement, to take place at 4 p.m. on May 20 in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University. She has been on the faculty at University of Rhode Island, becoming vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs, and dean of the graduate school. She was named provost of the University of Hartford in 2008 and was appointed the 18th president of Mount Holyoke College in 2010. She will receive an honorary doctoral degree during Elizabethtown College's commencement.

Fritz is a 1984 graduate of Elizabethtown College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration as an adult student. He earned a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law in 1987. He retired in 2015, and he is a long-serving member of the Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees.


Shadey's Rugged Run April 12, 2017

Doug Gundlach, one of the Lancaster Bible College (LBC) students working to organize Shadey's Rugged Run, wants those who are considering the mud course to know that if they have seen one mud run course ... they have only seen one mud run course. "It's not the same old course," stated Gundlach. "The start and finish lines are in different areas, and the obstacles are different. The course is new every year."

The 2017 Shadey's Rugged Run will be held rain or shine at LBC, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, on Saturday, May 6. The 3.5-mile run, which attracts hundreds of participants, will start in waves beginning with the elite timed competitors at 8 a.m. Open waves of up to 50 runners, which will not be timed, will begin at 8:20 a.m. Organizers expect to attract about 500 registrants, but the number of runners at past events has topped 700.

Gundlach is one of a number of senior sports management students tasked with organizing the run. "The feel is different every year, (as a) new group of students organizes (the event)," said race director Amanda Dowhen. "This is part of their sports management student experience, and it gives them practical hands-on learning."

As in the past, the event will include 17 obstacles, some of which will be familiar to participants, while others will be new. "There's always lots of mud, so there will be multiple mud pits, and there are some water obstacles," said Gundlach, who listed a water slide and a dumpster dive among the wet activities. Climbing, crawling, and jumping over fire will also be part of the run. "We are bringing back the tire hill, which is an old obstacle where you (climb) up the side of a steep hill in tires (and mud)," Gundlach noted, adding that there will be a mystery obstacle as well. Fellow organizer Caleb Onasch revealed that the mystery obstacle will challenge a participant's balance.

Gundlach said participants in the event tend to come from all walks of life and that many take part in groups. "There are families, co-workers from local businesses, young people, youth groups, college kids, some singles, and people who come with friends," he said. "It is a pretty even mix."

According to Dowhen, the run has been a successful fundraiser for the college. "We have made about $120,000 (total) in the last four years," she noted, adding that 70 percent of the funds that are raised are used for capital improvements in the LBC athletic department and that the remainder is donated to Penn State Hershey Children's Miracle Network.

Students who handled marketing for the run have offered a number of promotions via Facebook and Instagram, including giving away theater and amusement park tickets. The group also instituted a social referral program that offers participants a rebate on the race fee based on the number of people they refer who sign up to run.

Readers who wish to learn more or to register to take part may visit


"Design Activism" Talk Scheduled April 11, 2017

A York College graphic design adjunct professor will discuss his current work to address the heroin and opioid crisis through design activism at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, in DeMeester Hall, Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. The talk by Adam DelMarcelle, "Design Activism: Understanding Your Responsibility," is open to the public free of charge. Resource tables addressing the heroin epidemic will be set up in the lobby of Wolf Hall. York College is located at 443 Country Club Road, York.

DelMarcelle started an anti-heroin awareness campaign, "What Heroin Sounds Like," in his hometown of Lebanon. He has continued to focus his work on design activism and the role design thinking plays in solving larger societal issues. His talk will address the heroin epidemic as well as what community members, particularly those in the creative community, can do to respond. DelMarcelle serves as an adjunct art professor at York, Lebanon Valley College and Kutztown University. He is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Art.


Nursing Students Graduate April 11, 2017

Friends and family gathered on March 16 to congratulate 14 new licensed practical nurses (LPNs) on their graduation from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program (PNP). The class, consisting of full-time students, is the 120th to graduate from the Downingtown program.

The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from Career, Technical and Customized Education administrator Michael Katch. He offered his congratulations to the graduates and reaffirmed the CCIU's commitment to PNP.

The PNP director, Nancy Haughton, presented the graduates, including the Downingtown cohort co-valedictorians Kayla Draper and Rachael Dupree and salutatorian Larissa Wilkins.

Downingtown's class president, Jonelle Beckley, led the class in the practical nursing pledge and then introduced the guest speaker, LPN Jen Madden, who is an operations supervisor for Behavior Wellness and Recovery and an alumna of the LPN program. In her remarks, Madden told her story of how being in the Army helped her realize her passion for helping others. Madden currently uses her LPN training to give professional presentations on post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction recovery.

Following Madden's remarks, six students were inducted into the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses Inc. Honor Society.

To learn more about the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Practical Nursing Program, readers may visit

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