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College To Host Poster Display November 9, 2018

Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, is hosting "Women and the Great War: Posters From the Collection of Pamela Tronsor" in Hess Gallery in Zug Memorial Hall through Saturday, Dec. 1. This collection of propaganda posters from World War I includes American posters focusing on women as icons of and workers for the war effort as depicted by leading graphic artists of the time.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. More information may be found at


Strohm Earns Scholarship November 9, 2018

Seth Strohm recently received The Douglas and Lucille Arthur Scholarship at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove. In awarding the scholarship, preference is given to students from Dauphin County.

Strohm of Hummelstown is a member of the Class of 2021 and is an accounting major. He is a 2017 graduate of Hershey High School and the son of Paul and Trina Strohm.


Sommers Takes Solo Flight November 8, 2018

Ethan Sommers became the first pilot to solo in the history of Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster's aviation program on Oct. 15. A Lancaster resident, Sommers is a first-year student in the new leadership and organizational management bachelor's degree program with a concentration in aviation.

By the time he graduates, Sommers will have earned a bachelor's degree as well as private and commercial pilot certificates with an instrument rating and a flight instructor certificate.


University, High School Announce Agreement November 8, 2018

Immaculata University and Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg have entered into an agreement that guarantees admission to Immaculata for qualifying students graduating from Bishop McDevitt. To recognize the academic accomplishments of these graduates, Immaculata will provide academic merit scholarships for qualifying students.

The guaranteed admission program and the merit scholarship are effective for students entering college in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020. Students must be admitted as full-time, first-time students with a GPA of at least 2.5 and a combined SAT score of 990. They must also meet other application requirements.

The merit scholarships, worth a minimum of $9,000, will be renewable for three additional consecutive years of full-time status provided a benchmark GPA is maintained. Bishop McDevitt students who earn a higher GPA and SAT score may qualify for a higher amount of aid. In addition to this merit scholarship, all Catholic high school students will receive a Catholic School Grant for $2,000, renewable for three additional consecutive years of full-time status.

Thirty-eight percent of Immaculata's undergraduate, traditional-age students graduate from Catholic high schools.


College Slates Student Auction November 7, 2018

The current HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, auctioneering class, instructed by Charlene Caple, will hold its Student Auction on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Cordier Auctions and Appraisals, 1500 Paxton St., Harrisburg.The auction is open to the public. A preview will begin at 11 a.m., and the auction will begin at noon.

The student auction is the climax of the semester, providing students with experience in all facets of auction operation. Students had their first experience on the auction block selling apple pies at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Biglerville in October. That auction raised more than $2,000 through the sale of 11 pies. Proceeds went toward Hospice of Central Pennsylvania. Many of the bidders were former auctioneering students themselves.

On Nov. 18, the class will sell a variety of items collected by students for the occasion. Lots will include Christmas tree bears, which are being sold to benefit the York Polar Bears hockey team. Last year, the class raised $2,100 to support the team, which gives youths with physical or intellectual disabilities a way to learn and experience the sport of ice hockey. Students will also bring a variety of other collectibles to the block, including an 1853 $1 gold coin, comic books, toys, and sterling silver jewelry.

David Cordier, founder/owner of Cordier Auctions and Appraisals, is an alumnus of the HACC auctioneering program. This year, the students include a mother and daughter, as well as a father and son. The group includes students from across the state, ranging in age from their early 20s to late 50s.

For more information about the auction, readers may visit or call 717-731-8662.


Amicon Receives White Coat November 7, 2018

Nicholas Amicon of Glenmoore, a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at University of the Sciences, received a white coat at the annual Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony on Sept. 8. The White Coat Ceremony is an annual rite of passage for students entering the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Amicon will continue on the path to receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy in May 2021. Donning their white coats, the more than 70 student-physical therapists recited the Oath of a Physical Therapist, a gesture to reinforce their commitment to working with patients compassionately and to enhancing their health and well-being.


Harris Elected Club President November 7, 2018

Julia Harris has been elected president of the Green Campus Club at the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, for the 2018-19 academic year.

Harris is a resident of Lincoln University.


Kneisley Conducts Research November 6, 2018

Dana Kneisley, a member of the Class of 2019 at Muhlenberg College, conducted research at Muhlenberg last summer. Kneisley is a neuroscience major from Willow Street.

Working with Jeremy Alden Teissere, professor of neuroscience, Kneisley studied Ziziphus spinosa, more commonly known as the jujube plant, which has been used historically in teas as a homeopathic remedy for insomnia, anxiety, and more. The Ziziphus spinosa has effects that fit those of the GABA-A receptor. The GABA-A receptor is involved in the transmission of messages through the brain and the nervous system and the regulation of communication between brain cells.

More than 60 students collaborated with faculty on a variety of research projects over the summer as part of Muhlenberg's research community. Students are typically on campus for eight to 10 weeks of full-time research and receive a stipend, housing, and college credit. The undergraduate research participants join in a weekly summer seminar series, in which students discuss their work, and an annual poster session allows students to present their work to the campus community at large.


CCE Receives Grant Funds November 5, 2018

York College's Center for Community Engagement (CCE), 59 E. Market St., York, has received support from the Powder Mill Foundation, established by Louis and Jody Appell, to renovate the unfinished second floor of the facility for community/college collaborations and to establish a fund to support the ongoing work of the center. The CCE acts as the primary mover in York College's mission to partner with the community for the benefit of both students and the broader region.

This three-year gift from the Powder Mill Foundation will provide to the CCE in two ways. First, funds will be provided for renovation of the unfinished second floor space, providing the technology, furnishings, and accommodations necessary to make the space accessible to students, faculty, and community leaders alike. Second, the gift will establish a development fund for new programs launched by the CCE to support its ongoing work.

Renovations at the CCE will provide a dedicated space outfitted with appropriate physical and human resources to attract York College faculty to the downtown. By providing this flexible space, and by providing a regular shuttle service to the location, the college will make the CCE a place where students and faculty come on a regular basis to hold classes, have meetings with community partners, and do the shared work of project-based learning, a growing area of distinction for the college. At the same time, this space would be open to community partners, making this a shared hub of projects that soften the line between college and community. This space will function alongside the Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy, a division of the CCE that has already established itself as a key player in community advancement.

The development fund will create a regular funding source to support curricular and co-curricular programs that engage faculty and students in community projects and initiatives. Applications for funding will be adjudicated by collaborative groups that include both college and community stakeholders. These projects would focus on project-based learning and problem-solving, partnerships and initiatives, service projects, and education seminars to aid in workforce development.

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Students Compete At National Contest November 5, 2018

Delaware Valley University (DelVal) students attended and competed at the World Dairy Expo National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest on Oct. 1. Madison Jackson of Peach Bottom and Mary Lawrence of Nottingham were among the participants.

The DelVal students performed well as a team and in the individual portion of the contest, placing ninth overall in a competition with 22 different colleges and universities. The team also had several individual placings.

The contest consisted of 12 total placings classes where students evaluated four cows per class. They also had to give six sets of oral reasons, defending their placings from memory in front of a judge during two-minute time slots.


College Names New Board Of Trustees Member November 2, 2018

Elizabethtown College has announced Daniel Betancourt as the newest member of its board of trustees.

Betancourt, a graduate of Millersville University, serves as its president and chief executive officer of Community First Fund, a community development financial institution providing credit and financial services to underserved markets and populations. He has served Community First Fund since 1999. He has more than 25 years of experience in small business and community economic development lending.

Among other advisory capacities, Betancourt serves on the Economic and Community Advisory Council of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Lancaster City Revitalization and Improvement Zone. He was named Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and was awarded one of five Baldwin Fellows by the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Elizabethtown College is governed by an autonomous board of trustees - leaders in areas such as education, business, and the community.


Templeton Earns Academic Honor November 2, 2018

Erin Templeton from Middletown was named to the dean's list for academic excellence in the spring of 2018 at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.

Students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.60 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.20 are placed on the dean's list.


Arters Earns College Degree November 2, 2018

Alexander Arters graduated cum laude with a degree in health sciences from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va., during commencement exercises on Aug. 4.

Arters is a resident of Conestoga.


College Opens STEM Wing October 31, 2018

Approximately 80 people gathered recently to celebrate the official opening of the new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Wing at Delaware County Community College's Downingtown Campus, 100 Bond Drive, Downingtown.

The 16,000-square-foot STEM Wing addition to the existing Downingtown Campus includes state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, and earth and space science laboratories, as well as eight new classrooms and newly renovated computer and physics labs located in the existing 46,000-square-foot main building. The new wing will host courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, as well as introductory astronomy, physics, geology, and engineering.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Becky Corbin was among the speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Corbin represents the 155th District, in which the Downingtown Campus is located. Corbin majored in chemistry in college and was a chemist before becoming a state representative.


Leever Named To Dean's List October 31, 2018

Emma Leever of Morgantown was named to the dean's list for academic excellence in spring 2018 at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.

Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.60 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.20 are placed on the dean's list.


Mahoney Earns College Degree October 31, 2018

Drew Mahoney of Cochranville graduated during the Aug. 4 commencement exercises at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Mahoney graduated with a degree in computer information systems.


College Receives Financial Commitment October 26, 2018

Carl Strikwerda, president of Elizabethtown College, has announced that the college has received the largest gift commitment in its 119-year history from an anonymous alumni couple. The $8.5 million gift, a combination of cash, pledges, and bequests, will support the college in improving facilities, increasing the endowment, and funding operations - all goals of Elizabethtown's current "Be More Inspired." capital campaign.

Previous large gifts to Elizabethtown College include $5 million from the late Frank Masters, Harrisburg; a recent anonymous pledge for $3 million from a couple that, like Masters, are not alumni of the college; and support from S. Dale High, Class of 1963, Lancaster, whose giving totals more than $4 million for the High Library and High Family Business Center, in addition to other programs.

The college is currently building a new $24 million Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness, and Well-being, for which it has raised more than $19.3 million. Elizabethtown is also completing its multi-year $60 million capital campaign, with $56.7 million raised, surpassing the original goal of $50 million. Continuing efforts for the increased campaign goal will focus on residential renewal and new academic programs: civil and biomedical engineering, data science, chemistry laboratory sciences, finance, marketing, and a new physician assistant program, among others.

In September, Elizabethtown College also announced the launch of a Tuition Transparency initiative that will reduce tuition for the 2019-20 school year by 32 percent to $32,000.

Elizabethtown College, located in historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications, and education degrees. More information is available at


Leffler Lecture Slated October 26, 2018

Elizabethtown College will welcome this year's Carlos R. and Georgiana E. Leffler Memorial Lecturer - Olympic sabre fencer, fashion entrepreneur, and social justice advocate Ibtihaj Muhammad - on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on the college campus, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown.

In 2016, Muhammad became the first Muslim-American woman to compete in Olympic fencing in hijab and the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States.

In addition to fencing, Muhammad is the founder of a clothing company aiming to bring affordable modest fashion to the U.S. market. She is also an ambassador with the U.S. Department of State's Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative. She was named to the "Time 100: The Most Influential People" list.

The annual Leffler Lectures feature speakers of national and international renown who have been recognized for their accomplishments in making change in their areas of focus.

Lecture admission is free and open to the public, but tickets must be requested in advance through the college's ticket hotline at 717-361-4757 or

For more information, readers may contact Sarah Penniman at 717-361-1428 or


Stoe Presents At Conference October 26, 2018

The 2018 SCATE Conference was held on the campus of Coastal Carolina University and featured four presentations from CCU students of various majors. The topic of this year's conference was "New Dimensions for Clinical Preparation and Development of Educators."

More than 20 students presented their work and research at the conference, including Morgan Stoe. Stoe is an English major from Lancaster.

"Teacher Leaders: Eight Ways Any Teacher Can Strengthen Their Classroom" was presented by Stoe and 13 other students. The presentation explained strategies that help reach students with reading and writing assignments in content area classes.


Heim Initiated Into Society October 24, 2018

Victoria Heim of York was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, an all-discipline collegiate honor society. Heim was initiated at The University of Mississippi, Baton Rouge, La.

Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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