Education

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Bill the cow, taken care of by Nichole Bechdel, eighth grade language arts teacher, center, puckers up as Justin Armbruster, Jersey Shore Area Middle School assistant principal, leans in for a kiss during the Kiss the Cow event at the Jersey Shore Area High School football field recently.

‘Kiss the Cow’

Jersey Shore Area Middle School students were able to make some of their teachers kiss a cow in an effort for hurricane relief recently. The faculty each had designated canisters for the students to vote which teacher would kiss a cow by donating money. “There were cans in the cafeteria, ...

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Williamsport Area Middle School social studies teacher Dustin Brouse is shown here with WASDEF President Trisha Gibbons Marty (left) and Vice President Dr. Deborah Grove (right).

WASD Education Foundation grants $6,401 to classrooms

The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (WASDEF) announced the distribution of $6,401 to fund five classroom projects and programs today as part of the organization’s annual Teacher Mini-Grant Program. The program is designed to give district teachers the ability to ...

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Penn College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club collected boxes of nonperishable food on campus and at physical therapy clinics across the region as part of the Global Physical Therapy Day-of-Service.

Physical Therapist Assistant Club’s food drive helps campus pantry

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club harvested a plentiful crop to benefit The Cupboard at Penn College, an on-campus food pantry that assists students and their families. The club initiated a 10-day food drive to coincide with the American ...

HARDY

Hardy named director of admissions at Lock Haven University

LOCK HAVEN — Angelic Hardy has been appointed to the position of director of admissions at Lock Haven University. Hardy began her duties November 10. As director, she will oversee the Office of Admissions and will be responsible for recruitment, marketing plans, and admission ...

In the schools

Montgomery Area School District is accepting registrations for the Pre-K Counts program The Montgomery Area School District is still taking registrations for a waiting list for our Pre-K Counts preschool program for children who have turned 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017. Items you ...

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Shown are Sarah Yarger, left, Congressional Award Bronze Medal recipient, with U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson.

LHU student receives Congressional Award Bronze Medal

LOCK HAVEN — U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson recently presented Lock Haven University student, Sarah Yarger, of West Decatur, with the Congressional Award Medal for achievements in her community. Yarger was awarded the Congressional Award Bronze Medal for her achievement of personal ...

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Williamsport Area High School freshman violinist Michael Fisher, pictured, will compete as a finalist in the MTNA Eastern Division Junior String Competition in January.

WAHS freshman violinist wins, advances in junior string competition

Williamsport Area High School freshman violinist Michael Fisher recently became a division finalist during the Pennsylvania Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Eastern Division Junior String Competition. Fisher, who won the Junior String Division, will travel to West Virginia ...

Area real estate firm donates vehicle to Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from the gift of a Ford box truck from Fish Real Estate and its president, Brent M. Fish. The Ford E-350 Super Duty box truck will be used by the college’s General Services department primarily, but also will be available to other offices and ...

Honor rolls

South Williamsport Area High School First quarter Superior Honor Roll Grade 7 — Connor Apker, Sophia Binkley, Landon Bowman, Hannah Boyles, Sofia Casella, Kaycie Cowden, Colleen Eisley, Dominic Fagnano, Rebecca Garman, Olivia Goode, Sydney Harris, Cheyenne Keller, Brooklyn Lentz, Maia ...

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Ed Cioffi, center, a now retired Loyalsock Township School District social studies teacher, is shown with two students.

School bells still ring for retired Loyalsock teacher

It was 1937 when Ed Cioffi, future educator, first set foot in a classroom at the tender age of six. Decades later, the now retired Loyalsock Township School District social studies teacher still returns to school every fall, this time as a substitute teacher for his former employer and a new ...

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Broussard points out fossils to Darby Willingham, ’19, while Cali Snyder, ’19, digs in the background during a recent Natural History of Dinosaurs class field trip.

Lycoming College professor delivers presentation on fossil discovered in county

Lycoming College’s David Broussard, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, this summer presented research at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on a 365 million-year-old leg bone that he and his students discovered in Lycoming County. The ...

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Pennsylvania College of Technology student Natascha G. Santaella recently helped raise more than $1,000 for the hurricane victims of Puerto Rico

Student puts skills to use to allay her worry, help her hometown

When September hurricanes left a path of destruction in Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania College of Technology student Natascha G. Santaella felt a variety of painful emotions. “I spent around six days stressing and having a very hard time with me having all the luxuries I currently do and my ...

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Penn College industrial design major studies in Japan

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was one of 20 scholars worldwide to participate in a Japan-based industrial design program. Dwight D. Alexa­nder, of Umatilla, Florida, completed a four-day workshop at the Kobe University International Innov­ation Design School in Kobe, Japan. ...

In the schools

Penn College to host ‘S.W.O.R.D. Fights’ Robots will duel for supremacy at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design club is hosting “Fall 2017 S.W.O.R.D Fights,” beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday in the college’s Field House. The event requires ...

Free WVIA education workshop connects academics, careers

PITTSTON — Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and home schooling parents are invited to take part in a free workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 30, at WVIA Public Media Studios. “Working Class: Connecting Classrooms & Careers” will introduce free resources — including the ...

Financial Aid office offering FAFSA completion session

The Financial Aid office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering its resources to help current college students, prospective students and families complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The college is hosting free FAFSA completion sessions on its main campus ...

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Members of Bucknell University’s Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship team display the Special Achievement in GIS (geographic information systems) Award (SAG Award) it received from Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics. Shown, front row from left, are members of the team including Luyang Ren, GIS/web application specialist; Param Bedi, vice president for library and information technology; Janine Glathar, digital pedagogy and scholarship specialist for GIS; and Lorraine Eisenhuth, systems integrator. And back row, from left, are Todd Fogle, senior technology support specialist; Matt Gardzina, director of digital pedagogy and scholarship; and Carrie Pirmann, social sciences librarian.

Bucknell honored for special achievement in Geographic Information Systems

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, recently presented Bucknell University’s Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship team with a Special Achievement in GIS (geographic information systems) Award (SAG Award) at its annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over ...