Mansfield University collaborates

on event for graduating seniors

MANSFIELD – The inaugural Senior Transitions Conference, spearheaded by the Mansfield University Student Life Division, will be held March 1 and 2 at the Holiday Inn, 100 Pine St.

The conference is designed to promote and prepare seniors for the transition from college to the world of work. It is open to all May, August and December 2013 anticipated graduates.

Nichole Lefelhoc, associate director of Career Development and Internships, and Andee Dunham, associate director for Student Life and Student Transition, are leading Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College and Susquehanna University to expand the initiative and enhance collaborations in northcentral Pennsylvania.

“This new and innovative event will provide opportunities for graduating students to develop knowledge related to transitioning from college to work, as well as engage and network with students and professionals in a comfortable, yet educational environment,” Christopher Bridges, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said.

Proposed sessions include How to Learn Your Way Around a New Community, Finances 101, Evaluating the Job Offer & Benefits Package, Office Politics 101, Repaying Student Loans, and Using Social Media the Right Way.

The conference is free to the first 76 Mansfield students who register. The cost for non-MU students is $55 for the conference.

Registration is will continue through Feb. 6. To register, go to

Sociology faculty member named

examiner for South African study

Vinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been appointed to serve as an external examiner for a South African university study.

The Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, appointed Bahl as the external examiner for a master’s degree study for 2013.

The study is titled “The Role of Dress Style for Senior Women in a Corporate Consulting Firm.”

Bahl has taught sociology at Penn College since 1996. She holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 2002-03, she was a visiting scholar to the College de France, Paris. She was a visiting scholar at Amsterdam’s International Institute of Asian Studies in 2004.

She has published three books (one co-edited) and many articles on subjects that include industrialization, the working class, the caste system, the women’s movement, music, South Asian women’s clothes and Third World women.

New scholarship established at LHU

LOCK HAVEN – Thanks to the new Susan Selleck Scholarship Fund, a Lock Haven University student majoring in early childhood education will benefit from a scholarship every year.

The family and friends of Susan Joy Selleck (Boyles) have established the Susan Selleck Scholarship Fund with the Lock Haven University Foundation in memory of Selleck, a member of the 1973 graduating class of Lock Haven State College who passed away last summer. She worked as a library aide at an elementary school in Williamsport and then spent the majority of her career as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher within the Jersey Shore Area School District.

Because of Selleck’s love of education and her devotion to the Jersey Shore Area School District, scholarship preference will be given to a Jersey Shore Area High School graduate. The first award will be given in spring 2013.

“We are extremely pleased with the graciousness of the Selleck family in providing an endowed scholarship that is to be awarded to an early childhood major,” said Dr. Jane Penman, Interim Dean for the College of Education and Human Services.

Applicants are encouraged to apply through the Foundation’s website,, or by contacting the Foundation at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, 10 Susquehanna Ave., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.

Political activist and comedian

to speak Tuesday at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Baratunde Thurston, author of The New York Times’ best-seller How to Be Black, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, “The Future Is Connectivity! Connectivity Will Ruin Our Future!” is free and open to the public. It is part of the continuing Bucknell Forum series “tech/no,” which focuses on the evolution of technology’s role in society, and its potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways.

Thurston calls himself “a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically.” His ancestry includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building and a mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle.

He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Of on Discovery Science and writes the monthly backpage column for Fast Company. Thurston appears regularly on WNYC radio, CNN and MSNBC.

‘Life and Death’ lecture

scheduled at Penn College

“The Secrets of Life and Death” will be discussed during a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Richard G. Shear’s appearance, which is sponsored by the college’s Student Activities Office, promises insight into three of life’s most compelling questions: “What happens to us when we die?” “Why are we here?” and “What kinds of things can we do to make our lives better?”

The research-based presentation will offer “compelling and extraordinary evidence regarding what actually happens when we die and what it takes to have the life we dream of,” according to Shear, an award-winning educator who has presented at venues including Columbia University, his Fordham University alma mater, and at national and state conventions.

For more about the Student Activities Office, visit or call 327-4763.

Local scholarship winners

announced at arts school

Two flute students at St. John School of the Arts have been named recipients of Monica M. Weaver Memorial Scholarships for the 2013 winter-spring semester.

The students honored are Ashley Hyden, Williamsport, and Elizabeth Moyer, Williamsport. Piano student Margaret Hutchinson, Montoursville, also received a scholarship.

“The Monica M. Weaver Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1997, and since then more than 150 students have benefited,” said Anne Keely, the school’s director.

This semester’s Olivia S. Walden Memorial Scholarship recipients are Camille Brady, Jersey Shore; Brooke and Hope Brown, Williamsport; Corina and Hannah Sarge, Linden; and Katie Stetts, South Williamsport. The Olivia S. Walden Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 to benefit School of the Arts dance students.

More information about these scholarships or the School of the Arts may be obtained by calling 327-5575.


Penn State Williamsport Center to offer free education session

Penn State Williamsport Center and James V. Brown Library are partnering on a new initiative to increase awareness of the educational opportunities available to adults in the Williamsport area.

The initiative will include free education information sessions for adults. The first session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s wing of Brown Library. The topic is “Going Back to College: How to Get Started.”

As part of the partnership, Mike Vines, adult learner support specialist with the Williamsport Center, also is spending three hours each Wednesday in Brown Library to talk with adults interested in furthering their education at the Williamsport Center.

West Branch School to hold open houses

West Branch School, 755 Moore Ave., will host a series of open houses beginning this week.

The public is invited to tour the school and to talk to parents, teachers, and students. The first open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and interested families can observe a typical school day at that time.

Another open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Registration is not necessary for any of the open house dates.

West Branch School is a private, state-licensed, non-sectarian school serving grades kindergarten through six. The school maintains a low student-teacher ratio to ensure success in academic, social and emotional development. High standards, multiple and varied settings and parental involvement are hallmarks of a West Branch education. Children are challenged and succeed at their skill level, regardless of age.

For more information, call 323-5498 or email

Students inducted Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that the following local students were recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

Kylee Jacobson, Westfield, who is pursuing a degree in communication disorders at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Phillip Trometter, Williamsport, who is pursuing a degree in political science at Penn State University.

City high school student to attend Presidential Inaugural Conference

Caitlin Chappell, a senior at Williamsport Area High School, will attend the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference from Jan. 19 to 23 in Washington, D.C.

The conference is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. During the five-day program, the conference will provide scholars with depper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the inauguration.

High School Inaugural Scholars will have the opportunity to interact with historians, political experts and leading decision makers to discuss campaign strategy and presidential politics. Scholars will attend a special viewing party and luncheon, along with a Gala Inaugural Celebration. She is the daughter of Karen and Dave Chappell.


School band to perform free concert in Mill Hall

MILL HALL – The Central Mountain Middle School Concert Band will present a free performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Central Mountain Middle School Auditorium.

The program will be about 40 minutes, and will feature marches, classical pieces and more. The event is free and open to the public.

Eldredge appointed to national committee

LOCK HAVEN – Scott Eldredge, Lock Haven University chapter president of Phi Kappa Phi, has been appointed to serve on the society’s national committee for Marketing and Member Benefits for the 2012-14 biennium. The committee will meet at its national headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., in February.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was created in 1897 and is the oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society recognizing excellence for all academic disciplines.

Phi Kappa Phi has nearly 300 active chapters nationwide. Lock Haven University’s chapter was installed in 1975 as the society’s 179th. It is the fifth of Pennsylvania’s 18 chapters.

Eldredge is director of web development for LHU and has served the past 14 years in both web development and public relations.

He has been recognized on the national level with awards for both public relations and graphic design.

Prior to higher education, Eldredge has worked in all facets of communication; including marketing, advertising, graphic design, community relations, printing and teaching.

He and his wife, Deanna, reside in Williamsport and have two grown children, Nathan and Rebecca.

Cotner appointed to new position at Penn College

David R. Cotner has been named assistant dean in the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Prior to his appointment, Cotner served as department head in the college’s welding department.

“We are very pleased to have Dave Cotner join the leadership team in Industrial and Engineering Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs-provost. “He has proven to be an outstanding teacher, mentor and adviser. He brings great enthusiasm to his work and a passion for student success. All of us at the college appreciate his contributions and look forward to continuing to work with Dave in his new role.”

Cotner joined the full-time welding faculty at Penn College in 2004. Previously, he was a certified welding inspector, production supervisor and certified welder for various heavy-fabrication companies.

He was also an adjunct instructor for nine years in the college’s welding department and with Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

“Dave has demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising and leadership in his past role as welding department head, and we are excited to have Dave’s leadership skills added to our school office,” said Bill Mack, dean of the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies.

Cotner earned an associate degree in welding technology and a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, both from Penn College, as well as a Master of Science in education from Wilkes University.

He maintains his Certified Welding Inspector license and has held many other welding certifications.

He is a recipient of the college’s inaugural Excellence in Academic Advising Award, an honor generated from student nominations.


Pennsdale student secures grants,

gets accepted to medical school

Nathaniel Lamoreaux, son of Patricia and John Lamoreaux, of Pennsdale, recently received his letter of acceptance from the Drexel University College of Medicine, in Philadelphia.

He will be begin classes in the fall of 2013 and will be a member of the medical school graduating class of 2017.

He is a 2009 honors graduate of Muncy High School and a senior student in the BS/MD Program at Wilkes University.

The BS/MD program at Wilkes works in conjunction with the Drexel University College of Medicine throughout the four years of undergraduate education.

Lamoreaux will graduate from Wilkes University in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in neuroscience and chemistry.

While at Wilkes, he has earned academic honors each semester, has maintained a 3.75 grade-point average and passed his MCAT testing with one of the highest scores ever obtained by a pre-medicine student at Wilkes.

He served as the president of the Health Sciences Pre-professional Society at Wilkes. He was inducted into the Theta Delta Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. He is an active member of the Biology Club, and participated in numerous community service events, both on campus and in the community.

He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar. He secured a prestigious research grant for the summer of 2010 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and additional grants for the summers of 2011 and 2012.

He worked with school professors and classmates doing research on the levels of environmental toxins from natural gas drilling and mapping rates of parasitic infection in song sparrows in Central and North East Pennsylvania. This project was done in conjunction with the local Department of Environmental Protection.

Lamoreaux attended conferences in California and British Columbia to present the findings of their research and assisted with efforts to secure the research grants for future years.

‘Reach Out and Read’ program

begins at area Geisinger practices

SELINSGROVE – Getting books from the doctor is now part of regular pediatric checkups at Geisinger-Susquehanna University, a service of Geisinger Medical Center, as doctors and nurses welcome the Reach Out and Read program to the practice.

The clinic joins nearly 5,000 program sites nationwide that are preparing America’s youngest children to succeed in school.

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program implemented into regular pediatric checkups that advises parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally appropriate books to children.

“Reach Out and Read is a three-step process that involves nurses, doctors and parents,” said Amy Hedges, M.D., pediatrician, Geisinger-Susquehanna University. “It begins with consultations about the importance of reading and tips for age-appropriate materials. It then follows up with a new book provided by the pediatrician at each checkup and a literacy-rich environment in the waiting room.

“It is never too early to start a love of reading. The look of joy on a child’s face when they get a new book is priceless,” said Dr. Hedges.

Reach Out and Read begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities.

Families served by the program read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.

Reach Out and Read is supported by 15 independently published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read were found to score three to six months ahead of their peers on vocabulary tests.

The Reach Out and Read program at Geisinger-Susquehanna University is funded by Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps fund programs and services for pediatric patients throughout Geisinger Health System including, Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, the Geisinger Medical Group and Pediatric Specialty Services offices throughout Pennsylvania.

Essay, art contests announced

Thousands in prizes and awards will be awarded to students and schools in your area. The Essay Contest divisions are: Grades 3-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division.

To enter an essay, write between 100 and 250 words on any nonfiction topic. The deadline for the Essay Contest is Feb. 19.

The Poetry Contest divisions are: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division.

To enter a poem, submit one original poem in English, 21 lines or less. The deadline for the Poetry Contest is April 11. To submit an Essay or Poetry entry, enter at www.poeticpower. com or mail the entry labeled Poetry or Essay Contest to 159 N. Main, Smithfield, UT 84335.

Entries must include the author’s name, address, city, state and zip, current grade, school name, school address and teacher’s name. Selected entries of merit will be invited to be published in an anthology.

These are not contests where every entry is published. There is no entry fee to enter the contest or required purchase to be published.

There also is an art contest for students in grades K-12. To enter, take a photo of original art and go to to enter and for contest information. The art contest deadline is April 9.