In the Schools

Scott Vandine serves on Wilkes University’s student government

WILKES-BARRE – Scott Vandine of Muncy Valley, is one of 45 undergraduate students serving the Wilkes University community as a member of the student government.

Student government is the major decision and policy-making organization for the student body at Wilkes University, providing student input on University policy and governing extracurricular life at Wilkes.

Vandine is a freshman criminology major and a freshman class representative. Vandine serves on the constitution committee.

Vandine is the son of Bobbi and Scott Vandine. In addition, Vandine is involved in the ski and board club, the National Society of Leadership Success and the sociology/criminology club.

2 child care colleagues nominated for state awards

The Pennsylvania Child Care Association has recognized the excellence of two women associated with Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Early Childhood Director Competency Credential.

Linda S. Fallon, of Lewistown, a 2012 graduate of the certification program, is nominated for PACCA’s 2013 Educator of the Year Award. The award is presented to a child care teacher or staff member employed by a PACCA member facility who works directly with children and serves as a role model for colleagues. Fallon is among 23 Educator of the Year nominees. She is employed at Snyder Union Mifflin Child Development: Susquehanna Children’s Center in Reedsville.

Tracy A. Baxter, of Mechanicsburg, a student in Penn College’s director credential program, is among only five nominees for the PACCA 2013 Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence is presented to an owner, director or administrator of a PACCA member facility who has demonstrated vision, teamwork and leadership. Baxter is employed at The Children’s Garden at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Shiremanstown.

Awards will be presented at the Early Childhood Education Summit in State College on Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania Early Childhood Director Credential was developed by the state in response to business and industry needs. It is designed to provide a standard by which to measure program and fiscal management and leadership abilities of early childhood (and school-age) directors and administrators. Penn College was one of the first institutions approved to offer the required course work in 2005.

To earn the Penn College Early Childhood Director Competency Credential, participants must satisfactorily complete nine credits of course work. To be eligible to pursue the Early Childhood Director Competency Credential, a student must have received an associate degree in state-designated related fields, such as early childhood education, child development or human services.

Fiction author gives reading as part of BU’s Big Dog Reading Series

BLOOMSBURG – Fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins will read from her works as part of Bloomsburg University’s 2013-14 Big Dog Reading Series at 7 p.m. tonight at the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main Street. The event is free and open to the public.

A finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, Watkins’ latest work “Battleborn” was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire and In 2012, Watkins was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011 and New Stories from the Southwest 2013.

A visiting assistant professor at Princeton University, Watkins is the co-director of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. For more information on Watkins, visit

Bloomsburg University’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and the English department sponsor the Big Dog Reading Series. Other readings include a faculty reading in February, memoirist and poet Nick Flynn in March, and a student reading in April.

For information, contact Jerry Wemple, professor of English, at

BU business professors to give talk on females in the finance industry

BLOOMSBURG – Two faculty from Bloomsburg University’s College of Business will talk about “Where the Girls Aren’t: Gender Inequity in Business Schools” at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Centennial Hall, room 218. The lecture is a part of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Laura Davis, professor of business education and information and technology management, and Victoria Geyfman, assistant professor of finance, will discuss the underrepresentation of female students in the BU’s College of Business.

Following a report issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2007, Davis and Geyfman began to examine the lack of women in the finance industry.

According to figures for 2012, female enrollment in BU’s College of Business dropped to 33 percent from 37 percent in 2008.

This lecture will shed light on the obstacles women face at their entrance into the business world and explore the challenges in recruiting and retaining female students in business programs.