Commencement set for Dec. 21 at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a commencement ceremony Dec. 21, for the nearly 300 students who have petitioned to graduate at the end of the fall 2013 semester.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

The student speaker is Eric Jay Palanko, of Latrobe, who will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in legal assistant and paralegal studies. Palanko also is the recipient of the President’s Award, presented for leadership and service to the college.

Gerri F. Luke, the 2013 Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award recipient and professor of business administration and management and marketing at the college, also will speak.

During the ceremony, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour will present an Alumni Achievement Award.

She will be joined by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, as she confers degrees and certificates upon the graduates.

A degree in landscape and horticulture technology: plant production emphasis will be awarded posthumously to Christopher J. Ginter and accepted by his parents.

More than 550 to receive Bloomsburg degrees

BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will confer degrees to more than 550 students on Dec. 13 and 14.

Seventy-three graduate students, including seven doctoral candidates and 486 undergraduate students will receive diplomas during three ceremonies. Graduate commencement will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. The morning undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts will be held at 10 .m. Dec. 14 and the afternoon ceremony for the College of Business and the College of Science and Technology will be held at 2:30 p.m. All ceremonies will be held in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

Top honor graduates, the students in each College who have earned the highest grade-point average, are: Christy A. Roberson, Danville, business administration major with dual degrees in accounting and finance, College of Business; Brooke Simonovich, East Stroudsburg, early childhood education major and Heather Marie Hamilton, Horsham, American Sign Language and English interpreting major, both College of Education; Timothy Dorsch, Schwenksville, double major in German and secondary education and history, College of Liberal Arts; and Gabriel Maturani Barrile, Bloomsburg, environmental biology major, College of Science and Technology.

The undergraduate commencement speakers are two BU faculty members. Marion G. Mason, professor of psychology, will speak at the morning ceremony. Mason, who holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, has been a BU faculty member since 1992 and is the president of the BU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Mark A. Tapsak, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will speak at the afternoon ceremony. Tapsak has a doctorate in polymer chemistry and worked for nine years in the biotech industry prior to joining BU’s faculty 10 years ago. He holds 36 U.S. patents and has published 19 papers, most of which are related to medical devices and biomaterials.

CMoG president to speak at MU commencement

MANSFIELD – Marie McKee, the president of the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) in Corning, N.Y., will be the speaker at Mansfield University’s 149th Commencement at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 in Decker Gymnasium.

“Marie McKee is a true leader in her industry, her community and our region,” MU President Fran Hendricks said in making the announcement. “Her commitment to education and excellence is the kind of message we want our newest graduates to hear. We are honored to have Maria speak at our Commencement.”

McKee has served as president of CMoG since 1998 and has led the Museum in its vision to be the international leader in glass scholarship, education and preservation. Building on the outstanding scholarship of the institution, McKee has focused on creating programming and facilities that provide a rich and vibrant museum experience for visitors from around the world. In addition, she has helped build the Museum into a strong cultural and educational center for the local community.

Under her leadership, the Museum completed a $65 million capital reconstruction project in 2001. It included the renovation of the Rakow Research Library, an expansion of its studio, creation of the “Hot Glass Show” and a renovation of the main Museum building.

From 1998 to 2008, McKee also served as chair of Steuben Glass, the world-renowned art glass maker founded by Frederick Carder. In 2008, she successfully led the sale of Steuben Glass to the Schottenstein Stores Corp.

McKee joined Corning Inc. in 1979 and held a series of human resources leadership positions, playing an instrumental role in designing and implementing Corning’s human resource strategies, business processes, and organization change efforts to increase both the human and business effectiveness of the company.

She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and an MBA certificate in management development from Simmons College.

McKee serves on the boards of trustees for The Corning Museum of Glass, The Corning Foundation, The Rockwell Museum of Western Art and The National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a director of Duke Energy Corp.

In the Schools

MU to offer classes over semester break

MANSFIELD – Mansfield University will offer a special online session from Dec. 17 to Jan. 13, 2014.

The three credit hour courses being offered ranged from public speaking to psychology and from criminal justice to the Vikings, mummies and pirates.

For a full listing of classes and more information on the session, visit and click on “Winter 2013.”

Bob Jones University names local student to orchestra

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Nathan MacAvoy, of Williamsport, has been named to Bob Jones University’s Chamber String Orchestra, one of two orchestras at BJU.

MacAvoy is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education.

All students at BJU may audition to participate in the CSO, which is comprised of students and staff from a variety of departments and divisions at BJU.

“It’s a joy to see these young people using their talent to play an instrument to God’s glory,” said Dr. Yuriy Leonovich, CSO conductor. “While they come from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds, they demonstrate incredible unity both as an orchestra and as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Leonovich earned his doctorate degree in violoncello performance from Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and was awarded the Hope and Stanley Adelstein Prize for Excellence in Composition and Performance.

Located in Greenville, S.C., Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship and character and leadership development. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

BJU provides more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science and business. BJU has more than 3,000 students from every state and more than 40 countries.

Bucknell to host ‘Engineering Design Exposition’

LEWISBURG – Bucknell University will host the seventh annual Engineering and Science Education Exposition from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 9 in Larison Dining Hall.

Fifty teams of first-year engineering students will share inquiry-based educational devices designed and constructed to interactively teach engineering and science concepts – such as motion, force, magnetism and mechanical advantage – to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“Our students in the engineering 100 course complete comprehensive and innovative design-build projects, displayed at the exposition, that meet specific requirements, on time and on budget, for real customers,” said Jim Orbison, professor of civil and environmental engineering and course coordinator.

“The event is appropriate for teachers and volunteers looking for ideas as well as supervised children in the appropriate age range,” said Margot Vigeant, associate dean of engineering.

“Bucknell education majors, led by Lori Smolleck, associate professor of education, and local scout leaders served as project customers and advisers,” Orbison said. “All educational devices and supporting materials will be given away at the end of the expo to interested educators, leaders and volunteers.”

Scout troops are asked to register in advance with Vigeant by email at or by calling 570-577-1646.

In the Schools

Muncy to hold holiday band and choral concert

The Muncy Middle and High School band and chorus will present their annual “Holiday Concert” at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Muncy High School auditorium.

The program will open with the chorus performing selections including “African Fum, Fum, Fum,” arranged by Herington and Glick; “One More Candle,” by Emerson; and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” arranged by Zegree.

The band selections for the program will include “Christmas Africana,” by Neeck; “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” arranged by Story; and ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” arranged by Bullock. The concert will conclude with “Christmas ‘Pop’ Sing Along,” arranged by Polyhar.

The Muncy Middle and High School band is under the direction of Sherri Doebler. The Muncy Middle and High School chorus is under the direction of George A. Henry. Richard Cummings is the extra-curricular vocal and instrumental teacher. Lucille Buck is the accompanist for the choruses. The public is cordially invited to attend this concert.

Myers Elementary School to hold holiday choral concert

The Myers Elementary School choruses will present their annual “Holiday Concert” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Muncy High School auditorium.

The groups performing will be the Sixth Grade Chorus, Fifth Grade Chorus, Fourth Grade Chorus and the Myers Honors Chorus. Should inclement weather cause an early dismissal or cancellation of school that day, the concert will be held the following Dec. 18 at the same time.

Selections for the program will include the Fourth Grade Chorus singing “Frosty the Snowman,” by Nelson and Rollins and “I’m Getting’ Nuttin’ for Christmas,” by Tepper and Bennett.

The Fifth Grade Chorus will sing a Perry and Perry selection entitled “One Song” and “I’ve Got Christmas in My Ears,” by Beall and Lantz. “The Most Special Time of the Year,” by Snyder and “Solitary Snowflake,” by Estes will be sung by the Sixth Grade Chorus.

The Myers Honors Chorus will sing “It’s Christmas,” by Besig and “Jingle, Jingle, Hear the Sleigh Bells,” by Simms.

The concert will conclude with the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade choruses coming together to sing “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

The Myers Elementary choruses are under the direction of George A. Henry. Lucille Buck is the accompanist for the choruses. The public is invited to attend this concert.