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Mansfield University to test emergency alert system

MANSFIELD – Mansfield University will test its emergency alert system with a drill this week.

The drill will include activation of the campus emergency notification plan, including the university carillon system allowing people who are outside to hear a broadcast message, and the securing of all university buildings. The carillon system can be heard in the Borough of Mansfield.

In addition to the carillon system, test notifications will be sent by email to all students, faculty and staff on their campus email account and by text message to the cell phones of students, faculty and staff who have subscribed to the emergency notification system.

There also will be an “emergency alert” message on the university homepage, a message on the campus emergency phone line and a message will be sent to all computers logged on to the university system.

For more information on MU’s emergency planning and procedures, visit mental-health-safety/.

Community financial aid night to be held at Mansfield

MANSFIELD- Mansfield University will host a Community Financial Aid Night from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and April 16 in Elliott Hall, room 108.

The sessions are free and open to any student attending, or planning to attend, any college or university.

MU staff members will be on hand to answer question and assist students in filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. Computers will be available.

Before the workshop, students should apply for their student and parent federal pin number at They should bring their parent and student 2013 tax information to the session.

For more information, visit community-financial-aid-night.

Bucknell to present Tea and Talk

LEWISBURG – The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning’s Tea & Talk program will host the free presentation, “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: Exploring its many interpretations and permutations from the late-20th century to the present” with Annie Randall, Bucknell music professor, on Tuesday at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, 6 Tressler Blvd.

Randall is a musicologist whose works range from books on opera and political music to a book on pop singer Dusty Springfield (Son of a Preacher Man). She believes in crossing musical boundaries and blends research and teaching, encouraging students who want to explore popular music history.

The Tea & Talk schedule will conclude this spring with the free presentation, “The Role of a Master Drummer Beyond Africa and Jazz” with Phil Haynes, Bucknell lecturer in music, on Thursday at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common.

A collective of Bucknell private improvisation students will present, with Haynes, a live concert, discussion and masterclass on how the ancient African talking drum tradition resonates, grows and is once again in high demand by contemporary culture, both inside and outside of music.

Both presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m., and includes refreshments.

Penn College at Wellsboro to offer Excel classes

WELLSBORO – Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer several easy-to-learn Excel computer classes this spring through Penn College at Wellsboro, located in the Wellsboro Area School District administration building.

The noncredit classes are taught at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners.

Microsoft Excel Level I – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Attendees will learn about creating and managing worksheets, performing calculations and developing and printing spreadsheets.

Microsoft Excel Level II – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23. Attendees will learn more advanced skills necessary for calculating data using functions and formulas, sorting and filtering data using basic PivotTables and customizing workbooks.

Microsoft Excel Level III – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14. This class will guide participants into some of the more specialized and advanced capabilities of Excel. Topics include automating tasks, applying analysis techniques to data sets and sharing Excel data with other applications.

Microsoft Excel: PivotTables – 9 a.m. to noon May 21. This class is designed for those who wish to learn more about building tables and categorizing, customizing and restructuring data.

For more information or to register, contact Penn College at Wellsboro at 570-724-7703.

Award-winning author to read at Lock Haven

LOCK?HAVEN – As part of Lock Haven University’s Authors and UpWrite reading series, award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti will read excerpts from her work at 7 p.m. April 8 in the multipurpose room of the Parsons Union Building at Lock Haven University.

She also will discuss writing historical nonfiction and fiction for young adults. The reading is free and open to the public. Books will be available to buy and for signing.

For more information, contact professors Marjorie Maddox Hafer at or Dana Washington at

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Jonathan Goldstein to give talk at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Jonathan Goldstein will give the talk, “Between Russia, China and Israel: The Transnational Identity of Harbin’s Jews, 1899-2014,” at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Jewish Studies and the Religious Studies departments.

Goldstein will discuss the history of Russian Jews who settled in the Chinese city of Harbin in northern Manchuria in 1887 during the building of the Chinese Eastern railway. They were followed by refugees from the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 and later during World War I, the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War.

In 1931, the Japanese army occupied Harbin and the Manchurian territory. During World War II, the Japanese adopted an anti-Semitic policy, causing most of the Jews of Harbin to emigrate to the West.

Goldstein, who holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, has been a research associate of Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies since 1985 and a professor of Asian history at the University of West Georgia since 1981.

Bucknell to host Robert Whitaker

LEWISBURG – Journalist Robert Whitaker will give the talk, “Mad in America,” at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Forum of Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the CSREG Disability Studies series.

Based on his book Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill, Whitaker’s talk will explore the treatment of the severely mentally ill in the United States from colonial times until today.

In the early 1800s, Quakers promoted a form of humane care, called moral therapy, that produced quite good outcomes, a record of success that has been largely forgotten today. Meanwhile, during the past 25 years, when use of psychiatric drugs has dramatically increased, the burden of mental illness has soared.

Whitaker’s book reveals that long-term outcome studies of antipsychotics regularly showed that the drugs increased the likelihood that people diagnosed with schizophrenia would become chronically ill.

The book also investigates the marketing of the new atypical antipsychotic medications in the 1990s, and uncovers the scientific fraud at the heart of that enterprise.

Whitaker is the author of several books including Anatomy of an Epidemic, which won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism.

He has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Bloomsburg hosts annual Egg Hunt for Endometriosis

BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students will host the fourth annual Egg Hunt for Endometriosis March 30, on Schuylkill Hall’s lawn to benefit the Endometriosis Association. There is a fee to enter.

Eggs will be filled with chocolate, toys, stuffed animals and more.

The children will be split into three age groups: 7-12 at 2 p.m., newborns to 3 at 2:20 p.m. and 4-6 at 2:40 p.m. Participants may bring their own baskets or donate to the Endometriosis Association to receive one that they may keep.

The goal of the Endometriosis Association is to find a cure for the hormone and immune system disease that affects millions of girls and women worldwide.

For more information, contact George Kinzel, assistant director of residence life, at

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BU’s Empty Bowls helps fill empty stomachs

BLOOMSBURG – Empty Bowls, an international hunger awareness and fundraising event, will return to Bloomsburg University to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

The 12th annual Empty Bowls event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 30 in the Kehr Union Ballroom. A donation is required for unlimited soups. Children under 5 eat free.

Dozens of area restaurants, chefs and community groups will donate soups and breads, which will be served by hundreds of volunteers consisting of BU students, faculty, staff and community members. Activities for children will be available. Event participants can buy keepsake bowls decorated by local artists. Baked dessert items and raffle items will also be available for purchase.

In Columbia County, 13.2 percent of residents are termed “food insecure,” according to, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate food. The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard reaches out to feed hundreds of families in the area.

BU’s Empty Bowls event was established in 2003 by the SOLVE volunteer office and the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. For more information on this year’s event, contact Jean Downing, SOLVE director at BU, at or call 570-389-4798.

Lock Haven’s Workforce Development to offer courses

LOCK HAVEN – The Workforce Development and Continuing Education program of Lock Haven University will offer new courses at Lock Haven’s East Campus, 301 W. Church St.

April 5 – The veterinary assistant course will prepare students to assist the veterinarian or veterinarian technician in daily tasks such as feeding, watering and examining pets for signs of illness, disease or injury. This program combines 35 hours of classroom instruction with a 24-hour local volunteer experience students will coordinate.

Over the course of five weeks the class prepares students to clean and disinfect cages and work areas, as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. Class meets Saturdays.

April 7 – The clinical medical assistant program will prepare an individual to assist a physician, provide care to help patients in a doctor’s office or clinic, and sit for a national medical assistant credentialing exam. The program combines 134 hours of classroom instruction with 160 hours in a medical office externship (externship hours vary by class and location).

Over the course of seven months students will gain exposure to job duties that include assisting physicians with exams and minor surgery, taking patient vital signs, caring for patients, performing lab tests, administering medications, electrocardiography and more. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays.

Spring – The phlebotomy technician course will prepare individuals to draw blood samples from patients in a clinical laboratory or public health setting and prepares individuals for a national credentialing exam. The program combines 63 hours of classroom instruction with a 40-hour phlebotomy externship to provide practical experience (externship hours vary by state).

Over the course of five months, students will gain exposure to on-the-job duties that include drawing blood samples from patients, producing quality laboratory results, gaining the trust and confidence of patients and more. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, contact Shannon Tyson at 570-484-3131, or visit To register online, visit -administration/workforce/registration.

Misericordia to hold open houses

The Misericordia University adult admissions office will hold a series of adult learner and transfer open houses in April for adult students who have general questions about entering or returning to college and who are interested in Misericordia University’s expressway accelerated degree program.

The first open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 8 in Room 431, building 4 of Luzerne County Community College (LCCC), 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.

The second open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 9 in the board room, second floor of Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton.

The Expressway Program offers adult students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree as a part-time student in as little as two and a half years. Expressway classes are offered online and at convenient locations in Nanticoke and Scranton with shortened sessions to fit into a busy work and family schedule.

Students in the Expressway Program can choose from majors and programs in business, health care, applied behavioral sciences, government, law and national security. Tuition is the lowest among the four-year colleges in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

Traditional-aged students who are interested in transferring to Misericordia either from another four-year college or from an associate’s degree program will have the chance to talk to Misericordia admissions counselors and financial aid representatives.

For those unable to attend the open house, adult students may also register for an upcoming virtual open house where they will be able to speak with a representative from admissions in real time by logging on to The Virtual Open House is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 and 11.

For more information or to RSVP to an open house, call 570-674-6791, or email admissmu@misericor

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Lycoming College to host Math and Science Saturday

Lycoming College will host a Math and Science Saturday for high school sophomores and juniors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The open house offers prospective students and their families an opportunity to explore the college’s biology, chemistry, astronomy and physics, and mathematics departments, as well as special programs, such as pre-medicine.

Guests will be offered personalized tours of Lycoming’s math and science facilities. In addition, they may attend up to three of seven programs being offered: Choosing a Health Profession; Clean Air, Clean Water and the Environment; Biology: A World of Possibilities; Chemistry: The Central Science; Astronomy & Physics: The Fundamental Sciences; Mastering Mathematical Science: Outside the Classroom; and Calculating the Control of Your Future.

For more information or to register for Math and Science Saturday, contact the Admissions Office at 570-321-4026 or visit www.lycoming. edu/admissions.

Penn College offers Quick Start Leadership program

High-performing individuals are often selected for leadership roles with little or no training in effectiveness. The Quick Start Leadership program, presented by Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assists those launching such careers and facilitates teamwork by presenting common approaches to issues that leaders may face.

The noncredit program, which consists of two training sessions (five hours each), includes experiential activities that will help apply concepts to relevant workplace situations. Topics include transitioning into your new leadership role, understanding and developing your leadership style, communicating critical job information and performing legally and ethically.

The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 25 and April 1 at the Center for Business and Workforce Development on the college’s main campus. The program can also be customized and delivered at employer locations.

Instructor James Hoy is an experienced leader of project management, human resource management and manufacturing/operations management and has developed and delivered many leadership programs tailored to support operational strategy. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in business administration from Penn State.

A Certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Public Accountant (currently on inactive status), Hoy spent 11 years at Penn State, where he served as a faculty member in Management Development Programs and Services. Prior to joining the university, he served in a variety of management positions and has experience leading plantwide training and facilitating continuous-improvement efforts in both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing areas.

Contact WDCE at 570-327-4775 or visit (under Courses) for a course listing, descriptions and dates – or to register.

Silent auction to benefit Legacy Scholarship at Penn College

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold its annual silent auction on March 27, to benefit a student-nurtured scholarship fund that spotlights community involvement and campus leadership.

The public is invited to attend the auction, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of Penn College’s Bush Campus Center.

While items will continue to be added through the start of bidding, the sale list so far includes a wooden bear carving donated by the Student Activities Office, crystal bowls from The Street of Shops, two Community Arts Center tickets for a current season’s show, a pair of lift-ticket vouchers from Ski Sawmill Family Resort and gift certificates to local restaurants.

Dionisios D. Tomboris, of Dover, enrolled in the information technology: information assurance and security concentration major, is the event’s student chair.

SGA, which created the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship in 2006 as a way to help students succeed while rewarding leadership at Penn College, has held numerous fundraisers over the years to grow the fund and enable annual gifts. One student received $1,750 in the Spring 2013 semester, and SGA’s goal is to grow the fund’s endowment to provide even larger annual scholarships – beginning with $2,000 in the 2014-15 academic year.

The Student Leader Legacy Scholarship criteria require applicants to demonstrate leadership and volunteer experience, and to be full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least one academic year remaining in their studies.

Happy Harbor Preschool accepting enrollment

Happy Harbor Preschool at Watsontown United Methodist Church is accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 preschool year.

Classes are for children who will be ages 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 and are potty trained. There are classes for two or four days a week.

Happy Harbor Preschool gives children a firm foundation for the start of their education. The school focuses on pre-math and reading, writing skills, science, language development, social skills, biblical teachings, fine and gross motor skills and more.

There also is an outdoor playground and an indoor gym area.

For more information, contact the Watsontown United Methodist Church at 570-538-1017 or visit the school on Facebook to view pictures and read reviews posted by parents.

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MU to host presentation on Negro Baseball Leagues

MANSFIELD – Mansfield University will present Byron Motley’s Negro Baseball Leagues – An American Legacy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in North Manser Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Negro Baseball Leagues – An American Legacy highlights moments of a little-known era of American history. Motley, a lecturer, filmmaker author and entertainer, gives an engaging and illuminating look at this bygone era that helped to give birth to the modern day Civil Rights movement in America.

Included with the lecture is a video presentation of a negro league documentary being produced by Motley for PBS. The video contains historic interviews with Hank Aaron, Maya Angelou, Willie Mays, Walter Cronkite, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others.

For more information on Motley, visit byron

This event originally was scheduled for Feb. 5 as part of MU’s celebration of Black History Month, but was postponed due to a winter storm on that day.

This event is sponsored by the student activities office.

Talk on women in Arab

society to be held at LHU

LOCK?HAVEN – Dr. Mongi Bahloul from Sfax University in Tunisia will speak on Nobel laureate Neguib Mahfouz’s view of women in Arab society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hall of Flags at Lock Haven University.

Mahfouz simultaneously employs and subverts stereotypes of women, thereby creating complicated and ambiguous female characters that defy accepted notions of what women are and should be in an Arab-Muslim setting. The public is invited.

Bucknell to present ‘Diamonds from Peanut Butter …’

LEWISBURG – The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning will host the presentation, “Diamonds from Peanut Butter: A Brief History of Airplanes, Computers, Golf Clubs and Just About Everything Else,” with John Bravman, Bucknell University president at 4:30 p.m. March 17, in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will explore the world of everyday engineering.

Bravman, who was named Bucknell president in 2010, holds his degrees in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, where he served for 35 years in a variety of roles, including professor of engineering and vice provost for undergraduate education.

He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and taught primarily in the fields of materials structure and analysis, thin-film mechanical phenomena, microelectronic reliability and high-temperature superconductivity. A tenured professor of electrical engineering at Bucknell, he recently patented two coatings that may make coronary stents safer for heart-disease patients.

For more information about the Institute’s programs, call 570-522-0105 or email lifelonglearn

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Lycoming Nursery School to hold open house

Lycoming Nursery School will hold an open house from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The open house is for parents with children ages 3 to 5. Attendees will meet the teachers and take a tour of the classrooms.

The nursery school is located at the Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St.

Khalidi returns to BU to discuss developments in the Middle East

BLOOMSBURG – Rashid Khalidi, author, professor and scholar at Columbia University, will lecture on “New Strategic Perspectives in the Middle East” at Bloomsburg University at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Khalidi’s talk is free and open to the public.

The lecture will focus on the changing dynamics in the Middle East in light of a possible nuclear accord between the West and Iran. Khalidi will give his perspective on the obstacles to an agreement and the regional implications if the agreement is forged. The areas affected if a deal breaks down or is negotiated are the ongoing civil war and proxy war in Syria, the Palestinian-Israeli arena and the strategic situation in the Gulf region. He previously spoke at BU two years ago, explaining the significance of Arab Spring, the revolutionary activity occurring throughout the region.

Khalidi, the Edward Said professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia, is a former president of the Middle East Studies Association. He was adviser to the Palestinian delegation during the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations in October 1991 and June 1993.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the national advisory committee of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East. He has authored several books, including last year’s “Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East,” more than 75 articles on Middle East history and politics and opinion pieces featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Nation. The editor of the Journal of Palestinian Studies, Khalidi has been a regular guest on radio and television programs, including “All Things Considered,” “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and “Nightline.”

For more information, contact Nawal Bonomo, assistant to the dean, college of liberal arts, at

Hughesville High School to present ‘Forty-Second Street’

HUGHESVILLE – Hughesville High School students will present the musical production “Forty-Second Street” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, with compilers Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, this show originally was presented by David Merrick and is based on the novel of the same name written by Bradford Ropes. The production will feature choreography by Duane Gordner and includes students from grades seven through 12.

Performances will be held in the Hughesville High School auditorium, 349 W. Cemetery St. Tickets may be reserved by calling the high school office 570-584-5111 during school hours, or bought at the door on performance nights.

QuickBooks workshop series to be held at Bucknell SBDC

LEWISBURG -The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University will offer several workshops on Quickbooks in March. All workshops will be held in the SBDC education center, located in the DeWitt Building, 416 Market St.

Workshops include:

“Quickbooks Basic” – From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12. System requirements, choosing the appropriate version of Quickbooks, general navigation, setting up your company, setting up the chart of accounts, setting up vendors and customers, company preferences, creating transactions, entering bills/paying bills, reconciling bank accounts.

“Quickbooks Intermediate” – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13. Setting up classes, setting up your budget, journal entries, standard Quickbook reports, memorizing reports, customizing forms and letters, and using the Help Menu/Find feature.

“Quickbooks Advanced” and “Quickbooks Payroll” – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14. Options for payroll, setting up payroll items, employees, and sick and vacation time, how to create and print paychecks, process payroll liabilities, 941 forms and W2s, using time sheets and creating important reports for payroll as well as customizing invoice templates, importing a logo, invoicing and receiving payments, creating and applying credit, accessing finance charges, creating estimates and working with inventory.

Diana Dorman-Patton, a seminar instructor and small business QuickBooks consultant with more than 20 years’ QuickBooks training experience, will lead the workshop. An independent consultant to small business clients, she trained under Real World Training for QuickBooks and is a certified QuickBooks Pro instructor.

Registration is required as seating is limited. There is a registration fee for each day’s workshop. Veterans are welcome to attend at no cost. Attendees are encouraged to bring personal computers. Handouts will be provided.

To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249, email or visit cevents.