In the schools

Muncy High School to hold spring

band and choral concert

The Muncy High School band and chorus will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Muncy High School auditorium.

The program will open with the band performing selections including “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” arranged by Balent; “Wyndham Variations,” by Swearingen’ “Air Force One,” by Bernatos; and “Around the World in 80 Days,” by Orcino.

The instrumental portion of the program will feature the high school jazz band playing “Skyfall,” arranged Berry; “Tenor Madness,” arranged by Taylor; and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” arranged by Story.

The chorus selections for the program will include “Changamano,” by Albrecht and Althouse; “When I Close My Eyes,” by Papoulis; “Bye, Bye Love,” arranged by Chinn; “Mansions in the Sky,” by Strommen; and “42nd Street,” arranged by Strommen.

The concert will conclude with the band and chorus performing the Muncy High School alma mater.

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

Loyalsock to host sock night of jazz

The Loyalsock Township School District will present the 24th annual Sock Night of Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Loyalsock Township High School auditorium. The concert will feature the middle and high school jazz ensembles, vocal jazz group “Knight Music” and special guests, local jazz artists “Spencer and the T-Bones.” There is a price for admission.

In the schools

Corkin to discuss how memory works at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin will give the talk, “Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H.M.” at noon Thursday, at noon in Rooke Auditorium (Room 116 of the Rooke Science Center) at Bucknell University.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Corkin will discuss her work with H.M., a patient who was unable to form new memories for the rest of his life as the result of a then-experimental psychosurgical targeted lobotomy as a treatment for severe epilepsy.

Corkin worked with him for five decades, learning he could remember major historic events of his childhood but was unable to remember who she was. H.M. died in 2008.

Corkin is Professor Emerita of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her lab in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is focused on the study of human memory systems and aging.

Montoursville band to host dinner and auction

The Montoursville Area High School band will host a pulled pork dinner and cake auction at 6:15 p.m. Friday in the high school cafeteria. There will be a silent auction for some professional and homemade cakes.

Following the dinner, the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra will perform in the auditorium and the Montoursville Jazz Band will open the concert at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at door or in advance at the high school office. Tickets for just the concert will be available at the door.

Bucknell brigade to host wiffle ball tournament

LEWISBURG – The Bucknell Brigade will host a Wiffle Ball tournament from noon to 3 p.m. April 27 on intramural fields three and four, located on the Bucknell West Fields.

There is a registration fee to participate and teams may have up to 10 players. To register, visit

Payment can be sent to the Office of Civic Engagement, 119 Bertrand Library, Bucknell University.

Participants may register and pay in person today through 25 in the Elaine Langone Center Mall, located on the ground floor. Cash and checks are accepted.

All proceeds from brigade fundraisers will be donated to a free health clinic in Nueva Vida, a resettlement community outside the capital city of Nicaragua. The health clinic was largely built by donations raised by the Bucknell Brigade and still operates on these donations.

Delegations of students and staff bring donated medicines, inventory supplies in the pharmacy, and assist with manual labor on projects identified by the Center for Development in Central America, the host agency, while learning about micro-enterprise initiatives, grass roots development, the history and culture of Nicaragua.

5 Mansfield University faculty granted emeritus status

MANSFIELD – The Mansfield University Council of Trustees, upon the recommendation of President Fran Hendricks, granted emeritus status to five retired MU faculty at its March 26 meeting.

Granted emeritus status and their years of service are:

Stephen Brown, psychology, Aug. 1974-May 2013.

Craig Cleland, education and special education, Aug. 1981-Jan. 2013.

Michael Galloway, music, Aug. 1980-May 2013.

Stephen McEuen, music, Aug. 1977-May 2013.

Kenneth Sarch, music, Aug. 1996-May 2013.

Emeritus status is granted to retired full-time faculty in recognition of dedicated service to Mansfield University. The action was based on the recommendation of the academic departments and Interim Provost David Stinebeck and followed a poll of senior faculty.

In the schools

North Hall Library to hold weeklong celebration

MANSFIELD – North Hall Library at Mansfield University will hold a series of events and activities in celebration of National Library Week – today through April 18.

The week will include a series of events ranging from a “Post-It Note” art show to an after-hours game of hide and seek, a lip sync contest and more.

On Thursday, there will be a presentation entitled “Paranormal Findings: The Truth Behind Sarah the Ghost” at 7 p.m. in Room 429.

For a full schedule and more information, visit

Economics expert provides glimpse of future at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG – An expert on economics and public policy will share his perspective on the global economy and what it will mean for college graduates during a lecture, “How the Global Economy Works – And Will It be Working to Find You a Job?” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Kehr Union Ballroom.

Peter Navarro, a professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, will explain how the global economy works in a relationship of consumer, producer and commodity nations and forecast future conditions with an eye toward the job market for college graduates. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As a preview of his lecture, Navarro will show the film he directed, “Death by China,” at 6:30 p.m. today, also in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The film, based on his book of the same title, discusses the economic trade relationship between the United States and China and its effects on U.S. workers. A question-and-answer session with Navarro will follow the free screening.

For information, contact Mehdi Haririan, chair of economics, at or at 570-389-4682.

Former Black Panther to speak at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Kathleen Neal Cleaver, a human rights activist and former Black Panther member, will give a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies series “The Civil Rights Movement: Fifty Years Later.”

Cleaver is a senior lecturer in the African American Studies Department at Yale and holds an appointment as a senior lecturer and research fellow at Emory University School of Law.

Since 2000, she has served as the co-director of the Atlanta-based Human Rights Research Fund, part of a network of anti-racist organizations engaged in documenting violations of the human rights of United States citizens who challenge the racist and military policies within the United States.

Cleaver has spent most of her life advocating for human rights. From 1967-71, she was the Black Panther Party’s communications secretary and the first female member of their central committee. After spending years in exile with Eldridge Cleaver in Algeria and France, she returned to the United States in late 1975.

Cleaver’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.

In conjunction with the Civil Rights series, the Freedom Riders Exhibit may be seen April 16 through May 13 on the main level of the Bertrand Library at Bucknell. The exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library and the Griot Institute for Africana Studies.

Rails to Trails to hold boys bike camp

The Jersey Shore Summer Recreation Program will offer its annual Rails-to-Trails bike camp for middle school boys down the Pine Creek rail trail June 16-18.

Participants must be from the Jersey Shore Area School District and attend the middle school. Registration forms are available at the middle school office or call 570-916-1317.

There is no cost for the program. Boys must have a reliable bicycle and helmet. Camping materials and food are provided as well as supervision. Students will learn of the history and geology of the Pine Creek Valley.

In the Schools

International poet to visit Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG – A celebrated Puerto Rican author will join students at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania for a night of poems from around the world.

International Poetry Night with Maria Juliana Villafane will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kehr Union Hideaway. All BU students are invited to read their own compositions or those of an international poet.

Villafane is a writer, screenwriter, playwright and composer of popular music. She was awarded the Poet of Merit Award by The American International Society of Poets for her piece “My Moon.” She is a correspondent of several literary journals and a member of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico and the Association of Writers of Merida, Venezuela. She has published three books of poetry, “Dimensiones en el Amor (Love Dimensions),” which received the Palma Julia de Burgos Award; “Entre Dimensiones (Between Dimensions);” and “Volar Sin Alas (Flying Without Wings),” as well as the youth story “Aurora y sus Viajes Intergal’cticos (Aurora Intergalactic Travels).” She resides in Miami, Fla.

Bloomsburg University to host fourth annual Springfest

BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg University students will celebrate the approaching end of the school year with the fourth annual Springfest.

The two-day event begins from 5 to 9 Friday with Musicfest, a showcase of student musicians and local bands, at the Scranton Commons Amphitheatre. On Saturday, students will head to Nelson Field House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Student Recreation Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to participate in games, sports and other activities.

The theme for this year’s Springfest is “Vegas: What Happens at Fest, Stays at Fest.” Some of the featured activities include dodgeball, rock climbing, inflatable obstacle courses, black jack tables and the 5K Zombie Race for International Justice Mission. Student organizations will host activity tables to go along with the Las Vegas theme.

Due to inclement weather conditions on March 30, the Egg Hunt for Endometriosis has been rescheduled to coincide with Springfest on April 12, on the Nelson Field House Lawn. The hunt for children 7- to 12-years-old will begin at 2 p.m., infants to 3-years-old at 2:20 p.m., 4- to 6-years-old at 2:40 p.m. and college students at 3 p.m. Participants may bring their own baskets or receive one that they can keep with a donation to the Endometriosis Association.

Springfest is hosted by the Center for Leadership and Engagement, Community Government Association, Residence Life Office, Student Affairs Office and the Student Recreation Center, and is open to the public. For more information, contact George Kinzel, director of the Center for Leadership and Engagement at

Bucknell presents Lunch and Learn programs

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning’s Lunch and Learn program will host two discussions related to aging in April.

“A Bird’s-Eye View of Aging” with Mark Haussmann, Bucknell biology professor, is scheduled for April 22 at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common, 6 Tressler Boulevard in Lewisburg. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

“Aging and Music Cognition” with Andrea Halpern, Bucknell psychology professor, will be held April 29 at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program begins at 11:30 a.m.