In the Schools

BILL Tea and Talk programs: Religion and writing in India

LEWISBURG – The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will present two programs in September as part of the Institute’s Tea & Talk series.

Held in partnership with Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Tea & Talk is a series of free informal tea-time programs that begin at 3:30 p.m., with doors opening at 3 p.m. Each event includes free teatime refreshments and is open to the public; BILL membership is not required.

Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village at The Village Common is located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg.

On Tuesday, Bucknell professor Karline McLain, religion, will lead the program “Love All, Serve All: Shirdi Sai Baba Devotion in the United States.” Shirdi Sai Baba, who died in 1918 in Maharashtra, was revered among a small circle of devotees from Hindu, Muslim and other religious backgrounds. By the 1970s, Shirdi Sai Baba devotion had spread through western and south-central India as well as the United States.

McLain will focus on temples in Chicago and Austin and investigate who worships at these temples, how they interpret this sacred figure and how Hindu temple founders and attendees seek to redefine Hinduism in the diaspora through devotion to Shirdi Sai Baba.

On Sept. 30, Bucknell professor Robert Rosenberg, English, will present the program, “Writing Across Borders.” A 2014 Fulbright Scholar to India, Rosenberg will read from recent work and discuss the art of writing fiction and essays far from home.

Philosophy professor questions luck as part of BU lecture series

BLOOMSBURG – Steven Hales, professor of philosophy, will talk about “Moral Luck” as part of Bloomsburg University 175th anniversary faculty lecture series. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium of Carver Hall.

People often only associate consequences with what a person does or fails to do. In “Moral Luck,” Hales will discuss the impact fortune has on moral nature and ethical standing. Should people be praised for being lucky? Should they be blamed for being unlucky? Hales will share philosophers’ perspectives that point to an answer.

Hales’ lecture is free and open to the public.

Upcoming presentations in the Fall Faculty Lecture series include:

Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor and archivist, “BU: An Institutional History,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Carver Hall, K.S. Gross Auditorium.

Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, “Scientific History,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium.

Barbara Wilson, associate professor of exceptionalities, “Pre-K Reading is More Than Pictures,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium.

Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of finance, “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis,” (invitation only), at Sutliff Hall, The Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis.

For more information of the lecture series, visit

Pennsylvania Songbirds curriculum workshop at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE – Little Pine State Park will offer a Pennsylvania Songbirds curriculum workshop from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The workshop is for educators teaching at grade levels kindergarten through 12, from the IU 17 (BLAST), IU 9 (Seneca Highlands), IU 10 (Central), IU 16 (Central Susquehanna) geographical areas.

The goal of Pennsylvania Songbirds is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of natural resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids.

Registrants should come prepared for being in the outdoors, rain or shine. Morning coffee will be provided. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Registration will be limited to eight to 15 participants.

Participants who complete the workshop will receive the Pennsylvania Songbirds activity guide for kindergarten through 12, and other related materials. Participants also will be credited with 6.0 hours of training for Act 48.

There is a fee for the workshop and registration is required. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and is now open.

For more information, or to register, call the park office at 570-753-6000/6005 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks at 888-PA-PARKS (voice), 717-558-2711 (local or international voice) or 711 (AT&T Relay Services). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

In the Schools

Mansfield to host series

of events on Civil War

MANSFIELD – North Hall Library at Mansfield University will host “Civil War 150,” this week. The series of events and activities marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. All events are free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. tonight, “The Human Side of the Civil War” will be the topic of a panel discussion. Bonnie Brooks, William Robertson, Dennis Miller and David Stinebeck will be the scholars, authors and Civil War re-enactors on the panel.

“The Military, The Veteran and The Constitution” will be the topic of a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fran Hendricks, MU president; John Adams, vice president for finance and administration; and David Guinn, Terry Day and Andy Worthington, MU staff members, all military veterans, will be the panelists.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday,”Good Ground” will be the topic of an open discussion on the importance of key terrain as the key to victory, or defeat.

Thursday and Friday, miniature figures depicting Civil War Regiments will be on display all day.

All discussions and displays will be held in the Nesbit Traditional Reading Room in North Hall. The discussions will be moderated by Scott DiMarco, director of Library and Information Resources at MU.

“Civil War 150” is made possible by a grant from The Library of America of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LHU SBDC to hold

new business workshops

LOCK HAVEN – The Small Business Development Center of Lock Haven University will be holding a “First Step for Starting a Small Business” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the SBDC Office, 301 W. Church St.

This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan and exploring financing options. The discussion leaders for this workshop are the members of the SBDC staff and a lending representative with a local community bank.

The presenters will cover topics every hopeful business owner should know – the basics of establishing a business idea, feasibility, marketing research and strategies, how to discover which regulations and-or licensing would apply to your business and how to create your business plan to secure financing, along with much more.

For more information or to register, call the SBDC at 570-484-2589 or visit sbdc/training.htm. There is a registration fee. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended.

South Williamsport to host marching band exhibition

The South Williamsport Area School District and the Lycoming County Band Directors’ Association have announced their annual Marching Band Exhibition, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Williamsport Area High School.

The Lycoming County Band Directors’ Association was organized in the spring of 1974, consisting of the junior and senior high school band directors of all the county schools.

The three main purposes of this organization are:

To arouse and maintain an enthusiastic interest in the instrumental music programs in the Lycoming County Junior and Senior High Schools.

To foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and support between the directors and the students involved in the instrumental music programs of Lycoming County.

To provide the best musical experiences possible to the instrumental students of Lycoming County through festivals and exhibitions.

The Association helps with events including the annual marching band exhibition, the annual senior high county band in December and the annual junior high county band in March.

The performance will feature marching band units from each of the following Lycoming County schools: Jersey Shore, South Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, Montoursville, Montgomery, Muncy and Hughesville. The evening’s performances will be capped off by a performance from a 350+ member massed high school band, comprised of all participating Lycoming County high school band students.

Rain date for the exhibition will be Sept 24.

For more information, contact Jessica Kaledas at South Williamsport Area High School.

In the schools

Chef Ben Vaughn lecture rescheduled at Penn College

A lecture at Pennsylvania College of Technology by award-winning chef and television host Ben Vaughn has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Klump Academic Center auditorium.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Sustaining Your Career in a Changing Industry: How to Find Your Food Voice.”

Vaughn is a popular TV personality best known as a host on the Food Network. He’s also the host of the World Food Championships and is a recurring judge on the hit FYI television series based on the event.

As a chef/owner of several trendsetting restaurants, Vaughn has gained recognition from the James Beard Foundation. He resides in Atlanta, where he is CEO and culinary director for Root to Tail, a Georgia-based restaurant group.

Vaughn’s talk is part of the college’s William C. Butler Lecture Series. Butler served as Penn College’s dean of hospitality from 1994 until his death in 2002.

Northern Tier Christian School to hold open house

WELLSBORO – The Northern Tier Christian School (TNTCS), 1292 Charleston Road, will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. TNTCS is for children in kindergarten through eighth grades.

The open house will introduce to the community its new principal and teacher, James Muhlenbeck, who invites his students to call him “Mr. M.” In addition to a new principal, teacher and new name, TNTCS boasts an updated and improved interior environment for student learning that attendees of the open house can tour.

Punch and cookies will be served and a baseball game for all ages is being planned.

For more information, call 570-404-7443, email, or visit www.tntchris

‘Making it to Managua’ 5K to be held at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Bucknell University’s Bucknell Brigade will host its fifth annual Making it to Managua 5K race Sept. 20.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Hufnagle Park and the race begins at 10 a.m.

There is a cost to register with a discount to those who register in advance. Participants will receive a water bottle with registration – bottles will be handed out on race day.

To register, visit the Brigade Facebook page at

“Participants interested in supporting the Brigade who are unable to be in Lewisburg on Sept. 20 can sign up for the at-home option,” said Bucknell senior Jenna Weaver, the student coordinator of the race. “Participants can pledge to run, walk, elliptical or bike 3.1 miles to help us make the distance.”

All proceeds benefit the free health clinic in Managua, Nicaragua, that the Bucknell Brigade helps to fund.

Lock Haven to offer Praxis exams

LOCK HAVEN – The Workforce Development and Continuing Education department of Lock Haven University, in partnership with ETS, will offer the Praxis exam starting this month on the university’s east campus. The first offering will be Sept. 20 and it is anticipated that two dates per month will be available for testing.

The Praxis exam is administered in colleges and universities to evaluate individuals in teacher education. Many states require Praxis scores for licensing. Which Praxis test you take depends on the state in which you are seeking licensure, and which teaching discipline you are wishing to obtain. To register for the exam, visit

For more information on Praxis testing dates at LHU, contact Shannon Tyson at 570-484.3131.

Warrior Run to hold hall of fame banquet

The Warrior Run Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the middle school cafeteria. The following inductees for the class of 2014 will be honored: Robert Smith, Barry Rake and Robert Keister.

Anyone interested in attending can buy tickets at the business office or high school office. There is a cost for tickets, with a discount for children ages 6-10.

The deadline for reservations is Sept. 19. For more information, visit

In the schools

Warrior Run to hold hall of fame banquet

The Warrior Run Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the middle school cafeteria. The following inductees for the class of 2014 will be honored: Robert Smith, Barry Rake and Robert Keister.

Anyone interested in attending can buy tickets at the business office or high school office. There is a cost for tickets, with a discount for children ages 6-10.

The deadline for reservations is Sept. 19. For more information, visit

Williamsport Christian School to hold ‘Drive for the Kids’ fundraiser

A “Drive for the Kids” fundraiser, hosted by Chrysler dealership VanCampen Motors Inc., will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 during the fall carnival at Williamsport Christian School, 1730 Four Mile Drive.

For every test drive taken during the hours of the fundraiser, the school will earn $10 from Chrysler brand, which will be put toward enrichment programs in need of funding. More participation equates to more funding from Chrysler brand. The fundraiser will take place in the parking lot of Williamsport Christian School.

Additionally, Chrysler supports the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in an effort to instill bullying prevention instincts in parents, teachers and students – equal to that of putting on a seatbelt in the car. Bullying prevention statistics, tips and more will be available to take home from the fundraiser.

For more information about Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids program, visit

School of the Arts now registering for fall semester

Registrations for new students are still being accepted for the fall semester at Saint John’s School of the Arts, 2101 Newberry St., in several areas, including art for all ages, introduction to bonsai and drama. Private instruction is available for piano, brass and woodwind instruments.

The school offers a variety of music and fine arts programs for students of all ages and interests including basic art classes for ages elementary through adult with instructor Jason Paulhamus and a drama/theatre arts workshop for ages 9 to 18 years with instructor Lea Frymire.

Ballet, modern dance and pointe classes with instructor Theresa Kendall, as well as private voice lessons with instructor Sarah Decker are all filled. Ballroom dance will not be offered this fall.

Individual instruction is available in flute, with instructor Anne Keely; oboe with instructor Carol Schwanger; woodwind/brass instruments with instructor Philip Herfort; and piano/organ with instructors Diane Havrilla, Pamela Hess and Carol Schwanger.

A handbell and handchime workshop will be offered by Dr. Ellen Davis from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4. This workshop is designed for persons ages 8 and older who never have held or played a handbell and would like to try it out. It’s also perfect for those who want to gain experience before joining an established ensemble, which are available at many churches.

An introduction to the art of bonsai also will be offered. This five week, hands-on class will teach students about styling and caring for their own “tree in a pot.” Instructor for the class will be Jason Paulhamus. This class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Thursday.

“High school instrumental students interested in auditioning for the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association (PMEA) district chorus and district band festivals may benefit from private lessons through the School of the Arts instructors,” said Anne Keely, school director. Students who wish to focus specifically on preparation for these events are invited to contact the school for details.

The school’s 12 faculty members all have a proven record of success in teaching. Students at the school of the arts are given opportunities to perform and showcase their talents and receive evaluations and certificates throughout the year. Average enrollment for the school each semester is 200 students, making it one of the largest, most comprehensive music and fine arts schools in the region.

For more information on fall lessons and classes, contact the school of the arts office at 570-327-5575 or visit