In the schools

Penn College SGA to host silent auction

The Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology will host its sixth annual silent auction from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Madigan Library at the college.

All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward increasing the endowment of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship Fund. The scholarship benefits students who play leadership roles at the college.

“As Student Government president, I am thrilled to re-energize and bring a new style to our sixth annual Silent Auction,” said Ryan Gibson, SGA president. “Our executives, senators, students and staff have worked tirelessly to make our auction a prosperous success that will help students for years to come.”

For more information, visit www.pct.edu/giving or call 570-320-8000.

To donate an item for the auction, call Anthony Pace at 570-327-4763.

Warrior Run High School to hold special education feild day

The Warrior Run High School National Honor Society and student body will host a special education field day for special needs students in neighboring school districts from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Approximately 150 students from area schools and CSIU, including Warrior Run, will participate in a variety of field events and each will be recognized in an awards ceremony.

This is the second year for the event, which was started by four 2014 Warrior Run graduates as a result of the friendships they built through working with the special needs students at Warrior Run. After the immense success of this event last year, five senior NHS members wanted to host the field day for a second year.

With the support and help of Patti Cross, high school principal; Nathan Butler, athletic director; and Julie Petrin, special education director; the students have planned this event, including seeking financial help from community members and businesses.

‘Stomp out Stigma Walk’

to be Held in Mansfield

MANSFIELD – A “Stomp out Stigma Walk for Mental Illness” will be held 10 a.m. Sunday.

The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of and treatment for mental illness, and to raise money for the Tioga County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The effort is spearheaded by Mansfield University Social Work students Bianca Gordon, Brittany Behm, Jenson Goodrich and Jessica Knapp, who are part of assistant professor Mary Daly’s communities and organizations class.

“Chances are we all know someone affected by mental illness,” Goodrich said. “We want to help them and the community to understand that their illnesses do not define them. It is okay to reach out for help.”

According to NAMI, one in five Americans lives with a mental disorder, but estimates show two-thirds of those with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment. Reasoning for not seeking treatment ranges from a lack of knowledge, fear of disclosure, rejection of friends and discrimination.

Signs-up will be held from 9-10 a.m. May 2 at St. James Complex, 18 St. James St. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed on Route 6 to the Veterans Memorial Park. There will be prizes, music, speakers and refreshments at the park.

To obtain a sponsor sheet and more information on how to participate, email goodrichjm03@moun ties.mansfield.edu. To learn more about NAMI, visit nami.org.

Lock Haven University offers grant writing course

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University is now offering a grant writing course open to the public beginning May 18 and ending July 24. The course will be provided only online.

The course is an introduction and application of the mechanics, principles and techniques of successful grant writing. Students will apply the fundamental components of a grant proposal such as identifying sources of grant funding, conducting research to support their application and tailoring their proposals to specific audience interests.

Students will locate funding opportunities and develop a competitive grant proposal for an agency of their choice following the agency’s Request for Proposal (RFP) format.

Those interested in registering do not have to be enrolled as a student at Lock Haven University. The Grant Writing course (HLTH640) is a graduate-level online course for which the student will be charged tuition and fees. To complete the walk-in registration form, please visit www.emailme form.com/builder/form/0wak41XE8aSe2Niac.

For more information regarding the course, please contact Terry Wolfe at 570-484-2353.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.LHUP.edu, email admissions@ LHUP.edu or call 570-484.2011.

In the Schools

Preschool begins enrollment

Happy Harbor Preschool has startrted enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. A child that will be 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 are eligible to enroll.

There are two options for their educational experience:

Two days a week for three hours a day

Four days a week for three hours a day

Happy Harbor, an outreach ministry of the Watsontown United Methodist Church, focuses on pre-math, pre-reading, science, language development, social skills, biblical teachings, fine and gross motor skills and more.

For more information, call the church at 570-538-1017 or Camy at 570-538-3094.

Penn State research study

Penn State researchers are seeking 30 Lycoming County residents interested in science and energy to participate in a free educational program exploring the natural and social sciences through the context of Marcellus Shale natural gas development.

They have added a second information session since the information previously was published. It will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Bush Campus Center room 201.

Workshops will occur Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. April 28 through June 30 at the same location.

For more information contact Terry Noll, project coordinator, at tmg3@psu.edu or 814-865-6598.

Dean’s research colloquium

LOCK HAVEN – Have you ever wondered if Americans like violent sports more than Europeans? Or which nations show the most loyalty to their sports teams? On Wednesday, Dr. Cengiz Yakut, a faculty member in the Health and Physical Education Department at Lock Haven University, will answer those questions at The Dean’s Research Colloquium during the university’s annual Celebration of Scholarship.

Dr. Yakut will present a lecture entitled “A Multinational Study of Sports, Fans, Beliefs and Attitudes” from 10-11 a.m. in the Parson’s Union Building, room No. 2. The presentation covers such topics as attitudes towards sports violence, homophobia in athletics and sports nationalism.

For more information, contact Kelly Hibbler at 570-484-2147 or email khibbler@LHUP.edu.

Camp expo to be held at Penn College

Macaroni Kid will hold a summer fun and camp expo from noon-4 p.m. April 26 at Pennsylvania College of Technology in the Field House. The event is free for parents and children.

Parents will have a chance to speak to camp directors and register their children for summer camps. Families also will be able to get information on all summer program offerings in the Williamsport area.

There will be camp discounts, raffle prizes and swag bags for the first 150 families.

For more information, visit williamsport.mac aronikid.com.

Alan Liu to give talk at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Alan Liu will give the talk, “Key Trends in Digital Humanities: How the Digital Humanities Challenge the Idea of the Humanities,” at 7 p.m. April 27 in Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Humanities Institute speaker series.

A professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Liu also is an affiliated faculty member of UCSB’s media arts and technology graduate program. Previously, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s English Department and British Studies Program.

In his talk he will address the question, “How do such key methods in the digital humanities as data mining, mapping, visualization, social network analysis, and topic modeling make an essential difference in the idea of the humanities, and vice versa?”

Using examples of digital humanities research, Liu speculates on the large questions that confront the humanities in the face of computational media – most importantly, questions about the nature and function of interpretive “meaning.”

The Humanities Institute Series is presented by the Office of the Provost, the Program in Comparative Humanities, the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Digital Scholarship Center, the University Lectureship Committee, and the Department of Art and Art History.

Montgomery now accepting registrations

The Montgomery Area School District is now accepting registrations for the 2015-16 school year. Registration will take place from 8:30-11:45 a.m. or from 1-3 p.m. April 28 in the district office on Schoolhouse Hill Road. The registration process takes approximately one half hour.

To register for pre-kindergarten, children must be 4 years old prior to Jan. 1, 2016.

To register, proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill), a copy of the child’s immunization records, social security number and proof of birth and proof of income (2014 tax return or 2014 W-2s or three current consecutive pay stubs) is needed. Income guidelines must be met to register a child for the Pre-K Counts program. This session is for registration purposes only. Children are not to attend the registration.

For Pre-K Counts family size versus yearly income requirements, contact the elementary school at 570-547-1608, ext. 127.

In the schools

3 day cares to present workshop on family meals

TIOGA – Eileen Thompson’s Family Day Care, Mansfield; Joyful Happenings Day Care Inc., Mansfield; and Penny Heffner’s Day Care, Tioga; collaborated together to apply for a grant to present several workshops about family meals.

Catherine Saunders, a registered and licensed dietitian, presents the workshops to the adults. A final workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penny Heffner’s Day Care, 23 Lake St. The children will listen to stories by guest readers and do hands-on activities.

For more information, call 570-835-5731.

Author to discuss book at Bucknell

LEWISBURG – Author Martin Goldsmith will discuss his book, “Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gallery Theatre (Room 301) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Campus Jewish Life and Bucknell Hillel as part of the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Observance.

Alex’s Wake tells the story of Alex Goldschmidt, a 60-year-old veteran of World War I, and his 17-year-old son Klaus Helmut Goldschmidt, two of more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany aboard the MS St. Louis bound for Cuba.

But after being denied landing rights in Havana, the refugees were turned away by the United States and Canada and forced to sail back to Europe. After their trans-Atlantic voyage, they landed in France, spending the next three years in six different French concentration camps before being shipped to Auschwitz in 1942 where they died.

Goldsmith spent six weeks retracing the steps of his grandfather and uncle, beginning in lower Saxony and covering more than 5,700 miles. Alex’s Wake is his eyewitness report that includes testimony from those on board the St. Louis describing the brave resolve of Captain Gustav Schroeder as well as interviews with people he met along the way.

The author is an American radio personality, best known as director of classical music programming at XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C. From 1989 to 1999, he served as the host of Performance Today, National Public Radio’s daily classical music program, winning the coveted Peabody Award for broadcasting.

Mansfield University to host community financial aid nights

MANSFIELD – Mansfield University will host a community financial aid night from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and April 28 in Elliott Hall, Room 108.

Students and parents who are interested can stop anytime between those hours. 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 pin.ed.gov. They should bring their parent and student 2014 tax information to the session.

For more information, visit esd.mansfield.edu.

LHU Offers Best Practices in Customer Service Course

LOCK HAVEN, PA Lock Haven University’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department will hold a best practices in customer service online course from 10-11 a.m. April 16.

This webinar course will focus on how participants can improve their ability to better understand and meet the needs of their customers. Key principles of effective customer service will be reviewed and best practices will be identified that participants can implement in their own organization. Topics that will be covered include: the importance of defining great customer service; Hall of Fame vs. Hall of Shame; what are customers looking for; and the attributes of great customer service. There is a cost for the webinar.

To register, visit www.lhup.edu/About/ finance_administration/workforce/.

For more information, contact Shannon Tyson at 570-484-3131 or styson@LHUP.edu.

Lock Haven to offer positive light course

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a positive light course from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 21 at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center.

Appropriate for all levels of the organization, this program will help participants discover ways to become more positive with renewed energy. Low morale, lack of motivation and workplace negativity often make their way into even the most dynamic organizations. Individuals, departments or employee teams may become plagued with less than desirable workplace attitudes that would be more productive if redirected into a positive outlook.

The program will help participants discover ways to think more positively, remain positive, increase morale and find a better workplace attitude. There is a cost for the program.

For more information, contact Shannon Tyson at 570-484-3131 or styson@LHUP.edu.

In the Schools

Open house planned at Penn College’s new training location

TOWANDA – The public is invited to an open house at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new location in Bradford County, where short-term training classes will be offered this spring.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in suite one of the Central Bradford Progress Authority Building, 1 Elizabeth St.

Staff and instructors will be on hand to answer questions about Penn College, provide demonstrations of mobile Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) equipment, and offer tips and tricks with Microsoft Office software. Food and refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

Among this season’s offerings are courses in project management, financial strategies for successful retirement, communication and leadership, and Microsoft Office.

For more information, call 570-265-9400 or visit Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Penn College at www.pct.edu/wdce/catalog (select the “Penn College at Towanda” icon).

Youngest marcher on ‘Bloody Sunday’ to visit Susquehanna

SELINSGROVE – Known as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “smallest freedom fighter,” Sheyann Webb Christburg will speak at Susquehanna University at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Christburg will lead a screening of the Oscar-nominated film Selma, followed by a question-and-answer session during which she will share her own memories of the real-life event.

The event is free and open to the public.

Christburg was only 9 years old when she took part in the first attempted Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Due to the violence that erupted, the day became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

She co-authored a book about her experience, “Selma, Lord, Selma,” which was made into a television movie in 1999.

Christburg’s appearance is part of Susquehanna University’s ongoing “Let’s Talk” diversity series, which presents opportunities for the campus community and general public to learn about and discuss issues of diversity, equality and social justice.

Bucknell University to host resource fair

LEWISBURG – The Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning at Bucknell University will host a resource fair from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center.

The resource fair, “Crime, Punishment and Justice: What Can You Do?” is free and open to the public.

Campus and community organizations will staff information tables to share their missions, educate the public and recruit volunteers as needed. The event is an opportunity for students to get involved locally.

“Young people have a desire to create change, but need to know about options for connecting with groups that can make a difference,” explained Janice Butler, director of civic engagement and service-learning at Bucknell.

Groups invited include: Students for Sensible Drug Policy, The Lewisburg Prison Project, Susquehanna Valley Mediation Project, Day Reporting Program for Nonviolent Offenders, Transitions-Domestic Violence Shelter and Rape Crisis Program, C.A.R.E., Empowering Voices, Ban the Box Campaign, Black Lives Matter and Speak up Bucknell.

Program attendees will have the opportunity to take actions such as signing a petition, learning their rights, finding out about opportunities to visit an inmate or to help someone with addiction issues, or to take a class to become more informed. “We hope that this event will help channel frustration with the system into productive efforts to improve society,” Butler said.

In February, more than 200 students and staff participated in the Posse Plus Retreat, a weekend of learning and discussion around such issues as police profiling, the war on drugs, immigration reform, sexual assault, juvenile offenders and prison rehabilitation.

The national Posse Foundation selects promising students from urban areas for scholarships to top-notch schools based on their leadership potential. The Bucknell Posse scholars come from Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

St. John Neumann Regional Academy to hold open houses

St. John Neumann Regional Academy will hold open houses at their elementary and high school campuses on from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday. 2015-16 registration packets and financial aid applications will be available at the open houses.

For the 2015-16 school year, the elementary campus will house PreK-3 through fifth grade, and is located at 710 Franklin St. The high school campus will house grades six through 12, and is located at 901 Penn St.

St. John Neumann offers a faith-based, academically-challenging curriculum, rooted in service. St. John Neumann has preschool classes for 3 and 4 year olds, with three and five day options. Kindergarten is a full-day program. After-care is offered until 5:30 p.m. Financial aid is available.

To request a registration packet, schedule a tour of any of the campuses, or for more information, contact Kathy Bahr at 570-323-9953, ext. 205 or kbahr@sjnra.org.