studies in Kenya
Anna L. Foltzer, of Lewisburg, studied in Kenya this summer as a participant in St. Lawrence University's summer term program there.
A member of the class of 2015 at St. Lawrence, Foltzer is a graduate of Lewisburg Area High School.
St. Lawrence offers two courses in Kenya during the summer. Foltzer took the course Pastoral Nomads and Wildlife Conservation.
to collect food donations
More than 600 new and returning Susquehanna University students joined faculty and staff Aug. 25 to launch SU GIVE (Get Into Volunteer Experiences), a day of volunteering at community sites in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Montour counties.
SU GIVE is an annual tradition at Susquehanna, providing first-year students a chance to work hand-in-hand with new classmates and faculty for a common goal, and to introduce them to service opportunities throughout the region. Among some 50 organizations set to benefit from the group's volunteerism are Kidsgrove Park, the East Snyder Community Garden and the Union-Snyder Community Action Agency. University President L. Jay Lemons kicked off the occasion by addressing participants at 12:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium.
The event was organized by Susquehanna's Center for Civic Engagement, committed to providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn about and reflect upon their roles as active, informed citizens within the community. Among the center's goals are encouraging students to live engaged, enlightened and reflective lives that demonstrate a social and environmental conscience; promoting exploration and understanding of local and global citizenship; fostering an understanding of the complexity and enormity of social issues facing the local community, country and world at large; and furthering the development of sensitivity to the human condition.
inducted into fraternity
Marissa Gummo, of Montoursville, recently was inducted into the Susquehanna University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-educational service fraternity.
The purpose of the fraternity is to assemble college students under the fellowship and principles of leadership, friendship and service to humanity. Members complete a minimum of 40 hours of service per year.
Gummo will begin her senior year this fall at Susquehanna, where she majors in elementary education. She is a 2009 graduate of Montoursville Area High School, and the daughter of John Gummo and Sheri Ruffing.
joins honor society
Amy C. Driskell, of Wellsboro, recently was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society at Susquehanna University.
Driskell, a rising junior majoring in education and Spanish, is a 2010 graduate of Wellsboro Area High School and the daughter of David and Fay Driskell.
The national freshman honor society encourages superior scholastic achievement among students during their first year in institutions of higher education, promotes intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and assists students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society. The Susquehanna chapter was established in 1976.
Local couple supports
A local couple has donated a scholarship for students at St. John Neumann Regional Academy.
Lorraine and William Manos, who founded Fairfield Auto Group in 1986, have expanded their business to six different locations and 12 vehicle lines employing 175 people.
In addition to business entrepreneurship and development, the Manoses are the epitome of philanthropy.
"They have supported our academy golf outings, with hole and tee sponsorships and also offering a car as the hole-in-one prize on many occasions," said system director Susan Kaiser. "They have been sponsors and attendees at our Annual Academy Gala and Auction for the past six years right from its inception."
According to St. John Neumann Governance Board President Frank G. Pellegrino, "the Manoses are two kind-hearted individuals supporting children in pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. The Neumann Academy is forever grateful to Bill and Lorraine for their contributions and outright support for tuition assistance, literacy programs and facilities. In addition their support shown here and throughout other charitable events demonstrates their commitment to vibrant and welcoming communities. I personally am thankful to them for all they do for our region, as it does make a difference and impact on some many individuals' lives."
The Manoses, through their dealerships, are members of BLOCS of Lycoming County - Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools - and their support assists many Neumann students and parents.
St. John Neumann Regional Academy is a regionalized Diocese of Scranton Catholic school system serving Lycoming, Clinton, Union, Montour, Sullivan, Northumberland, Bradford and Tioga counties, with more than 580 children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
For more information, visit www.sjnra.org.