LORETTO -?The Saint Francis University Community Blanketeer group recently collected 105 quilted, crocheted, knitted and embroidered blankets that will be distributed to sick and needy children through the Healing Patch, Nurse Family Partnership (Home Nursing Agency) and local hospitals.
The Blanketeers have been active on campus since 2006, and over the past eight years have donated more than 1,100 blankets to local children in need in Cambria County and surrounding areas.
Each year, the group focuses on creating comfortable, soft blankets for babies and young children.
The Saint Francis group was formed by Robin L. Cadwallader, professor of English/ communications, and Margaret A. Garcia, associate professor of business/
finance, with the assistance of Melita O’Donnell, executive assistant.
Clare Ann Lasinsky sewed tags on the blankets, and Chris Baughman and Tammy DeYulis helped distribute the blankets.
Over the past few years, the Healing Patch has distributed the blankets in “comfort bags,” along with various other items (i.e. tissues, a memory book, a picture frame, etc.), to children following the death of a loved one.
Additionally, the blankets have been distributed to Healing Patch participants during program activities around fears, worries, sleeping issues, etc. and sent home to provide comfort during the difficulties and isolation throughout the nighttime hours – a common struggle for many young children during illness or following the death of a loved one.
Providing comprehensive educational, home care and mentoring services to first-time mothers, Nurse Family Partnership will help to distribute blankets to newborns within the program, providing a warm swaddling and encouraging “tummy-time.”
For more information regarding the Blanketeers, contact O’Donnell at modonnell
SFU fraternity supports domestic violence victims
LORETTO -?The members of Saint Francis University’s Psi Upsilon fraternity held their annual “A Day in Her Shoes” on March 27 to raise awareness of the horrors of domestic violence.
To show their support for the victims of such abuse, the brothers spent the day wearing heels around campus. They also collected donations, and were able to raise $636.18 for the Women’s Help Center in Johnstown.
IUP student receives Anthony scholarship
INDIANA, Pa. – Megan Witkovsky, a child development and family relations major from Roaring Spring, was selected for the 2015 Eleanor Jean Anthony Scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Witkovsky, daughter of Paul and Julie Witkovsky of Roaring Spring, is a 2013 graduate of Central High School, Martinsburg.
This is the second year she has been selected for this scholarship.
Witkovsky is a member of the IUP Child and Family Studies Association and Gamma Sigma Sigma national service sorority.
She is working as an intern at the Indiana County Department of Human Services and has worked on the community Family Fun Fest and the Indiana County PA One Book Program.
The Eleanor Jean Anthony Scholarship is given to a
student studying family and consumer sciences or child and
family studies who are of good character and display outstanding achievement in academics and a commitment to children, families and community
Student inducted into Phi Kappa Phi society
Amanda Polca of Bedford was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Polca was initiated at Duquesne University.
She is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.
Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.
Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.
Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Student guides tours
SELINSGROVE – Joshua Kizina of Williamsburg is working as a student tour guide this year at Susquehanna University.
Tour guides are responsible for representing the Susque-hanna community to prospective and admitted students and their families. They give tours of the campus and also work special days, such as Susquehanna Success Day and open houses.
To become a tour guide, students must complete a written application and personal interview with the admissions staff.
Once selected, students complete an intensive training program, followed by additional training sessions throughout their time on the job.
Training includes shadowing veteran tour guides, becoming familiar with the admissions process and frequently asked questions, learning to present important information during the tour and preparing to deal with challenging situations that may arise while giving a tour.
Kizina is a chemistry major in the Class of 2016.
A 2012 graduate of Williamsburg High School, he is the son of Alan and Peg Kizina.
Student attends Model UN in San Francisco
TIFFIN, Ohio – Summer Hunter-Kysor of Huntingdon, a junior majoring in international studies and history at Heidelberg University, traveled to San Francisco April 17-21 to participate in the Model United Nations of the Far West Conference as part of university’s delegation.
This year’s theme was “The Reach of the UN in the Modern Era: The Conflict between Individual, Collective and Sovereign Rights.”
Heidelberg has participated in the Model UN conference for the past 17 years. This year, 25 other colleges and universities and several hundred students joined HU for the Model UN, which opened its 65th session on April 17.
The simulation is designed to broaden the students’ understanding of the principles and means by which international relations are achieved and maintained.
The program helps students develop a greater understanding of the nations of the world, the relations between them, their policies and the nature of their work in the United Nations.
Heidelberg students have spent the semester learning about the United Nations in a political science course taught by Marc O’Reilly.
They then delve more deeply into the history and positions of one or more countries.
This year, students will represent the countries of Ecuador, India and Israel.
Participation in the conference is the culmination of their classroom experience.
SFU?junior has best national presentation
LORETTO -?Saint Francis University junior mathematics and chemistry major David Wolfe recently received the award for the best presentation in applied mathematics at the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society national convention. The convention was held April 9-11 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Wolfe’s presentation, “Mathematical Modeling on a Limestone Channel,” reported his findings from undergraduate research he conducted during the summer of 2014 under the direction of Ying Li, assistant professor of mathematics.
He is the first Saint Francis University presenter to be recognized for the best paper, and he received a cash award for his achievement.
Wolfe is the son of Kristine (Miller) Wolfe?(a 1991 mathematics alumna) and Ken Wolfe of Bellwood.
Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, was first founded in 1931.
The Pennsylvania chapter at Saint Francis University was initiated in 1979, and members attended their first national convention in 1993.
TKE fraternity holds Polar Bear Swim
LORETTO -?Saint Francis University’s Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity held its eighth annual Polar Bear Swim at Lake St. Francis on March 13.
Every year, TKE raises money from the swim to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Danny Thomas, a TKE fraternity member in his own college days at the University of Toledo, founded St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
As a result, all TKE chapters have pledged to donate to raise at least $1 million together in the next couple of years for the hospital. These donations will aid in the addition of a wing to the hospital.
Juniata Valley graduate joins choir on tour
SELINSGROVE – Caitlyn Dixon of Spruce Creek went on tour with the Susquehanna University Choir from Feb. 27 to March 8.
Dixon, a music education major in the class of 2016, is a 2012 graduate of Juniata Valley High School, Alexandria, and the daughter of Jim and Lori Dixon.
The choir is the flagship choral ensemble in the Department of Music at Susquehanna University.
The group performs in service of the institution on and off campus, presenting several concerts each year and touring annually. The choir prepares and performs religious and secular choral literature and the major monuments of the choral/orchestral repertoire.
Over the years, the choir has performed at the Salzburger Dom, Coventry Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral de Paris, Chartres Cathedral, Palazzo dei Congressi di Firenze, Basilica di San Marco a Venezia, and the ancient Cathedral de Cuernavaca in Mexico City.
The choir has recorded 19 volumes and has been featured nationwide on the “Lutheran Series of the Protestant Hour,” as well as on National Public Radio, the Satellite Radio Network, and the worldwide Armed Forces Network.
Public Health Club hosts juicing at SFU
LORETTO -?Saint Francis University’s Public Health Club, a new club this semester, held a free juicing event at Torvian Dining Hall on March 11.
Anyone who stopped by and tried the juice was entered to win a free Health Smart Juice Extractor.
Kristen Tavernaris, the club’s president, started the club the beginning of the spring semester. As a junior public health major, she expressed her passion for imploring public health awareness.
The club already has 25 members, and several more events are planned for the semester.
Winner named in PSU trading competition
James Barnett, a freshman from Wayne, N.J., was announced as the winner of the 2015 spring semester Penn State Al-toona Trading Club Competition during an awards ceremony in the Sheetz Center for Entrepre-neurial Excellence on April 7.
The top three finishers in the competition all expanded their portfolios on the virtual trading platform by more than 16 percent.
The competition ran from Feb. 3 to March 26.
Barnett, who is majoring in finance, earned the first-place award of $500. The runner-up in the competition was Kathleen Vankirk, a sophomore from Tipton.
Barnett expanded his portfolio by nearly $192,000 over two months of virtual trading. His return was a record 76.76 percent.
Vankirk, who is majoring in accounting, earned the $350 award for placing second with a return of 38.49 percent.
Third-place finisher Brandon Piller, a freshman from Los Angeles who is majoring in business, won the $250 award with a return of 16.37 percent.
The competition provides students with opportunities to manage an investment portfolio on a virtual trading platform while acquiring a broader understanding of how financial markets function.
Participants acquire a personal understanding of capital markets through simulated investments.
Students traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, futures and spot contracts for world currencies and commodities on more than thirty global exchanges.
All Penn State Altoona students are eligible to register for the competition, regardless of major. The spring competition included a record 50 participants.
Funding for the awards is made possible through the ongoing philanthropic support of Dr. Carroll P. and Diane S. Osgood of Hollidaysburg.
Awards totaling $1,500 were presented to the 10 students with the highest portfolio values on the final day of trading. Each award was based on a student’s ranking on the virtual trading platform.
Awards funded by the Osgoods were first presented for the 2012 spring semester competition. All awards are credited to the students’ Penn State accounts to defray educational expenses.
Democrats award $1,000 scholarship
The Blair County Democratic Committee awarded the annual Ted Kennedy Memorial Scholarship to Shayne Grady Pattillo, a student at Penn State Altoona.
This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a Blair County registered Democrat, who is enrolled in a two- or four-year educational program.
Pattillo is an engineering student from?Altoona who also served in the U.S. military.
Williamsburg resident gets scholarship
SALT LAKE CITY – Jayelle Smith of Williamsburg has received the Financial Support Fund Scholarship from Western Governors University.
As a nonprofit online university that is committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible for nontraditional students, WGU typically awards scholarships based on the applicant’s academic record, readiness for online study, financial need and other considerations.
SFU hosts Glow4Goal 5K for Relay
LORETTO -?A Glow4Goal 5K held at Saint Francis University on March 27 raised $950 toward the monetary goal of the April 11 Relay For Life of Saint Francis University, benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Runners ran around the campus mall, lit up with glow sticks and lights.