On campus

Mansfield competes at World Choir

MANSFIELD – The Mansfield University Concert Choir competed at the 2014 World Choir Games, the largest international choral competition in the world, July 9-19 in Riga, Latvia.

Thousands of singers in 491 choirs from 59 countries around the world were registered to join together in festive competition for gold medals and championships at the event known as “the Olympics for Choirs.”

Area students who are members of the choir are Amanda Coughenour of Hyndman and Amanda Ritter of Pennsylvania Furnace.

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Student inducted into honor society

BRADFORD – Nicholas Walker, a health and physical education major from Clearfield, and 12 other students were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

He is also midfielder on the men’s soccer team.

Chi Alpha Sigma is the first national scholar-athlete society to honor those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and athletic competitions.

W&L?student completes senior thesis

LEXINGTON, Va. – Rebecca M. Brown graduated from Washington & Lee University on May 22. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology.

A Quest Scholar, Brown was a member of the wind ensemble and the first-year orientation committee. She was also a teaching assistant for the psychology department.

In addition she completed her senior thesis, “Quit Nagging Me: Parent-Adolescent Communication and Future College Attitudes,” and had the opportunity to study abroad in England.

Brown plans to attend graduate school. She is a 2010 graduate of Altoona Area High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Lori Brown of Altoona.

Penn?State raises $122K for charities

Penn State Altoona students raised more than $122,000 for various charitable organizations during the 2013-14 academic year.

Individuals and student groups contributed by holding events such as Zumba for Breast Cancer, Kick out Hunger, Fun Run and Mr. PSU. There were also charity basketball games, basket raffles, canning activities and a jam session.

Monies raised were donated to organizations including Easter Seals, Fisher House, THON, Special Olympics and Toys for Tots.

PSU student joins honor societies

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State World Campus student Clanissa Berardi of Bellwood was inducted into Pi Delta Chi, the University Park chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in May. Berardi is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing.

Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest national honor society recognizing the outstanding achievement of full- and part-time adult learners. To be eligible for membership, students must be in a degree program, have completed 24 credits, earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and be in the highest 20 percent of students in their class.

Students named scholar-athletes

ERIE – The Mercyhurst University Department of Athletics announced 389 Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes in the 2013-14 school year. A student-athlete must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average to qualify for the list.

Among the student-athletes were Daniel Moyer and Ashlyn Shaffer, both of Altoona.

All 24 teams landed at least six student-athletes on the list.

The total is a school record, topping last year’s 356 scholar-athletes.

Sixty-two percent of Laker student-athletes were Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes this year.

On Campus

Mount presents Mercy Spirit awards

CRESSON – Four graduates received the inaugural Mercy Spirit Awards at the academic awards evening at Mount Aloysius College.

The award recognizes students who best exemplify the Mount Aloysius traditions and spirit in both associate degree and bachelor degree graduating classes.

Faculty and staff nominate those students whose active involvement in the life of Mount Aloysius College reflects leadership, community awareness and service, academic integrity and focus and the personal integration of the Mercy values of justice, hospitality, mercy and service.

Award recipients were Brad Mikitko of Hastings, who received a B.S. in medical imaging/radiology; Chelsey Pongrac of Stoystown, who received an A.S. in physical therapy assistant program; Danielle McKnight of Reedsville, who received a B.S. in business/accounting; and Derek Matthews of Glasgow, who received an A.S. in nursing.

Bible graduate receives awards

LANCASTER – Patty Cook Eastep of Lancaster, formerly of Hollidaysburg, recently graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a bachelor of science degree with honors in social work and Biblical studies.

She is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and recipient of the Phi Alpha Honor Society Leadership Award. She also received the Delta Epsilon Chi Achievement, Character and Leadership Award.

Eastep is director of the Path Program, a ministry that teaches life skills to low-income parents. She is the founder of Hempfield Academic Teen Support, a high school academic program for homeschooled teens.

She is the wife of Ronald F. Eastep, mother of three sons and grandmother of three. She is the daughter of Roy and Barbara Cook of Hollidaysburg.

She is a 1977 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School.