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.
Taking part in Mount Aloysius College’s presentation of the Mercy Spirit Awards are (from left): Sister Helen Marie Burns, RSM, vice president of mission integration; college president Tom Foley and award recipients Brad Mikitko, Chelsey Pongrac, Danielle McKnight and Derek Matthews.
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.