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Students learn Italian

culture in trip abroad

CRESSON — A group of Mount Aloysius College students broadened their horizons as they traveled to Italy. The cohort of Mounties earned academic credit as they were immersed in Italian culture.

The college collaborated with the Marco Polo Program Abroad. This short-term study abroad opportunity allowed students to travel within Italy without missing valuable time during the academic year. Students earned additional college credit, explored new cultures and dove deeper into their academic pursuits through hands-on field studies.

Students earned six credits between May 7 and 24 in the area of Italian culture and sustainability.

The trip was also supported by Michael DelGrosso, board member and supporter of Mount Aloysius College.

South Hills raises funds for homeless shelter

Students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s criminal justice program and members of the C.O.P.S Club held a fundraiser to benefit Family Services Inc.’s efforts in getting a new building for its homeless shelter in Altoona.

The students recently presented Lisa Hann, director of Family Services Inc., with a donation of $250.

During the past four years, the shelter has housed more than 800 individuals.

The current shelter offers 16 beds, and officials are looking to double the size with a 35-unit building and six apartments.

The goal of the new location will remain the same as it always has been to assist residents in getting back to a place in society where they will be productive.

Messiah College student receives scholarships

GRANTHAM — Sierra Kirsch, daughter of Ken and Stephanie Kirsch of Hollidays-burg, graduated magna cum laude from Messiah College on May 18 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She was the recipient of the Nason Foundation Scholarship in January and was also awarded the Harry and Nancy Preis Endowed Scholarship from Messiah College for demonstrating excellence in academic and clinical performance.

Kirsch was recognized for this scholarship at Messiah’s Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 17.

She has accepted a position in the Medical ICU at Hershey Medical Center and will start in July.

She is a 2015 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School.

SFU Greek Life ties high grade-point average

LORETTO — Saint Francis University achieved above national averages once again as the Greek Life community matched their all-time high average grade point average.

The final grade report for the spring academic term shows that the Greek Life community has demonstrated an average of a 3.47 GPA, which ties their all-time high from the spring 2018 semester.

For the spring 2019 term, the Greek Life community’s 3.47 GPA is also higher than the non-Greek student average GPA of 3.38 and the all campus average of 3.41.

This semester, the sorority with the highest chapter average GPA was Phi Lambda Psi, which recorded a 3.59. Alpha Phi Delta recorded the highest chapter average amongst the fraternity community with a 3.55.

Aidan Sweeney of Duncansville was president throughout the 2018-19 academic year, and Tanner Maneval of Northumberland and Tanner Yawitz of New Stanton were academic co-chairmen during the spring 2019 semester. This is Alpha Phi Delta’s third consecutive semester with the highest average GPA amongst the fraternities.

Learn more about Saint Francis University Greek Life at francis.edu/greek.

Students inducted into honor societies at Pitt

BRADFORD — The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford recognized students inducted into its honor societies this spring.

Among those who were recognized were:

n Riley Anderson, Cresson, a business management major, who joined Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society.

n Jessica Summerson, Osceola Mills, a biology major, who joined Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society.

Wilkes-Barre student earns research award

WILKES-BARRE — Dillon Davis of Curwensville was recognized during the 2019 Academic Awards Ceremony at Wilkes University.

Davis, a biology major, received the Outstanding Research Award by the biology and health sciences department.