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Courtesy photo Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, hosted the Claysburg Summer STEM & Arts Camp on July 29. Students conducted science experiments, saw a drone tutorial and learned about video production. Jacob Heuston of Roaring Spring works on a DNA project with Penny O’Conner, associate professor and chair of science and mathematics.

Courtesy photo

Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, hosted the Claysburg Summer STEM & Arts Camp on July 29. Students conducted science experiments, saw a drone tutorial and learned about video production. Jacob Heuston of Roaring Spring works on a DNA project with Penny O’Conner, associate professor and chair of science and mathematics.

SFU students participate

in dental mission trip

LORETTO — Ten Saint Francis University students volunteered with MOM-n-PA, the Pennsylvania Dental Mission of Mercy, held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

Students improved hundreds of lives as they worked alongside nearly a 1,000 dental professionals, support personnel and lay volunteers. Services were provided to patients who either lack dental insurance or are under-insured; many have been living with severe dental pain for months or years before coming to the clinic, affecting their ability to eat, work and care for themselves and their families.

Among the students on this mission trip were local students:

n Loren Schweiger, a public health major, Hastings.

n Laura Replogle, biology/pre-dentistry major, Roaring Spring.

n Mackenzie Gates, nursing major, New Enterprise.

n Kourtney Gates, health science (PA) major, Portage.

Local students honored at South Hills ceremony

STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology held its 49th annual commencement ceremony June 20 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

The following academic awards were presented:

n The Travis Mellott Memorial Award was established to recognize academic achievement in the business administration/accounting program. It was presented to Charles B. Diehl of Altoona.

n The Ray Houseman Memorial Award is presented to a student from the Altoona campus who displays Ray Houseman’s best qualities: his dependability, his friendly and cheerful personality, and most of all, his willingness to help. It also was presented to Charles B. Diehl of Altoona.

n The Founders Award was created in memory of S. Paul Mazza Jr., the co-founder of South Hills School of Business & Technology. It is presented to a student from each school location who exemplifies the core values of the school’s founder: kindness to others, integrity, school involvement and strong academic standing. Whitley B. Furry was recognized for the Altoona campus.

Lebanon Valley student presents research

ANNVILLE — Morgan Decker of Bedford was one of 32 Lebanon Valley College science majors who presented their scientific work from summer research projects at the annual Disappearing Boundaries Summer Research Meeting held in July at Lebanon Valley College.

Decker, a graduate of Bedford High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in biology at The Valley.

The annual event is designed to uniquely blend students and faculty with their counterparts from other institutions and disciplines.

The meeting, brainchild of Walter Patton, associate professor of chemistry at The Valley, has become a collaboration of central Pennsyl-vania colleges, including Albright, Dickinson, Elizabethtown, Gettys-burg, Messiah and Wilkes, among others. Core to the concept is the idea that science benefits from networking, even amongst a myriad of scientific disciplines.

This year’s event included more than 70 students and 40 faculty from eight colleges and universities.

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