The event team and keynote speaker for Mount Aloysius College’s Women’s Empowerment Day are (from left): front — Julie Smith, Dan’yell Hastic, Cathleen Golden, Sara Rutledge, Jess Costanzo and Emily Housekencht; back — Jodi Blubaugh, Elizabeth Mansley, Brenda Sanner, Amy Kanich, Sam Seltzer, Kimberly Robertson, Chris Koren and Renee Martin Nagle.
Mount hosts Women’s Empowerment Day
CRESSON — More than 50 attendees came out for the inaugural Mount Aloysius College Women’s Empowerment Day Oct. 19.
This free event featured keynote speaker Renee Martin-Nagle, MAC Board of Trustee member and alumna. There were also breakout sessions on a variety of women’s topics including work/life balance, finances, career exploration, spirituality, emotional care, health/wellness and stress management.
UPMC Altoona co-sponsored this event.
Allegany to hold open house Nov. 16
EVERETT — Allegany College of Maryland’s Bedford County Campus will host its 23rd annual open house from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 16.
Prospective students will have the chance to meet with ACM representatives, tour the campus, learn about early college and ACM’s academic offerings, explore financial aid and scholarship options, discuss transfer opportunities and enter to win one of five tuition vouchers.
The campus is at 18 N. River Lane in Everett. For more information, call 652-9528, ext. 1-6200, or visit
Sophomore presents on power of aromatherapy
JOHNSTOWN — Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognized early childhood education student Emma Garrison of Patton for receiving a certificate of achievement for her paper at the Beacon Conference.
The Beacon Conference accepted Garrison’s paper “The Power of Aromatherapy,” and she was able to present it during the 2019 Beacon Conference.
The Beacon Conference was established by mostly Honors faculty to recognize, celebrate and showcase the academic achievements of outstanding students at community colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines.
The highly competitive conference drew approximately 140 submissions from students at community colleges in four states.
Garrison’s paper dealt with aromatherapy and its overall power, addressing the severity of antibiotic overuse and advocates the utilization of essential oils to reach an equivalent result.
The paper explained that inexpensive therapeutic-grade oils, containing a variety of medicinal purposes, lack any and all potential health risks, allowing for the permanent replacement of many over-the-counter medicinal drugs.
Garrison is on track to graduate with her associate degree in May 2020, as a part of the college’s 25th graduating class.
After graduating, she plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
SFU students inducted to
Nu Rho Psi honor society
LORETTO — Saint Francis University held the inaugural induction ceremony for the recently established chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the national neuroscience honor society.
Nu Rho Psi is the only nationally-recognized honor society in the area of brain research.
The inducted students and faculty were invited to become members based on their interest and commitment to the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience. The following local students were nominated based on their high scholastic achievement and their potential to excel as future neuroscientists.
n Emily Noel of Altoona, an exercise physiology physical therapy major.
n Lauren Montecalvo of Duncans-ville, a health science major.
n Sarah Westin of Lilly, a health science major.