On campus

Bloomsburg student

wins speech awards

BLOOMSBURG — The Blooms-burg University of Pennsylvania Forensics (Speech and Debate) team took home the second-place Team Sweepstakes award at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s annual fall tournament held Oct. 12 and 13 at Bloomsburg University.

Overall, 11 of BU’s 15 competitors won individual speech and debate awards.

Isaac Osborn of Ebensburg was second in After Dinner Speaking and third in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

The team also captured the First Place Team Sweepstakes Story at the Randolph-Macon College/CFA Invitational Tournament in Ash-land, Va., Nov. 2 and 3.

Osborn was first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, second in After-Dinner Speaking, fifth in Parliamentary Debate (with Kyle Bower) and sixth in Pentathlon.

In all, 15 of 16 BU students competing that weekend won at least one speech and debate award.

In total, BU students brought home 38 awards, including five individual first-place event awards. Bloomsburg University was represented by at least one student in every final round at the tournament.

Penn Highlands team

in innovation challenge

JOHNSTOWN — Four Penn Highlands students were being chosen to represent Pennsylvania High-lands Community College in the regional round of the America250 Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (DEIC).

The local student on the team is Richard Tavalsky of Ebensburg.

The American250 DEIC is an event where student teams from Pennsylvania colleges and universities compete to design and launch the integrated marketing campaign strategy for the America250PA initiative.

The three-round competition ended with the final DEIC competition being held live Nov. 19 on stage at the Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference.

These students traveled to Lycoming College in Williamsport Oct. 24 to compete. The campus round was held Oct. 3, where this team was chosen out of the five competing teams.

These students will compete against other college teams at the next level to design, develop and pitch a concept that will highlight an integrated marketing strategy for the America250 PA campaign.

For more information, visit www.america250pa.org.

SRU dance dept. hosts faculty and guest concert

SLIPPERY ROCK — Slippery Rock University’s Dance Depart-ment hosted its annual Faculty and Guest Artist concert Oct. 20 at Butler County Community College’s Succop Theatre.

The concert is a collaboration of SRU dance and art students, faculty and nationally and internationally known guest artists.

The concert featured 63 student dancers and singers, seven guest artists, nine faculty members, as well as SRU’s Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble.

SRU students taking part in the event as dancers, singers or stage staff from the local area include:

n Anna DeRubeis of Altoona, a freshman dual major in early childhood and special education and dance.

n Faythe Lewis of Tipton, a sophomore dual major in recreational therapy and dance.

n Noelle Potts of Colver, a senior dual major in social work and dance.

n Hailey Sanders of Altoona, a junior dual major in exercise science and dance.

Animal science major receives scholarship

AMES, Iowa — Taylor Conley of New Enterprise, who is studying animal science at Iowa State University, received the Jeff Hansen/Iowa Select Farms Pork Industry Scholarship Fund for the 2019-20 academic year from the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and affiliated academic units.

More than $3.5 million in student scholarships are offered each year by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its academic units, in addition to monies awarded by Iowa State at the university level.

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