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Local student takes spring studies abroad

SELINSGROVE — Maria Heiss of Hollidaysburg studied this spring in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Heiss is a public policy and political science major in the Class of 2021.

Heiss is a graduate of Hollidays-burg Area Senior High School.

Study away is an integral part of a Susquehanna education. In addition to optional study-away arrangements, Susquehanna is distinguished by its Global Opportunities (GO) program, which requires all students to spend at least two weeks off campus, immersed in a culture different from their own.

Currently, Susquehanna students can choose from study-away programs ranging from a few weeks to as long as a full semester, in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, Europe, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., among other options.

Student part of LVC annual concert choir tour

ANNVILLE — Cierra Redinger of Altoona will tour Pennsylvania with Lebanon Valley College’s Concert Choir.

Redinger, a graduate of Holli­daysburg Area Senior High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music business at The Valley.

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir is one of two auditioned mixed choral ensembles at LVC.

Concert Choir has toured each year, primarily in the Northeast, since 1936. In addition, the choir has been heard on more than 30 national radio broadcasts including National Radio Pulpit and Great Choirs in America.

The choir has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and holds standing invitations to appear at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City.

Other non-tour appearances have included the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree, the Festival of Lights at the Washing-ton, D.C., Temple Visitor’s Center, performing with the General Conference of the United Methodist Church and appearances before the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Convention in Washington, D.C.

The choir has toured internationally to Eastern Europe (1973), Great Britain (1999), Italy (2001), Central Europe: the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary (2007), and Norway and Denmark (2011.)

A free-will offering is collected at each concert to benefit local charities.

Juniata to host Health Professions Institute

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College will host its third annual Health Professions Institute from July 26 to Aug. 1 for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in careers in the sciences.

The institute is a weeklong program for high school students to learn more about different careers in the health care industry. Within that time, students will learn a variety of science skills as well as gain some college experience.

Assistant dean of admissions Alisha Boerstler said students will do lab work that includes activities such as pipetting and DNA sequencing. In addition to the hands-on work, Boerstler also said that students will learn about other health-related topics such as “the human genome, how gut bacteria affects health, how neurons allow us to move and how the ZIP code that you live in affects your access to health care.”

Boerstler also talked about the college life lessons that the institute teaches as well.

“Students will learn what it is like to have a residential college experience from the classroom, to the dining hall, to the residence halls,” says Boerstler. “This gives high school students the chance to see what it’s like to be a residential college student so they feel more comfortable when they go off to college.”

At the end of the week, students will present the knowledge that they have learned to their parents and some Juniata staff.

It is not necessary for participants to have experience in health professions fields; however it is encouraged that high school students have a good scientific foundation. For more information or to register, visit www.juniata.edu



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