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Student joins Lambda Pi Eta honor society

LATROBE — Heather Rieg of Loretto was one of 15 St. Vincent College juniors and seniors selected for induction into Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for the National Communication Association.

Rieg is a senior graphic design major.

Lambda Pi Eta aims to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.

To be eligible for selection, students must have completed at least 60 credit hours overall, including four courses in the communication curriculum, while holding an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.25 GPA in communication courses.

An official induction ceremony at Saint Vincent College is tentatively planned for fall 2020.

Clarion students earn scholar-athlete status

CLARION — A number of Clarion University Golden Eagle student-athletes achieved scholar-athlete status.

To become a Clarion scholar-athlete, student-athletes must have achieved one of the following: earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; attain a 3.2 GPA or higher in two consecutive semesters, in the previous year’s spring semester and this year’s fall semester; or, as a freshman or first-year transfer student, achieve a 3.2 GPA in the fall semester.

Among those honored as scholar-athletes are:

Altoona — James Metzgar Jr., senior, athletic training, football.

DuBois — Devin Clark, senior, communications, football; Ashley McCluskey, junior, nutrition and fitness, women’s cross country/track and field.

Hollidaysburg — Andrew Vonada, senior, management, football.

Huntingdon — Bryant Speck, freshman, psychology, football.

Woodland — Tate Swanson, junior, environmental geoscience/environmental biology, men’s swimming and diving.

Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members to society

BATON ROUGE, La. — The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Lycoming College — Julia Nagle, Altoona.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania — Emily Sosnowski, Duncansville; Chastidy Gilbert, Flinton; Haley Link, Patton.

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Student receives IUP criminology scholarship

INDIANA, Pa. — Ethan Blackie of Altoona, a criminology major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was selected for the 2020 Ronald G. VanRaaphorst Scholarship Award by IUP’s Department of Crimin-ology and Criminal Justice.

Son of Stephen and Susan Blackie, he is a 2016 graduate of Altoona Area High School.

A dean’s list student and provost scholar, he is a Distinguished Military Graduate (in the top 10% of the class) and received the Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award.

He is a member of the IUP ROTC Warrior Battalion and is a member of the military philanthropy organization, Phi Eta Sigma honor society and Alpha Sigma Pi honor society.

The VanRaaphorst Scholarship provides support to full-time students majoring in criminology.

Student inducted into Phi Alpha Epsilon

ANNVILLE — Morgan Decker of Bedford, a student at Lebanon Valley College, was inducted into Phi Alpha Epsilon, the college’s honor society celebrating academic achievement and volunteer service.

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

To be eligible for this award, students must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.6, complete at least 24 credits of Con-stellation LVC coursework and achieve the “bronze” level of service hours at the conclusion of the fall semester prior to graduation.


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