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Student initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa

LEXINGTON, Va. — William Prescott, a native of Everett, was recently initiated into the University of Akron Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. The society welcomed 578 new initiates from 25 universities during March 2022.

Students initiated into the society must be sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate/professional students in the top 35% of their class, demonstrate leadership experience in at least one of the five pillars and embrace the ODK ideals. Fewer than 5% of students on a campus are invited to join each year.

Student presents at research, scholarship fair

BRADFORD, — Kira Crawford, a biology major from DuBois, presented “Japanese Fashion: Borrowing and Sharing with the World” during the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair held April 8.

Thiel physician assistants receive white coats

GREENVILLE — The 37 members of the first class of Thiel College’s new Physician Assistant Studies program attended a ceremony to receive their white coats on April 2.

Cameron Domblisky of Philipsburg received a white coat during as part of the ceremony.

The white coats these students received represents their completion of the first half of their studies in the 27-month P.A. program at the college.

During the ceremony, as part of the opening remarks, Thiel President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., reminded the students of their significance to the college as the inaugural class of physician assistant students.

“Your program and the other graduate programs are a historic moment at Thiel,” she said. Although the college has existed since 1866, never before has it had a program such as this one that focuses on developing future medical professionals.

SRU senior dance concert culminates research

SLIPPERY ROCK — Bachelor of Fine Arts dance majors at Slippery Rock University closed the book on their research by finishing the epilogue, that is, presenting at “The Epilogue: a BFA Senior Dance Concert,” on April 23 at the Stoner West Dance Studio Theater.

Among the nine senior BFA dance majors presenting were Anna DeRubeis, a senior dual dance and early childhood elementary major from Altoona, and Faythe Lewis, a senior dance major from Tyrone.

The concert, hosted by the SRU Dance Department, featured choreography and performances by nine senior BFA dance students as well as work set by Atlanta-based choreographer Lashonda Johnson.

The nine seniors presented in a variety of dance types, such as modern, contemporary, jazz and improvisation.

Some of the senior BFA student’s performances were solo dances while some included group performances with SRU students.

Additionally, the senior BFA students performed “Return to Sender,” a piece choreographed by Johnson that is described by organizers as “a powerful and athletic dance that demonstrates the technical and performance virtuosity of the dancers.”

Clarion student receives academic award

CLARION — Marissa Amerine of Altoona, a student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, was honored with the W.E.B. DuBois Academic Award during the Multicultural Student Recognition Dinner April 9 at the university.

The W.E.B. DuBois Academic Award is presented to a student who has a 3.5 or higher GPA and attended both spring and fall semesters of the prior year.

Altoona native honored at Slippery Rock Univ.

SLIPPERY ROCK — Slippery Rock University’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership presented its 2021-22 awards on April 20 at the Smith Student Center.

The Housing and Residence Life Offices presented Sydney Lewis, a junior exercise science major from Altoona, with the Rising Rookie Community Assistant Award.

Student part of SRU’s spring commencement

SLIPPERY ROCK — More than 1,600 eligible graduates received their degrees as Slippery Rock University hosted its spring 2022 commencement ceremonies, May 6-7, at Morrow Field House. Ceremonies were also livestreamed.

Student marshals and university flag bearers for each ceremony included the following graduating students who held their respective college flag or the SRU flag, respectively, for their ceremony:

Elizabeth Manley, a dual safety management and English writing major from Altoona (College of Business).

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