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Seton Hill students selected

for Millennium Fellowship

GREENSBURG — A group of Seton Hill University students from a variety of majors were selected for the Millennium Fellowship, a semester-long leadership development program sponsored by the United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network, that convenes, challenges and celebrates student leadership for U.N. goals.

More than 25,000 students applied from 2,000 campuses worldwide with only 2,000 students selected on 136 campuses in 30 nations for the Millennium Fellowship Class of 2021.

Among the 12 students from Seton Hill selected for the Millennium Fellowship were Adam Bobak, a senior biology/osteopathic medicine 4+4 student from Ashville, and Meghan Cutshall, a sophomore political science/pre-law 3+3 student from Hollidaysburg.

As Millennium Fellows, the students engaged in leadership training and put into motion a community project that tackled the U.N. Sustainable Goal for Sustainable Cities.

Penn College Army ROTC cadet receives commission, assignment

WILLIAMSPORT — In addition to receiving baccalaureate degrees the weekend of May 14-15, seven Army ROTC cadets at Pennsylvania College of Technology, including Aleah M. Emlet of Altoona, were commissioned as second lieutenants and assigned their Army component and branch.

Upon commissioning, the cadets committed to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

Emlet elected to serve in the Army Reserve. The electronics and computer engineering technology graduate has been assigned to the quartermaster branch.

Senior finalist for Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

EAST STROUDSBURG — Jessica Irwin of Port Matilda, a senior at East Stroudsburg University, was ESU’s finalist for the 2022 Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence.

Created in 2000, the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence is conferred upon a graduating senior from one of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

The award was founded by Dr. Syed R. Ali-Zaidi, a charter member of the State System Board of Governors.

Irwin is majoring in exercise science. She is completing a three-year accelerated bachelor of science program with a concentration in pre-professional therapeutic sciences. She has been on the dean’s list every semester, achieved a 4.0 GPA in this accelerated academic program and is part of the ESU honors program.

Irwin was named the PSAC Champion Scholar for women’s volleyball in fall 2021 as the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the conference’s championship site.

Candidates for the 2022 award were recommended by their university president at the conclusion of a campus application and selection process that was open to all graduating seniors.

Selection criteria included outstanding academic scholarship, including prizes, honors and honorary societies, participation in extra/co-curricular activities and a two-page essay by the nominee addressing how the university has prepared him or her for the next career step.

Students organize event to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees

SCRANTON — Kaitlin Anderson of Port Matilda, along with other members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2024, organized a basketball tournament to support local charities providing aid to Ukrainian refugees.

Students and members of the Geisinger community spent the day competing in a three-on-three basketball tournament and other games.

Performances by the school’s acapella groups, the Guy Singers and the Cerebellas, kicked off the event. The Baking Club provided treats to the players through a bake sale.

Basketball Club executive board members planned the event with the help of club adviser, Chris Boland, director of alumni relations.

Money raised at the event funded the shipment of care packages to refugees.

IUP recognizes local students

with 4.0 GPA at commencement

INDIANA, Pa. — Several local students graduating May 7 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with bachelor’s degrees were honored at IUP commencement for completing studies with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Students who were recognized include:

n Abigail Barroner of Duncansville, a math education major and daughter of James Barroner and Patricia Barroner. She is a 2019 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. She was the recipient of the Ida Arms Math Scholarship, the Tony Kuczynski Memorial Scholarship, the Sutton Scholarship and the Academic Success Scholarship. She was member of the pre-Service Teachers of Mathematics Club, the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Residence Hall Council. She participated in Clarinet Studio and was an undergraduate assistant in the mathematics department.

n Delaney Igoe of Altoona, a speech language pathology major and the daughter of Scott and Dawn Igoe. She is a 2018 graduate of Altoona Area High School. She received the Quota of Indiana Pa. Inc. Speech and Hearing Scholarship and the Dr. Jane Ramsey Logan Scholarship. She was a member of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, the Sign Language Club and the Audiology Student Association and was a student poster presenter at the 2022 Pennsylvania Speech Language Hearing Association Convention.

n Alayna Kephart of Hollidaysburg, an early childhood special education major and daughter of William Kephart and Billi Jo Kephart. She is a graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society.

n Teryl Austin Rice of Williamsburg, a piano performance major in the Cook Honors College and son of David and Terry Rice. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for his oral presentation during the 2022 Scholars Forum. He received a Board of Governors music scholarship. He taught piano for the IUP Community Music School and studied abroad in Zagreb, Croatia.

n Jacob Mitchell Wilt of Duncansville, a secondary social studies education major and son of Ed and Melissa Wilt. He is a 2018 graduate of Altoona Area High School. He is the recipient of the Eric Slebodnick Memorial Scholarship and the Sutton Scholarship and received the outstanding oral presentation award from the College of Arts and Humanities for his research project presented at the 2022 Scholars Forum. He was a two-time nominee for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship and performed in four shows presented by the IUP Department of Theater and Dance. He was an officer for the IUP Future Social Studies Educators of America Club.

A total of 1,722 graduates were part of the university’s three commencement ceremonies held May 6 and 7 at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Students graduating in May and August were eligible to participate in the ceremonies. A total of 234 graduates, honored with crimson and gray philanthropy cords, contributed $5,357 to the senior class gift.

Penn College electrical students serve college, area nonprofits

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to hands-on education aided area nonprofit organizations throughout the spring semester.

Two sections of electrical construction students contributed nearly 400 hours of work, saving the YWCA, Sojourner Truth Ministries and the Avis Area Recreation Association labor expenses in completing a variety of projects. Among those participating was Cam T. Brandt of Tyrone.

The field-experience class is taken in the fourth semester of the two-year electrical construction degree, which leads to careers such as residential electrician, electrical inspector and electrical designer.


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