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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Area native earns doctorate from University of Washington

Dean Alan Hagin, son of Julian S. Hagin Sr. and the late Louise C. Hagin of Harleysville and stepson to Dorothy L. Hagin,  recently received a  PhD from University of Washington's College of Education in Seattle.  Hagin is a Souderton Area High School graduate and attended Montgomery County Community College. He earned a BA in English from Aurora University and a MA in English from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is director of the Learning Center at Whatcom County Community College in Bellingham, WA where he lives with his wife, Wendy, and two sons, Michael and David.
He is also the grandson of the late W.A. and Emmaline Hagin of Waycross, GA and the late Harry B. and Bertha M. Clemens of Harlesyville.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Harleysville man named to Hall of Fame at Center for Literacy

 Center for Literacy President/Executive Director JoAnn Weinberger, left, and Harleysville resident Tristan Bradley 
(Photo by Sharla Feldscher)
Harleysville resident Tristan Bradley, 22, was recognized for his exemplary academic accomplishments and was enrolled in the Hall of Fame for adult learners by the Center for Literacy (CFL) on Tuesday, May 15 in Center City Philadelphia.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Area students awarded scholarships sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ambler

The Rotary Club of Ambler recently presented the 2012 Shoemaker Scholarships.
The winners are:
Jennifer Buono
Jennifer Buono from Wissahickon High School who will be attending Villanova University.
Jacqui Gallagher from Upper Dublin High School who will be attending Gywnedd Mercy College.
Matthew Schulman from Wissahickon High School who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania.
Joshua Wan from Upper Dublin who will be attending Dartmouth College.
Jacqui Gallagher
The awards ($7,000 each) are funded through the John and Helen Shoemaker Trust (John Shoemaker was an Ambler Rotarian for many years) and given to four outstanding students, two from Upper Dublin High School and two from Wissahickon High School, who best exemplify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self."
The awards presentations was held ) during the club’s annual leadership changeover dinner meeting for new officers and board of directors at the William Penn Inn.

Monday, July 9, 2012

North Wales Elementary receives HealthierUS School Challenge award

LANSDALE – The North Penn School District  announces that North Wales Elementary School received a HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award from the US Department of Agriculture. The HUSSC is a voluntary certification initiative established to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.  
North Wales Elementary School earned a Bronze Award, valid from May 2012 until May 2016, for the exemplary steps, leadership and team work it employed to make changes to its nutrition environment, to improve the quality of the foods served, to provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices and to enhance its physical activity program. 
North Wales Elementary School was a pilot school for this program. Due to the successful results, the North Penn School District will be implementing this program in all of its 13 elementary schools during the 2012-2013 school year.
NPSD’s School Nutrition Services Department made valuable, healthful changes to the North Wales Elementary School meal and a la carte. This included adding whole grains, increasing the offering of legumes (protein beans) and offering a wide variety of fruits and dark green vegetables. For example, an ordinary menu might offer Nacho Supreme Salad with taco beef, corn tortillas and shredded lettuce while the HUSSC menu would add refried or black beans and shredded romaine rather than iceberg. The a la carte offerings changed in portion size as well as in sodium, calorie and fat content. For example, the fresh baked cookie offered at North Wales is a smaller portion with less calories and fat.
In addition to changes in the menu, the school’s Health Council assisted with promoting good nutrition and physical activity. The North Wales Elementary School Health Council promoted Apple Crunch Day and Go for the Greens as well as hosting Walk to School Day.
North Wales Elementary School will receive a HUSSC award plaque, a banner to display and a small monetary incentive award of $500 for meeting HUSSC’s 2009 criteria. North Wales Elementary School will also be  added to the HUSSC awardees list on the Team Nutrition HUSSC website.

Local Students Named to Dean's List at Penn State Behrend

ERIE, PA -- Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, named the following students to the Dean's List for the 2012 spring semester:
Chelsea Hammond, of Norristown. Hammond, a sophomore, is studying business administration.
Lindsay Musoleno, of Hatfield. Musoleno, a freshman, is studying education.
Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average to be added to the Dean's List.

Area students graduate from Mansfield University

MANSFIELD, PA -- The following area students graduated from Mansfield University on May 12, 2012.
Jesse Clauss of Telford, PA (18969) received a Bachelor of Science - Business Administration degree.
Emily Cole of Quakertown, PA (18951) received a Bachelor of Arts - English degree.
Ashley Lewis of Telford, PA (18969) received a Bachelor of Science - Nutrition: Dietetics degree.
Allen O'Hara of Perkasie, PA (18944) received a Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice Admin degree.
Sara Skellenger of Quakertown, PA (18951) received a Bachelor of Science in Educ-Earth & Space Science degree.
Jeremy Spielman of Maple Glen, PA (19002) received a Bachelor of Music-Music Performance: Instrumental degree.

Local Residents Named to Dean's List of Emory College

ATLANTA, GA -- The following students were named to the Dean's List of Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2012 spring semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.859 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean's List.
Yiwen Chen of Chalfont, Pa. (18914)
Hongbo Liu of Ambler, Pa. (19002)
Shannon Palmer of Audubon, Pa. (19403)

Area Residents Named to Rider University Dean's List

 LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ-- Rider University's colleges of Business Administration; Continuing Studies; Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; and Westminster College of the Arts have announced the names of undergraduate students who have been placed on the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester.
Area Dean's List students are:
Michael Adamski of Chalfont, PA, a General Business major
Patricia Cavalli of Doylestown, PA, a Psychology major
Patricia Curley of Ambler, PA, a Music Theater major
Carla DiLauro of Schwenksville, PA, a English major
Oleksandra Dorosheva of Chalfont, PA, a Biochemistry major
Matthew Kepler of Chalfont, PA, a Accounting major
John O'Connor of Doylestown, PA, a Business Administration major
Mary O'Hara of Harleysville, PA, a Advertising major
Kimberly Thompson of Schwenksville, PA, a Psychology major
Kyle Vargo of Perkasie, PA, a English major

Area graduates among 810 to earn degrees from Holy Family University

Holy Family University conferred 810 degrees during undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies held May 19 in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
The following local residents are among those who completed academic studies at the University this year:
Maripat Brown a resident of Blue Bell majored in human resources management, and received a Master of Science in Human Resources Management
Ashley M. Kitten a resident of Sellersville majored in information systems management, and received a Master of Science in Information Systems Management
Kelly Kozik a resident of Quakertown majored in general, and received a Master of Business Administration
Sean Thomas Matthews a resident of Ambler majored in elementary teacher education, and received a Master of Education
David E. Nikander a resident of Maple Glen majored in fire science and public safety administration, and received a Bachelor of Arts
Leo Pedrotty a resident of Doylestown majored in general, and received a Master of Business Administration
Lauren Peters a resident of Doylestown majored in biology, and received a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude
Felisha Elizabeth Reid a resident of North Wales majored in nursing, and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Jennifer J. Stoler a resident of Chalfont majored in elementary special education, and received a Bachelor of Arts
Sarah Elisabeth Stoy a resident of Norristown majored in nursing, and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Cum Laude
Christine Vervitsiotis a resident of North Wales majored in secondary school counseling, and received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Monday, July 2, 2012

Area man named to dean's list at Saint Vincent College

William DeLanoy, from Lansdale and a senior history student at  Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. was named to the spring dean's list.