PSAT offered at Christian School
MILTON - Meadowbrook Christian School will offer the PSAT test to sophomores and juniors at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 at the school, 363 Stamm Road.
Homeschool students are invited to take the test at this site. Available spaces are limited and there is a fee to take the test.
For more information or to register, call 742-2638.
Local graduate joins collegiate scholars
Melissa Rose Wenzel, daughter of Rosellen and Steve Wenzel, of Williamsport, has accepted membership into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Wenzel, a 2010 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, is a junior majoring in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in special education at Penn State University.
Membership in NSCS is by invitation only, based on grade-point average and class standing. It is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students.
Noncredit course aims to ease speaking anxiety
A noncredit course designed to alleviate people's intense fear of public speaking will be offered this fall at Pennsylvania College of Technology's North Campus near Wellsboro.
Whether participants wish to speak up in public meetings, run for public office, volunteer with a cause they support or find themselves in a new position that requires them to lead meetings, Speaking for Your Organization offers understanding and support to do away with trepidation.
Learning to organize and plan their thoughts, understanding the need to know their audience, and practicing what they want to say will open new doors of self-confidence for attendees. Deciding what to say, how to say it and when to say it will ease participants' fears and release a new enthusiasm for speaking in front of other people that they never believed they had.
Linda Williams, a certified training presenter, has been teaching noncredit classes for Penn College since 2000. Attendees should come prepared to practice, bring ideas for speaking topics, and be ready to have a good time as they loosen their vocal cords and let go of their anxiety.
The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 17 and 31 and Nov. 14. To register, call the North Campus at 724-7703.
Graduate gains spot in university's band
SELINSGROVE - Dante Doganiero, of Wellsboro, is participating in Susquehanna University's stadium band this fall.
The Susquehanna stadium band plays at all home football games, the homecoming parade and pep rally, and at special events throughout the fall. The band is under the direction of Eric Hinton, associate professor of music at Susquehanna. Membership is open by audition to all university students.
Doganiero, a freshman music education and voice performance major, is a 2012 graduate of Wellsboro Area High School. He is the son of Rick and Karen Doganiero.
City graduate named university team leader
SELINSGROVE - Trey Bailey, of Williamsport, was an orientation team leader at Susquehanna University.
The orientation team is composed of upper-class students with a desire to help new students make the transition to life at Susquehanna. Team leaders answer questions and help new students and their families unload their cars and move into residence halls. During the four-day student orientation, team leaders also attend orientation events with new students and facilitate small group discussions.
Bailey, a sophomore communications and broadcasting major, is a 2011 graduate of Williamsport Area High School.
Poetry Idol auditions open to writers
Local poets can send one poem of 21 lines or fewer to Poetry Idol Auditions, PO Box 3561, Ashland, OR 97540 or enter online at www.freecontest.com. The deadline is Oct. 31.
There are 50 prizes totaling $5,000 with a $1,000 grand prize for the winner. Entrants should include their name and address on the same page as the poem and a winners' list will be posted online.
Essay contest deadline nears
Creative Communication recently announced its Fall 2012 essay, poetry and art contests.
Thousands of dollars in prizes and awards will be awarded to students and schools. The contest divisions are: Grades three to six; grades seven to nine; and grades 12 to 12 with 10 top winners in each division.
To enter an essay, write 250 words or less on any nonfiction topic. The deadline for the essay contest is Oct. 18. To enter a poem, submit one original poem in English, 21 lines or less. The deadline for the poetry contest is Dec. 6.
Entries may be submitted online at www.poeticpower.com or mailed to 159 N. Main, Smithfield, UT 84335. Entries must include the author's name, address, city, state and zip, current grade, school name, school address and teacher's name. Selected entries of merit will be invited to be published in an anthology.
Student named semifinalist in national scholar program
Williamsport Area High School senior Elizabeth Rider recently was named one of 1,600 National Achievement semifinalists through the National Merit Scholar Program.
She is now eligible to become a finalist next spring and have a chance to earn an Achievement Scholarship Award.
The recognition is based on her PSAT scores taken as a junior.
At the high school, she is involved with Mock Constitutional Convention; Model U.N.; Student Ambassador Council; and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club.
Korean professor to talk about China nuclear crisis
LEWISBURG - Hochul Lee will give the talk, "China in North Korean nuclear crises: 'Interest' and 'identity' in foreign behavior," at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored with the MacArthur Chair program in East Asian studies and the Departments of East Asian Studies, International Relations, and Political Science.
"Professor Lee is a leading scholar on China and East Asian security in Korea. His talk will help us understand the intricacies of North Korea's nuclear crises and Chinese foreign policy," said Zhiqun Zhu, associate professor of international relations and political science at Bucknell.
A professor of China and international studies at the University of Incheon, Korea, Lee teaches courses on Chinese politics and foreign affairs and on East Asian international relations. Director of the university's Institute of China Studies, he has served as Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Dean of Student Affairs.
President of the Korean Association of International Studies (KAIS) and adviser to the Ministry of National Reunification, he also served as an adviser on foreign and national security affairs with the Republic of Korea Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative.
Lee is well published on Chinese politics and East Asian affairs.
Bucknell and CARE to host Unity Rally
LEWISBURG - Bucknell University and Lewisburg's Community Alliance for Respect and Equality (CARE) will join forces for the 14th annual Stop the Hate Unity Rally on Tuesday.
Campus participants organized by the Social Justice Residential College program will gather downhill of the Elaine Langone Center at 6 p.m., and will walk to Hufnagle Park in Lewisburg to meet community members for the Stop the Hate Unity Rally, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
The rally will include remarks by members of Lewisburg and Bucknell community, and spoken word and musical performances by Bucknell students.
The program will conclude with participants surrounding the park with candles.
In the event of rain, the rally will take place in the Olin Science Building, Room 268, on the Bucknell campus.
Stop the Hate is part of a national effort calling for people of faith and good will to act nonviolently as agents of healing in their communities, to speak up for the victims of hatred and intimidation, and to raise a united voice against hate-inspired violence.
The national rallies began the year after the hate crimes and killings of James Byrd and Matthew Shepard in 1998.
Bucknell to host bilingual reading
LEWISBURG - The Stadler Center for Poetry and Bucknell University Press will host a bilingual poetry reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bucknell Hall.
The reading, which is free and open to the public, honors the work of Chilean poet Tom's Harris and French poet Yves Bonnefoy.
Harris will read his poetry in the original Spanish and poet-translator Daniel Shapiro will read in English translation.
Penn State French professor Jean-Claude Vuillemin will read Bonnefoy's poetry in the original French and poet-translator Emily Grosholz will read in English translation. (Bonnefoy will not be in attendance.)
Prior to the reading, there will be a panel discussion at 4 p.m. in Smith Library, Vaughan Literature Building. Stadler Center Director Shara McCallum and Bucknell University Press Director Greg Clingham will join Harris, Shapiro, Grosholz, and Vuillemin for a discussion of literary translation.
This gathering is held in recognition of the Press' recent publication of Bonnefoy's book "Debut et fin de la neige," translated by Grosholz, and Harris' book "Cipango," translated by Shapiro.
In conjunction with the reading and panel, Samek Art Gallery will display artwork by Iranian-French artist Farhad Ostovani, Bonnefoy's longtime collaborator and illustrator. "Farhad Ostovani: Works on Paper and Prints" will open in the Samek's Connections Gallery on Tuesday and remain on display until Oct. 30.
Harris has published seven books of poetry and a collection of stories in his native Chile. An instructor at the University Finis Terrae, he also has taught at the University of Concepcion.
He is a researcher at the National Library of Chile and an assistant editor of the magazine Mapocho.