Student of the month
Ryan Orgitano, a senior at South Williamsport Area High School, has been named student of the month for October.
He is the son of John and Patricia Orgitano, South Williamsport.
In school, Orgitano has been actively involved in baseball, basketball, football and wrestling. He is active in Key Club and the Future Business Leaders of America.
He has donated his time as an instructor at baseball clinics, working with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and also with Mini-Thon. He is president of the Teen Contact group, a faculty-selected group who serve as mentors to younger students.
Orgitano previously was selected for first team all-state baseball and also was named junior of the year.
After graduation, he plans to attend college and major in nursing.
Garrett S. Moser
TURBOTVILLE - Garrett S. Moser, son of Gregg and Dana Moser, was named Watsontown Lions Club's Student of the Month at Warrior Run High School for September.
In school, Moser is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Concert Choir. He also is a member of the football and wrestling teams.
He also is a two-time recipient of the All-State Wrestling Award and has received a leadership award.
After graduation, he plans to attend Penn State University to study business management.
Allison D. Craven
TURBOTVILLE - Allison D. Craven, daughter of John and Diane Craven, was named the Turbotville Lions Club's Student of the Month at Warrior Run High School for September.
In school, she is a member of Drama Club, French Club, National Honor Society, Eagle's Perch and Library Club.
She also plays piano and does creative writing. She received a first-place award from the Woman's Club for its short story contest.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in English.
Rebecca M. Lapp
TURBOTVILLE - Rebecca M. Lapp, daughter of Steven and Lynette Lapp, was named Outstanding Senior at Warrior Run High School for September.
In school, she is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Journalism and Key Club. She also participates in concert choir, field hockey, and track and field.
She is a member of her church's youth group and is a children's ministry volunteer.
She received the Spanish Award in ninth and 10th grade; the Journalism Award in 10th and 11th grade; the National Honor Society Award in 11th grade; and the School Counts Award in ninth grade.
She is employed as a babysitter.
After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Spanish.
Lycoming College senior
earns microbiology award
Lycoming College senior Jordan Krebs was a 2012 award recipient of the American Society for Microbiology's Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.
Krebs, a biology and chemistry double major from Roaring Spring, was one of only seven students to receive the award, and was the only student from a baccalaureate college selected.
Of the other recipients, three were from doctoral-research universities, two were from a master's college and university institutions and one student was from an associate-public rural serving institution.
Awardees receive up to $1,500 toward travel to the ASM Presentation Institute and 112th ASM General Meeting, as well as a two-year ASM student membership.
Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was Krebs' mentor. His research project is titled "Assessment of Bacillus horneckiae Spore Survival under Simulated Space ISS Conditions."
The Undergraduate Research Capstone Program is designed to help students develop professionalism for underrepresented minority students.
The undergraduate capstone program focuses on enhancing presentation and networking skills, as well as helping students to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.
Timberland Apartments presents
Resident Scholar award to student
Kahmila Baines, a resident of Timberland Apartments, has been awarded a scholarship by the educational foundation affiliated with the community's property management company, Interstate Realty Management.
The grants, which range from $1,500 to $3,000 each, can be used to defray tuition costs at any accrediated college, university or vocational training program in the country.
The nonprofit Interstate Realty Management Educational Foundation was created in 1991. Since then, the foundation has distributed more than $2.8 million in educational grants to more than 1,300 residents at the properties owned or managed by companies of the Michaels Organization.
To qualify, an applicant must be a high school graduate or earned a GED with a grade-point average of 2.5; college students must maintain a 2.3 GPA. Scholarship winners can reapply for continuing grants each year that they meet the criteria.
According to a news release, Baines will be honored at a ceremony in December. She is a member of Antioch Baptist Church and is involved in the church's "Lifting up the city" program. She will graduate in December from Lock Haven University with a bachelor's degree in disability and community service.
School of the Arts announces
fall scholarship recipients
Four students enrolled at St. John School of the Arts have been named recipients of Monica M. Weaver Memorial Scholarships for the 2012 fall semester.
The students honored are David Hutchinson, piano; Anna Schult, piano; Deken Upright, piano; and Faith Upright, piano, all of Montoursville.
"The Monica M. Weaver Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1997, and since then nearly 150 students have benefited," said Anne Keely, the school's director.
The Olivia S. Walden Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 to benefit School of the Arts dance students. This year's Walden Scholarship recipients are Kiri Joy Boxmeyer, Jersey Shore; Sara Eiswert, Williamsport; Maggie Hutchinson, Montoursville; and Cadence and Lilli Thomas, Jersey Shore.
These two scholarships are available to students enrolled in the fall and winter-spring semesters.
More information about the scholarships or the School of the Arts may be obtained by calling 327-5575.
Students of the month
JERSEY SHORE - The Jersey Shore Lions Club's Citizen of the Month for October is Tyler Robert Sanford, son of Steve and Sharon Sanford, of Jersey Shore.
A student at Jersey Shore Area High School, Sanford has been active in Relay For Life, Prom Committee, Homecoming Committee, Constitutional Convention, National Honor Society, basketball, Future Business Leaders of America, Bible Club, Model U.N. and the Sen. Yaw Leadership Conference.
Sanford served as his class's vice president for two years. As a junior he was president for Model U.N. and Constitutional Convention. After having served as vice president for Bible Club in 10th grade, he has been president last year and this year.
Outside school, Sanford is a volunteer at New Tribes Mission as well as a member of the church choir and youth group. He teaches Sunday school and junior church as well as being a member of the Praise and Worship team.
He has held a sales position at Sheetz for two years and worked part time in construction.
As a sophomore, Sanford earned a berth in state-level competition for FBLA. His work in Constitutional Convention and Model U.N. has been recognized with superior delegate awards and "Best Parliamentarian" trophy. He has also received numerous student-of-the-week awards.
Outside of school, Sanford enjoys reading, sports, extreme gardening and pickle ball. He plans to attend a Bible college to major in ministry and Bible or teaching with the goal of being in full-time ministry.
JERSEY SHORE - The Business and Professional Women's Club Girl of the Month for October is Victoria Annette Barrows, daughter of Keith and Carol Barrows, of Jersey Shore.
A student at Jersey Shore Area High School, Barrows has been active in tennis, concert band, marching band, jazz band, National Honor Society, school musical, Model U.N., Constitutional Convention, Bible Club, chorus, Future Business Leaders of America, Women's Ensemble and Mosaic.
Barrows has served as secretary and president of FBLA as well as vice president and president for the choir.
Outside school, she serves her church's congregation as acolyte and as an assistant for the children's choir. She also volunteers her time at church dinners and assisting with Vacation Bible School.
She has earned two first-place awards and a fourth-place award at regional FBLA competition. In addition, she has qualified for both district and regional choirs. She is this year's Jersey Shore representative for the Flaming Foliage Festival.
Barrows enjoys playing piano, singing, and taking lessons in both ballet and lyrical dance. She plans to attend Wheaton College to become a missionary.
Marcellus family career
night set at Mansfield
MANSFIELD - The first Marcellus Family Career Night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mansfield University's Decker Gymnasium.
The event, sponsored by the Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University, the Mansfield Career Center, and the Shale Training and Education Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology, is free and open to the public. It will feature exhibitors from education, the natural gas industry, environmental-engineering firms, and state and local agencies.
Adults, high school and college students interested in connecting with employers in the natural gas industry are encouraged to attend along with their families.
Participants will have the chance to interact with representatives to learn more about career paths within the natural gas industry and the educational opportunities available locally. Breakout sessions will be available to better prepare for a career within the Marcellus Shale.
A list of companies confirmed to exhibit is updated daily at collegecentral.com/mansfield marcellus fair/.
elected club secretary
SELINSGROVE - Abigail Hess, of Hughesville, recently was elected secretary of the Susquehanna University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-educational service fraternity.
The purpose of the fraternity is to assemble college students under the fellowship and principles of leadership, friendship and service to humanity. Members complete a minimum of 40 hours of service per year.
Hess is a senior majoring in creative writing. She is a 2009 graduate of Hughesville High School, and the daughter of Jean and Thomas Hess.
Habitat for Humanity
to host annual 5K run
The Lycoming College chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host its annual 5K run-walk for Shelter at 1 p.m. Nov. 4.
The 3.1-mile course begins at College Place and continues through Brandon Park and downtown Williamsport.
Registration opens at noon. Walkers will start at 1 p.m. and runners at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be presented to the male and female individuals who place first overall, as well as to the top runners in each age category.
The first three male and female walkers will also receive awards.
The program includes a children's fun run and door prizes for participants.
Entry fee is $10 for students, $15 for registered adults or $17 for adults on the day of the race. More information and registration is available at www.lycoming.edu/5k or at neparunner.com /road.html, by contacting student coordinators Katy Wrona at email@example.com or Annie Wegman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the college's United Campus Ministry at 321-4065.
The Lycoming College chapter of Habitat for Humanity supports the work of Habitat for Humanity in the greater Lycoming County area by raising funds, volunteering at local builds and providing opportunities to both learn and advocate for the effort to eliminate substandard housing.
LGBT program on Oct. 25
features genderqueer poet
LOCK HAVEN - The President's Commission on LGBT Affairs at Lock Haven University will present a program by TC Tolbert, a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room 118, Health Professions Building.
The program, "LGBTQ 101: From Homoflexible to Transfabulous," is designed for all students and members of the public to assist them in understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities and oppression. It is especially designed for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of these issues on campus, in the workplace and schools.
It is free and open to the public.
TC is co-editor of the forthcoming "Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry," the first anthology of its kind. The book will feature the work of more than 35 trans and genderqueer poets, as well as a poetic statement by each author describing the relationship between the author's experience of the body and their experience of writing poetry.
TC was awarded the Arizona Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Award in 2012 and a residency at Byrdcliffe. TC has two chapbooks, "spirare" and "territories of folding."
TC's work won the Arizona Statewide Poetry Competition in 2010. TC's first full length collection, "Gephyromania," was a finalist for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press.
BU lecture focuses on healthy aging
BLOOMSBURG - Executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatrics, Tara A. Cortes, will speak about "Healthy Aging in a Changing Healthcare Environment" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Bloomsburg University's Kehr Union, Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
Cortes' career spans executive leadership, nursing education, research and practice. Focusing on the role of nurses in improving elderly patients' quality of life, she has contributed to increasing the wellbeing of patients with limited access to healthcare programs. She has worked to advance interdisciplinary models to reduce the gaps in access to care and to assure healthy aging.
Cortes received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Villanova University and master's and doctoral degrees from New York University.