Students inducted into honor society
The following local students were inducted into Ithaca College's Oracle Honor Society in November: Jacqueline Bilski, of Lock Haven, an exploratory major; Celina Foran, of South Williamsport, an exploratory major; and Emily Gallik, of Lewisburg, is a history major.
MU student receives PA TRiO scholarship
MANSFIELD - Mansfield University student Louvini Gray is a PA TRiO Scholarship Award recipient for 2012-13.
The senior social work major was honored at the PA Trio Banquet in Lancaster on Oct. 18. She was accompanied by Jessica Trump, director of Mansfield's TRiO Student Support Services Program and chair of the Department of Academic Initiatives.
To be considered for the $500 scholarship, candidates have to be active and involved participant in the nominating PA TRiO program, demonstrate achievements and-or special background characteristics that make their achievement particular noteworthy, have outstanding personal characteristics or relevant factors which make this TRiO participant worthy of special recognition, be involved in school, extracurricular, and community activities and complete an essay.
Gray, who was born in Monrovia, Liberia, was raised in Ghana in the Bududuram refugee camp with her father, stepmother, three siblings and her grandmother. She immigrated to the U.S. in 2006. In her essay, she wrote, in part, "Growing up as a child was very challenging for my family because of our lower class family status. Although these experiences were frustrating, they were great challenges in my life that kept me strong and motivated me. They also brought focus and determination into my academic and personal life."
FCCLA chapter attends meeting
TURBOTVILLE - Members of Warrior Run High School's Family, Career, and Community Leaders of American chapters attended the 2012 Central Regional Leadership Meeting Oct. 12 at Messiah College, Grantham.
There were 27 middle and high school students who participated in workshops that dealt with membership, state officer candidacy, national programs, Students Taking Action for Recognition events, community outreach projects, and family and consumer sciences education.
The students also attended an opening program in which Joe Arthur, CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Bank, talked to the students about the food bank and how they could help.
Workshops provide an opportunity for students and advisers to come together for fun, inspiration, to expand leadership skills, sharpen talents and explore career pathways.
FCCLA members strive to make a lasting impression in their families, schools and communities. Through positive initiatives and strong leadership development, FCCLA prepares its members to make their mark on society.
Professors participate in annual conference
Vinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, recently organized a panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society's annual conference.
Bahl also served as a panelist for the discussion, which was titled "Impact of Technology, Assessment, Student Evaluation, and Administrative Class Observation on Undergraduate Teaching in the USA."
She was joined on the panel by Penn College faculty members Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history and political science, and Richard Sahn, instructor of psychology and sociology.
The panelists evaluated how issues of technology, assessment, student evaluations and administrative class observation have impacted teaching methods, syllabi, class management, student learning, and the expectations of students, teachers and administrators. They also discussed how all these issues are fulfilling the larger goal of higher learning.
The annual meeting was held Oct. 12-13 at Penn State Schuylkill. The society has served Pennsylvania sociology faculty, students, researchers and other professionals for 62 years.
Bahl has taught sociology at Penn College since 1996. She holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 2002-03, she was a visiting scholar to the College de France, Paris. She was a visiting scholar at Amsterdam's International Institute of Asian Studies in 2004.
She has published three books (one co-edited) and many articles on subjects that include industrialization, the working class, the caste system, the women's movement, music, South Asian women's clothes and Third World women.
Elimsport native appointed university professor, chair
Elimsport native Lt. Col. Abrahm DiMarco, son of Allen and Gay DiMarco, has been appointed professor and chair of military science at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.
He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy and his master of business administration degree from Webster University.
Before coming to Clarkson, DiMarco served in various leadership and staff positions in the U.S. Army as an aviation officer and CH-47 helicopter pilot. He spent 30 months in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.