MU to offer classes over semester break
MANSFIELD - Mansfield University will offer a special online session from Dec. 18 to Jan. 14.
The three-credit hour courses being offered ranged from effective public speaking to environmental sociology and from energy politics to the history of sports in America society.
For a full listing of classes and more information on the session, go to online.mansfield.edu.
Muncy High School band, chorus to present annual holiday concert
MUNCY - The Muncy Junior-Senior High Band and Chorus will present their annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium.
The program will open with the Junior-Senior High Chorus performing selections, including "African Gloria" arranged by Stephens, "The Sound of Winter" by Althouse and "Bright Star Shining" by Gilpin.
The Senior High Choral Ensemble will perform the holiday favorite "Sleigh Ride," arranged by Brymer. The Junior-Senior High Band selections for the program will include "Fantasia For Christmas" by Del Borgo, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" by Hague and "Up on a Haunted Housetop" arranged by Watson. The concert will conclude with Christmas "Pop" sing along arranged by Polyhar.
The band is under the direction of Sherri Doebler. The chorus is under the direction of George A. Henry. Richard Cummings is the extracurricular vocal and instrumental teacher. Lucille Buck is the accompanist for the choruses.
The event is free and open to the public.
Bucknell hosts 'Gizmo Expo'
LEWISBURG - Bucknell University will host the seventh annual Engineering and Science Education Exposition at 7 tonight in Larison Dining Hall.
Fifty student teams will share inquiry-based teaching units and educational devices ("gizmos") designed and built to teach engineering and science concepts - such as motion, force, electricity, magnetism, chemistry, structural engineering and construction - to students in kindergarten to eighth grade.
"Our students in the Engineering 100 course complete comprehensive and innovative design projects, displayed at the Exposition, that meet specific requirements, on time and on budget, for real customers," said Jim Orbison, professor of civil and environmental engineering and course coordinator.
"Bucknell education majors, led by Lori Smolleck, associate professor of education, and local Scout leaders served as project customers and advisers," he said.
"The event is appropriate for teachers and volunteers looking for ideas as well as supervised children in the appropriate age range," said Margot Vigeant, associate dean of engineering.
"All gizmos and teaching units will be given away to interested educators, leaders and volunteers at the end of the evening," she said.
Scout troops are asked to register in advance with Vigeant by calling 577-1646.
Students cast in college play
The following local students were cast in Lycoming College's production of Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera": Joshua Troxler, of Williamsport, a senior art major; Zach Campbell, of South Williamsport, a freshman general studies major; Toby Anderson, of Watsontown, a junior general studies major; Makenzy LeFever, of Williamsport, a sophomore theatre major; Taylor Anspach, of Milton, a junior biology major; Michael Sampsell, of Montgomery, a freshman history major; Anna Pysher, of Williamsport, a sophomore theatre major.
"The Threepenny Opera" is a dark and satirical musical set in the early 19th century, which follows Mack the Knife, the infamous criminal of the London underworld, as he thieves and hides from the law until his eventual capture. The story remains disturbingly relevant today, commenting on the corrupt nature of beggars, thieves, murderers and whores, and modern morality.
The play took place Nov. 14 to 17 in the Mary L. Welch Theatre.
Lycoming College to hold annual 'Snowden 'til 2'
Lycoming College's Snowden Library will host its annual "Snowden 'til 2" event at 9 p.m. Friday.
In preparation for finals, to be held Dec. 10 to 13, the event includes review sessions with professors and Academic Resource Center tutors, relaxation activities and free refreshments.
This year, 19 faculty members and eight tutors will be on hand to assist the more than 500 students expected to attend. The event is co-sponsored by the library and the offices of the provost, dean of student affairs and assistant dean for freshman.