Mansfield University collaborates
on event for graduating seniors
MANSFIELD - The inaugural Senior Transitions Conference, spearheaded by the Mansfield University Student Life Division, will be held March 1 and 2 at the Holiday Inn, 100 Pine St.
The conference is designed to promote and prepare seniors for the transition from college to the world of work. It is open to all May, August and December 2013 anticipated graduates.
Nichole Lefelhoc, associate director of Career Development and Internships, and Andee Dunham, associate director for Student Life and Student Transition, are leading Bloomsburg University, East Stroudsburg University, Lock Haven University, Lycoming College and Susquehanna University to expand the initiative and enhance collaborations in northcentral Pennsylvania.
"This new and innovative event will provide opportunities for graduating students to develop knowledge related to transitioning from college to work, as well as engage and network with students and professionals in a comfortable, yet educational environment," Christopher Bridges, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said.
Proposed sessions include How to Learn Your Way Around a New Community, Finances 101, Evaluating the Job Offer & Benefits Package, Office Politics 101, Repaying Student Loans, and Using Social Media the Right Way.
The conference is free to the first 76 Mansfield students who register. The cost for non-MU students is $55 for the conference.
Registration is will continue through Feb. 6. To register, go to career.mansfield.edu/conference.
Sociology faculty member named
examiner for South African study
Vinay Bahl, associate professor of sociology at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been appointed to serve as an external examiner for a South African university study.
The Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, appointed Bahl as the external examiner for a master's degree study for 2013.
The study is titled "The Role of Dress Style for Senior Women in a Corporate Consulting Firm."
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.
New scholarship established at LHU
LOCK HAVEN - Thanks to the new Susan Selleck Scholarship Fund, a Lock Haven University student majoring in early childhood education will benefit from a scholarship every year.
The family and friends of Susan Joy Selleck (Boyles) have established the Susan Selleck Scholarship Fund with the Lock Haven University Foundation in memory of Selleck, a member of the 1973 graduating class of Lock Haven State College who passed away last summer. She worked as a library aide at an elementary school in Williamsport and then spent the majority of her career as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher within the Jersey Shore Area School District.
Because of Selleck's love of education and her devotion to the Jersey Shore Area School District, scholarship preference will be given to a Jersey Shore Area High School graduate. The first award will be given in spring 2013.
"We are extremely pleased with the graciousness of the Selleck family in providing an endowed scholarship that is to be awarded to an early childhood major," said Dr. Jane Penman, Interim Dean for the College of Education and Human Services.
Applicants are encouraged to apply through the Foundation's website, www.lhufoundation.org, or by contacting the Foundation at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, 10 Susquehanna Ave., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.
Political activist and comedian
to speak Tuesday at Bucknell
LEWISBURG - Baratunde Thurston, author of The New York Times' best-seller How to Be Black, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
The talk, "The Future Is Connectivity! Connectivity Will Ruin Our Future!" is free and open to the public. It is part of the continuing Bucknell Forum series "tech/no," which focuses on the evolution of technology's role in society, and its potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways.
Thurston calls himself "a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically." His ancestry includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building and a mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle.
He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science's Future Of on Discovery Science and writes the monthly backpage column for Fast Company. Thurston appears regularly on WNYC radio, CNN and MSNBC.
'Life and Death' lecture
scheduled at Penn College
"The Secrets of Life and Death" will be discussed during a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pennsylvania College of Technology's Klump Academic Center Auditorium.
Richard G. Shear's appearance, which is sponsored by the college's Student Activities Office, promises insight into three of life's most compelling questions: "What happens to us when we die?" "Why are we here?" and "What kinds of things can we do to make our lives better?"
The research-based presentation will offer "compelling and extraordinary evidence regarding what actually happens when we die and what it takes to have the life we dream of," according to Shear, an award-winning educator who has presented at venues including Columbia University, his Fordham University alma mater, and at national and state conventions.
For more about the Student Activities Office, visit www.pct.edu/studentactivities or call 327-4763.
Local scholarship winners
announced at arts school
Two flute students at St. John School of the Arts have been named recipients of Monica M. Weaver Memorial Scholarships for the 2013 winter-spring semester.
The students honored are Ashley Hyden, Williamsport, and Elizabeth Moyer, Williamsport. Piano student Margaret Hutchinson, Montoursville, also received a scholarship.
"The Monica M. Weaver Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1997, and since then more than 150 students have benefited," said Anne Keely, the school's director.
This semester's Olivia S. Walden Memorial Scholarship recipients are Camille Brady, Jersey Shore; Brooke and Hope Brown, Williamsport; Corina and Hannah Sarge, Linden; and Katie Stetts, South Williamsport. The Olivia S. Walden Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 to benefit School of the Arts dance students.
More information about these scholarships or the School of the Arts may be obtained by calling 327-5575.