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BuckleuplogoDean's List Announced at Alvernia University

READING, PA (06/18/2014)(readMedia)-- The following students have been named to Alvernia University's Dean's List for the spring 2014 semester.

Junior Erin Kinsley of Burlington, N.J., (08016). A graduate of Burlington Township High School Kinsley is a Occupational Therapy major.

Senior Ashley Bakley of Pennsauken, N.J., (08109). A graduate of Camden Catholic High School Bakley is a Business Management major.

Senior Sean Hart of Marlton, N.J., (08053). A graduate of Cherokee High School Hart is a Social Work major.

Junior Dominick Petaccio of Marlton, N.J., (08053). A graduate of Cherokee High School Petaccio is a Occupational Therapy major.

Sophomore Kristin Svitak of Marlton, N.J., (08053). A graduate of Cherokee High School Svitak is a Early Childhood Education major.

Sophomore Caitlin Sablich of Maple Shade, N.J., (08052). A graduate of Cherry Hill High School West Sablich is a Early Childhood Education major.

Senior Amanda Searle of Mullica Hill, N.J., (08062). A graduate of Clearview Regional High School Searle is a Early Childhood Education major.

Senior Alexi Storti of Mt Laurel, N.J., (08054). A graduate of Clearview Regional High School Storti is a Early Childhood Education major.

Sophomore Julie Sutton of Sewell, N.J., (08080). A graduate of Clearview Regional High School Sutton is a Early Childhood Education major.

Senior Jaclyn Brown of Wenonah, N.J., (08090). A graduate of Deptford Township High School Brown is a Occupational Therapy major.

Senior Erin Sheehan of Williamstown, N.J., (08094). A graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School Sheehan is a Health Care Science major.

Freshman Sarah Lacy of Cherry Hill, N.J., (08034). A graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School Lacy is a Criminal Justice major.

Junior Lindsay Bittle of West Deptford, N.J., (08096). A graduate of Harry S Truman High School Bittle is a Social Work major.

Freshman Jason Clapper of Mount Laurel, N.J., (08054). A graduate of Lenape High School Clapper is a Athletic Training major.

Sophomore Genesis Ciriaco of Cherry Hill, N.J., (08002). A graduate of Lindenwold High School Ciriaco is a Communication major.

Junior Joseph Arab of Willingboro, N.J., (08046). A graduate of Living Faith Christian Academy Arab is a Nursing major.

Sophomore Bronson Whitt of Millville, N.J., (08332). A graduate of Northeast High School Whitt is a Biology Secondary Education major.

Senior Amy Dziura of Columbus, N.J., (08022). A graduate of Northern Burlington County Regional High School Dziura is a Nursing major.

Sophomore Katie Jo Galezniak of Lindenwold, N.J., (08021). A graduate of Paul VI High School Galezniak is a Occupational Therapy major.

Senior Alexis Way of Lindenwold, N.J., (08021). A graduate of Paul VI High School Way is a Psychology major.

Senior Kerri Weber of Sicklerville, N.J., (08012). A graduate of Paul VI High School Weber is a Athletic Training major.

Sophomore Christian Bencie of Vineland, N.J., (08361). A graduate of Sacred Heart High School Bencie is a Athletic Training major.

Senior Alexandra Aloia of Egg Harbor City, N.J., (08215). A graduate of Saint Joseph High School Aloia is a Chemistry major.

Sophomore Rachel Holmes of Shamong, N.J., (08088). A graduate of Seneca High School Holmes is a Occupational Therapy major.

Sophomore Rachel Moran of Sicklerville, N.J., (08081). A graduate of Washington Township High School Moran is a Occupational Therapy major.

ALVERNIA is a distinctive Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service. Alvernia empowers students to become "ethical leaders with moral courage." Through real-world learning and the challenging guidance of faculty mentors, they discover their passion for life and turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment. Alvernia students do well and do good.

 Local Students Graduate from the University of Hartford

 HARTFORD, CT (06/19/2014)(readMedia)-- The following students graduated from the University of Hartford during its Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18:

 Natalie Titone of Burlington graduated summa cum laude from the University's Hartford Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics.

 Kevonna Hayes of Bridgeton graduated from the University's College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in communication.

Lorraine Olutu of Burlington graduated from the University's College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in communication.

Shoshannah Sietz of Cherry Hill graduated from the University's College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

 Robert Swanson of Moorestown graduated cum laude from the University's College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government.

 Benjamin Patterson of Northfield graduated magna cum laude from the University's Barney School of Business with a BSBA in management.

Marissa Zientek of Deptford graduated magna cum laude from the University's College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education.

 Brittany Morrell of Willingboro graduated from the University's University Studies Program with a Bachelor of Arts in multi-media and web design development.

The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Hartford's faculty are attracted by the opportunity to challenge and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 100 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, Hartford has more than 5,000 undergraduate and, 1,600 graduate students from 48 states and 63 countries, and 75,000 alumni worldwide. Visit for more information.


Wittenberg University Celebrates Colton Bright, Class of 2014, in 169th Commencement Exercises

SPRINGFIELD, OH (06/18/2014)(readMedia)-- Colton Bright, class of 2014 from Browns Mills, NJ, marched as a degree candidate from Wittenberg University on May 17, 2014, during the 169th Commencement Exercises in idyllic Commencement Hollow.

University President Laurie Joyner led the Commencement celebration, welcoming the 400 members of the Class of 2014 into the prestigious ranks of Wittenberg alumni. She also introduced three distinguished guests, the 2014 Commencement speaker, Olympic Gold Medalist and award-winning sports journalist Donna de Varona, William Steinbrink '64, chair of Wittenberg's Board of Directors from 2005-2008 and the university's interim president in 2004-2005, and nationally recognized composer and organist Robert Hobby '85.

A total of 117 graduates earned Latin honors in recognition of their exceptional academic pursuits. Fifty-two of them were cum laude (3.5-3.69 grade point average), 21 graduated magna cum laude (3.7-3.79) and 44 graduated summa cum laude (3.8-4.0), including three students who held a perfect 4.0 grade point average: Alec Biehl, Miaja Mikkelsen, and Misty Turner.

A nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wittenberg University has repeatedly been ranked throughout the years by the Princeton Review for the quality of its teaching and faculty, including 11th in the nation for "Best Classroom Experience" and 15th in the category "Professors Get High Marks" in the 2011 edition of Princeton's annual Best Colleges guide. Most recently, Wittenberg earned the No. 4 spot in the category of "Most Accessible Professors."

Additionally, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Wittenberg one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright Scholars among bachelor degree-granting institutions in 2010. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in service and athletics.

Chance Brockman of Egg Harbor Township to Attend #RIT

ROCHESTER, NY (06/17/2014)(readMedia)-- Chance Brockman, son of Janine D. Brockman and J. Andrew Brockman of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year at Rochester Institute of Technology. Chance is in the Information Technology program in RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Chance is a 2014 graduate of Egg Harbor Township.

Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. In addition, the university offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. RIT enrolls 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

For three decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation's leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review's 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges, its Guide to 322 Green Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014.


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Robert Wheelersburg first full professor of anthropology in Elizabethtown history

College announces faculty members tenured, promoted

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (06/18/2014)(readMedia)-- Elizabethtown College has promoted Dr. Robert Wheelersburg as the first full professor of anthropology in the College's 115-year history. A graduate of Ohio State University with a doctorate from Brown University, Wheelersburg has been with Elizabethtown for 25 years. In addition to teaching anthropology, Wheelersburg also has been assistant Dean of Faculty, Sociology-Anthropology department chair and the endowed chair of International Studies.

Wheelersburg is a specialist in Arctic and Scandinavian cultures and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Russia, much of which was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Sweden and has been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Arctic Research Consortium, Canada's Arctic Institute of North America, the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Sweden's Arctic Cultural Research Center.

In addition to Wheelersburg, Elizabethtown College approved the following to promotion to full professor:


  • Dr. Gary Hoffman, associate professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Williams College and his master's degree in physics and his doctoral degree in chemical physics from Harvard University. With Elizabethtown since 2002, Dr. Hoffman was department chairperson from 2004 to 2010. His research interests include electronic structure of disordered condensed phase materials, non-local density functional theory without gradients, electronic structure calculations on some interesting systems, Fermi hypernetted chain theory applied to many-electron systems and stress-strain behavior of polymeric systems.
  • Dr. David Kenley, associate professor of history in the History Department. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, his master's degree from University of Utah and his doctorate from University of Hawaii. With Elizabethtown College since 2004, his research focuses on the history of Asia. He is the author of works dealing with Chinese intellectual history and diaspora in world history.
  • Dr. Susan "Susi" Mapp, associate professor of social work in the Department of Social Work. She is the department chair, and her research specialties include human trafficking, international social work, violations of children's rights and program evaluation. She serves on the Commission of Global Social Work Education for the Council on Social Work Education and is on the editorial board of several journals dealing with social work education and international social work. Dr. Mapp has led a number of short-term study abroad experiences and works with seniors who are completing an international internship.

Also approved for tenure and promoted to associate professor are:

  • Dr. Justin Badgerow, assistant professor of music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The pianist earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida, a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He teaches piano and music theory while serving as a collaborative pianist for many departmental activities.
  • Dr. David Bowne, assistant professor of biology in the Biology Department. He teaches general biology, general ecology laboratory, conservative biology, geographic information systems and introductory courses molecules, cells and animal systems and principles of ecology, evolution and diversity of life. He joined the faculty in 2008 and is faculty advisor to the Biology Club.
  • Dr. Emma Neuhauser, assistant professor of finance in the Department of Business. She earned her bachelor's degree in computer science from Tianjin Institute of Technology in China, her master's degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and her doctoral degree in finance from State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests include corporate finance and governance, financial engineering and securities, financial institution and markets, and investments.
  • Dr. Stephen Soltys, assistant professor of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Messiah College, a master's degree in education from Millersville University and a doctoral degree in mathematics education from Temple University. His research interests focus on mathematics education and the use of technology in teaching. He coordinates the Mathematics-Secondary Education program, and he previously taught mathematics for 20 years at Manheim Central High School.
  • Richard Wolf-Spencer, assistant professor of theatre in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. He was previously a theatrical design/technology professor at Emory & Henry College in Virginia and a resident technical director and theatre technology instructor at the University of Idaho and Idaho Repertory Theatre. Wolf-Spencer earned a master's degree in theatre arts from Washington State University and a master's degree of fine arts in theatrical design from the University of Idaho. He has designed the lighting for productions for Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Gretna Theatre, the Barter Theatre Players and Wellmont Regional Center for the Arts in Tennessee.

Approved for tenure at Elizabethtown College was:

  • Jean Pretz, associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on intuition and creativity. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University, where she double-majored in psychology and music, and her doctoral degree from Yale University. She was a Fulbright scholar, studying psychology of religion in the former East Germany.


Elizabethtown College, located in historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education degrees. Learn more:


Graduate Students from Widener University's School of Human Service Professions Travel to Amsterdam


 CHESTER, PA (06/19/2014)(readMedia)-- Graduate student in Widener University's School of Human Service Professions recently took part in the school's annual interdisciplinary trip abroad, which took place this year in Amsterdam. Students from the area who attended include:


Lauren Emma of Moorestown (08057)


Sonalee Roshatwar of Voorhees (08043)


Hope Spector of Atlantic City (08401)


Amanda Whiting of Haddonfield (08033)


The trip itinerary included academic site visits to the University of Amsterdam Medical Center, the Gender Clinic at Vrije Universiteit, a psychiatry museum in Haarlem where Dr. Rens Filius spoke about mental health care in the Netherlands and a presentation at the Prostitute Information Center with a tour of the Red Light district.


Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university's website,, for more information.