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Press release May 4, 2015

Lebanon Valley College Recognizes Inquiry 2015 Participants Applause

 ANNVILLE, PA (05/04/2015)(readMedia)-- Inquiry 2015 coincided with the Council for Undergraduate Research's week-long celebration of student research and achievement. Lebanon Valley College celebrated the scholarly, scientific, and creative achievements of the student body in a variety of academic activities, including a public research symposium April 16 in Sorrentino Gymnasium.

Angela Harris of Gloucester City, N.J.. Harris is pursuing a bachelor of science in psychology at The Valley.

Brendon Irving of Woolwich Township, N.J.. Irving is pursuing a bachelor of science in biology at The Valley.

Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., welcomes 1,573 full-time undergraduates studying more than 30 challenging and sophisticated majors, as well as customized self-designed majors. Founded in 1866, LVC has graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, business, music education, and science education. Learn more at

Annville is 15 minutes east of Hershey and 35 minutes east of Harrisburg; Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are within two hours.

Courtney Patterson of Cherry Hill, NJ, was among the winners of Lehigh University's Class of 1904 Award for Spring 2015

BETHLEHEM, PA (05/04/2015)(readMedia)-- Courtney Patterson of Cherry Hill, NJ, was among the students chosen to receive the Class of 1904 Award at the Lehigh University honors convocation in April 2015. Members of the Class of 1904, looking forward to suitably commemorating their 50th reunion and desiring to make a substantial contribution toward the University's growth, conceived the idea of establishing a scholarship fund in honor of their class. This award is given to selected rising seniors on the basis of character, scholarship, qualifications indicating promise of future leadership, and extracurricular activities. Congratulations, Courtney!

For 149 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation's most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh's four colleges - College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science - provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.

Widener Leadership Certificate

CHESTER, PA (05/04/2015)(readMedia)-- The Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University recently recognized 38 undergraduate students who earned their Widener Leadership Certificate during the spring semester.

The institute presented the following students with their certificates during ceremonies held during the week of April 20-27:

John Andel, a senior anthropology major from Logan Township, N.J.

Ashley DiRienzo, a sophomore English major from Mullica Hill, N.J.

Stephen Hawrylko, a sophomore accounting major from Delran, N.J.

Carly Histing, a freshman social work major from Sicklerville, N.J.

Monica Lesinski, a freshman nursing major from Williamstown, N.J.

Sophia Mitchell, a junior criminal justice and psychology major from Paulsboro, N.J.

Jessica Niwore, a senior mechanical engineering major from Franklinville, N.J.

Eric Palmiero, a freshman hospitality management major from Turnersville, N.J.

Sean Slusar, a sophomore criminal justice major from Carneys Point, N.J.

Jill Stansbury, a junior nursing major from West Deptford, N.J.

To earn the Widener Leadership Certificate, students must complete 18 one-hour workshops through the Oskin Leadership Institute on a variety of leadership-related topics including ethical fitness, personal courage, leadership myths and stereotypes, leading groups, decision making, and peer leadership, among others.

Students must then develop their own leadership philosophy that addresses the competencies and challenges of leading oneself, leading others or leading change. Students present and explain their leadership philosophy at a ceremony and receive their certificate.

"Our students have a strong desire for leadership training and experiences that will help differentiate them in the job market and inspire them to be leaders in their professions and in their communities," said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

The Widener Leadership Certificate program was designed to be completed in two years. since the program was launched in fall 2013, more than 1,000 undergraduate students participated in at least one of 380 leadership workshops offered by the institute.

The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

 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 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university's website,, for more information.

Local students engage in a day of research and discovery

DAYTON, OH (05/04/2015)(readMedia)-- The following University of Dayton students participated in the 26th annual Bro. Joseph W. Stander Symposium.

Lewis Forman of Sicklerville; "Additive Manufacturing Research of 3-D Printed Parts (Minority Leaders Program)"

Gordon Gearhart of Sicklerville; "Profiling Politics: How Political Activism on Social Media May Correlate with Narcissism"

Gordon Gearhart of Sicklerville; "Human Rights Campaign Video Projects"

The symposium recognizes and celebrates academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, providing an opportunity for students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual and artistic accomplishments. It represents the Marianist tradition of education through community and is the principal campus-wide event for faculty and students to be a community of learners engaging in conversation, learning and discussion outside of the classroom.

More than 1,100 students participated in this alternate day of learning April 15.

Local residents among University of Dayton 2015 spring graduates

DAYTON, OH (05/04/2015)(readMedia)-- The following local students were among the more than 1,800 University of Dayton students receiving their degree during 2015 spring undergraduate commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 3.

Gordon Gearhart of Sicklerville (08081)

Michael Geddes of Marlton (08053)

Colleen Shea of Haddonfield (08033)

They received their degrees along with actor Martin Sheen, whom the University presented with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree for his lifelong commitment to peace, social justice and human rights exemplifying the Catholic, Marianist university's mission, during the undergraduate commencement ceremony in University of Dayton Arena.

The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), we focus on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.