Scholars: September 30, 2015

Jacquelyn Valori will appear with the Kutztown University Marching Unit as one of 17 bands in the 2015 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. With 150 members, KUMU is one of two bands from Pennsylvania and the only collegiate band in the parade. Now in its 96th year, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade is the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the nation. The 1.4-mile parade route ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The parade is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and 6 ABC. The parade will be telecast by 6 ABC. It can also be viewed at www.6abc.com

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Rose Pisacano has been named to the dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below “C.” Pisacano studies environmental engineering.

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The following students graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology: Midrele Kamleun received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering; and Hong Lin received a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from RIT’s Saunders College of Business.

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Fifteen freshmen at Widener University have been selected for the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program. Select freshmen are chosen each year for the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader Program based on their high school academic record, commitment to serving their communities and leadership potential. The following incoming freshmen from the area were selected this year: Anthony Dicicco, who will study accounting, and Rebecca Senski, who will study chemistry.

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Hayley Bartkus, daughter of Sheryl Bartkus and George Bartkus, received the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a third-year student in the diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound) program in RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology. To be eligible for the award, students must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at RIT, have a minimum of 3.4 cumulative GPA, have completed a minimum of 36 credit hours or 12 RIT credit hours for transfer students as of spring 2015 semester, and demonstrate leadership, involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.

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Paige O’Donnell graduated from the University of Akron. In all, 3,000 students from 32 states and 28 countries earned 59 doctoral degrees, 114 juris doctor degrees, 670 master’s degrees, 1,833 bachelor’s degrees and 402 associate degrees. O’Donnell earned an MA in Speech-Lang Path Speech — Language Pathology. She is now among more than 168,000 Akron alumni.

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Lebanon Valley College is recognizing its high-achieving first-year students for receiving scholarships from the College. They include Caitlyn Berdel, a graduate of St. Hubert High School, and Raymond Gawronski, a graduate of MaST Community Charter School.

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Briana Mody graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. Mody was among approximately 300 candidates for graduation at Coastal Carolina University’s commencement ceremony,

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Resident Assistants at Alvernia University have been named for the 2015–16 academic year. RAs are committed to the values of university and help build strong and healthy residential communities. Alvernia’s 2015–16 resident assistants include: criminal justice major Ancuta Gibson, a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School; forensic science major Danielle Avington, a graduate of Archbishop Wood; healthcare science major Terence Harrington, a graduate of Franklin Towne Charter; and psychology major Timothy Hinchey, a graduate of Roman Catholic. ••