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Susquehanna University Seniors Present Scholarly Work

SELINSGROVE – Susquehanna University seniors will continue a nearly 32-year tradition when they present their research and creative projects at Senior Scholars Day on the university campus. The April 21 event in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center and the Cunningham Center for Music and Art will begin at 11:25 a.m. with an opening session and end with a reception at 5:45 p.m. to honor all participants and faculty members.

Attendees will be treated to a mix of presentations, including poster displays, public speaking, artistic exhibits and performances. Oral presentations will be scheduled every 20 minutes in the afternoon in the Degenstein Campus Center meeting rooms. Musical performances will be offered in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art, with graphic design majors displaying their artwork in the building’s first floor art wing.”This event is an opportunity for senior students to display their highest-level work at their own campus,” said L. Terry Winegar, dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences. “Many of the students have been working on projects all year long and may have presented them at professional conferences or other off-campus locations, but this is their ‘home town’ showing, just weeks before most of them graduate.”

Event organizers anticipate more than 50 posters and more than 20 oral presentations. A sampling of scheduled presentations includes “A Comparison of Academic and Relationship Cheating,” “Food Insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Domestic Agricultural Policies and United States Assistance,” “Habitat Preference and Diversity of Small Mammals on Old Farmland in Central Pennsylvania,” and “Examining Anxiety and Depression Experienced by Athletes as a Result of a Sports-Related Injury.”

“Senior Scholars Day is one expression of the highly collaborative and often research-rich experiences that students have at SU. Whether their work is in the sciences, social sciences, business, humanities or arts, what they present represents the outcome of intensive mentoring that supports their best work,” said Winegar.

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Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study and service learning abroad, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit


Lycoming College to recognize Earth Day with several events

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – In recognition of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, Lycoming College will host several events during its “Earth Week” celebration. The events are sponsored by the College’s Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation, Clean Water Institute, FLYCO, Lycoming’s fly-fishing club and Lycoming’s chapter of Amnesty International.David Radcliff, director of the New Community Project, which promotes sustainability and human rights, will speak on campus Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Heim Science Building, Barclay Lecture Hall, G-11. His presentation is titled “Less is More.”

Sean Diamond, the sustainability coordinator at Dickinson College, will present “Ideas for Sustainability – Think Globally, Act Locally,” on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Heim G-09. The presentation will focus on things that can be done on college campuses to promote sustainability and earth-friendliness.

Other activities include a trip to the rock climbing wall at Dynamats Gymnastic Center in Williamsport on Saturday, April 18; a morning stream clean up on Sunday, April 19; Earth Day activities on Wednesday, April 22 from 6-9 p.m. in Pennington Lounge; a tie-dye party on Thursday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. in Pennington Lounge; and a sunset kayaking trip on West Branch Susquehanna River on Saturday, April 25.

Earth Week is the latest effort at the College to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. In November, the College received a $15,000 grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund as part of its Solar ScholarsT Program to aid in the installation of an 18-panel, 3 kW solar array on top of the Heim Science Building. In addition, Lycoming has introduced a minor in environmental sustainability. Sodexho, the College’s food service provider, recently discontinued the use of trays in the cafeteria to reduce the amount of waste produced by those who dine there and limit the amount of soap, water and natural gas used to clean the trays.

Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences institution dedicated to the undergraduate education of more than 1,400 students. Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

Lycoming College receives awards for public relations materials

Award Winning Public Relations

Award Winning Public Relations

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The Lycoming College Office of College Relations has received awards from two organizations for its outstanding work on a variety of public relations materials.The College received four honors during the 24th annual Admissions Marketing Awards, sponsored by the Admissions Marketing Report. Lycoming was recognized with the following honors: gold award for its new media piece “A Thank You Goes a Long Way;” bronze award for its newly created President’s Report; and merit awards for the fall 2008 issue of Lycoming Magazine and a direct mail advertising brochure “The Body Gendered.” Lycoming won the awards in competition with colleges that have fewer than 2,000 students.

In the annual competition sponsored by CUPRAP-The Association of Communicators in Education, Lycoming won a Silver CUPPIE Award in the Emerging and New Media category for “Admissions Fall Open House Flash” and a Bronze CUPPIE for “A Thank You Goes a Long Way.”

All of the award-winning pieces were designed by Murray Hanford, Lycoming’s publications manager. He has worked at the College since 1991 and has earned more than 50 awards for excellence in publications and new media pieces. Jerry Rashid, director of college relations, serves as editor of Lycoming Magazine and the President’s Report.

The Admissions Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the nation. This year, more than 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. The nation’s leading marketing publications for higher education, Admissions Marketing Report recently changed its name to Higher Education Marketing Report.
Founded in 1980, CUPRAP is an organization of communications professionals from colleges, universities and independent schools dedicated to advancing the understanding of higher education and enhancing the professional development of its members. The organization has nearly 400 members from 100 institutions who work in public relations, media relations, marketing, publications, sports information, web and graphic design, and more.

Artist-in-Residence to Conduct Workshops for Students, Public

 “Unseen Companies,” 2008, Mische technique on Masonite, 30 inches by 40 inches

“Unseen Companies,” 2008, Mische technique on Masonite, 30 inches by 40 inches

Williamsport – The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library, will host artist-in-residence Miguel Tio on campus April 21-24.

While on campus, the painter will conduct workshops for children and staff of the college’s Children’s Learning Center and students in the early childhood education major, as well as free public sessions.

A workshop for parents of young children ages 2-6 will be held Friday, April 24. The workshop will introduce parents to art materials and demonstrate how the art-making process helps children develop basic learning skills. Tio will offer a hands-on activity and encourage parents to create artwork with their children in the home. (Pre-registration is required for this workshop, call the gallery; no children in attendance.)

Since 2005, Tio has worked as an art teacher for Studio in a School, New York, a program that hires professional artists to work directly with children in public schools, in addition to maintaining a study and producing new work. As a member of the Society for the Art of Imagination, his work was included in the popular 2007 exhibit “Where Science Meets Art” in The Gallery at Penn College.

Tio’s paintings are full of powerful energy and symbolism. They have been likened to Renaissance works with dramatic use of form and light, realism, perspective and humanist concerns. He often employs the Mische technique — a method for creating the illusion of realism that is considered one of the secrets of the Renaissance.

A native of the Dominican Republic but now based in Manhattan, Tio has employed his painting skills for a wide variety of creative projects including the feature films “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 2;” Broadway shows “Beauty and the Beast,” “Rent” and “Miss Saigon;” Old Navy and Hershey’s commercials; and window displays. He has been commissioned to paint portraits, including one of Diane Von Furstenberg.

A small collection of Tio’s original portraits will be exhibited during regular gallery hours while he conducts workshops on campus. Children’s artwork created during Tio’s work with the Children’s Learning Center will be displayed in the gallery during a private exhibit.

Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more about this exhibit and The Gallery at Penn College, visit, e-mail or call (570) 320-2445.

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Lycoming College chemistry professor awarded research grant

WILLIAMSPORST, Pa. – Dr. Holly Bendorf, an associate professor of chemistry at Lycoming College, has been awarded a $65,000 research grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund. Bendorf’s research project focuses on identifying and developing new reactions for the synthesis of medium-ring heterocycles. These structures are found in biologically active compounds that are potential pharmaceuticals.

The money from this grant will be used to fund a total of eight summer research students during the next four years and for the purchase of chemicals and supplies for the project.

Bendorf joined the chemistry department at Lycoming in 1995. Her research interests include organic and organometallic synthesis and she teaches classes in these subjects, as well as classes on molecular structure and spectroscopy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Petroleum Research Fund is an endowed fund, managed by the American Chemical Society, which supports research directly related to petroleum or alternate energy at nonprofit institutions around the world. The fund, established in 1954, also focuses on advancing scientific education and developing the careers of scientists and engineers.