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Thursday, April 21, 2016 by The Press in

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Christina Harrison, of Coplay, is one of 20 Wilkes University education majors completing a student teaching assignment at area schools this semester. Harrison is currently completing assignments at Lake Lehman High School and is pursuing a teaching degree in secondary history. Student teaching is one of the requirements for earning teacher certification in Pennsylvania.

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs.


Lehigh Carbon Community College LCCC students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, during a March 6 ceremony in the college’s Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, on the college’s main campus.

Catasauqua: Tori Lawton and Levi Wolf

Coplay: Kara Grosso

Whitehall: Francesco Alatrista-Lerzundi, Amber Gensey, Carmen Peralta Martinez, Jordan Platton and Elijah Sommer

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the only nationally acclaimed honor society serving two-year colleges, which offers associate degree programs. Membership into Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation only. To be considered, a student must be enrolled in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 credit hours of coursework, have established a minimum GPA of 3.5, have established a record of academic excellence as judged by the faculty, be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.



Macy Storm, of Bath, along with other students, presented papers, panels and creative work at the 2016 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., in March. Storm presented a round table discussion on “Espionage or Sabotage: The Modern 007” and “Original Poetry: It’s Only Skin Deep” during the annual convention. Sigma Tau Delta has more than 870 active chapters across the globe. Alvernia University students attending the conference were led by communication department Chair Beth DeMeo.

Alvernia University 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 University 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 University students do well and do good.



Marissa Kier, of Whitehall, recently won the regional Enactus competition in Washington, D.C., as part of a team from the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. Wilkes University’s Enactus students presented their projects from the 2015-16 academic year. Wilkes University students’ projects included the Wilkes University Entrepreneurial Experience, a business plan competition for local high school students. The students also designed a veterans empowerment project offering development on personal and professional skills to veterans. Other projects include Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business with Nearme Yoga Studio in Moosic, focused on sustainability and business improvement, as well as Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment, paired with local business Laurency Optimal Personal Care Agency, a home care services provider in Wilkes-Barre, which focuses on leadership and soft skill enhancement of both the business owner and staff. Wilkes University students beat teams from 47 other American northeast region universities. The Enactus team students from the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership are invited to compete and attend the National Expo in St. Louis May 15-17. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization that encourages college students to become entrepreneurs through collaboration to create innovative, sustainable, community development projects.


Northampton resident Cianael Paasewe, as well as three other Northampton Community College students, has been chosen as an Academic All-Star and member of the All-PA Academic Team by the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. She was selected from among students at community colleges across the state, based on academic excellence and leadership. Recipients of this award receive scholarships that can be used at any of the fourteen four-year colleges in the Pennsylvania state system. Students were honored at a ceremony in Harrisburg April 4. Paasewe was born in Liberia and moved with her family to Ghana as a refugee from civil war. She is a biological science major who plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine in pediatrics or dermatology. One of her goals is to work with Doctors Without Borders. She is active in her church, community and college. At present, she is a pharmacy technician for Lehigh Valley Health Network.