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LHU honors students during spring awards convocation

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Hope Center – Shown are the LHU Hope Center student staff and President’s Award winners for Distinguished Work in the Advancement of Women’s Issues. From left, are Al Bright, Corinne McEntee, Ashley Rohr and Katie McClure with LHU President Dr. Robert Pignatello.

Lock Haven University held its annual spring convocation ceremony on Sunday, April 28 in the Price Performance Center on campus. Nearly 240 students were awarded scholarships during the Gerald R. Robinson Academic Honors and Foundation Awards Convocation ceremony.

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Greetings and remarks were given by Dr. Donna Wilson, provost; Dr. Robert Pignatello, university president; and Joe Fiochetta, vice president for university advancement. Dr. Jonathan Lindzey, dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences introduced the award recipients.

The President’s Awards honored the work of six exceptional students. Pignatello presented awards to the following:

Morgan-Jo Petrencsik, of Galeton, received the President’s Award for Distinguished Work in the Advancement of Women’s Issues. Petrencsik, an English major with concentrations in writing and literature, has been active in raising awareness of social issues. A leader in the Residence Hall Association, she is attentive and observant to the climate of the campus and encourages others to be active to achieve equality.

The President’s Award for Distinguished Work in the Advancement of Women’s Issues also was presented to the Hope Center student staff of Al Bright, of Middletown; Corinne McEntee, of Douglassville; Katie McClure, of Upper Chichester; and Ashley Rohr, of Lansdale. Their nominator noted that this group of students works as a dedicated team to organize presentations and workshops for the campus community to build support that advances gender equality.

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Morgan-Jo Petrencsik, recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Work in the Advancement of Women’s Issues, is shown with LHU President Dr. Robert Pignatello.

Sarah Greenzweig, of Wilmington, Delaware, received the President’s Award for Distinguished work in LGBTQ Advocacy Leadership. Greenzweig, a recreation management major with a concentration in outdoor management, received several nominations. She has actively and creatively advanced LGBTQ issues and has plans to continue supporting an inclusive environment.

The outstanding academic achievements of nine roll of honor students also were recognized. Those students, listed below, earned the highest academic achievement across the university and in their respective colleges:

  • Spencer P. Gogol, of Chalfont — Business administration
    • The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services Highest Academic Achievement – 3.98 GPA

  • Bryanna Joann Guthridge, of DuBois — Health sciences
    • Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA
    • College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA

  • Katie A Merritt, of Port Matilda — Social work
    • The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services Second Highest Academic Achievement – 3.97 GPA

  • Chadd William Miller, of Lock Haven — Physics
    • Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA
    • College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA

  • Chelsie M. Miller, of Blanchard — PreK-grade 4/special education
    • College of Liberal Arts and Education Highest Academic Achievement – 3.99 GPA
    • PASSHE’s 2019 Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence Finalist

  • Tamia J. Roach, of Trinidad and Tobago — PreK-grade 4 education
    • College of Liberal Arts and Education Second Highest Academic Achievement – 3.97 GPA

  • Benjamin Jacob Ronemus, of Lehighton — Health sciences and biology
    • Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA
    • College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA

  • Makenzie L. Sullivan, of Boalsburg — Middle level/elementary grades 4-8 education
    • College of Liberal Arts and Education Second Highest Academic Achievement – 3.97 GPA

  • Joseph Vincent Visceglia, of East Stroudsburg — Health sciences
    • Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA
    • College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Highest Academic Achievement – 4.00 GPA

Brianna Johnson, of Avoca, received the APSCUF Scholarship. Ashlyn Wert, of McElhattan, received the APSCURF Scholarship, presented by Dr. Arthur Gray, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Retired Faculties representative.

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Sarah Greenzweig, recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished work in LGBTQ Advocacy Leadership, is shown with LHU President Dr. Robert Pignatello.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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