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LHU Opens Academic Year with Convocation Ceremony

Lock Haven University recently held its annual Founder’s Day Convocation, marking the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year. The celebration took place Sunday, August 27th in Thomas Field House. Founder’s Day Convocation traditionally recognizes outstanding faculty members who exemplify core values and who are acknowledged by their colleagues for exemplary scholarship, service, and excellence in teaching.

Five faculty members were recognized for their outstanding commitment to scholarship, service, and fostering student success. Dr. Heather Bechtold of the biology department received the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Provost Donna Wilson shared that, “Dr. Bechtold’s work has brought benefits to the community, in part by deploying student researchers to analyze ecological effects of industry products and byproducts and local stream and forested systems. Her findings have been recognized as significant contributions to the scientific community, evidenced by 32 publications, including peer-reviewed and proceedings, in her four years at Lock Haven University.”

Dr. Erin Kennedy of the psychology department, received the University Award for Outstanding Service. According to Provost Wilson, “Throughout her tenure at Lock Haven University, Dr. Kennedy has served her colleagues through a variety of faculty union committees, initiatives and activities, including Executive Council and serving as APSCUF Faculty-Student liaison, the Faculty Issues Committee, and the Academic Awards Committee.  Dr. Kennedy is also well known and recognized in the community for her engagement with the YMCA, where she serves on the Board of Directors.”

The University’s Peer Choice Awards were presented by Dr. James Bean on behalf of the Linda J. Emanuel Teaching and Learning Center. The Peer Choice Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded to Dr. Regan Garey of the business and computer science department for her devotion to student learning, teaching skill, and broad philosophy of student engagement.

The Peer Choice Award for Mentoring Excellence was awarded to Dr. Lisa Reide of the communication and philosophy department for her development of a successful peer mentoring program and superb mentoring of students who will pursue careers in communication.

The Peer Choice Award for Advising Excellence was awarded to Dr. Alyce Baker of the English department for her dedication to the personal development of her advisees. Her peers noted that students greatly appreciate her knowledge, wisdom, empathy, and personal warmth as she guides them on their paths to career success. 

Doug Oliver ’98 served as Convocation speaker. Oliver earned a bachelor’s in communications from LHU and went on to earn a master’s in communications from LaSalle University and an MBA from Saint Joseph's University. Oliver has nearly two decades of experience in external affairs, community investment, government relations, issues advocacy, and crisis and reputation management. In a lively address, Oliver encouraged students to work hard and focus on their goals, but to also embrace opportunities to meet new people with different backgrounds and experiences. He went on to urge students to allow their curiosity to push them beyond their current understanding of the world and to allow learning to take place both in and outside the classroom.

The Founder’s Day Convocation ceremony officially opened the 2017-2018 academic year. Classes at Lock Haven University began Monday, August 28th.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call (570) 484.2011.

Lock Haven University 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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