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LHU holds 57th annual Natural Sciences Convocation

Science ConvocationShown, front row from left, are Erica Murren, Tiarra Helman, Ashlea Ghaner, and Sharon Valerio. Second row from left, are Autumn Hanley, Karolyn White, Sylviana Hanna, and Nathan Loudenslager. Third row from left, are Remington Gardner, Dominic Rascona, Eva Miller, and Olivia Bellomo. Fourth row from left, are Jeremiah Hoy, Chadd Miller, and Michaela Pesta. Fifth row from left, are Scott Wolf, Scott Shreiber, Tyler Adams, and Blake Miller. Sixth row from left, are Matthew Bell, Kerry O’Donnell, Stephen Sujansky, and Devin Embeck. Missing from photo are Brionna Davis, David Fehlman, Zachary Owens, and Benjamin Ronemus.

Lock Haven University recently held its 57th annual Natural Sciences Convocation on Friday, November 3 in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, Poorman Ballroom. The program, sponsored and arranged by the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, and geology and physics, celebrated the achievements of LHU science students.

The welcome was given by Dr. Carina E. Howell, professor in the department of biological sciences, who also served as emcee for the event. Opening remarks were given by Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., LHU president, and Dr. Scott Carnicom, dean, college of natural, behavioral and health sciences.

Awards for academic achievement were presented to students in biological sciences, chemistry, geology, physics and nanotechnology. Students receiving these awards were:

  • Michaela Pesta, of Portage, Principles of Biology Award, presented by Dr. Shonah Hunter
  • Dominic Rascona, of Somerset, Biology Honors Award, presented by Dr. Carina Howell
  • Benjamin Ronemus, of Lehighton, Mary Pursell Award in Genetics, presented by Dr. Carina Howell
  • Ashlea Ghaner, of Bellefonte, Mary Pursell Award in Genetics, presented by Dr. Carina Howell and Organic Chemistry Award, presented by Dr. Stephen Coval
  • Erica Murren, of East Berlin, Principles of Chemistry Award, presented by Dr. Brent May
  • Stephen Sujansky, of Somerset, Scott Shreiber, of New Cumberland, Kerry O’Donnell, of Beccaria and Tyler Adams, of Millersburg, Kleinman Scholarship, presented by Drs. Jacqueline Dumm, Laura Lee and Kevin Range
  • Scott Wolf, of South Williamsport, John Way Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by Dr. Md. Khalequzzaman
  • Autumn Hanley, of Howard, Deborah Suder Scholarship, presented by Dr. Md. Khalequzzaman
  • Matthew Bell, of West Decatur, Dr. Donald and Linda Green Geology Scholarship, presented by Dr. Loretta Dickson
  • Karolyn White, of Mt. Gretna, Advancement in Geology Award, presented by Dr. Loretta Dickson
  • David Fehlman, of Youngsville, Principles of Geology Award, presented by Dr. Thomas Wynn
  • Blake Miller, of Quakertown, Intermediate General Physics Award, presented by Dr. Marian Tzolov
  • Chadd Miller, Lock Haven, Tyco Electronics Award for Academic Excellence in Electronics, presented by Dr. Marian Tzolov
  • Tiarra Helman, Annville, Physics I and II Award, presented by Dr. Marian Tzolov
  • Nathan Loudenslager, of Belleville, Physics I and II Award, presented by Dr. Marian Tzolov
  • Zachary Owens, of Clearfield, First Year-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm
  • Jeremiah Hoy, of Mill Hall, First Year-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm
  • Devin Embick, of Renovo, First Year-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm
  • Eva Miller, of DuBois, Upperclassmen-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm
  • Olivia Bellomo, of Jersey Shore, Upperclassmen-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm
  • Brianna Davis, of McElhattan, Upperclassmen-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm
  • Sylviana Hanna, of Lancaster, Upperclassmen-Physics/Nanoscience Scholarship, presented by Drs. Michael Cullin and Jacqueline Dumm

Students receiving special awards were:

  • Sharon Valerio, of Lock Haven, Paul F. and Shirley R. Klens Biology Scholarship, presented by Dr. Joseph Calabrese
  • Remington Gardner, of Newport, Alfred Hoberman Scholarship, presented by Drs. Laura Lee and Brent May
  • Chadd Miller, Sara M. Bar Memorial Scholarship, presented by Dr. Michael Cullin

The keynote speaker was Dr. Tracy Langkilde, professor and department head of biology at Penn State University, who presented “How animals deal with environmental challenges: Road noise and invasive species.” Langkilde received a bachelor’s degree from James Cook University in 1999 and a doctorate degree from University of Sydney in 2005. She was awarded the George Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America in 2011.

The convocation committee included Drs. Jennifer Deitloff and Carina Howell, co-chairs; Dr. Brent May; Dr. Loretta Dickson; Dr. Md. Khalequzzaman; Dr. John Reid; Dr. James Wheeler; Dr. Kurt Rublein; Dr. Scott Carnicom; and Denise Rupert.

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