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LHU Council of Trustees welcomes student member, Mia Swales

Mia ImageThe Lock Haven University Council of Trustees recently welcomed Mia Swales, graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program, as its new student member. Swales was approved by the Board of Governors at their regular meeting on Thursday, February 4.    

Swales graduated from LHU in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in sociology. She also served as a resident assistant in Woolridge Hall.

“Mia is a true advocate of the student body and will be fully engaged with the important issues the university will be experiencing,” said Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president. “She has already proudly represented the university as an undergraduate student, and we look forward to her growth through this experience.”

One of Swales’ primary responsibilities at LHU is working as a graduate assistant at the Haven Cupboard with the Office of Student Outreach, Assistance and Resources (S.O.A.R.). She works with the planning and presentation of orientation and is a student mentor, helping new students get acclimated to campus life in an effort to aid student retention at LHU. She also has participated in conferences with the Multicultural, Advisory, Activity Council (MAAC) alongside other institutions in Pennsylvania.

“Mia is a fine example of the leadership that our students gain through their studies at LHU,” said Daniel Elby, COT chair. “We are all proud of Mia and all of her accomplishments and I look forward to working with her as an active member of the Council of Trustees.” 

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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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