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LHU holds 58th annual Natural Sciences Convocation

Shown, front row from left, are Jake Keiper, Caitlin England, Hannah Ostrander, Jessica Cover, Emily Robb, Tia Judy, Samantha Clark, Anna May Fry and Morgan Sutton. Back row from left, are Blake Miller, Dr. Shawn Pickering, James Nye, Dustin Zettle, Tanner DePalma, Toby Walizer and David Fehlman.

Lock Haven recently held its 58th annual Natural Sciences Convocation on Friday, November 9 in Ulmer Hall Planetarium. 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. Indrajith Senevirathne, associate professor in the Geology and Physics Department who also served as the emcee for the event. Opening remarks were given by Dr. Jonathan Lindzey, dean of the 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 awards were:

  • Colton Dellinger, of Lebanon, Intermediate General Physics Award
  • Ashlea Ghaner, of Bellefonte, Physics I & II Award
  • Caitlin England, of Williamsburg, Physics I & II Award and Organic Chemistry Award
  • Jake Keiper, of Sidman, Academic & Extra-Curricular Excellence in Physics/Engineering Award and Sara M. Barr Memorial Scholarship
  • Blake Miller, of Quakertown, Tyco Electronics Award for Academic Excellence in Electronics
  • Laurel Moyer, of Lock Haven, Principles of Geology Award
  • David Fehlman, of Youngsville, John Way Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Carl Burke, of Clearfield, Advancement in Geology Award
  • Jessica Cover, of Millersburg, Deborah Suder Scholarship
  • Charly Bloom, of Lock Haven, Biology Honors Award
  • Samantha Clark, of Elysburg, Biology Honors Award
  • Tia Judy, of Wrightsville, Hunter-Harnishfeger Award
  • Dustin Zettle, of Spring Mills, Paul F. & Shirley R. Klens Biology Scholarship
  • Anna May Fry, of Millerstown, Principles of Biology Award
  • James Nye, of Bellefonte, Mary Pursell Award in Genetics
  • Tanner DePalma, of Easton, Principles of Chemistry Award
  • Emily Robb, of Millersville, Principles of Chemistry Award
  • Tyler Thomas, of Zieglerville, Alfred Hoberman Scholarship
  • Hannah Ostrander, of Port Allegany, Kleinman Scholarship
  • Zach Knepp, of Lock Haven, Kleinman Scholarship
  • Toby Walizer, of Bellefonte, Kleinman Scholarship
  • Morgan Sutton, of Stevensville, Kleinman Scholarship

The keynote speaker was Dr. Shawn Pickering, process engineer at Corning Incorporated.

The convocation committee was chaired by Dr. Indrajith Senevirathne, and also included Denise Rupert and Drs. Michael Cullin, Thomas Wynn, Brent May, Kurt Rublein, Jennifer Bandura and Jennifer Deitloff.

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