Student notes for May 16, 2011

| Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dayton students do 'Dimes for Drum'

Dayton Elementary School students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade along with the faculty and staff members participated in "Dimes for Drum", a fundraiser benefiting Amber Drum, who is a cancer patient from Dayton, who previously attended Dayton Elementary School. Collections totaled $1,256.

East Brady resident honored

Mercyhurst College sophomore Hannah Beck of East Brady, is one of 135 U.S. college students honored as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents. The award acknowledges student leaders with the ability and motivation to create lasting change the local communities.

Beck, a hospitality management major, is an active environmental steward. As Mercyhurst's Green Team vice president, she co-directed a first-time duathlon bike race and run on May 7, at Presque Isle State Park with proceeds going to the City of Erie for bike racks. Beck is the founder and president of Garden Gurus, a student club devoted to enterprise at the Mercyhurst West campus farm. Among its many projects is providing produce for area farmer markets and donating surplus food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania. She is also planning on instituting a recycling program in the summer in her hometown.

Graham inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

Joyce A. Graham of Ford City, has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Westmoreland Community College. Graham will attend Westmoreland Community College for nursing and will graduate in May 2013 as a registered nurse.

She is the wife of Timothy Graham, mother of Matthew Stitt and Zachary Graham. She is the daughter of Willis and Kathy Stitt of Ford City, and the daughter-in-law of Francine Graham of Whitesburg, and the late William Graham.

Whitmer earns bachelor of arts

Megan A. Whitmer of Parker, received a bachelor of arts degree from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, during the 2011 spring commencement ceremonies on May 6 and 7.

Thiel names area graduates

The following area students graduated from Thiel College, Greenville, during the commencement ceremony held on May 8, in Thiel's William A. Passavant Center.

• Emily Rose Batiz received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. Batiz of Leechburg, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Batiz.

• Nicholas Matviko received a bachelor of science degree in computer science. Matviko of Leechburg, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Matviko.

• Matthew Samuel Endlish received a bachelor of arts degree in history. Endlish of Chicora, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Endlish.

• Nathan Allen Knox received a bachelor of arts degree in binary engineering. Knox of Karns City, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Knox.

• Ethan Thomas Rowe received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice studies. Rowe of Fairmount City, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dane N. Rowe.

Koppenhaver earns degree at Millersville

Taran Lindsy Koppenhaver, of Apollo, graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, during the spring 2011 undergraduate commencement ceremony, held on May 7. Koppenhaver earned a bachelor of arts degree in social work.

Local student recognized at IUP

An area student received an award for work presented at the sixth annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The event is designed to recognize and stimulate undergraduate research and encourage all IUP students to collaborate with their peers, professors and other professionals within the university.

Sarah Zambotti, Terrace Avenue, Ford City, received an Outstanding Presentation Award.

Zambotti, a natural sciences-pre-optometry major, is the daughter of Leslie and Lori Zambotti. She is a 2009 graduate of Ford City High School.

She is a member of the American Medical Student Association, the Biology Club and the IUP Ambassadors student-alumni group She works as a supplemental instruction leader and tutor.

Local student awarded IUP scholarship

Alycia L. King, of Kittanning, has been selected for Emily A. Fabiny Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

King, daughter of Kenneth and Margherita King, is a journalism and criminology pre-law major with minors in theater, piano and communications media at IUP. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Indiana Players and sings in the IUP Chorale and Chorus.

The Emily A. Fabiny Memorial Scholarship was established by Amanda J. Fabiny in 2005 in honor of her daughter Emily, an IUP graduate who died in a car accident in 2002.

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