News From The Halls Of Ivy

Hillary A. Anderson graduated magna cum laude on May 16 with a bachelor of arts degree in business and economics with a minor in politics and a pre-law concentration from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa. Anderson was a Zacharias National Scholar and was named to Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics; Whitian Honor Society, for contribution to college and community; Pi Sigma Alpha, international honor society in politics; and earned the Robert Trucksess Prize for “unusual promise in the field of the law.”

Anderson studied in London the fall semester of her junior year through CAPA International Education and did an internship with Proscenium Tours while in London. She competed in intercollegiate mock trial competition; was a member of the Haines-Barnard Pre-Legal Society; was a pre-legal summer intern in 2013; and was a member of the Ursinus judiciary board. She was “Fighting for Ophelia” founder and president in the Perkiomen Valley School District in Collegeville and was a UCARE Service Fellow and a member of Students Today into Leaders Tomorrow at Ursinus. Anderson also was part of Colleges Against Cancer.

Anderson was an admission office senior fellow, a summer research fellow, an economics tutor and teaching assistant, and a resident advisor at Ursinus.

She interned at the Warren County Historical Society in Warren during the summer of 2012 and was a news correspondent and intern with Patch Online News for the Perkiomen Valley.

Anderson has received a full tuition scholarship to Syracuse University College of Law where she will pursue a joint degree – a juris doctor from the College of Law and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is the daughter of John and Kris Anderson, Scandia and Diana and Eric Paddock, Warren.

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Jocelin Thomas, daughter of Siby and Dr.Sunny Thomas of Warren, has graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with magna cum laude honors. She held many leadership roles during her time at UB, including: co-captain of UB Zeal (South Asian Fusion Dance Team), finance officer of NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls), various positions with UB’s Residence Hall Association, and president of UB Accounting Association.

Due to her dedication and leadership involvement with UB Accounting Association, she was awarded the UBAA Michael S. Dockery Senior Memorial award at graduation. Additionally, she received the Lisa Friedman Senior Memorial Award, which is granted to a female senior who is most likely to succeed in the accounting profession. Jocelin completed many internships during her undergraduate career, including an accounting internship with Tops Markets, and an internal audit internship with National Fuel and Gas Company. This summer, she will be interning in the assurance department (external audit) at Ernst & Young LLP, at the Buffalo office. She will then complete her master’s in accounting at UB, while taking the CPA examination. She hopes to begin a full time job with Ernst & Young after the master’s program.

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Information technology students from Pennsylvania College of Technology, including Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren, distinguished themselves recently at a network security conference in Rochester, N.Y. For the second consecutive year, students from Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies won the Hacker Battleship competition at the Security B-Sides Rochester Conference. The annual event features presentations from security industry experts and ethical “hacking” challenges to foster skill development in tomorrow’s IT leaders.

The popular Hacker Battleship contest is modeled after the iconic Battleship game. A seven-by-seven grid contained 49 hacking-related challenges. Five points were awarded for solving a challenge, 10 for hitting a ship and 20 for sinking a ship. Once a challenge was solved, that square was revealed as a “hit” or a “miss,” and the problem was no longer available for others to solve.

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Three local students were named to the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

Kathleen Lawson of Sugar Grove initiated at Slippery Rock University;

Haylie Paris of Warren initiated at Clarion University; and

Jaclyn Barrett of Warren initiated at Slippery Rock University.

Phi Kappa Phi membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus celebrated the induction of 50 students to Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, on May 1. Inducted were Lacey McCollough of Warren and Zachary Sleeman of Warren. These students have joined a total of 125 student members who have joined the Mercyhurst North East chapter of this national organization since its founding at the campus in August 2011. Of those 50, 36 students will receive presidential status for having achieved a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA.

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John “Jack” F. Eggleston, son of John and Karen Eggleston, husband of Christina Eggleston and father of Logan and Serenity, graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. He has been accepted to the Academy of Art University pursuing a master’s of fine arts degree in illustration.

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Several local students graduated from Mercyhurst University, Erie, this month:

Molly Birt of Russell; Megan Church of Sugar Grove; Stephen Craig of Tidioute; Steven Darr of Warren; Tessa Ellsworth of Warren; Tiffany Fiscus of Warren; Porscha Imperial of Warren; Amanda Luvison of Sugar Grove; Brendan Lyle of Warren; Kelsey Meacham of Sheffield; Devon Meddock of Warren; and Corvette Morrison of Pittsfield.

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Zacheriah Roberts, a biology major from Warren, was inducted by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford into Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students. Students are eligible for membership if they earn a grade point average of 3.5 during their first term of full-time study while pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Students who earn at least a 3.5 average after two terms are also eligible for membership.

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Devon L. Meddock, daughter of Marty Meddock of Warren and Kim Wren was among the Class of 2014 receiving degrees at Mercyhurst University on May 18. After completing studies in music, Meddock received a bachelor of arts degree with minors in English and theater. A graduate of Sheffield Area High School, Meddock plans to attend New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music this fall to begin studies toward a master of music degree in vocal performance and musical theater. Meddock graduated from Mercyhurst magna cum laude and received two Mercyhurst achievement awards for performance.

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Kelsey Repke, a biology major from Russell, was inducted as a associate member into the Alpha Kappa Chapter Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honor Society, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. In order to qualify for membership in Beta Beta Beta, a student must at least be a second-semester sophomore. Students must also have completed at least three courses in biology, including an upper-level course, with a B average.

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Joseph Sienkiewicz, a history-political science major from Warren, was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the premier national honor society for nontraditional students, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. In order to qualify for membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, a student must have earned at least 30 graded credits at Pitt-Bradford and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.

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Kolin Baker, son of Randy and Christina Baker of Grand Valley, has been selected to participate in the C-MITES (Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary and Secondary Students) Summer Program for academically talented students. Baker plans to attend “Solve a Murder Mystery” at the Learning Enrichment Center from July 7 to 11. Baker is going into fifth grade at Youngsville Elementary-Middle School.

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A new survey of illegal dumpsites conducted this month by Mercyhurst University public health students found that among the eight illegal dumpsites identified in Erie in 2004 by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, six remain active 10 years later. Further, several of these sites have grown in size, primarily due to increases in the number of discarded tires. Among the students who conducted the survey were Heather Christensen of Warren and Tessa Rehe of Warren. Students enrolled in the environmental health course taught by Thomas Cook, Ph.D., helped to canvass local neighborhoods and parks to document the extent of illegal dumping on public lands, including the eight known sites previously documented by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. This work is part of Mercyhurst’s ongoing commitment to hands-on learning and to service.

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Colleen Hulihan of Sugar Grove has been named to the University of Akron’s spring 2014 dean’s list. To be eligible, Hulihan maintained a grade average of 3.25 or better and was enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

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Olivia Auell, a 2009 graduate of Eisenhower High School, was recently inducted into Phi Tau Sigma International Honor Society for Food Science and Technology. Auell graduated magna cum laude from Taylor University in May 2013 with dual majors in biochemistry and Spanish, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in food chemistry at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.

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Northwest Savings Bank recently selected Nathan Billman to receive the $2,000 John O. Hanna Scholarship from Northwest Bancshares, Inc. Charitable Foundation. The scholarship is to assist the children of employees of Northwest Savings and its affiliates in furthering their eduation.

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Robert (Alan) and Patricia Falconer of Sugar Grove have announced their daughter, Robin (Falconer) Williams, will receive a bachelor of science degree in computer and information science from ECPI – College of Technology (Virginia Beach, Va.) on May 31. At ECPI, Williams concentrated in the network security field and also earned an associate of science degree in computer and information science in 2008. She earned dean’s list honors several semesters and will graduate summa cum laude. Williams is a 2002 graduate of Eisenhower High School and served four years in the U.S. Navy as an information systems technician. She is currently pursuing a career in computer systems administration supporting the U.S. Navy Training Command in Virginia.