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Success Highlights​

Kimberly Abney ’09 described herself as a “reluctant student” when she came to Bloomsburg University. Today, she serves as an example and support for both students and fellow alumni. She has made it her mission to foster personal and professional growth in others through her career as a certified school counselor for the School District of Philadelphia and director of the Right Balance Counseling Center, and as the founder of We DREAM. 

A 38-year-old cat lover is among those who found success thanks to California University of Pennsylvania’s Supplemental Instruction program. Meet Nicole Shatzer, who’s enthusiastic about her career possibilities once she graduates from the veterinary technology program, but also realistic about academics.

Veronica Becerra, a graduate of Cheyney University, performed and also displayed her artwork at the Keep Black Love Alive MLK Day of Service event on Cheyney’s campus. She creates art that highlights diversity, inclusion and integrity.  

Taylor Myers is a junior speech pathology major/sociology minor at Clarion University with a 3.67 GPA. She’s excited to enter a profession in which she can help people. Last year, in the midst of juggling her responsibilities as a college student, Myers learned she is in kidney failure. Myers, her family, and her friends are raising awareness to hopefully find her a donor, but also encourage others to become a living donor. 

East Stroudsburg University students Meghan Guarino and Steven Kilmetz presented their work at the Regional College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) conference earlier this month at Bucks County Community College. The students shared their findings of best practices for conducting a hybrid learning assistant session focusing on collaboration and engagement.

Edinboro University’s Continuing Education program – which offers personal enrichment and personal development courses – is now offering three new immersive, accelerated courses in high-demand industries. Each program offers interactive online training with 1-on-1 coaching sessions available to help professionals break into the next level of their career or a different technical field.

Theory, research, production work, and teaching experience – a winning combination Jeremy McCool found in the doctoral program in the Department of Communications Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It propelled him from a graduate student at IUP to a professor at West Chester University.

Kutztown University's Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer, department chair, secondary education, was awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will support the recruitment of more STEM professionals to careers in secondary STEM teaching, drawing from a wider diversity of demographic, disciplinary and professional experience and to prepare them for the challenging task of STEM education in under-resourced urban communities.

Lock Haven University Clearfield welcomed eight new and four returning high school students to campus for the spring 2022 semester. These students are taking advantage of the university's dual enrollment program, which enables students to earn college credits while they are still in high school. Dual enrollment students coming from an approved school district receive a 75 percent discount of their tuition and fees.

The Mansfield University Public Safety Training Institute (MUPSTI) received a $209,000 grant from the Emergency Response Training & Certification Association (ERTCA) to enhance training opportunities for future and current public safety practitioners. MUPSTI will partner closely with ERTCA to provide the training side of the innovation occurring at the Coolidge Center by credentialing practitioners in proven technologies.

Thanks to Neimeyer-Hodgdson Student Research Grants from the Millersville University Alumni Association, five Millersville students will be able to conduct scholarly and creative projects. Any full-time student attending Millersville University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree is eligible to apply for the grants.

Shippensburg University sophomore political science major and Wood Honors College student Regina Yeung has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a coalition of colleges committed to community engagement. Yeung is one of only 173 students from across the United States and Mexico selected for the prestigious fellowship.

Slippery Rock University is establishing its fifth college, the College of Health Professions, for the fall of 2022, that will highlight and strengthen SRU’s academic programs that meet the demands of the ever-growing health care industry in the region. Establishing this college strengthens the recognition of SRU as a leader in preparing students for health care jobs that are in demand.

West Chester University​ student Frederick Shegog will graduate this spring with a passion for inspiring others by sharing his story of overcoming serious life obstacles. Shegog transferred from Delaware County Community College to WCU in 2020 as a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, one of Coca-Cola Foundation’s 207 Leaders of Promise scholars, and a Phi Theta Kappa All-PA scholar, who receives full tuition to the University.