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Success Highlights​

Chief Scott Fogel has made it a point to provide as authentic an experience as possible for each aspiring officer by melding hands-on experiences with their academic coursework and helping Bloomsburg University students make an informed decision about their career path.

Melanie Boyer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is a rising leader in the Hispanic community of Pittsburgh. At 33, Boyer, a California University of Pennsylvania alumna, has been a member of the Allegheny Regional Asset District Advisory Board, the Port Authority Stakeholder Advisory Group, the UPMC Community Health Partnership, CCAC Community Equity & Diversity Council, President's Advisory Board of the Pittsburgh Technical College and more.

Cheyney University’s Workforce Enhancement Network in Cybersecurity program will provide students with mentorship and on-the-job training to support professional development and advancement in one of the fastest growing professions. Through a partnership with PASSHE, PSECU, AT&T and others, the program will create career pathways leading to a more diverse, capable, and fully trained cybersecurity workforce in the region. Cheyney’s partners will help identify 25 students for the initial cohort and provide the participants with job opportunities for those who successfully complete the program.

Kiree Boyer was already a process tech for approximately two years before enrolling in Clarion University’s Plastic Process Technician Apprenticeship Program, developed through a partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission. He’s considering looking into continuing to further his education at Clarion because of this truly life-changing experience and the support from his company. 

East Stroudsburg University held celebrations to recognize and honor fall 2021 teacher preparation graduates from the Colleges of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Health Sciences. Students participated in an inquiry presentation where they presented either their Student Learning Objectives or their professional website. A total of 70 teacher preparation graduates were honored this semester.

Edinboro University expanded its Aeronautical Science program with the addition of High Flight Academy as the University’s fourth professional flight training partner. Students interested in earning a commercial pilot’s license in just 16 months can complete online courses and in-person flight training through the Associate of Applied Science program within Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions.

For almost 40 years, a program administered by Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Safety Sciences has been helping to protect the lives and health of millions of Pennsylvania workers, saving Pennsylvania small businesses millions of dollars each year—while also benefiting its host university. The IUP Department of Safety Sciences administers the Pennsylvania Occupational Safety and Health Administration Consultation program. It is staffed by 11 IUP Safety Sciences faculty members, all 100 percent board certified in occupational safety or industrial hygiene.

Kutztown University alumna Caelan Brooks ’21 was named the 2021 recipient of the American Physical Society's LeRoy Apker Award, the highest honor awarded to undergraduate physicists in the United States. Brooks, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University, graduated summa cum laude from Kutztown in three years as part of KU's Honors Program, earning a Bachelor of Science in physics with minors in mathematics and Spanish.

Lock Haven University students and staff recently had their research published in the International Journal of Nursing and Healthcare Research (IJNHR). The IJNHR is an online journal that publishes research from the areas of healthcare and nursing. The article, published in the journal on Nov. 8, 2021, details the lessons learned in investigating 113 positive COVID-19 cases, 2,310 COVID tests and the tracing of more than 1,000 close contacts at the time the article was written.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf toured Mansfield University’s Public Safety Training Institute in December. The Governor received presentations on the institute’s grant initiatives and virtual reality training along with demonstrations of new technology being implemented for first responders. MU’s Public Safety Training Institute is a regional training center providing initial and continuing professional education for criminal justice practitioners, first responders, public safety professionals, and the public.

Big things are happening for Millersville University’s meteorology department. Thanks to a grant provided by NASA, the department’s students and professors are participating in a project called the Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms, or IMPACTS for short. Over 20 MU students will be given the opportunity to work on this research project, gaining valuable skills within their field of study.  

Kate Nicholson ’21 was one of the first graduates of Shippensburg University’s sustainability programs and she’s already doing big things in her field. Introduced in 2017, the sustainability program was created to meet a forecasted 6.8 percent growth of jobs in the field of sustainability. With many of those jobs in the Franklin, Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin and York counties, Ship is well positioned to provide for this need in the region and beyond.

Slippery Rock University's College of Health Professions is now official. The SRU council of trustees conducted a special meeting in August and unanimously voted to approve the creation of the University's fifth college, the College of Health Professions. The new college, which will start no later than the fall of 2022, will be largely comprised of existing academic departments currently housed within the College of Health, Engineering and Science. 

Distinct from traditional internships, the student learning experiences that are coordinated by West Chester University’s ​Center for Community Solutions (CCS) connect regional organizations, businesses, and municipal entities with students whose unique knowledge, skills, and abilities qualify them for specific projects. One of those students is graduate student Mark Davie, who notes how the CCS projects align with his work in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, the degree he will complete in December 2022. Davie is currently completing his second CCS experience.​