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Success Highlights​

Bloomsburg University accounting major Erica Morales is one of just 200 students nationwide selected for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop. The three-day event is designed to help accounting students from racial and ethnic minorities develop their leadership ability with the ultimate goal of increasing diversity and inclusion in public accounting.

California University students who need to make a great first impression at a job interview, internship opportunity, student-teaching assignment and more can go wardrobe shopping on campus this year. The Campus Closet, located on the first floor of the Career and Professional Development Center in the Natali Student Center, is now open. All items are free, and the Closet is stocked with clothes for men and women that are appropriate for business or business-casual dress codes.

Cheyney University student Kayla Cross admits she’s shy and very introverted, but when she talks about her work in the university’s Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory (AREL), she doesn’t hold back her excitement when it comes to the expanding science. Cross is in her second year at Cheyney. The 19-year-old is a Keystone Honors Program student majoring in biology. She also works part-time in the aquaponics lab under Dr. Steven Hughes. 

Cassie Schwalm’s parents passed away when she was two months old. Her grandmother raised her until she died when Cassie was twelve, after which Cassie became a ward of the court. Despite the misfortune that had been thrust upon her, Schwalm was determined to create for herself a bright future. She knew that the path to the kind of life she wanted was through higher education. Schwalm will graduate in May 2022 from Clarion University. She plans to take a gap year filled with professional paralegal experience, to study for the LSAT, and apply to law school.

East Stroudsburg University (ESU) interim president Kenneth Long and Northampton Community College (NCC) president Dr. Mark Erickson recently announced an exciting transfer partnership between the two institutions. NCC-ESU Pathways to Success: Stronger Together will facilitate enhanced and seamless access for NCC students to apply to ESU’s upper-division undergraduate and graduate programs through 2+2+1 pathways.

Nearly 10% of LGBTQIA+ students living with mental health conditions find themselves fighting a double stigma – experiencing prejudice based on sexual and/or gender identity as well as mental wellness. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this population of students and youth have been found to be at significant increased risk for depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Based on these statistics, the LGBT+ Endowment and family of funds at the Erie Community Foundation announced support of 20 mental-health sessions for more than 100 Edinboro University students who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania geology major Susie Adams graduated high school at the top of her masonry class. She worked as a mason immediately after high school, then decided she wanted to become a police officer. After applying to IUP as a criminology major, her first geoscience class, and engaging with faculty members Dr. Greg Mount and Dr. Jon Lewis, Susie changed not only her major, but she found her passion—geology. And, because of her hard work and her faculty mentors, this first-generation student earned a Goldwater Scholarship.

Kutztown University has been ranked in Military Times' 2021 Best for Vets: Colleges rankings for the seventh-straight year. KU was ranked 19th among four-year schools, the highest ranking in school history (75th, 2019). KU has been a mainstay on the survey results since 2014. Last year, KU had a military graduation rate of 68%.

Lock Haven University recently celebrated the opening of the new Student Success Center (SSC) on campus during an open house event. For the first time, LHU students will have access to a concierge-like experience, where their needs and concerns can be met and addressed by both professional staff and peer mentors. The center will connect students with resources in a welcoming and central location on campus in Ulmer Hall. It will serve as a one-stop-shop to assist students in four major areas vital to student success and retention: academic success, social adjustment, financial literacy and career exploration.

Mansfield University cell and molecular biology students Lauren Griffith and Shaelyn Marx have been selected to serve as the 2021 Junior ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer Ambassadors for the American Cancer Society of the Greater Philadelphia area. ResearcHERS Ambassadors help raise funds to support women-led cancer research nationwide.

In December 2020, Millersville University launched a partnership with Parker Dewey, a mission-driven organization working to address the challenges associated with college-to-career transitions. Parker Dewey seeks to connect students with employers who are looking for workers to fulfill short term project assignments, referred to as micro-work experiences.

Shippensburg University received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Ship is one of 100 recipients nationwide to be featured in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a national honor that recognizes institutions with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.   

Erica Northrop is a mother of two children and she already has a master’s degree, but she enrolled at Slippery Rock University two years ago to earn a second bachelor’s degree in safety management. She has many reasons for this pursuit, including wanting to delve deeper into a field with more opportunities for higher-paying jobs that are both satisfying and offer work/life balance so she can be available to her family. But what’s available to her are access to internships and employers that prefer to hire SRU graduates.

West Chester University​ and Delaware County Community College announced they have joined the “Moon Shot for Equity,” a national student-success initiative led by Washington, D.C.-based education firm EAB. As the inaugural members of the project’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Collaborative, the two schools will work together and with EAB to help more students of color, and those from other historically underserved populations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, graduate from college. Through this innovative partnership, each school has committed to implementing more than a dozen research-based best practices proven to remove systemic barriers to student success.​