Archive for September, 2012

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to invite all community members, including high school students, adults, and their families to attend one of our open houses this fall:

Individuals attending any one of these open houses will learn more about the educational possibilities we offer, including our outstanding degree programs, transfer options, and opportunities for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, will also be presented. All visitors will be able to speak with representatives regarding their future educational goals.

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Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Pennsylvania Highlands’ commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media.   “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean Collins.

Pennsylvania Highlands is pleased to be recognized as a campus community that truly cares about helping veterans and their families with the transition to college life and accomplishing their educational mission,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President.

The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

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Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College accepts a donation from Greg Winger, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for F.N.B. Corporation. The $5,333.30 Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program donation was given to help support the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program.

The ACE Program provides high school students in grades 9-12 with an opportunity to earn college credits while taking courses at their high school.  The program served over 1,700 students during the 2011-12 academic year.

“We are thankful for the support of F.N.B. Corporation and truly appreciate their commitment to the youth of our community,” said Dr. Asonevich.

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The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Education Center will be presenting the upcoming Somerset County College Fair, to be held on Tuesday, September 18th, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The fair will be hosted by the Berlin Brothersvalley School District and will take place in the Junior High School Gymnasium located at 1025 Main Street in Berlin.

All high school students, parents, and other individuals seeking educational advancement are encouraged to attend this event to discover the many opportunities available in our region. Individuals will have the ability to meet with representatives from around 40 institutions to learn about academic options, the benefits of higher education, and the necessary steps in the college admissions process.

For additional information on the Somerset County College Fair, please contact the Somerset Education Center at 814.443.2500 or somerset@pennhighlands.edu.

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Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Zaborowski, the College’s Dean for Learning Resources and Special Assistant to the President, as she will be honored with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alum who has demonstrated admirable service to the School of Information Services, had accomplishments in their professional and civic lives, and has shown strength in character. The criteria for the Distinguished Alumni Award include:

  • contributions of special achievement within the fields of information science;
  • volunteer service;
  • professional accomplishments;
  • recognition of achievements;
  • commitment to the School of Information Science; and
  • overall commitment to the University of Pittsburgh.

She will be receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award this October.

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Pennsylvania Highlands congratulates five faculty members on their recent accomplishments. Jeannine McDevitt and Matthew Slifko were awarded advancement in rank while William Wolff and Daniel Kerch were awarded tenure. Gaynelle Schmieder was awarded both advancement in rank and tenure.

Gaynelle Schmieder now holds the position of Assistant Professor, Health Care Professions, in addition to earning tenure. She began her career with Pennsylvania Highlands as a full-time faculty member in August of 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Francis University and a Master of Education from Clarion University.

Jeannine McDevitt now holds the position of Associate Professor, English. She began her career with Pennsylvania Highlands as a full-time faculty member in August of 2002. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Seton Hill University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Purdue University.

Matthew Slifko now holds the position of Assistant Professor, Mathematics. He began his career with Pennsylvania Highlands as a full-time faculty member in August of 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

William Wolff was recently awarded tenure and is an Associate Professor, Natural Sciences. He began his career with Pennsylvania Highlands as a full-time faculty member in August of 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Chemistry from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Kerch was recently awarded tenure and is an Assistant Professor, Accounting. He began his career with Pennsylvania Highlands as a full-time faculty member in December of 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration from Mount Alyosius College.

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Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently accepted a donation from Chad Wheeler, Senior Vice President at Wheeler Bros., Inc.  The $25,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program donation was given to help support the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program.

The College’s ACE program provides high school students in grades 9-12 with an opportunity to earn college credits while taking courses at their high school.  The program served over 1,700 students during the 2011-12 academic year.

“The support of businesses such as Wheeler Bros. is vital to our ability to operate this program at such a low cost to our students,” said Dr. Asonevich.  “We thank them for this donation and are honored that they have chosen to partner with us in our mission.”

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