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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding Commencement for the Eighteenth Graduating Class on Sunday, May 12th, in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium.  The Ceremony will begin at 2:00pm.

In addition to awarding associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the Ceremony, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will also present the Distinguished Graduate Award, which honors a student who has contributed his or her time and effort to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the community while maintaining a high level of academic performance.

Please join us in congratulating our Eighteenth Graduating Class!

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Larry BrughPennsylvania Highlands Community College is pleased to announce that Larry Brugh has been named as the College’s Director of Career Planning and Employer Services.  Larry brings extensive experience in Career Services having served as Director of Career Services and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Career Services at Mount Aloysius since 1994.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and an M.A. in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Larry will lead the College’s Career Services efforts in two main areas in accordance with our Title III grant. The first area consists of assisting students in developing and implementing sound academic and career plans. The second area deals with strengthening the College’s relationships with regional employers to increase student internship and employment opportunities.

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Huntingdon to hold Open House

College Logo - Huntingdon (Square)Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s Huntingdon Center invites community members, including high school students, adults, and their families to attend an open house at our 6311 Margy Drive facility, off of Route 26 in Huntingdon. This exciting event will take place on Thursday, May 9th, from 6pm to 8pm.

Attendees will learn more about the many opportunities available at the College’s Huntingdon Center, including our outstanding degree programs, transfer options, and opportunities for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, will also be presented. Attendees will be able to speak with representatives regarding their future educational goals.

The College’s Huntingdon Center invites all interested individuals to attend this open house. For additional information, please contact us at 814.643.6200, toll-free at 1.888.385.PEAK, or huntingdon@pennhighlands.edu.

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MR - 20130412 - Angel Flight East Donation (Photo 2)On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Care Club donated $1,000 to Angel Flight East. The Care Club did this by holding a basket raffle and seeking donations from local businesses. The College’s Care Club provides community service, establishes peer support groups for students, and offers a system for healthcare professional networking.

Ellen Spoehr, Executive Director of Angel Flight East, flew into Johnstown to receive the money and meet the generous club. “We are truly grateful for the work of the Penn Highlands’ Care Club and their generosity. We thank them for choosing us with their efforts; the money donated will be used directly by Angel Flight East to support medical missions,” stated Ms. Ellen Spoehr.

She was accompanied by Bob Smith, a volunteer pilot of the organization. Mr. Smith, like many other volunteer pilots, donates his time, aircraft, fuel, landing fees, and other expenses just so Angel Flight East can continue its mission. On average, volunteer pilots help Angel Flight East successfully accomplish more than 300 flights per year.

More information on Angel Flight East: Angel Flight East is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need to get to treatment far from home. AFE serves the Eastern region of the United States, and for destinations beyond our reach, we link with other volunteer pilot organizations. Anyone who requests a flight must be medically stable, able to board an aircraft, and fly in a small single or twin engine aircraft. Our volunteer pilots use their private planes to fly our patients to their destinations. These men and women pay for all expenses for each mission they fly. (Content exerted from www.angelflighteast.org.)

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Congratulations to Edward Rosbaugh, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Alexander Wise, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as they were named to the 2013 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team on the evening of April 8, 2013. These students were honored for their achievements in the classroom and for their volunteerism in their communities. And, in order to be named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic team, they must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

MR - 20130410 - All PA Academic Team (Edward Rosbaugh - 1)Edward Rosbaugh will graduate from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services – Generalist, with the hope of one day becoming a Case Manager.  While at Penn Highlands, Edward was recognized for his outstanding leadership, service and commitment to the college.  He will transfer to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pursue his Bachelor’s degree and hopes to one day obtain his Master’s in Psychology.  Edward is currently Vice President of the Beta Epsilon Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, President of Student Government, and a student trustee.

MR - 20130410 - All PA Academic Team (Alexander Wise - 2)Alexander Wise graduated from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management degree. While at Penn Highlands, Alex was the President of the Beta Epsilon Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Alex is being recognized for his outstanding leadership, service and commitment to the College; he currently serves as the Supply Chain Leader at JWF Industries. Alex plans to his continue his educational pursuit by obtaining his Bachelor’s degree through Clarion University online, then ultimately seeking to obtain a Master’s degree.

The All-Pennsylvania Academic Team awards program, building from the National All-USA Academic Team for two-year colleges, recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities. For 19 years, the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has joined with Phi Theta Kappa to honor students who have been nominated by their colleges to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team.

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Pen2013 Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Startnsylvania Highlands Community College held its 6th Annual Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 6th at the College’s Richland Campus.  186 people registered for this year’s race, which is a 65% increase from 2012, and the largest turnout in the event’s history.

Organizers would like to thank Wessel & Company for serving as the event sponsor and recruiting such a large number of participants.  Proceeds from the race will help the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation provide funding for student scholarships, faculty development, and program support.

Results are as follows:

MALE RUNRacer finishing 5K

Top Three Overall
1.  Michael Dautlick, 16, 19:50
2.  Sam Schilling, 37, 19:56
3.  Taylor O’Hara, 18, 20:12

15U
1.  Luke Samay, 23:24

20-29
1.  Nicholas Ramirez, 20:26
2.  Jonathan Loveridge, 22:03
3.  Ben Long, 22:17
4.  Andrew Stephenson, 22:55
5.  Doug Puchko, 23:34
6.  Adam Maddy, 23:35
7.  Jimmy Shaffer, 23:44
8.  Korey Boyer, 23:46
9.  Sean McCool, 23:50
10.  Frank Brown, 25:01
11.  Albert Rummell, 28:14
12.  Seth Michaels, 28:57
13.  Michael Hastvy, 28:58
14.  Renold Sossong, 30:47
15.  Ray Wilhelm III, 35:01
16.  Raymond Weible Jr., 35:21
17.  Josh Fetcko, 36:51

30-39
1.  Joshua Kalp, 21:38
2.  Michael Becker, 21:50
3.  Brian Bell, 22:02
4.  Wes Fritz, 22:13
5.  Coey Kovalcak, 22:25
6.  John Jacobs, 23:33
7.  Robert Sabo, 23:54
8.  Nathan Haskins, 24:28
9.  Scott Hunt, 26:11
10.  Jeff Podrasky, 26:45
11.  Ben Wadsworth, 27:51
12.  Robert Gall, 28:24
13.  Christopher Weir, 29:24
14.  Dustin Michaels, 29:40

40-49
1.  Greg Winger, 21:44
2.  Paul Smiach, 21:56
3.  Vince Pavic, 22:19
4.  Glenn Katrancha, 22:30
5.  Eric Fogle, 23:25
6.  Eric Kabler, 24:10
7.  Eric Curry, 25:07
8.  Josephy Bradley, 25:11
9.  Dwayne Kaufman, 25:24
10.  Tom Chernisky, 27:30
11.  William Paul, 28:23
12.  Craig Freedling, 36:36

50-59
1.  John Skelley, 24:42
2.  Bill Polacek, 24:55
3.  Richard Bizjak, 25:28
4.  Ernie Peterson, 27:10
5.  Patrick Gillin, 28:59
6.  Tim Laidig, 29:01
7.  John Polacek, 29:58
8.  Sean Mahoney, 33:06

60-69
1.  George Hancock, 23:51
2.  Jim Cook, 29:54
3.  Roger Haney, 31:14
4.  David Stephenson, 34:19
5.  Michael Yargus, 35:11
6.  Tom Paterson, 43:30

70+
1.  Keith Neff, 25:42

FEMALE RUN

Top Three Overall
1.  Catherine Muchesko, 30, 20:30
2.  Elizabeth Rummell, 27, 22:32
3.  Brenda Szelong, 49, 23:38

15U
1.  Kaelin Kirchner, 37:33

16-19
1.  Sammy Jo Podrastsky, 26:17
2.  Cassie Pleskovic, 29:48

20-29
1.  Tonya Bibby, 25:48
2.  Amanda McKendree, 25:50
3.  Gabrielle Mickus, 27:22
4.  Sarah Loveridge, 27:45
5.  Kathleen Clark, 28:25
6.  Brittany Amrhein, 30:11
7.  Laura Mele, 30:27
8.  Tammy Mennecke-Haskins, 31:20
9.  Nicole Pleskovic, 31:21
10.  Kaitlyn Thiel, 33:38
11.  Trista Edwards, 34:40
12.  Lacey Fetcko, 37:09
13.  Alicia Cunningham, 46:47
14.  Cara Smay, 48:19

30-39
1.  Brooke Steppler, 25:19
2.  Michelle Maksymik, 26:02
3.  Sharele Hatfield, 28:47
4.  Geneanne Fritz, 28:49
5.  Amanda Noon, 29:24
6.  Sandra Kirchner, 30:23
7.  Jennifer Stanek, 30:24
8.  Agatha Poole, 31:43
9.  Sonya Giuffre, 32:07
10.  Dawn Larson, 32:29
11.  Jessica Ferguson, 33:47
12.  Jodi Kabler, 34:05
13.  Elizabeth Bischof, 34:23
14.  Kristi Titus, 41:43
15.  Kari Ricotta, 43:48

40-49
1.  Karen Kohler, 27:12
2.  Joannie Nedwreski, 33:07
3.  Michele Rice, 33:37
4.  Amy Leventry, 33:47
5.  Diana Karlinsey, 35:07
6.  Roseann Layton, 35:15
7.  Sandy Ponzek, 39:30
8.  Christine Schriver, 40:49
9.  Brenda Ogline, 43:50
10.  Sharon Swires, 46:49
11.  Cindy Gdula, 49:40

50-59
1.  Kathleen Griffith, 27:36
2.  Sharon Paterson, 27:47
3.  Tina Honkus, 34:00
4.  Debby Callihan, 35:15
5.  Sue Hunt, 35:53
6.  Connie Mercik, 39:31

60+
1.  Ruth Ferchalk, 35:51

MALE WALK

Top Three Overall
1.  Michael Pasierb, 59, 36:43
2.  Bruce Shannon, 57, 38:58
3.  William Obert, 65, 42:13

15U
1. Kaedan Errett, 46:08

40-49
1.  Rodney Hatfield, 51:32
2.  John Zlater, 53:58
3.  Mike Pleskovic, 54:07

50-59
1.  Kevin Sabo, 51:35
2.  Douglas Puchko, 55:57

60-69
1.  Lyle Alexander, 47:02
2.  Walter Asonevich, 48:49
3.  Larry Ramirez, 52:06
4.  Robert Mainhart, 52:12

FEMALE WALK

Top Three Overall
1.  Sherry Obert, 57, 36:50
2.  Karen Ream, 42, 38:48
3.  Karen Teklinsky, 45, 40:43

15U
1.  Emma Leigh Gress, 45:41
2.  Haidee Errett, 46:34

20-29
1.  Allie Byrne, 46:38
2.  Brittany Conrad, 48:18
3.  Nicole Bender, 53:48
4.  Kayla Puchko, 55:14
5.  Bridget Eash, 56:03
6.  Anna Elias, 57:03

30-39
1.  Angela Novak, 42:16
2.  Christy Falisec, 46:52
3.  Toni Brooks, 47:00
4.  Samantha Brothers, 47:20
5.  Jill Bender, 53:50
6.  Stacy Weir, 53:57
7.  Stephanie Zlater, 53:59

40-49
1.  Krista Peles, 47:19
2.  Paula Byrne, 48:20
3.  Sheila Mickus, 51:31
4.  Sue Brugh, 52:14
5.  Michelle Stumpf, 52:48
6.  Kristy Curry, 52:49
7.  Amanda Fisher, 54:00
8.  Patty Shannon, 55:58

50-59
1.  Nancy Yargus, 44:12
2.  Kim Asonevich, 45:39
3.  Mindy Nitch, 52:16
4.  Maureen Puchko, 55:59

60-69
1.  Hope Slusher, 50:47
2.  Susan Babalonis, 51:34
3.  Brenda Coughenour, 56:03

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