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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester.

Acosta: Niki Lynn Zerfoss

Altoona: Rachel Lynn Blackburn, Shantell Lynette Brown, John J. Cicchitello, Benjamin David Coldwell,Lillian B. Faison, Adrienne Grace Ford, Nathalia M. Harchak, Alissa Nicole Ingram, Casey Aaron Kreiger, Kylee Marrie Lonsinger, Mikayla Marie Merritt, Nicholas Trevor Ransom, Midah Shahid, Zunaria Shahid, Justin Ross Straesser, Annette M. Thompson, Hannah Kate Wray

Alum Bank: Sarah M. Gardner, Larry E. Sarver

Apollo: Tucker John Insko

Armagh: Thomas M. Bracken, David E. Brendlinger

Athens: Derek Duane Horton

Beaverdale: Kaitlyn Emanuelle Alley

Bedford: Adam Robert Vanmeter

Bellwood: Amy Jo Vaughn

Berlin: Bethany Marie Blubaugh, Tyler James Gindlesperger

Blairsville: Alyssa Marie Debnar

Boswell: Cassandra Marie Brocht, Hunter Matthew Connor, Sierra Mckenn Eagleson, Hanna E. Mesaros, Stephen Allen Mort, Scott Jeffrey Sutton, Melanie Renae Washabaugh

Butler: Tyler Curtis Lemmon

Cairnbrook: Trista Marie Busch

Carrolltown: Michael J. Gmitter, Calem Robert Illig, Evan Joseph Johnson, Matthew Robin Ramsdell, Michael Cyril Shuss, Amanda Kay Stossel, Nicholas Adam Veneskey

Central City: Michael Anthony Contrillo

Chambersburg: Zachary Filer Garnes

Cherry Tree: Brenda K. Smith

Claysburg: Gregory Michael Beiro, Zachary Kyle Cox

Clearfield: Kylee B. Mitchell, Wyatt D. Porter, William Shane Rowles, Sarah E. Snyder, Jena M. Soult, Ashley R. Struble

Colver: Bryan Edwin Guyer, Lyndon Joseph Saylor, Kristy Lynn Weber

Conneaut: Mark David Woods

Cresson: Shaina Lavon Aurandt, Anastasia Elizabeth Clapper, Christopher James Soisson, Hannah Marie Szpala

Davidsville: Marisa Lynne Wagner

Dayton: Zane Nathaniel Clowser

Duncansville: James Franklin Figart, Janelle N. Meadows, Ryder Jadon Pero

East Freedom: Catherine Anne Milillo

Ebensburg: Kimberly L. Chappell, Scott Edward Holsinger, Laurie J. Horn, Cody Francis Mack, Bailie Ann Rhoades, Jessica Lynn Shaffer, Nathan Lee Smith, Heath Francis Wirfel

Everett: Justin William Mearkle

Flinton: Anthony Joseph Barnhart, Megan Kimberly Bickford

Frenchville: Thad Edward Butler

Friedens: Samantha Elaine McKenzie, Miranda Lynne Pastuch

Gallitzin: Sarah A. Proudfit

Gray: Kaitlin D. Sivits

Greensburg: Cole Joseph Frederick

Hastings: Dylan Robert Maurer, Elizabeth Rose Schweiger, Amanda Jane Urgolites

Hollsopple: Alexis Lynn Christofes, Makayla Grace Coughenour, Kylee L. Doyle, Zachary Nicholas Dull, Kristopher G. Hogue, Aaron Nicholas Szapka, Desiree M. Toth

Homer City: Cheyane Marie Hillan

Houtzdale: Megan Elizabeth Patterson

Huntingdon: Shelli Renee Jones-Duffy, Morgan Mikael Snyder

Indiana: Brandi E. Bell, Patrick Donald Graham

Jerome: Leigh Conrad Deist

Johnstown: Alexis Renee Albert, Mary K. Angus, Misty Marie Ashcom, Gabrielle Zoe Belz, Charis Yvonne Biancuzzo, Amanda R. Bosely, Danielle P. Boyer, Jack Joseph Brookings, Gabrielle Elizabeth Buck, DeAnna Mae Burkett, Laura Marie Campagna, Sadie Danielle Carney, Daniel G. Carter, Mya Frances Makana Ceballos-Palmer, Megan B. Cohn, Kaitlen-Marie N. Cooper, Natalie Marie Costanzo, Jenna Nicole Danchanko, Jamie M. Dolinsky, Erin Michele Dubnansky, Theodore Emerson Dunagan, Jessica Jean Eash, Shelby Alanna Edwards, Amaiah L. Ellis, Kayla Christine Eppley, McKenzie Lynn Fitzpatrick, Martina B. Flanagan, John Haynes Follansbee, Anthony J. Furfari, Megan Ashley  Graham, Jacob Ryan Green, Jordyn Elizabeth Hamilton, Autumn Marie Hause, Cassandra Sue Helsel, Evan J. Heming, Tanaya  Alexandria Hinton, Zachary Michael Hoover, Holly Ann Hostetler, Christian Ovidio Jaramillo, Chante Johnson, Breona Lynn Keirn, Sara Marie Kimmell, Rachel S. King, Cynthia Marie Kist, Phillip Dominick Kniss, Jonathan David Kramer, Alexis Marie LaBuda, Nicholas Brian         Letosky, Kayla R. Leventry, William Eugene Livingston, Alexander R. Lopez, Jaimee E. Maluchnik, Lana Evgenevna Maniakhina, Maria E. Manon, Desarae Brooke Margucci, Regina Marie Mcminn Sida, Ashley D. Michaels, Alexander J. Middleton, Ashley Nicole Miller, Katelyn Dawn Miller, Selena R. Miller, Alecia M. Morgan, Arlaya L. Morris, Sheila Ann Myers, Jacob R. Nemeth, Krista Nicole Neuner, Christopher L. Norman, Andrew Don Ogline, Lauren Madison Olshewsky, Lindsay Marissa Olshewsky, Callie A.J. Olvera, Michael David Pellow, Cassidy Rose Polacek, Seth David Pratt, Aaliyah N. Pridgen, Joseph William Prouse, Seth Thomas Reese, Divine I. Rivera, Lewis Raymond Michael Rose, Noah John Sakmar, Melissa Marie Salerno, Joshua S. Scaletta, Katie Abigail Shaffer, Noah Scott   Shorto, Heather Renee Shroyer, Ryan S. Slanoc, Misty A. Smothers, Alana Somerville, Kane Isaiah Stiffey, Geoffrey David Stumpo, Logan Christopher Subich, Elizabeth Marie Swanberg, Ruth J. Velazquez-Torres, Brad E. Vermileon, Philip John Vizza, Cheyann J. Warner, Erin Marie Weyant, Ethan A. Wingard, Emily V. Wood, Courtney E. Yoder, Wen Jing You

Knox: Michael Eugene Ritchey

Ligonier: Cheyenne Laurel Stouffer

Loretto: Mark David Eckenrode

Meyersdale: Johnathan James Chaney, Timothy James Garlitz, Ben Martin Helinski, Danielle Leigh Hetrick, Tammy Lee Hetrick

Mineral Point: Daren Von Ashurst

Mount Pleasant: Ethan Timothy Charlesworth, Patrick Robert Heskey

Mount Union: Kevin Eugene Harris, Candy Nan Jordan

Nanty Glo: Ashley Lynn DeSalvo, Taylor Nichol Frederick, Michael James Kivisto, Ethan John Marines, William Blake Ray, Katrina M. Rayman, David M. Shedlock

New Derry: Sarah N. Boyce

New Florence: Amber M. Boring, Alexander Wayne Kells, Colin Andrew Knupp, Laci Kaitlin Stone

New Paris: Cynthia D. Frazier

Newton Hamilton: Jason Lee Hocker

Normalville: Joel Kevin Berger

Northern Cambria: Tanner Lee Carl, Chase Patrick Hill, John R. McBee II, Katie Montgomery Mertens, Michaela Marie Penksa, Autumn Angel Wise

Orbisonia: Shea Raymond Berrier

Patton: Nichole Lynn Helbig, Jessie Karla Hoover, Devin Michael Shaner

Petersburg: Tara Mae Sheetz

Pittsburgh: Willie James Smith

Portage: Alex M. Bisaha, Matthew A. Gage, Darla Rae Kennedy, Brooke L. Kennedy-Brecht, Jesse Karl Kreutzberger, Steven D. Panick, Sandra J. Pentland, Jamie Lee Sossong, David Lee Tutsock

Revloc: Bethany M. Breshears, Brandy Lee Eckenrod, Kelly Ann Hott

Roaring Spring: Brandon Mark Brumbaugh, Hannah K. Moore

Rome: Wyatt Mitchell Shuman

Rouseville: Colton Alan Cunningham

Saint Benedict: Bonnie L. Himmel, Brittany E. McLucas

Saint Marys: Joshua William Gleixner

Saint Michael: Michelle M. Naughton

Salisbury: Shawn Allan Romesberg

Salix: Courtnie Elizabeth Eshbaugh, Chey Yvonne McKelvey, Ashlee N. Sabo, Gabrielle Marie Vogel

Saxton: Gregory Thomas Lynn

Sidman: Joel Michael Barton, Ryan Michael Holgash, Gabrielle Nicole Josephson, Samantha Kaitlyn Knepper, Danielle C. Mickus, Alexa B. Spicher, Carly Danielle Turgeon

Somerset: Ashleigh Nicole Fieg

South Fork: Misty Rose Custer, Megan Vivian Facciani, Noah Joseph Kolar, Easton John Krajewski, Courtney Raye Wilson

State College: Anagen D. Wood

Stoystown: Brittany Nicole Naugle, Erin Maria Sutton

Summerhill: Taylor Rae Burkey, James D. Cornman, Kevin Michael Margic, Christine L. Yakicic

Three Springs: Catherine Grace Anderson

Twin Rocks: Tyler Ryan Hegedus, Kassandra Michele Little

Tyrone: Casey Adam Campbell, Crystal Lynn Hoffman, Joseph John Noel, Stevie Marie Pennington, Tiffany Marie Shearer

Valencia: John Alex Cicconi

Vintondale: Lilac D. Brown, Jacquelyn Marie Sheesley, Tiffaney Jade Smith

Westover: Aaron Michael Bakaysa, Rachel Lyn Bakaysa, Logan Michael Sral

Windber: Timothy A. Borish, Jeffrey John Dagostino, Danielle Denise Dillon, Justin Michael Gates, Julie Anne Gordon, Bonnie J. Keefer, Sarah A. Levadnuk, Tyler Patrick McCall, Jillian R. McNeal, Courtney Marie Mihalko, Conor Duane Nitka, Dana Sue Ramirez, Daniel Robert Shaffer, Hunter S. Thomas, Erica M. Zabrucky

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding its Commencement Ceremony for their Twenty-Second Graduating Class on Saturday, May 6th, in the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Richland Campus Auditorium. The Ceremony will begin at 10:00am.

Student Senate President Sadie Carney, of Johnstown, will be giving this year’s commencement address. Ms. Carney will obtain her degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (A.A.) during the ceremony. She has also been very active during her time at Pennsylvania Highlands as both a College Student Trustee and the Student Senate President.

Sadie Carney will share her story to over 200 graduates who are planning to be in attendance. Also addressing the graduates will be College President Dr. Walter Asonevich, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees John Skelley, Cambria County President Commissioner Thomas Chernisky, and Faculty Senate President Dr. Kevin Slonka.

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 and the community while maintaining a high level of academic performance.

For those unable to attend the event, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be streaming the event live via the College’s official Facebook account. Direct access to the College’s Facebook page is available by using the following link:

www.facebook.com/pennhighlands/

Please join us in congratulating our Twenty-Second Graduating Class!

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Held in the Richland Campus Auditorium, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College President Dr. Walter Asonevich offered his 2017 State of the College Address on Tuesday afternoon to a captivated audience. He highlighted various topics, from accreditation to regionalization to the College’s expansive, and far-reaching, educational offerings that focus on providing an affordable, high quality education to our local communities.

Dr. Asonevich began by addressing the College’s on-going accreditation process and the differences between a regional and national accreditation.

His focus then shifted to Penn Highlands’ regionalization efforts, including expansion of the Blair Center, growth and a new facility in Somerset, and beginning discussions on what could be an already near capacity Huntingdon Center.

The address featured a map designating the numerous counties of Pennsylvania that have been impacted by the College’s presence. These areas include the four counties that currently have a Penn Highlands’ facility, locations that are served through the College’s accredited dual enrollment (Accelerated College Education) program, areas served via online programming, and counties that have inquired about having a Penn Highlands’ presence.

“Our blueprint for providing small rural communities with affordable access to higher education has been met with positive results,” said Asonevich. “We follow a systematic approach when handling regionalization. It is done in a way to ensure that our students and their communities will be rewarded with the benefits that encompass a strong educational institution.”

Asonevich rounded out his address by discussing how funding from the state and county impacts both the College’s budget and tuition fees. And, how the College continues to investigate and expand through more flexible options – including online, evening, and weekend offerings – that can better satisfy and connect with the needs of our region.

“Our mission, as a community college, is to provide learning opportunities that meet the demands of the region,” Asonevich explained. “With online, evening, and weekend options, we are positioned to provide better flexibility in course scheduling for students. As a result, we can deliver more choices that lead to both student and community success.”

To see the the State of the College Address in its entirety, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennhighlands/.

President Dr. Asonevich delivers the State of the College Address.

President Dr. Asonevich delivers the State of the College Address.

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The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges honored the 23rd Annual All-Pennsylvania (All-PA) Academic Team at an awards banquet held in early April in Harrisburg. The awards recognize an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

The 2017 All-PA Team consists of 44 outstanding community college scholars from across the Commonwealth. The All-PA Team is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honors society. Those honored from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College included the following seven students:

  • Rachel Blackburn (Altoona)
    Graduation Date: May 2017
    Degree: Associate of Science in Accounting
  • Nicholas Braniff (Revloc)
    Graduation Date: May 2017
    Degree: Associate of Science in Computer Science
  • Sadie Carney (Johnstown)
    Graduation Date: May 2017
    Degree: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Hunter Connor (Boswell)
    Graduation Date: May 2017
    Degree: Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Mary Anne Cowfer (Tyrone)
    Graduation Date: December 2016
    Degree: Associate of Arts in Psychology
  • Kylee Doyle (Holsopple)
    Graduation Date: May 2017
    Degree: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Jessica Shaffer (Ebensburg)
    Graduation Date: May 2017
    Degree: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Pennsylvania Highlands would like to congratulate these students on their academic achievements, and look forward to what each of their futures will hold.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently hosted the Laurel Highlands Region Crisis Intervention Team as they provided their annual Crisis Intervention Training during the final week of March to officers and others in the field.

This weeklong (40-hour) training program teaches individuals various techniques on how to engage with people in crises, including those who are mentally ill. Participants were able to hone their verbal de-escalation skills with the goal of creating nonviolent intervention through voluntary compliance.

Additional training topics dealt with handling the mentally ill, juveniles, and people with personality disorders, suicide prevention, and substance abuse. This program is currently in its 10th year.

Twenty-one police and corrections officers from multiple counties attended the program, including the College’s own Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, Dr. Robert Clark. After completion, all received a certificate during a graduation ceremony

To learn more about workforce training opportunities or the Criminal Justice program, please contact Penn Highlands Community College at 1.888.385.PEAK.

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On Saturday, April 8th, students from the Pennsylvania Highlands Blair Center participated in a spring cleanup of a key thoroughfare in the City of Altoona. The intersections of 6th & 7th avenues with 7th & 8th streets are high traffic areas and are often the first to be seen by visitors and tourists.

Members of the Blair Center Student Activities Club swept remnants of this winter’s road treatments from the sidewalks in addition to gathering trash and debris in conjunction with the City of Altoona’s Public Works Department. Students arrived at these intersections around 8:00am, and continued to clear the area until noon.

Participants of Altoona Clean Up (L to R): Jen Daniels (Community Volunteer), Jenda Sible, Tracey McClellan and daughter, Rachel and Aaron Bakaysa, John Donnelly (AASD School Board President), Keith Bryant, Matthew Pacifico (Mayor of the City of Altoona), Joseph Eckels (Big A Booster Club President), Rebecca Rago, and Julie Patosky (Blair Center Director).

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting its 5th Annual Criminal Justice Seminar on Monday, April 10th, from 2pm to 4pm. This seminar, entitled “Forensic Crime Scene Investigation,” will take place in the Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way.

This year’s presenter will be Mr. Jeffrey Lees, the Cambria County Coroner. His presentation will cover the role of the Coroner and the Coroner’s Office, and will explain the manners and causes of death, crime scene preservation, and working with law enforcement. Mr. Lees is certified through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Be aware that by its general nature, seminar content including photographic examples are to be considered graphic.

This event is open to the public. For any questions and to register, please contact Dr. Robert Clark or Dennis Miller of the College’s Criminal Justice program. The College be reached by phone at 814.262.6400; or email them directly at rclark@pennhighlands.edu (Dr. Robert Clark) or dmiller3@pennhighlands.edu (Dennis Miller).

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