Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill have decided to postpone the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Seton Hill University.
Katherine Hope, currently of Jeannette, has been awarded the 2019-20 Aaron Slafka Memorial Service Award at the University of Pittsburgh at Greenburg.
The departments of biology, chemistry and interdisciplinary sciences in St. Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing recently made a sizable donation of laboratory supplies to aid first responders and medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unity Township campus reported this week.
Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s order that nonessential businesses close for at least 14 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson announced all courses will be conducted online through the end of the semester and employees will work remotely for at least the next two weeks.
Clarion University last week announced the suspension of all face-to-face classroom instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. All instruction is being offered remotely.
In order to ensure the safety and well-being of students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, Westminster College will postpone its 166th commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9, the New Wilmington campus announced Thursday evening. “This was a difficult decision to make because we understand how very important this celebration is to our hard-working seniors and their families, but we are in unprecedented times,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson. “We did not arrive at this decision lightly. We are saddened, but we are also committed to keeping our students, their families and Westminster’s employees safe.” While a new date has not yet been set, Richardson said a formal commencement celebration will take place. Westminster’s campus task force continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow state and CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and large group gatherings. “Commencement is a joyous time and we look forward to celebrating our students’ achievements and to seeing our seniors walk across Weisel Senior Terrace to receive their diplomas,” said Richardson, adding that graduating seniors and their families will be notified as soon as a new date has been established.
Because of the travel and gathering restrictions associated with COVID-19, St. Vincent College has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season of St. Vincent Summer Theatre.
The St. Vincent College education department Monday announced that students seeking education certification are available to assist in home tutoring during the COVID-19 school closure.
In light of the current conditions and travel restrictions associated with COVID-19, the St. Vincent College Concert Series event “An Intimate Night of Chamber Music and Conversation,” which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, in the Robert S. Carey Center’s Performing Arts Center, will be rescheduled at a future date.
Christopher Mendillo of Latrobe was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, office reported Friday.
This letter from Clarion President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson was sent to the media Thursday afternoon and the campus community, informing everyone that “face-to-face instruction is canceled until further notice”:
In a proactive measure to maintain the health and safety of the Westminster campus community in response to coronavirus concerns, Westminster College has extended its Spring Break and will move to a temporary online learning format, the New Wilmington campus announced Wednesday afternoon.
Due to travel restrictions for Harvard University students and faculty, the Harvard Glee Club has announced the cancellation of its 2020 Heartland Tour, which included a March 16 performance at St. Vincent College. In canceling the performance, the Harvard Glee Club sent the following announcement: “Regretfully, the Harvard Glee Club announces that it will not be able to embark on its 2020 Heartland Tour. This announcement is the result of Harvard University administration’s preventative restrictions on domestic travel for students and faculty, placed in early March due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. These and similar restrictions have impacted student group travel, on-campus activities and day-to-day life across the university. The Glee Club is deeply grateful to its partners, collaborators, and all others in Ithaca, New York; Pittsburgh and Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Athens, Marion and London, Ohio, and Ann Arbor and Albion, Michigan, who provided support for the tour.” SVC added in its Tuesday afternoon press release, “At present and per information available from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there are no suspected or confirmed cases at St. Vincent College or in Latrobe.”
The National Sustainable Structures Center of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the mid-Atlantic administrator of the Building Operator Certification, will offer two BOC Level I courses at a 75% discount made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Spring is a great time to get outside and be more active! Penn State Extension, University Park, is offering an eight-week walking program to help turn behaviors into healthy habits. Moderate activity, such as walking, reduces stress and fatigue and increases mental alertness. It improves cardiovascular functioning and strengthens bones. Combined with healthy eating, it can help to reduce or maintain body weight and decrease incidence of certain chronic diseases. Gather your family, friends, or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Even your dog can be a member of your team! Team members will try to walk or exercise an average of 15 miles per week, for a total of eight weeks. Walk with your team or on your own, at a time and place convenient for you. Weekly newsletters include motivators to keep walking and strategies for eating healthy — so, everyone can keep moving toward a healthier lifestyle. Everybody Walk Across PA is a great program for worksites, schools, community groups, and more. Individuals with all levels of physical ability are encouraged to participate. An exercise conversion chart is available to help you convert physical activity into miles walked. The program will run March 30 through May 18. It’s free, but registration is required by March 30. To register, visit extension.psu.edu/everybody-walk or contact Karen Bracey at 570-836-3196.
The St. Vincent College Office of Admission will host a Get Acquainted Day Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 4, on the Unity Township campus.
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host its 24th annual Children’s Literature Conference on Friday, May 1. Two award-winning young-adult (YA) authors are the keynote speakers for the day: two-time Coretta Scott King Award recipient and author Sharon G. Flake and two-time Michael Printz Award-winning author A.S. King.
A billboard designed by Vincent College professor of art Ben Schachter has been chosen for the Emma Lazarus Art Award by the organization Combat Anti-Semitism.
UNIVERSITY PARK — During National Nutrition Month, Penn State Extension educators are serving a hearty portion of ongoing educational programs aimed at helping people eat better, live better and feel better.