LHU Holds Annual Scholarship Brunch and Convocation

Photo 2 Caption: LHU’s academic honors recipients stand with University President, Dr. Michael Fiorentino, Jr. L-R: Zachary Bair (Hermitage, PA) Alexa Mantle (Jersey Shore, PA) Kassidee Kirkwood (DuBois, PA)President Fiorentino, Abigail Shaffer (Portage, PA) Meghan Tanner (Kingston, PA) Andrew O’Donnell (Bellefonte, PA)
    LHU’s academic honors recipients stand with University President, Dr. Michael Fiorentino, Jr.  L-R: Zachary Bair (Hermitage, PA) Alexa Mantle (Jersey Shore, PA) Kassidee Kirkwood (DuBois, PA) President Fiorentino, Abigail Shaffer (Portage, PA) Meghan Tanner (Kingston, PA)  and Andrew O’Donnell (Bellefonte, PA)

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University recently held its annual Scholarship Brunch and Convocation. The Scholarship Brunch, put on by the LHU Foundation, allows for the fellowship of scholarship recipients and their respective donors. The event saw a large crowd of recipients and benefactors who enjoyed a hearty brunch in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center.

The LHU Foundation also honored the work of emerita and current Foundation Board member Karl Herrmann and his wife Lynne Herrmann. The Wagner Lock Haven University Achievement Award was established by Donn and Mary Ann Zaffuto Wagner to honor an individual or individuals whose extraordinary and genuine efforts come from the heart and whose accomplishments have impacted others in a positive way. Herrmann and his wife have been long-time supporters of the University leading back to 1965 when Herrmann first became an associate professor in the Health and Physical Education Department.

During his 32 year tenure, Herrmann served as the head basketball coach, head baseball coach, assistant basketball coach, and head men’s soccer coach. He has also become well known in the Lock Haven community as the “Founding Father” of Clinton County’s American Youth Soccer Organization, also known as AYSO. His wife, Lynne, was a registered nurse and made it her mission to educate individuals in the surrounding area about health issues and family planning. She taught at local schools and helped write the AIDS program for Keystone Central School District. Together, the Herrmanns have two scholarships—an endowed health sciences scholarship and an in & out men’s soccer scholarship. They have also named the Hermann Pavilion at Hubert Jack Stadium.

Additionally, the Philanthropy Award is given to a person or couple that have shown a positive impact through their philanthropic efforts. This year’s award was given to Dr. Carol Whitcraft Fredericks. Dr. Fredericks has shown outstanding civic responsibility by voluntarily committing her time and showing a willingness to serve in leadership roles, providing a vision and the ability to involve others in her philanthropic activity.

Dr. Fredericks and her late husband, Samuel, have shown their support of Lock Haven University by establishing the Samuel Fredericks Leadership Seminar, donating their family home to the University for special events and University guest accommodations, naming the Fredericks Family Library in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center, and establishing the Fredericks Family Carillon, among other things. Samuel and Carol also have an endowed general education scholarship.

Following the Scholarship Brunch students, their families, faculty, and members of the LHU administration gathered in Price Performance Center for the annual Gerald R. Robinson Academic Honors and Foundation Awards Convocation.

The President’s Awards honored the work of three exceptional students. LHU President Michael Fiorentino, Jr. presented awards to the following three students:

Elizabeth Wells-(State College, PA) President’s Scholarship Wells is a junior in the health science/pre-physician assistant program. In addition to an impressive 3.988 GPA following a rigorous course of study, Wells demonstrates her leadership abilities through numerous opportunities with the Global MountainServe Community Service Office and Global Honors Program. She works as a Resident Assistant, and is a member of the National Honor Fraternity of Phi Sigma Pi. Her future goals include working as a physician assistant to positively impact others in a rural setting.

Alisha Wein-(South Williamsport, PA) President’s Award for Distinguished Work in LGBTQ Advocacy Leadership Wein is a junior majoring in sport administration. She is a visible and impassioned public speaker on behalf of LGBTQ individuals on campus and in the community. She serves as the vice president of the Gender Sexuality Alliance and serves as a mentor for high school students, including a Facebook page which focuses on helping local LGBTQ youth. Her advocacy and leadership skills enable her to extract ideas and information into initiatives that foster a safe and equal campus and community climate.

Meghan Mausteller-(Lehighton, PA) President’s Award for Distinguished Work in the Advancement of Women’s Issues Mausteller is a senior majoring in communication and English with concentrations in journalism and writing. Her numerous nominators for the award noted that she is a passionate and committed advocate for social justice. She dedicates time to work in the HOPE Center, is a member of AAUW and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and writes for the Eagle Eye and other organizations. Mausteller has successfully executed bringing to campus and the community programs and activities to highlight issues that matter to women.

The outstanding academic achievements of seven roll of honor students were also recognized. Those students, listed below, earned the highest academic achievement across the University and in their respective colleges.
• Zachary Bair – Sport Administration (Hermitage, Pennsylvania)
Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.0 GPA
The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services Highest Academic Achievement – 4.0 GPA

• Leanne Fries – Social Work (Finleyville, Pennsylvania)
The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services Second Highest Academic Achievement – 3.98 GPA
• Kassidee Kirkwood – PreK-Grade 4/Special Education (DuBois, Pennsylvania)
College of Liberal Arts and Education Second Highest Academic Achievement – 3.94 GPA
• Alexa Mantle – Elementary/Middle Level Education Grades 4-8 (Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania)
College of Liberal Arts and Education Highest Academic Achievement – 3.99 GPA

• Andrew O’Donnell – Health Science (Bellefonte, Pennsylvania)
College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Second Highest Academic Achievement – 3.98 GPA

• Abigail Shaffer – Health Science (Portage, Pennsylvania)
Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.0 GPA
College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Highest Academic Achievement – 4.0 GPA

• Meghan Tanner – Physics (Kingston, Pennsylvania)
Lock Haven University Highest Academic Achievement – 4.0 GPA
College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences Highest Academic Achievement – 4.0 GPA
Abigail Bachman (Glenville, PA) and Isabella Plaza (West Hazelton, PA) each received APSCUF Scholarships. Moriah Lindsey (Woolrich, PA) received the APSCURF Scholarship presented by Professor Emeritus Donald Oakley. In addition, approximately 200 students received Foundation Scholarship Awards.