Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Ms. Linda Thomson, Mr. Marc McCall, and Mr. Mike Puruczky.
“Our new board members are extremely active, community focused, and bring welcomed expertise and energy to the group,” stated Dr. Steve Nunez, President of Penn Highlands. “We are fortunate to have them on our team as we continue to expand our offerings throughout the region.”
Ms. Linda Thomson has been the President/CEO of JARI, a full-service economic development agency headquartered in Johnstown, PA, for 20 years. As CEO, Linda has worked collaboratively with the education sector by preparing community individuals and businesses for future and current workforce needs. Ms. Thomson received a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg (College) University and a Master of Public Administration from Lehigh University. Linda is a member of the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, the former president of the PA Economic Development Association, and a current member of the ECAC Philadelphia Federal Reserve. Ms. Thomson resides in Westmont with her husband David and her two daughters.
Mr. Marc McCall is a Sales Executive at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in downtown Johnstown. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and received a Master of Business from St. Francis University. Marc has worked in hospitality, healthcare technology, and insurance. A resident of Johnstown since 2002, Marc currently resides in Westmont with his wife, Kelly, and two daughters.
Mr. Mike Puruczky, a lifelong resident of Johnstown, is the Chief Financial Officer of Laurel Holdings, Inc. He dual majored in accounting and finance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mike started his career as an accountant for Wessel & Company, and he has worked for Laurel Holdings for the last 20 years, holding the title of CFO since 2005. Mike currently resides in Richland Township with his wife and two daughters.
The new trustees filled three vacant positions after trustees Steve McAneny, a trustee since 2006, John (Jack) Cavanaugh, a trustee of 19 years, and Pat Farabaugh, a trustee since 2014, did not renew their terms this past December.
“Penn Highlands is extremely grateful for the service and dedication that Steve, Jack, and Pat provided to the college,” stated Greg Winger, Board of Trustees Chairperson. “We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
In addition to the announcement of the three new board members, new officers were also elected:
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College men’s basketball player Matthew Forbes (Pittsburgh, PA) has been named the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week (January 6-12, 2020).
During his play last week, he averaged 29.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals, and 4 assists. Forbes shot 71% from three-point range and 62.8% from the field.
“Matt has had a great start to 2020,” stated Landon Loya, Head Coach of the Black Bears. “His versatility allows us to play him at multiple positions. He’s tough and resilient, and his athletic abilities allow him to finish at the rim while also being a great shooter.”
Overall, Forbes is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 13 games played this season.
Forbes is a graduate of Penn Hills High School.
Penn Highlands competes in Region XX and is a part of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC). The WPCC was founded in 1972 and currently consists of 10 member institutions.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester.
Acme – Charles Robert Heckman II
Alexandria – Kendra Jo Norris
Altoona – Garrett Steven Burns, Justin Paul Cruthers, Miranda Michelle Cruthers, Kendra Culp, Edward Michael Drzewiecki, Gavin Charles Harding, Lynn Edward Hight, Trená S. Johnson, Janice D. Jorge Matos, Priscilla Paige Lamertina, Crystal Eileen Melton, Joshua Scott Redinger, Lisa Rae Reed, Todd Raymond Rice, Cody Scott Rossman, Erica Breana Smith, Jordan Ashley Starbird, Christian Toth, Imani Vaughn, Angela E. Weber, Emilee Wertz, Jessica Joanne Samantha Worley
Armagh – Luke William Means, Felicity Noelle Regan, Kallista Joy Regan, Noah Michael Slippy
Ashville – Angela Marie Musselman
Bedford – Eric Gabriel Hooper, Chad Allen Weakland, Hannah Wenslau
Bellefonte – Alexis Clifford
Berlin – Maria Katherine Engleka, Kaitlyn Leigh Ferko, Tyler Scott Landis, Megan Lynn Miller, Sydney Lynn Shaulis, Elizabeth M. Stoltzfus, Jennifer Ann Swope
Blandburg – Bethany Kay Smeal
Boswell – Scarlet Sasha Auble, Josie Autumn Lehman, Nicholas Benjamin Miller, Hannah Marie St. Clair
Cadogan – Christopher Matthew Serafine
Calvin – Aryan Marie Oakman
Carrolltown – Courtney R. Loughran, Amanda Lee Morchesky
Cassville – Morgan Pheasant David-Meece
Central City – Cody Gumbita, Briana Lyn Pakstis
Cherry Tree – Angie Dawn Moyer
Claysburg – Kayla Breanne Fluke
Clearfield – Kimberly J. Wilsoncroft
Clymer – Sarah N. Brown, Tavia E. Henry, Zachary Michael Horwat
Coalport – Maria Jewel Henry
Colver – Lee Ann Krumenacker
Confluence – Madison Ashley Fabian, Nick Shafer
Connellsville – Justin Thomas Thornton
Corry – Kreg Allen Schreckengost
Cresson – Kayla Marie Borque, Katherine E. Napier
Davidsville – Jordan P. Miller, Marisa Lynne Wagner
Ebensburg – Nicholas Ryan Brawley, Veronica R. Chumrik, Mary Danielle Gittings, Jenelle Marie Hanlon, Brandon C. Hritz, Noah Joseph Leheny, Hope Marie Sodmont, Cody James Sral, Justin Michael Tavalsky, Richard Emil Tavalsky, Thomas William Tavalsky, Korin Arielle Templeton
Flinton – Jennifer Marie Cavalet, Maiya Jasmine Shaffer, Mikasa Jade Shaffer
Ford City – Tyler Aaron Smeltzer
Frenchville – Katelynn R. Smith
Friedens – Kelsey Katherine Emerick, Matthew Steven Hoyman, Katelynn Elizabeth Swank, Derek Michael James Zolla
Garrett – Jade Frances Hetz
Gillett – Kayla Rae Kendall
Hastings – Nicolas W. Bradley, Tyler Christopher Huber
Hollidaysburg – Cynthia Elizabeth Bundy, Kara Elizabeth Gallagher, Makayla Sierra Langenbacher, Mikayla Renee McIntosh, Abraham William Onkst, Erika Olivia Wilkie, Christopher Alexander Winters
Hollsopple – Declan L. Cullen, Bradley Eli Gearhart, Ashley L. Malkin, Madison Blair Walker
Homer City – Madison Brooke Marcus, Evan Patrick Orr
Hopwood – Nathaniel Joseph Erminio
Huntingdon – Heather Dawn Allen, Anneliese Danae Aurand, Cecilia Lane Crayosky
Johnstown – Tyler Stephen Alt, Zacheri Gabriel Anderson, Stephanie Dawn Ashbrook, Cassidy Faye Bailey, Luke R. Belz, Nathan Hunter Berkebile, Kirstyn Ayla Berkey, Justin Dylan Bezek, Haley Alexis Blough-Cycyk, Hannah Noelle Boring, Ashley Nichol Boyle, Joshua Lynn Brant, Samiyah M. Britt, Gregory Otho Brown, Grant Phillip Buynack, Stephan B. Caputa, Mya Frances Makana Ceballos-Palmer, Bradley Hugh Collier, Mary Irina Constantino, Liam Alexander Costa-Malcolm, Lauren Rosella Dallape, Anthony Michael De Jesus, Kolby Ann DeGrange, Christopher Ceylon Durham, Peter O. Echon, Justin Thomas Eckenrod, Keeley Isabella Elliott, Mariah C. Ernst, Kyle Lee Feliciano, Rylan J. Felosky, Caitlin Nichole Flowers, Ethan Francis Forster, Kayla Jean Gerney, Brandon Lee Gindlesperger, Cara Corinne Gnagey, Elaina M. Grosik, Bradley James Haberkorn, Francisco P. Hernandez, Sierria Lynn Hoover, Joel Allen Horner, Bryce Michael Huss, Zorin A. Istvan, Brett Daniel Jewett, Mia K. Jordan, Jed Alan Karalfa, Carson D. Kaufman, Tonya Louise Kaufman, Chandler M. Keefer, Ty Frederick Keilman, Taylor L. Kennedy, Ashley J. Kolar, Sarah Elizabeth Konicky, Jonathan Ray Leckey, Gavin Parker Lewis, Jacob Scott Lushko, Abigail Anna Majercsik, Shane A. Malinish, Amber L. Mangus, Nicole Lynn McAdams, Ethan Paul McClafferty, Sean R. McIntire, Jeffrey Wayne McKissick, Beth Ann Millare, Kristopher Matthew Mulvehill, Alexes L. Naylor, Aliyah L. Naylor, Kelly Lynne Null, Meagan E. Ohler, Sheena Marie Pastuch, Jessica N. Pelkey, Lindsey Marie Pullin, Liana Nicole Roland, Elizabeth A. Ruszkoski, Susan A. Sanders, Bret Alan Sarlouis, Jacob L. Scaletta, Tyler Caleb Schmidtetter, Noelle M. Smith, Sophie Rose Sprankle, Sophia Miles Straw, Alana Faith Taylor, Jack Thorn Thomas, Heather E. Tomasko, Alisha Nicole Trantham-Tittle, Brianna Marie Tustin, Daniel Andrew Tvarozna, Candyce Mackenzie Vannatter, Kayli Elizabeth Warshel, Grace A. Weinzierl, Christopher John Weld, Bianca E. Wright, Lynda K. Yanosky
Kittanning – Matthew James Brumbaugh
Lilly – Victoria Elise Phillips
Loretto – Brooke A. Driskel, Casey Marie Ellis, Kateri Autumn Krise, Morghan Theresa Krug
Manns Choice – Olivia Danielle Miller
Mansfield – Colton James Pierce
Mapleton – Karrigan P. Woodward
Mapleton Depot– Hannah Marie Gladfelter
Martinsburg – Nicholas Allen Bechtel
Mayport – Zane Smith Rapp
Meyersdale – Eliza Adeleine Darnell, Alan Andrew Mognet, Erika Nicole Ritchey, Jeremiah C. Shroyer
Mineral Point – Aileen Ashurst, Kaylee J. Meier, David Morley, Danika Marie Polka, Travis Roy Varner
Mount Union – Michael Anthony Dell, Brooke E. Delo, Taylor P. Grove, Crystal Leann Parsons, Kevin G. Sherwood
Nanty Glo – Shaylynn Nicole George, Madison Rae Salvaggio
New Florence – Cheyanne M. Gregorich
New Kensington – Timothy Richard Conroy
Northern Cambria – Jeffrey Stephen Degol, Tanya Nicole Deyarmin, Tessa Marie Kratzer, Chelsea M. Lute, Chloe Maines, Michael Andrew Penksa
Orbisonia – Garrett Victor McMath
Osterburg – Addison B. Weyant
Parkhill – Kylee Nicole Hamilton
Patton – Jacob Leo Beebe, Emma Marie Garrison, Maddelyn Paige Hoover, Cassidy Erin Ringler, Angela Marie Wharton
Penn Run – Seth E. Fyock, Khylee Lynn Maglione
Petersburg – Reagan Christine Lightner
Portage – Autumn Nicole Beck, Adam E. Dixon, Brooke Lynn Kennedy-Brecht, Corey Kopnicky, Emily Paige Krisko, Joshua A. Krumenacker, Jenna Ann Moratti, Isabella Nicole Nagy, Madison Elise Piatak, Anissa Lynn Rosemas
Punxsutawney – Kelly Jo Day
Roaring Spring – Melony Linn Brantner, Cody Rhodes
Rockwood – Savannah Marie Clawson, Drew Alexander Meyers, Shelby Allyson Nicholson
Saint Benedict – Ashley N. McLucas
Saint Michael – Alayna R. Plaza
Salix – Kelly Antionette Blalock, Brock Joel Miller, Priscilla L. Ryman, Tammy Yvonne Young
Saltillo – Megan Dawn Kough
Seward – Isabel Katheryn Fernando, Lacee L. Jacobs
Shelocta – Joseph D. Spohn
Sidman – Lindsey R. Alochney, Ashley Marie Knepper
Somerset – Sarah Renee Fleegle, Jeannette Elizabeth Metz, Alexis Elaine Murphy, Mykell Angel Reese, Grace Marie Samler
South Fork – Judy Lynn Ciampa, Kody Clifford, Nicole Rae Kinsey, Lauren Michelle McGrath
Spring Church – Justin Thomas Donelow
Stoystown – Briana Marie Baumgardner, Lily Patricia Grace
Summerhill – Alex D. Cornman, Keara L. Hollingsworth, Jude David Schrift
Templeton – Brittney Renee Kepple
Three Springs – Mason R. Farine, Jordyn L. Kubovcsak, Wyatt Preston Long
Twin Rocks – Evan Michael Bencosky, Nevin John McIntosh-Higgins
Tyrone – John Andrew Lehner, Jon Dennis Vandevander
Valencia – Summer McBride
Vintondale – Garrett D. Smith
Westover – Rachel Belle Moyer
Williamsburg – Amber Marie Tate
Windber – Tyler Nicholas Brown, Tyler Robert Bush, Brooke Nicole Elliott, Caitlyn N. Guercio, Michael Jeffrey Hartman, Adriane S. Hautz, Matthew David Kaiser, Madison R. Leitenberger, Andrew M. Mattis, Samantha Elaine Miller, Tanner Jackson Wagner, Jonas D. Wissinger
During a digital signing and news conference, 14 Pennsylvania community college presidents announced a new partnership and articulation agreement with Southern New Hampshire University.
Under the agreement, students from all 14 Pennsylvania community colleges will be able to transfer up to 90 credits to Southern New Hampshire University and complete their bachelor’s degree online with a 10 percent tuition reduction.
“The mission of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is, in part, to provide affordable opportunities at gaining the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce,” stated Dr. Steve Nunez, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. “With even more jobs requiring some higher education, this articulation agreement with Southern New Hampshire University provides a great opportunity for students to earn a bachelor’s degree after completing up to 90 credit hours at Penn Highlands.”
Of the 90 credits that may be transferred toward an online bachelor’s degree, applicable military training is considered. The agreement also applies to employees and immediate family members of employees from all Pennsylvania community colleges. The 14 community college presidents hope that the agreement will help Pennsylvania achieve its attainment goal of 60 percent of Pennsylvanians aged 25-64 with a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential by 2025.
“At Southern New Hampshire University, we seek to streamline the transfer process for community college graduates across the nation and we are excited to team up with all 14 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Batchelor, D.Mgt., Vice President of Academic Programs, Global Campus, Southern New Hampshire University. “Through this new partnership, students will be able to continue on a transformational journey, which will not only impact their lives but also those of their families and communities.”
The agreement will provide transfer students the opportunity to pursue an online bachelor’s degree at a rate more affordable than many other public options in Pennsylvania, depending on the student’s program of study and credit load. At the time of signing, the partnership between Pennsylvania’s community colleges and Southern New Hampshire University represents the only statewide articulation agreement of its kind in the Commonwealth.
“I am pleased that our students have been afforded this opportunity to conveniently earn a bachelor’s degree at a reasonable price,” stated Dr. Nunez.
Southern New Hampshire University is already a popular transfer destination for Pennsylvania’s community college students, with more than 1,500 community college students currently enrolled. Nearly 500 Pennsylvania community college students transferred to Southern New Hampshire University in the 2018 – 2019 academic year, and Southern New Hampshire University awarded 166 Pennsylvania community college graduates a bachelor’s degree last year. Currently enrolled transfer students from Pennsylvania community colleges are eligible for the 10 percent tuition reduction. Under the terms of the articulation agreement, new community college transfer applicants will receive a waiver of the standard application fee to Southern New Hampshire University.
“Thousands of articulation agreements are already in place with higher education partners here in Pennsylvania to help students realize their postsecondary achievement goals and we fully expect those longstanding partnerships to continue,” said Elizabeth Bolden, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. “The academic preparation, success, and focus of Pennsylvania’s community college students is appealing to many national higher education institutions, as these students are typically motivated and high-performing.”
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate its Marketing & Communications Team on being awarded four (4) NCMPR Medallion Awards this year from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). The department received these awards at NCMPR District 1’s annual conference recently held in Providence, Rhode Island.
The team took home awards in the following categories: Website (gold), Video Shorts (silver), Television/Video Advertisement (silver), and Social Media or Online Marketing Campaign (bronze).
“These medallions show the commitment and effort put forth on a daily basis to highlight Penn Highlands as a premier institution in western Pennsylvania,” stated Raymond Weible, Jr., Director of Marketing & Communications.
The Penn Highlands website was recognized for its creative design and strong navigation. The College was also commended for their recent branding campaign, titled “Discover You”, in each of the other award categories.
“Being recognized in this manner is a tremendous honor for the entire team,” Weible said.
The members of Marketing & Communications that participated in these initiatives consist of the following:
Raymond Weible, Jr. is the Director of Marketing & Communications, and he has spearheaded a multitude of web, digital media, and overall brand initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, both from West Virginia University.
Sean McCool is the Creative Services & Marketing Specialist and focuses heavily on photography, graphic/web design, video production, brand integration, and more for the College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emerging Technology and Multimedia from Slippery Rock University.
Andrew Podolak is the Marketing & Communications Assistant and serves as an integral member of the team, playing a role across all initiatives. His focus includes writing, social media, campaign planning, and more. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Pittsburgh.
Penn Highlands collaborated with Wade James of Adliv Collective during the production of the video pieces that garnered these awards. Adliv Collective provides professional photography and videography services in Johnstown, PA. Also, the College teamed up with Prime Design Solutions, of Johnstown, in the initial development and support of their website.
Since 2015, Marketing & Communications has won a total of seventeen (17) NCMPR Medallion and Paragon Awards, which recognizes excellence in the marketing, design, and public relations field at two-year schools.
Marketing & Communications Team(L to R): Sean McCool, Creative Services & Marketing Specialist; Raymond Weible, Jr., Director of Marketing & Communications; Andrew Podolak, Marketing & Communications Assistant
Sean McCool receiving the medallion awards at the recent NCMPR District 1 Conference.
Close-Up Image: NCMPR District 1 Gold Medallion for Web Design.