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Honors Fall Excellence
Left to right: Terry Leatherman, Amy Gerwig, and Dawna Zimmerman
Students in the  Honors Program at Clarion University–Venango Campus presented research projects in their fields of study at the Fall 2010 Afternoon of Excellence on Wednesday, December 1. Over thirty students, faculty, staff, and students' families attended the event held in Montgomery Hall on the campus.

Second-year nursing student Amy Gerwig of Portersville, Pennsylvania, presented "Prevention and Treatment of Acute Heart Attack." Ms. Gerwig is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Following graduation in May, she plans to work in the area of pediatrics. Shelly Moore, assistant professor in nursing, was Ms. Gerwig's faculty mentor.

Terry Leatherman's presentation was entitled "Empirical Research in Ageism." Ms. Leatherman, a nursing major from Clarington, Pennsylvania was a 2010 finalist for Pennsylvania's Home Care Best Practice in Homecare and Hospice for leading an initiative to put into place an innovative risk management programs. She plans to continue her education and become a nurse educator. Dr. Carie Forden, psychology professor, served as Ms. Leatherman's faculty mentor.

"Faith-based Rehabilitation: An Introduction to a Study Focused on Life Building Ministries, Inc." was the topic of Dawna Zimmerman's presentation. Ms. Zimmerman, an Oil City native, is pursuing an associate degree in criminal justice while also working on a bachelor's degree in psychology. Assistant professor of criminal justice, Dr. Paul Klenowksi, was Ms. Zimmerman's faculty mentor.
Several Honors Program students attended the National Collegiate Honors Council National Conference in Kansas City, where Terry Leatherman presented her project on "Aging Globally" and Mary Hulse, a second-year nursing student from Brookville, presented on "Long-term Effects of Migraine." Leatherman and Hulse reported on the conference.

The Fall 2010 Honors Course, "Banned and Challenged Literature and Film in the U.S.," was highlighted in a student-designed display at the event.
Venango Campus Honors Program is a learning community geared toward academic achievement and scholarly pursuits offering students the opportunity to expand intellectual capacities through stimulating coursework, field experiences such as lectures, films, and cultural events, travel opportunities, merit-based scholarships, and work/study opportunities.

In addition to the students participating in the program, Venango Campus Honors Program students include Julie Cashdollar, Amy Ferringer, Kathy Goodwin, Jennifer Hallstrom, James Kronmiller, Doreen Lawton, Bethany Shontz, Danielle Shreckengost, Gina Snow, and Robin Zerres.
Dr. Ellen Foster and Dr. David Lott are co-coordinators of the Honors Program.

Clarion University–Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University–Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.
12/3/2010 1:30 PM

Venango Campus Honors Program Presents Fall “Afternoon of Excellence”