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The Venango Campus Honors Program hosted presentations of students' research projects at the Fall 2011 "Afternoon of Excellence" on Thursday, December 8. Over fifty students, faculty, staff, and students' families attended the event held in Montgomery Hall on the campus.

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.

"Since its inception five years ago, the Honors Program has been continuously enhanced to offer an enriching intellectual experience for students," said Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean. "In fall 2012, we will introduce an Honors Living/Learning Community in our student apartment complex, where students in the program can live together in a collaborative, supportive intellectual community.

Fall 2011 Venango Campus Honors Students include Julie Cashdollar, Amy Ferringer, Dana Guidice, Jennie Hanlon, James Kronmiller, Terry Leatherman, Danielle Shreckengost, Gina Snow, Staci Snyder, David Wilson, Nathan Wolfgang, Lisa Wright and Nenad Zelenkov.

Dr. Ellen Foster, associate professor of English, serves as coordinator of the Venango Campus Honors Program.

"It's so rewarding to see our Venango Campus Honors Program grow," she said. "This semester, students have worked with a wide range of topics, all important to our community, and we're proud of their research."

Two Honors Program students offered oral presentations of their research. Dana Guidice, a first-year nursing student, presented "Tell Me Where It Hurts: Nursing Care and the LGBT Community." First-year criminal justice major Lisa Wright presented her research on "Juvenile Gangs."

The Fall 2011 Honors Course, "Literacies and the Democratization of Information," was highlighted in student poster presentations at the event. Students Julie Cashdollar, Betty Cordwell, Amy Ferringer, Jennie Hanlon, Dakota Klingensmith, James Kronmiller, Abagail Marino, Danielle Shreckengost, Gina Snow, Staci Snyder, Nathan Wolfgang and Nemad Zelenkov displayed their research.

Thursday's event capped a productive semester for the Honors Program.

Dr. Foster and Dr. David Lott, associate professor of biology who began the Honors Program at Venango Campus and served as its coordinator for four years, presented at the National Collegiate Honors Council National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in October. Their topic was "Troubles Recruiting and Retaining Non-Traditional Students?: Just Ask Them What They Need."

In November, the Honors Program hosted the 12th Annual Penn York Undergraduate Research Conference that included representatives from Houghton College and Hilbert College in New York, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Clarion and Venango campuses of Clarion University.

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.


12/9/2011 3:00 PM

Venango Campus Honors Program Presents Fall “Afternoon of Excellence”