Lock Haven University celebrated the opening of the new academic year with Fall Convocations on both campuses. The Lock Haven campus Fall Founder’s Day Convocation occurred immediately after the semester began on Sept. 4 and the Clearfield campus convocation took place a few weeks later on Oct. 8.
Convocation celebrates the establishing of Lock Haven University in 1870 as Central State Normal School by honoring the memory of the institution’s founder and first Principal, Albert Raub. The main campus event began with Lock Haven University Council of Trustee Chairman Guy Graham declaring the 143rd academic year officially underway. The ceremony was officiated by Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Donna Wilson and included members of the university’s Council of Trustees, senior leadership and this year’s keynote speaker, 1968 LHU graduate, Jerry Wert.
Dr. Wilson said, “Founder’s Day Convocation at Lock Haven University marks the ‘commencement’ of the academic year and, for our new students, their entry into their undergraduate or graduate courses of study.” The Provost also honored outstanding faculty including Dr. Mohamed Khalequzzaman, geology and hysics, who won the University Award for Scholarship for his research on the impact of coal mining, agriculture and Marcellus Shale gas drilling on surface water and soil in this region.
The University’s Service Award recipient was Dr. Jody Russell. Dr. Russell was recognized for unselfishly giving of her time to many causes, including the annual Phone-A-Thon, Admissions Open House, the scholarship committee, and as the Co-Chair of the First Year Experience Committee.
The Clearfield Convocation was hosted by Campus Director Dr. William Curley and Wilson. The event brought together Clearfield area business people, community leaders, and LHU faculty, students and families to celebrate the scholastic achievements of the students. Several students were awarded scholarships. State Rep. Tommy Sankey was the keynote speaker and told students they have an opportunity with an education to be anything they endeavor to become.