Local briefs

Kids invited to ‘Twelve Days’ event

MILL HALL — Kids are encouraged to visit “The Twelve Days of Christmas at Santa’s Workshop” Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Central Mountain Middle School, 200 BEN Ave.

There they will find 12 activity stations based on each of the 12 days of Christmas, free cookies, and the chance to have a photo taken with Santa. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Keystone Cares Initiative and the Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys Kiwanis Club. Volunteers will include National Honor Society students.

One organizer said 400 or more kids are expected to participate.

Former WNEP news

anchor to speak at LHU

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University communication program’s Public Relations Club will welcome former Wilkes-Barre WNEP news anchor Marisa Burke to campus at 7 p.m. Monday in the Parsons Union Building (PUB) Multipurpose Room.

Burke, who now works for Geisinger Corporate Communications as a national media specialist, will speak about her career as a reporter and her transition into her new role with Geisinger. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lock haven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Covenant Church offers concert

LOCK HAVEN — The annual Christmas concert at Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., just up the street from Triangle Park, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

The Lockport Drifters will provide prelude music.

The program will include music of the season provided by the church choir, a select quartet, a ukulele duo, the Covenant Praise Band, and the children’s choir, as well as carols that everyone can join in singing.

Refreshments will be served after the concert, and everyone is invited.

Lock Haven University winter commencement is Dec. 16

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University winter commencement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the Thomas Field House.

Cynthia D. Shapira, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors chair, will serve as the speaker for the ceremony.

Lock Haven University will graduate approximately 218 graduate and undergraduate students. Degrees are officially granted to the prospective graduates after the university certifies completion of all academic requirements.

In addition to being PASSHE Board of Governors chair, Shapira is president of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation and is a community activist. She previously was a management consultant, providing strategic management services to education and non-profit institutions. She is chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation and vice chair of Jewish Federations of North America. She serves on the boards of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Point Park University, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts. She sits on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Education and Workforce Development and previously served on the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission under Governor Tom Corbett.

Shapira has been a board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, The Pittsburgh Promise, WQED, and Vibrant Pittsburgh. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She was re-elected to her second term as board chair in July.

For more information about winter commencement at Lock Haven University, or to find out more about the available webcast, visit www.lockhaven.edu.