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Group to discuss

ways to prevent falls

LOCK HAVEN — “Taking Steps to Prevent Falls” and “The Power of the Cancer Journey” are the topics for the next session of the Cancer Support Group on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View.

Accidental falls aren’t just a concern for seniors. Cancer survivors of any age are at risk for falls. Studies estimate that at least half of all cancer survivors will experience a fall. Even after active treatment, survivors continue to be more prone to falls than people of the same age without a history of cancer.

At this meeting, the group will review ways to prevent falls. Handouts from Coping Magazine will be provided which will include a survivor’s story entitled “The Power of the Journey.”

The Cancer Support Group is facilitated by Fran Decker, MSW, LSW and hosted by Susque-View. The program is free and open to anyone who has a diagnosis of cancer, both newly diagnosed and long-time survivors. Family members and friends are also welcome. The group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. For more information about the support group, call Fran Decker at 570-748-4302.

Discovery Space to host Girls STEM Night

BELLEFONTE — Discovery Space will host Girls STEM Night on Feb. 9 at area schools.

The event will be a celebration of women in engineering through hands-on challenges and the viewing of the movie “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” Discovery Space has invited girls ages 9-14 years old and their parents, mentors or Girl Scout troop leaders to join.

“Dream Big: Engineering Our World” is a movie meant to transform how people think about engineering. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the movie shows human ingenuity behind such engineering marvels as underwater robots, sustainable cities and smart cars.

This program is made possible through a partnership with DiscoverE (DiscoverE.org), a national organization who helps to unite, mobilize and support the engineering and technology communities working with kids. Support for this program comes, in part, from the AAUW State College Branch and VWR.

Discovery Space is the area’s only hands-on science center. Recently relocating to 1224 N. Atherton St., Discovery Space is growing the number of ways that families and children can engage with STEM outside of the school day.

During the week, early childhood programs begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Science Educators are in State College schools four days a week during the afterschool hours and in Bald Eagle, Penns Valley and Bellefonte School districts a number of times each season. Discovery Space also hosts day camps scheduled for no-school days, summer camps all summer long and events such as this throughout the year thanks to community support.

Sportsmen’s

Banquet slated

FLEMINGTON — The annual Sportsmen’s Banquet at Flemington First Church of Christ will be held Friday, March 2 with doors opening at 5:45 p.m., the meal from 6 to 7 p.m. and the speaker at 7:45 p.m.

The speaker is Dr. C.J. Winand, whitetail biologist and author. Basket raffles and other items will be chanced off.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, call the church office at 570-726-8009 (Monday-Friday 9-4 p.m.).

LHU to hold Day of Giving scholarship fundraiser

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University will hold its third annual All In Day of Giving scholarship fundraiser from 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 through 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center.

All In is a 24-hour day of giving challenge in which donations are made toward student scholarships in support of specific LHU programs.

This year, the fundraiser will support scholarships for students enrolled in the health science and athletics programs and donors may choose a specific health science major or athletic team to receive their gift. There are 39 scholarships offered for students enrolled in health science majors and 108 scholarships available to student athletes. This year’s fundraising goal is $150,000.

Throughout the 24-hour period there will be a phone-a-thon and updates on the website and social media, including videos. There also will be several different gift challenges, such as the “Dominate the State Challenge,” in which PSECU will donate $2,500 to athletic scholarships and $2,500 to health science scholarships if a donation is received from each county in Pennsylvania.

To make a gift, visit www.lockhaven.edu/allin. Gifts can be made early or during the 24-hour fundraiser.

Lindzey named dean

of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

LOCK HAVEN — Jonathan Lindzey, Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Lock Haven University. Lindzey’s term will begin by the middle of this month.

Lindzey holds a doctorate degree in behavioral endocrinology from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley. At the conclusion of his doctoral work, Lindzey served as a post-doctoral fellow and then as research associate in the Endocrine Research Unit at the Mayo Foundation, then as a research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH).

He has served on the faculties of the University of South Florida, Clayton College and State University, and since 2005 in the Department of Biological Sciences at LHU, where he currently serves as full professor and chair.

“Dr. Lindzey brings a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service to his new role as dean,” Donna Wilson, Ph.D., LHU provost and executive vice president, said. “He is an experienced academic leader; the college and the university are fortunate to have him in our ranks. Dr. Lindzey will be reaching out to our partners among alumni and in industry in short order, with a view to building mutually beneficial relationships to advance natural, behavioral, and health sciences in the region.”

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