The East Penn Board of School Directors observed a moment of silence at the start of its regular meeting Nov. 12 for former board member Carol Allen who died at home Oct. 2 at age 68. Allen had resigned her seat Sept. 4.
Superintendent Kristen Campbell brought the board up to speed on progress made with the ongoing cleanup and remediation of flood damage from the Nov. 2 storm at Emmaus High School. The high school was closed to students Nov. 5 through 9, with a three-hour delay Nov. 12.
“High Tech-Low Tech: Smart Phone Image Makers Matthew Beniamino and Jett Ulaner Sarachek” at the Baum School of Art features the work of an emerging Millennial artist and a veteran Baby Boomer photographer, with an opening reception talk, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and a closing reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 15, David E. Rodale and the Rodale Family Galleries, Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Andrew Klein, eGovernance specialist, explained BoardDocs to the East Penn Board of School Directors at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Klein described how BoardDocs LT could assist the directors and administration with creating, managing and publishing agendas, minutes, policies and other board-related documents. These could then be archived efficiently, and except for PDFs without optical character recognition, be searchable. According to Kline, BoardDocs includes video integration which would allow for uploads of videotaped board meetings.
Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End, and its transformation to a modern, coeducational liberal arts college.
The East Penn Board of School Directors elected, then swore in Dr. Joshua Levinson at their regular meeting Sept. 24 to fill the seat vacated by Director Carol Allen who resigned Sept. 4.
Levinson is a chemical engineer working at OEM Group in Coopersburg. The 47-year-old Stanford grad serves on the board of the EPSD Education Foundation and is active in Scouting. He and his family live in Zionsville.
Barnaby Ruhe, a Lehigh Valley creative force of nature, brings “Regenesis” to the David E. Rodale Gallery at The Baum School of Art with an opening reception 6 - 9 p.m. Sept. 20. The event, held in conjunction with Allentown’s monthly “Destination Arts: Third Thursday,” features the multi-talented American artist, shaman, academic, and world-champion boomeranger.
Juxtaposed with the Impressionistic, energetic, stream-of-consciousness work of Barnaby Ruhe, the exquisitely-detailed artwork of the late miniature artist, Jane Walker Conneen (1921–2008), graces the walls of The Baum School of Art’s Rodale Family Gallery.
Conneen’s “It’s a Small World” exhibit featuring her tiny etchings opens Sept. 20 with a shared reception with Ruhe’s “Regenesis” exhibit, 6 - 9 p.m. Both exhibitions conclude Oct. 20 with a shared closing reception, 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 18.
East Penn School District Superintendent Kristen Campbell presented the East Penn School Board with candidates they enthusiastically approved for two vacant assistant superintendent positions at the Sept. 10 meeting. Laura Witman was promoted from within the district to the assistant superintendent job previously held by Campbell.
Former Emmaus High School health and fitness teacher Douglas Povilaitis, who later found employment with the North Penn School District, returned “home” to East Penn to fill the position previously held by Denise Torma who recently retired.
“Gentle on My Mind,” written by John Hartford, elevated Glen Campbell, a young Arkansas-born sessions musician, to stardom in 1967.
Fifty-one years later, his widow, Kimberly (Woolen) Campbell, described how Alzheimer’s disease ravaged the Grammy Hall of Fame singer’s mind.
The presentation, at the first annual Lehigh Valley Caregiver Retreat at DeSales University for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, featured Kim Campbell, co-founder of Careliving.org and Lori La Bey, founder of “Alzheimer’s Speaks.”
The East Penn School Board was given an update on the district’s technology plan at the Aug. 27 meeting. Leading the tech team’s presentation was Superintendent of Schools Kristen Campbell, Technology Integration Specialist Heather Moser, Eyer Middle School Assistant Principal Erin Murphy, Business Administrator Robert Saul and Director of Technology Michael Mohn.