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.
National Museum of Industrial History Education coordinator Kitsa Behringer says workshop participants will enjoy a hands-on experience while learning the art of making paper by hand and machine; setting type; printing on a hand-fed, foot-powered press; and bookbinding.
Paper-making expert Tom Necker joins master printer Bob Mueller and bookbinding expert Ulla Warcholl to supervise the “apprentice printers” in the labor-intensive processes.
The East Penn School Board unanimously adapted new soft-cover consumable math textbooks for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Aug. 13 meeting. These are part of a new math curriculum that had been previously approved.
“Underpinnings,” a collaborative project between Muhlenberg College’s Martin Art Gallery and Cedar Crest College’s Center for Visual Research, brings to the fore art by Lehigh Valley arts institutions officials and employees.
Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery Director Paul Nicholson and Cedar Crest College Visual Research Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins teamed up to create an opportunity for area creatives who work behind the scenes in the arts community to show their artwork.
The July 9 East Penn School Board meeting began with a debate over parental rights between factions supporting the airing of Gay Straight Alliance student videos during the high school morning announcements in April and those critical of them.
Addressing the board regarding the issue was William Bassett, who begins his senior year at Emmaus High School this fall. Bassett announced “I am gay,” and contended the videos were, “merely informative.”