Harding student presents research at Misericordia

June 27th, 2015 1:50 am

First Posted: 5/8/2013


Medical imaging student Rebecca Knick, of Harding, presented her research entitled, “SAVI: Breast Cancer Treatment,” at the Misericordia University sponsored annual Student Research Poster Presentation Day at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.

The presentations were the culmination of research and work on a variety of topics by students in the Colleges of Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies and Social Sciences. The students presented a total of 93 abstracts to the college community and answered questions related to their individual topics, which included biology, chemistry, medical imaging, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology. Students, faculty, staff and numerous academic deans attended the two-hour presentation event.


Holly Van Leuven, daughter of Bill and Jan Van Leuven, of Pittston, has been named valedictorian of the Emerson College Class of 2013 for her perfect 4.0 average. Van Leuven received her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson this past December.

Her thesis work, the first chapters of her forthcoming biography I’ll Miss You Most of All: Searching for Ray Bolger and American Entertainment History, won the Emerson College Senior Creative Writing Award for High Distinction in Nonfiction. She was also named a finalist for the American Academy of Poets Prize for her poetry portfolio.

Throughout her busy three-and-a-half years at Emerson, Van Leuven interned for a variety of Boston and New York City publishing houses, completed a year of the Americorps service program Jumpstart for Young Children, served as the treasurer of Emerson’s oldest student organization – the Communication, Politics and Law Association, presented her experiences teaching Russian seniors to the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, and researched extensively on both coasts for her biography of Bolger.

She is currently the Circulation Coordinator at the Harvard Education Press, where she oversees the Harvard Educational Review and the Harvard Education Letter. She resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Sean Vitale, of West Pittston, a 2009 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, was among the Misericordia University students from the Student Government Association and other campus groups who set a “Guinness Book of World Records” record by attaching 1,432 Crayola Erasable Markers end-to-end for a chain that measured 628 feet.


Happy birthday to Tom Kaplavka, of Avoca, who celebrated his 60th birthday on May 10.


Happy anniversary wishes go to Mike and Cathy Kolessar, of Exeter, who will celebrate their 20th anniversary on May 15. They are the parents of three children, Michael, Nicole and Abigail, all at home.