Kathleen Jenkins, Shavertown, an English major at Misericordia University, has been selected to present her research paper at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) conference in Pittsburgh in November. MAPACA is an academic organization dedicated to critical analysis of various aspects of popular and American culture. Jenkins was accepted to present in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category. Her presentation, "The Transcendentally Queer Role Models of Harry Potter: A Deconstruction of the Popular Fantasy Series," addresses two different literary theories and how they relate to the Harry Potter novels. Jenkins is the secretary and former president of the Library Club and the student representative to the Friends of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. She also participates in Ally, Misericordia's organization to support the GLBT population on campus.
Timothy Gryziec, a psychology major from Hanover Township, was recently inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities following a Catholic tradition. It recognizes academic excellence, encourages scholarly activities and creates an intellectual community among members.