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New & Notable - April 2024

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FOX CHAPEL AREA SENIORS NAMED 2024 NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS

Six Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been designated as National Merit Finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. The Finalists from Fox Chapel Area High School are Lucas Gravina, Chloe Kim, Shriya Krishnamurthy, Adhitya Thirumala, Abraham White, and Dylan Work. These Fox Chapel Area High School students were named Semifinalists in September 2023 and have met all the requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition for National Merit Scholarships. The students are selected as Finalists based on their Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores and other factors, including SAT and/or ACT scores, a student essay, a school recommendation, and having an outstanding academic record throughout high school. 





DR. CHRISTINA A. CLARK NAMED LA ROCHE UNIVERSITY’S EIGHTH PRESIDENT

Christina A. Clark, Ph.D., former provost at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been named the eighth president of La Roche University. Dr. Clark has worked for more than 20 years at Catholic comprehensive universities. She is the second lay president in La Roche’s 61-year history. Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Clark after a six-month search process led by a committee comprising University trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The committee was chaired by Lyle Albaugh, vice chair of La Roche’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Clark will take office July 1 from Provost Dr. Howard Ishiyama, who has served as interim president since Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., entered eternal life on May 22, 2023. President Introcaso served as the University’s seventh president for nearly two decades. “I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to join the La Roche University community,” Dr. Clark said. “I admire La Roche’s commitment to empowering students in an inclusive campus environment fostering global citizenship and creating a community of scholars infused with the core values of the Sisters of Divine Providence.”


NORTH PITTSBURGH QUILTERS GUILD SPRING QUILT SHOW



North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild Spring Quilt Show, “Let’s Go Crazy,” will be held April 19-21, 2024 at the Ross Township Community Center, located at 1000 Ross Municipal Drive, 15237 from 10 am-5 pm on Friday and Saturday and 12-4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $10. Quilts of all types and sizes will be on display with an emphasis on items made using the crazy quilting technique. This technique lends itself to all kinds of artistic and interesting projects. Additionally, there will be a full-size bed quilt raffle, specialty vendors, raffles baskets and a treasure chest room with fabric and other quilting finds. We will also have daily “Walk and Talk” with a certified quilt show judge, giving insight into what gave the winning quilts their edge. Visit http://www.npqg.org/ for more information.


ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH UPCOMING EVENTS



Ascension Lutheran, located at 8225 Peebles Road, has two special events coming up this April.

  • FREE Spaghetti Dinner Drive Through will be held on April 15, 2024, 4-7 p.m. Meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, rolls and dessert. Open to the public.

  • A Speaker Series event will be held on April 22, 2024, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Children and Technology, presented by Kent Rogers, LPT, of Christian Counseling Associates will speak on the psychological aspects and Reverend Adam Thompson, Pastor of Ascension, will speak on the theological aspects.  It will be held in Fellowship Hall (enter at rear of church). Open to the public.



Kelsey Ford
Kelsey Ford

HANDMADE ARCADE ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Handmade Arcade’s Board of Directors has appointed Kelsey Ford as the organization’s new Executive Director following a thorough search. Ford officially assumed the role on March 4, 2024.


An experienced arts administrator and project manager, Ford has worked in artistic programming, marketing, fundraising and event planning for several Pittsburgh arts and culture nonprofits, including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus, City of Asylum and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Ford has a longtime connection with Handmade Arcade. She served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2018-2021. She also participated as a maker in the 2022 and 2023 Handmade Arcade Holiday Markets before deciding to hang up her Handmade Arcade maker hat and apply for the position of Executive Director. 


”I fell in love with Handmade Arcade in 2016 when I attended the Holiday Market for the first time, connecting with so many talented and innovative artists and makers as a shopper,” said Ford. ”Since then, I’ve stayed involved in the organization in various capacities because I’m so deeply passionate about the way Handmade Arcade serves and empowers makers and entrepreneurs of all ages and all experience levels year-round, not just at the Holiday Market. This is a really special organization, and I’m honored to lead its next chapter alongside the Board of Directors.”


SEALARKS WOMEN’S GROUP MEETING

The Sealarks Women’s Group will meet at 1 p.m. on April 10, 2024 at Memorial Park Church, 8800 Peebles Road, McCandless. The program will be the Pittsburgh Belairs, a wonderful singing group. Sealarks provides Christian fellowship and social activity for women alone. All women alone are welcome to attend and to consider joining the group.


BIG NOSH JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL



The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle’s first-ever Big Nosh will be the biggest celebration of Jewish and Israeli food and culture in the community. This event will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom from April 7-9. Led by the culinary expertise of Master Chef Judah Cowen of Elegant Edge Catering, the menu will feature a variety of traditional, strictly kosher dishes available for dine-in or takeout. There will be options for every appetite, from falafel pita and turkey shawarma to braised lamb shank and chicken schnitzel. Guests can also feast on appetizers such as matzah ball soup, sides like potato latkes and a medley of desserts, including chocolate babka.


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