University to host conference

University to host conference

clarion, pa

Clarion University will host the 13th Annual NW PA GIS Conference on Oct. 18 and 19.

The conference will explore the wide variety of processes involved in data collection, from fieldwork to reaching the end user.

Professionals and academics are invited to share their work with others for education and networking. The conference presents some of the best geographic information system practices in the community.

Those wanting to participate can register their presentation, exhibition, map entry or their attendance by visiting

For information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email Matt Gilara at or Ayad at

College participates in research project

Greenville, Pa.

Professor of painting and curator of art Sean McConnor, assistant professor of history Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., and student Isabella Bungo recently wrapped up a 10-week artwork restoration and historical research project funded by a grant from the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute.

Bungo, of Pittsburgh, is a history major with a secondary education certification. In September 2017, the Department of Art exhibited a show of women printmakers. Some of the featured prints on exhibition were from Corita Kent, a popular silk-screen artist who worked in both Los Angeles and Boston.

Through Nowinski and McConnor’s combined interest in preserving the College’s Kent collection, they applied for a GNC grant to fully restore the collection. Once framed, many of the prints will be exhibited in February 2019 in the Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery at Thiel College. Bungo and McConnor used various techniques to remove dirt, repair torn edges and flatten the prints.

The prints were photographed and documented before and after their treatments. The pair also contacted the Intermuseum Conservation Association to aid in restoring two heavily damaged prints.

Program at Clarion earns continued accreditation


Clarion University’s Master of Science in Library Science has received continued accreditation from the American Library Association.

The accreditation is for seven years – the maximum length. The successful accreditation of the department’s MSLS program is a result of a two-year self-study process by the department’s faculty and staff, culminating in a 200-plus-page report in which the department’s planning processes, curriculum, faculty, students, physical resources and administrative support were described and analyzed as required by the detailed COA accreditation guidelines.

COA accreditation standards are extremely rigorous, which is one of the reasons that there are only 61 accredited master’s programs in the field of library science in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Clarion’s MSLS has been continuously accredited since 1973-74 when, under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Rupert, former dean of the College of Library Science, the program received its initial accreditation.

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