January 27, 2013
Darci Brown, director of clinical education and assistant professor of physician assistant studies at Misericordia University, has been appointed to the finance committee of the Physician Assistant Education Association for a two-year term. The Physician Assistant Education Association is the only national organization in the country representing physician assistant education programs. Brown graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic chemistry and holds a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University, Glenside. She is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Misericordia University. Brown is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, where she serves as a Region V representative. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and holds a Pennsylvania State Physician Assistant license.
Heather Branas Rinkavage, daughter of James and Yvonne Branas, Pittston, recently earned a master's degree in childhood education from the State University of New York at Cortland, N.Y. Rinkavage is a graduate of Pittston Area High School and earned her bachelor's degree in behavioral science from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb. She is employed as a substitute teacher for the Southern Tier of New York region. She resides in Newark Valley, N.Y., with her husband, Joseph, and three sons, Brandon, Austin and Luke.
Margaret Troxell, a Military Science Level IV Cadet and a senior at King's College, was selected as the Royal Warrior Battalion's 2013 George C. Marshall Award winner. Each of the Army ROTC programs in the country nominate one senior cadet each year to receive the award and take part in a four-day conference held in April on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. Only 270 cadets are selected to attend the conference from more than 30,000 students enrolled in Military Science Courses. The Royal Warrior Battalion is comprised of the ROTC programs at King's College, the University of Scranton, Wilkes University, Marywood University, East Stroudsburg University, Keystone College, Baptist Bible College and Lackawanna College. The award is given in honor of the former soldier and statesman who was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. Cadets have the opportunity to engage with senior leadership from the U.S. Army, Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department during the course of the conference. Troxell is a graduate of the Leader Development and Assessment course held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She is a Distinguished Military Graduate and has successfully completed Project GO – foreign language programs in both Arabic and Hausa. Upon her commissioning in May, Troxell will serve on active duty as a military intelligence officer.