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Namedropper 8/12/2018

August 12, 2018

Super students

Moscow’s Eric Woelkers, a mechanical engineering and Schreyer’s Honors College student, has been named the Penn State College of Engineering student marshal for the summer of 2018.

Woelkers’ honors thesis project, “Analyzing the Third Harmonic of the Fundamental Shear Horizontal Ultrasonic Guided Wave Mode for Early Damage Detection,” explores nonlinear ultrasonic guided waves.

Woelkers, who minors in economics, was the recipient of the President’s Freshman Award, President Sparks Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Junior and Senior Award.

Cliff Lissenden, professor of engineering science and mechanics and acoustics, is serving as Woelkers’ faculty marshal.

Woelkers also hails from a family of Penn Staters; his older brother, Michael, graduated in 2012; and his younger sister, Jane, is currently a second-year student.

He is heading to Ohio to begin working for GKN Driveline, an automotive components manufacturing firm.

High notes

Lewis B. and Linda Dix Lee of Preston Twp. were awarded the Wayne County Historical Society’s 2018 Agriculture Award: People Who Make a Difference in Wayne County Agriculture.

Lewis and Linda grew up on dairy farms in Northern Wayne County; Lewis in Orson and Linda in Pleasant Mount. Lewis’ career as a government researcher and Linda’s as an elementary music educator took them to Harrisburg but they returned to Wayne County in 1999.

From then the couple served on the historical society’s board. Linda was a historical society trustee for 15 years and was chairwoman of society’s agriculture committee.

Lewis was always available with his truck and hammer to haul many heavy pieces, including a gigantic Spencer Steam Tractor, which Linda spent hours in 2003 working to bring to the Farm Museum at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Lewis joined the society’s board in 2012.

As a couple, Lewis and Linda invent new ideas to promote Wayne County agriculture, including helping to create the award they received, building and furnishing a farmhouse kitchen in the museum, cleaning and preparing the museum for Wayne County Fair Week and putting the museum to bed after the fair by storing items for the winter.

Along with Sally Talaga, Linda spent over 100 hours cataloguing vintage farm implements at the Farm Museum; she also joined the speaker’s bureau and took her program, Farmer’s Daughter: Growing Up on a Farm in Wayne County in the mid-1900s, to many places.

Linda has also made hundred of jars of homemade jam for the Farmer’s Daughter Boutique and donates her hand-crafted rugs and other items to sell.

Ice cream visit

Wyoming/Lackawanna County Dairy Princess Emma Loch visited residents of Mulberry Tower, Scranton, in July to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.

Emma performed a skit, “Follow the Dairy Brick Road,” that explained the nine essential nutrients found in milk and their role in a healthy diet.

She also served ice cream sundaes.

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