(Posted January 31, 2006)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College chapter of the Society of Physics Students recently received the Outstanding Chapter Award for the past academic year 2004-2005 for the Zone 3 region from the club's national organization for the seventh year in a row.

Advised by James Borgardt, associate professor of physics, the club competed for the honor in Zone 3, which includes colleges and universities from all of Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware and New Jersey.

The Juniata chapter has about 20 active members for the 2004-2005 academic year. The president of the club this year is Alison Earnhart a junior from Mercer, Pa.; Elena Long, a senior from Pottsville, Pa., is vice president; Dan Sidor, a junior from Phoenixville, Pa., is treasurer; and Eben Pendleton, a junior from Canaan, N.H., is secretary.

The Juniata chapter was singled out for a thriving tutoring program, its physics research and its outreach efforts in Huntingdon and surrounding communities. The club holds two annual outreach events: Mall Physics, held each fall at the Logan Valley Mall in Altoona, Pa.; and Physics Phun Night, an entertaining science demonstration held every spring in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.