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The evening of Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 will be especially noteworthy for Keystone College at the 24th annual Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners Awards Dinner.

Keystone College environmental resource management major Emily Rinaldi, Throop, Pa., will receive the organization’s Emerging Environmental Leader Award and Keystone President Dr. David L. Coppola will serve as master of ceremonies at the ceremony from 5-9 p.m. at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Ms. Rinaldi will receive the award for “demonstrating leadership, initiative, and dedication to protecting and promoting a healthy environment.” Among other activities, she participated in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Connections to Our Watershed Program and volunteered at the Lackawanna Riverfest, the Lackawanna/Wyoming County Envirothon, and the Bluebird Morning Program at Lackawanna State Park.

Her environmental activities as a Keystone student include serving as president of the Ecology Club and as student representative of the sustainability committee. Emily guides river kayaking excursions for Endless Mountains Outfitters and volunteers at the Second Chance Wildlife Center in Tunkhannock, Pa.

About President Dr. David L. Coppola

Dr. Coppola became the 10th president of Keystone College on June 1, 2013. He came to Keystone with more than 25 years of experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Dr. Coppola obtained a bachelor of science in secondary education from Seton Hall University with a concentration and teaching certification in English and music. He also earned a bachelor’s and master’s of sacred theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration from Fordham University, New York City. Prior to Keystone, Dr. Coppola held leadership positions at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn.

Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners is an alliance of government, non-profit, education, and business organizations dedicated to protecting the environment.

About Keystone

Founded in 1868, Keystone is a leading, comprehensive, student-centered college educating students in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Independent and coeducational, Keystone provides distinctive undergraduate programs grounded in a competitive learning environment that fosters integrity, curiosity, and civility.

Enrolling approximately 1,600 students, Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.