Marywood president announces retirement

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Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., has announced her plans to retire after she completes her ninth year as President of Marywood University in June 2016. During her presidency, Marywood celebrated its Centennial, opened the region’s first and only School of Architecture, celebrated the largest graduating classes in the university’s history, and witnessed a renewal of the legacy of its founding —the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In her letter to the university community today, Sister Anne stated that, “After deep thought, reflection, and prayer, I have decided that this will be the final academic year in which I will serve as President of Marywood University. I have informed the Board of Trustees that I will be retiring as President, effective June 30, 2016.”

Since 2007, when she was inaugurated as the eleventh president of the Catholic university in Scranton, PA, Sister Anne has led Marywood through its highest enrollment growth, expansion of its business program to become the School of Business and Global Innovation, and philanthropic support leading to a Centennial year in 2015 that included the completion of the largest expansion project in the university’s history.

“Sister Anne has been an outstanding leader and visionary for Marywood University,” said Ann R. Henry, Ph.D., Chair of the Marywood University Board of Trustees and an alumna of the university. “Our entire Marywood community is grateful for her guidance, her commitment to our students, and her passion for education in the Marywood IHM tradition.”

Just two years after her inauguration, Sister Anne oversaw, in 2009, the opening of the region’s first and only School of Architecture.  On September 8, 2015, Marywood celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding by dedicating two multi-million dollar facilities, the $40 million Learning Commons, as well as the Morgan Motherhouse Memorial Garden on the site of the first building of the newly formed college in 1915.  The Learning Commons includes a Center for Communication Arts with the most advanced technology in the region for television, radio, animation, and sound recording and news production.

According to Board Chair Ann Henry, “The Board of Trustees will be announcing in early February the plans for a comprehensive national search to recruit and select the successor to Sister Anne.”

 

Doin’ Dumore

By Steve Svetovich

It is time for the annual New Year’s wish list which now enters its 25th consecutive year:

adrianA reduction in high priced concert tickets to see artists such as The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen…The Beach Boys back with Brian Wilson…a new CD from The Who…crumb cake from Cwikla’s Bakery in Avoca…a German brownie from Minooka Bake Shop…a special place in Heaven for Sister Adrian Barrett…Nardozzi’s Pizza loaded with pepperoni in Dunmore…Ken Griffey, Jr.; Trevor Hoffman, Allan Trammell, Curt Schilling, Fred “The Crime Dog” McGriff, Edgar Martinez, Jeff Kent, Big Lee Smith, Jim Edmonds, Mike Mussina and Tim Raines in the National Baseball Hall of Fame…Ken “The Snake” Stabler, Ken Anderson, Andre Reed, Bob Kuchenberg, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…Jimmy Connors singing Johnny B. Goode with The Fortunes…Bob Dylan back at Montage…Shania Twain anywhere…a Dunkin Donuts in Forest City…

Another book and continued recovery from a health setback for Dunmore’s Guy Valvano…a visit to Tim Wagner’s sporting goods in Green Ridge…a Hank’s hoagie in Green Ridge…good health for Dunmore mayor Patrick ‘Nibs” Loughney and his wife, Donna…good health for Dunmorean owners and publishers John and Maureen Hart…a special place in Heaven for former Dunmore community activists Addie Michalek and Carmel Arnone…a trip to Point Pleasant, mick jaggerNew Jersey…a night at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey…breakfast at Sonny’s Restaurant in West Scranton…Mick Jagger singing Satisfaction at 74…Keith Richards alive at 74…Rod Stewart doing back flips, kicking soccer backs and croning for the ladies at 73…just one more performance from Gene Guarilia and the Cadillacs…a trip to Yankee Stadium with with my boys Dylan and Ryan and great friends Jim and Jake Decker…Alysa Milano anywhere…The Wannabees at Kilcoyne’s in West Scranton…a Rolling Stones and Beatles station on Sirius-XM Radio…a Sirius-XM radio in every vehicle…summer nights at the Waldorf Tiki Bar in East Mountain…Jorge Posada back in Yankee pinstripes as a coach…Sam the Greek’s rice pudding straight from Greece…a recovery to the economy in Greece…a cruise to the Greek islands…Cher…more financial support for the Dunmore Community Center and its senior programs…a large decrease in potholes in the city of Scranton…reimbursement to drivers who ruin their cars and tires due to the large number of massive potholes…lower real estate property taxes…a reduction in the Scranton wage tax…lower garbage fees in Scranton…pasta at Rossi’s in Archbald…Joe Tomko back in politics…

giantsChris DiMatteo singing Sinatra…a return to the playoffs for the New York Giants next year for Dunmore Councilman Paul Nardozzi…less real life desperate housewives…less desperate husbands…a decrease in the alarming divorce rate…a decrease in sewer bills…clean water…breakfast at Marie’s Diner in Old Forge…Nicholas Pizza in Green Ridge…Terri Hatcher…the New York Yankees back in the World Series…Bob Barker back on The Price is Right…Bob Barker in another Adam Sandler movie…Happy Days reruns…a Brunetti’s hoagie in Green Ridge…Mike Brunetti’s chilli…My dad’s chilli…good health to South Scranton’s Bill Hoppel who always looks at the bottle as half full…another solid season for New York Mets fan Steve Gall…another solid season from Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon at 43…more of Pete Rose on Fox baseball broadcasts…a chilli burger from Carbondale’s Carawana Diner…a Texas wiener from Keystone Lunch in West Scranton…Starbucks coffee…Nina’s wing bites in Dunmore…

Taylor Swift at Montage…the Cincinnati Bengals in and winning the Super Bowl…more band jobs for my dad, the leader of The Fabulous Fortunes…soup and salad from the Olive Garden…Ringo and his All-Star Band…continued faithful work in the prisons from West Scranton pastor mcgloinTom Duggan…Tim Tebow back in the NFL…a starting NFL quarterback job for West Scranton’s Matt McGloin…Maroni’s Pizza with anchovies in West Scranton…a Subway hoagie for my son Dylan…a Red Robin chocolate malt for my son Ryan…a gyro and chicken platter from Crown Chicken in South Scranton…Rob Dibble, the Nasty Boy, back on talk baseball radio…a slice of pizza or any hoagie from Antonio’s Pizza in Pittston…a stop to the large yearly increases in health care insurance…an end to Obama Care…health care coverage that is really affordable…Good health to my good friend Maureen Bennett Reggie, R.N….wings at Zaleski’s in South Scranton…a chocolate cream pie from Minooka Bake Shop…a Blue Moon draft beer…

kobeA nice finish for Kobe Bryant…another NBA MVP for Stephen Curry…a continued resurgence for the New York Knicks..Crown Pizza in Dunmore…peanut sticks back at Krispy Kreme…good health to my good Dunmore friends Gary and Lynne Duncan…good health for my late mom’s best friend Annette…Jimmy Tigue on keyboards…Roger Finnerty on guitar…Jack Meade on sax…Tom Gavern on guitar…Vince Parise on vocals…my dad on drums…my son Ryan on drums…Gene Dempsey performing with his orchestra at 90…Cookie’s Travelers back in full swing…good health to the Burne family in Dunmore…more honest politicians like Senator Bob Casey, Jr….Bill Woelkers back with The Fortunes one more time…Art Stanton on sax and Johnny Cognetti on guitar once more…a comeback from Peckville sax player Chuck Morris…wings from Mickey Gannon’s in Green Ridge…

coppersBarbara Eden in a Jeannie bottle…more of Tina Fey…my dad’s pizza…more education on autism…more rights and advocacy in the school system for autistic children, many who are brilliant…a Texas Wiener from Coney Island…less taxes…lower insurance bills…a zero tolerance on domestic violence…less DUIs…a strawberry frosty at Wendy’s…Eva Longoria…Maryland crab bisque soup from Cooper’s…my dad’s Greek spinach pie (spinakopeta)…good health for my Aunt Stella…a return to health for my cousin Chester, an avid local sports fan stricken with cancer…people with cmanners…less tattoos (sorry tattoo lovers)…a slice of pizza from M-6 Deli in Olyphant…a Pappas Pizza grinder…Bob Weir and Rat Dog back at the Kirby Center…a texas wiener from McIlwee’s in North Scranton…my friends and I singing Thunder Road…zero tolerance on animal cruelty…

barrettThe New York Yankees officially retiring Paul O’Neill’s number…Bernie Williams strumming guitar…Derek Jeter back in baseball as an owner…a special place in Heaven for West Scranton’s Rebecca Barrett who fought a courageous battle with cancer…a day in Hawley during Winterfest…chicken strips with rice from Roberto’s Pizza in West Scranton…Suzanne Somers…a return to health for former West Scranton baseball player Nick Ivanoff…an interview with Pete Rose…clean air…less congestion…no road rage…polite people…breakfast with my sons Dylan and Ryan at Neen’s Diner in North Scranton…more music from Cat Stevens…Jim Croce in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…a concert performance from Carly Simon…success for the Dunmore Freedom Baseball League (formerly CSBL) at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park…

henzesMore teams and recognition for the Dunmore Freedom League…another strong playoff run for the exciting world champion Kansas City Royals…a Jimmy Buffett concert…D.J. Jason Miller spinning discs…A few more years at the helm from Dunmore legendary football coach Jack Henzes…a softball diamond in Heaven for X.E. McAndrew…a return to health for local DJ Johnny Superstar…More good people like Gary DiBileo…Neil Young back at Montage…a a Springsteen concert anywhere…a home someday soon in Dunmore…more success on the drums, piano and guitar and some gigs for my son Ryan, my favorite musician…more success on the baseball diamond and for someone to take notice of my son Dylan, my favorite center fielder…a trip with my boys to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York…

Cloud-HeavenGood health and happiness to my sister Denise who always reminded me of Mallory from Family Ties…success in basketball and softball to my niece Alyvia…success in cheerleading to my niece and Godchild Mia…success in Little League baseball to my nephew George…health to my brother George and his wife Maria…a special place in Heaven for my sister-in-law’s brother Nick Stelmak who died at 43…health and happiness for my dad…a special place in Heaven for my late in-laws, John and Elva Hoffman…a special place in Heaven for my Uncles Art, Wally and Gus…a kiss to my grandmothers in Heaven…a most special place in Heaven for my wonderful mom who always taught me to take a chance…health, happiness and love to my sons Dylan and Ryan…

No war…Peace and quiet… For everyone to take the time to smell the roses and enjoy the simple things in life. 

Life is short. Happy New Year, everyone.

 

DHS Class of 1966 return to alma mater

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Members of the Dunmore High School Class of 1966 reunion committee pose with their official graduation class photo. From left: Joyce Sposto, Arlene Michaels, Annie Longo, Ann Mellert and Dee Faatz.

By Stephanie Longo

Once a Buck, always a Buck.

That saying proved true recently when members of the Dunmore High School Class of 1966 reunion committee returned to the halls of their alma mater almost 50 years after their graduation.

“Going back after 50 years, it was as if you never really left,” said committee member Dee Trolio Faatz, who was the Class of 1966’s Miss Buck. “It was where our future was molded.”

The five committee members who participated in the tour had the opportunity to see the changes that Dunmore High School has undergone since graduation, including the theater where their cafeteria once was and the school’s new gym.

“There were a lot of changes for the better at Dunmore High School,” said tour organizer and 1966 reunion committee member Annie Longo.  “I was very impressed to talk to the teachers in the classrooms and hear their methods for teaching our young people. I was extremely impressed to talk to the school nurse to find out how the diabetic students were taken care of during the day. All of this goes to show just how special Dunmore High School is.”

The Dunmore High School Senior Class Officers escorted the alumni throughout the building, allowing the chance for some of the members of the Class of 2016 to meet their 1966 counterparts.

“It was a job that seemed very rare for us to be in charge of, but wound up being the most rewarding task we took on this year,” said class of 2016 president Ally Borgia.  “Not only did we show them around, but we also got to walk in their shoes and learn some things ourselves. It was amazing to see their reactions to all of the changes, both emotionally and physically. It made us all realize the impact this school truly leaves on all who are blessed enough to call it their school.”

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Some DHS seniors escorted members of the Class of 1966 on a tour. From left: Garrett Murray, Arlene Michaels, Pat Reese, Joyce Sposto, Dee Faatz, Ally Borgia, Annie Longo, Dominic Mesko and Ann Mellert.

One person who made an impact on the Class of 1966 was remembered during the tour. A portrait of the late Eugenia DeFazio, who was principal of Dunmore High School from 1961-1977, now hangs in the school library.

“You could almost see Mrs. DeFazio standing in the hall directing traffic,” Faatz said. “She taught us to respect our superiors and ourselves.”

“I think if Mrs. DeFazio were here today, she would be very proud of all of the changes to Dunmore High School and what it has become,” Longo added. “As Mrs. DeFazio would always say, ‘it’s a sad state of affairs’ if you don’t apply yourself to the betterment of society. Today’s Dunmore High School students are really carrying on her legacy. She would be proud of them, too.”

Borgia admitted that she and her fellow class officers would welcome the opportunity to return to their alma mater in 2066 for a 50th reunion tour of their own.

“Our number one take away from our time with the Class of 1966 was that the memories we make behind the walls of DHS will stay with us forever,” she said. “The idea of one day being able to revisit in the future can only help resurface core memories that we made together during our time in high school.”

“It’s home,” Longo said. “Dunmore High School is our home. It is a part of us and always will be. It was wonderful to go back.”

 

Dunmorean of the Month: John “X.E.” McAndrew

By Steve Svetovich

xeWhen the Holy Cross Crusaders high school softball team lost, 14-6, to Lakeland in the District 2 semifinals last May, many thought legendary coach John “X.E.” McAndrew would be back.

But he didn’t.

And with 501 wins under his belt, the softball legend as both player and coach, died at 70 Saturday, December 26, one day after Christmas in Philadelphia after a brief illness.

He was named a top 100 all-time athlete and top 50 all-time coach in this area.

But to his former teammates and players, he was an all-time human being.

Olivia Golay, a freshman early childhood education major at St. Bonaventure  University, played for coach McAndrew, known as X.E. to everyone, for two softball seasons at Holy Cross.

The former all-star, now on a four-year softball scholarship at St. Bonaventure, remembered her coach as a role model, pillar of strength and most of all a wonderful man.

“He was a very giving person,” she said. “He would give a complete stranger the shirt off his back.

“He was the healthiest guy I knew. He was very strong, always working out. He always kept in top shape.

“As a softball coach, he believed in his players. He had complete confidence in us. He pushed his players because he believed in them. He believed he would get results and gave his players confidence. He always worked us to our full potential. And he got results. He believed in us.

“As a person, he was the best. He always stayed in touch with his players. He treated us like family. He and his wife invited us to his home for cookouts. He was always there for us. He never forgot his former players. He was just a great person.”

Olivia said the number one thing she learned from her former coach was “to never give up.”

Olivia was part of coach McAndrew’s District 2 Class AA title team at Holy Cross in 2014. Holy Cross beat Holy Redeemer May 28, 2014 to claim the district title.

Coach McAndrew, a softball Hall of Famer, earned a state championship as a coach in 2001.

Built solid as a rock, X.E. was known as a gentle giant. He was known as a mentor to not only his players, but to all the youth he came across.

A prolific home run hitter, he was sought after by all the amateur and professional softball teams in the state. His powerful stroke led to a bat-designing deal with Bombat company. He used to sell the XE-44 models out of his car at softball tournaments.

In 1993, he was inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame. Six years ago, while actually playing at 64 in a softball tournament in Virginia, he learned of his induction into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame.

His 2001 Bishop O’Hara softball team finished 21-1 and win the Class AA title.

He resigned from the Bishop O’Hara coaching job after the 2001 season to watch his triplets, Shane, Courtney and Caitlyn perform in sports at Abington Heights.

He came back four years later to coach again at the school. His teams won 14 Lackawanna League division titles, six District 2 championships and the 501 total wins. No. 500 came as part of a doubleheader sweep over Elk Lake last May.

This season, one of his star players, Gabby Giordano, was named player of the year. He was instrumental in teaching her what became a solid home run stroke.

Many of his former players, including Golay, earned college scholarships. And he went out of his way to help them.

In 2001, the year his team won the state title at Bishop O’Hara, his team went to Disney World for spring training. While other teams were on the practice field, he let his players go to theme parks. He told them to get their practice in on the field at night. He wanted to win, but he also wanted his team to enjoy the whole experience.

That’s what made him a winner on and off the field.

He was known for his penchant of handing out gold coins to players who made a difference in games.

And that tradition is continued by some of his former players who became coaches.

Here is a gold coin for you in Heaven, X.E.

You made a difference.