Calendar of Events: October 2017

craftCraft Sale and Cafe:

Local crafters and vendors will gather at the Dunmore Presbyterian Church on Saturday October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a craft and cafe sale.

Door prizes will also be available.

Half of the money raised at the event will benefit those down south who were affected by the recent hurricanes.

Free Concerts at Marywood:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will offer free performances on campus during the months of October and November.

On Sunday, Oct.22, . at 4 p.m., Marywood University will hold its faculty recital in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on the University’s campus. This is a special opportunity to hear members of the music, theatre, and dance department perform a variety of works from the classical repertoire.

The Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert on Sunday, Oct, 29, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Sponsored by Marywood University, Conn-Selmer, Inc., and American Youth Ensembles, the Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble will present a free concert. Many of Pennsylvania’s top high school musicians will perform engaging works for concert band under the direction of Marywood University’s director of bands, F. David Romines, D.M.A.

marywoodMarywood University’s Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will perform a free fall concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the main stage. The band program at Marywood presents their two major ensembles performing works from the classic band repertoire and works by proven contemporary composers. A special tribute is planned for recently deceased American composer, David Maslanka.

For additional information about the performances, please visit the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University online at, or call (570) 348-6268.

Depression Screenings at Marywood:

Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center (PSC) will offer free and confidential depression screenings as part of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 5,  from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Psychological Services Center, located in the McGowan Center for Professional Studies. No appointment is necessary, and the screenings are free and open to the public.

Held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. The screenings are anonymous and confidential, and no commitment is necessary.

Treatment options for depression will be offered. Please contact the Psychological Services Center with questions, at (570) 348-6269, or visit the Center’s web page, at

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Haggerty:

Representative Kevin Haggerty will host a Town Hall meeting with the Pennsylvania Tax Coalition on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. The discussion will focus on the elimination of school property taxes and House Bill 76. Haggerty notes that the passage of this bill would bring $550 million new dollars to

our school districts in PA and it would ignite an economy in Pennsylvania that is currently ranks last throughout the United States for job growth.

equinesComedy Show to Benefit Equines for Freedom:

Equines For Freedom will host a comedy show on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Scranton Cultural Center featuring comedians are Keith Alberstadt and Emma Willmann.

Proceeds of this event will help fund Equines For Freedom’s free program for veterans.  EFF provides a non-riding equine therapy program for military service members dealing with complex trauma including post-traumatic stress.  

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8.   After the show, there will be a comedian meet-and -greet available to VIP ticket holders.  Cost is $25 for general admission and $40 VIP priority seating. Tickets are available online at, and

2017 Faculty Gallery Show at Marywood:

The 2017 Marywood Faculty Biennial exhibition will be held at Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 19.  This multimedia exhibition of current work by Marywood University’s Department of Visual Arts faculty showcases a diverse range of styles, mediums, and techniques of more than 30 artists/educators. Opening reception is Oct. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. A gallery talk will be presented on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

LCLogoFUTURE1New Programs at Lackawanna College:

Beginning in Fall 2018, students at Lackawanna College can select from four new majors being offered by various departments across the College. Each of the new programs has been created in response to growing job markets and the needs of current and prospective students. Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Professional Studies, and Restaurant and Foodservice Management, and Associate degrees in Baking and Pastry have all been added to the College’s offerings. The College is also now offering online degrees, allowing students to complete their education in less than two years.For additional information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (570) 961-7898.

Make-A-Wish Volunteers Needed:

Make-A-Wish is currently looking for new volunteers in Lackawanna County. To become a wish volunteer, individuals must be at least 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and attend a training session this fall. For more information about how to become a volunteer, please contact Regional Wish Assistant Amy Konetski at 570.341.9474 or

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 1⁄2 to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 17,500 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at

Senior Expo hosted by Rep. Haggerty:

expoState Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will host a Senior Fair on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dunmore High School, 300 W. Warren St.

The event will feature nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies and others offering information and services geared toward older adults.

Vendors and senior service providers interested in participating in the expo may contact Haggerty’s office at (570) 342-2710.

The 112th District includes Archbald/Eynon, Blakely/Peckville, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant, Throop and Scranton.

Brass Festival at Marywood:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will present “Octuba Brass Festival,” on Sunday Oct. 8. Free performances, workshops, and rehearsals will take place from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., which will be followed by a free concert at 1:30 p.m., Room 104, in the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts.

For additional information about the “Octuba Brass Festival,” please contact Michael Parker, lecturer in the music department at Marywood University, at (410) 499-0175, or email



From Marywood Students to Physician Assistants

PA pinning ceremony photo

Nearly 40 Marywood University students, including one from Dunmore recently graduated from the Physician Assistant program. Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University, welcomed the students at a special pinning ceremony to commemorate their achievements.

Pictured first row, from left: Alicia Edwards, Kimberly Vogan, Catherine Notchick, Dunmore.; Cassandra Nuzzarello, Carlie Craven, Whitney Butler, and Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood.

Second row: Justine Samanas, MPAS, PA-C, clinical director; Zeena Attia, Andrea Chamberlain, Melissa Kaminski, Amanda Kilgus, Casey VanFleet, Cassandra Erdman, Alissa Dongilli, Renae Keiper, Emily Ketz, and Bianca Noel.

Third row: Jessica Frawley, MPAS, PA-C, clinical coordinator; Rachel DeStefano, Noel Bricker, Valerie Golembeski, Taylor Schroeder, Kaukauna, Wis.; Sierra Bellenzeni, Katie Shager, Jessica Wadeson, Danielle Higgins, Michele Myszka, Amy Kester, Molly Feeney, and Jessica Nalepka.

Fourth row: Lori Swanchak, Ph.D., PA-C, PA program director; Davis Young, Alex Latham, Paul Hashagen, Tyler Longstreet, Keaton Bennett, Kyle Viola, Andrew Andrle, George Ritz, Kam Mueller, Adam Yngelmo, and Abigail Davis, MPAS, PA-C, PA academic director.


Marywood Offers Online Degree Programs

marywoodMarywood University now offers choices for those who are seeking to earn their degree or certification completely online.

Those choices include: master of business administration 2.0. (MBA); master of public administration (MPA); master of science degree in higher education administration; master of science degree in criminal justice; master’s degree for practicing physician assistants; principal certification; and an accelerated online autism endorsement.

Online Master of Business Administration 2.0

The MBA 2.0 online program is a convenient, online course designed for busy professionals. An MBA at Marywood can be earned is as little as two years. Online courses are delivered in real time and recorded for future reference. Marywood University’s MBA 2.0 program provides general business administration knowledge and training with a special focus on one of three areas of concentration, including: finance and investment; management; or management information systems (MIS).

Online Master of Public Administration

An exclusive 30-credit MPA program is completely online and provides students with helpful and relevant approaches that integrate academic elements with practical skills. The curriculum is designed for full-time and in-career students who come from different geographical areas, from within the United States and throughout the world, as well as from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds.

Online Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration

Our fully online master of science (M.S.) degree in higher education administration will prepare you for a variety of mid-level careers in public and private colleges and universities. Career opportunities in the field of higher education administration include: student services; enrollment management; institutional advancement; alumni affairs; institutional research; career development; academic advising/support; and international affairs.

Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Beginning in the fall, Marywood University will offer an online graduate program in criminal justice. “The online program will accommodate people’s busy schedules without weakening the integrity of a strong education,” said Jeremy Rich, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the criminal justice program at Marywood University. Two criminal justice courses on crime mapping and cybercrime will be offered this fall and will be taught by Mr. Jeffrey E. Clutter and Ms. Hannarae Lee.

Online Master of Physician Assistant Professional Studies

Marywood’s 30-credit online master’s degree in physician assistant professional studies (MPAPS) program provides quality graduate education to practicing PAs, to help them further develop their professional skills and contribute to their field. All courses are online, making it convenient for PAs to earn a master’s degree while working. A MPAPS degree will enable students to: teach at the college level; conduct scholarly research; publish work and present at conferences; and prepare students for administrative roles in healthcare organizations.

Online Principal Certification

Marywood University’s principal certification program, which is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, educates school principals who serve children, families, teachers, and communities in ethical and inspiring ways. Courses are delivered in hybrid and online formats, with periodic on-campus workshops that offer the opportunity to network with current and aspiring school leaders, learn from engaging speakers, and review coursework. Classes are taught by experienced principals, superintendents, and other school administrators from Northeast Pennsylvania.

Online Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement

The 12-credit accelerated online autism spectrum disorder (ASD) program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and can be completed in just two semesters. All classes are online, making them convenient for working professionals. Coursework is supplemented by 80 hours of field experience, which allows students to work directly with children with ASD.

For additional information about Marywood University’s online degree and certification programs, please visit, or call (570) 348-6211.


Marywood Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Earns HonorsN

Speech Language photo

Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was informed by the National NSSLHA Executive Council that the chapter earned Gold Chapter Honors for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Officers include, front row, from left: Kristen Meyer, secretary, and Rachel Panick, president.

Back row: Nicole Coombs, treasurer, and Zachary Lowe, vice president. Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for “increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support scholarships for students in CSD programs by contributing to the ASHFoundation NSSLHA Scholarship; and by providing monetary donations which will provide resources to those who are served by CommunicAID+Nation (the NSSLHA Loves 2016–17 recipient).