Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Outgoing Board Members

Chamber of Commerce board pic

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently recognized outgoing board members at its annual joint boards meeting, held at Lackawanna College.

From left: John Wiercincki, board chair, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Mark Volk, immediate past board chair, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Attorney Richard Bishop; Karen Clifford; Phil Condron; and Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Dunmorean Receives Award for Leadership

Tyler Ward

Tyler Ward, M.S., of Dunmore, assistant director for housing and residence life at Marywood University, recently received the 2017 Raymond P. Heath Leadership Award for his outstanding service to student life at Marywood University.

Ward met all of the criteria set for the Raymond P. Heath Leadership Award, including the following qualities: Consistency, being keenly aware of the need to treat people equally by developing clear policies and adhering to them; Development, recognizing the potential in others; Harmony, looking for consensus, seeking areas of agreement; Positive Attitude, upbeat attitude in work and social interactions with colleagues; and Student Affairs Commitment, working with and for students to help them gain the maximum success and benefit from their college experience and to promote the personal growth and development of the “whole” student.

The characteristics and qualities that this award represents were inspired by Dr. Raymond Heath, who served as vice president for student life at Marywood University from 1996-2014. A true leader in the student life field, Dr. Heath championed both the students and Marywood University as a whole,  but he also was keenly interested in the professional development of those who worked and thrived under his leadership.

For additional information about Marywood University’s housing and residence life department, please visit or call (570) 348-6236.


Commissioners Honor University of Scranton Professor

Commissioners Honor U of S Professor

The Lackawanna County Commissioners honored University of Scranton history professor Dr. Michael DeMichele, third from left, for his 50 years of service to the school.  Dr. DeMichele has authored several articles that were printed in various history and social studies journals.  He published a book on the Italian Experience in America and has been recognized by numerous associations for teaching excellence.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Andrew Wallace, County Chief of Staff and former Dr. DeMichele student; Dr. DeMichele and wife, Rosemary; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Atty. Donald Frederickson and Atty. John Cerra, County Solicitors and former Dr. DeMichele students; and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.   



Marywood Academic Director Earns National Distinction

abigail-davis-pa-cAbigail Davis of Dunmore, MPAS, PA-C, academic director in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Marywood University, was recently selected by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ).

Ms. Davis was recognized for earning a CAQ in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of 26 physician assistants in Pennsylvania to earn a CAQ in Emergency Medicine since the program’s inception in 2011.

According to the NCCPA’s news release, “Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding master’s-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically under served,” she continued.

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Ms. Davis joined the Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University in 2014 as clinical coordinator. She currently also works part-time at Emergency Services P.C. at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in medical science and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Marywood University.

For additional information about the Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University, go online  or call (570) 348-6298.