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 http://www.marywood.edu/residencelife/ 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.


Margie Memorial Award presented to Barry Sanmartin

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The Margie Memorial Award is an award dedicated in honor of Margie Holdonak Davis, who was murdered by her estranged husband, David Davis, on June 9, 1980.  The Award is given to individuals who contribute their time or ability to the betterment of our local Womens Resource Center.

The Margie Memorial Award was recently presented to Barry Sanmartin, who provides new locks for women who are victims of domestic violence.

Shown from left: Peg Ruddy, Director of the Womens Resource Center;  Barry Sanmartin, recipient;  Patrick O’Malley, and Patrick Mark O’Malley II.