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Success! Do You Know Someone who is Thinking about Graduate School?

385 men and women thought about it a few years ago, and they graduated this May with Master’s and Doctoral degrees from

Marywood University 36 Graduate degree programs to choose from (Master’s, Ph.D., Psy.D, M.F.A.) 33 Certificate programs for advancement in your profession


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Marywood’s 92nd Commencement William E. Strickland Jr., a nationally-recognized, visionary leader, was the keynote speaker at Marywood University’s 92nd Commencement on May 9. He was awarded an honorary doctorate, along with another esteemed honoree, Peter Bohlin, an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed architect.


Breaking Ground


Mapping Your Career

Marywood University broke ground for two projects—a new Aquatics Center and the Woodland Residence Facilities II. As the student population continues to grow, these facilities will further enhance the student life offerings at Marywood.

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Whatever road you take from your degree path to your career destination, Marywood is with you every step of the way. Discover more about the many routes to success, from students, alumni, and other professionals who help our graduates to “Lead On.”



Sticking with It! The Marywood University Women’s Lacrosse team has made significant progress during its first few years, and these ladies continue to stick with their goals—achieving great results as a team and attaining notable individual accomplishments.




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To Thine Own Self Be True

PRESIDENT: How to Make a Life DIGEST: Commencement 2010; New Dean; Faculty News ALUMNI: Reunion Weekend; Chapters on the Go Class Notes Where Is This? Best & Brightest Seen & Heard



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“To Thine Own Self Be True…” True… T

he timeless advice of Shakespeare, albeit through the meddling persona of Polonious in Hamlet, rings sincerely, especially when one is making life decisions. I always knew I wanted to write and edit for a living. Before I listened to my heart, though, I heeded the well-meaning advice of other people. It’s too bad—or, maybe it’s not. The subsequent experience of changing majors (twice) certainly taught me what I didn’t want to do, while more clearly affirming what I loved to do. I also learned that it’s fine to like something (and even take a class or two in that area) without making it your life’s work. Too often, we view our educational choices, our careers, and our lives as etched-instone decisions that we must make, and, once made, endure. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just as you can select a number of different routes to get to a location on a map, so too can you choose a number of paths to your career—even changing course or determining another destination along the way. In this issue, we’ve endeavored to present you with various aspects of navigating your career—insights from seasoned professionals, students, and recent graduates, as well as alumni who adapted to career changes or creatively sought an unusual career choice. Wanting to assist our students in gaining practical experience, we opened our magazine cover to Dennis Corrigan’s Advanced Problems in Visual Communication/ Illustration Class for seniors, asking each student to propose an illustration for this issue. Our winner is Sarah Davis ’10, an Illustration major with a minor in Graphic Design. A formerly undeclared student, she vibrantly captured possibilities open to all of us. (See a profile of Sarah on Page 17.) We also wanted to share the thumbnail drawings of our runners-up, (Jessica McGrath ’10 and James Rosenthal ’10), on this page. All of the students are to be commended for their enthusiasm and their efforts. It was exciting for the creative staff of the magazine to observe their class in action. Jessica McGrath ’10 Finally, as students and alumni make decisions about their career choices, advanced education, or occupational transitions, it is wise to remember St. Augustine’s insight about change: “Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.” Marywood University can help you do all three.

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Magazine Staff Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sheryl Lynn Sochoka ’92 Executive Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peter Kilcullen Art Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carrie Bowen Toomey Associate Editor . . . . . . . .Juneann Greco ’83 (M.S. ’06) Writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patricia J. Thomas Meghan Cravath (MBA ’10) Amy Grocki ’07 (M.A. ’10) Mandy Boyle ’10 Julie Imel Michael Dickinson Christina Whitney Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stephen Allen Rich Banick Mary Ann Capone ’06 Tomlynn Fallon ’06 Heather Remley ’10

Executive Officers Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D. President of the University Alan M. Levine, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph X. Garvey, C.P.A., M.S., Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer Raymond P. Heath, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life Clayton N. Pheasant, D.Min., Vice President for University Advancement Sister Dolores M. Filicko, IHM, M.B.A. Secretary of the University

Deans Mary Anne Fedrick, Ph.D., Dean Reap College of Education and Human Development Michael A. Foley, Ph.D., Dean College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Gregory K. Hunt, FAIA, Dean School of Architecture Lloyd L. Lyter, Ph.D., Interim Dean College of Health and Human Services

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Collier Parker, M.F.A., Dean Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts

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HOW to Make a Life “It may be that studying the liberal arts is actually the best form of career education.” ~ Sanford J. Ungar, “7 Major Misperceptions About the Liberal Arts,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 5, 2010

am always compelled to share with our students that the pursuit of higher education is, at all levels, a journey. In particular, it is a comprehensive expedition of self, of education, and of personal connections. I want them to know that it means more than obtaining any particular degree or pursuing a specific career choice; these goals are only part of the picture.


Much has been said and written about liberal arts education. There was a point during the 1980s when the validity of this educational approach was questioned, even causing some to opine, “Are the Liberal Arts an Endangered Species?”* Both time and further research have rejected this theory. We need to prepare students for change or—as one expert in Mr. Ungar’s article (above) stated— “for jobs that do not yet exist.” Clearly, a balance between professional skills and the liberal arts delivers a more complete educational experience for every student.

As a Catholic university with a vibrant liberal arts heritage, Marywood offers students an educational process in which professional preparation, creativity, dialogue, passionate exchange of ideas, and spiritual inspiration come together to forge lives rich in meaning and significance. We prepare students well for their chosen careers, but we also guide them to adapt and use the benefit of their liberal arts education, as they navigate life’s uncertainties—career or otherwise—with reasoned versatility. The heart of our mission encourages students to “shape their lives as leaders in service to others.” We teach them to make more than a living; we show them how to make a life. For us, that is the true definition of success.


SISTER ANNE MUNLEY, IHM, PH.D. President of the University

* Source: “Are the Liberal Arts an Endangered Species,” Raymond F. Zammuto, The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 55, No. 2, The Liberal Arts College: Managing Adaptation to the 1980s [Mar.-Apr., 1984], pp. 184-211.









Keynote speaker William E. Strickland Jr., CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center, addresses the Class of 2010 during the Commencement ceremony. Mr. Strickland told graduates that they have the power within themselves to “make the impossible possible.” In addition, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Marywood. Lorraine Braz Yudiskas ’10, left, pictured with fellow graduate Duane Elders ’10, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in English. At age 79, she is, to date, Marywood’s oldest student to graduate— but she’s not finished learning. She'll start the reading specialist master's program at Marywood this fall.

Heather Remley (M.F.A. ’10) makes sure she’s picture perfect before the ceremony.


POSTHUMOUS Meghan Cravath (M.B.A.’10) gladly receives a kiss from her mom. It was a special day for graduates and mothers alike—the Commencement ceremony was held on Mother’s Day.

Erin Furlong and Amanda Lass, women’s basketball teammates, are all smiles after the ceremony.

Biotechnology graduates Karl Franke, Charles Fisher, John Dommer, Jason Dinko, along with biology graduate Rahul Dani, wait for their degrees.

Peter Bohlin, center, a renowned architect who was integral in the launch of Marywood’s School of Architecture and who has earned international acclaim in his profession, was awarded an honorary doctorate during the Commencement ceremony. Board Chair Richard Kane assisted Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., President, during Mr. Bohlin’s hooding.

Degrees Awarded @ COMMENCEMENT

The parents of two students, Tara Lee Ruddy and Kelly Erin Ruddy–sisters whose lives ended under separate, tragic circumstances–received posthumous degrees on their behalf. Tara Ruddy graduated with honors from West Scranton High School in 2003 and pursued social work studies at Marywood. She was known for her ability to light up a room from the minute she entered it. She also participated in the Sienko Ryu Karate Club, and, while enrolled at West Scranton High School, she became the orchestra’s first violinist. Kelly Ruddy, a 2006 graduate of West Scranton High School, was known for her energetic personality and delightful sense of humor. While at Marywood, Kelly also pursued a degree in social work, and she interned at the Green Ridge Health Care Center. In addition, she worked in the Learning Resources Center at Marywood. Kelly was fond of stand-up comedy and enjoyed performing in local comedy clubs. Both Tara and Kelly volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center, were members of St. Patrick’s Church in West Scranton, and were part of the committee for the Paul “Hook” O’Malley Race Against Cancer. The Sisters shared an unending love of animals, remarkable athletic ability, and the gift of making others smile. The Class of 2010 Ruddy Sisters Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by the Class of 2010 to honor their memory and assist future Marywood University students.



arywood University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, servicelearning and civic engagement. Out of 780 applicants, Marywood was one of the 115 schools designated with distinction. This is the second consecutive year for Marywood University to be included on the Honor Roll. “Congratulations to Marywood University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.” In the 2008-2009 academic year, there were 3,081 Marywood University students engaged in 66,575 hours of service. Over 800 students engaged in at least 20 hours of community service each semester.





n April, the Marywood Community celebrated special service milestones of faculty and staff members and paid tribute to recent retirees for their years of service and dedication to the University. Recipients of the Cor Mariae-Pro Fide et Cultura medal, which celebrates 20 years of Service for fulltime faculty and administrators: Ms. Ann Boland Chase* Dr. Stephen C. Burke Mr. Dennis C. Corrigan Dr. Mary Jo Gunning Dr. Thomas Michael Jackson Ms. Pamela Parsons Mr. Mathew R. Povse Sr. Mary Salvaterra, CSJ*

COLLIER PARKER: New Dean of Insalaco College Collier Parker, M.F.A. has been appointed as the Dean of the Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts, according to a recent announcement by Sister Anne Munley, IHM, President of the University. He will assume the position of Dean at the end of July. For the past five years he has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.


Recipients of the Sister Theresa Maxis, IHM Service award, which celebrates 20 years of service for professional personnel and hourly employees: Ms. Wendy Brenzel Ms. Lisa Hetsko Mr. James G. Kanuik Mr. Michael McMurrer Ms. Beverly Merkel Mr. Martin O’Connor Sr. Mary Salvaterra, CSJ* Other service milestones of the University include: 40 Years Sr. Gail Cabral, IHM Dr. Charles DeCelles Sr. Dorothy Haney, IHM 35 Years Sr. M. Alphonsa Concilio, IHM Sr. Joan Paskert, IHM 30 Years Ms. Ann Boland Chase* Dr. Patricia E. Dunleavy Mr. Michael Patrick Gibbons Sr. Marilyn Muro, IHM

25 Years Dr. Robin Gallagher Ms. Nancy Gibbons Mr. Robert Arthur Griffith Ms. Karen R. Nealon Ms. Ellen M. Taylor Ms. Carol A. Yanusauskas Mr. Chester P. Yazinski Retirees: Ms. Diane Conniff Ms. Jean Dixon Ms. Sharon Dougher Sr. Dolores Filicko, IHM Ms. Mary Ann Hall Dr. Len Herman Sr. Ann Jablonski, RSCJ Ms. Martha Magnotta Dr. Paulette Merchel Ms. Paula Nestrick Mr. Terry O’Brien Dr. Bob Sadowski Dr. Barbara Sadowski Ms. Jean Yeselavage *Received both honors due to service in faculty or administrative positions, as well as professional service capacities.

McGowan Grant = ACADEMIC SUCCESS Administrators from Marywood University, The United Neighborhood Centers (UNC), Carbondale YMCA, and the Carbondale Area and Scranton School Districts, recently met with Trustee Leo McGowan of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc., to discuss startup of the Student Academic Success and Inspiring Excellence Program (SASIE). Sixty high school students will participate in the program, which will improve student academic proficiencies; enhance their success at the secondary level; and increase their awareness of, and academic readiness for, higher education. The Program also involves professional development for teachers. The Fund provided $288,934 with additional commitments depending on the demonstration of annual program success. Featured in the photo are: (L to R): Dr. Kathleen Ruthkosky, SASIE Project Director; Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood President; Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick, Dean, Reap College of Education and Human Development; Dr. Tammy Brown, SASIE Coordinator; and Katie Bower, SASIE Program, UNC. Second Row (L to R): Leo McGowan, McGowan Fund; Joseph Famularo, Superintendent, Carbondale Area School District; Joseph Farrell, Principal, Carbondale Area; Richard Kane, Chairman, Marywood Board of Trustees; Dan Williams, Supervisor of Secondary Education/Curriculum, Scranton; Mike Handley, Executive Director, UNC; Jane Helman, SASIE Coordinator; and William King, Superintendent, Scranton School District. Absent from photo: Steve Durkin, Executive Director, Carbondale YMCA, and Lea Dougherty, UNC.

DIGEST P.A. Program Growing The Physician Assistant Program increased the number of students enrolled each year from 30 to 45 as of May 2010. “We decided to increase our number of enrolled students because of the continuous shortage of healthcare practitioners.” Karen Arscott, D.O., Program Director of the Physician Assistant Program continues, “The nation and our area continue to struggle in providing quality healthcare, and it is only going to increase as Baby Boomers age. With 600-700 applications of qualified candidates received each year, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), permitted Marywood University to increase enrollment.” For more information on the Physician Assistant program, visit


Broadcast Journalism Degree


arywood University will offer a new major in the fall: Broadcast Journalism. Approved at the April meeting of the Board of Trustees, the latest program is aimed at preparing students for work as broadcast and electronic journalists, reporters, and writers. “Our program will be different from many traditional journalism programs in that we are positioning the curriculum to address the current and future needs of students to compete in this quickly changing and exciting industry.” said Dr. Doug Lawrence, Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Communication Arts Department. “Information access is evolving in the way the public consumes it, such as the popularity of electronic media as an interactive source for sending and receiving information. “ The program will include writing, reporting techniques, and storytelling theory, as well as electronic delivery methods, such as video and audio production and publication technology.

FACULTYNEWS Joseph Polizzi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership, delivered a Keynote Address at the 4th Annual New DEEL Conference at Temple University on March 19. The title of the keynote was “A Tale of Two Educational Leadership Programs: Variables in catalysts and consequences.” http:/ / docs/ 2010Program_RevMarch.pdf’

Multiculturally Competent Counselor.” At the American Counseling Association, she presented a poster, “Parenting Styles and Its Impact on Self Esteem and Life Satisfaction of Arab American and African American Muslim Adolescents.” In addition, Dr. Ahmed and students Morgan Owen and Amanda Lavin from the Chi Sigma Iota Pi Chapter participated in the “Show Case” chapter events.

Estelle Campenni, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychology, presented “Mindfulness for the Masses: No Lotus Position Required” at the Third Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Faculty Symposium on April 9. Dr Campenni also presented a poster, “Explorations of the Effectiveness of Creativity in Promoting Mindfulness” at the Science of Consciousness conference in Tucson, AZ.

Sophie Till, M.M., Assistant Professor of Music (pictured at right), received the ASTA String Project of the Year Award at the 2010 ASTA Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The award was giving for innovative teaching (the development of the Taubman/ Golandsky Approach) and the world premier of composer David McGrew's piece written for String Project called Suite Scranton. In addition, Ms. Till appeared as a guest associate of the Golandsky Institute at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, for a day program on the Taubman Approach. She presented a lecture for violinists on the Taubman/ Golandsky Approach and a workshop with Edna Golandsky. Two Marywood students participated in the day's events.

Shamshad Ahmed, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counseling/ Psychology conducted a workshop at the Multicultural Social Justice Leadership Development Academy on “How to Become a



Meet GREG BROWN: New Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the Swimming and Diving Programs

Entrance Plaza to the New Aquatics Center

Greg Brown was 2010 Coach of the Year in the Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Marywood University has named Greg Brown as the first-ever Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving programs, according to a recent announcement from Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Director of Athletics and Recreation. Brown comes to Marywood after spending four seasons as the head women’s swimming coach at Division I Siena College, where he was the winningest coach in Saints’ history. In his four years at Siena, Brown’s teams posted a 2921 (.580) overall record and a 14-8 (.636) mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) meets. The longest-tenured coach in Saints’ history, Brown was

named the 2010 MAAC Coach of the Year after leading Siena to a program-best 10 wins and a third-place finish in the MAAC Championships, the squad’s highest finish since 2003. Marywood is scheduled to begin Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving in the Fall 2010 Semester, with completion of a multi-million dollar state of the art Aquatics Center scheduled for Spring 2011. For more information on Coach Greg Brown, go to and click on the link for Swimming and Diving.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 16 for the new Aquatics Center, which represents the third and final phase of the comprehensive, 25 million dollar expansion efforts of Marywood’s Athletic and Recreation program facilities. The facility will feature 17,000 square feet of competitive and recreation space, including an eight-lane, NCAA regulation pool with a three-meter diving board and two, one-meter diving boards. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be added, increasing Marywood’s varsity sports programs from 14 to 16.





LAND Residence Facilities II


he construction of a new residence hall complex, resulting from the continued growth of Marywood’s resident student population, will provide an exciting and needed addition to the University’s residence life offerings. On April 16, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Woodland Residence Facilities II complex, which will feature 12 units adjacent to the current Woodland Residence Facilities. Each new residence unit will initially accommodate eight students per unit, with the capacity to increase to ten students per unit, as growth in the student population warrants. In the meantime, the additional bedroom will be used as a study room for the eight students in each house.

Hemmler Camayd Architects designed the complex, which is being built by Simplex Industries. The pre-fabricated assembly will allow for an abbreviated construction period, so that occupancy will be available for the approaching fall semester. Additional parking will be adjacent to the baseball field, coupled with the construction of Maxis Lane, a private campus road at the end of Adams Avenue, easing both traffic flow and safety concerns.


Green Initiatives Marywood Community Garden


arywood gardeners are using their green thumbs, as the University sponsors its first Community Garden Project on campus. The Arboretum Committee, headed by Mark Burns, Superintendent of Grounds, developed the idea and secured grant funding from the Overlook Estate Foundation. The garden is located behind the softball field, and all 26 plots have been assigned through an application process. Response to the community garden has been overwhelmingly positive. “Education is part of the Arboretum’s mission,” said Mr. Burns, “I thought this kind of project would reflect that mission, but, more importantly, those who do not normally have access to a yard or garden can enjoy this opportunity.”

Green On. Dr. Robert Sadowski and a group of his students conducted Marywood’s second “e-cycling” event in April. The group anticipated recycling about 15 tons of unwanted electronic equipment, but surpassed its goals exponentially by collecting nearly 35 tons! Cars lined the campus and the response was so great that some had to be turned away. Plans are already in place for a 3rd Annual E-Cycling event next year.


WIND TURBINE Will Help Power Aquatics Center


arywood University has purchased a WindTamer wind turbine produced by the WindTamer Corporation. The sale is WindTamer’s first in Pennsylvania and its first to a university. The turbine will be a freestanding unit placed near the University’s athletic center, and will be clearly visible along the Interstate 81 corridor. Joseph X. Garvey, Jr., Marywood’s Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer, said the WindTamer turbine was chosen because of its relatively small size and its lack of any negative environmental impact on the campus. “Marywood has a commitment to sustainability and to reducing our carbon footprint,” said Mr. Garvey. He said that the turbine will be used to help power the University’s new Aquatics Center and added that “if this turbine performs as expected we will purchase as many as six more.” The unit will be installed in August.



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arywood University’s Office of Campus Ministry hosted The Forgiven Band (, a local Christian rock band, to help raise donations for upcoming Campus Ministry sponsored service trips. The Forgiven Band played on Saturday, January 30. The concert was free and open to the public. Members of The Forgiven Band, from left to right, along with their affiliation to Marywood University: Charles Bacinelli, Ph.D., Lead Guitar (Dr. Bacinelli is a lecturer in the School of Social

Give Back DANCE-A-THON Efforts to raise funds for victims of the Haiti Earthquake continued with a Give Back DanceA-Thon in the spring. Approximately $13,500 has been raised to date for this cause.

To donate or for more information go to

Work and has three Marywood degrees: BSW '79; MSW '81; Ph.D. '07.); Karen Knott, Keyboards (Karen is a Marywood junior majoring in Elementary Education/ Special Education.); Bill Hicks, Lead Vocals; Robby Vega, Percussion (Robby earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2009.); Andrea Picozzo, Lead Vocals (Andrea holds two Marywood degrees: B.S. in Elementary Studies '07); Jay Sochoka, Bass Guitar and Vocals (Jay is a benefactor and spouse of a Marywood alumna.)

Watch this summer for the Parent Survey 2010 to arrive in the mail. The Parent Survey offers the opportunity for family of all undergraduate students to express their level of satisfaction with a son or daughter’s experience at Marywood University. Share your thoughts and stories in the Parent Survey 2010!

Marywood Partners with Holy Cross High School

Marywood University launched a partnership with Holy Cross High School, Dunmore, PA, offering students the opportunity to take advanced-level and college-credit courses starting this summer. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Honors Program partnership is the first of its kind and includes college-level courses, workshops, community outreach projects, and mentoring programs for high-achieving students. Students will choose a concentration in Liberal Arts, Mathematics, or Science and will be recommended into the program upon completion of their freshmen year. Each summer, students will partake in projects and classes on and off campus. Participating students can receive up to 19 full college credits and will be an awarded a diploma “with distinction” upon completion. 13


here are you in your career? Planning what you’d like to do? Beginning in your field? Pursuing an advanced degree? Changing your mind? Taking a break? Redirecting your chosen path? Forced to make some tough decisions? Learning new leadership skills? Networking with others? Striking out on your own? Perhaps it’s a combination of these.

There are as many questions surrounding career decisions as there are paths to get you there. Dealing with contributing factors, such as the economy, fluctuating job outlooks, the transformation of career opportunities, and the very nature of how we connect with others also temper one’s decision-making. Navigating these questions can be daunting, but you have options. The following pages illuminate some of these, from the perspectives of students, alumni, and accomplished professionals. Most of them agree that it takes a versatile, yet passionate, attitude to persevere and succeed, no matter which career you choose. Perhaps you can identify with these stories, or maybe you’ve had an experience that’s entirely your own. Whatever road you take from your degree path to your career destination, Marywood is with you every step of the way.

MAJOR iNdeCisiOn by Sheryl Lynn Sochoka ’92


hat’s your major?” While this is one of the first questions asked of college students, those who have not selected a major often feel hard-pressed to answer it in a positive way. For parents and students alike, the term “undeclared” has held an undeserved aura of negativity. Very few undergraduate students truly know what they want to be when they grow up. Research suggests that indecision is more a part of the college experience than one would think. One in five students is undecided about a choice of major, according to a report released by the Higher Education Research Institute* in January. This research also shows that 59 percent of college freshmen say there’s a possibility they'll change their major, while 51 percent indicate a change in their career choice. Meghan Cruciani, Associate Director of Retention Management at Marywood University, understands these statistics well—only they aren’t statistics to her: they’re students. She emphasizes that an undergraduate education is the foundation for a lifelong learning journey, so you don’t have to have it all figured out when you enter college. “It takes work to figure out what you want to do, and the Office of Retention and Advising at Marywood provides the resources and support that students need to find the path that’s right for them,” says Ms. Cruciani. “We approach choosing a major in two ways— either as a direct connection to a specific career or as a field you enjoy that also matches your talents and abilities. Your major is a building block. It doesn’t necessarily equal the career you’ll ultimately pursue.” An example of both scenarios, she says, would be someone who wants to be a nurse and chooses a nursing major, while another person might enjoy literature and choose English as a major, then decide to go to law school after graduation. “The challenge is the student who is good at everything. This kind of student can have a more difficult time deciding what fits the best, but, with advising, faculty and peer mentoring, and exploratory classes, the best choice for that person becomes clear.”

Darleen Kittrick ’10 began her studies at Marywood as an undeclared student in 2006. “My greatest fear was not knowing what I wanted to do with my life,” she says. “Entering college was an exciting time, but I felt like I was being held back by something and just lost. Meghan Cruciani was my advisor, and she truly dedicated herself to helping me find my career path.” Darleen cites Ms. Cruciani’s extensive knowledge of Marywood’s degree offerings and different academic departments, as well as her understanding of issues faced by undeclared students, as positive experiences. In addition, Darleen became involved in leadership roles





across campus for Student Government, Campus Ministry, and Student Activities. “Being involved in so much was helpful and exposed me to many students in various degrees who were open to discussing their majors and goals with me,” recalls Ms. Kittrick. “It helped that my sister, Noreen, also attended Marywood and entered as an undeclared student. I could turn to her whenever I had questions.” After remaining undeclared for a year, Ms. Kittrick was finally ready to declare a double major—Social Work and Religious Studies—for the Fall 2007 Semester. The decision was not made lightly, and she only committed to it after speaking with the chairpersons of both departments to make sure that both could be completed together. Darleen reflected on her choices during the summer, and, by fall, was ready for the commitment. Knowing her choices fit her interests and talents, Darleen plans to continue her education in the fall at Washington Theological Union. There, she will pursue a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies. Her ultimate goal is a career in youth ministry in the Catholic Church, using the knowledge and experience of her dual degrees to work with adolescents. Darleen is grateful for the support she received and encourages undeclared students to seek—as early as possible—the help they need at the Office of Retention and Academic Advising. *Research source: Findings from the 2009 Administration of the Your First College Year [YFCY]: National Aggregates, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA, January 2010; PDFs/pubs/ Reports/ YFCY2009Final_January.pdf

Darleen Kittrick ’10, left, discusses her future plans with Meghan Cruciani, right, during a campus walk.

WHY GRADUATE SCHOOL? by Mandy Boyle ’10

Finding the Right Fit


arah Davis ’10, who illustrated the cover of this edition of Marywood Magazine, struggled to find her perfect major. A transfer student, Ms. Davis began in Interior Architecture, soon switching to Undeclared when she realized it wasn’t the right fit for her. She met with Associate Director of Retention Management Meghan Cruciani, who encouraged her to keep her art foundation courses, because her interest and talents still remained in that field, and to take exploratory courses that piqued her attention. Then, for three semesters, Ms. Davis declared as an Art Education major. Coming from a family of educators, she thought this choice might work for her, and she tried tweaking the major by adding various minors to it. “My professors were very encouraging throughout this process,” says Ms. Davis, “but somehow I still knew something wasn’t quite right, even though I felt like I was close.” She remembers that Dennis Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Art, immediately perceived her illustration abilities during a painting class. “I always knew I wanted to study art; I was just unsure of which type,” explains Ms. Davis. “I really needed someone to encourage me and to say, ‘You are good at this.’ Dennis is the one who first got me to consider Illustration as a major.” Now, Ms. Davis knows she’s got the right fit. She’s majoring in Illustration with a minor in Graphic Design. She recently did an internship as an illustrator for Dan Simrell ’88, owner of Dan Simrell Advertising. She praises the experience, which allowed her to interact with clients, give presentations of her logo work, and create illustrations for the agency’s web site. “I could do this for the rest of my life,” she exudes. “I love making art. Now, I’m making the right kind of art.”


wasn’t your typical college senior. I performed a balancing act of working a part-time job as an SEO specialist at an internet marketing company; freelance writing for several publications; putting in time in the Constituency Relations Office as a work-study student; participating in The Wood Word, PRSSA, Dean’s Leadership Council, and all related activities; plus, pursuing two degrees: one graduate and one undergraduate in Communication Arts. How we choose to spend our time both during and after college says a lot about us and about our chosen career fields. For some, going to graduate school is a scary prospect that’s only brought on by a sudden fear of what it will be like when you graduate. For others, it’s an exciting opportunity that can allow you to pursue a career goal. Lauren Smith ’10 “I had decided a while ago that it was a personal goal for me to get my master’s degree,” said Lauren Smith ’10, who has applied to Point Park University for a dual MA/ MBA program. “Now with the economic downturn and highly competitive job market, I think it will be crucial in distinguishing myself from other job candidates.” While Smith feels a master’s degree will make her more competitive, she’s open to other opportunities that may arise. “It’s hard to say what I will do after graduation,” said Smith. “You never know if an internship may become a potential job offer, or a connection you made lands you a job.” With all of the uncertainty that seems to surround a new college graduate today, it’s no surprise that many are just waiting to see what happens. On the other hand, there are also students out there who need graduate school just to be able to work in their chosen fields. Charles Fisher ’10 “In the long term, I want to be an immunologist, an evolutionary biologist, an evolutionary geneticist, or some combination

thereof,” said Charles Fisher ’10, who will be attending Marywood for a graduate degree in Biotechnology. “But I can’t do that without going through the proper steps of getting a higher degree.” For Fisher, the goal of a master’s is purely focused on his ultimate goal of a Ph.D., while for Smith, the degree is a Mandy Boyle ’10, who is way of being pursuing an M.A. in more competitive Communication Arts, in a time of discussed the reasoning economic behind graduate school uncertainty. For me, a master’s decisions with fellow degree lets me classmates. pursue something I’ve always wanted to do: teach. Sure, a graduate degree would make me more competitive in my chosen career field, but the possibility of teaching at a college level is what attracts me most. Teaching is something that has always appealed to me, and I love the possibility of helping others by sharing my knowledge and inspiring them to seek out the answers to some of life’s toughest questions. As a student in the five-year program in Communication Arts at Marywood, I get to save time, money, and frustration when it comes to my higher education. With any luck, by January 2011, I’ll see you on campus but from a different perspective: as an instructor.


Christina Whitney, right, is joined by Michael Dickinson, left, during a group discussion with students about career options.

Define YOUR success by Christina Whitney, NCC, JCTC Assistant Director of Career Services Marywood University

“What we knew five years ago isn’t necessarily the same information that will assist us today.”



he world of work is many things to many people. It can be a source of excitement, motivation, and angst—sometimes all at the same time. Marywood’s Office of Career Services is dedicated to providing students and alumni with the education and skills necessary to navigate the world of work. A career path can change. More appropriately, it will evolve based on the economy, the job market, and life circumstances. If an individual is prepared, he or she will be able to accept this challenge and feel successful, whatever he or she defines success to be. Whether you are a brand new graduate or 20-year professional, this preparation will provide the tools needed at all stages and phases. Preparation begins with self knowledge. Understanding our unique strengths, weaknesses, and transferrable skills is imperative to moving within the world of work. Knowing our strengths will allow us to market ourselves within a network, whether for promotion or employment. Knowing our weaknesses will allow us to identify areas of correction or further training. We must admit that what we knew five years ago isn’t necessarily the same information that will assist us today. We need to be willing to accept a certain amount of change to effectively navigate the challenges of the world of work. Knowledge of transferrable skills will facilitate the matching of our skills to a fit within an occupation, organization, or profession.

After identifying these individual characteristics, students and alumni are more effectively prepared to “get out there.” The Office of Career Services strongly encourages attendance at events that give students the opportunity to market themselves and solicit answers to questions about the job market. Some examples of these events are: job fairs, networking events, alumni mixers or mentoring, professional workshops, and conferences. Whether you are looking to make a career move or secure your first professional position, these are opportunities to showcase your knowledge. More importantly, these are opportunities to understand what challenges specific professions are encountering, such as: Are organizations decreasing their carbon footprint by going green? Could you be successful in a telecommuting environment? How do organizations hire? What skills are most sought after in a given field? Are there geographic limitations to a specific occupation? The list of questions to be answered through networking is vast and ever-changing. Career Services is here to assist students and alumni along the way. We can help identify your unique characteristics and will continually update you on opportunities. We invite students and alumni to utilize any or all of our services. For a complete listing, check out our website at or contact our office at (570) 348-6247.



Going Beyond YOUR Résumé by Michael Dickinson Coordinator of Communications, Constituency Relations Marywood University


Remember, you are responsible for your own career. Source: CollegeCentral .com


n May 2009, I graduated from college with little advantage in the job market I was about to enter. Many of the connections I worked to gather during college dried up before graduation, due to hiring freezes and job transitions. To further complicate matters, many jobs I was qualified to do were being filled by professionals with far more experience. I knew that I would have to utilize any and all resources available—not just my résumé. There are new and exciting aspects of the job search—all of them guided by technology. Social media became a great networking tool for me. I began building relationships with potential employers through Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as my own website. These networks allowed me the opportunity to showcase some of my skills in new media. I quickly realized that potential employers were using networks like Facebook to get a better idea of who I was in and out of the workplace. I began to analyze the information I was sharing through social media, viewing my profiles as a second résumé. The Internet can be a powerful tool on your job search, but it can come at a hefty price. Information on the

Internet is available to your current and prospective employers. It is important to make time to Google yourself on a weekly basis to make sure that potential employers will not see anything that can be harmful to your image. These online environments also opened opportunities for freelancing. These jobs provided more experience and created a larger “footprint” for me on the Internet, a place where potential employers are looking for candidates. As a freelancer, I also accrued new skill sets such as SEO, e-mail marketing, and Wordpress theme design. Newly obtained skills can be vital in a rapidly changing job environment, where many jobs are dominated by technological advancements. Finally, it is important to use your alma mater’s online resources. Marywood University has a comprehensive online system that allows alumni to post their résumés and actively search for jobs in their field. This tool can be accessed at and is consistently updated by the Marywood Career Services Office.


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by Julie Imel


Karen M. Murphy, R.N., Ph.D., (M.B.A. ’01), President and CEO of Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.


o achieve success in the ever-changing world of career pathways, it’s important to remain passionate, self-directed, and flexible. This is solid advice for those entering the workforce from Marywood University alumna Karen M. Murphy, R.N., Ph.D., (M.B.A. ’01), President and CEO of Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. Dr. Murphy began her career in 1977 as a registered nurse at Moses Taylor Hospital. She was the founder and CEO of Physicians Health Alliance; Vice President of Planning and Managed Care; and she also served as a consultant for local and national health care organizations. Over the years, she has seen trends change in the workplace. “The workplace is not as predictable as it once was,” she said. “It’s very important to be self-directed and to be flexible in order to fulfill the mission of the organization you’re working for.” Dr. Murphy said it’s also vital to be a team player, and to find passion in everything you do. “Each job you take will be a building block for your career, and each job will contribute to who you become,” she said. “Along the way, your passion may change–and that’s just fine.” While job hunting can be challenging during this economic recession, Dr. Murphy remains optimistic, believing better times are ahead. She suggests job seekers keep an open mind, and they shouldn’t worry too much about straying from their ideal career plan. “Even if something isn’t fitting in with your plan, that’s okay. It’s still a learning experience,” she said. Lifelong learning is something in which Dr. Murphy truly believes. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business with a concentration in Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton. She was granted a diploma as a registered nurse from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing, and she is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. In order to stay current in her profession, Dr. Murphy continues to learn through research, reading, and attending seminars.

Vito G. DelVecchio, Ph.D, founder of Vital Probes, Inc., has hired numerous Marywood students.

In addition to being self-directed, flexible, open-minded, and passionate about work, Vito G. DelVecchio, Ph.D., reminds job seekers to tap into their creativity. The founder of Vital Probes, Inc., Mayfield, Pa., and an accomplished scientist, Dr. DelVecchio recalled the best advice that a mentor ever shared with him. “He said ‘think creatively.’ I loved the laboratory and my mentor told me that I needed to think beyond the lab,” recalls Dr. DelVecchio. And that he did. After teaching for 30 years at The University of Scranton, he decided to start his own company, Vital Probes, Inc., which is currently developing a vaccine for malaria in conjunction with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Dr. DelVecchio has hired numerous Marywood students on a part-time basis. He said those who are very bright and passionate about science will be successful. His advice to those looking for employment is to network and to bring passion into the work they do. And when it comes to finding a job, don’t be shy. Look for opportunities online, and “don’t be afraid to make calls and send emails,” he said. “Take some initiative.” He also encourages everyone to hone their writing skills. “Writing makes you think more clearly, and it sparks creativity,” he said. Dr. DelVecchio has enjoyed an accomplished career doing work he loves. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Scranton and a Master of Science degree in Genetics from Saint John’s University in New York. In addition, he holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Genetics from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Geneva. At the Carnegie-Mellon Research Institute in Pittsburgh, he was Project Director of Fungal Genetics. He also served as a resident researcher at the Department of Epidemiology and Bacteriology at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Heather Hosie ’08, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry from Marywood, is among those mentored by Dr. DelVecchio. While still a student at Marywood in 2007, she was contacted by Vital Probes to work as a laboratory assistant. The experience launched her professional aspirations to work in the field of scientific research. At Vital Probes, Heather performed various tasks such as tissue culture Heather Hosie ’08 is working maintenance, Western Blots, cloning, on a potential vaccine and assisting with various experiments candidate for the erthrocytic being conducted by senior members stage of malaria. of the laboratory staff. “It was very rewarding to begin performing the techniques that I had been learning in the classroom and university laboratories on a daily basis for a biotechnology company, before even graduating from Marywood University,” states Heather. “I left Vital Probes feeling very accomplished and confident in my techniques.” From there, she pursued a master’s degree in biotechnology from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. As part of the requirements to attain her advanced degree, she needed to perform an independent research project and write a report on that experience. She submitted her resume to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and interviewed with several principal investigators in the Division of Malaria Vaccine Development, including Dr. Evelina Angov, who had collaborated with Vital Probes on some projects while Heather worked there. She was subsequently offered a co-op position in Dr. Angov’s laboratory at WRAIR and began her research project. This led, in November 2009, to the offer of a full-time position as a laboratory technician upon her graduation from Penn State in December 2009. Presently, Heather is a Molecular Biology Research Associate, working as a non-government contractor at WRAIR in Dr. Angov’s lab. She is working on a potential vaccine candidate for the erythrocytic stage of malaria. “Some of the work that I assisted with at Vital Probes, along with my assigned project at WRAIR, both as a student and a current employee, was based on the same vaccine platform that was developed at Vital Probes,” Heather observes. “Working at Vital Probes had a great impact on my career, and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to work there as a student.” Julie Imel is a freelance writer living and working in Northeast Pennsylvania. Links: http:/ / • http:/ / http:/ /

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by Meghan Cravath (M.B.A. ’10)

or Lisa Lori ’93, changing careers was an easy decision. After graduation from Marywood with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design, Ms. Lori became a fashion designer who manufactured and marketed a line of women’s clothing under the label, “Fiuretti USA.” Her line was sold at stores nationwide, including Nordstrom. However, soon after her line was bought out by a larger apparel manufacturer, she faced a crossroads. “I didn’t know what to do, so I decided to go to law school. I could learn how to be a better businesswoman, with the intention that I would go back to the apparel industry armed with a law degree,” Ms. Lori says. However, her plans didn’t quite play out the way she thought. While at Temple University School of Law, Ms. Lori became fascinated with intellectual property, particularly trademark and copyright issues. “I was scared, at first, to go back to school after being in the apparel industry for the first five years of my career, and being, on average, about five years older than my law school classmates.” Ms. Lori continues, “However, I found out that I was far ahead of my other classmates, and I discovered something I love. I never actually made an affirmative decision to switch careers—it just happened.” When she received her law degree, she worked for a small firm in Philadelphia that did anti-counterfeiting work for clients such as Nike, Adidas, Louis Vuitton, and Rolex. After three years, she joined Klehr Harrison Harvey & Branzburg LLP and is currently a partner in the litigation department. She represents national and international businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, as well as individuals in a full range of complex commercial litigation matters. “To say that I love what I am doing is an understatement,” Ms. Lori explains. She still is active in the fashion industry, sitting on the Board of Directors of the Fashion Group International, Philadelphia Chapter. She also works on fashionrelated intellectual property matters in her firm. When reflecting on her decision to switch careers, Ms. Lori advises, “Nobody should be afraid to go back to school, whatever age you are. The economy is changing and people have to change with it to stay ahead of the game. “Graduating students should do what they love early in their career. If you are working in a field or in a career that makes you happy and you feel passionate about it, you will do well. However, do not hesitate to change.”


“Nobody should be afraid to go back to school, whatever age you are. The economy is changing and people have to change with it to stay ahead

of the game.

- Lisa Lori ’93


FUNNYBusiness by Amy Grocki ’07 (M.A. ’10)


t is said that laughter is the best medicine. Entrepreneur and Marywood graduate Jeannine Luby (M.A., 2006) makes her living based on this premise. Her company, Laugh to Live!, LLC, allows Jeannine to use “humor therapy” to bring her healing gift to corporations, community organizations, and individuals. Laughter does more than lighten one's mood and outlook; it also helps to lower stress levels and keep them at bay. Laughter is what enabled Jeannine to carve out her dreams, as she gracefully balances a job in the corporate sector with her entrepreneurial interests—a skill she acquired as a part-time student pursuing her Master's degree from Marywood University in Communication Arts with a specialization in Health Communication. Ms. Luby, who credits her current success to the pursuit of higher education, observes, “Higher education is very valuable in the job market to establish credibility and value and to make you more marketable.” She has been able to market herself well with the selfpublication of her first book “He's Not Prince Charming When…” and she plans to take things a step further by leaving her corporate job of 11 years to devote herself full time to her company. “There's a lot to be said for perseverance. I think it's so important to recognize the talent and power we each possess to get things done for

ourselves and to help others,” Ms. Luby states. From laughter yoga workshops, improv, and stand-up comedy nights, to owning her own company, Jeannine Luby has only just begun to fully explore all the possibilities that her passion for laughter has to hold. “I think we experience a handful of very important building blocks in life. For me, getting a Master's degree from Marywood is one of those valuable blocks that helped me build my life. I look forward to what's next.” Amy Grocki served as an intern for the Marketing and Communications Office during the Spring 2010 Semester. She earned a B.A. in English from Marywood University in 2007 and an M.A. degree in Communication Arts in 2010.

Jeannine Luby uses “humor therapy” in her company, Laugh to Live!, LLC.

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STICKING withIT! In its third season of play, the Women’s Lacrosse team clinched its second-straight Colonial States Athletic Conference playoff berth, earned its first post-season victory, and established its best program record of 9-9. The team has consistently exhibited a strong work ethic and demonstrated individual and team accomplishments. Allie Sodl and Taylor McKeown (last year’s Rookie of the Year) reached their respective 100th career goals. Taylor is ranked in the top 10 for goals scored (2nd) and goals per game (6th), and she is in the top 20 for points (13th) and points per game average (16th). Goalie Katie Sullivan is in the top 10 for saves (3rd), saves per game (10th), and saves percentage (10th).

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ABOVE: Members of the Class of 1965 celebrated at the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, Kresge Room. UPPER RIGHT: Andrea Wilczynski ’93, MAA Board President 2005-2008, Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57, Current MAA Board President; Thom Sueta ’92, MAA Board President-Elect AT RIGHT: Nancy Rosar Barrett ’60 at the Marywood University “Then and Now” presentation

ore than 300 alumni and friends came home on June 4, 5, and 6 for Reunion Weekend 2010. The weekend was highlighted by various events and Class Parties on and off campus. Members of the Classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 celebrated and reunited with friends. Attendees were also surprised by the sights and growth on campus. For many, this was the first time they were on campus since graduation. “I simply cannot believe how much the campus has changed physically but has still maintained its sense of family,” Said Kristen Henninger-Holland ’00 at her Class Party. A great time was had by all, with many already making plans for their next milestone year, Marywood’s Centennial, in 2015.


AT LEFT: The Alumni Award recipients were honored at a Luncheon held on Saturday during Reunion Weekend. They are, standing from left to right: Daniel J. Santaniello ’90, Award of Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences; Margaret Casey McGrath ’75, Award of Excellence in Creative Arts and Management; Judith O’Malley Graziano ’55, Award of Excellence in Health and Human Services; Sister Anne Munley, IHM; Amelia Finan ’60, Award of Excellence in Education and Human Development; Antonia Gerod Schierling ’60, Sister Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood University.

BELOW: Class of 2000 members pose with Sister Anne Munley, IHM.

ABOVE: Classmates look through a yearbook at the Awards Luncheon. BELOW: Antonia Gerod Schierling ’60, her husband, Hans Schierling, and Sister Anne Munley, IHM, stand with the Class of 1960 gift check.

BELOW: Joanne Nerger Mild ’90 with her family in the Marian Chapel prior to the Sunday Alumni Liturgy.

Photos for Reunion Weekend can be viewed and purchased at For additional information, please contact the Office of Constituency Relations at (570) 348-6206.


The Arizona Chapter hosted its annual Luncheon with the President on February 13 in Paradise Valley Arizona at the home of Barbara Martin Brodeur ’49. From Left to Right and Front to back: Victoria Klitsch Randall ’69, Kay Welker Vergnetti ’63, Anita Vangarelli Owen ’58, Mary Clare Jones Vyborny ’93, Sr. Anne Munley, IHM ’66, Margaret Ziernicki, Margaret MacDonell Donovan ’58, Dorothy Scanlon Cahill ’50, Theresa Muha Conmy ’53, Barbara Martin Brodeur ’49.

More than 200 Marywood Alumni celebrated on the eve of Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Andy Gavin’s. Some of the alumni in attendance were, from left to right, Elisa DeVincentis ’06, John Granquist ’06, Patrick Tindana ’07, Elizabeth McGill ’06, Mary Alice Capezza ’06, and Christopher Barrows ’07. 28

Rosalind D. Gray, Esq.’69, Valerie Hung Holler ’66, Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little ’66, Ms. Sarah H. Drumm ’66, and Dr. Clayton N. Pheasant, Marywood’s Vice President for University Advancement, celebrated Dr. Gray-Little’s historic installation as Chancellor of the University of Kansas.

NEWS & EVENTS from Marywood Alumni Chapters



SOUTHEASTERN CHAPTER In January 2010, a very successful event was held at Chateau Elan Winery. The Chapter had a very nice brunch in the atrium, followed by a winery tour. Happily, several new alumni and spouses attended. In March 2010, the annual Presidential Reception was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlanta. It was again very generously hosted by Mr. Michael and Mrs. Mary Murray. Several representatives from Marywood University attended, including President Sister Anne Munley, IHM, from whom the Chapter learned more about what is happening on the Scranton campus.


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TRI-STATE PHILADELPHIA REGION CHAPTER The Tri-State Philadelphia Region will be planning to gather once again for a Phillies baseball game this summer. Join the group to cheer the Phillies to another World Series attempt! There was a wonderful turnout last year and another pre-game reception this season. Also underway are plans for the Annual Holiday event at Longwood Gardens in December. This wonderful Marywood event has become a family favorite for many of regional alumni.

ARIZONA CHAPTER Members of the Arizona Chapter volunteered to work on the Miracle of Motherhood Fundraiser for Maggie’s Place, a local non-profit. Future plans include volunteering to prepare and serve meals at Andre House, a local nonprofit that provides services to the homeless. This fall, chapter members will represent Marywood at the annual Brophy/ Xavier College Fair.

FLORIDA CHAPTER More than 150 alumni and friends of Marywood gathered for lunches in Naples, Palm Beach Gardens, and Sarasota, FL, this past January. Plans have been tentatively set for lunches with Sister Anne Munley, IHM, President of Marywood, for the following 2011 locations: January 29 at the Naples Grande in Naples; January 30 at the PGA Members Golf Resort in Palm Beach Gardens; and February 1 at the Café L’Europe in Sarasota.

NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER Five Alumni gathered at Maggiano’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 25. Future plans for Marywood Alumni and Friends in the Charlotte area in the works.

NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER Plans are in the works for Graduates of the Nutrition and Dietetics program and alumni and friends in/around Boston for the annual reception hosted by Keith J. O’Neill ’76. The reception will take place in conjunction with the American Dietetics Association’s annual conference which will be held in Boston, MA, on November 9.

CALIFORNIA CHAPTER Twenty-five alumni and friends met in Pasadena, San Diego, and San Francisco, California this past Winter. Additional plans for 2011 are in the works.

DENVER CHAPTER Ellyngton’s Restaurant in Downtown Denver was the scene of brunch for 20 alumni and friends of Marywood in March.

MAC CHAPTER The Marywood Alumni Club of NEPA has been very busy throughout the past year. Upcoming events include the monthly Happy Hours on the fourth Friday of every month, the annual SWB Yankees game on Friday, August 27, and events in Towanda, Bloomsburg, and Montrose during the next few months. To be included in these and other invitations send your e-mail address to: and look for details at:


uilding from the momentum that began with the Annual Christmas Dinner at PS Restaurant in Vestal, N.Y., in December 2009, the Binghamton Chapter has planned a number of special events. This past spring, the chapter planned a successful Happy Hour at the Blind Tiger Pub in Johnson City, N.Y. Alumni volunteers Beth Bruet ’00 and Alanna Bowman ’01 helped to plan the event. “We are trying to appeal to alumni in and around the Binghamton area. There are so many alumni here, we choose central locations so that our events are successful.” said Beth when asked about the event. Mary Ann O’Hara ’58, President of the Binghamton Chapter, is pleased with the chapter’s growth. “For the first time in many years, we have a menu of events that are scheduled throughout the year. It is going to be a very busy 2010.” She cites the recent Blind Tiger Pub event; a wine tasting event at the Black Bear Winery located in Vestal, N.Y., which is planned for August; a cocktail hour event in October; and the traditional Annual Binghamton Chapter Christmas Dinner, which will be held once again at PS Restaurant in December. Mary wants to remind everyone in the Binghamton area that the chapter is always seeking new ideas and members. Now that the wheels are in motion, she wants to ensure that the Binghamton Chapter keeps progressing.

To get more information about upcoming events in the Binghamton area, please go to To get involved with the Binghamton Chapter, please contact the Office of Constituency Relations at (570)348-6206 or e-mail



Class Notes

Sister Agnes Shaw (1960) recently received

Witness to Faith Award from the Diocese of 60s theSyracuse.

Dr. Margaret S. Karolyi (1975) and her husband, Alexander, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 24, 2009.

Kateri Carroll Kashuba (1968) and husband, Leonard, are proud to announce the marriage of their son, Brendan Kashuba, and September Madson Kashuba in October 2009 on Assateaque Island, Maryland. Alumnae in attendance were Kathryn Connolly Fountain ’68, Kateri, Judith Cowley Scheatzle ’68, and Christine O'Brien Condon ’68.

Joanne Thompson Pease (1975) won 6th place award at Exposures '10, an annual juried photography exhibit at West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, Connecticut. The juror was Eva Sutton, Head of Photography at Rhode Island School of Design. The photograph is called “Two Faced,” a selfportrait done with Plus-X film using a double exposure on film, and silver gelatin print. Joanne will be interviewed on local access television by Carol Moore, an artist from Litchfield, who produces a show called Vignette, which features local artists who bring their artwork to discuss. The show will be broadcast on February 26th on local access channel 5, Cablevision of Litchfield.

Margaret “Terri” (Murphy) O’Connell (1969) received the 2009 award for Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year. On January 25, 2010, along with six students from the state who placed in the National competition, she was honored by the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis. Mark Stout Ph.D., Social Studies Supervisor of the Howard County Public School System, observed,“Terri O’Connell is a tireless worker whose dedication to the profession is without peer. Having worked with her for nearly 23 years, I can also say that she is a wonderful person who will do anything for her students and colleagues. Her knowledge of history, organizational skills, and quick wit has helped her become one of the best and a legend in Howard County.” Terri retired in June 2009 after a 25-year teaching career in middle school. She is pictured with her husband Jim. Sister Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, D.Min., MAC (1970) joined the staff of Guest House, America’s premier treatment center for Catholic clergy and religious who are facing addiction to alcohol or other substance, as Executive Director of Women’s Services. Sister Mary Ellen comes to Guest House from the STTAR (Specialized Trauma Treatment Advocacy and Recovery) Center in Columbia, MD, where she served for 19 years, most recently as clinical director. Before that, she was on staff at Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City, Maryland, where she was a member of the Isaac Taylor Institute of Psychiatry and Religion, working with patients who wanted to include spirituality as part of their healing process. At the same time, she started a private practice in clinical pastoral counseling. Since 1985, Sister Mary Ellen has taught substance abuse courses at Loyola College in Maryland and has supervised clinical interns from around the world.



Magisterial District Judge William H. Amesbury

(1976) was sworn in as a judge, completing his ascension from the lower court to the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. Michael and Margaret Lawrence Stanik (1977) celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on November 3, 2009. Rose Barnshaw (1978) was appointed as the new Senior Director of Kiddie Academy. She has been a childcare director for over 21 years. Rev. Paul E. Walker (1978) was installed as the Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose, PA, on January 23, 2010. Andrew B. Durako (1979) was recently appointed executive director of Little Flower Manor and St. Therese Residence of the Diocese of Scranton in Wilkes-Barre. Carol Scrimalli (1980) was sworn in as a 80s new member of the Dunmore Burough Council. Dr. Nancy Weaver (1982)has been named Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at East Stroudsburg University. She has seved as an Assistant Dean of Students at the University for over 30 years. Elizabeth Radio (1982) was recently promoted to Vice President of Organizational Development for Sunrise Senior Living. Beth has worked in various positions and will celebrate her 24th anniversary with the company in the end of March. Jeannine Ducharme Haight (1982) and Roger Q.Haight were married on September 26, 2009.

ALUMNI Dottie Brienza (1983) has joined Hilton Worldwide as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Talent Management.

Angela Joslin Stringer (1997) and husband, Jonathan Stringer, welcomed twin baby boys, Carter Alan & Kyle Jonathan, on July 29, 2009. They join big sister, Brooke.

Janet Evans (1984) was sworn in as President of Scranton Michael C. Ricciardi (1998) and Lynn Archer were married City Council. on May 1, 2010. Jim Hart (1986) and Nancy Gill Hart (1987) Michelle K. Griffin Nichols (1999) and Gerard W. Nichols welcomed a baby girl, Ella Margaret, on February 9, 2010. were married on July 18, 2010. Joy Tyler Marion (1988) and Robert Marion were Chaney M. Roko (1999) recently adopted a four-year old married recently. girl, Mary Violet. Mary C. Joy (1992), associate and principal Sarah interior architect at Lawrence Meier & Associates McFadden located in Hazleton and Kingston, has been LaCoe (2000) named Professional of the Year in Interior Architecture by Cambridge Who's Who. and husband, Scott LaCoe, welcomed a baby girl, Grace Dorothy LaCoe on December 21, 2009. John Coval (1993) and wife, Deborah Killino Coval (1993) Kelly Alexander (2001) and Colin Fanning were married in May 2010. welcomed a baby boy, Michael Francis, on Samantha Roos-Meiser (2001) has been named January 11, 2010. Executive Director of Ephrata Manor. Joseph Cosgrove (1993), a Marywood Trustee and Christopher DiPietro (2001) and wife, Nicole Vilogigraduate, was confirmed in a unanimous vote by the DiPietro (2007), welcomed a baby boy on January 1, 2010. Pennsylvania Senate to serve the remaining term of former judge Mark Ciavarella. Dawn Bentler (2002) and Warren Kieffer are engaged to be Maria Graziosi Holland (1994) and her husband, married on July 24, 2010. Michael Holland, welcomed a baby boy, Coen Elliot Holland, on November 2, 2009. Joseph Healey, III (2002) and Dr. Fortunata Verdetti are engaged to be married on August 28, 2010. Joseph P. Panzica (1994)and Sharon Ann Loeffler were married on May 1, 2010. Norina Delonti Dickhoner (2002) and Steven Dickhoner were married on December 6, 2008. Michael Hanley (1995) of United Neighborhood Center received the 2009 World Citizen Interdependence Day Award Michelle Estile Griffin (2003) and Wylie Griffin were from the Greater Scranton Interdependence Day Committee. married on September 12, 2009.


Gregory S. Orr (1995) and Lauren Elizabeth Kennedy Orr were married on June 27, 2010. Jared Rivera (1997) and Lisa K. Rivera welcomed a baby girl, Lillian Francisca, on October 23, 2009. She joins her big sister, Nina Katherine, age 5.


Joseph Shay (2002) and wife, Laura Zevan Shay (2002), welcomed a baby boy, Joseph Jr. He joins his big sister, Rachel Marie. Brian J. Neu (2003) and Melissa Kline are engaged to be married on June 26, 2010.

Brian Mazzarella (2003) and Kathleen Twomey Mazzarella were married on April 24, 2009. Mary Lynn Delfino (2004) received her M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton in August 2009. She is currently a pastoral associate and campus minister at Corpus Christi University Parish of the University of Toledo in Ohio. Kate Delmar (2004) and Dave Powell are engaged to be married. Deanna Marie DePietro Lemoncelli (2004) and Christopher Lemoncelli were married on August 1, 2009. Brian Dorshimer (2005) recently obtained his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2009. His program of study was in School Psychology. Dr. Dorshimer is currently working in Shillington, PA, at Governor Mifflin School District as a School Psychologist. Jennifer McShane (2005) and John Heil welcomed a baby girl on December 23, 2009. Anne S. Maruszewski (2005) and Robert W. Hancock, III are engaged to be married in June 2011. (Pictured at right.) Marisa R. Anderson (2005) and James M. Anderson, Jr. were married on July 4, 2009. Karen E. Brant (2006) and Matthew Johnson (2007) are engaged to be married in the summer of 2010. Mary Alice Capezza (2006) and Christopher Barrows (2007) were married on June 5, 2010. Tomlynn Fallon (2006) and fiancĂŠ, Patrick Biondo, welcomed a baby girl, Piper Jean, on December 20, 2009. Tara M. Calvert Fuller (2006) and Larry Fuller were married on September 12, 2009. Edward Naperski (2006) and Shelby Schultz are engaged to be married on June 26, 2010.


ALUMNI Jill Murray (2006),Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lackawanna College, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in higher education.

WITH GREAT SADNESS…At press time, we learned of the death of Dr. John Boylan, retired Professor of Psychology. The Marywood community expresses its sincere condolences to his family. A memorial tribute to Dr. Boylan will appear in Marywood Magazine’s next issue.

Stephanie Jenyne Murphy Monahan (2007) and John Zachary Monahan were married on June 27, 2009. Trish Spring (2008) and Shaun Horan are engaged to be married on July 24, 2010.

Dana Patchcoski (2006) and Michael Abda are engaged to be married July 2010. Bryan Brophy (2008) and Candace Tobin Brophy were married on October 30, 2009. Shaheen Mojibian (2006) and Brittany Donato (2007) are engaged to be married. Sara L. Malta (2008) and Jason Michael Austin are engaged to be married on July 24, 2010. William R. Michlowski (2006) and Melissa E. Michlowski (2007) were married on June 12, 2009. Kristina Verdon Trostle (2008) and Judd Trostle were married on January 10, 2010. Jenna A. (Volpi) Castellani (2006) and Sean P. Heather E. Okun Demuth (2008) and Gerard Demuth Castellani (2007) were married on June 27, 2009. were married on July 4, 2009. Stephany Suders-Semke (2006) and Daniel Semke were Sarah Clarke (2008) and Ryan Seltzer were married on married on December 19, 2009. May 2, 2010. Jennifer Curmaci Pionzio Heather L. Beretski (2008) and Joel Antolik are engaged (2006) and her husband to be married on June 26, 2010. Gregory Pionzio (2005) welcomed a baby girl, Olivia Grace Pionzio, on June 23, 2009. Catherine Mary Griggs (2008) and Jason Warpus are engaged to be married Natalie Mennicucci (2007) on July 16, 2010. (Pictured at right.) was celebrated this summer for her illustrations of the new book, The Christmas Dog, an inspiring story about a stray dog’s Aaron P. Vincent (2008) and Lydia G. Tompkins Vincent (2008) were role in the First Christmas. married on August 15, 2009. Ashley Jones (2007) and Brian Smith are engaged to be Erin LaCoe Kozlowski (2009) married on July 30, 2010. married Michael P. Kozlowski on August 8, 2009. Erin Kennedy (2007) from USA Rugby has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as the Young Ambassador to represent Team USA at the 2010 Youth Olympic Sarah C. Cloutier (2009) and Matthew J. Lada are engaged to be married in June 2010. Games in Singapore. Kennedy serves as the Youth Development Manager for USA Rugby where she develops opportunities for young people to learn about and play the Ashley Nicole Proietto (2009) and Timothy Joseph Esseff sport of rugby. are engaged to be married on November 27, 2010. Autumn Lynn Wells Tinna (2007) and Christopher Matthew Tinna were married on November 28, 2009.

Jennifer-Rose Petrovsky (2009) and Joseph Yasinskas are engaged to be married in June 2010.

Kaitlyn Hapeman (2007) and Judd Carr are engaged to be Kelly Ann Zeshonski Cibik (2009) and Matthew Cibik married. were married on August 21, 2009. Send us your updated info for the next issue by March 1, 2010, to Photos are welcome. For digital, please provide high resolution images.


Deceased Mary Skovira Teter (1936) Rose Adele O’Hora (1936) Emma Agnes Murray Middleton (1937) Elizabeth M. Cawley (1938) Barbara O’Brien Demer (1938) Catherine Gerrity Lambert (1941) Agnes Quagliani Clementi Florence A. Cawley (1945) Sister M. Wilhelmina Hill, IHM (1946) Sister M. Sheila Reilly, IHM (1946) Frances A. Lorenzetti (1946) Margaret W. Master (1947) Sister M. Nora Clarke, IHM (1948) Shirley M. Kupinsky (1949) Teresa Joan Moran O’Boyle (1950) Sister Andrea Marie Stim (1950) Kathleen M. Wertz (1951) Yvonne D. Davies (1951) Josephine F. Finn (1952) Dolores Greig-Fawcett (1953) Marguerite Garrett Farley (1953) Louise Brennan Speicher (1955) Marilyn E. Norton (1955) Sr. M. Noralene Calpin, IHM (1957) Sister Magdalene Bubenko, IHM (1957) Patricia J. Walsh (1958) Sister M. Venard Ryan, IHM (1958) Mary Jeanne McAndrew (1958) Joyce Hrusecky Bowdish (1958) Anne Collins O’Malley (1959) Nancy Kay Rodgers Holmes (1960) Jo Ann Ramsden Matechak (1965) Maryrose Egan Gould (1966) Ann Marie Arvonio (1966) Nancy A. Kulick (1967) Theresa Pitcavage Myers (1969) James G. Kelsch, Jr. (1972) Marian Brier Lyons (1976) Thomas R. Rosenkrans (1979) Beatrice S. Phayre (1981) John F. Werts (1981) Valerie Payonk Filan (1982) Patricia R. Heal (1982) Mary E. McManus (1984) Ann Marie Ackroyd (1985) Elten Marie Zoppi (1986) Catherine Lorenzetti Cacciamani (1987) Barbary Gorny Chapin (1987) Donald C. Brady (1991) Christopher A. Kuniega (1997) Dana Joan Biko (2007)


CLASS of 1970

WHERE IS THIS? This photo is our featured photo from somewhere on Marywood’s campus. If you know where it is, please send your guess to:

Members of the Marywood Class of 1970 held an annual holiday gathering at Cooper’s Restaurant in Scranton. This group of Marywood grads meets throughout the year on the last Wednesday of the month at various restaurants. Any member of the Class of 1970 who would like to participate should contact Michele Abbott McDade at (570) 343-7009.

CLASS of 1969

Last issue’s photo: The front peak of the School of Architecture building.

The first four people who guessed correctly included: Marie Fitzsimmons '09 Paul Harrington '80 Natalie Mennicucci '07 Sister Gilmary Speirs, IHM, '55 (M.S.L.S. '62, M.S. '82)

Each received a Marywood Alumni Sweatshirt.

Alumni Print DIRECTORY Alumni from the Class of 1969 braved the winter storms and attended a “reunionette” in New York City on Feb. 6. The group is hoping to make it an annual event. Seated left to right: Ellen Quinn St. Clair, Patti Reilly Liverpool, Marianne Schimelfenig, and Judy Hennemuth Sweeney. Standing left to right: Liz Zapitz Holcomb, Maura Nolan, Mary Grace Donohue Phillips, Terri Murphy O’Connell, Vicki Klitsch Randall, Bo O’Reilly Nutt, Mary McGowan Hoban, and Noel Brennan.

Over the next few months, Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) will be contacting Marywood alumni via mail, phone and e-mail to request that you update your information for inclusion in the 2010 Marywood Alumni Directory. We understand that you take the safety of your information seriously, so we want you to know their request for your information is legitimate.


ALUMNI Sharing the Successes of Our

BEST& BRIGHTEST Maureen Burke Pusateri ’76, Speech Therapist at Ramona Elementary School, merited the 2009 Governing Board Recognition of Excellence Award from the Hemet Unified School District, for her outstanding performance, professionalism, and loyalty to the school district. Maureen began her career in education with the Riverside County Office of Education as an Itinerant Speech and Language Specialist in 1977. She joined Hemet Unified School District in 1982 as a Speech Specialist, a position she still holds today. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Marywood,

Mary Kay Pieski ’78, President of the Ohio Chapter of The Kosciuszko Foundation, inaugurated a comprehensive arts enriched pilot program during the summer of 2009 in Zalecze, Poland. Under her direction, this innovative three-week program received a $4,500 grant from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation to purchase instruments and supplies. Additional sponsors were the Kosciuszko Foundation NYC, Kosciuszko Foundation Ohio Chapter, Polish Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego, the Polish Scouting Organization. During the fourth week, the American staff embarked on a tour of the important historical and cultural sites in Poland, including visits to Warsaw, Krakow, Auszwitz, Zakopane, and the famous salt mine in Wieliczka, a UNESCO heritage site. The Arts Enriched English Camp is an outgrowth of the Teaching English in Poland program, which has been in existence for 19 years. Last summer 44 elementary students and 48 high school students participated. Additional information is available at the Kosciuszko Foundation website ( or e-mail: 34

as well as a master’s degree from California State University San Bernadino. Maureen also has a clinical rehabilitative service credential. Upon presentation of the award, she was lauded for her more than 25 years of service to the students and community of Hemet Unified School District. Noting that she “has touched hundreds of students’ lives,” John Wilder, Ramona Elementary Principal, further observed, “Her work as a speech therapist not only helps students with their speech and language, but also helps them with improved self esteem and academics. She has an excellent rapport with parents, and they recognize her genuine concern for their children.”

Rebecca Sparling Zukauskas ’05 recently was promoted to the position of Senior Editor at Northeast Editing, an educational book production company in Jenkins Township, PA. Rebecca, who has been with the company since 2005, will now be responsible for managing projects and overseeing the work of the editorial staff. She has worked on a number of projects, including writing test-preparation materials for many state examinations and editing articles for several History of Issues textbooks. She is also the author of the pet-care guide Our Best Friends: Gerbils.

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The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight

Artist Recognized Internationally for Work


EDWARD M. BABIARZ ’83 Persephone

(Human Kinetics, 2009) Michele Macedonio ’70, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, has coauthored a book with Marie Dunford, Ph.D., RD, titled The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight, which presents practical guidelines for determining, achieving, and maintaining proper weight and body composition for 21 different sports. Elite athletes understand the impact that body weight and composition have on performance. Gain too much, and lose that allimportant first step. Drop too much, and risk being overpowered by the opponent. Whether one needs to add muscle and mass, lose body fat, or control water weight, The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight helps athletes reach their goals without sacrificing safety or performance. A nationallyrecognized dietitian and board-certified specialist in sport dietetics, Michele is the team dietitian for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds. She has spent 25 years working on the nutrition of high school, collegiate, and professional athletes and other active people. A frequent lecturer, she owns the consulting firm Nutrition Strategies and has authored many nutrition articles and educational material. Michele also is an active member of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and received the group’s 2007 Achievement Award. Her latest book can be purchased at the publisher’s web site:

Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau COMPILED BY KENNY LUCK ’08 ILLUSTRATED BY JAY LUKE (JASON LUKLANCHUK ’03) AND REN ADAMS (Tribute Books, 2010) Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau is the first book from writer Kenny Luck ’08. He performed painstaking research, thumbing through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences, and other publications, in addition to making personal visits to Walden Pond, to produce the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available. Illustrators Jay Luke ’03 and Ren Adams lend their talents to artistically interpret Thoreau’s vision. Kenny, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/ Political Science from Marywood University, is presently pursuing a graduate degree in education at Marywood, as well as working on his second book. A WilkesBarre native, he writes for The Weekender (a regional arts and entertainment weekly) and The Independent and enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel. The book may be ordered directly from the publisher ( or from any national online book retailer.

Edward M. Babiarz ’83 has been awarded second prize for his handmade paper sculpture, titled Persephone, in the Society of Canadian Artists, 41st Open National Juried Exhibition, which was held at the Papermill Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “My creative process is my personal, individual experience and, like my pieces, each conveys different emotions ranging from subtle, quiet moods to strong bold thoughts,” states the artist. “The colors are brought together by arranging sometimes harmonious and sometimes clashing values, but with cooperative polarity. Themes of my work run from personifying inanimate physical objects to constructing more Persephone abstract non-representational images.” An international award-winning artist, Edward’s work is in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, he was the keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania State University Commencement exercises, Berks Campus, in December 2009. Contact the artist at:

Danu’s Children EILEEN F. WATKINS ’72 (Amber Quill Press, LLC, 2009) Eileen F. Watkins ’72 drew upon her experiences visiting relatives and attending college in northeastern Pennsylvania for her latest novel. In Danu's Children, a photojournalist investigating his cousin’s suspicious death is drawn into a war between an activist group and a developer in a small Pennsylvania town. The developer may be mobbedup, but the protestors claim that an ancient Celtic earth god will help them prevail! The hero senses disaster brewing, but can he do anything to stop it? A New Jersey native, Watkins says, “Visiting relatives and attending college in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area, I was fascinated by the contrast between its natural beauty and its haunting aspects—such as smoking slag heaps and sudden mine subsidence—left by the coalmining years. I wanted to capture that tension in a paranormal murder mystery.” Danu's Children is Watkins' fifth novel and fourth paranormal thriller. One of her books received a 2004 EPPIE Award from the national organization EPIC and another was a Finalist for both the 2006 EPPIEs and the 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards. Her books are available through, and Danu's Children also can be purchased at the Scranton stores Possibilities Books & Gifts and Anthology. For more information, visit the author’s web site:

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