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Each of us inevitable, Each of us limitless. -Walt Whitman

EMPOWERING LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION The Honorable Marion L. Munley Endowed Scholarship

THE HONORABLE MARION L. MUNLEY: Only woman from Lackawanna County elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; First female legislator to hold a leadership position; First legislator to have her portrait hung in the Pennsylvania State Capitol; Devoted mother and grandmother to a family of successful lawyers and public servants “I am very proud that my family is able to continue my grandmother’s commitment to the community through this scholarship in her name.” ATTORNEY MARION MUNLEY, GRANDDAUGHTER AND CURRENT MARYWOOD TRUSTEE

The Honorable Marion L. Munley’s legacy continues to light the way for generations of students through an endowed scholarship established in her name by her family. Because of their vision and generosity, the dreams of Shamira Cooper ’11, a pre-law major and the first recipient of the Munley Scholarship, are being realized. In photo: Attorney Robert W. Munley and wife Bernadine Munley ’55 meet Shamira at the 2009 Scholarship Dinner.

Find out how you can transform the life of a student through the meaningful gift of a scholarship. Contact: Elizabeth Connery, Director of Planned Giving, at 1-866-279-9663, ext. 2622, or e-mail:


Spring 2010






Raising Human Rights Awareness


New Aquatics Center to Open Fall 2010


Marywood’s ongoing commitment to human rights awareness continued during the fall semester, as several powerful presentations brought world issues to the campus.

The newest swimming and diving facility in Northeast Pennsylvania, an Aquatics Center slated to open in fall 2010, also will be home to the 15th and 16th Marywood University intercollegiate teams—Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving.

Empowerment Cover Story

See the difference made by life-changing programs and lifechanging people who live Marywood’s mission and core values, as they realize their full potential and help others to do so.



Lighting It Up The multi-purpose synthetic turf field that debuted this fall is an impressive asset to the region and the first Marywood University outdoor athletic facility to feature lights.




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EDITOR PRESIDENT DIGEST ALUMNI Class Notes Where Is This? Best & Brightest Seen & Heard



THE LESSON You Never Forget


’m an unabashed Marywood history buff. I collect old yearbooks and other items of interest when they are for sale on ebay. I read books about our founding, as well accounts of the courageous IHM Sisters, who moved forward with a dream to educate women at a crucial time when all women were finding their voices and demanding to be heard. From these, I have observed that each generation of students has faced its own challenges, but the mission and core values intrinsic to Marywood have endured. For nearly a century, these have served as touchstones of moral and spiritual guidance in the midst of an often chaotic society. These values— empowerment among them—live in and through the people of Marywood, manifest in remarkable, transformational ways.

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Executive Officers Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D. President of the University

I’ll venture that you can’t attend Marywood University or be a part of its mission without being changed for the better and then sharing that meaningful experience with someone else. The stories on these pages speak to that powerful connection. They represent a compelling part of Marywood’s own ongoing story and our part in it.

Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Making a positive, significant difference in someone’s life—including your own—is within the power of every person. Just as the University’s mission states, we are called to seek our full potential and engage in a lifelong process of learning in this diverse, interdependent world.

Clayton N. Pheasant, D.Min., Vice President for University Advancement

That’s one Marywood lesson you never forget. Warm regards,

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

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 Alan M. Levine, Ph.D., Dean College of Health and Human Services


Mathew R. Povse, M.F.A., Interim Dean Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts

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Change of Address? MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY Constituency Relations Office 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509 alumni Marywood University, in accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities, including admission, or with respect to employment. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Patricia Dunleavy, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Marywood University, Scranton, PA 18509-1598. Phone: (570) 348-6220 or e-mail:

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BEARERS of “However long the night, the dawn will break.” ~ African Proverb


ave you ever witnessed a sunrise? It’s an awe-inspiring sight: the darkness of night gives way slowly and steadily, as the first rays of light expand to illuminate all that the eye can see and beyond. Empowerment is like that brilliant early morning radiance, and, at Marywood University, we embrace our role as light bearers. We live our core value of empowerment, primarily by providing access to education, so that we can inspire our students and alumni to let their light shine in ways that are life-giving for themselves and others. Committed to our students and to the integrity of creation, we engage in and promote sustainable environmental practices. We raise awareness of human rights issues. We also recognize and celebrate the successes of initiatives that have global impact, such as the African Sisters Education Collaborative and the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative, which have made a huge difference in the lives of women religious in sub-Saharan Africa and in the lives of those they serve. Our benefactors understand this sacred trust. Many of you either support or have established scholarships and special initiatives to ensure that our students continue to receive the

best education possible. Our faculty embraces this commitment as well. They mentor students and encourage academic excellence. They perform research that benefits others, and they strive to create a better world through active engagement with the broader community. Our students, as they realize their own educational dreams and goals, are also eager to liberate the talents and abilities of their brothers and sisters throughout the world. They contribute nearly 70,000 hours of service annually on local, national, and international levels. More than that, they use their Marywood education—stemming from 59 bachelor’s, 36 master’s, and two doctoral programs—to become thoughtful professionals in their chosen fields, using their knowledge and expertise to make a difference as leaders in service of others. It is this kind of defining experience that each of Marywood’s 30,000 alumni shares. Sincerely,

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



NUTRITION: In Search of the Best Advice by Dr. Alan M. Levine, Dean, College of Health and Human Services


s I settle into my new role as Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, I’ve taken some time to reflect back on my teaching career in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood. For so many years, my focus has been on nutrition: what to eat to optimize health, what not to eat to forestall disease. Health professionals continue to offer much guidance on what constitutes an optimal diet, although as new research is completed, the recommendations often change. The general public, often left confused as to the best food choices, is left to sift through the glut of advertisements for herbal potions, highpotency vitamin-mineral supplements, performance-enhancing substances, and other strange concoctions. Although it is tempting to recommend the “ultimate” diet, a super pill, or some magical formulation to provide high-level wellness, the reality is no such item exists. What then can be done to help interested individuals make sense of the barrage of professional and commercial advice? My

answer to that question, given to hundreds of students over the 30 years I’ve spent teaching nutrition, can be boiled down to one word: moderation. No one food or supplement contains all the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. The best advice is to consume a moderate amount of many different foods. That way, all bases are covered, regardless of what the latest research proclaims. One last thought—everything in moderation also includes moderation as well. Sometimes I find it necessary to be excessive.

Dr. Vince Monastra: Focusing on Attention Disorders


esearch on the early identification and treatment of attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADD/ADHD) will begin this spring at Marywood University. Dr. Vince Monastra, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Attention Disorders Clinic, joined the faculty in fall 2009. Through the new clinic, Dr. Monastra will


provide an opportunity for students to study a neuro-behavioral approach to ADHD. He also plans to engage students to perform research early in their academic career. They will have the opportunity to present their research at national and international conferences and submit their research for publication during their junior and senior years. Through this research, Dr. Monastra hopes to contribute to the development of biomedical techniques for evaluating ADD/ADHD and identifying psychological and medical factors that contribute to it. Field tests will be performed in Southern New York and Northeast Pennsylvania. The Attention Disorders Clinic’s mission is to develop a low-cost, effective technique and model for treatment. For the past 17 years, Dr. Monastra served as the principal or coprincipal investigator in a series of studies involving over 10,000 individuals who had disorders of attention and/or behavioral

disinhibition. In addition, he is the author of two books, Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach (iParenting's Book of the Year) and Unlocking the Potential of Patients with ADHD: A Model for Clinical Practice. Dr. Monastra earned a B.S. in Psychology from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He performed his clinical internship at Fairfield Hills Hospital, CT, where he specialized in family therapy, addictions, and neuropsychology. He also completed his postdoctoral training in family therapy at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Prior to his new position at Marywood, Dr. Monastra taught at Binghamton University. Dr. Monastra teaches undergraduate courses in learning theory and clinical psychology; graduate courses in clinical psychology, neurological bases of behavior, attention deficit disorders, and principles of behavior modification; and supervises thirdyear clinical practicum.

DIGEST ARCHITECTURE DE AN Earns Prestigious Award Dean Gregory K. Hunt, FAIA, 2009 William C. Noland Medalist


arywood University School of Architecture Dean Gregory K. Hunt, FAIA, has been named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious William C. Noland Medal from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (VSAIA), the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Society. The award recognizes architects who have established a distinguished body of accomplishments, sustained over time, which spans a broad spectrum of the profession and transcends the scope of normal professional activities. The VSAIA’s newsletter, AIA News, noted: “In a career spanning more than 30 years, Hunt created an indelible imprint on the profession of architecture. Although equally lauded for his work as Vice Chairman and Director of Design at Leo A Daly, his service to the community on design and architectural review boards and educational committees, and his dedication to the AIA, it was his lifelong commitment to education that captured the committee’s attention. As an educator, author, and administrator, he contributed to elevating the collective intelligence of the profession.” Dean Hunt received his medal at the Visions for Architecture gala on November 6 in Richmond. In his nominating statement, Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA wrote, “Our profession is indeed better because of Greg’s passion for the profession of architecture. His career has been a steady and determined effort to strive for excellence in educating the next generation of architects...Today, he is the founding dean of a new school of architecture at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This opportunity continues his exemplary career as an educator.”

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Dean Hunt (center) stands with M. Kirk Train, AIA, President, Virginia Society AIA (American Institute of Architects), on the left, and John W. Braymer, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, Executive Director/CEO, Virginia Society AIA, on the right. Hunt was named the 2009 recipient of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects William C. Noland Medal. Dean Hunt earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont and an M.Arch. from Columbia University. He began his career as a designer for Davis, Brody & Associates in New York, later establishing a private practice in Maine. He enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career with Virginia Tech at both its Blacksburg and Alexandria campuses and then became Dean of the Architecture School at Catholic University. Before taking on the challenge of establishing a new school of architecture at Marywood University, Dean Hunt served as Director of Design at Leo A. Daly.

Dr. Phyllis Black Merits Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Phyllis Black, Director of the Marywood University-Lehigh Valley MSW Program, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW PA) for her distinguished service to the profession at the Multicultural Social Work with a Global Context Conference in Gettysburg, PA, in October. Dr. Black has written numerous articles, books, and frequently presents throughout the country at various universities. She is active with the Council on Social Work Education and a chief architect of the new accreditation standards, which are having a transformative effect on social work education throughout the nation and abroad. Dr. Black works to bridge the gap between academics and practice. She is an active member of the NASW PA Ethics Committee and a national expert on social work ethics. She is a graduate of McGill University in Canada and has a doctorate from The Catholic University of America.

“It is gratifying to receive this award, and I am honored and humbled by this recognition. I am grateful to have the privilege of working in this profession whose mission of social justice and service also reflects the philosophy of Marywood University. I look forward to continuing my career, and I have dreams for the profession’s sustained commitment to the underserved and personal dreams for whatever contribution I can make.” - DR. PHYLLIS BLACK



HONORED FACULTY in their own Words…

At the Fall Convocation, three faculty members from the English Department were recognized for their overall academic excellence and for distinctive scholarly contributions to their discipline. They were congratulated by University officials after the event. From left to right are Mr. Richard Kane, Board Chair; Dr. Erin Sadlack, Assistant Professor of English, selected as Marywood’s CASE Professor of the Year; Dr. Helen Bittel, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, recognized for Excellence in Writing Pedagogy; Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood President; Dr. Michael A. Foley, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dr. William Conlogue, Professor of English, recipient of the Distinction in One’s Discipline Award; and Dr. Peter Cimbolic, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In the reflections on these pages, each honoree speaks to the experiences that have shaped his or her research interests and perspectives as writers and educators. Dr. Erin Sadlack, English Professor Marywood’s CASE Professor of the Year


nce I came across a history of women writers in Barnes & Noble. Eagerly opening it, when I found the book began with Jane Austen, I actually shouted out loud. “Intellectual distress,” I reassured the people staring and then returned to the table of contents. Not a single writer born before 1775 was listed. Many people believe that medieval and Renaissance women were oppressed to the point of silence; if Shakespeare had had a sister, thought Virginia Woolf, she was doomed to die in obscurity. However, after the feminist revolution inspired scholars to re-visit the archives, dozens and dozens of women emerged for study. From the poetry of Isabella Whitney to the plays of Margaret Cavendish, women wrote in all genres and on all subjects. More, we learned to expand definitions of literature to include letters, diaries, religious tracts, even recipe books, and so have discovered much more about the writing practices of men and women. My current research is on Mary Tudor Brandon, King Henry VIII’s sister, who is better known for marrying for love without her brother’s permission, but whose letters reveal how early modern queens engaged in all kinds of political activities. By bringing copies


of her manuscript letters into the classroom, as well as the texts of her intellectual sisters, I encourage students to engage with the latest scholarship, to look at works relatively few people have had the fortune to read. When setting Christine de Pizan’s verse next to Chaucer’s or Mary Wroth’s sonnets next to Shakespeare’s, students sense the excitement of participating in a new and rapidly expanding field of knowledge. Why does this matter? These works teach us that women have a long history of engaging in politics and literature and remind us that civilization was built by the accomplishments of both men and women. As we consider our own ambitions, we can be inspired by the power and beauty of the words and achievements of our foremothers as well as fathers. Dr. Helen Bittel, English Department Chair Excellence in Writing Pedagogy


ike many graduate students, I started my doctoral dissertation in Victorian literature during a period when I was wrestling intently with questions of personal and professional identity. More specifically, I struggled to imagine my future as an academic woman in what journalist Peggy Orenstein calls “a half-changed world,” one

DIGEST in which young women enjoy opportunities and choices denied their mothers but still shoulder many of the responsibilities and expectations of the previous generation. Along the way, I found companionship and insight in the most unlikely place: dusty volumes of girls’ fiction written between 1890 and 1910. Penned by now forgotten authors, books like A Sweet Girl Graduate and Miss Secretary Ethel confronted a startlingly modern dilemma. Young women of this era were starting to enjoy greater access to education, personal freedom, and professional work. But they had to navigate this new terrain with no road maps, little guidance, and much skepticism from the larger culture. Girls’ authors understood and harnessed the power of story to not only inspire but also to mentor and empower. Their books are full of practical information on how to apply for jobs, find safe and affordable housing, and even utilize London’s mass transit system. More subtly, though, they register the mixed messages confronting “New Girls” and model critical thinking practices to help them negotiate these contradictions. And by frequently imagining girl characters as budding writers, these books suggest that we can write our lives into being. Years later, I write as a teacher, to mentor and instruct students. I write as a mother, to celebrate the vitality of my precious daughter. And I write as a scholar, to continually discover the wisdom of long-silenced voices from our collective past. Dr. William Conlogue, English Professor Distinction in One's Discipline


s a generalist who teaches in a small department at a comprehensive university, I see the three traditional responsibilities of academic life—teaching, scholarship, and service—as threads of a single tapestry, rather than as separate parts of a job. My scholarship, I believe, explores one question: How are we at work in the world? I grew up on a Wayne County dairy farm, lived in Scranton for a time as an undergraduate, and resided near Washington, D.C., while I earned my Ph.D. My experiences in these different places led me to explore issues related to human work and our relationships with the land. Farm life instilled in me an awareness of nature’s rhythms, my familiarity with Scranton taught me that some work can irreparably damage a place, and my time within the Beltway showed me that distant decision making can alter local lives and landscapes. I am an English professor because I believe that fine writing increases our capacity for understanding our relationships with each other and the world around us. Clear, concise, and concrete, good writing helps us to understand who we are and where we are. I have always been interested in the intersections between literature and history because they tell complex stories about the human condition, human connection, and human motivation. In asking questions about good and evil and right and wrong, each discipline matters—and the humanities in general matter—because The Marywood our lived experience demands that we think carefully about University Women’s Soccer answers to these questions. If we don’t look inward, we won’t seeTeam recently donated old uniforms what’s beyond us.

Soccer Uniforms Donated:

ELMS COLLEGE INAUGURATES SISTER MARY AS PRESIDENT Sister Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., President Emerita of Marywood University, was inaugurated in the fall as the president of Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Of her new appointment, she said, “It is an honor to be appointed as the tenth president and to become a part of this great legacy, where the teaching of values and the achievement of high standards of educational quality are so clearly lived out.” Sister Mary served as Marywood’s tenth president from 1988-2007. Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., Marywood President, who attended the event, also addressed the inaugural gathering. She said, “The legacy of progress that Sister Mary Reap built at Marywood University was characterized by significant growth, national and international recognition, and an ongoing commitment to excellence in academic programs, student life, research, service, and campus development. Elms College, you are blessed to now call this gifted leader your own.”

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to a school in Guatemala, through the help of Javier Diaz, a Resident Director at Marywood (pictured



WITNESSEStoHUNGER .S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and his wife, Mrs. Terese Casey, chose Marywood University as the site to launch a compelling tour across Pennsylvania for the exhibit Witnesses to Hunger, a photography project documenting hunger and poverty. This powerful exhibit began at Drexel University in Philadelphia with 40 women with digital cameras capturing their daily


President’s Community Breakfast Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., recently invited members of the greater Scranton community to discuss ways in which the University could work together with the community to meet the needs of our students and our region. Over 100 leaders from education, business, and government joined Sister Anne in a work session in the Latour Conference Room. For more information about the next community breakfast, please call Vickie DeSantis at 570-348-6238.


struggle with hunger. The project was expanded to include women in Scranton and will continue to expand to capture statewide snapshots. Scranton and Philadelphia participants were on hand to share photos from their daily lives during the exhibit’s kickoff news conference, held Monday, November 16, 2009, in Marywood University’s Center for Architectural Studies.

Blue Ribbon Grant Student clinicians from the Marywood Communication Sciences and Disorders Department are conducting speech-language evaluations and hearing screenings for children at Head Start Programs located throughout Lackawanna County. Recognizing that early identification of speech-language-hearing deficits can lead to earlier diagnoses and limit the extent of damage to the otherwise healthy development of a child’s speech-languagehearing skills, the Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently committed $9,800 to fund evaluation and screening activities. Marywood graduate student Devon Fields, who is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, is pictured here preparing to evaluate Head Start student Syon Bennett.


Raising HUMAN RIGHTS Awareness In keeping with the University mission to challenge students to “broaden their understanding of global issues,” Marywood continued its commitment to human rights awareness, presenting a three-part human rights series during the fall semester. Retired Brigadier General Richard M. O’Meara (right), a member of the organization Human Rights First, visited campus to discuss the issues of human rights and nationalism—particularly those of Cambodia, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Darfur. During a co-sponsored event at the University of Scranton, there was a film screening of The Devil Came on Horseback, an award winning

documentary, produced by Gretchen Wallace. The film presents a compelling portrait of an ordinary American who chose to make a difference when presented with a moral dilemma in Darfur. Ms. Wallace (pictured below, center, with women and children in Darfur) also directs an organization called Global Grassroots. She visited Marywood’s campus about a week after the film screening to recount her global experiences and discuss empowering others through social entrepreneurship. A performance of Darfur by the Rebecca Davis Dance Company (at left) was held on October 2. This program was inspired by the events in the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback, and the dance company also provided an exclusive workshop for the Marywood University dance students before the performance.




The Annual Scholarship Dinner, held October 9, brought together benefactors and student recipients to celebrate the importance of scholarship and its lasting impact. All newly established scholarships also were recognized, including six endowed scholarships and four annual scholarships. Mary Kay Rotert (pictured above), speaking on behalf of scholarship benefactors, said that she and her family decided to establish a scholarship to honor her mother, the late Kathryn Boyle Barrett '33, who became one of the few women to direct an orchestra and was an accomplished pianist most of her life. Mrs. Rotert acknowledged that all scholarships are important and meaningful, especially for the student recipients.

Antosh Flight Simulator Room Dedicated

2015 Society Dinner Marywood University opened the door to the next generation of its progress by establishing The 2015 Society during the past year. This giving society recognizes benefactors who have contributed $2,000 or more. This year marked the first 2015 Society Dinner, an event that replaces the former Presidential Society Dinner and anticipates the celebration of the University’s approaching Centennial in 2015. Three honorees were recognized for making a positive impact at all levels of society and awarded Presidential Medals, including Monsignor Constantine V. Siconolfi (local) for exemplifying service in collaboration with others and a lifelong vocation to provide care and compassion for those in need; Marylouise Nanna, M.M. ’59 (national) for blessing others through the gifts of the arts, which liberate the human spirit in the Alphonsian tradition; and The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (international) for demonstrating the core value of empowerment through its support of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative, which benefits the education and training of women religious in Africa.


Marywood University celebrated the dedication of the Antosh Flight Simulator Room with members of the community. The simulator room was dedicated in memory of Frank R. Antosh, a builder of aircraft and a pioneer in local aviation. Mrs. Dorothy Antosh also has endowed a scholarship in his memory. Captain Mark George, Chief Ground Instructor, Aviation Management, custom built the flight simulator. He used an actual aircraft cabin to build the simulator, which is used for training by students. Pictured from left are Captain George; Joseph Antosh, nephew; Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood President; Mrs. Antosh; and Ron Leas, a family friend.

New Aquatics Center to Open in Fall 2010 T

he Board of Trustees in October approved the construction of a new Aquatics Center, slated to open in fall 2010. The Aquatics Center will be the newest swimming and diving facility in Northeast Pennsylvania. The addition of a competition-level pool means that two new varsity teams—men’s and women’s swimming and diving—will be added, bringing to 16 the number of varsity sports offered at Marywood University. The facility will also provide recreation and competitive opportunities for the campus community, as well as for regional schools and organizations.

The center represents the third phase of a $25 million expansion of Marywood’s Athletics and Recreation program facilities and will feature: • 17,000 square feet of competitive and recreational space • 8-lane, NCAA regulation pool • Three-meter diving board • Two one-meter diving boards • Competition gutters • Raised platform and bleacher seating for 200 spectators • Safety center office • Team locker rooms

ARCHITECTURE DEDICATION & FIELD BLESSING Blessing Ceremony for Synthetic Turf Field: Members of the Marywood University Women’s Soccer team, flanked by Board Chair Richard Kane (left) and President Sister Anne Munley, IHM (right) were among those who celebrated the blessing of Marywood’s new synthetic turf field on October 23. Read more about the field on Pages 24-25.

Center for Architectural Studies Dedication: A reception to celebrate the dedication of the Center for Architectural Studies, home of the Marywood University School of Architecture, was held on October 24 prior to the 2015 Society Dinner. Read more about a recent honor merited by the School’s Dean, Gregory K. Hunt, on Page 7.


Each of us inevitable,


Each of us limitless. -Walt Whitman

At Marywood University, we deliver who we say we are. We promise to accompany students on a comprehensive journey of self, of education, and of personal connections. They become part of a community in which hopes and dreams matter. They are encouraged to recognize the power for good that comes from blending the strengths of tradition with the expectation of hope and new possibilities. Graduation does not end this expedition. They carry the Marywood mission with them, equipped to change lives in a world that awaits their leadership, passion, knowledge, and vision. That is the essence of educational empowerment, and that is what we offer from day one. These pages provide a snapshot into life-changing programs and life-changing people—alumni, administrators, staff, and students alike, who live Marywood’s mission and core values by realizing their full potential and helping others to do so. This transformative ripple effect energizes our continuing aspirations to “Lead On.”



BEYOND Boundaries:

Innovative Program for Students with Autism Inspires All Involved to SOAR


he SOAR (Students On-campus Achieving Results) Program at Marywood University is the first program of its kind, according to Dr. Patricia Arter, Assistant

Professor in Marywood University’s Special Education program. The goal of the program is to encourage independent living and prepare autistic students for competitive employment. Designed to provide students with autism “real life experiences” in an age-appropriate environment, the SOAR program came to Marywood in the fall of 2008. Beginning originally with four students aged 18 to 21, the program added four more students this year. The students attend classes in their

Daniel Ogazaly, SOAR Student, works at his desk during his class on Marywood’s campus.

classrooms at Marywood, participate in a half-day of vocational activities at several offices and departments at Marywood, and get involved in various student activities such as spending time in the game room and playing video games. Marywood University work-study students work as job coaches, who also serve as mentors to SOAR students to help them gain life experience. Additionally, the Marywood students assist in the classroom. As Dr. Arter indicates, the Marywood students are gaining a valuable real world learning experience. Although only two years into the program, all involved are very pleased with the results. No one could have predicted just how transformational it would be for everyone else on campus. To truly grasp the profound impact the SOAR students have had on the rest of the Marywood community, read the story of how it began, developed, and continues to leave all involved better for having the experience. The story is told by those who lead the SOAR program and work with the students.

MARY MURPHY FOX Supervisor of Early Intervention, Intermediate Unit 19 In 1997, I was a Supervisor of Special Education for Elementary and Secondary Levels at the Northeast Intermediate Unit 19 (NEIU). I noticed that while students in life skills classes could stay in high school until they were 21, they often remained in the same classroom, with the same teacher, same classmates, same lessons, and same outcomes. I started thinking about alternatives. Fast forward to 2005–I was at a Council for Exceptional Children conference in Harrisburg. At the conference, I talked about developing a program that would provide a much-needed bridge to transition students with autism from high school to life outside of the classroom. I envisioned a program that would have age-appropriate students study in a college environment instead of staying in their high school classrooms. I could see the benefits that such an undertaking would bring, not just for the students with autism, but for all those involved at the college as well. Trish Arter, from Marywood University, was also at that conference and approached me about the idea. We began to talk about the possibility of having such a program at Marywood.

“I envisioned a program that would have age-appropriate students study in a college environment, instead of staying in their high school classrooms.” - MARY MURPHY FOX 16

“Each day, I hear stories of how the SOAR students are touching others’ lives. I believe that this program has brought the Marywood mission to life.” -PATRICIA SULLIVAN ARTER, ED.D. PATRICIA SULLIVAN ARTER, ED.D. Assistant Professor, Special Education Marywood University The SOAR program is a vision realized. The idea for a campus-based transition program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be educated in the least restrictive environment, with their age-appropriate peers, was a three-year process that we were finally able to put in place in the fall of 2008. The development began with a discussion between Mary Murphy Fox and me at a local conference for students with disabilities. It was evident that a great need for services for this population exists in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The next step was to take the idea to Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick, Dean of Marywood University’s Reap College of Education and Human Development. She was completely supportive. The development process has been truly a collaborative effort and epitomizes a community of practice. We have worked hard to ensure that all stakeholders and various community partners (Northeast Intermediate Unit, Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Parents Loving Children Through Autism, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) have had a part in SOAR’s development. At times, this has been challenging

JACK KIRBY Special Education Teacher SOAR Program Instructor, Intermediate Unit 19 Prior to becoming a part of the SOAR program, I was working at Carbondale Area High School helping special education students to transition from school to employment and independent living. When I was initially approached to work with SOAR, I thought the program sounded like something worthwhile, but I had never

because each party has its own mission and goals. Fortunately, success has been made possible through a genuine desire by all involved to develop a program that best served the students. We are now in our second year of the program and have expanded from four students to eight. A $95,000 grant, made possible through the support of U.S. Senators Robert P. Casey and Arlen Specter, has enabled us to do such things as: equip the classroom with all the latest technology; send members to conferences to present and attend training; expand the community experiences for the SOAR students. It has exceeded all my expectations. In addition to being great for the SOAR students, the program has had a positive impact on the Marywood community in ways I did not anticipate. The program provides opportunity for research efforts at the graduate and doctoral levels. Since SOAR students work at vocational training sites with Marywood personnel and are supervised by job coaches who are undergraduate education students, they interact with Marywood students, staff, and faculty daily. Each day, I hear stories of how the SOAR students are touching others’ lives. I believe that this program has brought the Marywood mission to life.

Jack Kirby, SOAR Program Instructor, works with one of the students in the SOAR classroom located in the McGowan Center.

before worked solely with autistic students. Now I think that the decision to serve as the SOAR program teacher was one of the best decisions I ever made. Just witnessing the positive outcomes for all involved has been very gratifying. I have watched the students in the program go from being dependent and highly supervised to being independent and selfreliant. As great as that has been, it’s not only the SOAR students who benefit from the program. It has been just as positive an experience for the mentors as well. I recently told my wife, “I wake up happy, and I come home from work happy.” It doesn’t get any better than that.


EMPOWERMENT SARAH O’BRIEN Graduate Assistant, Marywood University Special Education Department As the graduate assistant for the Special Education department, I work half-time as the coordinator for the SOAR program. In that capacity, I oversee the undergraduate work-study students who act as job coaches. This semester I documented the SOAR program outcomes via videotaping. At first, I observed the joy that the work-study students brought to the SOAR students. Through this process however, I saw the undergraduate students working with the SOAR students smiling, laughing, and talking about the video games and sporting activities that are taking place. It became clear to me that the SOAR students, in turn, brought great joy to the undergraduates, who have been able to work with students with autism on their own campus. The Marywood employees who supervise SOAR students at their on-campus employment sites said they looked forward to 12:30 p.m. when the students would arrive at their job placements. At the end of the process, it was clear that the undergraduates believed the SOAR students had a tremendous, positive impact on the Marywood University campus. As I traveled around campus talking to the work supervisors, I was impressed and quite humbled to be working with and for the SOAR program. This program has not only given the SOAR students an opportunity to shine and grow as young adults, but has opened the eyes of many Maywood University staff members to a whole new population. The work supervisors have grown to admire the SOAR students for their abilities, organizational skills, and responsible dedication to any given task.

RACHEL BOYER, SOAR Student SEAN DIXON, SOAR Student Robyn Krukovitz, Human Resources Sean Dixon is currently training in a housekeeping position, but while he was working in the Human Resources office, Sean scanned applications, helped with Power Point presentations, and was, as Robyn Krukovitz put it, “excellent on the computer.” Robyn said, “He was always on time and accomplished tasks more quickly than I could sometimes assign them.” She added, “You would just tell Sean something once, and he got it.”

Jean Dixon, Housekeeping Rachel Boyer cleans windows, floors, and computer screens in the library. Jean Dixon describes Rachel as friendly and inquisitive. Jean says that Rachel is anxious to know the reason for everything and loves to ask questions. In addition, she’s been told that Rachel is always eager to come to work and has actually been seen whistling and skipping up the road on her way to the library.

JOHN HEVERS, SOAR Student Sunny Schwartz, Housekeeping Sunny Schwartz says that she loves working with John Hevers. “He’s such a nice person and always follows directions.” Sunny said, “He was quiet at first, but now he loves to joke around. He’s even good with a quick comeback.”

JEREMIAH “J.J.” JENKINS, SOAR Student Laurie Munley, Physical Plant J.J. does data entry, mail, labels, and time cards for Laurie Munley. Sometimes he also helps out in the parts room with inventory, counting parts, and filing. Laurie calls J.J. “a great worker.” She says he’s punctual, pleasant, and never misses a day. “If I show J.J. something once, I never have to show him again,” Laurie says. “He knows exactly what


he’s doing. I can honestly say that he’s one of the best work-study students that I have ever had. I enjoy working with him.”

DANIEL OGAZALY, SOAR Student Aine Cahill, Chartwells Food Service Daniel sorts silverware in the main dining room for Chartwells. His supervisor, Aine Cahill, said, “Daniel is wonderful. He’s very polite. You only have to give him instructions once, and he knows exactly what to do.”

JUSTIN DIBBLE, SOAR Student John Ferraro, Courier John Ferraro says that he feels lucky to work with Justin Dibble every day. Justin helps John deliver UPS and print jobs on campus, as well as sort and load mail. They make 12 to 15 stops around campus. “He has a fabulous memory.” John said. “Conscientious and smart, Justin studied campus maps and had figured the most efficient way to do the route before he even started.” John sent a letter home to Justin’s parents telling them how honored he feels to

have the opportunity to work with their son. When asked to summarize his experience in working with Justin, John said, “I made out the best in this deal!”

ANDREA WHITE, SOAR student Dana Perraglia & Michael Colangelo, Chartwells Andrea White is a Dining Room Attendant for Chartwells. She cleans and re-stocks tables. Co-workers say that although Andrea is softspoken, she is always cheerful and her presence is joyful.

RICHARD “SKATES” RIORDAN, SOAR Student Chip Toma, Groundskeeper When Richard Riordan originally came to work in grounds, he cleared leaves. Mark Burns, Grounds Superintendent, said that although Rich was shy and reserved at first, he quickly became “one of the guys.” He loved talking about his brother and skateboarding. Before long, he became known among the crew as “Skates.” The guys even chipped in last year and bought him a new skateboard. After the fall semester, Skates went to work with Chip Toma, cleaning the playing fields, painting, and straightening up. Chip, who says Skates is conscientious and loves to make people laugh, thinks it’s important to make the experience about more than just a job. “In the beginning Skates would come to work and do what I asked him to do. Now, there are times when I get into my office only to find that Skates is already out in the fields doing his job.” According to Chip, Skates has become a much more independent thinker since the program began. He says, “Skates may have gotten a lot out of the program, but I’ve gotten more out of the experience than he has.”



“Education liberates hearts, minds, and talents. When the human spirit has the opportunity to grow, nothing is more satisfying for an educator, and when women are educated, the entire society changes for the better.” -SISTER ANNE MUNLEY, IHM



heir smiling faces said it all. Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., President of Marywood University, has made numerous trips to Africa, each one special in its own way. This past September, however, her educator’s heart was especially moved by 63 Sisters in Nigeria who earned certificates of completion from the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program—each one with her own success story. Along with Dr. Ann R. Henry ’73, a Marywood graduate and former trustee, Sister Anne presented the certificates to SLDI’s first group of joyful graduates. “My sense of how connected we are is strengthened,” states Sister Anne. “All of humanity benefits when God-given talents are realized—it’s an educator’s dream.” At its inception in 2002, the primary goal of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) was providing African Sisters with access to computers and computer training. In the spring of 2007, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded a grant of more than two million dollars to Marywood University, in collaboration with ASEC, to design and implement SLDI, a three-year project to provide training in the areas of project development, administration, and financial management. This innovative partnership trains and educates in ways that are adaptable to the specific needs and contexts in which the Sisters are working. Through the knowledge she gained in SLDI’s Administrative Management track, Sister Prisca Igbozulike, SND, was able to

bring the benefits of a medical center to those who truly needed it. She applied for and obtained the money necessary to purchase a Toyota Hilux pickup truck, a vehicle high enough to successfully navigate roads during the rainy season in Nigeria, allowing for mobile outreach in neighboring villages. Sister Mary Rita Ogunleye, OSF, who completed the Project Management track, collaborated with the Parent Teachers Association of St. Clare’s Catholic Nursery and Primary School in Isale-aro Osogbo, Osun, Nigeria, to sink a borehole and build an overhead tank stand with a carriage capacity of 20,000 liters of plastic water tanks. She also purchased a generator. Her efforts have alleviated the long-time problem of water scarcity facing the school, which has a population of about 2,000 students and 90 workers. The work of Sister Benedette Okafor, OP, has been enhanced by the Financial Management track, through which she improved her skills in the areas of finance, project development, and in mentoring other sisters. She now serves as congregational bursar. As the initial SLDI grant nears conclusion, another application is being prepared to continue this life-changing work. Sister Anne can already see the difference, and she says, it goes beyond dollars and cents, cultivating a sense of joy that reaches beyond the material. “Now, it’s not just organizations like ASEC doing the heavy lifting. The African Sisters are the ones writing grants and incorporating tools to help them and to assist their people,” says Sister Anne. “They’ve built competency and transparency in these areas, and now are using these skills.” She praises the mentoring component of SLDI, stating, “This program and the opportunities it provides have been deeply internalized by the Sisters and is certainly beginning to bear fruit.” Recalling the Alphonsian legacy of developing and realizing one’s Godgiven potential, Sister Anne concludes, “Education liberates hearts, minds, and talents. When the human spirit has the opportunity to grow, nothing is more satisfying for an educator, and when women are educated, the entire society changes for the better. Seeing the impact of the SLDI program is incredibly powerful. It is a living, concrete expression of empowerment in action—of transforming dreams to deeds.”



EVOLVING Andria (left) with Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.


ndria Oliver didn’t want to go to Marywood. At 17, she was bold, opinionated, and knew what she wanted her life to be—and, for her, Marywood just wasn’t in the picture. Her mother, however, had other plans for her daughter. At her urging, Andria decided to “give it a year.” “I had never heard of Marywood—or Scranton, for that matter,” she recalls. “Like any 17-year old, I was not excited about this at all, but once I got to Marywood and got involved with those in my major and other people on campus, I made lasting connections.” One of those connections was Siobhán Murphy, her roommate, who also became her lifelong friend. Andria acknowledged that she was fortunate to have many people on campus who were there for her when she needed them most during this challenging life transition. Even when she thought no one would notice or care, there were people there to keep her accountable. She recalled a time when she and Siobhán were skipping the second half of a long evening class and going to clubs. Neither thought anyone noticed or cared. One night, they returned to campus to a note on their door from Sister Benedicta Berendes, IHM, a music faculty member (now retired), urging them to see her as soon as they returned, regardless of the time. It was 3 a.m., but they knew what they had to do. Sister Benedicta explained that she was aware of what they were doing, and she was concerned. She wanted them to make better choices. They never skipped the class again. “To this day,” said Andria, “we have no idea how she knew. She wasn’t even the teacher for the class. That is a Marywood experience. You are not going to get that anywhere else. It was a reality check! I feel bad for people who don’t have others like this in their lives.” She continued, “At the time I attended, there were not many minority students. There were many preconceived notions about who I was and what I was supposed to be. Marywood helped me and let me know that it is up to me to own my particular experience and demonstrate what I know—to stand up for my ideas, beliefs, and myself—now I see a difference.” While most incoming students find it hard to choose or remain in one

Photo by: Shawn T. Moore

major, Andria selected and pursued the same major—Broadcast Communications—throughout her time at Marywood. During her college years, she was preparing “to be the next Oprah Winfrey.” Laughing, she recalled, “I was a bit naïve in the beginning. No one told me, ‘Hey, Andria, if you move back to D.C.—it’s a big market! You might not get a job!’” Because of the versatility she learned at Marywood, though, she just channeled her strengths and skills into another career path—government. Andria’s communications abilities translated well into this new career. Her first job was on the Interior Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee. In 2006, she moved to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health, & Human Services. Just recently, Andria accepted a post as a Legislative Officer, serving as a liaison between the Department of Labor and the House of Representatives. The Obama Administration has selected her as one of the people to work for the Department of Labor in this capacity. When anyone has questions about budget or appropriations issues in the Department of Labor, they talk to Andria. “Sometimes you get caught up in the day-to-day grind,” she observed. “However, when the bill is done, you see the people whose lives are affected for the better; you see the change and impact you make simply by doing your job—it’s amazing!” Andria is grateful, because she believes Marywood made her the person she is today. “I am glad that I got to go through my entire college experience at Marywood—the good and the not-so-good. It’s made me who I am,” she stated. “So many people in my life from Marywood were there when I needed them and helped me along my journey, like Ernie Mengoni and Dr. Michael Mirabito. Siobhán’s mother, Joan Murphy (a former secretary in Marywood’s Development Office), was like a second mother.” Andria concluded, “My dream has changed and evolved through the years, but what Marywood has done is taught me to be the person I am. I transitioned from a young girl to a young woman. I learned how to open up to people. I learned to listen as well as contribute. I grew up!”




Photo by: April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer


Inspiring Exercise Gear Has Greater Purpose A

fter reading about women who had been raped while they were exercising alone in a nearby park, Margaret M. Preston (M.S.W. ’95), a psychotherapist, noticed increased apprehension on the faces of women who wanted to exercise, but were afraid of being attacked while doing so. A runner herself, Margaret related that in 2003, after what became a series of infamous rapes in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, she and a friend were approached by another woman as they were preparing for a jog. “You could just see the fear on her face,” Margaret remembered. “She approached us and asked us if she could run with us.” This event, coupled with her own life experiences as a mother and a therapist, prompted her to do something proactive and positive, to combat the fear that too many women endure as they lace up their sneakers and prepare to exercise. “I realized that women need to reach out to each other, to keep themselves and each other safe,” said the Flourtown-based therapist. As a result, Margaret designed a line of T-shirts for women who enjoy exercising outdoors. The collection features four different designs sporting one common visual symbol: a large pink heart on the left sleeve, with the wording, “Be Fit…Be Friendly.” To a woman who would otherwise be exercising alone, the shirt is an open invitation to approach the woman wearing it, knowing that it’s safe


to join her for a fitness session. For those who can’t find a buddy, Margaret encourages exercising with their dogs, and includes an “I Love My Dog” shirt among her designs. This buddy system of fearless fitness is gaining traction. A series of newspaper articles has appeared nationally about her efforts, generating a flurry of interest. “I am getting calls from all over the country about the shirts,” stated Margaret, who sells the shirts for $30 each. She has also designed bumper stickers that sell for $2 and plans to eventually add hats and iPod holders to her lineup. From the proceeds of her sales, Margaret plans to create a fund, Women Wear Your Hearts on Your Sleeve, to benefit rape survivors. Once launched, the fund will provide pro bono counseling for women who have been attacked while exercising. Most importantly, she wants to foster a sense of empowerment and collaboration among women. “The heart invites people in, and we hope it keeps them safe,” Margaret said. The t-shirts are available online at, as well as at her Flourtown practice, Barbara B’s Jewels in Flourtown, and Doggie Wash N’ Go in Fort Washington. For more information, call 215-805-1742 or e-mail




made a decision that my life should include helping others less fortunate than I am. Who, when, or where, I had no idea at the time,” Iraq war veteran Sean Manley ’10 explained. One trip to Haiti with a friend in the summer of 2006, and this Marywood senior’s life was forever changed. After spending a week washing diapers and bed sheets, assisting sick children, and delivering medical supplies in St. Damien’s, Haiti, he returned home with an extreme desire to do more for the Haitian people—especially children. For the past three years, Sean has organized an annual Hope for Haiti benefit concert that features performances by local bands and raises funds and awareness to the plight of Haitian people. This past November, Sean broadened the benefit to include local underprivileged

children. He collected toys and donations and delivered them to the United Neighborhood Center in Scranton. “Not only do I plan to continue the concerts every fall but once I graduate and have more time to invest, I plan to hold a golf tournament in the summer and perhaps a 5K midnight run.” He continued, “My goal is to not only raise money for the children’ s hospitals in Haiti, but to someday expand it to benefits for war veterans.” Sean majors in history and will graduate in December 2010. After the tragic earthquake in January, Sean quickly responded and returned to Haiti to aid in the relief efforts. He also scheduled a fundraiser for February 6, aside from his annual benefit, at Jones’ Tavern in Scranton. All proceeds went to the Haitian relief effort.

The University has established the Marywood University Haiti Relief Fund. Please send contributions to Sister Ellen Carney, Assistant Treasurer of the University. Make checks payable to: Marywood University Haiti Relief Fund. All donations will be sent directly to Marywood-related persons or ministries in Haiti. Go to:




he multi-purpose synthetic turf field debuted in the fall, with lights, a new storage/electrical building, a state-of-the-art sound system, and a new scoreboard. For Marywood teams, the ability to compete in evening games enhances their overall collegiate playing experience. For the greater community, the facility is an impressive asset to the region—one that is highly visible, especially at night, from the adjacent interstate and the entire west mountain.


The Marywood University women’s soccer team took to the field as defending CSAC women’s soccer champions during the first official match on the new field. Several Marywood University sports teams are benefitting from this latest addition to Marywood’s athletic facilities, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer. In addition, other sports, such as baseball and softball, will be able to utilize the turf field for practices when inclement weather keeps them off their main fields. Come out and support the Pacers in another record-breaking year for Marywood University Athletics. Don’t forget—you can catch all the recaps of games, view rosters and updated schedules online at any time at!


Homecoming 2009 was a blast. We had over 100 alumni attending one or more events, including athletic events on the new synthetic turf field, Fall Fest under the tent, Fun for Kids, Happy Hour at Andy Gavin's, Mass, brunch, and more! Don't forget to save the date for Homecoming 2010–October 2-3. If you are interested in planning the next Homecoming, contact Rose Jacklinski at or (570) 348-6200, ext. 2100.

Green Initiatives NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS



Annual Report

he Bookstore has phased out its use of plastic bags and is going green. Now, patrons can either bring their own bag or can purchase Marywood's biodegradable, re-usable bag for one dollar. The purchase of Marywood's reusable bag entitles the customer to receive a "Go Green" punch card, to be validated whenever the bag is used for a purchase, thereby earning a free Marywood t-shirt upon the 10th purchase. The "Go Green" bags are extra large to accommodate heavy textbooks and other bulky items. When you're finished with the bags (after thousands of uses!), they can be added to a composter and will completely break down. This decision eliminates the use of 120,000 plastic bags each year. The Marywood University Bookstore believes re-usable (non-plastic) bags are among the best longterm options for sustainability.


ONLINE-ONLY Marywood University has published, for the second consecutive year, an online-only version of the President’s Annual Report. This change from printing and mailing more than 32,000 copies of a 40-page book each year supports the University’s continuing efforts to identify and enact sustainability measures. The publication of an online-only edition of the Annual Report will conserve energy and resources, and will eliminate significant landfill-bound and printing by-product waste. See the newest edition of the Annual Report at

We NEED You!

Reunion is right around the corner and we want you to come back to campus, catch up with friends, and enjoy an overnight stay in Madonna Hall. Help make your reunion the best yet. The Reunion Weekend Committee is looking for alumni from the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005.

Get involved. Help plan your class party.

Call for Nominations Alumni Recognition Awards The Marywood Alumni Awards Committee would like to invite nominations for the 2010 Marywood Alumni Awards. The awards will be given at the Annual All Class Luncheon during Reunion Weekend on June 5, 2010. These prestigious awards are given to alumni who demonstrate the core values of Marywood University in their daily lives. Following are the awards and criteria for nomination. The Sister M. Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Marywood Alumni Association. It is bestowed on alumni of Marywood University who have provided a minimum of 25 years of service to Marywood and who, through their personal and

professional contributions, have visibly embodied Marywood’s mission by using their Marywood education in ways that demonstrate the University’s call to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world. Awards for Excellence are bestowed upon alumni who have demonstrated professional achievements or personal accomplishments in a course of study in one of Marywood’s four colleges including: Excellence in Creative and Performing Arts Excellence in Education and Human Development Excellence in Health and Human Services Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences

For more information on awards criteria or to nominate someone, please go to and click on Awards. For more information call or e-mail the Alumni Office: (570) 348-6206 or



“Building a successful business is like building a successful sports team. You take it one client, one step at a time. You keep working with your eye on the goal.” says Bill Rainey ’95. This outstanding alumnus, a business administration major and former Marywood basketball standout, has had plenty of experience in both venues. After what he describes as a “world tour of colleges,” Bill Rainey landed at Marywood. The “tour” had included time at East Stroudsburg University, which he attended on a football scholarship; then two years at Penn State University’s Worthington Scranton campus. The tour, however, would not ultimately take him to PSU’s main campus, as he once thought, but to a destination closer to his Dunmore home. Marywood–right in his own backyard–gave him exactly what he was looking for: small classes, excellent professors, and an atmosphere geared to developing leadership qualities. Fortunately for Marywood, he also found opportunity to use his athletic ability and love of sports to help get the University’s brand new men’s basketball team off the floorboards. “I was working and going to classes, besides playing basketball,” Bill says. “I learned about time management. I learned about taking on challenges. We took our lumps. We weren’t always winning,” he says, “but we were always building. I’m proud to have been part of that,

and grateful to (former) Coach Ed Cosgrove, who recruited me.” In 1995, Bill Rainey, made family history by attending the Senior-Alumni Dinner accompanied by a team of Marywoodians: his mother, Ann Ward Rainey ’47, his sister, Anne Rainey Walsh ’88, and sisters-in-law Carol Heier Rainey ’83 and Ann Marie Kane Rainey ’83. As he left campus in pursuit of a career, Bill Rainey never took his eye off the ball. He carried his leadership ability and team building experiences into the business arena after graduation, working with his brothers, Tom and Rich, both CPAs, in their accounting firm of Bonita and Rainey. Ultimately, he also partnered with brother Tom to found the We Pay Payroll Processing Company, which handles payroll accounts for small businesses across the country. He has never lost sight of the goal of a winning men’s sports program for his alma mater, either. He is a driving force in the Pacers Club as a member of the Executive Board, working to promote all men’s sports teams, getting alumni and parents involved, and generally, he says, “getting out the word that there’s more than one university in town with exciting sports teams.”

“It’s amazing how Marywood’s sports programs have grown,” Bill says. “I’m impressed by how much the University has invested in developing strong teams and first-class facilities and how committed they are to the student athletes.” Clearly, Bill Rainey is enthusiastically backing up his alma mater’s commitment through his volunteer efforts and leadership in the Pacer Club. Should anyone want to give him a hand in this, his message is right to the point: “Stay connected to Marywood! Come on...join us! And cheer!”

For more information on the Pacers Club, contact the Athletics Department at 570-961-4724 or


The Annual MAC-sponsored Breakfast with Santa was held on Sunday, December 6, at its new home, the Latour Conference Room (formerly Crystal Room). There were over 250 alumni and their families in attendance. Entertainment was provided by the Jingle Girls from the Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Santa Claus himself, with the assistance of Mrs. Claus. Children of all ages were on hand to meet and have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Save the Date—Breakfast with Santa 2010 has already been set for Sunday, December 5, 2010.


NEWS & EVENTS from Marywood Alumni Chapters



SOUTHEASTERN CHAPTER The Chapter has plans for a brunch and wine tasting on January 31 at the Chateau Elan. Alumni and friends are also invited to a reception on March 27 at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead, GA. The reception, hosted by Michael and Mary Alice Collins Murray ’51 will feature a visit by Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood’s President.

CALIFORNIA CHAPTER Alumni and friends in Pasadena are encouraged to attend brunch on Sunday, February 14, with Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood President. The brunch will be hosted at The Valley Hunt Club. Bice Ristorante will be the venue of a dinner with Sister Anne. San Diego (and surrounding) alumni and friends are invited to attend on Monday, February 15. Plans for San Francisco for a Dinner on March 9 are underway



ew York, New York; it’s a wonderful town—as Frank Sinatra tunefully proclaimed—and a group of accomplished young Marywood alumni are eagerly taking on the challenges, discovering the opportunities, and generally taking a delicious bite out of the Big Apple. Heading efforts to grow the New York Alumni Chapter are Meredith Force Cozzarelli ’04, James Cozzarelli ’05, and John Sabia ’04. Meredith, a former Marywood tennis team co-captain, received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, went on to earn her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Towson University, and began working at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey. From there it’s an effective commute for her husband, James (B.A., Communication Arts), to reach Manhattan and his job as production manager for Video Production. This is, coincidentally, home base for John, (also B.A., Communication Arts), who started working with the History Channel, then moved to MTV, where he is now department manager, handling the scheduling and daily operations of MTV, MTV HD, MTV2, and MTV Tr3s On Demand. As students, all three had undertaken professional-level internships and had been intensely involved in campus activities, including Orientation, Student Government Association, and a variety of Campus Ministry and community service projects. Now they’ve brought their strong leadership and enthusiasm to promoting a vibrant New York Alumni Chapter, with ideas and goals as diverse and exciting as the city itself. Events so far, John says, have been mostly informal, getacquainted meet-ups at popular New York night spots—The Irish Pub in midtown Manhattan or Dave and Buster’s in Times Square. Ideas on the table include a community service activity—and, for the spring, a boat tour around the city with drinks and dinner included. “We’re trying to find a solid group so we can hold bigger events,” John adds. “If you’re a Marywood graduate in the New York area, please join us. People can look us up as a group on Facebook under “Marywood University NY/NJ Alumni Chapter,” he advises.

Alumni and friends in Arizona are invited to a luncheon with Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood’s President, on Saturday, February 13, at the home of Barbara Brodeur '49.

COLORADO CHAPTER Planning is in the works for the a brunch in Denver, CO, at 11 a.m. on March 7 at Ellyngton’s Restaurant at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. For additional details, or to assist in planning for this event, please visit our website at www.marywood. edu/alumni or call the office toll free at 1-866-279-9663, ext. 6206.


(MAC) CHAPTER The MAC Chapter organized a Winery Bus Tour to the Finger Lakes Region in N.Y., on Saturday, September 19, for more than 50 alumni, as well as a Happy Hour on Thursday, December 3, at the Mellow Center Hall of Fame Room for the men’s and women’s doubleheader basketball games. The MAC Chapter hosted its annual favorite, Breakfast with Santa, for more than 250 alumni and their families on Sunday, December 6, in Marywood’s Latour Conference Room, Nazareth Student Center. See previous page for photo. Upcoming Events: • The Chapter is busy planning a Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party on Friday, March 12, at Andy Gavins, Scranton. • The Chapter is also planning a family outing at Mohegan Sun Arena (formerly Wachovia Arena) for a Scranton-Wilkes Barre Penguins Hockey Game in April 2010. • The Chapter will participate in Kidstuff on April 24 and host an event at The Tunkhannock Film Festival in conjunction with a reception in early spring 2010.

BINGHAMTON CHAPTER The Binghamton Chapter hosted a Happy Hour for 15 alumni at Dillinger’s, Downtown Binghamton in August and a Wine Tasting for 11 alumni at Black Bear Winery in October. The Annual Christmas Dinner of the Binghamton Chapter was held on December 9, 2009, at P.S. in Vestal, N.Y., with over 50 alumni and guests in attendance. Upcoming Events: • The Chapter plans on hosting a Happy Hour Event in early spring 2010.

New York City Chapter


SYRACUSE CHAPTER The Chapter hosted its annual Fall Brunch for 20 alumni and friends on November 8 at the Regatta Bar and Grille in East Syracuse, N.Y.

Visit for more information about alumni events.

Interested alumni, e-mail John Sabia at



Class Notes

Kathleen Mezzalingua (1960) and her

Dan, recently received the Holy Cross 60s husband, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity from the pope. Carol Burke (1961) and her husband, Bill, were presented with the Arc Award in heart felt appreciation for their strong leadership, vision, and commitment to the Arc mission. According to the Arc, Bill and Carol have both improved the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Sandra Lamanna (1976) was named Faculty Specialist in Education at the University of Scranton. She has taught at several area colleges in the past and is also a certified school psychologist.


Robert C. Walker, Ed.D. (1977) was named Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs at the University of Scranton. He has served previously as a lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Scranton as well as an associate professor and department chair at East Stroudsburg University.


Gerald Ressler (1982) will soon assume the role of Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center.

Ellen M. Diana, Ph.D (1983) relocated from Wyoming Valley to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1985, where she works primarily as a school psychologist. In addition, she maintains a private practice and is an adjunct faculty member at both Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Ellen is proud to announce that she has co-authored a self-help book titled, C.H.A.R.G.E. Up Your Life: Conquer the 6 Barriers to Love, Happiness and Success, with a colleague Connie M. Leach, Ed.D. They drew on their training in Gestalt Therapy to create a model, called the Take C.H.A.R.G.E. Solution, designed to help individuals reach their personal goals. Each of the letters in the word “CHARGE� are mental reminders of the solutions to the six barriers that keep people stuck and feeling discouraged. A companion workbook is due out by the end of 2009 and additional books using the model, adapted for teachers, parents, and couples, are in process. Ellen can be contacted through her website The book is available on Amazon or through her website. 30

Jack Truschel (1983), Professor for Academic Enrichment and Learning and Director of Academic Advising at East Stroudsburg University, has been selected as an academic fellow by The Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kelli King Lozada (1985) and Alex Lozada were married September 6, 2008. (Pictured at right.) Dr. Robert S. Shaw (1986) has been appointed Director of the Counseling/Student Development Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Marywood University. Chris DiMattio (1988) is the Columbus Day Association's Man of the Year. Chris recently completed a nine-year term on the Marywood University Board of Trustees. Ruth Fried (1988) won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Robert R. Walsh (1988) and his wife, Bridget Quinn Walsh, welcomed a baby girl June 15, 2009. William F. Rinaldi (1989) and Renee M. Pricci Rinaldi were married August 22, 2009. Frank J. Fanelli (1990) and Robin Pellegrino

90s Fanelli were married September 12, 2008.

Bonnie L. Thomas, Ph.D. (1990) has been appointed Director of Outcomes Assessment at Keystone College. Paulette Nish (1992) was recently appointed as Vice President of Patient Care Services for the Pocono Health System. Brian Picchini (1993), CPA, recently joined the local senior care provider United Methodist Homes as the Director of Special Accounting Services. Daniel R. Ebersole (1994) and his wife, Beth DeMartino Ebersole, welcomed a baby girl June 17, 2009. Nicole G. Horrocks (1994) and husband, Brian, welcomed a baby boy May 20, 2009.

ALUMNI Dorthea Chomicz Serino (1994) and Gary J. Serino were Michelle Anne Werner Conlon (2002) and Robert Joseph Lee DeAngelis (2005) and his wife, Lisa Julian married April 18, 2009. Conlon, Jr. were married August 8, 2009. DeAngelis (2002), welcomed a baby girl, Olivia, August 10, 2009. Brandi Roberts Ekey Colleen Miluski Moulin (2002) and Sébastien Moulin (1996) and her husband, were married the summer of 2009. Michael C. Hetzel (2005) and Rebecca Santoro Hetzel Paul, welcomed a baby were married June 19, 2009. boy, Aidan Paul Ekey, May The Honorable Tim Seip, 3, 2009. LSW, (2002), received the Melanie S. Kochmer (2005) and Justin Lacomis are Social Worker of the Year Award engaged to be married in July 2010. Cynthia J. Iannaccone (1996), who received her MA in in October from the National Illustration from Marywood University, is now writing and Association of Social Workers, Heather Liddle Murphy (2005) and her husband, illustrating children’s books, poetry, and short stories. She is Pennsylvania Chapter.Tim is Brendan, welcomed a baby boy September 27, 2009. also a member of SCBWI, RACWI, and JUST POETS. currently serving as a Pennsylvania state representative Brandon Smith (2005) and Kirsten Millford Smith were (D - Schuylkill/Berks). Christine Verrastro Kreidler (1997) and Craig Kreidler married June 25, 2009. In addition, Brandon recently began as were married May 16, 2009. Area Coordinator for Residential Life at Lebanon Valley College. Aimee Hendricks Sewitsky (2002) and Jonathan Sewitsky were married September 20, 2008. Alana Martinetti Zurinski (1997) and Mark Frank Lindsay Young Johnson (2005) and Jacob Johnson Zurinski were married July 18, 2009. (2006) were married August 7, 2009. Heather Elizabeth Suraci (2002) and Timothy Gerald Phelps were married in early November 2009. Peter Castelline, C.P.A. (1988) has recently been Gina Fanucci DeMarco (2006) and Louis DeMarco, Jr., promoted to Chief Financial Officer/Vice-President at SCE were married May 30, 2009. Environmental Group, Inc. He is a member of AICPA, Delta Mu Erica Barone Pricci (2003) Delta Honor Society, UNICO, Victor Alfieri Club, and POWER. and Vincent Pricci were married Stacy Elias Davis (2007) and Jeffrey Davis were married in August 14, 2009. (Pictured at October 2009. right.) Kerry Reilley Corrigan (1999) and her husband, Leo, Kristina L. Racavich Grego (2006) and Mark J. Grego Emily A. Huber (2003) and Jr., welcomed a baby boy, John were married August 24, 2009. Anthony “Jack” Corrigan, on Nicholas Stefanac were married April 4, 2009. November 27, 2009. Tara Minelli Hummel (2006) and Ryan Hummel were married May 9, 2009. Pamela A. Walko (1999) and husband, Patrick, had a Geralyn Meehan Vecerkauskas (2003) and Paul baby boy May 30, 2009. Vecerkauskas were married June 21, 2008. Michael Jones (2006) and Arielle Stever welcomed a baby boy May 23, 2009. Michael A. Remetta (2000) and Beverly Worlinsky Hallett (2003) and Stephen Hallett, Jr., Megan Swartz Remetta were married were married August 1, 2009. Ann S. Way (2006) was recently appointed as Assistant September 27, 2008. Superintendent for the Tunkhannock Area School District in Melissa A. Johnson Anderson (2004) and Erik Anderson Tunkhannock, PA. Julie A. Marino Hapstak (2001) and Dr. Jason Hapstak were married August 30, 2008. were married July 10, 2009. Ann Brennan (2007) has been hired as an English Giovann DeAngelis Barkowski (2004) and Mark instructor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Karen M. Murphy, Ph.D. (2001) was named the CEO of Barkowski were married August 8, 2009. Moses Taylor Hospital. Kevin Burgoyne (2007) successfully defended his doctoral Michelle Shi Lam (2004) and her husband, Vinny, project (Television Viewing and Exposure to Smoking on Brywn Schilling-Obijuru (2001) and her husband, welcomed a baby boy September 22, 2009. Television as Predictors of Smoking Behavior in 7th, 9th, and 12th Chinedu, welcomed their son, Kugaobi Leam Obijuru, January Grade Adolescents) on July 30, 2009. 30, 2009. Alison Borosky (2005) and David Emkey are engaged to be married in April 2010. William A. Curmaci, Jr., (2007) and Sara Marie Czerw Amber Beseda (2002) and Ronnie Villano are engaged to Curmaci were married on July 18, 2009. be married.





Oberammergau and Italy

Welcome to “WHERE IS THIS?” Here is our featured photo from somewhere on Marywood’s campus. Please send your guesses to:




JUNE 15 - 25, 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play Tickets (held once every 10 years) Visits to Verona, Venice, Florence, Assisi, and the Vatican Roundtrip from Philadelphia to Munich Prices from $3295 per person (plus $384 taxes and surcharges) Transportation from Scranton to Philadelphia International Airport is included. Price also includes airfare, hotel, some meals, and transportation. For reservations and information, contact: JOHN MADDEN, TRAVELWORLD (570) 342-5790 OR JMADDEN@ASKTRAVELWORLD.COM

IRELAND TRIP The Marywood University Travelers Group posed for a photo (below) overlooking the Killarney Lakes in Ireland during the 2009 trip.They visited Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Ballina, Connemara, and Dublin.

This photo, which appeared in the last issue, is of the front roof of the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts looking toward the Shields Visual Arts Center. The first five people who guessed correctly included: • Kelly R. Sachette ’91, Senior Project Manager, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine • Courene M. Loftus ’94 (M.P.A. ’06), Director of Human Participants Protection, Marywood University • Shauna Carr ’09, Recent Marywood Graduate/B.A., Art Education • Jasmine D. Nah ’13, Current Marywood Student/Criminal Justice Major • Ernie Camlet, Seasonal Groundskeeper, Marywood University Each received a Marywood Alumni Sweatshirt.


ALUMNI Sharing the Successes of Our

BEST&BRIGHTEST Meghan Calpin Hughes ’98

created magnet sets featured in the December/January 2010 Gift Guide issue of Parenting Magazine. The four-piece magnet sets, which come in an equally chic reusable tin, put a designer flair on the functional. Meghan is the owner and designer of Kiss My Style, which opened in 2008. Visitors to the web site are able to browse and buy items she makes, as well as pieces created by 53 other artists. Meghan holds a degree in Interior Design

from Marywood University and has over 10 years of experience in sales and design. Besides running her own business, she has been a fulltime marketing representative for Advanced Imaging Specialists in Dunmore for the past six years. Her ultimate goal is to make Kiss My Style her full-time occupation. (

Cristin Powers ’07

Danielle Fleming ’03, owner of Danielle and Company, which

was selected as a winner of Country Living’s “Women Entrepreneurs Pitch Your Product” event. More than 100 products were reviewed by a panel of magazine editors, and just eight were chosen. Cristin is owner of GreenBeing, an environmentally friendly boutique, clothing, and accessory line located in Scranton, PA, that believes in doing business with the environment and local community in mind. The reusable, recycled coffee cup insulator that Cristin designed was featured in Country Living’s November 2009 issue. (


manufactures organic bath, body and home products, was selected as the “Lavender Pick of the Month” by Organic Spa Magazine in its August edition. Danielle and Company’s Pure Lavender Organic Body Wash and Organic Hand & Body Lotion were chosen by the editors because of the products’ pure and authentic lavender aroma, obtained from the use of pure lavender essential oil. Many other magazines, newspapers, and online publications also have featured various products from and mentions of Danielle and Company. ( Are you on the fast track in your career? Let us know! Send an e-mail with a brief description of your current professional accomplishments to (Put “Best & Brightest” in the subject line.)


SEEN&HEARD When Coal Was Queen: The History of the Queen City - Olyphant, Pennsylvania JASON LUKLANCHUK ’03 (PEN NAME: JAY LUKE) (Tribute Books, 2009) Jason Luklanchuk ’03, who uses the pen name Jay Luke, recently compiled the book, When Coal Was Queen: The History of the Queen City Olyphant, Pennsylvania, for the Olyphant Coal Miners Memorial Association. The book depicts significant buildings, events, and residents of Olyphant, PA, a town built by the anthracite mining industry and the blood, sweat, and tears of its countless hard-working coal miners. It features a wealth of photographic documentation, as well as many interesting facts about Olyphant. A musician and artist, Jay’s multiple artistic pursuits include painting, performing with his band, and his day job as a graphic designer. As a project engineer of the Olyphant Coal Miner Memorial Association, he has delved deeply into the origins of the area and the forgotten histories of the towns around him. Passionate about not letting future generations forget their local origins, he took on this project to reconnect readers to the past. The book can be purchased at the publisher’s web site, E-mail Jay at:

Sculptor Merits “Best in Show” KAREN REID ’08 BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Glass Karen Reid ’08 merited “Best in Show” for her glass sculpture, Creek, at the international competition, BIGG: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass in Columbus, OH. BIGG is a dynamic collaboration among the Ohio State University’ Department of Glass Program, Steuben Glass and Hawk Galleries, intended to introduce to the public 43 artists from around the world with a Creek conceptual and working



engagement in glass. The exhibition was open to the public at Ohio State’s Urban Art Space from July 10 through October 10, 2009. Additionally, for the 30th year, The Corning Museum of Glass conducted a worldwide competition to select 100 exceptional new works in glass for publication in New Glass Review 30, Spring 2009. An international jury selected from over 2,900 images submitted by artists and companies from 44 countries. Karen’s work, Creek, was among the jury’s selection for this year. The publication is available for viewing at the Corning Museum’s Rakow Research Library and can be purchased through the Museum’s Glass Market. You can visit the artist’s website at

Artist’s Work Featured in Exhibit MARY J. ARTHUR ’84 Still Life The work of Mary J. Arthur ’84 was featured in an exhibit, Still Life, presented by Howard Community College, Columbia, MD, at the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, from July 9-August 9, 2009. Regarding the exhibit, Ms. Arthur stated, “Painting allows me to engage in the possibilities of revealing’s physical, emotional and cerebral. I’ve come to understand and believe that my paintings can be understood more as a symbolic language rather than a transparent window on the world.” An artist and educator for more than 20 years, Ms. Arthur’s career has concentrated on figure and landscape painting. Her work represents real people, places, and things, as well as those created through her imagination. She is a resident artist at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. She is a 2004 and a 2006 recipient of an Individual Artist Award in the Visual Arts with the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work has been published in New American Paintings as well as The Artist’s Magazine, and she has exhibited nationally and internationally.

If you are a Marywood graduate with a new work—book, music, film, video, art—that has recently been published, produced, performed, or exhibited, let us know! Write to “Seen & Heard,” Marywood Magazine, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509, or (subject line: “Seen & Heard”).


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