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Investments of time and talent are vital, but equally important is financial support of our Alma Mater.

D O O W Y R A M n i G N I T S E V IN Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 (M.S. ’69) Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 (M.S. ’69)

Benefactor in every way: Volunteer, Alumni Leader, Financial Supporter * President, Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2009-10 * Member, Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2002-10 * Dedicated volunteer for Marywood in New Jersey for decades * Investor, along with her late husband Mark, in scholarships for students

HORVATH FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS Steven and Elizabeth Collins Kucab Endowed Scholarship established in honor of her parents by Pat Horvath in 1996 Thumper Foundation Annual Scholarships (one for each of the Four Colleges at Marywood) established by Mark Horvath in 2000 W. Mark and Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 Endowed Scholarship established in memory of her late husband by Pat Horvath in 2004 Patricia E. Horvath Annual Scholarship (for the School of Architecture) established by Pat Horvath in 2009

Want to increase your investment in Marywood students with an annual or endowed scholarship? Contact Elizabeth Connery, Director of Planned Giving, at 1-866-279-9663, ext. 2622, or e-mail:

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School of Architecture Opens Doors to the Future After two years of planning, the first School of Architecture in Northeast Pennsylvania welcomed its inaugural class in late August. Find out how “green architecture” at Marywood will impact the community, the region, and the world.



Education: The Best Return on Your Investment Cover Story

In this challenging economy the very notion of “investment” can cause discomfort. Find out about an investment that has a guaranteed return!


Major League Improvement George “Chip” Toma, III brings major league experience in sports groundskeeping to Marywood’s new outdoor athletic facilities.




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arywood has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even at seven years old, I yearned for the chance to be a Marywood student. I lived locally, and I used to ride my bike through the spectacular campus that seemed, at the time, like a fairy tale to me. Most high school seniors apply to several colleges and then choose one. For me, there was only one that mattered: Marywood. I didn’t have the need or desire to apply anywhere else—and I count receiving my Marywood acceptance letter among the distinct honors of my life. I was not alone. When I walked Marywood’s halls as a student from 1988-1992, I was among the many doing all I could to realize my dream of a college education. I was fortunate to qualify for some grant and scholarship money, I worked part-time at a drug store, did freelance news writing, lived at home to save money, and took advantage of the work-study program to earn extra cash for books and other expenses. I financed the rest through student loans. More than that, I was taught by stellar faculty members, who cared about my personal and spiritual growth, as well as my academic success, and supported me every step of the way. The need to finance a college education remains a vital priority. During the 16 years I’ve worked at Marywood University, I’ve witnessed thousands of students pursuing their dreams. I’ve seen the construction or renovation of 25 facilities and the development and advancement of world-class programs, most recently the School of Architecture— and so much more. Above all, I recognize the fundamental importance of giving back— better yet, “paying forward”—so that others can have even greater opportunities. Today’s Marywood students, 98 percent of whom receive some kind of financial aid, depend on generous support from you and me to attain their education, just as we depended on others’ support to pursue our degrees. Search your heart and commit to making a meaningful difference in students’ lives. I began by regularly supporting the Marywood Fund, and then, in 2003, established an annual scholarship to assist a student studying in my field—a commitment that I continue, even during economically challenging times. It’s that important.

Warm regards,

Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sheryl Lynn Sochoka ’92 Executive Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peter Kilcullen Art Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carrie Bowen Toomey Associate Editor . . . . . . . . .Juneann Greco ’83 (M.S. ’06) Associate Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ellen Wolfe Writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patricia J. Thomas Meghan Cravath Renée Gregori Zehel ’91 Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stephen Allen Rich Banick Maryann Capone ’06 Tomlynn Fallon ’06

Executive Officers Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D. President of the University Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., Provost and 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

College 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 Alan Levine, Ph.D., Interim 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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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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STAKEHOLDERS in the FUTURE EDUCATION IS THE BEST INVESTMENT ANYONE CAN MAKE. We often tell benefactors about the tangible difference their dollars make in the lives of our students, in academic program development, in research endeavors, and in other capital and program initiatives that keep the University moving forward. However, there is a human element to this equation as well. Think about the 10,000 or so students who graduate each year from the 15 colleges and universities of Northeast Pennsylvania—nearly 900 of whom are Marywood University graduates. Think about this happening year after year. You soon begin to realize that there are hundreds of thousands of college and university alumni out there, making large-scale contributions to our world, as well as day-to-day contributions to the betterment of our lives. We know that our Marywood alumni are living out the values of their education. A few of them are profiled in this issue, including our six outstanding alumni award winners and others who have taken the time to reflect on the value of a Marywood University education.

Marywood is only as strong as its people. As a university community, we gladly embrace the opportunities and challenges put forward by our mission. We continue with confidence the important work that began when we opened our doors in 1915: educating leaders in service to others. The campus is busy welcoming its newest freshman class and many other returning students. Together with our faculty, staff, and administration, they are Marywood University…they are the future. When we invest in education, we become stakeholders in this future—whether by pursuing a degree on our own or by helping others to achieve that dream. We invite you to become active partners with us, so that significant dreams will flourish and become meaningful deeds. Sincerely,

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


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Board officers for 2009-2010 include Richard P. Kane, Chair; Joan Banick Brooks ’65, Vice Chair; Antonia M. Schierling ’60, Secretary; and Patrick A. Fricchione, Jr., Treasurer. Newlyelected trustees are Patrick J. Brier, J.D. ’78; Lee A. DeHihns III, J.D.; Mary Ellen McLane McDonough ’73; and John P. Sweeney, Sr.







Mr. Brier, Clarks Green, is an attorney and shareholder with Stevens & Lee, a professional services firm of over 190 lawyers and more than 40 non-lawyer business and consulting professionals. The firm has offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Mr. Brier formed Myers, Brier, and Kelly, LLP with Morey Myers, Daniel Brier (his brother), and Robert Kelly, Jr. in 1995. In December 1996, he joined Stephens & Lee. He is very active in community and charitable affairs. Mr. Brier graduated from Scranton Prep and received his B.S.W. in Social Work from Marywood in 1978. He earned his J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1985 and served as a law clerk for a former Marywood trustee, the Honorable Richard P. Conaboy, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is married to Kathleen Casey Brier ’80, daughter of the late Governor Robert P. Casey and Ellen Harding Casey ’53—both former trustees of Marywood. The couple has five children, Nora; Patrick, Jr.; Robert; Aileen; and Owen.

Mr. DeHihns, Marietta, GA, is a partner at the firm, Alston & Bird LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group and has practiced environmental law since 1974. Mr. DeHihns, who ranked as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008), served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) for 2007-2008. He has authored pieces on the topics of water quality and quantity, corporate environmental responsibility, and citizen law suits. In 2008, he presented “Environmental Risks and Opportunities” at the 9th Forum on Ethics, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsored by Marywood University Business and Managerial Science Programs, University Advancement, and Net Impact NEPA. Mr. DeHihns earned a B.S. in 1967 from the University of Scranton, served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1969, and received his law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus Law School in 1974.


MARY ELLEN MCLANE MCDONOUGH ’73 Ms. McDonough, Scranton, is a Certified Prevention Specialist with the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse—the Single County Authority (SCA) for the substance abuse system within the county. The SCA is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive array of services in the areas of prevention, intervention, and treatment. As a Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist, Ms. McDonough participates in a variety of initiatives to provide information and promote community awareness in combating alcohol abuse. These programs feature an open forum for discussion of possible ways to address the issue. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education/Foreign Languages from Marywood in 1973 and has been very active at Marywood University as a volunteer. In 2008, she was honored as the recipient of the Marywood Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Health & Human Services. She is currently a member of the College of Health and Human Service Dean’s Council. She and her husband, James, reside in Scranton. The couple has four children, Meghan, Miriam, Daniel, and Patrick.

JOHN P. SWEENEY, SR. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Sweeney was the President of Specialty Defense Systems in Dunmore. Founded in 1969, it was originally known as Specialty Plastics. The firm became a military contractor in 1978, and its name changed to reflect the company’s new direction. Mr. Sweeney was President from the company’s inception until 2000. Mr. Sweeney has served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, as well as a number of other charitable and community development organizations. In 2007, he served as a Kane Is Able Friendship House Tournament volunteer. The Sweeneys have endowed two scholarships at Marywood University: the John Blackledge and Mary Blackledge Hitzel ’75 Scholarship (in honor of his wife’s parents) and the Claire Ginty Edwards Endowed Scholarship (in honor of his aunt). The Sweeneys also provided significant support for Marywood’s Tony Domiano Early Childhood Center. Mr. Sweeney is a graduate of the University of Scranton. He is married to Jean Blackledge Sweeney, and the couple has two children: Jack, Jr. and Jean Sweeney McHale.

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PRESERVING Pennsylvania’s Plants

Sarah George Memorial Scholarship Fund

Senior Class Gift

I Next time you visit the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, take note of the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Native Plants Initiative, made possible through the generosity of the Overlook Estate Foundation. This new Initiative (seen in the photo) is in perfect alignment with the Overlook’s mission to “introduce, educate, and advocate for increased awareness, conservation, and preservation of the beauty and integrity of our heritage,” as it introduces visitors to Marywood’s passion for, and commitment to, the natural beauty of Northeast Pennsylvania. Conceptualized by Superintendent of Grounds, Mark Burns, and planned by the Marywood Arboretum Committee, this special initiative is both timely and purposeful. According to Burns, the Initiative “will help educate and inform, as it not only presents but preserves the unique and diverse plants that are indigenous to our region for today’s visitors and for future generations.” The new garden includes River Birch, Serviceberry, Ninebark, and Arborvitae trees; Inkberry Holly, Fothergilla, and Mountain Laurel shrubs; and tall garden phlox, ostrich fern, spiderwort, goatsbeard, and purple coneflower perennials.

Top right: tall garden phlox At right: inkberry holly

n early 2008, the Class of 2009 lost one of its most beloved and talented students, Sarah Beth George. This May, Sarah was foremost in the hearts and thoughts of her classmates and Marywood family during commencement. Determined to remember Sarah and ensure that future students would carry forth her passion for learning and life, the Class of 2009 established the Sarah George Memorial Scholarship as the 2009 Senior Class gift to the University. Sarah George This gift, an unprecedented $14,000 thus far, demonstrates the Class of 2009’s desire to invest in the future success of a Marywood student and the continuation of Sarah’s legacy. “This scholarship ensures that Sarah very much remains a part of our class,” said Grace Fay, Chair of the 2009 Senior Class Gift. “In supporting another student in Sarah’s name we are revitalizing the sense of a scholarship in that we keep giving back and investing in the future of a talented student and the mission of Marywood.” Grace recalls that scholarships were instrumental in financing her own and Sarah’s education and believes the Sarah George Memorial Scholarship will greatly benefit eligible students majoring in Biotechnology or Art, which were Sarah’s areas of study. “This scholarship is a reflection of the Marywood spirit of service ever prevalent in our graduating seniors,” said Rose Jacklinski, Assistant Director of Constituency Relations. “Grace and three of Sarah’s dear friends developed the idea and the Class of 2009 has truly rallied around this incredible investment.” Grace continues to be amazed by the generosity of her classmates with more than one-third providing significant pledges ranging from $150 to $300. With a commitment from the Class of 2010 to contribute thirty percent of its class gift to the Sarah George Scholarship, She expects the scholarship will be endowed for $35,000 in just four years. “Even in the midst of a tough economy, our class has truly come together to illustrate our love for Sarah and our deep appreciation for the education and values we gained at Marywood,” said Grace. “As Sarah’s story is so important to us, so too is our Marywood experience and we are thrilled to be able to share both with future students.” If you would like to make a gift to the Class of 2009 Sarah George Memorial Scholarship Fund, please go to or send payment to Marywood University (Attn: Constituency Relations) 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.


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arywood University is exploring the sustainable and cost-saving option of using a renewable energy source that flows beneath parts of the Marywood campus—mine water. As utility prices continue to soar, the exploration of alternative, efficient, and less costly ways to meet energy needs becomes more urgent for schools, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and residents. With $15,000 of seed money from the Mellow Technical Assistance Program (Mellow TAP) of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and a $205,000 grant from Governor Ed Rendell and the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, Marywood will invest in the construction of a Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) system to extract water from the coal mine that flows beneath parts of the campus to support the

University’s heating and cooling applications. Earlier in 2009, Marywood engaged Greenman Pedersen, Inc., a Scranton-based engineering and construction services firm, and Infinnity Geotech Services to drill bore holes and test mine water samples as part of a Geothermal Energy Feasibility Study. Results of the study are helping inform the design of the GHP system, which, initially, will be connected and tested on the new Center for Architectural Studies. According to the US Department of Energy, traditional GHPs use 25–50 percent less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems, due in large part to their reliance on the relatively constant temperature of the subterranean environment. The EPA estimates that GHPs can reduce energy consumption—and corresponding emissions—up to 44 percent

compared to air-source heat pumps and up to 72 percent compared to electric resistance heating with standard air-conditioning equipment. This renewable energy project is yet another example of Marywood’s focus on sustainability. The possibilities for using mine water elsewhere on campus and in the region are endless. With the assistance of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, this pilot project also is being benchmarked to Quadrant Engineering Plastics Products, Inc., a commercial manufacturer in the region, to ensure that the GHP design meets their process application needs. Additional collaborators include the Penn State University Cooperative Extension, Wilkes University, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Pat Horvath: Lifetime Volunteer, Leader, Investor in Marywood Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 (M.S. ’69)—a successful businesswoman who certainly knows the power of astute investments—is a committed and enthusiastic investor in Marywood University. As a dedicated volunteer, she has tirelessly invested her time and talents to assist with numerous alumni events in her home state of New Jersey over the years. Since 2002, she has served the University at the national level as a member of the Marywood Alumni Association Board of Directors; currently, as board president. For years she has been a generous financial investor as well—a passion she shared with her late husband, Mark. They began investing in Marywood through the establishment of scholarships in 1996, when they endowed the Stephen and Elizabeth Collins Kucab Scholarship to honor Patricia Horvath’s parents, who had encouraged and inspired her to pursue higher education. Young Patricia Kucab had grown up in Dunmore and attended Marywood Seminary, prior to earning her degree from Marywood in the Department of Home Economics (now the Department


of Nutrition and Dietetics). She taught in the Edison, New Jersey, school district before her marriage to Mark Horvath. Later, she enjoyed a highly successful career as a real estate sales representative with a major New Jersey firm. That first scholarship was only the beginning. In 2000, the Horvaths established an Annual Scholarship through the Thumper Foundation—a private charitable foundation they created and named in honor of their daughter, a talented runner who had been affectionately nicknamed Thumper. When Mark Horvath, who had retired after a long and distinguished career as a school business administrator, tragically passed away, Patricia Horvath chose to honor his memory through the establishment of The Mark Horvath and Patricia Kucab Horvath ’57 Endowed Scholarship in 2008. Now, in 2009, Pat Horvath is again investing in her alma mater, with the establishment of the Patricia E. Horvath Annual Scholarship, to support students in the new School of Architecture at Marywood University.

Swan Song: Bill Weber at his final Music at Marywood Concert on July 19. Mr. Weber began the Summer Concert series over 30 years ago. In addition to a thunderous standing ovation, Mr.Weber received a beautifully crafted rocking chair as a farewell gift. Sr. Joan McCusker, IHM, Music Department Chair, offered words of tribute, praise, and gratitude for Mr.Weber’s many years of joyfully providing the community with the gift of music.To contribute to the William J.Weber Scholarship, which supports Marywood music students, please contact the Development Office at (570) 348-6200.

MARYWOOD RECOGNIZED AS REGIONAL “BEST” Marywood University was included on The Princeton Review's annual list of best schools. Marywood also was recognized by the publication on the "Stone-Cold Sober Schools" list, as a university where alcohol and drugs are rarely used.

Soccer Uniforms Donated: The Marywood University Women’s Soccer Team recently donated old uniforms to a school in Guatemala, through the help of Javier Diaz, a Resident Director at Marywood (pictured standing above left), when Javier went on a Campus Ministry service trip in late May. Boys from the 6th and 8th grades in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, received the donated uniforms. “Often, young kids in these countries play soccer in bare feet, with worn out clothing," said Head Coach Andrew Smith. “These uniforms will certainly make them feel more like a team, and we are just glad we could help out in some small way.”



COMMENCEMENT O’Donnell to Marywood Graduates: “You Can Do Anything You Dream.” Quoting Henry David Thoreau, Norah O’Donnell, Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, urged 881 Marywood University graduates to “advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.” “Be true to your authentic self and your values and integrity. This is your foundation that will guide you through life…Don’t compare yourself to others…Compare yourself to your own best goals for yourself.” Ms. O’Donnell, who has covered a number of major breaking news stories for both NBC and MSNBC, was awarded an honorary doctorate prior to delivering the Commencement address. Sister Adrian Barret, IHM, founder of Friends of the Poor and a longtime advocate for the underserved, and the Honorable James M. Munley, Senior Federal District Court Judge, Middle District of Pennsylvania, were also awarded honorary doctorates during the ceremony, in tribute to their many accomplishments and dedicated community service. Marywood University’s 91st Commencement ceremony was held at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Counterclockwise from top: Norah O’Donnell speaks to graduates; Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM, is congratulated by Board Chair Richard Kane; Judge James M. Munley receives an honorary degree from Sister Anne Munley, IHM.


At the 91st Commencement Ceremony at Wachovia Arena, 881 graduates crossed the stage.

With faculty members Dr. Karen Arscott and Lori Swanchak, standing at left, the 2009 Physician Assistant graduates gathered at the O’Neill Center for Healthy Families.

In her Commencement remarks, Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D. told graduates and their families, “Our world needs you and it needs your goodness and your talents. It needs who you are and who you are still becoming.”


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ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL Opens Doors to the Future



MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE IS GENERATING GREAT EXCITEMENT. In its initial planning stages, the School prepared to welcome 20 students. By the time Orientation took place in July, those numbers “We had more than doubled to 49 confirmed students in the first class— wanted a design that an early affirmation that stepping boldly towards the future is just inspires and is exciting to the kind of boost this region needs. As the first professional school students,” said Dean Hunt of the of its kind in Northeast Pennsylvania, the Marywood University architectural decisions he made about the Center. School of Architecture will prepare a new generation of architects, “Most importantly, we wanted a didactic building—one that who will also be educated to serve as environmental stewards. teaches students through its design.” During the past few months, if Founding Dean Gregory K. Hunt Teach it does…from exposed HVA systems, plumbing, and pipe wasn’t giving a lecture about the School to a campus or community runs to the preservation of existing architectural group, he could be seen donning a hard hat and elements, like the wood flooring that was used in conversing with construction workers. He played the former gymnasium…from repurposing the a critical role in the School’s planning and wooden planks of the former dance studio floor continued his hands-on attention to detail into student desktops to newer additions, such as throughout the construction process of the the green roof, that promote sustainable, useful Center for Architectural Studies—the new home design practices throughout the building. Rather of the School of Architecture. Anyone familiar than concealing these elements, the Dean wanted with the former HPE Center would say the to reveal them for practical teaching purposes. building looks the same from the front. Step The facility’s design is open and airy, relying on inside, however, and an entirely different picture natural sunlight to bring out the best elements of emerges. the Student Commons, where students and faculty During the final month of construction, Dean will gather to discuss, critique, and observe each Hunt was kind enough to lead individual and other’s work. Large portholes were constructed in a group tours through the facility as it began to once-solid cinder block wall to create an take shape. The veteran architect and architecture uninterrupted flow of light and visual connection. educator, who once headed the School of David Hemmler, Principal of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic Hemmler & Camayd Architects, In fact, there is only one enclosed classroom in the entire building, and Dean Hunt made sure it University of America, happily shared each step of discusses the facility’s was equipped with a glass door, so that the the School’s progress, the Center’s construction, sustainable design. openness of other areas could still be seen. and his hopes for the future.


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Above: Student work areas feature the preservation of existing architectural elements, such as the wood flooring that was used in the former gymnasium, as well as repurposed wooden planks from the former dance studio floor, which have been used to create student desktops. Below: Green Roof on the Center for Architectural Studies collects rainwater for re-use in the building’s plumbing facilities.

Above Center: Dean Hunt giving a tour of the new architecture building to members of POWER! Scranton - Professionals Organized and Working to Enrich the Region.

The School’s faculty is in place—including two interior architecture faculty members and one tenure-track architectural studies faculty position, as well as a number of adjunct instructors, primarily composed of regional architects. The incoming students are thrilled to be part of a new enterprise and especially excited about the environmental stewardship focus of the School. There will be a public dedication ceremony on October 24 at 5:30 p.m., but the Dean is interested in keeping the building accessible all year, so that everyone can be enriched by the experience of having a worldclass School of Architecture nearby. “Every university that has a School of Architecture is better for it, and so are the surrounding communities that support it,” Dean Hunt observed. “We will build a more knowledge-based economy in this region through the contributions and work of our faculty and students.”


Investing in the education of others yields huge returns for all of us.


hen we hear the word “investment” these days, most of us pause. Some of us cringe. Some of us run for the nearest pile of sand and start digging a spot for our heads. “Investment” is almost a dirty word in these uncertain economic times. After more than a year of fallout from an eruption of global financial chaos, we, as a culture and a nation and a world, have withdrawn from most options that even remotely suggest risk. And that’s where “investment” gets a bad rap. Not all investments are risks. Some, in fact, are certainties. The difference between risk and certainty in an investment comes down to “return.” In the financial arena, return on investment is measured simply: profit to the investor. More money coming out of a security than you put in. But there is another kind of return on investment that supersedes direct profit to an investor. This kind of investment provides a return that impacts far more than an individual's pocketbook or bank account or portfolio. This kind of investment extends beyond one's life and has a certainty for success that typical financial investments will never realize. The investment? Education. The return? Gains for our world that are measured not in financial terms but in human terms. Returns that multiply exponentially beyond personal riches. Returns on investments that bring meaningful improvements to people in communities, nations, and, indeed, the entire globe. Returns for the greater good. In this Marywood Magazine cover story, we feature individual accounts, opinions, and interviews that represent a sampling of the return on investment in higher education—the Marywood University brand of higher education, in particular. These are individuals who have invested their faith, time, and treasure in the Marywood experience with the expectation of a return that extends beyond their own lives. In all cases, these individuals have also depended on investment in their education by others—benefactors, parents, friends, foundations, governments, even students—so that they could extend the “return” to many others throughout their communities and the world. These are the vested and the investors—the teachers, the students, the researchers, the givers, the makers, the ones who have taken their Marywood education and provided a return on investment that is measured not in money, but in human capital.


Dr. Christopher Speicher challenges students to participate in the emerging “knowledgebased” economy.



If there is a single common refrain in messages from colleges and universities of all kinds, it is that higher education creates leaders. It is a theme that is repeated often because it is true. Leadership is perhaps the most important single ingredient in changing society for the greater good. And at Marywood University, changing society for the greater good is an underlying principle of our distinctive brand of higher education. Certainly, not all students or even teachers are leaders in the traditional sense of the word. But a college graduate almost universally understands that without leaders we humans tend to remain stagnant, disorganized, and prone to repeating our mistakes. Leaders are those who are willing to take educated risks, to encourage others to see life’s possibilities, and to put themselves out there on the edge of change for the sake of the common good. Our professors are among the first leaders for change that a student encounters in the Marywood experience. Professors establish ground rules for a learning environment, but they are also provocateurs for thinking outside the box, for encouraging students to consider new ways of looking at the world around them. Our professors often create that first spark of hope or expectation that ultimately turns a student into a leader.

In Dr. Chris Speicher’s classroom, Marywood Business students hear much discussion about an emerging economic concept that has already impacted Northeast Pennsylvania—the knowledge-based economy. For more than a century, this region’s economy has been based on manufacturing and traditional industry. Opportunities for college graduates in this environment have been limited. But according to Dr. Speicher, Assistant Professor of Business, all of that is changing rapidly. And even in the midst of a struggling economic recovery, Marywood University is taking a leadership role in facilitating that change. It starts with ideas in the classroom. “Recession hurts,” Dr. Speicher says. “Job loss, deteriorating values in real estate and investments, uncertainty about the future. The reality is that from any economic upheaval we will come out stronger, more productive and much better positioned for growth in the future. “While hit hard, Northeast Pennsylvania has not seen the pounding which has obliterated many communities around the country. So the question is, what do we do as a region, and more particularly, how do we as an institution of higher education prepare ourselves for the future during this period of recovery?” In a report written fifteen years ago, Dr. Speicher contends, there is a social and economic concept that still resonates today. According to this OECD Report (Clardrall & Johnson, 1994), Dr.


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Speicher says, society’s key economic players are the “know-whats,” the “know-whys,” the “know-hows,” and the “know-whos.” “The ‘know-whats’ have the information; the ‘know-whys’ have to explain the scientific principles; the ‘know-whos’ are those who lead us, point us toward or connect us with the ‘whats’ and the ‘whys.’ “Lastly, we encounter the ‘know-hows’,” Dr. Speicher says. “This group has the business skills to get it done by bringing together all of the other ‘knows’ to make bold business decisions, find the best employees, locate and build in the right place, access local financial resources, and form networks to build success.” Marywood and all institutions of higher education in Northeast Pennsylvania, according to Dr. Speicher, play a vital role in creating pieces of the “knows.” “Our Biotechnology program, with strong ties to local and worldwide pharmaceutical industry; our Human Physiology Lab with international ties; our Physician Assistant program with its potential ties and integration into the new Commonwealth Medical College; and our new School of Architecture with its ties to local, regional, and national design firms and the sustainability movement— these pieces and many others we have at Marywood will create the ‘know-whats’ and the ‘know-whys.’ “The ‘know-whos’ will come from our deeply-rooted faculty and administration, and from programs such as the Master’s in Business Administration. Our Business Department’s Wall Street West trading room, our deep commitment to increasing student knowledge through hands-on learning and internship opportunities, and our faculty commitment to community and service—all of this together has fostered a new breed of ‘know whos’ right here on the Marywood University campus. “From here, we develop our social bonds, associations, and affiliations that allow a more complete and successful development of a ‘knowledge-based economy’ that will lead the whole Northeast Pennsylvania community around the corner into the post-recession era.”

Education is a growth-oriented investment, with a solid portfolio of innovation, scholarship, leadership, and global connection. INVESTMENT IN HOPE AND RESPONSIBILITY In Dr. Phil Jenkins’ classroom, the issues are responsibility and flexibility, and students are encouraged to understand how, as holders of the keys of our civilization going forward, their values will play a critical role in determining the future. Dr. Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. “The economy is at a low point right now,” Dr. Jenkins observes, “but it won’t always be so. Humans are resilient. Students everywhere are discovering how to rebuild the world into one in which they hope to prosper. Marywood University is at the forefront of this rebuilding process, serving its students by looking ahead. I believe we should teach students to flourish in the world as it is becoming, not the one we grew up in. “The idea that universities should provide a rigidly defined knowledge base may well be an outdated one. Students need to know how to keep their knees bent, how to manage new situations, problems, and relationships with diverse others, and how to take advantage of new job opportunities. In some Eastern philosophies, the metaphor of ‘becoming like water’ is instructive. Water stays level, even when the vessel it is in is moved. And just like water, students need to be able to stay balanced and level with respect to the changing environment they will certainly encounter, no matter how well or badly the economy is doing. Education at Marywood is not just about knowing this or that fact; it is also about learning how to conduct oneself in a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world. “Our students come here eager to learn how to become leaders, ready to be entrusted with the keys to the culture. I believe Marywood offers students a rare opportunity to study with faculty who are deeply committed to encouraging excellence and responsibility for the world our students will inherit.”

Dr. Phil Jenkins uses principles of Philosophy to connect knowledge with opportunity for students. 16

Education: The Best Return on Your Investment


Dr. Nancy Weaver’s return on her educational investment paid dividends when she established an annual Marywood scholarship.

For Dr. Nancy Weaver (M.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’05), the best way to acknowledge the return on her investment in her Marywood education was to pay it forward. As she neared completion of her Ph.D. at Marywood, she made a contribution to the University that established the Dr. Lois Draina Annual Scholarship. The gift had special meaning for Dr. Weaver. Dr. Draina, now retired, was Dr. Weaver’s dissertation committee chairperson. “I recognized Dr. Draina’s belief in me, and the sacrifices she made for me deserved more than a mere thank you,” said Dr. Weaver, now the Assistant Dean of Students at East Stroudsburg University. “With her life and career dedicated to education, it seemed fitting to honor her with a named gift for further education for doctoral students. It is my honor and pleasure to support Marywood University students.” Dr. Weaver also holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Marywood, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg. Dr. Weaver, who was taught the value of

education by her parents, has long realized that an investment in education is “money well-spent, in any kind of economy.” She noted, “Marywood University provides an environment that encourages involvement, success, and personal, professional, and spiritual development. The academic programs at Marywood University are progressive and offer excellent opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.” Dr. Weaver cited the University’s regional and national profiles as sources of pride and significance. “Marywood University is a valued commodity,” she stated. “There are dedicated faculty members who are caring, humanistic, and take a personal interest in students. I am impressed by the growth of campus programs and facilities, the inclusion of multicultural experiences for the campus community, and the introduction of the School of Architecture.” “Marywood University is on the move and continues to ‘Lead On,’” she proclaimed. “I truly am a proud Marywood graduate!”

INVESTING IN RESEARCH, INNOVATION, AND SUSTAINABILITY When we hear about “university research,” we often picture first the large national research universities. However, regional colleges and universities have long been engaged in meaningful research, and that work has expanded dramatically in recent years. Faculty members at Marywood University engage in essentially three areas of work: teaching, service, and scholarship. It is within the realm of scholarship that research occurs. Vital research at Marywood is being performed in traditional science areas, as well as in the important health and wellness arena and in social and behavioral sciences. The University’s Human Physiology Lab, under the direction of Kenneth Rundell, Ph.D., Professor of Health Science and Director of Respiratory Research, often raises Marywood’s research profile to an international level. Dr. Rundell is recognized across the globe for his research in sport science, particularly in the area of athletes and

asthma. This past summer, members of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, visited the Human Performance Laboratory at Marywood University for a training session, during which Dr. Rundell provided training in proper techniques to diagnose asthma in elite athletes. On the environmental and sustainability front, Jay P. Clymer, III, Ph.D., Professor of Science, is a longtime Marywood faculty member who has continually made research contributions to the regional community through his expertise in environmental science. Dr. Clymer recently received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to instruct area teachers about the value of watersheds. As he begins his 31st year at Marywood, Dr. Clymer is as excited as ever to do what he loves best—teaching. An expert in


Jay P. Clymer III, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at Marywood University, engaged ten teachers for five days of instruction, analysis, field ecology, and peer teaching.The Watershed Workshop was aimed at educating teachers about the ecology and value of natural watersheds. Dr. Clymer is the fourth person from the right.

environmental science, he also takes his knowledge beyond the classroom, serving as a faculty mentor for the Marywood Pugwash (Environmental) Club, Chairman of the Board of the Lackawanna County Conservation District, and as a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Alliance. “I enjoy the environmental consciousness of this institution,” Dr. Clymer said. “We maintain a nationally recognized arboretum, inhabited by many species native to Pennsylvania. We have begun a major recycling drive, overseen by a new recycling committee,” observes Dr. Clymer. “Our students are activists, engaging in events like Earth Day, Kidstuff, and national and international service missions.”

INVESTING IN FUTURE ALUMNI When Stan Kania ’11 was choosing a college, he visited several, but he came to one conclusion: Marywood University was his first choice. “Marywood offers an excellent educational experience and produces outstanding graduates,” said Mr. Kania, a pre-law major, pursuing a B.A. degree in History and Political Science. “Marywood University was definitely the right choice for me.” The Moosic, PA, native wants to pursue a legal career as a prosecutor—he’s currently a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney General’s office—and he also holds future political aspirations. Mr. Kania makes it a point to do what he can to invest in his individual college experience. He is active in campus life and student organizations, including the Student Alumni Association (SAA), of which he serves as President. It’s an organization, he says, that “helps students become productive, responsible alumni.” Through SAA, alumni share a one-on-one connection and wise counsel with students. For their part, students see first-hand what alumni have achieved in their chosen professions, and, according to Mr. Kania, these positive, encouraging experiences further motivate students to excel. “The investments that Marywood University makes in its students each year are tremendously exciting. We see the campus growing; we see new, innovative programs like Architecture taking shape. Students from all areas of the country are drawn to this University because the quality of a Marywood education is exceptional. It’s an investment that keeps on giving to students, and it inspires us to want to reciprocate that investment when we become alumni,” he said.


Stan Kania ’11 invests in his Marywood education through campus involvement.

Education: The Best Return on Your Investment

INVESTING IN COMMUNITY AND ALMA MATER Marywood University is the first place that Mary Ellen McClane McDonough ‘73 considers when it comes to volunteering, supporting, and advancing what she deems “the greatest asset of the Greater Scranton area.” Though she is just beginning her first term on the Marywood University Board of Trustees (see Board of Trustees story, page 6), this active, dedicated alumna has given more than two decades of volunteer service to Marywood. A 2008 Marywood Alumni Award winner, a staff member of the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and a Board Certified Prevention Specialist, Mrs. McDonough said that you need only to talk to a current or prospective Marywood student to see how greatly the University impacts their lives. “They are fully vested in Marywood and how this University will prepare them to succeed.” In both her professional and volunteer roles, Mrs. McDonough has developed a number of innovative programs, so she knows a winning endeavor when she sees it. To her, initiatives such as the Architecture School and the Human Physiology Lab (HPL) are outstanding investments by Marywood University, creating positive implications far beyond the region. “The cutting-edge research that is being done at the HPL,” Mrs. McDonough said, “and the plans to move forward with a “green” architecture school that produces graduates who are also environmental stewards— these programs meet and anticipate needs, not just in this region, but nationally and globally.” Mrs. McDonough also believes that the upgrades and expansion enjoyed by the University’s conferencing facilities at the Swartz Center are a key community investment. “By having such wonderful programs and facilities available at Marywood University, we are keeping professionals on campus and in the area.” “Marywood is genuine,” she declares. “The sense of

For Mary Ellen McClane McDonough ’73, investment in Marywood is a lifelong commitment. mission is clear, and the investment in students is obvious. I’m proud to be a Marywood graduate, as well as incredibly humbled, grateful, and excited to be serving my alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees.”

REAL WORLD NEEDS, REAL WORLD INVESTMENT Beyond their own impressive physical infrastructures, universities are committed to meeting “real world” needs, addressing the stresses of daily life or tackling challenges in the health care arena. Marywood University has responded by developing a higher level of social work programs, a doctoral level degree program in human development, and a clinical psychology program at the doctoral level. In addition, programs such as the highly innovative campusbased Transition Program for Students with Autism meet a significant need for transition

services for students aged 18-21 with autism spectrum disorders. The first of its kind in the nation, Marywood’s program could soon become a model for implementation around the country. Marywood University has long provided the services of its community-based SpeechLanguage and Hearing Clinic, which offers speech, language, and audiology screenings, evaluations, and therapies for children—a majority of whom are low-income and underserved—as well as families and seniors in the greater Scranton area. As a student teaching

center, services are provided by undergraduate students and graduate student clinicians in tandem with licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologists and audiologists. Currently, the Clinic provides preventive hearing and speech-language screenings for some 360 children every year at 10 Head Start centers in Lackawanna County. Responding to these complex needs requires a financial commitment, but without the human element—the professionals who train in these areas—the investment would be incomplete.


Education: The Best Return on Your Investment

In May, Lou Jean Beishline ’09 earned a Ph.D. in Human Development, specializing in Instructional Leadership. Her work focuses on gender issues in education, and she believes Marywood’s vision is as essential as its programs—and everyone who is a part of the University shares in this sense of purpose. “It was like I had waited my whole life to experience what Marywood has to offer,” declared Dr. Beishline, who was awarded the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies, along with her Ph.D., at spring Commencement ceremonies. “I was so honored to be accepted into the doctoral program. I knew it would be challenging, but I also knew it that it was a perfect fit for me as a student...and as a human being.” Dr. Beishline had earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bloomsburg University. She became a reading specialist, and, over the course of two decades, she has taught in the Bloomsburg School District, at all grade levels, K-12. She also teaches a writing process class as a member of the adjunct faculty at her first alma mater. Much as she loves working with students of all ages, she said, Marywood’s doctoral program has given her an exciting new direction to consider. “Throughout the program, I specifically studied gender issues in education, conducting a study on women in engineering programs to explore the impact of parental influence on academic choices. I hope to transition into higher education eventually, ultimately working, writing, and teaching about social justice issues related to gender equality.” The importance of her doctoral study has already been recognized. Her work has, in fact, achieved international attention and is now being replicated in Malaysia. “I intend to continue to study and write about women in math and science fields,” she said.

THE GUARANTEE Education is a diverse, growth-oriented vehicle, featuring an enduring portfolio of assets like leadership, innovation, scholarship, empowerment, service, hands-on training, lifelong learning opportunities, global connection, and positive social impact. Investing in education is investing in a future that extends far beyond yourself. Economic challenges will come and go, but the need to invest in education will always be a primary need for our civilization. At Marywood University, doors to opportunity open, empowering people through education and helping them to realize the promise of their dreams. The Marywood University experience has had a profound impact on the lives of those depicted here. Their stories are but a microcosm of the thousands of stories started here over the last ninety-five years. An investment in the Marywood University experience is a personal one, but its impact goes far beyond one’s own life—touching, affirming, and changing countless lives for the better. It is a guaranteed return.

Lou Jean Beishline ’09 was the recipient of the 2009 McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies.



ncoming freshmen were asked to “Begin Their Expedition” during Orientation Weekend: July 10, 11, and 12. The students, along with their parents, enjoyed a fun and informational weekend on campus. Marywood equips students with the tools they need to prepare them for their future destination: the rest of their lives.

Incoming freshmen outside the Lynett-Haggerty Fitness Center during Orientation weekend.

Students Lobby Lawmakers

Marywood Students in political action! Standing left to right: Rep. Ken Smith (D-112); Monica Bixby, student; Renée Zehel, Marywood’s Director of Government and Corporate/Foundation Relations; Christopher Charles Gaidos, student. Seated: Heather Ashlea Brown, student.

Over 250 students from 45 private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania descended on the State Capitol in Harrisburg last March for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUP) annual Student Lobby Day. Among them were Marywood students Christopher Charles Gaidos, Heather Ashlea Brown, and Monica Bixby, who expressed their appreciation for student grant programs when they visited with Representatives Ken Smith (D-112), Kevin Murphy (D-113), Jim Wansacz (D-114), Eddie Day Pashinski (D121), and Sally Keaveney in the Office of Senator Robert Mellow (D22). During the meetings, the students also shared their concerns about proposed tuition relief legislation. Bixby is studying International Business and Brown and Gaidos are Communication Arts majors.







e is a veteran of the world of major league athletics—fifteen-plus years of groundskeeping experience with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) and the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball, 22 Super Bowls with the NFL, a year with World Cup Soccer and another spent with NASCAR. He is not a coach or administrator for the Pacers, yet his role is one of the most vital you will find in sports. He is George Toma, III, known better by most on campus as “Chip,” and he is the groundskeeper of Marywood’s outdoor athletic facilities. Mr. Toma is the first Groundskeeper with sole responsibilities for maintaining and improving Marywood’s outdoor athletic facilities. In the year that he has been here, one can already notice major improvements to the existing fields-baseball, softball, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, as well as men’s and women’s soccer. Now, with the construction of a $2.19 million multipurpose synthetic turf field, and nearly $150,000 in renovations to the current natural grass field, Mr. Toma’s expertise, knowledge, and contacts will elevate Marywood’s outdoor athletic facilities to some of the finest in the region. “His whiteboard is like a rolodex of who’s who among professionals in his field. It’s amazing how much he knows and what he can do,” Head Women’s Soccer Coach Andrew Smith said. “Now, it will be even more amazing to see what he can do with these new resources.” The new synthetic turf field will be the University’s first lighted playing field— easily visible from nearby Interstate 81. A blessing of the field will take place during the afternoon of Friday, October 23. “When the Mellow Center for Athletics and Wellness was built in 2006, we saw almost immediately the positive impact it had on recruiting for the sports that use the building on a permanent basis,” stated Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Director of Athletics and Recreation. “Now, we hope to see the same success continue with our already strong outdoor sports programs that utilize these facilities.” With Mr. Toma’s expertise, the addition of the new synthetic turf field, and improvement to existing outdoor facilities, Marywood’s outdoor sports facility is moving into a new era of competition and success. For up-to-date Sports scores and information on all 14 varsity teams, go to




Above: Members of the Class of 1959 celebrated their 50th Reunion in the Liguori Center. More than 70 from the class were in attendance. Below: Mary Jo Murphy Romanchick ’99 and her daughter, Allie, enjoyed the Alumni picnic and softball game.

Below: The Class of 1964 celebrated its 45th Reunion at the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts.



Above: Sister Anne Munley welcomed members of the Class of 1989 to their 20th Reunion.


ore than 550 alumni and their families celebrated their Marywood pride on Reunion Weekend, June 5-7, 2009. In addition to the 12 classes celebrating their reunions with class parties on campus, alumni enjoyed a softball game and family picnic, wine tasting, cooking demonstration, and grand reception in Marywood's iconic Rotunda. Of the nearly 100 alumni who stayed overnight on campus, all welcomed the opportunity to relive old memories and form new friendships in the recently renovated Madonna Hall. Photos from Reunion Weekend are available online at The Marywood Alumni Association is now accepting volunteers for planning the next Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, 2010. To get involved, please contact the Alumni Office at 570-348-6206 or We need your help to make your class reunion a success!

Above: Alyson Nitche Germond ’99 and her husband, Dave, enjoy the wine tasting at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. Below: Jennifer Jancola Wilson ’01, Timothy Wilson ’99, Todd Uvary, and Albert Stroble ’99 at the Rotunda reception.

Above: Members of the Class of 1969 serve as musicians for the Sunday Alumni Liturgy.

Below: Classmates from 1969 toasted farewell at the Mimosa Brunch.



ALUMNI Award Winners MARIANNE SCHIMELFENIG, ESQ. ’69 Alumni Award of Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences Marianne Schimelfenig’s highly successful legal career has literally taken her from one end of the continent to the other. With experience and expertise in a complex milieu of the law concerned with higher education, she has provided a wide scope of legal services for three respected institutions: The University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California and now, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and a member of that university’s President’s Cabinet. After graduating from Marywood with a B.A. in History, Secondary Education, Ms. Schimelfenig taught in Pennsylvania and New York, and served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Robert Roe in Washington, D.C. She went on to earn her M.A. at the University of Scranton, before attending the Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, where she received her J.D. and subsequently practiced as a partner and associate for eight years with a prominent Portland law firm She is leader in many professional associations; a member of the bars of California, New York, District of Columbia, Oregon, and Pennsylvania; and is admitted to practice before numerous federal jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Recognizing her great success and the numerous accomplishments she has attained in her chosen field, the Marywood Alumni Association honored Marianne Schimelfenig with the 2009 Award of Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

JOANNA PAPADA ’79 Alumni Award of Excellence in Creative Arts and Management Joanna Papada has staged her exceptional career in two acts, earning rousing applause in both. The first began after she had received her B.A. in Communication Arts. She headed for New York, where, as an Actors’ Equity stage manager, she garnered numerous credits on and off Broadway. She went on to earn her M.F.A. from Penn State, raising the curtain on a successful career in regional theatre, first with the Portland State Company in Maine; then with South Jersey Regional Theatre, where she received critical acclaim for her work. Then a funny thing happened on her way to a stellar directing career. She met the President/CEO of Manchester-Bidwell Corporation, and the curtain rose on act two. He asked her to head an expansion of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a multi-discipline center for arts and learning, whose mission is to educate and inspire urban youth. Under Ms. Papada’s leadership, MCG has received prestigious awards as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the center’s outreach.


Today, as Corporate Vice President of Manchester-Bidwell Corporation, she works with communities across the nation and in Canada to develop educational initiatives and create partnerships with other organizations, such as a recent undertaking with the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill to extend their ministry through the creation of the Seton Arts Service Corps. Ms. Papada has called the innovative project a milestone in her personal journey of faith. In recognition of Joanna Papada’s professional achievements and impressive efforts to advance community arts initiatives, the Marywood Alumni Association presented her with its 2009 Award of Excellence in Creative Arts and Management.

ANN DEVANEY KINKOR ’63 Alumni Award of Excellence in Health and Human Services If anyone understands the mountains that block the path of children with special needs, it is Ann Kinkor. If anyone understands the determination, sacrifice, knowledge, strength, and pure love it takes to shrink such a mountain to a molehill—or less—it is Ann’s four sons. Three of them wrestle with the challenge of epilepsy, which they have met and conquered with personal courage and the unfailing, loving help of their mother. Moreover, if anyone has turned tough circumstance into triumph, that person is also Ann Kinkor. With the understanding of one who has walked the walk, she has become a tireless advocate for students with disabilities and their families, throughout Los Angeles County schools. Her influence, in fact, has reached across California—and the nation. For eight years, she headed the California Special Education Commission. Her program in Alternative Education covering 80 Los Angeles school districts was listed in the top five in the nation. She was named by Presidential appointment to the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and was the first parent advocate elected to the State Mental Health Council. The record of her achievements and awards is as great as her seemingly limitless outreach and her service to community and church. As California’s State Director of Legislative Advocacy, Ms. Kinkor continues to make her work a blessing for every child in need— and her life itself is an embodiment of Marywood’s mission. Her fellow graduates were pleased to recognize her exceptional achievements and commitment with the 2009 Marywood Alumni Association Award of Excellence in Health and Human Services.


At Left: Marianne Schimelfenig ’69, Joanna Papada ’79, Sister Anne Munley, Ann Devaney Kinkor ’63, MaryCarol Tighe Kanton ’64 (M.A. ’71), and Albert Stroble ’99. Charlene McQueen ’69 was unable to attend the event.

MARYCAROL TIGHE KANTON ’64, M.A. ’71 Sister Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood University MaryCarol Tighe Kanton earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Marywood with the help of a scholarship and a fellowship, and went on to a distinguished 39-year career as an educator. Her gratitude to her alma mater is a debt of love she has never stopped seeking to “pay forward” through her faithful efforts on behalf of the University and its students. In 2006, she endowed a scholarship to provide financial support for students from Lackawanna County who are majoring in Elementary Education, and she donates to other Marywood scholarships in addition to her own. Both MaryCarol and her husband, Peter, have been tireless volunteers in support of Marywood, contributing generously and spearheading multiple fundraising efforts, including sponsorship of a stained glass window in the Marian Chapel and serving as co-chairs for Marywood Fund campaigns of 2005-06 and 2006-07. Under their leadership, the effort set new records for number of donors in the Presidential Society, now known as the “2015 Society.” Ms. Kanton’s list of activities on behalf of the Alumni Association is so long it would be easier to name a few she hasn’t participated in yet than to name those in which she is involved. As a teacher, she had promoted excellence in her profession by mentoring student teachers. Ever an educator at heart, one of her favorite projects has been the “Educators on Campus” program, aimed at rallying teachers to encourage their students to attend Marywood University—a highly successful effort, now helping to assure new generations of excellent Marywood graduates. To express the gratitude of all Marywood alumni for the service she gives so generously and unfailingly, the Marywood Alumni Association recognized MaryCarol Tighe Kanton with the 2009 Sister Denis Donegan Award for Long Term Service to Marywood.

ALBERT E. STROBLE ’99 Recent Alumni Award of Excellence for Professional Achievement Tennis ace, soccer star, all-star student athlete, dedicated volunteer, and student leader at Marywood, Albert Stroble has used his winning ways to energize student activities and spark sports programs at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New York. After graduating, Mr. Stroble went on to pursue a master’s degree in Sport and Recreation Administration at Temple University. He worked in student affairs arenas at St. John’s University in New York City and at

Temple in Philadelphia. His first love, however, was sports, so when the opportunity opened for an Assistant Athletic Director at Holy Family University, Mr. Stroble seized it. He pioneered by organizing the institution’s first women’s tennis team and served as head coach—so successfully that he was named 2006 Coach of the Year by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. Three years later, he took on another challenge at Chestnut Hill College where he is now Assistant Director of Athletics and head coach of the women’s and men’s tennis teams—which he has led to record-setting victories. And he continues to champion his alma mater, serving on the Alumni Board of Directors and co-chairing fundraising efforts for young alumni. During his standout collegiate career, Mr. Stroble was a three-time singles tennis champion in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). He was named to the PAC All-Conference First Team and earned the team’s Most Valuable Player Award, while leading Marywood to their first PAC championship. He wrapped up his university career with a record 36 singles wins. His fellow graduates added to his stellar record by naming him recipient of the 2009 Recent Graduate Award.

CHARLENE MCQUEEN ’69 Alumni Award of Excellence in Education and Human Development Recognized nationally and internationally, respected as both researcher and educator, Dr. Charlene McQueen has not only enriched the body of knowledge in her vital field of pharmacology and toxicology, she has extended her influence through the contributions of hundreds of pharmaceutical students she has taught. At Marywood she was a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, graduating with a B.S. in Biology. She went on to earn her M.S. in Pharmacology from New York University and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan. Since 2007, Dr. McQueen has headed the Department of Pharmacal Sciences at Auburn University, having assumed that post following her tenure as Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arizona. The list of her professional accomplishments and awards would fill volumes—an appropriate comparison since she herself has over 60 publications to her credit and is co-editor-in-chief of the 14-volume series Comprehensive Toxicology. She has served on countless review panels and chaired important committees of national and global professional bodies. Among her recent honors are the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Public Communications Award and the SOT AstraZeneca Traveling Lectureship Award. To this lengthy list of honors, the Marywood Alumni Association added its recognition of this distinguished graduate with the 2009 Award of Excellence in Education and Human Development.


NEWS & EVENTS from Marywood Alumni Chapters




Marywood’s Volunteer Leadership Summit launched with great success on June 26-27. A joint event with the local POWER! group kicked off the Summit with a tour of the new Center for Architectural Studies on Friday evening (see photos, pages 12 and 13). Over 30 alumni attended the Summit on Saturday and participated in seminars and workshops that focused on leadership styles, advocacy for Marywood University in the community, an international student mentorship program, and ways in which to engage other alumni and friends in attending University events. Mr. John Hille, Executive Vice President for Advancement at Juniata College, was the keynote speaker for the Summit. His “Six-Pack Leadership Style” message carried through the Summit, as presenters focused on nurturing the alumni volunteer base and encouraging other ways to get more alumni involved. By the end of the Summit, alumni volunteers were called to action by Mr. Hille to engage their alumni peers to become more active as alumni. He encouraged everyone to utilize what they had learned to become ambassadors for Marywood University.

SOUTHEASTERN CHAPTER (Serving: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama)

Submitted by Ann Cancelli Bonanni ’75 • The Southeastern Chapter’s Core Group met in May. The group’s goal in 2009-2010 is to have events that are attractive to wider audiences and to increase attendance.

Upcoming Projects and Events: • A picnic at Mr. and Mrs. James Weadick’s Covington, GA home on September 27. • A January 2010 event in Atlanta. This event will be the kick off to the annual Spring Presidential Reception. • A Presidential Reception will once again be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, on March 27, 2010.

PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER Submitted by Patty Campbell Comey ’74 • The Philadelphia Regional Planning Group’s goal in 2009-2010 is to increase attendance in a wider variety of events in/around the Philadelphia region.

Upcoming Projects and Events: • An Oct./Nov. wine tasting. Details to follow. • A reception and Christmas Tour at Longwood Gardens during the December 5th weekend. A firm date will be announced via e-mail and the alumni website.

ARIZONA CHAPTER Submitted by Victoria Klitsch Randall ’69 • The Arizona chapter continues to meet monthly with a core group of alumni. • Celebration of marriage of Mary Jones ’93 to Mark Vyborny in May • Pot luck/pool party at the home of Barbara Martin Brodeur ’49 in June

Upcoming Projects and Events: Julianne Kalasinski and Michael Muller, POWER!; David Hemmler, Principal of Hemmler & Camayd Architects; Gregory Hunt, Dean of the School of Architecture; Sister Anne Munley; Kristyn Kelly, POWER!; Dr. Clayton Pheasant and Leon John of University Advancement.

• Mystery tour to be scheduled in October • Participation in the Brophy/Xavier College Fair in the fall • Volunteer service at Andre House, a facility providing support to the homeless

NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER Submitted by Karen Gilmour ’03, Meredith Force Cozzarelli ’04, and James Cozzarelli ’05 • The New York City core group met in May to discuss the expansion of the core group and an 18-month plan to expand the variety of events to engage a broader range of alumni. The New York City group is always looking for more alumni to help lead the events.

Upcoming Projects and Events: • • • • •

Dr. Clayton Pheasant, VP for Advancement; Cindy Gowell ’70; and keynote speaker John Hille, Executive VP for Advancement, Juniata College. 28

September 24 Happy Hour at the Irish Rogue, A January 2010 community service event Tentative plans for a March 2010 Kids-Easter Bunny Party and Egg Hunt Exploring a May 2010 Cruise Boat Tour on the Manhattan Circle Line Planning a formal event with Sr. Anne Munley, IHM, Marywood University President, in November 2010.

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ChapterSpotlight: NJ “Tri-State” Chapter


une was “bustin’ out all over,” as Rogers and Hammerstein would say, creating the perfect summer setting as New Jersey/Pocono region alumni gathered at the Mohawk Country Club in Sparta to hear Dean Greg Hunt give an inside look at Marywood’s new School of Architecture, unique for its comprehensive “green” approach to multiple aspects of building and interior design. “It was a perfect evening,” says Joyce Zakierski Simmons ’70, who had organized and hosted the event. “Dean Hunt’s presentation was fascinating. We’re always interested in developments at Marywood, and we are constantly delighted to know that Marywood is on top of forward-thinking developments such as ‘green architecture.’ Besides,” she adds with a smile, “we had lovely weather, a delicious dinner, outdoor tables with a beautiful lakeside view, and, best of all, wonderful conversation and company.” The chapter had started as an informal gathering of ’70s graduates—mostly music majors, Joyce says, but their group has been growing. To help in organizing, they drew a theoretical circle around their Sparta, New Jersey area, enclosing a range they thought might be convenient for people to drive to events. Their circle included areas around Port Jervis, New York, and the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. “So we’re really a tri-state chapter,” Joyce points out, “and we’re certainly not limiting our scope. We’d be delighted to welcome alumni from the upper New Jersey metropolitan area or anyone who lives south and east, around Morristown. If you can reach us, please come.”

Nana Baakan (left) and Yvonne Vancelette (right), met with Sister Anne Munley, IHM, on a recent visit to campus. They presented a program that provided a unique glimpse into their Marywood years. The former roommates are now collaborating on a book and visual presentation about their experiences and coming of age together during the turbulent 1970s.

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The June alumni event had been so successful that chapter members are looking forward to another around the holidays in December or November, plus, perhaps, an informal luncheon gettogether in the fall. “We’re always delighted to meet and welcome fellow Marywood graduates, “Joyce said. “We’re especially happy to have volunteers who might like to help with planning events.” A practical consideration she says, is assembling a reliable list of phone numbers (especially cell phone numbers) that can be consulted in informing graduates of upcoming events. “If you live in our area,” Joyce says, “please let us know your phone number. And come to join us!” Current phone numbers can be sent to Joyce Simmons at and/or to the Marywood Alumni Office at For upcoming events in the NJ “Tri-State” area or any other chapter area, go to and click on Calendar of Events.

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Class Notes

Annette Basalyga Sloan (1958), a fellow at

of Iowa Writers’ Workshop where 50s theshe University received her M.F.A. in Poetry, will be a guest

poet at the Robert Frost Poetry Festival in Key West, Florida. Since graduating from Marywood, she has taught at Marywood University and at Penn State Worthington Scranton, and has received several awards, including the Individual Artist’s Grant from the PA Council on the Arts and a Duncan Lawrie Prize from the Arvon Foundation. Annette has been published in Borestone Mountain Poetry Awards, received first prize in the Chester H. Jones Foundation Poetry Competition, and has been published in Commonweal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia, Comstock Review, The New Orleans Review, North American Review and Verbatim. Some of her work has also been anthologized in the Palpable Clock and in the Pater Yearbook of American Poetry. Most recently, she was resident poet at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. Irene Walsh Nunnari (1963) is retiring as

of English and Communication Arts 60s Professor from Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, NY, having

Dawn A. Marcus, M.D. (1982) Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has written a fun and practical book about using your relationship with your dog to improve your health, called Fit As Fido: Follow Your Dog to Better Health. Rosann Schreiber (1982) and her husband, David Schreiber, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 21, 2009. Cheryl Ciotti (1984) was presented with the John Paul II award for 25 years of teaching excellence in the Diocese of Scranton. Jodi Risse (1987), Anne Arundel County Public Schools Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services, has received the Silver Rising Star Award as part of the 20th annual National Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) program. The award is given annually to a food service director “whose contributions make a marked difference in the district’s child nutrition program.”

taught Speech and Drama there for 43 years. A CASE Ellen Ryan (1989) is engaged to marry Bernard Hoye. Nominee and recipient of the Mount’s Faculty Award, Irene was also named a Teacher of Excellence by the New York State Ellen Healey Rasimovich (1992) and her English Council and is a Marywood Alumni Award honoree. husband, Frank, welcomed a baby girl on April She is currently on the Marywood Alumni Board of Directors. 17, 2009. . Geraldine Abraham Faivre (1967) and her husband, Lori Sokolowsky (1992) and her husband, John, Paul, are proud to announce the release of the book, Mommy, I celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary May 5, 2009. Feel Funny! A Child’s Experience with Epilepsy, which was written by their daughter, Danielle M. Rocheford. Her daughter Theodore J. Lengyel, Jr. (1993), and his wife, Justine, also has a webpage: welcomed a baby girl on February 23, 2009.


Suzanne Stinson (1980) received her

from the University of Maryland 80s M.B.A. University College in 2005. She was recently

Tracy Malinowski (1993) has been promoted to the position of international technical diving training director and technical instructor trainer examiner for the Professional Diving Instructors Corporation, International. Since accepting the position in October 2008, he has overseen the development of PDIC International's cave training programs to include the use of diver propulsion vehicles in overhead environments, stage bottle diving for extended penetrations, and the use of rebreather technologies in caves and overheads. In addition, he developed new and more rigorous standards and the training curricula for helium based trimix diving to 300 feet and basic and advanced shipwreck penetration.

promoted to Chief Contracting Officer of two institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (the National Institute of Mental Health/NIMH and the National Institute on Aging/NIA). She is also Branch Chief of the NIMH/NIA Research and Development/Contracts Management Branch, which is part of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Neurosciences Consolidated Operations Acquisition Center (COAC) at NIH. Suzanne was also the 2008 recipient of both the NIH Director’s Award and the NIMH Director’s Award. She has two children: Johanna Hancock will graduate next year with a nursing degree and Patrick Hancock will graduate from the Avalon (High) School in May with scholarship offers Ruth A. Connolly (1995) recently presented at the CITA to two different universities where he plans to pursue a Conference in Shanghai, China on Educating Global Citizens. medical career. She represented the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary Schools. 30


Cindy Smith Levin (1995) recently welcomed a baby.

also has a Facebook group page by the same name, which Greg Mazzeo (1999) and Heather Schliep Mazzeo (1999) welcomed their baby girl, Danielle Nicole, on April 17, informs members of updates and events. Courtney maintains

Gregory S. Orr (1995) married Lauren Kennedy in the summer.

2009. She joins her big sister, Sara Grace.

Christine Fulmer (M.S.W., 1996) recently received a promotion and tenure at Cedarville University (Ohio). A faculty member at Cedarville since 2004, Fulmer has been promoted to Associate Professor of Social Work. She earned her B.S. from Baptist Bible College in 1990 and her M.S.W. from Marywood University in 1996. She currently resides in Cedarville, Ohio. Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Featuring a worldwide Christian ministries program, the University offers 100 areas of study to 3,000 students. Meghan Butler Degilio (1996) and husband, Robert, welcomed a baby girl on April 28, 2009. Kerry Kozlosky Naniewicz (1996) and husband, David, welcomed a baby girl on May 16, 2009. Neil Fessler (1997) and Ashley Giacofci

(1999; M.F.A. 2005) were married on June 18, 2009, in St. Thomas, USVI. Melissa Tassia Hatala (1997) and her husband, Jeffrey Hatala (1994) welcomed a baby boy on May 8, 2009. Jennifer Hodge Huber (1997) married Henry Huber on October 4, 2008.


Kate Lengyel Chiller (2000) and her husband, Matt, welcomed a baby boy, Benjamin, on September 9, 2008.

Renee Croom Miller (2000) and husband, James, welcomed a baby girl on April 15, 2009. Sara Jean Bucenec Pembridge (2000) and husband, Kevin Daniel, welcomed a baby girl on February 20, 2009.

a blog, The work featured on Courtney’s business web site includes handmade jewelry, handmade ceramics, paintings, photography, prints, and paper items, all for sale. Diane M. Salter Shearer (2001) and husband, J. Michael, welcomed a baby girl, Emily Mae, on November 17, 2008. Cory Borer (2002) is engaged to marry Maureen Ruane on May 20, 2010.

Michael Cioce (2002) received both an M.B.A. with a Janis A. Plisko (2000) welcomed a baby girl on April 7, 2009. concentration in Financial Management and a Masters in Finance from Drexel University in June of 2009. He currently Kerri Lynn Archer Ruddy (2000) married Vincent Archer resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Kimberly, and his two children, Gabriel (4) and Madison (1). on November 28, 2008. Melissa Cortese Zuraski (2000) and husband, Shaun, welcomed a baby boy on May 5, 2009.

Laura Jeanne Young Dean (2002) and Michael Deane (2006) had a baby boy, Aidan Robert, on December 10, 2008.

Charles S. Ackley, Jr. (2001), currently Assistant Director of Admissions Counseling at Keuka College and assigned to the 249th Air Ambulance Unit in Rochester (training to become a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot), is pursuing his Ed.D. at the University of Rochester. His dissertation is entitled,“College Access in Relation to Veterans”.

Susan Kulikowski Gesford (2002) and husband, Corey, welcomed a baby boy on April 27, 2009.

Suzanne Bradnick (2001) is engaged to marry Judson Lincoln, Jr., in April 2010. Tanya Bray DeMarco (2001) and husband, Brian, had a baby girl on March 25, 2009. Melissa Barrett Frein (2001) and husband, Michael, welcomed a baby girl on April 12, 2009. Amanda Mojtahedi Macielinski (2001) and Andrew Macielinski were married on August 22, 2008.

Alison Ostrom Hall (2002) and Matthew Hall (2002) welcomed a baby boy, Aiden Thomas, on January 11, 2009. Benjamin Katz (2002) and Deborah Katz (2003) welcomed a baby boy on April 10, 2009. Angela Martini (2002) welcomed a baby girl on March 21, 2009. Stacie Renoll Palmer (2002) received her M.B.A. with distinction from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in May 2009. She will be moving with her husband to Boston, MA, to work as a Senior Business Consultant in the Corporate Development Program with Liberty Mutual.

Dana Grinzi (1997) is engaged to marry Joseph Pugliese. Lynn Moss Laboranti (1998) and husband, Jeffrey, welcomed a baby boy April 13, 2009. Tiana Valencia Muskey (1998) and Jason Muskey (1998) welcomed a baby boy on May 10, 2009. Jennifer Abbott (1999) is engaged to marry Jeffrey Maroulis.

Kelly O’Neill Opalka (2001) and her husband, Gregory Opalka (2007), welcomed a baby boy on February 21, 2009. Courtney Redding-Davis (2000) recently began a new business, 18 on the Alley, which features her art work, She

Bradley M. Turi (2002) and his wife, Nicole, welcomed a baby boy on April 26, 2009. Sunny Minelli Weiland (2002) and husband, Scott Weiland, welcomed a baby boy on May 16, 2009. Susan M. Andes (2003) married Scott Olsen on June 20, 2009.



Rachel Olson Baldini (2005) and William Baldini (2003) married on October 18, 2008. Michelle Dente Beutel (2003) and Matthew T. Beutel (2006) were married on July 14, 2008. Amy Zimmerman Kerrigan (2003) and her husband, Kevin, welcomed a baby girl on May 11, 2009. Aubrey Daily McClintock (2003) and her husband, Lee, welcomed a baby girl on May 8, 2009.

Kevin P. Moran (2004) has accepted the position of Executive Director of New Visions Community Services in Camden, NJ. He was on the Board of New Visions, a drop-in center for homeless men and women, for the past three years. The mission of New Visions Community Services of Camden is "to provide multi-cultured social services to men, women, and children at risk in Camden County in an ecumenical spirit. New Visions advocates dignity, justice, serving human needs and the empowerment of all who enter." Kevin served most recently as Director of the Urban Challenge Program at Romero Center Ministries in Camden. Amanda Zalewski Newhart (2004) and husband, Nicholas, welcomed a baby girl on April 2, 2009.

Carolyn Tigue Metaxas (2003) and her husband, Jim, welcomed their first child, Nicholas James Metaxas, on March 14, 2009.

Dana Marie Runco (2004) is engaged to marry Glenn Kempa in the Spring. Kimberly Mullen Surace (2004) married Donald Surace on August 2, 2008.

Jessica Quinn Shope (2005) married Matthew Shope on March 6, 2009. Brandon H. Smith (2005) married Kirsten Marie Millford (2011). Mary Jo Biazzo (2006) married Stephan E. Sedon on August 16, 2009. Gina A. Fanucci (2006) married Louis DeMarco, Jr., on May 30, 2009. Ryan M. Kohler (2006) married Christine Brand on April 17, 2009. Alison A. Knapp (2006) married David Knapp on April 19, 2008. William Michlowski (2006) and Melissa Everitt (2007) are engaged to be married.

Jason Michael Sauer

(2003) married Kimberly Kristin Ross Rasmus (2004) and husband, Jarrod, Metcho-Sauer (2004) on welcomed a baby girl April 3, 2009. Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Stoneboro Lake. They now reside in Pittsburgh and are proprietors of Most-Wanted Fine Art Gallery. Marisa Bio Siekierka (2003) married Jim Siekierka on August 30, 2009. Priscilla Smith (2003) is engaged to marry Gregory Matschatis on May 20, 2010. Jason Thiel (2003) and wife, Corinne Taylor Thiel, welcomed a baby boy on May 20, 2009. Beverly M. Worlinsky (2003) married Stephen Hallett, Jr., on August 1, 2009.

Kylie J. Slocum (2004) welcomed a baby girl on April 17, 2009.

Jenna Volpi (2006) and Sean Castellani (2006) married on June 27, 2009.

Michael Jozaitis (2007) joined Merrick Towle Kristina Perechinsky Cirba (2005) and husband, Donald, Communications, Beltsville, MD, in August, as Search Engine welcomed a baby girl on March 16, 2009. Optimization Strategist. Daron Dickerson (2005) and Erica Pagan (2006) became engaged on February 13, 2009. Jessica Devine Gregorski (2005) and Paul B. Gregorski, II, (2005) were married on July 11, 2008. Michael Hetzel (2005) married Rebecca Santoro on June 19, 2009. Lori A. Killino (2005) welcomed a baby boy on March 24, 2009.

Amy Caucci (2004) married Michael Brennan on July 30, 2009. Becky Long (2005) and Adam Giovann E. DeAngelis (2004) married Mark Barkowski on Jones welcomed a baby boy, Liam, on April 24, 2009. (pictured at right) August 8, 2009. Carrie Freese (2004) married Robert W. Shay, Jr., on May 23, 2009.

Marisa R. Novak (2005) married James Anderson, Jr., on July 4, 2009.

Jessica Domenick Mislinski (2004) and husband, Justin, welcomed a baby boy on April 13, 2009.

Mary Irene Salva (2005) married William Celuck, Jr., on May 9,2009.


Tara Minelli (2006) married Ryan Hummel on May 9, 2009.

Christie Del Nero (2007) became engaged to Evan Geiger on March 28, 2009. (pictured at right) Amy Lewan (2007) is engaged to marry Jonathon Lee. Stephanie Murphy (2007) is engaged to marry John Monahan. Elizabeth Mary Zaydon (2007) is engaged to marry Michael J. Dessoye (2009). Nicole Santarsiero Zywicki (2007) married Brian Zywicki on August 8, 2008. Michele Stibgen Koziel (2008) and Kenneth Richard Koziel, Jr., were married on June 14, 2008.


Lydia Tompkins (2008) married Aaron Vincent on August 15, 2009. Timothy McNamara (2008) joined Diversified Information Technologies as the billing/contract services manager. Heather Okun (2008) married Gerard Demuth on July 4, 2009.

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

Send us your updated info for the next issue by November 1, 2009, to Photos are welcome. For digital, please provide high resolution images.

Deceased This photo, which appeared in the last issue, is a detailed image of the gates at the Memorial Arch. We had several guesses, but the only one who guessed correctly was our Groundskeeper, Mark Burns.

TRAVEL Marywood with

Kathryn McAndrew Missett (1935) Anne Culkin Brown (1938) Sister M. Clotilda Omasta (1940) Helen M. Karanik (1941) Jessica A. Lasitter McManmon (1941) Dorothy Buss Dreby (1943) Evelyn Yagoda (1943) Leona Andreoli (1944) Ruth McClory Thomas (1945) Sister M. Edwardine Travers, IHM (1945) Sister M. Wilhelmina Hill, IHM (1946) Elizabeth Gardner Shuler (1946) Helen Maloney Griffiths (1948) Sister Joan Mooney, IHM (1949) Sister M. Ida McDonnell, IHM (1951) Sister Ellen Mullen, IHM (1964) Sister M. Ivan Pollock IHM (1954) Pauline Kelly Hopkins (1955) Joan M. Malone (1955) Mary Alice Whalen Lawless (1956) Maureen Conley Frawley (1958) Beverly Lorraine Campbell (1959) Sheryl Sullivan Farrie (1972) Angela Davis (1974) Paul A. Steppacher (1974) Zoe Lavaun Rapoport (1978) Jean R. Womack (1979) Monsignor Anthony C. Marra (1983) Bonny M. Troisi (1993) Florence L. Koniski (1998) Angel R. Smith Gibbs (1999)

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Sharing the Successes of Our

BEST&BRIGHTEST Editor’s Note: We usually feature alumni from an array of professional backgrounds in this section. For this issue, however, we chose to feature educators and educational administrators of merit, to affirm our commitment to and belief in education as the best, most far-reaching investment one can make—from primary to higher education. Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little ’66 has been appointed as the new chancellor at the University of Kansas. She will be the university’s first female, as well as first African American, chancellor. At a press conference announcing her appointment, Dr. Gray-Little said she would concentrate on boosting the student graduation rate, expanding the university’s private endowment, and enhancing the research status at KU campuses in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, and Kansas City, Kansas. “I’m excited about the opportunity to meet the faculty, students, and staff and really to collaborate with them in bringing the University of Kansas where it wants to be; where it wants to go. Dr. Gray-Little will be the 17th chancellor at the University of Kansas. She earned a Ph.D., as well as a master’s degree, in clinical psychology from St. Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Marywood University. Dr. Gray-Little had served most recently as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a position she began in 2006. She had served as a psychology professor at UNC before directing the graduate program in clinical psychology, chairing the psychology department, and serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, she was honored by Marywood with the Business/ Professional Achievement Award from the Marywood Alumni Association. Additionally, she has earned fellowships from the National Research Council, the Fulbright program, the Ford Foundation, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Maureen Carr ’61, Penn State Professor of Music, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Graduate School of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, for her accomplishments in the humanities. The awards are presented annually by the Graduate School-New Brunswick to alumni who have made significant contributions in the fields of biological sciences, humanities, physical and mathematical sciences and engineering, and the social and behavioral sciences. Dr. Carr, who teaches undergraduate and graduate music theory,


is a scholar of Igor Stravinsky and has studied extensively at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland, in addition to archives in Paris and London. She has authored several books on Stravinsky. Her current research is “Stravinsky: The Uneven Path to Neoclassicism from 1914 to 1926,” a project she plans as her fourth book on the composer. On May 19, she spoke in Boston on the “Musical Origins of Stravinsky’s Apollo (1928)” at the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Ballets Russes. Dr. Carr holds a B.A. from Marywood University; an M.F.A. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has received numerous outstanding teaching awards from Penn State, was named a Distinguished Alumna by the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1998, and was a recipient of the Marywood University Alumni Association’s Business/Professional Achievement Award in 2004. Sister Anastasia (Anne) Quigley, IHM ’77 (M.S. ’89) and Cheryl Ciotti ’84 have more than 50 years of combined experience teaching at Epiphany Elementary, Sayre, PA. These two teachers have seen the many changes that have taken place within the school and have teamed up on several occasions to create many staple events at the school. Recently, they were presented with the John Paul II award for 25 years of teaching excellence in the Diocese of Scranton. Cheryl, who teaches fifth- through eighth-grade history and geography, graduated from Waverly High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Marywood in 1984. Following that, she received her master’s at Elmira College. Sister Anne, who is from Syracuse, N.Y., holds two Marywood degrees. She teaches first grade and the first sacrament classes at Epiphany. One note of interest connecting the two, according to Sister Anne: “When I got to Marywood, I was given a big sister whose last name was, oddly enough, Ciotti. When I was at my first faculty meeting and Cheryl was introduced, I asked her if she had a sister, and that was when we realized that her big sister was indeed my college ‘big sister.’” Both Cheryl and Sister Anne are looking forward to continuing their work together and are thankful for all the support they have received at Epiphany throughout the years. 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.)





Filthy Franny and the 4 Faery Fleas and ADDverse I

The Warren Gold Chatelaine: Key to a Family’s History


RICK MAREK (M.S.W. ’75) Privately Published

(Gumboot Books, 2009) Alumna Marianne Waering Prokop, under the pen name M.W. Penn, has authored two more children’s books about math concepts—Filthy Franny and the 4 Faery Fleas and ADDverse I. Described as “a jolly journey through the digits,” Filthy Franny and the 4 Faery Fleas tells the tale of Franny, who loves to climb trees, chase lizards, eat dripping ice cream cones, and play in mud. When she wishes for a Faery Godmother to whisk her to faraway places, the fates instead send Franny four much more appropriate Faery Fleas. ADDverse I, the first in a series of books of poems that focus on one math concept, includes two poems, “Farmer Yercle’s Circles,” introducing circles and circle-based solids, and “Peter Pattern,” concentrating on patterns in the world around us. The author has been visiting schools in inner cities and outlying areas, reviewing books for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), speaking at NCTM state conferences, judging children’s book awards, and doing freelance writing. Marianne anticipates the release of Ms. Molly Mop with the 7s on Top, set to publish in Highlights in September, and “Number Tree,” a poem included in the International Rotary literacy initiative, A World of Stories.

Mary Nohl Inside & Outside JANINE SMITH ’00, CO-AUTHOR/DESIGNER (University of Wisconsin Press, May 2009) Mary Nohl: Inside & Outside offers the first comprehensive look at Mary Nohl’s unusual life (1914-2001) through the eyes of author and friend, Barbara Manger, who went through volumes of Nohl’s diaries and sketches to gain insight into her life. It also contains 310 photos from Nohl’s lifetime, as well as photos of her artwork from both the inside and outside of her home. This coffee table book was skillfully designed by Janine Smith and was funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Janine, a graduate of the Class of 2000, is an award-winning book designer who owns and operates Designsmith, a graphic design company in Fox Point, Wisconsin. Royalties from the sale of this book will be directed to the “Mary Nohl Collection” of the John Michael Kohler Art Center. For more information, go to the publisher’s web site at

Rick Marek wrote and published The Warren Gold Chatelaine: Key to a Family’s History in 2006. A labor of love, the author describes his work as a fascinating historical document chronicling the ownership of a beautiful heirloom that has been in his wife’s family since 1740—she is now the 7th owner. Beginning with the initial surprising discovery of the Chatelaine with its then sketchy pedigree, Rick takes the reader on a journey to learn of its owners, presenting them down through the centuries, sharing their individual stories, and portraying these owners and their families within the historical context of their times. Rick found that in writing this book he has melded his love for history with his desire to identify and to illustrate analytically how family connections work. Rick is a psychotherapist and marriage counselor with a private practice in Florham Park, New Jersey He and his wife, Anne, reside in Mendham, New Jersey.

Watercolorist Pursuing New Venture MARI (MAUREEN) DEVERS ’64 The work of Mari Devers has sparked the interest of a California corporation that would like to sell her floral greeting cards in their stores throughout the state. Other samples of Mari’s work are online at, featuring spiritual images as well as more flower paintings, and also at One of Mari’s paintings, On the Bluff, depicts Jesus with a group of children. The artist states, “I recognize the subconscious influence of faces, although not originally intended, shows up in different paintings. In On the Bluff, there’s a face in the little boy’s t-shirt that resembles one from a prayer card that my mother gave to me, depicting the Shroud of Turin.” The artist’s e-mail is

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