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Susan Estler: Handcrafted Jewelry she incorporated a clients’ great-grandmother’s crucifix from Israel. Another special piece she worked Susan Estler is a talented artisan who has been on was combining a daughter’s and grandmother’s making handcrafted jewelry for more than a decade. birthstones to make one special gem. She found a Estler started making jewelry as a hobby, beautiful, clear stone that fused the two perfectly working with beads and then progressed to incor- and nested it into a setting within a pendant. Estler porating silver and copper into her designs. enjoys creating jewelry of this meaningful nature. Estler has always been artistic and attended Some of the jewelry that Estler designs is Parson’s School of Design in New York City as a classic in style while other pieces are truly unique. Communication Design major. At first, she began She uses materials such as sterling silver, precious to study fashion design, but found her passion in stones, semi-precious stones, common stones, working as a graphic designer. and organic elements. She also uses copper, Estler said making jewelry was not something another important material that has its own unique she saw herself doing but rather had stumbled characteristics which can then be combined with upon it accidentally. She chose this medium an assorted amount of beads. Estler handcrafts because of her husband’s encouragement that she necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings and she “get a hobby” as a way to unwind from working. loves to create custom pieces if someone is lookShe said she had very low expectations because it ing for something special or would like to have a was a medium with which she had never worked. creative, hand-made piece designed. Estler was She ended up loving it. She wanted to enjoy the contacted by the prop master for the CBS televiprocess and learn how to create special pieces. sion show “Under the Dome” who found her ring When she moved to Bradenton, Florida, she took online and asked if she would make him a few to a class in creating jewelry. use in the season opener. She was thrilled. Estler has been working on different techEstler thanks her past instructors and peers niques throughout the years, continually gaining who have made an impact on her life through their experience. She sells handcrafted jewelry with patience and talents. However, she would certainly intent. When she says intent, she means that each say that her husband is her No. 1 fan. Since he is stone is purposefully designed and crafted with an also creative, he gives her ideas and suggestions intention. The stones and their historic purposes or when she cannot work through to a solution. She significance have a meaning that she incorporates also has great friends and advisers who have been into her designs. Intentions is her line of jewelry there for her through this process. that can viewed and ordered through her website. Estler advises women who want to start their own Estler describes her works as “little pieces of art.” business, “If you want to do it, give it a try.” She sees She creates them specifically for each person that people who have started in the jewelry business very buys it. It may be something simple and understat- early on and wishes she had trusted in her abilities ed, but the fact that an individual likes or purchases and had not always taken the safe, practical route. a piece makes it unique. She said most people buy Estler is an animal lover who shares her home jewelry that is mass produced so that everything with three black cats — Katie, Spencer, and Sawlooks the same. She has been told that her style is yer — and has always had a love of horses. She different and takes pride in its uniqueness. got her first horse, Baldwin, when she turned 30. Estler also has a copper heart series that was Estler loves hobbies that require a person to be a result of her nephew’s wedding when she could “in the now.” She loves horseback riding because not finding anything to wear. She said this collecof this reason. tion has also been successful. Anyone interested in Estler’s handcrafted jewOne of her favorite things to do is incorporate elry can visit her website at www.susanestler.com a keepsake or a memento into a piece of jewelry. or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Another is integrating stones and symbols into her meaningful, wearable jewelry. Estler recalls when Claire Marangelli was a University of Scranton she had taken costume jewelry from a client’s great Women’s Entrepreneurship Center intern for four years aunt and made a beautiful piece from the elements. prior to her recent graduation from graduate school. She worked under the supervision of Donna Simpson, She also worked on a leather bracelet into which By Claire Marangelli
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When it comes to choosing a senior living facility, many people are searching for quality amenities close to home. Keeping this in mind, The Pines Senior Living has focused on making its What is your overall vision for The Pines? facility a full living experience — complete with an Our motto is, “where our family cares for art center, garden, spa and wellness center. Offering yours.” This means that we are committed to four distinct types of providing seniors a senior living, includwarm, nurturing, homeing independent, short like environment and term, memory care individual attention and and supportive living, respect. This is done the staff at The Pines through providing a viprovides seniors with a brant living community home-like environment that enables residents and individual attention to thrive with dignity and respect in a vibrant and independence at a living community. level that matches their individual needs. What sets The Pines apart from other senior living facilities? What is some advice you can give to Our brand new building incorporates the latest families considering a senior living facility for a building products and technology. Residents find loved one? comfort in our fully furnished modern apartments. Do your homework before placing your loved Sound barriers between each floor maintain the one in a senior living facility and tour several differserenity of each apartment. Our residents can sit on ent facilities before you make your decision. You the veranda to enjoy a barbecue and our raised gar- need to find a facility that caters to their needs as den beds support our commitment to farm-to-table not all facilities provide the same things. Ask lots dining. The Pines’ safety and security systems are of questions and talk with residents and staff when tailored with features such as discreet check in, you are walking around the building. customized “do not disturbs,” and emergency call services. Residents can enjoy a movie in our stateHow has your Chamber membership helped of-the-art movie theater. They can also end their your business? day in our on-site spa. Being a part of the Chamber has provided us with an extensive network of professional and What are the advantages of having a locally business contacts for advice and support. We have owned and operated senior living center? had the opportunity to use the services of several of our fellow members. We were honored to be What drives our family business is the sense nominated as a finalist for a SAGE Award last year. of personal connection we feel with our residents and the community. Our strong commitment to That recognition provides us with an opportunity to providing quality senior care means ensuring that promote our business even further.
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class is always
YoUr gatewaY to growth • Increased sales from new business with current clients or customers • Increased sales from new business with referred leads • Higher customer-satisfaction or loyalty scores
in session By JEFF BLACKMAN
Since this month’s issue of the Business Journal, is focusing on education and training, how timely that a reader wonders: “Jeff, how do I help my people develop the right skills, attitudes and behavior on an ongoing basis? I want to avoid a quick dose or one-time-shot of information.” Great question. As you know, most people leave business “programs” with a souvenir pen and lots of notes. Plus, good intentions. Then they quickly forget what they just learned. How come? Because they return to their life, with its old ways, old habits and old messages still playing in their minds. Their investment of time, energy and money in a quick-hit program is wasted. Memorable and meaningful results happen over time, not overnight. And for a “learning” experience to be remembered, the ideas shared must be used. Follow-up and reinforcement assure this usage. Over the years, in helping clients maintain consistent, profitable results, I’ve shown them how to use the powerful learning strategies of focused effort, repetition and group support. These are tried-and-true principles for increasing the long-term retention of ideas and for increasing revenue. My clients even like to refer to our systematic and strategic approach as results-based performance. How does results-based performance produce results? Here’s how. Results-based performance is developed and customized around specific goals or performance objectives. Then a “system” (which integrates multiple
leaning-tools, i.e., books, workbooks, CDs, role-plays, DVDs, video conferences, etc.) is used to strategically and effectively help a company and its people navigate successfully along each step or profit-path of the learning journey. Results-based performance is based upon a fourstep journey or profit-path learning process:
Profit-Path 1 is Desire: Participants will understand and internalize how their newly acquired skill level and attitude will catapult them and their company to new levels of success. Profit-Path 2 is KnowleDge: Knowledge is power. It’s the gateway to growth. Profit-Path 3 is action: The focus is always on results. Results through action. Information is valuable, yet execution is crucial. Profit-Path 4 is rePetition: Repetition leads to recognition. Recognition leads to reinforcement. Reinforcement leads to internalization. Internalization leads to execution. And execution leads to results. After all, in business, the name of the game is results. And those results should be producing key outcomes, like: • Greater production / volume • Greater or higher profitability • Greater confidence • A more organized or systematic approach to sales, service, leadership, etc. • Increased professionalism • Increased sales from new business with prospects
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Potential metrics to watch are: A. New clients or customers and for how much B. Current relationships grown and for how much C. Sales ratios with each sales professional D. Referral business generated E. Profitability maintenance / profitability growth F. Increased client or customer size G. Client or customer retention rates H. Employee retention rates I. Declining employee attrition or turnover rates J. Market penetration K. Client or customer penetration / expansion / growth And five other benchmarks and metrics to consider include: 1. Client or customer satisfaction 2. Teamwork 3. Morale and attitude 4. Influence on retention of sales professionals and other key team members 5. Influence on recruitment of new sales professionals and other key team members Remember, the goal is ongoing skill-building and reinforcement. This helps sales volume, profitability and even your culture to continually climb for months and years vs. only a short burst of content and success,
causing folks to revert to old behaviors, habits and attitudes. People, like seeds, need to be nurtured and developed because then they grow and flourish. Which means ... Class is always in session. To be a superstar, you must listen well, trust your gut instincts, act decisively and have a thirst for new knowledge. Knowledge plus experience brings wisdom, understanding and results. Your on-going education is not just a quick injection of “information absorption” or “training tips.” Instead, it’s an evolutionary process of tweaking, fine-tuning, upgrades and behavior-modification. You must be constantly immersed in your growth and development. Once again: Read books, watch videos, listen to CDs and podcasts, attend seminars, hire pros or specialists, surf the web and seek counsel. It’s OK to ask, “Why?” or simply say, “Tell me more!” Never stop learning and growing. Profits will follow. If you think you know it all, you’re wrong. You’ll never realize your full potential and earning power. You must be a student for life. Be forever curious. Gobble up valuable information. Discover new ideas. Soak ’em up. Find ways to do it faster, better and smarter. Class is always in session.
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Jeff is a Hall of Fame speaker, Vistage Fast-Track Speaker of the Year, bestselling author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a business-growth specialist. If you hire speakers, please contact Jeff at: 847.998.0688 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And visit jeffblackman.com to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff’s FREE e-zine, The Results Report. Jeff’s bestselling books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling! and Peak Your Profits. You can also stay connected with Jeff via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: @BlackmanResults
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Economic Impact of Back-to-School Shopping and gas stations. “We’re looking at a more positive season this year Back-to-school and back-to-college spending but that certainly doesn’t mean that everybody is gowill reach $83.7 billion this year, an increase of ing to benefit,” Goodfellow said. “It’s not going to be moe than 10 percent over last year’s $75.8 billion a slam-dunk for every retailer in the game. Consumtab, according to a survey commissioned by the ers are very discriminate on where they are shopping National Retail Federation. and what they are getting. They are looking for deals.” “Overall, the outlook for back-to-school and Goodfellow expects consumers to check prices back-to-college is pretty positive,” said Pam and watch for sales when they shop, creating a Goodfellow, consumer insights director for Prosper competitive retail environment for both bricks-andInstitute and Analytics, Worthington, Ohio, which mortar and online stores. conducted the survey. “We see spending up for “One of the major talking points from this year’s both groups of shoppers, back-to-college in partic- survey we did is that online is still going to be a ular. In some of our broader economic indicators, big player,” she said. “A lot of online shoppers will we’re seeing increased confidence in an improved be looking for free shipping. Buy online, pick up at economy. That bodes well for retailers.” the store still seems to be pretty popular among The survey shows clothing, electronics and consumers. It’s not all digital. Retailers will have the shoes as the expected big winners during the back- opportunity to drive consumers into the shop.” to-school shopping season, with school supplies When it comes to where parents will shop, the rounding out the list. Yet not all retailers may see results span a variety of retailers: 44 percent will go added activity from back-to-school purchases, online, 40 percent to discount stores, 39 percent to including car dealers, home improvement stores department stores, 34 percent to college bookBy Kathy Ruff
stores and 29 percent to office supply stores. For online shoppers, 91 percent plan to take advantage of free shipping and 54 percent will buy online and pick up in-store. “Discount and department stores, this is a very busy season for them,” Goodfellow said. “We know this is a challenging time for more traditional retailers. With consumers coming out and planning to spend more, they have a better shot at getting that additional share of the wallet.” Among electronics shoppers, 45 percent expect to buy a laptop while 35 percent plan to purchase a tablet or a calculator. One in four plans to purchase electronic accessories such as a mouse, flash drive or charger. Observers see a growth in consumer confidence about the economy promoting higher backto-school spending. “We know from our consumer confidence survey that consumers are going into this backto-school shopping season much more confident in terms of how they view the economy currently and their expectations,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators and surveys for The Conference Board, New York. “This is setting up for a good back-to-school season. We’re going in on stronger footing than we did last year. The economy is in better shape.” While Franco projects both confidence and spending to be strong, she also anticipates consumers to remain frugal. “We have seen job growth continue and that’s really one of the main factors behind the confidence we have seen,” she said. “The surge in the stock market, in terms of consumers’ financial picture, it’s stronger than it was a year ago. With that said, I think the back-to-school season is a little bit like the holiday season where a lot of purchases are going to
be driven by discounting, whether it be in the form of in-store promos, coupons or other such deals. That’s a great motivator for consumers. They tend to look for bargains before making that purchase.” Purchases via online sales from 2010 to 2017 grew from 3.5 percent to more than 7 percent of total sales, according to Brian Schaitkin, senior economist with The Conference Board, illustrating the continued strength of traditional retail establishments. “Even though (online sales) are growing, they are still a very small segment of retail dollars,” said C. Britt Beemer, chief executive officer of America’s Research Group, Summerville, South Carolina. “Online does very poorly among blue-collar households. It does better among white-collar and younger consumers under 30. The trouble is those are only certain segments. There are still many others that still shop at bricks and mortars.” Beemer sees a shift in retail trends and consumer outlooks. “The last eight years of recession and economic turmoil altered how Americans think,” he said. “Consumers have been extremely cautious. For the last three years, there are fewer young people buying clothes today where they went to school (before) to see what everybody else was wearing and wanted the same thing. The recession pretty much killed that influence of shopping with consumers that were trying to spend less.” Beemer finds it difficult to project growth in electronic sales for K through 12 as more schools transition away from textbooks. “More and more schools are going paperless because the cost of buying books is getting to be so much more expensive,” he said. “The problem if the schools provide the computers for the school year, you don’t have to buy one. That’s very different when you’re going to college.”
Projected Back-to-School Spending
This fall 2017, Luzerne County College will oﬀer an associate in science (AS) degree in Forensic Science. The new degree program is designed to prepare students with the required background for successful transfer to a baccalaureate program through classroom instruction and laboratory experience, using a variety of equipment including NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), IR (Infrared Radiation), and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).
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K through 12 $10.2 billion - clothing $8.8 billion - electronics $5.6 billion - shoes $4.9 billion - school supplies Total: $29.5 billion College $12.8 billion - electronics $8.0 billion - clothing $7.5 billion - snacks and other food items
$5.9 billion - dorm/apartment furnishings $4.5 billion - shoes $4.5 billion - personal care items $3.9 billion - school supplies $3.9 billion - gift cards $3.2 billion - branded collegiate gear Total: $54.2 billion Total Projected Spending: $83.7 billion Source: National Retail Federation Back-to-School Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics
Challenges in Change By Dave Gardner The American educational system now produces a workforce not prepared for the demands of the workplace, according to commentary from employers compiled in a study by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Society for Human Resource Management. According to the study, the most troubling skill deficiencies cited by employers include a lack of professionalism and work ethic, plus poor oral and written communications skills. Problems with teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving also made the list. Nicole Darling, an educational consultant and career coach based in Dallas, confirmed that the study’s findings mirror concerns of many NEPA-based employers. Employee skill gaps are very real, involving hard and soft performance areas, which Darling believes often can be traced to disconnects between employer needs and the processes of the overall educational system. According to Darling, the public education system is now reaping the rewards of excessive emphasis on test skills without adequate attention to directing students into passionate career choices for which they can prepare adequately and then thrive. She charged most schools offer limited career guidance at best, and therefore are not supporting students and preparing them to function in a real-world setting. “Many of our secondary schools don’t understand that kids must enter a career they are (not only) compatible with, but also excited about,” said Darling. “One or two courses or career fairs is not enough for a student to relate career information to job opportunities that will channel their interest into adequate skill preparation.” According to Darling, ongoing personality assessments can be a vital tool to help a student discover his or her true interests, as well as unlock the inner self. This process is vital if a child is to correlate classroom study to the world of work and be motivated to connect subject specifics to interests and careers. “On a national level, our college dropout rate is horrific, and these kids wind up with an average debt of $18,000 and no degree,” said Darling. “We must show why education creates workforce success.” Darling did report positive change is finally occurring to combat the disconnect between effective education and career success. The old belief in the availability of good jobs without training is dying, but many college attendees don’t really understand the problems they will face with high educational debt. “Many kids still believe college is a magic fix, no matter what they study,” said Darling.
The need for career guidance as a catalyst for students to apply themselves makes exposure to the work world vital even at the elementary and middle school levels, with high school preferably a time of refinement for soft skills and career choice. Middle school in particular is a time of great attrition of student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and Darling therefore advocates long-term student exposure to as many occupations and work sites as possible. “Work and career should be a love ... where people relish a challenge, take on new experiences, and always move forward,” said Darling. “This type of success only happens when a person is passionate about the choice they’ve made and then motivated to properly prepare.”
its educational facilities to reach out to the community. The district offers a wide variety of adult instructional programs, with instruction in automotive technology and family skills always popular. “We also utilize a career liaison that regularly contacts the business community for input, and offers as many job shadows as possible for the students,” Starnes said.
WEBS girls For more than a decade, the guru of collegiate science interest for scholastic females has been Debra Chapman, faculty of practice at Wilkes University. Her program, Women Empowered By Science (WEBS), is highlighted by an annual summer science camp for sixth- and seventhgrade girls who are provided with hands-on opportunities to Disengaged and disconnected sample different areas of science. Despite shortcomings with workforce preparation, According to Chapman, the WEBS camp attendees are pockets of process excellence do exist in education as already excited about science and technology when they reflected within eventual student outcomes, according to arrive on campus. Therefore, the WEBS experience expands Jay Starnes, Ed.D., director of curriculum, instruction and existing scientific interest, while also introducing women assessment in Wallenpaupack Area School District. Yet, who have forged established technological careers. many students become largely disengaged and disconThe timing of WEBS, for middle-school students, helps nected from the realities of the work world which, according to prevent attrition of scientific interest that this age group to Starnes, may be the result of excessive emphasis on typically endures. The Victorian attitude that science is not specific academic standards, a system misaligned to human for girls is ebbing, but the importance of female mentors needs, excessive regurgitation of facts, and deficiencies in and role models remains vital. “There is no easy answer which can trace why the creation of deep thought, creativity and problem solving. some kids are turned on by science and others could “The first step to improving our workforce preparation care less,” Chapman said. “Part of the interest does would be a hard analysis of the purpose of the schools,” appear to be the result of having a curious nature and said Starnes. “One of our major goals should be the parents who stimulate this, but there’s no one, single identification of a life passion. This would routinely include path to scientific involvement.” internships, job shadowing, and classroom connections She added that students who appear to gravitate away with work, which our career tech programs are all strong from science still should be exposed to the subject matter, with, despite a frequent bias that tech programs are for the less smart, even though these programs lead to many good- along with instruction that technology is relevant to everyday life. This vital connection of subject matter, and its relevance paying jobs.” to life, may be the most important factor when exposing a Utilizing a bit of humor, Starnes admits that it can be child to science. quite difficult to make a connection with life in a traditional “Passionate and animated teachers who are enthusialgebra class. Fortunately, the regional educational system astic about lab experiences are also vital,” Chapman said. recognizes this, and processes are being modified to offer “We don’t need robots teaching only spit-back knowledge in instruction methods that recognize other types of competency besides spitting back knowledge and eventual college front of a class.” Chris Whitney, director of the center for career placement rates. The vital need to “show up” and display a superior work development with the University of Scranton, reported that Pennsylvania’s schools increasingly are taking workplace ethic plus problem solving skills is paramount in employment, according to Starnes. Additionally, too much too soon feedback and integrating it within school practices. Employers want job applicants who can demonstrate teamwork, can be a negative. public speaking, communication, conversation, expression “There is a case to be made that early childhood and engagement. exposure to only strict academics is not a positive,” said According to Whitney, her school’s overall concept of a Starnes. “We need to let kids play and develop at a rate that Jesuit-influenced education is committed to delivering edumatches their age.” cation with these skill sets in mind. In particular the school’s Wallenpaupack also has made a commitment to use
Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) Honors Program offers a robust education in the humanities with an emphasis on philosophy, while developing habits of mind that serve students well in all careers paths. The select SJLA students take 13 required courses, including eight in philosophy, two in theology, and two in literature. As juniors, the students also identify unmet needs in the local community, and then organize a fall revue to raise funds for a service project they develop and implement. “These students are really forced out of their comfort so that they will grow,” Whitney said. “For example, a chemistry major will be forced to speak, write and question, which can help the student develop the soft skills that are always on the minds of job recruiters.” Whitney also has noticed that increasing numbers of employers are becoming educated about dealing with the specific behaviors of the millennials to fill talent needs. These youth, as employees, must feel connected to a mission and believe they are receiving a return on their economic investment from education. “Employers increasingly must adapt or perish as they deal with the millennials,” said Whitney.
Outdated model Pennsylvania’s current educational model with workforce preparation is outdated, according to Jason Rushmer, principal of Dallas High School. He has scorn for the system that still calls students to report at a bell, sit all day, think only in a linear fashion, and, above all, display factual competency in limited subjects. “This system is mass production within a physical box,” said Rushmer. “Yes, it’s economical but not personalized.” Rushmer has developed great respect and admiration for the frequently scorned millennial generation. He reported that they are awash in empathy, character, and community connection, along with character, superb drive and are worldly with their connections. These various observations are causing Rushmer to ponder what realistic changes can be made to the educational system to create more rounded graduates. One of these, which must play out with many different stakeholders involved, questions the basic school system as primarily unified or autonomous. Rushmer, therefore, questions if school districts should answer strictly to the curriculum demands of a central government entity. Or, should each district, and teacher, be free to handle local educational needs as they see fit? These questions must also be answered within the realization that the current model of public school finance is non-sustainable. Retirement costs, pension obligations and longer retiree life spans must all be addressed. Please see CHALLENGES, Page 10
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“On top of this, we build schools that last 50 to 70 years and only use them for 182 days per year,” said Rushmer. “That is not cost-effective.” Schools and teachers are not the causes of American educational shortcomings, declared Susan Shaffer, a workforce consultant based in Covington Township. She believes that teachers were better able to manage their classrooms before government mandates governed teaching, and students had opportunities to achieve higher levels of thinking through flexible teaching approaches. According to Shaffer, in recent times, these mandates such as No Child Left Behind and Common Core have removed instructor flexibility and undermined teacher abilities to address various learning styles. Studies are proving that there is not just one way to learn, but mandated approaches deter learning for the nontraditional thinkers. Shaffer also is an advocate of both teacher and student accountability, but scorns student seat time each calendar year as a measure of achievement. Instead, she would alter school calendar limitations, and actively align school subject matter with the rapidly evolving needs of the workforce. “Our 180-day school year needs to evolve,” Shaffer said. “This obsolete system goes back to the need for kids to work on the farm, but now only results in a loss of pre-
cious educational time. Studies are also showing that, with summer off and students completely out of the learning mode, the kids already behind fall further back.” Technological comfort Michael Novak, chief administrative officer at Johnson College, reported that student interest in technological careers is rising because kids are now surrounded by technology and know of no life without it. Parents also are transitioning to a high comfort level with technology, with the added benefit that many kids are best served by two-year technical educations. Johnson is serving this growing number of tech students by using industrial advisory committees staffed by people in the workforce to guide their educational programs. In addition, as robots replace vast numbers of unskilled workers, crucial career counseling for students, plus their parents, is expanding. Novak added that American society has finally realized that the old days of filthy sweatshop jobs for industrial technicians are gone. If students visit modern clean-room environments through career counseling they will find amazing jobs are available, provided the students learn the needed skills. “Today’s kids also consistently express interest in an array of job duties, and not one repetitive task or duty,” Novak said. “Our employers are finally realizing this, and dealing with how kids have changed.”
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What’s all the hype about PenTeleData’s fiber optic network? It’s the magic of the pulses of light that deliver billions of bits of data per second, and make their Internet connections fast and reliable. After all, they are responsible for many important transactions, including the transmission of medical records, completion of ATM and credit card transactions, online research, government communications and much more. Even wireless towers for cellular service and data require hardware and a network like PenTeleData to operate. PenTeleData began in 1994 with the idea of providing highspeed data and Internet connectivity in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1995, that vision came true. Its strategic partnership of local communications companies includes Blue Ridge Communications, Ironton Telephone, Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, Service Electric Cablevision and Service Electric Broadband Cable. The PenTeleData partners cover a 28-county area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each partner also offers the latest in enhanced interactive digital television services and telephone. The combination of these collective experiences and combined resources networks is how PenTeleData technology improves efficiency. Its reliable communications solutions empower companies to face today’s challenges and reduce costs at the same time.
The PenTeleData partnership has invested more than $300 million in fiber optic infrastructure, with nearly 10,000 miles of fiber optic cabling and 60 nodes for diversity and redundancy that serve customers in all facets of life, from their homes to business, including banking, health care, education, government, retail sales and the wireless industry.
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PenTeleData’s fiber optic-based Next Generation Network is the way of the future, with less signal degradation, easier performance upgrades to its network, greater speeds, DDoS mitigation (they protect some of the area’s largest hospitals from attacks), quality of service, optical wave services, IPv6 and Layer 2 VPNs. Their strategic partnerships and interconnects to extend their footprint. PenTeleData specializes in custom-built solutions to meet any business’ needs. PenTeleData has engineered their network for uptime, with local representation in all of the areas they serve and a corporate office in Palmerton, PA for fast response times. In addition, they
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Wilkes University’s Passan School of Nursing Offers Region’s First Ph.D. in Nursing
The Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing is committed to developing health care professionals who serve the community with compassion, integrity, intelligence and respect while adapting to a variety of work environments, promoting collaboration, engaging in lifelong learning and expanding nursing science. Nowhere is that commitment more apparent than in the new Ph.D. program in nursing introduced this fall. It is the nursing school’s second doctoral program, joining its Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in providing a comprehensive pathway to advancing nursing knowledge. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree focuses on clinical practice while the Ph.D. program is research focused. Course sequences are arranged to allow the most motivated nurses to choose a pathway that can take them seamlessly from the post master’s level of entry with options available for D.N.P to the Ph.D. – or Ph.D. to the D.N.P. The new Ph.D. degree addresses a critical need in nursing education: providing a supply of Ph.D.-prepared nursing faculty to teach in nursing programs. The Ph.D. in nursing is the only one of its kind in the region and only the second Ph.D. to be offered in northeast Pennsylvania. The program will be offered fully online with only one three-day residency required. This program is designed specifically for students interested in pursuing academic education or research within health care agencies. The program can be completed in 35 months with continuous enrollment. Robin Chard, Ph.D., RN, CNOR, has been named coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Wilkes University’s Passan School of Nursing. Prior to joining Wilkes, Chard was a professor of nursing at Nova Southeastern University, where she has held positions as adjunct or full-time nursing faculty since 2008. Her academic
experience includes teaching in the classroom and online in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Chard says that nurses who choose to earn a Ph.D. have clear professional goals in choosing to earn the doctorate. “Nurses who seek a Ph.D. in nursing do so to attain the highest level of formal education,” Chard explains. “They are nurses who have a desire to conduct research and advance nursing science, teach the next generation of nurses, and improve health outcomes.” All students completing the Ph.D. in nursing in the Passan School will achieve specific outcomes. They will be able to: • synthesize empirical and theoretical literature from nursing and other disciplines regarding nursing education and clinical practice, • design a nursing research study that examines, refines, and advances nursing science and theory to transform nursing education and clinical practice, • critically evaluate research findings as applicable to nursing science, • and contribute to the field of nursing science through the dissemination of research findings. “The online Ph.D. program empowers you with the next-level skills and knowledge necessary to become a better leader, researcher, scholar, and educator in the health care industry,” Chard says. To apply to the program at the post master’s level, nurses must have a master’s level nursing degree or the appropriate doctoral degree and a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher from the master’s or doctoral level degree granting institution and a nursing license. Transcripts and letters of recommendation also are required. For detailed information about applying to the Ph.D. program in Wilkes University’s Passan School of Nursing, visit www. wilkes.edu/phd-in-nursing.
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Our Bachelor of Arts program is ideally suited to the criminal justice practitioner interThe prospect of being an adult learner is ested in increased upward mobility within their scary. We have concerns not shared by the current vocation. In addition to taking a variety majority of our classmates. Most of us maintain of courses relevant to the fields of policing, law, full-time employment, and many of us have adult corrections, and juvenile justice, the BA children. How can we possibly juggle career and adult learner acquires several hours of foreign family responsibilities while attending classes, language credits—providing an important skill and still find time to study and complete assign- set in the face of rapidly changing local and ments? national demographics. The answer is two-fold: personal commitOur Bachelor of Science program provides ment and faculty support. If you’re considering students with similar exposure to a broad crimipursuing a degree in Administration of Justice nal justice education, as well as an internship (AOJ), then you’ve already recognized the value experience and coursework in criminal justice attached to a post-secondary education—not research. The internship provides students with just in terms of the knowledge and skills you’ll opportunities to work within a criminal justice gain, but the increased financial security that agency and expand their professional network. comes with a better job, merit-based raises, and Equally important, successful internships promotions. You’ll also find that you are not frequently translate to employment opportunities alone. following graduation. Coursework in criminal Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s faculty underjustice research provides students with opstands what it’s like to be a non-traditional or portunities to engage in the study of crime and returning student. I was in my late 20s and carpolicy evaluation, while developing their skills ing for a newborn when I started working on my in research methodology and statistics—skill bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I remember sets that are increasingly valued among criminal the day I decided to enroll. I was working in the justice agencies. Regardless of the program field as a police officer and recognized that pro- of study, adult learners earning their degree in motional opportunities would almost certainly Administration of Justice will work with faculty require a post-secondary education; so, as soon who currently serve in the field as department as my shift was over, I drove to campus and administrators, prosecuting attorneys, and registered for classes. I felt so out of place—in domestic violence advocates. full uniform and nearly 10 years older than the In addition to maintaining a student-centered rest of the people around me. approach to criminal justice education, AOJ “What am I doing here?” I asked myself. I faculty provide personalized advising tailored to found my answers when I started classes the each student’s individual needs. This approach following week. allows for a tremendous amount of flexibility in Eight years later, I’d added another child, but terms of course scheduling and the development had also earned my bachelor’s, master’s, and of an academic roadmap congruent with the studoctoral degrees. As an Assistant Professor of dent’s career goals. These efforts are supported Administration of Justice at Penn State Wilkesby a mix of traditional, night, and online course Barre, I am part of a faculty committed to assist- offerings designed to accommodate the “real ing adult learners in finding their own answers world” schedules of our adult learners, as well and achieving their own career goals. We recog- as articulation agreements with local community nize that balancing work, family and school often colleges that remove barriers to transferring results in scheduling conflicts that change from credits among returning students. semester to semester. Moreover, we understand For more information about the AOJ prothat adult learners arrive on campus with differ- gram at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, future students ent career goals and varying levels of academic are encouraged to contact Dr. Rick Dierenfeldt and field experience. As a consequence, our (email@example.com) and Discipline Coordinator program is designed to facilitate the success of Marshall Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http:// adult learners from any background. wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/aoj. By Dr. Rick Dierenfeldt
Penn State Hazleton The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Penn State Hazleton has enjoyed great success especially among adult learners. The program was initially granted accreditation in 1983 with an enrollment at PSU Hazleton of 20 students and was the first PTA program offered within the Pennsylvania State University. It was re-accredited in 2016. According to Dr. Rosemarie Petrilla, program coordinator and associate professor of teaching in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton Campus, attending PSU Hazleton’s Physical Therapist Assistant program affords the student all the benefits of a mature program. In the field of physical therapy, there are two degrees, associate and a doctorate. At Hazleton, students become physical therapist assistants and earn an associate degree. The program takes five semesters to complete, which includes both a classroom and clinical component. “The program has 100 percent employment rate for those students who sought employment in the field,” acknowledges Petrilla. Also, an articulation agreement exists with Misericordia University, whereby a student can complete both the associate and bachelor’s degrees at Hazleton, and if they achieve the necessary GPA, Misericordia University guarantees two spots every academic year. “The program has successfully prepared many Physical Therapist Assistants following the best traditions of excellence in education. Today, the PTA program employs four full-time instructors and one full-time lab assistant who work closely with students to encourage professional and personal growth. The campus admits 54 students per class and has state-of-the art facilities which mirror contemporary practice with over 900 agreements to support our clinical education curriculum,” explains Petrilla. The role of the physical therapist assistant is to work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. They provide physical therapy services in a variety of settings, including private practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, nursing homes and work settings. PTAs implement components of interventions outlined in the plan of care by the physical therapist, collect data related to interventions and modify selected interventions to progress patients to meet their individual goals. Individual treatment goals are designed to reduce pain, restore function, improve mobility and prevent disability. They provide patient education that focuses on safety, fitness and wellness. The curriculum is a combination of general education, applied physical therapy sciences and three full-time clinical learning experiences. After successful completion of the didactic and clinical components of the PTA curriculum, students will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. PTAs must graduate from a CAPTE-accredited program and are required to obtain licensure in most states to work. Students seeking licensure as a PTA must apply to the licensing authority of the jurisdiction (state) in which the graduate is seeking licensure and then register for the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTAs administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Each cohort is a combination of traditional freshmen and adult learners. “We admit 54 students each year, typically half are traditional freshmen, and half are adult learners. Many students come with previous degrees because they cannot find jobs in their field,” noted Petrilla. The program has five faculty on staff, over 800 clinical sites, and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Upon graduation, students need to take a state licensure examination to work. The program’s current pass rate for the graduating class of 2016 is 100 percent. Physical therapist assistants can work with patients across the lifespan. They may work in various settings, outpatient facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, home health and in the schools. Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact Rose Petrilla, 570-450-3042, to discuss specific academic goals.
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Penn State Scranton campus has a diverse student population by Penn State Scranton after graduation. Forty-one percent of our students are adult learners. with an average of 26.1 percent as adult learners. Penn State CorPorate CommuniCation Scranton is an officially designated military friendly campus and The corporate communication program is an excellent often works with returning veterans interested in pursuing a colchoice for adult learners and those returning to a college lege degree after they complete their military service. education. Adult learners have noted how they enjoy the corporate BuSineSS Program communication program as it helps them combine their existing Adult learners can greatly benefit from Penn State Scranton’s work experience with contemporary theories of communication Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree program. Penn and a fair amount of practice and project-based learning in the State Scranton’s BSB program offers a respected and rigorous communication field. Adult learners have been hired prior to degree program that can be completed entirely on one local cam- graduating because employers value their experiences and prize pus. Increasingly, the Business Program features late-afternoon, the skills they gained in our degree program. Thirty-six percent of evening and even weekend class offerings, as well as online, the students in the corporate communication program are adult hybrid and live-streaming formats. These options are designed to learners. accommodate employed adult learners’ need for flexible schedulgeneral SCienCe ing that permits them to work and still go to college. anD liFe SCienCe oPtionS Additionally, adult learners can find meaningful outlets for A growth in the hiring of scientists to work in fields that applied learning in Penn State Scranton’s BSB program by address issues related to the global environment due to climate participating in applied research, action research, and the like. In change is anticipated. The Science (General and Life Science some cases, the Business Program’s efforts to promote regional options) and Biology programs provide a foundation for a variety entrepreneurship and small-business success (e.g., partnership of careers in biological, health and environmental sciences as with the Family Business Alliance and pre-incubator program in well as pharmaceutical, biotechnical, chemical, allied health or downtown Scranton) offer applied learning experiences. Working agricultural industries. They can also prepare students for graduclosely with professors and host sites in such applied learning ate or health professional school such as medicine or dentistry. activities, adult learners can gain knowledge and experiences Students have the ability to minor in subjects such as Business, that distinguish them from other graduates when they enter the Information Sciences Technology or Psychology to prepare them professional job market. Thirty percent of our students in the busi- for biology-related careers such as pharmaceutical sales or data ness program are adult learners. management. The average salary for a Biologist I with a bachelor’s rn to BSn degree ranges from $40,000 to $50,000 per year. All fields of biolThe RN to BSN program makes it possible for registered ogy have an anticipated growth in hiring which is dependent upon nurses to earn a BSN degree through full- or part-time study the specific area. As an example, employment of Conservation while maintaining personal and employment responsibilities. Scientists and Environmental Scientists are anticipated to grow The program is open to nurses who have previously earned by 7 percent and 11 percent, respectively, from 2014 to 2024. either an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. In addition to PSU Scranton works on accommodating adult learners’ needs upgrading skills, the program prepares nurses for non-traditional for flexible scheduling and support to minimize the time it takes employment in such areas as administration, pharmaceutical to complete their degree. Additionally, it provides peer mentorsales, managed care, and insurance. The Penn State RN to BSN ing, tutoring and accessible faculty to help students who need program builds on previous accomplishments. Nursing classes additional support. Sixty-six percent of the students in the science offered on Mondays in a seven-week format allow for self-paced programs are adult learners. progression. The typical adult learner can complete the degree PSyCHology requirements in three semesters. Forty-six percent of our students A four-year psychology degree offers adult learners the in the RN to BSN program are adult learners. opportunity to pursue careers and/or graduate school in a variety HDFS of community-based contexts. Mental health counseling, school Human Development and Family studies educates students counseling, nonprofit management, human resources, and to enter the human services of cases ranging from birth through marketing are all possible career paths with a degree in psycholold age. Adult students will find the program builds upon their life ogy. Of particular interest to adult learners is the BS in Psychology experience and helps them understand the conceptual framework with a Business Option. This degree combines core business for practice with a wide variety of clients in an equally wide variety courses with human psychology and foundations in data analytics of practice settings. These students can gain valuable knowledge to prepare students to be competitive in applying psychology to and skills that make them employable. Students are required to the modern business marketplace. PSWS’s integrated psycholcomplete an internship in their last semester of study. Many of the ogy curriculum combines psychological theory with hands-on students are employed by their former internship agencies. Supresearch and internship opportunities, allowing returning students portive faculty help ensure student success. Many students go on to flexibly explore the field of psychology and prepare themselves to graduate programs in social work, counseling, marriage and to apply their knowledge and new skills wherever they find their family counseling and psychology. Adult students find multifold passion. Twenty-eight percent of these students in the psychology interactions during their education, and can earn continuing edu- program are adult learners. cation credits for participating in work related workshops offered
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The University of Scranton The University of Scranton Announces New Doctor of Business Administration Degree The University of Scranton will offer a new doctor of business administration (DBA) degree, starting in the fall of 2017, that seeks to address a critical need for qualified accounting teachers at accredited universities in the U.S. The university is now accepting applications for the new doctoratelevel program with a concentration in accounting that will be offered through the Kania School of Management, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
AACSB International is among the organizations that recognize the pending shortage of accounting faculty and encourage the development of flexible practitioner-oriented doctoral programs that enable experienced practitioners to gain the scholarly training needed to be effective teachers and researchers at academic institutions. The Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) also encourage the development of more flexible, non-traditional tracks to an accounting doctorate for experienced practitioners.
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The university’s DBA program was developed to provide experienced practitioners with a practical pathway to an academic career. The program will offer the flexibility needed for busy practitioners, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic” – one who is qualified to teach at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by AACSB International. “Being a scholarly academic makes one eligible for many full-time, tenure-track positions,” said Dr. Boyle.
“In order to complete a high-quality doctorate program in business, a professional typically needs to leave his/her current position, move to a campus, and pursue the program full time. Our program was designed to enable professionals to obtain a high-quality, AACSB-accredited doctorate degree through weekend residencies. This allows these professionals to maintain their current employment and living situation. Our DBA degree qualifies graduates to pursue tenure-track faculty positions at high quality institutions,” said Dr.Boyle.
“For several decades, academic institutions across the U.S. have been experiencing a significant and ever-growing shortage of doctorally qualified accounting faculty and that is expected to increase over the next 10 years, largely due to the pending retirement of many faculty now teaching,” said Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, associate professor, accounting department chair, and DBA program director at Scranton. “One cited solution to this problem is to transition experienced accounting practitioners into the academic world.”
Scranton will limit the cohort size for participants in this program to 10 to ensure one-onone mentoring and support by the university’s faculty members that is needed for achieving the program’s student learning outcomes.
Several Scranton accounting faculty members, as well as Michael Mensah, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management, have published seven manuscripts in top-tier journals examining the national challenge as part of their research to develop the DBA program at the university. Their research indicates that many experienced accounting practitioners are interested in moving into academia, but barriers, such as the required full-time residency commitments of most doctoral programs, have kept them from pursuing that option.
The DBA is the third doctorate-level program offered by The University of Scranton, which also offers a doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT) and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).
Candidates admitted into the program will be experienced professionals holding master’s degrees with a minimum GPA of 3.5, among other requirements. Applicants should possess a strong interest and aptitude for teaching and producing practice-relevant empirical research.
Approval of Scranton’s DBA program by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is pending. For information about Scranton’s DBA program, visit scranton.edu/dbaprogram.
The University of Scranton, a Catholic, Jesuit institution, is a nationally recognized university known for outstanding academics, state-of-the-art facilities and an exceptional sense of community. The University offers more than 30 graduate programs accredited by 10 professional associations.
Graduate programs include: • Accountancy (MAcc)
• Health Informatics (MS)
• Business Administration
• Human Resources (MS)
(MBA & DBA)
• Chemistry (MS) • Counseling (MS) • Education (MS) • Health Administration (MHA)
• Nursing (MSN & DNP) • Physical Therapy (DPT) • Software Engineering (MS) • Theology (MA)
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Staying Mindful of Critical College Audience: Non-Traditional Students
When speaking about the university or college experience, many are referring to high school graduates who have made the choice to continue their education and pursue (at least) two to four years of additional academic enlightenment by selecting an institution of higher education that meets the programmatic needs of their professional pursuits as well as accessibility both fiscally and physically. However, the number of high school graduates in Pennsylvania has continued to shrink throughout the last decade, making it much more difficult for institutions to capture the high school market and overlooking an increasingly important population: the non-traditional student, according to William Bajor, Ph.D, director, graduate and extended studies at East Stroudbsurg University. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Graduate and Extended Studies is dedicated to addressing the needs of non-traditional students whether they are working professionals seeking a convenient and cost-effective means of attaining an undergraduate degree or advanced degree, individuals seeking a career change or hoping to take their current professional talent to the next level. Alternatives for non-traditional students are a primary focus of ESU’s extended studies program with emphasis on meeting the academic needs of the student while taking into consideration their many other priorities and concerns. At ESU, extended stud-
ies is not the name of a college or a school. Rather, it is a vehicle charged with leading discussions among administrators and faculty about non-traditional learning formats and creative tuition/fee payment models as well as being a conduit for partnerships with industry-leading employers. “It’s a way to bring an education to individuals where they live. East Stroudsburg University does not view extended studies as something that is bound by location; ESU has maintained a steady stream of extended learning opportunities at its Lehigh Valley Center (LVC) at 60 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem, Pa., while also planning for opportunities for educators in Center City Philadelphia plus additional locations throughout the region. Similarly, ESU views extended learning not simply for those who seek a bachelor’s degree, but also for those who wish to attain a graduate degree or who are perhaps seeking additional learning experiences (credit or non-credit),” points out Bajor. ESU has achieved great success with extended studies: In 2015, ESU, in partnership with Northampton Community College, forged a fast-track degree completion model offering students an accelerated Bachelor of Science program in business administration while offering a Bachelor of Science in nursing right on NCC’s Bethlehem campus. In May 2017, eight students from this NCC cohort earned their
BSN degree during ESU’s commencement exercises. Interest in both of these programs continues to grow. In 2016, a cohort of 20 students began their work on a doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies from ESU at the Lehigh Valley Center. ESU intends to begin another doctoral cohort in Center City Philadelphia this fall. Academic departments which have built significant programming through extended studies include Health Studies, Business Management (LVC and NCC), Computer Science, Nursing (at NCC), Athletic Training and Communication Sciences and Disorders. ESU’s extended studies team, which includes an enrollment services specialist, works with appointed program coordinators to ensure that course sequences progress as planned, that student needs are met and students are advised correctly, that instructors are oriented both to the nature of extended studies courses and working with non-traditional students, course technologies, and course locations, as well as to continually assess what is working best in each program, diagnose areas for improvement, and strategize initiatives for the future. These services are all supported by a strong relationship with ESU’s Student Activity Association, an affiliate of ESU that is responsible for supporting all students by providing them with programming, services and initiatives that foster a sense of community beyond their classroom experiences.
What does the future hold for non-traditional students planning to participate in extended studies at ESU? “After thoughtful discussions with our students and faculty, we intend to increase online and hybrid offerings for some of the courses already sequenced in our programs as well as some general education options to make learning more effective and convenient. ESU is committed to becoming an increasingly adult-friendly university by providing learners multiple pathways so that non-traditional students achieve their goals,” notes Bajor. And, as the competitive landscape intensifies among institutions of higher education throughout the Northeast, ESU will continue to evaluate and assess its fee structure for the non-traditional student. “In closing, it’s important to state that every student is a significant student at East Stroudsburg University, as indicated by the title and goals associated with our institution’s strategic plan: Students First: Innovate ESU. Whether coming to us as a traditional or non-traditional student, we need to continue to meet our students where they need us,” concluded Bajor. For more information about ESU’s Graduate College, visit esu.edu/gradschool and to learn more about Extended Learning offerings at ESU, visit esu. edu/extendedlearning or contact Dr. William Bajor, director of graduate and extended studies at wbajor@ esu.edu or call 570-422-3536.
A key component of Marywood University’s mission has always been to empower individuals to live their full potential through lifelong learning and development. Today, access to lifelong education is more important than ever. Lifelong learning opens the mind to new ideas and new concepts. It also affords individuals the opportunity to sharpen their critical thinking skills. Marywood University’s Professional Continuing Education program is dedicated to meeting the professional and workforce development needs of individuals not only in our own community but regionally as well. We are excited to announce that Marywood University’s Professional Continuing Education Department will soon be launching its in-person programs and will debut new online continuing education offerings this fall. These continuing education programs are designed to advance the skills and careers of individuals with a college or advanced degree through our Profes-
sional Continuing Education programs. They will also provide continuing education credits for individuals working in a wide range of professions such as mental health professionals, addiction specialists, educators and social workers. Many professionals require these trainings to maintain their licensure. The goal at Marywood is to ensure that the offerings provide the insights into the issues that are at the forefront of new developments in the professions it services. Marywood’s Professional Continuing Education programs will utilize the knowledge base, current research and skills of the faculty and those working in their disciplines to provide relevant programming to keep individuals abreast of the newest information in their areas of specialization. These programs are tailored to a wide range of professions and levels of experience. Marywood University also is pleased to offer its 120 Hour Long-Term Care Series. This Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Admin-
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istrators-approved program is required to become a nursing home administrator. The 16 courses in this series address the state requirements for administrators and also carry continuing education credits for nursing home administrators. Several of these programs also provide continuing education credits for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York social workers. At Marywood, the staff also is creating new opportunities to help people advance in the workplace by developing an online catalog of courses to allow people to augment their job skills or even begin a new career by preparing for a national certification. These programs are necessary to help individuals remain competitive in response to the new demands of their careers and to adapt to the dynamic job market. Its offerings cover a wide range of workforce demands. The online catalog will allow individuals to work at their own pace and on their own time to develop the skills they need to get ahead in the workplace.
Marywood University’s online continuing education courses include fundamental topics such as basic computer skills, education for individuals seeking to add badges and credentials to their resumes, and certificate programs culminating in a national certification exam. These programs enable participants to augment their current education and provide the extra edge for career advancement. Additionally, the certificate and career training programs will assist individuals looking to transfer fields or even begin on an entirely new career path. These courses offer in-demand career training and provide participants with new skills that can travel with them and allow individuals to set themselves apart in the workplace. To learn more about continuing your education at Marywood University, see the website: www. marywood.edu/adult-learners/ or contact the office of Professional Continuing Education by phone at 570340-6061 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luzerne County Community College Luzerne County Community College offers a two-year associate in applied science degree in Computer Systems and Security Technology. The mission of the program is to provide students with the skills necessary to work as a support technician within organizations that provide and utilize diverse IT infrastructures and to help fill the need for well-trained technicians in the continually changing field of information technology. All of the core courses within the curriculum have practical components that provide students with hands-on experience utilizing essential diagnostic hardware and software development tools. The curriculum focuses on building critical thinking and problem-solving skills with an emphasis on practical applications. Students refine their skills in the areas of operating systems, computer networks, and data security. The program also prepares students for further studies and/or certification in such areas as network engineering, information security assurance, forensic computer analysis and advanced cyber security. John Corgan, assistant professor of technology training/curriculum development at LCCC, says, “Computer security is vital to any organization because protecting data integrity and computer services is essential to the operations of most organizations. Computer hardware devices, along with their underlying operating systems and user application software, continually evolve.” Corgan adds, “With a broad array of platforms from desktop PCs, laptops, handhelds, and now the Internet of things (IoT), technicians must on one hand be dynamic and embrace new trends that help the organization grow and at the same time remain vigilant so as to not create a vulnerability within their IT systems.”
ity Occupation (HPO). Some of the courses within the curriculum include PC Operating Systems Technology, Personal Computer Security, Digital Circuits, Cyber Crimes, Computer Forensics, Network Security Issues and Systems Networking. “Students from this program will be well suited for employment as help desk and PC support technicians, network technicians and software/hardware field service technicians. The program is also a critical first step in preparing a student for further studies in areas such as network administrator, data center administrator and other certified information system professions,” Corgan notes. “Also, the program prepares students who are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer user support specialists have a current median salary of $52,160 per year and computer network support specialists have a current median salary of $64,620. Occupations in computer and information technology are expected to experience a 12 percent job growth by 2024. Corgan adds, “Today, desired software applications as well as new threats can be developed in days or hours. It is critical that the support technicians be able to identify and install legitimate software and critical patches. Downloading software from what appears to be a legitimate site can carry a payload of malware or needless browser toolbars. At the extreme, complete data loss or denial of services may result.
“In small organizations, a single technician may be required to support all user hardware/ software as well as the network infrastructure. This technician will need to protect the system The new Computer Systems and Security from potential vulnerabilities in server software, Technology program at LCCC is a combination switches and routers,” Corgan explains. “Mulof the College’s former Computer Systems tiple layers of protection from physical to port Technology and Cyber Security Management level are required to keep a system secure and programs. The programs were combined to operational. It is vital for the technician to have better align with the PA Center for Workforce an understanding of this multilevel approach Information & Analysis and the Pennsylvania so as to reduce the vulnerabilities and guard Department of Education. The new program against threats,” Corgan adds. prepares students for a PA statewide High Prior-
Bloomsburg University Sales is the driving force for all business large and small. Without sales there is no revenue, or as Henry Ford was quoted as saying, “Nothing happens until somebody sells something,” explains Monica Favia, Ph.D, department chair of marketing and professional sales in the Zeigler College of Business at Bloomsburg University. “Good sales people are hard to find and many companies experience turnover of 40 percent or higher in their existing sales force. Manpower has named sales the number two most difficult position to recruit.” There are many really good sales jobs out there that go unfilled because companies cannot find good salespeople. In addition, getting a salesperson up to speed takes time and about $100,000 worth of training until the person is profitable for the company. According to the Chally Group, salespeople who have come from a university sales program ramp up 50 percent faster and turnover 30 percent less. Both of these statistics point to a significant cost savings for a company, so much
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so that some major companies are now only hiring salespeople who have graduated from a sales program. Bloomsburg University is one of just five schools in the state to be ranked among the best with the others being LaSalle, Widener, Duquesne and Temple. It is the only school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with a sales program. Students in the marketing and sales specialization complete 21 credits in marketing and 18 credits in sales as well as the Business Core. It is available to students in two forms: as a specialization with marketing or as a minor open to any major Students enrolled in the program also have the opportunity to test their skills at various national sales competitions around the country and also internally at the Internal Competition. In addition, one of the requirements of the program is to engage in real-world selling.
For more information go to: www.bloomu. edu/top-sales-program and www.bloomu.edu/ professional-sales.
NEPA’s Top 20 Under 40 December 2017
Top 20 Under 40 is the Business Journal’s annual salute to Northeast Pennsylvania’s Best and Brightest young stars in business. We'll feature 20 of these professionals in a special publication in our December edition.
Send your nomination to the Business Journal with a detailed description as to why your nominee is deserving of this honor. Be sure to include your business/cell phone number and email address. Send to: email@example.com
Nomination Deadline: October 31
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Where you stop asking“What if?” and start planning what’s next East Stroudsburg University Graduate and Extended Studies offers a full range of advanced degree programs, certiﬁcation programs, degree completion, and career building courses that help you achieve your goals. On campus, online, and on your schedule. Find out more about ESU’s Graduate and Extended Studies offerings at ESU.edu.
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Penn State for Adult Learners In today’s competitive workforce, education is a lifelong endeavor that is essential for career success.
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A Penn State degree enhances your marketability and will help you further your career. As an adult student at your local Penn State campus, you’ll earn the quality education employers demand while receiving the individual attention you deserve.
Whether you’re just beginning a college career or returning to college after several years, Penn State is here to help you achieve your goals. We offer a variety of associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees in programs that are relevant in today’s economy and workforce, and we have professional staff dedicated to assisting adult learners through the enrollment process.
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New Patient Navigation Program Prepares Professionals To Improve Patient Outcomes Misericordia University launched a certificate program in patient navigation for adult students in the fall of 2016 to help improve patient outcomes in the nationâ€™s health care industry. The first class of students will earn their certificates in August. Professionals in the emergent field in patient advocacy, health education, wellness and community health collaborate with patients and clinicians to improve health outcomes. They steer patients successfully through the complex health care system and any subsequent treatment plans, while also possessing the skills necessary to safely and effectively follow patients across the care continuum. Overall, the 18-credit certificate program for adult learners prepares professionals to be effective communicators for patients and practitioners. They will understand the barriers to effective care, such as poverty, and communication and information barriers; maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues, and be able to guide patients, caregivers and family members through the prescribed course of treatment. Patient navigators also guide patients with common chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and dementia; recognize patients in crisis; identify chronic diseases and the differing effects they have on groups and populations, and much more. The 18-credit certificate program offers online delivery with fieldwork coursework. The certificate is geared toward working professionals in health care who are looking for career mobility, or for adults who want to enter the health care field. Prospective students also must have a high school diploma or GED to gain admission into the program. Students are required to complete one semester of fieldwork whereby they rotate through multiple sites to gain a broad experience necessary for patient navigation. During the fieldwork experiences, students observe, interact with patients and other health care professionals, participate in the effective progression of patients throughout the care process, and learn about effective patientpractitioner communications and the self-managePlease see MISERICORDIA, Page 23
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ment of patient care. “Completion of the certificate provides education that will allow students to gain employment as a patient navigator (also called community health assistants by some facilities). Patient navigators are gaining popularity as vital members of the health care team and are being utilized more and more by health care facilities. Studies clearly indicate that some of the documented benefits of utilizing patient navigators include improved patient care, fewer hospital re-admissions, and cost
savings to medical facilities,” said Elaine Halesey, Ed.D., R.T.(R)(QM), director of the patient navigation program and professor of medical imaging at Misericordia University. The demand for the new program is strong, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers the field of patient navigation a “bright outlook’’ occupation because “it is projected to have a large number of job openings and is a new and emerging occupation,’’ according to the Occupational Information Network. Overall, BLS states, employment in the field will grow at above-average rates through 2022 at between
19 percent and 27 percent, which is well above the national aggregate growth rate of 10.8 percent. In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Labor & Industry predicts an average of more than 1,300 job openings annually in patient navigation and related fields, according to Hanover Research. The field is forecast to grow significantly in the coming years due to several market factors, including a growing population with chronic medical conditions, the fragmented U.S. health care system, and provisions in the Affordable Care Act that tie funding to patient outcomes. Additional requirements will specifically
increase the need for patient navigators with knowledge of health insurance, cancer and other chronic conditions. In addition to the certificate program, Misericordia University also offers a Bachelor of Health Science degree with a specialization in patient navigation for traditional students. For more information about the Certificate Program in Patient Navigation for adult students at Misericordia University, call 570674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/ patientnavigation.
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Endorsement Options: Keeping Pace with Professional Learning Options King’s College Graduate Program in Education has added focused endorsement programs to support educators facing the challenges of their classrooms. Dr. Denise Reboli, Education Department chair, contends that King’s has responded to the needs of local educators with reasonable course pricing and flexibility in program options. Additional certifications and endorsement programs provide educators with additional career options and personalized professional learning. All of the King’s Education Graduate Programs are grounded in authentic real-life experiences examining diverse perspectives and practical application of theory. From STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education, English as a Second Language, to special education, King’s offers programs in accelerated weekend and blended (in-class and online) formats. An endorsement is defined as a program that has a concentration of courses in a particular field in which no certification is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, however an endorsement is recognized and noted on teacher certifications. The STEM program is an integration of the four areas (science, technology, engineering and math) using problem-solving, thought process of engineering, and available technology as a systems approach to the learning process. The requirements include four accelerated weekend courses and embedded field experience requirements for each course. Each course is three graduate credits. The faculty for the King’s STEM endorsement includes full-time and parttime instructors who have experience designing and implementing STEM schools, NASA simulations, and engineering programs. Courses emphasize STEM design, methods, assessment and an engineering lab experience. School team participation provides a framework for the development of the STEM inquirybased, problem-solving philosophy that transcends any packaged program. The ultimate goal of this
program is to increase the STEM capable workforce, to increase advanced training and careers in STEM fields and to increase scientific and technical literacy. With the growing number of students identified within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), King’s added an ASD endorsement consisting of four accelerated weekend graduate courses and field experience requirements for each course. The program includes an overview of the common manifestations of ASD including the psychological, physiological, behavioral, social, communication and educational characteristics of individuals who have been identified on the spectrum as having Autism, Pervasive Developmental disorder, Rhett’s disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The classification system, assessment strategies / issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with ASD is emphasized. Focus is on the causes, diagnosis and intervention. Both the STEM Education and the Autism Spectrum Disorder coursework can be applied to master’s degrees in those respective areas. Along with the endorsement programs, King’s College also provides certification and master’s degree programs for Reading Specialists, English as a Second Language Program Specialists, and Special Education. The Instructional Coaching Endorsement includes four three-credit graduate courses. Two of the courses are also part of the Reading Specialist Program. Course format includes accelerated weekends, blended, and traditional face-to-face. Through the coursework participants gain experience with the research and theory of coaching, key components of coaching, coaching approaches, coaching cycles, coaching instructional practices, and strategies to improve communication skills. The end goal is for participants to become empowered with the knowledge to create an environment to facilitate change, improve teacher practice, and transform school culture to increase student achievement.
Additional information on these programs can be found at www.kings.edu/graduate. The graduate office contact is Briget Ford at 570-208-5991. For programspecific information related to Curriculum and Instruction, the contact is Dr. Deb Carr (deborahcarr@ kings.edu) and for the Reading Specialist Program and Instructional Coaching, Dr. Jill Yurko (jillyurko@ kings.edu). Teachers seeking credit-based courses to maintain their certification may find courses within the Professional Development Center particularly helpful. Taught
by fellow teachers, these courses may be used for ACT 48 credit. A listing of all upcoming courses (for all programs mentioned above) can be found online: www.kings.edu/admissions/graduate/course_schedules/fall_2017 The Post Baccalaureate Program at King’s College is specifically designed to assist persons who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution gain teacher certification. For those who already possess a teacher certification, there are opportunities to gain additional certifications.
Earn a King’s BS in Business Administration, full-time or part-time! Adult learners can choose from six undergraduate majors to enhance their professional knowledge in the field of business. Majors include Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management and Marketing. King’s William G. McGowan School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education for programs of professional education in business at the collegiate level. Our academic advisors will help schedule a logical progression of courses suited to your unique needs to ensure your experience at King’s is both positive and successful.Whether you enroll in a degree program or take individual courses for personal enrichment, you’ll find small classes that are both thought provoking and involved. For more information, call 570-208-5865, email email@example.com, or visit kings.edu/admissions/part-time.
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Johnson College Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Popular Choice for Adults
Johnson College began the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology (AMET) program in 2015 as a way to upgrade an existing Precision Machining Technology program that would help students transition into the field with not only machining training, but automation and robotics training as well. The program allows students to train on CNC machines, lathes, 3D printers, drones and robots. The first class of AMET graduates completed degrees this May and it continues to be a popular choice for traditional and adult student enrollees in the 2017-2018 school year. The AMET program is extremely popular among not only students fresh out of high school but adults as well. Of the nine students enrolled in the AMET program in 2016-2017, three were over 25 years old. Rick Fornes, ’94, director of innovation at Johnson College, feels that this is due to adult students’ prior experience in the workforce. “They know they need more skill,” Fornes stated. “They’ve seen a lot of automation. They’ve operated the machines. Now, they need to know how the machine works.” The leaders of this program realize the value in appealing to non-traditional students. Johnson College is continuing to see a high number of adults enrolling in the 2017-2018 school year as 70 percent of students enrolled for 2017-2018 are over the age of 20. Andrew Zwanch, ’82, senior director of student affairs, stated, “When you get a good adult student, they bring additional real world experience and know that it is important to listen. It brings everyone together and heightens the experience for everyone.” As a part of Johnson’s drive to attract under-served students such as adults, the AMET program offers evening classes and flexibility when it comes to scheduling.
Keystone College offers online and in-class career-enhancing graduate programs enabling students to learn at their own pace. • Accountancy (online) • Early Childhood Education Leadership (online and in-class) • Sport Leadership & Management (online)
The College is also completing a renovation of the AMET lab space this summer that will mimic the sleeker, more modern manufacturing environment of today. Mike Novak, chief
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administrative officer, said “We have visited new and existing manufacturers in the region so we can recreate the working environment our students will be working in. We want our classroom to look and operate as close to industry as possible by providing the newest technology and introducing the latest manufacturing methods.” Novak explained that the renovation of the space and delivery of the program will simulate not only the current trends, but also will keep students in touch with where industry is going. In support of this brand new degree, the college recently received a $5,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation to support students in the AMET program. The grant will provide scholarships to current and future students as they progress through their education to become part of the advanced manufacturing workforce. According to the foundation’s website, Gene Haas established the foundation in 1991 to fund the needs of the local community. Haas is the owner of Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas’ commitment to the importance of U.S. manufacturing prompted him to grow his personal foundation and direct his foundation board to focus on manufacturing education in the form of scholarships for CNC machinist training. To date, more than 4,000 charitable organizations and schools have received funds totaling more than $50 million from the Gene Haas Foundation. Zwanch said, “The grant from the Haas Foundation will support the type of student who is eager to break into the newest technologies in automation and additive manufacturing. These scholarships will continue to support both our traditional students as well as returning adult students, preparing them for a promising career.” The funds donated by the Gene Haas Foundation will be allocated to AMET students for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Lackawanna College Two years ago, Lynn B. DeSanto, MT, ASCP, MS, dean of Allied Health Programs and assistant professor at Lackawanna College, began a collaboration of health programs at the college that has proven a tremendous benefit to the education of the traditional as well as the non-traditional student. The Allied Health Division at Lackwanna College, aligned with the mission of Lackawanna College, is to facilitate integrative health care to better serve the community; accomplished through high ethical standards and excellent, affordable education. Lackawanna College offers a wide variety of associate degrees as part of its Allied Health degree programs. These competitive programs will provide students with a cutting-edge education and assurance that, upon successful completion, they will graduate with the ability to secure a high-paying job in the medical field. One such program at the school is the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. This program provides students with the skills and knowledge to be entry-level PTAs who will work under the supervision of a physical therapist in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other health facilities upon graduation. Physical therapists evaluate patients, plan treatment programs and may delegate parts of those programs to physical therapist assistants while completing other parts of the program themselves. Guided by the physical therapist’s plan of care, the PTA may use specialized equipment to administer treatments to accomplish the therapist-generated (and patient-focused) rehabilitation goals, including the application of heat, cold, light, sound and electricity. The PTA may also administer therapeutic exercises, ambulation training, and train patients in the use of prosthetic devices, braces, and various aids in an effort to maximize function and facilitate the rehabilitation process. A student considering entering the field of PTA should have a demonstrated aptitude for the sciences; interact well with others; have an interest in working with individuals who are physically challenged, ill or injured; and enjoy a physically active job. The PTA program received full accreditation status by CAPTE in spring of 2013. The program is a two-year (five semesters) program that combines both traditional classroom-based education and 720 hours of clinical field experience in preparation for the student to enter this profession as an entry-level skilled PTA. The student will graduate with an associate of science degree and be eligible to sit for the national licensure exam. Another popular program has been the Sonography program at Lackawanna College which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The department offers associate degrees in three
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specializations including: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Technology and Cardiac Sonography. Each program is designed to be completed over a two-year period with day, evening, and Saturday courses and on- and off-campus clinical hours. Each program also includes summer session courses and clinical lab hours. Acceptance into all Lackawanna College Sonography programs is based on a selective admissions process with a maximum of 25 students selected annually for the Cardiac and Vascular Programs and 20 for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. The Surgical Technology program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and will be introduced in Scranton this fall. The program is designed to be completed over a two-year period with day, evening, and Saturday courses as well as on- and off-campus clinical hours. Each program also includes summer session courses and clinical lab hours. A maximum of 15 students are selected annually. Surgical technologists work in the operating room under the direct supervision of a surgeon and a registered nurse. Surgical technologists help facilitate the draping and prepping of the surgical patient. They gown and glove other team members. They get all the instruments, supplies, equipment necessary for specific surgical procedures. As a member of the sterile team, surgical technologists will hand all necessary instruments and supplies to the surgeon and other team members. A surgical technologist has a broad knowledge of anatomy and physiology, microbiology, sterile techniques and patient safety concepts as well as ethical and legal concepts. A surgical technologist must have an understanding of the hospital organization, policies, and procedures. Job opportunities and salaries in the health care specialty of surgical technology have been rising steadily over the last few years, and the U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 median annual wage for surgical technologists was $45,160. Most surgical technologists are employed by hospitals and day-surgery centers with the remainder working in the offices of physicians. After two years of experience, a certified surgical technologist may apply to become a traveling surgical technologist.
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THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL LITERACY
personal finance unit to our seniors,” said Dave Reinbold, administrative director of the Carbon Career and Technical Institute, By Kathy Ruff Jim Thorpe. “We want to make sure that our students are able to make informed choices about personal finances and business A recent study finds Northeast Pennsylvania might be lackdecisions regarding money, insurances, mortgages, loans, ing in the area of financial literacy. things of that nature, when they graduate.” “Our research study demonstrated the importance of CCTI plans to give the program to its entire senior class financial literacy,” said Terri Ooms, executive director of The — about 100 students — beginning in the 2017-2018 school Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development. “It surely year. has an effect not just on the economic status of an individual and “If we don’t teach to them, I’m not sure where they’ll get family but on the community as well. It’s tied to many indicators this information before they graduate,” he said. “If they start of poverty and social assistance needed.” businesses, the more they understand about finances and the According to the report, financial health requires that learning business world in general, the better they would be. Our job is to begin at an early age and progress consistently over time to try to get them as successful as possible in all walks in life.” establish a strong regional economy. Having walked several different paths of the education Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation industry over the past 38 years, Gloria Bowman, retired educator, has taken steps to meet those needs by collaborating with Junior educational consultant and school board president in Lehighton Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania (JANEPA). Area School District, sees the critical value of financial literacy “We see a skills gap in the students in financial literacy, education in providing opportunities and economic growth in not just in (our) business education partnership meetings but the county. in everyday life,” said Kathy Henderson, CCEDC’s director of “We’re always looking for ways to keep our graduating stueconomic development, Lehighton. “We felt, because there is a dents — whether it’s with their high-school program or four-year gap that exists in students’ education, the Junior Achievement degree — in our area,” she said. “I personally believe the skills program is a perfect fit to fill that gap.” relevancy of this (JA) program would contribute to enhancing That gap includes a lack of the basic knowledge of how to our students’ skills as well as potential economic growth with keep a checkbook, pay bills or budget finances as well as the our local students by keeping them here, by wanting to stay, responsibilities of keeping a job and earning an income. open a business and work or raise a family in Carbon County. “Students that are able to learn (financial) literacy through That’s positive for all the people in the county and all the people Junior Achievement programs will make better employees living in the area.” because they are going to be able to budget their money and Those positive outcomes extend to the business community. to understand how to run a business,” Henderson said. “For “One of the things businesses say to me is that the young businesses, it would make their employees more responsible people are not prepared with the soft skills,” said Maureen and better overall employees if they have that secure knowledge Donovan, assistant director of workforce and community service that they are able to manage their money and not (be) worrying for Lehigh Carbon Community College, Tamaqua. “They can about living from paycheck to paycheck. They can focus on their teach them to be a technician. They can teach them work skills, jobs and do a better job for their employers.” but they can’t teach them soft skills and responsibilities, the idea As an approved educational improvement organization of team, the idea of being a responsible employer and employee. (EIO), JANEPA also can offer tax credits to qualified businesses That’s what Junior Achievement does, really. There are so many under the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) different areas where it helps a young person.” program. Donovan saw first-hand the value of JA programs as a Junior Achievement programs embrace at least one of their volunteer for an eighth-grade class when she resided in Florida. three pillars: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial “It’s very, very important for students to be responsible for literacy. themselves as well as their employers,” she said. “It’s good “A lot of our programs also teach students about employbecause the employer does not have to take the time then to ability skills, the skills that you need to be successful in the work- teach them the soft skills. They can immediately start working in place and also how to secure a job,” said Melissa Turlip, JANEPA the area of their choice and their expertise. The employer doesn’t president, Pittston, Luzerne County. “We have programs that have to use up time and energy because these young people look at resume writing, interview skills and things like that but are coming prepared with the right mind set. They have the right we also have programs that talk about how to conduct yourself mind set to be a good employee as opposed today to just comprofessionally, how to use appropriate language, behaviors and ing in and saying, ‘Okay, now what do I do?’ ” actions with your fellow co-workers and also customers they Terri Ooms shares Donovan’s view on the value of the may interact with.” JA programs. Learning about those soft skills and other business concepts “Junior Achievement is an excellent program and I’m really helps employers decrease the time and energy needed to train glad that it’s going into Carbon County,” she said. “I truly believe new employees. Participants in JA programs also may learn that project-based learning that’s applied in nature is very effecbusiness specifics, such as how to count change, from real-life tive in helping kids. I wish that there were programs in every examples shared by community and business volunteers. grade and that financial literacy was embedded into curriculum Educators in Carbon County also realize the immeasurable because it’s that important. The applied project-based nature of it value JA programs offer. really aids in retention and can certainly make a difference in the “We’re partnering with Junior Achievement to teach a life of an individual as they grow up and make choices.”
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EDUCATION & THE ECONOMY
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It is a known fact that college graduates have a 50 percent better chance for employment, and average a salary that is 62 percent greater than nongraduates. Keystone College has a variety of options available to help adult learners decide just what it is they want to do and how to get it done. “It certainly is a different environment for learning than it was 30 years ago,” said Frances Langan, Ed.D., professor, and dean at the School of Professional Studies at Keystone College. In the past, many adults who were employed and sought degrees to upgrade their skills to secure advancement; or, to change career paths entirely, enrolled in Keystone’s weekend program. “Today, given the many responsibilities adult learners have, they may not have the time to commute to and from a campus to earn that much-sought-after degree. We have transitioned our weekender programs at Keystone to accommodate the needs of learners and to enable them to complete coursework anywhere, or at anytime, and in a variety of ways,” added Dr. Langan. In addition to online formats, Keystone has introduced hybrid learning offerings which provide students with both face-to-face interaction on campus or at the workplace, complemented with online coursework; or, students can consume coursework combining face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid classes, during the day, in the evenings, or on weekends to obtain their degrees. “Adults can come to campus or we will go to them when the situation is appropriate for helping them attain the new skills they are pursuing,” said Dr. Langan. Keystone provides coursework in the community, at job sites when requested, and has done so in a number of areas including Philadelphia, Allentown, Hazleton and Mount Pocono. Bilingual coursework is also available to address the needs of learners when English is not the primary language. The provision of coursework off-campus “is dependent on the specific circumstances and the expressed needs of individuals, as well as the size of the cohort,” explained Dr. Langan. Adult learners need to engage in coursework over a period of time, when job, family, and other responsibilities are considered. “Keystone takes these variables into consideration when assisting adults to create a plan for navigating their educational journey. Adult learners do not always have the ability to take 12 or 15 credits in a given semester so a plan is developed and a schedule that meets the needs of the individual is configured,” noted Dr. Langan. At Keystone College, working adults are valued for the many experiences they bring to the learning environment. “We are cognizant of the ways in which adult learners add to the classroom dynamic and have great respect for their maturity and industriousness. Our focus is to build on the prior knowledge that adults have attained through life and work, provide support and engage them in new learning opportunities,” added Dr. Langan. Keystone offers options for adults who believe that course information has been attained through other means. Credit by Assessment and Course Challenge are available mechanisms, which allow prospective students to illustrate content competencies previously acquired, and earn course credit. There are a number of majors growing in popularity at Keystone. Adult learners looking to gain skills for careers in health care and industry may look at biological and physical sciences, public health, as well as business, information technology and accounting programs. Coursework in psychology, criminal justice, sports and recreation management, and education is also pursued by adults. “All of our majors are offered to adult learners and they can choose the format most appropriate for them,” stated Dr. Langan. “At Keystone College, there are associate and baccalaureate degree options, and options for securing industry-recognized credentials available for adult learners. Faculty and staff work diligently with adults to create a plan for successful goal realization. The curriculum assists adults in gaining essential skills and in-depth knowledge to take their careers to the next level. We believe that new and returning non-traditional students can find their niche in almost any of the 40 undergraduate and graduate degree program at the college,” Dr. Langan concluded.
Continuing Education In-house and then have these employees co-exist. Work expectations also vary by generation, and Employer-provided training has evolved into a Darling is firm in her assessment that the millenwindow that seems to display the needs of Amerinials are a product of their time. Most millennials can society at large. want to play at work, have diverse duties, feel that Above all, in-house training surely is big they are contributing to the mission of the organibusiness. According to the Association for Talent zation and demand work-life balance. Development, workplace instruction is now costing This is different from the generations before employers more than $165 billion annually. who often ignore balance and work solely to fully A consensus exists that a conservative approach complete tasks. Mentoring is also vital to millennito company balance sheets prevalent since the als, who often have no concepts within them of traGreat Recession remains the strongest inhibitor for ditional values and work habits while also exhibiting training investment. The select companies who do verbal communications problems, particularly with invest in their workforce often have one key leader face-to-face encounters. within the system who sees the value of training. Darling tells her business clients that, to a large Nicole Darling, an educational consultant degree, maturity and life experience will help to alleand career coach based in Dallas, explained that viate many of the problems the millennials deal with despite the conservative nature of most regional as professional pain creates growth. Yet, employers employers, shifts toward a training-friendly culture must also play a role and be consistent with training are occurring. Demand remains strong for investment, which can’t be a one-time affair. on-site courses dealing with customer service, Purely emotional outreaches also don’t work as and employers are asking for instruction that will a conflict solution. kindle supervisory and leadership skills in newly “Every employer must now project a learning promoted staff members. culture and deliver a consistent training program, deThe demand for supervisory training also is spite their individual workforce needs,” said Darling. being fueled by new employer awareness that a company’s top performer for tasks is not necessarSkill infusion ily the best choice for a leadership position. Michael Novak, chief administrative officer with “Skill sets for a leader are quite different from Johnson College, reported that many employers are that of a top solo performer,” said Darling. “The now providing training money because they need majority of employers have not yet figured this out, an infusion of new employee skills. Retirements of but more are learning every day.” many skilled people are underway as the baby boomAccording to Darling, total employer investment ers depart from the workforce, and an employer can in crucial soft-skill training has actually declined suddenly find itself in deep internal trouble if it has since 2008. This has occurred despite employer not properly managed workforce talent succession. complaints about the need for employee soft skills, “The fundamentals of training are also changaccompanied by a persistent belief that job aping,” Novak said. “The instructors are finding that plicants should walk through door at HR with these long lectures won’t work, and 20 to 25 minutes is soft skills in place. the maximum you can hold a student’s attention. “The soft-skill problem then surfaces when the It’s interesting to me that this is the same within the employee is hired and does not produce, creating a public schools.” lot of trouble for the employer,” Darling said. Jane Ashton, director of continuing education office with Penn State University in Wilkes-Barre, Millennial conflicts has found that NEPA employers may still fear that A relatively new and popular facet of employee employees will leave for a competitor once trained. training involves generational adjustment. EmYet, large segments of business and industry do ployee behavior and belief systems are not always understand modern workforce needs, creating high pure across generational lines, but generational demand for leadership and supervisory developmembers apart from the millennials often must be ment with rookie managers. trained to address the needs of millennials if the orAshton’s office focuses on customized employganization is to attract the needed workforce talent, er training in-house known as contract education. By Dave Gardner
The university carefully hires quality instructors from the staff and community who undergo an intense approval process. “We just love real-world experience in our trainers,” said Ashton. She noted that training dollars flowing through Harrisburg still exist but are declining as government, which had been investing in targeted growth clusters such as health care and logistics, cuts back. Despite these cutbacks, federal EAP training funding is now being channeled to Penn State through the Earth Conservatory totaling $200,000 over three years. The future of employer training, according to Ashton, is an unknown. Automation growth within business is a game-breaker, making employee adaptability to change essential. Technology, environments, and the need for new knowledge can all be expected to evolve at breathtaking speed as scientific breakthroughs are commercialized. “What we will be teaching the kids who come after the millennials is a great question,” said Ashton. “We can be sure this will change as much as the basic delivery systems for education itself evolves.” Relevance and vigor Employee training has offered many transformative moments for Chris Whitney, director of the center for career development at University of Scranton, as barriers fall between schools, the community and business. She, therefore, is certain the effects of education flow in multiple directions, particularly if training is directly tied to specific career needs. Her school, as part of its mission and outreach, offers faculty visits to workplaces, students working out in the field, and the award of selective advanced placement credits. This proven formula has the power to offer employers a well-trained candidate immediately upon hire, thereby making subsequent training a system for increased employee excellence. “Training must include relevance and rigor if it is to be effective,” said Whitney. Susan Shaffer, a workforce consultant based in Covington Township, added that the regional workforce is displaying literacy issues that appear across all racial and ethnic lines. In addition, problems exist with the ability to focus so that students can gain needed skills, with critical thinking and interpersonal abilities topping the list. Employers are also reporting to Shaffer that the manpower excess created by the Great Recession is
ending as shortages of quality and trainable job applicants appear. The quality of training available for even the best applicant may also be questionable. “As a rule, corporate trainers know their subject matter, but many are not effective with their delivery,” said Shaffer. “The business therefore has no choice but to spend and bring in outside trainers.”
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Sustainable Leadership and Supply Chains: Breaking Down Silos
Leadership as a Conceptual Framework — Part II
cost savings per quarter, or reduced energy consumption by the business and all vendors. Perhaps Think for a moment about how much material, improve fleet efficiency by a set percentage, or supinformation and money moves through port human rights issues by avoiding the average supply chain between the sweat shops in emerging markets as a initial source and the end user. Let’s also source for final products or raw materithink about how many individuals or als. Communicate among all stakeholdorganizations handle the same product ers, i.e., staff, vendors, investors, etc., or service as it travels from one end of the intention of your new policy and the chain to the other. Supply chains implement it fully; gain their buy-in. of even the smallest companies have a Review your progress in a well-defined global footprint, and the impact it can way and pre-scheduled time table. It is Scandalehave when it makes the commitment only through complete implementation Murnin to applying sustainability to its supply and review that problems and successes chain can be significant. It reduces redundancies, can be identified, and refinements deployed. streamlines the process, and increases end-to-end Lastly, make your supply chain tamper proof transparency, breaking down organizational silos. It and encrypted. Invest in a data analytics-driven, is smart business. automated supply chain tool that is smarter than Sustainability and green design is synonyyour smart phone. Artificial intelligence has bemous with high performance buildings in the built come commonplace in the robotic manufacturing environment, but what exactly is a sustainable, high process; it is finding its way into health care and performance business supply chain? Li & Fung, has a strong foothold in supply chain management Limited, a global supply chain management comtools because of the volume and velocity of inforpany suggests that a one-day improvement in their mation, communication and currency that travels supply chain velocity nets as much as $60 million in both directions end-to-end. Increased visibility, in their pocket. That’s high performance. the elimination of frictions between participants and The average company can do much to increase traceability are pivotal in the tracking of sustainable its own performance but the commitment to do characteristics and mid-chain policies. It allows so must be at the most senior level of policy and data collection to effect decisions in real time and decision makers. Some companies may find this so cyber security is a very important consideration evolution disruptive, but if companies do not evolve in the reduction of delays and fraud. or disrupt themselves, they will be disrupted by the Businesses, in order to be truly sustainable, competition. Some companies hesitate to stay cur- must innovate or become irrelevant. The traditional rent because of the expense, but the competition supply chain that buries vital information in silos, is staying current buy using business intelligence that does not consider the emissions and financial and artificial intelligence tools, and will leverage that impact of redundant handling or transportation, or hesitation to gain a competitive advantage. that places data as an obstacle rather that an intuiFirst and foremost, establish a corporate tive decision-making tool, looks for yesterday’s ansustainability program. Research other companies. swers. Positive environmental impacts, increased Every publically owned company has a great one efficiency, increased profit and increased end-toon their website. Conduct an in-house assessment end visibility, on the other hand, are all components to identify where the company is on its sustainabil- that help to find tomorrow’s business answers. ity journey. This is usually when a business grows Cheryl Scandale-Murnin, LEED AP, is an adjunct faculty up beyond the excitement felt by changing out old member in the School of Business and Global Innovalight bulbs for high efficiency ones. Next, develop tion at Marywood University. As a LEED AP, she is an realistic supply chain goals for the next one to five Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and years and be sure these goals are aligned around Environmental Design, demonstrating a high level of professional expertise in issues of sustainability. She the business’ core strategies. Any disconnect at this point in the process will ensure disaster. Focus served both as a former V.P. of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and member of the Small on something attainable such as waste reduction Business Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia by the business and all its venders, or increased Chamber of Commerce.
As these systems are not presented symmetrically, nor should their partnership be expected to continue statically. Architecture is an One common inaccuracy that is often area of study where the elements of perpetuated in this field is leaderthis firm but pliable partnership can ship’s conflation with management. be found. German writer and statesIt should be understood that the man Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, two are distinct yet necessary known for his extensive ruminations approaches to problem-solving. on artistic disciplines, was fasciManagement involves deliberation nated by the subject. He is quoted and dispersal, highlighting others as saying, “I call architecture frozen assets and drawing upon them music.” Architecture can be seen as Sciacca for assignment and application in a still frame, an art form capturing certain areas. Leadership involves and petrifying the attitudes and guidance in shifting climates. Entering a new culture of an ever-changing society. Goethe’s territory, this involves less designation of poetic remark is informed by the time in which tasks and more flexibility and visualization. It he lived. The architectural style of the Baroque becomes less about the talents that a particular era lends itself to this melodic interpretation group possesses and more about the foresight with its flowing contours and undulations. to predict what potentials can be summoned from this group if the challenge presents itself. Obviously, the organic movement of marble and stone is illusory. The façades and domes The main crux here is not differentiating between management and leadership but rather, impart a palpable aesthetic texture and fluidity. understanding when one or the other must be But with the skyscrapers of the incoming era, bending buildings became reality. Skyscrapers effectively put to action. are an odd paradox. Usually they are seen as Understanding the difference between lead- cold and emotionless, colorless boxes of glass ership and management should not carry with and steel; on-lookers would rather romanticize it the parochial view that the two are mutually the past, longing for the ornate, vivacious exclusive. This is almost never the case. One constructions of a period like that of Goethe. may be embellished but never at the expense And yet, skyscrapers actually move; they sway or dismissal of the other. The two styles should in real-time. The movement is so slight that it be viewed as complementary systems that often goes unnoticed. The external austerity balance one another, occasionally emphasizing and stoicism of the skyscraper is met with an one side when needed. The comprehension internal, unseen flexibility. The key to its sucof this complementary system should be at a cess is a strong core that acts to anchor the tacit level; it should be implicit which particular building and maintain its upright positioning. It acts belong to which particular system. This prevents the inverted pendulum motion from understanding allows for a leader as well as gathering momentum and toppling the struca team to know which skills should be called ture. The protracted metaphor here is this: upon and by which system they should be The systems that help shape an organization performed. Knowledge of these sets of skills should have this same plasticity. They should and their particular system aids in the underhave the ability to shift their weight in changing standing of what mixture of management and environments. The leader then becomes the leadership one should encourage. As we stated central column around which the organization earlier, both are necessary and complementary transfers its weight, not allowing one system systems but their blend should not arbitrarily or the other to gain too much power and colbe designed as coequal. Situations should lapse the structure. A leader must always be be assessed and whatever requirements are present to maintain a working balance and a levied on an organization should determine the structural integrity. marriage that these systems cultivate.
By Cheryl Scandale-Murnin, LEED AP
By Biagio “Bill” Sciacca
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PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS COUNCIL 16TH ANNUAL AWARD DINNER P R O U D LY A N N O U N C E S T H E R E C I P I E N T O F T H E
2 017 P R E S IDENT ’ S MEDAL
recognizing career excellence and extraordinary compassion for others
Dennis J. McGonigle ’82 Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President SEI Investments Company
to be presented at the President’s Business Council 16th Annual Award Dinner Thursday, October 5, at The Pierre in New York City For more information, visit Scranton.edu/PBCdinner • regonline.com/PBCdinner2017
The President’s Business Council (PBC) Annual Award Dinner supports the University’s Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund. The PBC is also committed to strengthening the Scranton network and to providing mentoring, internship and career opportunities for current students. For information on table packages, tickets or advertisements, please contact Timothy J. Pryle ’89, Executive Director of the PBC, at (570) 941-5837 or PBC@scranton.edu.
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PERSONNEL FILE Allied ServiceS integrAted HeAltH SyStem
The health system announced the promotion of robert cole, Ph.d. to the position senior vice president/chief analytics officer. Prior to his promotion, Cole served as chief analytics officer for the nonprofit health system. A 21-year employee of Allied Services, Cole will continue to play a senior leadership role lending his knowledge and expertise to analyzCole ing strategic, financial and operational challenges and opportunities within the organization. Cole earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in experimental psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and brings strong data analytics backed by actionable insights into the organization’s business lines. Cole lives in Duryea with his wife, Donna, and their daughter, Carsyn. He grew up in Duryea, graduated from Pittston Area High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University in 1992. mary lynn Hayes, cHFm, recently earned the designation of certified healthcare facility manager from the American Hospital Association. The CHFM is a national credential earned through professional experience, adherence to professional standards and CHFM testing. A sevenyear employee, Hayes is a facility services manager at the Scranton location. She Hayes is responsible for monitoring policies, procedures and documentation for life safety, hazardous materials and emergency management regulatory compliance for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Department of Health, Department of Public Works, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other healthcare agencies. An Air Force veteran and a resident of Scranton, Hayes enjoys the variety her role offers and the opportunity to support and interact with staff from all divisions and departments.
cheryl macdonald-Sweet, trauma director at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, was elected president of the Pa. State Council of the Emergency
and received a bachelor of science in public administration from St. Francis University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna bar associations and has been admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts Hinton and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. Hinton resides with her Fidelity BAnk husband and their children in Dickson City. The bank recently honored 25 employees for Patty deScipio was promoted to assistant their years of service at its annual employee meeting. vice president. DeScipio joined the bank in 2014 community BAnk nA The bank announced walter Sarafinko has The following bankers were recognized for their as marketing communications officer. In her role, service: vicki randis, 35 years; June capooci, 25 been appointed to serve on the board of directors she serves the bank utilizing years; martin Skodocek, linda wishard and debbie for United Way of Lackawanna County. public relations, social media, ratuszny, 20 years; linda Anderson, donna gizenIn his new position, advertising and event planski, kevin Scotch and nicole yazinski, 15 years; Sarafinko will work with ning to bring Fidelity Bank to other board members to ad- Patricia curley, rona covalesky, maryann ellefsen, the marketplace. vance United Way’s mission, kristin grow, lirika nashi, mary t. mcnichols, DeScipio earned her develop a vision and strategic christine onder, catherine Plishka and cyndi uchic, bachelor’s degree from the plan for the organization, and 10 years; and rich Ainey, Patrick Boles, Amanda Pennsylvania State UniverDeScipio Burke, kristi cleveland, carrie Hart, logan Hansimplement strategies and sity and graduated from the man and kathleen wilcox, five years. policies to achieve United American Bankers’ AssociaSarafinko Way’s goals. The bank recently announced the board of tion Bank Marketing School, where she earned her A commercial banking directors promoted several employees to new Certified Financial Marketing Professional designaofficer and relationship manager, Sarafinko has corporate officer positions. tion. She is in an active volunteer at St. Eulalia’s been with the bank since 2004 and has more than Joann marsili was named senior vice Church, Roaring Brook Twp., and the North Pocono 30 years of experience in the banking industry. president. Marsili, a 14-year bank employee, is a School PTAs. She lives in Roaring Brook Twp. with Outside of the office, he is also a member of the member of the bank’s senior management team her husband and children. Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the and serves as director of Judy knowles comerford was elevated to officer Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, and marketing and sales. She status. Comerford is the customer experience manis a former board member of the United Way of serves on the board of Meals ager at Fidelity Bank. She joined the bank in 2012. Wyoming County. on Wheels, the Lackawanna Comerford has been A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, County Commission for an active volunteer for the Sarafinko has been awarded numerous certificates Women, is a member of United Way, NeighborWorks and diplomas, including Leadership Lackawanna the University of Scranton’s NEPA and Junior Achieveand his diploma through the Pennsylvania Bankers Marketing Program Advisory ment, as well as numerous Marsili Association Central Atlantic School of Commercial Council, and is an advisory other community organizaLending. He resides in Clarks Summit with his wife, member and instructor to the tions. For her dedication and Robin, and their family. American Bankers’ Association’s School of Bank service, she received the Comerford Marketing. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania bank’s Community Volunteer community cAre State University as well as the ABA School of Bank Award in 2015. Comerford BeHAviorAl HeAltH orgAnizAtion Marketing and holds a Certified Financial Marketing holds a bachelor’s degree from Marywood Univerrichard r. Silbert, m.d., dlFAPA, senior Professional designation. She resides in Archbald sity and currently resides in Clarks Summit with medical director of the with her husband and children. her family. Moosic organization, was forAttorney theresa Hinton was appointed as mally installed as treasurer of vice president. Hinton joined the bank in 2015. As FncB BAnk the Pennsylvania Psychiatric trust officer, she assists clients in setting up trusts Attorney mary griffin cummings, senior vice Society on June 3. and managing the details, responsibilities and legal president and general counsel, and ronald Honick Silbert, who is boardrequirements to serve Fidelity Trust clients as their Jr., cPA, ciA, senior vice president, operations and certified in psychiatry and executor, trustee or custodian. Hinton is a graduate technology services officer, have been appointed addictions psychiatry, is an of Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, to Pennsylvania Bankers Association (Pa. Bankers) Silbert Nurses Association. She also was nominated to the slate for the National Board of Directors of the Emergency Nurses Association. MacDonald-Sweet, a resident of Newton Twp., MacDonald-Sweet is a forensic nurse for the Lackawanna County Children’s Advocacy Center and serves as the director of the paramedic program at Lackawanna College.
associate professor of psychiatry at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He is part of the medical staff of CleanSlate, providing supervision and direction for medication-assisted treatment. He has held leadership positions in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society and is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. On a local level, he serves as president of the Greater Northeast Pa. Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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advisory committees with terms starting July 1. Cummings will serve on the Legal Affairs Advisory Committee, which reviews selected legislation and proposed regulations, requests for the association’s Cummings participation in litigation and makes recommendations to the board of directors. Honick will serve on the Security/Fraud Committee, which communicates information to Pa. Bankers’ banks about external fraud matters Honick and security. It also responds to legislation related to security and fraud and recommends continuing education programs on these issues for bankers. Cummings has served as general counsel since Oct. 1, 2012. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She earned her juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle. Honick was appointed operations and technology services officer in 2016. He previously held the position of senior vice president, audit officer. He graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently licensed as a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor.
Lowe’s, Walmart, McKesson and JetBlue Airways have recently partnered with the Pacific Business Group on Health and Health Design Plus to launch the Employers Centers of Excellence Network. It helps employers identify quality providers and negotiate bundled payments. The network provides employees of participating companies with 100 percent coverage for all travel and medical expenses at carefully selected healthcare systems. Patients pay no out-of-pocket costs. President and CeO David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, made the top three in Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2017 list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders for the fourth time. Ranked third, Feinberg moved up six spots from last year on the esteemed list of innovators who excel in community service and demonstrate reputable executive authority. Feinberg The annual list honors physicians working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact. Since becoming Geisinger’s CEO and president in May 2015, Feinberg has put the system focus on improving the patient experience. He has made it the stated goal that every patient is treated with compassion, dignity and respect while receiving optimum care. Toward that goal, he unveiled the health system’s most radical innovation, ProvenExperience, in November 2015. The program offers refunds to patients whose expectations weren’t met based on kindness and compassion.
A pair of the health system’s physician leaders are among the authors of a new article published by the Harvard Business Review titled “Why GE, Boeing, Lowe’s and Walmart are Directly Buying Health Care for Employees.” GeisinGer KinGsTOn They are Jaewon ryu, M.D., executive vice Jason r. Woloski, M.D., family medicine president and chief medical physician, recently joined the medical practice at officer; and Jonathan slot499 Wyoming Ave. kin, M.D., director of spinal Board certified in family surgery for the system’s medicine, Woloski received Neuroscience Institute and his medical degree from Ryu medical director of Geisinger Drexel University College in Motion. of Medicine, Philadelphia, The article details develin 2014. He completed his opment of bundled payments family medicine residency in in U.S. healthcare and how 2017 at Penn State Milton large employers are now Hershey Medical Center, HerWoloski directly purchasing bundled shey, where he acted as the chief administrative resident from 2015 to 2016. care for their employees through selected providers. Woloski is on the board of directors for the Slotkin
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Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and is the resident chair of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Resident Section
absence in 2010, Condron also served as acting president for seven months. He currently serves on the boards of directors of SLIBCO, LIFE and MetroAction. GOlDen TeChnOlOGies inC. Dr. Ann Pipinski served as a member of the iraida ruiz Ortiz was selected employee of the board of directors from 2003 to 2005. She also month for June. An employee at Golden since 2015, served as vice chair of the board of directors from she works in the sewing department in Old Forge. The 2006 to 2017. She was also recognized for her Employee Recognition Comcontributions to the Skills in Scranton Business mittee received compelling Education Partnership, where she served on the support for Ortiz’s selection, board as vice chair. noting her professionalism, attention to detail and ability to GWC WArrAnTy work as a team player. The provider of used vehicle service contracts and related finance and insurance products sold Ortiz, who resides in Old through automotive dealers has named Crystal Forge, was awarded a framed Ortiz plaque, preferred parking for Meinert as the new director the month, and a monetary gift. of human resources. Meinert joins the company GreATer sCrAnTOn after more than six years of ChAMBer OF COMMerCe successful human resource The chamber recently recognized outgoing management. She most board members at its annual joint boards meeting recently spent four years with at Lackawanna College. CVS Health in a variety of Meinert Mark Volk served as president of the board of roles, including successful directors from 2015 to 2017. He also served as tenures as an HR consultant, a member of the board of directors from 2006 to HR manager and senior HR adviser. 2011, as well as board treasurer from 2008 to 2011 Meinert, a graduate of Bloomsburg University, and as vice chair/chair-elect from 2013 to 2015. An holds professional Human Resources and Society alumnus of the Leadership Lackawanna program, for Human Resource Management certifications. he served two terms as a board member and as She is also a member of SHRM since 2006, a memboard chair from 2010 to 2011. ber of NEPA SHRM since 2008 and the chair of the Attorney richard Bishop served as a member Personnel Committee for the SPCA since 2016. of the board of directors from 1986 to 1989 and as The company also announced the addition of treasurer of the board of directors from 1987-1989. Andrew roke as its new product manager. He also served another tenure as a member of the As a member of the marketing department, Roke will board of directors from 1993 to 1995 and served as be responsible for managing its suite of products vice chair from 1993 to 2017. He has also chaired while evaluating new opporthe Government Affairs Committee since 1992. tunities for innovative product Karen A. Clifford served as a member of the enhancements, all in an effort board of directors from 1994 to 1997 and as its secto help the company’s dealer retary from 1997 to1999. She also served as board partners operate more sucvice chair from 1999 to 2013 and as treasurer from cessful businesses. 2013 to 2017. She has also served as a member of Prior to joining the firm, the board of directors of MetroAction and co-chaired Roke held several positions Roke the Business Industry Show. She also chaired the in operations and marketing communications committee for many years and product management. Most was chair of the 2002 annual dinner, which featured recently, he held the position of strategic product former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. manager for Cornell Cookson in Mountain Top. Phil Condron served as a member of the board Roke is a 2011 graduate of Misericordia of directors from 2003 to 2006 and as the board’s University with a bachelor’s degree in business secretary from 2006 to 2017. He also served as management. He also holds a master of business the president of MetroAction from 2004 to 2008. administration degree from Marywood University. During former President Austin Burke’s leave of
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the Max and Tillie Rosenn Award for Faculty. The award, The company has named Mark Johnson established in 1998 by the senior vice president of sales and marketing. His Honorable Max Rosenn, responsibilities will include sales and marketsenior circuit judge of the ing strategy, new business U.S. Third District Federal development, key account Court, is given annually to management and managea faculty member who is ment of day-to-day sales and Marchese recognized as an outstanding marketing operations. teacher. The award is given In addition to these new to a full-time faculty member responsibilities, Johnson with a minimum of 10 years will retain his current role Johnson of teaching at King’s. as executive leader of the Dr. scott Weiland, over-the-road transportation assistant professor and business. Johnson reports to CEO Mike Gardner. chair of the communicaJohnson is a 30-plus-year logistics industry Weiland tions department, received veteran with a background in accelerating growth the Rev. Donald Grimes, at global Fortune 100 companies. His experience C.S.C., annual Award for Service-Learning Teaching includes operations, solutions design, strategic Excellence. The award recognizes a faculty member business development, product development who has exhibited distinction in integrating service and change management at such companies as Deutsche Post DHL, Intermarine, International SOS and learning in courses at King’s and who has combined service and learning in a way that espeand Velocity. cially aids students’ learning; that causes students Johnson received his bachelor of arts degree to reflect critically on the service work they have from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, done; that empowers and energizes students to do Illinois. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Associa- further and informed work in the community; and tion for Training and Development. Johnson will be that meets a real community need. King’s College also honored five of its alumni based in Scranton. with annual awards at a ceremony held during KIng’s college commencement weekend. Honorees were James Four faculty members received awards P. abrams, the Leo Award; Robert J. ciaruffoli, announced during the weekend of the 68th annual Service to Society; attorney Joseph s. Falchek, Outcommencement. standing Service to Alma Mater; santo loquasto, Dr. Joan blewitt, associ- Outstanding Professional Achievement — Arts and ate professor of business Sciences; and attorney Patrick J. Murphy, Outstandadministration, was named ing Professional Achievement — Business. to the PNC Distinguished A resident of Dallas, Service Professorship. Abrams is the founder, Dr. Jennifer Mcclintonpresident and CTO of EthosTemple, professor and chair Gen, a Wilkes-Barre-based of the English department, was alternative energy technoloBlewitt named to the Herve LeBlanc gies company. He graduated Distinguished Professorship. from King’s in 2005 with a Distinguished service probachelor’s degree in history Abrams fessorships honor faculty who, and political science and because of their dedication to founded EthosGen in 2006. teaching and commitment to He has served as lead for learning, serve as exemplary energy development and professors to their students. commercialization projects, Dr. Marc Marchese, proincluding the U.S. DepartMcClinton-Temple fessor of human resources ment of Defense Caterpillar, management and the John AVL and Rockwell Simmons. Davis Distinguished Service Professor, received He was a semifinalist of Ciaruffoli
more than 2,500 firms in Sir Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge. He was a 2015 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, recipient of the Department of Energy ACE Clean Energy Accelerator Award, the 2014 Falchek Keystone Top Venture, and the 2015 Ben Franklin Innovative Technology Award. Following his service in the Marine Corps, Ciaruffoli earned an accounting degree from King’s in 1975. He later joined Parente Randolph, Loquasto a Wilkes-Barre accounting firm, where he advanced to chairman and CEO and oversaw mergers of the firm with Philadelphia-based ParenteBeard and Baker Tilly, which created the 12th largest accounting and consulting firm in the United States. He Murphy served as CEO until his retirement in 2015. As president of the World Meeting of Families, he was instrumental in bringing Pope Francis to Philadelphia in 2015. Falchek earned a bachelor’s degree in history from King’s in 1971, a master’s degree in history from Lehigh University, and his juris doctorate from Temple University School of Law. He is a practicing attorney with an office in Plains Twp. A resident of Mountain Top, Falchek joined King’s in 1987 as adjunct faculty member and advanced to professor of business administration in 2003. He served as department chair of business and management from 1997 until his retirement in 2013. A Tony Award-winning production designer, scenic designer and costume designer for theater, film and dance, Loquasto began designing sets and costumes locally at Showcase Theatre. He earned a bachelor’s degree from King’s in English in 1966 and a master of fine arts degree from Yale Drama School in 1969. He has worked on more than 98 Broadway productions as scenic or costume designer beginning in 1972 with “Sticks and Bones” to “Hello, Dolly!” for which he earned his 19th Tony Award nomination and fourth win this year. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Production Design for “Bullets Over Broadway” in 1995, Best Production Design for “Radio Days” in 1988, and Best Costume Design for “Zelig” in 1984.
A decorated military veteran, former U.S. congressman and MSNBC contributor, Murphy recently served as under secretary of the Army. He received a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and psychology from King’s. He received his law degree from Widener University School of Law, began active duty as a judge advocate and later served as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy. Following the 9/11 attacks, Murphy volunteered for overseas deployment, serving in Bosnia and Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star. In 2006, Murphy became the first veteran of the Iraq War to be elected to Congress, serving two terms representing the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
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ellen leighton has been named vice president/ manager of the bank’s Residential Mortgage Department. In her new position, Leighton will manage the residential mortgage department for all five branches of the bank and will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Thomas V. Amico. Leighton presently has 29 years of experience in the banking industry. She Leighton joined Landmark Community Bank in 2009 as a mortgage originator/processor before being promoted to positions of greater responsibility. She earned an associate degree in business from Lackawanna College and is licensed as a mortgage broker in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. A native of Scranton, Leighton lives in WilkesBarre with her husband, John, and daughter, Jaclyn.
sister Mary Persico, I.H.M., ed.D., the university’s president, recently announced that four new trustees have been elected to the board of trustees. New board members include sister nancy Decesare, I.H.M., Ph.D., Philadelphia; bernadette gray-little, Ph.D., lawrence, Kansas; the Rev. John M. lapera, clarks green; and Daniel J. santaniello, Roaring Brook Twp. In addition, the slate of board officers elected for 2017-2018 includes attorney lisa a. lori, Philadelphia, board chairwoman; Mary ellen McDonough, Scranton, vice chairwoman; susan cognetti, Clarks Green, secretary; and James g. gavin, M.s.W., Scranton, treasurer.
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PERSONNEL FILE and making discoveries that change the world. A native of eastern North Carolina, she received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from St. Louis University. She earned a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Denmark. She also served DeCesare Gray-Little Lapera as a social science research council fellow and received a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council. Presently serving as the pastor at the Church of St. Gregory in Clarks Green, Lapera has served the Diocese of Scranton in numerous leadership capacities, both at the parish and diocesan levels. Santaniello Lori McDonough His previous assignments have included service as the director of called to holiness and mission (parish restructuring) for the Diocese of Scranton; pastor, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston; pastor, Church of St. Joseph, Scranton; executive director of the Office for Parish Ministries, Diocese of Scranton; diocesan director of RENEW, Diocese of Scranton; and assistant pastor of Nativity of Our Cognetti Gavin Lord Church, Scranton. He has served as presiDeCesare has worked for more than 30 years dent of the board of pastors for Bishop Hannan in the fields of administration and social work. Her High School, Scranton, and for Marian Catholic professional background includes experience as a Inter-Parochial School, Scranton. In addition to front-line social worker on the streets of New York his pastoral duties at the Church of St. Gregory, City, a supervisor and executive director and, pres- the Rev. Lapera serves as a consultant for pastoral ently, as a professor of human services at Chestnut planning on the Bishop’s Episcopal Council, Diocese Hill College in Philadelphia. In 2010, she started of Scranton. He holds degrees from the University the Soldiers Project for the state of Pennsylvania, of Scranton and the Catholic University of America’s a position she held until 2014. She is now the Theological College. director of the Soldiers Initiative, which provides Since 2010, Santaniello has served as the chief educational and social service support to veterans executive officer and president of Fidelity D&D and their loved ones as well as to clinicians working BanCorp Inc., and its subsidiary, Fidelity Deposit or volunteering in the field of veteran services. and Discount Bank. Santaniello has held a number She earned her Ph.D. in clinical social work of leadership positions in the banking industry. He from the Shirley M. Ehrenkraus School of Social joined Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank in 2001 Work, now the Silver School of Social Work at New and his service at that institution includes positions York University. Additionally, she holds a master as chief operating officer and senior vice president of social work degree from Marywood University, of Fidelity D&D Bancorp Inc., as well as the chief as well as a master of public administration degree operating officer and executive vice president of from the New York University’s distinguished its subsidiary, Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank; Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She interim chief executive officer of Fidelity D&D has held faculty and adjunct positions at New Bancorp Inc.; chief retail banking officer and execuYork University, the City University of New York, tive vice president of Fidelity Deposit and Discount Temple University, Gwynedd Mercy University and Bank. He has been a director of Fidelity D&D Chestnut Hill College, where she is now a member BanCorp Inc. and its subsidiary, Fidelity Deposit of the tenured faculty in the department of criminal and Discount Bank, since March 2011. Santaniello justice, sociology and human services holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting Gray-Little, recently retired, served as the 17th from Marywood University and was the recipient chancellor at the University of Kansas from 2009 of the Marywood Alumni Association’s Award of to 2017. During her tenure, she advanced the Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010. university’s mission of lifting students and society Lori, Philadelphia, is a partner with Klehr, by educating leaders, building healthy communities Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg LLP. She represents
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national and international businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, and individuals in a full range of complex commercial litigation matters. Lori, who holds a bachelor of science degree in fashion design from Marywood, initially began her career in the fashion industry before deciding to pursue a legal career. She earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Temple and then worked for a small firm in Philadelphia that did anti-counterfeiting work. She has been with her current firm since 2002 and was promoted to partner in 2007. Lori earned a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from the Temple University School of Law. McDonough, Scranton, now retired, had served as a certified prevention specialist with the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education/foreign language from Marywood in 1973. She has been active at the university as a volunteer, both in fundraising efforts and as a leader in planning alumni activities, including service on the Marywood alumni association board. Cognetti, Clarks Green, serves as a paralegal and office manager at Cognetti & Cimini. A graduate of Manhattanville College, Purchase, NewYork, where she majored in psychology and was certified to teach elementary education, K-8, Cognetti later earned her paralegal certification from the Pennsylvania State University. Gavin, Scranton, is the president and chief executive officer of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. He has more than 40 years of training and experience in behavioral healthcare, from clinical service delivery through executive management. A licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, Gavin holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology from the University of Scranton and two master’s degrees — a master of social work and a master of managerial science — from Marywood University.
academic reorganization, program accreditation, strategic planning and multiple building projects. Rehm will be the chief academic officer, with oversight of academic programs and personnel, as well as affiliated units such as the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library and the Student Success Center. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in issues affecting higher education. He completed an unexpired term and was elected recently to his first full term as a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. His term runs through 2019. He earned his bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, where he double-majored in modern European and American intellectual history, as well as music. At the University of Chicago, he earned his master of arts degree and doctorate in philosophy. During his academic career, he also has published articles and made scholarly presentations at state, national and international conferences.
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christopher a. Peters, M.d., chair of the board of directors of the institute, recently announced the appointment of Michele churney, Msn, r.n., and edward chabalowski to the board of directors. Churney is the manager of outpatient services at Wayne Memorial Healthcare System. She is responsible for the operations and clinical oversight of outpatient emergency, oncology, wound care, hyperbaric, orthopedic and obstetric services. Recently, she accepted the role of stroke coordinator Peters and led Wayne Memorial to a successful Primary Stroke Center Accreditation. She is active in community educaMisericordia University tion programs on cardiac, The university has selected david B. rehm, stroke, wellness and drug Ph.d., to become the vice president of academic prevention and serves as affairs effective July 17. a member of the Wayne Rehm has served in various capacities at Mount Churney County Drug Prevention St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, Task Force. In addition to her since 1995. Most recently, extensive clinical experience he served as a professor of and academic background, philosophy, and prior to that he served 10 years as proChurney has a BSN and MSN vost and vice president for with a secondary study in academic affairs As provost, management and leadership. he oversaw curriculum reviShe served as a member sion, faculty development, of Misericordia University Rehm Chabalowski
PERSONNEL FILE Department of Nursing advisory board and clinical nursing instructor for Marywood University and Penn State University. Chabalowski is the vice president and chief financial officer of Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is responsible for coordinating the financial aspects of organizational strategies, performance improvement and leadership. Prior to Geisinger, he was the chief financial officer and director of Shoemaker finance for Temple University Hospital. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration/accounting from Rutgers University and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Bossi Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Peters appointed the following new officers, Susan Shoemaker, vice chair; Barbara Bossi, secretary; and Suzanne M. Fletcher, Fletcher treasurer.
multiple clients as part of the payroll service team. Lutz has eight years of payroll and human resources experience with responsibilities ranging from generalist work, benefit administration to payroll processing. She is Lutz a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of arts degree in sports and recreation management with a concentration in marketing. Monahan has extensive experience in customer service, crisis management and office Monahan management. She has received training for adult learners, equal opportunity and behavioral interviewing.
bership Development Committee, which develops and implements programs to increase the association’s membership base and to retain current members. lee S. Piatt, Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP, Wilkes-Barre, was named co-chairman of the Shale Energy Law Committee, which communicates with fellow PBA members about shale energy legislation and regulations and facilitates education about shale energy for lawyers and the public. David e. Schwager, Chariton, Schwager & Malak, Wilkes-Barre, also serving as treasurer, was named chairman of the Planning Committee, which assists the presidential leadership by identifying priorities and initiatives to ensure the continuation of programs and policies that are beneficial to the association and its membership.
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Gerald tracy, M.D., a cardiovascular disease specialist from South Abington Twp. who is credited for being a medical education visionary, was Pa. Bar aSSOciatiOn named the 2017 recipient of The association has named more than 80 lawyers the society’s Distinguished as 2017-18 chairs of its committees and sections. Service Award. The list of chairs includes the following lawyers: elaine cook, Drums, was named co-chairThis award is given by the woman of the Health Care Law Committee, which state medical society to memmonitors legislation and litigation that affect the bers for lifetime achievements healthcare system. in medicine. Its first recipient in 1956 was Jonas E. Salk, Melinda c. Ghilardi, federal public defender, Tracy M.D., for his achievements Scranton, was named co-chairwoman of the Diversiin developing the anti-polio ty Team, which establishes resources and forums to increase communications among its groups with di- vaccine. Since it was first awarded, PAMED has honversity initiatives by working collaboratively with the ored 26 Pennsylvania physicians and two non-phyOneSOurce Hr SOlutiOnS association’s leadership, staff and other association- sicians. It is considered the highest award a member Clarks-Summit resident laura Jeffrey has related entities, including the Pa. Bar Foundation, the can receive from the statewide organization. been appointed human resources specialist for Pa. Bar Insurance Fund and Trust Fund, PABAR-PAC A founding member of the Medical Education the Wilkes-Barre company. She will be providing and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. human resource and labor Development Consortium in 2004, Tracy along with law compliance expertise to others foresaw a need in northeastern and north richard M. Goldberg, Hourigan, Kluger & companies of all sizes as a central Pennsylvania for a medical college to help Quinn P.C., Kingston, was renamed chairman of member of the OneSource the PBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee, increase the number of practicing physicians in local which promotes accurate, fair and dignified judicial and nearby communities as well as to improve paconsulting team. tient access to care in the area. This grassroots effort campaign advertising among candidates seeking Jeffrey has more than election to the commonwealth’s appellate courts by led to the development of the Commonwealth Medi10 years of direct human cal College, now Geisinger Commonwealth School of monitoring and reviewing complaints. resources experience with Jeffrey Guerline l. laurore, Law Office of Guerline L. Medicine, with the first class entering in 2009. responsibilities ranging from Laurore P.C., Kingston, was renamed chairwoman generalist work, benefit Dr. Tracy retired in May 2014 from the medical college as the regional associate dean of the North administration, recruitment and leadership training. of the PBA Immigration Law Committee, which Campus, but continues to work with various deA graduate of King’s college with a bachelor of arts addresses issues in the area of immigration law, monitors and makes recommendations concerning partments including the Dean’s Office, Admissions, degree in human resources management, Jeffrey Institutional Advancement, and Student Affairs. also earned her SHRM Senior Certified Professional legislation in this area, and promotes understanding of immigration related laws, regulations and He was nominated for the award by the accreditation in 2015. court decisions. Lackawanna County Medical Society, and has been nicole lutz and tammy Monahan have been a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society for appointed payroll specialists. They will be providMichael J. McDonald, McDonald & MacGregor ing payroll processing and customer service to LLC, Scranton, was named co-chairman of the Mem- 40 years.
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Fred aebli, instructor in information sciences and technology and IST internship coordinator, is the 2017 recipient of the University’s College of IST Excellence in Teaching Award. The College of IST Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes non-full-time University Park faculty contributing to the college’s teaching mission through residential or on-line instruction. To Aebli qualify, the faculty member should consistently provide an exceptional learning environment for students through their innovative teaching practices, excellence in creative engagement, and dedication to student learners. This is Aebli’s second university award, having received the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Statewide Faculty Member of the Year for 2015-16, which is given to a faculty member who has consistently supported IST programs at his or her campus, has been a champion for the college, and has made a difference in the community. He was also a presenter at the 2015 Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando, Florida, where he gave a presentation on using Gamification Techniques in a Crime and Terrorism Course. Aebli, a University and Worthington Scranton alumnus, is also a Marine Corps veteran who attained the rank of major. He received a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and prior to joining Worthington Scranton, he worked for Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), and Scientech Inc. He resides with his wife and their three children in Moscow. Kristin e.c. Green, acting head librarian and reference librarian at the campus, was a presenter at the Innovative Library Classroom Conference at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, in May. Her session, titled “Dust off those Encyclopedias: Using Reference Sources to Teach the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Green Literacy,” was formulated around the question — what if the ideal tools for teaching undergraduate students the most critical information literacy
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PERSONNEL FILE concepts have been sitting in the stacks all along collecting dust, or wading out in digital space unencountered? The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is a day-long conference dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries. TILC is an experience that has grown out of the regional Libraries Exchange Observation project. LEO was originally created by instruction librarians from three southwest Virginia institutions: Radford University, Hollins University, and Virginia Tech. The goal of the group was to promote crossinstitutional peer observation, and now includes group meetings and workshops that take place each semester. Dr. Yili Lian, assistant professor of business at the campus, has published a paper that was recognized as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The paper, “Do bank lending relationships affect corporate cash policy?” was published in the Review of Accounting and Finance. Lian’s co-authors were Huajing Lian Hu, department of finance and economics, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, and Chih-Huei Su, Cameron School of Business, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. The authors found that firms with lending relationships maintain a lower level of cash holdings and save less cash out of cash flow. Furthermore, the effect of lending relationships is more profound for firms with high cash flow. The results suggest that prior lending relations alleviate information asymmetry, lower the cost of capital and therefore affect firms’ propensity to retain cash and maintain a high level of cash holdings. Dr. Lian has been teaching at the campus since 2013. Prior to joining the university, he was an adjunct professor and doctoral degree student at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he attained his doctorate in finance.
The department recognized 30 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, its highest recognition. Two employees from District 4, which represents Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties, were among the honorees.
Local winners Paul Smith and Richard Summa were honored recently at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. Smith, of Drums, recently served as the construction inspector for a $42 milSmith lion interchange project at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Because the project involved extensive nighttime work on the interstate, Smith used his 35 years’ experience to ensure the safety of workers and Summa motorists. By making safety a top priority, the project was completed with no safety incidents. One important feature of the project was a new access road leading to an industrial park. A portion of this mile-long roadway was built over a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) slope. Because of his negotiations with the contractor, the department saved $400,000 in the construction of this slope. Summa, of Dunmore, is a bridge design squad leader in District 4 who has developed techniques and processes that are used to prepare large scale interstate rehabilitation projects. By preparing the necessary plans and specifications in-house, he has been able to save the department thousands of dollars each year. Recently, he oversaw the design of an entire multiple interstate bridge preservation project in less than one year. To have a consultant design this project would have cost the department $850,000, yet he was able to complete this with his design squad. Summa works closely with the district’s bridge maintenance coordinator to allow counties to reach bridge cleaning goals at an affordable cost. The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, from highway maintenance and driver and vehicle services workers, to traffic control specialists, communications staff and design and engineering specialists.
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camille Holmes has been promoted to the position of regional vice president at the insurance brokerage firm specializing in group employee benefits and senior insurance needs.
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celebration and, in 2015, he was inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the American Accounting Association Outstanding Service Award. For the past academic year, he served as the interim chair of the accounting department at St. Louis University. Krull received his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University, respectively, and he received an honorary degree from Northern Illinois University. The university awarded seven professors 2017 Faculty Development Summer Grants, which are intended to promote scholarship and curriculum development efforts by faculty members. Sean Brennan, Ph.D., associate professor of history, will research “Ike’s Man at the UN: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the United Nations 1953-1961.” Brennan joined Scranton’s faculty in 2009. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst University, a master’s degree from Villanova University and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. UniveRSiTY Of ScRAnTOn Arthur catino, Ph.D., The university has named George w. Krull assistant professor of Jr., Ph.D., as a global strategic adviser for its new chemistry, will research “A Brennan doctor of business administration (DBA) program. New Method for the PreparaKrull served as a partner tion of Tetraarylmethanes.” in the executive office of Catino joined Scranton’s Grant Thornton LLP and faculty in 2013. He earned was the firm’s chief learning his bachelor’s degree from officer. Since retiring, he has Franklin & Marshall College remained active with the and his Ph.D. from the academic and professional University of Maryland. He accounting communities. He Catino was also a National Institutes Krull has served as an executiveof Health postdoctoral fellow in-residence and professor at Harvard University. of accounting at Bradley University where he was Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D., awarded emeritus status in 2011. professor of philosophy, will During his distinguished career, Krull has served study “Developing Philosowith the American Accounting Association, the Asphy Curriculum for the RN to sociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business BSN Program at the UniverInternational, the American Institute of Certified sity of Scranton.” Haggerty, Haggerty Public Accountants and the Pathways Commission. who joined Scranton’s faculty He was a member of the AACSB International’s in 2005, earned his bachelor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, degree from St. Joseph’s has served four terms on the AACSB’s Accounting University and his Ph.D. from Accreditation Committee and continues doing busiSyracuse University. ness and accounting accreditation peer reviews. Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., In 2014, Krull was recognized as one of 100 associate professor of socioldistinguished graduates of Spears School at ogy, criminal justice and Oklahoma State during its centennial anniversary criminology, will research Jenkins
Her responsibilities will include building new client relationships with businesses and other groups throughout eastern Pennsylvania and ensuring that their employee benefit plans are consistent with their company goals. She Holmes also will advise clients about compliance with the Affordable Care Act and other federal regulations, as well as online benefit administration. In addition, she will assure that the firm’s account management team satisfies clients’ customer service needs regarding insurance claims, enrollments and other matters. Before joining the company in 2006, Holmes served as regional director at Arbor Education & Training. A Scranton native, Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree from Marywood University. She is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Women’s Golf Association representing Elmhurst Country Club and is past president and executive board member of its women’s association.
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James H. Biko. Property Location: Carbondale City. Seller: John Ogozaly. Amount: $245,000. Pleasant Mount Welders Inc. Property Location: Carbondale Twp. Seller: Carbondale Center for Small Business. Amount: $399,000. Nathan Andrew Steele. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Seller: Michael F. Seppi. Amount: $405,000. Liddic Enterprises LLC. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: Mark T. Serrenti. Amount: $275,000. Brendan Langan. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Seller: Douglas L. Sheldon. Amount: $290,000. Marc A, Arvonic. Property Location: Jefferson Twp.
Seller: Nicholas Mazzola Jr. Amount: $350,000. Mark D. Birtel. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Seller: LSF9 Master Participation Trust. Amount: $270,000. Kimberly A. Nicolosi. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Seller; Jason P. Antidormi. Amount: $250,000. Paul Rocco Stacchiotti. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Seller: Justin D. Pulman. Amount: $319,900. Michael Bradley. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Seller: David Grossi. Amount: $272,000. Jeffrey Hahn. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Seller: Michael J. Igneri. Amount: $256,500. Timothy R. Dougherty. Property Location: LaPlume Twp. Seller: James D. Yeakel. Amount: $308,000. Dangio Holding LLC. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Seller: Giovanni Nardella Est. Amount: $350,000.
PERSONNEL FILE “International Police and Civil Society Organizations in Peacekeeping.” Jenkins, who joined Scranton’s faculty in 2013, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Barry Kuhle, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, will study “On the Origin of the Evolution Revolution: Conversations with the Pioneers of Evolutionary Psychology, Biology and Anthropology.” Kuhle joined Scranton’s faculty in 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, will research “A Phenomenology of Nietzsche’s Free Spirit.” Meyer joined Scranton’s faculty in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Meyer University of St. Thomas, his master’s degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Boston University. Patricia Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, will study “Certified Hospice and Palliative Wright Nurse (CHPN) Certification and Practice Review.” Wright joined Scranton’s faculty in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Misericordia University and her Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.
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The company recently announced the appoint-
ment of Alison Myers as legal assistant. Her past experience includes call center operator at Martz Group and social media coordinator at EnergyBits. Myers is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Myers with a bachelor of arts in mass communications. She will be working with the company’s attorneys to ensure optimal service for the clients.
The bank has announced the promotion of Robert J. Mancuso to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Mancuso joined the bank in 2013 and most recently held the title of executive vice president and chief information officer, providing leadership of bank operations, information technology, branch administration, Mancuso marketing, project management, security, procurement, insurance risk and facilities management. He has served the banking industry in various executive leadership roles for over three decades and is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a bachelor of science degree in accounting, as well as a master of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting. He also holds a high honors degree from the University of Wisconsin School for Bank Administration. Mancuso resides in Dunmore with his wife, Lorraine, and has two sons, attorney Robert and Richard.
James E. Cammerota. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Seller: Fitzgerald Dev. Partnership. Amount: $445,000. Lisa I. Golden. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Seller: Glenmaura Commons LTD Partnership. Amount: $456,000. Robert W. Wenzler. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Seller: Carolyn Coval. Amount: $257,500. Raymond Deprimo. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Seller: Nicholas E. Pecuch. Amount: $277,000. 1230 Keyser LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Santo M. Gabriel. Amount: $375,000. Amy Stahller. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Inc. Amount: $334,500. Cartus Financial Corp. Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Hui Felix. Amount: $342,500. Brian P. Erickson. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Corel Somerville. Amount: $285,000. Jason A. Singleman. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Robert J. Bauman. Amount: $250,000. Jose Varela III. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Stephen F. Cannizzaro. Amount: $282,200. Anne Gallagher. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Inc. Amount: $332,000. Jamie Bray. Property Location: Throop Boro. Seller: Gary Beppler. Amount: $339,100. Cable Associates Realty LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Thomas G. Speicher. Amount: $800,000. Ashley Walsh. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Edward T. Reid. Amount: $275,000. 900 South State Street Realty LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Pedmar Inc. Amount: $375,000. Anthony Paul Debellis. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Robert E. Nolan Jr. Trust. Amount: $300,000. Andrew P. Brown. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Christopher G. Cardoni. Amount: $378,500. Cartus Financial Corp. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Miguel Medina. Amount: $267,000. Ari J. Green. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Cartus Financial Corp. Amount: $267,000. Tiffany A. Dickson. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Diane Colombo. Amount: $290,000. Joseph Laboranti. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Francis B. Steindel. Amount: $256,000. BlakelyRidge LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: James A. Zipay. Amount: $2,400,000.
Diane C. Insalaco. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Seller: Torre B. Ruth. Amount: $373,000. Edward Button Jr. Property Location: Nuangola Boro. Seller: Kevin R. Foley. Amount: $510,000. Dariusz Bulczak. Property Location: W. Pittston Boro. Seller: M. Dean Montgomery. Amount: $350,000. Andrew Rodgers. Property Location: Wright Twp. Seller: Dan S. Butoi. Amount: $425,000. Midway SC LLC. Property Location: Wyoming Boro. 5 Parcels. Seller: Sin Ventures Midway LP. Amount: $17,555,000. Lawrence J. Montante. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Cartus Financial Corporation. Amount: $459,900. John T. Metza Jr. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Melissa Louise Chertow. Amount: $500,000. Siva Davuluri. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Seller: Kirk H. Johnson. Amount: $350,000. Robin Galaskewicz. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Sean R. Baker Amount: $320,000. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: RCH Mortgage Fund IV LLC. Amount: $1,429,920. Christopher Neyman. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Lori Wright. Amount: $265,000. Kimberly Ann Butler. Property Location: Kingston
Boro. Seller: James Kean. Amount: $289,900. Future Investment Property LLC. Property Location: Wyoming Boro. Seller: William E. Flock Jr. Amount: $414,000. Donald Scarnulis. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Brian Michael Goodman. Amount: $474,000. MAA UMIYA Hospitality LLC. Property Location: Wilkes Barre city. Seller: 880 Gayatri LLC. Amount: $3,550,000. Jason Millard. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Seller: Diane Opeil. Amount: $335,000. Mary Lou Yanovitch. Property Location: Franklin Twp. Seller: Ronald David Danko. Amount: $345,000. Kathleen Francis. Property Location: Laflin Boro. Seller: Judy Ann Lunney. Amount: $330,000. Leo Gustein. Property Location: Harveys Lake Boro. Seller: Debra L. Lefkowitz. Amount: $325,000. TEOS LLC. Property Location: Hanover Twp. Seller: Geminus Real Estate LLC. Amount: $1,900,000. N&D Realty LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Wilkes-Barre Hospital Company LLC. Amount: $700,000. Bruce Joseph Jannuzzi. Property Location: Exeter Boro. Seller: Lee Lispi. Amount: $250,000. OLP Pittston PA LLC. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Seller: 1001 Sathers Drive Investors LLC. Amount: $12,000,000. William E. Vinsko Jr. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Seller: John E. Halbing III. Amount: $413,005. Semuteh Rogers. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Francis Charron. Amount: $504,000. Heather Wittmer. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Fannie Mae. Amount: $276,000. Johann Koenig. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Seller: Yamulla Robert. Amount: $351,000. Thomas Buckler Jr. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Seller: Bruce Fine. Amount: $302,000. DMN LLC. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre City, Two Parcels. Seller: W&D LLC. Amount: $595,000. Joshua Blechle. Property Location: Ross Twp. Seller: Charles E. Edkins. Amount: $269,000. Geoffrey D. Johnson. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Stephen J. Brill. Amount: $353,000. Joseph M. Gober. Property Location: West Pittston Boro. Seller: Amber Dempsey. Amount: $375,000. 160 Street LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Aileen Benedict. Amount: $275,000. Nathan Robert Myers. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Seller: Walden Estates Inc. Amount: $265,586. Colbco LLC. Property Location: Ashley Boro. Four Parcels. Seller: First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $510,000. Gerald P. Scranta. Property Location: Kingston Twp. Seller: John P. Riccetti. Amount: $325,000. West Side Real Estate Holdings LLC. Property Location: Swoyersville Boro. Seller: Sandra Adonizio. Amount: $340,000. Chad T. Brisendine. Property Location: Butler Twp. Three Parcels. Seller: Goliath Properties Inc. Amount: $280,000. Geisinger Clinic. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Two Parcels. Seller: Hughes Partnership Venture LLC. Amount: $1,500,000. Geisinger Clinic. Property Location: Kingston Borough. Seller: William Shonk Hughes. Amount: $250,000. Joseph Bisulca. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Chun Sik Chang. Amount: $245,000. Michael D. Weaver. Property Location: Lake Twp. Seller: Char-Mar Development Inc. Amount: $1,500,000. Scott K. Stotle. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Drew A. Jones. Amount: $390,000. Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. Property Location: White Haven Boro. Seller: Pillapakkam Narasimhan. Amount: $292,000.
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William S. Klinger. Property Location: White Haven Boro. Seller: Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. Amount: $292,000. Vereit BE Portfolio LLC. Property Location: WilkesBarre Twp. Seller: Ber Real Estate Investments I LLC. Amount: $1,195,501. Richard L. Templeton. Property Location: Union Twp. Seller: Robert E. Weiss Jr. Amount: $489,000. John Zeneski. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Zivorad Novic. Amount: $320,000. Theodore Leszcynski. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Seller: Marilyn A. Heuchert. Amount: $355,000. White Haven RE LLC. Property Location: White Haven Boro. Seller: M. Archangel Inc. Amount: $650,000. Nanticoke Municipal Authority. Property Location:
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Nanticoke City. Seller: Arm 3 LLC. Amount: $825,000. Jeffrey J. Barrett. Property Location: Harveys Lake Boro. Seller: Constance V. Evans. Amount: $300,000. New Prime Inc. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Seller: Crown Enterprises Inc. Amount: $954,000. Dime Bank. Property Location: Exeter Boro. Three Parcels. Seller: ETK Ventures LP. Amount: $1,800,000.
Mark Hug. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Saglinda Roberts. Amount: $550,000. Gary Roegiers. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Seller: Alan Kaffenberger. Amount: $344,500. Village at Twin Falls LLC. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Ann Rosenberg. Amount: $575,000. Heet Manison Corp. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: Eugene Coughlin. Amount: $350,000. DJ Holdings LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Marvin Papillion. Amount: $275,000 Camelback Resort LLC. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Hospitality Associates of Tannersville LP. Amount: $3,120,000 John Landis. Property Location: Eldred Twp. Seller: Joseph Farda. Amount: $449,000. Pocono Medical Center T/A. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Seller: Lillian Lovecchio Est. Amount: $250,000. RBCE LLC. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Seller: Steven Genyk. Amount: $625,000. Jason Menegus. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Seller: Adam Busch. Amount: $327,000. George Kuchek. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Donald Henry. Amount: $330,000. Todd Zeliznik. Property Location: Polk Twp. Seller: Bernard Barrios. Amount: $415,000. Paul Gyabaa-Anoibsag. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Nelson Diaz. Amount: $345,000. Charles Osei. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Key Lim. Amount: $425,000. Patrick Murray. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Seller: Edward Mosquera. Amount: $295,000. Nichole Felder. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Fannie Mae, KML Law Group PC. Amount: $325,000. 503 Camelback Road LLC. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Percudani House III LP. Amount: $460,000 Mariusz Cieciorko. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Mt. Tom Road Properties LLC. Amount: $840,000. Alexander Volvovsky. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Seller: Toloco Terrain LLC. Amount: $315,000. Brian Kerins. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: Douglas Kleintop. Amount: $435,000. Kyle Mosley. Property Location: Paradise Twp. Seller: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $329,800.
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Saul Reiter. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Seller: Barth Rubin. Amount: $843,750. Wanda Wusocki-Cieciorko. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Seller: Michael Baxter. Amount: 4445,000. Jasmin Wuintana-Aponte. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: DE&S Properties Inc. Amount: $300,000. MADB Holdings LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Richard Dickinson Jr. Amount: $250,000. Brian Crosby. Property Location: Eldred Twp. Seller: Christopher Yusko. Amount: $345,000. Anil Patel. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Robert Buff. Amount: $14,800,000/ BFG Pocono Dst. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Seller: Pocono Senior Housing LLC. Amount: $14,800,000. Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: Township of Tobyhanna. Amount: $1,428,538. Norma Suarez. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Seller: LTS Homes LLC. Amount: $309,000.
Howard Genden. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Timothy B, Crowley. Amount: $450,000. James L Davison. Property Location Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Richard A. Davison. Amount: $345,000. Michael H. Sosin. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Vera Kagan. Amount: $285,000. Peter P. Bellisano Jr. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Hemlock Farms Lakefront Views LLC. Amount: $515,000. JLNSM LLC. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Seller: Richard Johnston. Amount: $330,000. Juan A. Ruiz. Property Location: Delawlare Twp. Seller: William A. Frobose. Amount: $315,000. Michael A. Ciarelli. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Kevin Sproul. Amount: $251,000. Aaron Raizenberg. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Joseph Kenavan. Amount: $265,000. Patricia Balavender. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Simeon Dobrev. Amount: $287,000. Donald A. Emeigh. Property Location: Greene Twp. Seller: James F. Bert. Amount: $379,000. Richard J. Venezia. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: George Profeta. Amount. $375,000. Nicholas Leccese. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: Andrew James Sharp. Amount: $345,000. Michael Coyle. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: Leonard Reiss. Amount: $365,000. Christopher H. Decarolis. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: Nicholas Caragiulo. Amount: $284,000. Smokes 2 Go Corp. Property Location: Matamoras Boro. Seller: BZ Properties LLC. Amount: $590,000. OM Sai Corp. of PA. Property Location: Matamoras Boro. Seller: BZ Properties LLC. Amount: $1,300,000. Dale A. Thatcher. Property Location: Milford Boro. Seller: Michael Anthony. Amount: $340,000. Milford Highlands 57 LLC. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: Milford Highlands PA LLC. Amount: $850,000. Matthew Basztura. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: Shi8rley Vella. Amount: $275,000. Ronald Gorham. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: James E. Switzer. Amount: $305,000. James Cosman. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: Secretary of Housing & Urban Development. Amount: $270,000. William A. Fox. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: John G. Cunningham. Amount: $265,000. Nicholas E. O’Neill. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Gary M. Frigo. Amount: $734,900. Kevin S. Beiner. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Eugene T. Kennedy. Amount: $545,000. Maurice A. Ryman. Property Location: Palmyra Twp.
Seller: Simons Company. Amount: $1,300,000. Ramin Safai. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Patrick Martin Jr. Amount: $355,000. Geogory D. Lafferty. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Alex Zidock Jr. Amount: $530,000. Douglas G. Cappellini. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Gary Bechtold. Amount: $308,000. Arthur Primo Carpana. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Seller: Rivers Edge LP. Amount: $294,000. Salvatore Congemi. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Seller: John Stancarone. Amount: $280,000. Cartus Financial Corporation. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Seller: John J. Chambers III. Amount: $290,000. OM SAI Corp. of PA. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Seller: BZ Properties LLC. Amount: $1,300,000. OM SAI Corp. of PA. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Seller: Cash Matrix LLC. Amount: $675,000. Roger Muschlitz. Property Location: Shohola Twp. Seller: Gary Tubman. Amount: $425,000.
Evergreen Capital Partners LLC. Property Location: Orwigsburg. Seller: KSSW LLC. Amount: $300,000. Nathan Roberts. Property Location: Orwigsburg. Seller: Amber Wessner. Amount: $258,000. Cressona Gardens LLC. Property Location: Cressona. Seller: Ghaffar Bilal. Amount: $1,275,000.
Frank J. Delise, Trustee. Property Location: Lake. Seller: Gary Enslin. Amount: $292,000.
Ronald Viezorek. Property Location: Tunkhannock Boro. Seller: Nelson J. Post Jr. Amount: $290,000. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC. Property Location: Eaton Twp. Seller: Robert Long. Amount: $867,800. Nicholas Perez Jr. Property Location: Tunkhannock Boro. Seller: Anthony J. Wisnosky. Amount: $722,400. Arthur D. Faraday. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Seller: J&L Development Corp. Amount: $519,000. Christopher D. Black. Property Location: Nicholson Twp. Seller: W. Jamin Merritt. Amount: $287,000.
MORTGAGES LACKAWANNA COUNTY
SBWB LLC. Property Location: Carbondale City. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $250,000. Nathan Andrew Steele. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Lender: CMG Mortgage Inc. Amount: $312,000. Peter M. Auth. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Finance of America Mortgage LLC. Amount: $252,543. Michael P. Guy Trust. Property Location: Fells Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $356,000. Brenden Langen. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: $290,000. SBWB LLC. Property Location: Greenfield Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. . Amount: $250,000. Ryan D. Prendergast. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Amount:$332,500. Mathew J. Kuplack. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $360,000. Kevin J. Kowalski. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank. Amount: $260,000. Paul Rocco Stacchiotti. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $303,905. Christopher A. Cappellini. Property Location: Jeffer-
FOR THE RECORD son Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $319,500. Jeffrey M. Hahn. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount:$251,853. Kimberly Ann Bracey. Property Location: Madison Twp. Lender: FNCB. Amount: $254,000 Dangio Holding LLC. Property Location: Mayfield Boro. Lender: Nardella Giovanni Est. Amount: $250,000. Raymond C. Rinaldi II. Property Location Moosic Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep. & Disc Bk. Amount:$424,000. Lisa I. Golden. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $410.400. HIT Portfolio I Owner LLC. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: Deutsche Bank AG. Amount: $805,000,000. Route 690 Partners LLC. Property Location: Moscow Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $475,000. Timothy I. McLain Jr. Property Location: Moscow Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $363,400. Lida Development Co. Inc. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $2,570,000. Thomas Finnerty. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $320,000. MJ Development LLC. Property Location: Olyphant Boro. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: $950,000. Ryan Peil. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: NET Federal Credit Union. Amount: $316,512. HIT Portfolio I Owner LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Deutsche Bank AG. Amount: $805,000,000. Richard M. Walsh Trust. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $300,000. Laurie A. Naughton. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Penn East Federal Credit Union. Amount: $4,000,000. Cedar Lackawanna Partners. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $326,000. Furniture Executives No. 2 LP. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Northwest Bank. Amount: $8,287,500. Kushal Pal. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $327,000. Brian P. Erickson. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Reg Sys Inc. Amount: $270,750. Jose Varela III. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $273,734. Gravel Pond Townhouses Inc. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,500,000. Gravel Pond Townhouses Inc. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,500,000. Charles A. Potter. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Synergy One Lending Inc. Amount: $394,500. Charles A. Potter. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: USA HUD. Amount: $394,500. Patrick M. Rogan. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $500,000. Cable Associates Realty LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: $1,275,000. Brian Venson. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Pacific Union Financial. Amount: $250,690. Karf LTD. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: David B. Feibus. Amount: $616,000. Denzel Construction Co. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount; $272,000. Cloverleaf Developers LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $500,000.
Anthony Paul Debellis. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Finance of America Mortgage LLC. Amount: $270,000. Damski Builders & Design LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $297,000. Exchangeright Net Leased Portfolio 16 LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Barclays Bank PLC. Amount: $32,722,000. Charles Kirkpatrick. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. $316,000 Ari J. Green. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $253,650. Joseph J. Laboranti. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Stearns Lending Inc. Amount: $251,363. Patrick M. Rogan. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $500,000. BlakelyRidge LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Commonwealth Financial Authority. Amount: 2,918,510.
Ryan Howard Gilson. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Lender: Citizens Savings Bank. Amount: $310,000. John T. Metza Jr. Property Location: Rice Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $500,000. Andrew Rodgers. Property Location: Wright Twp. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank. Amount: $340,000. Edward Button Jr. Property Location: Nuangola Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $408,000. Paul J. Dagostin. Property Location: Salem Twp. Four Parcels. Lender: FNB Bank. Amount: $320,000. Ronald A. Hertz. Property Location: Black Creek Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $246,000.
Suburban Choice Realty Inc. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $525,000. Village at Twin Falls LLC. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $460,000. Daniel Perich. Property Location: Paradise Twp. Lender: First Northern Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $454,000. DJ Holdings LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Marvin Papillion. Amount: $275,000. RGB Homes LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $300,000. Century Realty MP LLC. Property Location: Mt. Pocono. Lender: First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $250,000. Camelback Resort LLC. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Parke Bank. Amount: $3,675,000. John Landis. Property Location: Eldred Twp. Lender: Santander Bank NA. Amount: $359,200. Mountain Hollow Estate LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $2,001,396. DEPG Stroud Associates III LP. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $865,000. James Jencarelli. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Affinity Federal Credit Union. Amount: $337,500. Craig Becker. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $1,098,750. Todd Zeliznik. Property Location: Polk Twp. Lender: New Penn Financial LLC. Amount: $394,250. 503 Camelback Road LLC. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: First Position Service Co. Inc. Amount: $460,000.
Saul Reiter. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $624,000. DLP Building North LLC. Property location: Smithfield Twp. Lender: Vipul Shah. Amount: $530,000. Anil Patel. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: First Hope Bank NA. Amount: $304,000. Udeme Inyang. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: LoanDepot.com. Amount. $356,000. Rupalben Patel. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Lender: Noah Bank. Amount: $4,000,000. BFG Pocono DST. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $10,000,000. DEBG Bartonsville Route 611 Plaza LP. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: 4,052,000. DEBG Parcel D LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $4,052,000. DEPG Parcel D LLC and DEPG Brothers LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $1,393,000. Jussain Malik. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $774,000.
Matthew S. Basztura. Property Location: Milford Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $270,608. Nicholas E. O’Neill. Property Location: Milford Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $587,920. Arthur Primo Carpana. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $265410. Kevin S. Beiner. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA. Amount: $457,800. Peter P. Belltsano Jr. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Lender: NBT Bank NA Amount: $300,000. Tanglwood Resort Master Association Inc. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $735,000. Robert Todd Buran. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Navy Federal Credit Union. Amount: $337,095. Ursula Rutz. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $309,294. Ramin Safai. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $255,000. Gregory D. Lafferty. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Amount: $424,000. Frank Rowe. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration System Inc. Amount: $300,000. Douglas G. Cappellini. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $277,200. Independence Drive Associates LP. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $1,350,000. Douglas R. Luhrs. Property Location: Milford Boro. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $1,350,000. OM SAI Corporation of PA. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Lender: Noah Bank. Amount: $4,000,000. Om SAI Corporation of PA. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Lender: Noah Bank. Amount: $4,000,000. OM SAI Corporation of PA. Property Location: Matamoras Boro. Lender: Noah Bank. Amount: $4,000,000.
Phillip Keil. Property Location: Gordon Nagle Trail. Lender: Riverview Bank. Amount: $286,272.70. Preston Kender. Property Location: Mountain Rd., Hegins. Lender: 1st Guarantee Mtg. Co. Amount: $280,000. Cressona Gardens LLC. Property Location: Cressona. Lender: Northfield Bank. Amount: $956,250.
Idgara Ventures LLC. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Amount: $2,071,900. Frederick J. Buglione. Property Location: Manchester. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $245,000. Lake Ariel DG LLC. Property Location: Salem. Lender: First Partners Bank. Amount: $2,280,000.
Nicholas Perez Jr. Property Location: Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $498,825.
This report on insider trading activity has been prepared for informational purposes only by James Blazejewski, CFP, Senior Vice President-Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors, 672 North River Street, Suite 300, Plains, PA 18705. It is based on information generally available to the public from sources believed to be reliable. No representation is made that the information is accurate or complete and it does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security. Current information contained in this report is not indicative of future activity. Wells Fargo Advisors, is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Source of data: Thomson Financial
INSIDER TRADING ACTIVITY ON STOCkS OF LOCAL INTEREST FOR AUGUST (CBU – 55.68) COMMUNITY BANK SYSTEM INC. Nicholas DiCerbo, director of Community Bank System Inc., sold 3,000 shares on June 29 at $56.03 per share for total proceeds of $168,082. DiCerbo controls 186,622 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of Community Bank System Inc. acquired 26,938 shares and disposed of 36,496 shares.
(CZNC- 23.40) CITIZENS & NORTHERN CORPORATION Jan Fisher, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation purchased 263 shares on July 7 at $23.71 per share for a total cost of $6,237. Fisher controls 14,364 shares directly. Frank Pellegrino, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation purchased 315 shares on July 7 at $23.71 per share for a total cost of $7,470. Pellegrino controls 4,283 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of Citizens & Northern Corporation acquired 1,831 shares.
(FKYS – 26.50) FIRST KEYSTONE CORPORATION John Bazewicz, director of First Keystone Corporation, sold 1,000 shares on June 20 at $27 per share for total proceeds of $27,000. Bazewicz controls 30,821 shares directly. (FDBC – 44) FIDELITY D&D BANCORP INC. Kristin O’Donnell, director of Fidelity D&D Bancorp Inc., purchased 108 shares on July 5 at $46.33 per share for a total cost of $4,999. O’Donnell controls 43,810 shares indirectly. (NWFL – 41.95) NORWOOD FINANCIAL CORPORATION William Lance, chief financial officer of Norwood Financial Corporation, exercised options for 1,650 shares on June 28 (exercised 3.5 years prior to the expiration date) at $25.25 per share for a total cost of $41,663 and on the same date sold those shares at $42 per share for total proceeds of $69,300. Lance controls 1,500 shares directly and 2,200 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Norwood Financial Corporation acquired 11,188 shares and disposed of 9,600 shares.
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