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M A K I NG A WO R L D OF DIFFERENCE O u r A lu m n i C o n t i n u e to Seek the Magis


President Quinn

‘Love is Shown More in Deeds than in Words’ — ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

On the Commons 4-11 Athletics 28-30 Alumni News 34-37 Class Notes 38-48



President’s Message Dear World Without Scranton ... Q & A with Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Royals Abound in DePaul

Our Fulbright Story


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Dear Alumni, St. Ignatius instilled in the Jesuits a restless desire for excellence, the magis, but this restlessness was to be grounded in gratitude for all that God has done and is doing in our lives and in our world. As our team shared with me the stories for this issue of The Scranton Journal, I could not help but be deeply grateful of all that our students, faculty, staff and alumni are accomplishing. On campus, we are starting our school year by dedicating the Loyola Science Center, the most ambitious project in our history, as part of a semester-long celebration. On its surface, the building has transformed the skyline of campus. Within, the laboratories, classrooms and gathering spaces are empowering our faculty and students to take Scranton’s well-deserved reputation for excellence in science education and research to new heights. Within this issue, we reflect on another Scranton tradition – the incomparable success of graduates in securing Fulbright Fellowships, the nation’s most competitive international grants. There is much more: the inspiring story of Tim Burke, Esq. ’89, the thoughtprovoking messages of “Dear World,” and the reflections of recent graduates in “Without Scranton” who ponder how their experience here has changed them. Just a few short weeks ago, we welcomed the class of 2016 in our usual fashion – hundreds of volunteers helping our first-year students to feel right at home and amazing parents with how quickly they can unload boxes. As I begin my second year, I want to thank you for welcoming me so warmly into the Scranton family. I look forward to the coming year and beyond with the confidence that this great Catholic and Jesuit university will continue to thrive through the hard work of our students, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the love and generosity of our alumni and friends. God bless you all.

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. President

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Your Take Scranton Lucky to Have Hardisky I never had a chance to take a class with Dr. Hardisky (Get to Know Michael A. Hardisky, Ph.D.; Spring 2012 Journal), but I got to know him anyway, and I can tell you that he is a wonderful man and Scranton is truly lucky to have him as a faculty member. As for the Pig Roast, it was one of my fondest memories from Scranton and a great reason for an alum to come back every year. – KEVINBERRY7406


Tommy Kopetskie DESIGNER


Kevin Southard Stan M. Zygmunt ’84, G’95 ASSOCIATE WRITERS

Men and Women for Others That makes me proud to be a graduate of Scranton (Providing Hope in Haiti; Spring 2012 Journal). Thanks for being Men and Women for others. – Efosa L. Guobadia, PT, DPT


Margery Gleason STUDENT EDITOR

Melissa DeSoto ’14 PHOTOGRAPHY

Terry Connors Carol McDonald Jim O’Connor Joshua Siglin, M.D. ’04 Kevin Southard PRESIDENT


Gerald C. Zaboski ’87, G’95

Decades-Old Definition Stands the Test of Time The definition of Dr. Stevenson is what I particularly admire (Entrepreneurship: Seizing Your Opportunities; Spring 2012 Journal). How he restructured the meaning of entrepreneurship is actually a brilliant one. Truly, it is more than a mere field. It is a process – a process of seizing opportunities. – Postcards by PrintPlace

Putting the Student in Student-Athlete I am so proud of my nephew (Above the Competition: Anthony Duchnowski; Spring 2012 Journal). He is a very determined young man and has always had high expectations for himself. He knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it. –Spaone


Lori J. Nidoh ’80, G’89 The Strength of Our Scranton Family What a beautiful letter and tribute (Remembering Michael Mulhall ’10; Spring 2012 Journal). The Scranton family is endless and each of our four years binds us for a lifetime.


Valarie J. Clark The Scranton Journal is published by The University of Scranton for its alumni and friends.

– Michelle Smith ’88

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On the Commons Russell Presented with Arrupe Award

Pictured (from left) are Rick Malloy, S.J., vice president for university mission and ministry; Maria Marx ’12; Stephanie Russell, Arrupe Award recipient; Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president; and Brian Conniff, Ph.D., G’80, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

In recognition of her commitment to the advancement of Jesuit ideals and identity, Stephanie Russell, Marquette University’s vice president for mission and ministry, was presented with Scranton’s annual Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries on May 3. At Marquette, Russell promotes the institution’s mission and identity by focusing on core Catholic values and social teaching, the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage, and interreligious dialogue. In addition, she oversees the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Campus Ministry. “Both on Marquette’s campus and throughout the country, Stephanie has worked to create a community of leaders, equipped with a deep understanding of our mission and the tools to go forth and articulate it,” says Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president. The Arrupe Award, which the University instituted in 1995, is named in honor of the late Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983.

Lynett-Haggerty Family to Receive President’s Medal

Cecelia L. Haggerty

Edward J. Lynett Jr. ’65

George V. Lynett, Esq., G’71

William R. Lynett ’72

The Lynett-Haggerty family, owners of Times-Shamrock Communications, will be presented with the University’s President’s Medal at the President’s Business Council (PBC) Eleventh Annual Award Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4, at The Pierre in New York City. This represents the first time that a family (Cecelia L. Haggerty, Edward J. Lynett Jr. ’65, George V. Lynett, Esq., G’71, and William R. Lynett ’72) has been recognized at the annual gala. The third generation of family ownership of The Scranton Times, which has grown to become Times-Shamrock Communications, has maintained a close relationship with the University over the past few decades, so it is most appropriate that they are honored collectively. Natives of Scranton, members of the Lynett-Haggerty family are very active in the local community through their service on numerous boards and philanthropic interests. In presenting an honoree with the President’s Medal, the University and the PBC recognize excellence in their field and extraordinary compassion for others. Proceeds from the Annual Award Dinner support the University’s Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund.

That’s Nice of You to Say Forbes Positions Scranton Among America’s Best For the fifth consecutive year, Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges” included Scranton. The University was ranked No. 293 among the 650 universities in the nation selected. Scranton Makes the Honor Roll Thanks in part to the University’s commitment to service, Scranton was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. The national distinction recognizes universities “that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.” 4


U.S. News Continues to Recognize University For the 19th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scranton among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the North” in the 2013 edition of its “Best Colleges” guidebook. In its 2013 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” listings, U.S. News also recognized several of the University master’s degree programs. Eleven Years & Counting This marks the 11th consecutive year that Scranton has made The Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges” guidebook. According to the guidebook’s publisher, outstanding academics is the primary criteria for inclusion in the book.



An Invitation to a Conversation

Jesuit Center Looks to Provide Faculty & Staff with ‘Faith-Filled’ Answers

Years ago, as a young educator at St. Joseph’s Preparatory in Philadelphia, Ryan Maher, S.J., first learned of the devoted community at The University of Scranton from his former students who returned home from college. “I taught at St. Joseph’s for a number of years. We sent all types of students to Scranton and they all came back and said, ‘I love it, I love it, I love it,’” Father Maher recalls. “When I would ask them why, they would all say, ‘It’s a family; it’s a home; it’s a community. I feel loved. I feel taken care of it.’ It happened so many years in a row, I knew it wasn’t a fluke. These kids were articulating a reality.” As he settles into his role as founding executive director of the University’s new Jesuit Center, Father Maher will get to experience first hand the community he has heard so much about. In his new position, Father Maher is charged with engaging Scranton faculty and staff in the University’s mission, ensuring its Catholic and Jesuit identity remains at the core of their work and, equally important, their lives. He says The Jesuit Center’s purpose boils down to a simple question for University of Scranton employees, “What difference does it make that I work at a Jesuit university?” “We want to be a resource to help them come to an answer,” he says. Father Maher knows that, with its pristine campus, energetic students and bustling faculty and staff members, Scranton may resemble other institutions of higher education. “It’s very easy to lose track of what’s important because we look like every other university at the surface,” he says. “But one of the wonderful things about working at a Catholic, Jesuit university is that a faith-fed worldview underlines everything we do. The point of The Jesuit Center is to help people realize that The University of Scranton isn’t about the surface.”

While the center is still taking shape, Father Maher, who will be supported by assistant director Ryan Sheehan, Esq., knows where to begin: with conversation. “Human conversation is a privileged arena of the action of the Holy Spirit,” he says. “When intelligent people honestly talk to one another about things that really matter, powerful things can happen.”


... one of the wonderful things about working at a Catholic, Jesuit university is that a faithfed worldview underlines everything we do. Through conversations – created at lectures, retreats and service trips – Father Maher hopes to give Scranton employees resources that will help them recognize and respond to God’s invitation. “One of the underpinnings of Jesuit education – and it’s why Jesuits are so successful at educating young people – is this feltto-the-bone knowledge that God is active in every single part of life,” says Father Maher. “Through our many educational and formational programs, the University invites our students, professors and staff members to choose to cooperate with this activity of God, which is always happening in and around them. “The question before us everyday is, ‘Are we willing to cooperate with God?’” The center’s success truly hinges on the quality and quantity of the conversations it produces, concludes Father Maher. “In a year from now, if people could say, ‘The center is a place where you can go to get a sane, intelligent, faith-filled answer to the question, ‘What are we doing here, and why are we doing it?’ That’s success,” he says.

Meet Father Maher Prior to joining Scranton, Ryan Maher, S.J., was an associate dean and a professorial lecturer in theology and Catholic studies at Georgetown University. He previously served as the director of Catholic studies and was the founding faculty member of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service campus in Doha, Qatar. He previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, and as a teacher at Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C., and St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia. Father Maher entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1986 and was ordained a priest in 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and a master’s degree in divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif. He earned his doctorate from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif. FA LL 2012



Turns 20! When the Weinberg Memorial Library first opened in June 1992, the Internet was in its infancy. Instead of Google and Wikipedia, University students made use of a then state-of-the-art CD-ROM network. It wasn’t actually prehistoric, it just seems that way. In recognition of the library’s 20th anniversary, the University has organized several events to celebrate its milestone. Among the noteworthy events is the presentation of the 2012 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award to Jay Parini, Ph.D., H’05 on Sept. 29. An award-winning poet, biographer, fiction writer and educator, Dr. Parini penned the novel “The Last Station,” which recounts the last year in the life of Russian author Leo Tolstoy. See the accompanying list for a complete rundown of the upcoming Weinberg Memorial Library anniversary events, which continue through March 2013. While much has changed in two decades, Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency, is particularly proud of what hasn’t: the library’s steadfast commitment to excellence, innovation and responsiveness. “We look at everything we do through three lenses,” says Kratz of his staff. “How well we are advancing the mission and strategic plan of the University, how well we are meeting the needs of our students and faculty, and how well we are promoting sustainable practices within the library.”

1 A time capsule was added behind a wall of an exterior pillar of the newly constructed Weinberg Memorial Library. Pictured (from left) are Library Director Charles E. Kratz, former University President J.A. Panuska, S.J., and former Provost Richard Passon, Ph.D. 2 The groundbreaking ceremony for the Weinberg Memorial Library was held on July 12, 1990. Pictured (from left) are then Bishop of Scranton James C. Timlin, D.D., and former University Presidents J.A. Panuska, S.J., and William J. Byron, S.J. 3 Here is another look at the new Weinberg Memorial Library at the building’s dedication ceremony.



Upcoming Library Anniversary Events ‘Libraries & the Moral Life’ – Carolyn Brown, Director of the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library Congress Thursday, Oct. 25 • 5:30 p.m. Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 Free & open to the public. Reservations are preferred. Native Son: Stephen Karam in Conversation with Paul Holdengraber

Once You Pop ... You don’t have to stop – at least according to a recent research study by Scranton Chemistry Professor Joe Vinson, Ph.D. Dr. Vinson – and Michael G. Coco ’13, an undergraduate chemistry major who participated in the study – reported that popcorn contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols” than fruits and vegetables. *Though Dr. Vinson points out that popcorn cannot replace fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. The duo presented their findings at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, in San Diego, Calif., in March. Upon its publication, the study was reported by news outlets throughout the nation, including USA Today, CBS News and Men’s Health magazine.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 • 5:30 p.m. Center for Literary & Performing Arts, McDade Theatre Free & open to the public. Reservations are preferred. Václav Havel: Profile of a Hero Thursday, Nov. 8 • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509 Luncheon fee: $20 Reservations are preferred. Free to Schemel Forum members. Wine-tasting Fundraiser for the Weinberg Library & Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured Friday, Nov. 16 • 6 to 9 p.m. DeNaples Center Ballroom Fee: $20 in advance; $25 at door Reservations are preferred. War & Peace: Current Issues Tuesday, March 5, 2013 • 5:30 p.m. Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, Room 228 Free & open to the public. Reservations are preferred.



For information, contact Kym Fetsko at (570) 941-7816 or visit

Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Talarico Vanessa Silla-Zaleski Talarico, Ed.D., associate professor of education at Scranton, was named the 2011-12 Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year. The award, formally known as the Gannon Award, in honor of Fr. Edward Gannon, S.J., is the oldest teaching award at the University. Established in 1969 by the University’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor society for students in Jesuit colleges and universities, the award recognizes outstanding teaching among faculty. Student members of Alpha Sigma Nu select the professor to be honored. The citation read at the ceremony included comments submitted with ballots, such as “Dr. Talarico cares for each student [and is] committed to excellence.” Another wrote that “she is so willing to go above and beyond for any student.” Several students noted that she has served as a chaperone on international service trips, illustrating her commitment to students’ development outside as well as inside the classroom. Dr. Talarico joined the University faculty in 2005.

From left, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president, presents the Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Award to Vanessa Silla-Zaleski Talarico, Ed.D., with Alpha Sigma Nu moderator Thomas Hogan, Ph.D., professor of psychology.

Ferzola Named CASE Teacher of the Year The University named Anthony P. Ferzola, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, as its CASE Professor of the Year in recognition of his outstanding performance as a member of the faculty. In addition to teaching a broad range of mathematics classes, Dr. Ferzola has developed several courses during his more than 20-year tenure at the University. Together with Josephine Dunn, Ph.D., professor of history, he created the interdisciplinary course “Mathematics and the Visual Arts,” which he and Dr. Dunn team-teach. He also developed the capstone course for the biomathematics major “Topics in Biomathematics,” which he teaches. In addition, he has offered many tutorials and readers, including sabermetrics, which is the study of advanced statistics in baseball. Dr. Ferzola has received awards for academic research and teaching, including the Provost’s Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning from the University in 2007. He joined the faculty at the University in 1990.

Celebrating the


The University is celebrating the completion of the Loyola Science Center with a dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 28, at four o clock in the afternoon. The ceremony will be held on the Dionne Campus Green opposite the Commons entrance to the Loyola Science Center. It will be followed by a reception and tours. All are welcome The dedication kicks off a semester-long series of events to give the campus and community an opportunity to experience firsthand the center.

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Music, Music & Music


Hosting “fundraisers” at the Mad House to pay for utilities. Attending Father Gannon’s final class days before he passed. Working with President Panuska on student rights.

This is one of my favorite pictures from my days at “The U.” Neal Thompson ’87 and I met during orientation and immediately started playing music together. When Blaise Schroedersecker ’87 transferred to the University and began singing with us the following year, our trio “RNB” was born. We loved every moment of our three years spent entertaining friends at the campus coffeehouse “Crossroads” and at local late-night haunts. Often Neal, Blaise and I would depart Oscars after a gig, high-fiving each other and gloating about how much fun the evening was, when the owner would come running down Mulberry Street shouting, “Guys, you forgot to take your pay!” This old photo captures one of our last moments together on “Nevil’s Beach” during a warm spring afternoon with many of our classmates in attendance. It was a “last hurrah” of sorts as we felt the inevitability of graduation and its accompanying dispersion. The music scene was just one aspect of campus life. Most profoundly, the University gave me an opportunity to really reach, expand and blossom – and ultimately become myself. The Jesuit way of liberating minds from preconceived notions and present culture, lighting the fire of critical thought and curiosity, and fomenting a passion to serve has helped me succeed in everything I have pursued. In a world of such powerful persuasion toward questionable values, the morals I gained in those four years have kept me focused on what is truly important in life. Twenty-five years later, so many of our profound experiences have now become “sermons in stone.” I couldn’t wait to return for Reunion to see buildings now named after great people we communed with, plaques of professors who inspired us and, as the new photo shows, to jam with RNB again and reconnect with old friends. I wish that every student now and in the future might have such a memorable time at my alma mater.

–– RoB Montone ’87




By the Numbers: CLASS OF 2016

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First Graduation, Then Volunteering Twenty-three members of the University’s class of 2012 are working as long-term volunteers following graduation. The volunteers have committed to a variety of programs, including Teach for America, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Mercy Volunteer Corps. The graduates gathered with President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., for a reception during commencement weekend. Pictured are (front, from left) Cara Brindley, Kim Hosgood, Kathleen Kardos, Kelly Lillis, Father Quinn, Kathryn Rigby, Brittany Dolan, Veronica Dress and Nicole Golonski. Standing (from left) are Marianne Patterson, Laura Capasso, Kathleen Tuohy, Eddie Ocasio, Sarah Neitz, Rob Gadomski, Allison Davis, Rosa Todaro, Andrew Kelly, Katie Gonzalez, Michael Wiencek and Sal Frangipane. Caitlin Hopkins, Dave Hopp and Marie Libassi are absent from the photograph.


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Honored for Promoting Healthy Living

Pictured (from left) are Robert Cermignano ’14, Michelle Dougherty ’14, Alyssa Thorley ’13, Nora Henry ’14, Michael Wiencek ’12, Lori Moran, assistant director, Center for Service and Social Justice, Kady Luchetti ’12 and Gina-Lou Desplantes ’13. Absent from the photo are Kendrick Monestime ’12 and Timothy Plamondon ’14.

Committed to Serving Others

Through regular health initiatives, the University promotes healthy living to its students, faculty and staff. The institution’s commitment is obvious on campus, thanks in large part to its new 14,000-square-foot fitness center and multitude of dietary options in its on-campus dining facilities. These amenities were the focal point of a recent listing that ranked Scranton as the 25th “Healthiest” college in the United States, according to, an online source for health and fitness information.

Do you have 300 to 450 hours to devote to service? Nine Scranton students did, completing a year of community service projects and specialized service trips as AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania. Individually, the students worked with local organizations such as the St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton Habitat for Humanity, SMART mentoring program, Scranton Prep’s basketball team, STELLAR, St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, Goodwill GoodGuides mentoring program and EFFORT (Excess Food For Others Recovery Team). As a group, they helped organize the annual Center for Service and Social Justice’s Easter Eggstravaganza, which provides Easter baskets and other activities for area children. This marks the fourth consecutive year that University students have been honored with this award. FA LL 2012


Our Fulbright Tradition Continues Five University graduates were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Pictured (from left) are Harold Baillie, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost; Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president; Anna DiColli ’10, who was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in public health to Spain; Kathleen Lavelle ’12, who won a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Spain; Ellen (Maggie) Coyne ’12, who received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea; and Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright Program Adviser and associate professor of economics/finance. Fulbright recipients C.J. Libassi ’10, who won a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Spain, and Nicole Linko ’12, who will conduct research highlighting “The Transformation of the Estonian Economy” at the University of Tartu in Estonia, are absent from photo. For a more in-depth look at the University’s Fulbright program and its success, see page 24.

Double Major Earns Coveted Scholarship As if excelling with a double major in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and English wasn’t rare enough, Bradley M. Wierbowski ’13 just became even more notable. The double major earned one of the nation’s most coveted honors in science, mathematics and engineering – the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He joins just 282 students from elite colleges from across the nation – including just three Jesuit universities – to be awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. A member of the University’s Honors Program, Wierbowski is the 10th Scranton student in the past decade to receive this prestigious honor that recognizes excellence in research, as well as exceptional academic achievement in science, mathematics and engineering.

University Student’s Team Wins Business Plan Competition University of Scranton senior Andrew Torba won the 10th Annual Great Valley Business Plan Competition with his teammates Mike Toma and Charles Szymanski.

Andrew Torba ’13 (pictured) won the 10th Annual Great Valley Business Plan Competition with his teammates Mike Toma and Charles Szymanski.



In June, more than 200 professionals gathered to honor Andrew Torba ’13 and his business partners as they were named the winners of the 10th Annual Great Valley Business Plan Competition (GVBPC). This year’s GVBPC awarded $100,000 in cash and in-kind support to two entrepreneurial teams. Those eligible to enter the competition include students from the region’s 14 colleges and universities along with non-collegiate entrepreneurs. After careful deliberation, the judges selected collegiate team Kuhcoon LLC, whose team consisted of Torba, Mike Toma from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, and Charles Szymanski from the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Kuhcoon LLC is an interactive social media management and growth service. It’s mission is to provide business owners with “an extraordinary social media community,” according to Torba. Torba, a philosophy major with minors in both entrepreneurship and political science, first learned of the competition through the entrepreneurship program.

Zumba, Swimming & So Much More

Last fall, Rachael Gnias ’12 approached Bob Durkin with an offer hard to refuse: free swim lessons for his son and his friends in preparation for the Special Olympics season. As president of Phi Epsilon Kappa, the University’s exercise science honor society, Gnias knew plenty of students looking to make a difference. Durkin, whose 19-year-old son, Kevin, has Down syndrome, was the perfect person to ask because his family is regularly involved in recreational activities with other area adolescents with special needs. Durkin loved the idea, but there was one hiccup – Special Olympics swimming events are held in the spring, a few months away. Gnias thought for a moment and suggested that the honor society could host Zumba classes for the fall. But Durkin was hesitant at first. “What is a Zumba?” he asked curiously. Within weeks, Phi Epsilon Kappa members were leading the fitness dance program on campus, busting a move twice a month. Durkin was awestruck at how well the University students related with his son and the other special needs participants. “The University students had an innate empathy and capacity for connecting with the young men and women participating,” he says. “It would be easy to be intimidated, if you don’t understand the nature of the disabilities involved, but these students weren’t.” “This is something we just wanted to do,” says Gnias. “The zumba classes were lots of fun and fit

easily into students’ schedules. It was a huge success. The students really enjoyed participating.” The following semester, Phi Epsilon Kappa – led by its officers Antonietta Bruno ’12, Anahita Saadat ’12, Katie McAllister ’12 and Gnias – enlisted the services of University swim team members to help provide instruction for the spring semester swim practices. The two-hour practices ran weekly on Sunday afternoons from March through May in the Byron Recreation Complex. Most days somewhere between six and 12 swimmers – of all abilities – hit the pool for one-on-one instruction. Some practices’ attendance was even higher and there were two students for every Special Olympics swimmer, Durkin points out. “The University’s students were so committed,” he says. “You can’t help but think they might have something better to do on a Sunday afternoon. But they were there every week for us, and the kids loved it.” “The children gravitate to the students,” added Joe Paladino, a parent of a participant. “Learning from their peers is a different opportunity for the children.” Jean Sandberg, who organized the Special Olympics training program with the honors society, said the University students were “terrific with the children; showing patience, genuine care, encouragement and instruction.” McAllister feels the swimming lessons were just as worthwhile for her and her fellow students. “This project let me learn, have some fun and help in the community,” she says. “Working with the children has been a great experience. They have a special place in my heart.” FA LL 2012


‘If You Could Tell the World One Thing, What Would It Be?’

DEAR WORLD Difficult question to answer? No doubt.

Visit to read why Maria Marx chose the message, “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

That is exactly why photographer Robert X. Fogarty asked it to Scranton students, faculty and staff during the University’s “Dear World” event, sponsored by the USPB, in March. Those who elected to take part then scribbled a message on their body and had a photograph taken. The results are inspiring, light-hearted, thought-provoking and, best of all, from the heart. The Dear World event, which began as a campaign in New Orleans, La., for those who lost everything from flooding to share their message with the world, proved to be so popular that University students selected it as “Program of the Year” at the Student Leadership Awards this spring. “When I look at the pictures, I am still awed by the compelling words that people chose to share,” said co-organizer Maria Marx ’12. “The pictures capture students’ personalities and passions remarkably well, and looking at the pictures you can’t help but be swept into that passion.”

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tim Plamondon ’14, Kathryn Rigby ’12; Cathy Seymour,’90, G’98, University Minister, with her children, Liam & Lily; Janis Segura ’15



Emmanuel Akpan ’14

Michael Wiencek ’12; Rick Malloy, S.J., Vice President for University Mission & Ministry; Dana Walsh ’12 FA LL 2012


A MOMENT WORTH CAPTURING Commencement Weekend Celebrates 1,700 Graduates We wonder if that photograph* ever got printed? If not, we completely understand – our recent graduates have been busy. Commencement and the months that follow, much like your years at Scranton, are proof that time goes by too fast. Graduation is just a fleeting interlude between four-plus years spent studying, learning and growing, and your arrival in the real world. At this year’s commencement ceremonies, we conferred more than 1,700 degrees, distributed to Royals hailing from 15 different states – 41 if you count post-baccalaureate graduates. Each one of them heads off on their own journey, destined for their own triumphs and tribulations – though strengthened by the lessons learned on the Commons. Presiding over his first commencement, President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., challenged the graduating class to “make Ignatius’ charge, ‘to love and serve in all things,’ your own. This is the value-added of a Scranton education, and for this we and the faculty are rightly proud.”

‘Remember, you are sons and daughters of The University of Scranton forever.’


Total graduates: 1,709 Total doctoral degrees: 59 – Largest number of DPT degrees in Scranton’s history Total master’s degrees: 762 – Largest number in Scranton’s history Total bachelor’s degrees: 884 Total associate’s degrees: 4

Top undergraduate programs of study: Nursing, Communication, Biology, Accounting, Exercise Science, and Counseling & Human Services Top graduate programs of study: Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, MBA, and Occupational Therapy Principal Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient – Undergraduate Commencement: Sister Patricia Eck, C.B.S., chairperson of Bon Secours, Inc./Bon Secours Ministries Board of Directors and congregation leader of the Sisters of Bon Secours Principal Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient – Graduate Commencement: Morey Myers, Esq., a founding partner of the Scranton law firm of Myers, Brier & Kelly; one of Pennsylvania’s most respected attorneys and one of Scranton’s most revered community leaders 14



Prestigious scholarships won by graduates: Truman Scholarship; Goldwater Scholarship; Three Fulbright Fellowships

sweet tweets Here are some of our favorite tweets sent to the University’s Twitter accounts in recent months. Join the fun at twitter. com/univofscranton and @y_ramvaz I might actually spend too much time on @ UofSAdmissions @univofscranton website. haha cant wait until the fall

Get Social with Scranton Are We Facebook Friends? Love the University? Enjoy Facebook? Then don’t forget to “like” the University’s Facebook pages, and Hey Alumni, in just a few short weeks the class of 2016 will be packing up their cars for their first move to Scranton! What do you think they should add to their official freshman packing list? (Posted August 2012) Amanda Eileen The largest fan they can possibly find!!!

@scalzone23 when I see days like this, all I could think about is how close I am to starting my freshman year at the @ univofscranton #ecstatic

@washart2 Four years ago today, I made the decision to go to @ univofscranton. Best decision ever.

@wtcol Walking down the street I spotted a guy with the @ univofscranton “S” on their hat. Immediately struck up a conversation. #royalconnection

@cehls13 “Today you leave this place... but this place will never leave you.” #usgrad12 #alwaygoodtohear #ilovethisschool

@GTPM1066 Great day volunteering in Brooklyn for Scranton/ Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Thanks @ ScrantonAlumni and @univofscranton

@marielleeeevt copying every picture I took at @univofscranton over 4 years off of my computer to clear space…. 5,912 pics!! #scrantasticmemories

@kmertz22 Starting big girl life on Monday #ew why can’t I go back to @univofscranton

@kmertz Today would be a great day for lounging out on the green @univofscranton #MissingSchool #Classof2012

@AlyciaRamsey So awesome to see all the improvements @ univofscranton is doing this summer...can’t wait to be there in August!!:)

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Jessica Piatt Rain boots, umbrella & a rain coat! They’ll need to keep dry on those rainy walks up and down the Commons! Shannon Behm Lusk Taste for adventure & shower shoes! Joe Sorbera Something that gives them the power to freeze time Finals Week started today! Any Alums out there feeling nostalgic & miss frantically writing in one of these? Alexis Frazier Vagni Scrolling thru status updates, this caught my eye and I swear I had a nervous twitch! Feeling thankful that I haven’t seen one in some time! Susan Bush-Smith I will never forget Dr. Jan Kelly and Dr. Bob Sadowski saying, “In this school, you’ll learn how to write, and write you will.” That was no joke! Charlotte Perez The only part of Scranton I don’t miss. Trish Oakley ‘10 and 2LT Rich Auletta ‘10 fell in love at Scranton, so it only made sense to take their engagement photos on campus. Did you find your sweetheart on the Commons? If so, share your story with us! Janet Monaco Crocker James and I met Freshman year (1995) and knew we would get married someday. We’ve been married 9yrs and counting. Thanks U of S!!! Joanna Klimaski Matt (2010) and I (2011) met while working on the Esprit lit mag, went through SJLA together, and got engaged in the courtyard of Madison apartments in June :) we’re hoping to get married in Madonna della Strada in 2014. Chrissy Byrne Madalone Started dating Frank Madalone in ‘04, my junior year/ his senior year. He blindfolded me and drove me back there in August ‘07 and proposed in the middle of Clay between our 2 houses, and we got married June ‘09!

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Without Scranton, YOUR RESPONSE HERE

The beauty of social media is simple. When it’s free of self-promotion and spam messages, there’s a real opportunity to connect with people you know – or hardly know – about a topic you truly care for. As recent graduate Nina Giordano ’12 also found out, social media is a great way to earn an “A.” For her final assignment in her “Magazine Writing” class with Howard Fisher, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, Giordano posed a simple, open-ended question on Facebook, “Without Scranton, __________?” She invited everyone she knew to respond honestly and to pass the question on to their Scranton friends. Nearly 50 comments later Giordano had all the content she needed for the project. The responses came in bunches, seemingly all of them with the same sentiments – “Without Scranton, I would not have become the person I am today.” In fact, that’s exactly how Nadia Korsun ’15 answered. Added Jen Villare ’12: “Without Scranton, I would accept things at face value, and would not have the confidence and knowledge to challenge and change the world.” A vast majority of posters fell into three categories. The first group said Scranton gave them the strength to question preconceived thoughts. The second explained Scranton changed their outlook on life. The final group praised the University for cultivating lifelong friendships. 16


Amanda Loyden Mohn ’04, G’08 falls into the third category, crediting Scranton for bringing her and her husband, Kenneth ’04, together. Lori Giordano ’15 does too, explaining that Scranton gave her an opportunity to get to better know her sister – the project creator. While most of the responses tended to be serious, others were lighthearted. One person – who shall remain nameless– said without Scranton they would have never enjoyed such delicious turkey paninis. Another thanked Scranton for the DeNaples Center’s “Upscale Wednesdays.” There’s one – or two – in every group, isn’t there? Because social media is so personal, people tend to open up and share more of themselves than they would in an ordinary interview, points out Nina Giordano. Social media breaks the ice. “For projects like this, Facebook and other social media are the way to go. Without it, I would not have been able to reach so many people,” she says. “The project really took on a life of its own.” With so many comments, it’s hard to pick one that stands above the rest, though the following response from Maggie Coyne ’12 could be considered. “Without Scranton, I would allow myself to settle for less than extraordinary in relationships, career, and faith,” she explains. Have you ever considered how your life would be different “Without Scranton?”

Without Scranton, I would have never been able to become the woman I am today. I have grown so much in my faith and in my love, and I now realize that we are all capable of going out and setting the world on fire. – Hillary Fanelli ’12

Without Scranton, I never would have realized that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as I’m willing to learn from them and let them make me a better person. – Kathleen Kardos ’12

Without Scranton, I would never have known that with love, it is possible to change the world. – Michael Wiencek ’12

Without Scranton, I would have never met some of the most interesting people, some of which I know will be lifelong friends. – Caitlin Thompson ’12 Without Scranton, I would have never met the people that have made me a better person. – Jessica DiFuria ’15

Without Scranton, I would never have met my best friends in the world. – Nicole Allison

Without Scranton, I would not be as open to other points of view. – Brian Riordan ’12

Without Scranton, I would not have learned how to love with my whole heart. – Veronica Dress ’12

Without Scranton, I would not have the courage to take risks I have taken, the humility to accept the gifts I have been given, and the opportunity to be who I have always meant to be. – Kelly Zimmermann

Without Scranton, I would not have found my vocation to the Jesuits. – Danny Satterfield ’13

Without Scranton, I wouldn’t have aspired to be the nurse I’m going to be when I graduate ... ready and willing to serve with everything I have. – Kelly Ann

Without Scranton, I never would have realized how strong of a person I am and how much I have to offer. – Adaeze‘Dezi’ Anosike’12

Without Scranton, I would not have gained the confidence I have now and the hope I have for the future. – Courtney Rewick

Without Scranton, I would have not learned to value the important people in my life. – Ally Zingarelli ’15

Without Scranton, I wouldn’t have met so many amazing people. – Connor Brogan

Without Scranton, I would have never have become the person I was meant to be. – Denise Henry ’12

Without Scranton, I would have always taken life for face value and would never have been challenged to question it. – Liliana Castro ‘12

Without Scranton, I would have never learned all of the things I am truly capable of. : ) – Kelly Crowley Without Scranton, I’d still have no idea what I want to do with my life. – Jonathon Bolger ’15

Without Scranton, I never would have realized my passion to become a woman for and with others. – Cara Brindley ’12

Without Scranton, I wouldn’t love college more than any of my friends. Life’s great here. – Mike Morris ’15

Without Scranton, I wouldn’t have learned what it means to be true to yourself. – Shane Alton ’15

Without Scranton, I may never have learned how to welcome others into my heart. – Katie Lorraine

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One-on-One with Our 25th President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Aces Our Question & Answer Segment

As Father Quinn enters year two of his presidency, The Scranton Journal caught up with him to discuss a myriad of topics, including the University’s new Jesuit Center, the importance of multicultural experiences, and the best advice he’s received as president. In this far-ranging interview, Father Quinn even breaks down his golf game, though you must go online at to find out how he’s faring on the links. Without further ado, here is our president in his own words.

You called the establishment of the University’s new Jesuit Center a “personal priority.” Why is this new center so important to you, and how will it impact our University community? The Jesuit Center is definitely a personal priority of mine. Our mission and identity as a Catholic and Jesuit university is of critical importance to the University’s self understanding. The idea behind The Jesuit Center is to promote programs –­ a number of different types of programs – that will increase the understanding of the mission and identity of The University of Scranton among our faculty and staff. They are the ones who have and will continue to carry on our mission. I’m very excited about the center’s creation, and I’m thrilled that my close friend, Ryan Maher, S.J., is the founding executive director. You have been quoted as saying, “Just months into my first year at Scranton it was clear to me how our faculty and staff embrace the transformational quality of the Catholic and Jesuit education we offer.” Describe what you saw? Our faculty and staff embrace the transformational quality of a Scranton education in any numbers of ways. Let me just name two. They are conversant in the art of discernment, a cornerstone of Jesuit spirituality, and encourage our students to develop the habit of reflection with the goal of matching their personal talents with answering the world’s needs. Faculty and staff accompany students on immersion trips to various countries in the developing world, and our faculty offer several annual “travel classes” to countries in Central America, Asia and Africa. These global experiences are nothing but transformational. 18


Prior to coming to Scranton, you spent the better part of two decades working as a college professor. What do you miss about not being in the classroom on a regular basis? I’ve always enjoyed being around bright and articulate students, and I do miss that now. I hope to return to the classroom after I figure out how to be a university president. If our students take away just one lesson during their time at Scranton, what would you want it to be? That is an important question because I think it is linked to our notion that a Scranton education is transformational. I would put it this way: I want our students “to love and serve in all things.” It is a saying from St. Ignatius Loyola that I often use. Regardless of what our students study, and what they go on to do with their lives, I hope that they will be – in some sense – selfless. In your Inauguration address, you said you wanted to provide greater opportunity for international study, increase diversity on campus, and expand multicultural experiences that would help students think globally. Why is this important to our University’s mission? I think an important part of higher education is for students to encounter people who are different than they are. It’s important to engage people from different cultures. We grow by meeting and learning with people who are different than ourselves. I think that has been a long-standing hallmark of Jesuit education. Everybody talks about global education, but I think Jesuits have been working at it for a long time.

“I think an important part of higher education is for students to encounter people who are different than they are. We grow by meeting and learning with people who are different than ourselves. I think that has been a long-standing hallmark of Jesuit education.”

What was the best piece of advice you received about serving as a university president? I’ve received much advice – both solicited and unsolicited. The best is, “Don’t take yourself too seriously,” and that humor helps. Finish this sentence, “The best part of being president of The University of Scranton is?” Leading a great institution – and having fun doing it.

View a longer version of our interview with Father Quinn at Here is an inside look into Father Quinn’s Scranton Hall office, complete with photographs of his family on the mantle. BOTTOM: Since the news conference announcing his appointment as president of The University of Scranton in December 2010, Father Quinn has quickly assimilated into his new role, which includes presiding over the University’s 2012 Undergraduate Commencement (LEFT). ABOVE:

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It is no coincidence that muralist Brother Mark Edler chose to make his “St. Vincent’s Orchard” mural bright and lively. Just as the image gives light to the street, DePaul Catholic School – and its faculty, which includes a dozen University of Scranton graduates – is doing the same for its Germantown neighborhood.

From the Commons to the CLassroom Graduates Bring a Part of Scranton to Germantown Catholic School

The ParaLLeLs BetWeen GermantoWn’s DePaUL CathoLiC SChooL and the 40-Foot mUraL – titLed “St. VinCent’s OrChard,” reCentLY ComPLeted on the sChooL’s FaCade – rUn thiCKer than a FeW Coats oF Paint. In their own ways, the school and the mural are giving light to an area in desperate need. In 2003, DePaul, then known as St. Martin DePorres, was in peril. At that time, the school’s enrollment had dwindled to nearly 180 students – a dangerously low number, according to Vice Principal Steve Janczewski. If the K-8 school closed, it would leave its Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood – an area rich in historic sites, but since overcome with urban strife – with no Catholic schools. Through what Janczewski calls “counter-initiative” measures, DePaul didn’t cut budgets but rather lowered class sizes, hired additional faculty, and added programs, such as Spanish, art and computer science. Nearly a decade later, the decision to make a DePaul education distinctive seems to be an A-plus. DePaul opens the 2012-13 school year with 320 students, 30 faculty members 20


and 18 homerooms, nearly double previous years’ totals. “That’s a very visible sign that this isn’t a school that’s dying, it’s a school that’s growing,” says Janczewski. Just as muralist Brother Mark Edler, a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, brightened the Catholic school’s exterior, “interjecting life and light into the neighborhood,” DePaul has done the same for the Philadelphia suburb. For any school, success begins in the classroom. The mural is a metaphor for the life flourishing inside the building’s walls. This success is largely attributed to the school’s faculty, which has a distinctive University of Scranton lean. How distinctive? Of the school’s 30 faculty members, 12 are Scranton graduates, including two from the class of 2012. In recent years, DePaul has employed nearly 20 Scranton alumni, Janczewski explains, adding, “They have played a big role in our success as a school.”

Bringing the Commons to Northwest Philadelphia The arrival of Scranton graduates at DePaul can be traced back to Steve Clark ’06. An English and philosophy major at Scranton, Clark sought an English teaching position following graduation, though his options were limited. Without a teaching certificate, he couldn’t teach in public schools. Plus, he wanted a position that was more than a job and a paycheck. Having worked with Janczewski for years at Camp Overbook, a day camp for inner city students in southeastern Pennsylvania, Clark jumped at an open position at DePaul. He started as a theology class teacher, and it provided a great opportunity for him to get his feet wet in the classroom. “It didn’t start as a ‘Scranton Annex,’” laughs Clark, who teaches writing to middle schoolers now. “It started with me, and I would talk to people and tell them what I was doing and you could tell they were interested. A lot of us at Scranton, we were passionate about finding something that we could do that would make a difference. We want to do something valuable. I think a lot of Scranton graduates were looking for that.” The sense of community at the school was a great selling point, and very reminiscent of that of Scranton. Clark recruited several other alums from his college, including his twin brother, Mike ’06, to come work at the school.

At one time or another, the following Royals have worked at DePaul: Pat McKenzie ’06, Dan Kiers ’06, Mike Montgomery ’06, Theresa Evans ’06, Steve Fromhold ’06, Jennifer Guinto Kiers ’04, Jacqueline Colley ’08, G’09, Colleen McKenzie ’08, Laura Strubeck ’08, Margaret Berry ’06 and John (Bud) Heppler ’06. Christina Lennon ’12 and Grace Manero ’12 are beginning their first year this fall. “We are really passionate about the school and making it better,” Steve Clark says. “Even people who leave, they have a hard time leaving. They want to stay involved in the school. It’s not just a job for us. It’s a big part of our lives. We were all looking for something like Scranton after we graduated, and this school, to a large extent, offered it to us.” Though when you are passionate about a topic, it’s hard to leave it at work. “Working with your friends can definitely have its advantages and disadvantages,” says Dan Kiers. “It seems like when we are out together, we only talk about work. But it has advantages because you always have someone to talk to or vent to, or share a good story with.”

Overcoming Obstacles, Providing a ‘Safe Haven’ There are parts of Germantown that are struggling with the same obstacles facing many areas of the country: poverty, broken homes and violence. In fact, weeks before the school year began, the Germantown area was still reeling from a shooting across the street from DePaul’s doors. This is not an everyday occurrence by any means, but it still happened, Janczewski explains. In the classroom, Kiers notices little things, like the fact that parent involvement is low. Often times, students won’t know what phone number to reach their parents because numbers and addresses are always changing. “These challenges are visible, and you work through them,” says Kiers, who teaches fifthgrade science and language arts. Steve Fromhold understands that a few blocks from school his students cross into some “rough territory.” “You hear some terrible stories that involve our kids, and a lot of them aren’t in the best situations,” he says.

RIGHT: Steve Clark ’06 (standing, far right) gathers with several of his student writers from DePaul Catholic School after they presented at La Salle University in Philadelphia. FAR RIGHT: Members of the Scranton contingent from DePaul Catholic School grab a group shot at the wedding of Dan ’06 and Jen Guinto Kiers ’04.

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The science teacher explains his students’ school experience is vastly different than what he had as a child. “I can only really compare it to my grade school days, and it’s nothing like it. I went to school in the suburbs and everything was nice and new. For our students at DePaul, the school has to be a safe haven for them.” DePaul faces these challenges head on with a full-time counselor and initiatives, such as their extended day program that give students a positive place to stay. “The effects of living in the neighborhood are there and, instead of ignoring it, we want to face it right on,” Janczewski says.

I try to give my classroom a sense of community. That’s what Scranton is ...

Colleen McKenzie, a Philadelphia native, says DePaul removes its students from the hardships they might encounter elsewhere. “Students see our school and think of it as a safe place for them in chaos,” the third-grade teacher explains. “It’s not always chaos, but it can be at times.” Kiers, whose wife, Jennifer Guinto Kiers, also works at DePaul, has made a concerted effort to make his classroom a welcoming place. “I try to give my classroom a sense of community. That’s what Scranton is,” he says. “The spiritual values and lessons I’ve learned at Scranton I try to bring to the DePaul community.”

The Pursuit of Magis According to Janczewski, at times the DePaul administrators have had to do their due diligence and ask if having all these faculty members from one college was a positive. “But you know, we realize they have been great for us. We have had great experiences with every single Scranton person we have brought in,” he says. “Being a Catholic school, it was really important to us to find people who think of this career as a calling, who are mission-driven people, and trying to do something larger than themselves,” Janczewski says. “Our Scranton graduates have gone above and beyond. This is great work, but it’s hard work. It’s challenging. They don’t get paid a whole lot. But there’s a community here. And that’s something that the group of Scranton brings.” Both Fromhold and Clark credit the University for building this inherent desire to do more. “I think the idea of magis –



without necessarily naming it – comes across very clear in Scranton graduates. They are always trying to get better,” Clark says. Adds Fromhold, “We’re always looking to see how we can improve situations. It is the magis way of life. What more can we do? How can we better help our kids and the situations they are in? Where can we go, and how can we get there?” McKenzie explains Scranton instilled a sense that graduates must take what they’ve learned and “set the world on fire.” “I feel like when I graduated, I was a little confused and I was working in a job that I wasn’t really happy at,” she says. “Teaching at DePaul, I feel I am fulfilled now. For me, this is the perfect job.” Sometimes, to set the world on fire, you must stop, set up roots, and provide light for others where it is most needed.

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‘I Wanted to Do Something More’ While many of the Scranton contingent at DePaul have always been called to education, others have taken a more scenic route, including Steve Fromhold ’06. A business major at Scranton, Fromhold was 18 months on the job as an accountant when he conducted what he calls a “little self-evaluation.” “I was just out of college, and not much was asked of me back then,” he recalls. “I was working until 5 p.m. and doing all types of activities with friends. I even had Flyers season tickets. The pay was good and the lifestyle that goes with that paycheck was nice.” Considering this career trajectory however, Fromhold was left feeling unfulfilled. “I always got a little bit of an empty sense that my job didn’t really mean anything,” he says. “What is the big deal with these financial statements and what the numbers are? I wanted to do something more.” Adds Steve Clark ’06, “He wasn’t finding meaning in being an accountant. He wanted to do something where he was connecting with people – helping people and using his gifts to help others.” So Fromhold quit, taking a volunteer position at Camp Overbook, a day camp for inner city kids. He enjoyed the experience so much he – on the advice of Clark – sought an open position at DePaul, and he landed the job. “I accidentally fell into a great situation,” says Fromhold, who taught religion to sixth- and seventhgraders. “It wasn’t exactly baptism by fire, but I quit accounting in May, and by September I had my own classroom. It was amazing how my life changed so fast.” Looking back, Fromhold says the risk he took paid off. Four years later, he teaches science to middle schoolers, which wasn’t on his previous career path, but definitely worth the detour. “I make about half as much now as I did when I was accountant,” he estimates. “But my parents and everyone have been really understanding about it. They respect the choice that I’ve made, and they can see that my heart is in it.”

After trying his hand at accounting, Steve Fromhold ’06 realized his career path wasn’t leading him where he wanted to go. Today, Fromhold is one of a dozen Scranton graduates who found “more than a job” at DePaul Catholic School.

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SCRANTON’S FULBRIGHT STORY Now Entering its Fourth Decade, It has Many Settings Worldwide



“The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.” — Senator J. WiLLiam FULBright

Each flag indicates a country where a University of Scranton graduate has studied through the Fulbright Scholarship program – administered by the Institute of International Education. World domination? We’re close. We’re up to 46 countries right now. FA LL 2012


Mary Elise Lynch ’10 • KENYA What was your Fulbright position, and what were your responsibilities? I launched a quality assurance/quality control program for HIV testing at Kombewa District Hospital and its satellite health facilities in western Kenya. The program facilitated collection of samples from the tested population, and I used these samples to explore the possible causes of frequent false positive results on the HIV rapid tests through more specific laboratory techniques, such as ELISA and Western blot.

Mary Elise Lynch ’10 (front, second from right) gathers with fellow HIV testing counselors of Kombewa, Kenya.

I loved my Fulbright experience because ... It gave me the opportunity to interact with people of a different culture on a level that I never had on previous trips to developing nations. In Kombewa, Kenya, I was perhaps the only foreigner, but in the eyes of the local population I was a friend. My Kenyan colleagues taught me the beauty of patience through the proverb “haraka haraka haina baraka,” which translates to “hurry, hurry has no blessings” – a saying that stays with me today. Spearheading a project in HIV research as a recent university graduate was no small feat. Like the local infrastructure, I encountered many bumpy roads during my grant period. In traversing these bumps, I recognized my resilience as a researcher. I likewise matured as an individual, and would not hesitate in recommending the Fulbright program to other eager and willing students in the future.

It’s the Person, Not the 4.0, that Earns a Fulbright One of the original companions of St. Ignatius of Loyola once said, “Our home is the road,” explaining that a Jesuit’s place is “in the streets, mobile, and ready to go serve the Church and Gospel wherever we’re needed.” Jesuits – and those who follow in their teachings – must always be willing to move on, to leave one’s community to broaden their own horizons. For four decades, University of Scranton graduates have made this charge their own, crisscrossing the globe to places such as Germany, Singapore and South Korea, thanks in part to their success garnering Fulbright scholarships. In recent years, through these national grants, Scranton graduates have taught English in a boarding school in Indonesia, researched HIV tests in Kenya, and studied the roles of women and access to water in the development of Morocco’s rural villages, among a multitude of other projects. The U.S. government’s premier scholarship for overseas graduate study, research and teaching, the Fulbright program has a figurative soft spot for Scranton graduates. Since 1972, 139 Scranton students – nearly 3.5 recipients a year – have accepted grants in the competitions administered by the Institute of International Education. “Those are remarkable numbers for any master’s-level or undergraduate school,” says Susan Trussler, Ph.D., an associate

professor of economics/finance and Fulbright Program Adviser at Scranton since 1989. In fact, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed the University as one of the top producers of Fulbright awards for American students for the past seven years. Why only seven years? Because the ranking didn’t exist beforehand, points out Dr. Trussler.1 How can Scranton’s Fulbright success be explained? With a fish metaphor, of course. As Dr. Trussler spells out every year to hopeful recipients on the onset of the application process, “They don’t give Fulbrights to dead fish.” “We work hard during this process, and we are fortunate to have highly motivated students,” Dr. Trussler translates.

No Simple Formula for Success Let’s get this out of the way right now, there is no surefire formula for Fulbright success, according to Dr. Trussler. Fulbright scholarship hopefuls work for months on applications, and even if they are completed to the best of their ability, the students are still likely to receive a letter that begins with, “I regret.” The yearlong process begins each April as Dr. Trussler hosts information sessions, which draw approximately 100 students a year.2 From there, 20-30 students – not counting ones studying aboard – attend a hands-on workshop the following month.

1 The University’s success in Fulbrights was recognized as far back as 1983, when the late Senator J. William Fulbright, founder of the Fulbright Program, visited campus to receive an honorary degree. During his address, the senator hailed Scranton’s Fulbright successes as an “impressive achievement.”



2 All University students are welcome to attend the informational session. However, according to Fulbright restrictions, a student can’t receive a grant until the day they obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Gian Vergnetti ’08 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES What was your Fulbright position, and what were your responsibilities? My research focused on 1) the Masdar Initiative, a primary component of Abu Dhabi’s plan to diversify away from oil and transition to a low-carbon, knowledgebased economy, and 2) the evaluation of market-based solutions to water resource scarcity and degradation in the UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. I loved my Fulbright experience because ... It has transformed my perception and facilitated a unique awareness in me that never would have been possible without it. During his Fulbright research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Gian Vergnetti ’08 (right) got an opportunity to immerse himself in the country’s culture. Pictured Vergnetti enjoys a 2012 London Olympics qualifier soccer match, featuring United Arab Emirates hosting Australia.

Rebecca Bartley ’11


As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia, Rebecca Bartley ’11 teaches English to primary school students, promoting the language through clubs, camps and other activities. Read more about Bartley’s Fulbright experience at

During the summer months, Dr. Trussler and Fulbright hopefuls meet regularly in person and trade emails and phone calls, perfecting the student’s research proposal and personal statement. “It is not unusual for them to do 12-15 drafts of each statement and essay,” she says. “Writing about yourself can be difficult, and these essays have to be interesting. The national committee is going to read hundreds of these.” In addition to their two essays, three letters of reference, an affiliation letter from a faculty member at a prospective foreign university – if they are completing a research grant – and transcripts, the students must ace their interview with the Campus Fulbright Committee, consisting of select Scranton faculty. There’s a language requirement, too.3 The students’ materials are finally submitted in midOctober, and they are left waiting until January, when the national finalists are notified. After the finalists are named, the final decisions are made in the host country and aren’t announced until March at the earliest, but more commonly in April and May. Last year, more than 9,000 applicants applied for Fulbrights, with seven University of Scranton students and graduates advancing as national finalists. Of those seven, four were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships.4 Rebecca Bartley ’11, currently serving a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia, called Dr. Trussler’s involvement in the application process invaluable. 3 If a student is headed to Croatia or another country that requires a language assessment, the University must find a speaker to test the student’s aptitude. “Nije jednostavan zadatak” – that means “no easy task” in Croatian.

“Dr. Trussler was critical to my winning the scholarship,” Bartley says. “She has a way of pinpointing what each country is looking for in terms of applicants, and molds the student into exactly what that country needs.”

Knowing Your Competition In any contest, it’s an advantage to know your opposition. In the Fulbright selection, you don’t have that luxury. “We don’t know what the competition is,” Dr. Trussler explains. “You don’t know anything about the other applicants.” What Dr. Trussler does know is that a 4.0 doesn’t always get a student a Fulbright, “and that surprises some people.” “You have to be engaged – engaged in your research and engaged in the local community,” she says. Students involved in community service, volunteering, music, theater, The Aquinas, the Leahy Center and student government turn more heads than someone with just an outstanding GPA. “Our students have always been strong academically, but also in their commitment to community service and interaction with the local community,” Dr. Trussler says. “That makes them stand out.” She then points out that being “well-rounded, well-prepared and willing to work will make these students successful in a lot of areas.”

4 This year’s Fulbright scholarship recipients are Ellen (Maggie) Coyne ’12, Kathleen Lavelle ’12, Nicole Linko ’12 and Anna DiColli ’10. It should be noted that C.J. Libassi ’10 also won a Fulbright this year, though he applied in the “at large” category.

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The length (in games) of the softball team’s school-record winning streak in 2012


The University’s all-time NCAA tournament appearances The number of teams recognized nationally for academics by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which included the Lady Royals’ program

Game, Set, Match

Women’s Tennis Scores First NCAA Appearance It wouldn’t be overstating it to call the University’s women’s tennis team’s 2012 season historic. Led by head coach Liz Steege, the Royals defeated Drew University in the semifinals and Susquehanna University in the title match, clinching their first Landmark Conference championship and earning their first NCAA tournament appearance in the program’s history. The team put up a valiant effort against Ithaca College in the NCAAs, dropping a hard-fought 5-4 decision in a match played at Middlebury College in Vermont. In recognition of their play, co-captain Elisha Connell ’12 (Orangeburg, N.Y.) and Devon Cohen ’14 (Ambler) were named second-team All-Landmark Conference in a ballot conducted by the league’s head coaches. This year’s championship was the program’s first since 1999, when the Royals won the Middle Atlantic Conference. The women’s tennis team’s conference championship was the University’s third league title during the 2011-2012 season. Women’s soccer and men’s basketball also won their respective league championships.

Cleary Clearly Among the Best Tim Cleary ’13 (Shrewsbury, N.J.), a mainstay on a Royals’ defensive unit, made a name for himself this past season, becoming the University’s first men’s lacrosse player to earn All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. A first-team All-Landmark Conference selection in each of the last two seasons, Cleary was one of six honorable mention selections at long-pole midfield. In addition to Cleary, Dillon McInerney ’13 (Hawthorne, N.J.) was also named first-team All-Landmark Conference, while Kyle Frank ’12 (Glen Arm, Md.), Mike Rufo ’12 (Broomall) and Pat Farrell ’15 (Jamison) earned second-team honors. Farrell was also named the conference’s co-rookie of the year.

Royals Balancing Athletics & Academics Three Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Americans Student-athletes have a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders, and University of Scranton student-athletes are no different. Between excelling on the playing field and performing in the classroom, there’s a lot expected of them. It’s important for all Royals to understand that victories, while celebrated, are not always the ultimate goal. Three such Scranton student-athletes stood out during the 2011-2012 academic year, garnering the coveted title as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American. Kelly Zaccheo ’12 (Scranton) of the softball team, David Hovey ’12 (Forty Fort) of the men’s swim team and Tim McGurrin ’13 (Clarks Summit) of the men’s tennis team were each named third team in the national program sponsored by Capital One, bringing the University’s total number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans to 29. In order to qualify, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, be a key starter or reserve, and have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. Zaccheo, Hovey and McGurrin were each All-Landmark Conference selections in their respective sports this past season.


Toasting Our Senior Athletes





Nearly 70 student-athletes gathered at the 21st annual Senior Student-Athlete Banquet on May 12, commemorating their four years of success and sacrifice, as well as to recognize one another. Among those honored were (from left): Christina Cognetti ’12 (Westfield, N.J.) of the women’s soccer team as the female recipient of the Father Fitzpatrick Award (community service); Carrie Gillespie ’12 (New Market, Md.) of the women’s swim team as the female recipient of the O’Hara Award (outstanding female athlete of the senior class); David Hovey ’12 (Forty Fort) of the men’s swim team as the male recipient of the Father Fitzpatrick (community service) and Carlesimo (athletic and academic excellence) awards; Kelly Zaccheo ’12 (Scranton) of the softball team as the female recipient of the Carlesimo Award (athletic and academic excellence); and Alicia Tamboia ’12 (Wingdale, N.Y.) of the field hockey team as the recipient of the Willensky Award (for understanding and improving the human condition).

Beyond the Numbers Athletics always seems to come down to what’s measurable: wins and losses, distances and yards, and minutes and seconds. But those methods don’t accurately gauge the student-athletes at The University of Scranton, who are standouts in the classroom and community, as well as on the playing field. Here are three such student-athletes who exemplify what it takes to be a Royal.

Gretchen Kempf

Year: Senior Hometown: Warrington Position: Forward Major: Occupational Therapy

Q: After recording 16 goals and 34 points last season, you were named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year. What’s your secret to scoring goals? A: You just have to take every opportunity you get. Not every chance to score is going to be set up perfectly for you; sometimes you just have to push through traffic and take challenging shots. The more shots you take, the more goals you’ll score. It also helps to have talented, hard-working teammates! Q: What is your worst field hockey-related injury? Those sticks have to hurt! A: During an away game during my sophomore year, I got hit in the face with a ball and I broke my nose. During that same season, I also pulled both of my quads and hip flexors and dislocated a finger.

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Bill McGuiness

Year: Senior Hometown: Forty Fort Position: Midfield Major: Finance

Q: When did you realize you wanted to play soccer in college? A: I don’t think this was ever a question that I had to answer. I just assumed it was a given that I was going to play in college. I would go to local college and high school games when I was young and, once I got home, immediately go outside and knock the ball around. I thought it was so cool to compete at that level and it has always been my dream to play at high levels. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to be a college athlete, and I’m just as passionate about playing now, as I was when I was younger. Q: What is the most challenging course you’ve taken at Scranton? A: My most challenging course thus far has been business ethics. It was also one of the most rewarding courses. I learned a new way of examining topics and making arguments. The course encouraged the class to be ethical leaders as we prepare to enter the work force.

Julia Crilly

Year: Sophomore Hometown: Rochester, N.Y. Position: Outside Hitter Major: Nursing

Q: After a terrific first season, you were named Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year. When did you realize you were having a good season? A: I actually didn’t really realize how well I had done until after the season ended. During the season I just think of the areas I can improve upon and I always think that I can do better than what I have done. Q: You are from Rochester, N.Y., and played volleyball and basketball, right? Do Rochester schools even offer outdoor sports? A: Haha! I have played basketball since I was eight and volleyball since I was 13. Rochester does have outdoor sports. I actually used to play softball as well during high school, but I prefer the indoor sports because then you don’t have to deal with the weather.

Make sure to check out our extended interviews with these Royal athletes online at Find out who considers neuroanatomy their most difficult course, which athlete knows the downside of a Valentine’s Day birthday, and who gets teased for random hiccups. 30




Legendary Announcer Honored at Carlesimo Award Dinner Longtime CBS Sports college basketball announcer Bill Raftery, one of the most recognizable sports analysts in the country, was honored at the Carlesimo Award Dinner on May 22. More than 300 people attended the event in the Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J., Ballroom. Celebrating intercollegiate athletics at Scranton, the dinner honors a person who has made special contributions to athletics and Catholic education, and seeks to raise funds for the athletic department and the student-athletes that it serves. This year’s dinner successfully raised $100,000 for student-athletics at Scranton. This year, the University celebrated Raftery, a former Seton Hall University head basketball coach, whose voice and commentary have become a staple of March Madness. He has coined numerous catch phrases such as “the kiss,” “nickel-dimer” and “send it in, big fella!” that have become

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1 Bill Raftery addresses the more than 300 people in attendance at the Carlesimo Award Dinner in the Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J., Ballroom. 2 Prior to serving as a popular CBS Sports college basketball analyst, Raftery was a sensational scoring threat for La Salle University during his playing days. 3 Rocky Sawyer ’12, senior captain of the men’s baseball team, served as a student speaker at the dinner. Sawyer was named the Landmark Conference firstteam starting pitcher during his junior year.

popular among basketball fans throughout the nation. “The great thing about this particular award tonight is that the Carlesimos may have the greatest team of all,” explained Raftery, the evening’s honoree. “Those 10 beautiful kids with a wonderful mother, and a man that, from what I’ve heard from people tonight and other nights, helped make Scranton what it has become.” Raftery is a graduate of La Salle University where he was a standout basketball player for three seasons. He was also an all-state selection in basketball, soccer and baseball at St. Cecilia High School in Kearny, N.J. The dinner was formally dedicated in 2011 in honor of the late Peter. A. Carlesimo. For nearly a quarter century, Carlesimo served Scranton’s athletic department, coaching football, basketball and cross-country, as well as acting as athletic director.


4 Alumni, parents and friends gather for a special evening to celebrate athletics at The University of Scranton. 5 2012 Carlesimo Award Dinner honoree Bill Raftery accepts an award from President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Pictured (from left) are Father Quinn, Raftery, Toby Lovecchio ’85, director of athletics, P.J. Carlesimo and Patrick Leahy, Ed.D., former executive vice president. FA LL 2012


‘Education Is Everything’ For Alumna

Vicki Spedicato Vila ’93 (top right) donates to the University in hopes of helping other students achieve their dreams – much like she did. Pictured with Vicki are her husband, Val, and children (from left), Eva, Veronica and Valentino Vincent (or “Nino”).

My husband, Val, and I have both donated to our alma maters every year that we have been able to make a contribution. For us, education is everything. None of our parents went to college, nor did they have disposable income, but they always emphasized the importance of higher education. Both of us were taught by Jesuits; he at Regis High School in New York City and me at Scranton. The emphasis on inquiry, service and scholarship has stayed with us through everything we’ve done, allowing us to travel far from our roots, raise a family, and keep our moral compass steady, even in rough times. In my case, I also donate to give back – to pay it forward, if you will. The University awarded me a modest, but important scholarship each year that helped my family a great deal. Perhaps the biggest reason I give to the University is to honor the sacrifices my parents and grandparents made in order to save money over many years and send me to college. Because of them, especially my Mom, I graduated debt free and was able to pursue my dream of becoming a journalist, eventually landing the greatest job I could have imagined, working as an editor at The New York Times. It is my hope that my annual donation will go toward helping other students in need achieve their dreams, too.

VICKI SPEDICATO VILA ’93 Lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Student Caller Becomes Alumni Donor I worked in The Royal Fund for two years as a student caller, listening to alumni share their Scranton stories and learning about the many different generations, experiences and relationships that connect them to the University. It was always inspiring to hear someone speak from the heart about why they love Scranton and why they choose to make a contribution each year. Remembering those conversations is what motivated me to make my first gift a few months ago. The class of 2012 chose to dedicate the money raised from our Senior Class Gift to textbook scholarships for Scranton students in need. At the end of the year, it was extremely gratifying to see that although most of us made gifts of less than $50, together my classmates and I raised approximately $4,200, which is enough to provide seven students with $600 in textbook financial aid vouchers. I look forward to being one of many alumni to contribute to the University in the years to come.


Lives in Columbus, N.J.

Thank You, 7’s and 2’s! Reunion 2012 was a celebration full of participation. With the help of 73 alumni volunteers, the milestone classes came together to raise $291,976.92 from 1,137 alumni donors! If your class year ends in “3” or “8” and you would like to become a Reunion 2013 committee volunteer, contact Marge Gleason at or 570-941-5997. 32


Why Do I Give to The Royal Fund?

As he approaches his 50th class anniversary, Bob Costello ‘63 fondly recalls his time on the Commons, including his eight-hour days working in the University’s Registrar’s Office. Costello contributes to The Royal Fund because, as he says, “It’s payback time.”

I am from an old Irish family that lived in the Hill Section of Scranton. My dad died in the summer of 1947 and I was enrolled in Girard College in Philadelphia, a boarding school for fatherless boys, and I lived there for 10 years. I found the Jesuits soon thereafter – my first contact. A couple of blocks from Girard at 17th and Stiles Street was the Church of the Gesu, where I went for Sunday Mass, and to the adjoining St. Joe’s Prep where I went for my confirmation lessons. My Jesuit connections at Girard were heaven sent. I was in awe of their intelligence, the depth of their sermons, and their willingness to reach out to a bunch of orphan kids to show us the way. I remember fondly one short, rotund Jesuit who would make his rounds during Mass waking up those Girard boys who had dozed off – with a knock to the head with the collection basket! Upon returning to Scranton, I applied to the University. I received a partial scholarship, but still couldn’t make the tuition. I wrote the dean a letter of regret that I could not attend. Within a day, he called and I was awarded a full work scholarship. I had the privilege of working for the University’s registrar, the late John A. Finnegan, an uncle of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden. These were fond memories. I worked my eight hours a day in the Registrar’s Office and also attended early morning, noon and evening classes. At night I played jazz string bass in local bands to supplement my income. It took me five years, but I graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in English. My University of Scranton degree has served me well. My bosses in Harrisburg or Philadelphia would say, “Are there any more like you from that school in Scranton?” My jobs with generals, newspapers, a mayor, a governor, a state health secretary and hospital administrators and physicians placed me at my epochal local, state and national news events. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you, Jesuits. Thank you, teachers. Thank you, University of Scranton employees. Now, it’s payback time!

BOB COSTELLO ’63 Lives in Dunmore

Small Gifts Meeting Great Needs With the launch of Scranton [Micro]Grants on Feb. 1, The University of Scranton became one of the first schools in the country to introduce a micro-philanthropy campaign. Emphasizing that small gifts can make a big difference, the [Micro]Grants initiative highlights various Scranton programs with modest fundraising goals, and invites alumni, parents and friends to make a direct contribution. One of the first campus organizations to sign on for micro-funding was Nurses-2-Newborns, a club founded by University of Scranton nursing students to provide newborn clothing, food and supplies for families in need. Caitlin Brady ’12, club founder and president, established Nurses2-Newborns after watching several new mothers leave the hospital without clothes for their infants. Through Scranton [Micro]Grants, Brady raised more than $2,000 from 40 generous donors, allowing the club to hold its third clothing drive and fill an entire hospital room with infant care products. Nurses-2-Newborns was just one of many transformational campus projects to benefit from Scranton [Micro]Grants. By the end of the fiscal year on May 31, [Micro]Grants had collected $17,055 from 275 donors, providing significant financial resources for 12 different programs.

Caitlin Brady ’12 (front row, second from left), Nurses-2-Newborns founder, accepts a donation on behalf of a student club from Scranton Preparatory School. Through a successful bake sale, the high school students raised $250 for the newborns in need initiative, which is part of the Scranton [Micro]Grants campaign.

To learn about current projects in need of funding, visit

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This "Scrantastic" image made the rounds on social media this spring. Thanks, creative Scranton fans – we’re looking at you, John Gownley ’06!

Alumni A Scrantastic Summer

Hundreds of Scranton graduates gathered in their hometowns this summer for various regional alumni events. Kicking off the summer festivities, more than 90 young alumni welcomed the newest generation, the class of 2012, to the Alumni Society at O’Casey’s Irish Restaurant and Pub in New York City. In July, the celebration continued in Philadelphia at Tavern on Broad. The welcome parties are designed to give the newest generation of alumni a warm summer welcome to the Alumni Society. Additional summer activities included the sixth annual Brendan J. Giblin ’06 Memorial Golf Outing at Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., and multiple baseball games in Harrisburg, Baltimore, Allentown, Washington, D.C., and New York City. At the end of August, Scranton alumni enjoyed a night at the Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, N.J., to watch the New York Red Bulls battle the Portland Timbers on the pitch! If you would like to help plan a regional alumni event for the Scranton graduates in your area, email Photos from this summer’s alumni festivities are available online at

ScrantoberFest Returns Last year, hundreds of Scranton alumni turned October into Scrantober with four Scranton celebrations – in four different cities – every week in October! Fall in love with Scranton again as all class years are invited to attend this year’s Scrantoberfest. Guests are always welcome! A private area with limited space is reserved at each venue, so please be sure to RSVP in advance. A portion of the proceeds from ScrantoberFest events will be designated in support of current and future generations of Scranton students. Register at Photos from last year’s ScrantoberFest are available online at

UPCOMING Scrantober Events Friday, Oct. 5: New York Midtown 1015 at Sutton Place 1015 2nd Ave., New York, N.Y., 10022 Between 53rd Street and 54th Street Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12: Washington, D.C. Madhatter 1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Mass Scheduled What the heart has once known, it shall never forget. – St. IgnatiUs LoYoLa In the Church’s calendar, November is the traditional month for remembering those who have passed away. On Friday, Nov. 2, The University of Scranton Alumni Office, in collaboration with University Mission & Ministry, will celebrate All Souls’ Day by hosting our annual Alumni Memorial Mass in the Madonna della Strada Chapel on campus. The mass will honor all alumni who have passed during the year. (Make sure you complete the attached All Souls’ Day insert and mail it in!) 34


Friday, Oct. 19: Philadelphia Downey’s 526 S. Front Street Philadelphia Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26: Scranton The Banshee 320 Penn Avenue Scranton Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

Spread the Word: Alumni Benefits & Services As a Scranton graduate, you and your family have access to exclusive discounts, programs and services through the Alumni Society. Whether you need car insurance or just want to take an unforgettable trip with Scranton friends, your alumni benefits can help you and support alumni activities at the same time. The Alumni Society provides access to comprehensive and affordable short-term medical coverage for new graduates to keep them insured throughout the job search, as well as auto and renter’s insurance. Read more about your benefits at alumnibenefits.

Classes of 2008-2013: Save the Date! March 8, 2013 Be sure to mark your calendars and get your green together! Shamrockin’ Eve 2013 is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 8, in Scranton for alumni in the classes of 2008-2012 and seniors in the class of 2013. Last year, Shamrockin’ Eve brought recent graduates, seniors and friends together in the Byron Recreation Complex. Come back to campus and help up throw a record-breakin’, Irish-jiggin’, Shamrockin’ party.

Welcoming All Entrepreneurs Celebrate the entrepreneurs among us! Visit our Alumni Small Business Initiative website,, to browse the online directory of more than 200 restaurants, stores and businesses owned by fellow Scranton alumni. If you are a Scranton graduate who owns a business, make sure to submit your business information to be included in the directory.

Attention Medical Alumni The Medical Alumni Council is creating a mentoring initiative. The main purpose is to connect alumni who are in medical, dental or veterinary school with alumni practicing in those fields. If you would like more information on this initiative, email Lynn Andres ’89, assistant director of alumni relations, at

Did You Recently Earn an Advanced Degree? We want to keep you informed of the valuable programs our Medical Alumni Council and Council of Alumni Lawyers have to offer. If you recently earned an advanced medical, dental, veterinary or legal degree, please email your information to or update your information on the Online Alumni Community at alumnicommunity.

Let’s Lend a Helping Hand! On April 13, 2013, gather with alumni in your area for the National Jesuit Alumni Service Initiative. The Scranton Alumni Office is currently seeking volunteers to organize service projects in regions outside of Scranton. If you know an organization or community project that could use the help of Scranton graduates, contact by Jan. 31, 2013.

Mark Your Calendars for Our Christmas Events! The holiday season is a great time to get together with Scranton friends. Join alumni, parents and friends at one of our upcoming Christmas parties. We’ve done all the planning, now all you have to do is save the date and call your friends. Registration will be up in mid-November. For further information, visit

Christmas Parties Friday, Nov. 30 The Scranton Club of Washington, D.C., Christmas Reception, The National Press Club Saturday, Dec. 1 The Scranton Club of New Jersey Brunch with Santa, Basking Ridge Country Club Saturday, Dec. 1 The Scranton Club of NEPA Noel Night, reception, The Colonnade, concert on campus Sunday, Dec. 2 The Scranton Club of NEPA Brunch with Santa, The Radisson Hotel Thursday, Dec. 6 The Scranton Club of the Chesapeake Christmas Reception, Heavy Seas Alehouse Saturday, Dec. 8 The Scranton Club of New York brunch with Santa, Colonial Springs Country Club Sunday, Dec. 9 The Scranton Club of Philadelphia brunch with Santa, Huntington Valley Country Club Thursday, Dec. 13 The Scranton Club of Philadelphia Christmas reception with President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., at the Rittenhouse Hotel Friday, Dec. 14 The Scranton Club of New York Christmas reception with President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., at the Intercontinental Hotel FA LL 2012


Reconnecting at Reunion This year more than 1,000 Scranton graduates and friends came home for Alumni Reunion Weekend in June to celebrate their years on campus and reconnect with those people who made the University so special. For more pictures, visit




Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Awards

The University honored eight individuals with the Frank J. O’Hara Award at the Reunion 2012 O’Hara Award Ceremony in June. Although these Royals come from an array of professional backgrounds, they all have one commonality: they’ve achieved distinction in their professions and/or personal endeavors. It is only fitting that they received the highest honor bestowed jointly by the University and its Alumni Society. For more information on the award, or to nominate someone, go to

The late James M. Basta ’61

James M. Kane, M.D. ’46

Pictured (seated, from left) are President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; Ellen Duggan Pappert ’87; Mary Beth Hamorski, V.M.D. ’82; and Judith C. Dunn, Esq. ’77. Standing (from left) are Richard H. Passon, Ph.D.; Lee A. DeHihns, III, Esq. ’67; Francis G. Tracy ’52; Neil Fogliani ’61, receiving the O’Hara Award in place of posthumous recipient James M. Basta ’61; and Thomas Grech ’84, president of the University’s Alumni Society. O’Hara recipient James M. Kane, M.D. ’46 is absent from the photograph.



JAMES M. BASTA ’61 (posthumously)


TamPa, FLa. • GOVERNMENT SERVICE Basta completed 24 years of active military service, including tours of duty in Germany, Taiwan and Vietnam, earning numerous medals and commendations.

SoUth Barrington, ILL. • MEDICINE Considered a pioneer in bariatric medicine, Dr. Kane has served as a surgeon at four Chicago-area hospitals during his 45-year career.



Marietta, Ga. LAW Recognized as a leading environmental lawyer, DeHihns serves as senior counsel at Alston & Bird, LLP, the largest law firm in Atlanta, Ga. •

JUDITH C. DUNN, ESQ. ’77 ArLington, Va. • LAW Dunn is the senior vice president and principal deputy general counsel at Fannie Mae, responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of its legal department.

MARY BETH HAMORSKI, V.M.D. ’82 LeBanon, N.J. • MEDICINE Dr. Hamorski co-owns Califon Animal Hospital, a companion/equine/ small ruminant practice in northwest New Jersey, and was recently honored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

PLYmoUth Meeting, Pa. • COMMUNITY SERVICE Pappert established The George Fund, in honor of her late son, in 2008 to help families of terminally ill children obtain quality hospice care.

RICHARD H. PASSON, PH.D. WaVerLY, PA. • UNIVERSITY SERVICE The first provost in the University’s history, Dr. Passon earned a reputation for promoting excellence during his four decades in Catholic, Jesuit higher education.

FRANCIS G. TRACY ’52 CoLLege ParK, Md. • EDUCATION Tracy rose from a junior high school teacher to a high-ranking administrator in the 10th largest school system in the country. FA LL 2012


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We take immense pride in the accomplishments of our alumni, and for great reason – they are doing remarkable things. In recent months, one alumna took control of C-SPAN, an alumnus was elected to a basketball hall of fame, and another ambitious alumna hiked 450 miles across Spain. Enjoy reading about the achievements of your fellow Royals!

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MiLestones Victor Greco, M.D. ’47, Hazleton, received the 2012 UNICO National Marconi Science Award. Paul Flynn ’49, Lake Wales, Fla., has written a book entitled “The Unnecessary War, A Fictional Redress,” presenting a fictional alternative and an example of how statesmen of goodwill can change history and prevent catastrophes. William Connolly ’59, Garwood, N.J., was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Connolly, a retired senior editor at The New York Times, received the award in recognition of his service to ACES and to copy editors everywhere. Teresa Schmedding, president of ACES, stated, “Bill is always the most practical and calmest in the room, and he has helped make this organization what it is today.” John Callahan, D.O. ’60, Dallas, received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) in recognition of his countless contributions to the osteopathic profession and the POMA. John A. Walsh ’66, executive vice president and executive editor of ESPN, received the President’s Award during the annual dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County in March. Longtime Georgetown University’s men’s basketball radio announcer Rich Chvotkin ’67 was recently inducted in the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame. Chvotkin has called Georgetown’s men’s basketball games for 38 years. Gerald Luchansky ’68, Olyphant, has been elected chairman of the Mid Valley School District’s board of education. John Zonarich, Esq. ’68, Mechanicsburg, managing attorney at the Harrisburg law firm SkarlatosZanorich LLC, has been named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in the field of general litigation. Frank McCartney ’69, Maple Glen, was named Toll Industry Market Leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization.

Francis O’Connor ’71, Susquehanna, became the vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in May. He will become the president of the 28,000-member statewide lawyers association in 2014. Kevin Walsh ’73, G’77, Fairfield, Conn., participated in the 2012 Masters Basketball Association Senior Championships in Coral Springs, Fla. Walsh was selected to play for “Oakland’s Finest” of El Sobrante, Calif., in the 60-plus division. This team of assorted former professional and college players captured third place in the competition. Daniel Dowd, D.O. ’74, York, was re-elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Dowd is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at York Hospital. Rev. Richard J. Polmounter, V.E. ’74, Tunkhannock, was appointed episcopal vicar of the Northern Region of the Diocese of Scranton. Susan Swain ’76, Alexandria, Va., has been named co-CEO of the public affairs cable television network C-SPAN. Harry W. Zike ’76 was appointed group chief financial officer at Chinook Sciences, LLC, located in Cranford, N.J. It is the leading manufacturer and operator of advanced gasification technology worldwide. Donna M. Czerw ’77, G’82 has been promoted to First National Community Bank’s senior vice president, where she supervises the community banking operational functions for 21 branch locations and the retail training department.

Sharon Kneiss ’77, Bethesda, Md., is the new president and CEO of the Environmental Industry Associations in Washington, D.C. Col. Mark Volk, USA, Ret. ’77, Dalton, has been selected as the eighth president of Lackawanna College by the board of trustees. Brigadier General John L. Gronski ’78, who currently serves as the Pennsylvania National Guard’s deputy adjutant general-Army, was recently promoted to the rank of major general in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was nominated by Gov. Tom Corbett. Kathleen Fitzgerald Sherman ’78, Mountain, Calif., was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Current Air Force Staff Judge Advocate Brigadier General Christopher Burne ’80 conducted a Leader’s Professional Development forum for the University’s military science level IV cadets in March. Melinda Ghilardi ’80, Dunmore, first assistant federal public defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, will serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors as an at-large governor representing the interests of women lawyers in Pennsylvania. Patrick Kerrigan, D.O. ’80, Wilkes-Barre, was honored with the 2012 Family Physician of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society. The award was presented to Dr. Kerrigan in recognition of his outstanding service to the osteopathic profession and his community.

75th Reunion & Counting! When Michael Altier ’37 graduated from The University of Scranton, gas cost 10 cents a gallon, Disney was just releasing “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and FDR was settling into his second term as U.S. president. In fact, the University was still called St. Thomas College. His campus might have changed, but Altier’s love of his alma mater hasn’t and he returned to attend his 75th class reunion in June. Pictured with Altier, on the walkway leading to the DeNaples Center, is Maryjane Rooney ’80, the University’s director of alumni relations. FA LL 2012


Running Stride for Stride Nathaniel Sann ’00 and his wife, Jessica Dickson Sann ’01, finished their first half marathon together, completing the 13.1mile event at the Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2012. The couple crossed the finish line in two hours and 38 minutes, an impressive time considering this was Jessica’s first half marathon.

Bernice Tisi Tully ’80 has joined Allied’s Integrated Health System in the newly created position of executive director of operations, Home Health Division. She will be responsible for the development of home healthcare throughout the Allied system. Ann Koefer ’81, coordinator of tutorial services and the Gateway to Success program at DeSales University, was recently named Professional Staff Employee of the Year. Koefer was recognized for her years of service and contributions during the Service Excellence Dinner in April. Phil Spence ’81 was recently named the new director of Hernando County (Fla.) Health Department. Frank Hacken ’82 was recently named director of campus safety and security at King’s College. Fr. Cyril Opeil, S.J., Ph.D. ’82, Chestnut Hill, Mass., was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Physics Department at Boston College. Tom Frascella, Esq. ’83 was hired as the director of Smart Devine’s Multistate Tax Practice. Frascella will advise privately held and public multistate and multi-national corporations on tax services as Smart Devine continues to expand its tax practice. Col. Michael Konzman ’83 served as guest speaker at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Honesdale. Sgt. Dennis Lyons ’83, Kingston, R.I., has retired after serving 27 years with the New York State Police where he was last assigned as a forensic scientist at the NYSP Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, N.Y. He has taken the position of forensic scientist in the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory located at the University of Rhode Island. Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, N.Y., met Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel in New York City at the Council on Foreign Relations Inaugural Educator’s Conference. Dr. Mazzucelli recently began her work as chair of the Academic Advisory Council at This summer she taught online for Hofstra

University’s Department of Political Science as well as for the University of Arizona’s School of Government & Public Policy in a new MA program in international security offered for armed services personnel on deployment around the globe. She recently began her ninth year on the graduate faculty at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University, where she now also teaches the core course in the Master of Science in Global Affairs Program, Global Civil Society. Joseph Yanish ’83, Cranston, R.I., senior health systems specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was inducted as president-elect for the Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in January 2012. Yanish also recently received the ACHE Service Award for his volunteer efforts with the community and his mentoring of hospital administration students and early career healthcare executives. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty for the Health Care Administration Program of Rhode Island College. Rose Ann Jubinski ’84, G’91, a senior level information technology professional with more than 25 years of experience in the implementation of ERP systems, data conversion, system integration and implementation, database technology and strategic planning, was recently hired by Smart Devine & Company, LLC, to expand its higher education practice. Joseph Adams ’85, G’96 has been named chairman of the board of directors for Human Resources Center, Inc., a multi-service, multicounty nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as emotional and physical challenges. The center’s service area includes Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties. Sheila Gilbride Passenant, Esq. ’85, an attorney with Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman, P.A., in Charlotte, N.C., has been recognized by United Family Services with its Commitment of Justice Awards for her work in the agency’s Legal Representation Project.

Promoting Awareness of Violence, Bullying, Abuse



To say Erin O’Malley ’94, G’97, dean of faculty and counseling at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., is an advocate of building awareness to the problems of teen dating violence and school bullying would be an understatement. In February 2012, she joined Lynn Rosenthal of Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on domestic violence prevention to discuss domestic violence and teen dating violence. Two months later, she presented at the fourth annual Capitol Hill briefing, hosted by Futures Without Violence, to raise awareness regarding teen dating violence. Baseball legend Joe Torre was among the panelists. In June 2012, O’Malley was invited to represent the American School Counselor Association at the “1is2many” public service announcement screening in Washington, D.C. This campaign focuses on reducing violence against women, specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. Vice President Biden (pictured with O’Malley), a Scranton native, co-hosted the event. Most recently, O’Malley has been asked by Safe and Supportive Schools to be a reviewer of a workshop for specialized instructional support personnel in U.S. schools as change agents in addressing teen dating violence.

Alumna Feels ‘Responsibility to the World,’ & Her Actions Reflect It MARY BETH SCHLUCKEBIER ’09 chooses her words carefully when she describes her responsibilities at the Providence Center, a faith-based neighborhood outreach organization in Philadelphia that offers educational opportunities to residents young and old. As the center’s resource development coordinator, Schluckebier makes it clear she isn’t doing charity work or giving a handout to the people in her community. “I’m just really walking with people,” Schluckebier says. “I’m accompanying them – being present and meeting them where they’re at.” It might seem like a small distinction, but it’s an important one. The assistance Schluckebier is able to provide – fundraising, grant writing and developing community education programs in north Philadelphia – isn’t a result of her own inherent worth. Schluckebier knows in a different world, she could easily be the one in need. Schluckebier remembers when her perspective of social justice changed. During her junior year at The University of Scranton when she was studying abroad in El Salvador, she had a conversation with her housemate Teresita, a fellow student at the University of Central America. Sitting in their house, Tere shared the story of her mother’s suffering and death from stomach cancer. In El Salvador, as in many other developing countries, people do not have the access to the medical treatment needed for cancer. Schluckebier struggled with the weight of Tere’s words. When people got sick, they went to the hospital, she thought. Not having the opportunity to treat cancer is not a part of the reality in the United States. So, what was the difference between the two of them? Both students were bright and ambitious. Both were accomplished and on the verge of graduation. Why did Tere have to deal with this tragedy and not her? Schluckebier never found the answer to her question during her time in El Salvador. Instead she found a close friend in Tere and something even more meaningful: an overwhelming sense of gratitude and also responsibility.



In addition to taking classes in El Salvador, Schluckebier worked at a women’s co-op where she met others who shared Tere’s optimism amid tragedy. While financially poor, the people of San Salvador had a profound spiritual wealth. They were open and inviting in a way she’d never encountered in North America. “It was startling,” Schluckebier recalls. “It was a transformative experience.” Today, Schluckebier devotes her work to people whose stories slip through the cracks, particularly immigrants. In addition to managing volunteers and hosting conversational English classes at the Providence Center, Schluckebier also works for the Justice For Immigrants Campaign, a campaign working to educate the public about immigration issues in the United States and create political will for positive immigration reform. Schluckebier brings a unique perspective and maturity to social justice, says former Providence Center Executive Director Bethany Welch. “She has a deep sense of joy and humility,” Welch explains. “She doesn’t assume that because she has skill sets or education that she’s somehow better than the people we’re working with.” Schluckebier says her desire for social justice started with her family and was cultivated and encouraged at Scranton. “The sense of community that I experienced among my friends, professors, mentors and classmates has undoubtedly shaped much of who I am,” she explains. “I was empowered by my experiences in the Community Outreach Office, the JUSTICE Club, and the Women’s Center, and I felt constantly supported by friends and mentors like Pat Vaccaro G’92 (the University’s director of the Center for Service and Social Justice).” The same support she received is being paid forward to her Philadelphia community today. “I think it’s a Jesuit thing,” Schluckebier explains. “I feel a great responsibility to the world, and I think I have the opportunity to raise up people’s voices who aren’t necessarily heard.” To expand her reach as an advocate, Schluckebier is attending Temple University School of Law this fall. She’s attending classes in the evening and continues to work for the Justice for Immigrants Campaign during the day. Welch says she looks forward to seeing the impact Schluckebier has once she graduates from Temple. “I think Mary Beth can go as far and wide as she wants,” Welch says. “She has the complete package.” 1 According to a former supervisor, Mary Beth Schluckebier ’09 brings a unique perspective and maturity to social justice while maintaining a “deep sense of joy and humility.” 2 As part of her work for the Justice For Immigrants Campaign, Schluckebier educates the public about immigration issues. Pictured she participates in a recent immigration rally in Philadelphia.


3 Through the Providence Center, a faith-based neighborhood outreach organization in Philadelphia, Schluckebier gets an opportunity to make a positive impact on the community. And she’s not afraid of getting her hands dirty, which is evident in her work. Pictured she is helping construct raised plant beds in the center’s community garden. FA LL 2012


Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro With her Scranton banner in hand – figuratively, since she probably needed both to climb – Mary Elise Lynch ’10 recently scaled Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 feet above sea level. Lynch, a biochemistry major, was one of the four members of the class of 2010 who received Fulbrights and spent the 20102011 academic year overseas. She spent her year abroad at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kisumu, conducting research on “Discordance Between HIV Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Kisumu, Kenya.” This past year, she returned to Africa to continue her research.

John Miller G’85, Fairfield, Iowa, retired from a career in the Pennsylvania prison system as an adult basic education teacher and substance abuse treatment provider. Joseph Bertolino ’86, Queens College’s vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, will become the 15th president of Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vt. Frank Fetsko ’86, Ithaca, N.Y., is executive vice president, chief operations officer and chief financial officer at Tompkins Financial Corporation. Malcolm MacGregor, Esq. ’86, North Abington Township, co-founded the law firm of McDonald & MacGregor, LLC, with offices in Scranton. The firm offers representation to victims of personal injury and their families throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. MacGregor presently serves as secretary of the statewide trial lawyer organization, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and as vice president of the Lackawanna Bar Association. Margaret M. McMenamin, Ed.D., G’86, president of Union County College, was honored by the Executive Women of New Jersey at its Salute to the Policy Makers 2012 Awards Dinner. Eric Jacobs ’87 of Forks Township was recently named Delaware Valley’s athletic director effective July 1. Neil Leary, Jr. ’87, Virginia Beach, Va., a fourth-grade teacher at Williams Elementary School, was selected by a committee of his peers as the school’s 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. He now advances to the next level, selection of the Citywide Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach. John Luciani ’87, York, has passed his professional land surveyor exam in the state of Maryland. 42


Jean Mullooly ’87, Lyndhurst, N.Y., was named Operation Smile’s “Educator of the Year” for devoted time, effort and knowledge in educating today’s youth about leadership, service learning and her support of student programs with Operation Smile. Recent work with Operation Smile has taken Mullooly to the Philippines, Cambodia and China. Glenn McCreesh ’87, G’11, Pittstown, N.J., is chief operating officer at Somerset Medical Center, overseeing the medical center’s ancillary and support services, perioperative services, Sleep for Life program, physicians services, human resources, security and emergency medical services. Kathleen Granahan Kane, Esq. ‘88, a former Lackawanna County assistant district attorney, won the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General on April 24. Kane’s win over former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy makes her the first female candidate to win a spot on the general election ballot for the office. Michael Nager ’88, Palmyra, was appointed president of North American Operations of Metz Connect, a German manufacturer of building automation systems and electrical connectors based in Tinton Falls, N.J. Regina Dolan Donohue ’89, Middletown, N.J., is vice president of human resources at LEO Pharma, Inc. in Parsippany, N.J. Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, Esq. ’89, formerly the vice chancellor for business and financial affairs and the J.Y. Sanders Professor of Law at Louisiana State University, was named dean of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport/Tampa, Fla. Lisa Witowski Shearman ’89, Lansdale, an estates, tax and business planning attorney, has joined the firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin PC.

Matthew Cooper, M.D. ’90, Cockeysville, Md., was appointed the director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Georgetown University Hospital Transplant Institute. Drew McKenzie ’90, Chatham, N.J., is vice president of lending/NJ leader for Citibank’s retail channel. He is responsible for originating mortgages and managing a select, experienced team of mortgage specialists throughout New Jersey. Ralph Riviello, M.D. ’90, Swedesboro, N.J., associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University, has been appointed president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Amy Bachman ’91, Dallas, received a MS in organizational management from Misericordia University. Pete Power ’91, Dublin, Ireland, is the CEO of Angkor Mikroheranhvatho (Kumpuchea) Co. (AMK), the largest microfinance institution in Cambodia in terms of borrower numbers. AMK currently serves approximately 300,000 customers or 10 percent of the households in Cambodia. Peter Stockschlaeder ’91, Potomac, Md., an IT systems administrator for CyberData Technologies, is currently on assignment at the Office of Coast Survey, part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency in Silver Springs. J. Garry Wrobleski, Jr., D.O., FACOS ’91, a general and vascular surgeon, has joined the courtesy staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital. He specializes in vascular surgery including minimally invasive procedures that treat varicose veins. Dr. Wrobleski expects to perform surgeries at the Honesdale Hospital on a regular basis.


right when Tim Burke, Esq. ’89 really starts to fatigue. First, there’s a slight scraping from his right foot. Then it’s a more substantial scuff as his ankle lags and toe drops. Before long his foot is completely betraying him, the tip of his shoe catching on the ground beneath, making each stride a gamble. This is when Burke has to make a decision. For shorter training runs, he relents to multiple sclerosis (MS) for the day – the risk of falling is too great. Other days, he battles – fighting through the foot drops, rolling with the falls, and beating MS any way he can. “It’s small victories,” Burke says. “It’s setting goals and championing them. Being able to say, ‘OK, MS, I’ve got you here.” Burke – now the postmaster in Dalton, a quiet community north of Scranton – wasn’t always such an avid runner. Back in 1998, he was an aspiring postal inspector whose athletic days were long behind him. But one day Burke started feeling tingling sensations in his limbs, and his right foot began to go limp – or “drop” – during walks. Burke went to the doctor and, after five months of tests, learned he had MS. “It was terrifying at the time,” Burke recalls. “You go through the, ‘Why me?’ You go through the, ‘I don’t deserve this.’ You go through all of it.” Eventually Burke decided to fight MS by taking control of the disease. He researched MS, learning what he was up against. He then decided to battle his illness in a less conventional way. Inspired by his wife Susan’s participation in a sprint triathlon, Burke started running and was hooked. Not only was it cathartic, the physical activity made him feel better. “It became almost an obsession,” he says. “It was a way to prove to myself that I could still be active and push my limits.”

With Each Stride Alumnus Overcomes Multiple Sclerosis Susan says running changed her husband’s mentality. “It made him realize that he’s not disabled,” she explains. “He could do things that required a physical aspect to it.” Before long, Burke grew bored of 5Ks, 10Ks and even sprint triathlons. He wanted a bigger challenge. His goal? The 2011 Steamtown Marathon in Scranton. Originally he didn’t tell his wife, thinking she’d stop him. But after a few weeks of training, he let her in on his secret. “I was a little worried that he would push a little too hard and might have a relapse,” Susan says. “But you’re not going to know until you try.” When it came to race day, Susan’s worries were quickly put to rest. While other MS-free runners were dropping out around him, Tim kept plugging along. After 4 hours and 40 minutes – roughly an hour and a half after his iPod died – Tim crossed the finish line. “Nothing will ever beat it as far as I’m concerned,” he says of the marathon. “Having my family there at the end was one of the best feelings ever. That was the highlight of the whole experience.” Though Tim has endured ups and downs since he graduated from Scranton in 1989 – and later earned his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law – he says his time on the Commons prepared him for the trip he’s taken. “It was by far the best time of my formative years,” he says. “The University basically instilled in me that you could do anything with faith and hard work.” Today Tim is helping inspire others. In addition to running in Philadelphia’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run this spring, Tim shares his story with other MS patients, urging them to find their own reasons to stride forward.

Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, Tim Burke, Esq. ’89 decided to fight the disease through a less conventional method: running. This decision included completing the 2011 Steamtown Marathon, with a time of 4 hours and 40 minutes. FAR LEFT: Burke said the best part of completing the Steamtown Marathon was having his family on hand supporting him. Pictured (from left) are Jamie Ksiazek, stepson; Michael, son; Tim; Susan, wife; Abbey, daughter; and Michelle Peahota, Ksiazek’s friend.

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Kevin Hudson ’92 has joined Grant Thornton LLP as the firm’s national private equity services managing director. In this role, Hudson will develop and implement a comprehensive growth strategy focused on working with private equity firms and their associated portfolio companies. Dina Jolly Quiles ’92, Middletown, N.Y., received the Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2012 from the College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth, Minn. Joseph Kampherstein III ’92, Warrington, has been honored as a 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star. Kampherstein practices in the Philadelphia office of the firm Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., where he focuses on the defense of product liability, premises liability and commercial matters in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Rosemary Maula Brown ’92, East Stroudsburg, was elected into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010 as a state representative of the 189th district. Amy McNichols, Ph.D. ’92, Frederick, Md., was appointed director of global initiatives at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md. Doreen Rushton G’92 recently joined BortonLawson, an architecture and engineering firm in Wilkes-Barre and the Lehigh Valley, as director of human resources. Erin Flynn Jay ’93, Philadelphia, is the author of “Mastering the Mommy Track: Juggling Career and Kids in Uncertain Times.” William T. LaFond ’93, formerly managing director of business development for Wilmington Trust’s Family Wealth group, was promoted to head the company’s Wealth Advisory business in the Washington, D.C., and Richmond regions. 44


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On New Year’s Day 2012 – after nearly three years of dating – First Lieutenant Rich Auletta ’10 proposed to his longtime girlfriend Trish Oakley ’10. The couple fell in love at Scranton, so it only made sense to take their engagement photos on the Commons. The couple originally planned to get married in October 2013, but soon found out that Rich will deploy to Afghanistan for a ninemonth tour in January 2013. A commissioned officer in the infantry unit in the Army, Rich is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., where the couple currently resides. With the news of his deployment, Rich and Trish decided to move the wedding up a full year and will be married on Oct. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. Currently, Trish serves as a Spanish coordinator at the base’s Army Family Community Center. She spent the previous two years teaching at Saint Martin de Porres Academy, an inner city school in New Haven, Conn., through the AmeriCorps program. In preparation for his deployment, Rich is studying Dari – a dialect of Farsi.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings ’93, G’93, associate professor of American studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. Kara Krystina Ostroski-Francis ’95, Frisco, Texas, published her second book in her “Simply Stated Series, Creative Tax Strategies for Creating Financial Freedom.” The book highlights the significance of business ownership, the tax advantages available to business owners and how owning your own business can create financial freedom for families. Jeffrey Kingsley, D.O. ’96, Ellerslie, Ga., has been elected to serve as a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) board of trustees. ACRP is a global association comprised of more than 18,000 individuals in more than 71 countries dedicated to providing global leadership to promote integrity and excellence for the clinical research profession. Laura Ducceschi ’98, G’00 was named the new director and CEO of The Scranton Area Foundation, replacing longtime director Jeanne Bovard. Rebecca Gallo ’98, G’99, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., walked the Camino de Santiago, a 450-mile pilgrimage trail across northern Spain in May and June. Marissa Trichilo Brunetti, M.D. ’98, Media, completed five years of subspecialty training in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in June 2011. She is an attending physician in the cardiac intensive care unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Joseph C. Baldoni ’99, a certified appraiser in New Jersey and New York, has been awarded the MAI designation by the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Institute, organized in 1932, is recognized as the nation’s largest professional appraisal organization. Matthew Bernard ’99, Clarks Summit, has been appointed as the new principal at Scranton Preparatory School. Manan Singh Katohora G’99, an Indian American filmmaker, was awarded this year’s Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival for his feature film “9 Eleven.” Megan Smithling ’99, Seattle, Wash., received her MLIS from the University of Washington in June 2011. She works at Cornish College of the Arts. Joseph Payne ’00, vice president of professional services at Source One Management Services, LLC, was named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros to Know for 2012.” Gregory Shahum, Ph.D. ’00, Norwalk, Conn., received a graduate degree from Quinnipiac University School of Business in nursing home administration and successfully completed all state and federal requirements for Connecticut licensure. Dr. Shahum and his wife, Andrea, recently went to Cambodia to perform research and further assist with development of the comprehensive HIV/AIDS orphaned children project. Dennis Nutini, M.D. ’01, Beachwood, Ohio, completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. After working at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Maryland, he has accepted a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic through which he will be working with the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers.

Michael Draney ’03, Parsippany, N.J., earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Centenary College of Hackettstown, N.J. Stephanie Longo ’03, G’06, Scranton, recently published her second book, “Images of America: Dunmore.” Longo serves as the editor of The Abington Suburban, a weekly newspaper in the Abington region of Lackawanna County. Zachary Miknis ’03, Leesburg, Va., is a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. He examines patents related to biotechnology inventions. Scott Mullen ’03, Wallingford, earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Wilmington University, New Castle, Del., in May 2011. He is currently the chair of the Latin department at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley. 2LT Laura Waters Newman ’03, Live Oak, Texas, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Specialist in September 2011 and is currently studying nutrition in the U.S. Military-Baylor University Graduate Program at Fort Sam Houston. Susan Chrusciel ’04, Plainsboro, N.J., completed her MBA in May 2012 at Rutgers University with concentrations in pharmaceutical management and marketing. CPT Kim Johnson, USA ’04, Alexandria, Va., received her M.S. in healthcare administration from the University of Maryland in May 2011. She is a logistics management specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Logistics Management Division, Distribution Division. She continues to serve in the Army Reserves at the Defense Logistics Agency, Ft. Belvior, Va., and is also currently serving on the board of directors for the National Capitol Healthcare Executives as the director of marketing. Jason Walsh ’05, Pittston, received an Academic Achievement Award at The University of Scranton for science. Walsh is pursuing a master’s degree in software engineering.

Michael Hill ’06, Columbia, Md., has joined the online printing company PrintNinja as chief internet ninja. In this role he will be responsible for strategy and management of the company’s website, social media and online content for marketing efforts. Philip M. Prior ’06, G’07 will serve as facility director of Physiotherapy Associates’ new physical therapy clinic in Monroe, Conn. Physiotherapy Associates is the nation’s foremost provider of outpatient rehabilitation services. Thomas Umile ’06, Princeton, N.J., received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University in June 2012. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Villanova University. Jesse B. Hallinan, Esq. ’07, recently joined Burns White, LLC, as an associate in its workers’ compensation practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an attorney at North Penn Legal Services, handling unemployment, workers’ compensation and family law matters in the Lackawanna and Dauphin county courts. Ashley Hartman, Pharm.D. ’07, Clarks Summit, graduated from the Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in May 2012. She has accepted a PGY-1 residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Brian J. Loughney ’07, G’09, Dunmore, was named the new deputy director for human resources for Lackawanna County. Tiffany Rogers ’07, a hospitality major and a member of the first graduating class from the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality & Tourism at Lackawanna College, presented the valedictory address at the college’s commencement ceremonies in May.

Eileen Patterson ’08, Massapequa, N.Y., is a main stage performer for Disney Cruise Lines. Marissa Daugherty ’11, Forest City, has been accepted as a Peace Corps volunteer and will be serving in the Republic of Georgia. She will teach English to youth ages 6-18, as well as work to transfer skills and promote professional among teachers. Jenise Janulis G’11, a second-grade teacher at Fernbrook Elementary School, Randolph, N.J., has been named Randolph’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2011-2012 and was considered for Morris County Teacher of the Year for 2012. Jamine Mbae G’11, Dunmore, has been promoted to mortgage loan underwriter at First National Community Bank and will be responsible for analyzing residential loan documents for accuracy, completeness and compliance with appropriate company and secondary market investor standards. Andrew Wynne ’11, a graduate student studying environmental studies at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., was accepted into the Peace Corps and left for the Philippines in July. He serves as a coastal resource extension specialist during the 27-month assignment. Michael A. Zaydon ’12 won the $3,000 firstplace prize in the 2012 Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This year’s topic was fraud and the global business environment. Zaydon earned the top prize out of 182 entries for his essay examining the need for a paradigm shift in higher education as a way to curb financial statement fraud.

Marriages Chryssa Valletta ’95 to Richard Vollack ’95 Meredith Carney ’97 to Eric Bennett Rosemary Raposo ’97 to Michael Jorda Danielle Egan ’00 to Christopher Rowland Brian Kupchak, Ph.D. ’00, G’02 to Julia Neilsona Joy Oliver, Ph.D. ’02 to Jim Herrick Jacqueline Lillis ’03 to Douglas Grant

Diana Elwell Richardson ’06, G’07 and Mathew Richardson ’06, G’07, both physical therapy graduates, tied the knot on Sept. 10, 2011, in Clarks Summit – Diana’s hometown. A great number of Royals were on hand for the nuptials, including Adrienne L’Heureux ’06, G’07, Lauren Davies ’06, G’07, Jeff Luttrell ’04, G’05, Michelle Kline ’06, Adrienne Fallon Young ’06, G’07, Carter Young ’07, Courtney Esposito ’06, Meghan Cahill ’06, G’07, Dominick Bellizzi ’06, G’07, Scott Griggs ’06, G’07, Sean Rose ’06, G’07, Cait Murray ’07, Lauren Scanlon Elwell ’06 and Christopher Yi ’05.

Jessica Hendricks ’05 to Brent Donahue Stephanie Tantum ’08 to T.J. Conserette Mallory O’Hara ’10 to Joseph DeLullo ’10

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Morgan Understands Golf’s Minute Details As Few Can MEGAN MORGAN ’95, G’97 watches golf in a way few people do. Rather than focusing on the action on the course, she notices the little things beyond the fairways. How young people respond to Rory McIlroy at the U.S. Open. How the gallery at the British Open appreciates good course management. The rock star treatment Phil Mickelson receives from baby boomers in Augusta. As senior director at Wasserman Media Group, noticing demographics is Morgan’s job. She determines who cares about what. In turn, she’s able to help companies get the most out of their sports marketing dollars. “For example, a company like Travelers is really amazing at insurance, but they’re not experts in sports marketing,” Morgan explains. “So they hire Wasserman to do it for them. That’s where I come in.” Morgan has spent more than a decade working on and around the PGA Tour in marketing and product development. As a result, she has a unique understanding of the tour and the players involved. She started her career as a product engineer at Titleist in 1998, identifying needs and developing new equipment. She holds several patents and was integral in the adoption of the now widely popular Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. One of the biggest obstacles companies like Titleist faces is hiring engineers who can communicate effectively with athletes. Knowing science is essential, but if you can’t find out what athletes need, it doesn’t do much good. Morgan, a biochemistry major and a member of the sports medicine team at Scranton, bridged the gap between science and sports by listening to athletes and actively searching for solutions. She spent long hours watching golfers like Mickelson and learned to appreciate the intricacies of their swing. “The game those guys play is a completely different game than what the rest of us play,” Morgan says. “They know what their bodies are capable of. They know what their equipment is capable of.”

Megan Morgan’s career has taken her from developing golf equipment to marketing some of the world’s best golfers, including Ben Crane, reigning McGladrey Classic champion and fourtime PGA Tour winner. FAR RIGHT: During Tiger Woods’ historic golf run in the early 2000s, Morgan had a front row seat. Here is a photograph from The New Bedford Standard Times in 2001 picturing Morgan, Woods and Mark O’Meara.



Morgan says she could make three percent changes to golf balls and the golfers would notice the difference within 15 swings. Once she realized how small their margin of error was, she was able to more fully understand what the athletes needed. And for this, she gained their respect. After changes in PGA regulations limited new innovations in golf ball technology, Morgan transitioned into a marketing role as the director of tour communications for Titleist. She managed the day-to-day media and public relations requests for Titleist players and equipment, spending 30 weeks a year on the worldwide professional tour and accumulating more than 371,000 airline miles. There aren’t many people who can transition from physics to marketing so seamlessly, but Morgan has always had an ability to adapt throughout her career. She says her willingness to learn on the job always kept her ahead of the curve. While there isn’t a Scranton class that teaches you how to make a golf ball fly farther, Morgan, who served on the University’s Alumni Board of Governors, says the institution taught her to be an active learner, a skill that has been far more helpful in her career. “You can’t come out of Scranton without being curious and learning how to ask questions, solve problems and think critically,” Morgan explains. Much like the athletic equipment she once studied, Morgan isn’t done evolving. She joined Wasserman this spring with the intent of spreading her reach to different sports. She currently focuses on golf, but hopes to add baseball to her portfolio in the coming year. “Baseball is my real passion,” Morgan says. “I thoroughly enjoy golf, but I’m an infinitely bigger baseball fan than golf fan.”


Maureen Walsh Ball ’89 and her husband, Scott, should have little difficulty remembering the birth date of their new son, Kyle Richard. Kyle arrived on Nov. 11, 2011 – yes, 11/11/11. May eleven always be lucky for him! The Ball family resides in Brick, N.J. A son, Liam Daniel, to Eric and Alison Moran Deutsch ’91, Brooklyn, N.Y. A son, Alexander Flynn, to Antonios Louloudakis and Kara Aylward ’92, Washington, D.C. A daughter, Rory, to Sean Zielenbach and Meghan Henning ’92, Alexandria, Va. A daughter, Sophie Mae, to Greg and Allison Holzmacher Miller ’92, Islip, N.Y. A son, Sean Brian, to Brian ’95 and Jillian Sutton, Wantaugh, N.Y. A son, Desmond Richard Eugenio, to Eugenio and Amy Cirminello Gil ’96, Monmouth Junction, N.J. Twin sons, Cole Hunter and Evan Justice, to Richard ’96 and Iris Davison, South Abington Township A son, Liam Robert, to Kevin ’96 and Jessica Moran, Baltimore, Md. A son, Thomas Martin, to Douglas and Jennifer Compton Breuer ’97, Charlotte, N.C.

A son, Caleb Charles, to Christopher and Wendy Dapsis Gardner ’97, South Abington Township A daughter, Teagan Jenna, to Mark and Donna Lukaszewski Hanley ’97, North Arlington, N.J. A daughter, Reaghan Mary, to Sean ‘98 and Mary Keeler, Scranton A son, Donovan Murphy, to John ’98 and Colleen Broderick Henrikson ’99, Fair Haven, N.J. A daughter, Erin Kathleen, to Kenneth and Karen Lowry Smith ’98, Moon Township A son, James Bombay, to Jesse G’98 and Stephanie Teitelbaum, Harrisburg A daughter, Elliana Grace, to John and Dr. Marissa Trichilo Brunetti ’98, Media A son, Joshua Gregory, to Gregory ’99 and Heather Theis Maigur ’02, Quakertown A daughter, Claire Mairead, to Joe and Deirdre Moran Costello ’99, Naperville, Ill. A son, Gavin Michael, to Joe and Deirdre Moran Costello ’99, Naperville, Ill. A daughter, Angelina Grace, to Stephen ’00 and Marisa Puk Aulenbach ’00, Wilton, Conn. A son, John Michael, to Matty ’00 and Mary Donati Fullmer ’03, Broomall A daughter, Madison Rose, to David ’01 and Nicole Barnes Bailey ’02, Ewing, N.J. A son, Elijah Sam, to Sam ’01 and Meghan Ryan Keller ’01, Lititz A daughter, Maeve Margaret, to Brian and Kate Toolan Madden ’01, Philadelphia A son, Owen Benjamin, to Michael ’01 and Shawna Marshall, Fullerton, Calif. A daughter, Harper Grace, to Charlie and Jaclyn Vaccaro Litwin ’01, G’06, Nicholson A son, Brennan Hugh, to Michael ’01 and Erin Walsh MacDonald ’01, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Robert ’05, G’07 and Elizabeth Mullen Congdon ’05 recently added a son, Daniel Ryan, to their growing family. Might we add that Daniel, and his big brother, Bobby, 2, already have impeccable taste in clothing! The Congdons make their home in Endicott, N.Y. A daughter, Alessandra Marie, to Adam and Allison Capitano Sivon ’01, Lindenhurst, N.Y. A daughter, Luciana Elizabeth, to William and Lauren DePasquale Kurzius ’02, Dunellen, N.J. A daughter, Leah Catherine, to Luke and Andrea Lawruk Woolley ’02, Philadelphia A daughter, Madeleine, to John ’02 and Alissa Swarts, Peckville A son, Owen Daniel, to Daniel ’02 and Kelly Tracy Schneider ’02, Clarks Summit A daughter, Alexa Cate, to Jason ’03 and Christina Aiello, Montvale, N.J. A daughter, Sophie Grace, to James ’03 and Jessica McCullough, Ivyland A daughter, Juliana Vincenza, to Stephen ’04 and Diana Galvin Luchko ’04, Doylestown A son, Andrew Salvatore, to Jason ’04 and Erin Sweeney Huffsmith ’03, Sussex, N.J. A son, Vincent Louis, to Michael ’04 and Crystal Mayfield Quaglio ’06, Newton, N.J. A son, Kevin Michael, to Kevin and Adriane Palmasani Conaboy, D.O. ’04, Moosic A son, Dylan James, to Jim ’04 and Allison Wieman Buchholz ’04, Lithia, Fla. A daughter, Chelsea Carolyn, to Robert and Christina Orokos Lifshey ’06, Stony Point, N.Y.

Playing Hoops & Remembering Mike

Michael Bonner ’95 and his wife, Mandi, welcomed their second child, a daughter, Addison Charlie, on July 17, 2012. She tipped the scales at seven pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Since Michael serves as senior director of scoreboard & broadcasting with the New York Yankees, it should come as no surprise Addison appears to be a fan of the Bronx Bombers.

Before the start of the second annual Malone Mulhall Benefit All-Star Basketball Game July 28, for which a portion of the proceeds benefitted the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship at Scranton, Sean Kirk ’10 (left) and Mike Clark ’10 spoke with a local news outlet. Kirk and Clark established the Mulhall Scholarship to honor the memory of Michael, who lost his life in a tragic car accident on Long Island shortly after graduation. The scholarship will be used to provide financial assistance to a Scranton education student interested in special education. Former St. John’s star and NBA player Chris Mullin coached one of the charity game’s squads, comprised of present and former local college basketball stars. Mike Breen, the voice of the Knicks, coached the opposing team. The benefit game was held at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. Also pictured (far right) is current Scranton student Lauren Giunta ’14, who conducted the interview while working for Optimum Cable News. FA LL 2012


“May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Eternal rest grant unto them, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”


Father Masterson Alumnus Captures ‘Back in Her Arms’

In Memoriam

“Back in Her Arms,” photographed by Bill Maile ’84, was recently selected for the national exhibit “Photowork 2012” at the Barrett Art Center in New York City. Juror Susan Thompson of the Guggenheim Museum of Art selected the photograph, one of only 60 images from across the nation chosen for display. “This year’s selection is a poignant, bittersweet thing for me, as well-known local man William Feddock perished in the fire,” says Maile. “This is my tribute to him and his family, as well as the brave men and women who were there to battle the blaze and help the victims.” In addition, Maile’s photograph “Hatchery Road” was selected for the “Art of the State: PA 2012” event at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.


Rev. Hugh H. McGroarty ’39, Pittston Thomas J. Malone ’40, Sugar Notch James F. Melvin ’42, Drexel Hill John J. Murphy, M.D. ’42, Bryn Mawr Anthony J. Gentile, M.D. ’43, Dunmore Donald Paone ’43, Malverne, N.Y. Gilbert L. Coccetti ’47, Eynon James P. Comerford, M.D. ’48, Grand Junction, Colo. William P. Gallagher ’49, Columbus, Ohio Armine “Army” Scopelliti ’49, Sayre Esdras E. Weidow ’49, Covington Township Richard E. Wagner ’50, Austin, Texas John J. Burke ’50, Hershey Michael T. Goskowski ’50, Forest City Gaeton A. Intoccia ’50, Scranton Richard E. Wagner ’50, Austin, Texas Eugene A. Curtin, M.D. ’51, Clarks Green Joseph Harrington, D.D.S. ’51, Milford John Lynch ’51, Kingston Henry C. McGrath ’52, Clarks Green James M. Scott ’52, Wernersville Thomas J. Lalley ’54, Indian Trail, N.C. Vincent P. Ferra ’56, Centreville, Md. James R. Gross ’56, Ewing Township Gerald W. Chichurka ’57, Scranton Carmen J. DiPipi ’58, Old Forge James C. Brown ’60, Clarks Summit James M. Basta ’61, Tampa, Fla. John P. O’Malley ’61, Clarks Summit John J. Nemeth ’63, Jessup Francis X. Gildea ’64, Radnor


John P. Gaggioli ’65, Scranton Joseph H. Hopfer ’65, Las Vegas, Nev. Andrew Kuzma G’65, LaPlume Michael T. “Mickey” Lynch ’65, Dunmore Gerald D. Strong ’65, Fredericksburg, Va. Daniel R. Ceccoli G’66, Indiana Paul J. Gritman ’66, Dallas Neil Pascoe ’66, Medford, N.J. Grace Flannelly G’68, Scranton John M. Reddington G’68, Moosic Joseph E. Kuna, Ph.D. ’69, Philadelphia John J. Scagliotti ’69, Jessup William Biniek G’71, Plains James E. Giles G’71, Jermyn Joseph C. Mangan G’71, Bear Creek Thomas L. Burke G’72, Norwood Michael R. Federovitch ’72, Vancouver, Wash. Father John A. Walsh ’72, Clermont, Fla. Carolyn M. Lane G’74, Archbald Kathleen Trask Keating ’75, Dunmore Rev. Thomas J. Sokolowski ’75, Dunmore Lawrence H. Barlow ’77, South Abington Township Theodore F. Duggan ’79, G’80, Dalton Rev. Patrick J. Genello ’79, Hazleton J. Debra Karp ’81, Old Forge David McCanney ’82, Reading Christopher J. Mayville ’83, Savannah, Ga. John F. Nally, Jr. ’83, Hoboken, N.J. Patrick J. O’Malley ’83, Scranton

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Thomas “Bat” Masterson, S.J., a longtime administrator at the University and a beloved member of our Jesuit community. From 1976 to 2004, Father Masterson served the University in several capacities, including vice president of campus ministry. He was instrumental in the creation of the Retreat Center at Chapman Lake and the establishment of Collegiate Volunteers, which developed into the Center for Service and Social Justice. He thoroughly enjoyed participating in the University’s Search Retreat, and was a loving presence to thousands of students and alumni throughout the years. Read Father Masterson’s full obituary at

In Memoriam Friends & Family

Mary Armstrong, mother of Kara ’04 Keith Bair, father of Amanda ’07, G’09 James Hart, father of Lori Hart Bathon ’85 Grace Bohensky, daughter of Megan Getz Bohensky ’98, G’07 Michael Butera, father of Peter ’83 Mary Patricia Casey, mother of Patrick ’84 Mary Louise Derr, mother of Jane Derr Davis ’85 Jean Fitt, wife of Joseph ’59 Alice Holmes, wife of Dr. John ’48, mother of John ’82, sister of Dr. John Corcoran ’57 & Atty. William Corcoran ’64 Nancy Luciani, mother of John ’87, Nancy Nealon ’85 & Jill Mooty ’79 Alexander Mikuski, father of Lenore Mikuski Tigue ’76 & Joanne Mikuski Brush ’82 Charles Purper, father of Charles ’77 Marie Synder, wife of Eugene ’55 Eleanor Vergillo, mother of Marcia Vergill Trignano ’76 & grandmother of Marc Trignano ’15 Marc Vergillo, brother of Marcia Vergillo Trignano ’76 & uncle of Marc Trignano ’15 Walter Ziskowski, father of Dr. John ’70

2013 SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 7-9, 2013 Alumni whose class years end in “3” and “8”: Make plans now to join your classmates back on campus in June.

For a tentative schedule of events, hotel information and more visit Registration for Reunion events and on-campus accommodations will be available in March 2013.



Find out more about how you can help make your reunion a success by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SCRANTON or via email at


More than 1,000 Scranton graduates and friends attended Reunion this past June. Here’s what some of our alumni had to say: Attending the Scranton Reunion and reconnecting with friends is always a joy, but seeing it unfold months before and being part of the planning really enhanced the experience. The Reunion staff was a great support, and we thank them for making our ideas reality. – Teresa Poloney Knipper ’82

An awesome trip back to the ‘warm land’ known as Scranton. The Jesuits know how to start, build and maintain an outstanding University. I am one proud alumnus. – Jim Janci ’77

Once again my time at the U was a blast. Celebrating years of being out in the real world back on campus with friends of a lifetime couldn’t have been better ... ain’t no party like a Scranton party!” – Ashley Ferguson ’07


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The Scranton Journal, Fall 2012  

This is our fall 2012 edition of our alumni magazine, The Scranton Journal.

The Scranton Journal, Fall 2012  

This is our fall 2012 edition of our alumni magazine, The Scranton Journal.