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Rendering of the new center for rehabilitation education on Jefferson Avenue.

2 The Office Wrap Party 8 125th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff 15 What We Are Celebrating 16 President’s Message

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Timeline of The University of Scranton

notables On the Commons 4-6 Athletics 28-31 Alumni News 34-37 Class Notes 38-48

A Message

from the President

Alumni & Friends, As is customary, this issue of your Scranton Journal chronicles the richly deserved accolades of our students and faculty that follow the successful conclusion of an academic year. I am privileged to congratulate our graduates as they cross the stage in the presence of caring faculty to receive their wellearned Scranton diploma. As you will read, the Class of 2013 is the source of enduring pride. Complementing this testament to our ongoing vitality are stories, photographs and historical information to mark the start of a yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University’s founding. In a special way, we remember the Most Rev. William O’Hara, D.D., first Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton. With a dream and a call to action, he invoked God’s blessing on a single block of granite and inspired 125 years of vision, sacrifice and service by diocesan priests, Xaverian Brothers, Christian Brothers, Jesuits and incomparable lay colleagues. While some subjects we teach today were the stuff of fiction at our founding, we still embody a deep faith in the power of Catholic and now Jesuit higher education to transform the students entrusted to our care and, through them, to change the world. In my homily for the Anniversary Eucharist on August 12, I shared the following with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends gathered to commemorate this special day in our history: “It is a precious time to stir up the gifts given to us. The holy people of God—faculty, staff and students at The University of Scranton—can dream of renewed birth because God’s Spirit dwells in us, powering us to always try anew.” I encourage all of our alumni and friends to join in the celebration. May God bless Catholic and Jesuit higher education, and may God bless The University of Scranton.


Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. President

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Margery Gleason STUDENT EDITOR

Melissa DeSoto ’14 PHOTOGRAPHY

Anthony Cernera Terry Connors George Gomez, Ph.D. Carol McDonald Jim O’Connor Kevin Southard PRESIDENT





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University Announces New $47.5 Million Center for Rehabilitation Education The University in May announced plans for an 111,500-square-foot, eight-story center for rehabilitation education to provide a state-of-the-art facility for undergraduate and graduate programs in the Departments of Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. “The $47.5 million project will provide an advanced, modern facility to match the exceptional reputations already established by our physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science programs and will help grow these important academic departments,” said Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president of The University of Scranton. “In approving this project, the Trustees recognized the strength and strategic importance of these programs for the University.” The center will be located on the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street on the site that is currently occupied by two adjoining buildings that the University refers to as Leahy Hall. The signature building will be designed to incorporate limestone, native stone and glass to complement the architecture of nearby buildings. The center will provide classroom, research, office, clinical and meeting space. It will also connect to and create a unified entrance for McGurrin Hall, which houses the remaining departments in Panuska College – nursing, education, human resources, counseling and health administration – in addition to the Leahy Community Health and Family Center. Physical therapy is the only doctoral program offered by the University, and these undergraduate and graduate programs are among the University’s most in-demand majors. The fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy are also among the nation’s fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. News & World Report listed occupational therapy and physical therapy among the top 10 “Best Jobs of 2012.” The expected completion date for the project is the summer of 2015.

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On the Commons Scranton’s Legendary Fulbright Story Adds Another Chapter

Five graduates have earned Fulbright awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. Seated, from left, are: Susan Trussler, Ph.D., Fulbright program advisor; Elena M. Habersky ’13, Dallas, Fulbright English teaching assistantship to Jordan; and Rebecca Schmaeling ’13, Smithtown, N.Y., Fulbright English teaching assistantship to Spain. Standing, from left, are: University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; Shannon M. Haberzettl G’13, Dingmans Ferry, Fulbright English teaching assistantship to Malaysia; Jan Alexander Wessel ’13, Drums, Fulbright research scholarship to Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary; Joseph R. Seemiller ’13, Lehighton, Fulbright research scholarship to the University of Cologne, Germany; and Harold Baillie, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Five Scranton graduates will make the most of their individual talents and interests as they share with – and learn from – cultures around the world as Fulbright scholars. In a banner year for an already strong tradition, five graduates have been selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. Scranton graduates earning Fulbright awards are: Elena M. Habersky ’13; Shannon M. Haberzettl G’13; Rebecca Schmaeling ’13; Joseph R. Seemiller ’13; and Jan Alexander Wessel ’13. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching. For eight consecutive years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed Scranton among the “top producers” of Fulbright awards for American students. Since 1972, a total of 144 Scranton students have been awarded grants in the competition administered by the Institute of International Education. The award recipients were drawn from a pool of more than 9,000 applicants nationally. In addition to the five University graduates receiving Fulbrights, two additional graduates have been named as alternates for awards: Brian V. Entler ’13 of Scranton is an alternate to Australia and Dana N. Trembley ’13 of Union, N.J., is an alternate to Canada.

University Hosts Pennsylvania Economic Association Annual Conference The University hosted the Pennsylvania Economic Association’s annual conference in June. The conference was attended by nearly 100 representatives of colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, other states and abroad. The three-day conference included featured addresses by Michael Silva, senior vice president in the Financial Institutions Supervision Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Peter Danchak, president of PNC Bank, NEPA Region. Other speakers focused on topics including the housing market, economic development, women and gender economics, taxation, minimum wage and the labor market and more. Standing, from left, are Michael Mensah, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management; Deborah Gougeon, Ph.D., University faculty and vice president of publicity for the Pennsylvania Economic Association; Danchak; and Tracy Miller, Ph.D., of Grove City College, president of the Pennsylvania Economic Association.

Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

Vivienne Meljen ’13 was one of just 62 students from 54 colleges in the nation selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar. Meljen completed her undergraduate studies in biology in just three years while maintaining a 3.9 GPA and participating in multiple research and community service projects. Already accepted to six medical schools, Meljen can now add an esteemed national honor to her resume. Only three Jesuit universities had a student named as a 2013 Truman Scholar: Scranton, Boston College and The College of the Holy Cross. A resident of Scranton, Meljen is the ninth Scranton student to be named a Truman Scholar in the Jesuit school’s history and the sixth student to receive this honor since 2000. This fall, Meljen will attend the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. Upon completion of her medical degree, she plans to earn a Master of Public Health degree and serve as an internal medicine physician in a rural underserved area.



Officials Launch New Collaborative Small Business Internship Initiative Officials from government, business and higher education on May 7 announced a new internship initiative bringing together area college students with small businesses. The collaborative program will provide a framework for local small businesses to offer more internship opportunities to area students by connecting the businesses with colleges and universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It will be first piloted with three downtown Scranton businesses with hopes of expanding the initiative to other areas in the future. “The internship initiative is a natural outgrowth of our downtown engagement initiative, led by our Office of Community Relations, which has drawn thousands of students, parents, faculty and staff into downtown Scranton in new ways,” said Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., University president. “The internship initiative will encourage our students and those enrolled at our sister colleges and universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania to take advantage of all that downtown Scranton has to offer.” The program was developed by several local organizations including The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center, The University’s Office of Community Relations, Lackawanna County Commissioners, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, the city of Scranton and Scranton Tomorrow.

An Ambition to Serve

Fourteen graduates volunteered for long-term service projects with nonprofit organizations in states throughout the country. Organizations and programs include the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Americorps, Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries, Mercy Volunteer Corps and Teach for America. Since 1983, 493 graduates have chosen full-time volunteer service over employment. The graduates gathered with President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., for a reception during commencement weekend. Seen in front row, from left, are Nicole Furman, Hanna Joyce, Marissa Papula, Meghan Norsigian, Mara Smith and Alex Nafranowicz. Standing in back row, from left, are Father Quinn, Catherine Rotterman, Kerianna Beckman, Chelsea Valentine, Shana O’Hara, Colin Holmes, Kim Esposito and Joe Lofstedt. Absent from the photograph is Jeff Aube.

Acclaimed Children’s Book Author to Receive Award Award-winning author and educator Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Ph.D., G’82 received the Weinberg Memorial Library’s 2013 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award at a dinner ceremony on Sept. 7. The author of poetry, short stories, picture books, novels and nonfiction for young readers, Dr. Bartoletti has received some of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature, including the Newbery Medal from the American Library Association; the Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction from the National Council of Teachers of English; and the Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2009, she won The Washington Post/Washington Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work. Dr. Bartoletti’s most recent book, “Down the Rabbit Hole,” is the latest installment in Scholastic’s “Dear America” series. Targeted for middle-grade readers, the series introduces history through the diaries of fictional girls living in various eras. The Distinguished Author Award Series began with the Friends of the Weinberg Library’s desire to recognize and honor the work of fiction and nonfiction authors. The Friends also saw it as an opportunity for authors to share their literary pursuits and impressions with residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The annual event helps the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund, which supports special gifts for the Weinberg Library collections and services.

Program Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month The Asian Studies program celebrated Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May with dance, music, poetry, a “Zen Walk,” presentations and panel discussions. The celebration included a poetry reading with award-winning Taiwanese poet Cheng Chou-Yu, poet-inresidence and faculty emeritus at Yale University. Since his debut with “Above the Space of Dreams” in 1955, Chou-Yu has become one of the most widely read poets in the Chinese language. The poetry reading was part of “Frontier Taiwan: Poetry, Politics, and Identity,” in which University professors John Hill, English, and Linda Ledford-Miller, Ph.D., world languages and cultures, and students from Chinese Mandarin classes also participated. A reception following the event included a photo display courtesy of The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, the event’s co-sponsor. Also, sisters Emiko and Yasuko Tokunaga, founders and co-directors of the Tokunaga Dance Ko, presented “Japanese Culture through Dance: Its History and Comparison with the United States” in conjunction with the Schemel Forum. In addition, Ann PangWhite, Ph.D., director of Asian Studies and professor of philosophy led a “Zen Walk” (walking meditation for inner peace) on the Dionne Campus Green on May 3. University faculty also presented “University of Scranton Scholars in Taiwan: A Week of Inter-Cultural Engagement.” Participants were Iordanis Petsas, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Economics and Finance Department, Sufyan Mohammed, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, and Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy.

Ann Pang-White, Ph.D., director of Asian Studies and professor of philosophy gives a lessons on Zen walking as part of the celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. FA LL 2013


disABILITY Conference to Examine Rehabilitation

Welcome Class of 2017!

The University hosted two-day orientation sessions for the more than 900 members of the Class of 2017 and their parents and guests in July. Orientation introduces new students and their families to the University’s procedures, facilities and support services, and provides them with the opportunity to meet with faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as each other. Incoming class members represent 15 states, Ireland and China, and more than 400 high schools. At the July orientation sessions, students completed chemistry, mathematics, foreign language and composition placement tests. They also met academic advisors, attended presentations on support services and extracurricular activities, and participated in recreational and social activities. Parents and guests learned about their new roles as parents of college students, as well as about resources and programs offered by University Ministries, Information Resources, Financial Aid, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and other departments at the University. Orientation prepared the Class of 2017 for its first taste of campus life, which began at Fall Welcome and Move-In Day on Aug. 24.

With a goal to increase employment, transition and independent living options for persons with disabilities, the University will host its 12th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disABILITY on Oct. 2. The daylong conference, hosted by the University‘s Panuska College of Professional Studies with the support of the Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Endowment, is themed “Real Rehabilitation Renaissance: Ignited by Inspiration and Innovation.” While in previous years the conference has focused on a specific topic, the theme of this year’s conference is more wide-ranging. “Rehabilitation, by its very nature, encompasses a wide range of programs and services,” said Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., associate professor of rehabilitation counseling at Scranton, and the conference co-chair. “With tracks in employment, transition and independent living, the conference will explore topics that are at the core of rehabilitation.” Conference topics will be of interest to educators; community, rehabilitation and school counselors; school psychologists; independent living specialists; social workers, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists; and individuals with disabilities and their families. Continuing education units will be available. State and nationally recognized leaders will speak at the conference. The opening keynote features the Honorable Janet LaBreck, Commisioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education. For information, visit

Conference Addresses Challenges of Aging Population The third annual 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Conference on Aging provided a forum to educate practitioners, providers, researchers, economists and the community through numerous and diverse presentations that promote healthy aging through an integrated approach of caring for elders. The conference, presented by The University of Scranton and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), was held April 11. Presentations by academic and industry professionals provided an opportunity to learn about best practices, new research findings and how the nation’s changing economy will affect healthy aging in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The forum integrates academic findings with practical applications and, more importantly, facilitates creative collaboration between practitioners, health care institutions and universities. It also provides a platform from which information is disseminated to those concerned with healthy aging. Linda P. Fried, M.D., DeLamar Professor of Public Health and dean of Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., was the keynote speaker. Other conference lectures covered topics such as medication, nutrition and vision as components of healthy aging; the changing role of the caregiver; better communication among physicians, nurses and health care professionals who care for the elderly; and a presentation about aging in NEPA – a view from the Capitol. 8


disABILITY Conference committee members, seated, from left: Raymond Schwenk; co-chairs Rebecca Spirito-Dalgin, Ph.D., and Lori Bruch, Ed.D.; and Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies. Standing, from left: Victoria Castellanos, Meg Hambrose, MaryLou Knabel, Sandra Lamanna, Valarie Clark, Linda Lewis and Annette Tross.

Kino Border Initiative Honored with Arrupe Award On April 25 the annual Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries was presented to Kino Border Initiative (KBI). KBI is a Catholic collaborative effort between the U.S. and Mexico that focuses on humanitarian assistance, education, research and social-pastoral outreach in the area of migration. The Arrupe Award 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. The University instituted the award in 1995 to further its namesake’s vision by recognizing men and women for outstanding contributions in a wide variety of Ignatian-inspired ministries.


Art Lopez ’76


When I arrived at The University of Scranton from Brooklyn, N.Y., the campus became my home away from home, with my friends serving as my extended family. This was especially true because my parents had just moved to Europe, and my friends’ families became my own. They treated me like another son, inviting me for dinner and holidays. I’ve always been grateful for their kindness. In 1973, my sophomore year, our group moved into the “Pink House.” For mostly good reasons, everyone on campus knew about it. Two years later, we made an exodus to the “White House,” moving our good times next door to Clay Avenue and Linden Street. Our crew was a cohesive blend of different personalities and talents. I learned so much from my “White House” companions and still keep in touch. Bob Pyne ’76 taught me to never feel sorry for myself. Bill Mizerak ’76, G’79 is the godfather of my youngest child. Donny Appenzeller ’76 kept order in the kitchen. Jeffrey Garibaldi ’76 conveyed that it’s OK to poke fun at oneself. Bart Harrison ’76 educated us on how to give a viselike handshake. Mick “Micker” Kuhn ‘76 was the symbol of consistency and reliability. There was Chuck Bastan ’76, who gave us a new way of using the English language. Kevin Hurley ’76 had a sense of humor that could make a rock laugh. Jim Helhowski ’76, aka “Sniper,” traveled with me through Europe via backpack and Eurail pass. Tim Fullam ’76 taught us how to sleep with no worries. There was also Jim Carney ’76, who convinced us it was “cool” to be smart. The rest of our pack included: Joe Markey ’76, G’79; Steve Larkin ’76; our RA, Fitzy; Tim Kullman ’76; and Beatrice, our greatly appreciated maid. Since most of our “crowd” lived in New Jersey, I moved there after graduation. I got a job, met a great girl and married her. At least five of my Scranton friends were in my wedding party. Every five years, somewhere between eight and 10 of us will surface for our college reunion. But now I have another reason to visit campus. This fall, my youngest daughter, Laura, will attend the University. To my surprise, she made the decision all on her own. I hope that someday she’s able to wear a tattoo of Scranton on her heart like I do today.

–– Art Lopez ‘76

New Providence, N.J.

Wife, Pam; son, Anthony (28); daughters, Lynn (25) and Laura (18)



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Pink House Halloween party

TOP: The White House on Linden Street and Clay Avenue played host to some of Art Lopez’s fondest memories at Scranton. Lopez is pictured in the front row, first one on the left. ABOVE: In 2011, Art Lopez (third from right) came together with many of his old classmates to celebrate at Reunion Weekend. The five-year event is a must for the old friends. BOTTOM: Laura Lopez ’17 decided to follow in her father’s footsteps, enrolling at Scranton this fall. Here she is with her father during her orientation session in July.

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sweet tweets Here are some of our favorite tweets sent to the University’s Twitter accounts in recent months. Join the fun at and @JenniferABriggs I know I’m going to miss this place #springfest #senior #scranton #uofs #sunny #denaples

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@HammerSwinger #univofscranton There is a good chance you’ll meet people at orientation you will talk to the rest of your life.

Get Social with Scranton Are We Facebook Friends? Procrastinate on Facebook? Us, too! Then don’t forget to “like” the University’s Facebook pages, and Today is National Teacher Day! Is there a professor at Scranton you’d like to recognize? Dan Shea The late, great Father Ed Gannon for teaching us all a lot more than philosophy. Heather Buckridge Hill Dr. Whittaker and Dr. Friedman! I enjoyed their classes immensely. Susan Heim Kelly Dr. Donna Carpenter from the Nursing Department - her knowledge and passion for nursing, research and highly skilled care for patients are qualities I have always cherished. Joan Sgrue-Ingerman Dr. Gretchen VanDyke who 16 years ago and today is so much more than my professor! She was a professor who truly cared about her students! Ryan Hopper Dr. Spinelli Health Administration, Great stories. Janice Sullivan Dr. Mattingly & Dr. Kosmahl from the PT department!

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Shannon Behm Lusk Dr. Whittaker - taught me what it means to be “word efficient.” Until we meet again, graduates! Becky Vonderhearr Collins Congratulations, grads! Christine Tamashasky Griffin The hours too quickly disappear and mingle into years... You have no idea how true that statement is, graduates! Congratulations! Norma S. Jeffries Congrats to my niece Monica McCloe Smith!! So proud of you!!!! Amy Fenwick Gold My daughter just finished her freshman year and is actually homesick for Scranton now that she is home!!! That means you did an outstanding job making her feel at home while away from home!! I look forward to celebrating in 2016!!

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The University of Scranton Conducts Undergraduate Commencement The University of Scranton conferred more than 900 bachelor’s and associate degrees at its undergraduate commencement on May 26 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Graduates included recipients of some of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships, including the Truman Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship and multiple Fulbright scholarships. Graduates represented 13 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. Majors with the most graduates in 2013 are biology, nursing, accounting, exercise science, communication, psychology and occupational therapy. Sandra Postel, a respected author, scholar, lecturer and consultant on global water protection, and director of the Global Water Policy Project, served as commencement speaker. Postel advised graduates to keep “the tradition of service with you, because nothing can bring you more happiness or fulfillment than serving a cause greater than yourself.” Postel also received an honorary degree from the University at the ceremony.

Graduates Commissioned as Second Lieutenants Twelve members of the University’s class of 2013 were among the 16 ROTC graduates commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at a ceremony held in the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center. Standing from left: 2nd Lt. Sean Cogan, Scranton grad and Military Intelligence branch detailed armor; 2nd Lt. Kevin Demko, Scranton grad and Dental Corps; 2nd Lt. Sean Kulaga, Scranton grad and Adjutant General branch detailed Field Artillery; 2nd Lt. Ian McCaughey, Scranton grad and Armor; 2nd Lt. Timothy Olds, Infantry; 2nd Lt. Irvin Anglin, Military Intelligence; 2nd Lt. Robert Coccio, Ordnance; 2nd Lt. Ian Poshka, Transportation Corps; Kaitlin Bolster, Scranton grad and Army Nurse Corps; Jessica Persoon, Scranton grad and Aviation. Seated from left: 2nd Lt. Victoria Meyer, Scranton grad and Army Nurse Corps; 2nd Lt. Carina Hanks, Scranton grad and Medical Service; 2nd Lt. Amanda Hane, Scranton grad and Quartermaster Corps; 2nd Lt. Jennifer Bullis, Scranton grad and Army Nurse Corps; 2nd Lt. Lisa Delbridge, Scranton grad and Army Nurse Corps; Sydney Carmody, Scranton grad and Army Nurse Corps.

Record Number of DPT Degrees Conferred at Graduate School Commencement The University’s 2013 graduate school commencement was held May 25 at the Byron Recreation Complex. The University conferred 65 doctoral degrees in physical therapy, the most in its history, at the ceremony. The University also conferred 748 master’s degrees at the commencement. Graduates represented 38 states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. Programs with the most graduates at Scranton were educational administration, curriculum and instruction, MBA, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Austin Burke, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, served as the principal speaker. The University awarded Burke an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1998. Burke also served as a trustee from 1991 to 1997.

Jesse Alan Krempasky and Christine Ann Krempasky, who are husband and wife, received their Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from The University of Scranton on Saturday, May 25. The couple resides in South Abington Township.

The University conferred a historic 65 doctoral degrees in physical therapy and 748 master’s degrees at its post-baccalaureate commencement May 25.

View more photos from commencement on the University’s Flickr page

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Faculty Receive Recognition for Teaching Excellence Three faculty members have received recognition for teaching excellence.

Ronald W. Deitrick, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor and director of the exercise science program, has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the class of 2013. The award honors a faculty member who maintains high standards of academic excellence and fairness and, through enthusiasm and dedication, inspires the interest of students in the field of education. The award was instituted by the academic support committee of the University’s Faculty Senate in 1996. Dr. Deitrick joined the Exercise Science and Sport Department in 1998. Responsible for developing the academic program in exercise science, he currently teaches in the areas of exercise physiology and research methods.


hen Patricia Wright submitted her research proposal on women’s experiences

of pregnancy loss to the University’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB), she knew revisions and questions about the protocol were to be expected. She got one question, however, that caught her by surprise. She was asked to name local pregnancy loss support resources available to study participants – and realized there weren’t any. This insight gave her the opportunity to use her research to make a difference in the community. As a clinician, Dr. Wright chose to work as a hospice nurse where she found the most difficult part was supporting families preparing for loss. Her desire to find better ways to support grieving families inspired her to choose bereavement research as her life’s work. In her doctoral program, she chose to focus on mothers’ experiences of losing a child and specifically on loss during pregnancy. In her research, Dr. Wright found that women’s grief after pregnancy loss can be emotionally devastating and all-consuming. The women in Dr. Wright’s study felt that people didn’t understand the ongoing nature of their pain, and they felt pressure to move on too soon. Comments like “you can try again” or “at least you

Rose Sebastianelli, Ph.D.,

Patricia Harrington, RN, Ed.D., professor and chair of

professor of operations and information management and the Alperin chair in business administration at the Kania School of Management, was named the University’s “CASE Professor of the Year.” The University recognized Dr. Sebastianelli’s outstanding performance as a member of the faculty. Professors selected by individual schools are then eligible for further recognition by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the state and national levels. In addition to teaching a broad range of undergraduate- and graduate-level business and management courses, Dr. Sebastianelli served as interim dean of the Graduate School and director of research from 2000 to 2002 and interim dean of the Kania School of Management for the 1996-97 academic year.

the Nursing Department, has been named the 2012-2013 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. Dr. Harrington joined the faculty in 1984 and has taught courses across the nursing curriculum. She is a founding member of the AIDS Awareness Committee and the Education for Justice Task Force and Advisory Committee. For more than 10 years, she offered American Red Cross training for student Peer Educators who offered the HIV/AIDS in a College Environment program (PEACE). The Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was founded in 1943 and is the oldest honor society at the University. Juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service are eligible for membership.



Patricia Wright, Ph.D., R.N., ACNSBC, associate professor of nursing. Read more about the work of Dr. Wright and other faculty in Ignite, a magazine dedicated to faculty work in the Ignatian tradition. View the digital edition of Ignite at

didn’t have time to get to know the baby,” though well-meant, minimized their pain and caused feelings of isolation. With support and in time, many women did find meaning in their suffering, but the pain of pregnancy loss haunted them on special occasions like the anniversary of the loss or Mother’s Day. The women also reported feelings of anxiety during a subsequent pregnancy that they felt others didn’t understand. Knowing that successful pregnancy loss support groups were available in other areas, Dr. Wright took steps to provide this helpful resource for women in our area. With the help of a generous collaborative grant offered jointly by The University of Scranton and Marywood University, faculty from both institutions were able to partner with staff from the Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Lackawanna County to start a pregnancy loss support group in Scranton. The group, guided by the “Pushing On Theory of Maternal Perinatal Bereavement” that Dr. Wright developed in her research, is named “Pushing On: Support for Moms after Pregnancy Loss.” The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please see

Nursing Grants Benefit Students and Region’s Rural Health Care Scranton’s graduate nursing program was awarded three federal grants totaling nearly $1 million for the 2012-2013 academic year from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (US DHHS) and the Bureau of Health Professions. The University was awarded a $432,000 program grant by the US DHHS for the development of interprofessional, team-based learning opportunities for family nurse practitioner, physical therapy, occupational therapy and counseling students. In addition to the program grant, an advanced nursing education traineeship grant totaling $548,000 provided tuition support to family nurse practitioner students. This past year family nurse practitioner students each received $7,700 toward their tuition. Also, a nurse anesthetist traineeship grant for $14,000 was awarded to the University’s nurse anesthesia program, which was divided among the nurse anesthesia students. The grants are designed to help Scranton graduates improve the quality of rural health care, particularly in Northeast Pennsylvania, which was ranked in the bottom fourth of the state in overall health and life expectancy. According to Mary Jane Hanson, Ph.D., professor and director of the Department of Nursing’s graduate program, the focus on interprofessional education will help address the state’s growing rural health care concerns. In addition to more interprofessional curricula, Scranton will use this grant money to explore telehealth options, which will allow rural patients to benefit from the expertise of providers all over the world – whether it’s the primary care provider remotely treating patients or teams of providers from different disciplines using video equipment to discuss various approaches to treatment.

Scranton’s Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu Inducts Honorary Members Most Rev. Joseph Bambera, bishop of Scranton, was among the honorary inductees of The University of Scranton’s Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor society for students in Jesuit colleges and universities. The Scranton chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu was founded in 1943 and is the oldest honor society at the University. Standing at the induction ceremony held recently on campus are, from left, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., University president; honorary inductees Bishop Bambera; Sharon Hudacek, Ed.D., professor of nursing; Marie Trovato G’92; Mark Murphy, director of sustainability; and moderator Michael Sulzinski, Ph.D., professor of biology.

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One on One

Title: Associate Director of Recreational Sports Years at Scranton: 23 Hometown: Greenfield Twp. Family: Husband, Rob; sons Tim, 18,

with Jane Johnson

and Kevin, 15

Awards/Honors: Pro Deo, Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conferences (MAC) Freedom Conference

“Coach of the Year” for tennis, 2002, 2003 (co-coach) and 2004.

Proudest sports moment: The 2003 tennis season was very successful. We finished 5-1 in the Freedom Conference and made it to the conference championship, which Scranton hosted. After the event, the MAC tennis commissioner sent a letter to Fr. Pilarz (then president of the University), complimenting Scranton’s facilities and the kind treatment he received. The commissioner also said Scranton’s sportsmanship was “exemplary.” We lost the match 5-4 to Moravian, but represented ourselves well as a team and as a University. In the bigger picture, that’s a win for me. Another great moment was the 15-game win streak in the middle of the 2012 softball season that tied a record. That was also very exciting!

You seem to have a lifelong love of tennis. What’s the attraction? I played tennis just for recreation in high school, mostly with my brothers. The summer between my junior and senior years, I entered a Virginia Slims Tournament that was about 45 minutes from my home. I had no idea what I was getting into. It took me longer to drive there than it did to lose 6-0, 6-0, but it was a great learning experience! It was my first competitive tennis match, but it was at a level I just wasn’t ready for! When I attended Marywood University, I tried out for the tennis team as a sophomore and played for three years. As a player, it was the best team experience I ever had – in any sport. As a tennis coach, Johnson believes her first priority is to mold character, not just a good backhand. Visit to read more about Jane.

What is the most gratifying thing about working with student athletes? Generally speaking, I enjoy seeing the passion that athletes have. Over their four years on campus they excel in the classroom and on the court or field, often earning campus recognition through our Athlete of the Week posts, conference or even national awards. More times than not, they leave the University realizing and appreciating they were part of a unique group that had the privilege of competing on the collegiate level, but are off to do even bigger and greater things, as they put their degrees to work. Our student athletes are very talented and work hard athletically and academically. What is your philosophy as a coach? My degrees are in education, and I believe my philosophy stems from being a teacher first. I am definitely not a drill sergeant, but you can’t approach the students you coach as strictly a friend either. Successful coaching requires a balance. Beyond skill work, there is always room for teaching teamwork, discipline, self-responsibility and respect. I have a sign in my office that reads, “You have to give respect to get it!” and that’s true no matter what you do in life.







“It is a precious time to stir up the gifts given us. The holy people of God – faculty, staff and students at The University of Scranton – can dream of renewed birth because God’s Spirit dwells in us, powering us to always try anew.” — Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President, The University of Scranton August 12, 2013, Anniversary Eucharist Celebrating 125 Years


n the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 12, 1888, Most Rev. William O’Hara, the

first Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, blessed a single block of granite as the cornerstone of the new College of St. Thomas of Aquinas. Absent at the blessing were students, faculty and funding. Present was a profound faith that God would provide all that would be needed for a Catholic college to begin in Scranton. This was the first of several acts of faith that formed the foundation of The University of Scranton and allowed the institution of higher learning to grow and excel over 125 years. The University recognized the 1888 blessing of the cornerstone with a Mass and luncheon on campus Aug. 12, beginning a yearlong celebration that will include exhibits, lectures and other events.

Read more about the August 12th event, and watch the videos of the mass and luncheon on the Journal website.

LEFT: Speakers at the luncheon commemorating the 1888 blessing of the cornerstone were, from left: Donald Castellucci III ’14, president of Student Government; Thomas M. Muldowney ’99, vicar general of the Diocese of Scranton; Jean W. Harris, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Political Science Department; Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president of The University of Scranton; Mary Elizabeth Moylan G’90, faculty chair of the Weinberg Memorial Library; Meg Cullen-Brown, president of staff senate and assistant dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education; Thomas Grech ’84, president of the Alumni Society; and Brother Joseph Grabenstein, representing the Christian Brothers. RIGHT: Celebrants for the commemorative mass included (L-R) Rev. Thomas E. Roach, S.J., rector of the Jesuit Community; Fr. Quinn, and Fr. Muldowney.

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We asked members of the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee to share their thoughts on what we are celebrating during this anniversary year. Here are some of their reflections.

acts of faith

What we are celebrating is a remarkable series of that have shaped the University’s history from its inception, beginning with Bishop O’Hara laying a cornerstone for a building he did not yet have the funds to build and then a half-century later with the willingness of the Jesuits to accept ownership of a school saddled with debt in the midst of a world war. Such acts of faith that continue to be repeated in more recent years every time ground is broken for a multi-million dollar project with the of our benefactors will ensure its completion. The University today with its beautiful campus, vibrant student body



and dynamic faculty gives testimony to the extent to which those acts of faith have been and continue to be so amply rewarded.

— Frank X.J. Homer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus & University Historian

who we are

We are celebrating – a community that has been given the tremendous opportunity to see and celebrate Christ in one another through the and

gratitude we extend to ourselves, each other and to God through our work. — Cheryl Y. Boga, Conductor & Director, Performance Music


love, care


We are celebrating the and required to start a college in a rough-and-tumble coal town and then to continue to invest in it through wars, national and local economic depressions and many other challenges. We are also celebrating the

joy and satisfaction of seeing that faith and determination result in a widely recognized, nationally celebrated University. — Michael J. Knies, Special Collections Librarian


This year we celebrate our in being a part of the University community. We have the opportunity to look back at Scranton’s growth and reflect on its for the future. As Scranton continues to strive for excellence, the entire is privileged to be part of something special. We are celebrating the University’s to education, and . As we celebrate 125 years, we celebrate our in the pursuit of Magis.

community wellness







— Jennifer Grigorescu, student

I have a unique view of the university. Not only did I receive my undergraduate and graduate degrees here, three of my four children are also alumni; plus I’ve worked in varying roles for the university for 23 years. What I have seen is how special this

students remain at the heart of everything we do. That’s at the center of Scranton’s success — that unfailing mission to groom men and women for others.

place is. Despite its growth, there is one thing that never changes: the

— Edward J. Steinmetz, Jr., Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration

legacy of Catholic and Jesuit education — not only its past contributions to our region and its people but also its hope to serve the needs of future generations. We are called at this time to imagine a future for our university that will live up to the ideals of its founders.

We are celebrating the enduring

— Brian P. Conniff, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

We are celebrating: Bishop O’Hara’s

vision and faith; the work of the Xaverian Brothers;

the risk taking and persistence of the Christian Brothers; the Jesuit’s ministry of education grounded in

faith and the promotion of justice; the fulfillment of the University of Scranton’s mission to prepare

and inspire men and women for and with others; and the successes of our students and alumni/alumnae successes in their personal lives, professional lives and as instruments of justice in their communities. — Jean W. Harris Ph.D., Professor & Chairperson, Political Science

students. We are celebrating 125 years of our students going out into the world and doing phenomenal things. That’s the legacy of our students — the change they’ve created in the world, whether in academia, service or as practitioners of their professions.

When thinking of the 125th anniversary, my mind goes to the

— Stephanie Adamec, Director of Off-Campus & Commuter Services

Read all the comments received from committee members on the Journal website.

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The University of Scranton was founded as St. Thomas College by Most Reverend William G. O’Hara, D.D., the first Bishop of Scranton. On Aug. 12, 1888, with few resources at hand, he blessed a single block of granite as the cornerstone for his vision. Though there was no money, no building and not a single professor, Bishop O’Hara’s simple act of faith launched a long tradition of unshakable belief in what would become The University of Scranton. Letter dated Aug. 6, 1888 from Right Rev. William O’Hara, Bishop of Scranton, inviting the recipient to attend the blessing of the cornerstone of the College of St. Thomas of Aquinas, soon to be known as St. Thomas College. The event was held on Aug. 12, 1888.


It took Bishop O’Hara four years, but the Diocese of Scranton raised the funds that allowed the first students to take classes at St. Thomas College in 1892. The college was staffed by diocesan priests and seminarians.


Bishop O’Hara asked the Congregation of the Brothers of Saint Francis Xavier, known as the Xaverian Brothers, to take over administration of the college.


The Xaverian Brothers withdrew and Bishop O’Hara invited the Christian Brothers to administer St. Thomas College. The Brothers administered the college for 45 years. Letter dated Sept. 6, 1897 from Michael J. Hoban to Reverend Brother Candidian, regarding the arrival of the Christian Brothers at St. Thomas College.


The first bachelor’s degrees were awarded by St. Thomas College. Since the college did not have a charter, the students received diplomas from other Christian Brothers’ schools, most notably LaSalle University in Philadelphia.


With World War I raging, enrollment at St. Thomas College, an all-male school, declined. The Christian Brothers scaled back to “junior college” status.


The baccalaureate degree returned! This time, with a charter. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charter, granted on Jan. 12, 1924, meant that the Class of 1925 received their diplomas in the name of St. Thomas College.

Frank O’Hara, Class of 1925.


The Class of 1925 had a notable member, Frank O’Hara. O’Hara served the University as a staff member from the year he graduated (1925) until his death in 1976. O’Hara Hall is named in his honor. Only two other University staff have ever matched the 50 years O’Hara devoted to the University: the late Marilyn Coar, secretary to several University presidents, and the late Dr. Joseph Zandarski, who was a professor of accounting for 53 years.


The 1920s were golden years for St. Thomas College. Enrollment boomed and, in 1927, the college gained Middle States accreditation, which it still maintains today.




St. Thomas College was renamed The University of Scranton. Also, Brother Dennis Edward, then president, and University administration decided to admit women to the University’s evening programs. The day school remained exclusively male. Black and white reproduction of a photograph of the installation of a University of Scranton sign on the outside of College Hall (Old Main), below the existing St. Thomas College sign, in the fall of 1938. The College’s name changed to The University of Scranton on March 30, 1938. College President Brother Denis Edward looks on.


When the University of Scranton football team, the “Tommies,”met the City College of New York on Oct. 14, the game was televised by NBC. According to The Aquinas this was only the third football game ever televised. The Scranton squad overwhelmed CCNY 31-0. On Jan. 3, 1961, The University of Scranton discontinued the football program.


In December, the Scranton family donated their family residence to the University. Today, this residence stands proudly as The Estate, home of the Office of Admissions and the Admissions Visitors Center.


The Depression years were hard on the nation, and the University was not immune. Frank O’Hara, who served as the registrar, determined that no student should have to withdraw because his family could not pay tuition. O’Hara’s policy, backed by the administration, carried the University through tough times but also meant severe financial difficulties. By 1941 the Christian Brothers felt they had no choice but to withdraw. Bishop William Joseph Hafey invited the Society of Jesus not only to administer, but to take ownership of The University of Scranton.

Photograph of the members of the original Jesuit community at The University of Scranton, taken in summer 1942 in the library of the former Scranton Estate.


In what professor emeritus and university historian, Francis X.J. Homer, Ph.D., says was the next great act of faith in the University, the Jesuits agreed to take ownership of the school. It was a tall order. World War II had engulfed the globe and enrollment had subsequently suffered, so the school faced significant financial peril. Nevertheless, Rev. W. Coleman Nevils, S.J., the University’s first Jesuit president, arrived in the late summer of 1942 with 18 other Jesuits.


The Annex, an old hospital converted to classrooms that stood on the corner of Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue, burned. Dr. Homer says this is the only University of Scranton building ever lost to a natural disaster. After the fire damage was repaired, the building became the home of Scranton Preparatory School when it opened in 1944.

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After the war, University enrollment exploded, aided by the GI bill. The University acquired naval barracks built in Scranton’s lower Hill section and used them as classrooms. The barracks remained in service until 1962. During these years, it was not unusual to see frantic young men running up Linden Street trying to get from classes in Old Main on Wyoming Avenue to the barracks in the lower Hill, a distance of five blocks.


Rev. John J. Long, S.J., became president of the University (he served until 1963) and embarked on an extensive building campaign. In 1967 came the final piece of Fr. Long’s legacy, a varsity athletic center fittingly named the Long Center. Black and white photograph dated 1958 of the construction of the Alumni Memorial Library, now Alumni Memorial Hall. The Estate and Loyola Hall are visible in the background, with Ridge Row in the foreground.


In partnership with the City of Scranton and the Scranton Redevelopment Authority, the University acquired parcels of land along Ridge Row, Linden Street and Mulberry Street, which established the University’s campus in its present location.


The University of Scranton goes coed!

The remarkable Scranton Fulbright story began.

Photograph dated spring 1972 of two University of Scranton students. Images from this photo shoot were used to advertise the University’s adoption of coeducation, using the tagline, “Their smiles mean the College of Arts and Sciences is now coed.”

Since 1972, 144 graduates of The University of Scranton have been awarded a Fulbright or other international fellowship award to support a year of study outside of the United States. Scranton has earned consistent recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “top producer” of Fulbright awards.


The University establishes its business school, now the Kania School of Management.


Today, the Irwin E. Alperin Financial Center in Brennan Hall simulates a “trading floor” environment, complete with an electronic ticker, and news and data displays.

The 1980 construction of the University’s beloved Commons closed the 900 and 1000 blocks of Linden Street to all but pedestrian traffic. Previously, approximately 4,500 vehicles traveled on Linden Street on an average day amidst an estimated 6,000 pedestrian crossings.


Joseph A. Panuska, S.J., is named president. He served in that role for 16 years, the longest tenure to date of a University president. Fr. Panuska guided the University through a period of dramatic growth in facilities, faculty, staff and services to students. In 1992, Father Panuska, Charles Kratz and Richard Passon placed a time capsule into the cornerstone of the Weinberg Memorial Library.


A successful “Second Cornerstone Campaign” results in a strengthened University endowment and acquisitions like the Immanuel Baptist Church, now the Houlihan-McLean Center. 22


The Board of Trustees established the College of Health, Education and Human Resources, re-naming it the Panuska College of Professional Studies in 1998.


In December, the University received what was then its largest gift: $6 million from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Construction of what is now the Weinberg Memorial Library began the following year. Cover of a 12-page booklet produced in 1990 describing the Gateway to the Future University of Scranton Library Campaign, which was used to raise funds for what would become the Weinberg Memorial Library.


In February, the Board of Trustees approved a 20-year vision for the University campus to become a “distinguished district” within the City of Scranton. The campus as it is today began to take shape with “student residences at the top of the hill, academic centers at the bottom and student life areas in between.” The priority building for this vision: Brennan Hall.


The number of Fulbright Fellows from the University broke the 100 mark in June 2001 with the announcement that six University students had received fellowships to pursue graduate study and research abroad in the 2001-2002 academic year. From left, Susan Trussler, Ph.D, Fulbright advisor and associate professor of economics/ finance; Fulbright winners Nicole Heron, Erin Friel, Clifford McMurray, Lisa Blagiotti, Maria Atzert and Carol Gleeson; and University president Joseph M. McShane, S.J.


The University’s first LEED-certified building, The Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center, opened.


The University dedicated the new Loyola Science Center, one of the most innovative science buildings in the country, on Sept. 28, 2012. The $85 million, nearly 200,000square-foot facility marked the largest capital project in the history of the Jesuit university and the culmination of more than 15 years of planning and preparation.


The University remains committed to enriching the quality and variety of its academic offerings. In addition, continued investment in the physical plant includes plans for an eight-story center for rehabilitation education to serve growing programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Exercise Science. Expected completion is the summer of 2015.

For the complete timeline, which includes additional events from our history, visit

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Then & Now Science Education The University prides itself as a powerhouse of science education. Loyola Hall in the 1950s was an advanced center for learning. Though the 1950s structure is dwarfed by today’s Loyola Science Center, the top-notch instruction never changes.

Classrooms While the basic setup of classrooms hasn’t changed much over the years, the technology has. Some of the newest classrooms at the University have advanced features such as projection screens with high-definition audio and video, motorized blackboards, annotative monitors at the presenter’s dais, and even lecture capture capability.

Athletics Basketball has always been a University passion. The sport came to St. Thomas in 1916 and the Royals gained their first home court on campus with the opening of the Long Center in 1967. The team won its first 21 home games in the new building.

Campus This 1960s aerial view depicts the dormitory complex on one side of Linden Street and St. Thomas Hall slightly below and across the still-open city street. The 2013 view depicts the lower edge of the dormitory complex (still housing students!) across from the Long Center and the new St. Thomas Hall facade facing Dionne Green.



Then & Now Community The University has a long tradition of community involvement and support. In 1933, St. Thomas College staffed a booth at the Scranton Times Progress Exhibition, an event whose aim was to “promote civic pride among Scranton residents.” The fanciful booth was called “House of Magic.” Today’s Scranton students are no less eager to help bolster civic pride.

The Commons Ask those who’ve been around the University for decades — and alumni who dodged cars as undergrads—and they’re likely to cite the closing of three blocks of Linden Street in 1980 under the leadership of Fr. Byron as the most significant development. That move unified a geographically divided campus and enabled the creation of the Commons.

Student Center A student center is the heart of campus life. Students from 1960 to 2007 enjoyed the Gunster Memorial Student Center, opened in September 1960. Today, The Patrick & Margaret DeNaples Center, opened in January 2008, serves that function. The four-story building includes dining facilities, lounges, the bookstore and the offices of University Mission & Ministry, and Student Affairs.

Commencement We’ve moved indoors, but pride in achievement and bright hopes for the future are perennial commencement guests. Commencement also creates the University’s most treasured resource: alumni. Each year, approximately 10 percent of the entire freshman class is composed of second-or third-generation students, the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of alumni. FA LL 2013


Then & Now Move-in While the clothes we wear change, the joy — and terror — of a freshman arriving on campus does not. Then, as now, it’s good to see the warm welcome freshmen receive on Move-In Day.

Reunion Reunions have grown a bit livelier since the Class of 1919-1920 gathered! No matter how it’s celebrated, Reunion is a time to renew old friendships and enjoy shared memories.

Cheer Cheerleading has changed from all-male in 1952, to allfemale today — but the zeal for Scranton remains! The men with megaphones who cheered on a football team have given way to Royals basketball’s biggest fans — an extremely athletic allgirl squad that has consistently achieved national recognition.

Drama Appreciation for theater and trying one’s hand at acting are a quintessential part of the college experience, as we can see through the years -- from a classroom play in the 1950s to more sophisticated productions today. Drama was first performed on campus in 1893, when students staged a western melodrama as a fundraiser.



Then & Now Music Then as now, the Scranton community loves a great musical performance. The first orchestra was established in 1915 and a band was added in 1931. Students can now play in concert, jazz, symphonic brass and string orchestras, or sing in several choirs and vocal groups. The latest addition is a group for ukulele players.

Radio & TV The University’s own radio station, WUSV-FM, broadcast over the airwaves for the first time on Oct. 1, 1950. It provided opera, classical music and discussion programs until 1970. A new station, WUSRFM, was launched in 1993. Students also write, produce, direct and shoot programs of all kinds for the Royal College Television Network.

Dining A common alumni joke has to do with how much better today’s students eat. A comparison of fare offered in the 1980s with today’s choices seems to support that contention! Today’s students dine in the DeNaples Center, which features a variety of cooking stations and made-toorder meals. Service, however, was and is done with a smile.

Student Life Dormitory living — be it in the two-bed, shared bath of an older dorm or the apartmentstyle accommodations of newer digs – has always been about cementing friendships and taking the first steps toward independence and responsibility. No matter its configuration, a dorm’s most salient features are the lifelong bonds it helps to form.

See more “Then & Now” photos on the Journal website

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An Excerpt from the History of The University of Scranton



A History of The University of Scranton In Time for Christmas

In 1888, the Most Reverend

William G. O’Hara, D.D., arrived in northeastern Pennsylvania to found a college. Scranton has never been the same since.The remarkable story of The University of Scranton is told from those earliest difficult times through 2013, from barely-able-to-stayafloat days to national prominence. This moving history, in coffee table book format, will be available in time for the Christmas holidays.You will be able to purchase the book online or at the University bookstore. Details on how to get your copy will be posted soon on the anniversary website,, and shared via Royal News.



Pride, Passion, Promise: Exhibit Celebrating the 125th Anniversary August 12 – December 15 Weinberg Memorial Library, Heritage Room (5th Floor)

Imagination & Spirituality: Public Sculpture on The University of Scranton Commons August 26 – December 14 Loyola Science Center Lobby Display Cases

Mass of the Holy Spirit Celebrating 125 Years – Campus Kickoff September 5 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Byron Complex

Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award September 7 • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom

Ignatian Values in Action Lecture September 19 • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Byron Complex

University History Luncheon Series October 3 • Noon The DeNaples Center, McDonnell Meeting Room

In Concert: Loren Schoenberg & Wycliffe Gordon H’06 and University Jazz Band October 19 • 8:00 p.m. Houlihan-McLean Center, Aula Pre-concert music talk at 7:00 p.m.

Engaged, Integrated, Global Lecture Series Inaugural lecture by Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President November 14 • 5:30 p.m. The DeNaples Center, Moskovitz Theater

44th Annual Noel Night December 7 • 8:00 p.m. Houlihan-McLean Center, Aula

125th Anniversary Tour Join Fr. Quinn at celebrations around the country: • Boston • Washington, D.C. • Northern New Jersey • New York City

• Philadelphia • Chicago • San Francisco • Los Angeles

Visit for more information on these and other 125th events.

• Atlanta • Long Island • Pittsburgh



Wall of Fame Gains 6 New Faces

Women’s Tennis Goes Back-to-Back

The University officially inducted six new members into the athletics department’s Wall of Fame in a Dec. 1 ceremony. The class of 2012 included the following members (from left): Mark Beneski ’92 (men’s basketball, 1988-1992); Al Callejas ’02 (men’s basketball, 1997-2001); Judith (Grimaldi) Shapiro ’89 (field hockey, 1985-1988); Jennifer (Knight) Sifnakis ’99 (volleyball, 1995-1998); Tom McGill ’83 (men’s soccer, 1979-1982); and Meghan Quinlan ’02 (women’s soccer, 1998-2001). Founded in 1970, the Wall of Fame honors former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the university’s athletics program. This year’s class brings the Wall’s membership to 226.

The women’s tennis team captured its second straight Landmark Conference title and earned its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Royals went on to post their first NCAA Tournament victory by defeating LaRoche College, 5-0, in a first-round match before falling to seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins. Devon Cohen ’14 (Ambler) earned first-team all-conference honors for singles play. Megan Azzalina ’15 (Easton) and Nicole Mahaffey ’15 (Harrisburg) earned second-team doubles honors, and Emily Walsh ’16 (Scranton) was named Rookie of the Year in the Landmark Conference.

Hardwood Heroes The men’s basketball team went 19-7 and reached the Landmark Conference playoffs, marking the eighth straight season the Royals have reached the conference playoffs and won at least 18 games. Guard Ross Danzig ’15 (Clarks Green) earned third-team AllMid-Atlantic Region honors from, and Danzig and guard Travis Farrell ’13 (Middletown, N.J.) were named first-team All-Landmark Conference. Head coach Carl Danzig now has 221 career victories in his 13 seasons, the second-most in Scranton history. Guard Travis Farrell, ’13

Lady Royals Return to NCAAs

Swinging for Success Following its third straight Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational championship, the men’s golf team gathered to celebrate. Seen from left are volunteer assistant coach Chris Schank; Erik Meyer ‘15, co-captain; Justin Riley ‘13; Grant Gulick ‘14, co-captain; Jamie Bresnahan ‘13; Charles Hudacek ‘14; and Ed Karpovich, head coach.



The Lady Royals went 19-9, advanced to the Landmark Conference championship and made their 26th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2010, where they lost to eventual third-place finisher Williams College in the first round. Erin Boggan ’13 (Danbury, Conn.), Meredith Mesaris ’15 (Fairfax, Va.) and Lindsay Fluehr ’15 (Bensalem) each earned second-team All-Landmark Conference honors. Head coach Mike Strong now has 789 career victories, extending his record for the most career wins in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history.

Forward Erin Boggan ’13

Career singles victories for men’s tennis player Joe Morra ’13 (Bronx, N.Y.). NCAA Tournament appearances for the women’s basketball team in the tournament’s 32-year history. Career pitching victories for Bobby Della Polla ’13 (Havertown) of the baseball team.

McCormick Makes a Splash The men’s swimming and diving team had one individual conference champion and set seven school records while finishing third at the Landmark Conference championships, the program’s fourth straight top-three finish in the conference championships. Diver Tim McCormick ’13 (Scranton), who won the individual championship in one-meter diving, was named District IV All-Academic by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was also one of six Scranton athletes to earn All-Landmark Conference honors at the conference championships. Diver Tim McCormick ’13

Prolonged Pool Success The women’s swimming and diving team finished second at the Landmark Conference championships for the third straight year, marking the 10th consecutive season the Royals have finished either first or second in their conference. Colleen Barry ’15 (Pembroke, Mass.) was named Landmark Conference Diver of the Year and three Royals – Barry, Paige Agnello ’15 (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Alexis Walsh ’15 (Hazlet, N.J.) – each won individual conference titles. The trio also combined to set four school records in the event – two by Barry and one each by Agnello and Walsh. Five other swimmers earned All-Landmark Conference honors at the championships.

Catcher Michael Amaturo ’13

Paige Agnello ’15

Royals Shine On Diamond The baseball team went 23-20 and advanced to the Landmark Conference championship series for the third time in the past six seasons. The 23 wins marked the third straight year the Royals won 20 or more games – the first time they’ve accomplished that in school history. Catcher Michael Amaturo ’13 (Rye, N.Y.) received third-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors from Pitcher Corey Gorman ’12 (Laflin) was named Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Year and joined Amaturo and outfielder Michael Gaeta ’13 (Cranford, N.J.) on the All-Landmark Conference first team.

These student-athletes aren’t the only ones shining on the field and in the classroom. Visit to read more about other Royals leading by example and making us proud!

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A Break in the Action As if their classroom work wasn’t enough, these three Scranton studentathletes have to avoid water hazards, floor burns and being cleated. Whatever the obstacle, Chas Hudacek ’14, Michaela McCrudden ’14 and Samantha Russo ’14 have handled it in stride, exemplifying what it means to be a Royal. These three student-athletes give us a reason to cheer this season. Hear from them now in their own words.

Michaela McCrudden

SAMANTHA RUSSO Q: The Royals have advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament three consecutive years, but have fell in first-round heartbreakers the last two seasons. How difficult were those losses? A: Both NCAA Division III Tournament losses came in overtime and were extremely difficult to take. This year’s loss was particularly hard because it came down to penalty kicks and it really makes the loss that much more personal. Q: Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions? If so, what are they? A: Whatever cleats I am wearing when I have a good game become my “lucky” cleats. One bad game and they head back to the closet.

Samantha Russo

Year: Senior Major: Exercise Science Hometown: Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Position: Forward



Year: Senior Major: Exercise Science Minor: Spanish Hometown: Fort Washington Position: Outside Hitter

MICHAELA MCCRUDDEN Q: Playing a game where you repeatedly dive on the floor sounds somewhat painful. What is your worst sports-related injury? How did it affect you? A: My senior year of high school I sprained my ankle during a game. I was out for three weeks, and I think the hardest part was sitting on the sidelines during games and practices knowing I couldn’t do anything to help my team. Q: What percentage of people mispronounce your name? How often do you correct them? A: A very large percentage of people mispronounce my name, but I think an even higher percentage of people don’t spell it correctly. I usually don’t correct them unless it is a recurring problem.

CHARLES HUDACEK Q: We’ve got to ask this of a golfer, have you ever recorded a hole-in-one? A: Yes, I’ve made one hole-in-one at my home course, Glenmaura National. It was with a 6-iron from 183 yards. Q: What club in your bag do you have the most confidence in? Which one do you have the least confidence in? A: My low irons and wedges are the best for me. I feel that if I’m within 160 yards I can hit it close almost every time. I’m probably least confident in my 4-iron. It is hard to control an iron that goes a long distance.

Charles Hudacek

Year: Senior Major: Business Administration Hometown: Moosic Skill Level: 0 Handicap

Make sure to check out our extended interviews with these Scranton student athletes online at Find out who knows the lines to every episode of “Friends,” which athlete probably hears about their messy room from mom, and who loves all things Apple-related.

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Service is in the Family DNA LEFT: Ed Bosch (far left) chats with his former baseball coach, Dave Ocorr (far right), who coached from 1969-74, and former Scranton teammate, Joe Obst at a reunion of Coach Ocorr’s teams in June. RIGHT: Ed Bosch ’71 (striped shirt) with Coach Ocorr (22) in 1973 talking to the opposing team (in green caps) at the beginning of a baseball game in the Dominican Republic. While serving in the Peace Corps, Bosch helped arrange for Scranton’s baseball team to play the teams of a number of Dominican universities, such as the UCMM, where Bosch worked; the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD); and others. Bosch recalls having to go to home plate with Coach Ocorr to translate the umpire’s instructions.

For Ed Bosch ’71, a life of service was practically a foregone conclusion. On one side of the family were generations of military men. His grandfather fought in WW I and Bosch’s father, a West Point grad, served in the U.S. Army during WW II. On the other side, his mother’s upbringing had a strong Jesuit influence exerted by her uncle, Rev. Thomas J. Higgins, S.J., then-president of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (who later taught ethics and served as chair of the philosophy department at Loyola College). The family adored Uncle Tom. “I was an altar boy. I played baseball with him,” says Bosch, whose brothers and he all attended Jesuit universities. “There was just a general philosophy of service in my life growing up, and at Scranton, from the Jesuit community.” After college, the Vietnam War was escalating, but Bosch’s lottery number was so high that it was unlikely he’d be drafted. Yet, he wanted to do something in service to his country. “My mother loved President Kennedy, who started the Peace Corps, so I always thought of that as an option. She was proud of my decision to serve there.” His father? “Well, he had a great sense of humor. He said I was getting a two-year vacation paid for by the U.S. government,” Bosch says. A favorite professor at Scranton, Rev. Bernard Suppé, S.J., also encouraged his decision. After a three-month language-immersion training program, Bosch went to the Dominican Republic (DR) from 1972 to 1974, where he

worked for the Office of Community Development with youth in sportsrelated activities. He was a running coach and also helped coach the national track team. He credits his Scranton baseball coach for the skills that helped him serve in this way. “Coach Dave Ocorr was a great coach and a big influence on me. When the opportunity came to work in athletics with young people in the DR, I had the confidence and ability to jump into that,” Bosch says. Upon returning from the Peace Corps, Bosch worked for the University in the NCAA summer youth program for disadvantaged kids in the Scranton area. Bosch then went on to a successful career as an auditor with Johnson & Johnson. “I traveled all over the world as director of IT compliance. Being bilingual and having international experience helped me get my job, and I believe people I worked with in other countries could see that I was aware of cultural differences, that I wasn’t dogmatic,” says Bosch. “That helped form relationships and definitely contributed to my success professionally.” He notes that serving in a developing country was a humbling and transformative experience. “You carry that with you. I never could have known that those two years in my youth would have so shaped the rest of my life.” Bosch is now retired, with three grown children. He and his wife, Linda, live in Columbia, S.C., where they volunteer for Harvest Hope, which provides supplemental food to families in need and continue to be loyal University of Scranton donors.

His Campus Job Helped Launch a Career Without a doubt, I wouldn’t have been able to attend The University of Scranton without the generosity of its alumni. I attended Scranton with the help of a financial-aid package, but when I got to campus, I still needed a college job to make ends meet. I heard about the student development officer position, but when I applied I had no idea what to expect. I first worked as a caller, then was promoted to a student-manager position in my sophomore year. When I arrived, I was a typical 18-year-old kid, a bit immature and uncertain. This position helped me to mature more quickly than I would have otherwise. I was able to grow and take on more responsibility. It was great to have a college job that taught “real world” skills, like poise when talking to strangers and learning how to forge connections. Having to motivate my peers really built character! I also learned that alums really support undergrads. They enable so many of us to go to Scranton in the first place and then are always looking for ways to help students think about and begin careers. Calling people from the business school actually helped me to start a career in business– and it definitely helped me in the interview process. Upon graduating, I was able to secure a job at J.P. Morgan in its two-year Operations Analyst Development Program. Also, talking with alumni who are so appreciative really helped me appreciate Scranton while I was still there, not just in hindsight. I made a commitment before I even graduated to always give back. I am a member of the 2013 class committee - 40 to 50 new alumni who will coordinate social events, network with alumni and plan our five-year reunion. The generosity of those who came before me helped instill the skills and the passion to go forward after school. I can’t thank them enough. – Max Correa Class of 2013 34


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very human being has a great, yet often unknown gift to care, to be compassionate, to become present to the other, to listen, to hear and to receive.

If that gift could be set free, miracles could take place.

— Frank J. O’Hara

University & Alumni Society Present Frank J. O’Hara Alumni Awards The University honored five alumni with the Frank J. O’Hara Award at the Reunion 2013 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.

2013 O’Hara Awardees:

At the award ceremony are, from left, Tom Grech ’84, president of the University’s Alumni Society; Patrick W. Shea, Esq. ’78; Michael D. DeMichele, Ph.D. ’63; Joseph P. Bannon, M.D.’83; Kathleen Sprows-Cummings, Ph.D. ’93; and Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., University president. O’Hara Award recipient James F. Duffy, S.J., M.D. ’88 is not pictured.


Joseph Bannon, M.D. ’83, Clarks Summit (Medicine) Michael DeMichele, Ph.D. ’63, Scranton (University Service) Rev. James Duffy, S.J., M.D. ’88, Washington, D.C. (Education) Patrick Shea, Esq. ’78, Wilton, Conn. (Law) Kathleen Sprows-Cummings, Ph.D. ’93, South Bend, Ind. (Religion & Spirituality)

A Scrantastic Summer

The Future of Alumni Clubs

Hundreds of Scranton graduates gathered in their hometowns this summer for various regional alumni events. Kicking off the summer festivities, young alumni welcomed the newest generation, the class of 2013, to the Alumni Society at our very own alumnus’ Jack’s Firehouse at the end of June. In July, the celebration continued in New York City at O’Casey’s Irish Pub. Alumni Clubs had their fair share of summer events that kept them busy! The Scranton Alumni Clubs of Lehigh Valley, Chesapeake, New York City, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. all had baseball games in their areas! The baseball games, held from June to September with alumni from down the coast coming out to cheer on their favorite teams. That’s not all! Some of our alumni clubs held meetings to recruit new and engaged members of our Alumni Society to give back to their alma mater and to help in coordinating events in collaboration with the Alumni Office. If you would like to help plan a regional alumni event for the Scranton graduates in your area, contact Alex Rizzi ’12, Regional Engagement Coordinator at Photos from this summer’s alumni festivities are available online at

With alumni spread across the country, regionally based alumni clubs gather alumni to join in coordinating events, engaging in service or helping to support the University. Alumni clubs keep the Scranton spirit alive, strengthen our powerful alumni network and keep alumni connected to their alma mater. In partnership with the Alumni Board of Governors and the Alumni Office, our clubs are becoming even stronger, more effective ambassadors for Scranton across the nation. Watch for what the alumni club in your region has in store, whether it’s a welcome party, a service project or a baseball game. There are endless opportunities to reconnect with old Scranton friends, meet some new Scranton alumni or give back to the University community! Check out our website at, or contact Alex Rizzi ’12, Regional Engagement Coordinator, to see what’s going on in your area or to be a volunteer!



March 14, 2014

Shamrockin’ Eve! Be sure to mark your calendars and get your green together! Shamrockin’ Eve 2014 is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 14, 2014. Last year’s Shamrockin’ Eve brought alumni, seniors and friends back to campus for a record-breakin’, Irish-jiggin’, Shamrockin’ party.

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 alumni@scranton. edu, or update your information on the Online Alumni Community at

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.

Alumni Memorial Mass Scheduled In the church’s calendar, November is the traditional month for remembering those who have passed away. On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Alumni Office, in collaboration with University Mission & Ministry, will celebrate All Souls’ Day by hosting our annual Alumni Memorial Mass, to be celebrated by University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., in the Madonna della Strada Chapel on campus. The mass will honor all alumni who have passed during the year.

Spread the Word: Alumni Benefits & Services

Members of the Class of 1963 Serve as Marshals

Five alumni represented the class of 1963 by participating in the longstanding tradition of serving as marshals in the 2013 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Partnering with Harris Connect to Produce Alumni Today Our alumni change emails, jobs and locations, often making it hard to keep up with them. We have therefore contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information for our alumni so that they can keep up-to-date on news, activities and events. Harris will also help produce a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow you to reconnect with old friends as well as network professionally. Harris specializes in alumni and membership publications and the data specifications involved with this type of project. You will be contacted by email, regular mail or phone over the next few months to verify and update your contact and career information. Thank you in advance for your participation.

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 their job search. Auto and renter’s insurance are also available. Read more about your benefits at

Planning Begins for Day of Service 2014 In April, gather with alumni in your area for the fifth annual Scranton Day of Service. The 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 Alex Rizzi ’12, Regional Engagement Coordinator at by Feb. 3, 2014.

Legacy Families Celebrate at Commencement

Legacy Families gathered on commencement weekend for a photo with University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Seventy-seven members of the class of 2013 now join their parents as proud Scranton Alumni.

Represent your alma mater! Be a Royal Recruiter!

Robert Colmant ’91 is seen representing Scranton this past year in Seattle, Wash. Royal Recruiters are Scranton alumni who volunteer to represent the University at college fairs across the United States. If you are interested in attending a college fair near you, please contact Rita DiLeo ’11, admissions counselor and coordinator of the Royal Recruiters program at

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Reconnecting at Reunion This year, more than 1,300 alumni and guests 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

Several members of the Class of ’65 enjoyed time together during their last reunion. Pictured left to right: Ted Ebner, Frank Hughes, Tom Dunn, Harry Rose, Pat Flanagan and John Swyers.


June 20-22, 2014

REUNION2014 Alumni who graduated in years ending in “4” or “9” will celebrate their milestone years at Reunion Weekend scheduled for June 20-22, 2014. Watch for more information!

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Class Notes 41 marriages 45 births 47 in memoriam 48 milestones

Two Alumni Complete Boston Marathon Just Hours Before Tragic Bombings

On the morning of April 15 (known as Patriots’ Day to New Englanders), Chris Benestad ’99, Joe Swift ’99 and a few fellow runners woke up at Benestad’s Northborough, Mass. residence eager to conquer the legendary Boston Marathon, their final test following months of arduous training. “It was a beautiful day,” Swift recalls. “There were perfect running conditions.” The 2013 marathon, which drew nearly 27,000 participants, was Benestad’s eighth race in Boston, and he set a personal record (PR), finishing in two hours and 41 minutes. Seventeen minutes later, Swift crossed the finish line – just seven minutes behind his PR at Boston. It was his third time finishing the world’s oldest annual marathon. Somewhere between 1 and 2 p.m., Swift settled into the Back Bay Social Club, a restaurant three blocks from the finish line, for a celebratory beer and meal with his family and friends. With him was Paul Curtis ’99, a fellow Royal who was on hand to watch the race. At a nearby hotel, Benestad and his family, including his two young children, were doing exactly the same. As the congratulatory texts and phone calls poured in for Benestad, some took an ominous turn. “All these text messages just starting coming in, ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?’” recalls Benestad. “I remember thinking, ‘Why are they asking me this? I’m fine.’” To read the rest of this story, visit

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Lt. Mike Murphy of the Newton, Mass., fire dept., carries an American flag down the middle of Boylston Street after observing a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. ABOVE: Chris Benestad ’99 nearly set his best marathon time at the 2013 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:41.33. He plans to run Boston again in 2014. Benestad, who ran cross-country at Scranton, has completed more than a dozen marathons since 2005, competing in Chicago, Philadelphia, Cape Cod, Mass., and California.

A Record for the Ages: His 56-Point Game Still Unsurpassed

Ed Kazakavich’s big night on Nov. 18, 1959 has yet to be duplicated. The 56 points he scored in a contest against King’s College is still the school record for most points scored in a single game.

Ed Kazakavich didn’t have his eye on the record books. He just wanted to win. Battling rival King’s College down the stretch of a close contest Nov. 18, 1959, Kazakavich kept shooting and kept scoring. With an array of fade-away jumpers and a soft touch around the basket, the 6-foot-5 center from North Scranton produced a performance for the ages. When the final buzzer sounded in overtime, Kazakavich had 56 points and a new Scranton single-game scoring record. “I never had the feeling I was having a big night,” Kazakavich says, looking back. “It was a hard-fought game, back and forth the whole time, and you just don’t think about records or scoring. Your main focus is on winning.” The fact that Kazakavich is still telling this story 54 years later surprises him. While it was a proud moment, it was one he thought would be surpassed by now. Between rule changes and the addition of the three-point shot, Kazakavich thought surely someone would top 56 points. “For whatever reason it’s still standing,” Kazakavich says, “which is incredible.” This isn’t false modesty. While Kazakavich was without question one of Scranton’s all-time greats, the ’59 Royals offense wasn’t designed to score a lot. Led by several local players, Scranton was a disciplined and methodical group. The slower tempo meant fewer possessions and fewer opportunities for anyone to score big. “It was a lot of teamwork,” Kazakavich said. “So whoever was hot got the ball. When they weren’t, they knew well enough to stop shooting.” While this slowed-down approach worked for the Royals, it was interestingly born more out of scheduling conflicts than any coaching brilliance. In the 1950s, Scranton practiced and played at the Catholic Youth

Center. Since the Royals had to share practice time with the freshmen team, the varsity team could only practice half court. The imperfect facilities, however, were a blessing in disguise. Scranton was very successful during Kazakavich’s career and pulled off upsets against powerhouses like Villanova, Georgetown, Gonzaga and Seton Hall. To Kazakavich, these wins are far more impressive than his 56-point night. When his career at Scranton ended, Kazakavich was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the third round of the NBA draft. But with future Hall of Famers Bill Russell, Tommy Heinsohn and Bob Cousy already signed on, Kazakavich decided to play for the New York Tuck Tapers of the National Industrial Basketball League (NIBL) instead. Teams in the NIBL were sponsored by companies and featured employees as players. By day, players worked for a sponsoring company and by night, they played and later met with customers for cocktails and appetizers. Kazakavich spent only one year with the Tuck Tapers but said he enjoyed traveling, playing and meeting people. “It was great,” Kazakavich said. “It opened up opportunities for other things.” After his playing days were over, Kazakavich joined the military and later worked in the claims department at State Farm Insurance for 36 years. In his final years before retirement, he was the claims superintendent, which he says fit his personality well. “I enjoyed the interaction with people,” Kazakavich said. “There was quite a bit of negotiating going on and I found that very stimulating.” FA LL 2013


Kathryn Ott Lovell ’96 had made her decision. Preparations were being made and money had been sent off. She’d enroll at Villanova University in the fall of 1992. One visit to The University of Scranton, however, changed everything. “I had two good friends who were a year ahead of me and in school at Scranton,” Lovell said. “I visited the campus the May before I started and absolutely fell in love. It is such a wonderful place. I knew immediately that Scranton was where I’d be going to college.” The campus she fell in love with on that first visit quickly surpassed her expectations as new buildings sprouted up around campus. By the time Lovell was a sophomore, two landmark institutions on the Scranton campus were constructed and opened – the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library and the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Opened in 1993, the McDade Center is a 32,000-squarefoot building with two levels, 330 seats, two theaters (including the Royal Theater designed by Roger Morgan of New York City), classrooms, offices and meeting space. Opened in 1992, the Weinberg Library is Scranton’s 80,000-square-foot, fivestory campus showpiece. Lovell’s memories of the two buildings are still vivid. “It (Weinberg) was built right before I got there,” she said. “I remember walking into it and it was the most amazing, cutting-edge building I’d ever been in. Then McDade came and it was kind of the anchor for the new commons area. I’d say they were definitely game changers.” Lovell was invited to the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA) with her acceptance to Scranton. SJLA is, of course, the intensive academic program that immerses



students in literature, history, philosophy, theology and science, with an emphasis on both the spoken and written word (what Jesuits have historically referred to as eloquentia perfecta). The SJLA program was the impetus for a shift in Lovell’s career plans. “SLJA helps you become a better-rounded thinker in the liberal arts, with a special Jesuit focus,” she said. “It had this incredible tradition and continues today because of the amazing culture it creates. It really shaped my own personal mission as far as what I wanted to do. After SJLA, I knew I wanted to use my talents to better serve society.” When Lovell graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and communication, she began seeking ways to serve. She worked as an admissions officer at Scranton and as director of institutional advancement at St. Hubert High School, her alma mater, in Philadelphia. In 2011, she led a campaign to keep St. Hubert open as budget cuts threatened to shut it down. “As an alumna, I was absolutely devastated,” she said. “Along with alumnae of the school and board members, we raised $1.3 million in only 51 days and saved the school. I’m happy to say that St. Hubert is doing well today.” For a little more than two years, Lovell has served as executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy in Philadelphia. There, she runs the nonprofit arm of the city’s park system, which is one of the largest in the world with 10,000 acres of park land. “I’m a better person because of the four years I spent at The University of Scranton,” she said. “Every single day it’s clear to me that it shaped my life in ways that are immeasurable. The experiences I had there, the relationships I built and the foundation I received spiritually, academically and socially — I’m sure I couldn’t have gotten them anywhere else.” She is married to fellow Scranton alum Andrew P. Lovell ’96.

LEFT: A scene from a St. Hubert Rally, Ms. Lovell’s high school, which she helped save from closure last year. She now serves as the school’s board chair. RIGHT: Andrew ‘96, Kathryn ’96 and Lucy Lovell in Fairmount Park.

Names in Gold indicate Alumnus/Alumna is celebrating his/her Reunion Year

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Milestones Finley Martin ’63, Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, has recently published a mystery novel titled “The Reluctant Detective.” Anthony “Skip” Minakowski ’67, Towson, Md., is the first recipient of what will be an annual “Men for Others” award from the Loyola Blakefield 50th high school reunion class. The class of 1963 selected Minakowski to recognize his service to the class, to Loyola Blakefield and to a variety of other organizations and institutions. Skip spent six weeks in Poland this summer tutoring students in grades 11 and 12 the English language under the auspices of WEISCO (Wisconsin International Education Scientific and Cultural Organization), which helps students prepare for their oral exams for college. John Zonarich ’68, Mechanicsburg, managing attorney at the Harrisburg law firm of SkarlatosZonarich LLC, has been named to the 2013 “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” list in the field of general litigation. This is the eighth time in 10 years he has been accorded this honor. Elizabeth Edmunds, M.D. G’71, Reading, was named the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians’ 2013 “Family Physician of the Year.” Francis X. O’Connor ’71, Susquehanna, a sole practitioner in Great Bend, will become the president-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in May. He will become president of the 28,000member statewide lawyers association in 2014.

Daniel Battafarano, D.O. ’77, San Antonio, Texas, was inducted as a master of the American College of Physicians. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, and chair of rheumatology and key faculty for the internal medicine and rheumatology programs at San Antonio Military Medical Center. James Sysko ’77, Charleston, Ill., is an assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University where he teaches business law and is working to establish a business ethics program for graduate and undergraduate students. Paul Browne ’78, Carbondale, recently had his book, “The Coal Barons Played Cuban Giants: A History of Early Professional Baseball in Pennsylvania, 1986-1996,” published. Timothy Kelly ’79, Clarks Summit, will serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association board of governors. Ann Marie Laskiewicz-Ross ’79, G’09, Scotrun, spent the past year teaching English writing and public speaking to ethnic Chinese students at Minzu University in Beijing. Andrew Grosso ’80, Suffern, N.Y., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Empire State Credit Union, Spring Valley, N.Y. Lt. Col. Rev. Timothy L. Hubbs, ’80, Arlington, Va., is the senior army chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mick Constantino ’81, Las Vegas, Nev., is the vice president of professional services at NEWave, a leading software supplier to the gaming industry. In his role at NEWave, Constantino will spearhead professional services, overseeing the national training and implementation of teams, as well as directing the company’s project coordination. John Johnson, D.D.S. ’81, Groton, Conn., received the “Top Dentist” recognition from CT magazine in the category, “General Dentistry.” Johnson received the nod for “Top Dentist” in 2010, 2011 and now for 2012, having been recommended to the magazine by his peers. Peter Kanzler ’81, Roswell, Ga., is vice president at Sun Trust Banks in Atlanta. He serves as the workstream business analyst lead for the Enterprise Image and Capture Technology Group. Raymond Lillie ’81, Morristown, N.J., was named “Knight of the Year” by the Diocese of Paterson Department for Persons with Disabilities, for 2013. As part of this honor, he received an apostolic blessing from Pope Benedict XVI. Marie Ascione Howard ’83, Owego, N.Y., received her master’s degree in management and human resources from the University of Phoenix, May 2013.

Mancuso Family Celebrates Another Scranton Degree After falling in love at Scranton more than three decades ago, Bob and Lorraine Mancuso have never really left the Commons, making the University’s mission very much their own. Here is an abbreviated version of the Mancuso/Scranton story. Since 1978, when Robert “Bob” J. Mancuso ’80, G’83 and Lorraine T. Moraca Mancuso ’82, G’95 first met on campus and continuing through their son Richard’s graduate degree commencement this spring, the family has earned six Scranton degrees. But the family’s ties haven’t ended at graduation. Following their August 1981 wedding, Bob and Lorraine, who reside in Dunmore, have remained close to the University where they met. Currently the director of the Project Management Office, Lorraine has worked as a University staff member for 31-plus years. At one time, Bob, currently senior vice president/ chief information officer of a regional financial institution, served as an adjunct faculty member in the University’s Accounting Department. The couple’s two sons, Atty. Robert J. Mancuso II, G’06 and Richard A. Mancuso G’13, have carried on the family legacy, receiving advanced degrees at Scranton in recent years. Following his graduation from Duquesne University School of Law (2010), the younger Robert is now an associate in the Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Just months removed from his graduation, Richard is currently a software engineer for EA Sports located in Orlando, Fla.

Members of the Mancuso family have been regulars at University commencement ceremonies over the past three decades, earning six degrees in that time. Seen (from left) are Atty. Robert J. Mancuso II, G’06; Robert “Bob” J. Mancuso ’80, G’83; Lorraine T. Moraca Mancuso ’82, G’95; and Richard A. Mancuso G’13. FA LL 2013


Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, N.Y., is the recipient of a 2013 New York University (NYU) School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ “Excellence in Teaching” award as a graduate faculty member in global affairs at the NYU Woolworth Building Campus. Thomas Kennedy ’86, Nashua, N.H., is channel marketing manager, Americas, for Acronis Inc. Dana Okeson ’86, Brooklyn, N.Y. has been named the new head of the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Elizabeth Ridgely ’86, Telford, received her Master of Liberal Arts degree from Temple University. Robert DiGenova ’87, Red Bank, N.J., retired from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office as a captain of investigations/task force commander after more than 25 years of service. He was offered a position with the United States Attorney’s Office in New Jersey as a law enforcement coordination specialist. Lisa Witowski Shearman ’89, Lansdale, was recently selected by Suburban Life magazine as an “Awesome Attorney” for 2012 in the area of estate planning in the magazine’s December 2012 issue. Robert Clarke ’90, Factoryville, accepted the position of senior vice president of continuous improvement at Jason Daria ’91, Bryn Mawr, an attorney with the Philadelphia personal injury firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock and Dodig LLC, was recognized as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.” Chris Boam ’92, Vienna, Va., is the principal at the consulting firm 40 A&M LLC. 40 A&M LLC is a northern Virginia-based consulting firm focused on Internet and information and communications technology (ICT) law and policy issues.

Michael Noonan, Ph.D. ’93, Philadelphia, director of national security for the Foreign Policy Research Institute, has received a Ph.D. in political science from Loyola University, Chicago. Brian Devine ’95, Rye, N.Y., a finance lawyer with a focus in the transportation industry, joined the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as partner. Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Ph.D. ’95, Brighton, Mass., was promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Paul Collins, Ph.D. ’00, Denton, Texas, has published his second book, “Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change.” Collins is associate professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. Joseph Payne ’00, Norristown, vice president of professional services at Source One Management Services LLC, was recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a 2013 “Pro to Know.” This award is offered to those supply chain professionals who offer thought-leadership that helps shape the supply chain industry and advance it as a respected discipline. Todd M. Jones ’01, Central Islip, N.Y., has joined the law firm of Goldberg Segalla LLP in its Garden City office. He is a member of the firm’s Worker’s Compensation and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. Marykay Nutini, D.O. ’01, Waltham, Mass., recently accepted a pediatric rehabilitation medicine position at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hostpital/Boston Children’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. Kathleen Tuohy ’01, New York, N.Y., has joined Morgan Stanley as a director in the Legal and Compliance Division and is the compliance policy and procedure officer for the Bank Compliance Group.

Thomas Porrovecchio ’03, Hoboken, N.J., is an associate at Kaye Scholer, New York. Susan Chrusciel ’04, Chatham, N.J., is now senior lead data manager at Bayer HealthCare in Montville. Ariane Palmasani Conaboy, D.O. ’04, Waverly, has been elected vice president of the Lackawanna Medical Society. She has a private practice in Scranton and specializes in internal medicine. Tracie Hallock Maille ’04, G’07, G’12, Scranton, was hired at the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation after completing her internship there. Matthew Kozicki, M.D. ’06, Wilkes Barre, recently joined InterMountain Medical Group in Blakeslee. Matt Montoro G’08, Scranton, is a school counselor at North Pocono High School. Mark Searles ’08, Easton, was ordained to the transitional diaconate in May 2013 in the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, by Bishop John O. Barres. Caroline Curtin ’09, Shirley, N.Y., was recently awarded a Master of Library Science degree with a certificate in archives, records management, and preservation of cultural materials from Queens College. Amanda Doria ’09, G’11, Scranton, a national certified counselor, is now eligible for licensure and works as a mental health professional in a school-based behavioral program, providing individual, group and family therapy to elementaryaged children and their families. Katie McKendry ’09, G’11, Olyphant, works for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) where she helps adults with disabilities who are transitioning out of high school. She also works part-time at her private practice where she provides individual counseling to clients ages 5 and up.

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More than 650 miles separate the University from the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. For one spring night in 1983, however, Calvin’s Knollcrest Field House could have easily been mistaken for the Long Center. Armed with a large contingent of fans supporting them, the Royals’ men’s basketball team defeated Wittenberg University, 6463, and won its second NCAA Division III championship. Dr. Amy Yavorek ’84 was friends with many players on the team and recalls the palpable excitement around the campus following the title-clinching victory. “I went to high school with Coach (Bob) Bessoir’s son,” Yavorek said of Bill Bessoir, who scored 27 points in the championship game. “I remember the white-outs, pep rallies and all of the different things we did to celebrate the team.” Yavorek wasn’t in school when Scranton won its first national title in 1976. Still, chances are she was somewhere around the campus. Her father, Dr. Henry Yavorek ’43, was a dentist and graduate of Scranton. Her four brothers and sisters were all graduates of Scranton Prep and all graduates of the University. Scranton wasn’t just a school to the Yavorek family; it was an institution that held fast to the same values they did. So, if it happened at Scranton, Yavorek likely experienced it. “Quite honestly it was the only school I applied to,” explained Yavorek. “I knew the University had a strong biology program. I received exposure to Jesuit education at Scranton Prep, so that was a big component for going to a Jesuit university.” Her father’s professional and social lives were key factors in Yavorek’s decision to work in the medical field.

“I was exposed to a lot of professionals, lawyers and doctors growing up,” she said. “There was no question about going to college for me. I never really had an ‘a-ha’ moment when it came to medicine. Scranton has an extremely strong pre-med program and it helped prepare me for medical school, not just for acceptance but for medical education itself.” Yavorek fondly remembers days spent working on projects with the biology club (now the Health Professions Organization or HPO) at Scranton. In fact, it’s one of the places the lessons from pre-med coursework were reinforced, and eventually aided her in medical school. “We had a lot of great lecturers come and speak to us,” she said. “I remember a surgeon showing us how people who were in car accidents went through the windshield if they weren’t wearing seatbelts. Seeing stuff like that was very impressive and educational at the time. It definitely made a difference because it changed my behavior and others’ as well.” Now, Yavorek works as an obstetrician-gynecologist at Keller Army Hospital in West Point, N.Y. “When I go back to Scranton I’m just amazed at how much it’s changed,” she said. “There are so many memories in places like The Commons area and Loyola Hall. I remember the great camaraderie and friends I had at Scranton.” Carrying on the family tradition, Yavorek’s niece Abby Yavorek ’13, graduated from Scranton in May.

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A Trailblazer without Battle Scars The historical significance of Rose Marie (Rosie) Loven Bukics’ time at Scranton didn’t hit her until recently. Now a professor of accounting at Lafayette College, Bukics was researching her current school’s history when she learned its transition to a coeducational institution in 1973 caused some controversy. As a member of the first class of women graduates of Scranton, Bukics should easily relate to the struggles of the women at Lafayette, but she can’t — at least not completely. Her Scranton story isn’t one of discrimination or overcoming immense odds. Instead it is one of professors who challenged and cared for her. “I don’t remember it being a big deal. I really don’t,” Bukics said. “I never felt there was a difference, that I was either discriminated against or patronized.” That isn’t to say Bukics hasn’t faced her fair share of challenges. She was one of only two women professionals in her office at her first job out of college. She also was one of two women in the internal audit department she worked in after that and the pattern continued with her arrival at Lafayette. She was the first female tenured in the economics department and the first female department head. She’s a trailblazer, no doubt. But instead of feeling like she was doggedly toughing it out, Bukics stood tall because her professors taught her she belonged. “I would definitely credit the education I got at the University of Scranton for that (confidence),” Bukics said. “I’ve always said, ‘I’m a CPA and a college professor first. I just happen to be a woman.’ So I took the world by storm thinking everything was open to me.” One of nine children, Bukics grew up in Scranton wanting to be a nurse. But when a back injury kept her from attending nursing school, she worked during the day and took night classes at Scranton. After a year, she enrolled full-time and joined the first class of women students as a sophomore. It didn’t take long for Bukics to gravitate to accounting. Taught by professors like John McLean, Dan Houlihan and Ralph Grambo, Bukics loved the logic and systematic approach. It just made sense to her. She was also very involved on campus, participating in the fall review and serving as president of the accounting club. In 1976,



Bukics graduated at the top of the accounting group, receiving the PICPA (Pa. Institute of Certified Public Accountants) “Award for Excellence.” After working for the “Big Eight” firm of Haskins and Sells and obtaining both her CPA and MBA, Bukics worked as an internal auditor and taught classes at a community college at night. After two years, she realized she had her full-time and part-time jobs backward. When she saw an opening at Lafayette, she jumped on it and hasn’t looked back. For the last 33 years, Bukics has been a standout on the Lafayette faculty, winning multiple teaching awards and publishing seven books. She received Scranton’s O’Hara Award in 1997 and won the PICPA state-wide accounting educator excellence award in 2012. More importantly, she’s helped thousands of young people reach their goals. Bukics says she tries to offer students the same personal attention she received at Scranton. Each semester, with each class, she challenges herself to memorize each student’s name by the end of the first class. She also helps students with resumes and career advice. In other words, her door is always open. “I absolutely adore coming to work every day,” Bukics said. “There’s nothing more satisfying than working with college students and helping them figure out what their life is going to be like.”

TOP: One of the first women to graduate from Scranton and now a professor of accounting, Rosie Bukics ’76 is seen with one of the seven books she has authored. ABOVE: As acting clerk of the faculty, Prof. Bukics assisted in the conferring of degrees at Lafayette’s 2012 commencement ceremony. RIGHT: Prof. Bukics loves mentoring her students at Lafayette College, Easton. She says she likes to give them the same individual attention she received as an undergraduate at Scranton.

Doug Rand ’09, G’11, Honesdale, is a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services. Doug Jones ’10, West Wyoming, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Rutgers University, has received a State Department “Critical Language” scholarship for 2013. He will study advanced Arabic in Nizwa, Oman this summer. Amanda Marcy ’10, G’11, Clifford Township, is one of the top scorers in Pennsylvania for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in 2012. Marcy is a staff accountant at ParenteBeard. Christopher Osborne ’10, Scranton, received a juris doctor degree from the Roger Williams School of Law. Elizabeth Kaminski G’11, Scranton, was hired by Marworth treatment service after completing her internship there. She also works as a mobile therapist for the Youth Advocate Program. Ben Redan ’11, Tunkhannock, received a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellowship. His selection was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. LaShaune Stitt Clemons G’11, Baltimore, Md., started her own leadership training and development program for young women in the Baltimore area. Women of the World uses experiential learning, community service and workshops to expose young women to the world beyond their communities. James Troutman ’11, Moscow, has just completed his first year teaching full-time for Norristown Area School District. He was accepted into a STEM multi-region project grant, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and has begun studying for a master’s degree in special education at West Chester University.

Liliana Castro ’12, Newton, N.J., is a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education earning an M.S.Ed in higher education administration in May 2013. She is a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Services at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Alyssa Esposito G’12, Jessup, is currently employed at NHS Human Services as a mobile therapist and at Scranton Counseling Center as an intellectual disabilities support coordinator. Hillary Fanelli ’12, Toms River, N.J., is attending Montclair State University and pursuing her masters in counseling with a concentration in student affairs and higher education. She is currently serving as an assistant community director of one of the largest residence halls on campus. Lauren Garafola G’12, Long Pond, is currently a mental-health worker for special needs children with the CIU 20. She is placed in a “Life Skills” classroom in the Pocono Mountain West Junior High School. Michael Genello ’12, Scranton, is the 2013 recipient of the “Todd M. Angelo” award presented by the Scranton District Dental Society. This award is presented to a University of Scranton student who has been accepted by a dental school and shows tremendous promise in the field of dentistry.

Anisa Gharbi Diab G’12, Ocean City, Md., received her National Certified Counselor credential and is working as a program coordinator for STAND4YOU, a suicide and mentalhealth promotion program at Salisbury University’s Counseling Center. Kim Hosgood ’12, San Diego, Calif., is a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corp and is placed at the San Diego Youth Services Storefront. She works as an independent living skills milieu worker at the drop-in center for homeless, runaway and neglected teenagers. Ariel Mone ’12, Westfield, N.J., is currently pursuing her master’s in higher and postsecondary education at Columbia University. She recently began working in the Office of Career Development at Stevens Institute of Technology as the career coordinator. Andrea Genello ’13, Scranton, is the 2013 recipient of the “Bernard Shair” award presented by the Scranton District Dental Society. This award is presented to a University of Scranton student who has been accepted by a dental school and shows tremendous promise in the field of dentistry.

Marriages Steven Moersdorf ’93 to Marlena Huesmann Ivan Gonzalez ’95 to Gabriela Barajas, Ph.D. Meredith Wallasky ’97 to Eric McClanahan Sarah Yazinski ’07, G’09 to Joshua Braddell ’08 Abigail Barrett ’09 to John Fitzpatrick ’08 Kathryn Nebzydowski ’10 to Matthew Pisarcik Kelly Cadigan ’09 to Jimmy Daly

Kaitlyn O’Connor ’09, G’12 and Joseph Yourkavitch ’08 met on April 27, 2007, at the University, and married exactly six years later on April 27, 2013, in Havertown. The event was very much a Scranton wedding – there were more than 25 past, present and future Royals to celebrate the couple’s nuptials. The alumni included (from left) Mary Heather Earley ’08; Jackie Jahn ’08; Ashley Miller ’09; Billy Colona ’08; John O’Connor ’11; Stephanie Reidlinger ’11; Michelle Fazzolari ’09, G’10; Breanne Ross ’09; Kelly Judge ’14; Chris Jennings ’08; Patrick O’Connor ’15; Kyle Johnson ’08; Caitlin Hahn ’09; Timothy O’Connor ’12; Dr. Martin O’Riordan ’83; Jennifer Potts Reed ’08; Bridget O’Connor ’17; Jenna Dour ’09, G’10; Stephanie Sabella ’09, G’10; Clark Veet ’10; Jennifer Dice ’10; Amy Arnold ’10, G’12; Danielle Tighe ’10, G’12; Anne Marie Perchiacca ’09, G’10; Reneé Castellano ’09; and Jaclyn Bromley ’09. The newlyweds currently reside in Reading.

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It had been years since Francis Burne ’48 visited Scranton. He was there to see his son, Brig. Gen. Chris Burne ’80, deliver a speech to a group of ROTC graduates. Burne, however, had other reasons to be excited. He wanted to see how the school he loved had grown. The Scranton that Burne knew existed almost entirely on Wyoming Avenue. Some classes were held in wooden barracks with amphitheater-style classrooms. Buildings had no air conditioning or insulation; students were hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Scranton was still exclusively male. Students lived in modest dorms — also in former barracks. Despite the humble lodgings, they dressed for class in shirts and ties each day. Burne likened Scranton to his first military base, only with the added excitement of a college campus. “Before attending the University, I was an aviation cadet,” Burne said. “Those lodgings reminded me of Scranton’s barracks. They were almost the same.” While 1940s Scranton reminded Burne of the Army Air Corps, the version he saw in 2011 was quite different, in a very good way. The campus had expanded further into Scranton’s lower Hill Section and had completely abandoned Wyoming Avenue. The barracks were gone. In their place were stateof-the-art buildings, where both male and female students attended class in casual wear. What he saw was impressive and exciting — different, but the Scranton spirit was still the same. “The buildings and the grounds are absolutely beautiful,” Burne said. “It’s a far cry from being in barracks!”



Though Burne graduated 65 years ago, he still remembers quite a bit from his college days. More than he would’ve expected at his age, he jokes. He remembers his professors being thoughtful and caring for their students. He remembers their lectures being riveting and thorough, often straying from the course material to include additional context. “Every teacher I ran into was quite helpful,” Burne said. “Any time you had any kind of a problem, you didn’t have to hesitate to go to them.” When Burne graduated, he worked for a short time as a salesman and, later, an executive with United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company. His job was to manage the accounting department, among others, and he did the hiring and firing. That was the job description, but Burne says his real job was to learn about people and manage relationships, something Scranton taught him to do effectively. “That was the best part of it all, really,” Burne said. “A lot of these agents would invite me to go to the country club to play golf. I also had people to my home for dinner. There was a lot of personal contact.” Although Burne says Scranton helped mold him, he believes the best testament he can offer is his son, who also attended the University. “My son is just one of the greatest people I’ve ever known,” Burne said. “I am so proud of him. He’s a terrific son.” Family is the biggest part of Burne’s life today. He is very close with his grandchildren, one of whom also picked Scranton. His second grandson recently chose another college, and while Burne says he’s disappointed they missed out on an all-Scranton family, he’s still proud of him, too. Besides, there’s always time for a transfer.

On June 1, 2013, Kate McGuire ’08 and Nathan Goodwin exchanged wedding vows at Our Lady of the Snows in Clarks Summit, with a reception at the Scranton Cultural Center. A former member of the University’s cheerleading squad, and captain in 2008, McGuire took this fitting photograph with her fellow Scranton cheerleaders. Among the Royals in attendance were Christina Chase ’09, Caitlin Gluck ’06, G’07, G’12, Marissa Gryzbowski ’10, Jennifer Johnson ’09, Cristin Keppel ’08, Danielle West Kishel ’02 G’05, Cynthia Maguire ’09, Nicole DeMarco McGeehan ’08, Tina Morisco ’08, Maura Schofield ’07, Katie Taft ’10.

Births Twin sons, Gus and Luke, to Dan and Maureen Loughney Heyneman ’90, Gambrills, Md. A son, Beckham Alexander, to Patrick ’91 and Nicole Luongo, Hoboken, N.J. A son, Colin Mark, to Mark and Heather RowanKenyon, Ph.D. ’95, Brighton, Mass. A son, John Joseph “Jack”, to John ’97 and Sarah Cahalane, Dix Hills, N.Y. A daughter, Lauren Noelle, to Dr. Sean ’98 and Mary Keeler, Watchung, N.J. A son, Brendan John, to Brian ’99 and Laurel Bakker, Nashua, N.H.

A daughter, Reilly Dorothy, to Douglas and April Karas Fletcher ’00, Little Neck, N.Y. A daughter, Avery Beatrice, to Brian ’01 and Melissa Oliver Hanley ’02, Vicenza, Italy A son, Joel Peregrine, to Brian ’02, G’05 and Sharon Canale Eltz ’02, Lancaster A son, Ronald Joseph (R.J.) to Kyle ’03 and Tera Ravina Hatler ’03, Rutherford, N.J. A daughter, Candace Grace, to Luke and Patricia Reina Boyd ’03, Bethlehem A daughter, Autumn Elizabeth, to Russel and Nicole Kosteczko Odell, Ph.D. ’03, Freemont, Calif.

A son, Connor, to Peter ’04 and Ellen Driscoll Cataldo ’04, Hillsdale, N.J. A daughter, Aubrey Faith, to Ryan Berube and Allyson Jengo ’04, G’05, Park Ridge, N.J. A daughter, Anabelle Mia, to Brian ’05 and Jillian Acevedo Skrip ’05, Blue Bell A son, Declan Xavier, to Thomas ’05 and Ericka Lavelle, Clarks Summit A daughter, Olivia Maree, to David ’06 and Michelle Jastrzemski Ganley ’06, Philadelphia

Reilly Dorothy Fletcher was born June 9, 2012, to April Karas Fletcher ’10 and her husband, Douglas. Reilly is already a nice dresser!

David Ganley ’06 and Michelle Jastrzemski Ganley ’06 welcomed a baby girl, Olivia Maree, on March 12, 2013.

John Cahalane ’97 and his wife, Sarah, added to their growing family with the addition of John Joseph “Jack” Cahalane on Jan. 2, 2013. Jack has two sisters, Erin and Avery.

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

In Memoriam Msgr. James T. Clarke ’35, Dunmore Victor A. Giacometti ’41, Old Forge Bernard Mahon ’43, Galesville, Md. William M. Kane, M.D. ’43, Media George C. Chandlee ’48, Philadelphia William P. Kennedy ’48, Freeport, Maine Paul H. Price ’48, Scranton Robert M. Ludwig ’50, Scranton William P. McCrae, D.D.S. ’50, Morristown, N.J. John G. Lahoda, M.D. ’51, Cinnaminson, N.J. Stephen J. Artim ’52, Binghamton, N.Y. George L. Gleason ’57, Potomac, Md. Leonard Rafalko ’57, Clarks Summit Thomas F. Calpin ’60, Dunmore Michael A. Cruciani ’60, Scranton Andrew W. Leo ’60, Carbondale

Stanley Dardzinski ’61, Burke, Va. Paul Foley ’61, Spring Valley, Calif. George H. Kinback ’61, Peckville Lawrence A. Durkin ’63, Dunmore Edward A. Reilly ’63, N. Charleston, S.C. John B. (Chet) Chesslock ’66, York Leonard C. Benfante ’67, Dunmore Anne Louise Wittman G’67, Wilkes Barre Blair E. Caboot G’69, Clarks Summit John Jefferson ’71, Ashley Salvatore A. Fortese ’74, Dunmore Joseph A. O’Brien ’74, New York, N.Y. Brian C. Petroziello ’74, Clayton, Ohio Laurence L. McGrady G’76, Plains Township Mary Ann Snyder ’77, Scranton Patricia E. Marx G’79, Clarks Summit

Jill Luciani Mooty ’79, Odenton, Md. Frances A. Terrinoni, D.D.S. ’80, South Abington Township Thomas A. Conway ’81, Scranton Marla Boyer Bonetti ’83, Harrisburg Linda Biel Krupovich G’84, Clarks Summit Andrew S. Quinn, Esq. ’84, Columbus, Ohio Carol Boris Visbisky ’88, Dickson City Charles “Chuck” Yanchulis ’90, Inigoes, Md. Deborah Imburgia McLaughlin ’92, Upper Chichester Paul L. Valint ’92, Harrison City David Schreitmueller ’94, Kensington, Md. Cortney Klumpp ’98, Philadelphia Joseph H. May ’07, Scranton Jennifer Ann Sidari, M.D. ’09, West Pittston

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Friends & Family

Barbara Baran mother of Mark ’82 and Susan Baran Charnigo ’89 Cody Barrasse son of Michael ’78 and Dr. Linda D’Andrea Barrasse ’77 Rita Battenberg mother of Charles ’80 Stephen Boccuzzi, father of Stephanie ‘14 Gina Ciullo daughter of Carmen ’66 and Judith G’73, G’89 Alice Coar mother of Dr. George ’77 Joseph D’Andrea father of Joseph ’80 and Dr. Linda D’Andrea Barrasse ’77, grandfather of Nicholas ’14 Rev. G. Ralph Duffy brother of Francis X. ’55 John Ehrenreich grandfather of Joseph ’15 Marilyn Ferraro wife of Theodore ’59

Leaura Giaquinto wife of George ’55 Lynn Louise Gibbons, wife of Gene ’64 H’96 Joseph Hanlon father of Joe ’90 Edgar Hess father of Megan ’09 Gloria Kane wife of James ’46 Jerome McAllister father of Dr. Joseph ’83, Jack ’84, and Jerome Jr. ’91 Elizabeth Moran mother of Kevin ’96 Beatrice Montrone mother of Paul ’62 Joan Stout mother of Amy Stout-Amendola ’87 Arlene Tate wife of Tom ’56 Drew Weber father of Lizanne Weber Kelly ’92 and Mimi Weber Flynn ‘88.

Scholarship, Website Remember Michael Mulhall ’10 Earlier this year the Michael Mulhall Memorial website was created by Mike Pisko ’10. Pisko, a classmate and friend, designed the site as a dedication to the life of Michael Peter “Pan” Mulhall, who tragically passed away following a car accident in July 2010. Besides remembering Michael, the site also provides information regarding the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship. The site contains several pages, including an “Events” section that lists past and future scholarship fundraising events. Some recent events included a New York Yankees game that raised more than $3,000 and a 5K run held in Scranton’s Nay Aug Park. The site includes a “Stories” page where friends and family can share their favorite memories of Michael, as well as a “Pictures” page highlighting different periods of Michael’s life. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the foundation should visit the “Donations” page, which leads to The University of Scranton’s Royal Fund section of the institution’s website. Please visit the Michael Mulhall memorial website at and stay up-to-date on all new scholarship information.



Classmates of the late Michael Mulhall ’10 recently designed a website as a dedication to his life. The site provides information regarding the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship at The University of Scranton.

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