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Susan Swain ’76, H’99, C-SPAN’S co-CEO

and president, keeps perspective during one of the more hectic news cycles of her career.

Father Quinn’s Legacy Achieving Goals of the Strategic Plan Students Connect with Prisoners through Writing Honors Students are Scholars for and with Others

Features 23 Saying ‘Siempre Adelante’

to Scranton’s 25th President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., who guided the University through important expansions and implemented a new strategic plan, steps down. Included: An update on the Strategic Plan 2015-2020:

An Engaged, Integrated, Global Student Experience.

28 Writing as Release,

Teaching for Humanity Student volunteers open up a sacred space for creative expression for women at a local prison.

30 Scholars for and with Others

Christa Howarth ’17 writes about how she and several other undergraduate Honors Program students have served their ‘neighbors.’

Laura Bopp ’17 created this word mandala based on her experience with classmates and inmates.





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Three Presidents Hear what Scranton’s 25th president, Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., is up to now; hear more from Interim President Herbert Keller, S.J. H’06; and watch the announcement of the University’s 27th president, Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15.


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First Ladies Susan Swain ’76 wrote a C-SPAN series that turned into a book on first ladies, from “Martha to Michelle.” Read what she has to say about them, and more.

Alumni News

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32 Profiles 41 Class Notes

Cover: Susan Swain ’76, H’99, who is experiencing one of the more hectic news cycles of her career, helps ensure that her network is ‘on’ at all times. Go to page 32 to read the profile. (Photo credit: C-SPAN)

Alumni Weekend Photos Royals enjoyed many events over Alumni Weekend, including a complimentary train ride and barbecue on the Stourbridge Line Railroad for the Class of 1967, provided by Tom Myles ’67. See more photos from Alumni Weekend online.



Laura Richards DESIGNERS

A Message

Bob Sanchuk Jason Thorne G’13

from the President


Tom Salitsky Randy Shemanski Stan M. Zygmunt ’84, G’95 ASSOCIATE WRITERS

Ashley Alt ’09 Christa Howarth ’17 Trish Shea Sandra J. Snyder ’93 Sandy Stahl ASSISTANT CLASS NOTES EDITOR

Margery Gleason PHOTOGRAPHY

Terry Connors Adam Atkinson Jim O’Connor Tom Nemeth Chad Sebring ’93 Jake Stevens INTERIM PRESIDENT





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

External Affairs & Enrollment Management Office The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510-4615 570.941.7900

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Parents & Friends,

It is my pleasure to write my first president’s letter in The Scranton Journal. I am proud to have served The University of Scranton as a member of the Board of Trustees for a total of 17 years throughout my career. During those years, I have gained an appreciation for the University and its place in higher education, but, more importantly, I developed strong personal relationships with the people who have called — and continue to call — this University home. This is a unique academic year for the University, and for me. As Scranton’s 26th president, I have welcomed every opportunity to meet members of this vibrant community, from alumni celebrating their 50-year reunion to the incoming class meeting new friends at orientation. My colleagues and I are looking forward to this academic year and setting new and exciting goals for Scranton. If you find yourself on campus this year, please introduce yourself to me. I am humbled by the achievements of our alumni, including those featured in this issue of The Scranton Journal. You all help to make this University the place we are all so proud to call home. My best wishes to you and your families.

Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement

The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510-4624 570.941.7660. Email: Website: If this issue is addressed to a graduate who no longer maintains a residence at your home, please tear off the mailing panel and mail it, with the corrected address, to the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement. The University of Scranton is a Catholic, Jesuit educational institution serving men and women. © 2017 The University of Scranton


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Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15 is announced as the next University president in March. Fr. Pilarz will serve beginning June 2018.

Interim President, Incoming President Work as Team for a Year Rev. Herbert Keller, S.J. H’06, rector of the Scranton Jesuit Community, is now the University’s interim president, appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve from June 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. He will be succeeded by Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15, president-elect, who is concluding his service as president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., and serving as a Board member at Scranton this year. Fr. Pilarz served as Scranton’s 24th president from 2003 to 2011. “The University is most fortunate to have a seasoned Jesuit president in our midst, who knows our community, students and alumni so well,” said Lawrence R. Lynch ’81, board chair. Fr. Keller is a member of the Board of Trustees, having served for 17 years, with tenure second only to the late Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J., president emeritus. “I am humbled by the confidence shown to me by my fellow trustees and look forward to serving the University in any way I can,” said Fr. Keller. For more from Fr. Keller, read the Q&A on page 14. Fr. Pilarz “is highly regarded as an outstanding teacher, GET SOCIAL Intersession means a different thing to everyone. To this Scranton group, who volunteered their time at Homeboy Industries, it means service. University of Scranton




Rev. Herbert Keller, S.J. H’06 congratulates Fr. Pilarz at the announcement in March. Fr. Keller began serving as interim president in June 2017.

scholar and visionary leader, who is beloved by students. We are fortunate to have him back at Scranton,” Lynch said. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank the members of the presidential search committee for their diligence and service throughout this important process.” While receiving an honorary degree at the 2015 undergraduate commencement, Fr. Pilarz referred to Scranton 1/23/17

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University, Lackawanna College Sign Transfer Agreement Lackawanna College graduates now have a strong financial incentive to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the University. Lackawanna students will be admitted into University bachelor’s programs with third-year status within one year of earning their associate’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Lackawanna graduates with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 accepted into a full-time University program will be eligible for a minimum $10,000-per-year University merit scholarship. Part-time, non-traditional students may also be eligible for a merit scholarship in addition to needbased awards.

University a Top Fulbright Scholar Producer The University remains among the nation’s top producers of U.S. Fulbright students according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. With five student scholars last year, Scranton was ranked sixth among master’s institutions named as “Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars and Students 2016-17” by the Albena Ivova Gesheva ’17 U.S. Department of  State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program, administered by the Institute of International Education, is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching. Since 1972, 156 University students have been awarded grants in the competition that includes Fulbrights. The 2017-18 recipient was Albena Ivova Gesheva ’17, a Scranton resident born in Pleven, Bulgaria, who will research the  effect of light intensity on echolocation  behavior in tropical bats at the University of Ulm’s Institute of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics in Ulm, Germany. 3/30/17

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as “a place that will always be my home, a place very close to my heart.” He again referenced Scranton as home after his reappointment. “A couple of years ago when the University was so kind to give me an honorary degree, I quoted Bon Jovi and the title of his song, ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home.’ I did not know at the time how prophetic those words would be. I am very, very happy to be home.” “The University of Scranton is a place I love and believe in deeply,” said Fr. Pilarz, after whom the University also named an apartment and fitness center on Mulberry Street in 2011. “There’s nothing in my mind more authentically Jesuit than the mission of the University, and the way that mission is lived by the members of that community. I am returning to a University well-positioned for the future.” Fr. Pilarz’s accomplishments at Georgetown Prep, the nation’s oldest Jesuit educational institution, include leading the 225th anniversary celebration, guiding the development of a comprehensive strategic plan and working to secure the largest gift in the school’s history, a $20 million commitment. He spearheaded a strategic planning process during his tenure as president of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 2011 to 2013 and guided the school into the newly configured Big East Conference. Fr. Pilarz was the fifth longest-serving president at Scranton and third longest-serving Jesuit president. Under his watch, the University earned national recognition for academic quality, community engagement and student success, achieving thenrecord admissions, undertaking the largest construction projects in its history, and expanding international mission and service opportunities. The University also earned the highly selective Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University and a master’s degree in divinity from the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in English at the City University of New York. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and was ordained a priest in 1992.

4/10/17 How we celebrated Palm Sunday at the #universityofscranton. University of Scranton

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University, Villanova Enter Innovative Law School Partnership Villanova University School of Law admission is now guaranteed to qualifying University students through an innovative time- and expense-saving partnership. Qualifying students will receive automatic admission and scholarship support to the law school and can earn a bachelor’s and juris doctor degree in six, rather than seven, years, as well as a minimum annual Villanova scholarship of $25,000. “The most unique feature of the agreement is a ‘3-3 program’ in which eligible students will be able to enroll at Villanova Law after three years at Scranton,” said Matthew Meyer, associate professor of philosophy.

PROGRAM NEWS Physiology Major Among Fall Curriculum Choices A new major in physiology, a field of biology focused on organism functions ranging from single cells to animals and humans, will position graduates to pursue careers as physicians, physical therapists and physician assistants or pursue further study or research in pharmacology, toxicology, physiology or exercise science, among other areas. In addition to a pathway to graduate and medical degree programs, the physiology major provides students with lab research proficiency and technical skills.

Nurse Anesthesia Program Receives Seven Seals Award In honor of outstanding support provided to active military and reserve members, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented its Seven Seals Award to the graduate-level Nurse Anesthesia Program. ESGR’s most expansive and inclusive award, the Seven Seals, recognizes significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative or support promoting the program’s mission. The Nurse Anesthesia Program was nominated by current student Brandon Coury of Scranton, a former Marine infantryman and current Army Reserve commissioned officer.

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Students must have completed 90 credits, 63 at Scranton, with a minimum GPA of 3.6 and LSAT score of 158. A maximum of 30 credits from the first year of law school can count toward the final 30 credits of a bachelor’s at Scranton. The program is not compatible with all undergraduate majors at Scranton. The agreement also allows for automatic admission to Villanova Law for four-year Scranton graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.6 and LSAT score of 154, among other requirements. Such students will receive minimum annual scholarships of $5,000 at Villanova.

New DBA Seeks to Fill Critical Need for Accounting Academics A new doctor of business administration (DBA) degree seeks to address a critical need for qualified accounting teachers at accredited U.S. universities. The new program, with a concentration in accounting, will be offered through the Kania School of Management and was developed to provide experienced practitioners with a practical and flexible, yet scholarly, pathway to an academic career. George W. Krull, Jr., Ph.D., who was a partner and chief learning officer in the executive office of Grant Thornton LLP and is a professor emeritus at Bradley University, has been named the program’s global strategic adviser.

University’s Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Opens New Center The new Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime, housed in the University’s Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, combines  faculty research expertise and criminal  justice practitioner knowledge with  state-of-the-art technology for extensive data analysis.

4/24/17 Urban Beats Crew had a great time at Relay for Life last Saturday… The University raised over $42,000 for cancer! urbanbeatscrew Insta

4/26/17 The Great Commons Ball Roll. Raising money for our International Service Program! #Royals4Others univofscranton

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Staff Members Receive Sursum Corda Awards Four staff members received Sursum Corda (Lift Up Your Hearts) Awards at the University’s Spring Convocation. Sursum Corda Awards recognize members of the professional/paraprofessional staff, clerical/ technical staff and maintenance/public safety staff who have made outstanding contributions to the life and mission of the University. This year’s recipients were: Frani Mancuso, director of conference and event services; Pauline Palko, office assistant to the associate vice provost and dean of students; Todd Parry, facilities operation; and Elizabeth Rozelle, assistant director, career development specialist.

From left: Then-University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., presents Sursum Corda Awards to Todd Parry, Frani Mancuso, Pauline Palko and Elizabeth Rozelle. At right: Patricia Tetreault, associate vice president for human resources; and Joseph Dreisbach, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Third University Building Achieves LEED Certification The University’s 117,420-square-foot Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver-level certification. LEED certification is the premier achievement in green building practice. Facilities must meet or exceed requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Leahy Hall is the third University building to achieve LEED certification. The 118,000-square-foot Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center achieved silver recognition in 2009, becoming the city of Scranton’s first LEED-certified building. The University’s 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center earned LEED gold status in 2014. Materials, along with water- and energy-saving devices, were among the key factors considered for the Leahy Hall certification. Among the many green features of the eight-story building are a green roof and patio; water-efficient landscaping; use of recycled materials; an innovative automated heating and high-efficiency air conditioning temperature control system; low-consumption water fixtures; lighting controls; and occupancy sensors and efficient lighting, including LED light fixtures and LED exterior lighting. Also, many materials for Leahy Hall were sourced from within 500 miles.

5/5/17 We are traveling the world with the annual Festival of Nations event! univofscranton

The University’s eight-story Leahy Hall was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver-level certification.

“In addition, as is the practice on the rest of our campus, green cleaning supplies and equipment are used to maintain Leahy Hall by our facilities operations staff on a daily basis,” said Mark Murphy, director of sustainability, who also noted that many of the environmentally friendly features of the LEED certified buildings are used in other University facilities.

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5/26/17 @universityofscranton students in the comedor this week, accompanying #migrants and recent deportees through presence, peeling garlic, packing hygiene kits and prayer… kino_border_initiative Insta

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On the Commons Studying, Serving, Interning Students studied, served and interned locally and abroad this summer. See the photos at

Jesuit Center Welcomes Executive Director A professional musician, who played saxophone for renowned jazz composer and saxophonist Hank Levy, is the new executive director of The Jesuit Center. Patrick Rogers, S.J., brings with him decades of educational, administrative and ministry experience. “While his work and ministry with different apostolates have taken him to many cities throughout the United States, Fr. Rogers is also well-acquainted with Scranton,” said former University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., who noted Patrick Rogers, S.J. that, from 1997 to 1999, Fr. Rogers lived in Campion Hall while serving as director of student activities at Scranton Preparatory School. “The University community is pleased to welcome him back to Scranton,” said Fr. Quinn.

Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship Awarded to University Student Matthew Reynolds ’18 became the 12th Scranton student in 15 years to earn a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship for the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Reynolds, of Apalachin, New York, is a biology and biophysics double major with minors in mathematics and computer science and a member of the undergraduate Honors Program. He was among 240 students from 157 colleges in the nation to earn a Goldwater Scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year and one of six students from Jesuit universities awarded a Goldwater Scholarship this year. Among his many accomplishments, Reynolds has developed software for image processing and analysis for biological applications available to University students for the cellular biology lab, where he serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant. He also has written software programs for his research.

University Presents Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award to CRISPAZ The University presented its 2017 Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministry to CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador). The faith-based organization serves poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador, protects families from violence and turmoil and also hosts more than two dozen groups who visit El Salvador each year. The Rev. Daniel Long, a Lutheran pastor, Paddy Lane, a Quaker activist, and Father Peter Hinde, a Catholic priest, founded GET SOCIAL That’s a wrap! Performance music is exhausted, but happy and on our way home to Houlihan. Great job everyone - another commencement in the #USGRAD17 . books! uofsmusic Insta




CRISPAZ, which is dedicated to building solidarity between the church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador with communities in the United States and other countries. 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 mission by recognizing men and women for outstanding contributions in a variety of Ignatian-inspired ministries. 5/30/17

Walking in NYC wearing a @univofscranton cap and a police cruiser turns on its speaker to blare out, “Hey, nice Scranton hat! Go Royals!” JamesMartinSJ

6/1/17 Yesterday, Mike Burke ’85, chairman and CEO of AECOM, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of AECOM’s 10-year IPO anniversary. What a way to celebrate! (Photo credit: NYSE) University of Scranton

Four distinguished alumni were inducted into the Kania School of Management’s Business Leader Hall of Fame in April, which “celebrates the extraordinary success George Lynett, Esq. G’71, Susan Swain of the University’s mission ’76, H’99, and Theodore “Ted” Jadick ’61. in Jesuit education and the impact of our graduates on the world,” said Michael Mensah, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School. Three honorees joined in a panel discussion in the Pearn Auditorium in April, where they addressed how gratitude, hope and humility have contributed to their success and testified to the impact of their Jesuit education. (Katherine Reilly ’53 could not attend.)

Among their advice: • “The world needs more listeners. … Listen to your professors, your students, your colleagues. Understand what makes individuals who they are.” — Theodore “Ted” Jadick ’61, vice chairman of executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles • “I have learned throughout life that every time you get an

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Business Leader Hall of Fame Honorees Offer Best Advice

opportunity, it opens doors for other ones. Take the opportunities that are presented to you.” — Susan Swain ’76, H’99 co-chief executive officer and president of C-SPAN

Read more about Swain on page 32. • “I try to have a Christian conscience. I think that impacts the way you live your life, professionally and in everyday life. You should try to do things the way your conscience tells you to do them.” — George Lynett, Esq. G’71, former publisher of the Scranton Times-Tribune

Athletics Campus will Bear Former President’s Name The Board of Trustees recently named Scranton’s south side athletics campus in honor of former University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. “Fr. Quinn has taken a special interest in the promotion of University athletics and support of our student athletes,” said Board of Trustees Chair Lawrence R. Lynch ’81. “Furthermore, he strongly advocated for the development of the Fr. Quinn speaks at the groundbreaking of the south side athletics campus, athletics campus and which will now bear his name. spearheaded efforts to raise the funds needed to begin construction.” The 11-acre athletics campus received substantial support

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from alumni and friends, including a $1 million gift from University Trustee Robert Weiss ’68 and his wife, Marilyn. The project will help the University address long-standing needs for more space for athletics and intramural and recreational sports, and also complement the region’s revitalization efforts. Ground was broken in March for the $14 million Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus, located along Broadway Street in Scranton. It will be home for the soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball Division III NCAA teams, and will include NCAA regulation baseball and softball fields with home and away bullpens, a batting cage and a 75-by-120-yard synthetic-turf, multipurpose field that meets NCAA standards for soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. The campus also includes bleacher seating, a 4000-square-foot field house with locker rooms and a training room, a press box, parking for nearly 90 cars, a community basketball court and a children’s play area. “I am humbled and profoundly grateful to the trustees for this honor,” Fr. Quinn said. “Having an athletics campus bear my name is more than I could have imagined or expected. I am deeply honored.”

6/26/17 Day 1 Ignatian Pilgrimage: Birthplace Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ and Cathedral of his baptism. UofSJesuitCtr

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University-designed Retreat Wins Ignatian Medal

“A Desert Experience,” a retreat designed by campus minister Fred Mercadante, won the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Campus Program or Initiative at the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators conference in San Antonio, Texas, in April. Mercadante described “A Desert Experience” as a transforming journey that removes complacency from faith and insists students go to deeper places that might feel uncomfortable at first. One such place is Death Valley National Park, California, the “land of extremes,” where the retreat takes place annually, offering students the opportunity to practice contemplation while hiking and camping. Spanning five nights, Mercadante explained, students reflect on themes that lay the groundwork for a contemplative disposition. The experience has five main goals: faith formation and adult spirituality; cultivating a new view of the realities of life; teaching students to pray with nature; building community and

fellowship; and fostering total personal growth. Results, Mercadante said, are similar, in that participants emerge closer to their true selves; become aware of the dying and rising prevalent in their lives; better recognize, acknowledge and celebrate God’s revelation; develop a wider perspective; and learn to surrender ego and control. “At no time in my life have I experienced such peace with the world as I did in the silence of reflection on this retreat,” said Bryan Gorczyca ’19, an exercise science major from Colonia, New Jersey. “I have come out a better version of myself.” This medal, established in spring 1997, is the only Ignatian Medal awarded to an institution rather than an individual and recognizes creativity, focus, adaptability and effectiveness in student affairs work.

Donated D’Vorzon Paintings Grace the Loyola Science Center The estate of artist Berenice are also part of the work, which is especially D’Vorzon, who died in 2014 at 82, pertinent in these days of ecological crisis. donated to the University a collection Southern swamps, Long Island wetlands, of her large-scale gestural paintings, Northern ice, the River Li in China, coral which are now on display throughout reefs and jungles in the Caribbean ... are the Loyola Science Center. some of my investigations.” Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., director D’Vorzon’s work has been exhibited of the Hope Horn Gallery, oversaw the in U.S. galleries and museums and installation of the collection in January. abroad, including the Whitney Museum Students help hang the new paintings in the D’Vorzon’s career spanned five Loyola Science Center. of American Art in New York and the decades of art styles and, Dr. MillerMuseum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Lanning said, contained many themes, such as the environment D’Vorzon, a New York City-area native, also taught and nature, feminism and women’s contributions to the arts, studio art at Wilkes University for 20 years and was Dr. and culture and spirituality. Miller-Lanning’s first-year adviser. “Most of my work deals with water images and the experience To view a selection of lectures and event highlights, visit our YouTube channel at of being in nature,” D’Vorzon has said. “Environmental concerns



The University’s 2017 commencement ceremonies took place in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, with master’s and doctoral degree commencement on May 27 at the Byron Recreation Complex and undergraduate commencement at the Mohegan Sun Arena on May 28. The principal speaker and honorary degree recipient at the undergraduate ceremonies was James Martin, S.J., New York Times best-selling author and editor-at-large of America Magazine. The frequent commentator on religion and spirituality in the national and international media and recently appointed consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications reminded the graduates that they are not God, and this is not heaven. “Stop trying to do everything, to fix everything in your life and everyone else’s, and to make everything perfect. You can’t.  Why?  Because you’re not God,” said Fr. Martin.

Try not to expect life to be perfect. Once you realize that, you’ll be able to enjoy life more; you’ll be more grateful. — James Martin, S.J.

Ellen Miller Casey, Ph.D., professor emerita at the University, was another honorary-degree recipient. The principal speaker and honorary-degree recipient at the post-baccalaureate ceremonies was Kathleen Curry Santora, Esq., ’80, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). The theme of gratitude permeated her address. “You can only accept reality if you can be grateful for what you have, rather than what you want. You can only embrace life’s meaning when you embrace gratitude for the people around you and the life you have,” she said. “And you are better able to improvise when you appreciate life’s tools that are right in front of you as a means to achieve excellence.”

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May Wraps up with Milestones and Words of Wisdom

NOTEWORTHY: • First Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees awarded • Last commencement exercises with Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., as president (Fr. Quinn’s term ended June 1) • Undergraduate class began at Scranton during the University’s 125th anniversary celebration year

Welcome, New Members of the Board of Trustees! The new members of Scranton’s Board began their tenure at the start of the academic year, with the exception of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15 who began his tenure on the Board in June.

Anne Drucker P’14, ’16

Director, Global Program Management, Pfizer Health and Switch Portfolio •

Did you know? She created the Dunstone-Drucker Scholarship in memory of her parents, William ’52 and Shirley Dunstone G’57 and husband, Steven.

Timothy J. Kacani ’87

Managing Director, COO of Atlas From 2001 to 2014, worked as the CFO of Lightyear Capital

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. H’15

Served as Scranton’s 24th president and will serve as its 27th president • M.A., philosophy, Fordham University; M.A., divinity, Weston School of Theology; Ph.D., English, City University of New York •

Did you know? Under his presidency, Scranton received record admissions and undertook the largest construction projects in its history. Read more about Fr. Pilarz on page 4.

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Maryla P. Scranton P’04

Fundraising executive for nonprofit organizations Served as director of development for the University and campaign director for its first national capital campaign • •

Did you know? Kacani began his career at KPMG, where he worked in a variety of audit positions.

Kevin O’Brien ’80

Practicing attorney, managing partner with the firm of Marks, O’Neill, O’Brien, Doherty & Kelly, P.C. • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law

Did you know? She is married to the former Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, William W. Scranton III.

Did you know? O’Brien serves as a hearing committee member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Anthony Simone ’90, P’17

• President at Renaissance Capital (Moscow), chair and CEO of RenCap Securities, Inc. (New York), CEO of Renaissance Capital Limited (London) and chair of Renaissance Capital Dubai • Accounting, The University of Scranton; MBA, Fordham University

Did you know? Simone and his wife, Kelley, were the inaugural co-chairs of the University’s Parents’ Executive Council (PEC).

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Faculty members Thomas Hogan, Ph.D., and John Norcross, Ph.D., and staff psychologist Leah Popple, Psy.D., collaborate to publish books.

Psychology Faculty and Staff Collaborate to Publish Books Collaborations involving distinguished professors John Norcross, Ph.D., Thomas Hogan, Ph.D., and Leah Popple, Psy.D., a staff psychologist in the University’s Counseling Center, resulted in the recent publication of eight books, including Supervision Essentials for Integrative Psychotherapy, a collaboration between Dr. Norcross and Dr. Popple. The book features systematic and research-informed supervision of integrative psychology. The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices: Behavioral Health and Addiction is a collaboration between

Drs. Norcross and Hogan. The book includes chapters on locating research through both filtered and unfiltered sources, as well as reading and interpreting research, translating research into practice, and integrating the patient and clinician with research. Other publications include the five-volume APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, edited by Dr. Norcross and two other colleagues, and the 2016/17 edition of the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology by Dr. Norcross and colleagues.

Sweet Songs Rock WUSR Thanks to Education Chair

Darryl De Marzio, Ph.D., in the WUSR studio.



Darryl De Marzio, Ph.D., chair of the University’s Education Department, has transformed a three-decade-long hobby into a weekly radio show featured on the University’s student-run radio station, WUSR 99.5. “I have been cataloging and collecting live recordings of Grateful Dead and other musicians’ live performances for almost 30 years,” said Dr. De Marzio. Every Monday evening for the past two years, De Marzio has hosted his own radio show featuring the music of the Grateful Dead. Scranton faculty have joined him in the studio to share their love of music while offering their own insight on the meaning of Grateful Dead songs. Cyrus Olsen, Ph.D., professor of theology, recently joined De Marzio to discuss the biblical and religious significance of certain Grateful Dead songs. The radio show has grown in popularity, with listeners from Pennsylvania to Colorado calling in to show their appreciation for the show. De Marzio hopes to continue to promote the show across the state and beyond.

2017 Teacher of the Year Karen Brady, D.Ed., assistant professor for occupational therapy, was named Teacher of the Year by Scranton’s class of 2017. 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 a field of education.

Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year Mary F. Engel, Ph.D., director of health-professional school placement and fellowship programs and associate professor of English and theatre at Scranton, was named the 2017 Alpha Sigma Nu Teacher of the Year.

Provost Faculty Enhancement Awards Ten University of Scranton faculty members were honored recently with Provost Faculty Enhancement awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship or service.

Faculty Awarded Summer Scholarship Grants The University of Scranton awarded seven professors 2017 Faculty Development Summer Grants, which are intended to promote scholarship and curriculum development efforts by faculty members. This summer, they researched everything from “Ike’s Man at the UN: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the United Nations 1953-1961” (Sean Brennan, Ph.D.) to “On the Origin of the Evolution Revolution: Conversations with the Pioneers of Evolutionary Psychology, Biology, and Anthropology” (Barry Kuhle, Ph.D.).

Women tend to prioritize others’ health over their own and focus on care of others rather than on self-care. This can be counterproductive, as focusing only on others leaves women without the emotional and physical resources necessary to be effective. That’s according to Dani Arigo, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Scranton who studies social and psychological influences on women’s health. She recently coordinated a women’s health research panel to bring together faculty members from various departments at the University to “start a cross-disciplinary conversation about women’s health on campus.” The Women’s Studies Program and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs sponsored the panel. “Most medical research is done on men,” Cathy Mascelli, assistant director of the Center for Health Education and Wellness, said in her introduction, in which she cited a body of research to support this statement. The panel discussion focused on important issues women face and the ongoing research to analyze and solve these problems. Topics included smoking relapse rates and weight control in women after childbirth, weight loss and gain in postmenopausal women, social and psychological influences on women’s health and health laws/policies affecting women. “This talk shined a light on some things that aren’t really talked about a lot. Women’s studies, as they described, is very new in science, so I’m very excited about that and learning about all these things, especially having these professors in class,” said Leah Colussi ’19, an exercise science major.

Focus on Faculty


Women’s Health Research Panel Creates Cross-disciplinary Conversation

Read more about Dr. Arigo’s research and read more faculty news at

2017 Intersession Grants George R. Gomez, Ph.D., Aiala Levy, Ph.D., Ismail Onat, Ph.D., Jordan Ruybal, Ph.D., and Donna Witek were awarded developmental intersession grants for January 2017. Their grants enabled them to research everything from developing a crime analysis minor (Dr. Onat) to studying how past and future evolution can alter the impact of climate change on mosquito-borne disease (Dr. Ruybal).

Panelists, from left: Jamie Trnka, Ph.D., director of women’s studies, Jessica Bachman, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science and sport, Joan Grossman, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise science and sport, Jean Harris, Ph.D., professor of political science, Ann Feeney, Ph.D., instructor of nursing, and Dani Arigo, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology. FA L L 2017



with Herbert Keller, S.J. Interim University President

You’ve been a member of the University’s Board of Trustees for more than 17 years. How will your board experience inform your decisions during your tenure as interim president? It has provided me a good sense of the issues facing the University and higher education at this point in time. Another advantage that I see in terms of my own tenure as interim president is that I have been uniquely blessed in having had the opportunity to see up close the leadership styles of the four immediate past presidents. I can truly say that I have learned something valuable from each of them and will bring this experience to my own tenure here. How are you working with President-elect Scott Pilarz, S.J., who is also a board member this year, to help the leadership transition and make long-term decisions? I have known Scott for a long time as a Jesuit, and I feel that our friendship will be a great asset during this year. Both of us are extremely comfortable with our roles during this year of transition and both of us desire what is best for the University of Scranton. So we happily work together toward that goal. You were president of Scranton Prep for 18 years and, before that, served at Saint Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. Tell us about your commitment to education. I have found the work of Jesuit education to be incredibly important and enormously fulfilling. To play a role in the formation of young people and to be part of their academic, 14


personal and spiritual growth, is a blessing that I have been thankful for every day. What are you most looking forward to during this academic year? I want to support all of the good works that are taking place and help to strengthen our mission, which has been so well framed by our strategic plan. We are blessed with a dedicated group of faculty, staff and administrators, and I want to support their efforts and be of service to them in any way that I can. We are blessed as well by talented and generous students. I want to encourage them by being open to their concerns and by being present to them in their activities and events on campus. Now that you’ve begun your term, can you say what stands out to you so far? A favorite moment on campus? My favorite moments on campus so far this summer have been our four orientation sessions for our incoming freshmen. Meeting the members of the Class of 2021 and their families, hearing of their reasons for choosing Scranton, and seeing their excitement of being on campus were great sources of joy and encouragement to me. Also, I truly enjoyed experiencing the enthusiasm of our upperclassmen and women who served as orientation assistants. The student assistants clearly evidenced the sense of community that is at the heart of the Scranton experience. To read more from Fr. Keller, visit

Alumni News

May 6, 2017, marked The University of Scranton’s third annual Day of Giving, and Royals around the world responded to the weekend-long celebration of the event by raising more than $260,000 from 2,279 gifts, SHATTERING ALL PREVIOUS 5.06 RECORDS. Thank you to all who made 5.06 Weekend a Royal success!

Kickoff Happy Hours On Thursday, May 4 (5.04), and Friday, May 5 (5.05), 130 alumni gathered in nine different regions (including London, England!) to kick off 5.06 Weekend with their Alumni enjoying a 5.06 fellow Royals.

Regional Celebration at The Gaslight in Philadelphia.

Campus Headquarters On May 5, 12 different groups, including the Center for Service and Social Justice, the Center for Student Engagement, Athletics and the Leahy Clinic, took over the first floor of the DeNaples Center to collect gifts for their individual campus causes.

Challenges Accepted

ROAR 5.06K The Ryan O’Malley ’99 Annual Run (ROAR) took place on the University’s Day of Giving this year, taking it from a 5K to a 5.06K. More than 200 runners/walkers braved the hills of Scranton to benefit the Ryan O’Malley ’99 Memorial Scholarship.

Seven different families stepped up to offer generous donor challenges on 5.06 Weekend. Royals rose to meet every one of them, unlocking more than $80,000 in challenge gifts. A very Royal THANK YOU to our challengers: Angela ’07 and Greg ’05 Marx Craig Steel ’99 and family, Elaine ’92 and Eric ’92 Brophy, Jason Mascitti ’80 and family, Greg and Chris Burke P’20, Angela ’07 and Greg ’05 Marx (pictured), Richard Bevilacqua, D.M.D. ’83 and family and the Anonymous Employee Challenger (you know who you are).

5 Fun Facts about 5.06 Weekend 1. First-year student Eric Bartlett ’20 took first place at the ROAR 5.06k with a blazing-fast time of 17:16. 2. At least one Scranton grad from every class between 1960 and 2016 gave on 5.06 Weekend. 3. The Class of 1990 had the most donors from one class for the second year in a row. 4. $100 was the most popular gift amount. 5. The University received 71 gifts in one hour on Sunday, May 7 (5.07). See more photos, videos and read more from 5.06 Weekend at

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Alumni News Three Days of Scranton-dipity From June 9-11, more than 1,100 alumni and friends descended upon The University of Scranton for Alumni Weekend 2017, the annual chance for Royals to return home and recapture the glory of their Scranton days. Alumni with class years ending in “2” or “7” celebrated their milestone reunions by attending the event and by raising nearly $1.5 million for University scholarships and campus priorities. To see photos from the event, visit, or follow us on Instagram @ScrantonAlumni.

Royals and their guests enjoyed dancing, desserts and drinks at Friday night’s Party on the Patio and the Saturday evening Royal Celebration in the Byron Center.

Enjoying a moment together during the Frank J. O’Hara Distinguished Alumni Awards and Welcome Reception are, clockwise from back left: Sharon Hurst Kneiss ’77; Michael Wiencek ’12; the Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., University interim president; retired Army Col. Richard Breen Jr. ’77, Alumni Society president; Robert P. Hickey ’67; Kristen Sarisky Williams ’92; Chuck J. Volpe Jr., Esq. ’82; Sidney J. Prejean, Esq. ’72; and Patricia A. Maleski ’82.

University of Scranton President-elect Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., receives the Alumni Coin of Excellence for his past and future service to the University at the Volunteer Leadership and President’s Circle Reception on the Galvin Terrace.

Alumni and their families spend an afternoon of fun in the sun at the All-Class Family Picnic on the Dionne Green.



Alumni News The members of the Class of 1967 enjoy a complimentary train ride and barbecue on the Stourbridge Line Railroad courtesy of Tom Myles ’67.

Can you guess which class had the most returning alumni? This Class of 2012 photo on the Dionne Green tells it all. See all class photos online.

See more photos and read more from alumni about Alumni Weekend at

Save the Date for Reunion Weekend 2018 All alumni are invited to return to campus June 8-10, 2018, for Reunion Weekend, where Scranton grads with class years ending in “3” or “8” will celebrate their milestone reunions. If you would like to join your class committee, please email for additional information. Registration will open in early March 2018. For more information or to let your classmates know that you are planning to attend, please visit and add your name to the “Planning to Attend” list.

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Alumni News

Alumni Activity Checklist As men and women for and with others, Royals are committed to staying connected to their alma mater. In fact, “How can I get involved?” ranks high on the list of questions we receive from alumni. To help answer this question, we’ve put together an Alumni Activity Checklist for Royals looking to strengthen their ties to The University of Scranton.

Visit Campus To explore your Ignatian identity, visit the Jesuit Center, a central space on the second floor of St. Thomas Hall where alumni can check in and reconnect with the heart of the Scranton experience. Patrick Rogers, S.J., executive director, and his team have established an area dedicated to alumni where Royals can find information on how to strengthen their Catholic faith.

Become Involved in a Regional Club Near You Joining a regional club gives Royals a way to connect with their fellow alumni and celebrate all things Scranton. To find a club near you, visit .

Attend a Professional Group Event Many alumni have found that participating in professional group activities organized by the President’s Business Council (PBC) and the Medical Alumni Council (MAC) is a great way to make a difference in the lives of current students. In addition, the University holds networking and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events for alumni lawyers and sponsors alumni opportunities in a variety of fields. For more information on the PBC, visit or contact Tim Pryle ’89, executive director, at 570.941.5837 or; for more information on all other professional groups and activities, contact Lynn Andres ’89 at 570.941.4142 or

Represent Your Class Royals looking to act as a point person for their classmates and the University on social media can join the Class Representative program, which is actively recruiting from all class years. By becoming a part of a reunion committee, you can earn an Alumni Coin of Excellence, a ceremonial token of membership in the Scranton family first awarded to new graduates at commencement 2017 and to members of the 25th Reunion Class at Alumni Weekend 2017. For more information, contact Bridget Chomko G’17 at 570.941.4213 or

Develop a Royal Career Mentoring a student, hosting an intern or hiring a Royal will provide you with a solid connection to the lifeblood of the University while giving a current student the chance to develop professionally. Contact Chris Whitney, director of the Center for Career Development, at 570.941.7640 or for more information.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open Visit to update your information, and follow us @ScrantonAlumni on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news on all things Royal.



Alumni News

A Year of Scranton Traditions An Overview September – Celebrate all things Scranton with current students at Toast2Scranton. October – Support the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund at the President’s Business Council Annual Award Dinner.

From left, P.J. Carlesimo, son of Peter A. Carlesimo; Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. H’06, interim University president; and Dave Martin, director of Athletics, present legendary basketball coach Cathy Rush with the 2017 Carlesimo Award.

–­ Connect with medical professionals at the Medical Alumni Council’s 2017 Medical Alumni Symposium.

December – Celebrate the spirit of the season with your Scranton family at a Regional Christmas Party. February – Explore your faith at Reigniting our Ignatian Spirituality: A Retreat for University of Scranton Alumni. March – Join your fellow graduates from the last 10 years and current seniors at Shamrockin’ Eve to celebrate Scranton and support future Royals.

April – Support your community on the Day of Service.

May – Support University initiatives during the annual 5.06 Day of Giving celebration.

June – See the old gang at Reunion Weekend. – Support Scranton Athletics by attending the Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner.

Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner Honors Basketball Coach Cathy Rush The University of Scranton honored legendary basketball coach Cathy Rush with the 2017 Peter A. Carlesimo Award at its annual Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner at Saucon Valley Country Club in June. Rush was the head women’s basketball coach at Immaculata College, where she won the first three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championships from 1972-74. In 1975, she coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to the Pan American Games gold medal. In 1978, she became the first female commentator for women’s basketball on national television, where she worked with NBC, CBS, ESPN, CBN and PRISM. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. Rush is also the founder and president of Future Stars Camps, an organization which has hosted more than 100,000 boys and girls since its inception. Named in honor of Peter A. Carlesimo, former University of Scranton coach and Athletics director, the Carlesimo Golf Tournament & Award Dinner celebrates athletics at Scranton and honors a person who has made special contributions to athletics and Catholic education. This year’s event raised more than $95,000 for Scranton Athletics. For more information on ways to support Scranton Athletics, visit

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Athletics Men’s Basketball Claims Seventh Landmark Title

The men’s basketball team won the Landmark Conference title for the seventh time in the conference’s 10-year history. The Royals captured the crown with a 68-63 win over Moravian in the championship game in the Long Center on Feb. 25. They advanced to

the second round of the NCAA Tournament a week later. Senior center John Vitkus was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference, while junior guards Ethan Danzig and Kevin Doolan were second-team honorees.

Seventy-seven Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Senior Luncheon • Matt Prendergast, men’s tennis — Willensky

Award (overcoming extreme hardship) • Jessica Schmidt, women’s swimming and

diving, and Jimmy Buckley, men’s cross country — Fitzpatrick Award (outstanding community service and leadership) • Sarah Payonk, women’s basketball, and

The special award winners at the 2017 Senior Student-Athlete luncheon are, from left, Matt Prendergast of men’s tennis (Willensky Award), Matthew Busch of men’s soccer (Carlesimo Award), Eric Hintz of men’s soccer (O’Hara Award), John Vitkus of men’s basketball (O’Hara Award), Sarah Payonk of women’s basketball (O’Hara and Carlesimo Awards), Jimmy Buckley of men’s cross country (Fitzpatrick Award) and Jessica Schmidt of women’s swimming and diving (Fitzpatrick Award).

The University of Scranton athletics department held the 26th annual Senior StudentAthlete Luncheon on Saturday, May 13, in the McIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center. Seventy-seven senior student-athletes were recognized during the event, which included the presentation of the Athletics Department Merit Awards to those with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. The luncheon also included the presentation of seven special awards to senior student-athletes. 20


Matthew Busch, men’s soccer — Carlesimo Award (academic and athletic achievement) • Sarah Payonk, women’s basketball; Eric

Hintz, men’s soccer; and John Vitkus, men’s basketball — O’Hara Award (most outstanding student-athletes in the senior class) In addition, former University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., was presented with the Beining Award for outstanding contributions to the Athletics Department.

The University of Scranton baseball team won five straight and seven of the final eight games to finish the season with a 19-19 record. It marked the seventh time in the past 10 years the Royals finished with a .500 or better winning percentage. Junior outfielder Tommy Trotter (pictured) earned first-team allLandmark Conference honors, while senior second baseman Patrick O’Dell and freshman first baseman Kevin Haag were named to the second team.

Softball Makes History with 20 Victories The softball team finished with 20 victories for the second straight season, going 20-15 overall. The 20 wins marked the first time in program history that the Royals have won 20 games in backto-back seasons. Senior Shannon Stricker led the Royals, finishing the year batting .419 with 32 RBIs. She was recognized for her play on the field and her work in the classroom, earning both the Landmark Conference’s Senior Scholar Athlete award and a spot on the CoSIDA Academic AllAmerican Team (third team), becoming just the fourth player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Shine at Championships Led by first-year head coach Mark Yankovich, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams posted great performances at the 2017 Landmark Conference ChamWasserman pionships, as both programs finished second. Individually, junior women’s swimmer Raquel Wasserman earned first-team allLandmark Conference honors in four events at the championships, winning individual titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle while also Diana swimming on the victorious 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. On the men’s side, diver Michael Diana, a first-year student, was named Landmark Conference Diver of the Year after winning both the one-meter and three-meter diving events, leading the men’s team to its highest finish at the Landmark Conference championships since 2012.


Baseball Finishes with a Flourish

University to Add Track and Field in Fall 2017 The University added both indoor and outdoor men’s and women’s track and field in the 2017-18 academic year, bringing its total number of intercollegiate sports to 23. The teams are members of the Landmark Conference, which has six institutions competing in track and field. The teams will practice and compete at facilities in the Scranton area. Ozzie Brown was hired as coach of the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor programs as they begin competition this fall. He came to the University in June after serving as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division III level since 2008, including the last four seasons at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a collegiate athlete, Brown was a two-time NCAA Division III national champion in the decathlon and high jump at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Lady Royals Continue Dominance on the Court The women’s basketball team had another terrific season, finishing 26-4 overall and winning its second straight Landmark Conference championship, their third in four seasons. The win propelled Scranton into the NCAA Tournament, where the Lady Royals won two games in the John Long Center to advance to the Sweet 16 for the 21st time in program history. Senior forward Sarah Payonk again led the way and was named an honorable mention All-American by both and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association at the end of the season. FA L L 2017



Men’s Lacrosse Makes Seventh Straight Playoff Appearance Despite battling injuries, illness and poor weather the entire season, the men’s lacrosse team earned its seventh straight trip to the Landmark Conference playoffs. The Royals finished the season with an 8-7 record after missing key players most of the year and overcoming weather problems that forced changes to five of their first seven games. Senior defenseman Sean Ebert (pictured) and junior faceoff specialist Adam Drury earned first-team All-Landmark Conference honors, while senior longstick midfielder Patrick Sawyer and junior midfielder Conor Carey were named to the second team.

Wrestling Sets School Record with 15 Dual Match Victories The wrestling team continued its rise to prominence this season by winning 15 dual matches, eclipsing the previous school record of 13, set in 1980-81. The Royals, who opened the season with 12 straight victories, earned the record-breaking win by defeating Penn College of Technology, 38-12, on Jan. 29. Six Scranton wrestlers had at least 20 victories, led by senior Ian Evans (pictured), who went 32-5. He finished his career with 122 victories, second-most in program history.

Men’s Tennis Makes Postseason Appearance The men’s tennis team returned to the Landmark Conference playoffs in 2017, finishing with an 8-9 overall mark and a 6-1 ledger in conference play. Scranton was also McGurrin the second seed in the Landmark playoffs, hosting a playoff match for the first time since 2013. Head coach Jack Rubano was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year, and four student-athletes earned spots on the AllLandmark Conference Team. They were: juOchalski nior Keller McGurrin (first-team singles and doubles), sophomore Alexander Ochalski (first-team singles and doubles), senior Matt Prendergast (second-team singles) and sophomore Brian Harkins (second-team singles).

Fourteenth Straight Playoff Appearance for Women’s Tennis The women’s tennis team reached the Landmark Conference championship match after qualifying for the playoffs for the 14th straight season. The Royals finished with an 8-9 overall mark, including 4-3 in the Landmark. In the semifinals, Scranton upset topseeded Drew, 5-2, to hand the Rangers their first loss since September. The team was led all season by junior Julia Frattaroli (pictured) and first-year student Natashia DeNunzio. Frattaroli earned All-Landmark Conference first-team singles and second-team doubles honors, while DeNunzio was a second-team doubles honoree.

Women’s Lacrosse Returns to Landmark Conference Championship The women’s lacrosse team had another outstanding season, finishing 11-6 overall while reaching the Landmark Conference championship for the second consecutive season. The Royals were led by senior Meghan Kerr (pictured), who scored a team-best 47 goals for the year. Kerr was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year and earned both first-team All-Landmark Conference honors and a spot on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III AllBoardwalk Region First Team. First-year defender Becca Russo also earned All-Boardwalk Region second-team honors.




‘Siempre Adelante’ to Scranton’s 25th President

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., who guided the University through important expansions and implemented a new strategic plan, steps down.

Upon stepping down from his post as president of the University in June, Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., was described by his colleagues as: “humble,” “loyal,” “intelligent,” “honest,” “focused,” “direct” and “patient.” His nuanced view of the student experience, and how personal transformation leads to societal transformation, informed his decisions as president.

University Expansion Under his six-year tenure as the University’s 25th president, Scranton enjoyed national recognition for the value and quality of the education it provides to students. The University experienced a record number of applicants and enrolled some of the largest classes in its history. Academic programs have expanded to include new five-year bachelor’s and master’s programs, and the University added its second and third doctoral programs: the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Business Administration.

“The University has really grown and expanded over the years he’s been here,” said Yohuru Williams, Ph.D. ’93, G’93, a member of the Board of Trustees and a professor of history and dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. “We owe him a great debt of gratitude.” Fr. Quinn’s work to open the new athletics facility in the south side of the city, which will now bear his name, was a priority during his presidency, an extension of his dedication to a transformative student experience. “Fr. Quinn has taken a special interest in the promotion of University athletics and support of our student athletes,” said Lawrence R. Lynch ’81, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. “Furthermore, he strongly advocated for the development of the athletics campus and spearheaded efforts to raise the funds needed to begin construction.” Along with the addition of The Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus, campus improvements include the acquisition FA L L 2017


“Jesuit universities are in a privileged position to provide an education that speaks to the deepest desires of our students and, at the same time, aims to address the most profound needs of our world.” — Fr. Quinn, America Magazine, May 2016 and renovation of Louis Stanley Brown Hall; the expanded Commons area and creation of the flag pole terrace; the completion of the Loyola Science Center; and the construction of the 117,420-square-foot, eight-story Leahy Hall. The University also completed — through a unique collaboration with outside partners — the renovation of the historic Madison School into an early childhood learning center and graduate housing. In addition to blessing many spaces, Fr. Quinn spoke at many dedications and several groundbreakings over the years and, together with the wider University community, celebrated the University’s 125th anniversary year. During the dedication of Brown Hall, Fr. Quinn addressed promoting “peace and justice” throughout the world, reminding the crowd — as he often did — to “find God in all things.” “The University is proud to dedicate Louis Stanley Brown Hall, which takes a page out of our history books, and brings it to new life on campus and in the greater Scranton community,” said Fr. Quinn at the dedication. “St. Thomas College’s commitment to respecting all individuals in their unique gifts,

challenges and needs was quite apparent. That commitment of respect for all is present in everything we do here today at The University of Scranton.”

The Plan

Fr. Quinn often spoke about the Strategic Plan 2015-2020: An Engaged, Integrated, Global Student Experience — the development and adoption of which he oversaw. The seeds of that plan were planted as early as his inauguration in 2011. “The University of Scranton, a Jesuit university, can and should excel in providing its students an education that is engaged, integrated and global,” said Fr. Quinn during his inauguration. “We can do something special here. Of that I am very certain.” The Strategic Plan, said Gerry Zaboski ’87, G’95, vice provost for Enrollment Management & External Affairs and member of the President’s Cabinet, is the “showpiece of Kevin’s commitment to students.” Upon the plan’s publication in 2015, Fr. Quinn wrote, “The plan that we have created together expresses our hopes and dreams for The University of Scranton and answers any who

Fr. Quinn helps break ground on what is now named The Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., Athletics Campus. Fr. Quinn at the 2017 commencement ceremony. FAR RIGHT: Fr. Quinn blesses books at The Blessing of the Books ceremony in 2014. This is just one of many blessings Fr. Quinn performed over the years. THIS IMAGE:




“Being able to take an idea, like the vision that Ignatius had for the University, and being able to implement it, that’s very hard. You have to have a lot of dedication and a lot of vision. And, frankly, a lot of experience of moving things along,” said Fr. Rogers. “I admire his skill and vision.” Fr. Quinn’s commitment to a transformative student experience involved advocating for expanded community-based learning and living-learning communities for students. In addition, he led several social justice initiatives at Scranton, such as the Living Wage Report for Northeastern Pennsylvania, and has sought support for refugees internationally and regionally.

might wonder if Scranton is up to the many challenges that face higher education into the future. Our hard work now is to put the plan into action.” You can see the progress of his plan, and how his hopes and dreams for the University will live on, by viewing the infograph on pages 26-27.

Jesuit Education

A passionate advocate for Jesuit education who has written nationally on the topic, Fr. Quinn inspired countless students, faculty, alumni, staff and thought leaders. “Jesuit universities are in a privileged position to provide an education that speaks to the deepest desires of our students and, at the same time, aims to address the most profound needs of our world,” he wrote in America Magazine in May 2016. “Inherited from generations of Jesuit educators and two millennia of Christianity, this is our legacy to preserve and enhance. It is hard for me to imagine more important or rewarding work.” Students noticed. In an Aquinas article announcing his resignation, student Genny Francis ’17 voiced gratitude for Fr. Quinn for “implementing what it means to have a true Jesuit education.” His scholarship on Jesuit education, said Rev. Patrick D. Francis Rogers, S.J., director of The Jesuit Center, made an impact not only on Scranton, but on the wider Jesuit community. Fr. Quinn spearheaded the creation of The Jesuit Center at the University to help faculty and staff live out Scranton’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.

In a Scranton Times-Tribune op-ed, he wrote: “The humanitarian needs are urgent, and our compassion should abound to help men, women and children who have fled their homes in pursuit of safety. As Pope Francis has said, ‘You are your brother’s keeper.’ Welcoming neighbors from distant shores aligns with our American ideals and is a bedrock of our local Scranton history as well.”

The Future

Fr. Quinn’s plans for the University, said Fr. Rogers, will no doubt live on. “I’m looking forward to a great explosion of the ideals that he has espoused for the University over the last six years really coming to fruition and continuing to blossom,” said Fr. Rogers. “The impact will continue for a long, long time.” To see photos from Fr. Quinn’s tenure and to read about what he is up to now, visit

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Student Experience, Improved Now that the Strategic Plan 2015-2020: An Engaged, Integrated, Global Student Experience has been in place for a couple of years, what do we have to show for it? Well, you be the judge!

Engaged Scranton offers


The Center for Career Development’s Roadmap for Success tool assists students in developing a personalized plan and timeline for experiential learning

community-based learning courses each year, plus a new Center for

Community-based Learning*

The Royal Experience Internship Program has supported nearly


In 2016-17, students participated in 18 domestic

& international service trips across six states and seven countries


students participating in summer internships

Scranton’s In Solidarity with Syria program provides education, advocacy and service to those affected by the immigration crisis*

Integrated More than


students participate in the

Undergraduate Research Forum and Fair, which connects faculty and staff with students

who participate in faculty-mentored research

Provost Assessment Scholars Program, which designs and administers focus group projects, pairs student scholars with a faculty or staff member


The Student Opportunities in Academic Research (SOAR) program cultivates and coordinates student interest in faculty research


More than of student research presented at the annual 2016

Celebration of Student Scholars event was published regionally or nationally

TWO Residential Learning Communities are added: AMDG: Engaged and Global Citizenship and SITE: Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship, plus an updated space to host faculty and events in Collegiate Hall* 26




Students learn about their peers’ home countries through a new Global

Insights Program

students participated in the first cohort of a faculty-led study abroad

and language immersion program in Cochabamba, Bolivia


(on average) of bachelor’s degree graduates study abroad as undergraduates

A faculty-led study


Over the past two years,

abroad course on marketing and theology in India is set Faculty

Fulbright Scholars were hosted at Scranton

to launch in January 2018*

(Eight of those were teaching assistants in the Department of World Languages and Cultures) Six students were awarded Fulbrights in the past two years

We’d love to hear about your ENGAGED, INTEGRATED, GLOBAL experience, or the impact of the Strategic Plan from your perspective. The Planning Office will review submissions, which might be selected to appear on the Strategic Plan Implementation & Progress website. Share your story via strategicplan.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES FUNDING PROJECTS In 2016-17, the University launched a Strategic Initiatives Funding process to identify and support innovative projects that will advance the goals of the Strategic Plan, in particular those that will have a substantial, positive impact on the student experience. The Strategic Initiatives Funding pool was made possible by cost savings and revenue generation realized through the Comprehensive Resource Review process, spearheaded by the Office of Finance & Administration. Funding was open to University students, faculty and staff. Collaborative projects were encouraged. Follow along as we continue to make progress at A new progress report will be available in December 2017.

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LEAP student volunteers. See who’s who online.

Writing as Release, Teaching for Humanity

Student volunteers open up a sacred space for creative expression for women at a local prison.


tudents arrived at Lackawanna County Prison last fall unsure of what to expect. They had trained for this — gone over the creativewriting assignments, talked at length about how to generate ideas and how to guide discussions — but, still, they were a little uneasy. They had been asked to come without judgment and knew that might be difficult. What they quickly found, though, is that writing is a good reminder of our common humanity.

A Sacred Space During her junior year, Laura Bopp ’17 attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. She heard a panel discussion about the injustices in prison systems and the lack of programs for inmates. She approached Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice (CSSJ) soon after with an idea for an education program for prisoners. Her idea eventually 28


developed into the Literacy, Education, Advocacy in Prison program (LEAP), designed to create a safe space for inmates to express themselves through writing. Despite an initial “barrier,” the “women really opened themselves up to us, which was really beautiful to watch,” said Bopp. “We created this space for them where they felt comfortable enough to share.” Amy Fotta, service coordinator in CSSJ, worked with Bopp to get the program off the ground, organize the logistics and run it. They completed their first year in May. The details changed a little during the second semester, after the volunteers gained some experience, but the idea was the same: Encourage the women to express themselves through writing. “It never worked out the way we planned. One week we’d have five inmates and the next 20,” said Fotta. “But it was amazing how we were able to take language and writing

they’d write things that I never thought and words and really have this sacred I could write.” space, a space of openness, a space of trust.” An Education When LEAP student volun“Programs like this teers arrived, the inmates work,” said Harry Daminitially questioned their mer, Ph.D., associate motivation. Volunteers dean for the College explained they were of Arts and Sciences not gaining anything, and a professor in the at least in terms of serSociology, Criminal vice hours or credit. Justice, and CriminolThe focus was “help ogy Department who them build their skill,” has taught courses in said Fotta, through variprisons (most recently, ous genres, from word Prison Literature) and mandalas (circles of meanconducted extensive reingful words or phrases) to search about college-edushort fiction. During the first cation programs in prisons. semester, volunteers asked the “The normal recidivism rate is inmates to work together to create 60 to 70 percent, but with a college a piece of blackout poetry, which education that recidivism rate is under Laura Bopp’s word mandala based on her turned out “really cool,” said Amanexperience with LEAP. 30 percent,” he said. da W., an inmate who attended the Although the LEAP program classes. And students and inmates is not technically a college-education program, it worked together on a “story in the round.” has the possibility of inspiring the kind of confidence There was laughter and conversation, said Bopp, as well as that might put inmates and institutions on that track. some emotional moments. But one thing was consistent: the “The educational needs of inmates vary greatly so even a power behind the writing. “They created incredible pieces,” said Bopp. “I love writTo continue reading Writing as Release, Teaching for Humanity, ing poetry and short pieces, but some of the inmates … turn to page 40.

What was the most impactful part of this experience for you? STUDENTS:


• Making connections with the women and just talking and laughing with them

• The chance to practice character development and plot

• Seeing these ladies open up to us the way they do

• Learning that just writing things down helps a lot

• The ability to form human connections with a population often disregarded • Being able to provide an outlet for the inmates

• It helped jump-start my imagination and helped me begin writing again

• The connection with the inmates and hearing the awesome work they do; they really appreciated being able to keep the journals

• Being able to express emotions on paper

• Meeting so many incredibly talented and amazing women

• Learning the breakdown of story writing

• The conversations with the women as we were able to talk and be open with each other

• Feeling comfortable in a small group setting so I wasn’t embarrassed to speak and share

• The other women coming in who shared their writing and knowledge

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Scholars for and with Others

by Christa Howarth ’17

One recent Scranton graduate writes about how she and several other undergraduate Honors Program students have served their ‘neighbors.’

Class of 2017 researchers are pictured, from left: Kaitlyn Jones, Kathleen Reilly, Kyle Rodgers and Christa Howarth. Christa Howarth graduated in May with a degree in theology and philosophy. She served as a member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. Her original article appeared in the April 2017 issue of Connections, published by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Christ’s Call of Love Jesus, in answer to a scholar of the law, gave these two greatest commandments: to love God with your whole heart, being and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. These commandments of love, seen in Jesus’  example throughout the Gospels, inspire the call to live for and with others — a call for solidarity with those who are vulnerable — which is fostered at The University of Scranton. Directly after giving these commandments (featured in Luke 10:25), Jesus suggests the kind of relationship we should have with our neighbor. He tells the parable of the Good Samaritan, who upon encountering a stranger, allows himself to be moved with compassion by the man’s need.



That experience of compassion predicates all solidarity and requires seeing who is vulnerable as a person with knowledge of her or his own needs. Students participating in Scranton’s undergraduate Honors Program encounter different “neighbors” as they study, serve and live. The Honors Program, one of Scranton’s programs of excellence, challenges students of all majors with a rigorous education that stresses independent work and intense engagement with faculty, culminating with the student’s defense of a cumulative research or creative project. Often, students’ scholarship reflects their solidarity with those they encounter; many design research projects in response to needs they have witnessed in their community. The following projects by four members of the Class of 2017 exemplify their response to the call to live for and with four different populations.

Immigrants Criminal justice and Spanish major Victoria Spagnolo ’17 became sensitive to the challenges of the Hispanic community during her time volunteering at the Edward R.  Leahy  Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. She said,  “Often, the needs and opinions of non-English speaking immigrants in the United States go unheard because of language barriers.” Spagnolo combined her criminal justice background with her Spanish language skills to address “a substantial gap in research on the criminal justice system and Hispanic immigrants.” She has conducted qualitative interviews in Spanish to record how Hispanic immigrants’ perceptions of the criminal justice system differ from those of native-born citizens, research that could inform the workings of the local justice department. Language barriers are one, but by no means the only, reason why the needs of certain populations are not heard. Academic researchers stand in solidarity with any of these silenced populations by listening to their experiences and, as Spagnolo said about her own work, by “giving voice” to those experiences.

Disabled Veterans Kaitlyn Jones ’17, an occupational therapy major, was motivated to pursue her research after meeting two veterans who had lost all four limbs in combat. Both veterans chose to receive cadaver arm transplants, which Jones has studied to determine how they affect the veterans’ functional ability, social participation and body image. “They are both incredible people who inspire me every day,” said Jones, who hopes her research will “provide insight to those who may be considering a limb transplant (a groundbreaking surgery) in the amputee community, and shed light on the difficulties and perseverance of disabled veterans.” Disabled persons are often left on the civil and social fringes of society. The more work that can be done to raise awareness about the quality of life of the disabled veteran community, the more their place in society will change. And, as they become more capable to perform basic tasks, participate socially and feel comfortable in their bodies, disabled persons will have more opportunities to inspire others.

Cancer Patients and Families The suffering caused by cancer and the pain of invasive cancer treatments affects far too many people. The work of biochemistry and philosophy double major Kyle Rodgers ’17, who was also in Scranton’s pre-med program, contributed to the current research aimed at creating alternative, less-invasive cancer treatments. Rodgers’ project studied the “biomechanisms of natural dietary cancer therapies to allow further research to metabolically

Reflections Transform Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program To hear Rebecca Haggerty, assistant dean for assessment and programs for the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, tell it, assessment not only can be transformational for faculty but reveal transformations in individual students. Haggerty said she and her husband, Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D., director of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) honors program for top-tier students, have long known that it was stellar. “Generally speaking, everyone at Scranton talks about how amazing SJLA is,” she said. “We saw that firsthand, but we wanted to know why.” Thus began the process of assessing one of the University’s signature honors programs not only from a hard-data standpoint — collecting statistical information, such as grade point averages and classes taken — but through a softer lens as well, the lens of personal reflection. Eventually, a companion course was developed for SJLA students to take each fall after their summer mission-based trip. The course, “The Loyola Experience: An Ignatian Pilgrimage,” focuses heavily on reflections. Dr. Daniel Haggerty noted that students became increasingly aware of their personal journeys and how intricately connected they are to their Jesuit education.

A survey of SJLA alumni from every class since 1980 further illustrated their case. “We had an astonishing 40% response, receiving 1,240 comments composed of 45,000 words,” said Daniel Haggerty. “When asked what beneficial career skills SJLA helped develop, 94% of respondents said writing; 94% said critical thinking; and 91% said public speaking. We learned that 70% graduated with double or triple majors with 81% going on to earn Ph.D.s, M.D.s, J.D.s, and M.B.A.s.”

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PROFILE: Susan Swain ’76, H’99

Taking Viewers to ‘Church’ C-SPAN’s co-CEO and president, who is experiencing one of the more hectic news cycles of her career, helps ensure that her network is ‘on’ at all times.

Nearly two years ago, Susan Swain ’76, H’99, co-chief executive officer and president of C-SPAN, felt comfortable in

The quickening pace is good for the network, of course, but

her job. She’d reached a high point in her career, though she

because C-SPAN is a public network, there are no viewership

would never be the one to say that. She had been promoted to

numbers and no ads (which is “enormously freeing from an

co-CEO a few years earlier.

editorial standpoint,” said Swain). However, she and her team

The drumbeat of Washington news kept Swain on her

are aware of the heightened interest in their programming.

toes (along with a book about first ladies and various other

“A columnist once wrote that C-SPAN is a bit ‘like church.’

projects including hosting the network’s weekly “Newsmakers”

Some folks want to access it all the time; for others, it’s there

program). She was anticipating a big presidential election cycle

when they need it.’ For those who want to watch a (James)

in 2016, or her team’s “Olympics,” as she calls it. There were a record number of presidential candidates, and her network’s role was to “give a voice not only to the top-tier candidates but to the secondary and tertiary candidates,” she said. But what she could not anticipate, she said, was that the presidential primaries were just the beginning of what’s become a nonstop news cycle. “The past 18 months have been one of the busier cycles of my pretty long career in Washington,” she said in a June 2017 32

interview. “And it seems to have no end in sight.”


Comey hearing, a (Jeff) Sessions hearing, a congressional debate on health care — we are there,” she said. “With all that’s been going on in the national scene the past two years, it seems like a time when more people are wanting to go to ‘church.’”

Pioneering Swain began working at C-SPAN in 1982 as an associate producer and now oversees programming and marketing for their three television channels, and C-SPAN

PROFILE: Susan Swain ’76, H’99

Radio. Nearly 5,000 of Swain’s on-camera interviews are logged in the C-SPAN video library. In December of 2016, she began serving as an independent director at Discovery Communications. She also is a director of the C-SPAN Education Foundation. A two-time winner of the Vanguard Award, the cable industry’s highest professional recognition, Swain also has been recognized by her industry as a Cable TV Pioneer. Swain is no stranger to “pioneering.” She was one of the first women to enroll at the University when it became coeducational in 1972. And her colleagues call her a sort of tech pioneer, even though she gives lots of credit for innovative use of technology to others on her team. “Susan helped develop the C-SPAN mission in the early years of the network,” said her co-CEO, Rob Kennedy. “Her experience has been invaluable as we’ve navigated this most extraordinary past 18 months.” When the Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2016, and cameras were shut off by Republicans, Swain and the network’s programming VP Terry Murphy sprang into action by ensuring that C-SPAN used social media to record and air the protest, said Kennedy. “Because Susan is focused on us being innovative and nimble about how we use new technology to capture what is going on in government and public affairs, we were ready to put that stuff on the air,” said Kennedy. After the congressional baseball shooting almost exactly one year later, Swain, with a small team, helped get the game on TV, even though C-SPAN had not covered the representatives’ annual game in more than 30 years. “After the shooting, the game took on important symbolism. We had to be there,” she said. “We had 24 hours to find a way to get a signal out of the ballpark. Ultimately, our production quality may not have been great, but we were there to televise this moment of national unity. That’s what mattered.”

Telling History Swain’s passion for storytelling has not only helped shape the programming of C-SPAN, it has offered viewers an important historical perspective during a time when citizens are recognizing the impact Washington can have on individuals’ lives. She was instrumental in creating “American History TV,” which airs “All Weekend. Every Weekend” on C-SPAN3. And her project First Ladies: Influence and Image featured

interviews with historians and biographers to depict the biographies of “every first lady from Martha to Michelle.” In addition, the idea for a series about 12 landmark Supreme Court cases came from hearing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talk about the “real people’s story” behind Loving v. Virginia. “History provides important context. There have been two polarizing elections in a row. There is a big health care debate, ongoing wars, and international terrorism and our response to it,” she said. “As the country goes through the current turmoil, we have to remember that there have been equally tumultuous times in the past and, well, we’re still here. The system survives.”

Susan Swain ’76, H’99 (middle row, second from right), who was among the first full-time female graduates of the University, reunites with other ‘pioneering’ women from her class at Scranton in 2016.

Paying it Forward Swain not only has a commitment to the past but to the future, especially when it comes to Scranton students. She was excited that the C-SPAN Bus, an interactive, multimedia learning center focused on bringing coverage to communities nationwide, was able to make an election-year stop at the University. C-SPAN did a live show from campus in November 2016, giving students a behind-the-scenes look at how the news is made. Swain also mentors business students (she was recently inducted into the Kania School of Management’s Business Leader Hall of Fame) and hires Scranton graduates, two of whom are now close colleagues. “I feel a very positive sense of wanting to pay it forward to the University. It certainly changed my life and helped me develop a set of values that guide my life,” she said. “Being involved with students is enormously energizing. And it gives me lots of confidence that the country will be in good hands when it’s my turn to hand the torch over.” See photos of Swain and read more about what she has to say about first ladies at

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PROFILE: Mitch Clark G ’17 & Kelsey Morgan G ’17

Bringing the Online Experience Home Scranton comes alive for two online graduate students. grounds of their undergraduate universities, enjoying a traditional experience, sitting in classrooms and interacting in person with peers and faculty. Morgan, who attended Lafayette College in Easton, lived first in a residence hall, then a sorority house, then an apartment, and enjoyed every perk of presence. Clark, who attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), also started out in a dormitory before moving into an apartment and taking advantage of college life.

Geography Fast-forward a few years to marriage, families, demanding careers and other constraints on lives and time. Now, both students were ready for more education but also a more flexible structure. Fortunately, today’s technology makes that possible. Clark works for the Nebraska State Legislature as a legislative aide, witnessing how organizational change, a subject he studied at UNL, plays out in the business world. Morgan flexes Kelsey Morgan with her family on graduation day.

It was commencement weekend and Mitch Clark G’17 and Kelsey Morgan G’17 were set to graduate with degrees from The University of Scranton, but they hadn’t spent years walking up the Commons as so many do. In fact, they had just met. The online graduate students had both just arrived on campus for the very first time. Morgan had just an hour-and-a-half trip from New Jersey, but it might as well have been a journey to an alternate universe. “When we pulled off the highway, it was like, ‘Whoa!’” she said. “This place is really captivating. This is an experience away from busy city life, kind of an escape.” A Catholic with a distinct interest in Jesuit stewardship, Clark said Scranton had “just felt right” for him as a student, but getting to walk around now and “read all the St. Ignatius quotes” really brought his online experience home. Just about five years ago, Clark, 29, of Lincoln Nebraska, and Morgan, 28, of Fredon, New Jersey, walked the traditional 34


Mitch Clark on graduation day.

PROFILE: Mitch Clark G ’17 & Kelsey Morgan G ’17

her creative muscles as a senior associate brand manager at Mars Chocolate North America in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where she manages the entire Halloween portfolio. Both were at career points where master’s work would provide them a desired path forward, but neither could pick up and go, physically, to the institution that ultimately suited them best: The University of Scranton. So, after a thorough vetting process, involving everything from evaluating recruiter personalities to confirming desired accreditations, Clark and Morgan began the next phases of their journeys as online MBA and MHA students, respectively, at the University. Skype, Facetime and other innovations became their new best friends. Both were thrilled to be able to choose Scranton for its distinguishing qualities without regard for geography, though geography did provide at least some bonus points. Clark had never been to the Northeast and was happy to have even a virtual look around. Morgan had had a physical taste given her parents own a home at Lake Wallenpaupack, and she’d been to the Mall at Steamtown (now Marketplace) in high school, but, somehow, she said, she never realized there was a university in the heart of the city. After enrolling, Clark and Morgan immersed themselves as if they were on-campus students, interacting as much as anyone with physical presence would but never setting foot on campus until May 26, the day before their graduations and the first time they would make actual eye contact with the place they’d come to love from afar. Interestingly, the first visual that truly captivated Morgan was the colors. “I love all the purple so much,” Morgan said, noting she couldn’t think of any other school that uses the regal color. Next her eyes went to swells of pink flowers, dancing in a light breeze on a picture-perfect day. “The colors really pop here,” she marveled, repeatedly using the word “beautiful.” For Clark, it was the history that stood out. “I’m really drawn to the philosophy,” he said, adding that the city atmosphere was pretty great too. Clark, who also enjoys “a good game of Ultimate Frisbee and sand volleyball when time permits,” called Scranton reminiscent of UNL but noted UNL “does not have this history.” These first visits to campus also delivered a memorable and unexpected blast of local history. “We saw a train go through,” Morgan noted as she described the old-fashioned steam train that regularly rolls by campus as it takes tourists on historical jaunts.

Lifelong Connections As they walked past buildings new and old, peeking into hubs such as the DeNaples Center and the bookstore, Morgan and Clark talked about people and connections but not in the way one might expect from online students. “You actually do get to know people,” Morgan said. “You don’t think you will, but you do.” Clark agreed, noting he got to know professors and fellow students well and that group projects provided a special bonding experience. One of those professors was Ken Zula, Ph.D., who described Clark as “an outstanding student” who “excelled at completing the program within an exceptional period of time.” Zula noted how interesting he found it that Clark even planned a trip to Orlando, Florida, to visit a fellow online student, Drew Garner, whom he met for the first time on May 26. Garner, Clark said, was his University recruiter but also became his online classmate. The two grew close before they

Drew Garner and Mitch Clark on graduation day.

physically met and planned the Florida trip for post-graduation. Clark said they had a great time and he expects they will now be lifelong friends. Morgan said her recruiters were similarly critical to her choosing Scranton. “They stayed super laser-focused yet made the whole experience all about my individual needs,” she said. “That personalized experience was awesome.” Personalities can make or break a decision on where to attend online graduate school, Clark added, especially if you crave a certain familiarity. “Being here in Scranton is really not a whole lot different culturally for me,” he said, only hours after his plane landed in Avoca. “It’s kind of like the Nebraska of the East Coast.” “You’re not in a big city,” he said, but you are in a “warm, inviting” city. “Only the accents are a little different.” FA L L 2017


PROFILE: Chris Newman ’94

Physician Musician A doctor blends his love for music, science and family, propelling him to the pinnacle of his career.

In some ways, music and medicine are diametrically opposite. But for Chris Newman ’94, the two are remarkably similar. Music has helped him create a balance in his busy life as chief medical officer of a major health care system, physician, executive director of a physicians group and father of not one set of twins but two. According to those who know him, Dr. Newman is a dedicated, quintessential physician who makes it his mission to uphold the character and values reminiscent of a small-town doctor, as well as a musician who plays a mean trumpet, and has studied under the Empire Brass Quintet and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

Fathers Following the advice of his father, Ray Lewis Newman G’75, Chris chose Scranton, knowing he might be able to blend his love of science with his musical avocation. Chris didn’t come to campus as a freshman thinking he would someday practice medicine, but his desire to help others made him want to pursue medical school. His dream, however, was nearly crushed. When applying to Georgetown University Medical Center his senior year, a computer glitch resulted in his application never getting pro36


cessed. Lucky for him, his guardian angel came in the form of then-Scranton president Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J. H’74, who knew Newman from his participation in the University’s music program. When he learned of the situation, Father Panuska immediately intervened, beseeching the school to reconsider Newman’s application. One day later, Newman received the good news: He was accepted to Georgetown. “Fr. Panuska didn’t have to help me, but that was the kind of person he was,” Newman recalled. “I don’t know how the president of a university knows people individually, but when he heard about my predicament, he immediately went to bat for me. I am super appreciative, because obviously it changed the entire trajectory of my life.” After completing medical school and his residency (also at Georgetown), Newman worked as a physician in a rural area outside of St. Louis doctoring an underserved Midwestern community. He embraced the old-

PROFILE: Chris Newman ’94

time, family-doctor persona where medicine is focused on the person and the local doctor is an integrated and committed member of the community he serves.

Practicing Values After six years, Newman and his wife, Heather, moved east, where he joined a private practice. Eventually a local hospital acquired the practice, and Newman contemplated a career change due to a resulting cultural shift in the practice’s environment. He decided to pursue an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Years later, however, he returned to medicine as the chief medical officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Reading. Once again, he found himself working in an underserved community comprised of a large immigrant population. Today, Newman is the chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for Penn State Health St. Joseph’s and executive director of the hospital’s physician group. In this dual role, he feels energized about both his ability to provide quality care to a socio-economically deprived community and to create a nurturing environment for the medical staff. “I not only want to make lives better for the patient; I also want to make lives better for our medical staff by creating an environment where they can thrive. Because if they don’t thrive, it will never translate into quality patient care,” Newman said. One of the key tenets of Jesuit education that Newman values as a physician is advocacy for others, especially middle-class Americans, who he believes are being priced out of the health care market due to high premiums. This is what concerns him most about the current state of U.S. health care in which “the industry is struggling with a paradigm in which patients cannot afford optimum medical coverage.” “Traditional reimbursement models have led to decades in which health care costs have greatly outpaced the growth of the economy, and subsequently even middle-class Americans are getting priced out of the market,” he said. This has created the recent trend of mass consolidation in the industry and evolution of “mega-systems” to ostensibly create efficiencies and reduce costs. “Even though I think it makes sense from a business standpoint, these ‘large corporate entities’ can result in physicians becoming too far removed from the doctor-patient experience.” But Newman is not your typical physician mired in consolida-

tion and detached from his patients. “We have to provide an environment where doctors can stick to the core of why they decided to go through all the schooling and training to practice medicine,” he said. “Quality care for my patients is what gets me out of bed every day.”

Making Music for and with Others His devotion to patient care and raising fraternal twins, Miles and Lucy, and identical twins, Molly and Lily, leave little time for outside interests. Yet Newman still finds the time to focus on his music. He jokingly admitted that if his medical career did not take off, he was “Juilliard bound.” A former member of both Scranton’s jazz and concert bands, as well as a performer for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Newman credited Cheryl Boga, conductor and director of Scranton’s Performance Music Department, for feeding his instrumental talents. If you ask Boga, the respect is mutual. “Whether it’s being a featured guest with one of our student groups, teaching a music and medicine clinic for our brass seminar, helping current student musicians with their med school decision-making or medical observation hours, helping us celebrate the life of ‘Papa Bear’ Panuska, or making a donation to help us buy flugelhorns, Chris is unreservedly generous to his alma mater with his time, talent and resources,” Boga noted. But music isn’t the only Scranton connection Newman values. Some of his closest friends are his Scranton classmates. Geoff Speicher ’97, who first met Newman in high school through a community band ensemble, reconnected with Newman at Scranton. “It was always obvious that music would not hold exclusive claim to Chris’s talents,” Speicher said. “He has demonstrated that same level of dedication and commitment to every aspect of his life. It’s hard to think of the Jesuit values that we learned at Scranton without thinking of Chris as an exemplar, helping others through his befitting path to the medical profession.” Despite his demanding schedule, Newman has found a way to succeed as both a physician and a musician and credits his Scranton experience as the key to his success. “Here it is 20-30 years later, and what I learned at Scranton still shapes my life,” Newman said.

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In April 2017, Dr. Newman was one of the alumni from the Panuska years who returned to perform with the University’s student Jazz Ensemble in presenting a concert in celebration of the life of Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J. INSET: Ray Lewis Newman G’75, on his graduation day, holding his son, Chris Newman ’94. FA L L 2017


PROFILE: Elaine ’92 & Eric Brophy ’92

Transforming Lives Looking to the past, two alumni help change the future. Although they would one day help change the lives of a future generation of global leaders together, Elaine (Minnick) Brophy ‘92 and Eric Brophy ‘92 were simply good friends while classmates at Scranton. They lived on the same floor, took the same criminal justice class and attended the senior formal together. Then, after graduation, life took them in different directions. “We were not dating at that point,” Elaine explained, “but we had a lot of the same close friends. So even though we went our separate ways, we would always hear about each other.” After graduation, Eric earned a law degree from Seton Hall University. He moved to California to work for an entertainment attorney, then returned to his native New Jersey to work for an insurance defense firm. Elaine began a successful career in human resources at Chase Manhattan Bank, working her way up to vice president at JPMorgan Chase. Along the way, Elaine met and married her first husband, Paul, but her life changed suddenly on September 11, 2001, when he died tragically during the attacks at the World Trade Center. The former classmates later reconnected at a New Year’s Eve party in Hoboken, New Jersey. This time, though, things were different: Eric and Elaine saw each other in a new light. The couple married in 2004 and have since had two children: Brenden, 10, and Timmy, 8.

The Brophy family enjoy the summer sun together. From left: Timmy, Elaine (Mimick) ’92, Brenden and Eric ’92. 38


Elaine has since changed careers, working as a certified nursing assistant, while Eric became a partner at Diegnan & Brophy, LLC, a firm he founded with a former law school classmate. Twenty-five years have passed since they graduated from Scranton, but the University has never been far from their minds. Though they have served their alma mater in many ways in the intervening years, they felt the time was right to do more in 2017. In honor of their 25-year reunion, they chose to support the new Ignatian Global Citizenship Program (IGCP) at Scranton with a $25,000 gift. “[The program] matches with our mindset,” Eric said. “All that we do in our jobs and volunteer positions goes back to the Jesuit idea of doing for others, and this initiative supports that.”

“Contributions such as the Brophys’ help us deliver an education that is transformational.” — Michael Allison, Ph.D. The IGCP focuses on preparing Scranton students for careers in public service grounded in Catholic, Jesuit values. Participants will be able to conduct research, network with alumni in the field and take advantage of on-campus lectures and educational trips to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. Elaine said she was attracted to the program’s global focus and was humbled when she saw that educational opportunities related to New York and 9/11 were part of the plans. “I felt comfortable with it and felt the 9/11 pieces were very respectful,” she said. Michael Allison, Ph.D., the associate professor and chair of the department of political science who leads the initiative, plans to welcome the first students to the program this fall. “Contributions such as the Brophys’ help us deliver an education that is transformational,” he said. “We hope to nurture young people of faith so that they might realize that one important way through which they can lead lives as men and women for and with others is through careers in public service.” Elaine and Eric said they are glad to be able to give back to Scranton because the school gave them so much. “Scranton provided us with a great education,” Elaine said. “We feel very fortunate ... to be able to help current students experience what we did.”

PROFILE: Paul Seiler ’86

The Accidental ‘Baseball Guy’

The executive director/CEO of USA Baseball, once a biology major, is grateful for his second passion.

Paul Seiler ‘86, center, executive director/CEO of USA Baseball, celebrates Team USA’s first-ever World Baseball Classic win with Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer, left, and Danny Duffy.

When the USA faced Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) championship game this past spring, Paul Seiler ’86 was on the edge of his seat. Seiler, executive director/CEO of USA Baseball, had watched the national team reach the gold-medal game by defeating two-time champion Japan, and with one more win, the USA would clinch its first-ever WBC trophy. Nine innings later, an 8-0 victory did just that. “It was so great to see the guys represent our country — and do it with pride and dignity,” said Seiler, who heads the organization that selects the members of Team USA for international competitions across all age brackets, including the WBC and the Olympic Games. “They really came together, accepted their specific roles and supported each other. It was great to watch.” A career in baseball wasn’t exactly where the Trenton, New Jersey, native saw himself heading. In fact, he wasn’t even particularly a fan of the sport. Soccer was Seiler’s passion growing up, and he was skilled on the pitch: He walked onto the Scranton JV team as a freshman and served as varsity captain during his senior year. (Seiler still plays in an indoor league near his Cary, North Carolina, home.) “My time at Scranton, and particularly the environment former men’s soccer coach Steve Klingman created with a nationally recognized program, will always be a sport highlight for me,” Seiler said. He chalked up his unlikely baseball career, and the resulting appreciation of the sport, to being in the right place at the right time.

“My mother was a career nurse, and my father was in sales,” Seiler said. “I grew up with a medical environment in the house. It was a big part of the DNA of our family, and I thought I was going to work in that field.” Seiler enrolled at Scranton with that goal in mind, but, as he progressed through the curriculum, he realized he needed to change plans. “Organic chemistry basically told me I wasn’t going to be a doctor,” he said with a laugh. After earning a biology degree, Seiler returned home, figuring he would pursue a job in pharmaceutical sales. His father asked if he would be interested in a quick job, driving the then-CEO of USA Baseball, Dick Case, to a meeting in Philadelphia. Seiler made a good impression that day, and Case hired him for an entry-level position a few years later. He’s been there ever since, assuming the top leadership role in 2000. Seiler is thankful that his job has afforded him the chance to travel the world, from regular trips to Cuba in support of a longstanding series of games between the two nations, to Japan and Korea and to multiple Olympic Games. He also has another reason to thank the sport — he met his wife, Wendi, while on a trip to pick the Junior National Team, and they now have two children, highschool students Braden and Abby. And though he might not have started out with a lifelong appreciation of baseball, the community has embraced him as one of its own. “One of the highest compliments I’ve received is, ‘You’re a baseball guy.’ Our industry doesn’t throw that term around freely,” he said. “At the end of the day, this sport is my life, and vice versa.” FA L L 2017


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basic reading course or GED program can be helpful. It doesn’t have to be college-level work,” said Dr. Dammer.

Connecting and Reflecting “I definitely thought it was different from the programs we have here. We aren’t offered much,” said Amanda. “The best way to describe it, as cliché as it is: There’s not a lot of ways to express your creativity in here, and Scranton made a good outlet for that.” Inmates were connecting to one another and to the volunteers. There was a “mutual understanding, inmate to inmate” said Amanda. “And the volunteers didn’t look down on us like a lot of people do.” The LEAP students never asked the inmates to share their personal stories, but they often did anyway. They spoke of being separated from family. They wrote of the longing they felt for their children. However, some used their writing as a form of escape, inventing characters far outside of the prison walls, including Amanda, who said she preferred fiction for that reason.

“(The program) helped me to think more positively. I mean, there’s not much to hope for in here, or to look forward to, and it reminded me, despite where I’m at, I still have that creative side of me that I can let out,” she said. The freedom to express their thoughts creatively had a positive impact, the group found upon a final reflection at the end of the semester. That culminating meeting, or “debrief” as they called it, ended in tears. Volunteers learned, as one student put it, “the power of openness and acceptance.” The barrier was gone. A sense of connection was palpable around the table. “A lot of our eyes were opened to the humanity that lies within all of us,” said Bopp. Amanda said she and her fellow inmates were grateful for the time and space to create their stories. “For those hours, we weren’t criminals. … We were normal people.” To see more photos and read more of the inmates’ and students’ reflections, visit

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engineer effective and non-invasive cancer therapies.” These dietary cancer therapies “target and slow tumor growth with impressive specificity.” Compassion for the suffering of the patient and the patient’s family lies at the heart of all cancer research, especially that of less invasive treatments. Rodgers said, “By creating a paradigm shift in cancer research toward a metabolically inclusive model, I hope that we can provide non-invasive treatments for our cancer victims, restoring their health and quality of life.”

University Women, Past, Present and Future The opportunity to participate in research like that of these students has not always been available to a large population — women. Like most universities, Scranton was once allmale. The research of history and philosophy double-major Kathleen Reilly ’17 chronicles the effects of her institution’s transition to co-education. While editing newspaper clippings for the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Digital Services Department, Reilly discovered “a slew of articles about the debate over whether



or not to admit women to the all-male College of Arts and Sciences.” This sparked her research interest. Reilly has since studied the rising enrollments, higher academic standards and increasing selectivity marked by co-education, as well as the creation of women’s athletic programs, the Jane Kopas Women’s Center and the women’s studies program, all of which continue to foster representation of women at the University. She explained that her work will “benefit the University community by [shedding] light [on] an important part of its history that has thus far not been given as much attention.”

To be Scholars for and with Others The call to live for and with others has formed the education of Victoria, Kaitlyn, Kyle,  Kathleen and their Scranton classmates. Beyond service, this call means choosing to orient all aspects of one’s life toward the “neighbor” one meets in need. For Scranton students, this translates to creating academic research that listens to, voices and answers these needs — being scholars for and with others. For more photos and to read more, visit

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Names in Gold indicate alumnus/alumna is celebrating his/her reunion year.

Robert W. Munley Sr. ’52, Dalton, of Munley Law, has been named to the 2017 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. This is a recognition awarded only to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state. Robert Rempe, Ph.D. ’61, G’67, Harrisburg, was written up in an article in The Wall Street Journal. The article, “A Theater-Lover’s Quest to Perform ‘Rose of the Danube,’” tells of Dr. Rempe’s crusade to revive “Rose of the Danube,” whose last-known performance was 50 years ago.

fessor emeritus status. Cimini was a full-time member of the Sociology/Criminal Justice Department since 1980, teaching primarily core and elective courses in the criminal justice program. John Donaghy, Ph.D. ’70, Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, was ordained as the first permanent deacon in the diocese of Santa Rosa de Copan. John Devlin ’74, Newtown, retired in 2016 after a 28-year career that he began with RJR Nabisco as a logistics supervisor in the Nabisco Philadelphia Bakery and Distribution

University of Scranton Alumni Society President, retired Army Col. Richard H. Breen Jr. ’77 congratulates U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole for her receipt of the Military Officers Association of America Distinguished Service Award for her work with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which provides assistance for military caregivers, at a reception in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., in April 2017.

Joseph A. Quinn ’63, Wilkes-Barre, a principal of the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, recently presented “How to Conduct Effective Cross-Examination” at a seminar sponsored by The Committee for Justice for All at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre. Joseph Cimini ’70, Dunmore, recently retired from the faculty of The University of Scranton and, with the approval of Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., former University president, has assumed pro-

Center and culminated as a network production planner with multinational responsibilities for Mondelez International in East Hanover, New Jersey. Through a series of leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, Mondelez emerged as the parent company of Nabisco and Cadbury Candy. Gregory Roberts ’72, Tualatin, Oregon, retired in April after a 44-year career in human services. Roberts worked in New Jersey’s Department

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of Human Services for 37 years, serving as the chief executive officer of six different state-operated psychiatric hospitals, before he was appointed as the head of the Office of State Hospital Management in 2007. In 2010, he became the superintendent at the Oregon State Hospital and led the effort to transform that facility into what many regard as the bestperforming state hospital in the nation. Lawrence T. Johnson ’74, Kutztown, is serving as interim executive director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Allentown. His tenure began in December 2016 and will continue until the search committee, of which he is a member, finds a permanent replacement. Johnson retired after a 42-year banking career in November 2016. He has served for 10 years as treasurer of Catholic Charities. Robert Mancuso ’80, Dunmore, was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Wayne Bank. Michael Horan ’81, Stoughton, Massachusetts, graduated from New England Law-Boston in May and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in November 2016. Thomas Tehan ’81, Valparaiso, Indiana, is an executive vice president of Professional Lanes at AmWINS Brokerage of Illinois, LLC of Chicago. Eileen Cleary ’82, Westfield, New Jersey, earned her Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University in February 2017. George Evans ’82, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, was named the newest member of The University of Scranton Entrepreneurship Advisory Board sponsored by Melissa Wright, a faculty specialist in business law, and the Kania School of Management. Evans is the founder and president of Convergence, an asset management data and analytics company. Carol Peters ’82, Scranton, celebrated 27 years as vice president of Peters Design Group Inc. The firm was established in 1949 by a WWII veteran. Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, New York, participated in Brandeis University’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) in Waltham, Massachusetts, and in Israel. The Genocide Studies and Prevention Special Issue, “Information and Communication Technologies in Mass Atrocities Research and Response,” edited by Mazzucelli and Anna Visvizi, was published online with open source access.

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Class Notes

Milestones continued Mazzucelli and Visvizi are the authors of the opening article in the Special Issue, “Querying the Ethics of Data Collection as a Community of Research and Practice.” The Special Issue is the culmination of three years’ work. Marion Munley ’83, Moosic, of Munley Law, has been named to the 2017 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. This is a recognition awarded only to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state. Steve Carmody ’85, Midland, Michigan, was named Michigan Associated Press Journalist of the Year by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and shared a 2017 Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award with other members of Michigan Radio’s news department for their reporting on the Flint water crisis. Kevin Salaway G’85, St. Simons Island, Georgia, recently assumed the role of vice president for advancement at the College of Coastal Georgia. Salaway also serves as the executive director of the College Foundation, which is responsible for all alumni relations, marketing and public relations, foundation management, development and fundraising, external relations and special events. Colleen Neary ’88, Media, received the Pennsylvania Bar Association Conference Bar Leaders Justice John P. Flaherty Award. The award was presented to her by fellow Scranton alumnus William L.J. Burke ’84, president of the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders. Neary also received the Honorable

Frank T. Hazel Hall of Fame Award presented by the Delaware County Bar Association at the Annual Bench and Bar Conference. John Mulcahey ’89, G’91, Clarks Summit, of Munley Law, has been named to the 2017 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. This is a recognition awarded only to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state. Klaus-Ditmar Redfern ’89, Washington, D.C., was recently appointed a director in the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, U.S. Department of Energy. Lisa Witowski Shearman ’89, Lansdale, recently served on a panel at “The Intersection of Estates and Civil Litigation” seminar hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Shearman is a partner at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. Daniel Munley ’90, Clarks Summit, of Munley Law, has been named to the 2017 list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. This is a recognition awarded only to the top 5 percent of lawyers in the state. Jill Beccaris-Pescatore ’90, Glenside, was promoted to associate professor of Economics at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. Patricia Richards-Service G’91, South Abington Township, has been selected as a semi-finalist for a 2017-2018 Fulbright research grant. Richards-Service is a doctoral candidate at Marywood University in the human development/health promotion program, owner of The PR Dept., LLC and an adjunct faculty member in

The Royal Runners showed their Scranton spirit at the Cupid’s Cranium 5K Run. Fellow classmate Jeannine Quain Norris ’86 founded the 5K event to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Pictured are: Tricia McManus O’Neill ’86, Stephanie Mergel Hadley ’86, Kathy Breen Garrison ’86, Annmarie McManus Rizzo ’86, Therese DeVries Narzikul ’86, Patty Carroll Walsh ’87 and several future Royal Runners. Not pictured: Karen Angelo Recently ordained Jesuit priest A.J. Rizzo, S.J. ’03 at the reception after his first Mass. Fortunati ’86 and Mary Poloney Langan ’86.



Marywood’s communication arts department. Andrew Joyce ’92, West Orange, New Jersey, was honored as a Community Champion by the Irish Echo in May. Linda Mathias Hee ’93, Abington, has become a shareholder of the firm Schubert, Gallagher, Tyler & Mulcahey. Hee concentrates her practice in the area of guardianship for incapacitated adults, estate planning and administration and is the lead attorney of the firm’s Norristown office. She serves as counsel for Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services, and she has served as assistant counsel to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, protecting the interests of elderly citizens who were the victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. Lisa P. Parker ’93, Allendale, New Jersey, has joined Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis LLP, one of New Jersey’s leading law firms, as a partner in the firm’s family law department. Parker focuses her practice exclusively in the areas of divorce and family law. Jason Bryce Rush ’93, Tustin, California, was the principal co-author of Ware Disposal’s successful proposal to become one of the city of Los Angeles’ franchisees as part of the city’s pioneering recycLA program. Additionally, Rush became one of the first graduates of the City of Tustin’s Citizen’s Academy in 2017. Maureen Gillespie ’95, Philadelphia, a 12th-grade theology teacher at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls, was named one of seven Exceptional Teacher Award winners at the 2017 National Liberty Museum’s annual Teacher as Hero Awards, sponsored by State Farm. Christine Royce, Ed.D. G’95, Newburg, began her one-year term as president-elect of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) on June 1, 2017, and will assume the office of president on June 1, 2018. Royce is a professor in the teacher education department and co-director for the Master of Arts in Teaching STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Cecelia Mecca ’96, G’99, Roaring Brook Township, launched her debut historical romance novel, The Thief’s Countess, on March 1, 2017, exclusively to Amazon, after successfully launching a prequel novella in February into the top 20 in three of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases.” Timothy Gorton ’97, Long Island City, New York, is president-elect of the New York metropolitan chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York.

Class Notes Recently ordained Jesuit priest A.J. Rizzo, S.J. ’03, at the reception after he celebrated his first Mass.

Caroline Munley ’97, Dalton, managing partner of the Scranton firm Munley Law, has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer-review rating for legal professionals. Kelly Thompson-Brazill, DNP ’99, Raleigh, North Carolina, earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duke University in May. In December 2016, she was appointed assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Thompson-Brazill recently co-authored the article “Treating Central Catheter-Associated Bacteremia due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Beyond Vancomycin,” published in the August 2016 issue of Critical Care Nurse. Marina Hoppas McGuire ’00, Paramus, New Jersey, joined the New Jersey law firm of Tanenbaum Keale as an associate. John Monahan, III ’02, Souderton, was recently admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Peter Castagna ’03, West Chester, joined the advancement team at St. Joseph’s University as director of major gifts. Christina Parlapiano ’05, Hoboken, New Jersey, has been elected partner of Day Pitney.

She is a member of the litigation department, and her practice is focused on consumer finance and creditors’ rights. Chas Dooley ’05, Haverford, is serving on the Leadership Council of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals of the American Cancer Society. Katie Brogan Ozeck ’06, Wayne, is serving on the Leadership Council of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals of the American Cancer Society. Valerie Pracilio Csik ’06, Marlton, New Jersey, is serving on the Leadership Council of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals of the American Cancer Society. The Rev. Mark Searles ’08, Easton, was among the Notre Dame High School Ave Maria Alumni Award honorees. Father Searles received the Distinguished Religious Service Award. Michael Le, M.D. ’12, South Abington Township, earned his medical degree from Drexel University’s College of Medicine. Dr. Le is continuing his medical training in internal medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Shivani Vekaria, M.D. ’12, Clarks Summit,

earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Vekaria is pursuing a residency in internal medicine at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Megan Shipsky, PharmD ’13, Jermyn, was awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Shipsky is continuing pharmacy training at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michael A. Marchman Jr. ’14, Blauvett, New York, graduated from Pace Law School and passed the New York State bar exam. Marchman will be a practicing attorney for the United States Army JAG Corps. Samuel Richards G’15, Zurich, Switzerland, recently authored The Middle Holds: A History of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Canonsburg, and the Area it Serves in time for the southwestern Pennsylvania parish’s 150th anniversary. The book was published by Closson Press. Richards is a humanities teacher and the English curriculum area leader at Zurich International School in Switzerland.

Marriages Patricia Richards G’91 to Kevin Service Lauren Bernero ’99 to David Faccone Meredith Diehl ’04, G’12 to Richard Roberts Joseph Butash, M.D. ’07 to Ali Linsk, M.D. Kristy Gogick, Ph.D. ’07 to Jason Marshall, Ph.D. Blair Hughes ’07 to Kevin McGrath ’07 Daniel Navins ’07, G’08 to Sarah Malcolm ’08 Ariel Green ’08 to Yuri Kishenko ’08 Jim McNany ’08 to Maggie Coyne ’12

Colin Gibson ’09 to Sarah Hardy ’09 Denise O’Hara ’09, DPT ’12 to Matthew Monaco ’06, DPT ’12 Colin Donato ’10 to Kristen Marquino ’10 Gina Fullam ’10 to Justin Noia Cassie Murphy ’10 to Shawn Riley ’12 Aileen Silvestri ’10 to Brian Picciano ’10 Kevin Doyle ’11 to Laura Gudmundsen ’13 Michael Joachim ’11 to Meghan Fleming ’12 Lauren Nicholls, M.D. ’11 to Sean Philippo, M.D.

Lisa Spinelli ’11 to Christopher Guglielmo Paul Luongo Jr. ’12, G’14 to Kristin Leccese ’12, G’13 Kristina Russo ’12, G’15 to Michael Joyce Olivia Haney ’13 to Robert Booth Jr. Sean O’Connor ’13 to Katie Giunta ’13 Zachary Haupt ’14 to Jennifer Deptula ’14, G’16 Nicholas Constantino ’14, DPT ’17 to Danielle Rieland FA L L 2017


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Alumni celebrated at the wedding of Daniel Navins ’07, G’07 and Sarah Malcolm ’08 (center).

Joseph Butash, M.D. ’07, and Ali Linsk, M.D., were married in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, 2016. Scranton celebrated all night!

Katie Giunta ’13 and Sean O’Connor ’13 were married on Oct. 22, 2016. The wedding took place at St. Peter of Alcantara R.C. Church in Port Washington, New York, followed by a reception at Carlyle on the Green in Farmingdale, New York. More than 30 Scranton alumni were in attendance. Front row, from left: Sean O’Connor ’13, Eric Buonpastore ’13, Megan Gordon Tappin ’97, Meghan Giunta ’13 and Katie Giunta O’Connor ’13. Middle row, from left: Adam Khan, Steve Brody ’12, Colleen Davey ’13, Kelly Rafalski ’13, Catherine Fischer ’13, Melissa Molinari, Kim Townsend ’13, Meg Reilly ’13, Brianne Gallagher ’13, Julia Pohlman, Catherine Appell ’13, Lindsay Ward ’13, Megan Dolan ’14, Garret Wolan ’13, Jackie Eadie ’13, Megan Etzel ’13 and Mike Nihill ’13. Third row, from left: Steve Baum ’14, Bobby Crossan ’13, Cody Fagan ’13, Mike Pannone ’13, Jack Hambrose ’13, Evan Canavan ’13, Mike Giammarusco ’13, Tony Pisciella ’13, Mike Cuerou ’13, Marissa Papula Corliss ’13, Steve Corliss, Mike Longest ’13 and Jerry Mantone ’13.

Michael Joachim ’11 married Meghan Fleming ’12 on Oct. 8, 2016, and celebrated with fellow Royals. Pictured, from left: Jesse Borys ’12, Samantha Winters ’12, Kimberly Hosgood ’12, Michael Martin ’12, Stefanie Tasco ’12, Anthony Tasco ’12, Emily Andrews ’12, Steven Scrivo ’12, Colleen Tyrrell ’12, Dianna Omensetter ’11, Ryan Omensetter ’11, Alicia Meyer ’11 and Peter Potena ’11. Denise O’Hara ’09, DPT ’12 and Matthew Monaco ’06, DPT ’12 were married on Sept. 10, 2016.

Blair Hughes ’07 and Kevin McGrath ’07 married on July 2, 2016. Scranton alumni in attendance included: Kelly Loughney ’07, Alyssa Hatler ’07, Brandon Hatler ’07, JP Toughey ’07, Patrick Wherry ’05, Dan Bryan ’05, Suzanne Kelly ’07, Robert Podlinski ’07, Sean Putnam ’07, Dan Stallone ’07, John Sheehan ’07, John Bosco ’07, Patrick McManus ’07, Kelly Hay ’07, Kate Krammes ’07, Karen Sheldon ’07, Nicole Krueger ’07, Kaitlin Driskill ’07, Christina Santagato ’07, Catherine Jackson ’07, Sherri Malenda ’96, Dan Hertler ’07, Julie O’Connor ’07, Justin Champagne ’10, Kristen Christian ’07, Ryan Barron ’07, Cara Minichiello, Jenyne Podlinski ’07, Lindsey Schroy ’07, Stephanie Mahoney ’07, Katie Champagne ’07, Molly Matyas ’09 and Caitlin Taylor ’08. 44


Colin Donato ’10 and Kristen Marquino ’10 got married on March 11, 2017, in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The couple were joined by many Scranton friends and were blessed to have President-elect Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., fly to St. Pete Beach to marry them.



Paul Luongo Jr. ’12, G’14 married Kristin Leccese ’12, G’13 on Oct. 8, 2016. The ceremony took place at Madonna Della Strada Chapel. Many fellow Royals were in attendance on their special day, including: the Rev. Rick Malloy, S.J., Joe Symuleski ’98, Leanne Symuleski ’98, Moira McGinn ’12, Jennie Hoffman Rizzi ’12, Alex Rizzi ’12, Rob Gadomski ’12, Ryan Pipan ’12, Joe Clifford ’12, Jon Poorman ’12, Marissa Schilling ’15, Stephen Barbuto ’14, Dave Redding ’09, Thang De Sa ’15, Jared Keating ’13, Erin Casabona ’14, Joe Casabona ’07, Cathy Seymour ’90, Melissa Fernandez ’12, Maria Marx ’12, Katherine Juliano ’13, Elizabeth Klassner ’12, Cara Brindley ’12, Tim Weber ’13, Rob Leavy ’13, Danielle Colaprico ’12, Laura Capasso ’12, Grace Pfisterer ’12, Kelsey Hassig ’13, Michelle Dougherty ’14, Billy Thomsen ’13, Jim McNany ’08, Maggie Coyne ’12, Justin Savitski ’11, Scott Cardoni ’10, Mark McNally ’12, Kerry Madden ’12 and Michael Kurpis ’00.



President’s Business Council Dennis J. McGonigle ’82 Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President SEI Investments Company

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Class Notes

1 Kristina Russo ’12, G ’15 married Michael Joyce on Nov. 26, 2016, at Saint Elizabeth Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey, with a reception following at The Tides Estate in North Haledon, New Jersey. They had many Scranton alumni in attendance and in their wedding party.; 2 Gina Fullam ’10 married Justin Noia on Aug. 12, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in New Paltz, New York.; 3 Kristy Gogick, Ph.D. ‘07, married Jason Marshall, Ph.D., on Oct. 15, 2016, in Dorrance, followed by a reception at the Sand Springs Country Club in Drums. The couple 3 resides in Los Angeles, California.

Class Notes Nicholas Constantino ’14, DPT ’17 and Danielle Rieland were married on March 18, 2017, in Poughkeepsie, New York. Many Scranton alumni were in attendance, including: Christian Burne ’14, Daniel DiPaola ’14, DPT ’17, Caitlin Counihan ’15, James Leighty ’14, DPT ’17, Kyle Kasman ’14, DPT ’17, Kelly Kuzminski ’14, DPT ’17, Gabrielle Pierce ’14, DPT ’17, Dillon Fontanella ’14, Brianna Daly ’14, Robby Ondevilla ’14, DPT ’17, Benjamin Velarde ’14, James Lynn ’14, Katherine Fonseca ’14, MSOT ’15, Marissa Rojas ’14, MSOT ’15, Cali Pinto ’14, MSOT ’15, Ian Weir ’16, Sean McKee ’14, Don Yestrepsky ’14, Michael Teston ’14, Nicholas Hollister ’13 and Ian Weir ’14.

Colin Gibson ’09 and Sarah Hardy ’09 were married on May 27, 2016, at The Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders. Scranton alumni, from left, are: Heather Lucas ’09, Crystan Brodsky ’09, Elizabeth Kotz Wissler ’10, Kristin Maresca ’09, Jessica Abbott ’09, Michelle Gomez ’08, James Ranslow ’13, Matthew “Hobbs” Tirella ’09 G’10, Brian “Taz” Tenazas ’09, James Troutman ’10, Christine “Chi” Diaz Burke ’09, Colin Gibson ’09, John McCarthy ’09, Sarah Hardy ’09, Jessica Cranmer ’15, James Gamrat ’09 G’12, Patricia Aston ’84, Joseph R. McHugh ’63 and Mary Alice Betts G’92. Present but not pictured: Jennifer Loven ’09.

The wedding of Aileen Silvestri ’10 and Brian Picciano ’10 included many Scranton alumni: Mike Kuncio ’10, Marcos Taboas ’10, Matthew Bronczyk ’10, Eric Romanowski ’10, Carmine Suppa ’10, Claira Perfetto ’10, Ashley Boyers ’10, Dan Favaloro ’10, Justin Cariani ’10, Chris Favaloro ’12, Erin Harrison ’10, Mary-Pat DeHaven ’10, Megan (Gannon) Metzgar ’10, Katie Ambrose ’10, Katie Bevacqua ’10, Lauren Wieland ’10, Daniel Antoni ’10, Joe Larramendia ’10, Peter Silvestri ’10 and Kyle Calvey ’10. Lisa Spinelli ’11 and Christopher Guglielmo were married on Oct. 8, 2016. Scranton alumni celebrating the couple were: Corey Goldberg ’11, Laura Miller ’11, Christine Hall ’11, Alex Ambury ’11, Rob Hutnik ’09, Maureen Goodheart ’11, Christina Glennon ’11, Colleen Roth ’11, Ivan Bogovich ’11, Rachel Barna ’11, Elizabeth Barna ’12 and Katlin VonBargen ’11.

Ariel Green ’08 married Yuri Kishenko ’08. Scranton alumni in attendance, from left: Lisa Penyak ’08, Amanda Donahue ’08, Brian Felkowski ’08, Yuri Kishenko ’08, Ariel Green ’08, Colleen Ferrante ’08, Meghan Degraw ’08, Erin Judge ’08, ’12, Kyle Bateman ’08, G’11 and Stephen Ferrante ’08. Kevin Doyle ’11 and Laura Gudmundsen ’13 celebrated their marriage on July 1, 2016. Scranton alumni celebrating with the couple were: Andrew Wasserman ’11, Rose Keely ’09, Matt Vanella ’09, James Anasti ’11, Katie Brough ’12, Michael Green ’11, Anthony Davila ’11 and Nick Beaton.

Meredith Diehl ’04, G’12 married Richard Roberts at the Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, on July 7, 2016. Pictured are fellow Scranton alumni and friends, from left: Daniel Azrak ’10, Chris Bergmann ’00, bridesmaid Susan Reeve Bergmann ’04, Meredith Diehl ’04, G’12, Richard Roberts, bridesmaid Melissa Rupp Balzano ’04 and Anthony Balzano ’04. 46


Lauren E. Nicholls, M.D., ’11 married Sean M. Philippo, M.D., on Sept. 24, 2017, in Jermyn. Their ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Timothy Cadigan. They celebrated with fellow Class of 2011 graduates: Michael Molitoris, DPM, Maria Gubbiotti, Ph.D., Rita DiLeo, Alexander Tomann, Anthony Stefanelli, M.D., Edward Kloniecke, M.D., Elizabeth Chase Wall, Samantha Meluso, Alison Good Montagna and Kristin Damiano as well as Kathleen Tuohy ’12 and James Norton ’10.

Class Notes Jim McNany ’08 and Maggie Coyne ’12 were married in Nyack, New York, on April 22, 2017. They celebrated with a number of fellow alumni from the Classes of 1996 through 2016.

Lauren Bernero ’99 and David Faccone were married on Nov. 5, 2016. Many Scranton alumni were in attendance. Pictured in the photo, from left, are: Brian Kenney ’99, Katie Hudak Kenny ’99, Jill DePrince Murphy ’99, Michael Murphy ’00, Emily Griffis Paragano ’00, Christine Palmeri Gonzalez ’99, Melissa Turano Svoboda ’99, Lauren Bernero Faccone ’99, Jennifer Vogler Caruso ’99, Trish Danowski Tufaro ’99 and Mary Elguicze Lynch ’99.

Cassie Murphy ’10 and Shawn Riley ’12 were married on June 17, 2017.

Zachary Haupt ’14 and Jennifer Deptula ’14, G’16 were married on June 24, 2017. Many Scranton alumni attended the wedding.

Births & Adoptions A son, Jude William, to Charlie and Sue Falco Wagenborg ’99, Philadelphia A daughter, Madelyn Rose, to Robert and Nancy Bassano Molinet ’00, Newton, New Jersey 1 A daughter, Alexandra Charlotte, to Chris and Danielle Egan Rowland ’00, Oakland, New Jersey 2 A daughter, Elise Christine, to Joseph ’03, G’13 and Ingrid Stein Garofalo ’03, Hackettstown, New Jersey 3 A daughter, Harper McKenzie, to Patrick ’05 and Karla Tumidajski Pingicer ’05, Uxbridge, Massachusetts A son, Wyatt Anthony, to Jennifer and Maj. Lawrence Rubal ’05, Colorado Springs, Colorado 4 1




Twin sons, Declyn and Keegyn, to Brian Patchcoski ’08 and Greg Nolan, Brooktondale, New York 5 Twin sons, Ethan Thomas and Evan Michael, to Christopher and Maria Kern Haggerty ’09, South Abington Township 6 A son, Joshua, to Michael (current MHA student) and Dillon Colarossi Lukus ’10, G’11, Clarks Green 7 A son, Daniel Joseph, to Michael ’10 and Julia Haddon Losito ’10, Lancaster 8 A son, William James IV, to William and Leigh Magnotta Fennie ’11, Dunmore 9 A son, James Giovanni, to Ashley and James Cilento ’14, Scranton 10







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Class Notes

“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 Joseph A. Tedesco ’41, Clarks Summit Felix Albert Olash, M.D. ’42, Louisville, Kentucky Frank J. Setcavage ’43, Avalon Thomas J. Marra ’44, Camarillo, California Daniel F. Fricchione ’46, Gouldsboro Msgr. Elias Kozar ’46, Rhinebeck, New York A. Joseph Gibbons ’47, Stowe, Ohio James A. Kelly ’48, Scranton John R. Wullert ’48, Warrington Joseph D. Burke ’49, Havertown John J. Krafsig Jr. ’49, Camp Hill John M. Peregrim ’49, Inverness, Florida Michael Catrone ’50, Scranton William J. Burns ’50, Pompton Plains, New Jersey Lawrence Rosetti ’50, Jessup Stanley J. Stachacz, O.D. ’51, Dickson City William Vita ’51, Huntington, New York William “Cy” Gillis ’52, Forest City Roy E. Jones ’52, Scranton Robert Nealon ’52, Pittsford, New York Paul Prusinski ’52, Monroe Township, New Jersey Leo P. Higgins Jr. ’53, Scranton Anthony J. Dougherty, M.D. ’54, West Hartford, Connecticut John Evans ’54, Kingston Paul P. Szydlik ’54, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Joseph A. McGuire Jr. ’55, Sayre Donato D. Mecca, M.D. ’55, Willistown Thomas P. Quinn ’55, Dunmore

Michael J. Smirne, D.D.S. ’55, South Abington Township Gerard J. “Rod” Adams Jr. ’56, Lake Ariel Leo P. Conway ’56, Archbald Thomas J. Kearney ’57, Endwell, New York Thomas J. Walsh ’57, Naples, Florida Joseph J. Barrett, Ph.D. ’58, Morris Plains, New Jersey James E. Brennan ’58, Scranton Stanley W. Kennedy ’58, Archbald Michael J. Girman ’60, Avoca John Pittelli ’60, Binghamton, New York Alfred M. “Fred” Rotondaro, Ph.D. ’60, Shady Side, Maryland Donald J. Cuozzo ’61, Waldorf, Maryland George R. Holmes, Ph.D. ’61, Irmo, South Carolina Pastor Jack Parry ’62, Jessup James L. McDonough ’63, Dacula, Georgia Joseph L. Niezgoda ’63, Allentown David Barry ’64, Rockville, Maryland Thomas G. Hartman G’64, Albuquerque, New Mexico J. Dennis Kryzanowski ’64, Dunmore Bernard J. Lacomis ’64, Woburn, Massachusetts James P. Philbin Jr. ’64, Scranton Ardeth M. Fischetti ’66, Archbald Joseph J. Leo ’61, G’68, Perkasie Sanford E. Ostroy, Ph.D. ’61, Brookline, Massachusetts Edward M. Docalovich ’63, Mayfield Thomas J. Falzone ’63, Dunmore David J. Internoscia ’64, St. Augustine, Florida

Daniel J. Moran, Jr. ’64, Ocean City, Maryland John J. Kania ’67, Moosic Joseph R. Solfanelli ’67, Scranton Gerald M. Tate ’67, Bethlehem Alfred L. DeMartino ’68, Hamilton, New Jersey James F. McDonnell Jr. ’68, Henderson, Nevada James P. Conway ’69, Girardville Joseph A. Adams G’71, Shavertown Rev. Thomas D. McLaughlin ’72, Wilkes-Barre Dennis J. Owens ’72, Pottstown Michael W. Fennie, D.D.S. ’73, Dunmore Jeffrey C. Webb Sr. ’73, Scott Township Elvin B. Howland G’74, Clarks Summit John A. Costigan Jr. ’75, Hedgesville, West Virginia Dennis M. Barket ’76, Nazareth Chester R. Geneczko ’77, Jenkins Township Paul J. Caracciolo Sr. ’79, Williamsburg, Virginia Robert P. Lydon ’80, Scranton Sheila A. Ceccarelli ’81, Jessup William T. Laird ’81, Dalton William M. Kapp G’82, Erwinna Rock P. Magnotta ’82, Scranton Douglas R. Morgan ’83, Scranton Rena L. Wellicka ’84, Loyalsock Township Vincent H. DeSanctis ’85, Allentown Janet Noll Gilroy ’81, G’88, South Bend, Indiana John P. Shea ’99, G’00, Phoenixville Joshua T. Hessmiller ’05, Leavenworth, Kansas Walter “Joey” Hager, III G’08, Mount Pocono Mitchell J. Sauter ’19, Moscow

In Memoriam Friends & Family Frank Armenio, father of Marie Armenio ’81 Paul Bernot, brother of Lynette Bernot ’99 Peter Castellano, father of Frank Castellano ’93 Evo Cipriani, father of Gerald Cipriani ’75 and grandfather of Christian Cipriani ’04 Kevin Corker, father of Timothy Corker ’12, DPT’15 Edward Eltzholtz, father of Edward P. Eltzholtz ’87 Edmund Faliskie, father of Rev. Edmund Faliskie ’82, David Faliskie ’86 and the late Sharon Faliskie ’90 Brian Gillespie, brother-in-law of Jennifer Donatelli ’95 Judy Thomas Grote, mother of Kimberly Ball Butruce ’92 Mary Kemple, mother of J. Roger Kemple ’58, Donald Kemple ’56 and David Kemple, Ph.D. ’59 Retired Col. Zim Lawhon, husband of Patricia Lawhon G’76; father of Maj. Catherine Lawhon ’85, Rebecca Lawhon ’86, Mary Lawhon Triano ’86, G’99, James Lawhon ’88, Zim Lawhon ’73, G’76, Patricia Lawhon ’86 and Rachel Lawhon Powers ’87

Anna Lynch, mother of Thomas Lynch ’78, Gregory Lynch, D.O. ’79, Lawrence Lynch ’81, Regina Lynch ’86, Roberta Lynch Ruskowski ’86, Andrew C. Lynch, Esq. ’89; grandmother of Mary Elise Lynch ’10, Gregory Lynch Jr. ’13, Maggie Ruskowski ’15, Joseph Ruskowski ’17; mother-in-law of Erika Diesel Lynch ’81 and Victoria Brown Lynch ’89 Mary C. McGarrey, mother of Dan McGarrey ’88, G’90 Victoria Musial, sister of Adam Verchinski ’51 Ann Marie O’Connor, mother of Terrence O’Connor ’84, Sheila O’Connor Kehoe ’86 and Aileen O’Connor Brown ’88 Fernando Raposo, father of Rosemary Raposo Jorda ’97 Patricia Ratchford, wife of the late Francis Ratchford ’61, mother of Frank Ratchford, M.D. ’87 and Michael Ratchford ’91 Ella Resser, mother of Mary Ellen Resser Fazio ’84 Eleanor Taras, mother of Linda Taras Littlejohn ’87; wife of the late Anthony Taras ’48 Anthony Tracchio, father of Richard Tracchio ’88 and Ann Tracchio Farrigan ’86 Joan Verchinski, wife of Adam Verchinski ’51; mother of Catherine Potash ’80, G’82 Lois Volk, mother of retired Col. Mark Volk ’77

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Developing the Whole Person University of Scranton Interim President Herbert B. Keller, S.J., presents Bob Hickey ’67 with the Frank J. O’Hara Distinguished Alumni Award at Alumni Weekend 2017.

The Estate Society

T H E U NIV ER S IT Y O F S CRANTON During his student days, Bob Hickey ’67 expressed his love for The University of Scranton by attending athletic events and leading his fellow Royals in enthusiastic group cheers. Today, he and his wife, Gen, continue to “cheerlead” for the University through their volunteer efforts and philanthropic endeavors in the Estate Society and the President’s Circle. Hickey is a founding member of Newport Board Group, LLC, a national consulting firm. After an extensive career with Johnson & Johnson, during which he held senior management positions, Hickey served as the CEO and president of two publicly traded startup companies. In addition, Hickey has served on the board of directors of health care companies and is actively involved in several nonprofit organizations. Hickey is a past member of the University’s Alumni Society Advisory Board, and he received the Frank J. O’Hara Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017 in recognition of his commitment to Ignatian values and his pursuit of professional and personal excellence. He and Gen recently joined the Estate Society by naming the University as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy that will fund an endowed scholarship.

however, the focus of the faculty and staff has stayed true to the development of the whole person (mind, heart and soul). I can see in today’s students the same zeal and vitality to learn and contribute that was so infectious during my undergraduate days. As I speak with current students, I sense the same love and respect for our University that I felt as an undergraduate and continue to feel as a proud alumnus.

What is it about this University that inspires you?

For helpful planning tools, articles and spotlights on Estate Society members, please visit our website For personalized illustrations or options, contact Carol Maculloch, director of Planned Giving, at or 570.941.7799.

Over the 50 years since I was a student at the University, I have seen incredible growth in (the University’s) physical plant, academic offerings and student body enrollment. Despite all of this change,

What was your most important consideration when exploring philanthropic options? My wife and I focus our philanthropy on causes/organizations that are clearly and consistently adding value to those they serve in an economically efficient manner and, very often, where it is an extension of our own volunteer involvement. Based on these simple criteria, Scranton has always ranked high on our list. We feel honored and blessed to be able to increase our financial support to the University and its students through our recent bequest. When you think of The University of Scranton, what three words come to mind? Religio. Mores. Cultura.


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