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Features 14 Coming Full Circle

Alumni faculty members testify to what makes their alma mater, now workplace, so special.



The University reflects on the lives and work of the martyrs of El Salvador through a week of 25th anniversary commemorative events.

20 Ebola: A Global Issue


Alumni in the medical profession help to prepare for the treatment of patients with infectious disease, including a potential Ebola outbreak, stateside.




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A New Perspective Read quotes from some of the 58 faculty members who attended Scranton. They discuss their education, why they returned and what inspires them.


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Faculty News



Martyrs in Depth Read full text of the talk by Will Cohen, Ph.D. and the full article written by University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., in Connections. View a talk by award-winning producer Oscar Torres and see extra photos from one group’s pilgrimage to El Salvador.

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Q&A Sessions Hear from Lt. Gen. Christopher Burne ’80 on everything from Operation Desert Storm to the pace of life as the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force.



Laura Richards DESIGNER

A Message

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

Dear Alumni & Friends,


Sandra J. Snyder ’93 Sandy Stahl CONTRIBUTING WRITERS


Margery Gleason PHOTOGRAPHY

Terry Connors Carol McDonald Jim O’Connor Kevin Southard PRESIDENT





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Throughout the fall, the University held a number of events and activities to mark the 25th ­anniversary of the martyrs of El Salvador. From lectures to liturgy, the University community gathered together to celebrate the legacy of the Jesuits and their companions and to consider how we can continue to answer the challenge to engage the “gritty reality” of our world. As I wrote in a reflection last fall, “Our vision for Jesuit education in the 21st century draws us always outward, in a widening circle of knowledge and understanding, compassion and responsibility. Our curiosity, concern and commitment must stretch to include all humanity. This stretching should be part of any university’s core vocation, or at least of any Jesuit university. Catholic teaching on solidarity is clear: We are one human family; we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.” Through this issue of the The Scranton Journal, we learn, for example, about alumni who are devoting their lives to making a difference in the world. We also take time to appreciate the work of alumni who returned to their alma mater as professors, seeking now to inspire future generations of Royals. In a special way, the Journal shares our gratitude for the generosity and support of our alumni and friends, whose contributions sustain our transformative Catholic and Jesuit education. In particular, I want to note the inspiring story of James M. Kane, Sr., M.D. By being a part of a special ceremony in his Rosemont, Illinois home last November, I was able to help complete a story nearly 60 years in the making. As always, the University has so much about which to be grateful. For my part, I continue to marvel at the commitment and sacrifice of our faculty, staff and alumni and the deep devotion that is evident each day in their service to our students. God bless you.


Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. President SPRING 2015


On the Commons Largest Incoming Class in History Arrives on Campus This year’s incoming class, the largest in the University’s history, arrived on campus Aug. 23. At 1,086 members, Scranton’s undergraduate class of 2018 surpasses the previous record of 1,054 students set by the class of 2015. The class was drawn from 9,394 applicants, which is the second largest application pool in the University’s history. Incoming students represent a total of 480 high schools, 10 states, and countries such as Nigeria, China and India. Home states represented include California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. Enrollment continues to be strong in business and the health professions. The University has seen its student of color population continue to grow with 16.4 percent of the members of its incoming class identifying themselves this way. The first-year class also includes 80 legacy children of University of Scranton alumni, including 10 legacy students of alumni couples.

First-year students get their class photo taken on move-in weekend.

Class of 2018 Presidential Scholars Begin First Year Presidential Scholarships, awarded to incoming University freshmen with outstanding records in high school and notable community involvement, cover four years of full tuition provided that the student maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average. This year, four of the 12 awardees were valedictorians of their high school class.

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The 12 students awarded Presidential Scholarships are pictured here. Front row, from left are recipients Kathleen Heslin, Smithtown, New York; Erin Alexander, Linden, New Jersey; Caleigh Wilenstein, Aldenville; and University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Standing are Presidential Scholarship recipients Anne Kennedy, Conshohocken; Cameron Hughes, Fairport, New York; Rebecca Clark, Newark, Delaware; Matthew Reynolds, Apalachin, New York; Martha Carter, Greenfield Township; Laura Romanovich Peckville; Mary Halligan, Crofton, Maryland; Daniel O’Reilly, Flushing, New York; and Michael Powell, Conklin, New York. GET SOCIAL Awesome job 2014 Orientation Team! Did you love your OA… Let us know! @ Welcome_Royals #Royals2018 UofS_CSE




7/19/14 Coach Strong retires with 815 career victories, the most in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history! The University of Scranton Athletics

9/17/14 Huge thanks to our student Julia Frakes for this lovely picture of Kay Reilly ’53, our guest of honor at yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony! The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, gold standard is reserved for significantly “green” projects that meet or exceed requirements for the second-highest certification level on the U.S. Green Building Council’s fourlevel scale. The University’s 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center earned LEED gold status, which is globally recognized as the premier mark of achievement in green building, a concept to which the University has long been committed. The center also was recognized for having a LEED accredited professional on the project-development team and for niceties such as bicycle storage.

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Loyola Science Center Meets LEED Gold Standard

Friends of the Library Honor Author The University’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, in collaboration with the Schemel Forum, honored best-selling author Colum McCann with the 2014 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award. McCann has been called a “poetic realist,” a gifted writer who is adept at combining historical figures and situations with fictional characters. At the event, McCann read and discussed sections from two of his best-selling novels, “Let the Great World Spin” and “TransAtlantic.” He also talked about growing up in a middle class family in a Dublin suburb. “I actually had the worst thing that you could have as a novelist growing up — I had a happy childhood,” he said. The annual event supports the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund.

Distinguished Author Colum McCann signing books, with Library Dean Charles Kratz looking on.

Coming This Fall: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Carnegie Foundation Honors Scranton for Community Engagement and Service

The University will offer a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree through an innovative “executive format” beginning in the fall. The degree is the University’s second doctoral degree. The DNP prepares students to excel in the increasingly demanding field of nursing. The program requires DNP students to complete an evidencebased scholarly project that has the potential to positively change health care delivery and improve outcomes for vulnerable patients, families, communities or populations. In addition, each student will complete clinical hours related to the project. The program will position graduates well for the changes and opportunities that are expected to arise for health care practice in the future, including advancement in independent practice, leadership positions in a variety of practice settings, executives in health care organizations, directors of clinical programs, faculty positions responsible for clinical program delivery and teaching in the clinical setting.

Early in 2015, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded the University its highly respected 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Scranton is among just 361 colleges in the nation, and one of only 24 colleges in Pennsylvania, to earn this prestigious classification. The classification will stand for 10 years. Through an extensive voluntary application process, the Carnegie Foundation recognized universities with documented success in curricular engagement and outreach and partnership with community organizations. The Carnegie Foundation praised the University’s “… excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

10/17/14 Get ready to spread breast cancer awareness. Pink Week starts Monday, Oct. 20 and ends Friday, Oct. 24. Stay tuned for all of our pink themed events this upcoming week! Insta

UofS Colleges Against Cancer

10/19/14 Despite a little rain, 433 students volunteered themselves to help clean the Hill Section streets and beautify the city of Scranton. #UniversityofScranton The University of Scranton Student Government

10/25/14 Kania alumni panelist presenting “Internships and Job Searching” to Kania students!! #kaniaschoolofmanagement #universityofscranton #businessschool #uofsalumni Kania School of Management Insta



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Summer is More Than Beach and Sun for Scranton Students • Students completed prestigious internships over the summer in 2014, including spots with Goldman Sachs, IBM and selection to a highly competitive research experience offered by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. Brittany Boribong, a senior biomathematics major from Pataskala, Ohio, was one of 18 undergraduates nationwide selected for the eight-week research experience at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she worked with two other students on a research project they designed, entitled “A Meta-Analysis of Coastal Populations Genetic Diversity of Species Throughout Their Range.” • Six students received president’s fellowships for summer research. The president’s fellowship is a mentorship program that allows students to participate in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students worked on research ranging from “A Green Approach to Oxazole Synthesis” to “The Effects of Hypoxia and Hyperoxia on the Morphology of the Cytoskeleton of Neuronal Retina.” • More than 100 students traveled throughout the Western Hemisphere for service trips. Students traveled to 10 different locations throughout Central and South America for service trips to help impoverished people. Service trips included a group that spent a week building a home for a family of three in the town of La Herradura, Dominican Republic, and eight women students who traveled to Mexico to spend two weeks living with girls of the Yolia Project, a home for at-risk children and teens.

Julia Dolan was among the more than 100 Scranton students who traveled to 10 different locations throughout Central and South America for service trips this summer.

University Begins Offering Entrepreneurship Major Last fall, Kania School of Management (KSOM) began offering a major in entrepreneurship. The new major, which builds on the entrepreneurship minor also offered in KSOM, encourages students to be “mavericks” and problem solvers who can apply entrepreneurial skills to creating new businesses or being creative within an existing company. “We are excited to offer our students the opportunity to pursue a major in entrepreneurship, which teaches students a way of thinking, evaluating and implementing that is different and valuable,” said Professor Melissa Wright, interim entrepreneurship program director and faculty specialist in business law. The skills taught in our courses allow students to successfully pursue their passions. The course also encourages them to be actively engaged as change Andrew Torba ’13, seen here when he was a student majoring in philosophy makers in all aspects of their lives.” and minoring in entrepreneurship and political science. He was among the In addition to the core curriculum of business courses required for all first to pursue the minor in entrepreneurship, now being offered as a major. KSOM students, entrepreneurship courses for majors and minors include: Notably, he and his teammates won the 10th Annual Great Valley Business Plan Competition and started Kuhcoon LLC, an interactive social media The Entrepreneurship Mindset; Business Creativity and Innovation; Applied management and growth service. Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs; the Entrepreneurial Business Plan; Social Entrepreneurship and Family Run Business, and a capstone course that requires students to operate an actual business. This summer students also have an opportunity to participate in an entrepreneurship study abroad course in Barcelona, Spain. The aim of all entrepreneurship courses is “learning by doing”— offering opportunities for students to apply their classroom learning in real-life, tangible ways. GET SOCIAL We’re thrilled to welcome Wycliffe Gordon back this weekend! University of Scranton




11/15/14 Last night’s event, Women in Global Leadership Roles: Peacekeeping and Scholarship Jane Kopas Women’s Center at The University of Scranton

11/23/14 What does the holiday season mean to the Scranton community? Giving back! Today there are two opportunities to help the surrounding community with the Martyr’s Service Project and our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Keep it up, Royals! University of Scranton

The archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, two Canadian authors, employers and representatives from national, state and local organizations discussed their perspectives on employment, transition and independent living at the 13th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on disAbility held on campus Oct. 29. The daylong conference, entitled “Faith, Family and Future Rehabilitation with Results,” featured a keynote address from Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky. The archbishop, who discussed disability from a faith-based perspective and what he calls “the joy of Georgie,” is Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, known as an advocate for persons with disabilities and for his lifelong devotion to his brother, Kentucky, gives the afternoon keynote address. Georgie, who had Down syndrome. He is a long-time friend of Edward R. Leahy ’68, who, together with his wife, Patricia, served as honorary chair of the conference. The conference’s other presentations and panel discussions focused on employment resources and opportunities for persons with disabilities.

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‘Faith, Family and Future’ Frame Discussions at 13th Annual Northeastern U.S. Conference on Disability

Sustainability Symposium Examines ‘Green’ Careers The University’s Fall Sustainability Symposium on Nov. 11 examined diverse job opportunities available in the sustainable energy and business industries and included an internship and career fair, as well as a panel discussion about the broad range of disciplines with positions in this field. John Costlow, president of the Sustainable Energy Fund, provided an introduction to the panel discussion. Panelists were Janet Warnick ’87 and the northeast regional manager of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Amy Failings, representing Community Energy Inc.; Barbara Giovagnoli, manager of Lackawanna County’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and recycling coordinator; and, from the University, Mark Murphy, director of sustainability; Leonard Champney, Ph.D., professor of political science; and student Margaret Capoochi, who participated in a geothermal energy research project during the summer.

Symposium participants front row, from left are: Mark Murphy, Barbara Giovagnoli, Leonard Champney and Janet Warnick ’87. Standing are John Costlow, president and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund; Jennifer Bowers, vice president of the University Sustainability Club; James Devers, associate vice president for Facilities Operations at the University; Kelly McCartney, program leader education at the Sustainable Energy Fund; Nicholas Truncale, faculty specialist in the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University; Margaret Capooci, president the University Sustainability Club and Joseph Dreisbach, associate provost for Academic Affairs. Missing from photo is Elizabeth Rozelle, assistant director of Career Services at the University.

Collaborative Partnership Will Revitalize Vacant Hill Section School In December, The University of Scranton, Greenspace Properties and Hildebrandt Learning Centers announced a project to convert the former Madison Junior High School building at 528 Quincy Avenue into a state-of-the-art learning center that can accommodate approximately 120 children and apartment-style housing with 24 apartments to serve the University’s growing population of graduate and international students. Built in the early 1900s, the 43,000 square-foot, three-story building is listed on the National Park Service’s “National Register of Historic Places.” It will be renovated using local and environmentally friendly materials and low energy systems. 11/23/14 University of Scranton students lauded as heroes for efforts in Nay Aug rescue bit. ly/1r6advL The Times-Tribune

12/1/14 SJLA’s Trivium course going on in DeNaples! #universityof scranton Scranton Admissions

12/5/14 Wow! Scranton students LOVE smoothies! Over 300 students came to CHEW’s Late Night Study Snack Event! #studybreak #latenightfood #UofS Scranton Wellness

12/7/14 Christmas on the Commons #universityofscranton #beginningtolookalotlikechristmas Jason Weinpel Insta




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Accolades Accrue for Scranton Forbes (which chose Scranton as one of America’s Top Colleges 2014) ranks the University: • No. 265 among the 650 universities in the nation The Princeton Review, touting Scranton’s Jesuit influence for adding “an element of social responsibility” named: • The Kania School of Management (KSOM) among the nation’s “Best Business Schools” for 10 consecutive years • Scranton among “The Best 379 Colleges” in the nation for the 13th consecutive year U.S. News & World Report’s influential rankings placed: • Three KSOM undergraduate programs among the top 25 in the nation in its “Best Colleges” business specialty lists • Scranton No. 7 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North” for the 21st consecutive year • Scranton No. 12 in the category of “Great Schools at Great Prices” • Scranton among just 47 universities (No. 5) in the nation for recently making “the most promising and innovative changes in the area of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities” • Scranton No. 219 in the nation for “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and No. 142 for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” that do not offer doctorate degrees • Scranton’s online graduate education and online MBA programs No. 13 and No. 74 (respectively) in the nation​in their “Best Online Education Programs” ranking

LECTURES The University welcomed many distinguished lecturers this past semester. Below is a list of select lectures by speakers who visited us in the fall.

Solidarity Movement in Poland, Adam Michnik, Solidarity’s co-founder, editor-in-chief of Poland’s largest newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, and Elzbieta Matynia, Ph.D., editor and translator of “An Uncanny Era: Conversations between Vaclav Havel and Adam Michnik”

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminars

From Vienna to Omaha Beach, Edmund Rosenblum, who fled Vienna at dawn of Holocaust and joined U.S. Army veteran, serving as interpreter for German prisoner-of-war camp in France, Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute Lecture

The World Through Arab Eyes, Shibley Telhami, Ph.D., professor of international relations and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland

What Do We Learn from Schumpeterian Growth Theory, Philippe Aghion, Ph.D., Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University, 23rd Annual Fall Henry George Lecture Series Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, Jay Sullivan, attorney, managing partner of Exec/Comm, a New York City communication consulting firm and award-winning author 3rd Annual Ignatian Values in Action Lecture Series Kazakhstan & Central Asia: History, Culture, Politics & Economy, Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the U.S., Inaugural Jay Nathan Ph.D. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series GET SOCIAL Lovely alumni reception for the #universityof scranton Peter Portanova Insta



Magicians of the Earth: a Legendary Exhibition in Paris and Its Global Implications, Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D., cultural historian, writer and professor of American studies at the Université de Caen, Paris Inside the Hotel Rwanda: the Surprising True Story and Why It Matters Today, Kerry Zukus, co-author of “Inside the Hotel Rwanda” The Great Learning Gap and Why We Must Do Something About It, Judith Renyi, Ph.D., executive director of the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy in Philadelphia You can view videos of many of these (and other) lectures and panels on our YouTube channel

12/16/14 On the second day of #Scrantmas, the Royals gave to me … two nationally ranked basketball teams! #GoRoyals #GoLadyRoyals Royal Athletics Insta


Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us, Morey M. Myers, of counsel, Myers, Brier & Kelly LLP, Scranton

12/25/14 Thanks all for coming to our Christmas breakfast this year! We hosted more than 600 guests! The University of Scranton Center for Service & Social Justice

1/6/15 Our students enjoyed a chilly, snowfilled second day of Intersession today! The University of Scranton Insta

The University was awarded a $2 million Economic Growth Initiative grant for its new eight-story center for rehabilitation education, which will house the occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise science academic departments when completed in August. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget administers Economic Growth Initiative grants for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

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Scranton Awarded $2 Million Economic Growth Initiative Grant

Thoughts on the Center for Rehabilitation Education’s “Topping Out” Ceremony by Debra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D.,

Dean of the J.A. Panuska College of Professional Studies

In August, a steel beam carrying an evergreen tree, flanked by the U.S. and University of Scranton flags, was hoisted to the top of the new center for rehabilitation education on campus. The “topping out” ceremony is a cherished custom of ironworkers whenever the skeleton of a bridge or building is completed. “Topping out” is a signal that the uppermost steel beam is going into place, that the structure has reached its full height. As that final beam is hoisted, an evergreen tree or flag or both are attached to it as it ascends. The tradition of the “topping out” might have started in the Scandinavian countries and eventually made its way to Northeastern Pennsylvania, but no one seems to know exactly when or how it started. What we do know is what the “topping out” ceremony symbolizes. It commemorates an achievement — the accomplishment of having reached the highest point of construction. While there is still work to be done to complete the structure, the “heavy work” is done. As I watched the “topping out” ceremony on our very own campus, I couldn’t help but think how fitting it was to be celebrating this tradition at a Jesuit and Catholic university. As the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., has reminded us: “The real measure of our Jesuit universities lies in who our students become.” For every student who passes through these halls, receiving that coveted Scranton diploma is a “topping out” moment. The “heavy lifting” of teaching and learning is done, but there is still much to be achieved. Our students go forth to foster within themselves a virtuous life characterized by personal responsibility, respect, forgiveness, compassion and habits of reflection. I’m grateful for the opportunity that The University of Scranton has to help shape the lives of our students. I’m equally grateful to all those who make the educational experience at Scranton one that is in the top tier of universities in national rankings. That evergreen tree atop the center for rehabilitation education stands tall as a symbol of achievement you’ll find across academic disciplines, service and career outcomes at Scranton.

PHOTO: Christopher Dolan and The Times-Tribune.



On the Commons A Mind of Its Own: Healing the Mind and Heart of the Parasite of Child Abuse by John J. Lemoncelli, Ed.D. ’71 Avventura Press 2008

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti G’82, HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition 2005 *Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal

New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era by Kathleen Sprows Cummings ’93 The University of North Carolina Press 2009

Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels and the Birth of Nascar by Neal Thompson ’87, Broadway Books; Reprint edition 2007

Alumni Authors Throughout the month of June, The University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit is on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit showcases books by more than a 100 alumni authors and includes many signed copies. Framing Faith: A Pictorial History of Communities of Faith by Sarah Piccini ’07, G’10 Tribute Books 2011

The Seven Deadly Sins of American Democracy: The Legacy of Slavery by John J. Fendrock ’48 Xlibris, Corp. 2007

Muzzle Thyself

Poems by Lauren Fairbanks ’81 Dalkey Archive Press; First edition 1991



The range of subjects varies greatly, encompassing alumni who became authors in their academic fields, nonfiction writers, novelists, children’s literature writers and historians. The earliest alumnus featured is the late Clarence Walton, ’37, 10th president of The Catholic University of America and the first layman to hold the position. The youngest graduate featured in the exhibit is Sarah M. Piccini, ’07, G’10, whose local history book,  “Framing Faith,” provides a pictorial history of former churches in the Diocese of Scranton.

The President’s Ladies: Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis by Bernard F. Dick ’57 University Press of Mississippi 2014

We encourage you to explore this wonderful exhibit in June to celebrate our alumni and their important contributions in the publishing world. For a full list of books by alumni authors that are available at the Weinberg Memorial Library visit

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night

by Barbara J. Taylor ’85, G’87 Kaylie Jones Books 2014

Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania by Stephanie Longo ’03, G’06 Arcadia Publishing 2004

The Press and the Suburbs: The Daily Newspapers of New Jersey

by David Sachsman and Warren Sloat ’57 CUPR/Transaction 2013

Pick up the Pennies In Every Season of Life by Michael T. Goskowski ’50 Tate Publishing 2009

Andrea Mantione, MSN, CRNP G’99

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Ever wonder what goes on inside the Leahy Community Health and Family Center? The answer is “a lot.” Or, more specifically, “a lot of helping.” Its director, Andrea Mantione, MSN, CRNP, G’99, often describes the center as a “living laboratory.” She is responsible for leading and managing the free clinic, recruiting volunteer physicians and nurses, collaborating with the University and surrounding community, involving students and faculty and coordinating funding for all of the center’s programs. She also provides primary care to patients as a family nurse practitioner and follow-up on all patient care delivered within the clinic. The Leahy Clinic, which opened in late 2007, went from 840 patient visits in 2008 to nearly 2,100 in 2013. What accounts for the increase over the years? As with most free clinics, we began slowly. It takes time to build trust in a community that is underserved. Starting slow helped us to understand the population that we serve. Now we’ve become experts in the community on how to serve the immigrant, marginalized population. The bottom line is that the community really trusts us. It’s all about trust. University students tallied 1,866 service hours in 2013. How do all of these hours benefit the center and its patients/students? We have two full time staff, besides me, and one part-time nurse manager. The staff is the foundation and the students are the workforce. They live what they learn in the health professions classroom, but all volunteers do not come from the health professions. For example, we have business school students and communication students, too. They all live the mission of cura personalis. They believe it. They are the Leahy Center.

Why is it so important to provide free services to people of all ages? We have an obligation as professionals and as a Jesuit university to care for those less fortunate. It is our intention to keep the community healthy and provide for them while they find the resources to get an education or employment and provide for their families. It is our intention to help people help themselves. What does working with the underserved population teach staff and students? Respect and humility. The students and our staff learn that we can make a difference in our neighbors’ lives. The students learn that in this community we share with each other, there are people who are hungry and without warm clothing, and without shelter. They are living in poverty next door to us. We can make positive change by just giving them the tools to help them achieve, and a smile. Everyone could use a smile. Why do patients keep coming back to the Leahy Clinic? We don’t judge. Here, we understand and we give. We help. It’s not about talking the talk, but walking the walk here at the center.

LEAHY CENTER LINGO People often use the terms “Leahy Center” and “Leahy Clinic” interchangeably, but the fact of the matter is that there is a difference between the two. The term “Leahy Center” is an umbrella term used to refer to various programs, including the Leahy Clinic, the Food Pantry, the Peacemakers program and University of Success. The “Leahy Clinic” is a division of the Leahy Center that consists of a clinic for the uninsured, counseling and physical therapy. The Clinic – provides free “non-emergency” health care to uninsured Lackawanna County residents who may otherwise forego health care due to cost or seek care in hospital emergency rooms Peacemakers – a free after-school program for children between the ages of 9 and 13 years old; goal is for students to experience and explore the meaning, history and vision of peacemaking and develop skills necessary to carry their experiences and learning into the future

University of Success – a pre-college program designed to provide academic, social and cultural enrichment to high school students; goal is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university The Food Pantry – provides essential provisions for members of the community; a set number of families comes once a month for food (there were 60 families in 2014) SPRING 2015


Faculty News Kania School of Management ‘Professor of The Year’ The University’s Business Club named accounting professor, Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., as the Kania School of Management’s (KSOM) “Professor of the Year.” Dr. Mahoney, who serves as the chair of the Accounting Department, was previously named KSOM Professor of the Year in 2001, 2006 and 2010. A certified public accountant, he was also named The University of Scranton CASE Professor of the Year and received the University’s Alpha Sigma Nu University Award for Teaching Excellence and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Educator Award. In addition, he was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University’s graduating class of 2001. Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., is named “Professor of the Year” by the University’s Business Club. From left are Business Club officers Megan McDonough, secretary; Tyler Heyser, treasurer; John Ruddy, faculty specialist, accounting; Dr. Mahoney and his wife Elizabeth Mahoney; Amanda Sonzogni, president of the club and Carly Murphy, vice president.

KSOM Professors’ Manuscript Wins Institute of Management Accountants’ ‘Lybrand Bronze Medal’ Brian Carpenter, Ph.D., and Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., accounting professors in the Kania School of Management (KSOM), received the Institute of Management Accountants’ (IMA) Lybrand Bronze Medal for their manuscript “New Rules for Lessee Accounting: A Summary of the Lessee Provisions of Accounting Standards Update.” Coauthor Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Accounting Department at the University, who is not an IMA member, received a Certificate of Appreciation. The manuscript was the third-highest-ranking manuscript in the Lybrand Competition. The IMA member authors of the top three manuscripts are presented Lybrand Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. Authors of other top manuscripts are presented Certificates Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A. Brian Carpenter, Ph.D. of Merit for outstanding contributions to accounting and finance literature. Last year, these three professors were also honored for their manuscript “Goodwill Accounting: A Closer Examination of the Matter of Nonimpairments.” That award was for outstanding character and excellence in contributing to literature for the advancement of management accounting and financial management.

Scranton Professors Featured on Inside Higher Ed’s ‘Academic Minute’ Several Scranton professors were featured by Inside Higher Ed on “The Academic Minute,” which is broadcast daily by Albany’s WAMC public radio station. The segments, hosted by Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D., president of Mount Holyoke College, feature a different professor each day discussing research and include experts from top research institutions from across the county. Gary Kwiecinski, Ph.D., professor of biology, was the first Scranton professor heard on the program. He discussed his research concerning bats in a “Save the Bats” segment that aired Oct. 30. Michael J. Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, discussed “Fighting Crime with Data” in a segment that aired Nov. 27. Other segments featured Michael Allison, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department and Jean Wahl Harris, Ph.D., professor of political science.



Faculty News Faculty Receive Summer Grants The University awarded 2014 Faculty Development Summer Grants to eight professors. Special session faculty development grants are intended to promote scholarship and curriculum development efforts by faculty members. Michael Azar, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology/religious studies, received a grant to research “Stereotyping Exegesis: The Johannine Jews in Ancient and Modern Commentary.” Robert Giambatista, Ph.D., associate professor of management and marketing, received a grant to study “Advancing Research in Whole Person Learning as a Tool for Behavioral Skill Acquisition.” Irene Goll, Ph.D., associate professor of management and marketing, received a grant to research “Foreign Direct Investment, Human Rights and Welfare.” Barry Kuhle, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, received a grant to research “On the Origin of an Evolution Revolution: The Birth and Rise of an Evolutionary Approach to Human Behavior and Cognition.” Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, received a grant to research “Nietzsche’s Revaluation of Vales: A Love Story.” Eric Plumer, Ph.D., associate professor of theology/religious studies, received a grant to study “To Support the Research and Writing of Two Articles on John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera.” Stephen Whittaker, Ph.D., professor of English and theatre, received a grant to research “Under Waterhouse’s Clock: The Engendering Geometry of Gnomon and Armillary in Joyce’s Forge.” Patricia Moyle Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, received a grant to research “Perinatal and Pediatric Loss.”

Faculty Receive Promotions The University granted the following promotions to professor: Joseph Kraus, Ph.D., English and theatre. The following have been named associate professor: George Aulisio, library; Sean Brennan, Ph.D., history; Will Cohen, Ph.D., theology; Christian Krokus, Ph.D., theology; Barry Kuhle, Ph.D., psychology; Catherine Lovecchio, Ph.D., nursing; and Donna Witek, library. The following have been named associate professor and have been granted tenure: Carol Cote, Ph.D., occupational therapy; Paul Datti, Ph.D., counseling/human services; Sufyan Mohammed, Ph.D., communication; and Maria Oreshkina, Ph.D., education. The following faculty members have been granted tenure: Paul Cutrufello, Ph.D., exercise science and sport; David J. Dzurec III, Ph.D., history; Shuhua Fan, Ph.D., history; Nathan Lefler, Ph.D., theology; Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., psychology; Cyrus P. Olsen III, Ph.D., theology; Ileana Szymanski, Ph.D., philosophy; and Kristen Yarmey, library.

Pictured at the presentation of the award are, from left: Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; Terrence Sweeney, Ph.D., Earl Award recipient; Pauline Earl, wife of the late John Earland Karen Earl Kolon, M.D., daughter of the late John Earl.

Biology Faculty Member Wins Award for Service to the University Terrence Sweeney, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Biology Department, was honored with the John L. Earl III Award for service to the University, the faculty, and the wider community. This award is presented annually to a member of the University community who demonstrates the spirit of generosity and dedication that the late Dr. John Earl, a distinguished professor of history, exemplified during his years at Scranton from 1964 to 1996. Dr. Sweeney joined the faculty in 1992. His research and teaching interests include cardiovascular and microvascular physiology and anatomy.

New Faculty Appointed Twenty-six new full-time faculty members began teaching at the University this past fall on subjects ranging from pediatric physical therapy to the Bible. The professors are published in various journals and professional publications, specialists in everything from nursing to chemistry and hail from as far as China (and as close as Scranton). University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., said he is thrilled with the quality and ability of the members of this group. “Many are already leaders in their fields, and even those who are just beginning their work as teachers and scholars come from distinguished programs with national and international reputations of the first rank,” he said. “The University of Scranton prides itself on the quality of its faculty members and this new group will only add to that wonderful tradition.” This group brings The University of Scranton’s full-time faculty to 300 members. To read more about the new faculty members visit



Coming Full Circle Alumni faculty members testify to what makes their alma mater, now workplace, so special.

An intimate campus. A deep sense of community. And, of course, the esteemed Jesuit tradition. Ask the 58 members of The University of Scranton faculty who share the distinction of having been educated here themselves what brought them full circle, and these themes come up time and again. The Scranton Family The University of Scranton is, in a word, family, in the broadest sense and the most literal. Take Joseph F. Cimini, Esq. ’70, who graduated with degrees in German and political science and returned a decade later to teach. As a student, he had many influencers, not the least of whom was his father, Frank A. Cimini, Ph.D. ’39, who taught foreign languages at Scranton before the Jesuits arrived. The year was 1942. The elder Cimini arrived in February and the Jesuits that fall. “He often said this was ‘the best job in town,’” recalled the younger Cimini, whose dad turned 100 in October. With such affirmation, it’s little surprise that he chose to follow

in his father’s footsteps to teach at the University. Before he returned, however, he had a distinguished legal career that included time as an assistant U.S. attorney. Another reason the younger Cimini felt compelled to return was the mentorship he received from his teachers at Scranton. Familiar Faces and the Jesuit Tradition Their former professors are a big reason that alumni return to campus to teach, but an extra learning curve comes into play when they sign on as new faculty: They must learn to call their beloved mentors by their first names. Teresa M. Conte, Ph.D., CRNP ’94 joked about that difficulty. “I call them ‘The Big Five,’” she said of a powerhouse team of her own nursing professors who still teach here. “They are always saying, ‘Call me by my first name now.’” Dr. Conte said the infusion of Jesuit tradition into every aspect of life here truly sets the University apart. When it comes to the Scranton nursing graduates, she said, “We’re Royal RNs,” who not only take care of patients’ medical needs, “but walk the hospital halls to see if the patients’ parents in the room could

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use a fresh sheet or blanket.” This is something she remembers learning as a student. “We’ll give you the medicine, but we’ll also sit with you at the bedside,” she said. “We’ll ask you how your grandmother is doing.” Dr. Conte, who has taught at the University for five years, previously worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was told that Scranton student nurses were the best the hospital has ever had, largely because of the extra attention they show patients and their families. Despite teaching at Villanova University and working in New Jersey for a time, Dr. Conte felt called back to Scranton, as many faculty members did, including Kathleen Iacocca, Ph.D. ’07, an assistant professor in the Operations and Information Management department in the Kania School of Management. After graduating with a finance degree, Dr. Iacocca went on to Rutgers Business School for her doctorate in supply chain management. “Being an undergraduate at a private, Jesuit school and then getting a Ph.D. at a large state school, I really came to value what is given here,” she said. At 29, Dr. Iacocca is among the newer faculty alumni but no Kathleen (Martino) Iacocca, Ph.D. ’07 INSET: Yearbook less a proponent of long-held photo. University values. The Jesuit identity is “so strongly present in the culture here,” she said, noting the Gospel words inscribed in the lobby of Brennan Hall: “Of those to whom much is given, much is expected.” “When I graduated I felt like that was my charge, and it really did stick with me,” she said. Our Students, Our Passion Asked what they love most about teaching at the University, alumni faculty often cite passionate, engaged students. As accounting professor Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D. ’81, a

Three “Royal RNs.” From left: Mary Jane K. DiMattio, RN, Ph.D. ’89, Wendy Manetti, MSN, FNP-C ’89, and Teresa Conte, Ph.D., CRNP ’94.

Joseph Cimini, Esq. ’70 and Frank Cimini, Ph.D. ’39, both graduates of Scranton who became faculty members, at the 2007 President’s Circle Christmas party. INSETS: Joseph F. Cimini, Esq. and Frank A. Cimini; yearbook photos.

frequent winner of teaching awards, puts it, “They are really in it to win it. They make life really enjoyable here.” Dr. Mahoney also feels fortunate to work with “on-fire” colleagues, a statement he does not make lightly. “Across our entire campus, I see a great many faculty members who are passionate about their work and who are very devoted to our students,” he said. “Yes, you’ll find such faculty on any campus, but we seem to have a disproportionate share, and that’s a Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D. ’81 very good thing.” He tells his students that if they pursue a doctorate in accounting, they will have “many suitors” in what is and will continue to be a seller’s market, he said. That means students who earn accounting doctorates may be able to write their own tickets, but they also may choose to keep punching them in Scranton. Dr. Mahoney, who returned to the University to teach in 1990, has indeed, after a quarter-century, seemingly planted his flag here. He even joked, “I was here when they planted the first tree.” He admitted his heart is anchored here. “It’s not at all impossible for me to imagine spending the rest of my career here,” he said. Dr. Conte, the “Royal Nurse,” is likely to agree. She noted the perks are “amazing.” “The Dean let me have a purple office,” she said. “How awesome is that?” When students tour the University, she said, they or their parents often inquire about return on investment. Will they realize that here? “I point to my diploma on the wall,” said Dr. Conte. “I could never sell what I wouldn’t buy.” Visit to read what some of the 58 faculty alumni had to say about returning to Scranton to teach, and to see a full list. SPRING 2015


A Walk With the Martyrs

The University reflects on the lives and work of the martyrs of El Salvador through a week of 25th anniversary commemorative events.


ore than 25 years ago, six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered on the grounds of the University of Central America (UCA), a Jesuit university in the capital of El Salvador. The Jesuits had written, talked, researched and taught about the necessary connections between Catholic faith and social justice — not simply in theory but in the lived experience of the Salvadoran people. But what can sister Jesuit institutions of higher education learn from this tragedy? That was the question reflected upon during a week this past fall as The University of 18


Scranton commemorated the 25th anniversary of the martyrs through mass, panels, films and lectures. Michael E. Allison, Ph.D., an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and coordinator of Education for Justice, helped to organize the week of events. “When I reflect upon the labor of the martyrs, I continue to be amazed at their tireless work on behalf of the Salvadoran people,” he said. “They were exemplary teachers, scholars and servants of God. They are truly a model for 21st century Jesuit education.”

The week of remembrance was meant to bring the community together to learn more about the martyrs and to reflect on the lessons learned during pilgrimages and service trips by faculty, students, alumni and staff. While some in the Scranton community are deeply engaged in the history of El Salvador and the story of the martyrs, others are just discovering the story. The week’s events were meant to educate and inspire.

Taking Up the Cause The tragic history of the civil war and the murders were described during the first lecture of the week, titled “Liberation Theology and the UCA Martyrs” by Will Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor of theology/religious studies. The talk served as an overview of the history of the war and of the “extraordinary injustices” suffered by the Salvadoran people. “What the priests at the UCA did was to shine a light on these injustices in the existing system,” he said. “In a very deliberate way, they took up the cause of the Salvadoran poor.” The six priests followed in the footsteps of The Most Reverend Óscar A. Romero, the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador who spoke out against social injustice. He was assassinated 35 years ago, on March 24, 1980, at the beginning of the civil war. The Vatican recently declared him a martyr for the Catholic faith.

John Sobrino, S.J., speaking to faculty and staff during their pilgrimage in El Salvador.

A display in the museum of the UCA in San Salvador ​of the martyrs’ robes and clothes they were wearing when they were murdered in the rose garden.

Dr. Cohen quoted John Sobrino, S.J., a surviving faculty member at the UCA on his six colleagues: “[t]hey believed — and experience confirmed it — that more can be seen from below than above, that reality can be known better from the standpoint of the suffering and powerlessness of the poor than from that of the powerful.” Dr. Cohen and other lecturers and panelists spoke of an urgent need — for us all — to understand the struggle of the poor; to let the suffering in and guide us in our work. “The word martyr in its literal sense means witness —and it is to God’s love for humanity in the person of Jesus Christ that their lives and deaths bore witness and continue to bear witness today,” said Dr. Cohen. “May that same love animate us as we go forward strengthened by their example.”

Photos: Eileen Notarianni

Building Bridges In 1999, a decade after the murders, Rev. Brendan Lally, S.J. ’70, former campus minister and rector of The University of Scranton, now chaplain at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, was inspired to lead the Scranton community to El Salvador “to build bridges of solidarity and understanding with the materially poor and those who suffered from war and oppression.” He called the program (the University’s first) “Bridges to El Salvador” and he invited faculty and staff to join him on a journey there. “The purpose was not simply to visit, but it was to be a ‘walk with the martyrs,’” said Fr. Lally in a recent interview. “It was to be a journey of faith in the land of martyrs.” He hoped that participants would not only return to campus “on fire for the faith that does justice,” but to act as a “bridge” to their students and fellow workers, “opening up a deeper understanding of the world and the role that a Jesuit university can have to influence, and not just reflect, the culture.” SPRING 2015


“The word martyr in its literal sense means witness — and it is to God’s love for humanity in the person of Jesus Christ that their lives and deaths bore witness and continue to bear witness today.” — Will Cohen, Ph.D.

Clockwise from top, left: Plaques dedicated to the Most Reverend Óscar A. Romero, the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador, assassinated in 1980; the rose

garden at the University of Central America where six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered more than 25 years ago; members of The University of Scranton community who went on a pilgrimage to El Salvador through the Jesuit Center in 2014 (Photos: Eileen Notarianni); some of the youngest scholarship students in Las Delicias, who attend school and are provided uniforms thanks to Scranton’s SEED program.

During the week of remembrance this past fall, 15 years after the program began, a panel of several faculty members proved they could be that bridge. Several former El Salvador pilgrims shared how the experience changed them. Almost every panelist mentioned the blood stains still visible on the martyrs’ robes, displayed in the former Jesuits’ residence, as a moving juxtaposition to the serene setting of the rose garden in which they were killed. Panelist Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, said that her experience in El Salvador gave her a deeper understanding of the injustices 20


that had occurred. Her pilgrimage encouraged her to more deeply examine her faith. She asked herself: “That blood, what does it mean to me? How can I say that I have the faith to promote justice?” Ultimately, though, reflection helped her to understand her role and reaffirm her faith: “Roses have thorns, yes, but the buds are there. There is hope. We must go beyond our walls with the poor. We must not only try to help them, but to learn from them.” The “Bridges to El Salvador” program grew over the years and is now run by the University’s Jesuit Center, committed to helping all who work at the University “understand and

integrate their faith and their work in the context of our living tradition.” The yearly pilgrimage is now just one of the many ways that Scranton has devoted to remembering the 1989 murders. In 2001, the University dedicated Martyrs Grove as a quiet place for prayer and reflection that presents a reminder of the importance of the service of the martyrs of the UCA. Scranton has also supported international service trips for students to El Salvador.

A Shared Mission University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., is proud that the memory of the martyrs lives on at Scranton. He has traveled to El Salvador annually for the past nine years, “motivated by the selfless quest for service and sacrifice,” as he wrote in the November 2014 issue of Connections, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). In the article, part of a series to remember the UCA martyrs, he wrote of learning from, not just about, those “excluded from participation in economic, social and political life.” He has been humbled by the Jesuits’ example and “inspired to make their story live on in the lives of others — especially those attending and serving at our Jesuit schools.” “Twenty-five years ago, eight people gave their lives for this important work,” wrote Fr. Quinn. “They thought it was worth the cost. They thought it was their mission, and their actions should inspire us every day.” Read the entirety of Dr. Cohen’s lecture, Fr. Quinn’s article in Connections, and more from the interview with Fr. Lally at View a talk delivered by writer and producer Oscar Torres, whose award-winning film “Innocent Voices” was shown during the week of remembrance. See University produced videos about the UCA, El Salvador, religion and migration featuring the late Dean Brackley, S.J., who was a professor of theology and ethics at the UCA.

Ordinary Lives

Scranton Programs, Past and Present SCOPE Foundation: Founded by our very own Scranton alumni, in honor of Rev. Brendan Lally, S.J., former campus minister and rector of The University of Scranton. The SCOPE Foundation supports an inner city school, Santa Luisa, in San Salvador. Scholarships to Establish Educational Development (SEED): A fund founded by University of Scranton staff, faculty and administrators who participated in the Bridges to El Salvador program. Money raised goes to the children of Las Delicias. To make a donation, visit makeagift and check “other.” Then write “SEED” in the optional box.

Bridges to El Salvador: Founded by Fr. Lally to foster a greater commitment to peace and justice issues, and to inspire us to live our mission at the University more fully. The program, which was taken over by the University’s Jesuit Center, is an immersion experience in El Salvador for faculty, staff and administrators, and includes meeting with Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) personnel and professors, educators, religious, women and young activists, economists, political figures, environmentalists and business leaders.

by Sarah Neitz ’12

An alumna reflects on her experience studying abroad in El Salvador in 2011 through Santa Clara’s Casa de la Solidaridad program. In 1989, two women and six men were killed in a small country in Central America. There was nothing unusual about the killing of innocents in El Salvador. More than 77,000 civilians were killed during the 12-year civil war. People who spoke up for justice in this small country had been dying for decades, killed by death squads and the military, their stories whispered in secret, because even remembering was a crime. To continue reading Neitz’s essay about her experience in El Salvador, turn to page 40. SPRING 2015


The Grady EMS Biosafety Transport Team in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ebola: A Global Issue

Alumni in the medical profession help to prepare for the treatment of patients with infectious disease, including a potential Ebola outbreak, stateside.

In early August, an ambulance and motorcade approached the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, carrying Kent Brantly, M.D., a healthcare worker who had contracted Ebola. The first Ebola patient to be treated in the U.S., Dr. Brantly contracted the disease while serving as a missionary in Liberia.

Training and Drills Photos from media outlets all over the country displayed images of that motorcade and the paramedics who emerged, clad in white personal protective equipment. The meticulous planning that went into the transport of Dr. Brantly from Dobbins Air Reserve Base to the hospital was thanks in part to Alex 22


Isakov, M.D., MPH ’87, an emergency medicine physician and executive director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) at Emory. Over the past 12 years, he and his EMS team developed policies, procedures and training for just this type of situation.

“When we got the call, we pulled our team together and we said ‘so, this thing we’ve been preparing for 12 years; well, we’re actually going to do it tomorrow,’” recalled Dr. Isakov. While the public might have been eyeing that motorcade on the news with fear and skepticism (a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in October found that nearly two-thirds of Americans were concerned about a widespread epidemic in the U.S.), Dr. Isakov and Grady EMS were awaiting the patient, confident and well prepared. “All of that education and training, all the exercises and drills, give you confidence; you’ve thought this through,” he said. “The first time you do anything, you learn something new, so drills and exercises allow policies and procedures to be refined.” Initially, Emory University Hospital was one of just four facilities in the U.S. identified as having a specialized isolation unit for management of patients with a serious communicable disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 50 U.S. hospitals have since been designated as Ebola treatment centers, including four in Pennsylvania. “Preparing to evaluate and manage a patient with Ebola has broadly contributed to improved hospital preparedness,” said Dr. Isakov. “Communicable diseases always pose risk, especially highly transmissible diseases such as novel influenza viruses and SARS. Healthcare will be better prepared because of meticulous attention to infection control practices.” Judith O’Donnell, M.D. ’85 is the hospital epidemiologist, director of infection prevention and control and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, which is under the umbrella of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, now an Ebola treatment center. “People are getting information about Ebola from all over the place. They’re not necessarily able to digest all of it or they’re only able to digest bits and pieces of it,” said Dr. O’Donnell. “It’s important to dispel the myths about the disease.” Around the time that the nurses in Texas contracted Ebola after caring for a Liberian patient, Dr. O’Donnell was leading simulation drills at Penn. (Even when this issue went to print, she said she was still “rigorously preparing even though the country moved on to other current news events.”) “Ebola preparedness is a team sport,” she said. “We need everyone involved: medical staff, nurses, respiratory therapy, cleaning personnel, security and human resources. Every department is involved.”

James F. Cummings, M.D. ’88 U.S. Army Colonel Director, Department of Defense’s Global Emerging Infections Surveillance Operations​ Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center

Like Dr. Isakov, she believes having to prepare to manage ill persons with recent travel to Ebola-affected countries has benefited the U.S. healthcare system. “It’s been beneficial for hospitals all over the country,” she said. “While specifics to Ebola may not be something hospitals need to ultimately address, this is similar to any kind of disaster drill in preparation for, say, a bioterrorist attack. It’s essential to determine how you all coordinate and work together.”

An Issue of Public Health James F. Cummings, M.D. ’88 is the director at the Department of Defense’s Global Emerging Infection Surveillance and Response Systems (DoD-GEIS). He is responsible for oversight, development, functionality and fiscal accountability of the DoD’s global surveillance program for emerging infectious disease, ensuring that “America is not caught off guard.” The program has more than 130 projects conducting activities in more than 71 countries worldwide. “There are nuggets of goodness in anything that occurs,” said Dr. Cummings. “The tragedy of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reminded us that we are truly a global society; what happens in places like Liberia and Sierra Leone can affect us all. It’s because of this that we’ve improved our public health awareness.” Dr. Cummings, who has spent many years working on a malaria vaccine (a disease that kills more people than Ebola annually), has helped to shepherd the resources and steer the research in response to the Ebola outbreak in order to create policy changes. One such project has been planning the construction of Ebola treatment units and diagnostic labs in Liberia. “Unless you have good diagnostics on the ground, you are in the dark,” he said. “This is especially hard to achieve in countries that lack infrastructure.” Overall, he said, it’s good public health measures that “really win the day.” “The battle’s not over yet. Although Ebola hasn’t been breaking news recently, the conditions are still difficult in Africa at large,” said Dr. Cummings. “We have to focus on garnering attention to the issue in order to resolve the current outbreak. My hope is that this is one piece of a more enduring response for better biosurveillance and public health overall.” Go to to hear from Sara Gonzalez, D.O. ’03, a specialist in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, whose experiences in Haiti encouraged her to get involved with an organization that helps all Liberians access health care.

Alex Isakov, M.D., MPH ’87 Emergency Medical Physician Executive Director, Office of Critical Event Preparedness & Response Emory University Hospital

Judith O’Donnell, M.D. ’85 Hospital Epidemiologist Director, Department of Infectious Prevention & Control Penn Presbyterian Medical Center



PROFILE: Lt. Gen. Christopher Burne ’80

Christian Burne ’14 and Connor Burne pin on their father’s new three-stars rank at a ceremony held in August 2014 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “It was a fantastic and moving experience taking my new oath of office ‘to protect and defend the Constitution’ while standing in front of The Constitution,” said Lt. Gen. Burne ’80. From left to right: Gen Mike Hostage (former ACC commander), Christian, Lt. Gen. Burne, Connor and retired Col. Robin Burne.

A Military Man. A Family Man. A Scranton Man.

The Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force attributes his rise to the top to his family and his Scranton education.

The selection rate to get into the JAG Corps is less than 10 percent. Lt. Gen. Christopher Burne ’80, who was chosen for the elite corps more than 30 years ago, has always welcomed a challenge. “If you’re fortunate enough to be selected into the JAG Corps, the challenges come every day,” said the now Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C. The three-star general was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate in May 2014, making him the 17th Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force. Lt. Gen. Burne’s daily trials (both in and out of the courtroom) have been varied and great. Over the course of his career, he constructed a legal office “from the sand up” in the United Arab 24


Emirates during Operation Desert Storm; managed to leave the Pentagon unharmed on Sept. 11, 2001 and worked through some of the most salient issues of the day with military leaders and sometimes senior staffers on Capitol Hill and in the White House. From Dunmore to D.C. A successful career was formed from a happy childhood in Dunmore. His dedicated parents helped him with his homework at Washington No. 3 Elementary School on Green Ridge Street, checking his math and his grammar. They drove him to debate, yearbook and drama practices after school hours at Scranton Prep, and his mom fed him “delicious Italian meals seven days-a-week.”

PROFILE: Lt. Gen. Christopher Burne ’80

“I thank God for giving me the most wonderful and loving parents in the whole world,” he said. “They gave me everything I truly needed, most especially unconditional love and support and role models to always guide my path.” His father, Francis Burne ’48, a decorated World War II Eighth Air Force B-24 bombardier, continues to inspire him. (Coincidentally, Lt. Gen. Burne’s first assignment was to an Eighth Air Force bomber base in Plattsburgh, New York.) Francis Burne’s Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals hang in Lt. Gen. Burne’s office. “His medals inspire me and remind me that my worst day in the Pentagon is better than even his best day in his B-24 surrounded by enemy flak and fighters,” he said. In a recent issue of The Scranton Journal, Francis Burne delivered the kind of praise that his son has grown accustomed to: “My son is just one of the greatest people I’ve ever known,” he said. It was thanks to his parents’ guidance that he decided to attend The University of Scranton. He was happy to stay close to home and thrilled to attend his dad’s alma mater. He was positive a Scranton education would give him the credentials to pursue his goal of law school (he eventually went to The Dickinson School of Law). “There is no better foundation for advanced academics and life’s challenges than a Jesuit-based education,” he said. At Scranton he double majored in history and criminal justice, graduating magna cum laude. “Scranton’s professors and range of classes gave endless possibilities,” Lt. Gen. Burne said. He rounded out his experience by joining the drama club and working as entertainment chairman during new student orientations at the University. He also worked part-time as a police officer in Dunmore, gaining a “practical view of street-level law enforcement.” Rise to the Top He has since served in many legal adviser and leadership positions (at every level of command) and, in 1991, he was named Air Force Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year. Prior to becoming the Judge Advocate General, he served as staff judge advocate for the Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. In his current position, he serves as the legal adviser to the secretary

Christopher Burne ’80, Francis Burne ’48 and Christian ’14 (left to right) celebrate together during Christian’s new student orientation in 2010.

of the Air Force and the Air Force chief of staff, and oversees more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys and 1,400 enlisted paralegals and civilians around the world. “My clients now are Air Force senior leaders, but the pace and range of issues has been like this since my first days in the military some 30 years ago,” said Lt. Gen. Burne. “It doesn’t matter if they have a stripe on their sleeve or a star on their shoulder, these are great Americans performing incredibly hard tasks in defense of our nation and they deserve the best legal advice we can offer.” A Strong Family Focus Lt. Gen. Burne may be meeting in the Pentagon, Russell Senate Office Building, or even on occasion in the West Wing during the day, but he’s very much a family man, as his own father was. After Sept. 11, he and his wife, Robin, who was in the Air Force Reserve serving within the Surgeon General’s Office, were working long shifts on the Crisis Action Team. “It was a difficult time for us, especially with two young children at home, but we knew what we were doing was important to our nation, and in that we found the strength to make it all work.” “My wife has been a tremendous source of strength and assistance for nearly my entire military career. I would not be in the position I now hold without her love and daily support of me, of our sons and of our Air Force.” The couple was married in 1988, four years after the general received his Air Force commission. (Robin retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2011, holding the rank of colonel.) Because of Lt. Gen. Burne’s military assignments, the family moved frequently, so the boys, Christian ’14 and Connor, were home-schooled through eighth grade. They both graduated as valedictorian of their high school class, an achievement their father attributes to their “God-given talent,” and the “perseverance of their mother,” who was their primary teacher. “I taught history, helped with research and writing, and threw a lot of baseballs… Robin taught everything else.” Both sons excelled academically and were captains of their varsity baseball teams and so ended up with many choices for college. Christian chose Scranton, and excelled as a presidential scholar and distinguished military graduate. He is now attending Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. “It hardly seems like 34 years have passed since I was dodging traffic crossing from the student center to St Thomas Hall… and Christian’s four years went by in the blink of eye,” said Lt. Gen. Burne. If the fortunate trend continues, The University of Scranton will be blessed to welcome another Burne son (or daughter!) on move-in day in 30 years or so, marking the fourth generation of the general’s family to attend Scranton since Francis Burne’s graduation some 65 years ago. Read more from the interview with Lt. Gen. Burne or about Francis Burne in The Scranton Journal:



PROFILE: Megan Huylo ’06

Nutrition for the Soul An alumna turns her “indulgent” passion for cooking (and blogging about) plantbased cuisine into her day job.

Megan Huylo ’06, a personal chef and, more recently, reality TV contestant, has years of experience interpreting the science of her body’s nutritional signals. Though it’s taken some time, she’s also learned to respond to her intuition. Ever since triumphing over a childhood struggle with lymphoblastic lymphoma, Huylo has been focused on good nutrition. She tried and discarded various diets based on how they made her feel, searching for habits that created a sense of strength and vitality. As a student at Scranton (a Human Resource Studies major), she focused on a healthy diet. She and her friends made Sunday night dinners, broiling salmon or roasting chicken, marinating vegetables or putting together a big salad. “It was fun to cook for everyone and it’s one of my fondest memories of my time at Scranton — the community of it all, everyone gathered around the table,” she said. “I think that was when I realized how fulfilling it was to cook for other people.” Until quite recently, Huylo’s life was divided between the 26


“private” obsession she indulged — writing a widely read food blog — and her “day job” as a corporate recruiter on Wall Street. As much as she enjoyed the recruiting work, Huylo found herself using every spare moment engrossed in all things dietary, her thoughts often returning to those Sunday night dinners at Scranton. In 2012 she came to a realization as she was searching for recipes online: “I just thought, ‘If this is how I’m going to spend all my down time, maybe I should pursue it as a career.’” A Whole New Career That insight has led to a successful new life as the founder of Downtown Epicure, a Manhattan-based venture through which Huylo offers a variety of services, including: personal chef; catering whole food, plant-based cuisine; customized juice and food cleanse programs; wellness and lifestyle consulting; and even a seasonal vegan ice cream delivery service.

PROFILE: Megan Huylo ’06

Going from corporate recruiter to personal chef doesn’t happen overnight, even for the truly inspired. Huylo was in need of training, which she promptly pursued at the National Gourmet Institute in New York through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation/Cornell University. Being out of a day job, she was also in need of income. Although Huylo’s blog (which details everything from her travels to her recipe for kabocha squash, ginger and coconut bisque) had generated much interest, it was a long process to gain clientele. “My culinary school has a jobs board that I consult frequently,” she said. “I started building a website and trying to make sure my name came up if people Googled ‘personal chef New York City.’” One big challenge for Huylo has been her highly specialized cuisine, which is plant-based. “People who hire a personal chef don’t always want plant-based food,” she said. “Sometimes it’s, ‘Make me a steak.’” Fortunately, as Huylo was enhancing her web presence to get her fledgling business airborne in early 2013, she stumbled upon a casting call for a cooking reality show called “Cook Your Ass Off,” a healthy cooking competition. “That was perfect for me,” she said. After a series of interviews, Huylo was chosen to appear on the program, which started filming in the fall of 2013. Contestants went through a variety of challenges during the season, including, for example, making a full meal for four in 30 minutes, using just the ingredients given, or remaking an unhealthy meal into a healthy one. “It was the most challenging, stressful thing I’ve ever done,” she said. Huylo (spoiler alert!) did not win the grand prize, but she

did make it to the finale and developed friendships with the other contestants. Best of all, being on the show helped promote Downtown Epicure. Client Focused Although she has abandoned a typical human resource track, she said she draws on her Scranton education when she makes business-related decisions and works to develop relationships with clients. “My clients often tell me that not only do I put out great food, but that I understand the business side of what I do,” she said. “We received such a diverse education at Scranton, and I believe that it’s made me into a really wellrounded individual, both personally and professionally.” One such client is Mika Panchal, executive director of Conscious Kitchen, New York City. “Huylo is a consummate professional through and through,” she said. “She brings the best of both worlds — proficiency for business and a creative point of view — to the table.” Typically, her clients have health goals they want to address, so if they have a particular food craving, Huylo uses it to help focus on what message their bodies are really trying to send to their brains. Sometimes that means a very brief rendezvous with animal proteins or white bread. Huylo is fine with that because she believes people shouldn’t become too regimented in their diets. “Life is all about balance,” she said, summing up her philosophy for both body and soul.

Huylo prepares whole, organic, nutritious food and believes in a plant-based diet. Clockwise from left: beet hummus with lemon-herb flatbread; savory green gazpacho with zucchini and basil; amaranth polenta with ginger-marinated beets and red sorrel. SPRING 2015


PROFILE: Nick Pappas ’96 and Mary Perhach ’95

Inextricably Intertwined A goal-oriented couple draws on its philosophy to further its media agency together.



PROFILE: Nick Pappas ’96 and Mary Perhach ’95

Nick Pappas ’96 and Mary Perhach ’95 have a unique devotion to each other and their media agency, so much so that one might question what came first. In fact, the founding of both pursuits are intertwined, as are the dynamics of managing a relationship and family. The seeds were planted at Scranton 16 years ago and prepared them for the complexity of a global business. During their Scranton years, both lived in 448 Monroe. “I lived on the first floor and he was on the second,” said Perhach. “I had met him over the summer, but very briefly. I was moving in and he was taking summer classes.” They began dating that fall and learned all about one another. Pappas was from Brooklyn, New York, and had attended a Jesuit high school. Perhach, from Kingston, was the daughter of an administrator at Scranton. She was a physics major sampling classes in nearly every discipline, from theatre to psychology, while Pappas was focused on chemistry and business. Parallel Paths After graduating, Pappas took a job as a media specialist. He worked in sales, planning and buying. Perhach, who ultimately chose to major in English, worked in advertising and PR/ communications. Their careers ran parallel to one another, but had not yet intersected. She was working on the creative side of the market, and he was in media. The two, both stationed in New York, married in 2001. She went on to lead global communications for two of the world’s largest advertising networks, and managed accounts and client relations for brands including New Balance and Dos Equis (she was part of the team that developed “The Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign). In January 2011, Pappas began a business, called SwellShark, in Manhattan. He and his wife both saw — and often discussed — what was missing in the industry: collaboration between their two paths: media and creative. “There was a real problem as media agencies and creative agencies disassociated with one another,” said Perhach. SwellShark distinguished itself from other agencies by re-associating those things. In short, SwellShark’s promise to “deliver impact that exceeds the investment” made the company different from the competition. As Pappas set up shop, Perhach was traveling the world as global chief communications officer with Euro RSCG and, later, as chief communications officer for McCann Worldgroup. With two young daughters at home, though, life was hectic. “It was a challenge to have time for everything,” said Perhach.

“It was exhausting and difficult to manage with Nick’s career, my career and our children.” A Collaboration Perhach was also frustrated with an industry that no longer served clients with a holistic approach, so she decided to make a change. She joined SwellShark in February 2012, further cementing the agency’s creative expertise. The couple’s careers finally aligned and this second union seemed like the perfect fit, especially because it followed the same high-achieving mindset and collaborative approach they had as a couple. “We’ve always personally challenged each other to do a lot, to achieve a lot,” said Pappas. “We focus on having a great, dynamic relationship and that has translated well into our business relationship. Our strengths and weaknesses are different — mostly — so we can help each other.” After just a few years in existence, the company and its founders have enjoyed much success, most notably winning an Effie award for effectiveness in marketing communications for a campaign for Applegate Natural & Organic Meats. They collaborated with a creative agency to run local market campaigns and helped increase Applegate hot dog sales by 55 percent, even while the category as a whole was in decline. At work, the couple considers reports and opinions from various clients and team members and, at home, they negotiate with a 9- and a 6-year-old. They give all discussions “every ounce of energy” and credit their everyday achievements, at least in part, to their Scranton education. “Acknowledging more than one point of view is very much a Jesuit tradition,” said Perhach. “The way we deal with each other and run our business follow that tradition. We know the value of considering multiple and conflicting points of view before deciding where to go with it.” Perhach has stayed involved with her alma mater, despite a busy schedule. In the spring of 2013 she gave a talk to an advertising class at the University about how to land your first job in the industry. Although Perhach may not have noticed it at the time, junior Olivia Barone ’14, was taking copious notes on the presentation. Barone was hired as an intern at SwellShark a year later, and she is now a full-time employee at the company. “Nick and Mary are hardworking, intelligent individuals,” said Barone. “They both have excellent knowledge and practical experience in the advertising world and work together to make all parts of their business harmonious.” Whether a shared education or philosophy, one thing is clear: the company and this couple have become harmoniously intertwined. SPRING FA L L 2015 2014


PROFILE: Donnalee Huglemeyer Carroll ’91

Teaching with Creative Flair A special education teacher infuses her work with the business savvy and creative approach she honed during her years at Scranton.

Donnalee Carroll ‘91, standing, far right, and her teaching assistant Betty Hader, far left, with some of their students at Mercy Special Learning Center in Allentown.

Ever since winning a sixth-grade advertising competition, Donnalee Huglemeyer Carroll ’91 knew she was an effective communicator with artistic ability. As a Scranton undergraduate, though, she was uncertain of how she would apply her knack for the creative to her future career. Although the major she chose — communication with a focus in advertising — matched her strengths, her path eventually strayed from that field and, finally, crept back into her life again for good. She is confident that her Scranton education was the best preparation when her passion finally came calling. After graduating, Carroll landed her dream job as a production assistant, yet she was oddly discontent. She spent a year at an advertising agency grappling with a sense of unfulfilled purpose. “I loved the creative part of the job, but my heart just wasn’t in being part of an advertising agency in Manhattan,” she said. A Teacher at Heart That year of soul-searching resulted in a bold move. She decided to quit her job in advertising and volunteer with the 30


Ursuline Companions in Mission, a lay mission embodying St. Angela Merici’s desire to promote justice. “I thought I’d be sent to some exotic place,” said Carroll. “I ended up at a homeless shelter in Wilmington, Delaware.” Her mission was working in a shelter for abused women and their children. This is when Carroll’s calling began to manifest itself. “At Halloween, children gave away their candy to others who came to the door trick-or-treating.” The children’s capacity for kindness moved her. Soon after, she pursued additional education and gained experience as a teaching assistant in a classroom for children with multiple disabilities, many of whom were nonverbal. She went on to serve as a special education teacher in a public school in New Jersey. In the elementary school, she worked with nonverbal students with multiple disabilities. It was among these children that she felt most at home. There was only one thing that could have convinced her to leave teaching, and her dream job, and that was her home. She chose to leave the school after the birth of her son, and she stayed home for the three children who followed.

PROFILE: Donnalee Huglemeyer Carroll ’91

She was thrilled to go back to teaching when her children went to school, particularly because she found Mercy Special Learning Center in Allentown, part of the Diocese of Allentown. Here, she began to teach life skills to students between the ages of 15 and 21. “In 2002, God started me on a path that led me to this beautiful Catholic school,” said Carroll. “In public school, I always felt I was doing God’s work, only undercover. When I heard about Mercy, my heart leapt and I thought, ‘I can be a Catholic school teacher.’” At Mercy, she puts her creativity and communication skills to good use. It is her job to identify what motivates each individual student and to tailor lesson plans around that central inspiration. She thinks of her students as her “target audience,” a technique she practiced at Scranton, in order to sell a “product,” which is now — of course — education. Valuable Jewels Recently, Carroll’s advertising background has become even more indispensable. About a year ago, she and her teaching assistant, Betty Hader, found a unique way to teach life skills while imbuing students with a sense of purpose. It began as a small project for which students constructed necklaces from metal washers by applying paint, glue and scrapbook paper. The students then sold the necklaces for $5 at craft fairs and senior centers. While the students were cutting and gluing, Carroll put her own creativity to work, creating a logo and tagline for

the venture and designing flyers. “All the tools I needed to help create this ‘business’ I had because of my Scranton degree,” she said. Mercy Metal Works was an immediate success. In just over a year, students have sold more than 2,000 necklaces and now staff a thriving ‘business.’ All funds raised go back into the program for supplies or are used for student outings. “Students shop for supplies, pay for them, interact with customers, make change — life skills we always taught. Now, though, it’s real, not pretend, and that makes a big difference,” said Carroll. A boy named Thomas is one of Carroll’s students. “Mercy Metal Works is such a blessing for Thomas,” said his mother, Sheri, who has seen her child thrive at the Center. “It’s so wonderful to have something for him to do that’s not only vocational and functional, but beautiful as well.” Sheri said Thomas has an eye for paper patterns and designs. “Even though he’s mostly nonverbal, he’s a pretty good salesman,” she said. “He once showed someone his favorite necklace and said ‘orange’ until his customer bought it.” Thomas and his classmates have discovered a way to connect, and Carroll counts herself blessed that her gifts and her passion, together, have helped her students along the way.

Students at Mercy Special Learning Center craft jewelry and then sell it, raising funds for activities and learning life skills along the way.

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Athletics Wall of Fame Inductees

The University inducted the six newest members into the Wall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 21.

This year’s Wall of Fame class includes the women’s basketball tandem of Katie (Dougherty) Fischer ’04 and Kate (Pierangeli) Pearson ’04; former men’s and women’s swim coach Tomm Evans; men’s soccer standout from the 1980 NCAA runner-up team Mark Haley ’81; women’s tennis standout Krissy (Killiany) Dommes ’92; and four-time women’s soccer all-conference selection and current Royal women’s soccer Head Coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ’04. The Wall of Fame was founded in 1970 to honor studentathletes, administrators and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the University’s athletics program. This year’s class brings the Wall’s membership to 238.

Katie Fischer

Fischer and Pearson added to the rich history of Lady Royal basketball, leading the program to 95 wins, two Freedom Conference championships (2002, 2004), and NCAA Sweet 16 (2002) and Elite Eight (2004) berths under then-head coach Mike Strong. A four-year starter, Fischer excelled on both ends of the court, finishing her career with 1,119 points, 304 assists and 301 steals, ranking her in the top 15 in all three categories at the time of her graduation. She was named honorable mention AllAmerican by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in 2004.

Pearson’s achievements were also impressive — and not just on the basketball court. As a three-year member of the Kate Pearson women’s lacrosse team, she was named first-team All-Middle Atlantic Conference three times and earned first-team All-Metro Region honors by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 2004. Her most noteworthy achievements, however, came in basketball, where she was twice named All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA, 2003, 2004) and first-team All-Freedom Conference three times (2002-2004).

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Evans began his coaching career at the University in 1992 as an assistant under then-head coach and 2003 Wall of Fame inductee Dave Hair. They led the women’s program to back-to-back Middle Atlantic Conference titles (1995, 1996) before Evans


was promoted to head coach in 1997. In 11 seasons, he guided the men’s team to a 65-46 record (.585) and the women to a 107-26 mark (.805) in dual-meet competition. The women’s team added two more conference titles during his tenure, winning the MAC championship in 2004 and the inaugural Landmark title in 2008. Haley was instrumental in the men’s soccer program’s meteoric rise under 1986 Wall of Fame inductee and current Associate Director of Athletics Steve Klingman, who took over as head coach in 1973 following a 4-6-3 season and led the Royals to the first of their 11 straight NCAA tournament berths just four years later. He scored 27 goals in Mark Haley his career — which is currently 13th alltime in Scranton history — in helping the Royals to 63 wins, including three Middle Atlantic Conference North and overall championships and four NCAA berths. Dommes made history when she became the first women’s tennis player to be inducted into the Wall of Fame. She led the Royals to three Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) league titles (1989, 1990, 1992), two MAC Northern Division championships (1990, 1992) and an overall record of 40-9 (.816) under then-head coach Doug Brickel. Krissy Dommes She recorded four winning seasons in singles and ended her career with a 37-9 record (.804), which is currently the fourth-highest winning percentage and the fifthmost victories in the program’s history. As a four-year starter as a center midfielder on the women’s soccer team, Pivirotto and her teammates led the Royals to 71-13-4 overall record (.830), including four Freedom Conference championships and four NCAA tournament berths, under then-head coach, the late Joe Bochicchio, a 2002 Wall of Fame inductee. She returned Colleen Pivirotto to her alma mater in 2008 as women’s soccer head coach and has led the Royals to an overall record of 87-39-16 (.669), including three Landmark titles (2010, 2011, 2013) and four NCAA tournament appearances (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), over a seven-year span.

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Landmark Conference All-Sportsmanship Team

Moyer Milestone Veteran field hockey head coach Colleen Moyer (first row, third from left) was presented a cake in honor of her 100th career coaching victory after the Royals defeated Goucher College, 2-1, on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Towson, Maryland. In 10 seasons, Moyer has led the program to 103 victories, including seven postseason tournament appearances, and is now second alltime in wins in Scranton history.

Exclusive Company Senior Alyssa Fania (above) became the fourth player in Royal field hockey history to score more than 100 points in her career, joining Denise Atkinson (125 points, 1982-1983, 1985), Judy Grimaldi (119 points, 1985-1988) and Traci Zarbatany (117 points, 1986-1989). Fania ended her career with 104 points, including a Landmark Conference-leading 44 this past fall. For her efforts, Fania was voted the Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year and first-team selection by the league’s head coaches. Joining her as all-conference selections were senior Jessica Pankey, who earned first-team honors for the third straight year; junior Krista Osborne, a firstteam selection; and senior Michelle Lennon, a second-team pick. Fania and Pankey were also named all-regional by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

Alyssa Fania Field Hockey

Matt Busch Men’s Soccer

Erin Allen Women’s Soccer

Kim Marino Volleyball

Cara Notarianni Women’s Cross Country

Schuyler Smith Men’s Cross Country

Good Sports Six Royal fall sport student-athletes (pictured above) were selected to the Landmark Conference All-Sportsmanship Team, which recognizes student-athletes who epitomize the ideals of sportsmanship by demonstrating fair play and showing graciousness in victory and respectfulness in defeat. The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the Landmark Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2013 as a way to highlight student-athletes who exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, spectators and the greater campus community. The University congratulates the following Royals on their selection: senior Alyssa Fania of the field hockey team, sophomore Matt Busch of the men’s soccer team, junior Erin Allen of the women’s soccer team, junior Kim Marino of the volleyball team, senior Cara Notarianni of the women’s cross-country team and freshman Schuyler Smith of the men’s cross-country team. Visit to read about the 51 fall sport student-athletes who were named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll. SPRING 2015


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Retirement of Mike Strong Legendary women’s basketball coach Mike Strong G’82 announced his retirement on Sept. 17, ending a career in which he became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in NCAA Division III history with 815 victories. He led the Lady Royals to the national title in 1985 and to eight Final Fours. His teams won at least 20 games in 26 of his 32 seasons. Strong, who began working at the University in 1972, was also an assistant coach of the men’s basketball team that won the national title in 1976.


Iggy Reaches the Finals The University’s beloved mascot, Iggy, reached the finals of Catholic Mascotology 2014 on, an online contest to choose the “Best Catholic School Mascot.” Iggy defeated four NCAA Division I mascots, including the defending champion, the Canisius Golden Griffin, in the fan-based contest. But, in the final, Iggy lost to the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineer by a little more than 500 votes after more than 12,000 were cast by loyal Scranton students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends.

Women’s Soccer The women’s soccer team reached the Landmark Conference championship for the fifth straight season and the sixth time in the conference’s eight years. The Royals finished with 10 wins, their sixth season in the last seven with at least 10 victories. Juniors Erin Casey and Jasmine Sconciafurno and sophomore Christina Akalski each earned first-team all-conference honors.

Men’s Soccer The men’s soccer team finished the season with a 9-6-3 record and posted 10 shutouts. It marked the third straight season in which the Royals posted a winning record, and the 10 shutouts were the ninth-most in school history. Senior forward Kevin Kozic earned second-team all-Landmark Conference honors after finishing with a team-high six goals.

Volleyball Senior Julia Crilly became the first women’s volleyball player in Scranton history to earn All-American honors when she received honorable mention accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She led the Royals to a 23-11 record and became the only player in school history to have at least 1,500 kills and 1,500 digs in a career.


University Advancement

University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., and Marissa Larrazabal ’15, reach out to an alumnus at the Student Calling Center.

Father Quinn Visits the Student Calling Center, Surprises Donors and Students When Marissa Larrazabal ’15 reached out to John Horchos D.M.D ’88 by phone last November and asked him to consider a gift to The University of Scranton, Horchos was happy to say yes. It was something he has done faithfully every year since 1997 and this time would be no different. But what happened next, Horchos said, was quite unexpected. University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., who was in the Student Calling Center that evening, borrowed Larrazabal’s headset to personally thank Horchos for his support of his alma mater. “At first I thought it was a prank,” Horchos said. “Then I thought, no, this kind of personal touch is exactly what Scranton is all about.” Fr. Quinn made a special visit to the Student Calling Center that evening to spend time meeting with students on duty and to thank them for their service to the University. The student calling program, housed in the Office of Annual Giving, employs nearly 40 Scranton students each semester. Larrazabal and her peers

have reached out to thousands of alumni, parents and friends since the program’s inception. During the calls, their goal is to give updates about the University, provide a snapshot of the life of a current student and to thank members of the extended Scranton community personally for their continued involvement. The callers have successfully raised more than $100,000 in pledges since June 1. Although student callers are performing a job, they find they regularly benefit from the connections that occur during their shifts. For example, Larrazabal, a health administration major, said she was grateful for the conversation she had with Horchos that evening. He gave her valuable advice about entering the medical field after she graduates in May. The fact that alumni and others with a strong connection to the University go out of their way to help students (and one another) makes her confident she will have their support as she embarks on the next stage of her life, she said.

The students are looking forward to reaching out to even more members of the Scranton community. If you missed a call, visit to help current and future students have the best possible Scranton experience. SPRING 2015


University Advancement

A Future, Fair and Bright Board of Trustee Chair Larry Lynch discusses his new role at the University and his hopes for its future.

“I am standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before me I am stronger for their courage, I am wiser for their words I am lifted by their longing for a fair and brighter future I am grateful for their vision, for their toiling on this Earth.” — Joyce Johnson Rouse

When Lawrence “Larry” Lynch ’81 reflects on his new role as the chair of The University of Scranton’s Board of Trustees, the lyrics of songwriter Joyce Johnson Rouse come to mind. The verse is fitting, he explains, because thanks to his predecessors, a strong foundation was set in place to build upon. And he sees only better things ahead. “I’ve been served up a nice platter, so to speak,” Lynch said. “I’ve become chair at a bright spot in the University’s history. Scranton is doing amazingly well: It’s a very competitive, highquality institution that will continue to attract and retain bright students and faculty, and it is supported by strong alumni, parents and friends.” Lynch succeeded Christopher ‘Kip’ Condron ’70, H’03, who completed five years of service as chair last year. But Lynch has helped to shape the University’s path through many years of dedicated service and increasing responsibility, beginning with when he was student government president. He later became involved with his local alumni group, and subsequently served as 36


president of The Scranton Club of Philadelphia. From there, he was elected a member of the Alumni Society of The University of Scranton’s Board of Governors. When Lynch was asked to join the Board as a trustee, he said he was honored to have the chance to serve. He began his first Board term in 2009. A partner in the financial services sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lynch is one of nine children, six of whom attended Scranton. The Princeton, New Jersey resident and his wife Keli have five children, ranging in age from 14 to 28. His position currently spans PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York and Philadelphia regions, though his job has taken his family to Paris for assignments twice over the years. Before he accepted the trustee chair position, Lynch said he wanted to make sure he could manage the time required to do the job well, but conversations with other Board members convinced him he could manage it. He added that he is thankful to his wife for her support of his decision to take on the additional

University Advancement

Larry Lynch ’81, chair of the Board of Trustees, with his niece, Maggie Ruskowski ’15. Maggie is one of Larry’s five nieces and nephews who chose to attend Scranton. Five of his siblings also graduated from the University.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Gathered at Scranton’s 2014 undergraduate commencement are (from left to right): Patricia Harrington, R.N., Ed.D.; Trustee Emeritus Christopher

“Kip” Condron ’70, H’03, Chair of the Board of Trustees Larry Lynch ’81; The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.; and University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.; Lynch (left) joins Fr. Quinn and Gary Olsen, vice president for University Advancement, in offering congratulations to Ralph DiRuggiero ’73, P’10, at the June 3 kickoff reception for the President’s Business Council (PBC) 13th Annual Award Dinner; Lynch (right) with Board member Joe Vaszily ’95 and Fordham University’s Msgr. Joseph Quinn ’72 at the Oct. 9, 2014 PBC Dinner.

responsibility required of him in his new leadership role. He is now thrilled to work alongside University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. “It’s a real learning experience for me. Being a trustee is one thing and chairing the Board is another — I have to provide that leadership,” he said. “But I truly enjoy supporting Fr. Quinn and his team as best I can.” Lynch said he’s always been comfortable being involved in the world of education, and that’s where he devotes a lot of time. (“I even married a schoolteacher,” he said with a smile.) He believes his love for education began with his parents. “My parents were very big on education. They stressed that it was very important, and they wanted all of their children to have a good one,” he said. “They felt the best education was a Catholic education, and you could not do better than the Jesuits, so I enrolled at Scranton. I’ve been forever grateful to them for that.” In addition to his service at the University, Lynch has served on the board of the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, and while

living overseas, chaired the board of Marymount International School of Paris. He is also a board member of the International Insurance Foundation, and has served as a board member of the French American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia chapter, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Social Services. Fr. Quinn feels the Board of Trustees is in excellent hands under Lynch’s direction. “Larry is a thoughtful leader who has a long history of volunteer service to the University,” he said. “His strategic focus and inclusive style will serve the University well as we move to the next chapter in our history.” Lynch said his desire to stay involved with his alma mater “just feels natural.” “The University has been an important part of my life,” he said. “It’s that intangible feeling many others describe. There’s a sense of community — it’s a very warm, caring, nurturing environment. It was that way as a student, and it’s that way for me now.”



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The Mulhall family at Michael’s graduation, from left to right: Carrie, Justine, Peggy (mother), Michael, Neil (father) and Grace. INSET: The late Michael Mulhall ’10

In His Memory: The Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship Michael Mulhall ’10 was a connector. He always brought people together. His tragic passing, just weeks after graduation, however, did not end his ability to strengthen the bonds of those he touched. Nearly five years after his death, his memory still ties people together. And a growing network of friends, along with their friends and relatives, have joined Mulhall’s family to ensure that his memory will live on at Scranton. “Mike was a very special guy,” said Sean Kirk ’10. “Anyone who met him wanted to continue to be around him. You instantly felt you were his friend.” Mulhall, along with two friends, sisters Paige and Jamie Malone, died in a car accident while traveling to a summer job to work with special needs children and adults. After the unthinkable loss, Kirk, together with friend Michael Clark ’10, wanted to honor Mulhall’s memory by creating a lasting tribute on campus. One way they knew they could do that was to establish an endowed scholarship in his name. They approached the University in 2011 and were told that in order to fully fund an endowment, they would have to raise $50,000 within five years. “We were 100 percent on board,” said Clark. “We came 38


up with a game plan and had plenty of support from so many people. The response was amazing.” They reached the goal within the first year. Kirk and Clark, joined by Connor Dempsey ’10, the Mulhall family, and many others, planned several events to raise funds for the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship, which benefits an education student with an interest in special education. Events were varied, including several 5k fun run/walks, boat parties, Yankees game outings and a volleyball tournament. To date, the endowment is valued at more than $100,000. “[After Mulhall’s death], the initial reaction you feel is helpless. You feel devastated and want to be there for people who feel the same way,” Dempsey said. “There were a lot of us who were in that position. Trying to do something positive was extremely therapeutic for all of us.” The three young alumni have become close to the Mulhall family over the years. Neil Mulhall, Michael’s father, said that he, his wife Peggy, and their children treasure these relationships. “We are a huge extended family now, and our lives are interconnected,” said Michael’s father, Neil. “I feel so proud of these young men [Kirk, Clark and Dempsey], and the University

Michael’s family and friends are pictured here at the 2012 Michael Mulhall ‘10 Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk. In the first row (left to right) are Justine Mulhall, Peggy and Neil Mulhall and Brianne Mooney ‘12. In the second row (left to right) are Michael Clark ‘10, Sean Kirk ‘10 and Kevin Clark ‘14.

should be proud of the caliber of citizen they’ve produced.” He added: “That this scholarship could be fully funded and awarded within four years is amazing. If you look at the list of those who have contributed in some way, it’s a mile long — this is not one person writing a check and making it happen. We couldn’t be more thrilled.” Participation in events has been a great source of comfort for the family. While it’s not a journey he’d ever thought he’d be taking, or would want to take, the experience has been incredible — and humbling, he said. He has gotten to know his late son in a way he never might have otherwise: through the eyes of his friends. “This is our son, our brother, and we need to remember him not as he died but how he lived,” said Michael’s father. “It’s very important that these events represent his spirit, and that has been the case.” This past fall, the first Mulhall scholar was welcomed on campus. “It’s such a great feeling,” Clark said. “Why we’re doing this, in Mike’s memory, is so someone else can enjoy their years at Scranton. We are giving someone that ability, while lessening the financial burden. It makes all the work very much worth it.”

A Meaningful Gift Jeff Bergman and Nancy Pritzker sat in a New York apartment last spring discussing their August wedding. They agreed a gift registry was unnecessary because they had been blessed with everything they needed. A few weeks later, Bergman mentioned that he was hoping to participate in a 5K race/walk to benefit the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship after the wedding. Bergman, the best friend of Connor Dempsey ’10, one of Mulhall’s close friends, went to fundraising events whenever he could. He told Pritzker how impressed he was by both the scholarship, which was named after an alumnus who died tragically just after graduation, and the group of friends and family behind it. Pritzker then had the idea to offer guests the option to donate to the cause in lieu of wedding gifts. “I thought it was an incredible idea,” Bergman said. Neither Bergman nor Pritzker attended The University of Scranton, but Bergman spent time on campus visiting Dempsey, and had gotten to know Mulhall during those visits. “He and I instantly got along, and I immediately witnessed what a fun-loving, spirited person he was,” Bergman said. “I always looked forward to seeing him.” The couple’s kind gesture helped to raise more than $20,000 for the scholarship, surpassing their expectations. “Everyone thought it was incredible that we had such a great cause that people were free to donate to,” he said. “I think the biggest favor one can do is help a cause and expect nothing in return. We just feel lucky to have been a part of it.”

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Michael Clark, Sean Kirk and Connor Dempsey (left to right) at the dedication of the Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp Anchor last May in Lido Beach, New York.

Jeff Bergman and Nancy Pritzker on their wedding day last August. The couple offered friends and family the option to donate to the Michael Mulhall ’10 Memorial Scholarship in lieu of traditional wedding gifts.



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The Long-Awaited Degree A surgeon who attended medical school eight credits shy of his bachelor’s degree reflects on the importance of his undergraduate education. James M. Kane, Sr., M.D. has always considered himself a University of Scranton alumnus. The only thing missing was his diploma. In 1946, while just eight credits shy of earning his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Kane transferred to medical school at Loyola University Chicago. During and immediately after World War II, he explained, it was not uncommon for medical schools to accept select students early in order to ensure an adequate number of trained doctors. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Kane served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy, earned another degree (this time a master’s in pathology from Northwestern University), raised a family and pursued an extremely successful career in the Chicago area. But he never forgot his time at Scranton. Dr. Kane and his late wife, Gloria, raised four children and have 11 grandchildren. Together, they instilled a commitment to education that has been carried on through the generations. “The truth is, I felt indebted to the school all my adult life,” Dr. Kane said. “Where I am and how I got there was without question because of my Scranton education.” 40


One piece, however, was missing. Dr. Kane’s daughter, Elizabeth, teased her father one day, saying, ‘Dad, how is it that you went to medical school but have no bachelor’s degree?’, he said. When Scranton leaders heard the story, they knew it was something that had to change. On Nov. 23 in Rosemont, Illinois, University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., conferred a bachelor of science degree to the retired surgeon in a ceremony attended by family and close friends. His alumnus status, though never in question, was now official. “Fr. Quinn said, ‘The University of Scranton is honored to have you as a graduate and I am privileged to serve as the president bestowing your degree,’” Dr. Kane said. “I thought it was very nice. Ten of my grandchildren were there, among others, including very dear friends. I really enjoyed it.” Dr. Kane, a 2012 recipient of the University’s Frank O’Hara Award, held several leadership positions during his 45 years as a surgeon at four Chicago-area hospitals, including chief of surgery at three locations. A pioneer in bariatric medicine, he

manager for a chain of movie theaters. “My older and much wiser brother Bill ’43, a pre-med student at the University, was not exactly happy with my career choices,” said Dr. Kane. “To get Bill off my case, I agreed to enroll at The University of Scranton and promised to give it one week. Everything changed in my life that week!” “The Jesuits were tremendously motivational, very friendly, and extremely influential in my education,” Dr. Kane said. “I blossomed at the University — the spark that [Richard J. Neu, S.J. and Robert H. Springer, S.J.] provided helped me with every important decision and is still with me today.” Dr. Kane has maintained strong ties to Scranton over the years. He made a gift to name The William ’43 and James ’46 Kane classroom in the Loyola Science Center. Most recently, he gave a leadership gift of a million dollars to name The James M. Kane, M.D. ’46 Forum, a centerpiece of the center for rehabilitation education scheduled to open next summer. “I choose to support the ongoing work of the University because the University was so generous to me. I could never begin to repay that debt of gratitude,” he said. “The knowledge that I received during those critical years shaped my future and was the gift that kept on giving.”

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assisted in the development of various procedures in bariatric surgery that led the way to laparoscopic gastric bypass. Though he also performed other surgeries, he became well known for his work with the morbidly obese, thanks to a special patient: Agnes Belushi, the mother of John and James Belushi. “Agnes was invited to Las Vegas to see her son perform, and she said she couldn’t get on the plane [because of her weight] so she wasn’t going to go,” Dr. Kane said. “I said, “Agnes, I see your problem, and I can help.’” Belushi became one of Dr. Kane’s first bariatric surgery patients. The rest, he said, is history. “It worked very well,” Dr. Kane said. “The entertainment world is very small, and word spread. One day, Phil Donahue wanted her on his talk show. She said, ‘I’ll come if you can convince Dr. Kane to come too.’ So I went to the show. You could not believe the response.” He returned to the office and found his phone ringing off the hook, including calls from as far away as Guam. “We kept a list and called back as best we could. It was thousands of calls, literally. After that, there was no question if I was going to do that surgery or not.” His life as a prominent surgeon was very different from the one he’d envisioned for himself. He wasn’t even considering college at first, and was happy moving up the ladder as a

Dr. Kane with Un iversity presiden Kevin P. Quinn, S. t J.

Dr. Kane celebrating his degree with his family in Rosemont, Illinois in November. SPRING 2015


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However, something changed after the shocking murders of Elba, Celina, Ignacio, Segundo, Nacho, Juan Ramón, Joaquín, and Amando. The world could no longer ignore what was happening in this small country called El Salvador. The men who had died were Jesuits, intellectuals and pastors who had demanded justice and peace. The women had accompanied them in life and death, doing the oft-forgotten works of household and care that make peace and justice possible. Most mark their deaths as the beginning of the end of a horrific civil war. In spring of 2011, I studied in El Salvador with Casa de la Solidaridad, a program through Santa Clara University. Casa is grounded in four pillars of accompaniment, academic study, community living and spirituality. For four months, I lived in community with Salvadoran and American students, took

One morning, we gathered in the small meditation room above Oti’s home. With tears in her eyes, Oti, a mother in Mariona, lit a candle and shared the story of Alfonso Acevedo, a catechist in her parish during the war. Like the UCA martyrs, Alfonso had died by death squad. He had connected his faith and his power as a community leader with the struggle of the marginalized, the struggles of Mariona. That weekend, I went to Alfonso’s church, saw where he was buried. “He was a friend,” Oti whispered. As the families told us stories of the UCA martyrs and other Salvadoran martyrs, I began to realize that the Jesuits were part of a history of martyrs, women and men who still were missed and honored for their witness. Like me, most of the Jesuits were educated non-Salvadorans who chose to throw in their lot with a people they’d come to love. By telling us their stories, Oti welcomed us into their history of

“Like me, most of the Jesuits were educated non-Salvadorans who chose to throw in their lot with a people they’d come to love.” classes at the Universidad Centroamericana, and spent two days each week with a community affected by gang violence outside San Salvador. I met Salvadorans who had known the Jesuits, and heard the stories of their lives and deaths from people who had loved and respected them. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I accompanied three families in Mariona, an urban community about six miles north of San Salvador. Mariona is outside the largest jail in San Salvador, La Esperanza, so it’s a dangerous neighborhood; many gang members and their families live outside the jail. We Americans were not able to walk freely around the neighborhood because of the attention we attracted. The families in Mariona taught us the ordinary creativity that can create spaces of justice. We visited with artisans throughout El Salvador, participated in meditation and massage therapy, and learned traditional crafts and cooking.

love. Every November, I commemorate the deaths of the Salvadoran martyrs. I think it is important to tell their story. As a graduate of a Jesuit university, it is a part of my story. Ignacio Ellacuría, the rector of the Salvadoran Jesuit community, believed Jesuit universities have a unique mission to devote the resources of the university to the service of the poor and marginalized. In a commencement address at Santa Clara University, he declared that we must “analyze causes, use imagination and creativity together to discover remedies, communicate to our public a consciousness that inspires freedom of self-determination, educate professionals with a conscience who will be the immediate instruments of transformation.” He and the others died witnessing to this vision. This November, I remembered the Jesuits and women who died believing that alumni of Jesuit universities would be instruments of transformation in the world. They remind me that becoming women and men for others is a mission worth dying for, a mission worth living for. Like the martyrs of El Salvador, we may live ordinary lives and die common deaths. But because of the martyrs, we know that living ordinary lives in the service of others can change the world. On the 25th anniversary of their death, I commit myself to their memories, to sharing their story, to living their vision. Sarah Neitz is a 2012 graduate of the University of Scranton who majored in international studies, Hispanic studies and philosophy. She studied abroad in El Salvador in 2011 through Santa Clara’s Casa de la Solidaridad program. After graduation, she spent two years serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Detroit, Michigan. She is currently applying to doctorate programs in political science and peace studies. Sarah Neitz (center) on the patio of Casa Romero, the house where she lived in El Salvador, when the Scranton delegation came to visit in January 2011.



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Michael Manley ’66, Lancaster, published his book, “The Alley” on Amazon in print and Kindle. Patrick Cioni ’64, G’69, Scranton, has published “Object Images, Ego Formation, and Identity: A Christ-Centered Approach” in the June 2014 issue of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He wishes to thank John J. O’Malley, Ph.D. ’64 and Helene O’Malley for his inspiration regarding this publication. Chester Pleban ’71, St. Louis, Missouri, wrote “Conviction of Innocence,” the fictional story of a white police officer accused of murdering a black burglary suspect by a politically motivated prosecutor in a racially charged environment. The story is inspired by an actual criminal case. Casmir Yanish ’72, New York, New York, is the director of Space and Design for the New York City Human Resources Administration, the world’s largest social service agency. He leads a group of architects, engineers and facilities staff in caring for more than six million square feet of space, where service is provided to the neediest New Yorkers. Robert Franklin ’77, Charlotte, North Carolina, will retire as a senior vice president from Wells Fargo at the end of the year.

After spending 17 years with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Robert spent 15 years at Wells Fargo. There, he has been responsible for starting several successful businesses for the firm. The late Steven Cox ’80 passed away from cancer in 1991. The nonprofit Steven A. Cox Foundation, named after Cox, celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Oct. 6. Visit for information on the foundation’s golf outing, which has raised more than $6.4 million for cancer research and patient support over the years in honor of Cox. David Begany, SSJ ’81, New Orleans, Louisiana, was ordained as a priest for the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the Josephites, in May 2014 at St. Luke Catholic Church, Washington, D.C. He has been assigned as a parochial vicar of Corpus Christi-Epiphany Parish in New Orleans. Brian Regan ’82, Bethlehem, a partner in the accounting firm Regan, Levin, Bloss, Brown and Savchak, received the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award. Robert Ryder ’82, Pittsford, New York, was recently voted the No. 4 CFO from among the largest 500 publicly traded companies by The Wall Street Journal. Robert is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Constellation Brands.

Charles Mooney ’83, Harrisburg, was named director of retail operations for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Joseph Yanish ’83, Cranston, Rhode Island, was appointed as VISN 1 strategic planner for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in June 2014 and is responsible for all tactical and operational planning for the eighthospital network with a $2.5 billion annual budget and 13,500 employees in six states. He previously served for 21 years at the VA Medical Center in Providence as a health systems specialist. Col. Donald Jenkins, M.D. ’84, Rochester, Minnesota, received the Distinguished Service Medal at the American Legion 96th National Convention on Aug. 26. This is the highest honor that the American Legion bestows. A former U.S. Air Force trauma surgeon, Jenkins pioneered innovative ways to stop battlefield bleeding. Joseph Gershey, D.P.M. ’85, South Abington Township, was elected president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association at its annual inaugural dinner held in King of Prussia in November. Barbara Taylor ’85, Scranton, recently published her first novel, “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night.” Publishers Weekly named Taylor’s book a “Best Summer Read for 2014.”

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Milestones continued Jeffrey Lattmann ’86, New Providence, New Jersey, the executive managing director of Beecher Carlson, is celebrating 10 years with the firm and leads the practice for advising on directors and officers liability, cyber liability, employment practice litigation, crime insurance and professional liability insurance and related products. Lattmann was recently elected to the Minority Business Development Institute, a nonprofit entity that offers comprehensive education and advisory services that outline a road map for growth and success of minority, veteran and women contractors. He completed his commitment to the Professional Liability Underwriting Society after 15 years of involvement, including six years on the board and three years as president.

Adelaide Riggi Cutalo ’97, Morristown, New Jersey, has been named to this year’s New Jersey Law Journal “New Leaders of the Bar” list. This special recognition is for lawyers under the age of 40 who are emblematic of the next wave of leadership of the New Jersey bar based on their career achievements thus far.

Malcolm MacGregor ’86, North Abington Township, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

Gregory Shahum, Ph.D. ’00, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was promoted to director-international operations with Genesis Rehabilitation Services and is working on introducing a rehabilitation facility to Guangzhou, China.

Ann Kearney Astolfi, D.M.D. ’88, Bethlehem, and her daughter Jeanne, a high school senior, traveled to Jamaica with 1000 Smiles for a week in the fall. While there, they were able to provide 927 children with patient dental education/oral hygiene instructions at seven different elementary schools and distribute more than 1,200 toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children. The team addressed the restorative, hygiene and extraction needs of 876 people during this particular week. 1000 Smiles is in its 12th year of treating patients. Jeffrey Catalano ’90, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a partner at Todd & Weld LLP, has been elected treasurer of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2014-2015 year. Jason Daria ’91, Bryn Mawr, an attorney with the firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP, has been named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list by U.S. News & World Report for his efforts in the area of personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Steven Moersdorf ’93, Chester, New Jersey, has been appointed to the board of directors of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. Timothy Ferguson ’95, Scranton, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane ’88, as an agent with the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Timothy Gorton ’97, New York, New York, received an Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives via the New York Chapter, Healthcare Leaders of New York. Sean Meehan ’97, Hazlet, New Jersey, had a featured role in a recent HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart.” 44


Cristin Kiley Mount, M.D. ’99, Lakewood, Washington, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army. She is the chief, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine service for Madigan Army Medical Center. Col. Kevin Murray ’00, Stafford, Virginia, received The Attorney General’s Award for Heroism in October 2014 and the FBI Shield of Bravery in August 2014.

Suzanne Messer ’01, Cicero, New York, an associate with the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, has been included in the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of general litigation. Michael Draney ’03, Parsippany, New Jersey, achieved the status of certified instructor of Songahm taekwondo in September 2014. Pamela Kalinowski ’06, Castle Rock, Colorado, received a J.D. from William & Mary Law School in May 2014. She is working on a legal fellowship at the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.

Ann Kearney Astolfi, D.M.D. ’88, in Jamaica providing dental education through 1000 Smiles.

Michael Flynn ’10, Scranton, is the artistic director of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival and received a Lackawanna County Arts Council grant. Hunter Greene G’10, Astoria, New York, received an Early Career Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives via the New York Chapter, Healthcare Leaders of New York.

Eileen Patterson ’08, Massapequa, New York, starred in a national tour production of the musical adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Matthew Suda ’10, Memphis, Tennessee, earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He expects to finish is Ph.D. by 2017.

Debra Pavlico G’08, Forty Fort, has released her first book, “Conversations with Women: The Journey Toward Self-Esteem,” a nonfiction work that tackles the important topic of a woman’s journey on the path to developing self-esteem.

William Peter Koar ’11, Allenhurst, New Jersey, has joined the Red Bank, New Jersey office of WithumSmith+Brown PC, continuing his career in the accounting industry.

Stephanie O’Brien ’09, Bogota, New Jersey, has joined New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse as stage manager of its Educational Touring Theatre Company for the 2014-15 season.

Andrew Wynne ’11, Fairport, New York, a Peace Corps master’s international student at the College of Charleston, wrapped up a 27-month stint with the Peace Corps Volun-

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teers in the Philippines where he was helping communities improve the lives of their citizens and expand their opportunities. He chronicled his entire experience as it happened on his blog, which is available here:

Francis X. O’Connor ’71, an attorney in Great Bend (Susquehanna County), was elected by his peers to serve as the 120th president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is the first rural sole practitioner in memory who has been chosen to lead the 27,000-member legal organization.

Christopher Cummings ’12, G’14, Scranton, recently wrote a book titled “After Everyone’s Dead.” Susannah Bruno ’13, Philadelphia, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Cottage Housing Inc. in Sacramento, California. Stephen DeChiaro ’13, Cranford, New Jersey, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Oasis Center Loft Program in Nashville, Tennessee. Samantha Dzirko ’13, Dingmans Ferry, is working as a production manager intern for the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Nicholas Needle ’13, Kingston, joined the Villanova Law Review. Corinne Nulton ’13, Peckville, was awarded the 2014 Norris Church Mailer Scholarship by the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program. Chelsea Valentine ’13, Tamaqua, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Open Door Mission Foundation in Houston, Texas.

Francis X. O’Connor ’71

“I’m so pleased it’s a University of Scranton graduate who is in that position,” said Colleen Neary ’88, an attorney and PBA member. “He is a kind, kind man, and he has brought his Scranton background to the job. In all we do, especially as attorneys, he reminds us of our obligation of service to others.”

During his term, which began last year and ends this May, O’Connor began a program that encourages attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans. “I’ve asked all lawyers, if they are members or not, to do something for veterans who have put themselves in harm’s way so we have the freedoms we have today,” he said. “It is important in our position to say ‘thank you.’” O’Connor and his wife, Sharon, have three children (two of whom are Scranton alumni) and two grandchildren. O’Connor is a former member of the University’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. “Your legacy, I believe, is not how much money you make, but the good you leave behind,” said O’Connor.

Kerry Delaney ’14, Aston, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at St. Matthew Catholic School in Phoenix, Arizona. Melissa DeSoto ’14, Port Tobacco, Maryland, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Catholic Charities, St. Margaret’s Shelter in Spokane, Washington. Andrew Gentilucci ’14, Danville, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington. Carly Ramge ’14, Wyckoff, New Jersey, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. Kyle Swartz ’14, Lewisburg, is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Alameda County Homeless Action Center in Oakland, California.

University of Scranton Alumni serving as Jesuit Volunteers from 2014-2015.

Pictured are Michael McDermott ’71 (right), past Alumni Society president, with his grandson, Brooks, and son, Michael McDermott ’10 (Brooks’ uncle).



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Marriages Joseph Alu ’80 to Catherine Huff Hartman ’86 Elizabeth Sohan ’97 to Felix Mejia ’98 Susan Houseman ’00 to Peter Gregory Susan Ingraffea ’01 to Milton Jurado Keith Coleman ’03 to Finda Baryoh ’04 Brian Market ’04 to Maria Capaccio

Drew Clancy ’06 to Aimee Trainor Justine McGuire ’06 to David Tate Daniel Neenan ’07 to Dawn Leavy ’10 Philip Loscombe, Pharm.D ’07 to Rebecca Rufo Genna Frappaolo ’08 to Thomas Rossi ’08

Drew Clancy ’06 and Aimee Trainor were married on Sept. 13, 2014 in Skogar, Iceland. They are pictured in front of the Skogafoss waterfall on the south coast with several Scranton alumni (from left to right): Michael Guntestki ’04, Bob Palidora ’06, Aimee Trainor (bride), Drew Clancy ’06 (groom) and Chris Calogero ’04.

Christine Diaz-Burke ’09 celebrated her wedding to John Burke at Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley with many Scranton alumni: Jeanmarie Pheasey (Gansert) ’09, Kevin Pheasey ’09, Ashley Teatum ’09, Brian Tenazas ’09, Colin Gibson ’09, Sarah Hardy ’09, Matthew Tirella ’09, John McCarthy ’09, Jessica Abbott ’09, James Gamrat ’09, Jessica Cranmer ’15, Polina Philbin ’08, Melissa Rinaldi ’09, Tamar Beridze ’08, Eileen Hayes ’01, Daniella Febres ’08, Anastasia Reader-Hinds ’09, Caroline Crennan ’09, Jonathon Perina ’09, James Troutman ’09, Shorling Ronquillo (De La Cruz) ’11, Amanda Taylor (grad) and Tiffany Wettstein ’12



Jaclyn Lojewski ’08 to Ryan Lucas ’07 Brian J. Patchcoski ’08 to Gregory A. Nolan David Patton ’08 to Keri D’Emic ’10 Christine Diaz ’09 to Sgt. 1st Class John Burke Maria Kern ’09 to Christopher Haggerty Colby Haggerty ’11 to Ashley Michini ’12 Elizabeth Lukowicz ’11 to Michael Sunkel ’11 Sarah Zimmerman ’11 to James Maginnis ’11 Ashley Michini ’12 and Colby Haggerty ’11

Justine McGuire ’06 married David Tate on July 25, 2014 in Lansdale. Alumni attendees included (from left to right): Janet Garofalo ’06, Joseph Simonetti ’06, Casey Templin, Meghan Jelinski ’06, Elizabeth Richardson ’06, Kate Lyon ’06, Laura Salomon ’06, Lauren Burke ’06 and Dounia Safi ’06.

Susan Ingraffea ’01 married Milton Jurado at the Knoll Country Club in Parsippany, New Jersey, on May 17, 2014. Many Scranton alumni were there to share in the celebration. Pictured (from left to right): Claire Lorenz ’01, Jennifer Lively ’01, Joey Schroeder ’03, Chris Budano ’01, , Susan Ingraffea ’01, Mari-Christina (Quinn) McGlinn ’01, father of the bride Dominic Ingraffea ’67, Jill Perrius ’01, Nancy (Vigorita) Garcia ’01 and Kerri (McIlroy) Czech ’01. Not pictured Jerzie (Kissel) Coppola ’01 and Nicole (Radomski) Woering ’01.

Class Notes Dawn Leavy Neenan ’10 and Daniel Neenan ’07 wed in April 2013 and celebrated with fellow Scranton alumni,

Philip Loscombe, Pharm.D ’07 and Rebecca Rufo exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 27, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. Scranton grads in attendance included Kristen Peterman ’07, Joseph Butash Jr., M.D. ’07 and Joseph Butash Sr. ’79.

Brian Market ’04 married Maria Capaccio on Oct. 11, 2014 at Heroes Ballroom in Philadelphia. In attendance were 21 Scranton alumni. Pictured: Ryan Finnegan ’04, Marc and Abbien Ciucci ’04, Tim Krause ’04, Charles and Erica Bartels ’04, Regina Market ’95, Rob Radabaugh ’04, Jill ’03 and Brian ’04 Mckenzie, Kari Dotter ’04, Joe Powell ’04, Charlie Dotter ’04, Steve Market ’99, Matt Kelly ’04, Katie and Tom Fox ’04, Katie ’03 and Len Fodera ’04 and Christopher Radziwill ’04.

Ashley Michini ’12 and Colby Haggerty ’11 married on Oct. 12, 2014 in New Hope. They celebrated with many of their Scranton friends.

including: Brice Beach ’07, Josh Rosas ’07, Trey Van Wert ’10, Michael Paz ’07, Kevin Carbonetti ’07,Margaret Carbonetti ’07, Becky Fullam ’08, Kaitlyn Neenan ’12, Tricia Leavy ’16, John Mercuri ’07, Elizabeth Kurtulik Mercuri ’07, Maureen Jennings ’07, Charlie Tacopino ’07, Casper Magacs ’06, Tom Regan ’07, Aileen Monks ’10, Matthew Mercuri ’10, Joanna Mercuri ’11, Erik Lenhart ’06, Gina Fullam ’10, Kaitlin Huvane ’10, Jennifer Neenan ’06, Kelly Dugan ’04, Leah Strout ’04, Patrick Strout ’03, Eddie McDonnell ’07, Nick Connolly ’07, Joseph Conley ’07, Denise O’Hara ’09, Matthew Monaco ’06, Mike Genereux ’07, Danielle Donoghue ’06 and Andrew Martin Donoghue ’06.

Elizabeth Lukowicz ’11 and Michael Sunkel ’11, married on Aug. 16, 2014, with some 21 other alumni and one future alumnus at the event. Attending the marriage were: father of the bride Alan Lukowicz ’82, Gregory Martino ’82, Ronald Lukowicz ’84, Kenneth Bogdanovich ’92, Mary Cullen Bogdanovich ’91, Kevin Munley ’92, Theresa Cullen Munley ’91, G ’93, Kathleen Martino Iacocca ’06, G’07, Christopher Iacocca ’07, Margaret Cullen LaCroix ’95, Dylan Lukowicz ’18, Andrew Osso ’11, Peter Taormina ’11, Michael Walko ’11, Kyle Moyer ’11, James Troutman ’11, Ryan Brady ’11, Stephanie Robins ’11, Karen Navarrete ’11, Danielle Sadusky ’11, Dianne Barba ’11 and Kathleen Madara ’11.

S PRING 2015


Class Notes

Marriages continued

Maria Kern ’09 wed Christopher Haggerty on May 17, 2014 in Scranton at St. Lucy’s Church and the Radisson Lackawanna Station. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and currently reside in Havertown. Fifteen alumni were present including (from left to right): John Haggerty ’93, Dr. Paul Mackarey G ’86, Joseph Aldcowski ’78, James Mellow ’62, Thomas Kern ’11, Cynthia Page ’81, Brittany Tamaro ’09, Tara Holland ’09, Maria Kern ’09, Jaime Correa, Adrienne Pierangeli ’09, Sheila Grady ’09/G’14, Nicole Cruciani ’10, Suzanne Hine ’88 and Robert Hine ’87, G ’93.

Elizabeth Sohan ’97 married Felix Mejia ’98 on Aug. 16, 2014 in Morristown, New Jersey. Pictured are: Todd Butler ’98, Felix Mejia ’98, Phil Odom ’95, Tina Mantes MacNaughton ’97, Norm Lynton ’98, Jill Horne ’97, Elizabeth Sohan ’97, Catherine Slish DePasquale ’97 and Stacie Kozakewich Carangelo ’97.

Brian J. Patchcoski ’08, associate dean of students/ director of the LGBT Resource Center at Cornell University married his partner Gregory A. Nolan on Nov. 1 at Silver Queen Farm in Trumansburg, New York.

Sarah Zimmermann ’11 and James Maginnis ’11 (front row), who began their Scranton love story their sophomore year, were married in New Jersey on Aug. 24, 2013. They celebrated their big day surrounded by current and past Scranton family and friends. Back row (left to right): CJ Casperson ’12, Meghan Maguire, Mary Nguyen ’11, Louis Yorey ’14 (bride’s cousin), Elizabeth Yorey ’17 (bride’s cousin), Daniel Zimmermann ’11 (bride’s twin), Karl Oberg ’11, Erin Yuhas Leech ’11, Francesca Stanko ’11, Megan Yekel ’11 and Adam Kasmark ’11.

Births A son, Christopher Hoynes, to Antonios Louloudakis and Kara Aylward ’92, Washington, D.C.

A son, Austin Christopher, to Matthew and Denise Mahalidge Derricks ’98, Breinigsville

Triplets, daughters Caroline and Marion, son Cooper, to Shauna and Michael Turlip ’00, Eynon

A son, Vito James, to Denty and Michael Troncellito ’94 , Glendale, Arizona 15

A son, Michael Joseph, to Michael ’98 and Kimberly Warrick Mongiello ’05, Lewisberry

A daughter, Arabella Grace, to Adam and Allison Capitano Sivon ’01, Lindenhurst, New York

A daughter, Cassidy Tegan, to Christopher and Danielle Egan Rowland ‘00, Oakland, New Jersey 13

A son, Brody Joseph, to Brian and Christina Harchar Lafferty ’01, G’06, Roaring Brook Township

A son, Joel Docze, to Drs. Andrea and Gregory Shahum ’00, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 14

A daughter, Natasha Lynn, to Neal and Kristina Walsh Karnovsky ’01, New York, New York

Twin daughters, Maeve Finch and Rowan Grace, to Courtney and David Brawley ’98, Annapolis, Maryland A daughter, Scarlett Elise, to Mary and Dr. Sean Keeler ’98, Wachtung, New Jersey 48


A daughter, Lucy Marie, to Charles ’04 and Erica Cilurzo Bartels ’04, New York, New York 1

A daughter, Annabelle Mary, to Douglas and Jacqueline Lillis Grant ’03, Fair Haven, New Jersey 7

A son, Michael Joseph, to Michael ’98 and Kimberly Warrick Mongiello ’05, Lewisberry 11

A son, Joseph Michael, to Amy and Zachary Miknis ’03, Alexandria, Virginia

A son, Brandon Michael, to Michael ’05 and Michelle Richwine Zolnowski ’06, Newark, Delaware 16

A son, Bradley David, to Michael ’03 and Karen Patten Westfall ’03, Davenport, Florida

A son, Jack Martin, to Kevin ’05 and Katie Terrana McHale ’05, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 9

A son, Joshua Francis, to Joseph ’03, G’13 and Ingrid Stein Garofalo ’03, Hackettstown, New Jersey 6

A daughter, Abigail Margret, to Kate and Kevin Farrell ’06, Woodbridge, Virginia. 5 A son, Nathan Elias, to Jonathan ’08 and Ashley O’Shea Miranda ’06, Raleigh, North Carolina 10

Twins, Claire Elise and John Charles, to Dan and Meredith Amole Dougherty ’04, West Chester 3

A son, Finnley James, to Matthew ’07 and Elizabeth Mills Lockhart ’07, Weehawken, New Jersey 8 A son, Cooper William, to Patrick ’08 and Monica Maloney Coughlin ’08, Pelham, New York 2 A son, Landon Robert, to Joshua ’08 and Sarah Yazinski Braddell ’07, Moosic A daughter Hailey Marie, to Adam ’10 and Mindy Markus Farley ’10, Scranton 4 A son, Patrick Hilton, to Carissa and Brian O’Connor ’10, Great Bend 12

















1 2 3 4

5 6 Claire Elise and John Charles Dougherty 7 Hailey Marie Farley 8 Lucy Marie Bartels

Abigail Margret Farrell

Cooper William Coughlin

Joshua Francis Garofalo Annabelle Mary Grant Finnley James Lockhart

9 10 11 12

Class Notes

A daughter, Claire Veronica, to Ryan ’03 and Colleen Duffy Surace ’03, Springfield

Jack Martin McHale Nathan Elias Miranda Michael Joseph Mongiello Patrick Hilton O’Connor

13 14 15 16

Cassidy Tegan Rowland Joel Docze Shahum Vito James Troncellito Brandon Michael Zolnowski SPRING 2015


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 Renzo Nesta ’43, Factoryville Ernest G. Shander, M.D. ’43, Scottsdale, Arizona Charles V. Williams ’47, Smyrna, Delaware Harry H. Difenderfer, D.D.S. ’49, Binghamton, New York Frank Antinozzi ’50, Minersville Thomas J. Hennigan ’50, West Newbury, Massachusetts Joseph McGarry ’50, Doylestown Peter E. Price ’50, Clarks Green Anthony Skettino ’50, Scranton Harris S. Jacobs ’51, Delray Beach, Florida Walter S. Unis ’51, Marshfield, Massachusetts William G. Luetzel ’52, Wescosville John Kurilla ’53, Crystal Lake Lt. Col. Francis X. Duffy, USA, Ret. ’55, Arlington, Virginia Robert Nesbit ’57, Vero Beach, Florida Joseph P. Pascoe ’58, G’64, Carbondale Joseph J. Severini ’58, Scranton John “Jack Winslow” Wasilisin ’58, Falls

In Memoriam

Edward J. Orokos ’59, Owego, New York Lt. Col. Henry C. Gilmore ’60, Colorado Springs, Colorado Augustino R. Graziano ’60, Old Forge William J. Summa ’61, Endwell, New York John McAndrews ’62, Tobyhanna Edmund F. Sweeney ’62, Palm Coast, Florida Thomas F. Flynn ’63, Rumson, New Jersey Andrew H. Walsh ’63, Scranton Paul J. Zimmer ’63, Saint Peters Sr. Cecilia Meighan, RSM G’64, Dallas James M. Soranno ’64, Peckville Allen S. Plotkin G’65, Kingston Thomas W. Koslowski ’67, Dickson City Harold J. Carini ’68, Old Forge John V. Sponyoe G’68, Naples, Florida Roy Hoinowski ’69, Clarks Summit William H. Tonkin, Jr. ’69, G’73, Scranton Peter J. Truszkowski G’69, Mountain Top John C. Tyrrell ’69, Scranton Margaret L. Winter ’69, G’84, Jermyn

Friends & Family

Berniece Antal, wife of John Antal ’48 Victor Bador, grandfather of Nicholas Strack ’12 Lucy Colona, mother of William Colona ’08 Mari Lyn Delicati, wife of Anthony Delicati ’91 George Evans Sr., father of George Evans, Jr. ’82 Richard Hoy, father of Mark Hoy ’77 John Hudak, father of Donna Hudak O’Shea ’82 and grandfather of Ashley O’Shea Miranda ’06 Mary Kennedy, wife of John Kennedy ’50 and mother of Thomas Kennedy ’86 Edward Kupets, father of Michelle Kupets Syre ’87 Charles Littel, father of John Littel ’86 and Kristen Littel ’87 Stephanie Moulden, grandmother of Adam Minakowski ’00 John Murphy, father of Shannon Murphy Fennie ’99 and Jack Murphy ’05




Armand “Sonney ” Scatena ’70, Ballston Spa, New York Robert Tur ’70, Port Saint Lucie, Florida John D. Choplinsky ’71, Virginia Beach, Virginia Rev. Thomas A. Yaszcz ’71, Nanticoke Patricia C. Leamy G’72, Lake Ariel Victor Salidas G’74, Duryea Irene Fkiara Prifti ’75, Philadelphia Msgr. Edward Sarzynski ’75, Reading Ann Salitsky Kelley ’81, Havertown Michael J. Shanahan ’85, Closter, New Jersey Scott A. Lawrence ’89, Gaffney, South Carolina Jay P. Hughes ’91, Bayonne, New Jersey Maureen Halpin ’95, Fairfield, Connecticut Tommy Voytek ’99, Dunmore Michael J. Hanley ’01, Cliffwood, New Jersey I. Leo Moskovitz H’09, Jermyn Maria C. Gervasio ’13, Levittown

Mary Nixon, mother of Mark Nixon ’85, Brian Nixon ’85 and Maura Nixon Haggerty ’89 Mary E. Anzelmi Papi G’11, Moosic Charles Post, father of Charles Post ’76 and Mary Christine Post Mitchell ’78 Ann Pricci, mother of J. Edward Pricci ’69 Luke Snell, father of Lori Snell McDonald ’81 and Lynn Snell Regan ’82 Edward J. and Rosalie Steinmetz Sr., parents of James Steinmetz, M.D. ’78, Edward Steinmetz, Jr. ’81, David Steinmetz ’83 and grandparents of Elizabeth Steinmetz Walsh ’06, Jason Steinmetz ’09 and Eric Steinmetz ’13 Zachary Waity, son of retired Col. Raymond Waity ’66 Joan Ward, mother of Connie Ward McGarry ’83 and grandmother of Christine McGarry ’12 Joseph Wright, brother of Dr. Robert Wright ’57 Thomas Zelno, grandfather of Allan Zelno ’09

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