The Scranton Journal, Spring 2024

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What’s Your FIRST Memory? Celebrating 20 Years of First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together A Newly Reimagined Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured – Plus, the Lifetime of Service That Sustains It



A Message

Kristie G. Ceruti

from the President



Joseph Fitzhenry Tom Salitsky Stan M. Zygmunt ’84, G’95 ASSOCIATE WRITERS


Margery Gleason PHOTOGRAPHY

Grace Crowley ’23 Timmy Drewes Christine Kozak Byron Maldonado Chad Sebring Meg Sweeney ‘20 PRESIDENT





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Dear Friends: I pray 2024 is off to a fine start for you and all those you love. In this spring issue of The Scranton Journal, we reflect on growth and renewal in the form of collaborative partnerships, specifically those that flourish between the University community and our neighbors in need. One program featured within the pages ahead celebrates two decades of student volunteerism that occurs prior to them ever setting foot in a classroom: First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together (FIRST). Its founders, alumni, current leaders and longtime partner agencies illustrate the instant connections established when our Royals take their successful FIRST steps on the path to becoming people for and with others. We also take inspiration from two catalysts for change, Patricia and Edward R. Leahy ’68, H ’01, who each day rededicate themselves to unprecedented levels of service and generosity. Their support for the University and a newly reimagined student-run Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured, named in tribute to their late son, reopens the doors to a true medical home for the underserved. Learn more about how unified efforts between the University and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will provide practical experience for our students in all aspects of health care. The magazine shares the journeys of alumni Mary ’85, P’18 and Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron, and Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA ’95, who have created pathways to education through their philanthropy, and Mark O’Malia ’14, M.S., CCC-SLP who provides universally affordable stuttering therapy — and advocacy — to help others find their voice. In describing Jesuit education to our students, I am always quick to reference our graduates and the example of your lives and accomplishments. As alumni, you demonstrate how our Jesuit mission extends through the rest of your lives, helps you to uncover meaning and keeps you grounded in the truth and focused on others. Your efforts were illuminated recently when Washington Monthly analyzed universities’ contributions to the public good, based, in part, on a calculation of public service of graduates. Scranton ranked No. 10 in the nation among master’s universities for “community and national service.” As we continue to strive for unity of heart, mind and soul, please continue to keep the University in your prayers and be assured of mine in return. I wish you every grace and blessing in the new year. GO ROYALS!!

Yours Faithfully,

Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J. President

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Features 24 Celebrating Two Decades of FIRSTS

Since 2003, the FIRST initiative — First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together — has been successful in connecting incoming students with fellow Royals while introducing them to the ‘powerful Scranton culture of service and community’.

28 For the Health of the Community

University and Geisinger partner on a newly reimagined

Edward R Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured.

31 A Lifetime of Wonderment

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01 credits the University with opening the world to him, and he’s spent a lifetime serving it in return.

View additional photos of FIRST alumni and current participants on page 24.

Online Journal There is more Scranton news than we can fit in this print edition! Look for icons throughout The Scranton Journal indicating more related content, including photographs, videos or expanded articles, on our website. Visit to read the online version of the magazine, and visit to access our web exclusives.






Becoming Men and Women for Others Meet four First-years Involved in Reflective Service Together (FIRST) participants whose journey began in middle school as part of the inaugural class of NativityMiguel Scranton.

Departments 4 On the Commons 14 Focus on Faculty 16 Alumni News

22 Athletics 34 Profiles 42 Class Notes

Alumni Athletes Reflect on Mentors’ Milestones Head coaches for the men’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams all celebrated 200 wins this fall.

COVER: Photo gallery includes archive images of the FIRST initiative — First-years Involved in

Reflective Service Together program building connections in the community and finding fellowship at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. Alongside them is a sampling of FIRST T-shirt designs that are framed and displayed on the walls of the Center for Service and Social Justice, shown above.

Meet the Directors Hear from the new team guiding the care at the Edward R Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Underinsured, shown from left, Administrative Director Maria L. Vital, Ph.D., G’11 and Medical Director Susan Russell, M.D.

On the Commons Full stories are linked from the “On the Commons” section of The Scranton Journal website at, or can be found at

A crane positions a Skyhawk High Frequency antenna for installation to a 40-foot tower on the roof of the Loyola Science Center.

University Ham Radio Station Equipment Installed received in private donations from Dr. Mary Lou West, Ed Hayes and Jeff DePolo.

community service opportunities.

The new capabilities for W3USR: The University of Scranton Amateur Radio Club will also allow for ongoing and future Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) research projects to be undertaken by Dr. Frissell and University students and will also allow additional student learning and





“The system is tied into the LSC emergency power system, so that the system could be part of the local emergency communications network,” said Dr. Frissell, who has already involved student members of the University’s Amateur Radio Club with emergency response training with theMLuzerne County Emergency Communication Agency.



State-of-the-art ham radio equipment and antennas are being installed on the fifth floor and roof of the Loyola Science Center for a new student amateur ham radio station funded by a nearly $200,000 Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grant awarded to Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and engineering at the University, in addition to more than $20,000



Parking New Building


Green Area

Founder’s Green





Brennan Hall


The University is finalizing plans for the new building, which will be located on University-owned property on the 300

“Our project is intended to serve as a nexus between the University and our community, facilitating workforce development, outreach and Uapplied research in the critical areas of V cybersecurity, behavioral science and health. The building will serve as a hub TO COURTHOUSE SQUARE for future program development,” said Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton.


U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced in August 2022 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has authorized the release of $16.62 million in Community Project Funding dollars to support a new facility for workforce development, applied research and outreach in health, science and cybersecurity on the campus of The University of Scranton.


block of Madison Avenue, directly across the street from Brennan Hall.


NIST Releases $16.62 Million to Support New Building for Workforce Development, Applied Research and Outreach


Student-Run Model Adopted for Free Medical Clinic Thanks to a new partnership with Geisinger, The University of Scranton’s Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured will reopen to the public in 2024 with enhanced learning opportunities for area undergraduate and medical students. A Master Affiliation Agreement signed in September 2023 between the University and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine adopts a “student-run” model for the clinic that provides high quality care for the region’s uninsured patients and expands opportunities for practical experience in patient care, clinic management and other aspects of healthcare for students. Read more about how the University and Geisinger are partnering on the newly reimagined Leahy Clinic on page 28.

Scranton Stories Exhibition Now Online After two years in the making, Scranton’s Story: Our Nation’s Story premiered the finale of the project’s Oral Histories collection initiative, “Scranton Stories,” with a portrait exhibit of the local residents featured in 25 oral history interviews. Videos of their personal narratives, along with their portraits taken by photographer Byron Maldonado, celebrate individual Scranton experiences while demonstrating the many threads that connect each story a deep care for the city and its people, an awareness of our challenges, and heartfelt hopes for the future of Scranton and our nation. They were presented through an exhibition of their portrait photographs at the Hope Horn Gallery and online. The premiere is the culmination of a multifaceted project that seeks to illustrate and preserve the unique story of Scranton and relate it to the history of the United States. The project, Scranton’s Story: Our Nation’s Story, which involved multiple





National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant support, responds to the NEH special initiative “A More Perfect Union” which will commemorate the upcoming 250th anniversary of the United States. Scranton’s




Story includes individuals who have long-standing family ties as descendants of industrial era European immigrants as well as African Americans with local roots that date as far back as the Civil

War. Also highlighted are the journeys of more recent immigrants and refugees coming to the area from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia - some who have been here for generations now, and some who are more recent arrivals. There are teachers, artists, small business owners, younger and older adults, multi-generational families and more. View all the stories online at and at the University’s YouTube channel:



On the Commons

Get to Know the Class of 2027 • Incoming University students include more than 1,035 members of its undergraduate Class of 2027, which is one of the largest in Scranton’s history, in addition to nearly 60 transfer students and more than 350 graduate students, both oncampus and online. • The University’s undergraduate Class of 2027 was selected from a pool of 9,867 applicants.

Nearly 1500 New Royals Begin Scranton Journey Smiles – maybe a little nervous – but smiles nevertheless – graced the faces of nearly 1,500 new undergraduate and graduate students as they moved onto The University of Scranton campus and prepared for the fall semester classes. Incoming students arrived early to participate in the Royals of Color Kickoff (ROCK) program, which invites new students of color to campus the Thursday prior to first-year Move-in to connect with peers, upper-division mentors and campus and local resources. New friendships and the support of a mentor mean a lot to students in their first days away from home. First-year students tell Jose F. Sanchez, assistant director at the University’s Cultural Centers with the direct oversight of the Multicultural Center, that the Royals of Color Kickoff (ROCK) provides these and gives students “a sense of belonging and community”. Nearly 50 mentors and students were involved in this year’s ROCK program, according to Sanchez. Forty-two members of the Class of 2027 also arrived early to participate in the 20th anniversary year of FIRST, Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together, a reflective service immersion program at Scranton. FIRST’s student founder, Clare (Strockbine) Acosta ’04 returned to speak about the program to incoming students. Class of 2027 FIRST participants volunteered at the Belleview Center, Neighborworks and Friends of the Poor. Read more about the anniversary on page 24. 6


• Nearly 23 percent of incoming students identify as a person of color. More than 35 percent of the incoming class identify as firstgeneration college students. • The most common majors chosen by members of the incoming class are biology, nursing, kinesiology, business administration and occupational therapy. • The Class of 2027 represents more than 450 high schools and represents 15 states, including California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. More than 25 percent of the class is from Northeast Pennsylvania. • The class has an average SAT score of 1,237. • The incoming class includes 85 legacy children whose parents are University of Scranton alumni.

Nine students from The University of Scranton’s Class of 2027 have been awarded four-year, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships. These are awarded to incoming first-year students with outstanding records in high school and notable community involvement. The scholarship covers four years of full tuition provided that the student maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average. National merit scholars, valedictorians and salutatorians are among the Class of 2027 Presidential Scholarship recipients.

Nine students from The University of Scranton’s Class of 2027 have been awarded four-year, full-tuition Presidential Scholarships. Seated, from left, are: Presidential Scholar Matthew Rakauskas; Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton; and Presidential Scholar Caitlin Wilson. Standing are: Presidential Scholars Tiffany He, Olivia Ulrich, Maria Vyzaniaris, Brian Repsher Jr., Andrew Mauriello, Jillian DelBalso and Jessieca Aguasin.

On the Commons

Scranton Names Class of 2027 Presidential Scholars

The University’s Laudato Si’ banner was unveiled and blessed by Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president on Sept. 19 at a ceremony held in the Rev. Donald Pantle, S.J., Rose Garden on campus.

Scranton begins a seven-year process for Vatican designation as a Laudato Si’ University Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” the University joined a coalition of colleges from around the world who have committed to a seven-year initiative to develop, implement and evaluate initiatives around seven goals to meet the Pope’s call for integral ecology. Scranton unveiled its plan to become designated as a Laudato Si’ University by the Vatican at an event on campus on Sept. 19. Leading the University’s effort are Michelle Maldonado,

Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Daniel Cosacchi, Ph.D., vice president for mission and ministry. Over the past year, they met with representatives from across campus, including students, staff, administrators and faculty, to develop a comprehensive plan for ways the University can address the seven goals put forth by Pope Francis. Visit The University of Scranton’s Laudato Si’ webpage at for more information. SPRING 2024


On the Commons

Program News Students Lead Tour for PA Legislators Representatives from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate toured the state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs at The University of Scranton and met with students and professors of the Jesuit school’s graduate nurse anesthetist program. The September visit was part of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA) Lobby Day.

Highest Chapter Status Awarded University of Scranton’s Nu Kappa chapter of the Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for financial information students and professionals, achieved Superior Chapter status for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is the top chapter achievement level recognized by the international organization. The chapter also achieved Distinguished Chapter status for the 2021-2022 academic year. The chapter began at Scranton in 2015.

Five students selected as the inaugural cohort of Noyce Scholars for The University of Scranton academic year 2023-2024 are shown, clockwise from top left: Makenzie Bell, Nina Bowen, Matthew Byrnes, Jacob Vituszynski and Gracie Silva.

National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars Selected The National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholarship Program addresses the critical need for recruiting, preparing, and retaining highly effective elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers and teacher leaders in high-need school districts. In its second year at The University of Scranton, the program includes five exemplary scholars chosen to receive full-tuition awards while pursuing their M.S. in secondary education at the University. A full-support system is provided to these scholars to enrich their STEM knowledge and enhance their teaching knowledge and skills.

The 2022-2023 Beta Alpha Psi officers were, from left, Brett McCartney, vice president and treasurer; Aidan Cagner, president; Kevin Duffy, secretary; and Kaleigh Timmons, social engagement director; and Amanda Marcy, ‘10, G’11, DBA ‘20, assistant professor of accounting and Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor.

Scranton Cadets Travel World for Leadership Training Ten University of Scranton ROTC cadets participated in highly-competitive summer leadership training programs. Only approximately ten percent of cadets nationwide have the opportunity to participate in these selective programs.

Students Study Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan Ann Pang-White, Ph.D., director of Asian Studies and professor of philosophy at The University of Scranton, met with students who were studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan this summer through 2023 Huayu Enrichment Chinese Language Immersion Scholarships or as participants in the Project Global Officer (Project GO) Program. 8


From left: Valerie Gibau, Rosalyn Page, Conan O’Donnell and Dr. Pang-White. Inset: Joshua Roark also studied in Taiwan this summer as the recipient of 2023 Taiwan Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Chinese Language Immersion Scholarship.

First row, from left: Conan O’Donnell, Allison Palmer, Jenna Leonhardt and Joseph Lynch. Second row: Aidan Szabo, Evan Rosa, Caleb Grossman, Ryan Lally and Xavier Long. Caroline Shaffern was absent from photo.

University Hosts Nathan Lecture Oct. 26

From left, are William J. Cunningham, Ph.D., associate dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Rebecca S. Dalgin, Ph.D., professor of counseling and human services; Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton; Edward Leahy ’68, H’01, university benefactor and honorary chair of the conference; Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D, chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services.

22nd Annual U.S. Conference on Disability Returns, In Person, With Award-Winning Documentary Director Among Presenters The University of Scranton’s 22nd Annual U.S. Conference on Disability, titled “Ability Focused Advocacy: Breaking Barriers to Achieving Careers and Independence,” featured speakers covering the topics of disability rights and accessibility. Employment and inclusion advocate Mason Ameri, Ph.D., gave the opening keynote address and James LeBrecht, award winning director, closed out the daylong conference with a viewing and discussion of his documentary “Crip Camp.” University President Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., was among the speakers. The conference, established more than 20 years ago by University benefactors Edward R. ’68, H’01 and Patricia Leahy, aims to foster advances in the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.

On the Commons

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS Ambassador Stig P. Piras, the deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Denmark in the United States, was the distinguished speaker at the annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series at The University of Scranton. The program, titled “Denmark: History. Culture. Economy,” was hosted by the Weinberg Memorial Library in October on campus. Ambassador Piras was joined by Dr. Nathan and Frederikke M. Kristiansen, cultural diplomacy advisor, for a panel discussion, which was followed by a musical performance by jazz guitarist Jacob Artved and Felix Moseholm, bass.

Award-Winning Author Discusses Book Timothy Muldoon, Ph.D., awardwinning author and Boston College professor of philosophy and theology, discussed his book Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions that Lead to an Authentic Life at The University of Scranton’s 2023 Ignatian Values in Action Lecture on Sept. 21 on campus. The lecture and book, in conjunction with additional courses and extra-curricular activities, helps to introduce first-year students to the core Ignatian values of the University and was part of its summer “Royal Reads” program for incoming students.

Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace in the Holy Land Offered Oct. 17 The University of Scranton offered an interfaith Prayer Service for Peace in the Holy Land in the G. Donald Pantle, S.J., Rose Garden on campus Oct. 17. The University joined with others across the world who answered the call to pray for peace issued by Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, a call endorsed by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. SPRING 2024


On the Commons Vice President for University Advancement Bobby Davis ’03, shown, addresses guests in attendance at “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires: The Campaign to Advance Mission, Access and Excellence” black-tie gala.

A Fire That Kindles Other Fires Campaign Announced The University announced the start of the public phase of the largest capital campaign in its 135-year history, the $135 million “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires: The Campaign to Advance Mission, Access and Excellence.” The announcement was made at a black-tie gala attended by more than 350 guests in the Byron Recreation Complex on campus Sept. 16. The historic campaign will advance Scranton’s mission, accessibility and excellence. Find additional images from the gala on pages 20-21. At the gala, Scranton presented Edward ’68, H’01 and Patricia Leahy with the President’s Medal, which recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in their fields and demonstrated extraordinary compassion for others, representing lifetime achievements that reflect the University’s mission of Catholic and Jesuit excellence and service. “When you think about a fire that kindles other fires, you cannot help but think about Ed and Pat Leahy and the

extraordinary way that they have contributed continuously to benefit the University and the greater community beyond campus,” said Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton. “Their contributions have supported more than 30 faculty research grants, student scholarships, the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured and the annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY, now in its 23rd year. Through their decades of support, they have touched so many lives for the better, and, I am certain, have sparked flames of excellence in a countless number of individuals. I am grateful to count them among the University’s closest friends and most-generous benefactors.” At the gala, Father Marina announced that the University has received the largest single donation in its history, a $10 million gift from the Leahys. Read about Ed Leahy’s lifetime of service to the University on page 31.

Business Doctoral Graduate Wins Dissertation Award Heather J. (Losi) Holcomb, Ph.D. ‘21, a member of The University of Scranton’s first cohort of doctoral students, received the American Accounting Association (AAA) Timothy Pearson Best Dissertation Paper Award for 2023. The prestigious award is presented by AAA’s Forensic Accounting Section to the author of a dissertation related to forensic accounting that was completed within the last three years. Dr. Holcomb received the award for her dissertation titled “The Effects of Client Machiavellian Traits and Fraud Motivation on Fraud Risk Assessments,” which was subsequently published in the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research in 2022. The doctoral program in business, housed in Scranton’s Kania School of Management, is the first Ph.D. program offered at Scranton. 10


Heather (Losi) Holcomb, Ph.D. ‘21, center, receives the American Accounting Association (AAA) Timothy Pearson Best Dissertation Paper Award for 2023.

On the Commons

Meet the New Members of our Board of Trustees The University of Scranton has named three new members to its Board of Trustees: Brian Archer ’90; Rev. Dennis M. Baker, S.J.; and Theresa Pattara ’95.

Brian Archer ’90

Theresa Pattara ’95

• Adjunct professor in accounting at Seton

• Public

Hall University in New Jersey with more than 25 years in the financial services industry, most recently as the head of global credit trading for Citigroup.

Rev. Dennis M. Baker, S.J. • President of Loyola Blakefield who recently

completed tertianship and is in the final stage of his Jesuit formation. Has been praying, reading and writing with seven other Jesuits from around the world in Zinkwazi Beach, on the northeast coast of South Africa.

policy executive with extensive experience in the federal government and private industry who, before moving into corporate work, served as tax counsel to the chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.

Read about Theresa Pattara’s lifelong commitment to giving back on page 36.

For full bios of all University of Scranton trustees, including those newly appointed, visit

University Ranks Top in the Nation U.S. News & World Report

Other Notable Rankings

2024 “Best Colleges” – September 2023

• The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse included The

• For three decades U.S. News & World Report has ranked

The University of Scranton among the top 10 regional universities in the north, placing Scranton No. 5 in its 2024 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook.

The Princeton Review 2024 “Best 389 Colleges” – August 2023 • Marking the 22nd consecutive year, The Princeton

Review selected the University as one of the best colleges in the nation, and, for the seventh year, ranked Scranton among the “Best Science Lab Facilities” (No. 18) in the U.S.

2024 Guide to Green Colleges – October 2023 • For the fifth year, The Princeton Review has recognized

The University of Scranton for its commitment to sustainability initiatives.

University of Scranton among its list of the 400 Best Colleges in the U.S. in September 2023.

• Washington Monthly ranked The University of Scranton

No. 10 among the top master’s universities in the nation in the “community and national service” category in September/October 2023.

• Also, in a listing by Washington Monthly, Scranton

ranked No. 30 among master’s universities in the nation for its contribution to doing “public good” through its graduates’ achievements in research, social mobility and community and national service, in September/ October 2023.

• Ninety-nine percent of Scranton’s Class of 2022

graduates at the undergraduate level, and 100 percent of Class of 2022 members at the graduate level, reported being successful in their choice of career path within 12 months of graduation according to the “First Destination Survey” report by Scranton’s Roche Family Center for Career Development based on career success data reported in October 2023. For the complete list of University rankings and other recognition, visit



ONE-ON-ONE with Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed., Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Dean Lauren Rivera embraces mission in her work and with the children of El Salvador. Read about the international service trip to Mexico and pilgrimage to El Salvador that changed Dean Rivera’s perspective on advocacy at

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students shares her story to encourage students as they build resilience and find their calling. You graduated in 2004 with a degree in political science and religion from Bucknell University and then earned a Juris Doctor degree and Master of Education degree in college student affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. What led you to Scranton? It’s a little bit of a long story. Nearly everyone in my extended family works in medicine, either as a doctor, a nurse anesthetist or a dentist. I’m the eldest of 11 cousins, and heading off to college, I assumed I’d become a doctor. One biology course in my first semester (that I barely passed!) and a realization that I don’t do well with blood prompted me to change course. If I couldn’t be a doctor, I’d be a lawyer to make my family proud. I graduated from Bucknell, and that’s what I did. A couple of months into law school, I developed pretty intense anxiety and also began to realize I didn’t want to be a lawyer either. This worried me — I wasn’t sure what to do. I went to talk to vice presidents of student life, deans of students, and academic administrators at different colleges in Pennsylvania and asked, ‘What was your career path?’ They all encouraged me to go back to law school because the landscape of higher education was becoming more legally complex. When I figured out I wanted to go into higher education, I was lucky enough to be at a law school connected with Penn State. If you want to learn about college students, 60,000 is a good number! I figured out that my passions for law and education combined made natural to search for jobs working in college student discipline processes. 12


I knew I wanted to work at a smaller school. I like that when you sit with people and have difficult conversations with them about their struggles, and then you see them other times on campus engaged and thriving. You get to accompany them on their journey. The University of Scranton happened to be looking for a new Director of Student Conduct & Assessment as Dr. Larry Morton was retiring after 40 years of serving the University! Then Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Vince Carilli, took a chance on me and the rest is history! Since joining the University in 2009 as director of student conduct and assessment, you have served in several capacities. How has your role evolved? After serving as the Director of Student Conduct & Assessment, in 2015 I applied for and was selected to serve as the associate vice provost for student formation and campus life and dean of students. That allowed me to focus more on student support and advocacy, often related to mental health or sexual violence, to work with student government, leadership development, and other areas of the division. As dean of students, I have enjoyed helping students to navigate challenges they encounter outside of the classroom that can impact their success in the classroom. When students lose a loved one and are grieving, have a mental health crisis, face a difficult physical health diagnosis, or navigate an unexpected change in their family income situation, I try to help them connect to resources and to support them in being the best versions of themselves as they manage their circumstances. I love that work and that was my dream job. I had achieved it by the time I was in my early 30s and that was it. That was what I wanted to do.

In February 2023, I was returning to campus for a Black History Month film and women’s basketball game. Driving on the President Biden Expressway, I had a God moment and felt a push— ‘You should take a leap and pursue this role permanently. You don’t understand, you’re very anxious about it, but it’s all going to work out. You were elevated to your current role as Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students in May 2023. What have been a few of your top priorities so far? I have lots of hopes and dreams for student life, but I’ve first focused on building my team, making adjustments to better support student wellness, and working to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus community for all students. Students who are struggling with their wellness or feeling like they don’t belong at Scranton are not able to be the best students they can be. Last year, you announced a reorganization in Student Life. Can you explain how it helps to support student wellness? Sure! I saw an opportunity to integrate student wellness functions in a different way to promote a healthier campus community and seized it. I created a new role — assistant dean for student wellness — which oversees our wellness functions including Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, and the Center for Health Education & Wellness (CHEW). I appointed Stephanie Adamec to serve as the assistant dean and she got to work right away on improving how these areas serve students. This new structure makes it easier to bring staff from the different departments together to talk about issues they’re seeing, engage in professional development, respond to student needs, and offer intentional educational efforts. One example that showcases the importance of integration — Steph and the Peer Health Education team were the impetus behind hosting mental health screenings in the DeNaples Center’s Fireplace Lounge. She invited the Counseling Center and the Counselor Training Center — our counselors in training in our graduate program—to partner with the Center for Health Education & Wellness to offer depression and anxiety screenings at the start of October each year. They often serve more than 300 students who respond to the call to “get a checkup from your neck up!”

At colleges across the country, the resiliency of students is a concern. The University earned a Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators award for our initiatives. What’s working here? For the last five or six years, we have been working on fostering student resilience through several different efforts as we recognized students were struggling to bounce back from struggles or failures. Our challenge is to help them understand that when they fail a quiz, when they don’t get selected for a leadership opportunity or when relationships don’t go as planned, they have the opportunity to learn and grow from these difficult experiences to better themselves for the future.

On the Commons

Candidly, I never dreamed of being a vice president for student life. Ever. I enjoy working behind-the-scenes and finding joy, purpose and meaning in engaging with students individually on their journeys. I couldn’t fathom giving that up. I’m grateful that Father Marina supported me in serving a stint as the interim vice president for student life while also continuing as the dean of students. This allowed me to see that maybe I could do the vice president role in a way that allows me to keep doing what I love in a new way.

Two important resilience initiatives that I’ll mention…first, a few years ago we implemented a peer facilitated workshop known as ‘Resilient Royals: Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You’ which is required for all first-year students. The session is geared toward helping them understand the building blocks of resilience, the importance of utilizing healthy coping strategies in the face of stress, and navigating the alcohol culture in college. We continue the conversation at various programs throughout the year including the Fail Forward Panel, which happens every November as a collaboration between the Center for Health Education and Wellness and the Dean of Students Office. Essentially, we invite four courageous faculty and staff members to share some of their struggles and failures and how they worked through them in 8 to 10 minutes. The night is amazing because it’s simple and captivating for students. It breaks down some barriers and helps them to understand that people who they think very highly of and have deep respect for encountered the same types of struggles as they are now encountering. Hopefully, students can connect with that and walk away, understanding a little bit more about vulnerability, resilience and self-compassion. Student advocate. Dean. Mom of three. What advice do you offer students as they head into a world of endless opportunities and the stressors that come along with them? Big question! A few thoughts. First, life is best when you follow your dreams. It took me until law school to realize that I had to do something that I wanted to do, not follow a path just to make my family proud. If something interests you, explore it rather than being fearful! That’s what college is about. The exploration might lead you to something really cool! Second, take care of yourself. You have probably heard that you can’t pour from an empty cup. For me to be the best student advocate and mom I can be, I have to take care of me whether that’s going for a run, catching up with a friend, heading to the beach for a trip, or going to bed early! Like students, my schedule is so busy that it’s hard to prioritize self-care, but it’s necessary for me to be at my best for others. SPRING 2024


Focus on Faculty Michael Crowell, PT, DSc

University Educators Advocate for Veterans Two members of The University of Scranton faculty in the Panuska College of Professional Studies, Michael Crowell, PT, DSc and Mary L. (Doyle) Troy, Ph.D., NCC, LPC ’95 G’20 advocate for veterans through their academic research and classroom education. “I think we owe it to our veterans to make sure they have the tools to live a healthy life. I’ve been involved with a veteran’s organization called Team RWB, whose mission is to enrich veterans’ lives through physical fitness activities. This is something that I strongly believe in – the benefit of exercise, not just for physical health, but for mental health as well,” said Dr. Crowell, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy who teaches courses in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Scientific Inquiry. “In addition to my work as a clinician, educator and researcher, I was also involved in a health and wellness initiative at the Army Surgeon General’s Office that sought to utilize these same principles in active-duty Army Soldiers.” Dr. Troy, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services Courses developed the course, Counseling with Veterans and Military. “Professionally, I teach my students about the culture and needs of veterans. Personally, I am active in lobbying my government representatives for the needs of service members and veterans.”

Mary L. (Doyle) Troy, Ph.D., NCC, LPC ’95 G’20

Dr. Troy has also presented on veterans’ issues during a Scranton Faculty Workshop Series. “One of the key takeaways that I shared was how important it is for faculty to understand the different needs of veteran students (as compared to traditional students), as well as ways to help veteran students achieve success here at Scranton.”

Weinberg Memorial Library Hosts ‘Engrossing’ Event The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library houses one of the finest historical collections of penmanship in the U.S. In 2022, its seldom-found subject matter and artistry garnered the attention of top penmen and calligraphic artists in the country, in addition to a niche magazine with a global following. For six days the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) convened in Scranton, Pennsylvania for their 74th annual conference. The draw: a chance to pore over the University’s McHugh Family Special Collections. One month later, the Collections featured prominently in the August issue of Pen 14


World, a premier publication of handwriting culture and fine writing instruments.

Professor Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, and Tom Costello, Class of 1973, great-grandson of Master Penman P.W. Costello, and longtime McHugh Family Special Collections contributor, were honored by International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).

Vincent Farallo, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, was awarded a $488,947 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research the physiology and chemical ecology of poison frogs. The funding for the

three-year project will allow for the participation of 30 or more undergraduate students, who will learn cutting-edge respirometry techniques as they work with faculty members. The study will also allow for the development of a frog breeding colony, which can be used for this – as well as future – research projects.

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Professor Awarded Nearly Half-Million Dollar Grant

Faculty Notes Assistant Professor Kate Cummings Receives Certificate of Merit Award The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) recently recognized The University of Scranton Assistant Professor Kate Cummings with a Certificate of Merit. Prof. Cummings, Research and Instruction Librarian for Business, was honored with the prestigious Certificate of Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) at the organization’s Sept. 21 Awards Ceremony. Certificates of Merit are given to PaLA members who have made outstanding contributions to libraries and the Pennsylvania Library Association during the past five years.

Published Research Articles Recognized by IMA Published research articles by students and graduates of The University of Scranton’s doctoral program in accounting and Douglas M. Boyle, DBA ‘88, chair of the Accounting Department and director of the Ph.D. in Accounting program at Scranton, won a prestigious 2023 Institute of Management Accountants’ (IMA) Lybrand Silver Medal and two Certificates of Merit. The article “Creating a Data Analytics Mindset,” co-authored by Richard O’Hara, Lisa Haylon and Dr. Boyle, was recognized with the silver award. The article was published in Strategic Finance in February 2023. O’Hara, Scranton, and Haylon, Hamden, Connecticut, are current Ph.D. students at Scranton.

Stephen E. Whittaker, Ph.D., Receives Earl Award Stephen E. Whittaker, Ph.D., professor of English and theatre, received the John L. Earl III Award for service to the University, the faculty and the wider community. The 2023 John L. Earl III Award was presented at the University’s annual Fall Convocation, which took place on campus on Aug. 31, 2023. The award is given 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.

Professor Emerita Book Receives Excellence Award The book, Nurses Making Policy From Bedside to Boardroom (3rd ed.), co-edited by Margarete L. Zalon, Ph.D., professor emerita in the Department of Nursing at The University of Scranton, received the Sigma Theta Tau 2023 Capstone International Nursing Book Award for Nursing Excellence. Sigma Theta Tau (Sigma) is the International Honor Society of Nursing. Their International Awards for Nursing Excellence reflect the organization’s dedication to fostering high professional nursing standards, recognizing superior achievement, developing leadership and encouraging creative work. In addition, Dr. Zalon received a 2022 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award for the book, which placed 2nd in the program’s Nursing Management and Leadership category. Earlier this year, Dr. Zalon was appointed as a consumer representative to the Pennsylvania e-Health Partnership Advisory Board.

Office of Community-Based Learning Announces Faculty Fellows The Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) announces the second cohort of its CBL Faculty Fellows Program. The purpose of the program is to recognize, reward and support exemplary faculty who are eager to fully integrate CBL as an intentional pedagogical strategy into their courses and/or curricular-based projects. CBL is an academic experience which involves students working with individuals, groups, or organizations in ways structured to meet community-defined needs.

From left: Hope E. Baylow, D.A., Assistant Professor, Founding Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology, Dr. Madeline B. Gangnes, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Theatre, Ovidiu C. Cocieru, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Jennifer Schwartz, DPT ’05, G’06, DPT ’12, Faculty Specialist in the Department of Physical Therapy and Chandra Ann Nealon, DPT, faculty specialist in the Department of Occupational Therapy.



Alumni News In Case You Missed It… Enjoy these photos from a few of our signature alumni events.

Royals at the Shore On July 22, more than 200 Royals met up at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como, New Jersey, for Royals at the Shore.

Pier 13 On Aug. 17, nearly 200 Royals in the greater New York metro area met up at Hoboken’s Pier 13 for an evening of summer fun.

Morgan’s Pier On Aug. 24, more than 100 Royals in the Philadelphia area gathered together at Morgan’s Pier for a Scranton happy hour.



On Aug. 26, incoming first-year students of Scranton alumni gathered with their families and Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, for the Class of 2027 Legacy Families Reception.

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The Class of 2027 Legacy Families Reception



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Alumni-Student Golf Outing On Sept. 30, more than 70 alumni and students traveled to Pine Hills Country Club for the 2023 Alumni-Student Golf Outing. Alex Kenneson ’24, Liam Dunfee ’24, Al Guari ’88, G’02 and Kevin Gremse ’87 won the tournament and were presented with matching purple jackets symbolizing their victory.

From left, Alex Kenneson ’24, Liam Dunfee ’24 and Al Guari ’88, G’02 (Kevin Gremse ’87, absent from photo, was also a part of the winning foursome).

The 2023 MAC Symposium On Oct. 14, The Medical Alumni Council (MAC) of The University of Scranton held the 2023 MAC Symposium on campus. Featuring a panel discussion led by Scott Alan Peslak, M.D., Ph.D. ‘06 and Pamela Taffera-Deihl, D.O., MBA ‘02, presentations by Kevin Hauck, M.D., MPH ‘06 and Carolyn Serio, D.M.D., MS ‘17, a special presentation by R. Barrett Noone, M.D., FACS ‘61 on his new book, From Trenches to Transplants: Changing Lives with Plastic Surgery, and a keynote address by Judy Byerley, M.D., MPH, dean of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, president of Geisinger College of Health Sciences and chief academic officer and EVP at Geisinger, the event gave alumni health professionals the chance to earn CME credits while connecting with current students. Visit for more information on the MAC.

From left, Greg Burke, M.D. ’84, Chris Andres, M.D. ’89, Tara Churilla, D.O. ’11, Thomas M. Churilla, M.D. ’09, Joseph Aaron Butash, M.D. ’07, Scott Alan Peslak, M.D., Ph.D. ‘06, April Troy, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. ’02, Pamela Taffera-Deihl, D.O., MBA ’02 and Mary F. Engel, Ph.D., gather for a photo at the 2023 MAC Symposium.

From left, Colleen Degnan ’11, Christian Burne ’14, Ryan Schuster ’13 and Connor Kenna ’21 gather for a photo prior to participating in a panel discussion.

CAL Networking Reception with Pre-Law Society Students On Oct. 27, the Council of Alumni Lawyers (CAL) hosted a networking reception with Pre-Law Society students on campus. Nearly 80 alumni, students and friends of the University attended the event. Visit for more information on the CAL. 18


Scranton Club of NEPA Paint & Sip On Nov. 15, The Scranton Club of NEPA held a paint and sip event on campus for alumni, parents and friends of the University.

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Presidential Reception in Chicago On Oct. 27, alumni, parents and friends of the University met in the Windy City with Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, at the University Club of Chicago. From left, Rev. Joseph G. Mar ina, S.J., University presiden t, Bobby Davis ’03, vice president for University Adv ancement, Alfred “Chip” Coo ke III ’96 and Elizabeth Cooke enjoy a moment together at a presidential reception at the University Club of Chicago.

NYC Networking Reception On Nov. 9, nearly 70 Scranton alumni ventured to the Fordham University School of Law for a networking reception with their fellow Royals and members of the University’s career development staff. From left, James J. Harrington, Esq. ’83, P’23, ’26, Chris Neumann, J.D. ’87, P’24, ’27, Jacqueline Heraty ’22 and Jennifer Conroy ’22 meet up at the New York City Networking Reception at Fordham University School of Law.

Regional Christmas Receptions Alumni, parents and friends of the University in Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C., celebrated the Christmas season with Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president.

From left, Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, Elizabeth Pattara ‘19 and Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA ‘95 celebrate the season at The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

From left, Breanna Cole ‘21, Taylor Roman ‘21, Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, Jeffrey Colucci ‘21 and Julia Zanoni ‘21 gather at The Harmonie Club in New York City.

From left, Lauren Wilson, Kevin Clark ‘14, Coleen Donaldson ‘14, Katelyn Meehan and Wesley Meehan ‘14 share a moment together at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

From left, Erin Tracy Bradley, M.D., MPH ‘88, Mary Ann Lynn ‘89, Belinda Juran, Esq. ‘81 and Evan Schapiro celebrate at Carrie Nation Cocktail Club in Boston.



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The Public Launch of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires” The University announced the start of the public phase of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires: The Campaign To Advance Mission, Access, & Excellence,” its new $135 million capital campaign, with a black-tie gala attended by more than 350 guests in the Byron Recreation Complex Sept. 16. The event featured addresses from Cayla Kumar ’24, a firstgeneration molecular biology major, Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, John D. Dionne ’86, H’10, P’22, a former chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and the campaign’s co-chair, and Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N. ’89, P’22, co-vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and the cochair of the campaign. To date, the campaign has raised more than $112 million, including 13 gifts of $1 million or more and the largest single donation in the University’s history, a $10 million gift from University benefactors Patricia and Edward R. Leahy ’68, H ’01, who were honored with The University of Scranton President’s Medal at the event. Visit scranton. edu/campaign to support the future of Scranton today. Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, explains the campaign’s goals.

Cayla Kumar ’24 speaks about the life-changing power of student scholarships.

John D. ‘86, H’10 and Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N. ‘89, co-chairs of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires,” reveal the campaign’s progress to date at the event. 20


Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01, center, receives the President’s Medal from Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, and Vincent Reilly, Esq. ’80, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. Learn more about Ed Leahy’s remarkable life on page 31.

Alumni News Members of the Robert L. McKeage Business Leadership Honors Program gather prior to the public launch of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires.”

Members of the Campaign Executive Committee enjoy a moment together at the public launch of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires.” From left: Tracy Bannon ’84, P’10, ’12, ’13, ’15, Davida Sweeney P’08, ’13, ’20, John P. “JP” Sweeney P’08, ’13, ’20, Joseph Sorbera, Jr. P’08, ’08, Bobby Davis ’03, vice president for University Advancement, Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, Vincent Reilly, Esq. ’80, P’05, ’08, ’11, ’14, chair of the Board of Trustees, Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, James M. Slattery, CPA ‘86, H’23, Campaign Co-Chair John D. Dionne ’86, H’10, P’22, Campaign Co-Chair Jacquelyn Dionne, R.N. ’89, P’22, covice chair of the Board of Trustees, John Mariotti, D.M.D. ’75, P’10 and Mary R. Haveron, CPA ’85, P’18.

Attendees trip the light fantastic.



Athletics What Inspires Legacy Athletes To Join the Royal Ranks? The college selection and recruiting process for today’s high school studentathletes likely looks a bit different than the one their parents experienced. The deciding factors for many who chose to continue the family legacy at The University of Scranton remain unchanged: lasting connections and factors they describe as “bigger than the great academic and athletic programs.” Among current Royal athletes, 15 have parents who attended the University, and more than half of those participated in Scranton Athletics.

Dominic Chieffalo ‘25 and his father, Dan ’91.

Joe Lisicky ‘24, with Jack ‘90, mother, Lisa, and Jake ’22.

Brendan Douthit ‘24, shown here with mother, Beth, John ’90 and brother, Patrick.

Aidan Rumain ‘26 with his father, Brian ’94. In the family of junior Emily Bannon ’25, 11 relatives graduated from Scranton. Emily, at center, is shown with, from left, first row, her mother, Mary, grandmother Mary Koselnik, grandfather, Bill Koselnik, and grandfather, Dr. Charles Bannon, and second row, her father Jim ‘90, and grandmother, Mary Joan Bannon, after a Scranton women’s soccer game.

The baseball program includes four second-generation Royal athletes: junior Dominic Chieffalo ‘25, senior Brendan Douthit ‘24, senior Joe Lisicky ‘24 and sophomore Aidan Rumain ‘26. Chieffalo’s father, Dan ’91, played baseball at the University. The Wall of Fame member ranks in the top 10 in program history in triples, home runs and RBI. “Seeing my dad’s Scranton experience firsthand definitely played a substantial factor in my decision. My dad is still super close with his teammates and seeing their connection last 25-plus years is powerful. Through this I saw how Scranton is bigger than the great academic and athletic programs ... a place where you can develop lifelong relationships,” Dominic said. Douthit’s father, John ’90, was also a four-year member of the team. “Growing up, I always remember going to Scranton, seeing the picture of my dad’s 1990 team in the Long Center 22


trophy cases and hearing stories about the team and Coach (Bill) Howerton,” the younger Douthit said. “There was definitely an impact from my dad having played at Scranton, but...the fact that he has always been so proud of being a Scranton graduate meant much more to me than just the baseball history.” Multiple members of the Lisicky family attended Scranton. Joe’s father, Jack ’90, played basketball and Joe’s older brother, Jake ’22, was a five-year member of the baseball program. The two brothers were teammates on the 2021 team that captured the first Landmark Conference title in program history.

“I believe my dad and brother going to The University of Scranton played a huge part in me coming here. Whenever I visited my brother, the guys on the team treated me like a brother. The team culture was something that I wanted for my college career,” Joe said. “My dad and brother have done great things as alums of Scranton and I wanted to follow in their footsteps.” Rumain’s father, Brian ’94, was a four-year member of the men’s soccer program during his time at the University. “My dad going to Scranton played a part in my choice to come here because

Eleven and Counting Junior Emily Bannon ’25, of the women’s soccer team, has 11 relatives who have all graduated from Scranton, including Emily’s father, Jim ’90, and her brother, James ’23, along with aunts, uncles and cousins. Emily, her dad, and her brother each spent their first year on campus as Driscoll Hall residents. “Scranton had been my top choice for a long time. It checked a lot of boxes for me. It has a great business school. I love the soccer culture and strong program. The facilities are also beautiful. It’s close to home and my family is here,” Emily said.

Other student-athletes with parents who played a sport at Scranton include: • Sophomore Denis McBride Jr. ’26, men’s soccer team. Father, Denis ’81, played soccer. • Senior Maddy Ryan ’24, women’s basketball program. Mother, Rose ’89, played basketball. • Junior Ashley Usaitis ’25, women’s track and field team. Father, Robert ’91, was a member of the swim team. • Junior Maggie Daly ’25, women’s swimming and diving team. Mother, Sandra ’91, was a member of the cross country team. • First year PJ Kellachan ’27, men’s basketball team. Father, Patrick ’91, was a member of the swim team.

“When I reached out to Coach Matt Pivirotto and decided to check out my dad’s alma mater, it became a homecoming of sorts for my father, Denis McBride Sr. ‘81 and uncle, Thomas McBride ’86, both of whom hadn’t been in Scranton for a couple of decades. The time I spent walking the grounds with the two of them was hilarious as they recounted where former landmarks used to be and what buildings were new additions since they called this place home. The University has a special place in my family’s heart,” Denis McBride Jr. ’26 said.


of all the positive things he told me about the school and just the overall atmosphere of the town,” Aidan said.

Read more about current athletes who are continuing their families’ Scranton legacies at

Newest Member of the 200 Club: Coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ‘04 On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ‘04 became the second coach in program history to reach the 200-career-win mark. The 2-0 victory over the Lycoming College Warriors took place in Williamsport. In her 16th season, The University of Scranton assistant director of athletics has helped guide the Royals to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Landmark Conference championships. She is also a six-time Landmark Coach of the Year and two-time Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. Pivirotto currently sits with 204 victories in her career, in good company with the program's all-time leader, the late Joe Bochicchio, at 297.

What They Are Saying... “Murph’s coaching style and the winning tradition she has built for this program are among the top reasons that I chose Scranton. She has cultivated a competitive, resilient and supportive program where each player knows that they play an integral role in the success of the team. The greatest thing about Murph, however, is that she is more than a coach to her players. She is a mentor, advocate and a friend.” – Teresa Hegarty ‘23

Celebrating with her crew. Head Women’s Soccer Coach Colleen (Murphy) Pivirotto ‘04, shown at center, became the second coach in program history to reach the 200-career-win mark.

“I am happy and excited for Murph getting her 200th win. Nobody deserves it more than her. She is a fearless competitor, leader and coach who cultivates a competitive, yet fun, team environment. I’ve now both played for Murph and coached alongside her and it’s evident how much she cares for each and every one of her players. She wants to see them succeed in every aspect on and off the field. I’m so lucky to have been a part of the Scranton soccer tradition and can’t wait to see everything else Murph accomplishes.” – Alexis Long ‘21, DPT ‘24 Head coaches for the men’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams all celebrated 200 wins this fall. Alumni from each program share their reactions to the milestones at



Celebrating Two Decades of FIRSTs Founders, past participants & the current coordinator gathered at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake to reflect and celebrate.

Alumni of the FIRST program, shown, first row, from left, Sophia McMullan ’23, DPT ‘26, Avianna Carilli ‘22, and Erin Grell ’22, G’23 and second row, Mario Rotell ‘23, Clare (Strockbine) Acosta, J.D. ’04, Rich Guilfoyle, ’08, DPT ‘11, Arielle Ferry ’12 G’13, and Marino Angeloni ’22 assembled Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at The University of Scranton Retreat Center at Chapman Lake for the program’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Two decades ago, an inspired student and a “let’s do it!” University of Scranton director suggested a FIRST step that they believed could help members of every incoming class feel at home in their new environment. The organizers’ “leap of faith” initiative — Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together — connected first-year students with fellow Royals while also introducing them to the “powerful Scranton culture of service and community.” Twenty successful FIRSTs later, the program founders, past participants and the current coordinator gathered at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake to celebrate. “I started wondering…why couldn’t we create a way for incoming freshmen to arrive early, meet new people, get immersed into the powerful Scranton culture of service and community – and start their college experience off strong?” said Clare (Strockbine) Acosta, J.D. ’04, recalling her first-year experience in 2001. “One of the most pivotal moments that shifted my perspective on whether I could find a home at Scranton happened over fall break. Pat Vaccaro was my first-year seminar instructor, and she knew I was unhappy. I remember her calling me at home to check 24


in and see what I was planning to do about transferring.” In a fortuitous 2003 turn of events, Vaccaro G’92, director of The University of Scranton Center for Service and Social Justice with a talent for bringing successful initiatives to life, guided Strockbine in establishing the inaugural FIRST experience. “In typical Pat fashion, the conversation moved from the question of ‘why don’t we…’ to ‘why can’t we…’ which turned into ‘let’s do it,’ ”said Acosta. “Clare Strockbine talked about a program that would introduce incoming first-year students to service. We created a proposal that went to our vice president of student affairs (at that time it was Dr. Vince Carilli), and he gave us the financial resources. That was 20 years ago, and it has happened every year since, with the exception of Covid,” said Vaccaro. The magical one-week experience takes place each August immediately prior to the fall semester. Incoming students volunteer at area nonprofit organizations during the day, then reflect on their service and get to know each other in the evenings at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake.

Vaccaro discussed the profound reactions that occur at the eight-acre recreation space in Montdale, about 20 minutes from the main campus. The experience has made such an impact on participants that many have returned to the lake to propose to their significant others. “During reflections, the students actually articulate how the service impacts them and how they are changed by it,” she said. What better location to celebrate the program’s longevity? “For the 20th anniversary of FIRST we invited all past team leaders and their teams back to Chapman Lake,” said Avianna Carilli ’22, the program’s current organizer. Though new to her position at the University, Carilli brings plenty of program experience and a unique perspective.

Avianna Carilli ‘22

“I participated in FIRST as a firstyear student, a student aid and as a team leader,” said Carilli, coordinator

of domestic and international service programs for the Center for Service & Social Justice. Her father is the aforementioned Vince Carilli, a 13-year vice president for student affairs who gave the FIRST program its original stamp of approval.

Vaccaro concurred. “I love watching all of the first-years get involved early in their college careers after they complete FIRST. Watching students stay involved in our programs after FIRST is rewarding.”

Building a Sense of Community “Every time I have participated in the program, including now as the staff supervisor … the sense of community is so quickly established. That bond continues once they are on campus. Then, they are able to share their connections with other students and get them excited about doing service as well,” Carilli said. “A major takeaway of the program is introducing first-year students to their new home in Scranton. When students tour the University, even students who live locally, they have no idea there are so many nonprofits in the area, or that the need is so prevalent. Introducing them to agencies like Friends of the Poor, NeighborWorks Northeastern PA and the United Neighborhood Centers before their semester even begins lights a spark inside of them to stay involved in our office throughout their time at the University.” Meghan Loftus ‘12 offered perspective from longtime FIRST partner agency, Friends of the Poor, a Scranton-based non-profit entity that provides emergency assistance for those in need. As the organization’s President and CEO for the past seven years, Loftus said she has witnessed University student volunteers carry out the Friends of the Poor mission to enhance the quality of life for all who live in poverty, joining in friendship with those who have the desire to give and assist. “You can tell that students who sign up for FIRST are already engaged and very excited to be part of the community. This is a great way for them to receive an introduction into what happens outside the perimeter of The University of Scranton campus. It’s the start of a four year — or longer — relationship with Friends of Poor,” said Loftus. “We are very grateful for them to be part of our team.”

anniversary celebration, Acosta did not hesitate to travel across the country to participate. “It was such a gift to return to the community that formed me into the woman of faith and advocate for justice that I strive to be today, and to spend time with Pat, the mentor, guide, and friend who continues to provide me with a powerful example of what it means to be a woman for others and to lead with conviction,” she said.

‘FIRSTers’: The Early Years Ann Marissa “Ammie” Ambacher ‘05, Wildwood, New Jersey, joined the ranks as team leader during FIRST’s second year.

Pat Vaccaro G’92, Director of the Center for Service and Social Justice of Scranton is shown, at right, with Clare (Strockbine) Acosta ‘04, on Aug. 25 during the FIRST program’s 20th anniversary celebration.

One of those students was Stony Brook, New York native Strockbine, now Acosta, whose early service experience led her from Scranton to San Antonio, Texas, where today she dedicates her talents as Staff Attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. “After graduating from Scranton, I spent two years volunteering with Rostro de Cristo — a small, Catholic post-grad volunteer program — in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I became very involved with the Marianists, the sponsoring congregation of both University of Dayton and St. Mary’s University and made a public commitment as a lay Marianist in 2012,” said Acosta. She attributed inspiration for her path of service to four years at Scranton, where she served as a student worker in the Center for Service and Social Justice. “Pat was the best teacher and mentor I could have ever imagined! She pushed me to dream big, think critically, use my privilege to advocate for justice and to pursue the magis in all I did,” said Acosta, referencing a restless desire for excellence that is a key aspect of Jesuit education. When Vaccaro invited her FIRST collaborator to the program’s 20th

“I had worked in the Service office under Pat Vaccaro, so I was able to see the entire program unfold from the start. I thought it was brilliant and knew I wanted to be a part of it in some way. Luckily for me, I was asked the following year to lead the team,” said Ambacher, then an education major from Philadelphia. “The beauty of this program is the fact that there isn’t just one thing that makes it impactful or important. There are many parts that contribute to its purpose. This program allowed students who may not have been involved in service in the past to get a taste of why it is important. I had a limited experience with service and would have loved to attend a program such as FIRST heading into my freshman year. I love how it allows students to ease their way into college life. Knowing a familiar face on campus the first week of school can set the stage for the rest of the year.”

‘Faith Through the Lens of Service’ A FIRST participant in 2007 and team leader in 2008, Daniel J. Marx ’09, G’20 recalled with clarity the program’s impact on him as math and secondary education double major from South Abington. Today, Marx continues the Jesuit tradition and value of educating the whole person as Mathematics Department chair with Scranton Preparatory School. “I remember very clearly being left in awe at the opportunity to witness others’ ‘FIRST firsts.’ For so many, FIRST was the first time they saw service through the lens SPRING 2024


FIRST classmates cheer on Wendy De La Cruz Garcia ‘27. View more photos from 2023 FIRST experience and meet a few participants at

of faith. And for others, FIRST was the first time they witnessed faith through the lens of service,” said Marx, who with fellow program alumni Chris Troisi ‘15 and Brian Dolan ‘15 return to campus annually to surprise their mentor, Vaccaro, with a visit.

Sarika Mongar ‘27, center, and FIRST classmates participate in team-building activities at The University of Scranton Retreat Center at Chapman Lake on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.

‘Where Did You See God Today?’ Rising to the surface of every conversation with FIRST founders and program alumni are the powerful moments of reflection that take place each evening at the University’s Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. “The reflective component sets it apart from all other service experiences,” Vaccaro said, referencing an end-of-day routine that includes the Jesuit Examen, 20-minutes of journaling, reflection led by a team leader, and a “Play of the Day” discussion. “Each leader asks the group ‘Where did you see God today? Where did your heart sing?” Vaccaro added.

FIRST program alumni Brian Dolan ’15, Daniel Marx ’10 and Chris Troisi ’15, are shown, from left, during their annual visit with mentor Pat Vaccaro.

“Being able to live, work, and reflect for

a week alongside others experiencing a first like this was truly a humbling experience. Reflecting on the fact that FIRST has been a part of the Scranton fabric for an entire generation now, I find its clever acronym to be incredibly appropriate: not just because it is an remarkable opportunity for freshman to be involved in reflective service together, but also — and even more so — because naming something as a first implies there will be a second, and a third, and in many cases a 20th or 50th,” Marx added. 26


FIRST alumni Armbacher described the Retreat Center at Chapman Lake as “crucial to the student experience.” “To have a space that felt like ‘home’ allowed the students to open up in discussions and reach some vulnerable moments that pushed them to grow. ... Being surrounded by the people they had powerful experiences with from the start of the day to the end brought them closer together,” Ambacher said. “This one singular event opened the door to so many more service opportunities throughout the next four years. The city of Scranton benefitted and continues to benefit from what the students provide, and vice versa. I learned and gained so

FIRST, A Snapshot • Student participants: 1,026 • Service hours: 24,624 • Community Partner Agencies: Four to six per year; More than one dozen nonprofit organizations over the program’s 20-year history, including Clothesline for Men, Elan, formerly Jewish Home of Northeast PA, Friends of the Poor, Habitat for Humanity, Lackawanna Valley Heritage Association, NeighborWorks, St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, Telespond, United Neighborhood Centers • First FIRST location: Elan, formerly Jewish Home of Northeast PA • Most recent additions: Arrupe House, We Care • Celebrity guests: Past programs have included guest presenters, such as the National Coalition on Homelessness.

much from the community. The FIRST program truly is a program that catapults so much good in the community and on campus.”

‘FIRST Decision,’ ‘Best Decision’ Among alumni in attendance at the 20th anniversary celebration was longtime self-described “FIRSTer” Rich Guilfoyle ‘08, DPT’11, who spent six years involved with the program: as a participant in ’04, leader in ’06 and ’08, team leader in ’07 and graduate assistant in ’09 and ‘10. “Seeing FIRST evolve over the years, while maintaining its core values is a testament to Pat Vaccaro’s vision. Pat is an unrelenting positive force who lives the mission through compassion for the whole person, drive to serve others and desire to give more. My FIRST decision was the best decision of my collegiate career,” said the Malverne, New York resident, who today serves as supervisor of outpatient rehabilitation services with Mercy Hospital. “I have the privilege of knowing Pat as a mentor, friend and most importantly, the core of my Scranton family, through participation in FIRST in every role.”

FIRST Still Going Strong As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, Acosta got a chance to connect with members of the Class of 2027. “I had the chance to volunteer on the last day of the program with the FIRST group, and the privilege to sit in reflection with them. It was a gift to witness the energy, excitement and hope that the firstyear students brought to the table, as well as the peer mentorship and leadership that the FIRST team offered to the newest Royals,” said Acosta. “It’s absolutely wild to me that 20 years later, while the schedule might look a little different and partners may have changed a bit, this way of introduction to the University of Scranton culture is still going strong.” “There was no telling at the time if it would be a success or a total flop. But Pat believed in it, Dr. Carilli supported it, and other students were willing to serve as inaugural leaders… so we took a leap.”

A Two-Generation Service Success Story Since 1988, members of the Guarnuccio family have been putting a priority on volunteerism with The University of Scranton and in the surrounding community. At The University of Scranton, Pat Vaccaro and Keith Guarnuccio ’90 have proven true the axiom that kindness multiplies with a ripple effect. In the late 1980s, a chance “to work with college students and help them get involved in the Scranton community” drew Vaccaro to a career on campus. Early on, she developed Collegiate Volunteers, the precursor of today’s Center for Service and Social Justice (CSSJ). As one of that office’s original volunteers, Guarnuccio helped initiate a two-generation service success story. “During sophomore year, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a number of events and programs run by Collegiate Volunteers. Then I met Pat,” he said of the mentor who introduced him to the joy that only community involvement can provide. “I really enjoyed the work we did with local special needs children.” Four decades later, Vaccaro serves as Director of the Center for Service and Social Justice, and Guarnuccio has welcomed four family members into the Scranton fold, including his wife Joanne, and three of their four children. Currently Keith and Joanne serve as Chairs of the University’s Parents Executive Council. “I remember Pat being so dedicated and spirited. She was always looking for ways for the office to contribute to the community. I really enjoyed my involvement, and it makes us proud that Hanna, Aidan and Bridgid have all been able to work alongside Pat during their time at Scranton,” said Keith. The Guarnuccio family shares memories of their service at

As a University student, Keith Guarnuccio volunteered with Collegiate Volunteers. He is shown in 1988, during his junior year at Scranton. Of his work study service during that era, Keith said, “I really enjoyed the work we did with local special needs children.”

Two Guarnuccio siblings volunteered as FIRST participants this past August at the Belleview Center, NeighborWorks and Friends of the Poor in Scranton, shown above. Aidan ’23 served as a team leader and Bridgid ’27 served as a first-year volunteer. Shown, Joanne Guarnuccio, a special education teacher at Scotch-Plains-Fanwood High School in New Jersey, serves with husband Keith as chairs of the University’s Parents Executive Council. “Parents Executive Council provided us with the opportunity to be involved with the University and in the lives of our children while they are at school without interfering with their experiences on campus. We can be involved and give back to a place that has given so much to our family.”

Members of the Guarnuccio family are shown with University of Scranton President Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J. during 2022-23 Parents Weekend events. From left, are Hanna ‘22, Bridgid ’27, Joanne, Keith ’90, and Aidan ’23.



For the Health of the Community University & Geisinger partner on newly reimagined Leahy Clinic The University of Scranton and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine sign a Master Affiliation Agreement to operate a free medical clinic. Seated from left: Julie Byerley, M.D., M.P.H., president, Geisinger College of Health Sciences; and Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of Scranton. Standing: William Jeffries, Ph.D. ‘80, provost, Geisinger College of Health Sciences; Madison Gladfelter, third-year medical student, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine; Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, The University of Scranton; and Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, The University of Scranton.

Since its founding a decade and a half ago, The University of Scranton’s Edward R Leahy, Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured has served two critical functions -- providing hands-on, realworld training to students planning careers in health care, and delivering high-quality free medical care for underserved members of the local community. That mission was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, thanks to a partnership between the University and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM), the clinic is set to reopen its doors with a newly enhanced mission and range of services. Back in September, representatives from the University and Geisinger signed a master affiliation agreement that put into action a reimagined “student-run” model for the clinic that provides “high-quality care in a welcoming, respectful, and compassionate environment” for the region’s uninsured residents while expanding opportunities for University and medical school students to gain practical experience in patient care, clinic management and other aspects of health care. Located in the lower level of McGurrin Hall and part of the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, the clinic reopens with student volunteers from both institutions running its day-to-day operations with assistance from Medical Director Susan Russell, M.D., family physician for Geisinger and 28


assistant professor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Administrative Director Maria L. Vital, Ph.D. G’11, and a dedicated crew of volunteer faculty and physicians. A steering committee made up of University and GCSOM representatives oversees the clinic. Administrative Director Maria L. Vital, Ph.D. G’11, and Medical Director Susan Russell, M.D., family physician for Geisinger and assistant professor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

The clinic provides true longitudinal health care, offering primary care services that are integrated with the University’s existing Physical Therapy, Low Vision and Counseling clinics. “The exciting thing for me is that students at all levels and across a range majors, whether they’re interested in service or in a human services job, can practice both their clinical and interpersonal skills at the clinic,” said Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D., dean of the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies. “As a Jesuit university, obviously one of the things we emphasize to our students is cura personalis, and one way to practice that is through volunteering at the clinic and serving some of the most vulnerable people in our community. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

“One of the things we do in screening applicants is look for someone who has a hunger for service. So, this is a way for our students to have that desire come forward,” said William B. Jeffries, Ph.D. ’80, vice dean for education at GCSOM and provost for Geisinger College of Health Sciences. “This medical school was founded by the community, so we want to serve the community as a debt. Having the opportunity to run this clinic with the University is a wonderful thing.”

toes,” Dr. Jeffries said. “Father (Scott) Pilarz was president of the University at the time, and I remember talking with him about how a partnership could work. And now, here it is, having come full circle.”

Coming ‘Full Circle’ on a Partnership

Re-imagineering Opportunities From a ‘30,000-Foot View’

Named for the late son of longtime University benefactors Edward ’68, H’01 and Patricia Leahy, the original iteration of the Leahy Clinic opened in 2008 and provided high-quality acute, “non-emergency” care to uninsured Scranton-area residents who might not have otherwise sought it. The clinic operated until 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to cease operations. “This clinic was started by a very committed group of people who deserve a lot of credit for the great work they did over the years,” said Mary Jane DiMattio, Ph.D., R.N.‘89, professor of nursing at the University. While patients received exceptional, compassionate care and students were exposed to plenty of experiential learning, the clinic was still limited in scope, Dean Castellanos noted. “We didn’t have the resources to be the true medical home for the people we serve,” she said. “It was more of an urgent care clinic, where they would be seen by volunteer physicians or advanced practice nurses. Which was great, but it still limited what we could do. Chronic disease management and preventative health by nature requires an ongoing interaction with a patient – an acute model doesn’t work as well for that approach. And the clinic would close during the summer and intersession – obviously if we’re going to be the medical home for people in the community, you need to be open year-round.” As the clinic sat idle during the pandemic, representatives at Geisinger were considering ways to enhance learning experiences for GCSOM’s students. When they began exploring how they could establish a free community clinic, they were happy to learn the University was interested in reopening the Leahy Clinic, “but needing help with the medical infrastructure side of things,” Dr. Jeffries said. It seemed like the ideal makings of a partnership, he added, noting several years ago he participated in an alumni medical forum at the University where he delivered the talk, “Initiatives to Improve Medical Education.” “All the medical school founders were there, and the two institutions were trying to figure out how to coexist and be complementary to each other and not step on each other’s

When Geisinger reached out to the University, “it really got us reenergized in terms of figuring out how to re-imagine the clinic and provide more opportunities for our students and the medical school’s students,” Dean Castellanos said.

To figure out the particulars of the new model, a task force made up of administrators, faculty and students from both institutions was formed. Dr. DiMattio, who served as interim associate dean of the Panuska College last year, brought significant knowledge to the group, having served on the board of trustees at Regional Hospital of Scranton and Mercy Health Partners. “During my time on the boards, I learned a lot about the business and regulatory side of health care, which allowed me to work on the logistics of getting the clinic up and running again,” she said. “I had some sense of the big picture of health care delivery, kind of the 30,000-foot view of operations. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute in some way. It’s been a privilege.” Among the students involved in the clinic’s reimagining was Olivia Zehel, a 2023 University graduate and current first-year GCSOM medical student and Abigail Geisinger Scholar. Zehel never got the chance to work at the clinic while studying biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and philosophy at the University, so she’s thrilled to have the opportunity now. “It’s been incredible seeing a group of dedicated people come together for something that is going to benefit so many people in the community,” Zehel said. “My main motivation for going to medical school is the service component. Over time, I’ve become more aware of the deficits in care for different populations. There are many people here in Scranton who aren’t receiving the care they should, so it’s exciting for me to merge my passions at a place where I’ve forged so many connections over the last few years. All of my classmates are beyond excited about the clinic – it’s almost going to be like a residency before we’re placed in one.”

Collaboration Helps Students Take the Lead Ultimately, the group decided the reimagined Leahy Clinic would be a primary care medical home for uninsured families. For inspiration, they looked to the University’s long-running Physical Therapy Clinic, which has been a student-run operation



since 2015. At the PT clinic, a revolving group of student volunteers handle all clinical and administrative duties, said Renée M. Hakim, PT, Ph.D. ‘90, professor and chair/program director of the Department of Physical Therapy. “It’s really a nice way for them to develop leadership skills, and then they get to be peer mentors to the incoming students,” Dr. Hakim said. “The faculty members provide guidance, but we really want the student group to take the lead. It helps us align with our mission and allows the students to serve as men and women for others. The patients get evidence-based care, and the students get to learn and serve an underserved population. They’re practicing, but they’re also practicing doing good. The students always tell me how much they get out of that.” Dr. Hakim believes her students will benefit greatly from collaborating closely with students from other disciplines, much as one would in a hospital setting. That interdisciplinary approach, she said, makes for better preventative medicine for the patient – and better health outcomes overall.

“In this new environment, our students can see patients being treated not just in terms of their physical health, but all aspects of their health, and how they all relate to one another,” said Dr. DiMattio, who serves on the clinic’s steering committee. “It’ll provide them with the opportunity for interprofessional education and set them up to become licensed professionals who are collaborative and aren’t just delivering care in silos. And it’s very much in the University’s mission of social justice, of carrying out care to those from marginalized communities.”

Dr. DiMattio echoed that sentiment, noting she’s excited about the clinic serving as an ideal environment for the University’s nursing students to learn more about the increasingly larger role population health and the social determinants of health are playing in health care.

“We’re imagining the clinic as the primary health care provider for this group of uninsured people, with physicians here managing their care and identifying specialists within the community who are willing to provide free care,” Dr. Castellanos added. “For folks who need health care and are uninsured, this will be life changing for them. There are all sorts of opportunities to expand our care for patients, and give our students more learning opportunities, and put in practice the Jesuit mission. It’s great for everyone involved.”

Mary Jane DiMattio, Ph.D., R.N. ‘89, professor of nursing at the University who serves on the clinic’s steering committee, on student opportunities:

William B. Jeffries, Ph.D. ’80, vice dean for education at GCSOM and provost for Geisinger College of Health Sciences:

“It’ll provide them with the opportunity for interprofessional education and set them up to become licensed professionals who are collaborative and aren’t just delivering care in silos. And it’s very much in the University’s mission of social justice, of carrying out care to those from marginalized communities.”

“The patients get evidence-based care, and the students get to learn and serve an underserved population. They’re practicing, but they’re also practicing doing good. The students always tell me how much they get out of that.”

Renée M. Hakim, PT, Ph.D. ‘90, professor and chair/program director of the Department of Physical Therapy:

Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, The University of Scranton:

“The patients get evidence-based care, and the students get to learn and serve an underserved population. They’re practicing, but they’re also practicing doing good. The students always tell me how much they get out of that.”

“For folks that need health care who are uninsured, this will be life changing for them. There are all sorts of opportunities to expand our care for patients, and give our students more learning opportunities, and put in practice the Jesuit mission.”

Olivia Zehel, ‘23 a 2023 University graduate and current first-year GCSOM medical student and Abigail Geisinger Scholar:


Since 2015, student volunteers have handled all clinical and administrative duties at the University’s long-running Physical Therapy Clinic.


“My main motivation for going to medical school is the service component. …There are many people here in Scranton who aren’t receiving the care they should, so it’s exciting for me to merge my passions at a place where I’ve forged so many connections over the last few years.”

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01: A Lifetime of Wonderment Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01 addresses the crowd after receiving the President’s Medal at the public launch of “A Fire That Kindles Other Fires: The Campaign for Mission, Access, & Excellence.”

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01 appears in the 1968 Windhover yearbook.

The year is 1964. A young, tall, barely-turned17-year-old boy from “down the line” in Mahanoy City, who spent most of his early years growing up in a coal companyowned clapboard house without a bathroom or hot water, arrives on the campus of The University of Scranton carrying nothing but a single suitcase and somewhere between $10 and $20 in cash.

He is soon told he won’t be moving into the dorms, but will instead be joining 46 of his fellow freshmen in temporary housing at the nearby Hotel Casey until further notice. After his very first class, he secures a job repairing books in “some dark recess” of the Alumni Memorial Library. By the end of his first week of classes, he will believe he “has it made” as he is living in a big hotel in a new city, he has a job, and he is receiving a first-class education. Then, by the end of his second week of classes, he will realize he is likely “the poorest kid” at the school. His name is Edward R. Leahy, and he considers every day at Scranton a “day of wonderment.”

The year is 2023. A distinguished, tall, somewhat-olderthan-17-year-old man who resides in one of the wealthiest communities in the United States arrives on the campus of The University of Scranton carrying nothing at all, but he won’t be leaving empty-handed. Before he departs that evening, the University will honor him and his wife, Patricia, with the President’s Medal, an award of such esteem that it has been bestowed upon only a handful of people in the University’s 135-year history. The University will present this award to them for their lifetime of service to Scranton, and a crowd consisting of 350 of the University’s most generous alumni, parents and friends will applaud the announcement of the couple’s latest gift to Scranton (and the largest single-donation gift in the University’s history), a $10 million donation that will help kindle the fires of others for decades to come. His name is Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01, and, nearly 60 years after first setting foot on campus, he is experiencing yet another day of wonderment. As he addresses the assembled crowd, he quotes two lines of verse from one of his favorite poets, Wallace Stevens. “‘Let be be finale of seem,” he says. “‘The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.’”

In the 59 years between those moments, the man at the center of our tale lived the kind of life the boy he once was could only encounter in the books he devoured so voraciously that one gets the sense that, even then, he knew they were a sort of appetizer course to the banquet of his life’s work. It is the type SPRING 2024


of story we never tire of telling, a ramble in which natural ability, hard work, good humor, and a little luck lead to an extraordinary life. This is the story of one person’s interpretation of the Wallace Stevens poem writ large across the landscape of time, and how he learned to seize the day at The University of Scranton.

Mirabile Dictu It has often been said that big things have small beginnings, and, in Ed Leahy’s case, that is absolutely true. “Most of my early years were spent in what the genteel would call a ‘suburb’ of Mahanoy City, but what the cognoscenti would call a ‘coal patch,’” he said. “We lived on Reading Company land in a Reading Company house 90 feet from the breaker on the left and the mouth of the coal mine on the right. I washed the coal dust from my eyes and ears every day. “I don’t recall thinking that life there was bad, but in that environment, I honestly can’t remember that I ever thought of going to college. It just wasn’t in the game plan.” That all changed when Leahy’s uncle, Edward P. Leahy, presented him with a University of Scranton application and suggested that he fill it out. “He wanted me to go to college, and to a Jesuit college. That was an era when if someone in your family told you to do something, you did it,” he said. “So, I applied to The University of Scranton, and, mirabile dictu, was admitted.” Ed dove headfirst into student life at Scranton, joining ROTC, the Class Senate, the Debate Club, the Political Science Club, Student Council, and a slew of other student organizations while playing lots of intramural basketball. While he felt accepted by his peers, he also knew they were from very different worlds. “I liked the other kids. We got along,” he said. “But I knew that I was different. They spoke differently than I did. They dressed a little differently. They had things like khakis and blazers and loafers; I had a pair of black pants and black-laced shoes. They had been places that, honestly, I’d only seen on postcards. They had been to New York. Some of them were from New York. “Certainly, I was never embarrassed by any of this, and I never felt that I didn’t fit in, but it was just a fact.”

An Open World Upon graduating from Scranton, Ed was commissioned in the U.S. Army, later serving as a Captain in Military Intelligence. He attended Boston College Law School as a Presidential Scholar, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. While at Boston College, he met his future wife, who would go on to devote her entire professional life to public service.

Patricia Leahy: A Woman For And With Others Patricia Leahy has devoted her Then-President Bill Clinton greets Rev. Joseph A. Panuska, S.J., then-University president, and entire professional Patricia Leahy at the White House. life to public service. She spent 18 years on the staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, 13 of those years on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and five subsequent years in the Clinton Administration’s U.S. Department of Education, where she was responsible for legislation that affected individuals with disabilities. Finally, in 2002, she joined the National Rehabilitation Association, where she served as Director of Legislation and Public Policy for 16 years. Patricia is a much sought-after speaker and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Switzer Scholar Award.

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01 at Oxford University during his time as the HLA Hart Fellow in Law and Philosophy.

While one can imagine being discouraged by those differences, Ed saw them in a different light. “I absolutely loved my time here in part because of my background,” he said. “I was learning different things every single day. For me, quietly, every day was a day of wonderment.” 32


Following law school, Ed served as a law clerk to Judge Ruggero Aldisert on the United States Court of Appeals, and then to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the U.S. Supreme

Court, the greatest honor any young lawyer could hope to achieve. He became a partner in two prestigious law firms, where he specialized in international business, international corporate work and international litigation. Far from finished, he then founded a small investment bank and co-founded an international business advisory firm. He subsequently taught law at both Boston College and at Oxford University, where he was a member of the Faculty of Law and was the HLA Hart Fellow in Law and Philosophy.

Additionally, he donated several books to the University, including his most recent donation, the First Illustrated Spiritual Exercises, published in 1593 and written by Jerome Nadal, S.J., one of the first Jesuits and a friend of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Through it all, he never failed to credit Scranton with laying the foundation for his success. “Over the years, wherever I’ve been, no matter what I’ve done, I always work in the fact … that I went to The University of Scranton,” he said. “This place opened the world to me.”

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01, Patricia Leahy and Edward R. Leahy Jr. pose for a family portrait.

A Man For And With Others In 1988, Ed and Patricia created the Edward P. Leahy Scholarship in memory of the uncle who encouraged Ed to apply to the University. Ed also created the annual James C. Doyle ’66 Stock Trading Competition in memory of Jim Doyle, Ed’s college friend and a stock broker. For more than 20 years, the competition’s fund has given a cash award to the Kania School of Management student who has the best stock picking record from October to April. He was also one of the founders of the Scully Scholars program at the University, a program that honors the memory of the late Professor Timothy H. Scully of the Political Science Department by providing stipends for students to spend summers interning with Congressmen, Senators, or members of the executive branch in Washington, D.C., or legislators or executive branch members in state capitals.

Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01 during his time as chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.

In 1993, the University honored Ed with the Alumni Achievement Award for Distinguished and Exceptional Attainment. In 1994, Ed joined the University’s Board of Trustees, where he helped guide the University as its Chair from 1998-2000. In 2001, the University bestowed upon Ed an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

A book collector for more than 50 years, Ed assembled one of the greatest private collections of rare books in the United States, stretching from the 13th to the 21st century, and he exhibited selections from that collection in four unique installations at the Weinberg Memorial Library.

In 1984, Ed and Patricia welcomed their son, Edward R. Leahy Jr., to the world. Tragically, Edward, whom Ed described as “a wonderful, happy child with multiple disabilities,” passed away in 1993, just before his ninth birthday. In 1994, the couple created the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment at the University in Edward’s memory, the largest single endowment at Scranton. Over the years, the $5 million endowment has supported both the Leahy Community Health and Family Center and the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured, which provides free non-emergency healthcare to uninsured Lackawanna County residents, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, and a low vision clinic. A recent agreement between the University and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will further expand the reach and services offered by the Leahy Medical Clinic.

Rev. Joseph A. Panuska, S.J., then-University President, Patricia Leahy and Edward R. Leahy ‘68, H’01 celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment.

At the dedication of the Community Health and Family Center in 2003, Ed said, “We would not be here today if it were not for the courage and indomitable spirit of a little A Lifetime of Wonderment continued on page 40. SPRING 2024


PROFILE: Mark O’Malia ‘14, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speaking From Experience To Help Others Open Up As a speech-language pathologist at the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), Mark O’Malia ‘14 provides specialized, universally affordable stuttering therapy and support for clients ages 2 to 80.

We all carry with us distinctive traits that make us unique. Oftentimes, though, they take time to fully appreciate.

O’Malia commutes to AIS’s New York City headquarters from his Philadelphia home, working with clients ages 2 to 80.

Mark O’Malia ‘14, M.S., CCC-SLP, knows the feeling.

“We want to make communication easier for them, but we’re also helping them develop self-confidence and self-acceptance,” he said. “So much of it is just having real conversations with my clients. I shut my office door and I’m able to ask them, ‘What kind of life do you want to live? What are your goals for therapy?’ I want them to make more friends, to have confidence to go on that job interview, to do that thing that lights them up. A lot of it is stepping into who you want to be. Stuttering is something that becomes easier to deal with the more open you are about it, the more you’re able to physically and emotionally move in it. That allows you to become more confident. It’s not about overcoming stuttering, but how to live with it. That’s the success.

“I stutter, which is something that runs in my family. It started when I was 3,” said the Wilkes-Barre native. “There are a lot of misconceptions about stuttering. Really, it’s just a neurological condition, but growing up with it was just an incredibly challenging experience.” Eventually, O’Malia learned to not only accept his condition, but to thrive with it – thanks in large part to the welcoming community he found at The University of Scranton. His time at the University led him to his “dream job” as a speech-language pathologist at the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), where since 2017 he’s provided specialized, universally affordable stuttering therapy and support for children and adults.



“I take my job very seriously,” he continued. “It’s such a privilege to show a client that I do understand what they’re

PROFILE: Mark O’Malia ‘14, M.S., CCC-SLP

going through. To be able to say, ‘I know how hard it is, and we can work together to make life worthwhile for you.’ That’s the most gratifying part of my job.” The job also brings with it a strong advocacy component. “Stuttering is still kind of a misunderstood thing, so we try to bring it to the mainstream and bring knowledge to people,” O’Malia said. “It’s through human connections and telling our stories that we make change.” Obviously, O’Malia brings plenty of firsthand experience to the role. As a child and adolescent, he struggled to protect himself from the cruelty that stutterers often experience, whether he was interacting with peers or ordering food at a restaurant. “There’s a lot of reinforcement that you’re different, so I went inward a lot, and felt I couldn’t show the authentic me,” he said. “I couldn’t do some of the things I wanted to do, like acting or participating in student government. I felt this incredible weight of avoiding life. I had speech therapists, but a lot of that was, ‘You are broken, here are ways you can fix yourself.’ I would think, ‘I really wish I had someone who understood this.’” His outlook changed upon enrolling at the University, where he thrived as a student in the psychology program and formed a close circle of friends.

Stuttering is still kind of a misunderstood thing, so we try to bring it to the mainstream and bring knowledge to people. It’s through human connections and telling our stories that we make change. — Mark O’Malia ‘14, M.S., CCC-SLP

Meanwhile, he got heavily involved in campus life, serving as a Search Retreat leader, a research assistant, and vice president of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology. He also found great personal fulfillment during a service trip to El Salvador. “Every year, I felt I had real opportunities at the University to get help exploring who I was. They really cared about you as an individual, and your development as a person,” O’Malia said. “You get to know other students and find commonalities among you. I think it was a really important step for me to have a space to open up among fellow students and friends.” In addition, he sought out local stuttering support groups and attended the National Stuttering Association’s annual

Mark O’Malia ‘14, M.S., CCC-SLP said his time at The University of Scranton led him to his ‘dream job’ as a speech-language pathologist at the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), where since 2017 he has provided specialized, universally affordable stuttering therapy and support for children and adults.

conference in Arizona. Then, the summer before his senior year, he enrolled in a three-week intensive program at AIS, where he learned to better cope with his stuttering through making phone calls, approaching people on the subway, and performing other activities that “pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to gain a lot of self-confidence,” he said. By the end of the program, O’Malia knew he wanted to pursue speech-language pathology as a career. So, after graduating with honors from the University in 2014, he enrolled in Penn State University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program. During his studies, he served as a clinical intern at AIS, where he worked with his former therapist. That experience eventually led to a full-time job offer, and he’s been there ever since. O’Malia was thrilled to learn the University recently started its own master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology. “It’s very cool to see the Speech-Language program is developing, because Scranton has such great programs in the health sciences. It makes me really excited that they’ll be producing future clinicians in the field,” said O’Malia, the son of Patti and Mark O’Malia. “I genuinely feel very lucky to have found something that makes me very fulfilled in life,” he said. “And because of the University, I found different ways to find and take care of myself, so that I could go out and take care of others.” SPRING 2024


PROFILE: Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA ’95

Prepared for Every Open Door in Her Path An inaugural member of the University’s Business Leadership Honors Program champions the Jesuit education model, and her family’s lifelong commitment to giving back Theresa Pattara left The University of Scranton in 1995 for what she thought would be a career in accounting. Life, though, had other plans for her, from earning her law degree at Georgetown, to crafting tax policy at the Internal Revenue Service, to writing legislation in the U.S. Senate. Today, the Annandale, Virginia, resident is putting all of that accumulated experience to good use as one of the newest members of the University’s Board of Trustees. Pattara joined the board in the fall, having been invited by University President Joseph G. Marina, S.J., to serve her alma mater. “I was completely taken aback when Father Marina called and asked me to be on the board. It’s an honor and very humbling, and being from a first-generation immigrant family makes it even more meaningful,” Pattara said. Pattara’s parents, Varghese G’71 and the late Valsa Pattara, moved to northeastern Pennsylvania from Kerala, India, in 1970, settling in Dickson City. Her father was a Chartered Accountant in India and earned his MBA at Scranton before starting his own florist supply business. After graduating from Scranton Preparatory School in 1991, Pattara followed in her father’s footsteps and enrolled at the University. Having grown up in her dad’s office (she was doing his payroll and filing W2s by age 14), accounting seemed like the most obvious choice of major.

A moving experience as a volunteer in an orphanage/foster care home in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2008 motivated Theresa Pattara’s involvement with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County, a non-profit organization committed to finding permanent homes for foster children.



At Scranton, she formed bonds with accounting faculty members Dr. Daniel Mahoney and Dr. Brian Carpenter, and was part of the inaugural class of the Business Leadership Honors Program, which allowed her to “take MBA-level classes as an undergrad.” She also worked part-time at ParenteBeard, today Baker Tilly US, and had the opportunity to shadow Dave Hawk, then co-owner and chairman of the board of family-owned Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.

PROFILE: Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA ’95

Those experiences provided a sturdy foundation for her professional life – as did the University’s classic liberal arts curriculum. “I’ve always been fond of the Jesuit education model,” Pattara said. “Besides the business courses, the other classes, whether speech and communication or ethics and philosophy, really forced you to hone your reasoning and writing skills, which serve you well no matter what profession you go into.” Pattara’s post-college career began at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. But after a few years she changed course, earning acceptance into Georgetown University Law Center, where she spent the next several years taking evening classes while continuing to work full time. “I was fed up with tax accounting, so I went to law school – and then I got a job at the IRS,” she said with a laugh. Because of her accounting experience, she was assigned to high profile projects such as managing a $23 million redesign of the federal Form 990. For her work, she received the IRS Commissioner’s Award, the highest accolade given to an employee. In 2005, Pattara was selected to be a Capitol Hill Fellow in the Senate, serving on the Finance Committee, then chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa. She enjoyed the experience so much that she left the IRS in 2008 for a position as a permanent tax counsel to the Senator. There she contributed on key pieces of legislation, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “People on Capitol Hill tend to put themselves into the policy category or the political category. I personally enjoy the policy work much more. I get to see the truly bi-partisan nature of many Senators when those with opposing ideologies compromise to enact legislation,” Pattara said. Upon leaving the Senate in 2012, Pattara became a lobbyist, first as senior director of public policy and advocacy at H&R Block, then as the vice president of government affairs at data and records management company Iron Mountain. Most recently, she served as vice president of federal relations, public policy and advocacy for Aflac. “My feeling is, when a door opens, I should just walk through it,” Pattara said.

I didn’t fully appreciate it when I was a student, but the education I received at the University opened doors to the professional opportunities I’ve had. Now I get to give something back, which is great. — Theresa Pattara, J.D., CPA ’95

Pattara is shown in Oct. 2009, with Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, during a debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Purposeful Philanthropy That same ethos applies to Pattara’s volunteerism, which includes serving as a member of Many Hands, a women’s “giving circle” that raises money for organizations in support of low-income women, children and families. For many years, Pattara has financially supported Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County, a non-profit committed to finding permanent homes for foster children. Recently, she became a member of its board, and for her 50th birthday undertook a $50,000 fundraising campaign. Her involvement in CASA came out of a moving experience experience as a volunteer in an orphanage/foster care home in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 2008. “I wanted to take every kid home with me. Instead, I committed to paying the tuition for eight kids to attend an English-language school there,” Pattara said. “After that, I became more interested in foster care issues in the U.S. CASA’s source of funding tends to be more grassroots, so I’m trying to help them elevate their fundraising.” Pattara’s philanthropy extends to the University. In 2022, she and her family established the Pattara Family Scholarship in memory of her mother, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2021. The need-based scholarship is awarded to students who emigrated or whose parents emigrated from a South Asian country. No question, her sense of service and commitment to giving back “stems from my grandparents and parents,” said Pattara, whose niece, Elizabeth Pattara, ’19 and nephew, Varghese Pattara, ’22, also earned undergraduate degrees from Scranton. Now, Pattara is contributing even more through her Board of Trustees service. She attended her first meeting in September and is serving on its audit, finance, and mission and identity committees. SPRING 2024


PROFILE: Mary ’85, P’18 and Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron

Accounting for Opportunity with Mary ’85, P’18 & Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron Alumni couple repays debt of gratitude with new opportunities for Scranton students.

Gratitude. Opportunity. The greater Scranton area. This is the connective tissue that inspires the philanthropy of Mary ’85, P’18 and Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron, two Royals who remain ever mindful of the many gifts The University of Scranton has bestowed upon them throughout their lives.

“We are so grateful for what Scranton gave us both individually and together,” said Pat, who started his career as a certified public accountant and who now serves as CEO and CFO of Maiden Reinsurance Ltd. “We’ve been very, very fortunate.

“I really feel like I became a different person,” said Mary, a certified public accountant who serves as the accounting and finance director of Tire Alliance Groupe, of her student years. “I mean, you talk about a transformational experience – I do feel like I had one.

“To be able to give back is not just a reflection of gratitude for what Scranton gave us, but for me, is also the realization of advice my dad gave me many years ago, to not forget what Scranton gave me and to give back what I could. It’s great advice we’ve tried to pass along to our children as well.”

“It was a whole new world that I saw.”



PROFILE: Mary ’85, P’18 and Pat ’83, P’18 Haveron

The category of “what Scranton gave them” includes treasures, both tangible and intangible, that might make King Solomon himself envious: first-class educations, lifelong friendships and a 42-year romance that blossomed from a chance meeting at an off-campus party into a marriage that produced their three sons Matthew, Andrew and Sean ’18. Over the decades since graduating, they’ve shown their gratitude for those treasures in a number of ways, including mentoring Scranton students and serving on both the Parents’ Executive Council and the Accounting Department Professional Council. Mary, a Scranton native who was the first in her family to attend a four-year college, also helped guide the University as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2016-2022. Currently, while splitting their time between Naples, Florida, and Old Tappan, New Jersey, Pat serves on the President’s Business Council Executive Committee while Mary serves on the Campaign Executive Committee of A Fire That Kindles Other Fires, the University’s comprehensive capital campaign. In addition to sharing their time and talent, they’ve also generously donated to many University causes that reflect their priorities, including the Presidential Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides full four-year, merit-based scholarships to outstanding first-year students, the Opening Doors Scholarship Fund, which provides last-dollar funding to students who have demonstrated financial need from the Cristo Rey Network of high schools, Arrupe College, and similar institutions, and the Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus, a project that revitalized part of Mary’s hometown and gave a permanent home to Scranton Baseball, the team that both Pat and Sean played for during their student days. “To see your son playing for the same school that you played for on something that you had a role in creating - that, obviously, was very exciting and fulfilling,” said Pat. “I almost get choked up thinking about it,” said Mary. “I’m a West Side girl … and I was so happy to see the area revitalized while benefitting both the University and the community. It’s beautiful.”

“(Accounting) not only gives you a life skill,” Pat said, “but you’re also instantly hire-able and able to build a stronger business resume with an accounting degree.” Through the scholarship, Mary and Pat hope to provide students from the Scranton area who might think the University is out of their price range with the same sort of transformational opportunities their educations have made possible. “I think people in (Northeastern Pennsylvania) often think they can’t afford going to Scranton,” Mary said. “Without scholarships, grants and loans, I wouldn’t have been able to do it, and I think (college) was much more affordable at that time. Now, a student there is thinking, ‘I can’t do this.’ We want to be part of helping those students be able to bridge that gap.” For Mary and Pat, The University of Scranton opened the door to a lifetime of opportunity; through their giving, they’ll continue to hold that door open for generations of Royals to come. “We’ve been blessed in ways that we couldn’t imagine,” Pat said. “I love helping kids who can’t afford it,” Mary said. “I was one of those kids.”

To be able to give back is not just a reflection of gratitude for what Scranton gave us, but for me, is also the realization of advice my dad gave me many years ago, to not forget what Scranton gave me and to give back what I could. — Pat Haveron ‘83, P’18

Most recently, the couple established The Haveron Family Scholarship, a need-based award that will benefit students from the greater Scranton region pursuing undergraduate degrees in accounting, the field that served as the springboard to both of their professional lives.



A Lifetime of Wonderment continued from page 33. boy named Edward. His strength of character, in my opinion, touched so many people that in his memory, we’ve tried to engage in a continuous celebration of his life by helping others, particularly children, with special needs. This dedication today is a continuation of that celebration of Edward’s life, and it stands as truth that the youngest and the smallest of us can make a real difference. “In the words of St. Matthew 18:2, ‘And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them.’”

Edward R. Leahy ‘68, H’01 speaks at the 1993 dedication of Leahy Hall while Patricia Leahy looks on.

“Things are evanescent; what is here today is gone tomorrow,” he said. “The ice cream that is here now is not going to be here in a short period of time, and that includes both the opportunity and us! Edward R. Leahy ’68, H’01, Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., thenUniversity president, and Patricia Leahy enjoy a moment together at the 2015 dedication of Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall.

The couple also initiated the annual U.S. Conference on disABILITY, which celebrated its 23rd year in October. Additionally, their contributions have supported more than 30 faculty grants for research relating to individuals with disabilities. In 2015, the University dedicated Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall in Edward Jr.’s honor.

“‘Let be be finale of seem.’ If you wish for it to happen, make it happen. You can do it.” The year is 2023. Before exiting, stage right, into the stuff of Scranton legend with the President’s Medal in hand, Ed quoted Oscar Wilde in one last tip of the hat to the young man he was in 1964, a metaphorical wink and nod to the boy who knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that every day could be a day of wonderment. “Oscar Wilde said, ‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken,’” he said. “Absolutely, 100 percent true. When I got to The University of Scranton, I felt then that I knew who I was, and, during my time here, the University let me confirm that. “During those four years, and in the many years since, I know I’ve grown, but I hope I haven’t changed.”

From left, U.S. Conference on disABILITY co-chairs Lori Bruch, Ed.D., and Rebecca Spiriti Dalgin, Ph.D., with Patricia Leahy, Edward R. Leahy ‘68, H’01, Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., then-dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, and Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., then-University Provost.

The Finale Of Seem Throughout his remarkable life, Ed has exemplified the ideal of the magis, never failing to do more, to see more, to be more than he was the day before. After accepting the President’s Medal, he clarified what he meant when he quoted Stevens with words of encouragement. 40


Edward R. Leahy ‘68, H’01 celebrates the Christmas season with Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., University president, at the 2022 Washington, D.C., Christmas Reception at the Mayflower Hotel.


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ClassNotes Milestones Jim Moran ’66, Philadelphia, recently donated his library of books about Franklin Roosevelt to the Weinberg Memorial Library. The collection consisted of more than 200 volumes. Joseph F. Cimini ’70, Dunmore, was among 195 members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association who were recognized for their long-standing membership in the association with a Fifty-Year Member Award in 2023. Kevin DeCoursey ’80, Florham Park, New Jersey, was ordained as permanent deacon in the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey. As part of his formation, DeCoursey received his Master of Arts in Theology from Seton Hall University. While DeCoursey will remain employed as a lawyer, he will expand his vocation by providing service to the people of his local parish and beyond. Melinda C. Ghilardi ’80, Dunmore, an attorney at Munley Law, was recently included in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiff, and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs. Rev. Msgr. Louis Marucci, Ph.D., D.Min. ‘81, Gibbsboro, New Jersey, earned a second Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Organization Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Msgr. Marucci’s dissertation was titled “The Quest for Joy” and examined the pathways people utilized to (re)discover joy after experiences of intense human suffering. John Monopoli, Ph.D. ’81, Voorhees, New Jersey, a clinical psychologist, recently wrote a book titled Active Mind/Receptive Mind: The Journey of Mindfulness that was published by TransPersonal Press. The book is designed to provide readers with a comprehensive introduction to mindfulness and its relationship to constructive action. The book also provides readers with a systematic comparison between eastern and western models of mindfulness and in-depth instructions for “holding” and transcending negative psychological states. Marianne Dougherty G’83, Santa Barbara, California, had her first novel, What We Remember, published. Dougherty did a book signing at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference on June 21, 2023, and was a featured guest on Up Comes the Sun, a morning radio show hosted by Mariel Hemingway and Melissa Yamaguchi, in July. 42


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Dougherty wrote her thesis on the first three Rabbit novels by John Updike and is a member of the John Updike Society. The John Updike Museum is in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in the home where he spent his childhood. The museum has accepted Dougherty’s offer to donate her thesis to them, where it will be displayed. Marion Munley ’83, Moosic, was recently sworn in as the treasurer for the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The AAJ is a 20,000 member organization of plaintiff attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of trial by jury. The mission of the AAJ is to promote justice and fairness for injured victims, safeguard victims’ rights, and strengthen the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public safety and health. Diane Bragg ’87, Paradise, celebrated her first anniversary on August 22, 2023, as a senior retirement plan administrator with Pollard & Associates in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Bragg has spent 33 years working as a retirement plan administrator. Eric Kispert ’87, Denville, New Jersey, was ordained as permanent deacon in the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey. As part of his formation, Kispert received his Master of Arts in Theology from Seton Hall University. While Eric will remain employed as a relationship therapist, he will expand his vocation by providing service to the people of his local parish and beyond. Robert Neiberger ’88, Cary, North Carolina, was recently selected as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Raleigh, NC. He also received the NIEHS Director’s Award for improving agency information technology services in his previous role as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Suzanne Whalen-Maxwell ’90, Succasunna, New Jersey, has earned a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction - special education with high distinction. Ronald Myer ’91, Lancaster, published his book, 33 Ways to Improve in Business and Live, which is available on Amazon and other online bookstores. Kate Groark Shields ’97, Fort Washington, CEO/ owner of Vault Communications, a full-service

marketing and communications agency, had her firm named as a finalist for Outstanding Agency in the U.S. by PR Week magazine. The firm also received its second consecutive designation as one of Philadelphia’s Best Places to Work by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Paul Collins, Ph.D. ’00, Amherst, Massachusetts, published his fourth book, Supreme Bias: Gender and Race in U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (Stanford University Press). The book demonstrates the biases that women and people of color face on their paths to the Supreme Court. Collins is professor of legal studies and political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jennifer Cram ’00, Los Angeles, California, had her feature film, Sick Girl, released in October 2023. Cram was the indie comedy film’s director and writer. Anthony Talerico, Jr. ’01, Eatontown, New Jersey, was reelected to a second four-year term as Mayor of the Borough of Eatontown. Jennifer Fretts ’03, Knightdale, North Carolina, received the New American Hero Award for her role as a kindergarten teacher with Charter Schools USA. This award recognizes a teacher who has made a difference in the lives of students and celebrates their dedication to the craft of teaching. Gina Maria Noia, Ph.D. ’10, Providence, Rhode Island, joined the faculty at Providence College. Sister Catherine Marie-Elizabeth Rotterman, CSSF ’13, Chicago, Illinois, made her first profession of religious vows with the Felician Sisters of North America on October 29, 2023. Samuel J. Richards G’15, Bentleyville, joined the faculty at the International School of Kenya in Nairobi, where he teaches social sciences and IB History of Africa. Richards previously worked at Shanghai American School in China, where he survived several strict covid-19 lockdowns and was proud to be one of four founding faculty members of the school’s Pudong Innovation Institute, a design-thinking program that used interdisciplinary and project-based learning.

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Milestones continued

Eric Kispert ’87 and Kevin DeCoursey ’80 were ordained as permanent deacons in the Paterson Diocese of New Jersey. As part of their formation, they received their Master of Arts in Theology from Seton Hall University. While Kevin will remain employed as a lawyer and Eric will remain employed as a relationship therapist, they will expand their vocations by providing service to the people of their local parishes and beyond.

1st Lt. Shannon Everton ’21, G’22, U.S. Army and Capt. Rus Denysyk ’04, U.S. Army met during Army Medical Officer training in Texas in August of 2023.

Members of the Class of 1967 gather at a Baltimore Orioles game. Front row: John Comey, Jerry Gavin, Tom Myles, Skip Minakowski. Second row: Joe Lista, Lou Orlando, Joe Leary, Pete Lally.



Class Notes

Marriages Margaret McCarthy ’10 to Matthew Pomes Alyssa Fania ’15 to Colin Panayi ’15 Ryan Fitzsimons ’15 to Emily Franks’16 Kaitlin Marsicano ’15 to Matthew Huf ’15 Ryan Millard ’15 to Brooke O’Neill ’16 Christina Carbaugh ’16 to Matthew Marshall Adriana Samoni ’16 to John Nolan Ryan ’15 Gianna Delerme ‘17, G’18 to Brett Auriemma ‘16, G’18 Molly Hampsey ’19, G’20 wed Tyler Weiss Jeanmarie Villata ’20 to Tim Petersen

Adriana Samoni ’16 married John Nolan Ryan ’15 on May 6, 2023, in Galloway, New Jersey. Alumni pictured: Pete Dermigny ’15, Daryl Lynch ’15, Matt Sanin ’15, Conor McCarthy ’15, John Nolan Ryan ’15, Adriana Samoni Ryan ’16, Janine Palmieri Samoni ’82, Ryan Larkin ’00, Jules Fusco ’16, Isla Carruthers ’16, Latrice Smith ’17, Jill May ’16, Megan Lasky ’16 and Jenny Bowers Adam ’16.

Molly Hampsey ’19, G’20 wed Tyler Weiss on April 29, 2023. The couple was joined by many family members, former softball teammates and friends who are also proud Scranton alumni. First row, from left: Lynn King Andres ’89, P ’17, Sarah Breen ’19, G ’20, Jamie Hampsey ’16, Molly Hampsey ’19, G’20, Kiera Carrigan ’19, G’20, Danielle Remy ’19, G’20, Gabriella Cacciola ’19, G ’20, Kelsey Ball ’19 and Larry Geiger ’86. Second row, from left: Maureen Conroy ’19, Meaghan Dowdell ’21, Brianna Lehr ’21, G’22, DJ Kindya ’19, Lauren Seitz ’19, G’20, Alison Knispel ’19, Mia Collarini Wascura ’11, G’14, Megan Zinn ’20, G’21 and Justin Howell ’18. Third row, from left: Christopher Andres, M.D. ’89, P’17, Ronald Hampsey ’86, P’16, ’19, Gabrielle Geiger Hampsey ’89, P’16, ’19, Shawn Gallagher ’88, Will Gorman ’19, Daniel Geiger ’85, Katie Geiger Gallagher ’93, Mary Geiger Kozak ’96 and George Riehman ’87. Matthew Geiger ’81 also attended the wedding.

Margaret McCarthy ’10 married Matthew Pomes on May 20, 2023, in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Pictured are Scranton Royals Brian O’Connor ’10, Caroline Curtin ’09, Margaret McCarthy ’10, Katelyn Skovish Farrell ’10, Nicole Bernarsky McCarthy ’02 and Erin O’Boyle ’10. 44


Kaitlin Marsicano ’15 and Matthew Huf ’15 were married on November 12, 2022. There were over 30 Scranton alumni in attendance, ranging from the Classes of 1986-2015.

Class Notes Ryan Fitzsimons ’15 and Emily Franks ’16 were married on September 30, 2023. Many Scranton alumni were in attendance.

Alyssa Fania ’15 and Colin Panayi ’15 were married July 28, 2023, surrounded by many of their Scranton friends.

Christina Carbaugh ’16 married Matthew Marshall on September 15, 2023.

Gianna Delerme ‘17, G’18 and Brett Auriemma ‘16, G’18 were married on August 12, 2023, in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by friends and family.

Jeanmarie Villata ’20 married Tim Petersen on July 28, 2023, in Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Pictured from left: Beca Chiefallo ’21, Hannah Gaul ’20, Taylor Limone ’20, Deanna Leicht ’20, Taylor Leckemby ’20, Elise Molleur ’20, Jeanmarie (Villata) Petersen ’20, Eric Idelfonso ’20, Carly Kreitzer ’20, Matthew Marcotte ’21, Cindy (Powers) Kreitzer ’91, Dan Kreitzer ’91 and Justin Reagan ’21.

Ryan Millard ’15 and Brooke O’Neill ’16 were married on October 13, 2023.



Class Notes

Births & Adoptions A daughter, Hazel Rose, to Brian ’07, G’09 and Holly Loughney, Dunmore 1 A son, Joseph Lincoln Sorbera IV, to Joseph III ’08 and Kristen Maresca Sorbera ’09, Kearny, New Jersey 2 A daughter, Annie Joan, to Thomas, M.D. ‘09 and Tara Gramigna Churilla, D.O. ‘11, Roaring Brook Township 3 A son, Garrett James Gifford, to Gary ’12, DPT ’15 and Margaret Mester Gifford ’15, DPT ’18, South Abington Township 4



A daughter, Julia Teresa, to Alex ’12, G’15 and Jennie Hofmann Rizzi ’12, G’13, Flemington, New Jersey 5 A son, Sean Aloysius, to Paul ’13 and Aileen McGonigle McCormick ’13, Yardley 6 A son, Joseph Michael, to Joseph ’16 and Meghan Campbell Costello ’16, Succasunna, New Jersey 7 A daughter, Mariana Louise, to Ryan and Mariah Dunn Fletcher G’20, Littleton, Colorado 8









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 Martin A. Alfano ’43, Scranton Francis R. Burne ’48, Dunmore

Lawrence Tama, M.D. ’49, Towanda Rev. James A. Wert ’50, Pittston John J. Dunn, Sr. ’51, Hilton Head, South Carolina James A. Martin ’52, Rockville, Maryland Joseph A. Barrett, Ph.D. ’53, G’58, Clarks Summit J. Joseph Danyo, M.D. ’55, York John A. Granahan ’56, Scranton Norbert R. Stalica, Ph.D. ’56, Reynoldsburg, Ohio Robert Clancy ’57, New York, New York Marty L. Sugerman ’57, Estero, Florida Vincent J. Gulotti, Jr. ’59, Newark, Delaware Bernard F. Harding ’59, Waverly John G. Moffitt ’59, Dunmore Richard Dikeman, D.D.S. ’60, Clarks Summit Edward J. Polkowski ’60, Dickson City Robert J. Sarnowski, M.D. ’60, Clarks Summit F. Thomas Bonick ’61, G’66, Vestal, New York Stephen S. Insalaco ’61, Pittston Township Robert M. Wasserman ’61, Carbondale John A. Morelli ’62, Dunmore Daniel J. Mozeleski ’62, Winchester, Virginia Jay H. Apfelbaum, M.D. ’63, Allentown John “Barry” Beemer ’63, Clarks Green Edward J. Bellan ’63, Novelty, Ohio Edward A. Gronka ’63, Nanticoke Rev. Daniel J. Yenkevich ’63, Scranton Robert J. Burke ’64, G’80, Dunmore Ralph R. Chase ’64, Old Forge Thomas J. Figmik G’64, Nanticoke Robert W. Mitchell ’64, Hummelstown

Michael Pendrak ’64, Dover, New Jersey Edward G. Schlesser ’64, Warminster James A. Sposito ’64, Crystal Lake Lt. Col. Thomas Battle, Ed.D. ’65, Oceanside, California John Glennon, Ph.D. G’65, Suffolk, Virginia Richard H. Spalletta ’65, Old Forge Robert T. O’Connell ’66, West Pittston J. Christopher Warner ’67, Rockville, Maryland Lawrence J. Gramling, Ph.D. ’68, Milford, Connecticut George A. Germak G’69, Forty Fort David Z. Taylor ’69, G’70, Belmar, New Jersey Richard C. Vahey ’69, Mountaintop Robert J. Dougher, Jr. ’70, Scranton Donald J. Kavulich ’70, Dalton John J. Munley ’70, San Antonio, Texas Michael Cotter ’71, Wyoming Thomas F. Finnegan ’71, Scranton Jerome C. Horan ’71, Santa Barbara, California Alfred M. Zyga G’71, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina David R. Boniello, Ph.D. ’72, Lafayette, Indiana Stephen B. Brady ’72, Bernardsville, New Jersey Richard T. Cawley ’72, Fort Lee, New Jersey Mary Devers ’72, G’83, Scranton Michael A. Fedor ’72, Moscow John M. Hart ’72, Scranton Antonia Kintzer G’72, Bethlehem Joseph S. Marhevka, Ph.D. ’72, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts Joseph S. Lieber ’73, G’75, Scranton J. William Stapleton ’73, Vienna, Virginia

Joseph S. Petrasko ’74, G’78, Scranton Richard N. Shay ’74, Simpsonville, South Carolina Ray A. Stroh G’75, Plains Township Francis Yevitz ’75, Springbrook Township Ellen L. Kanavy G’76, Scranton Deborah Parker ’76, Scranton James Sabatini G’76, Wilkes-Barre Herbert Smith ’76, South Abington Township Frederick K. Toy, M.D. ’76, Moscow Stephen M. Toman ’77, Scranton Mary Alexiou G’79, Mountaintop Gertrude O. Keen G’79, Jackson Township Alfred P. Geary ’80, Huntingdon Valley Lori Iffland Hoban ’81, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Brian E. Manning ’81, Dickson City Joann Gilroy Langan ’82, Scranton John J. Regan, Jr. ’84, Jersey City, New Jersey Alfonso M. Paniagua, Jr. ’85, Miami, Florida Mary Elizabeth Duff ’87, East Norriton Anthony M. Gallo ’87, Glenside Sandra Slater ’88, Horntown, Virginia Terence E. Matthews ’90, Flanders, New Jersey Edward R. Mazaleski ’91, Taylor David C. Martin G’95, Cathedral City, California Virginia A. Paoloni G’95, Clarks Summit Ann E. Turlip G’95, Archbald Christopher A. Lombardo ’98, Merrick, New York William C. Brennen G’03, Hawley Julius P. Zamcho ’03, Throop Neil F. Geletka G’07, Carbondale

In Memoriam Friends & Family Patricia Bonner, mother of Patricia Bonner Boylan ’90 Richard H. Breen, Sr., father of Col. Richard H. Breen, Jr., U.S. Army (ret) ‘77 Eileen Daly, mother of John Daly ‘84 G’95 and Brendan Daly ‘88, and grandmother of Patrick Daly ‘11 and Allison Daly Buzzetta ‘13 Peter Federico, father of Peter Federico ’91, Taryn Federico Jones ’93 and Celeste Federico Mattson ’95

Patrick J. Gigliotti, father of Marian A. Gigliotti, ‘76, G ‘80 Kevin Golding, father of Karen Golding ’91 George Hadgis, father of Toni Hadgis ’88 Joseph Maresca, father of Kristen Maresca Sorbera ’09 Catherine Melewski, mother of Kenneth Melewski ‘90

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Mark McDonough ’72: From the Bottom Quartile to the Top of the Heap Mark and Carol McDonough recently established The McDonough Family Scholarship in Memory of Rev. Joseph A. Rock, S.J. H'81 Arthur Andersen senior year soon led to a job offer, and he began working there after graduation. He married Carol in August of 1972, and the couple soon welcomed Kevin, their first child, into the world in 1973.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON Mark McDonough ’72, the former co-owner of Buckingham Manufacturing, a safety equipment manufacturer for linemen, arborists and telecom professionals, will be the first to tell you that he did not take his studies seriously during his high school days in Binghamton, New York. “I was in the bottom quartile,” he said. Despite his lack of enthusiasm for his schoolwork, McDonough knew that he wanted to apply to a few colleges, including The University of Scranton. His high school guidance counselor, however, told him his plans were unrealistic, and the rejection letters he began receiving after their meeting seemed to confirm that opinion. That all changed when a fellow Binghamton native, Charles V. Costello ’51, arranged an interview for McDonough with Rev. Bernard R. McIlhenny, S.J. H’98, then-dean of admissions at the University. After their discussion, McDonough was accepted at Scranton on the condition that he attend the University’s “precollege” program, a six-week, probationary college prep boot camp. “They taught us speed reading, how to use the library, and a few other things,” he said. “It was tough. I decided, ‘Maybe it’s time to study?’“ During that time, McDonough lived in Hafey Hall, which was also occupied by Rev. Joseph A. Rock, S.J. H’81, thenacademic vice president of the University, and the two struck up a friendship. After completing “pre-college,” McDonough excelled academically and decided to major in accounting. McDonough met his future wife, Carol, during a weekend trip back to Binghamton. When one of his brothers enrolled at King’s College, Mark became worried that he and his family might not be able to pay his tuition, and he applied for financial aid; after he discussed the situation with Father Rock, he received a half tuition scholarship that alleviated his concerns. An internship with

After two years with Arthur Andersen, Mark took a job at a CPA firm in Binghamton that specialized in handling small business clients, and he began to suspect he had the skill set to run his own company. “In my mind, I was kind of like, ‘I’m smarter than this guy, I could do this,’” he said. “That was the seed that eventually led to (Buckingham Manufacturing).” McDonough eventually began working as the vice president/ treasurer of Raymond Corporation, a forklift truck manufacturing company. After he and Carol welcomed their second child, Chris, into the world in 1976, and Kathryn ‘04, their third child, in 1982, he and a fellow executive at Raymond purchased Buckingham Manufacturing in 1984. Over the next 27 years, they grew the company from 38 employees to 240 employees, proving McDonough's suspicion that he would succeed in business correct. McDonough sold his stake in Buckingham Manufacturing and retired in 2009. Today, he and Carol split their time between their residences in Binghamton and Naples, Florida, and they enjoy visiting with their eight grandchildren throughout the year. “Retirement has been spectacular,” he said. “I’m happy.” McDonough credits a great deal of his success to the lessons he learned at Scranton, especially the notion of cura personalis, or caring for the whole person, which he said encouraged him to think creatively and critically. “When I was at Scranton, I thought (the) liberal arts courses were a waste,” he said. “Over time, they enabled me to be not only more well-rounded, but also helped me be a better manager in my career.” McDonough never forgot that his Scranton education gave him the tools he needed to ascend from the bottom quartile, and he and Carol recently established The McDonough Family Scholarship in Memory of Rev. Joseph Rock, S.J., a scholarship that will give Scranton students the same opportunity Father Rock gave to Mark more than half a century ago. “Scranton focused me, and it paid off,” he said. “It’s important to give back.”

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