TSA PreCheck Enrollment To Be Offered at AVP

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport invites passengers to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program October 1-5, 2018.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 200+ U.S. airports.

Airlines that serve AVP, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southern Airways Express and United Airlines, participate in TSA Pre✓®. A passenger must be flying on a participating airline in order to be eligible to use the TSA Pre✓® lane.

Applying for TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy. First, we encourage applicants to Pre-Enroll ahead of time by simply clicking here, choose “Start Application Now” then “Apply Now”. Fill out each page and choose Next at bottom of screens to move forward. Type in your ZipCode/City/Airport Code and Search to schedule appointment. Choose your location “Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport”. Select the event and choose Next, at the bottom of the screen and you can select an appointment time (the first available shows, but you can use the drop down to choose a different date and/or time).

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and a driver license). If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID!

The application process is completed on site where we capture fingerprints for a background check and collect the $85 application for five years of service. The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

A temporary enrollment center will be located at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, in the Barry J. Centini Conference Room, from Monday, October 1, 2018 through Friday, October 5, 2018.

This location will be open:
• Monday to Wednesday – 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM
• Thursday to Friday – 7 AM to 11 AM and 12 PM to 4 PM

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel.

Celebrate “The Office” and Nominate Someone for a Dundie Award

Has it really been that long?

It has been five years since our favorite Scranton paper company ended their documentary. That seems very hard to believe, and still, rumors of a reboot have sparked our creativity. On September 1, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will host “The Office” Night at PNC Field. The RailRiders play host to the Pawtucket Red Sox in the final home game of the 2018 regular season with gates at 5 p.m. and a first pitch set for 6:35.

The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive their very own Dundie Award bobblehead for being the Very Best Fans in Baseball, presented by Red Robin. Robert Shafer, the actor who portrayed Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration, will make an appearance to throw out a first pitch and sign autographs.

We are only getting started.

The September 1 game will also serve as the club’s Stand Up To Cancer Night, helping raise funds and awareness for cancer research. As it did during the 2017 Triple-A National Championship Game, play will halt for a moment during the game as fans and players alike stop to hold placards indicating who they stand up for in the fight against cancer.

But wait… there’s more.

The evening will begin with a pre-game fanfest outside of PNC Field. Join the RailRiders as they say “Goodbye, 2018” with live music, carnival games and special appearances.

Throughout the course of the night, select fans in attendance will participate in the Office Olympics- competing in such famed events as Flonkerton, a Pie Eating Contest and The Stickler- all to win a yogurt lid gold medal!

A variety of photo stations inspired by the classic tv show will be set up around the concourse.

The RailRiders are giving away a mini-fridge, courtesy of Fireball, as part of an Office Bar Crawl with four designated stops around the ballpark needed to win.

That’s all great, but we aren’t done yet!

Think you look like Michael, Dwight, Jim, Pam, Stanley, Phyllis or any of “The Office” staff? Be sure to have your picture taken inside the homeplate gate off the Geisinger Plaza for a chance to participate in our look-alike contest. Make sure you dress the part for your best chance to win.

The RailRiders will also hold a Dundie Award presentation during the game to honor our great fans and community.

How can I get my hands on one?

Leading up to September 1, RailRiders fans can nominate and vote for friends, families, co-workers (of course) and people that they think they know for one of the following nine Dundie Community Awards:

Longest Engagement (winner gets married during the game!)

Electric City Award for Community Spirit

Jim & Pam Award (cutest couple)

Best Receptionist

Best News Anchor

Best Beat Writer (or beet writer if you know someone who fits that category)

Best Radio Station

Best Pizza Place

World’s Best Boss

Link to vote: https://railriders.turnkeysurveyor.com/se/4B3D0B1B76ADBF67

Registration forms will be available at the University of Scranton Guest Services, in the front office during regular business hours and online at swbrailriders.com starting Monday. Voting will also be taking place on the RailRiders website with the top three finalists from each category receiving free tickets to the game. The nomination process begins on August 13 and ends on August 22. The finalists will be announced on August 22 with voting for the winners taking place from August 23 to 27. The winners of the Dundie Community Awards will be announced on September 1 during the game.

Let’s go out with a bang!

The final fireworks show of the season will follow the final out, presented by Maines Food and Party Warehouse.

Tickets for “The Office” Night or any remaining 2018 home game are available now online at swbrailriders.com, stopping by the E-Auto Box Office at PNC Field or by calling(570) 969-BALL.

Best night ever… That’s what we said!

Art Auction to Benefit the Albright Memorial Library

Austin Burke will be auctioning off original art to benefit the Albright Memorial Library on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

The auction will be held in The Henkelman Room, second floor of the Albright Memorial Library. A reception will be held at 6:00 PM with the auction starting at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $20 and will go on sale September 11, 2018 online at www.albright.org and in person at the Albright Memorial Library. Ticket price includes a program book and light refreshments. The event is for adults 21 and over.

Austin Burke is a product of the region and of proud, hard-working immigrant ancestors. Burke has worked to record the pride of the populace, their creations and their celebrations through a series of paintings he produced over the past two decades. Now retired after a forty-year career as former president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Burke is making his work available to friends and admirers who have requested it and to the residents, visitors and alumni who share a love for this Northeastern Pennsylvania community.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Albright Memorial Library. Michael Melcher, theatre director for CaPAA, will be the event’s auctioneer.

For more information on Austin Burke, visit www.AustinBurkeArt.com or www.Fineartamerica.com.

For more information on the Albright Memorial Library, visit www.albright.org or call (570) 348-3000 ext. 5000.

Marywood University Holds “Filled with Care” Back to School Service Project  

Marywood University’s Service Committee is holding its fall service project, “Filled with Care,” with a back-to-school focus. The committee is collecting donations of back-to-school supplies including: backpacks, lunch boxes/bags, notebooks, pencils/pens, and art supplies. All supplies will be donated to the Isaac Tripp Elementary School, Scranton, Pa.

Marywood University’s Service Committee previously ran its winter service project, “Filled with Care,” exceeding its goal of donating 100 filled cinch bags with a hand-written inspirational note, benefitting men and women at the Community Intervention Center.

Donations for the Back-to-School service project are being accepted through September 4, 2018. Drop-off locations include: Learning Commons, suite 310; Liberal Arts Center, near the Office of University Admissions; Campus Ministry, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life; and Maria Hall.

For additional information, or to make a monetary donation to the “Filled with Care” Back-to- School Service Project, please visit www.marywood.edu/campmin/communityservice/filledwithcare, or call (570) 961-4723.


Marywood University to Host CONQUER Leadership Conference  

Marywood University’s Student Activities and Leadership Development office with hold its second annual CONQUER Student Leadership Conference on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 11 a.m. In preparation for the conference, proposals are being accepted from now until Friday, August 24, 2018, for those who want to present at the conference. Faculty and staff from Marywood University and other local colleges and universities, as well as individuals in leadership positions within the community, are encouraged to submit proposals and present at the conference.

The 50-minute presentations can cover a wide range of topics. Students in attendance will be of various ages and experience levels from Marywood University and other local institutions. If you are interested in presenting, please contact the Student Activities and Leadership Development office at Marywood University, at www.marywood.edu/studentactivities, or call (570) 340-6016. If selected, presenters will be notified of their presentation time by Friday, September 7, 2018. All presenters are invited to attend the keynote, lunch, and our student leader reception.

The keynote speaker at the CONQUER Student Leadership Conference at Marywood University is Bill Coon. Mr. Coon is a two-time survivor of organ transplants, the first of which, a heart transplant, was performed just days after his birth. Living without complications from the heart transplant until age 20, he was rushed to the hospital in 2009 suffering end-stage heart and kidney failure. Thanks to the generosity and selflessness of Mr. Coon’s second donor, his life was saved again on October 21, 2009.

Since returning home from the hospital, Mr. Coon has become an avid spokesperson for organ donation, as well as a motivational speaker. In 2017, Mr. Coon launched the Keep Swimming Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide financial relief to the families of individuals facing long-term inpatient care.

For additional information about the CONQUER Leadership Conference or about submitting a proposal, please visit www.marywood.edu/studentactivities, or call (570) 340-6016.

University of Scranton Announces September Events

Sept. 1  – 6:30 p.m. Performance Music: Pre-concert MusicTalk; 7:30 p.m. “In Concert” with Loren Schoenberg and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars presenting “Tribute to Prez: The Life and Music of Lester Young.” Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Sept. 7 through Oct. 5 – Art Exhibit: “Liquid Earth: Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Sept. 7- 5 p.m. Gallery Lecture: “Liquid Earth: Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture” presented by Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., director, Hope Horn Gallery, The University of Scranton. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Reception follows at the Hope Horn Gallery. Held in conjunction with Scranton’s First Fridays. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Sept. 7 – 7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Recital” featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Sept. 11 – 11 a.m. Volunteer Fair for area nonprofit agencies offering volunteer opportunities for students. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Pre-registration required. Call 570-941-7429 or email ellen.judge@scranton.edu.

Sept. 12 – 5:30 p.m. Interdependence Day Lecture: “Interdependence and Civic Activism” with panel discussion and reception. Rose Room, Brennan Hall. Free with registration. Call 570-941-7520 or email linda.walsh@scranton.edu.

Sept. 13 – 7 p.m. Ignatian Values in Action Lecture. Keynote speaker: James O’Connell, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and founding leader of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Byron Recreational Complex. Free. Call 570-941-7659 or email teresa.grettano@scranton.edu.

Sept. 14 – 11 a.m. Town Hall. Keynote speaker: James O’Connell, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and founding leader of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Loyola Science Center, room 133. Call 570-941-7659 or email teresa.grettano@scranton.edu.

Sept. 15 – 8:45 a.m. Schemel Forum “University for a Day.” Topics discussed: “The Real Road to Serfdom;” “Monumental Questions: Race, Memory, and Monument in America Today;” “The Supreme Court at the Intersection of Law and Politics;” and “An American Art Story: 1880s to 1920s.” Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Registration required. $25. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Sept. 18 – Noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “Why College?” presented by William M. Sullivan, Ph.D., senior scholar at New American Colleges and Universities and visiting professor at the Center for the Study of Professions at Oslo Akerskhus Universities in Norway. Kane Forum, Edward Leahy Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Sept. 18 – 7 p.m. Latin American Film Festival: “El Abrazo De La Serpiente” (Colombia 2015). Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Free. Call 570-941-4317 or email susan.mendez@scranton.edu.

Sept. 21-23 – The University of Scranton Family Weekend 2018. Various campus locations. Call 570-941-4222 or email familyweekend@scranton.edu.

Sept. 21 – 11 a.m. Inauguration Ceremony of Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., as the 27th President of The University of Scranton. Byron Recreation Complex. Free. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

Sept. 22 – 4 p.m. Family Weekend Mass in celebration of the Inauguration of Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., as the 27th President of The University of Scranton. Byron Recreation Complex. Free. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

Sept. 22 –7:30 p.m. Performance Music presents Family Weekend President’s Concert: Celebrating the Inauguration of Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., as the 27th President featuring The University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir with special guest Wycliffe A. Gordon, H. ’06. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Sept. 27 – 5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Collaborative Program: “Music and Medicine: Leonard Bernstein” presented by Richard Kogan, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director, Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Reservation required. $25. Call 570-344-1111 or 888-669-8966 for tickets.

Schemel Forum Courses

Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 10, 17   6 p.m. Schemel Forum Course: “The Ambivalent Muse: Woody Allen and his Women” presented by Stephen Whittaker, Ph.D., professor of English and theatre, The University of Scranton. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Lackawanna College Signs Articulation Agreement with Lycoming College

Lackawanna College has signed an articulation agreement with Lycoming College to allow students from Lackawanna to easily transfer to Lycoming.

Under the agreement, Lackawanna College students who graduate with associate degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Professional Studies and meet transfer requirements will be guaranteed admission to Lycoming’s bachelor’s degree program with junior (third-year) status.

Students will be able to complete their bachelor’s degrees within four semesters. Lycoming will award academic scholarships to qualified Lackawanna graduates, based on grade point average and academic standing. Transfer students who are members of Lackawanna’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society will also be eligible to receive an additional scholarship. Along with scholarships, Lycoming will also provide financial aid options for incoming students.

“We are pleased to offer Lackawanna graduates the option to continue their education at Lycoming College. Lycoming has a deep and prestigious history of quality programs and its student-centered approach says much about its commitment to caring for our students,” said Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College. “Providing quality transfer options is at the core of what we strive to provide and the addition of Lycoming College to the mix is a true winning combination.”

“Lycoming College is home to 1,300 young scholars who dig deep to answer life’s big questions. I’m certain that our campus will be a good fit for many Lackawanna College associate degree holders who want to continue their educational pursuits to find meaningful careers as social workers, law enforcement professionals, entrepreneurs, and more,” said Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College. “We have helped many students create pathways to fulfill their dreams in the rich tradition of the liberal arts and sciences with an education modernized for the 21st century, and we look forward to welcoming Lackawanna students to our campus community.”

About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.



About Lycoming College:

Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected liberal arts colleges. Today, our community of 1,300 active learners from 29 states and territories and 24 countries work with our renowned scholars to craft customized, market-driven majors, minors and concentrations across our 60+ academic programs. These students also compete in 17 NCAA Division III sports and study abroad in more than a dozen countries. Lycoming College has one of the highest endowment-per-student ratios among Pennsylvania colleges and is ranked by Forbes as among the very best for financial strength and operational soundness. Learn more at http://www.lycoming.edu.


Johnson College Recognized Nationally

Johnson College has joined the rankings of premiere technical education this morning by being ranked #10 on Forbes Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools. Of 700 schools considered, Johnson College was recognized as one of the most prominent when it comes to “high-earning alumni, stand-out graduation and retention rates, and respectable debt repayment scores,” according to Forbes. The list of schools highlights industry that seeks a skilled workforce, education that is affordable and accessible. The list was based on IPEDS, College Score Card, and Pay Scale data. The methodology of the list is guided by the question, “What should a high school senior be looking for in higher education?” and according to Forbes, it is “a gateway to a great career.”

Katie Leonard, President  & CEO of Johnson College released the following statement:

“I’m so proud that our college is recognized in this way. It speaks to the quality of the student experience our faculty and staff create for our students and demonstrates the value of a real hands-on education.  Other schools say they offer this but we live it, it is who we are. It also highlights our hard working, highly skilled alumni; they are the heart of the nation’s workforce.”

As one of the most well-known sources for these types of lists, Forbes recognizes that the American workforce has a skills gap and wants to highlight institutions that are contributing to the future of skilled trades. Of the top 25, Johnson College is one of only four private institutions. The closest in the Pennsylvania region ranks #9 and is located in Lancaster, PA. The list ranks based on post-grad success, affordability, completion success, and student experience.

President Leonard is excited about how this ranking can further Johnson College’s reputation as the best technical school in NEPA, “We are educating the future workforce for high demand, well-paying careers. They attend for two years or less and graduate with less debt and a great job with significant growth potential. They earn valuable credentials that no one can take away from them and acquire a skill set they have for life.”

Johnson College is a private, two-year college, offering 14 degree programs of study. The College focuses on providing students with the technical skills and general education needed to succeed in a demanding, industry-driven world. For more information, please visit www.johnson.edu.

Fair Planned for Non-Profit Organizations

Non-profit groups seeking eager volunteers will have an opportunity to find some like-minded helpers at a fair scheduled for next month.
The University of Scranton’s Campus Ministries’ Center for Service and Social Justice office will hold its annual fair for local nonprofits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, on campus.

The fair offers students and student-led clubs interested in service projects and community-based learning sites a chance to meet representatives form nonprofit organizations in need of volunteers.
To register a nonprofit organization for the event, email ellen.judge@scranton.edu or call 570-941-7429.