Marywood University to Celebrate Human Resources Professionals Week


SCRANTON, PA (October 23, 2018)—Marywood University’s department of human resources was recently notified that its proposed proclamation to have a statewide “Human Resources Professionals Week,” was passed in the Pennsylvania House with a vote of 192-0.

Human Resources Professionals Week will take place annually in October. This year’s designated dates are October 22–26, 2018. The proposal was presented by Dr. E. Lee Felder, Jr., director of human resources at Marywood University, to the Honorable Pennsylvania State Representative, Karen Boback, and was unanimously passed in the House on October 16, 2018.

To celebrate the good news, the human resources department at Marywood University will host a few special activities, which are free and open to the public, including:

  • Human Resources Open House on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Light refreshments will be available and the opportunity to get your photo with Marywood’s Mascot, Maxis.
  • Fidelity Bank is sponsoring an Ice Cream Truck on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from Noon–2 p.m., in front of the Liberal Arts Center, at Marywood University



For additional information about Human Resources Professionals Week at Marywood University, please visit


Mohegan Sun Arena General Manager Named Regional Booking Manager for SMG Management


WILKES-BARRE – SMG General Manager of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Brian Sipe, was recently named the head of the SMG Northeast Regional booking team by SMG Management, the private management company that oversees the day-to-day operations of the arena. Sipe, who has been the General Manager of the Wilkes-Barre Township venue since October of 2014, will oversee the regional booking calls for the Northeast United States and Canada.

“We are excited to add Brian to our Regional Booking Team,” stated Jim McCue, Senior Vice President of SMG.  “Brian brings a great skill set and record of booking success to our efforts to attract top shows and attractions to our venues in the Northeast,” added McCue.

Brian Sipe, 35, began his career with SMG as Booking and Box Office Manager in 2008 at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA before accepting the position as General Manager of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia in 2010. Sipe, a native of Hershey, PA, came home to Pennsylvania in 2014 when he accepted the role as General Manager of the 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Luzerne County.

During his tenure in Wilkes-Barre, Brian has booked some monumental performances for the venue including sold-out performances from Elton John, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kevin Hart, Jeff Dunham, WWE Raw and Thomas Rhett. Brian was also instrumental in working with the PIAA District II committee to bring the High School District Basketball Championships to the venue, which will once again be hosted at the venue this Winter. The venue also hosted three campaign rallies in support of President Trump during Sipe’s tenure which brought global recognition to the Greater Wilkes-Barre area.

Sipe continues to thrive in his role at the venue and has also been an advocate of the region’s economic progress. Sipe was named the 2017 Young Professional of the Year by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Sipe is also a graduate of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Executive program and serves as a Board member of the NEPA Alliance and Wilkes-Barre YMCA. He also serves as a member of the Mountain Top Rotary.

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is owned by the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, a government body appointed by Luzerne County. The arena is managed by SMG, the world leader in entertainment and sports facilities management with catering and concessions services provided by SAVOR… at Mohegan Sun Arena.

About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 243 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 19 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit


Trans-Siberian Orchestra to welcome 250,000th fan to Mohegan Sun Arena

Larry Magid Entertainment Group is proud to welcome TSO when they return to Wilkes Barre for 2 spectacular new shows on Sunday, November 18th at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Make sure to get your tickets to the 7:30 show and you could be the 250,000th fan!



Reserved tickets start as low as $38 and are on sale now through,
the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Applicable fees may apply.

“250,000 people is an amazing accomplishment!” said Dave Chesler, Promoter for Larry Magid Entertainment Group. “TSO has proven through their 20th year of touring, that they’re still growing, they’re still rockin’, and their fans love them!”

“It’s been an honor to host Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the nearly two hundred fifty thousand TSO fans that have come through our doors since 2001,” said Stephen Poremba, SMG Director of Sales and Marketing at Mohegan Sun Arena. “TSO has been electrifying fans in the greater Wilkes-Barre area for the last 20 years and it’s only fitting to have TSO’s 20th Anniversary Tour help kick off our venue’s 20th Anniversary season.”

TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater, is set to begin on November 14th and will visit 65 cities across North America, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30th. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel.



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Event Announcement: Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour in Wilkes-Barre


WILKES-BARRE, PA – Country legends ALABAMA will bring their 50th Anniversary tour to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, April 12th at 7pm with special guests The Charlie Daniels Band.

Tickets start at $32* and go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 26th at 10am at the NBT Bank Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena and Ticketmaster. *plus applicable ticketing fees

About Alabama
It’s been 50 years since Randy, Jeff and Teddy, left the cotton farms of Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing music in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bar called The Bowery. It is a classic American tale of rags to riches. From humble beginnings picking cotton in the fields to international stars that went on to sell 80 million albums while changing the face and sound of country music.

Quality songs that have become the soundtrack for American life are the foundation for ALABAMA’s stellar career. Alabama introduced rock style guitars, lights, pyrotechnics and sounds to the country audience that has inspired many of today’s brightest country stars including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

While their music continues to stand the test of time, their numbers and stats are beyond compare.  50 years since starting the band, Alabama has charted 43 #1 singles including 21 #1 singles in a row and have won over 179 CMA Awards, Grammy Awards, and ACM Awards. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have their own star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are also world-class philanthropists who have raised over 250 Million dollars for charity. Celebrate 50 years of ALABAMA on their 50th Anniversary Tour coming to Wilke-Barre’s at Mohegan Sun Arena on April 12. 

About The Charlie Daniels Band

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 80, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

His own unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

Work Zone Memorial at the Welcome Center in Great Bend

Dunmore – PennDOT and the Welcome Center recently held a safety day at the Welcome Center in Great Bend. PennDOT’s Workers’ Memorial, which features the names of the 89 PennDOT workers who have been killed in the line of duty, was on display at the center.  Each cross bears the name and the date of death of each fallen employee. The memorial was created by workers in PennDOT´s District 3 office in Montoursville.


Marywood University and Scranton Reads to Host Survival Discussions


SCRANTON, PA (October 18, 2018)—Marywood University and Scranton Reads will present two survival discussions this month to celebrate H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, at Marywood University’s Learning Commons, Room 206. The discussions are free and open to the public.

On Monday, October 29, 2018, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Christopher Brey, Ph.D., associate professor in the science department at Marywood University, will focus the discussion on what characteristics make one pathogen deadlier than another. In the book, The War of the Worlds, the martians were destroyed by a virus/bacteria that was benign to humans, but highly pathogenic to the invaders. Discussion will center of the topic of whether or not we are prepared for the next influenza or outbreak.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Christopher Smith, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University, will discuss how the military is portrayed in the book, The War of the Worlds, and focus the discussion on what a possible military response to a rampaging disease might look like. He will also provide tips on what basic skills and supplies might be needed in case of an extreme emergency situation.

For additional information about the Survival Discussions at Marywood University for Scranton Reads, please contact Annette M. Fischer, M.L.S., M.P.A., information literacy coordinator at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2365, or email

Marywood University to Hold Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert


SCRANTON, PA (October 18, 2018)—Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department will hold its fall Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony concert on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 4 p.m., in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Marywood University’s Wind Ensemble specializes in music for winds and percussion requiring smaller and flexible instrumentation. The 52-member group follows the established wind ensemble model that is used by most major universities. Membership is limited to Marywood students who are either music or non-music majors by audition.

The Wind Symphony at Marywood University consists of 88 members who perform major works from the traditional band repertoire as well as contemporary wind compositions by proven composers. This group specializes in repertoire that calls for large instrumental forces. The ensemble is open to all Marywood students and community members by audition.

F. David Romines, D.M.A., music, theatre, and dance department co-chair and director of bands at Marywood University, will conduct the concert. Dr. Romines has directed music ensembles from public and private schools, community groups, colleges and universities, the military, and professional organizations. Over the past ten years, he has appeared as conductor and clinician more than 100 times in 35 states including: Canada, South Korea, Germany, Italy, and China.

Patrick J. Burns will serve as the guest artist at the concert. Mr. Burns is an adjunct professor of music at Montclair State University, New Jersey, where he teaches courses in music theory, orchestration, and composition, and has also taught instrumental music in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools since 1998. As a clarinetist, Mr. Burns has performed with many professional ensembles in the New York metro area including: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Ballet Orchestra, the pit orchestra for the Broadway revival production of Camelot starring Robert Goulet, and with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society in broadcasts for National Public Radio and New Jersey Network Television.

For additional information about the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert at Marywood University, please email, or call the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6268.