‘Bark for Life’ at Misericordia University


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – The Misericordia University Colleges Against Cancer Chapter will hold “Bark for Life” on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 12-3 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater on the upper campus. The noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

The fun-filled day starts with the walk, and continues with canine demonstrations, games, treats, toys, and food. Registration is $15. To register, please go to www.Relayforlife.org/barkmisericordiaPA.

The Colleges Against Cancer Chapter will also host a “Turkey Trot” 5K walk/run on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Registration will be in the Anderson Sports and Health Center, and the walk/run will follow a course around campus. Preregistration is $15 in advance and includes a shirt. Registration is $20 the day of the event. Registration is available by contacting chapter advisor Elizabeth Pedro at epedro@misericordia.edu or by calling (570) 674-8055.

All proceeds from the “Bark for Life” and “Turkey Trot” events count toward the university’s Relay for Life that is scheduled April 12-13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The Misericordia Colleges Against Cancer Chapter has raised more than $230,431 since its inception in 2010. The 2018 Relay for Life on campus featured 41 teams and raised more than $34,000. The fundraising goal for 2019 is $40,000,

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.


The Misericordia University Colleges Against Cancer Chapter officially raised $34,053.39 during the eighth annual Relay for Life in 2018. Overall, the annual event has raised more than $230,741.45 since its inception in 2011. First row: Zach Moody, Elizabeth Pedeo, Olivia Sumersia, Kailee Crocekett
Second row: Elizabeth Mosier, Cassy Silveri, Olivia Johnson, Michaela Daley, Liz Perfetti, Agripina Torres, Alyssa Acker
third row: Trinity Sprague, Kailyn Burridge, Kristen Solowiej, Katie Bowman, Shayne Rastiglione, Katrina Giacumbo, Talyor Webb

Misericordia University to hold open house for high school students and parents


DALLAS TWP., Pa. — Misericordia University is holding an open house program on the Back Mountain campus for high school students and their parents on Saturday, Nov. 10. The program offers a tour of the more than 124-acre campus, meetings with Misericordia students, faculty and coaches, as well as information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center inside the North Gate. A special “Meet the Coaches” session will be available from 9-10 a.m. The open house program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The schedule includes campus tours, a faculty session and lunch, and meetings with representatives of student services, athletics and financial aid. An informational session also will be available about the Alternative Learner’s Project for students with learning disabilities.

Misericordia University offers a liberal arts curriculum with academic programs leading to bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. The university has more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in full- and part-time academic programs.

The university recently introduced an entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program beginning in the 2019 fall semester in response to the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) mandate that all entry-level practitioners graduating after July 2027 have a doctoral degree.

Misericordia University’s newest doctoral program in the health sciences allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational science in 3½ years before working toward their doctorate in occupational therapy with 2½ years of coursework. By maintaining established academic standards, students automatically matriculate to the graduate portion of the program. Misericordia utilized ACOTE’s entry-level doctorate accreditation standards in the development of the curriculum for the new program.

The university recently added three new academic programs in support of the nation’s growing health care industry. The Medical and Health Humanities program is for students who are interested in the humanities fields, as well as health care and medicine. Misericordia features the region’s only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Bachelor of Health Science with a Specialization in Patient Navigation degree leads to careers in the emergent fields of patient advocacy, health education, wellness and community health.

In addition, a new statistics major is available in the College of Arts and Sciences, featuring specially designed courses in mathematics, computer science and statistics designed to lead students to a variety of career choices in business, industry, government or graduate school.

Prospective students will have an opportunity to tour numerous buildings, including the 40,000-square-foot John J. Passan Hall. Passan Hall houses state-of-the-art simulator laboratories and classrooms in the nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs of the College of Health Sciences and Education.

The tours will also offer a look at athletic facilities, including Tambur Field, the home to Cougars Baseball, and John and Mary Metz Field House, adjacent to Manglesdorf Field. Misericordia University is an NCAA Division III school and participates in the MAC Freedom Conference. The university competes in 24 intercollegiate sports, having added men’s volleyball to its roster in 2017.

For more information about the open house or to register, please contact the Misericordia University Admissions Office at (570) 675-4449 or 1-866-262-6363, or by e-mail at admiss@misericordia.edu. Students can also visit Misericordia University online at www.admissions.misericordia.edu/openhouse.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.

Wilkes University Contemporary History Project Speaker, Yanqiu Zheng, Discusses U.S. China Relations


Wilkes-Barre, PA (10/10/2018) — The possibility of a China and United States “trade war” and its historical significance will be explored in a lecture sponsored by Wilkes University’s Contemporary History Project. “Beyond the Trade War: Historical Reflections on U.S.-China Relations” will be the topic of the lecture by Yanqiu Zheng, assistant professor of history and government at Misericordia University. He will speak on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. in the Miller room of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St. Wilkes-Barre.

As the talk of “trade war” between China and the United States dominates policy discussions and mass media, it has become difficult to imagine an alternative relationship between the two largest economies other than the seemingly inevitable collision. This talk draws upon historical precedents from the engagement between the two countries dating back to the late 1700s. It argues that neither trade nor war alone defines an agreement between the parties to coexist peacefully, as arguably the most critical bilateral relationship in the early twenty-first century. A more well-rounded understanding will be rooted in the two nations’ economic, military, and cultural encounters amid their evolving power balance in all these areas in the past.

Zheng received his doctorate in East Asian history from Northwestern University. As a historian of modern China, he is broadly interested in the country’s multifaceted engagement with the outside world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is now preparing a book manuscript on the history of Chinese cultural diplomacy, focusing on the United States, between the age of high imperialism and the changing global Cold War order in the 1970s.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 majors, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.

November 2018 President’s Message

“Celebrating You!”

Here’s a little test – without looking at your phone or calendar, what were the most important things you accomplished in the last month? It’s a bit of a blur for most of you, isn’t it?

We live in such a fast-paced world where it is often difficult to remember what we did last month, last week, or even yesterday! Okay, maybe that last one is just me.

This is why it is so important at times to slow down and acknowledge or, more importantly, celebrate our accomplishments.

Here at the Chamber we like to showcase our members’ significant milestones – and with some 1,400 of you, there are a lot of chances to do just that. I ask you to take note of the businesses and institutions lauded in this issue (and all issues) of Momentum. Starting a business is one thing, but sustaining that business over time, through economic, social and technological changes is very difficult.  Five, 10, 20, 50, or even 100+ years in business is something that should and must be celebrated!

If your business has a milestone coming up, let us know so we can join your celebration! Contact Stephanie Longo, director of marketing and communications, at slongo@scrantonchamber.com.

Now get out the candles and party hats! (I hope there will be ice cream!)


Member Milestones

Keystone College: 150 Years

St. Joseph’s Center: 130 Years

HRC Manufacturing: 45 Years

Attorney P. Timothy Kelly/Needle Law: 35 Years

Scranton Tomorrow: 25 Years

The Colonnade: 10 Years

Spirited Art Scranton: 5 Years


The Small Business Spotlight Is On… Access Aerial

The Small Business Spotlight Is On…
Access Aerial
Jessup, PA
Member since 2016

Bill Gates once said that, in his opinion, drones will be more impactful in positive ways than what people recognize. This proved true for Lee DeAngelis, who is the chief executive officer for Jessup-based Access Aerial. The company has been able to provide its specialized drone photography and videography services to construction projects, community initiatives, schools and celebrations, all while keeping up-to-date with the field’s latest technological trends. Meet Access Aerial…

What made you decide to start your business?

As an amateur filmmaker and self-described “creator,” I hoped to experiment with new aerial perspectives in video. I thought I could make some awesome family movies and maybe even make money taking real estate photos. In June 2014, the Scranton Cooperage caught fire, which sent plumes of black smoke into the air above my Jessup home. It was right outside my door, so I sent my recently purchased DJI Phantom drone up and got some incredible aerial pictures and video and posted them to Facebook.  That’s when I saw the potential of this technology—aerial imaging, fire situational awareness and news gathering were just some of the potential uses I realized in just that one flight.

What are some things that people might not know about drone photography?

Competition is fierce in the drone service market today—the barrier to entry has dropped and technology is cheap. You need experience and skills to separate yourself from the crowd. People think you can simply buy a $1,200 drone and start making money, but there is much more to it. You have to keep up with the technology and you need to have photography and film skills. You also have to stay current with FAA regulations and test every two years to stay current with your Part 107 commercial drone license.

How can drone photography be useful for business owners in their marketing?

Aerial photography and video offer a unique perspective for filmmakers, content creators  and marketers. The images from a drone are inherently viral on social media and can help promote businesses extremely well. On the commercial front, drone images can show off large properties and construction projects like never before.

What are some of the more interesting projects you’ve worked on?

Over the past year we’ve been involved in several massive construction projects in the area, including the Cardinal LG facility and the University of Scranton’s Quinn Athletics Campus. We captured aerial progression of these projects on a weekly basis and it was incredible to see how the drone footage could be used to track and document the projects.

How has your Chamber membership helped your business succeed?

The Chamber has been extremely beneficial in building my business. From networking events to business referrals, the membership has been worth every penny and more. They’ve even hired me for some of their own projects.

Fresh Faces: The Naked Angel Co.

Fresh Faces
The Naked Angel Co.
Scranton, PA
Member since 2018

What inspired you to start your business?
About 3 years ago, we were introduced to therapeutic-grade essential oils and we were fascinated by its benefits. We decided to try to find oils that would work best on all skin types, while still providing acne prevention as well as anti-aging benefits. Our first year was spent researching ingredients for our products as well as conducting market research.  In October 2016, we decided to open The Naked Angel Co. and launch our line of skincare products along with a magnesium therapy line. Our products are preservative-free and hypoallergenic, and they work on all skin types.

What do you like about doing business locally?
We have strong roots in the Scranton community and we have built great relationships over the years.  We want to sell to our local friends and family because we believe they can help us grow our business.  It is a wonderful feeling to be supported by such a great area.

Why did you decide to join the Chamber?
The Chamber plays a key role in advocating on behalf of the local business community. We knew that joining the Chamber would allow us to build new relationships and increase our visibility in the community.

Manufacturing Day

The Scranton Plan participated in NEPIRC’s annual Manufacturing Day event.