University of Scranton Spring Events

Feb. 1 through Mar. 1            Art Exhibit: “I’m in the Wrong Film: Photographs by Hans Gindlesberger.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Feb. 1              5 p.m. Art Gallery Lecture: “I’m in the Wrong Film: Photographs by Hans Gindlesberger” presented by Hans Gindlesberger, exhibiting artist. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Reception to follow at the Hope Horn Gallery. Call 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Feb 1               7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Recital” featuring Jay Rattman, woodwinds, and Janet Sora Chung, organ. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Feb. 2              1 p.m. 19th Annual Northeast PA Brain Bee sponsored by the Neuroscience Program at The University of Scranton. Snow date Feb. 9. PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center. Free. Pre-registration required. Call 570-941-4324 or email robert.waldeck@scranton.edu.

Feb. 4              noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “What to Expect from Trump’s Foreign Policy in 2019” presented by Trudy Rubin, worldview columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Collegiate Hall, Redington Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Feb. 13            5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Collaborative Program: “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency: The Long Term Health, Legal and Societal Consequences” presented by Dennis Dawgert, M.D. McDonnell Room, The DeNaples Center. Registration required. Free. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Feb. 20            noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “Sing Sing Prison and the History of Criminal Justice: An Illustrated Presentation about One of America’s Iconic Institutions” presented by Brent D. Glass, Ph.D., director emeritus, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Rose Room, Brennan Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Feb. 22-24 and Mar. 1-3        8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Performance: “Bright Star” book and music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Edie Brickell, directed by Michael O’Steen presented by The University of Scranton Players. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Fees vary. Call 570-941-4318 or email players@scranton.edu.

Feb 22             7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring Ron Stabinsky and “Mostly Other People Do The Killing.” Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Feb. 23            11 a.m. “Ignite Student Leadership Conference.” Leadership development program

open to Northeast Pennsylvania college students. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. $25 fee for non-University students includes program materials, refreshments and lunch. Pre-registration required. Call 570-941-6233 or visit www.scranton.edu/leadership.

Mar. 1             noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “The History of Israel-Palestine: Peering into the Future” presented by Hussein Ibish, Ph.D., senior resident scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington, D.C., and David N. Myers, Ph.D., Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History, UCLA, and president, New Israel Fund. Collegiate Hall, Redington Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Mar. 3             3 p.m. Performance Music: “General Recital” featuring The University of Scranton Performance Music students. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Mar. 6             4:30 p.m. Asian Studies Spring Lecture Series: Women in Asia, Part I “Women in Mainland China and Taiwan” presented by Professors Shuhua Fan, Ph.D., and Ann Pang-White, Ph.D. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Free. Call 570-941-6312 or email ann.pang-white@scranton.edu.

Mar. 20           4:30 p.m. Asian Studies Spring Lecture Series: Women in Asia, Part II “Women in Japan” presented by Professor Minori Koga. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Free. Call 570-941-6312 or email ann.pang-white@scranton.edu.

Mar. 21            noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “The State of Religious Freedom in the US and Across the Globe” presented Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein, director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior advisor for strategy, policy for the Union for Reform Judaism and senior fellow at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s Center for Jewish Civilization. Kane Forum, Leahy Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Mar. 23           9 a.m. Preview Day for accepted students to The University of Scranton’s class of 2023. Various locations on campus. Call 570-941-7540 or email admissions@scranton.edu.

Mar. 23           7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring Kyle Athayde Dance Party. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Mar. 24 through Apr. 12        Art Exhibit: “Altered States: Important Prints from The Maslow Collection.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Mar. 27           4:30 p.m. Asian Studies Spring Lecture Series: Women in Asia, Part III “Women in India” presented by Professor Sujata Nair-Mulloth. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Free. Call 570-941-6312 or email ann.pang-white@scranton.edu.

Mar. 28           5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum with the Humanities Initiative at The University of Scranton Collaborative Program: “Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea, from Ancient Athens to Our World” presented by James Miller, Ph.D., professor of politics and liberal studies and faculty director of creative publishing and critical journalism, The New School for Social Research. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Free. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Mar. 28           6:30 p.m. The American Creed Documentary Screening and Discussion facilitated by University of Scranton history professor Adam Pratt, Ph.D., sponsored by the Albright Memorial Library and The University of Scranton. Albright Memorial Library. Registration required. Free. Call 570-348-3000, ext. 3023 or visit www.albright.org.

Mar. 29           9 a.m. Computer Programming Contest for high school students. Loyola Science Center. Registration required. Call 570-941-7774 or email robert.mccloskey@scranton.edu.

Apr. 1              TBA. Henry George Lecture: “Media Power: Measuring the Influence of News Media on Politics” presented by Andrea Prat, Ph.D., Columbia University.  Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center. Free. Call 570-941-4048 or email aram.balagyozyan@scranton.edu.

Apr. 4              5 p.m. 24th Annual ACHE Healthcare Symposium. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Registration required. Includes dinner, presentation and panel discussion. Fees vary. Call 570-702-5734 or email elizabeth.steele@scranton.edu.

Apr. 4              5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum with the Political Dialogues Campus Working Group at The University of Scranton Collaborative Program: “Democracy and the Rhetoric of Demagoguery” presented by Patricia Roberts-Miller, Ph.D., professor of rhetoric and writing and director of the university writing center at the University of Texas at Austin. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Free. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Apr. 5              5 p.m. Art Gallery Lecture: “Altered States: Important Prints from The Maslow Collection” presented by Ryan Ward, curator, The Maslow Collection, Marywood University. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Reception to follow at the Hope Horn Gallery. Call 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Apr. 6              9 a.m. National History Day Competition for junior and senior high school students. Byron Complex. Pre-registration required beginning on Feb. 1. Call 570-941-4549 or email nhdparegion2@gmail.com.

Apr. 6              7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring The University of Scranton Jazz Band with special guests The Alumni Blues Doctors featuring Drs. Adonizio, Costello, Newman, and Stopper. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Apr. 7             5 p.m. Global Tastes of Scranton event featuring the Bhutanese-Nepali community. Co-sponsors include The University of Scranton, Catholic Social Services, Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture, Scranton Cultural Center and Terra Preta Restaurant. Scranton Cultural Center. $35. Call 570-941-4419 or email community@scranton.edu.

Apr. 8              noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “Empathy in Politics: Does it Matter? If So, Why?” presented by Fred Logevall, Ph.D., Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and professor of history. Rose Room, Brennan Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Apr. 8              6 p.m. Schemel Forum with The Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections at the Weinberg Memorial Library and Friends of the Weinberg Library Collaborative Program: “American Passionist Priest Martyrs in China, 90th Anniversary 1929-2019:  Remembering their Witness of Faith; Remembering the Chinese Catholic Witness of Faith” presented by Father Rob Carbonneau, Ph.D., passionist historian/adjunct professor of history, The University of Scranton. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Free. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Apr. 10-24       Environmental Art Show. Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Free during library hours. Call 570-941-7520 or email linda.walsh@scranton.edu.

Apr. 11             6 p.m. Earth Day “Evening of Environmental Science” with University student-run interactive science experiments and exhibit of University of Scranton Earth Day Essay Contest submissions. Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-7669 or email stan.zygmunt@scranton.edu.

Apr. 11-13        8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” presented by The Liva Arts Company. PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center. $5 admission. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

Apr. 13             1 p.m. Holi-Festival of Colors. Dionne Green. Free. Call 570-941-4160 or email jose.sanchez@scranton.edu.

Apr. 14             7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring Mannes School of Music Brass Orchestra and The University of Scranton Singers. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Apr. 15             6:30 p.m. Political Dialogue Discussion facilitated by The University of Scranton. Albright Memorial Library. Registration required. Free. Call 570-348-3000, ext. 3023, or visit www.albright.org

Apr. 16             11 a.m. Earth Day Fair with interactive games, presentations and information related to the environment and sustainable practices. Atrium, Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-7520 or email linda.walsh@scranton.edu.

Apr. 16             8:30 a.m. Hayes Family Competition in physics and engineering for high school students. Byron Complex. Registration required. Call 570-941-7509 or email laurie.mccoy@scranton.edu.

Apr. 23            4:30 p.m. Math Integration Bee. Calculus based competition for both high school and college divisions. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center. Free. Registration required. Call 570-941-6580 or email stacey.muir@scranton.edu.

Apr. 25            5 p.m. Campus Take Back the Night. Dionne Green. Free. Call 570-941-7902 or email maria.marinucci@scranton.edu.

Apr. 26            1 p.m. “19th Annual Celebration of Student Scholars.” Displays and presentations of undergraduate and graduate student research and scholarly projects. Atrium, Loyola Science Center. Free. Call 570-941-6353 or email tabbi.miller-scandle@scranton.edu.

Apr. 26            7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Recital” featuring Kako Miura, violin. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Apr. 27            7:30 a.m. Schemel Forum Bus Trip to New York City. $100. Registration required by Mar. 30. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Apr. 27            7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “In Concert” featuring The University of Scranton String Orchestra with guest soloist Kako Miura. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

Apr. 27-28       9 a.m. Saturday; Noon Sunday. Friends of the Library Book and Plant Sale. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 570-941-7816 or email kym.fetsko@scranton.edu.

Apr. 28 through May 3          Art Exhibit: “The University of Scranton Student Exhibition.” Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall. Free during gallery hours. Call. 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

Apr. 30            noon. Schemel Forum’s Munley Law World Affairs Luncheon Series: “The Holocaust: Confronting Evil, Assuming Responsibility” presented by Yehudit Shendar, content director/chief curator of the British Holocaust Memorial. Rose Room, Brennan Hall. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Apr. 30            TBA. Jay Nathan Lecture presented by Rolandas Kriščiūnas, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America and to the United Mexican States. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center. Free. Call 570-941-7816 or email kym.fetsko@scranton.edu.

May 2              5:30 p.m. Schemel Forum with the Weinberg Memorial Library Collaborative Program: “While Reason Slept” presented by Thomas Brier, Jr., J.D., attorney at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Free. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

May 3              3 p.m. 11th Annual Festival of Nations. Dionne Green. Free. Call 570-941-4160 or email jose.sanchez@scranton.edu.

May 3              6 p.m. Hope Horn Gallery Reception for “The University of Scranton Student Exhibition.” Hyland Hall. Free. Call 570-941-4214 or email darlene.miller-lanning@scranton.edu.

May 4              7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “36th Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert” featuring the premieres of two new works by guest composer/conductor Alex Nguyen, performed by The University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

May 10             7:30 p.m. Performance Music: “11th Annual Gene Yevich Memorial Concert” featuring David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and renowned Armstrong historian Ricky Riccardi (sponsored by Dave and Janet Wenzel), with an appearance by The University of Scranton Jazz Band. Houlihan-McLean Center. Free. Call 570-941-7624 or email music@scranton.edu.

May 25            10:45 a.m. Graduate Degree Commencement. Byron Recreation Complex. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

May 25            4 p.m. Commencement Baccalaureate Mass. Byron Recreation Complex. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

May 26            noon. Undergraduate Commencement. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Wilkes-Barre. Call 570-941-7401 or email info@scranton.edu.

Schemel Forum Courses

Tuesdays: Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Mar. 5, 19     6 p.m. Schemel Forum Evening Course: “Kurt Vonnegut & the Narrative of Trauma” presented by Joe Kraus, chair and professor, Department of English and Theatre, The University of Scranton. Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Wednesdays: Mar. 20, 27 & Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24          6 p.m. Schemel Forum Evening Course: “Color: Perceptions in Science, Art and Society” presented by Janice Voltzow, Ph.D., professor of biology, The University of Scranton and colleagues from across The University of Scranton. Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

Tuesdays, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7       6 p.m. Schemel Forum Evening Course: “Ben Franklin as a Marketing Pioneer” presented by Abhijit Roy, D.B.A., professor of marketing, Kania School of Management, The University of Scranton. Weinberg Memorial Library. Registration required. Fees vary. Call 570-941-6206 or email alicen.morrison@scranton.edu.

 

Marywood University Named Among Top 2019 MBA Information Systems Management Programs

Marywood University was recently named one of 30 Top 2019 MBA Information Systems Programs by OnlineMasters.com, a trusted source for unbiased college rankings and higher education planning.

The research identifies the top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes. According to the website, “In addition to insights gained from industry professions, OnlineMasters.com leveraged an exclusive data set comprised of interviews and surveys from current students and alumni. Each online degree program was analyzed, with only 30 making it to the final list. Most importantly, only programs from accredited nonprofit institutions were eligible.”

Marywood University’s Management Information Systems program promotes the development of vital competencies appropriate to professional management in the field of information science. Students develop skills in evaluating existing systems and in designing and implementing strategies to harness the power of information technologies and information systems to bring about improvement in business situations.

For additional information about Management Information Systems Program, please visit the School of Business and Global Innovation at Marywood University, call (570) 348-6274 or visit www.marywood.edu/business/graduate/mba.html.

For additional information about the Top MBA in Information Systems Management Programs for 2019 ranking, please visit www.marywood.edu/topmbaprograms2019.

Keystone College Professional Development Institute Classes

KEYSTONE COLLEGE

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

FEBRUARY 2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

Introduction to 3D Digital Design

$100 Fee, 2 sessions, 6 total hours

6-9 p.m., Tuesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 28, 2019

Theatre in Brooks, Design Studio

Provides a great introduction to the various tools and techniques used to create 3-D digital models of all types and how to prepare them for printing. Participants will survey open source (freeware) and professional software programs, as well as gain exposure to various types of 3-D printers. Basic level, no experience required, ages 16 and over.

Google and Social Media Analytics for Business and Non-Profits

$50 Fee, 9 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Harris Hall 101

A crash course in how to effectively analyze and interpret the data and traffic on your website or social media accounts. Learn the language, trends in social media marketing, how to set up goals, create segments, analyze traffic, and boost search engine optimization to better reach your audience and encourage desired outcomes.

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

$125 Fee, 5 sessions, 15 total hours

6-9 p.m., Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 and March 6, 2019

Harris Hall 101

Explore introductory Microsoft Office 2016 applications. Office covers software titles including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Become familiar with Office interface and terminology to ensure efficient use of the applications. Learn to create and edit documents in Word, create and perform data calculations with Excel spreadsheets, and create and edit professional looking presentations in PowerPoint.

CompTIA A+ Examination Preparation

$300* Fee, 3 weekends

9:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturday and Sundays, February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24, 2019

* Participants will be required to purchase the Official CompTIA A+ Study Guide (Exams 220-901 and 220-902 eBook at additional cost)

Harris Hall 202

Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam. Learn how to validate content towards: hardware components and devices, windows operating systems, software and hardware troubleshooting, networking, and network troubleshooting. Review mobile device technologies, operating system varieties, security, and operational procedures to ensure professionalism and safety in the work environment. To get the most out of the CompTIA A+ Certification Study Guides and prepare for the exam, participants should have successfully completed the CompTIA A+ Fundamentals course or have some basic experience using a PC, Windows, and browsing the web.

Collaboration and Teamwork

$25 Fee

6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Harris 205

Effective teamwork doesn’t happen by accident. Teamwork and collaboration go hand in hand and represent critical elements of the workplace environment. Executives need team members who know how to communicate effectively, become self-motivated, collaborate with others, manage conflict, solve problems and make decisions. Learn why it is important to work as a team and how to positively contribute both as a leader and a follower.

Jewelry for Beginners

$175 Fee (materials included), 6 sessions, 9 total hours

6-8:30 p.m., Mondays, February 18 and 25, 2019 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2019

Fine Arts Center

An introductory course perfect for anyone interested in learning the basic skills required to create handmade jewelry. Learn cutting, sanding, cold connections, soldering, and finishing techniques while working on their own designs for pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, and more. No prior experience is required, ages 16 and over.

Valentine’s Day “Make and Take:” Silver Heart Pendants

$100 Fee (materials included)

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 (Snow Date: February 9, 2019)

Fine Arts Center, Ceramics Studio

Create your own unique heart pendant using precious metal clay (PMC). PMC is metallic silver combined with a binder that burns off during the firing process leaving only the 100% fine silver, yet has all the workable properties of clay. The class offers a great opportunity to experiment with this novel material and to create a one-of-a-kind piece for your special Valentine…or treat yourself!

No experience required, ages 16 and over. Participants will leave with a completed heart project.

Throwing on the Wheel

$175 Fee (materials included), 6 sessions, 15 total hours

6-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019 and March 6 and 13, 2019

Fine Arts Center, Ceramics Studio

Learn how to throw on the wheel and explore a variety of different ceramic forms including cups, mugs, vases, bowls, plates and more. Explores surface techniques such as texture and glazing. Basic level, no experience required, ages 16 and over.

Ceramics Open and Community Studio Nights

$125 Fee (first 25 pounds of clay included, additional clay $15 per 25 pounds) two six week sessions

6-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, February 6 -March 13, 2019 and March 27-May 1, 2019

Fine Arts Center, Ceramics Studio

Perfect for experienced ceramicists interested in utilizing Keystone’s studio facility to produce their own work. An instructor will be present for guidance if so desired and finished work can be glazed and fired in the kilns. Beginner to advanced level, some experience required, ages 18 and over.

Valentine’s Day Murini Heart Paperweights One Day Workshops

$50 Fee (materials included)

Workshops available on both Saturday, February 2, and Sunday, February 3, 2019: 9–10 a.m., 10 –11 a.m., 11 a.m.–Noon, 1–2 p.m., and 2–3 p.m. Please indicate preferred date and time slot at registration. Space is limited. Paperweights may be picked up February 5–8 from 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m., first floor of Sickler Hall, or by prior arrangement.

Rear Fine Arts Center, Wilbur Myers Glass Studio

The glass team in the hot shop will assist participants in making their own glass paperweights utilizing the Italian glass “Murini” technique – imbedding layered glass cane designs in molten glass and shaping the final form. The resulting glass hearts are truly special. Basic level, no experience required, ages 16 and over.

Glass Blowing Full Hands One Day Workshop

$100 Fee

Experiences available on Saturdays from February 16–March 23, 2019 and May 11, 2019 from 9 a.m.–Noon. Space is very limited. Please indicate your preferred date at time of registration. Registrants will be placed in groups of three, or involve three of your family or friends and register as a group.

Rear Fine Arts Center, Wilbur Myers Glass Studio

Take your interest in glass blowing to the next level with this full hands-on experience. Instructors will gather from the furnace and guide you through the entire process of creating a blown glass item. Participants will work in small teams learning to use the pipe, bench, and tools of the hot shop and will complete at least one functional or decorative object each. Basic level, no experience required, ages 16 and over.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

$115 Fee

10 a.m.–Noon, Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2019 and March 2 and 9, 2019

Lackawanna Hall

Join professional fishing guide Adam Nidoh for an introductory course on fly fishing – a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone interested in spending time outdoors. Suitable for those with no experience in fly-fishing, as well as those looking to refresh or improve their skills. Workshop includes a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on demonstration, with ample time provided for casting practice.  Learn about the basic fishing gear needed to get started. Equipment is provided or you can bring your own. Class is conducted both indoors and out, so appropriate dress is required. Ages 16 and over.

Register

Register today by visiting www.keystone.edu/pdi or by contacting Kathy Williams at 570-945-8461 or pdi@keystone.edu.

Award-Winning Naturalist to Speak at Misericordia University

Edward Kanze, an Adirondack guide, naturalist, photographer and author, will share what he has learned from an 18-year biological study in northern New York in the free presentation, “Who’s There? A Backyard Biological Survey Inspires and Informs an Adirondack Nature Writer,” at Misericordia University on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The event is open to the public.

Kanze and his wife, Debbie, launched a backyard biological survey on their 18-acre property along the Saranac River in Adirondack Park, a 6-million-acre park in New York in the winter of 2000. The couple has spent the last 18 years working with fellow scientists to distinguish the rare and obscure in the region, and have identified everything from trilliums, a genus of perennial flowering plants in the lily family native to temperate regions of North America, to tardigrades, a phylum of water-dwelling, eight-legged, segmented micro-animals that can survive in many extreme conditions.

“The scope of the project is epic,’’ said Kanze, who will share their discoveries through stories and his color photographs. “The prospect of completion utterly hopeless, yet the work goes on, and so does the fun and learning that goes with it. He also will discuss how the survey has inspired and informed his award-winning nature writing and allowed his children to experience daily scientific discovery.

Kanze is a 1978 graduate of Middlebury College, Vermont. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in geography and won the Bermas Prize for highest departmental honors. In April 2005, the John Burroughs Association named his essay on the passenger pigeon, “In Search of Something Lost,” the Outstanding Published Natural History Essay of 2004. The Burroughs awards, bestowed annually at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, are among America’s highest honors in nature writing. The same essay earned a gold medal in environmental writing by the International Regional Magazine Association. Kanze also has lived in Australia and written about the continent’s natural environment.

For additional information about the program, please contact Scott Blanchard, Ph.D., professor of English, at sblanchard@misericordia.edu or 570-674-6424.

Lackawanna College Police Academy to Offer Weekend Classes

The Lackawanna College Police Academy has announced that it will offer a part-time weekend program for its Basic Municipal Police Officers Training program, commonly referred to in Pennsylvania as ACT 120. The program will accommodate non-traditional students with family and career responsibilities.

The Academy has trained generations of law enforcement professionals, and Lackawanna remains the only private college in northeastern Pennsylvania to provide Act 120 training in the state-regulated municipal police training program.

The new Police Academy Weekend Program allows the Academy to respond to the growing need for trained police officers in municipalities across Pennsylvania.

 “The Academy has a proud history of training law enforcement professionals in our region and beyond,” said Lackawanna College Director of Academy Operations John Chilleri. “The Weekend Program allows individuals who have work and family commitments the opportunity to attend the Academy and begin a career as a municipal police officer in the state of Pennsylvania.”

The Municipal Police Officers Training Program Training program will start on Feb. 23, 2019 and will be conducted on three weekends (Saturday/Sunday) each month and one weekday evening a month from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Wednesday or Thursday). The program will end in March 2020.

The “Weekend Program” will take approximately 18 months to complete the required 940 hours of state mandated training, including 27 tests beginning February 23, 2019 in Hazleton or July 13, 2019 in Scranton.

To submit an application for the Lackawanna College Police Academy, email Denise Boyle, Academy Admissions Representative, at boyled@lackawanna.edu.

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Opens Renovated Inpatient Unit

A newly renovated inpatient unit recently opened at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, the latest in a series of additions and enhancements to provide care close to home for South Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding communities.

The $3.1 million, 8,000-square-foot unit is located on the hospital’s sixth floor and includes 14 private, medical/surgical inpatient rooms with telemetry capability. A multidisciplinary team of hospitalist physicians, nurses, laboratory and radiology technicians, physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists, and others will care for patients in the new unit. The addition complements the Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Emergency Department, which reopened last summer and cares for more than 50 patients per day, and the acute inpatient program, which has achieved 99th percentile patient experience scores for three years running.

“The opening of this new inpatient unit is our latest investment to better serve our community,” said Dan Landesberg, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre administrative director. “We have invested more than $22 million since 2015 to provide needed services close to home for our patients.”

In addition to the reopening of the emergency department, other recent enhancements at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre include:

  • Expanded inpatient services with 48 additional patient beds
  • Expanded outpatient services including a Surgical Specialties Clinic and Medication Assisted Therapy Clinic
  • Additional imaging access and equipment, including the addition of vascular ultrasound and CT scanning
  • Expanded laboratory medicine services including the construction of a $1 million laboratory
  • Expanded outpatient therapy access
  • The addition of the Mako robotic-arm surgery system and development of a total joint replacement Center of Excellence.

RailRiders Announce 2019 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Field Staff

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced that Jay Bell will manage the club in 2019.  He played over 2,000 games during an 18-year, Major League career and has spent the last two years managing in the Yankees organization.  Bell is joined on staff by pitching coach Tommy Phelps, hitting coach Phil Plantier and bullpen coach Doug Davis, all of whom are returning to the RailRiders dugout.  Athletic trainer Darren London and strength and conditioning coach Brad Hyde will also return to the RailRiders for the upcoming season.

“I’m certainly excited about this opportunity,” Bell said.  “I truly enjoy the New York Yankees approach to player development.  The organization’s code revolves around respect, hard work and creating a winning atmosphere.  We will strive to help players achieve their goals with an eye on making an impact in the Majors.”

Bell, 53, was initially selected in the first round of the 1984 June Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins and was traded to the Cleveland Indians a year later.  He made his Major League debut in 1986 and spent three years with the Indians before becoming a fixture at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a year with Kansas City, Bell moved on to anchor the Arizona Diamondbacks infield seasons, including winning the 2001 World Series.  Bell scored the winning run in Game 7 as the Diamondbacks edged the Yankees.

After the 2003 season, Bell retired and joined the Diamondbacks field staff.  He also served on staffs for the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds staffs and within the Diamondbacks Minor League system.

New York hired Bell in 2017 to manage their Advanced-A team in Tampa, and he led the club to an 85-50 record.  The Yankees promoted Bell to Trenton in 2018 and he paced the Thunder to 79 wins.  Bell took his teams to the playoffs in each of those seasons.

“When it comes down to it, not one thing I can teach is an original thought,” Bell added when asked about his approach.  “It’s all plagiarized.  I have a tremendous respect for Hall-of-Famer Alan Trammell.  I learned from him and he learned from the generation prior, who learned from the players before that.  It’s all part of what we learn and we will use that to help build Major League-caliber players.”

Phelps returns to RailRiders as their pitching coach for the fourth straight year.  He was originally selected in the eighth round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft out of T.R. Robinson High School in Tampa and made his Major League debut for the Florida Marlins in 2003.  This will be his 11th season as a Minor League pitching coach for the Yankees, having spent time with Trenton (2009-2014) and Tampa (2015) before joining Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Plantier heads into his second season within the Yankees organization.  The former Major League outfielder was the RailRiders hitting coach in 2018.  Plantier was initially drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1987 and made his big league debut in 1990 at age 21.  Plantier played portions of eight seasons in the Majors, spending time with the Red Sox, Padres, Astros, A’s and Cardinals.  Since retiring, he has spent time as both a manager, hitting coach and hitting coordinator in the Seattle Mariners farm system and managed Lake Elsinore in 2011.  From 2012 through 2014, Plantier was the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres.

Davis is a Bloomsburg native and 2019 will be his third season with the Yankees organization.  A Central Columbia High School graduate, Davis was selected in the ninth round of the 1984 First-Year Player Draft out of NC State and played professionally for 12 years.  Davis began his coaching career in 1996, won a New York-Penn League title with Pittsfield in 1997, a South Atlantic League crown with Columbia in 1998 and was on the staff of the Florida Marlins when they won the World Series in 2003.

“Tommy, Phil and Doug are phenomenal guys,” Bell said.  “I think we have a great rapport and are all very like-minded.  I think we will have a good core of players as well.  It will be neat working with a lot of players for the third straight year and seeing that interaction help them thrive.”

London returns for his 27th straight season as the athletic trainer of the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.  He was the International League’s Trainer of the Year in both 2006 and 2012.  Hyde was the RailRiders strength and conditioning coach each of the last two years.  He graduated from Arkansas State in 2009 with a B.S. in exercise science and begin working for the Yankees in 2014.

In addition to London and Hyde, Mike Macciocco returns as the clubhouse manager and Joe Wielbruda joins the staff as the video manager.

“Jay Bell’s track record over the last few seasons is tremendous,” said Josh Olerud, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Team President and General Manager.  “We have been fortunate to have New York send us strong leadership over the years.  With Jay taking charge, along with having Tommy, Phil and Doug return, I believe we are positioned for another winning season, a playoff spot, and certainly, the chance to watch more RailRiders wear Yankees’ pinstripes this year.”