University of Scranton and GCSOM Collaborate on Spring Schemel Forum

Spring Schemel Forum Collaborative Program with GCSOM

Dennis Dawgert, M.D.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton in collaboration with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, will present “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency: The Long Term Health, Legal and Societal Consequences.” Dennis Dawgert, M.D., a local pediatrician, will discuss the effects of ACE, which were described in a groundbreaking study in 1999 conducted by Vincent Felitti, M.D., and Robert Anda, M.D. The ACE study showed long-term effects of many common health problems and a shortening of life expectancy. Subsequent studies have shown increases in learning disabilities, incarceration and other psychosocial issues. The traumatic events that cause ACE include physical and sexual abuse, familial dysfunction and the separation of a child from the caregiver. Reservations are required to attend this free event, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center, with a reception to follow.

To register, contact Alicen Morrison, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or

For more information on Schemel Forum programs and memberships, contact Sondra Myers, Schemel Forum director, at 570-941-4089 or

PennDOT to Hold Blood Drive

Dunmore –PennDOT District 4 and American Red Cross will sponsor a Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 55 Keystone Industrial Park, Dunmore, PA from 8 AM to 12 PM.  They public is invited to attend.  Please visit and enter PennDOT Dunmore to schedule an appointment.

Streamline your donation experience and save us to 15 minutes by visiting pass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

For additonal information contact James May at 570 963-4044.


Left to right: Theodore Ritsick, James May, Tiffany Brown, American Red Cross, Chris Tomasewski and Nancy Anderson.

All NET Visa Cardholders Can Now Access FICO® Scores for Free


Scranton, PA October 24th– All NET Credit Union credit cardholders can now access their FICO® Scores for free. NET Credit Union as part of the, FICO® Scores Open Access program, provides this valuable benefit to all cardholders.

NET Credit Union card holders can now access their FICO Score at their convenience thanks to the beneficial, FICO® Scores Open Access program. FICO® Scores are used in 90% of lending decisions, including by NET Credit Union. Members can simply check their score by logging onto eZCard at  eZCard allows the cardholder to not only check their FICO® Score but also check their statements and make payments.

“Being able to check their FICO Score on their statements will benefit our members tremendously,” expresses NET Credit Union Plastics Specialist, Sara Young. “Our members can learn about their credit details that impact their financial lives. Seeing their score updated quarterly helps the member to understand what happens to their score if they miss a payment or see how much their score changed if they pay off the full balance,” states Sara. NET Credit Union offers four different low-interest credit card types. To apply for a NET Credit Union Visa, members can visit

NET Credit Union strives by helping our members grow financially. The FICO® Scores Open Access program allows our cardholders access to their FICO® Scores via their credit card statement is just another perk of being a NET member.



A Credit Union is a place to do your banking – we do loans, have checking and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages, and other banking items.  We are a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution, and operate like a bank except we don’t issue stock on Wall St. Since we don’t have to pay stockholders, we can use our income to provide lower loan rates, higher deposit rates, and do other things like reinvest in our community, give to charities, and keep our fees low for services. At NET Credit Union, we don’t have customers, we have members. Members have voting rights as to how the credit union operates. Our board of directors are volunteers – they don’t’ get paid to sit on the board. When you bank with NET, your money stays right here, local. There’s so much more you get when you bank on NET.

About FICO

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FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Immediate Opening at Entercom – Promotions Coordinator

Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton seeks an entry-level full time, passionate Radio Promotions Coordinator with strong attention to detail, creative writing and thinking skills, and the hunger to learn the industry while being a part of the best radio team in Northeast PA.


  • Assist Promotions Director with WKRZ, WGGY, WMQX & WILK including:
    • Heavy creative copy-writing
    • Leading Station events and live broadcasts
    • Coordination of promotions part-time staff schedules.
  • Maintaining Digital Platforms including website maintenance, social media accounts, E-mail newsletters, text clubs and database listener relationships.
  • Maintain strong community presence and be willing to work beyond “traditional hours”.  Must be available to work days/evenings/weekends.
  • Ensure the station brands, vehicles, and equipment are represented well when out in public


  • Experience in Marketing, Radio Promotions, Public Relations, or related field.  Knowledge of broadcast equipment preferred.
  • Excellent creative copy-writing, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.  This is a must!
  • Quick study with ability to work independently, self-start, multi-task, and follow direction in a fast-paced, ever changing environment.  Must be excellent at task and time management.
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic and energetic individual who understands what this position will require and is excited about what they will bring to the table.
  • Very computer literate in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Photoshop.  PromoSuite knowledge is preferred.
  • This position requires the ability to lift, carry, set up, and troubleshoot audio equipment, 50+ pounds. Requires a valid Driver’s license and great driving record, as well as the ability to drive large vehicles and tow a trailer.

Please have interested candidates visit our web site at to apply.

Consistent with our Equal Opportunity Program, we request that you advise us of any candidate, including disabled persons, minorities or women, you believe may be qualified for this position and advise interested parties to apply as indicated. Entercom Wilkes-Barre is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Harvard Professor to Discuss Human Rights/Immigration at Misericordia


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Human rights, bioethics and immigration will be among the topics discussed when the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health Care and the Holocaust at Misericordia University hosts the second annual “Commitment to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care” program on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

The event commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27. The schedule includes a candle lighting ceremony and a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Holocaust – the only example of medically sanctioned genocide and other instances of human rights abuses in the world.

J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D.

J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the keynote address, “The Case for Keeping Our Borders Open to Immigrants.” He will address understanding national law and international covenants pertaining to immigration, asylum and human rights, and data about immigrants in the U.S., including the likelihood of immigrants committing crimes and their employment status. A staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) and the co-founder and co-director of the Global Health and Human Rights Clinic at CHA, Dr. Boyd also will address the demographic characteristics and psychological conditions of people seen in the asylum clinic at CHA.

Dr. Boyd received his Ph.D. in religion and culture and a medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his psychiatry residency at Cambridge Hospital and a medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Boyd teaches bioethics, human rights and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a course in the humanities at Harvard College. He writes on issues of health care justice, addiction, medical education, and human rights. His book, “Almost Addicted: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Drug Use a Problem?,” was published in 2012 and won the Will Solimene Award for Excellence by the American Medical Writers’ Association.

A highlight of the program is the second annual Pledge to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care ceremony. Everyone will be invited to pledge to “uphold the values of dignity, equality and justice within health care.” Those taking the pledge will receive a pin they can wear to show their respect for the dignity of all patients.

Program sponsors include the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust; the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics in Haifa, Israel; the Northeast Pennsylvania Ethics Institute at Misericordia University, and the Misericordia University Medical and Health Humanities Program.

Eva Moses Kor, a survivor of the infamous twin experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele during the Holocaust, was among the first signers of the pledge. Concerned citizens and medical professionals in more than 50 countries also have signed the pledge. Most recently, attendees at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s 13th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law held in Israel learned about the pledge. At that time, citizens of India, Cyprus, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, Mauritius, Botswana and Zambia were among those who added their names. Anyone wishing to sign the online pledge can go to

Continuing Education Unit certificates will be awarded to program attendees in the following fields who meet the criteria for certification, including occupational therapy, social work and Pennsylvania Certified Teachers, who can submit certificates to their employers for consideration of awarding Act 48 credits. In addition, the program has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) for approval to award 1.5 contact hours. PSNA is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Stacey Gallin, D.M.H.

Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., director of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University, is known internationally for her work as the director of the Maimonides Institute and co-chair of the UNESCO Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust in Haifa, Israel.

“Over the past year, we have garnered the support of representatives from more than 50 countries and successfully started a movement that aims to prevent medically-sanctioned atrocities, such as the Holocaust, from ever happening again,” said Dr. Gallin. “We are asking people to reflect upon what took place during the Holocaust, and take a stand so it does not happen again.”

Founded in 2017, the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University is the only academic center of its kind in the U.S. It fosters a deeper understanding of medical practices and their ethical ramifications, set against the backdrop of the Holocaust, and builds on the teachings offered in Misericordia University’s Medical and Health Humanities Program.

For more information about the Center for Human Dignity or the pledge, please contact Dr. Gallin at or visit

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 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 English Department Hosts Authors for the Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series


WILKES-BARRE, PA (01/15/2019) – The Wilkes University English Department’s Allan Hamilton Dickson Fund Writers Series brings three distinguished writers to campus in the spring 2019 semester. Each of the writers will visit campus to read from their work and conduct workshops with students. The readings are free and open to the public.

The series kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 28 with Dave Eggers, best-selling author and founder of McSweeney’s. The reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S River St, Wilkes-Barre. The event is free and open to the public. Earlier in the day, Eggers will lead a student workshop.

Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing and a monthly magazine. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world.

The other authors in the spring 2019 series are:

Carmen Maria Machado, author of the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, will read on Monday, March 18 in the Salon of Kirby Hall at 7:30 p.m. Nominated for the National Book Award, The New York Times called Machado’s collection “a love letter to an obstinate genre that won’t be gentrified. It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and horror.” The book won the Bard Fiction Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Richard Yates Short Story Prize, among others. Her memoir, In The Dream House, will be released in fall 2019 by Greywolf Press. Machado earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Acclaimed novelist, essayist and short story writer NoViolet Bulawayo will read on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salon of Kirby Hall. She is the author of the novel We Need New Names, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. It was recognized with the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Pen/Hemingway Award, and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. It also was selected to The New York Times Notable Books of 2013 list, the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers list and others. In writing about her novel in The New York Times, Uzodinma Iweala praised Bulawayo’s “striking ability to capture the uneasiness that accompanies a newcomer’s arrival in America, to illuminate how the reinvention of the self in a new place confronts the protective memory of the way things were back home.” NoViolet’s story “Hitting Budapest” won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. A native of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University and is now the Jones Lecturer in fiction at Stanford University.


About Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian 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 nation’s finest small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. 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

Mohegan Sun Pocono Wins Four Awards In Strictly Slots Magazine’s 2018 ‘Best of Slots’ Issue


WILKES-BARRE, PA (January 10, 2019) – Strictly Slots Magazine, America’s most popular gaming magazine, recently released their 2018 Best of Slots awards issue, and Mohegan Sun Pocono topped the list for “Best 50-cent Slots”, “Best $5+ Slots”, “Best High-end Slot Area”, and “Best Slot Club Promotions” for the state of Pennsylvania. Mohegan Sun Pocono was also ranked #2 for the “Best Overall Casino”, “Best Progressive Slots”, and “Best Players Club Lounge”. Readers were asked to choose their favorite casinos from across the country, identifying properties that offer players the best and most enjoyable slot experience.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Strictly Slots Magazine for our efforts to provide one of the best gaming experiences in Pennsylvania,” said Anthony Carlucci, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun Pocono. “We look forward to continuing to provide an award-winning experience for our guests with innovative enhancements to the gaming floor and exciting promotions for Momentum members.”

According to Strictly Slots Magazine, since the legalization of gaming in 2006, Pennsylvania has become one of the nation’s biggest, busiest, most successful casino states. Mohegan Sun Pocono features over 2,300 slot machines including the latest technology in denominations from 1 cent to $100. With an 82,000 square-foot gaming floor that includes a luxurious high-limit slot room and private player’s lounge, Mohegan Sun Pocono has grown into one of the biggest gaming destinations in the region.



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Scranton Civic Ballet Company Offers Free Classes

SCRANTON, PA – January 21, 2019 –- Scranton Civic Ballet Company encourages new, potential and current student dancers in the community to attend complimentary ballet classes on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for ages 12 to 19, and Saturday, February 2 for ages 3 to 11 at the studio, 234 Mifflin Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania. During this free-to-the-public event, the Company and its founder Miss Helen Gaus will officially welcome Julio Alegria as Assistant Director. Alegria joined the Scranton Civic Ballet Company in September, 2018.

On January 26, classes for attendees age 12 -19 will be hosted as follows: Beginners, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Intermediate & Advanced, 3:30 to 5 p.m. On February 2, classes for attendees ages 3 to 6 will be hosted from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and for ages 7 to 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Instructors and staff will be available to answer any questions at the free-to-the public events. Classes will be available for children ages 3 through 19 at the welcoming and inclusive dance community for dancers of all skill levels.


Scranton Civic Ballet Company encourages new, potential and current student dancers in the community and their families to attend free classes on January 26 and February 2 at the studio, 234 Mifflin Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania. During these free-to-the-public events, the Company and its founder Miss Helen Gaus will officially welcome Julio Alegria as Assistant Director. Alegria, shown, joined the Scranton Civic Ballet Company in September.

Alegria was born and raised in Mexico City and received his  training  from  the  National  Arts  Center  and  the  Centro  de  Educacion  Artistico  Frida  Kahlo.  Upon moving to the United States, he entered the Joffrey  Ballet School’s  training  program  on  scholarship  and  has  also  studied  at  the  Boston  Ballet  School,  the  Banff  Center  for  the  Arts  in  Canada,  Ballet  Hispanico,  Ballet  Academy  East,  and  Ballet  Austin.  He has danced for companies and choreographers in Mexico, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including Dance Theater of Harlem, Alabama Ballet, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Gelsey Kirkland Studio Company, Eglevsky Ballet, Atlantic City Ballet, Merce Cunningham Trust, Ardentia, Bronx Opera Company, and Compañia Nacional de Danza (Mexico City).

Alegria has studied with such famed instructors and choreographers as  Gelsey  Kirkland,  Eleanor  D’Antuono,  Cheryl  Yeager,  Darla  Hoover,  Nadege  Hottier,  David  Howard,  Luis  Fuentes,  Peter  Frame,  Richard  Bowman,  and  Fabrice  Herrault.  Previously, he taught ballet at the Dwana  Smallwood  Performing  Arts  Center  in  New  York  City  and  oversaw  the  DSPAC’s  public  school  outreach  program,  teaching  daily  after-school  ballet  classes  to  underprivileged  children.

“This afternoon of dance offers an opportunity to see all we have to offer,” said Miss Helen Gaus, who founded The Scranton Civic Ballet Company in 1978. A non-profit organization focused on dance education and performance, the Company aims to educate its members and the public in the art of dance, while bringing the talents of well-known artists, choreographers, and master teachers into northeast Pennsylvania for students as well as audiences.

The professional standard of instruction at the Scranton Civic Ballet Company is focused on achieving a disciplined technique centered on strength, flexibility coordination, grace, musicality, body alignment and poise. Two annual major performances are full-scale theatrical productions showcasing all aspects of the performing arts and the creations of local artists as represented in costumes and sets. All dancers are invited to participate in both annual productions.

The resume of the Scranton Civic Ballet includes the first modern ballet performed and presented in Scranton by a resident dance company; Scranton Civic Ballet was the first company in the area to become a member of Regional Dance America. To learn more about the 501©3 non-profit organization, visit or call 570-343-0115.

University of Scranton Announces February 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Addiction Concentration at Lackawanna to Begin in Fall 2019

SCRANTON, Pa. – Jan. 16, 2019 – To combat the opioid epidemic, Lackawanna College has officially announced that it will offer an addiction concentration as part of its bachelor’s degrees in Human Services and Criminal Justice beginning in the Fall 2019 semester.

“Both students and faculty expressed a need for an addiction concentration to address the growing crisis in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Lackawanna College Social Science Division Chair Nicole Bradigan. “This program will give emphasis to all forms of addiction, including substances, impulse control disorders and behavioral addictions.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017.  Pennsylvania had the third highest rates of death due to drug overdose in 2017 and was one of several states with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates from 2016 to 2017.

Lackawanna’s new concentration will be available to students possessing or pursuing a bachelor’s degree. It will prepare students to work in the field of addictions, providing them with an academic understanding of substance use and related addictive disorders. The concentration will also focus on counseling, treatment and prevention for individuals and their families.

“Lackawanna College is proud to continue our mission of spearheading educational programs that are relevant to our community and help solve critical issues facing northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Erica Barone-Pricci, Ph.D., Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer. “With an education that combines theoretical and practical knowledge, students will learn to prevent and treat addictions in our region and beyond.”


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