University of Scranton Announces May Events

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

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

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

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

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

May 7 7:30 p.m. Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute lecture by Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, Princeton University, entitled “The Ultimate Deal or the End of the Line? The Trump Administration and the Middle East Peace Process.” Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall. Free. Call 570-941-7956 or email

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

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

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

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

Telespond Senior Services, Inc. Announces New Name, Senior Day Services

After 45 years of serving our communities’ elderly, Telespond Senior Services, Inc. announces a new name and brand, Senior Day Services. The company recently launched the new branding along with a new website in order to reach clients and their caregivers more effectively, The senior care center, based in Scranton, provides: on-site Adult Day Care and a variety of in-home services to individuals and families.

The goal at Senior Day Services is to provide care for older and disabled adults so they may continue living in their own homes for as long as possible.  “Families often face the emotionally difficult and costly choice of placing a family member in a nursing home or assisted living facility,” said President and CEO, Jeff Marquardt.”  “At Senior Day Services, we offer programs and services which are cost-effective alternatives to these difficult choices.  Our mission is to provide life-enriching services to older adults and their families on both a community-wide and individual basis.  By doing so, we provide much needed relief to caregivers so that loved ones can live in the comfort of their own homes.”

A featured program at Senior Day Services is the Adult Day Care Center located in Scranton.  This medical model facility provides therapeutic, social, and health services during the day, which include socialization, educational and leisure activities, bathing and grooming services, nutritional hot meals, physical and occupational therapies, hands-on exercise and ambulation.  The center staffs Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Physical Therapists, and Aides to meet the unique needs of its clients.  Senior Day Services can also provide door-to-door transportation for clients, which allows caregivers to pursue their normal daily schedules.

Through the In-Home Personal Care programs and the affordable Daily Living Care program, older adults receive individual assistance within the comfort of their own homes.  Senior Day Services’ staff will assist with meal preparation, bathing and dressing, shopping, and will also perform light cleaning duties.

The Senior Companion program provides a free service to older adults who wish to have companionship at home for a few hours per week. This program is designed as a friendly visitor program, where seniors pursue hobbies and socialization.

Senior Day Services is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to provide care and assistance to older and disabled populations of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The main facility is located at 1200 Saginaw Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Senior Day Services manages The Abington Community Senior Center and assists with the management of the Taylor Senior Center.  Senior Day Services is an approved not for profit, 501© (3) organization and are funded, in part, under a contract with the PA Department of Aging and the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, the Human Services Development Fund, and other area foundations and contributions.

For more information, please visit the website at

Ephesus Sports Lighting Named Title Partner of the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game

Triple-A Baseball announced today that Ephesus Sports Lighting, the leader in solid-state sports lighting, has been named an official partner of Triple-A Baseball for the 2019 season.

In addition, it was announced that the season’s pinnacle event will be known as the Triple-A National Championship Game Presented by Ephesus Sports Lighting. The annual showdown pitting the champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League takes place on Tuesday, September 17 at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the defending Triple-A champion Memphis Redbirds. Ephesus Sports Lighting is the primary partner of the event as well as the national television and radio broadcasts.

The partnership platform will include the “Ephesus Sports Lighting Championship Spotlight” – periodic features published on the International League and Pacific Coast League websites highlighting the leading contenders for a berth in the 2019 Triple-A National Championship Game Presented by Ephesus Sports Lighting.

“Triple-A Baseball is excited to partner with Ephesus Sports Lighting and we welcome them as the presenting sponsor of the classification’s annual National Championship Game,” said International League President Randy Mobley. “The migration to LED lighting in outdoor sporting venues is now sweeping across the nation and Triple-A Baseball facilities are part of this movement toward greater efficiency. Our ballparks are known for providing the greatest fan experience in all of professional sports and with the unique capabilities of LED lighting that experience will rise to new heights.”

“We are looking forward to showcasing the City of Memphis to a national television audience, and we are appreciative of Ephesus’ support of this game, Triple-A Baseball as a whole, and our great city,” Memphis Redbirds President and General Manager Craig Unger said.

Ephesus Sports Lighting solutions are currently employed at numerous Major League Baseball parks, such as PNC Park in Pittsburgh and Target Field in Minneapolis, as well as sports stadiums, arenas and fields of all sizes around the world including two Triple-A Baseball venues: Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings and a new installation at Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides.

“Triple-A Baseball is all about providing great competition in a fun and welcoming family environment so it’s a great fit for us as our innovative solid-state sports lighting solutions enhance the game experience for everyone,” said Mike Quijano, director of business development and product marketing for Ephesus Sports Lighting. “Through this partnership we look forward to showcasing our technology and capabilities to other Triple-A franchises and organizations within their communities so they can learn how we can improve their carbon footprint, venue operations and game presentation.”


The Wright Center for Community Health Auxiliary to Host Designer Purse Bingo

The Wright Center for Community Health Auxiliary will host its fifth annual Designer Purse Bingo on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at St. Michael’s Hall, 403 Delaware Street, Jermyn. Doors will open at noon and the event will begin at 1 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to win designer purses and additional prizes while enjoying an afternoon of fun.

Tickets are $25 and include admission and bingo cards; call 570-230-0019 and ask for Gerri (Auxiliary president and event organizer) to reserve tickets that can be picked up at The Wright Center for Community Health Mid Valley Practice. A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the door on the afternoon of the event. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase and a silent auction will be held.

The Wright Center for Community Health Auxiliary hosts fundraisers throughout the year to assist patients, community members and local non-profit organizations. The group spearheads food banks, provides gas cards and leads special outreach efforts to make personal connections with patients, ease hardships and build a sense of community.

University of Scranton Names New Dean of KSOM

University of Scranton President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced the appointment of Sam Beldona, Ph.D., as dean of the Kania School of Management effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Beldona has served as dean of the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University of California, since 2013.

“Dr. Beldona has great respect for the tradition of excellence in the Kania School and brings an innovative vision for its future,” said Father Pilarz in an announcement sent to the University community. “During his more than 20 years of experience as a professor and senior academic administrator, Dr. Beldona has developed a track record of working collaboratively with faculty, administrators, alumni, benefactors and business leaders to develop innovative curriculum and programs with a global emphasis.”

At Dominican University, Dr. Beldona launched a three-day MBA Bootcamp experience and implemented a required Global Consulting Practicum for MBA students. Also, working with faculty and staff, he led an effort that resulted in the appointment of a placement director, significantly increasing the percentage of students who completed internships within the school of business.

At Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Dr. Beldona served as associate dean and tenured associate professor at the Graduate School of Business from 2011 to 2013, and as chair of the Management Department in the College of Business from 2007 to 2011. At Bryant he helped the faculty to introduce new courses, such as Global Human Resource Management, International Business Practicum and Managing Diversity in a Global Environment. In addition, with faculty support, he introduced highly-interactive modules in each of the required courses for undergraduate students that included service learning, internships and case competitions. At the graduate level, he introduced specializations in global supply chain management, international business and global finance.

Previously, Dr. Beldona served as the Larry Jones Fellow of Corporate Governance at Wichita State University from 2001-2007, where he also served as the entrepreneurship research associate for the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Beldona was an associate professor of international business at the International University of Japan from 2000-2001. He was an assistant professor of international business at Rutgers University from 1994-2000.

In addition, Dr. Beldona has extensive experience with AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation, having been a member of school’s AACSB’s Accreditation Steering Committee, Strategic Management Committee and Faculty Qualifications Committee, among others. The University’s Kania School of Management holds AACSB International accreditation.

Dr. Beldona has lectured, consulted, studied and taught in the Americas, Asia and Europe, and since 2003 has served as a visiting professor of corporate strategy at Temple University Japan, in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Beldona earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Karnatak University in Dharwad, India, and his master’s and Ph.D. from Temple University.

Lackawanna College Receives Grant to Pursue 100% Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative

Lackawanna College will receive an $8,000 grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), as part of their Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), supported by CVS Health Foundation, to pursue a 100 percent tobacco-free campus. In addition, the College will also receive technical assistance through webinars, monthly calls, expert consultations and in-person training. The College is one of nine higher education institutions in Pennsylvania to receive this grant.

Lackawanna College will use the funds to conduct surveys to assess the College community’s exposure to second-hand smoke and views on tobacco, develop and present tobacco education events and offer a range of ongoing programs advocating for a tobacco-free policy. Tobacco cessation support and referral information will be made available to students, faculty and staff at Lackawanna’s main campus and six satellite centers. The College hopes to institute a tobacco-free policy by May 2020.

“Being a part of the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative will help the College protect the health of students, faculty and surrounding buildings and grounds,” said Mike Rickert, Lackawanna College Manager of Fitness Programming.  “It will likewise give us an opportunity to expand our tobacco cessation services to those looking to quit.”

The American Cancer Society has provided grants to 97 U.S. post-secondary institutions, affecting over 1.4 million students and countless staff, faculty and visitors on those campuses to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies, including e-cigarettes.

ACS TFGCI grant recipients are part of CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million initiative to create the first, tobacco-free generation.

Marywood University Faculty Member Co-Authors Research Article and Serves as Associate Editor

Hannarae Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the social science department and director of the criminal justice program at Marywood University, recently co-authored a research article in ScienceDirect titled, “Social-ecological correlates of cyberbullying victimization and perpetration among African American youth: Negative binomial and zero-inflated negative binomial analyses.” Additionally, Dr. Lee is an associate editor of an article in the International Journal of Cybersecurity Intelligence & Cybercrime titled (IJCIC), “Awareness and Perception of Cybercrimes and Cybercriminals.”

Dr. Lee earned her doctorate degree in criminal justice from the Indiana University–Bloomington. She teaches courses in the areas of criminology, criminal justice, and statistics. Her research focuses on corporate sentencing, corporate cyber-security, mail and wire fraud, interpersonal cybercrime, and social media data mining. She is a dedicated researcher as well as an instructor, who has taught various classes in criminology and criminal justice.

For additional information about Marywood University’s Criminal Justice Program, please visit, or call (570)348-6211, ext. 2617. For additional information about the article in IJCIC, please visit, or for more information about the article in ScienceDirect, please visit